Monday, November 26, 2012
I forget how much food people consume on Thanksgiving. I went to two Thanksgivings over the last couple of days, both of which I flew through without any issues. I didn’t feel inclined to cheat one bit. I suppose it’s easy to stop from indulging in a food you are not allowed to eat when you think of the ramifications of doing so. That same thought process keeps me out of prison. I ate meat and vegetables, all of which were allowed. I skipped the gravy, the stuffing, potatoes and pie. I didn’t miss it one bit. I think even on the maintenance side, I wouldn’t miss it.
I had forgotten to send this journal to my email so I could write every day. These entries are more or less the thoughts bouncing around my head as this protocol moves onward.
The best news thus far is the change in my fasting blood sugar. I have been taking it every morning when I get up. The morning I started, my blood glucose was 286. That’s very high, with the normal range being 70-120 (fasting). This morning, it was 118. This is important to me because my primary motivation with starting this protocol was improving my overall health. I do not have a goal clothing size. Sure I have a weight goal, but health was always my primary motivating factor. Improving my blood glucose is paramount.
Another interesting thing, after the first week’s weigh-in, was the change in body composition. Ideal Protein’s protocol is a muscle-sparing diet regimen. My bone weight and muscle weight dropped and my body fat increased. I wondered, initially anyway, why that was. I think that my body went into a starvation mode. Why? Simply put, I am used to eating more than what I was taking in. So our body’s natural response is to increase fat storage in times of starvation to use for future fuel. I think over time, this will stabilize. I have to think my diet over the last 25 years has consisted of things that do not cause my body to go into ketosis. So I do not anticipate that this will change immediately; my body thinking it is starving for calories when it has fat to use for a long, long time. I am somewhat disappointed, but at the same time, encouraged. My coach indicated that this measurement may be considered my “jump off point" rather than my initial weigh in. Regardless, the science of what is happening inside my body is sound. I do not question the results today. I know with some diligence and consistency, the results will come. It’s only been a week!