It seems that coconut oil does not raise your cholesterol. My friend who has been taking a tablespoon per day just did some blood work. The only change he made to his diet was adding the oil, his exercise routine is the same. Number-wise, his cholesterol was down 10 points, his HDL was up, his LDL down and the triglycerides the same. He does occasionally take a day or two off from the oil. He reports a surge in energy when he does take the oil and lately has been adding it to his coffee. Yes, this would not pass the standards of a double-blind test. However, for a easy jumpstart, I think trying a daily dosage of virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is worth experimenting with.
 
I've been listening to an overwhelming number of the free webinars on health, wealth, LOA that are now available. There are more than I can keep up with, January being the traditional month when we all decide to make resolutions for the new year. My inbox if filled with trainers selling their programs for the new year, all ways that could possibly help with your goals, if you follow through, but all designed to make your wallet a bit lighter. Tom Venuto had a couple of posts that were key...focus on the deficit, i.e., it boils down to calories in/calories out no matter what diet plan or lifestyle change you choose. Second, as you are successful at losing the weight, then one needs to recalibrate as you will need fewer calories in to maintain your new body. So unfortunately for us shorter people, it's harder to maintain a large deficit as generally most diet plans have a minimum number of calories they suggest which is usually 1200. Many of the webcasts I've listened to talk about the subconcious and how they may be sabotaging your success. I do remember years ago, parenting advice that said focus on the positive when working with children, for example instead of 'don't run', 'please walk' as the child's brain doesn't interpret the negative as easily so instead of your child slowing down, she'd run faster. I think this can apply in other areas of our life. I started thinking about what I tell myself about making my goal of 50 kilos.
Okay, so a little CRS (Can't Remember Stuff) :-)  When I started this post I knew the phrase, then forgot it, but I've remembered it again. It is to say I am WORKING on rather than TRYING TO be 50 kilos. Working means I make better choices. Trying means if I slip up, well I was ONLY trying and perhaps not making a real effort. 
 

Okay, so it's been over a week since I discovered I could register this catchy domain and I've written multiple blog posts in my head. However, until I've actually put fingers to the keys, all the thoughts are just good intentions. Basically, what's happened to me is in the year I turned 50, there were dramatic changes in my life. What I managed to do even with all the emotional turmoil is shed 10 kilos...yes I now know you can actually lose up to 2 pounds a week and I've kept the weight off successfully for two years. This blog is actually part of my life's mission statement...yes, some will consider it hokey, however, at 50, I had to reexamine the direction of my life given the emotional turmoil that was occuring. I decided then that my purpose is to inspire others to live their best life by living my best life, making positive choices to lead a healthy, balanced life, exploring new ideas, accepting new challenges, being kind & compassionate and intentionally making choices that would do no harm. My plan is to write about what I've tried, what worked, what didn't & the online resources I've used to go from flab to fit. What I know is that you need to be ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary and perhaps my story will inspire someone else who is ready.