14 February 2010


 Yes you read it right.. according to the chart on the right side bar, (scroll down it's under Followers) a human brain weighs 3 lbs.. Now some people may argue that number.. but it provides a good point of reference.

Although now that I think about it, I may have lost a pee brain, because I spent most of my day yesterday either tread-milling  (1 hour) or peeing (so it was probably all water weight).

None the less, I will take it and celebrate it.. 

A BIG SHOUT OUT AND WELCOME TO MY NEW FOLLOWERS... I hope that I keep you all engaged enough to want to come back.. and visit me.. I have an occasional post that can be visceral.. but that's just the way I am.

Now onto the food. Food wise I did count calories, fat and protein grams yesterday and did OK, although I think I need to watch my calorie intake..I was shooting for 1200..

Calories:    895
Fat g :       16
Carbs g:    125
Protein g:     55
I also moved my tracking into mydailyplate.com .. it's just more user friendly than fitday (IMHO).
Also, as I looked at my total carbs, I started to think it was too high, so I looked at where my carbs were coming from (kidney beans).. 

Before you think it, let me say it here:  I know the band is supposed to give you restriction so you don't have to think so hard about the calorie load... but I don't have that really controlling restriction yet (ie, I can eat a subway sandwich and not blink an eye).. I had restriction, but again it seems to have faded into the sunset

Knowing there are good and bad carbs, I wanted to find a good gram total for good carbs. I came across this article to help better understand good carbs and the relationship of resistant starches in the diet. (this might be boring for you, but I am geeky about this stuff so it interests me, so just skip over it, but I thought it was worth sharing). 

Resistant Starch: The New Power Nutrient
Although this may be the first you've heard of resistant starch, it's likely been a part of your diet most of your life. Resistant starch is a type of dietary fiber naturally found in many carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes, grains, and beans, particularly when these foods are cooled. It gets its name because it "resists" digestion in the body, and though this is true of many types of fiber, what makes resistant starch so special is the powerful impact it has on weight loss and overall health. As a dieter's tool it can't be beat: Not only does it increase your body's ability to burn fat, but it also fills you up and reduces overall hunger. Its health benefits are truly impressive as well. Studies show it improves blood sugar control, boosts immunity, and may even reduce your cancer risk.

Resistant starch is bulky, so it takes up space in your digestive system. And because you can't digest or absorb it, the starch never enters your bloodstream. That means it bypasses the fate of most carbohydrates, which get socked away as body fat when you eat more than you can burn.

To Recap, I moved my ass, I watched what went into my mouth, I tracked it and I CELEBRATED. 

So I feel good that I am back in control with the eating.. Now if I can just lose an automobile tire.. that would put a smile on my face!!  



  1. Awesome!! Keep up the good work!!

  2. Great job!! That is an awesome loss. Keep up the good work.

  3. Good loss Barbara! I like Daily Plate too when I'm tracking.

  4. Great post title, Barbara!! Really piqued my interest. What a great loss.. 3 pounds - amazing. You are really kicking things along now.. (an hour treadmill? Whooweee..) and keeping an eye on things via the Daily Plate seems to have you focused. Just fantastic!!! xx
    Hope you had a great weekend.

  5. my bariatric team is drilling into our heads that our total carb count for the day should be 40g! they are especially pushing this for maintenance.

  6. At one time I was told to keep my carbs under 100. But there was no way I could do it without either doubling the protein they told me to get or upping my fat past the 30% mark.

    One thing you might want to consider is to up your fat. I know that sounds strange, but right now you are at 16% and most research recommends to stay under 25-35% for a healthy diet (1 gram of fat = 9 calories). I was orginally trying to stay as low as you, but it made it really hard to get my calories in. Plus I was told that too little fat is just as bad as too much fat. Of course the type of fat is just as important as the type of carbs.

    For myself, I also try to hit 1200 calories since any lower seems to affect my energy levels. For me this means 30% fat (40g), 30% protein (90g), and 40% carbs (120g). 40 grams of fat seems so high to me so typically get closer to 25% or 34 grams and increase my protein and carbs a little.

  7. Great work....3lbs, moving and tracking oh and celebrating....well done.

    On Biggest Loser Oz they have been having a masterclass on a Friday giving tips and food pointers etc. it is great. The reason I am telling you this is because a leading Dr said we should follow a mediteranean diet of fish, lean meat LEGUMES, vegies and olive oil. After seeing your little snippet it certainly makes sense...oh and I love them.

    Thanks for the info