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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Due to a lot of stress that popped up recently, for the past couple weeks I started eating crap again. I knew what it was doing (and it confirmed that my body really doesn't like excess carbs and reacts to it), but at the time I just couldn't bring myself to care. Not surprisingly, I gained back about 11 or 12 lbs, but thankfully the inches didn't come back along with.

Finally I had enough of feeling unnecessarily crappy and to start taking care of myself again. Basically restart what I know works for me. As an added bonus, I got my latest physical's lab results in the mail on that same day I decided to restart.

Now prior to the physical, I had been doing a good job at sticking to my low-carb eating for the previous 6 months. If I had slip-ups, they were very minor and I would just get back to what I was doing...so the labs should be a good representation of whether or not this sort of plan has me going in the right direction physiologically.

Well, compared to last year, my numbers have all improved! My cholesterol numbers are all (but one) within normal range (and the last one is only a couple points off). My fasting blood sugar levels have dropped dramatically, even compared to the last time (before the physical) that I took my own measurements.

For comparison sake:
-- Results for 2011--
Gluc=103 (which 6 months ago had gone up to 120 just before starting low-carb)
Chol=208 (normal range 140-200)
TGL=132 (range 35-150)
HDL=29 (should be >40)
LDL=153 (range 80-130)
CHD=7.17 (range 0.00-4.44)

--Results for 2012 after only changing diet--

Very encouraging results and great motivation to know I'm able to get results worth the effort. Also should keep the doctor's nurse from slipping comments about the threat of getting put on a cholesterol med...which if you can possibly avoid getting onto those things, do so. I still remember what one of my professors in college said about the stuff and how most people (according to him) once on them never come off. No thanks!

So, I'll keep on truckin' and all. Put together a physical log to write in each day. Figure I'm more likely to fill that out on a regular basis than if I have to login or get to a computer. And if I'm logging more readily, I'm more likely to keep an eye on what I eat since I'll be listing it all in the log (though I don't plan on going crazy adding weights or sizes outside of tracking any "discretionary carbs" I might take in within a day so I can avoid going overboard).

TIll next time!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Very true!

    It's one thing to know you FEEL better doing something. Another to have some actual numbers to back up what you suspect is happening. :D
    2134 days ago
    At least you're starting to recognize what makes you feel good and what doesn't. And it's good to have some confirmation from the lab that what you're doing works!
    2134 days ago
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