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It is that time again. I had a 3 pound weight loss this week, though I can take no joy nor pride in it. The stomach flu gets all the credit! It also gets credit for completely destroying my plan. All the dry toast and crackers had me craving carbs in no time. My stomach is still not able to tolerate lots of salad and meat, so I am looking at a different plan. Still low carb, but tweaked. I would have no problem sticking with the Atkins style of low carb I have been doing except 1) it is not working like in the past...only 3 pounds a month...not worth it. And 2) it is expensive. So I am starting this week (today) on a new plan. It is a cross between, low carb, Body For Life, and Biggest Loser....I will be eating 5-6 small meals a day...no super sized anything!!Healthy choices, of course. No preservatives or artificial junk. ABSOLUTELY NO high fructose corn syrup and NO white stuff (flour, sugar, potatoes, rice...)I will be careful to choose carbs with a low glycemic index (GI). For example, this morning I had oatmeal and a light yogurt. Yogurt has a GI of 14, and Oatmeal 55. Anything below 55 is low. 56-70 is medium (I will stay out of this range) and over 70 is high. You can see a sample chart here. Just a note...not all low GI foods are ok. A Snickers bar falls into the low GI range, but is full of empty calories. Also, mixing foods can have an effect on GI counts. Eating the yogurt with the oatmeal actually lowered the GI count in the oatmeal, though I am not sure how much. I will always eat a protein with a carb and a carb with a protein. Small portions. 2 meals a day will have a low GI carb and those will be early in the day. The other meals will have veggies and a protein. Dinner will be very light and no real carbs to speak of except the salad or veggies. Something new for me to study...I thought I had read it all, but I guess not! I devoured this book... ...and now plan to re-read the Body For Life book and The Biggest Loser book.This new plan also means I will have to UP my exercise!! I think I will need to join an actual gym. It is only 19.95 a month and has great facilities. A review ranked it 5 stars and I have one just down the street.It seems busy early morning and late afternoon/evening, but mid-day there is no one there...that is when I will go.If Sweetheart is busy I can take the kids with me!OK, enough of that! Here are some pics I have promised of Zach's room. It is still not quite finished, but you get the idea.On either side of the window, Sweetheart put a large Z and H (Zach's initials). Zachary helped with the painting. They also painted (and repaired) the stripes of wood on the paneling. Red, blue, yellow and green.
They hung posters and baseball caps....The frames will contain Zach's own artwork...just haven't gotten them in there yet.
Another poster is going over the bed, but the one Zach wanted was out of stock. He is willing to wait for it.Well that is all for now. Kids are schooling, Kyle went back to work today, and Sweetheart is in the basement sanding. I planned to dust and vacuum, but think I will wait til he is done for the day. Right now I am going to listen to my kids read out loud and stitch on the Underground Railroad sampler at the same time!