Lately, I’ve found myself struggling to battle laziness.  Part of it stems from the fact that I just finished a rough tax season (and spent 12-14 hours a day at a desk, nearly motionless). After doing that for more than 3 months straight, it’s not easy to get yourself back in the groove of being healthy and fit.

That’s when I stumbled upon the Fitbit One, which is beginning to turn that laziness around.  (Credit where credit is due: My girlfriend talked me into buying this with her, but I’m glad she did.)

Now, I feel like I’m taking a step in the right direction (pun intended).

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Happy New Year!  Hopefully you had a great holiday season and are ready for a successful 2013.  I know I am.

While I slowly make my way back from what has now been about a month-long break from this blog, I wanted to publicly declare my 2013 goals both for this blog and for my personal health/diet.

(Don’t worry, I’ll soon be back to my regular updates and slow carb diet recipes.)

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As you may have noticed, it’s been awhile since I published my last diet results post (about a month ago).  Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on the slow carb diet, and I still plan on continuing to create and publish my slow carb diet recipes.

I just wanted to take a few minutes and write an update on my diet progress (or lack thereof), because I suspect many other people are running into the same issue this time of year.

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With the holiday season around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the great gifts for cooks that you can buy this year.

These gift ideas are great for your average person who enjoys cooking (or let’s be honest – you may even want some of these items for yourself).

It wasn’t easy to narrow this list down to just six items, but nevertheless, here they are.

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It’s generally not easy to eat noodles and maintain a low carb or slow carb diet.  This is pretty obvious.  So, today when I was browsing Groupon, I came across this deal.

It’s a deal for 24 8-oz. packs of NoOodle Shirataki Zero-Calorie Noodles priced at 50% off.  I’ve never tried these before, but I had to jump on this deal.

Think of all the low carb meal possibilities if you’re able to include something that is very much like the real noodles we all know and love.

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Week #11 wasn’t too great, mainly because I had a few cheats throughout the week.  I guess I haven’t fully recovered my discipline that I had prior to my vacation, but at least I still managed to lose weight this week.

I have a feeling the upcoming holidays are going to be dangerous, but I’ll tackle those when we get to them.

Let’s check out the week 11 details…

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As you might recall from my week 9 results post, I was going to be taking two weeks off the slow carb diet.  I’ll be honest, I was afraid I’d undo a lot of my progress, and have to work for several weeks to get it all back.

Even worse, I was scared it might be difficult to even get back on the diet at all.  I knew, however, that if I could make this work, I’d have the power to take breaks in the future without ruining my progress and permanently interrupting my weight loss plan.

Let’s look at week #10 to see how my first week back was…

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This will be the last results post for the next couple of weeks, as I will be on vacation (out of the country) and miss the next two measurement/weigh-in days.

It pains me to say it, but I will be taking two weeks off from the diet, and this should be a very interesting experiment to see how it affects my progress, and how quickly I bounce back.

I actually think some good can come from this – There’s value in knowing how to manage your “down time” when it comes to dieting, so that you don’t completely sabotage months of hard work.

Anyway, let’s look at the results from this past week…

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