SugarFree Protocol – Kym

This is Kym’s Thread.

Kym’s Introduction:

Hi! My name is Kym and I’m a recovering diet-aholic.

I am forty-years-old and have been on every diet imaginable: the Mayo clinic diet, the steak diet, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, Atkins, Master your Metabolism (Jillian Michaels) and HCG along with exercise sometimes. (I’m sure there’s more but my memory is slowly fading as I get older…) It wasn’t until HCG that I really lost the weight. I really didn’t have a weight problem until my twenties. In my teenage years I thought I was fat but looking back I was not. I’m 5’11” and have always been the tallest girl in school. It was embarrassing when the school nurse would take weight measurements because I weighed more than some of the boys. I didn’t get it at the time. It was because I was tall, not fat, that I weighed more than others. The mindset of being fat started in grade school and once I got to junior high and high school my mission to weigh less started.

I think the first diet I tried was the three-day Mayo Clinic diet. I would lose the weight and then gain it all back plus some. It just started a yo-yo dieting life. I have also been an on and off again smoker since I was seventeen. I quit for the last time in 2007 and gained over thirty pounds on top of my already obese weight. I got up to 267 pounds, weighing almost as much as my husband at the time who is not a small man at six-foot-two.

It was a wake-up call. That’s when I came across this “too good to be true” diet called HCG. I knew this was my miracle diet and I was dedicated and followed it to a “tee” based on the information I was given. When I started I weighed 253.6 pounds. I did four rounds. The first was in March, 2010 and the last was in October of the same year. I did homeopathic HCG my first round and then RX sub-lingual drops the remaining three. I got down to 178 and a size 12. I kept most of the weight off for a while considering all the stress I was going through.

The last few months my weight has been quickly rising. I started to do another round of hCG and came across SugarFree’s blog.

SugarFree was kind enough to respond to my cry for help. I got all the blood tests suggested and found that I have hypothyroidism.  I have been hospitalized with pancreatitis five times and had small bouts treated outside the hospital at least twice. The docs in the ER thought at first it was from alcoholism, but I think it’s because my triglycerides have always been extremely high. The highest, not fasting, was at 5,000. The lowest result, fasting, was in July, which was at 167 and that is still too high. My goal is to get healthy. I’m not going to lie: I also want to wear a size ten so I can wear cute clothes without feeling self-conscious. My self-confidence has always been low because of my size. I don’t want to have to worry about that anymore.

My current schedule is a bit outrageous due to a situation out of my control. I get up at 3:45 in the morning and most days do not get home until 8:00 – 9:00 at night. Needless to say, I will need to do a lot of pre-planning for the week to follow the program, but I am committed and ready to jump into the SugarFree Protocol full force. One thing I have to say about myself when I am truly committed to something, I go into it 100%. I’m not saying I won’t make a mistake or two but as with HCG, it’s a learning process and I plan on doing all I need to reach my goals. Happy to get healthy!

Make it a good day!
Kym

Welcome, Kym — we’re so  happy to have you join us. And thank you for sharing so much with ‘virtual’ strangers. I know I speak for many of my readers when I say I’m happy that you’re off HCG for good, and that I’m looking forward to your getting healthy, too. 🙂

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 9/5

Weight: 212.4

Measurements:
Bust: 43″
Waist: 41.5″
Hips: 46″

Morning coffee with 0.75 oz. Heavy Cream

Breakfast/Lunch:
– 8 oz. Pork Loin
– 6 oz. Green Beans
– 0.5 T. Butter
– 0.75 oz. Sour Cream
2.5 oz. Red Potatoes

Dinner:
– 8 oz. Greens
– 2 whole egg
– 0.75 oz. Bacon

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 834
– Fat: 51.2 grams (55%)
– Protein: 67.2 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 26.2 grams (13%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 118
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 102

I’m getting the hang of things. I was a little surprised at my glucose readings. I expected them to be a little lower. I’m wondering if I didn’t have enough fat with my potatoes. I was a little hungry around 3:45 when I got home from the movies but I wonder if it was more psychological. I was full before finishing each meal, especially the second one. I used to drink my coffee without the cream. I might try skipping it on Tuesday and adding it with my starchy carb to see if the readings are a bit better.

I had a lot going today to prepare for the week and other chores. I felt a little overwhelmed trying to remember to do everything. I’m sure it will soon become easier. I’m excited to see what the numbers for tomorrow. Until then…

[Note: Yes, there was too little fat with too much starchy carb … for you. At least right now. Good for you for noticing so quickly. 🙂 The hunger came from the same place — especially because you are not yet experiencing lipolysis, and also because you may need more food at your bigger meal; perhaps a salad in addition to the other food. If you keep eating well you should go into lipolysis  the next few days.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 9/6

Weight: 209.4 = down 3 pounds

Breakfast:
– 1 oz sourdough bread
– 8 oz 85% lean ground beef
– 7 oz asparagus
– 4 oz spinach

Dinner:
– 4 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites
– ½ T. mayo

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 835.3
– Fat: 50.5 grams (54%)
– Protein: 70.8 grams (34%)
– Carbs: 24.4 grams (12%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 109
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 102

Wow! When I woke up I could already feel my tummy was a little flatter and the scale showed a 3 pound drop since yesterday. I’m very excited considering my blood sugar numbers. I feel great today. I wasn’t hungry until it got close to eating breakfast/lunch. I was super full after and felt slightly bloated. I had a ton of energy today, almost too much. My BG numbers are a little better than yesterday, a little. The Ketostix was still negative today. I’m hoping it’ll show a trace tomorrow. I’m wondering if for now I might need to lower the starchy carb intake even more.

[Note: WOW indeed! However, most of that three pounds is water — but it’s a great start. Once you’ve eliminated all the excess water your body has accumulated (4 water molecules for each gram of carbohydrate) by eating many more carbs than now, all the remaining loss will be fat.

Do not cut down on the starchy carbs; too few for too long a time causes major thyroid hormone hypothyroid. Your BS numbers will remain higher than normal for a while, but will come down as your insulin resistance lessens and your cells become more insulin sensitive. Remember, your metabolism didn’t break in a week or two, and it will take at least that long or longer to heal. Baby steps. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 9/7

Weight: 207.2 = down 2.2 pounds

Morning: coffee with .25 oz heavy cream

Breakfast:
– 8 oz pork loin
– 1.5 oz red potato
– 1.5 T. Butter
– 1 oz sour cream
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz artichoke hearts

Dinner:
– 8 oz mixed greens
– 0.75 oz bacon
– 2 egg white
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 831.8
– Fat: 53 grams (57%)
– Protein: 67.9 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 20.8 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 101
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 102

At the start of day three, I’m down 2.2 pounds making it 5.2 pounds in two days. I felt great this morning considering I get up at 3:45 a.m. My ketostix was still negative this morning. I’m sure lipolysis will come soon. I did start to lose steam around nine this morning. Energy leveled out and I was hungry around 10:30 when I ate. It is more food than you think. I was full 2/3 of the way through my meal. I was still extremely full two hours after eating. Energy picked up after eating though. Usually I feel drained and want a nap after eating a big meal like that.

[Note: Look at how your PP blood sugars have fallen — fantastic! And don’t worry about the ketostix; they are not always indicative of ketosis, since folks who drink a lot of liquid during the day dilute the ketones in the urine. There are other ways to tell: being able to go long hours between meals without hunger. No cravings for sweets. Ketone breath (believe me, you’ll know) and of course — loss of inches around the waist. That means fat loss, which means fat burn, which means lipolysis because the body can’t burn excess adipose fat without it. This is a great start, Kym. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 9/8

Weight: 206.8 = down 0.4 pounds

Breakfast:
– 8 oz pork loin
– 1.5 oz red potato
– 1 T. Butter
– 0.5 oz sour cream
– 4 oz broccoli
– 3 oz artichoke hearts
– 1 oz onion
– 4 oz green beans

Dinner:
– 4 oz mixed spring lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 863.7
– Fat: 53.3 grams (56%)
– Protein: 70.2 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 28.8 grams (12%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 125
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 107

My fasting glucose was high this morning, but I did show a Trace on the Ketostix. I’ve been wracking my brain this morning to figure out why it’s higher than it has been. Without thinking, I did lick the sour cream spoon when preparing my lunch for today. Habit… It was around 8:30/9:00 last night. I’m not really sure. I did get an unsweetened tea from a restaurant. Maybe there was something in that. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I ate later than normal. I wasn’t able to get my evening meal until 7:00 p.m.

My BG after my big meal is very surprising. After thinking about what I ate, either I didn’t have enough fat with my potato or it is because I took my vitamins with my morning meal. I tend to take them with my afternoon/evening meal but I thought I’d take them early because I got a lot going on and was afraid I’d forget. I also noticed I was really shaky before taking my 1st BG and it lasted for about 45 minutes to an hour. Today was just a really weird day for some reason.

[Note: This is the educational part of the Protocol: Your. Meter. Never. Lies. Nor is it ever ‘weird’. What it is telling you is that you ate something with sugar last night. Since the only thing you had for dinner that you didn’t prepare yourself, it had to be the tea. This is one of the great uses for the meter: a restaurant tells you there’s no sugar in a dish. You eat it, and test it with your meter. If your meter says sugar, there was sugar in that dish no matter what the restaurant told you. It has nothing to do with licking a spoon or eating late.

As for your high PP’s today, you ate it is because you ate the same size potato as yesterday, but with exactly half the fat. Now you know your body won’t let you do that. You’ll either need to cut out the potato if you only have that much fat to eat, or cut it in half, or juggle something else. That’s the beauty of using your meter daily — you always know if you’re okay with what you just ate … or not. To measure your progress in healing your metabolism and becoming more insulin sensitive, eat the same meal three months from now. If your BS doesn’t spike the way it did today, you’re getting better. 🙂

By the way … your loss today was all fat!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 9/9

Weight: 205.6 = down 1.2 pounds

Breakfast:
– 0.5 oz sourdough bread
– 8 oz 85% lean ground beef
– 7 oz asparagus
– 3 oz spinach
– 2 oz red pepper

Dinner:
– 1 oz mixed lettuce
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites
– 0.5 T. mayo
– 1 oz mushrooms
– 1 oz tomatoes

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 832.4
– Fat: 50.8 grams (55%)
– Protein: 71.3 grams (34%)
– Carbs: 22.5 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 107
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 102

My fasting glucose was much better this morning. SugarFree knows what she’s talking about! 🙂 The meter never lies. It must have been the supposed “unsweetened” tea. I woke up feeling great. Down another 1.2 pounds and TOM started. Normally my weight spikes at least 2 pounds the day I start. I’m also 5 days early so it was a bit of a surprise.

I wasn’t hungry and almost forgot to eat. I’ve been eating around 10:15. I got busy with work and suddenly realized it was almost 10:30 since I had no hunger pangs.

Lots of energy today with little sleep. I feel great!

[Note: Wow — you’ve lost nearly 7 pounds in 5 days. Can’t wait to see your measurements on Monday!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 9/10

Weight: 204.4 = down 1.2 pounds

Breakfast:
– 1.5 oz red potato
– 8 oz 85% lean ground beef
– 1 oz spring mix (lettuce)
– 3 oz spinach
– 2 oz red pepper
– 1 oz onions, sweet
– 1 oz tomato
– 1 oz Avocado Dressing

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Avocado
1/8 cup Mayonnaise
Jalapeno Peppers

Dinner:
– 1 oz mixed lettuce
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 778.7
– Fat: 50.3 grams (58%)
– Protein: 64.3 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 17.2 grams (9%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose: Bad Strips. New ones on order.

Yeah for Saturday! Slept in a bit. Woke up with a ton of energy. Nice to see 1.2 pound drop again… a total of 8 in 6 days. I don’t feel deprived at all. Still super full after the big meal. Love my avocado dressing. I just came up with it one time when I was making taco salad a few months ago so I decided to have one today since I had time. It was delish, even though it was with mostly spinach. Next time I’ll figure the numbers to include some cheese.

Can’t wait to see Monday’s measurements!!! I can feel a difference already in my clothes.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 9/11

Weight: 203.8 = down 0.6 pounds

Breakfast:
– 1.5 oz red potato
– 1.75 T butter
– 8 shrimp
– 1 oz onions, sweet
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 oz sour cream

Dinner:

– 8 oz spinach
– 2 whole egg
– 1 oz cheddar cheese
– 7 oz asparagus

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 820.1
– Fat: 49.7 grams (55%)
– Protein: 72.2 grams (35%)
– Carbs: 21 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose: Need new strips

Good day. I woke up with lots of energy. After 7 days, I’m down 8.6 pounds. I put on a pair of shorts today that just last week I wouldn’t wear because they were too snug and was able to comfortably wear them today. It felt great.

I’m bummed that my test strips are bad. My new ones should hopefully be here soon. I love the foods you can eat as compared to what you can have when on HCG. A lot more satisfying and I don’t feel hungry. Tomorrow will be the start of week two and measurements. Stay tuned…

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 9/12

Weight: 204.6 = up .8 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 42″ = down 1 inch
Waist: 40″ = down 1.5 inches
Hips: 45″ = down 1 inch

Breakfast:
– 8 oz 85% lean ground beef
– 7 oz asparagus
– 7 oz spinach
– 1 oz mushroom
– 1 oz onion

Dinner:
– 2 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites
– ½ T. mayo

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 783
– Fat: 50.6 grams (58%)
– Protein: 69.4 grams (35%)
– Carbs: 12.5 grams (6%)

Ketostix: Trace

Not sure about going up in weight but not worried about it. An amazing 3.5 inches have disappeared and that’s what is important. I’m finishing TOM and a woman’s body does crazy things around that time. I know mine does. I also ate late, stayed up later than I should’ve, and got up early. Sleep is very important for dropping the pounds. Stress is a factor too and I’ve been under a lot of that lately. I still feel great considering I only slept five hours.

The new test strips should be delivered this week.

[Note: Kym, the weight gain is 100% water, and to be expected. If you read some of the other participant threads you’ll see this comes up a lot. When you lose a lot of weight — that is to say, fat — in a short period of time, the body replaces the lost fat from the cells with water as a placeholder for the fat it’s sure is coming back.

Sometimes that water replacement is by weight, and sometimes by volume … no one knows exactly why the body chooses which method. When it’s ready, your body will simply dump it. The real story is, as you’ve said, your incredible inch/fat loss this week, and that is fantastic! Your weight/inch loss will likely slow this week, but keeping it all off in Maintenance is the goal. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 9/13

Weight: 204.8 = up 0.2 pounds

Breakfast:
– 7 oz beef, chuck, arm pot roast
– 4 oz broccoli
– 7 oz green beans
– 1.5 oz potato
– 1 T butter

Dinner:
– 4 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 3 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 861.6
– Fat: 56.4 grams (59%)
– Protein: 66.2 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 22.3 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose: Test strips should be delivered in the next couple of days. Body still catching up to rapid weight reduction.

I woke up a little shaky. Later I had a slight headache and an upset stomach. I feel very tired, but probably more from lack of sleep. I’m up a tiny bit again today. I drank a lot of water yesterday so my ketostix test was probably a little diluted. It still shows “trace” though.

