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Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 3:43am
Hi everyone, as you can see I have been busy these last 3 months.  I managed to get my weight loss started again, (losing 34 pounds as at today), but, I also managed to get my B12 in the indeterminate range during that time.  I have the feeling that it could have been lower even, but my getting back into the explorer diet and eating more portions of meat during the week, got it a bit better.  Remember back in 2009, me being anemic and lacking b12 after trying vegan living?  That situation is what got me here, to these forums.

The rest of my blood work, according to the blood report, (thyroid, cholesterol, cell counts, calcium, etc. etc.) are all in the excellent range for my sex and age (nearly 62 now  :) ) .... I just need to get the B12 issue back on track again, easily done I think, after I order Dr D's B12 supp today.

If I ever had any doubts at all, I think that now I can safely say that I am definitely an Explorer.  I do better with more meaty options in my menu and Swami knows that,(of course depending on what I tell it)...  also, I do better with more demanding exercises to perform best and keep  my metabolic rate going.

My doctor wants some more tests done, but after seeing my weekly menu for protein intake, which includes eggs, lamb, turkey and fish, he is not in a hurry to get it done !!!  We decided to do another test at the end of my next 12 weeks Body Rev cycle and hopefully weight loss of next 16 pounds.  This time he wants to do specific active B12 test, whatever that means ...

I am very happy with the way I am feeling at the moment, also, the way SwamiX is helping me define my GT, finally as an Explorer.  I have a journal system going and a menu plan that puts me totally in control.  It is so satisfying to be able to talk to doctors and demonstrate that you are in control of your life, at least to the point of knowing what you have done (eating, exercise, rest), exactly when, how and how much of it and then relate it to your health.

Thanks for your attention and help around these forums always ... :)  

Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 3:49am; Reply: 1
Hi & congrats!!Great news on the bloodwork (& the weight loss)
Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 3:52am; Reply: 2
Thanks Possum!! quite pleased with it, just getting the B12 ordered now from Gina ...
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:25am; Reply: 3
Impressive, Cristina!  And your consistency is the most impressive.  It's easy to blast into a new regime and then fade out after a few weeks.  You've been quite a trooper, sticking with it even with your other life responsibilities.  :D
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:39am; Reply: 4
Great work, Cristina! So happy for you! It does help putting everything down on paper, doesn't it? Journaling is so underrated in my opinion. I've started doing it lately to keep up with my exercise. It is very empowering!
Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:45am; Reply: 5
It certainly is Spring!! It is the only way I can keep within my portions according to Swami.  I am busy now revising food choices to give priority to B12 and Folic acid enhancing ones ... easy enough with my current explorer options ... :)
Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:47am; Reply: 6
@ Victoria (hugegrin)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:10pm; Reply: 7
Great job! Congrats on the weight loss!
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:44pm; Reply: 8
ooh weew....congratulation...well done  :D(ok)(smarty)(sunny)
Posted by: Tom Martens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:50pm; Reply: 9
Keep up the good work!
Posted by: Chloe, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 1:19pm; Reply: 10
What great news Cristina....:)
Posted by: Adam, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 1:21pm; Reply: 11
Thumbs up! :)
Posted by: ProudWarrior, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 9:10pm; Reply: 12
Awesome job! It feels so good to get great news from your doctor :)
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:36pm; Reply: 13
Very nice Cristina!!!!  You have a lot to be proud of!
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:37pm; Reply: 14
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 11:45pm; Reply: 15
Yo yo ma!  (clap)
Posted by: Cristina, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:22am; Reply: 16
to all :) with thanks!
Posted by: cajun, Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:39pm; Reply: 17
YAY Cristina!!!! :K) ;D 8)
I am so impressed! You must feel like a million!!!! :D
What is your favorite breakfast food? Are you drinking coffee or black tea?
Tell me about your exercise regime.
Congrats to you kiddo! ;)
Posted by: Cristina, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:44am; Reply: 18
Hi Cajun!! Thanks, I am feeling like a million and more ...

Fav breakfast food ... I have so many now, because I make sure my weekly menu plan has diversity all over ... egg and veggies one day, chia pudding next day, yogurt and cereal next, french toast versions next, waffles or pancakes next, cheese on toast or rice cakes ...

I have 4 meals a day and there is a bit of protein in every meal ...

My exercise regime: walking, walking from 4 to 8 km/day plus 1/2 hr resistance workout ... with cardio intervals ... 4 resistance training DVDs and 2 cardio sessions per week ... 3 months on this went pretty quick

I had a week rest last week and was planning to start the regime again this week, but computer issues forced me to postpone start for next week hopefully and I had to use this week to do research, purchase and setup this new laptop ... still busy doing that ... Hope to get it all ready by Tomorrow Sunday and start my second round of weight loss on Monday.
Hope this answer your queries, but ask away if there is anything else you want to know ...

Glad to see you are OK now... :)
Posted by: cajun, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:32am; Reply: 19
Thanks, Cristina!
I agree with lots of walking and resistance exercise. It works well for me, too. ;)
The variety in your breakfasts is awesome!
Do you drink coffee or tea? If so, what kinds/types?
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 6:53am; Reply: 20
Since coffee is just neutral, I do not have it everyday, I just have it about 3 times a week (at the most) ... sometimes just black (if I need to extend my milk allowance for something else), or as a cappuccino with my own goat milk (I think only ounce of black dot sneaking in my menus  ... ).  Other times we have green tea or ginger tea ..

When I have veggies for breakky ( about 2 or 3 of my 6 or more cups a day), I like to drink half a cup of grapefruit juice (of my 3 glass beverage allowance).  I do that for lunch and dinner most times too.

I use molasses and a sprinkling of carob in my coffee (whether it is black or white) .,. herb teas just plain ...

Everything is factored in, so if I go over or under, I know where and when, so I can manage its consequences accordingly ...  It becomes an easy habit when properly organized ... I am not too good at chaos situations ... they throw me out easily enough ...  :)  
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:22am; Reply: 21
Bravo Cristina, happy to know !!
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9:10am; Reply: 22
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 6:25pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from Cristina

Everything is factored in, so if I go over or under, I know where and when, so I can manage its consequences accordingly ...  It becomes an easy habit when properly organized ... I am not too good at chaos situations ... they throw me out easily enough ...  :)  

The time and energy invested in setting up ones' own program is well worth it for the long-term.  Once the system is in place, it runs like a well-oiled machine and frees the mind for getting on with life.  :)

Great job, Cristina!
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