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Old 02-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #31  
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Self-sabotage last night. I ate more pizza and wings than I recorded, plus a small glass of root beer. This morning I weighed in a 297 again. Plus, I woke up ravenously hungry. Grrrrr!

I am not getting enough of what I need to have a bm. Feeling a bit constipated this morning. I have been taking some probiotics and magnesium, but nothing is working. Have not had a bm since...Sunday?

So, game on again! I think today I'm going to really drop the carbs down to Atkins induction levels. 20 gm net. The question remains, how to get in more fiber and not raise carb levels too high. For breakfast I'm going to have a serving of the Primal Fuel meal replacement shakes with a little added psyllium, and then some chicken for added protein. And drink even more water.



Best laid plans...what I actually had for breakfast was chicken sausage and eggs, a piece of Julian bread with a slice of Jack cheese and coffee with cream.

Lunch out with my son (forgot we had a "date"): skirt steak and salad with cilantro vinaigrette and guacamole with chips. Drank iced tea with it, then had coffee with cream later.

I'm already at 41 net carbs and 110 gm protein. I hate days after a meal of pizza! Takes me a little time to get it all under control again.
I'm frustrated and freaking a little bit because I just bought a new glucometer. Haven't tested in some time. I didn't have a lot of carbs at lunch, but an hour after eating, bg was 154. So now this is going to be a game...beat the glucometer! I'm going to be testing and tracking everything! How will I get the laundry done?

Decided I won't eat anything tonight. Actually, I feel like fasting for at least 24 hours. It's the best remedy to break me of the desire for carb. Calories are at 1830 and I don't want to go over that.

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #32  
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295 lbs. Seems odd to be celebrating that number, but I am SO determined to leave it in the dust, as of tomorrow morning!

Succeeded in not eating after lunch yesterday. This morning I'm feeling fine and don't really care for food yet. I'm going to make this a fasting day, so it's definitely going to be a very exceptionally low carb day.

I got a new glucometer yesterday. It has a USB on it. Started testing myself again after six years. This morning's number was rather shocking. Thought I had been doing so well with diet and exercise alone, and that playing it loose with the carbs was okay because I'd lost nearly 60 lbs. Apparently I was WRONG!

So, I am going to get even stricter with this low-carb thing now. Plus, I'm very curious about how just fats and protein affect my blood sugar levels. There's some noise out there that fats also get bg up. I am keen to find out exactly what sorts of things affect me. I'm going to be testing everything and keep track of all of it.

As for today's fast, I'm leaning towards not eating till tomorrow morning. That'll make it a 40-hour fast. I've done plenty of 24-hour fasts, and succeeded with one 36-hour fast. I feel ambitious today. Ask me how that's working for me around 3 pm!


Well, I made it to 4:30. I made an early dinner for my son and then I totally caved and ate a few bites of some leftover mac and cheese (of all things!). So I thought if I was going to lose all composure, I'd better make it the right choices after that. I roasted some skinless chicken thighs and asparagus, then I had a piece of my Julian bread. And then my son and I settled in to watch some TV and I had a could handfuls of that Pirate Booty.

I'm actually kinda proud of myself for not going crazy. Went over on the carbs, but calories were fabulous!

Calories: 1217
Protein: 103 gm
Net carbs: 66 gm

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Old 02-17-2012, 12:22 PM   #33  
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I'm a bit confused as to which way to go at this point regarding how to eat. I started testing my blood sugar again yesterday, after several years of believing I was maintainging just fine with diet and exercise. But the last two years, weight loss has been really very difficult. In a couple weeks I'm supposed to go see my doctor to have my numbers checked. Last time, my A1c was at 6.1%. Since then (over two years ago), I've lost an additional 25 lbs, I eat better and I exercise more.

But it's evident from my blood sugar testing yesterday, and more today, that my blood sugar levels are no where they are supposed to be. Not over 180, but still too high. Even my fasting number is that high. Not a good sign.

I'm reading a lot of different stuff right now about managing type 2 with diet and exercise. There are different views on the diet front. One team is all about low carb high fat (ketogenic diet, like this leptin prescription diet, only less carbs). Another group says higer carbs combined with high fiber and low fat. Another group says low carbs, high fiber, low fat. I think none of these people have ever had diabetes and have had to lose a lot of weight at the same time!

