7/14/2018 SATURDAY Day 9

Weigh-In = Friday only

Total Calories = 788.1

Total Fat grams = 25.95g

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = 30%

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7/6 thru 7/13 Stats Reviewed For AFC Rapid Fat-Loss Diet

7/6/2018 thru 7/13/2018

162.5 lbs. minus 158.5 lbs. = 4 lb. fat-loss

Total Calories for week = 8033.65

Average Weekly Calories/day = 1147.67

Total Fat grams for week = 135.68

Average Weekly Fat grams/day = 19.38

135.68 x 9cal./gram = 1221.12 Fat Calories

1221.12 divided by 8033.65 = 15% Fat Calorie to Total Calorie Ratio

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7/14/2018 SATURDAY Day 8

Weigh-In = 158.5 lbs.

Total Calories = 1086.5

Total Fat grams = 33.4

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = .28 or 28%

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7/11/2018 WEDNESDAY Day 6

Weigh-In = not today

Total Calories = 1500

Total Fat grams = 27.22

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = .16 or 16%

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7/10/2018 TUESDAY Day 5

Weigh-In = 158 lbs.

Total Calories = 1496

Total Fat grams = 24.6

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = .15 or 15%

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7/09/2018 MONDAY Day 4

Weigh-In = 158.5 lbs.

Total Calories = 626.90

Total Fat grams = 11.2 

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = .16 or 16%


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7/8/2018 SUNDAY – Day 3

Weigh-In 158.5 lbs

Total Calories = 932.75

Total Fat grams = 9.16

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = 09%

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7/7/2018 SATURDAY Day 2

Weigh-In 159.5 lbs

Total Calories = 827

Total Fat grams = 7.0

Fat Calorie/Total Calorie Ratio = 8%

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Begin 7/6/2018 on “AFC RAPID Fat Loss Diet”



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Switch To Boss Mode


Starve IT.

Show IT who’s BOSS.


This Is Crude…but…

Okay, so Steve calls me and says he has an idea. He prefaces it by saying it’s crude, well not so crude, but still crude – a way to lose weight. Or something that could jolt a person into getting serious about losing weight. Of course it wouldn’t be for everybody, but it could help some people.

Yeah it’s kinda crude. But then if it works for some people, then what’s the crude-fuss about?

First thing in the morning, or whenever you first use the bathroom, using your smart phone take a picture of your first dump of the day and then every other dump you take throughout the day. Keep track. Print them out and hang them on your wall or scrapbook them.

Steve says he’s getting worried, ’cause he didn’t know he was eating as much as his dumps tell him he’s eating. Oh my God he says, did I eat all that? So I say, at least you’re getting rid of it. Then it made me remember something my mother said her boss told her when he was trying to lose weight. “If you want to shit like an elephant you have to eat like an elephant.” Evidently some people like to shit a lot, it makes them feel something, maybe powerful, maybe successful. I don’t know, maybe as a child being potty-trained they were praised for a big dump.

Maybe Steve’s right in that people should pay more attention to their dumps. Most people say they don’t eat all that much, but the dump doesn’t lie. So yeah, take a picture, many pictures, till you believe the dump. You ate a lot. A whole lot. Too much.

Remember, the dump doesn’t lie.


“Two Days At A Time”

Instead of living one day at a time, how about two? What’s wrong with two at a time?

Live today cognizant of how you want to feel tomorrow. That gives you more control over what you do today.

No ‘Last Supper’ scenarios. Doing for one last time whatever you want to do before the big push tomorrow never results in a better tomorrow.

You instinctively know that to be true –  that tomorrow you will feel worse, increasing the probability of another ‘Last Supper’, and another and another.

Alcoholics Anonymous may fare better by changing their ‘One Day At A Time’ motto to “Two Days At A Time”. That makes one think ahead a little more to secure tomorrow as a good day. It’s an insurance policy. Money in the bank. I put my order in early by one day. Today, in advance, I’m securing my future for tomorrow.

I like it.

I like being in control of the guarantee implied.


Scales and Mirrors (Part 5) ©

Two tablespoons to trim: oil that is. No more than that in any given recipe. Recipe, not serving. Why any? Because I know you won’t stick to none. I won’t either. And at times I’ll go beyond my own rule. Some oil/fat is probably good for you. It’s not because of all the reasons you’ve already heard: this oil does this and another oil does that and if you take all that’s recommended of all the oils and plans to incorporate them into your diet, you’ll get all the essential nutrients you need that are covered by fat.