[Note: Next time you wake up shaky, eat a small piece of cheese. It’s likely low blood sugar … but your other symptoms suggest you may be fighting off something. As for the weight gain don’t worry … it’s just water and will come off when your body is ready.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 9/14

Weight: 203.2 = down 1.6 pounds

Breakfast:
– 7 oz Pork, fresh, loin, top loin (chops)
– 6 oz broccoli
– 5 oz summer squash, yellow
– 2.5 oz artichoke hearts
– 2.0 oz white corn
– 1 T butter
– 1 T Parmesan cheese

Dinner:
– 2 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 831.8
– Fat: 51.4 grams (56%)
– Protein: 67.7 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 24.6 grams (12%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose: no strips

I woke up a little shaky again. I ate a bite of cheese as SugarFree suggested and felt much better. I knew today I would have a good release. I’m down 1.6 pounds putting me at 9 pounds gone in as many days. I feel great.

I had lots of energy all day. As usual, could barely finish my big meal. I was full before I even got started on my protein. I didn’t even feel hungry when I ate but needed to get my meal in because I had things to do.

According to the tracking on USPS, my test strips are still in NJ. Ugh! I wish they had the ones I wanted through Amazon Prime where I get 2 day shipping. This is crazy.

[Note: I’m sure they’ll be here soon. Meanwhile — nine pounds in nine days! As I’ve said so many times on this blog, it was NEVER the HCG as the active factor (because it isn’t active in non-pregnant women, except to give you more fat cells) — it was/is the food!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 9/15

Weight: 203.4 = up 0.2 pounds

Breakfast:
– 7 oz beef, chuck, arm pot roast
– 6 oz broccoli
– 7 oz summer squash, yellow
– 2.5 oz artichoke hearts
– 1.5 oz potato
– 0.5 T Mayo

Dinner:
– 3 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole egg
– 2 egg whites
– 1 T Parmesan cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 792.2
– Fat: 51 grams (58%)
– Protein: 62.9 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 20.4 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose: no strips

I wasn’t shaky this morning.  Up a tiny bit today in weight. Yesterday I didn’t drink as much water as usually do, but I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. 🙂

After breakfast, I felt really bloated. Haven’t felt like that since starting protocol. I’ve felt full before but not bloated.  Have a great day everyone!

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 9/16

Weight: 203.2 = down 0.2 pounds

Breakfast:
– 8 oz 85% Lean Ground Beef (Organic)
– 6 oz spinach
– 7 oz summer squash, yellow
– 2 oz mushrooms
– 2.0 oz potato
– 0.75 T butter
– 1 oz onion

Dinner:
– 4 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole eggs
– 3 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 849
– Fat: 53.4 grams (57%)
– Protein: 71.0 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 21.1 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 74
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 102
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 96

A little shaky this morning. I had just a bite of cheese and was much better after. I finally got my new test strips. I compared them to the other ones and it was an 11 point difference. My old ones said 85 and the new ones 74 for my fasting glucose. Now that I have the correct test strips for my meter we’ll get the true story.

I can’t tell you how much better I feel about myself and I can feel the confidence in my walk. I just feel great about everything even though I am dealing with a very stressful situation. I know that I can make it through. It’s funny how the kinds of food you eat can actually make you feel better emotionally as well.  Another feel good day and it’s Friday!

[Note: Kym, I’m so glad my Protocol could help! On to Maintenance next week. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 9/17

Weight: 203.2 = no change

Breakfast:
– 8 oz 85% Lean Ground Beef
– 6 oz spinach
– 7 oz summer squash, yellow
– 2 oz mushrooms
– 2.0 oz potato
– 0.75 T butter
– 1 oz onion

Dinner:
– 4 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole eggs
– 3 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 849
– Fat: 53.4 grams (57%)
– Protein: 71.0 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 21.1 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 107
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 91

A little shaky again this morning. Otherwise, all is well still. No change in weight. Maintenance is around the corner. I’m a little apprehensive about it because in the past once the actual “diet” is over, the weight comes back. I have confidence in this protocol though and SugarFree’s guidance on how to handle it. It’ll all be good! 😀

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 9/18

Weight: 203.8 = up 0.6

Breakfast:
– 7 oz pork, loin, chop
– 6 oz broccoli
– 3 oz green beans
– 4 oz artichoke hearts
– 2 oz potato
– 1 T butter

Dinner:
– 3 oz mixed lettuce
– 2 whole eggs
– 3 egg whites
– 0.5 T mayo

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 823.7
– Fat: 49.3 grams (54%)
– Protein: 69.2 grams (34%)
– Carbs: 25.8 grams (12%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 95
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 75

Maintenance starts tomorrow! I’m up a little bit today. I’ve been pretty much holding steady all week as far as weight. I’m pleased with the two weeks on protocol and look forward to maintenance. Measurements will be posted tomorrow. I have lots of energy today and feel great.

There are many things about this protocol that are so much better than being on HCG.  Here are a few:

•       Little to no hunger
•       Foods eaten were actually enjoyable
•       Always super full before even finishing the big meal
•       No fear of touching the “fat” in foods
•       Most importantly… I can still apply lotion!!!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 9/19

Weight: 204.8 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 42″ = no change
Waist: 39.75″ = down .25″ [since starting Protocol = down 1.75″]
Hips: 45″ = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 109
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 93

I’m up a pound today. I don’t think I drank enough water yesterday. I always have a hard time getting my water in on the weekends. It was a bit disappointing. I was hoping to be down one for the first day of maintenance. I felt a bit tired after my first meal. I had twice as much potato than what I’ve been used to.

[Note: Maintenance is NOT for losing weight, it’s for stabilizing the body after losing a lot of pounds and inches. And you’ve lost a lot of both in a short time. 🙂 So it’s important  to understand and accept that your body WILL fill your emptier fat cells with water. There are no exceptions to this for anyone. It’s basic biology, and is based on species survival. If you eat properly on Maintenance — which means not doubling your potato intake, and watching your meter like a hawk and learning from it — you will maintain the loss and allow your body to settle into accepting your new set-point. Once it does that, it will dump the water. That could take a day or two, or a week or two.

Learning from your meter is crucial to this process, because if you allow yourself to have increased blood sugar readings you WILL regain the weight! So if you eat more starchy carbs than usual, AND your meter goes up, reduce or eliminate those types of carbs for the next few days, then add a small amount back in and see how it goes. This is one of the reasons there’s no fruit on the first week of Maintenance. And if you spike when you do eat some, don’t eat any for another week, and then eat half the amount with double the fat.

Also, there’s no correlation between drinking water and weight gain or loss (unless you’re in a race and/or on a desert island). Just drink when you’re thirsty. You may drink water like a fish, but if your body is storing water in your fat cells, it won’t make any difference. Not even a diuretic will work on that type of storage. Your body will only dump it when it’s assured there is sufficient ‘energy’ coming in, and for the ketone-adapted, as are all the Participants, that means eating lots of fat. That won’t happen on the first or maybe even the eighth day of Maintenance — but it WILL happen!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 9/20

Weight: 206.2 = up 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 110
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 106

I’m up a 1.4 pounds. Yikes! But I was told this is normal after the first day of maintenance so I’m trying to not let it scare me. I was feeling a bit sluggish this morning and tired but I’m sure it is from more lack of sleep. Things should slow down after this week so I can get more sleep. I desperately need it.

My 1-hour spiked to 110. I used 2 T. butter on the potato. I did feel a bit bloated about an hour after eating. I’m going to have baguette instead of potato tomorrow (with lots of fat of course) so we’ll see how I do with that…

[Note: I’m pretty sure the spike was due to the processed salad dressing you ate yesterday, which you’ve eliminated today and in the future. I don’t care what labels say — if you spike after eating a food, it contains sugar. If it’s a potato and you ate it with 2 T. butter, next time cut the amount in half and double the fat!

One of the goals of Protocol is to have participants understand that their meters talk to them. If they show a spike, it’s time to go over every single food in that meal until you figure out what could have caused it. Then, eat the same meal again but without that food. If you’re okay, you’ve found the culprit. The meter will be your BF … if you let it. 🙂

Finally, lack of sleep is critical to a healthy metabolism, especially for the insulin resistant. Lack of sleep causes cortisol to rise, which causes insulin to rise, which inhibits lipolysis, which leads to fat storage instead of fat burn. One bad night of sleep, no problem. Long-term sleep deprivation causes a chronic cortisol problem that will not be solved by a single good night’s sleep, unfortunately.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 9/21

Weight: 204.4 = down 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 122
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 124

Yay! Back down 1.8 pounds. Got rid of that water SugarFree was talking about.

But also … ouch! I had 1 oz of bread with my big meal. I checked and double checked for sugar or other disguised sugar ingredients and there were none, just flour, yeast, water, and salt. I have dissected everything and cannot figure it out. I thought it was just the potatoes that hated me. Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast:
6 oz. Tuna
3 T. HELLMAN’S MAYO
2 T. Cream Cheese
2 T. Butter
6 oz. Squash
7 oz. Broccoli
1 oz. Olives
1 oz. French Baguette
1.5 oz. Celery
1 Egg
1 T. Olive Oil

[Note: Mystery of the high (VERY high) blood sugars solved! Turns out it was the Mayo. Aside from the fact that Hellman’s is made with 100% soybean oil (essentially highly chemically processed industrial sludge that’s all Omega-6) that shouldn’t be eaten by anyone, it’s made with SUGAR. If you can’t find a mayo with zero sugar and good Omega-3 oil, make your own. It’s easy and if you make my recipe, which is fermented, it will last a month or more in the fridge. If it lasts that long. :)]

Homemade Fermented Mayonnaise

Unlike regular homemade mayo that only lasts a few days in the fridge, this mayonnaise is slightly fermented and will last for a month or so in the refrigerator. The choice of oil for mayo is crucial. But if you don’t use soybean or vegetable oils (PUFAs) — and you shouldn’t — what’s left?

I use rice bran oil and/or a combo of rice bran and olive oil, either of which is perfect for mayo. Coconut Oil won’t work because as soon as it gets in the fridge it hardens, and all olive oil provides too much flavor in this case. Mayo should be a behind-the-scenes player, not up front and center.

This can be made in minutes in a food processor that has a whipping attachment. Or in a blender. Or with a stick blender used in a long narrow container. Or with a standing or hand-held mixer — or even with a whisk, though that takes a bit longer. However you make it — once you’ve had it you will never go back to store-bought.

TIP: Buy a plastic squeeze bottle that holds 16 ounces and pour your oil into it before making the mayo. It make adding the oil drop by drop — as must be done initially — a breeze. If it’s dishwasher safe, even better.

** ALL ingredients must be at room temperature!

— 2 cups of good oil
— 2 egg yolks, preferably pastured
— 1 tablespoon kosher salt; more to taste
— 1 teaspoon of dry mustard or Grey Poupon
— Pinch of cayenne or chipotle powder
— 2 egg yolks, preferably pastured
— 2 or more tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
— 1 or more tablespoons of vinegar. I use a mix of plain, rice wine, coconut, and apple cider vinegars. Make a mix you enjoy, or use just one.
— 1 drop of liquid sucralose
— 1 or 2 tablespoons of whey from yogurt.

If you make your own yogurt, save the whey you drain from it when you make ‘yogurt cheese’. If not, buy a small cup of plain unflavored organic yogurt. Pour it into a fine sieve balanced over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight in the fridge. In the morning, the whey will be in the bowl and you’ll have delicious ‘yogurt cheese’ in the sieve.

Directions:

1. If making in a food processor with a whipping attachment, add both egg yolks, salt, mustard, pinch cayenne or chipotle powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

2. Process until you see an emulsion form, about 10 or 15 seconds.

3. With the processor running, squeeze in a few drops of oil, drop by drop. Drip in more oil until you see the emulsion ‘taking’ the oil. Then squeeze in the oil in a small stream, not too fast.

4. After half the oil is in, stop the processor and add another tablespoon of lemon juice. With the processor running, add another half cup of oil, then taste for seasoning. Add salt and/or a bit more vinegar or lemon juice or both, plus the 1 drop of liquid sucralose.

5. With processor running, add the remaining oil and the whey. Taste for seasoning and thickness of mayo. If it’s too thick, add more lemon juice or even water if you like. The entire process will take less than 10 minutes.

6. Spoon into a very clean glass jar. Let the jar sit out at room temperature for at least 8 hours, or up to 12 hours. Do NOT put it in the fridge at this point, or the good bacteria in the whey cannot populate the jar.

7. After 8 hours (or overnight) refrigerate.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 9/22

Weight: 205 = up 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 113
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 113

Blood sugar numbers are high again today. I’ve been under an extreme amount of stress lately and hope for some relief soon. I need to start taking better care of myself. To start, I need to get some good sleep.

I’m going to take some time over the weekend to create some of my own recipes that fit my daily allowances. I love being creative in the kitchen and it has been difficult in my past life, which contained little fat, to make anything that truly tasted good. I have ordered the oil needed to make the mayonnaise recipe that SugarFree posted and look forward to that. I have made my own mayonnaise in the past but used either canola or vegetable oil. I did try with olive oil and yes, it was a bit too potent since olive oil is so flavorful. Tomorrow is a new day and we will see what the numbers have to say. 😀

[Note: If you’re going to use all olive oil to make the mayonnaise, best not to use Extra Virgin or any other really good version. Use the ‘light’ instead; it’s almost tasteless. That’s one of the reasons I like the rice bran oil … no flavor. Best is 2/3 light OO and 1/3 rice bran.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 9/23

Weight: 205 = no change

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 125
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 123

I didn’t have time to make my evening meal so I reluctantly got a salad while out. I had oil and vinegar. This is why you have to be careful when eating out. I just need to plan ahead better. Who knows what was in the vinegar. It shouldn’t have added sugar in it but who knows. The food industry seems to love to add unnecessary ingredients in the foods they make. I did have 2 oz of potatoes but I had a lot of fat with my big meal. I know this because I kinda felt like a grease ball after eating. 😀 I am off work today so I will make sure I have my planned evening meal and hope the numbers in the morning start looking better.

I’m going to try making a small batch of my own mayo until the rice bran oil arrives and have the tuna salad that I had on Wednesday that made my numbers sky-rocket. Stay tuned…

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 9/24

Weight: 204.6 = down 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 94
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 96

Fasting BG was a little high. I did eat late last night and had tomatoes. My other numbers seem to be good below 100. I used homemade mayo this time and look at the difference.

[Note: Wow — a far cry from the 122/124 you had with the Hellman’s. So now you know for sure: The. Meter. Never. Lies. :)]

Everything else is going well. Went to see my grandma for her 80th birthday and then chilling the rest of the day.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 10/3

Weight: 204.8 = up .2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 42″ = no change
Waist: 40″ = up 0.25 inches
Hips: 45″ = no change

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 93
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 104

After a week off maintenance due to illness, I’m up only .2 pounds. I’m surprised about the waist measurement since my pants still fit the same they did a week ago. I might still be a little bloated from being ill. I’m feeling good but again the food is overwhelming. It’s a lot more than what I’ve been eating over the past week.

