BFC Servings Reminder

BFC Servings Reminder
15/6 = 15 grams sugar/6 carb servings
Carb serving (no more than 2 per meal)
5 grams - 20 grams = 1 serving
20 grams - 40 grams = 2 servings
Eat no more than 40 grams carbs and 5 grams sugar per meal!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Oct. 29 - Halloween Snow!

Well this has been a very busy week!  I've been trying to catch up on paperwork for our home improvements business and think I finally have things under control in that department.  We also run another business that involves taking care of nine rental properties that my in-laws invested in seven years ago.  We basically run every aspect of the business from checking out prospective tenants, collecting rents,maintaining the properties, and even evicting if we have to. This week two really nice college girls moved out of one of our townhouses and I've been trying to post ads, show the property and run credit checks.  We are down to two prospective tenants so hopefully we will have it rented very soon.   It was also homecoming week at my son's high school and this year because of the proximity to Halloween their theme was "Haunted Homecoming".  Fun!  My son got into it and went in different costumes for the different days of the week.  I don't think I've helped out with costumes for him since elementary school.  It was a lot of fun.  Tonight is the homecoming dance but.........we woke up to snow!!  According to the weatherman we haven't had snow before Halloween since 1979 (the year I graduated- but I don't remember it).  Anyway at about 12:00 noon we got an email from the school saying the dance has been postponed to November 12 due to inclement weather.  It's not too big of a deal for my son, but I feel bad for all the girls that were getting their hair and nails done and stuff like that.  So instead of getting ready for a dance we carved Halloween pumpkins today with the snow blowing around outside.  It's still snowing now.  I don't know what is happening with the weather in our area this year but its getting weird.  We've had an earthquake, a hurricane and now this early snow!!    Here is what my backyard looks like today:


I lost one of my Bradford Pear trees :(
I've been doing pretty good on the BFC.  Besides some oatmeal in the morning with a few walnuts and blueberries, the coconut bread, and of course my almond coconut "cookies", I've pretty much cut all other grains out of my diet.  I was looking up the other day about why I could lose clothes sizes and not pounds and I found this interesting article by Sonya Tilley over on Carbsmart.  I'll copy the part of her article here that explains why our bodies can sometimes lose sizes but not pounds, because I think that has definitely happened to me. 

"Let me tell you what happens when you lose a pound of fat. Your body has been saving this fat for that long hunting expedition you're going to have to go on to track, kill, dress and retrieve that huge animal. It keeps the fat in little pillows distributed throughout your body. When you start losing fat, it doesn't trust you to continue whatever insane path you have chosen that is causing the fat to dissipate. So, when the fat comes out of the pillow, it injects water as a "place holder." Sometimes that water actually replaces the weight of the fat it lost. Sometimes it replaces the volume.
Water weighs more than fat just like lead sinkers weigh more than feathers. If you stuff a pillow with a pound of feathers, you'll have a nice big pillow. If you stuff a pillow with a pound of lead sinkers, you'll have a nice (but rather hard and uncomfortable), small pillow. Now, let's say your body removes a pound of fat and replaces the weight with a pound of water. Your weight will stay the same, but you will be smaller. But, if your body decides to replace the lost fat by volume, that is a quite different story. Remember the great big feather pillow as compared to the tiny lead sinker pillow? Well, now think of a gallon of feathers and a gallon of lead sinkers. Try to pick up the gallon of feathers. Piece of (you'll pardon the expression) cake. Now, try to pick up the gallon of lead sinkers. Sucker's heavy, ain't it? So, you will be smaller, but you will have gained weight.
Eventually, your body makes the executive decision that you are not going to replace the fat you lost, and it lets go of the water. In the words of Danny Skaist: "When your body accepts the fact that they are no longer needed, the water will be expelled and the cells closed. This is known as the "whoosh."

That being said I did manage to lose 2 lbs this week and my size 12 pants are fitting perfectly.  I am still hoping to have my "whoosh" one of these days.  Tonight I'm making my husband the cauliflower crust pizza and the boys are having "make your own" night.  I do that every once in awhile on a Saturday night when everyone has some crazy schedule and also as a chance to let the boys learn to cook thier own meals once in awhile.  I don't want my future daughter-in-laws to hate me!
Hope everyone has a really nice rest of the weekend and I hope you are enjoying FALL not Winter!!