The other result however is that you will become three persons in one.

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Scales And Mirrors (part 4) ©

Use a mirror and a scale. Those are your two best friends when losing weight and getting fit. Looking at your face isn’t enough. Like many people, I don’t gain a lot of weight in my face, so according to my face I’m thin.

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Scales And Mirrors (Part 3) ©

So you exercised yesterday and felt good afterwards. Yet today you don’t feel like it. Why, because it felt good? I thought people who overeat are pleasure seekers? Then why deny yourself the pleasure of exercise? Oh boy, here comes the whining again. Just do it. Regularly. Not once every two months. Every day. Not three times a week. Every darned day.

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Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella

FFC Comment: I’ve been taking this supplement for about a month once a day. Since I tolerated it well, I’m going to increase the dose to twice a day.

“If you’ve been tuned in to the health food world over the past few years chances are you have heard of something called chlorella, though you may not know exactly what it is. Often referred to as a potent superfood, chlorella, or c/ vulgaris, is a type of single-celled algae whose incredibly high content of chlorophyll gives it a rich, green colour.

It is one of, if not the highest, food sources of chlorophyll, which may contribute to its impressive array of healing benefits. Many natural health practitioners recommend including chlorella in your daily routine as a nutrient dense dietary supplement and for good reason!

Helpful for everything from weight loss to cellular detoxification, liver support, and immune function this simple little organism packs a big nutritional punch.

Let’s dive a little deeper into this single-celled freshwater algae!…”

FINISH READING: Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella – Herb Affair



Scales And Mirrors (part 2) ©

Horrors. I had no idea. Of course I had no idea, I didn’t weigh myself. Sure my clothes were a little snug, a lot snug, but that “I’ll do it tomorrow’ mentality kept creeping in: the old procrastination trick so I can have today what I promise I won’t have tomorrow. THE LAST SUPPER – before the big diet push. Steve and I have done that ad nauseam. We have had so many last suppers that I can’t begin to count how many.

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Scales And Mirrors (part 1) ©


God, my god, puts the needs of the individual not the group first. It only makes sense that the stronger the individual, the stronger the group. In any military, the stronger the soldier, the stronger the entire unit, thus the reason for the rigorous training. When I said a while back in a Word Warrior essay that my assignment was to address the plan for the group and leave the individual to other numerous and equally qualified people, I trust that god, my god, would not only delegate that function, but it was my understanding that it already had. In fact, the needs of the individual are addressed in every self-help book on the market, from A to Z, instructing the individual precisely on how to become a better functioning, happy, productive, contributing individual, so why need me?

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Simple Strategy To Cure Anxiety VIDEO

Anxiety can cause weight gain.


How Fast Food Cues Can Lead You to Overeat


TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Before heading out to shop this holiday season, steel yourself for an onslaught of tempting aromas that might lure you into a fast-food restaurant.

Food-related cues, like the smell of burgers or eye-catching menu displays, stimulate brain activity. This tempts people to eat more, a new study finds.

University of Michigan researchers conducted lab experiments with 112 college students. The investigators found that food cues made people feel hungrier and led to the consumption of 220 more calories compared with non-cue environments.

“Food-related cues can make people want or crave food more, but don’t have as much of an impact on their liking, or the pleasure they get from eating the food,” said study lead author Michelle Joyner, a psychology graduate student…

Read On: How Fast Food Cues Can Lead You to Overeat


How losing weight affects your body and brain

Special thanks to John Gunstad, Professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of the video.

Here’s what losing weight does to your body and brain.

During the first week you may find it easy to lose weight by simply switching to a healthier diet. But as your metabolism adjusts, you won’t burn as many calories as you used to.

So, losing additional weight will become harder.

Making matters worse, as the fat melts away you’ll start to experience an increase in appetite. After a meal, fat cells release a hormone called leptin into the bloodstream.

This surge in leptin levels signals to your brain you’re full and should stop eating. But with less overall fat, people who lose weight show a measurable dip in leptin.

Brain scans of obese patients who had lost 10% of their body weight revealed less leptin leads to increased activity in regions of the brain that control our desire to eat.

The end result isn’t just an increased appetite, but an even stronger urge to eat fatty, high-calorie foods because your brain is trying to restore the body’s leptin levels to normal…

Finish reading:How losing weight affects your body and brain – Business Insider


Variable Eating and Exercising Lead To Variable Weight Gain Or Loss


Exercise makes me gain weight – not lose weight.