[Note: Welcome back, Kym! Let’s see how the week goes. If the weight continues to rise, and your blood sugars stay this high — and if your inches go up next week as well, it will be time to go back on Protocol for two weeks to get you stabilized again. Being ill and eating differently can definitely throw hormones and the metabolism for a loop. 😦 ]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 10/4

Weight: 204.6 = down 0.2 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 98
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 99

Down .2 pounds today. Woke up feeling good. I’m getting myself back into the sing of things after a week hiatus. We’ll see how the week goes if I’ll need to go back on protocol. Have a great day!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 10/5

Weight: 203.6 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 97
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 115
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 112

I’m down a pound today! Today is my last day of antibiotics. I’m so grateful. I really despise taking pharmaceuticals but take them when necessary. I was in a hurry this morning and forgot a couple of lunch foods. Always so much going on! I feel great. Wide awake and full of energy.

Eating this way is so satisfying. When I eat my lunch at work, everyone always seems to surround me to find out what I’m having. It’s funny because when I tell them they say stuff like: “That sounds awesome!” or “Yummy,” and then in the same breath they say “A heart attack waiting to happen.” I tell them I eat like this all the time and I’ve been maintaining my weight loss. Then they go heat up their frozen meal or make a trip to a fast food joint. And I sit here and enjoy every last bite! :D

My BG numbers seem high. I didn’t eat the cheese and tomatoes that were originally on my lunch menu. Could that have made it wonky? I had 3 T. butter with my potato. The ribeye did have a seasoning on it that my boyfriend made for us the other night but I checked the bottle and it did not say it had sugar in it or any of the known “aka”s that I’m aware of. Could it be the antibiotics? I wasn’t thinking and took one within the two-hour period after eating.

[Note: It could be the antibiotics. It could be the recovering from illness. Both might be raising cortisol. Now that you’re off them, let’s see if your body can simmer down and get back on track. We’ll be able to tell based on your blood sugars, and your measurements on Monday. Meanwhile, enjoy your food safe in the knowledge that the “heart attacks waiting to happen” are the very people eating the fast food. Maybe you should buy a copy of Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It and leave it in the lunchroom. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 10/6

Weight: 203.2 = down 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 120
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 115

Fasting BG is kind of high. My poor body has been through so much in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully all will settle next week and we’ll see better numbers. My boss brought donuts today and they don’t even look appetizing to me. I’ve never really been a big donut fan anyway. I’ve always gone more for savory than sweet. Now if they were White Castles, then I might have a problem. :)

I was late getting my 1 hour reading because I was in a meeting away from my desk and didn’t have my meter with me. Wow it skyrocketed! It must’ve been the bread. I guess I won’t be having that kind of bread again. I checked the ingredients on the label and I didn’t see any sugars but the meter never lies. I am really shaky too. The 2 hour reading isn’t much better. I need to learn how to make my own bread so I know what’s in it.

On a happier note, I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers at work that put a smile on my face. :)

[Note: Yay for the flowers … Boo for the bread because yes, it was the bread. Even if it had no sugar in it at all (which I doubt), it was too much for YOU to eat at one time. Making bread is so easy, and far more delicious than anything you can buy. Give it a try!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 10/7

Weight: 202.6 = down 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 126
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 115

Lesson learned: Do not cook your meat with your starchy food and then eat the “gravy!”

Two days in a row my BG was extremely high after eating this. SugarFree and I discussed it and realized this must have been the cause of my spike yesterday. I’d prepared my lunch for today prior to this discovery and had no time to change it. I thought it would be a good test to see if it was the bread I ate with it, or the cooking method that added starch to the juices, which gave me extra, not accounted for carbs.

Voila! BG numbers were sky-high again. THE METER NEVER LIES!! I am going to try the bread again tomorrow with a different protein that isn’t cooked with potatoes and see how that goes. (I really loved the bread!!! I want to know I can have a slice once in a while.) I sent the list of ingredients for the bread to SugarFree and none of them were sugar in any form.

Also, I felt great before lunch. Loads of energy. Got that pep back in my step and after I felt bloated and tired. I felt like I just never want to eat again. It’s all a learning process to what your body can handle and everyone is different. I see others who are following the same program who eat more starches than I do and have great BG numbers. I’m not one of the lucky ones. Not yet anyway. I have some mending to do! 😀

And, for those of you out there not using Kerrygold Butter, I highly recommend it. It is the best tasting butter I have ever had. It is as good as some I remember making when I was little. Thanks for the recommendation, SugarFree!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. The weather is going to be picture perfect where I am.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 10/8

Weight: 201.4 = down 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 112
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 102

My numbers were still a little high but better than the last couple of days with the cooking method of the meat I was eating. I had bread today. I’m going to try potato tomorrow. We’ll see. Back to enjoying the weekend!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 10/12

Weight: 205.6 = up 4.2 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 106
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 108
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 103

So, after getting sidetracked for a couple of days, everything is out of whack. My weight is up and my fasting glucose is high. It sure doesn’t take long. Not worried though because I’m back to eating the right things and the water gain will soon go away. I did take my measurements on Monday:

Bust: 42” = no change
Waist: 39.75” = down 0.25 inches
Hips: 44.75” = down 0.25 inches

Another side effect from getting sidetracked and not eating appropriately: I’m starving! I’m usually just kind of hungry when it gets close to lunchtime. Today, I could’ve chewed my own arm off.

I had my big meal in the evening. My 1 and 2 hour pp are still high but better than some of the previous reports.

Have a great night and Go Cards!!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 4 – 10/13

Weight: 203.6 = down 2 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 109
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 105

I knew the numbers on the scale would go back down after a day of being back on track. I had my big meal in the evening and my fasting glucose is still lower than what it was yesterday morning. I’m having my big meal early today.

Bacon beware! Why oh why must you put sugar in bacon? I LOVE bacon and haven’t been able to find bacon that doesn’t have some sort of sugar. I usually buy it from a local market. It didn’t have the ingredients on the package so I asked them if it has sugar in it. They checked and sure enough it has sugar in it! Why? Where can I get bacon that has NO SUGAR?

1-hour and 2-hour numbers are still high after my big meal. I’m not sure why. I had plenty of fat with my starchy carb. I actually felt great before and after eating. Lots of energy. Been really busy at work so the extra energy helps get through the day. Have a great day!

[Note: Kym, it’s almost impossible to find bacon without sugar in a local market. Either try Whole Foods or, better yet, go to a real butcher (remember them?) and ask for a smoked pork belly. Have them slice it for you. They’re smoked but not cured, which means no sugar … and they are absolutely delicious since they have twice as much fat as bacon.

As for your high PP numbers, they’re either from sugar you ate when you went ‘off track’ or they might be from stress. Either way, they should start going down again in the next day or two.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 5 – 10/14

Weight: 203 = down 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 102

My numbers are slightly better today but still high. Maybe they’ll be good in a few more days. Just gotta keep healing and stop getting off track. Old habits are so easy to fall back into but no more for me. This will be my new way of eating for life.

I called a butcher about the pork belly SugarFree suggested and they do not keep it in stock; however, the owner is going to buy a pig in a week and said he’ll check on a price but I would have to buy a minimum of 10 pounds. Hmm. We’ll see. I’m going to keep looking around.

I am in a great mood! Lots of energy again today. All is well. No more stressing the small stuff for me anymore! Have a wonderful weekend!

[Note: Looks like all the water gain is gone; hopefully lipolysis will soon follow. 🙂 As for smoked pork belly, you may need to call a few butchers before you find what you need. I usually go to an ethnic butcher (Portuguese, Hispanic or Asian) for them since it’s a food that is regularly eaten by those populations. And if you have a Whole Foods near you, you can get their regular (non-smoked) pork belly, and braise it in the oven for a few hours after searing, and eat with greens (collard or beet) and sweet potato. Heaven on a plate.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 7 – 10/16

Weight: 202.4 = down 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 103
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 98

I’m not feeling too well today. Stomach problems again. I wasn’t able to eat all my food at lunch. Hope I start feeling better soon. Have a great day everyone!

[Note: Kym, hope this isn’t the start of another diverticulitis round. 😦 Feel better soon!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 1 – 10/17

Weight: 202 = down .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 42″ = no change
Waist: 39.5″ = down .25″
Hips: 44.75″ = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 111
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 111

My lunch was so awesome I’m going to have the same tomorrow. Waist is down another .25 inches and i can tell when wearing my jeans. I love it and feel great. Feeling much better today than yesterday as far as my stomach problems. Still a few issues but I was able to eat all my food at lunch today. Make every day a great day!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 2 – 10/18

Weight: 202.6 = up 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 109
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 111

I woke up with a headache this morning a felt lethargic for most of the day. It could be because of the rainy weather… Hopefully I’m not coming down with something. SugarFree and I spoke about my numbers after lunch yesterday, since I blithely wrote in my report that my meal tasted so good I was going to eat it again. SugarFree rightly pointed out that I had paid no attention to my meter when I said that, when in fact it was telling me NOT to eat that same meal. She suggested I do a test instead to find out the cause, and said to start by eating the same meal minus the cream cheese. Trader Joe’s does put fillers into their dairy. I ate the same meal without the cream cheese, and my numbers still spiked.

SugarFree asked what seasoning had gone on the meat, so I confronted the “grill master” who cooked the pork — only to discover that after I told him what seasoning I could have, he sprinkled on an additional ‘blend’ and forgot to tell me. He said he checked for sugar and didn’t see any. I explained that it comes in many forms.

[Note: Sugar is often hidden in seasoning blends … but whether it was the cream cheese (only a separate test will tell) or the seasoning (more likely), you DID have sugar. You know that because The. Meter. Never. Lies. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 3 – 10/19

Weight: 201.8 = down 0.8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

I still had a really bad headache when I got home yesterday and ended up taking a couple of Aleve that did wonders. Feel great this morning. No more headache and slept through the night. Another rainy day. Felt great and then a little sleepy after lunch. Game 1 of the World Series tonight. Let’s go Cardinals!!!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 4 – 10/20

Weight: 202.2 = up 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 107
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

Another day in Paradise! Busy, busy, busy… I’m going to try pasta tomorrow making a mac and cheese with butter, cheese, and heavy cream. We’ll see what the meter says.

[Note: As Kym and I discussed after she posted … the meter already says ‘no’ to either pasta or potato. And it will continue to say no until the one hour PP reads 100 or less. Hopefully that will be soon.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 5 – 10/21

Weight: 202.4 = up 0.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I did not have the mac and cheese as planned. I did not have any starchy carb and my numbers are lower than what they have been. It’s Friday! Have a great weekend everyone!!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 6 – 10/22

Weight: 202.2 = down 0.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 88
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87

Go Cardinals!!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 7 – 10/23

Weight: 202.8 = up 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I woke up not felling well. I hope it doesn’t stick around. Back to work — and Protocol, Round 2 — tomorrow. Hard to believe I’ve been on Maintenance for over a month.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 1 – 10/24

Measurements:
Bust: 42″ = no change
Waist: 39.75″ = no change
Hips: 45″ = no change

Weight: 204.8 = up 2 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 T butter
– 6 oz arm roast
– 8 oz asparagus
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 whole eggs
– 2 oz artichoke hearts
– 1 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 egg whites
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 844.8
– Fat: 56.4 grams (60%)
– Protein: 69 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 15.3 grams (7%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 103
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 104

I am up 2 pounds today. I did some “unconscious” eating yesterday afternoon while at a friend’s house. We were just gabbing away and she brought out a bowl of chips and without really thinking about it, I had already eaten some. Then, how my mind works, I figured I already screwed up so I ate more. Then reality check set in and I realized I was doing what I always do: Mess up and then just continue messing up. I stopped and felt guilty about what I had done and knew when I got on the scale in the morning it would tell my story.

Today is a new day and I’m back on protocol. I will put that behind me and move forward and be more conscious with my actions. The weight gain is water and it will dump itself in a couple of days or less. My lunch was very filling and I wasn’t hungry all morning until it got close to lunch time. I had lots of energy before and after lunch.

My goal for this round is to be less than 200 pounds and to lose at least five or more inches total.

I’m surprised at my 1 and 2 hour PPs. I did do a spot check about 1.5 hours before eating just for the heck of it and my meter read 101 without eating anything. I had my coffee with only stevia, no cream. I checked my stevia ingredients, which I’ve been using all along, after having a reading over 100 before eating. I use 2 different kinds. Here are the ingredients of each:

Now Brands “Better Stevia”: vegetable glycerine, certified organic stevia extract and natural French vanilla flavor (in alcohol base)

SweetLeaf liquid English toffee: Stevia and natural flavors (whatever that is…)

Tomorrow I am going to skip the Now Brands to see if that is the culprit. It could also be a reaction to my chip binge yesterday… but we know it’s something because the meter doesn’t lie!

[NOTE: Do you remember when you asked me if you could have Stevia, and I said “ONLY if it is pure, unflavored liquid Stevia, and only once a day.” Instead, it seems you’ve been having sugar all along, which explains a lot. Because glycerine IS a sugar alcohol and in the bodies of the insulin resistant acts exactly like sugar. And “vanilla/natural flavor” contains sugar as well. So, Kiddo … you’re now on the wagon. 🙂 For the next six months — NO stevia of any kind.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 2 – 10/25

Weight: 204.4 = down 0.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 T butter
– 6 oz 85% lean ground beef
– 7 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 whole eggs
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 egg white
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 793.2
– Fat: 52.4 grams (60%)
– Protein: 63.9 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 16.5 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 95
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 94

The numbers aren’t as good as I hoped for but are better. I didn’t get much sleep. Woke up feeling bloated, tired, and cranky. I didn’t get much better as the day went on. I did make it with no Stevia or any other sweetener. The coffee wasn’t too bad without it. I think it’s something I can get used to.

[Note: Kym, although you’ve technically been on Protocol/Maintenance for six weeks, you really haven’t been on it at all until today. That’s because you’ve been eating (hidden) sugar all this time. As a result, you are now feeling the sugar withdrawal effects that most participants go through in their first week. It will pass by week’s end, or early next week — so stick with it. This is why NO CHEATS of any kind must be your mantra for the next fourteen days. And you can do it! :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 3 – 10/26

Weight: 203 = down 1.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 T butter
– 6 oz pot roast
– 7 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 whole egg
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 egg whites
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 779.2
– Fat: 51.6 grams (60%)
– Protein: 62.4 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 16.3 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 93
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 88

Sleep was non-existent for me last night. I dozed off a couple of times but no real sleep. I have no idea why. Hopefully I will sleep well tonight. Even without any sleep, I still feel wide awake for now.

[Note: Two things are going on simultaneously: you’re going through sugar withdrawal, and you’re finally starting to burn meaningful fat, which is like eating several meals during the night. You literally have energy to burn. :)]

I was hungry about an hour prior to eating. Once I ate I was really full. My numbers seem to be improving since stopping stevia. I will admit I still miss it but I’m still alive without it. 😀

My other goal I forgot to mention Monday is to get back into my size 12 jeans. When I started, my size 14’s were causing a lovely muffin top. Now, it’s almost gone and the 14’s are loose on me, even around the legs. I know I’m losing more inches than just the 3 measurements I take because I can feel it in my clothes. AND, for the first time ever I bought a pair of tall boots! I have never been able to wear them because my calves have always been too big for them to zip up. I tried on a pair for the heck of it and they zipped right up and I bought them! 😉

[Note: Good for you! My calves were once so fat I had to buy double extra wide boots. While dumping my fat clothes out of the closet once and for all a few weeks ago, I came across them and tried them on. I could have put two calves into one boot! And so it will go with you. :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 4 – 10/27

Weight: 201.2 = down 1.8 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 T butter
– 6.5 oz 85% ground beef
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 whole egg
– 3 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 785.9
– Fat: 53.9 grams (62%)
– Protein: 63 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 12.2 grams (6%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 107
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 97

I am shocked with my 1 and 2-hour PP’s. The only thing that might have caused this were the green beans. Prior to lunch all I had was black coffee and water. I am at a loss.

