Thursday, October 18, 2012
The scales were at 128 lbs. today, my lowest weight since I was 14. Amazingly there is still a significant amount of body fat left on my belly and my butt, LOL.
I know now that I can easily go down to 124 and not be too skinny, although once muscle mass increases significantly those pounds would have to come back on.
Overall I'm amazed how fast this is going. I may switch to slightly higher carbs in about a week if the progress continues as it has been.
I forgot to record one food item yesterday, about 4 oz. of brie cheese, in case anyone was wondering if my calories were low yesterday.
My energy level was good yesterday, with brief moments of a mild head ache. I also figured out that I need to use slow-mag for magnesium on days I don't have time to eat breakfast because my stomach complains otherwise.
To answer some questions:
At this point I may shoot for a body fat percentage of 18% rather than 20%, but will judge more by how I look and feel and how my glucose and insulin levels are long-term. The reason for taking this step was improved function and being able to easily fit into size 4 jeans is an added benefit, not the goal.
Increasing protein may have the same effect as increasing carbs, but given the benefit it has for being able to build muscle I may increase it a little before the carbs (if I manage to do more exercise).
Concerning being able to tell the difference between organic vs. non-organic, no, I honestly can't tell the difference, at least with meat. But given my cancer history I should not take too many chances of eating food that has more pesticides in it.
The reason that it's harder to tell the difference with Mc Donald's is that the food is fairly heavily salted, which is fine when on low-carb, but it makes the lack of other flavors less noticable. They may also add other flavors, I haven't taken the time to look, hoping that going there will be a very rare occasion.
I can easily tell the difference between homegrown vegetables (organic) and even organic produce from the grocery store. Some locally grown (non-organic, but non-spray) veggies are just as good.
Now I'm heading out without breakfast again, but with coffee with lots of cream. I'm taking my daughter to an appointment with my new doctor who treats with nutrition before anything else. I'm thrilled that I found her and that my daughter will be able to prevent so many diseases that I had to be treated for, including cancer, pre-diabetes, thyroid issues and obesity.
Eating breakfast and packing lunch will start tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
My weight was 129.2 pounds this morning.
I managed to get two walks with the dogs in but no time for anything else.
I did not have time for breakfast, only a cup of coffee with cream and my supplements. Being away from home for most of the day we had lunch at Mc Donald's again, another double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup. I know this is less than ideal, the meat is not from grass-fed animals nor organic so I'm hoping not to repeat this too often.
After that we went to the mall and while there I had another cup of coffee at Starbucks and discovered their chocolate-covered almonds. I ate about 6 of those for about 8 grams of carbs.
The next meal in the late afternoon was at the Safeway salad bar, a big pile of mixed lettuce with some chicken breast, cheese and vinaigrette with olive oil, followed by another cup of coffee with cream. It's 5:30pm and I don't think I'll need anything else to eat today. If I feel like it I might have a little more homemade, sugar-free ice cream.
3 cups of coffee today was a little more than normal for me.
My hope is to eat most meals at home for the rest of this week, cut down on the caffeine and get more exercise in. I think given the circumstances I made decent choices today.
Tomorrow we'll go ice skating for the first time this season. I'm really looking forward to it.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
There are a couple of reasons:
The physical process of switching to ketosis is done.
Some of my feeling a little off yesterday was probably from the chlorine when swimming. My eyes and throat are a little sensitive to it and both were burning slightly, just like getting a cold, for the rest of the day. I hope that as I get better at adjusting my goggles and breathing correctly without swallowing pool water , (yuck!) this will be less of a problem. Also, once my daughter's swim season is over I'll spend less time sitting at pool side smelling chlorinated air.
I'm glad I went to bed early last night because an open window, a lot of wind and some dogs led to some sleep interruptions. But I still feel rested now.
Now the good stuff: My weight was 129.8 this morning so things are moving in the right direction.
My husband had to go to a conference where they served breakfast and ALL the food had lots of grain and sugar in it (muffins, bagels, croissants etc.) He managed by eating fruit (his blood sugar is normal) and putting LOTS of cream in his coffee. I'm sure other people noticed.
I'm so excited to get to watch my daughter's swim meet this afternoon. There is a good chance of making state time at least for one of the relays and it's a very young team because many seniors left last year. The fact that they are doing so well encourages me to work harder on my swimming. Another example that true leadership is by example. Those girls have worked their butts off to get where they are and most of them take pride in their six-pack abs and strong arms.
I got to read some very good stuff about gymnastisizing horses (dressage) yesterday and was amazed again at how much transfers to conditioning in people.
When training/conditioning animals one can not just tell them to do X number of reps in three sets, but one has to find fun ways to get them to use their body correctly or they will put in the least amount of effort possible. I find people are really the same. There are many drill instructors at every gym who will gladly take our money to kick our butts, but frankly, that does not teach most of us anything about enjoying exercise, in spite of what the "The Biggest Loser" would have us believe.
The elegant way to change behavior is to find natural motivators that make the right thing more fun than the wrong thing. In horse and dog training I use food, play, touch and a soft, friendly voice to encourage and motivate. We can do the same in people, for ourselves and for others. The best motivation can often be the activity itself once we have learned the basics.
I have enjoyed swimming a lot more once my freestyle-stroke became smoother and I had more of a sensation of gliding on the water. I have enjoyed running more since I learned to use my body naturally (without shoes) and I have enjoyed horseback riding more since my spine has learned to absorb the bouncing movement of the horse at the trot and canter.
I remember the thrill when I managed my first little jump on figure skates last winter knowing that I was going to land on the correct part of my blade rather than on my butt.
But all beginnings are hard and finding exterior motivators are the best we can do to to make progress. Picking an activity that we truly enjoy (or at least can imagine enjoying) is critical. A walk through the woods on a fall day may be more appropriate and empowering than an hour at the gym doing intervals.
So today, I'm going to enjoy the sun and the wind and my dogs and take a good walk in the morning, knowing that this afternoon the only exercise I'll be getting is pushing the buttons on a stop watch and cheering our swimmers on.
Boy, this blog was all over the place. Thanks for reading all the way through.
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