Friday, September 14, 2018

The Reset Worked

My blood sugars have been solid since the reset.  And today I measured my sugar levels after I worked out and after I ate.  So, I woke up, went to the gym, and then ate a BLT salad.  I measured my blood sugar levels at each point, including every 30 minutes after eating my late breakfast.  The entire time my blood sugar stayed within the range of 85-89.  Nice and solid.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Six weeks and still going

I'm like the energizer bunny...

The past two weeks have been some ups and downs, starting with the downs.

For a little over a week, my blood sugars rose above 100 - generally around 105-106, but as high as 110.  I didn't change my diet much, but I was not being as strict about my carb intake.  I did measure it out on two days, and those days were around 50g.  Nevertheless, my blood sugar rose above 100 and stayed there.  I also gained a couple pounds.

Mary talked with a friend of hers who had done keto and found that when she plateaued, a two day reset usually did the trick.  So, for the past two days I ate nothing but ground beef and butter.   Yummmmm!

Actually, it wasn't bad.  I did eat salmon and butter on Saturday morning because we didn't have any beef, but we loaded up with 4 pounds which I cooked with some spices, and have since finished off.  After two days of that, my blood sugar this morning was a middle of the desired range at 90!  Additionally, I dropped down to 244# - which is what I was 3 weeks ago.  So, good news.

I have really been eating nothing but eggs, meat, and greens, with the occasional tomato/green bean/cauliflower, and dark chocolate every third night or so.  I had one Newman-O's cookie last week, and a taste of the bread Simone made.  But no sugar/grain other than that...  It hasn't been hard, other than feeling a little discouraged when the 90% diet (as in, I was doing it 90% correctly) was leading to higher blood sugar levels.

I think the conclusion is that I need to keep a tight rein on the carbs.  I can't just guess at it.

Onward!

Monday, August 27, 2018

One month in Keto

Four weeks in, what's new?

Well, my blood sugar was high (105-106) a couple of times in the past week, and I didn't cheat!  That's been a bit frustrating.  I've only eaten meat, cheese, nuts, greens, and a few vegetables (cauliflower, tomatoes, and green beans).  Oh, and the occasional blackberry (c'mon, they're practically hitting me in the head when I walk by) and square of dark (80+%) chocolate.  But, seriously, it's been a square or two of chocolate, and 4-5 berries (granted, they're HUUUUGE), and then back to meat and nuts and cheese.

And, to top it off, I gained 3 pounds in the past week.  Bummer.

So, back to being more critical of my food - actually counting the carbs and not just hoping that the tomatoes I added to my salad didn't bump me over the limit.

Other things that were different this week - I didn't drink nearly the same amount of water, and I think I mistook thirst for hunger.  Plus, I made some fat bombs that were a bit too tempting - they were like candy.  And Mary was out of town, combined with a deadline at work, I did not make time to get my regular workouts in.

So, new day, new week, back on the saddle.

I must admit, I'm not yet tired of salad and meat.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Three Weeks Keto

I'm three weeks in now, and beginning the fourth week.

So far, I believe I've avoiding annoying everyone with my keto talk.  Simone might beg to differ, but she's enjoyed the food for the most part (Mary did tell me that last week she asked, "do we have something other than chicken to eat?").  Luckily, food her food woes are quickly calmed with a piece of bacon.  Go bacon!

I began keto three weeks ago, but it's been six weeks since I cut out grains and sweeteners.  In that whole time, I'm down 13 pounds - to a slim, trim, 244# today.  And my blood level has been in the normal range, excepting one morning of 101 (too much chocolate for dessert?).

Overall, I've been feeling just as good, if not a bit better than "normal."  I have not experienced the keto flu that many talk about (and now would be the time), and my workouts have felt solid.

I think the dietary changes work for me so far.

I feel a little odd eating just meat, nuts, eggs, cheese, and greens - but three weeks in I have been happy with the food so far.

I've not yet started doing intermittent fasting - I may give that a try in week five.  I did just listen to an interesting podcast where they recommended protein fasts (as opposed to water fasts), under the idea that generally during a water fast your body uses about 1/3 a pound of lean muscle to power your day's activities - and eating just protein helps avoid that.  Granted, that's different than intermittent fasting, but still an idea.

We just went camping for three nights, which was interesting.  The yellow-jackets were certainly attracted by all the meat at meals - a bit of a downside.

On to week four!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Snoring

Mary reports that my scoring had improved already, and I'm only down 10 pounds.

Blood sugar this morning: 89

Predict review: Vermont Smoke and Cure, uncured bacon pork stick.  The texture was about perfect, and the seasoning was a nice level.  BUT... If you label something as"bacon", it had better taste of bacon.  It did not.  This is a hard pass.

Product review: Epic Meats Salt and Pepper Pork Rinds.  Well, now I've had pork rinds.  I was looking for something to munch on while driving home, and the gas station had nothing but a bunch of stuff filled/coated/glazed with sugar.  Enter pork rinds!  Nothing but fat and protein goodness.  I must say, the crunch was delightful.  The rinds were very delicate, had a wonderful salt and pepper flavor, and very satisfactory crunch.  But then, you're left with the after-texture (Simone coined that term for me).  When you eat a crunchy cheeto, it also has a lovely crunch, and it dissolves into a fine-grained powder - that if you eat too many at once might turn into a little bit of paste that sticks to your tongue.  But even that paste will easily dissolve in your saliva.  However, the "paste" that you are left with after after eating a single pork rind is a not-so-fine-grained "paste" that is apparently a bunch of fat cells.  They do not dissolve easily in your saliva, and instead kind of hang around until you drink something  Rating: first two thirds of eating a rind is awesome, the last third is terribly disappointing.  Will not be buying again - unless I have a pitcher of gin and tonics handy.