I did get more sleep last night. I felt awake all day and plenty of energy. My ketostix is still reading Negative, but I am down 1.8 pounds today.  Game 6 tonight. Go Cards!!!

[Note: Kym, it’s probably nothing more than stress or TOM coming on or maybe even walking a bit more briskly. Given your other great numbers … getting better every day …. and decent weight loss (finally!), please do NOT worry about it. Enjoy the fact that things are finally moving forward. :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 5 – 10/28

Weight: 200.2 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 6 oz Pork
– 7 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 whole egg
– 1 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 778.9
– Fat: 50.9 grams (59%)
– Protein: 63.9 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 16.3 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 95
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 92

I’m down one pound… thought it might be a little more than that but still happy. I didn’t get much sleep because I stayed up to watch the World Series. I got about 4 – 4 ½ hours of sleep and there’s another game tonight! Unbelievable.

My lunch was delicious. My numbers are looking good. I sure do miss all the delicious fat you get when on maintenance. Still, I’m not really hungry. It’s Friday. The weekend is here!! Have a good one!

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 6 – 10/29

Weight: 198.4 = down 1.8 pounds

Lunch:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 1 egg white

Dinner:
– 1.5 T butter
– 6 oz Pork, fresh, loin, center rib (chops), bone-in, separable lean and fat
– 3 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white
– 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 764.8
– Fat: 50.8 grams (60%)
– Protein: 62.1 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 14.8 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 97
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 87

I ended up having my big meal for dinner because of scheduling. It’s been a great day! Not much sleep last night. Cardinals won the World Series!

Added potato today and it looks like I did well with it. I’ll try again tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

[Note: Fantastic news all the way around, Kym — and you’re finally in Onederland. 🙂 I remember how great I felt when the scale finally fell into the 100’s. I still had over fifty pounds to go at that stage, but it was a tremendous feeling nonetheless. I hope readers who may be using the flavored stevia take note of your progress once you stopped using it, and toss that sugar-filled junk away.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 7 – 10/30

Weight: 199.2 = up 0.8 pound

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 6 oz Pork, fresh, loin, center rib (chops), bone-in, separable lean and fat
– 3 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white
– 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 1 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 764.8
– Fat: 50.8 grams (60%)
– Protein: 62.1 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 14.8 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

Numbers are slightly higher, weight is up a bit… It is probably because of TOM. Good news is that I’m still in Onederland and that feels great AND yesterday I put on one of my size 12 jeans and comfortably wore them. 😀

I’m feeling good today. I wouldn’t say I have tons of energy but just the right amount. The other good thing is that I’m not experiencing the horrible cramps that I usually do this time of month. Could it be related to my healthier eating and removal of sugar? I think so. Have a great Sunday!!

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 1 – 10/31

Measurements:
Bust: 41.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 39″ = down .5″
Hips: 44″ = down 1″

Weight: 198 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 5.5 oz Pork
– 3 oz green beans
– 4 oz broccoli
– 6 oz asparagus
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 769.2
– Fat: 52.4 grams (61%)
– Protein: 60 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 14.4 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

My numbers were a bit elevated yesterday so SugarFree eliminated my starchy carb today. The numbers are below 100. I’m going to try a different starchy carb tomorrow since I’ve been stuck on potatoes.

I felt pretty good all day. Lunch was very filling. I had been using all the butter while cooking it. Today I tried using half when cooking and the other half I let melt over the hot food. It was really good that way. Today is the start of week two and as of this morning I am down 6.8 pounds since the start of this round. And still loving Onederland!

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 2 – 11/1

Weight: 199 = up 1 pound

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 3 oz Pork, fresh, loin
– 2.5 oz Beef, chuck
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz Brussels sprouts
– 1 whole egg
– 1 egg white
– 1 oz corn

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 772.8
– Fat: 52 grams (60%)
– Protein: 59.2 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 17 grams (9%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 94

Yesterday I was down 1.2 pounds and today I’m up 1 pound… What the ???? I don’t get it. My glucose numbers were okay. My fasting glucose this morning is the second lowest reading since I started back in September. I do remember late yesterday feeling as if my body was suddenly “filling” up and got that bloated feeling. I did drink a lot of water because I felt thirsty constantly. Water was the only thing I had to drink No coffee or tea.

I did feel a bit woozy this morning after my shower but it didn’t last very long. I sat for a couple of minutes and then was okay. Then after lunch, I felt a little tired. Eyes were heavy. Energy picked up again about an hour and a half to 2 hours after eating. I thought it odd my 2-hour PP was higher than my one hour and I thought my 1-hour was low in comparison to other days I’ve had a starchy carb. Everything has been odd today.

[Note: Kym, if you go back and read all the other participant threads you’ll see they’ve all asked the same thing: “How come I’m up on the scale today?”  And if you read my answers, you’ll see I say the same thing to each one of them: “This is perfectly normal. It’s water weight. Whenever you lose a significant amount of fat (and you’re finally losing inches), the brain ALWAYS inserts water into the thinner fat cells as a place-holder. It is hoping that you will soon add the back that missing fat. When you don’t, the brain will shrug and finally release the water. Could be a day, could be a week, could be a month.

This is why THE SCALE LIES. It tells you nothing. If you cut off an arm the scale would say you were thinner. Would you be thinner? No, you’d only be missing an arm. Your waist size would be exactly the same as it was when you had an arm. In other words, like your meter, only the tape measure tells the truth. As for a 2-pt different in blood sugar, that’s within statistical insignificance. Your blood sugars look great! [Now. :D]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 3 – 11/2

Weight: 199.8 = up 0.8 pounds

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 5.5 oz Pork
– 4 oz asparagus
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz Brussels sprouts
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 782.6
– Fat: 52.6 grams (61%)
– Protein: 61 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 16.3 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 102

I’m feeling discouraged. Is it the water thing still? I’m up almost 2 pounds in as many days and bordering that 200 mark again. My numbers are borderline considering I did not have a starchy carb today.

[Note: Kym, it’s scary, but I’m afraid you just have to accept the fact that you are normal and just like everyone else. 🙂 Please read the threads of the other participants, who have gone through exactly the same thing as you are going through now. You’ve lost pounds of fat and are likely to gain several pounds of water. Which of course your gain is, since it is BIOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GAIN POUNDS OF FAT IN TWO DAYS. When your body is convinced you’re no longer eating the sugar required to raise your insulin and store fat, it will release the water. That can take days or weeks. Please just accept this and move on knowing you are gaining weight but NOT fat! Your tape measure will prove this truth on Monday.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 4 – 11/3

Weight: 198.6 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 6 oz 85% ground beef
– 5 oz asparagus
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 oz artichoke hearts
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 1 whole egg
– 1 egg white

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg white

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 780.5
– Fat: 53.2 grams (61%)
– Protein: 61.7 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 16 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

Well looky here… down 1.2 pounds today. I always tell myself I’m not going to let the scale dictate my mood but it happens anyway. It’s definitely a psychological thing I need to work on. Got myself all worked up over nothing. I have read the other threads and know it is water, but then fear takes over and all sense goes out the window.

I had plenty of energy today and am wide awake. I still have not used any sweetener of any kind. I still sometimes miss it but am getting through without it. My numbers seem to be okay. I am going to try another starchy carb tomorrow. Bread. Have a good day everyone!

[Note: I’d never say =cough= told you =cough= so. :D]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 5 – 11/4

Weight: 198 = down 0.6 pounds

Lunch:
– 1.5 T butter
– 7 oz pork butt
– 3 oz green zucchini
– 3 oz yellow squash
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 oz mushrooms
– 1 oz bread

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 whole eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 823.8
– Fat: 59 grams (64%)
– Protein: 51.3 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 21.9 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 102

I had lots of energy today. It was a bit of a stressful morning dealing with work stuff. My 2 hour PP went up 5 points. I did go out for a walk between readings to enjoy what will be one of the last few nice days until the cold really sets in. I feel really good today.

[Note: Any exercise will increase BS, even slightly, which is why Type 2 Diabetics must increase their insulin dose to account for it. Had you taken a 3-hr PP your BS would have been back down to normal. BTW — look how great you did with the bread. No spikes! :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 6 – 11/5

Weight: 197 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 2 oz artichoke hearts
– 2 whole eggs
– 4 oz broccoli

Dinner:
– 1.5 T butter
– 5 oz chuck roast
– 2 oz green zucchini
– 2 oz yellow squash
– 2 oz Brussels sprouts
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 733.5
– Fat: 53.1 grams (65%)
– Protein: 45.1 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 18.8 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

My one hour didn’t look too good but the two-hour really dropped. As usual busy weekend; don’t have time to say much. I did go to Trader Joe’s this morning though and got a bigger variety of foods to try. Maintenance starts Monday. Stocked up on Kerrygold butter!

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 7 – 11/6

Weight: 197 = no change

Lunch:
– 2 whole eggs
– 4 oz broccoli

Dinner:
– 1.5 T butter
– 7 oz New York Strip
– 4 oz asparagus
– 3 oz mushrooms
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 oz baguette

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 777.6
– Fat: 48.8 grams (56%)
– Protein: 60.1 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 24.5 grams (13%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 101

Had lots of energy today. Got a lot done around the house. Had an awesome meal. My 2- hour was higher than my 1 hour again? I will be going on a mini-vacation for my birthday this week so I’ll be staying on protocol. I leave Wednesday afternoon and will be back sometime Saturday.

[Note: Kym, when your 2-hr PP goes up by at least 5 points, that’s an indication that your insulin production and/or effectiveness was not up to the task of dealing with the rate of carb conversion to glucose. In this case it was most likely caused by the bread and when that happens it’s best to lay off the starchy carbs for a day. As you’ve seen with your reports, your metabolism is getting better and better at dealing with this, but some flours (and rices, corn, etc) convert to glucose faster than others. Your trusty meter tells you which ones do that, so you don’t have to guess.

In the meantime — I hope you have a fabulous vacation and wonderful Birthday! :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 3, Day 1 – 11/7

Measurements:
Bust: 41.5″ = no change
Waist: 38.75″ = down .25″
Hips: 43″ = down 1″

Weight: 196.8 = down .2 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz salmon
– 1.5 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 oz goat cheese
– 2 oz spinach
– 2 oz artichoke hearts

Dinner:
– 2 oz arugula
– 3 oz lettuce
– 2 oz spinach
– 2 T parmesan
– 0.5 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 700.6
– Fat: 49.4 grams (64%)
– Protein: 54.9 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 9.1 grams (5%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I had so much energy today. I could hardly sit still which is difficult when you have a desk job with your nose in a computer. My weight is down only .2 pounds but look the inches lost. I lost one whole inch off my hips in just this last week. I knew it would be a good number just by seeing how my pants have been loosening up around the hips and thighs. I sometimes can’t help looking down while walking seeing the loose material in my jeans.

I skipped my starchy carb because of yesterday’s two hour reading. I did well today. We’ll try a starchy carb again tomorrow.

I was going to have my large meal in the evening but SugarFree told me “your metabolism needs to get into lipolysis, and eating your big meal in the evening prevents that.” So I made arrangements to eat my big meal at work. I don’t like to stink up the floor with re-heated fish so I ate my salmon cold. It wasn’t bad. I’m going to try rice tomorrow for my starchy carb. I haven’t had it in a long time. Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday!

[Note: Kym, you are really starting to burn up that fat – well done! No wonder you had so much energy today. 🙂 A suggestion for the salmon: Try smoked salmon instead, cold or hot smoked. Nothing to heat up and it always smells delicious.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 3, Day 2 – 11/8

Weight: 196.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 6 oz New York Strip
– 1.25 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2 oz goat cheese
– 4 oz spinach
– 8 oz asparagus
–1.5 oz cooked brown rice

Dinner:
– 2 oz arugula
– 3 oz lettuce
– 1 T parmesan
– 0.5 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 806.7
– Fat: 53.9 grams (60%)
– Protein: 57.6 grams (29%)
– Carbs: 22.8 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

Ketostix was on the verge of small but still more on the trace side. Numbers aren’t too bad after having rice. I had tons of energy this morning and ate lunch later than usual because of work schedule. I felt very full after eating lunch.

I also had arugula last night as part of my salad and really enjoyed it. There is a recipe I found for an arugula pesto I might try sometime.

Protocol Round 2, Week 3, Day 3 – 11/9

Weight: 196.6 = down 0.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 8.4 oz crab meat
– 1 oz homemade mayo
– 2 oz celery
2 oz red pepper
– 1 whole egg
– 1 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 5 oz asparagus
– 3 oz mushrooms

Dinner:
– 2 oz arugula
– 3 oz lettuce
– 1 T parmesan
– 0.5 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 750.9
– Fat: 52.5 grams (63%)
– Protein: 51.5 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.1 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 83
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

I only got about 3 hours of sleep last night. I just could not sleep. Also, my dinner didn’t agree with me or something. My stomach was rumbling all night long. My fasting glucose has been consistent. My weight loss has leveled off. Even with no sleep I still feel energized… not like I was the past two days, but still eyes wide open.

Wow! What happened with my 2-hour?? Was the 1-hour a false reading? I did not have a starchy carb today. I did have red bell peppers. They may have been the culprit. I know it wasn’t the mayo this time because I made my own and there is NO sugar, not even sweetener of any sort. Just egg, rice bran oil, lemon juice, paprika, and dry mustard. I have to say I was shocked when I took the reading. I was actually excited after my one-hour that it was going to be good.

I will be on vacation until Saturday so will not be reporting until either Saturday or Sunday depending on when we get back. Have a great week!

[Note: Kym, your 1-hr PP wasn’t false. It’s just that your insulin wasn’t quite sufficient to handle the glucose conversion of the red bell pepper. It’s a veggie, so its carbs convert to sugar slower than sugar or white bread, but it’s a veggie (like tomato and onion) that has a lot of natural sugar. That’s why I say only 1 ounce at a time of any of those three. I was going to change your menu to 1 ounce but decided to leave it so you could see the effects for yourself. And good for you — you did! 🙂 Now go off and have a FABULOUS vacation!]

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 1 – 11/14

Weight: 198.2 = up 1.6 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 41.5″ = no change
Waist: 38.75″ = no change
Hips: 43″ = no change

Lunch:
– 8 oz fish
– 4 oz kale
– 1.5 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz asparagus
– 2 oz mushrooms
– 2 oz artichoke hearts
– 2 oz goat cheese

Dinner:
– 1 whole egg
– 3 oz lettuce
– 0.5 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 691.8
– Fat: 43 grams (56%)
– Protein: 60.9 grams (35%)
– Carbs: 15.3 grams (9%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 83
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

7-Day Average: 96
14-Day Average: 93
30-Day Average: 94

I’m back! Vacation was awesome! The eating part was difficult for me eating out every day. You make the best choice you can with what’s available. I tried to make all the right choices but sometimes what they give you isn’t what you thought. One example is greens I ordered. I thought they’d be safe but after one bite I could totally tell there was sugar in them. I stopped eating them immediately. It’s amazing how your taste buds can pick out sugar so easily after being without it for so long. I also ended up with balsamic vinegar instead of regular vinegar.