It’s more difficult to lose weight when exercising along with a diet change, than not. It’s as if when losing weight the brain wants to take from all sectors of the body, not just the fat part. So, over-exercising and dieting in a certain way to burn, thus lose, only the fat, triggers a conservation response throughout the total organism. The brain resists your attempt to separate the fat from the muscle and all other tissues, since its job is keep all functions and systems integrated and operating in cooperation with all the other functions and systems.

The reasons one has more difficulty losing weight when they exercise along with a diet change vary according to who’s giving the reasons and through whose prism of experience I look. I’m beginning to believe that the reason doesn’t matter, because there’s always more than one reason. The constant search for why I gain weight so fast or don’t lose weight when I want to leads to frustration and hopelessness, which leads to more weight gain. I yoyo between 3-7 pounds from day to day or every other day.

If I ate the same foods and the same amounts every day at the same times, it would be easier to look at what I need to eliminate or add, but I don’t. I eat a variety of foods and amounts at lots of different times. I drink beverages the same way. And I do a variety of exercises, in different ways at different times, which leads to a variable weight gain and/or loss commensurate with that life style.

Chef or not, if I want to lose weight and keep it off, then I have to be more consistent in what and how much I consume and when I consume it. That’s what I’ve come up with after all this time. When I exercise, my brain tells my body to conserve calories for the work ahead. So I have to exercise at a more moderate and consistent pace so as not to alarm my brain unnecessarily.


Steve July 2017 Walking Log

Steve walked a total of 90.78 miles in July. That equals 3.49 marathons in 31 days.  average per day = 2.92 miles per day

07.01.17     02.80

07.02.17     00.38

07.03.17     01.90

07.04.17     03.30

07.05.17     04.20

07.06.17     02.70

07.07.17     03.80

07.08.17     03.40

07.09.17     02.10

07.10.17     02.60

07.11.17     03.80

07.12.17     03.00

07.13.17     02.80

07.14.17     03.30

07.15.17     03.20

07.16.17     01.20

07.17.17     03.60

07.18.17     03.70

07.19.17     04.00

07.20.17     03.30

07.21.17     03.10

07.22.17     03.20

07.23.17     02.00

07.24.17     02.70

07.25.17     04.70

07.26.17     03.20

07.27.17     03.60

07.28.17     03.10

07.29.17     03.40

07.30.17     02.70

07.31.17     00.99


Steve walked a total of 90.78 miles in July. That equals 3.49 marathons in 31 days.  average per day = 2.92 miles per day


Weight Loss Transformation VIDEO

Yes, seeing before and after pictures of people who successfully lost weight and had no shame in showing you the before pictures of themselves can be a strong motivational tool and weight loss aid. Take a gander.


A Motivating Tool|Or Exercise

Yes, making lists is a form of exercise – mental/brain and physical.

For me, rarely if ever do I follow the list. It’s the making of one that motivates me to get going again. It doesn’t matter at what. One thing leads to another thing is the continuing motivating force that leads to success in getting things done – maybe not in the order I listed them and maybe much of it wasn’t even on the list, but it all eventually gets done – and then some.


Update On Big Foot


I couldn’t get in to see my doctor till Tuesday, so took pictures in case I was healed by then. Urgent care or the emergency room would have only referred me back to him with a pat on the head and instructions to take Tylenol. I wasn’t critical, so thought to save my insurance money for my primary care guy and the tests he would order.

Doctors need proof. Sometimes they act more like lawyers than doctors, who never believe any one or anything unless they see it with their own eyes. Even then they’re suspicious if you take pictures. Damned if you do or don’t. Still, it was three days since the fall, that I thought to document it.

Today, Sunday the 16th of July I feel like I survived something. Still, very wobbly when rising, bending, turning… the longer the day gets the more symptomatic I become. Slower, slower, unsteadier to the point of needing to hold the counter, sink, stove, refrigerator, chairs, table, sofa as I turn and move while I work. Still cooking up my daily storms though. Dynamite in the kitchen. Some brilliant stuff happening here. I think it, I get it. There’s a silver coating on this rusty old nail after all.

I used to awe at people who claimed to have a head injury and woke up being able to speak a foreign language. I was hoping for something like that here. No such luck.

My upper teeth (right teeth) and gums hurt like hell. So do both sides of the top of my head. My neck and arms were already out-of-bounds – now the pain in my face, mouth and head are so bad, that I’m not noticing the perpetual state of tendonitis in my shoulders, elbows and wrists.