  1. Hey Beth!! I have missed reading your blog posts. I cant believe the snow that you and Pattie have gotten. That is just crazy!! The article you posted was very interesting and I will be anxiously waiting for my whoosh too!
    Good for you & those size 12s fitting so well now! Awesome girl!! We most def are NOT defined by that number on the scale...its all about how we look in our skin & how the clothes fit. My goal is to be in a size 12 by christmas. I think I can do it. Another 10# & Im sure I will be there. I just bought a pr of size 14 reg Levis that look brand new from a consignment store for $13.99 & they fit like a glove! Super comfy!!
    Hope you had a fun day with the family carving those pumpkins today! Fun!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. I am so excited for you to have the success that you are having! You are well on your way to your goal.
    That is such a bummer about the dance. You are right, those poor girls:( And their parents that generally pay to have them beautified!!!
    Your backyard is beautiful and that is such a bummer about the tree. I was just watching on the news and it is because the trees haven't had time to shed their leaves yet so they are so heavy once the snow accumulates and freezes. It is absolutely beautiful here, fall colors galore, but there are still a lot of leaves on the trees too.
    Stay warm, enjoy your evening, and great job on your journey!
    And on making your boys fend for themselves sometimes:)

  3. That is a very interesting article! Explained very well. I have missed my occasional oatmeal. Sometime! :) I do not look forward to the snowing that is coming this way. Bummer about the dance, but at least it's not canceled. I love make your own dinner night! I can't wait until my boys are big enough for that! I agree, you gotta give them some tools for when they're out on their own.

  4. Hi Beth. Isn't this snow crazy! I just wrote about it too on my blog. Sorry about the dance. I do feel bad for the girls. My husband is out in the yard now, trying to shake snow and ice off the trees that are sagging under the weight of the snow and ice. Sorry about your Bradford pear. I'm sure you know this,but those trees are very prone to split. Their leaves sort of form a canopy (that's why they have such a perfect shape) and when the wind or weight of snow and ice come along, they will split right down the middle. This has happened to everyone I know in our neighborhood who has a large one. We lost one the very same way. I love them, but won't plant them anymore. We have another similiar pear that isn't as pretty in shape, but isn't prone to splitting that way. Loved the article on the whoosh. Hope it happens for all of us! Hugs to you from me!

  5. Beth, how beautiful is the snow! It seems so early for snow but the weather lately every where has been so crazy. Congrats on the size 12's hope to be there someday myself. Hey I dont see a problem with a little oatmeal every now and then...eggs get a little old I must say. Hope those girls will get the chance to use their nails and hairstyles soon.

  6. Gee thats funny cause I had a cauliflower crust pizza tonight too.. And I keep seeing all the snow back east and I am sorry to say that it was over 85 today over here.
    Love the article. I wish everybody a big fat Woosh!! :-)

  7. Wow you are a busy lady. Sorry to hear about your lost pear tree, crazy about the early snow. I am glad to hear that everyone seems to be having a good time with the haunted homecoming theme.

    What great interesting info on the carbsmart article. I never heard it put that way before but it makes a lot of sense. Kudos on your weight loss!!! I am sooo happy for you :)

  8. Hi Beth! I'm Carey and Ive been reading your blog and love to follow it! It's funny because I had cauliflower pizza last night, too. (Need to find a way to make less cheesy because it hurt my stomach) Also, my daughter had the homecoming dance last night, but her's was informal (Wizard of Oz theme) and no dates required. It was perfect. Sorry that yours was postponed. My daughter made her costume as the lion and it turned out super cute (even though she wore short spandex shorts---oh, well. If you've got it, flaunt it! LOL)
    Happy Halloween!

  9. Hi Carey! I'm glad you read my blog! Do you have a blog? On the cauliflower pizza is it the cheese in the crust that is too much or what you put on top? I think some people are also a little sensitive to the cauliflower which can get us a little gassy. Try the almond flour crust maybe. I think that is so great that your daughter made her own costume! In my opinion the homemade ones always look the best because so much effort goes into them!!
    Happy Halloween!!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing the article! It explains a lot. My 18 y/o daughter has been getting smaller and smaller, but she's been frustrated with the number on the scale...she'll be so happy to know why!

    Way to go on those size 12's! Woot Woot!!!

    I'm so jealous for the snow. As a Florida Cracker, I've never seen it. :( Your lawn looks beautiful (except for the pear tree, sadly).

    Keep it up, are on your way. :D

  11. Yea for size 12s! That's awesome. Definitely something to celebrate! I liked the article. That's awesome having the boys cook. May help them catch a great girl one day. Keep it up. Your doing great.

  12. The first snowfall of the year is always so beautiful. I live in MN, no stranger to snow! Congratulations on your success!

  13. I'm listening for that 'whosh'
    There is snow on the mountains outside of my home. The leaves are falling like crazy here, but I'm glad to still see some plant life. And congrats on your skinny jeans!