It’s difficult out there, especially when you’re a food addict like me. I had no problem staying away from sweets and any other sugary foods. I did overdo the starchy carbs a bit. My 7, 14, and 30 day average meter numbers (above) showed it. I am so glad to have home cooked meals again and know what’s in them.

[Note: Kym, welcome back! With even one day of Protocol eating your BS numbers are much better than your averages.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 2 – 11/15

Weight: 197.6 = down 0.6 pounds

Lunch:
– 8 oz pork butt
– 1 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach

Dinner:  2 whole eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 782.3
– Fat: 57.5 grams (66%)
– Protein: 55.3 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 10.9 grams (6%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I don’t think green beans like me. I felt bloated after lunch.

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 3 – 11/16

Weight: 197= down 0.6 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz arm roast
– 1 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 oz red pepper
– 4 oz spinach
– 8 oz summer squash

Dinner:  2 whole eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 724
– Fat: 52.7 grams (65%)
– Protein: 50.5 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 14.1 grams (7%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 79

I had lots of energy today. Things are going well.

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 4 – 11/17

Weight: 197 = no change

Lunch:
– 7 oz pork butt
– 1 T butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 7 oz asparagus
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 oz baguette
– 1 oz mushrooms

Dinner:  2 whole eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 788.7
– Fat: 53.1 grams (60%)
– Protein: 52.8 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 24.9 grams (13%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 72
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 81
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

I did not sleep well last night. I think I got maybe 2 hours total sleep. I just wasn’t tired. I was wired most of the morning then started losing steam after my 2-hour reading, which was about 15 minutes late. I was shocked how low my one-hour was after eating a starchy carb and then it rose. I was going to try rice tomorrow but guess I’ll exclude it based on my 2-hour PP.

Maintenance starts on Monday. I’m going to start search my cookbooks and prepare my shopping list. I’m going to try some different foods. Yay me!

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 5 – 11/18

Weight: 197.4 = up 0.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 5.3 oz tuna
– 0.75 T butter
– 6 oz broccoli
– 4 oz zucchini
– 4 oz yellow squash
– 2 T boursin cheese
– 2 oz mushrooms
– 1 oz yellow pepper
– 1 oz homemade mayo

Dinner:
– 2 whole eggs
– 2 oz spinach

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 781.4
– Fat: 55 grams (63%)
– Protein: 58 grams (30%)
– Carbs: 13.6 grams (7%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I got plenty of sleep last night but woke up groggy and hungry for some reason. I don’t usually wake up hungry. I held out as long as I could. I ate about 20 minutes earlier than I normally do. About an hour after eating I felt sick to my stomach. My 2-hour rose again so I did a 3-hour as well. I had yellow pepper and am wondering if that is the culprit.

I’m about a week away from TOM. I’m feeling weird, sharp pains like I usually do around this time. And I’m tired at the time I sent my report. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day energy wise. Have a great weekend!

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 6 – 11/19

Weight: 196.8 = down 0.6 pounds

Lunch:
– 9 oz scallops
–2 T butter
– 2 oz spinach
– 6 oz broccoli
– 1 oz cheddar cheese
– 0.5 oz heavy cream
– 6 oz eggplant

Dinner: 2 whole eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 826.5
– Fat: 56.1 grams (62%)
– Protein: 63.2 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 17.2 grams (7%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

Today I treated myself with a manicure and pedicure. I had lunch later than I wanted. I ate around 2:30. I was starving by the time I ate but got full quickly. Nine ounces of scallops is a lot. It was the first time I made them myself. The eggplant was a first timer for me too. Both were really good. My boyfriend enjoyed the meal very much. I was pretty tired today due to lack of sleep again. My 1-hour and 2-hour PP’s were the same. I guess it’s better than rising like it has been on my second hour.

[Note: Not just ‘better than’ — but good. Under 100 is completely normal, but more importantly, your blood sugars are beginning to stabilize, which is great. Remember, you have blood sugar levels 24/7 — not just after eating, and not just when you measure. It’s perfectly normal to have level blood sugars for several hours after eating, and good to have them stay that way until just before you eat again. It means you are finally squirting small amounts of insulin throughout many hours, instead of having large rises and deep falls after ingesting food.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 7 – 11/20

Weight: 196.6 = down 0.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 5 oz NY strip
– 4 oz kale
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 oz cheddar cheese
– 4 oz green beans
– 2 oz Portobello mushrooms
– 2 oz Chinese cabbage

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 863.1
– Fat: 60.7 grams (63%)
– Protein: 57.8 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 21.4 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

My fasting glucose was higher than expected. I was not hungry last night so I didn’t eat my dinner. I finally got plenty of sleep. Maintenance starts tomorrow. Ketostix was small for the first time.

I’m down 8.2 pounds for this round of Protocol. That makes a total of 15.8 pounds since starting with SugarFree. Even better: my blood sugars and metabolism are greatly improved, and the proof is in my smaller size jeans!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 1 – 11/21

Weight: 196.8 = up 0.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 41” = down 0.5”
Waist: 39” = up 0.25”
Hips: 42” = down 1”

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 99
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 90

First day of maintenance went well. I couldn’t finish all of my lunch. I tried to eat all of it but just couldn’t. My waist is up a tiny bit but my hips are down another inch. That’s 4 inches off my hips since the beginning of September. Amazing!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 2 – 11/22

Weight: 198.6 = up 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 109
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 111

As I expected, the scale went up slightly after first day of maintenance. I’m not worried because my pants were still loose and I had to wear a belt. I felt great in the morning. My 1 and 2-hour PP’s were up there. I’m wondering if it is because I had yellow pepper and potato or because I had potato two days in a row or because it’s almost that time of the month, or all of the above.

[Note: All of the above is probably right.  Good for you for noticing — now you can take corrective measures for at least two out of the three. :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 3 – 11/23

Weight: 198.2 = down 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 95
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 95

My fasting glucose was a lot higher than I expected. I did eat my dinner late, around 8:30, but I don’t think that would really have affected it. My 1 and 2 hour were the same. I felt great all day. Lots of energy and I actually slept the whole night without waking until the alarm went off. Looking forward to spending time with my family for Thanksgiving tomorrow and sticking to my meal plan. :D Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

[Note: And a Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 1 – 11/28

Weight: 196.8 = No change

Measurements:
Bust: 41” = no change
Waist: 38.75” = down 0.25”
Hips: 42” = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 99
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 97

I had so much energy today I could hardly sit still. Yesterday, I grabbed a pair of jeans to throw on to go shopping. I wasn’t really paying attention and when I tried to button and zip them I was shocked because they were kinda tight. I knew I did well over the holiday and my weight hadn’t gone up. I felt kind of sick to my stomach and asked myself what could I have done wrong. Then I remembered I got my size 12′s out last week to try them on and set them on the dresser. I checked the label and sure enough they were my 12′s. I was so excited to even get them buttoned and zipped I wore them shopping even though they were slightly tight but still comfortable enough to wear. :D

[Note: Kym, how fantastic is that! I laughed when I read your report because I’ve done exactly the same thing myself, panic-stricken when a pair of pants is tight (I haven’t regained any of the weight I’ve lost so far, so you can imagine the look on my face) — only to discover I grabbed a new pair in a smaller size that I’d been ‘saving’ for when I lost another few pounds. First, whew – and then: hey, wow, they fit. :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 2 – 11/29

Weight: 196.8 = no change

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 97
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 110
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 108

My energy level was still up today; sleep is still off and on as far as sleeping the whole night. I did wake a couple of times last night but it was later than usual.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 3 – 11/30

Weight: 196.6 = down 0.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 100
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 99

BG numbers are getting better. It must be post traumatic stress after the holidays and shopping. Everything else is going well. This weekend will be full getting the tree and decorations up. The stress of the holidays will be in full swing.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 4 – 12/01

Weight: 198 = up 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 98
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 94

I was surprised to see my weight went up 1.4 pounds but not worried about it. Just read any comments from SugarFree and you’ll understand. My clothes didn’t get any tighter so who cares what the scale said. BG numbers are improved again today. Two days in a row under 100 at the 1 and 2-hour readings.

I have a company holiday party today and know I won’t even be tempted to eat the food provided. One reason is that I tried two new recipes today at lunch and I am super full and they were super delish. The other reason is I’m sure anything they have to offer won’t be nearly as good as my home-cooked meals.

[Note: Kym, you’ve come a long way. You wouldn’t have said that a few months ago, and would have come up with reasons to take a ‘bite or two’ instead. Yay, you! :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 5 – 12/02

Weight: 196.2 = down 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 100
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 98

Another good day. Not much else to say. Feel fabulous as ever and am proud that I stuck to my guns at the Holiday Party yesterday. The food looked like something they took out of a box and heated it up. It may not have been but that’s what it looked like to me. I asked others how the food was and most of the responses were “Meh. It’s all right.” For me “all right” is not worth eating. Have a great weekend everyone!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 6 – 12/03

Weight: 196.2 = No Change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 97
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 95

Looking good! Time to get the tree and start decorating for Christmas. Loads of energy today. I can’t stress how great I feel. It’s amazing how when you start eating for you the right way that you can feel so fabulous instead of feeling like a slug. I just wish I would’ve known the truth about food a long time ago instead of the falsities we’re told today. I’m thankful I’m doing what is right for me now.

[Note: It’s been a long time coming, but you are definitely on the right path now!]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 7 – 12/04

Weight: 197 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 98
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 95

I’m so excited at how well things are going. My new way of eating is going well. It has become my new way of life. Today, actually this whole weekend, has been super busy yet I figured a way to fit in my new way of eating that will be for life. That includes figuring it out when the unexpected happens like our car breaking down. It CAN be done. 😀

[Note: Wow – what great glucose readings! You’ve done quite a turn-around in the last few weeks, and the effort is definitely paying off. :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 1 – 12/05

Measurements:
Bust: 41” = no change
Waist: 38.5” = down 0.25”
Hips: 42” = no change

Weight: 197 = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

Wow. Look at those numbers — although I don’t think I’ve had my fasting be higher than my 1 and 2-hour PP. I had an awesome piece of salmon with homemade mayo that had toasted mustard seed. It is usually grilled but it was way too cold out for me so I baked it and it was still delish. All is going very well.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 2 – 12/06

Weight: 197 = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Numbers look good, especially for having a starchy carb. I didn’t eat my full dinner last night because I just wasn’t hungry. Good energy today. Every day that my numbers look good just makes me feel so much better that I’m on the right track and my change in eating for life is making a difference.

[Note: It’s wonderful that your body has finally stabilized! Enjoy the chili and duck. :D]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 3 – 12/07

Weight: 197.4 = up 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I had red peppers today and if you look at my past posts, peppers caused quite a rise in my 2 hour reading. Not this time. It only went up 3 points. I know I keep saying this but I’m really excited about well things are going now.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 4 – 12/08

Weight: 196.2 = down 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 72
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 77

I am under a lot of stress at work right now. My stomach is in knots and I could barely eat my lunch but I did and it was delicious. It is so funny because every time I heat up my lunch, people start gathering around my desk just to see what kind of deliciousness I have for the day.

My numbers were lower than normal and I had 1 oz of potato today. The 1-hour was lower than my fasting and then it rose 15 points so I took a 3-hour reading. It came down 10 points still being lower than my fasting?

[Note: Kym, please go back and find my email to you where I explain true normal readings and why a ‘jump’ from 72 to 87 1-hour after a meal is great, not bad, even if it is “15 points more.” Please re-read my note. Then, to help everyone understand that, please post it in your report tomorrow. As for your 3-hr PP being ’10 points lower than fasting’ — woohoo!

But instead of scratching your head in confusion, remember that your meter is a tool designed to help you eat right for the rest of your life. If you have a day of great numbers, don’t stare at them, mystified. Say “wow, I sure did eat right today. Exactly what did I eat, how much of it did I eat, and when did I eat it? Once you figure it out, do it again. And again. And again. :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 5 – 12/09

Weight: 196 = down 0.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 76
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

Here’s what SugarFree wrote about Blood Glucose readings:

• True normal fasting is under 100. 90′s is good. 80′s is great.
• True normal 1-hr is less than 20 points over fasting, and preferably under 110.
• True normal 2-hr is back under 100. Reaching fasting is even better.

Based on this, my numbers are good again today and that’s with an extra 1/2 oz of potato! Tomorrow I’ll have berries. Everyone have a great weekend!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 6 – 12/10

Weight: 195.4 = down 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I had berries for the first time in months. I blended them with a ton of heavy cream and put it in the freezer while I cooked my lunch. They were delicious. I did eat my lunch later than normal. I felt really full after eating, almost bloated. My numbers look good after having fruit. Yay!

[Note: How fabulous is that! AND hitting a new low number in Onederland. I bet your stats will look good on Monday. :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 7 – 12/11

Weight: 195.8 = up 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

Today I made an awesome chili. My numbers look great again. I had lots of energy. Lunch was super filling.

[Note: There’s a saying I learned from a teacher that I will never forget: When men fail, they blame bad luck. When they succeed, they attribute it to their skill. When women fail, they blame themselves. When they succeed, they call it luck.

Your success and your numbers aren’t luck. You worked your butt off — literally — to make this happen. Give yourself a well-earned pat on the back and revel in what you’ve accomplished! :D]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 1 – 12/12

Measurements:
Bust: 41” = no change
Waist: 38.5” = no change
Hips: 41.5” = down 0.25″

Weight: 195.8 = no change

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I have worked my butt off and I’m proud of it! I’ve come a long way since the beginning. I tried a different starchy carb today and numbers are still fabulous. I feel great and look great. 😀

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 2 – 12/13

Weight: 195.4 = down 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

Super full as usual after lunch and numbers look great, even with having red pepper with a starchy carb. Huge difference from before. Energy level is good. Staying super busy getting everything together for the holidays and with all the projects at work that everyone suddenly needs done by the end of the year, which for us is actually 12/19. Busy Busy Busy.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 3 – 12/14

Weight: 196 = up 0.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

Feeling a bit on edge after lunch. Probably more because of work stress than anything. I am wide awake today and am so ready for the weekend.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 4 – 12/15

Weight: 196.4 = up 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

I can tell I’m getting stressed out with work and everything else. I actually forgot my butter this morning! I went to heat up my lunch and realized I hadn’t packed it. Ugh! I was having my chili and a starchy carb and new I’d need that fat. I ended up going to the store to pick some up. Whew. I did feel a little tired after eating. I’ve just been running ragged. Good day everyone!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 5 – 12/16

Weight: 196.8 = up 0.4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

I’m either coming down with something or just exhausted. I don’t feel right today. I worked until 11:30 last night and up at 4:30 a.m. I can hardly keep my eyes open. Good news is that I saw someone I haven’t seen in a while and she said “Hey skinny mini!” It made me smile. 😀

[Note: Kym, the compliment is lovely, but you can’t continue to burn the candle at both ends. You need to get some serious rest this weekend. And take some coconut oil in tea later as a preventative. Ditto with tomorrow morning. Don’t worry about the extra fat. CO gets used for fuel in an entirely different way than regular fat. Same with butter. CO has the additional benefit of being antibiotic when used internally or externally.]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 6 – 12/17

Weight: 195.8 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 107

I forgot to have my sour cream with lunch so I was missing some fat. That might be why my 1 hour was higher than it has been. I’m going to the TSO concert today, so I gotta get ready. Have a great weekend.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 7 – 12/18

Weight: 195 = down 0.8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I roasted a duck today and it was delicious! It was my first duck (I used SugarFree’s recipe) and it turned out beautifully. Lunch was so filling. I feel great today and protocol starts tomorrow.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 1 – 12/19

Measurements:
Bust: 41″ = no change
Waist: 38.5″ = no change
Hips: 41.25″ = down .25 inches

Weight: 195.4 = up 0.4 pounds

Lunch:

– 4 oz Beans, string, green
– 2 oz Mushrooms
– 0.75 oz Bread
– 1.75 T Butter
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 8 oz Salmon

Dinner:
– 1 T Olive oil
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens
– 1 large Egg, whole

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 784.1
– Fat: 51.3 Grams ( 59% )
– Protein: 54.6 Grams ( 28% )
– Carbs: 26 Grams ( 13% )

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

First day of protocol is going well. I have a little hunger. I was so full from lunch yesterday I didn’t eat dinner last night. That could be why I was hungrier than usual this morning. I’m still struggling getting enough sleep.