Tylenol swells my legs up like tree trunks. On top of all else I can hardly walk by the time I lay me down to sleep. Substituting two a day of Aleve isn’t enough either. Besides I’m already bleeding and I might make it worse. I bought some, so I’ll try some. Keep changing my mind.

Stabbing pain in right eye. Better be careful. I could detach a retina and be blind. Fear is probably my friend right now. Have to be careful walking about outside. I could go down at any time, any place. I’m being super cognizant, super careful. It’s critical that I keep going out though, acting as normal as possible, keeping with my normal routines. Still taking Lilly out for her walk first thing every morning.

The inside of my right mouth, cheek and gums are still black. My nose is displaced to the left. Maybe I did break it. I bled a lot into my tissues. My throat is still sore and swollen on right side. Difficulty swallowing. And nauseated. Jeeze.

Three weeks before fall both ears started hurting out of the blue. Stinging, deep down pain in my eustachian tubes type of pain. Needles to the ear drums type of pain sporadically. It begins late afternoon and disappears by morning, then starts again in the next late afternoon, early evening. I still have that. It’s now 10:30 AM Sunday and it’s beginning early, along with blurring vision where I have to keep blinking for clarity.

Big Foot sure messed me up. It was a useless scale. I bought it for accuracy and the needle was installed so tight, that the weight was never accurate. It was too much trouble to send it back and it did seem to work better for Steve, probably because he weighs more. So now we have three scales and I have no weight change in the past month.

We’re both eating a lot of healthy stuff – Steve bringing home most of it from his favorite upscale downtown grocery store, Heinens. Once my neck, nerve, muscle, tendon issues are addressed by a medical person, plus my new balance issues, I’ll be good to go and to do anything. Something to look forward to.

Yeah, I’m wishing on a dandelion (weed if you will) for some pain relief and structural corrections that will improve the quality of my existence.



You’re Flooding Me

When you drink a half gallon of carrot juice your brain screams STOP. What are you doing? I don’t want all that vitamin A. Don’t need all that. Slow down. What am I going to do with all that? Where am I going to put it? It’s too much. You’re flooding me.

I’m on overload. Take a break. You’re wearing me out. Now I’ve got all this excess to figure out what to do with. While you go merrily about your way, thinking you did something really healthy for your body, I’ve got this fire to put out that you started.

Wake up to Mini.

Mini everything till you sort out all the harm you did your body, and yes the brain is part of your body. Stop denying that. You’re overdosing on everything. Every little thing you blow up for an explosive effect that you think is helping you. Where did you get that? Drink forty gallons of carrot juice to make up for forty years of bad nutrition? Where did you get that? Your overloading and overdosing has cost you your ability to think logically and rationally.

Explosions are never good for the body. Even zaps to the heart needed to revive a dying person are not good. That you let your body get to that point of disease to need an electrical shock to return you from death is obscene.

Mini everything till you sort out all that you’re doing wrong by overdosing and overloading on healthy foods.

Bombarding your system with anything is always bad – healthy or not.


11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish 

Benefits of horseradish include its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, boost the immune system, and stimulate healthy digestion.

Horseradish is a powerful and pungent plant that is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions, build strong bones, improve immune system health, stimulate healthy digestion, promote heart health, and lower the chances of neural tube defects in infants. Perhaps most notably, horseradish can prevent cancer due to its extremely high levels of glucosinolates.

Horseradish is actually a member of the Brassicaceae family, meaning that it is closely related to wasabimustardcabbage, and broccoli. It is closer in application wasabi and mustard, because when the thick, white root (the active ingredient) is sliced, the breakdown of those plant cells release enzymes that break down the sinigrin found in the root. This releases mustard oil, which is a pungent and irritating chemical that affects the sinuses and eyes of those who smell it. This is why horseradish is so popularly used as a spicy burst of flavor in a number of dishes, or a lightly applied condiment to certain types of steak.

Horseradish originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia, where it has been referenced throughout history. The power and importance of this root has been known for thousands of years, and it is now available all across the world. It is used mainly in culinary practices in the western world, but it has medicinal applications in the East, and some of those health benefits are urging more people to consume it around the world. Ironically enough, horseradish is actually poisonous to horses!…

Finish reading: 11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish | Organic Facts


Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shots

Everybody’s writing about them and basically writing the same thing. Don’t drink the shot undiluted. Dilute in 8 oz. of water or other beverage. Take it on an empty stomach before you eat. Be sure there are carbohydrates in your stomach to interact with the ACV to create a friendly bacteria environment. I’m assuming what they mean is once you eat, after you swallow the ACV shot diluted in water, then eat some carbohydrate categorized food.

