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Here's to much less of MetaSpiritualMichael! (pounds, that is) 
 
Jun. 2, 2014 6:51 am 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2014 9:00 am
Ok, where to start ....well, just as I have found the members here at Allrecipes most helpful with various tips and insights about the cooking questions I've had and since they've been so ready and willing to teach me the ins and outs of this site along with what is,for most, basic computer knowledge (Thanks again, Mrs. J.), so too have I decided to ask for your support with another problem, A BIG ONE: I need to loose 70 pounds. My real goal is to get and to stay healthy enough so that I can continue to care for my mother as she ages.  God knows she's been my care giver many times over the years! And yes, I'm counting on your support here at a site that's all about recipes to do it! Luckily, I am a strong willed person and I lost 135 pounds previously on the Atkins diet. I reached my goal weight of 165 pounds (my starting weight was 300 pounds) and I stayed that weight for 15 years. Then I found myself facing a two year illness that caused me to lose down to only 109 pounds. Thankfully, with advancements in medicine and the consistent prayer of my mother, I recovered. Unfortunately, my appetite seems to have overcompensated and before I knew it I was back up to 270 pounds. Recently I've lost 40 pounds but I have another 70 pounds to go. With the low carb recipes on Allrecipes and your encouragement, I have no doubt that it will be an enjoyable experience for me.
So, gather your low carb recipes to share with me and others that may want to share their experiences. If you have helpful comments or even stories of pause, all are welcome as I figure out how to work this blog thing... Did I mention I've never blogged before? I love to cook so I plan on posting pics of all the recipes I try. Hope to hear from you soon! 
 
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Jun. 2, 2014 8:57 am
I can not wait to see what all you are trying, as I am looking for lower carb recipes also. To lose weight, but to help lower my sugar levels.
 
Jun. 2, 2014 10:06 am
Cheesecakemama, I just noticed your note. Thanks for your input. I'm not sure if you're aware of it but the Atkins diet was originally for diabetics and heart patients. Weightloss, according to Dr Atkins, was simply a side effect. I'm not going to follow a strict Atkins diet this time, but low carb is definitely the way to go to lower blood sugar levels! If you have never tried a low carb plan before, it can be a lot of fun to get a group of people with the common goal to follow that basic plan together and share their ideas. The first time I went low carb, I lost 54 pounds in 3 months. Most recently I lost 40 pounds in 3 months. But I am under a doctor's care so I have my blood chemistry checked before I start the plan and then I wait until 3 months after I've been following the diet (I hate that word!) and have it checked again. Hope to hear from you often! I plan on posting once daily. Oh, to your question..To start I usually have a big omelette of 2 or 3 eggs, topped with sautéed onion, red & green bell pepper, crispy bacon crumbled up or ham and sausage mixed in with the egg if you don't like bacon. You can top that with mushrooms (I don't care for them but most people do) and a melted cheese of your choice then dice up some fresh ripe tomato to top the whole thing off and you certainly won't think your on a diet but it's totally low carb! Just remember no sugar, bread, cereal, pasta, white rice, potato or starchy veggies. For lunch I usually have a big garden salad topped with chicken, fish or pork that has been marinated in an approved marinade with some fruits and nuts and low carb dressing. However, you need to be carefully because some fruits are especially high in sugars which equals high in carbs! Snacks usually consist of a variety of tricks I've learned over the years that I will be sharing as I go. Dinner? That's really where I'm going to rely on this site and the members input. Okay. Well, till next time....
 
Jun. 2, 2014 10:39 am
MetaSpiritualMichael - BIG SMILE! Feel free to look in my recipe box if you are looking for ideas. I don't eat grains or sugar or flour (nut flour excepted), so most of the recipes in my recipe box will meet your "low carb" criteria. I do eat fruit and potatoes though. I also do "juice fasts" from time to time which make me feel fabulous (not low carb either). Good luck with your diet!
 
Jun. 2, 2014 10:42 am
Good luck with your positive changes. I have probably lost and gained the equivalent of a whole other person over the years. My best advice is to try to lose at a slow, steady rate. Eat less and get more exercise, which can be something as simple as taking a walk every day........ btw, I answered your question about the tags on your Buzz post.
 
Jun. 2, 2014 10:54 am
Wishing you very good luck with your diet, and looking forward to reading more of your blogs..
 