I’d also like to add: I found my measurement record for when I was on HCG, starving myself to death. I weighed then approximately what I weigh today. My waist is the same as it was then, but my hips are three inches smaller now and my bust is one inch smaller. And far from having to starve to achieve this, I’ve just come off a month of eating a boatload of fat and calories every single day. In other words, I weighed the same, but I was fatter. I’m a smaller person now, and I wear a smaller clothing size.

Which just goes to show what SugarFree has been saying is true: the scale doesn’t really matter. It’s the inches (and fat) lost that does.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 2 – 12/20

Weight: 194.8 = down 0.6 pounds

Lunch:

– 6 oz Asparagus
– 2 oz Mushrooms
– 1.5 T Butter
– 1 oz quinoa
– 4 oz Chard
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 6 oz Tri-Tip Roast

Dinner:

– 2 large egg white
– 0.75 T Olive oil
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens
– 1 large Egg, whole

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 776.4
– Fat: 52 Grams ( 60% )
– Protein: 56.3 Grams ( 29% )
– Carbs: 20.8 Grams ( 11% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

We had our team holiday luncheon today. We went to an Italian restaurant that has a buffet. I ate my lunch prior to going. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought to sit there while others were eating. Although, you get a lot of questions like “Oh, you’re not eating?” or “How come you’re not going to eat?” I wouldn’t have gone, but we go shopping on main street for an hour our so after lunch. I couldn’t miss out on that. 😉

[Note: Kym (and everyone reading this) — next time just order a ‘small green salad’ (basically lettuce) w/olive oil and vinegar. Dribble a bit of oil on it, a spoon of vinegar, some salt and pepper, and nibble on it with a guilt-free conscience. :)]

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 3 – 12/21

Weight: 195.2 = up 0.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 oz Homemade Mayonnaise
– 6 oz Tuna, canned
– 14 g pita bite crackers
– 4 oz chard
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 1.5 T Butter
– 1 oz Celery
– 4 oz Squash, summer, yellow
– 4 oz Squash, zucchini, baby
– 2 oz Mushrooms

Dinner:
– 0.5 T Cheese, Parmesan, dry grated
– 5 oz Mixed salad greens
– 0.75 T Olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 813.5
– Fat: 55.1 Grams ( 61% )
– Protein: 55.2 Grams ( 27% )
– Carbs: 24.2 Grams ( 12% )

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 74
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101 (1/2 hour late…)
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 101

Well, I’m usually good about staying on time when taking my BG. Today I was on a mission to go to the store during my lunch break and get in and out. I meant to take a ready once I parked at the store and completely forgot. I took it when I got back to my car, making it 30 minutes late. I’m not sure why the numbers are higher than what they usually are. TOM is to begin in a couple of days. I do have lots of energy and got through the store quickly. You could tell I was a woman on a mission.

[Note: It could be TOM, or you could be coming down (or fighting off) something. But the most likely explanation (given that you’ve gone from ‘small’ to ‘trace’ to ‘negative’ on the ketostix) is — too many carbs for YOU. There are carbs in veggies, and you got right up to the limit with the limited fat in Protocol. Combine that with PCOS/protein, and it could cause a problem. So, as with Ariel, we’ll lower your protein a bit, raise your fat a bit, and stay off the starchy/sugary veggie carbs for a few days. If your PP numbers remain high, then it is probably TOM.

On a side note to all Participants, I’ll be “On Holiday” from the 24th  — Friday is the last day I’ll take reports and menus — until Monday, January 2nd. I’m sure everyone will do fine and if not, there’s always next year. :)]

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 4 – 12/22

Weight: 194.2 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz top sirloin
– 2 oz Spinach
– 2 oz Collard Greens
– 9 oz Asparagus
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 1.5 T Butter

Dinner:
– 0.75 T Olive oil
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens, raw

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 763.4
– Fat: 53.4 Grams ( 63% )
– Protein: 55.3 Grams ( 29% )
– Carbs: 15.4 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

The last couple of days, I’ve still been a little hungry after lunch, not starving or anything. I just felt like I could eat more. Today, two hours after lunch, I still feel super full. I have a lot of energy today and I was right about it being TOM.

[Note: Not so much. The fact that despite your TOM coming on (exactly the same condition as yesterday) your meter readings went back to normal means that it wasn’t the TOM at all — but was as I suspected, the carb load and too much protein. And the reason for the hunger the last few days is exactly the same: too many carbs/protein, which has thrown you out of lipolysis. So why did you lose a pound today? Because the body doesn’t work on a 24-hour schedule, but more like a 72-hour one. Had you continued to eat too many carbs/protein grams — for YOU — the loss that has been coming for the last week would have disappeared.

The minute you dropped the extra carbs and protein and upped the fat — voila! — perfect readings. And your ketostix will likely read ‘trace’ again in a day or two. This is what they call a ‘teachable’ moment. 🙂 Because absorbing this lesson and using it in the future will mean the difference between your keeping the fat off forever, and perhaps slowly gaining it back over the years.]

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 5 – 12/23

Weight: 192.8 = down 1.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 7 oz Fish, swordfish
– 2 T Butter
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 oz Cheese, Roquefort

Dinner:
– 0.5 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens
– 1 T Macadamia Nut Oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 804.5
– Fat: 59.3 Grams ( 66% )
– Protein: 51.1 Grams ( 25% )
– Carbs: 16.6 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I was really shaky most of the morning.

[Note: When your fasting sugars are that low (the cause of the shakiness), grab an ounce of cheese and eat it slowly. It will help and it won’t make a difference in the rest of the day.]

I got a lot done preparing for Christmas at my house. My numbers are better after taking a break from starchy carbs. I had a horrible problem today while shopping… I couldn’t keep my pants up and forgot to put on a belt. LOL! A problem I don’t mind having. I guess this will be my last post until next year. SugarFree is taking a well deserved break. Merry Christmas to all and happy holidays to whichever ones you celebrate! See ya next year!

[Note: LOL, indeed — I’m not surprised your pants were falling off. Do you realize that as of today you are a full TWENTY POUNDS LIGHTER than you were when you began  Protocol? Mazel Tov! 😀 Have a glorious holiday and welcome in the New Year knowing yours WILL be a Happy and Healthy One!]

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 1 – 1/2/2012

Weight: 191.8 = down 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 40.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 38″ = down .5″
Hips: 41.5″ = up .25″

Lunch:
– 2 tablespoon Butter
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 4 oz Spinach
– 9 oz Asparagus
– 6 oz Pork, fresh, shoulder, blade

Dinner:
– 0.75 tablespoon Macadamia Nut Oil
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 762.8
– Fat: 60.8 Grams ( 72% )
– Protein: 38.5 Grams ( 20% )
– Carbs: 15.4 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday week. Now it’s back to real life. I had an amazing week. I don’t think I’ve ever NOT gained weight over Christmas and New Year’s. I am actually down a pound and a full inch since the last report. I will admit that I was not 100% protocol worthy but I stayed somewhere between Protocol and Maintenance every day. Christmas was difficult, especially with my brother’s homemade cheesecake and lasagna. I made a roast beef and a bunch of veggies. I stuck to my allotted protein, fat, and carbs. It is so much easier when you have a regular routine, but I made it work, even with all the running around I had to do all week. Here’s to a great, new year!

[Note: Kym, you did incredibly well! You’re just a few pounds from the 180’s of lean and a healthy metabolism — what a great achievement. Since you’re on the last week of Protocol, check out the Recipe Thread. I just posted a new recipe today for Maintenance: Chicken Normandy. It is utterly delicious and filled with great fat, modest protein and carbs. Perfect for winter, it’s a great dish for comfort food AND company — and you can have it next week!]

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 2 – 01/03

Weight: 191.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 1 oz quinoa
– 5 oz Beans, string, green
– 1 oz Blue Shropshire Cheese
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 4 oz kale
– 6 oz, boneless, raw Tuna, fresh
– 2.5 T Butter

Dinner:
– 6 oz Mixed salad greens
– 1.25 T Macadamia Nut Oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 820.3
– Fat: 57.9 Grams ( 64% )
– Protein: 53.2 Grams ( 26% )
– Carbs: 21.6 Grams ( 11% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 106
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

It looks like my starchy carb did not like me today. The good news is my 2 hour came down under 100. I made kale chips today and they were really good. 4 oz of them was a lot. I felt energized and wide awake today. Kept myself busy with catching up on work stuff. I’m ready for the weekend already. 😀 Have a great day!

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 3 – 01/04

Weight: 191.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 1 oz potato
– 9 oz Asparagus, raw
– 2 T Butter
– 9 oz Pork butt
– 4 oz kale
– 4 oz Broccoli

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 836.5
– Fat: 63.7 Grams ( 69% )
– Protein: 51.4 Grams ( 25% )
– Carbs: 14.4 Grams ( 7% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 84
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

I’m trying a one meal day today. We’ll see how I do around dinner time. Hopefully I don’t bite someone’s head off. 😉 It shouldn’t be a problem though given how full I still feel two hours after lunch. I was going to delete my starchy carb today given my readings yesterday, but SugarFree said we should test to see if the high readings were because of A starchy carb or THE (quinoa) starchy carb. Since today’s numbers are under 100 after eating an ounce of potato, it’s clear that it was the particular type of carb I ate yesterday. The things you learn about your body on this Protocol!

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 4 – 01/05

Weight: 191.4 = Down .4 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 oz pasta
– 1 oz Cheese, Roquefort
– 0.5 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid
– 2 T Butter
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 5 oz Beans, string, green
– 8 oz tri tip beef roast

Fitday stats:
– Calories:  852.4
– Fat:  61.2 Grams ( 65% )
– Protein: 55.6 Grams ( 26% )
– Carbs:  19.8 Grams ( 9% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

Lunch was super fantastic. First time I had pasta since I can’t remember when. I mixed the blue cheese, cream and 1 T of butter in with the pasta and then dipped my beef in the sauce too. It was fabulous. My numbers look good after having pasta for the first time. I’m exhausted from work and home life. Hopefully work will slow up a bit here soon.

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 5 – 01/06

Weight: 190 = down 1.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 4 oz Green Beans
– 5 oz zucchini
– 2.5 T Butter
– 7 oz Salmon
– 1.5 oz Potatoes, red, flesh and skin
– 0.5 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid
– 1 oz Cheese, roquefort
– 8 oz Broccoli

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 805.9
– Fat: 55.5 Grams ( 62% )
– Protein: 56.3 Grams ( 28% )
– Carbs: 20.3 Grams ( 10% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 102
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I could tell before taking my 1 hour PP that it was going to be higher than usual. I felt kind of strung out, shaky. Then I knew it had come down around the 2 hour reading because I suddenly felt drained, kind of like a crash. I also felt really bloated. I slept only 4 hours last night. I just couldn’t get to sleep and got up at 4:15 this morning. It could be a combination of lack of sleep and an extra ½ oz of potato or even the extra 4 ounces of broccoli. I know how important sleep is and am going to get some tonight since I don’t have to get up as early tomorrow.

[Note: It wasn’t the potato. It wasn’t the broccoli. It’s stress and especially lack of sleep, so I’m glad you’re going to get some tonight! And I bet you’ll be able to shop for size 10 jeans this weekend. And . . . you start the next round of maintenance next week! :)]

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 6 – 01/07

Weight: 190.4 = up .4 pounds

Lunch:
– 1 oz Cheese, Roquefort
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1 oz Onions
– 2 oz Artichoke Hearts
– 6 oz Asparagus
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 0.75 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid
– 3 oz Tri Tip, beef roast
– 4 oz Beef liver

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 814.1
– Fat: 58.9 Grams ( 65% )
– Protein: 52 Grams ( 26% )
– Carbs: 19 Grams ( 9% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 81
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 76

My one and two hours are lower than my fasting. Not sure how that happened. I am not a fan of organ meats but understand their importance for fixing my metabolism. I had beef liver today and it wasn’t that bad. I can’t say that I LOVE it but for now it’s okay. Going to try on size 10 jeans today or tomorrow. I’ll let everyone know how that goes. Have a great weekend!

[Note: She Ate Liver And Survived To Tell The Tale — Film at Eleven! LOL  And, nice note from your brother today, who will be joining us soon as the very first guy participant! I told him I bet he loses fat twice as fast as any woman participant. It’s sooo unfair. ;)]

Protocol Round 3, Week 3, Day 7 – 1/8

Weight: 189.6 = down .8 pounds

Lunch:
– 9 oz Asparagus, raw
– 1 oz Spaghetti, cooked
– 1 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid
– 2 T Butter
– 10 oz Chicken, thigh
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 778.5
– Fat: 57.7 Grams ( 67% )
– Protein: 45.4 Grams ( 23% )
– Carbs: 19.4 Grams ( 10% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Still waiting to try on those size 10’s. We still might go later. Time got away today. We went to see my dad at the Cemetery. It’s been a year since we lost the best man I’ve ever known. Maintenance starts tomorrow. I always have a hard time getting in enough fat when figuring my menu the first few days but when it comes to starting protocol I have a hard time giving them up. 😀 Looking forward to maintenance and measurements tomorrow. Oh yeah, look at that. I’m in the 180’s… barely but I’m there!

[Note: Oh, girl — look at YOU! If I could put fireworks on your page I would. 😀 I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see your measurements either. You do have my deepest condolences though, on the loss of your dad. I’m glad you go to spend some time with him today. I’m sure he’s very proud of you.]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 1 – 1/9

Measurements:
Bust: 40.5” = no change
Waist: 37.5” = down .5″
Hips: 41” = down .5″

Weight: 189 = down .6 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 82

I had so much energy today I didn’t know what to do with. First day of maintenance always seems like an overload of food. I ate all my food in one meal and it was a lot to handle. Numbers are looking awesome! I lost a whole inch this last week! All is going very well. I did try on a size 10 late yesterday. They did not exactly fit but I was able to pull them up over my hips and got the button almost buttoned. I also have the length issue. I couldn’t find any talls at the store I went to so I am going to order a pair of 10′s as incentive. Happy Monday everyone!