According to the multitude of writers if you take pure 100% ACV shots you’ll injure your esophagus, possibly the lining of your stomach and break down the enamel on your teeth.

Of course there’s no science cited to back any of this up, nor anything to back up the claims that people who sell and those who buy ACV make about the product. If there is science I haven’t heard anyone speak of it. And frankly I’m not going to research the research, since all studies are flawed. If a multitude of writers haven’t found it, then I’m not going to waste my time looking.

However, I will say that the number one positive claim made for ACV is that it cures arthritis. I’ve been reading this for decades. If it did indeed do that, then there would be no arthritics in the world, except those who never heard of apple cider vinegar. And every doctor on the planet would be prescribing it to their patients with arthritis. No? It’s like claims made about turmeric. Where do they get this stuff? Nobody gets cured of tissue inflammation and pain by ingesting turmeric. Yet absolute claims are made to its effectiveness. 

I’ve tried it. Many people have tried it. It doesn’t work.

I’ve taken ACV with no positive effect, at least not the ones I was looking for that others made claims on. Unlike so many others I cannot take a pure shot. It stings too much my throat. But I can’t down a shot of liquor either, so maybe I have an overdeveloped nervous system whereby I have increased sensitivity to changes in caustic substances. I know that my husband can drink coffee a lot hotter than I can. He can withstand a lot colder temperatures than I can. So maybe I’m not a good judge of apple cider vinegar.

I’m also wondering how if a high acidic diet can cause inflammation thus pain, how treating that inflammation and pain with more acid is going to cure it.

All that said, here I am on 9 June 2017 pouring a shot of  ACV into a 16 ounce glass of filtered water. Last night before bed I took 1 shot in 8 ounces of water and all it did was give me immediate heartburn and made me nauseated.

So why try again? I bloat a lot. It’s probably due to all the raw veggies and fruits and cooked veggies and eating no animal products. I don’t know really. Animal eaters look like they bloat a lot too. I did the probiotic routine for months and all it did was make me more symptomatic and more bloated.

I don’t have leaky gut. People need to stop diagnosing the whole world with leaky gut to sell probiotics. It’s criminal what they’re doing – terrorizing everybody with threats of impending death if they don’t follow their instructions and purchase what they don’t need. I think an overabundance of probiotics could create an uncomfortable problematic situation, especially since we really don’t know what’s in those capsules and if the exact same pill is good for everybody, then why? No other pill or food for that matter is good for every single person on the planet. Everybody writing about it swears by them – in favor of probiotics. Where are the naysayers?

Can’t we just eat? You mean there really are people who take probiotics who never bloat? Isn’t that part of the digestive process, creating air in the intestines to help propel the food out? Look, I don’t know, but I’m also not just writing what everybody else writes just to get some written material out into the 

So yeah, I’m trying again, more for appetite suppressant, since it seems that I’ve been hit with that never-ending hunger and fulfilling that need cycle, that everybody else has been bitten by. And I don’t eat animal products, so it’s not the lack of animal in my diet that’s causing it nor the eating of the animal that’s causing it, since animal-eaters are always hungry too – otherwise they wouldn’t be so fat.

Activist vegans like to blame everything that ails a person on the consumption of an animal. Sure, ingesting the flesh and blood of another comes with a myriad of problems, but it is not the cause of all problems.

Three times a day before meals in 16 ounces of filtered water each time. [If I can stop eating between so-called meals I might accurately achieve that]  

I’m going with the water for now. I’ll experiment with other fluids, but that’s my first parameter: water in the glass. Then I eat. I don’t have to worry about putting carbohydrates in my stomach – I’m vegan, I eat carbos.

I do support the claim, more logically than empirically based, that when vinegar is added to complex carbohydrate foods such as beans, rice, potatoes, beets etc., the vinegar mitigates the spike in the glycemic index, that normally occurs in absence of the addition of vinegar to the recipe.

I’ll try ACV shots for about a month and get back on the result.


Use Your Instincts

Eat wiser today.

You know how to do it. All humans instinctively know what’s good for them to eat and what is not good for them to eat.

How many times do you think to yourself or say out loud, ‘I really shouldn’t be eating this?’

That goes for amounts too.

Why do you think people say I’m going to ‘pig out’ today? It has nothing to do with the pig. It’s the amount. To overeat is what it means. We know we shouldn’t do it – instinctively.

So eat wiser today. Okay?