Jun. 2, 2014 11:34 am
Hi Mrs. J. And manella, so far so good. Last night I had kabobs on the grill with lots of veggies and sirloin, pork and chicken and oh my word they were so good! I did cheat a little and throw a few pieces of fresh pineapple in but all in all is was still low carb. It find not fit into the strictest phase of the Atkins plan, but I still did good. Anyway, nice to hear from you both!
 
Jun. 2, 2014 11:36 am
Oh that stupid spell check, I guess I need to go back and read it more carefully! Was supposed to say it did not fit into...
 
Jun. 2, 2014 11:43 am
Oh thanks, BigShotsMom, both for your well wishes and for helping with the tags! I haven't looked yet but I will just after this. I've been adding cooks to my list and I even manage to goof that up! Oh well, I'll get there. It says I can place them in a particular order but it is not responding to the order I would like. It just seems to move around "willy nilly".
 
Jun. 3, 2014 5:52 am
Thanks for sharing with us this journey you're starting. Look forward to hearing about your progress!
 
Jun. 3, 2014 9:51 am
Thanks Tammy Lynn, I appreciate the interest. I took a moment and looked at your blog about your son and the two of you spending time together in the kitchen with his cooking experiments. It rings reminiscent of times I spent with my mother, my grandmother and both of my great grandmothers baking from the time I was young all the way until I lost the last of them when I was in my twenties (my mother excepted, she still lives with me and we still get in the kitchen and cook together often). Precious memories!
 
weeble 
Jun. 3, 2014 10:07 am
he meta! i was just diagnosed yesterday with type 2 diabetes. i will be following your blogs closely for any and all help i can get! thank you:)
 
Jun. 3, 2014 10:38 am
Good luck weeble. I'm sure you'll soon discover that with diligence on your part the fear of the unknown will be worse than your reality. I'll be pulling for ya! My brother was just diagnosed a couple months ago and was lucky enough to be able to just take a pill and watch his diet, along with exercise. My grandmother was the same way but both of my uncles had to give themselves daily shots. And even at that they did very well for many, many years. One is still living at the age of 76 and the other died a few years ago unrelated to his diabetes. If he were alive he would be in his 80's. Thanks for following the blog! I'm glad to have you be a part!
 
Jun. 3, 2014 5:40 pm
Thanks for reading my blog. :) Times with family in the kitchen are priceless!
 
Jun. 9, 2014 9:00 am
Hi, Yes I have done adkins before with lots of luck. I have fought my weight all my life dropping 75 putting it back on dropping 40 putting it back on. I am the yoyou dieter. Now I am looking to lose the weight once and for all and this time, its not a diet. Its a new way of eating healthier with God's help and his plan. I am really in to ground turkey right now. I tell you if you like chilli there are so many ways to make that healthy and a great dinner meal. Will check back soon!
 
 
 
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MetaSpiritualMichael

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Tampa, Florida, USA
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Plant City, Florida, USA

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Apr. 2014

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Southern, Low Carb, Dessert, Gourmet

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About Me
I am in the process of writing a cookbook depicting my family history. With input from other family members it will include pictorial progressions and personal stories about recipes as told to me over the years during times I spent with family members such as my grandmothers and great-great aunts, who were in their late 90's, and my youngest niece and nephews, ages 5 to 10, as well as other family members of all ages.
My favorite things to cook
I take after my mother when it comes to cooking in that it's not necessarily what I cook, moreover, the fact that I want whatever I cook to bring comfort and pleasure to those people that consume it. That said, I guess, in most cases, my favorite genre of cooking would be deserts.. I started baking when I was around 10 or so and have been doing so for more than 40 years now. Although I started out with baking, now I enjoy cooking the entire meal with all it's courses. I want every little detail just so...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition, other than the typical Christmas and Thanksgiving Holidays of my childhood, would be when my maternal Grandparents, each of my two maternal Aunts and their families and my parents,my brother and myself would all spend the summer together at the cabins on Lake Harris in Leesburgh, Fl and would have fish fries with all the trimmings including our special homemade ice cream!
My cooking triumphs
Well, I guess you would probably have to ask the opinions of the people who ate my cooking. But I would venture to say that my most requested foods have always been my Island Broiled Chicken, Broccoli Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes and my Carrot Cake. (At least, that's my most requested non-seasonal foods.)
My cooking tragedies
Well, I don't know if you call it a tragedy, but clearly one of the stupidest cooking mistakes I ever made was when I was about 16 years old and I decided to have my first dinner party. Everything went as planned except that I thought the Iceberg lettuce wasn't green enough so...not only did I add several drops of green food coloring to the lettuce, I actually tossed it and served it to the guest. We all had a good laugh at that!
 
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