[Note: You’ll be those size 10’s within a week or two. Guaranteed. :)]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 2 – 1/10

Weight: 190.2 = up 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 74
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 86
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

My weight went up a bit as expected after the first day of maintenance. This is normal after the first day or so after Protocol, and I know now it’s just fat cell, place-holding water.  No one could gain a pound and a half of fat overnight!

I am eating only one meal a day, yet it’s so filling I don’t feel draggy like I remember. I also had to go to the next hole on my belt. Only one more left and it’ll be time for a new belt too. My new favorite sauce is heavy cream, butter, and blue cheese. I had it on pasta today and potato last week. I then dip my meat in the leftover creaminess or pour it over my veggies. It’s so good.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 3 – 1/11

Weight: 190.2 = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 78
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

Today, I was hungry about 3 hours earlier than I normally eat lunch. The last few days I’ve been eating later than usual because I wasn’t feeling hunger. Today I felt ravenous. I’m not sure where that came from. I checked the calendar and I’m less than a week away from TOM so maybe that’s why. Funny though because once I started eating I suddenly felt full and couldn’t eat all my food. I made sure I ate my fat but left some veggies and protein behind. It also took me over a half hour to finish eating.

I had some extra time last night and caught up on other participants’ posts. I laughed at some of them not because they were funny but because I’ve had the same experiences with “need to expand the food repertoire” and “this is not a diet, but a way of life” AND especially: “you can take a vacation in life but not a vacation from life.” Meaning, you are no longer allowed to eat whatever you come across while on vacation (which I used to do — and paid the price) and you must make smart choices. These concepts may be difficult to accept but think about it, what brought you here in the first place? The need and want to be healthy. If you continue to think of it as just a diet to lose fat and pounds then go right back to making bad choices, you will have undone what you’ve worked so hard to fix. For me, I finally accepted that I do not want a temporary fix. I want to be healthy for the rest of my life and not live with all the ailments that I see others dealing with. Below is why. I’m not throwing out this hard work!

I did some analysis of my Blood Sugar numbers today. I calculated my 7, 14, and 30-day averages since starting on September 5, 2011 – just four months ago. I took my first 7, 14, and 30 day averages and subtracted today’s same day averages. The difference was amazing to me. Here’s what I came up with:

7-day = down 16.67
14-day = down 12.7
30-day = down 14.95

And then there’s the 11.5 inches gone and 22.2 pounds, gone. That’s 10% of former body fat I’m no longer carrying around. All of this is thanks to SugarFree’s guidance and her patience dealing with someone as hard-headed as me. Warning: it is a family trait. ;) Thank you, SugarFree!

[Note: You’re welcome. But you’re the one who deserves the pat on the back for all your hard work. As for the “family trait” — I am forewarned. :D]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 4 – 1/12

Weight: 190.2 = no change

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

I had a highly stressful morning getting to work. I left my house at 6:30 and didn’t get to work until around 11:15. There wasn’t a lot of snow but the roads were really slick and trucks couldn’t get up even the slightest hills on the highway. It was crazy. I’m sure the anxiety and stress I had caused my higher than usual one hour reading. I usually do really well with potatoes, which was my starchy carb today.

[Note: Yep. Stress. It’ll do that every time. Make a cup of your favorite tea when you get home, and sip it with your feet up. If I could send you a piece of chocolate-covered bacon to nibble while you do, I would. :)]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/13

Weight: 190.4 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

Yesterday’s numbers had to be because of the stress. Look at how beautiful today’s numbers are after eating 2 ounces of berries. It was a yummy dessert. Although again it was too much food. I’ve been doing one meal a day. That’s a lot to fit into one meal. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

[Note: Kym, try going to two meals a day for a while. You’re an expert on the Protocol now. :D]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/15

Weight: 189.6 = down .8 pounds

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

It’s been a crazy weekend. Everything else is going well as far as BG numbers. I’m back in the 180′s as I knew I would be after settling once maintenance started. Have a great week.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 1 – 1/16

Measurements:
Bust: 40″ = down .5″
Waist: 37.5” = no change
Hips: 41” = no change

Weight: 189.2 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

I had 2 oz. of starchy carb today and still stayed under 100 for my 1 and 2 hour PP. Yay! Also, only .2 pounds from my post protocol weight and finally a half-inch off my bust. It seems to be shrinking slowest, which is fine. I did happen to notice yesterday that bra was looser around than usual and the measurements prove it. I’m eating lots of fat and losing it at the same time. How awesome is that?!?!

[Note: Clearly you must be delusional, ma’am. Everybody knows if you eat a lot of fat (and you’re eating nearly 1400 calories a day in fat alone!) you will get fat. Just like everybody knows the earth is flat. LOL]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 2 – 1/17

Weight: 190 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96

Let’s see. Weight (water) is up. BG’s are up (compared to what they’ve been lately) and as I predicted, TOM started today. SugarFree says they’re all related. I just read her latest post so it looks like we won’t be back until Thursday. Have a good day.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 4 – 1/19

Weight: 190.6 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96

I’m up in weight from two days ago when last posted but down since yesterday (no posting). No worries because my clothes still fit just as they did prior to the water gain. Everything is going well.

I’ve discovered making creamy soups. It is a great way to do something different with your veggies. Today I had roasted broccoli/cauliflower/artichoke soup. I roasted my vegetables then placed them in homemade veggie broth I brought to a simmer. I used a stick blender to mash it all up, then poured some of it into a beaten cream/egg yolk mixture, and poured everything back into the pot. I simmered the soup a bit longer to heat through. It was fabulous. Very filling and a great way to have your veggies in a different fashion. I’m going to attempt SugarFree’s Chicken Normandy recipe over the weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 5 – 1/20

Weight: 192.4 = up 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I’m not sure what’s going on with the weight. I guess it’s still TOM effects. Again, my clothes aren’t any tighter so it must be okay.

[Note: It is. It’s water weight (I’d like to see any human put on two pounds of fat overnight!) — and when your body is ready it will release it. You can help that by getting some sleep. Seriously. When humans don’t sleep well, or enough, the body believes it’s because the enemy is near and the human must stay vigilant. That means elevated fight or flight hormones, which in turn means depressed insulin, which in turn means higher blood sugars because the body wants lots of glucose at the ready to feed the muscles required to either wrestle the saber-tooth tiger to the ground, or run the hell away. 🙂 It kept us alive a few hundred thousand years ago, but all it does today is make us fat and diabetic.]

I had the most delicious dessert today with my heavy cream and mixed berries. As usual, very full after lunch. Numbers are good considering I had berries and they were a bit elevated on Tuesday when I had them. I only got about four hours of sleep last night. I got involved in something and didn’t get to bed until after midnight.

I am now caught up on my participant reading and found out that there is a secret experiment going on with Ariel. I cannot wait to hear about it. I’d give anything to not be freezing all the time. In the office, I either have my coat on or an extra sweater. Yesterday is an example. Everyone was complaining about how hot it was in the office and they looked at me and asked if I was cold. I said “Actually, I’m comfortable so it must be really hot in here.” At home, I get made fun of because I’m always cold and have to be bundled in a blanket. Looking forward to hearing about the secret!

[Note: And it will affect you! That’s all I’m saying for the moment. :D]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 6 – 1/21

Weight: 190.6 = down 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I got 7 hours of sleep and my weight is back down. It was a good day overall. Busy but good. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Tomorrow: Chicken Normandy!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 7 – 1/22

Weight: 190.2 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

The Chicken Normandy turned out fabulous! The kids absolutely loved it and so did the rest of us. They all said it is a definite make again recipe. And just look at my numbers. The two hour is only 2 points above fasting. I also got another good night of sleep; eight and a half hours this time. Hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend. Oh, and I did order size ten jeans and they were delivered Friday. I tried them on today and got them zipped and buttoned! They’re still a little too tight to wear in public but I’m almost there!! 🙂

[Note: In this case, I’m happy to say I told you so. 😀 Enjoy them!]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 1 – 1/23

Measurements:
Bust: 40″ = no change
Waist: 37.25” = down .25″
Hips: 40.75” = down .25″

Weight: 190 = down .2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 103

My one and two-hour meter readings weren’t so good today. I think it might’ve been the combo of onion and potato. I’ve eaten the same meal several times and the only difference is the onion. I will also be getting complete blood tests this week to see how they compare to the tests done prior to starting with SugarFree. It will be enlightening I’m sure. And another half-inch gone from my waist and hips!

Chicken Normandy is still on my mind because it was so good. If you haven’t made it yet, you should. It is simple and amazingly good. You can substitute1/4 cup of chicken stock for the Calvados apple brandy. Good day everyone!

[Note: The high readings might be the result of your food (in which case your fasting sugars tomorrow will be a bit higher than today), or you may be fighting off something. Let’s see how it goes. As for the Chicken Normandy, I had leftovers for today’s meal — if anything, it’s even better after it’s sat in the fridge for a few days. Love that stuff. It’s also incredibly cheap to make if you have a TJ’s near you. I love their free-range organic drumsticks for only $1.99 a pound. Can’t beat that price with a stick. 🙂

Oh — and Whole Foods, which normally doesn’t carry Cardoons/Cardones, were so intrigued by my description that they ordered a whole bunch. So if any reader wants to try some and they’re not locally available, call your nearest Whole Foods. The item is in their computers. I pick mine up tomorrow and can’t wait to try Ariel’s recipe.]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 2 – 1/24

Weight: 190.6 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 88

My ketostix is negative and I’m up in weight again. I don’t really concern myself with weight. Just pointing it out.  My fasting BG is higher than usual and my two-hour PP went up 15 points. It might have been the smoked salmon. I bought a different brand than I normally do. When I packed my lunch this morning, I noticed it said “cooked” smoked salmon and didn’t really think about it. I looked at the package again after eating and saw it has honey in the ingredients, lthough I know some smoked products are cured in sugar but there is no sugar in the product itself. I guess when it is cured in honey, it is in the product. has “zero” sugars according to the label.

[Note: It has zero sugars for the serving size – which doesn’t mean anything, since food manufacturers skirt the labeling laws by making serving sizes small enough for them to legally ’round down’ to zero. I’m sure you ate more than their idea of serving size. And smoked salmon isn’t cooked, it’s cured. If a fish is cooked (as yours was) with honey then yes, it has honey (sugar) in it.]

Other than that, I had a ton of energy last night and did a lot of running around and errands around the house.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 3 – 1/25

Weight: 191.4 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

I’m feeling a little tired today. I don’t know if I’m coming down with something or what. I felt a little flushed after lunch and my stomach has been bothering me the past couple of mornings. I’m eating only one meal today. I made an awesome sauce for my vegetables that was so easy. It had butter a type of blue cheese, and heavy cream. That simple and it was delicious over my veggies and I licked my plate clean. :)

[Note: Kym, your higher-than-usual blood sugars began on the 19th, and stomach aches a few days later. I believe you’re either fighting that stomach virus (making the rounds of many of our Participants) or may be headed into another bout of diverticulitis. Is it possible to check this with your doctor?]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 4 – 1/26

Weight: 191.6 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

As I was waiting on my lunch to heat up today, I was watching someone having difficulty opening their lunch. It looked like a prepackaged meal. I remember eating like that. The Lean Cuisines, SmartOnes, and such always still feeling so hungry afterward. I would be “good” and not fall for “temptation” while at work but by the time I got home I would just open the fridge and binge on whatever I could get my hands on.

These days, following SugarFree’s advice, I don’t feel like that. I’ll eat my lunch and be satisfied until the next day most times. It is more than 2 hours since I had my lunch as I’m writing this and I am still so full that I feel like I just ate. Numbers look good today and I feel good.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 5 – 1/27

Weight: 190.4 = down 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I forgot my green beans today. I usually have all my veggies in one bowl but I made a cream of broccoli soup and planned on eating my beans separate. I left the house without them this morning. Sigh… The soup was good and even without the green beans I was super full. I had a starchy carb today after a few days without and my BG’s look great.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 6 – 1/28

Weight: 190.6 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

It’s been a long stressful day. I spent a few hours in the hospital visiting my grandma. I’m ready for some rest.

[Note: Kym, it’s always stressful when an older family member is in the hospital. My thoughts are with your grandma and you.]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 7 – 1/29

Weight: 190.6 = no change

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

I’m not sure what was wrong with me today. I had a headache, was starving earlier than normal, then got really irritated and angry. I was better after I ate. I’m not sure where all that came from. My head is still aching a little but not like earlier. I can tell you I was fighting the mental battle when I was in my mood. We were shopping and I was so hungry I really had heavy thoughts of throwing in the towel and just getting whatever to eat. I thought it through and knew I’d be even more mad at myself for falling. I made it home to eat my lunch and do feel better about myself that I didn’t fall for all the temptations that probably wouldn’t have tasted good anyway. It is tough sometimes.

[Note: I’m sorry you had such a rough day. My guess is that you’re under a lot of stress worrying about your grandma, which is totally understandable.

But oh, so GOOD FOR YOU that you didn’t allow the stress to become an excuse for self-sabotage. You knew what to do, and why you should do it — and you did it! This is what will keep you slim the rest of your life. That’s not to say there will never be times, once you’re on more or less permanent Maintenance, that you’ll want a pizza night, for instance. But that will be planned so that there’ll be much more fat than carbs, and will not be from anger or stress. The first is an occasional treat. The latter is harmful when you do it, and for days later as your already higher cortisol levels (from the stress) is spiked by guilt. Hope the rest of your day — and next week — goes better…]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 1 – 1/30

Measurements:
Bust: 40″ = no change
Waist: 37.25” = no change —> .25″ LESS than when you began Maintenance 3 weeks ago.
Hips: 41” = up .25″ —> equal to when you began Maintenance

Weight: 190.2 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

I made chopped liver and had if for lunch today. It was good. I’m not going to say it’s my favorite food, but I know how important organ meats are as SugarFree taught me so I’ll eat it. It was nice to have it prepared differently. I also had bread today, which usually gives me problems. Today was better than it has been. My fasting glucose was higher than usual but still normal. It could be from the stress of worrying about my grandma.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 2 – 1/31

Weight: 190.4 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 88
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

It took me forty minutes to finish my lunch today due to work distractions plus all the food I had to eat. I have had a ton of energy all day. The weather is beautiful here today. Wish I would’ve taken the day off to enjoy it. Not much more to report. Everyone have a great day!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 3 – 2/1

Weight: 191.6 = up 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96

I read SugarFree’s post about statins last night and it hit home with me. Almost everyone in my family has been or is on a statin, including myself. I never really had a problem with my cholesterol, but my triglycerides have always been extremely high, that is until the past year. When I say high, I’m talking over 500 and at one time they were over 2000. The doctors had me on Lipitor, Zycor, Tricor, and several others. My cholesterol was reduced but they never worked on my triglycerides. I ended up taking myself off of them because I had heard they were bad for you and because I was tired of giving my money to Big Pharma. I didn’t tell my doctor I stopped taking the meds. It wasn’t until I lost the weight that they went down. I have a whole new perspective of what the numbers mean and how to read them thanks to SugarFree’s research and sharing of knowledge. I’m still waiting on the latest blood test results to see how SugarFree’s protocol has improved them.

