Thursday, November 01, 2012
There is only very little change as expected. My weight was up 0.4 lbs. , my body fat was down 1/2 lb and my lean muscle mass was up by 0.2 pounds.
Overall not bad given that I let my carbs go as high as 80 grams on some days and that I had to stop exercising twice, once because of tendinitis, once because of a bad cold that I still have.
The good thing is that my doctor things it's just a viral infection so will just need a few more days hopefully.
I asked about whether I should monitor my blood sugar and the answer was that it is not necessary, unless keeping my carbs at or below 50 grams/day does not bring my H A1 c levels in the normal range.
My next appointment for a body scan is in 40 days so that should give me plenty of time to make some improvements.
I found an elderberry formula that does not have sugar so this leaves me more carbs to eat.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I feel better this morning, thanks to being able to sleep in and to the elderberry syrup. I've thought about making elderberry tea instead as I have some dried elderberries which I picked last year. I'm just not sure how potent they still are. Taking 3 teaspoons of the syrup adds up to 15 grams of carbs. I'll see how I do today.
To answer some of the comments to my blog post from yesterday:
I generally take most of my supplements in the morning, all the fish oil and Vitamin D and other minerals that I don't supplement every day. This is mostly for my convenience and seems to work fine. The one exception is magnesium. My body seems to absorb it better in three daily doses of the slow-mag. If I only take it in the morning I can get leg cramps at night. This tells me that my body does not have much of a reserve, something I need to research further. I also suspect that my potassium levels sometimes get too low, which may be a partial cause as well.
Concerning the frustration of regaining weight, even on moderately low carb levels (under 100 grams/day), it is most likely the result of having abused sugar and carbs in the past, although it may also be in part genetic. Either way, it's too bad I can't have more of them, but it's a pretty small problem to have compared to many other health problems I can think of, in particular all the horrible side effects that come with uncontrolled diabetes. I can control my blood sugar and insulin levels and my percentage of body fat and with only diet and exercise. That is really good news.
My weight is down a little this morning, at 131.2 and I feel well enough to exercise a little so will do some walking later. I'm also trying to keep in mind that a year ago my weight was about 12 lbs. higher, ins spite of much more exercise. That's significant progress. I don't even know what my blood sugar levels and insulin levels were, probably pretty scary.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I got a cold today and did not feel like exercising and my carbs went over. Frustrating, still, focus needs to be on getting healthy before anything else.
1. how much did I sleep last night: 8 hours
1. how many carbs did I consume: about 80, due to taking elderberry syrup 3 times/day and also putting some raw honey in my tea
3. how much and what type of exercise did I do today: 30 minutes walking
4. what supplements did I take today: Vitamin D3, 5000 I.U., fishoil 2000 mg, slow-mag 6 capsules,
5. what was my stress level today: low
6. did I get enough salt (2-3 grams/day) and enough water (80-100oz.): yes for both
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