For now, I think I'm going to keep posting here, sticking with the leptin prescription. I'll tweak it some.

Breakfast was low on the protein. Eggs with onion and spinach, cooked in ghee. Lower in calories than other days.

I skipped lunch altogether, but I kept testing my blood sugar throughout the day. It dipped to 120 after 4 pm.

Dinner: ground beef, broccoli and coconut soup, a piece of Monterey Jack Cheese. Had to muscle past the desire to eat more, but I had reached the limit of carbs that I was going to allow myself. If I want to eat something after this, it can only be protein or fat.

Calories: 1632 (yes!)
Protein: 95
Net carbs: 25 (yes!)

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Old 02-19-2012, 12:54 AM   #34  
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I spent the whole day out. I didn't track anything today...probably a good thing because tonight I went out with my friends and I had a lot to drink (a lot for me, three mixed drinks and a glass of wine). As far as eating carbs, I ate very, very few. Mostly in the form of a spinach salad at dinner.

I wonder what my blood sugar reading is going to be in the morning...
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #35  
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My blood sugar was down about 20 pts this morning! That is good! So a glass of wine in the evening is a good thing.

I'm off to San Francisco for a conference for a couple days. I'll try to check in, but no guaranty that I will. Bringing my laptop. If the presentations get boring...
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:48 PM   #36  
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Hey, Georgia!
Sorry I disappeared for a few days. I've been sick. I thought it was strep, but the test was negative. Ugh. Felt so awful, though. I'm better now.

I did low carb originally because I have blood sugar issues. I still have blood sugar issues, but I control it with diet. If I eat a load of carbs, then I feel horribly ill. I'm not sure if it's psychological or not, but it keeps me from getting away from my diet.

I've lost 1 pound. I'm not really that enthused, but I'll take it. It's better than nothing.

See you when you get back!
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Glad you feel better CandEs. I was out for a few days as well, at a conference. Tried to stick to the plan. I brought food with me so I only ate out in the evenings. I thought if I stuck to room service that I wouldn't be tempted...was I wrong! Came home with a five-pound gain after just two meals that included more than my usual carbs (that I didn't track at all). Plus, my period started, so I feel like a bloated wreck at the moment.

Back to the plan in the morning!
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Yeah, my pound came back, too. I had a small piece of king cake last night at the Ash Wednesday service. It was leftover from Tues. My boys wanted some, so I had a piece, too. Ugh! Why do I do that? Anyway, I'm hoping the pound goes back where it came from.
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King Cake! Oh, I used to get that for my birthday when we lived in Louisiana. And then when we moved overseas, I taught my cook how to make it...so glad it's out of my reach these days!

I am back on track and working the plan. Very motivated to really shed some excess fat. I was trying to do too many things at once and lost my way. KISS Geo! Just going to stick to the daily exercise (because I like how I feel), cutting carbs really low and managing calories wisely. Don't want to even try to control my bloodsugar right now. If I can't control it with these measures, then when I add stress to the mix it won't be helping at all!

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, an egg and two strips of bacon

Lunch: Roast chicken and Palak Paneer

Afternoon snack: Roasted zucchini, artichokes and peppers

Dinner: A little more chicken, romaine and cucumber salad with olive oil dressing, and a cup of coconut rice (wish I hadn't done that, but it smelled so good!)

Snack before bed: handful of macadamia nuts

Calories: 1879
Protein: 79 gm (Yes! Much better!)
Net Carbs: 69 gm

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My blood sugar is still over 140 in the mornings. That does not make me happy! Today I plan to really slash back the carbs again. No more starchy carbs that I've caved to because they smell so good!

Breakfast: Chicken and scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil, plus some coconut milk in my coffee

(I'm not eating veggies at breakfast because I'm saving them for later, but I started taking a spirulina and a "green" pytonutrient supplement to help me get all my veggie nutrients.)

