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Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year, New Goal

About 4 years ago I lost 54 lbs on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure Diet Plan. I started the diet before the book came out and he offered an online class. For some reason, I was in completely right place for this, and I can tell you the weight just slipped off. The plan takes a little time to get used to the Sugar/Carbohydrate calculations, but once I figured it out it felt easy. After an initial period of sugar withdrawls and low energy, I started to feel so good and my attitude changed. I could just picture myself at my goal weight, and was thrilled to start each day, because I knew I was one day closer to be my old self again. I envisioned myself being "Jorge's Best Client Ever", and sure enough he put me in his next book, I was featured in a national magazine and THEN they flew me to NYE to be on the Rachael Ray Show. That all happened.

So imagine my disappointment, when I get on the scale in the new year and find my weight up nearly 20 lbs. All of it from this year. It has been a really hard year, a year that broke my heart in two. Was I surprised? Yes, and no. I knew all my clothing fit tighter and some didn't fit at all. I could see that new muffin top. But in a way, I knew I had been wallowing in my sadness and I always turn to food for that.

I've looked around at many other low carb diet plans; Paleo, Wheat Belly, Slow Carb to name a few. Jorge has even come out with additional books in the last few years (The 100, Happy Hormones Slim Belly). But I have decided to go back to 100% Belly Fat Cure and the S/C Value 15/6 counting. It worked for me befor, it was fairly easy for me and I like the structure of it.

So here we go! Who's in? I'm going to lose these 20lbs and take better care of myself in 2014. Here is the basics of what I eat on the Belly Fat Cure:

Breakfast: 1/2 Cup of Quaker Rolled Oats, 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree and water microwaved for two minutes. 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Butter, Cinnamon added after.

Lunch: I suck at figuring lunches out and usually eat them on the run or end up skipping. Ugh! This is where I really need to work on my plan, and suggestions are welcome. But I do love that I know how to order fast food on this plan, Protein Style burger or crunchy tacos are usually good.

Afternoon Snack: Pot of Tea, I love chocolate teas! The tea helps make me feel full, even though its just tea. A Cheese stick with Mary's Gone Crackers while my kids enjoy their after school snack is also good. This is a really stressful time of day for me. Dealing my the kids homework and school issues, planning/cooking dinner and getting them off to their activities.

Dinner: 1 La Tortilla Factory medium sized tortilla, Leftover Steak, Romaine, Sour Cream, Guacamole, 1 Tablespoon Salsa.
 
Evening Snack: Pot of Decaf Tea shared with the family. I usually have a square or two of 85% or higher Dark Chocolate.

Daily Total: 
On the Belly Fat Cure you track Sugar and Carbs per meal and the daily total isn't as important. If you just add up the day my total is S/C Value is 10/6. But adding up per meal, like you are supposed to, it is 10/7. Not a big difference I just went over by 1 serving of carbs, but just remember to count by meal. 


Once I entered My Fitness Pal diary for the day, and realized Mary's Gone Crackers are higher carb than I thought, so I went over by a carb serving. It is best to keep the snacks at 0 carbs, so I'll work on that. You are welcome to add my on My Fitness Pal, I think we do best when we track every meal. You will need to make changes to the MFP setup to track the Belly Fat Cure correctly, instructions are HERE.

21 comments:

  1. I recently discovered your blog and have found a lot of very helpful information. Thanks so much! Also, I am very sorry for your loss of your sister last year. Sherri

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  2. Hi Amber, always nice to read your blog posts! Although you don't know me, you have encouraged, educated and inspired me for the last 3 years. I have read of some of the great struggles you have endured, as well as some of your great achievements, and you have always been genuine, informative and brave. Congratulations for getting back on track and please know that there are many, like myself, out in the anonymous blog world that care and appreciate you and are always rooting for you. Thank you for sharing your journey and touching my life in a positive way. With sincere wishes for happiness, healing and peace to you and yours this 2014.

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    1. Ginger, that really means a lot. It is so great to hear your words and know you are out there :)

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  3. thinking of you and happy to join the team. I've followed and have been for about a year and half. Life is difficult. I look forward to enjoying this journey with you. You are a fountain of information :) I am currently trying to follow jorge's 100. lp

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  4. Glad to see you back on plan! You've been through a lot, and I know that's got to be hard.

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  5. I'm with you, I have about 13 lbs to lose to get down to my lowest, and 10 would make me happy. I am BFC all the way :) When I am good, which lately hasn't been often, but when I am, I am successful! And how was that for a sentence?

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! When I'm good, I'm SO good... but when I'm bad...

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  6. As a physician I think low carb diets are some of the best for weight loss and suggest them to my patients daily. My Fitness Pal is one of the best tracking apps out there.

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    1. So great to hear a Drs perspective on this! I know for me that I am way healthier all around on the BFC.

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  7. I am sorry for the loss of your sister. So glad you are back online. I am using always supported by you as I continue to struggle with my weight. You are such an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I appreciate that. Let's do this together!

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  8. Its so good to hear from you. I know it has been difficult this past year - but just jump back in and you know you CAN DO IT :-)

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  9. I'm in! I would love to join you on this journey :o)

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  10. Amber I am back on the BFC too. I tried thinking WW was the way to go for me and I was wrong to many fruits and carbs caused me to just crave more and I found my weight creeping back up. I think for me the only diet that works is low sugar and carbs. I hope this year is better for you.

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    1. Thanks Diana! Lots of ppl lose weight on WW, but I can't see it being a long term solution for myself. We are on the BFC bandwagon together!

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  11. Thank you Amber, very encouraging article. I can only imagine how difficult this past year was for you. Sometimes we just need to give in to whatever it takes to simply survive the moment. It's great that you have this sure-fire tool to return to when you're ready. I think the old BFC is the easiest and most satisfying. Although I just purchased Jorge's Happy Hormones book. Can you tell me what WW is---just curious.

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  12. Amber, I am with you! I did so good and lost a total of 25 lbs then over the holidays and birthday I got my cm cravings back and put about 10-15 back on. I wanna scream! So mad at myself. So, time to pull the bootstraps up and get going!

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  13. Amber,

    Tomorrow I am getting back on track with watching what I eat. I too have gained weight back this past year. So tonight, I decided to visit your blog to see what you were up to and for a bit of inspiration. You have been a great source in the past.

    Obviously, it's been awhile since I read your blog. I was so shocked and very saddened to read about your sister's death. I'm so sorry. Death really sucks.

    Take care,

    Allison

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  14. Amber,

    Thanks for everything that you share on your blog. It helps so much! I would love to follow you on MFP. What name can I find you under? I've tried a few but I'm not finding you.

    Thanks - Nicole

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  15. Hi Amber!

    I would love to follow you on MFP. What name can I find you under? I've tried searching with no luck.

    Thanks

    Nik

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