Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Why We Fight

Not much time to post today, but I want to link to a very important post by a friend.

Cleochatra has one of the quirkiest wits I have encountered in years. I enjoy her blog regularly and since she has gone back to Atkins and discovered the Oopsie Roll and all it's wonderful variations (in addition to developing some amazing low carb recipes like Cauliflower Birthday Cake with Cauliflower Frosting) she is developing quite a following among serious low carb folks.

But today she has had another one of her more thought-provoking articles published and I think it's important enough to link and share here, too.

Warning, graphic content.

(oh, and yeah, I was just kidding about the Cauliflower cake and icing. But seriously, other stuff just as good!)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

"This is what I did wrong:" in Kimmer's words

Found today on Deedlynn's blog:

"This is what I did wrong:

1) I used model photos to show Kimkins possibilities
2) I exaggerated my personal weight loss

That’s it. Hand to God, that’s it."

Well, you knew this had to happen didn't you?

And now, for the REST OF THE STORY:

"Ok, well except I guess I DID promote the daily use of watered down or partial doses of laxatives to keep "potty issues" at bay and to keep that scale number moving down. But that's it. Hand to God, that's it.

"Oh well yes, ok, one more thing. I have frequently counseled Kimkins members to cut out beef, cut out cream, cut out butter, cut out yogurt, cut out cheese, cut out coconut oil (what is that about?), when they complained to me about not losing weight as fast as I promised. Well sure, they have to cut calories to continue to lose weight, isn't that obvious? But, that’s it. Hand to God, that’s it.

"Dispersing assets? Well...yes, I did do that. Ok, yes I did buy a new car .... ok yes, two cars with cash and a house but that's it. Hand to God....

"Ban people from my site who were paid lifetime members? For no reason other than my whims? ooooook....yes, but that's it. Hand to God, that's it.

"Lied at my deposition? Um. Well. Sez the 'haters'? Oh you mean the attorney also sez that? Sure- he would. Oh you mean, I admitted it on video and you saw that? Um..ok. but you know...That’s it. Hand to God, that’s it."

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Anyone care to add a few I might have left out? Comments welcomed.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I Made a Difference for That One....

I am reminded today of a poignant story that is a favorite of our pastor's:

The Starfish Story by Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”

This is what we are doing when we tell the truth about the Kimkins diet disaster. Just this week I'm witnessing over and over how much good it does to continue to tell the truth even when those hearing it may not want to hear it at first. AmyB calls it "picking flowers" when she helps pull another Kimkinite out of the bondage and lies of the starvation diet site run by scammer Heidi Diaz.

Today I read a post on LCF by Christin who got a heartwarming email just today from someone who read the truth on her blog and chose a healthier way to lose weight. Just when you think nobody's listening.....

It happens.

Keep up the good work, Ducks!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bravo for a Very Well Written Article!!

Kimkins: Big Fat Fraud?

One of the best synopses I have read to date. Excellent work!


Way to breathe life back into the investigation, Medusa!

One of the missing pieces of the Kimkins fraud puzzle has been the identity of the woman in the patio chair. Many of us have searched in some pretty far-flung places for this photograph.

Join the search today and win a prize!!


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time for a Brief Update

I don't even pretend to be able to keep up with all the Kimkins updating, education and information presented by my respected blogging pals. I simply don't have the time and anyway, by the time I've thought of it...they've got it covered. So I defer to them.

But a shout out is in order, and kudos to those who have been steadily at work bringing down the Kimpire.

My weight loss journey is and has been at a standstill for some 9 months. Oh, a bit here and a bit there, but no net losses that stay. The same 4-6 lbs on again and off again since I quit the Kimkins starvation diet.

On a positive note: I have learned more about what my body will tolerate and won't, and what I need to do to get the scale moving down again. Pure and simple: exercise. This is the time of year that makes that easier, at least. Mostly it's a lifestyle thing with me. I work on the computer or in my studio averaging about 10 hours a day. No excuses, that's just the way it is.

But with spring in the air and summer gardening beckoning, it's going to be easier to push away from the computer desk or the work table and get outside and move. The pool will warm up, so I can swim. The babies will be here 3 days a week so I can walk them and chase a toddler again. All good things for this old sedentary grandmother.

I'm feeling so good it's obscene :-) I thank my new hormone doctor, Rebecca Glaser, MD for working with me on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She is a huge proponent of the way I'm eating these days, and that helps a lot.

I'm also taking 5-HTP and melatonin for sleep. Wonderful stuff that is! I take handfuls of supplements and a couple of prescription meds daily. Some fight cancer (see my previous blog posts for why), some are for weightloss, some are hormones, and some are to help regulate blood sugar and insulin.

I'm still lowcarbing of course. I know it's the way for me. When I go off plan on purpose, the reminders are loud and clear. Bloating, gas, sleepiness after meals, lethargy, headaches and sugar cravings that are very difficult to ignore. not worth it.

I'm going to be starting yet another blog soon. I have recognized lately that I need to deal with my ACOA and codependency issues. I'm in a new support group at church that seems very promising. I still feel I need a place where I can journal about this and I know it's a biggie with lots of people. Addictions are addictions and I'm no different than anyone. I need to fully explore my eating habits and preferences alongside the issues that belong to the wife of a part-time functioning alcoholic. So when I have that one up and running I'll post a link.

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there. God bless and have a wonderful weekend.