Lunch: grilled wild Coho salmon, mixed greens sauteed in coconut oil

Afternoon snack: Vivani 70% cocoa dark chocolate with orange, macadamia nuts

(I'm so happy right now! Blood glucose came in at 110 a couple hours after lunch!)

Dinner: My son wanted spaghetti...aaaauuuuugggghhhh! I did manage to just stick to the 2 oz portion of whole wheat spaghetti, and made a sauce with ground turkey and organic and very low carb spaghetti sauce. Had a salad too.

Net carbs: 76 gm
Protein: 136 gm
Calories: 1913

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Happy to report morning blood sugar down to 126 this morning! 26 points to go!

Breakfast: chicken breast and mixed greens sauteed in coconut oil and bacon fat. Despite the single gram of carbohydrates in this breakfast, but blood sugar popped back up to 149. Goes to show that fats and proteins have an effect on blood sugar too for my body. I'm really going to work harder to cut those as well.

For the rest of today, I am fasting. See you tomorrow!



Oh, the best laid plans...

I got hungry!!!! But I'm glad to have fasted for as long as I did because I got my blood sugar down to 104 around 6:30 this evening before having dinner. And I managed to keep total calories for the day under 1300! I'm really pleased with myself!

Dinner: turkey burger patty, sweet potato, celery with almond butter, romaine lettuce with olive oil dressing, and a little homemade potato salad with mayo.

Net carbs: 51 gm
Protein: 61 gm (perfect!)
Calories: 1251

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This morning my blood sugar was at 126 again. Sticking with the lowering trend. I will keep at this until I get the readings I want.

Breakfast of Applegate Farms bacon, eggs, Julian Bakery Sourdough bread and a little bacon grease drizzled on it, plus some coconut milk in my coffee. My blood sugar was back in the 140s two hours later, but two hours after that, it's down to 82! Someone suggested I try a ketogenic ratio of my macronutrients to help control the blood sugar. That's 1:4:1 carb/fat/protein. I almost got it there. It's going to be a little work to tweak that mix.

I'm done eating for the day. Had a late lunch (around 3) and my son had a bag of corn tortilla chips on the sofa and my hand accidently fell into the bag and forced several chips into my mouth, one salty delicious crunch after another...

I also had some palak paneer (Indian spinach dish) and some coconut cream in a cup of coffee. And a little leftover ground turkey in pasta sauce (but no pasta). At 5 pm, my blood sugar is 181. Waaaaay to high! I could have stopped with just the palak paneer and coffee with cream, like I had planned. So, I'm done for tonight.

I have to say, with blood sugar making such a wide swing, I don't really feel right. Woozy.

Net carbs: 48 gm
Protein: 64 gm
Calories: 1645

See, I totally didn't overeat on calories, not even the carbs, but the timing of the carb-fest did me in. I feel too woozy to go to Pilates!

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Well, I can't have everything. But my weight is down to a new low of 292.5.
My blood glucose was up at 143 again this morning. I had a big glass of water, took a shower, tidied up about around the house and then started to feel a little wonky. Thought to myself, "Hmm, must be time for breakfast because it feels like my blood sugar has dropped." Nope, it had gone up to 168.

Had a good breakfast of bacon, Julian sourdough toast, an egg, plus coconut cream in my coffee. I won't be able to test blood glucose for a few hours because I have a double tap on Pilates classes today, advanced mat class and a movement breakdown class. I love my Friday mornings!

Lunch: went out with a friend to my favorite local restaurant for Greek salad and grilled salmon. And two cocktails! Two hours past lunch and my blood glucose was 139. Wish it was lower, but happy it's not as high as I thought it was going to be. Hope to be done eating for the day after that meal.

Net carbs: 37 gm
Alcohol: 28 gm
Protein: 64 gm
Calories: 1365

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I think I'm done tracking on this thread. I am leaving tomorrow for the week and won't be able to check in much. I'll just keep on top of my choices. I'm not sure this leptin prescription was undertaken properly, but I'm still on a slow downward trend. Albeit bumpy! I'm not more concerned with my blood sugar levels. I know from experience that if I start to track/measure too many things, I get really obsessed with it and can't actually get things done in my life. Better to walk away from the tracking than living the plan.
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