[Note: Kym, I had no idea you were on statins, and I am so glad you are no longer taking them. For a doctor to give you a statin to control triglycerides — WHICH STATINS DO NOT AFFECT AT ALL — is madness. Statins artificially lower total cholesterol (which we now know is not a good idea!) by telling the liver to make less of it. Triglycerides, on the other hand, are mostly created from excess glucose shunted down to the liver because your skeletal muscle cells refuse insulin’s message to take it in. Then the T’s  are shoved into your adipose fat cells and locked away. How on earth could a statin possibly affect that process? Sheesh.

On the other hand, as you’ve discovered, once you become less insulin resistant and your muscles are once more willing to listen to insulin’s message, your triglyceride count drops into normal range. True normal, that is. Currently lab range is anything less than 150, but that’s still quite insulin resistant. People who follow the the Protocol will, over time, drop into the really true normal of less than 100. Mine ranges from 42 – 62.

It is important to note however, that when this happens doctors tend to freak out. Not because that triglyceride level is too low; on the contrary, even the average doctor knows that level is very good. No, it’s because when you have a lipid panel done, only TC, HDL and TG’s are actually measured in the lab. LDL however, is calculated with a mathematical formula using the other three values. That’s why you see the word CALC to the right of the LDL number.  The problem is with the formula, called the Friedwald calculation, which only works for TG’s between 100 to 400. Anything above or below this, and the calculation doesn’t work at all. It will show LDL anywhere from 30 to 50 points higher than it really is.

There is a new formula, the Iranian formula, that takes very low TG’s into account. It’s a great science research story of how two doctors created it, and why, so you might want to Google it. Google the “Iranian Calculator” as well, and when you put in your TC, HDL and TG numbers, it will calculate your true LDL level (if your TG’s are less than 100). My ‘calc’ is 134. My true LDL is 97. That’s quite a difference. Now, how many doctors even know how LDL is calculated (or even that it is calculated), let alone by which formula and whether or not that formula is the correct one to use?

Who said: “Zero”? Congratulations. You’ve won a SugarFree sugar-free chocolate-chip cookie! :)]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 4 – 2/2

Weight: 192 = up .4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I ordered an Emile Henry pizza pan and received it yesterday. I’m excited about using it. My weight and numbers have been odd this week. I guess it is due to all the stress of worrying and not sleeping well. I decided to take tomorrow off since work has slowed a bit. Just a day to do whatever I feel like doing.

[Note: Good for you! Enjoy every minute of the day. As for the Emile Henry Flame pizza stone, you’ll love it. It can go on top of the range as well as in the oven, and on the grill, too. You can cut directly on it and not leave a single mark — so you can serve at the table right on it, and keep the food hot. Which makes it a great warming tray as well. Enjoy that too!]

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 5 – 2/3

Weight: 191 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

I had a good day off. I had a lot of energy so I did some things around the house. Now off to my boyfriend’s son’s basketball game. Have a great weekend!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 6 – 2/4

Weight: 190.6 = down .6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

Busy day. Saw a movie with the kids, went shopping for furniture, and a bunch of other regular errands. Time to relax.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 7 – 2/5

Weight: 189.6 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

I roasted a standing rib roast today for the first time. It turned out really good. The family liked it. Now we’re watching the big game. Protocol starts tomorrow.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 1 – 2/6/2012

Weight: 189.4 = down .2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 40″ = no change
Waist: 37.25″ = no change
Hips: 41″ = no change

Lunch:
– 7 oz, boneless, raw Salmon, raw
– 8 oz Broccoli
– 1 oz Sweet potato, raw
– 5 oz Beans, string, green, raw
– 2.5 tablespoon Butter
– 1 oz Blue Shropshire Cheese
– 1 fl oz Cream, heavy, fluid

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 829.2
– Fat: 60.8 Grams ( 66% )
– Protein: 53.8 Grams ( 26% )
– Carbs: 16.7 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

First day of protocol and my one-hour glucose reading was high. I had plenty of energy today. I wasn’t hungry until my usual time to eat and still full as of reporting with eating a lot less fat. It was difficult to keep the fat to less than half when preparing my menu. I’ll skip the starchy carb tomorrow.

[Note: You began Maintenance Round 3 on 1/9.  Your waist was 37.5″ — and after four weeks of eating a lot of fat and calories, it is 37.25″ — which means you lost fat. Your weight was 189 pounds, and today it is 189.4, which means that you gained .4 pound in those four weeks as well. In other words, your brain has fully accepted your new lower set-point, which means it should be willing and able to shed more excess adipose fat in this round of Protocol. :)]

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 2 – 2/7/2012

Weight: 188.2 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 3 oz Artichoke Hearts
– 4 oz Asparagus
– 6.5 oz Beef Liver
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1.5 oz Blue Cheese
– 1 fl oz Heavy Cream

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 819.7
– Fat: 58.9 Grams ( 65% )
– Protein: 52 Grams ( 25% )
– Carbs: 20.4 Grams ( 10% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

My meter readings are in normal range but higher than what I’ve been lately. Could it be the lower amount of fat I’m having on protocol? I did not have a starchy carb today. I am down 1.2 pounds after one day of Protocol.

[Note: The loss is water, not fat. And yes, as you’ve seen with Ariel, who went back on Protocol last week, it takes nearly a full week for your body to get the message: “Uh-oh, the Mastodon aren’t running again. Guess we’ll have to dip into the interior fridge to get our calories.” Your pancreas will also get the message to increase insulin slightly, which will lower your sugars. Patience, Grasshopper. :)]

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 3 – 2/8/2012

Weight: 188 = down .2 pounds

Lunch
– 7 oz cod
– 4 oz kale
– 4 oz broccoli
– 2.5 T butter
– 1.5 oz cheddar cheese
– 1.5 fl oz heavy cream
– 5 oz green beans

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 816.6
– Fat: 61 Grams ( 67% )
– Protein: 55 Grams ( 27% )
– Carbs: 11.9 Grams ( 6% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

My 1-hour PP was over 100 today. According to my notes, it’s still in normal range since it is under 110 and less than 20 points over my fasting BG. I’m not used to seeing over 100. I have started a new medication today that I took with my meal. I wonder if that has had an effect. I can say that I have consistently had plenty of energy throughout the day and plenty to do at work to expend it. Sometimes I want to say more in my posts but there just never seems to be enough time.

[Note: It could be the med, or it could be the time you took it, or both. If you don’t need to take it with meals, you might try first thing in the morning and see how that does. Let’s keep an eye on this for the next few days.]

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 4 – 2/9/2012

Weight: 188 = no change

Lunch
– 8 oz Spinach
– 9 oz Asparagus
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1 oz Cheddar Cheese
– 10 oz Chicken Thigh

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 795.9
– Fat: 61.5 Grams ( 70% )
– Protein: 50.3 Grams ( 25% )
– Carbs: 10.3 Grams ( 5% )

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

Lesson learned today.

Last night SugarFree sent me an email about my higher BG numbers. She wrote: “Quick question: have you had any recent skin issues for which you may have used a tropical steroid?”

I have no idea how she came up with that question but it hit me like a brick. That’s because a week and a half ago I was prescribed a Corticosteroid! And that’s just about the time my BG numbers started increasing.

I looked back and found that when I used it in the evening, every next morning my fasting BG was higher than expected. Same thing happened Monday and yesterday because I used it mid-morning, so my 1-hour PP was high. I had not mentioned to SugarFree that I was on this topical medication, because it’s not ingested so I didn’t think about it. It is, however, absorbed into the skin and then into your blood stream.

Turns out this steroid is the culprit. SugarFree said that: “the ‘corticos’ in Corticosteroid (and Hydrocortisone) stands for Cortisol,” and as she has written in many posts: “Cortisol depresses insulin, which raises blood sugar. Stress does the same thing. The body raises cortisol in “fight or flight” situations where high glucose is required in the bloodstream in case you need extra energy to give your muscles.” When I rubbed the medication on my body, the cortisol in it depressed my insulin and raised my blood sugar.

As SugarFree said, I’ve now performed a real-time experiment on myself where N = 1 — and I saw for myself what happens when Cortisol rises, either from medication or stress. Once again the truth come out: The meter never lies. You just have to search for the reason it tells you what it does. Whew. At least I know this reason now.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 5 – 2/10/2012

Weight: 187.6 = down .4 pounds

Lunch
– 2.5 T Butter
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 8 oz Pork Roast
– 1 oz Blue Cheese
– 5 oz Green Beans
– 1 oz Quinoa

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 802
– Fat: 59.6 Grams ( 67% )
– Protein: 49.6 Grams ( 25% )
– Carbs: 16.8 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

I think maybe green beans are a bit of an issue for me when I have a starchy carb. I’ve had quinoa before without green beans and my one hour would be in the low to mid 90’s. My two hour looks good though. I’m not sure how/why my ketostix is negative. I am down .4 pounds.

[Note: The weight loss is water. You haven’t hit lipolysis in a while (hence no inches lost last week), probably due to the steroids. The 100 PP is likely carry-over from that and so the quinoa — NOT the green beans! — was too much for your insulin to handle today. Women with PCOS are exquisitely sensitive to Cortisol. It might be best to cut all starchy carbs for the next few days, or until you’ve been off the steroids for 72 hours.]

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 6 – 2/11/2012

Weight: 187.2 = down .4 pounds

Lunch
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 6 oz Calf Liver
– 1 fl oz Heavy Cream
– 1.5 oz Roquefort
– 2.5 T Butter
– 9 oz Asparagus

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 810.2
– Fat: 60.6 Grams ( 67% )
– Protein: 49.5 Grams ( 24% )
– Carbs: 16.7 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96

Today was a very rough day for me and my family. I was stressed most of the day. I’m also struggling with another problem that I’m not sure is being caused by the medication I’m taking or stress or both. I’m hoping Sunday will be a better day.

[Note: Kym, my deepest sympathy for what you and your family are going through right now. It is a very difficult time, and though none of us can fix it, we can hold you and them in our thoughts.

As for your blood sugars: first, they really are not bad. All still within normal range. Second, it absolutely, positively IS being caused by stress, and nothing else. It is NOT the food you’re eating. Stress raises cortisol. It just does. There’s nothing you can do, short of using meditation perhaps, to lower the stress, that can change that. And, as I wrote in a note to yesterday’s report: “Women with PCOS are exquisitely sensitive to Cortisol.” So please hang in there, and try to do something nice for yourself tomorrow. :)]

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 7 – 2/12/2012

Weight: 186.8 = down .4 pounds

Lunch
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 2 T Butter
– 7 oz Filet Mignon
– 5 oz zucchini
– 5 oz yellow squash
– 0.75 oz Cheddar Cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 839.7
– Fat: 66.9 Grams ( 72% )
– Protein: 50 Grams ( 24% )
– Carbs: 9.4 Grams ( 4% )

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

Today I decided to something nice for myself, but it took a lot of time.  I ate my “lunch” late today by the time we got home and prepared everything. The good news is that I didn’t start getting hungry until around three so I was good. My numbers look good today. I will add a starchy carb tomorrow to see how it goes. Tomorrow is measurement day. I sure hope I see some shrinkage. 😀

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 1 – 2/13/2012

Weight: 186.6 = down .2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 39.5″ = down .5”
Waist: 37″ = down .25”
Hips: 41″ = no change

Lunch
– 4 oz Spinach
– 5 oz Asparagus
– 2 oz Artichoke Hearts
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1.5 fl oz Cream, heavy
– 6.5 oz Beef Liver
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 1 oz Potatoes
– 1 oz Blue Cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 837.2
– Fat: 60.4 Grams ( 65% )
– Protein: 49.7 Grams ( 24% )
– Carbs: 23.7 Grams ( 11% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

Today I had a starchy carb, the first in a few days. My one hour was over 100 but my two hour came down. TOM is supposed to show up in a day or less. I’ve just had all kinds of stuff going on this round of protocol. I’m doing everything I can to keep the things I can control from getting out of hand to keep the cortisol from raising. The good news I’m shrinking. 😀

[Note: Indeed you are. Despite all the turmoil, you lost .75″ and nearly 3 pounds in one week! Since you began Protocol five months ago, you’ve lost 26 pounds and many clothing sizes. Shrinkage, indeed. :)]

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 2 – 2/14/2012

Weight: 186.6 = no change

Lunch
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 10 oz Chicken Thigh
– 5 oz Green Beans
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1 oz Blue Cheese
– 1 oz Mushrooms

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 777
– Fat: 60.2 Grams ( 70% )
– Protein: 47.1 Grams ( 24% )
– Carbs: 11.7 Grams ( 6% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

Today’s numbers look great! I had loads of energy this morning and no hunger. Not much more to report for a Tuesday.

[Note: How are those size ten jeans fitting now? :D]

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 3 – 2/15/2012

Weight: 187.2 = up .6 pounds

Lunch
– 8.4 oz Trader Joe’s Crab Meat
– 1.5 oz Homemade Mayonnaise
– 1 large Egg
– 4 oz Spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 9 oz Asparagus
– 2 T Butter
– .5 oz Quinoa

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 846.1
– Fat: 67 Grams ( 71% )
– Protein: 47.7 Grams ( 23% )
– Carbs: 13.3 Grams ( 6% )

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

Today has just not been a good day. It started with a horrible night of sleep. Toss and turned all night. I had a headache all day, even after lunch. I was hungry a lot earlier than normal. I just didn’t feel right all day. I also can’t get warm. I’ve been shivering all day. I felt my cheeks heat up after eating but my extremities were still cold. I sure hope I’m not coming down with something. I’ve had enough going on these 2 weeks. I still have the skin problem and it has gotten worse again. It is just super annoying.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 4 – 2/16/2012

Weight: 187.2 = no change

Lunch
– 7 oz Smoked Salmon
– 8 oz Spinach
– 5 oz Green Beans
– 1 oz Potatoes
– 3 T Butter
– 1.5 oz Gouda
– 1 fl oz Heavy Cream

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 761.8
– Fat: 58.2 Grams ( 69% )
– Protein: 43.8 Grams ( 23% )
– Carbs: 15.7 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

I still was not feeling very well this morning so I took the day off work. I’m starting to feel a little better now. I still have a slight headache though. Other than my one hour being slightly higher than usual all else looks well.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 5 – 2/17/2012

Weight: 186.2 = down 1 pound

Lunch
– 7 oz Calf Liver
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 4 oz Spinach
– 5 oz Zucchini
– 5 oz Yellow Squash
– 1 fl oz Heavy Cream
– 2.5 T Butter
– 1 oz Blue Cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 799.6
– Fat: 58.4 Grams ( 66% )
– Protein: 52.1 Grams ( 26% )
– Carbs: 16.4 Grams ( 8% )

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): N/A

I got really sick after lunch. Not really sure what’s wrong.  Fell asleep after lunch, so no 2-hr PP. I think I’m fighting something off.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 6 – 2/18/2012

Weight: 185.8 = down .4 pounds

Lunch
– 2 eggs
– 3 T Butter
– 1 oz bread (toasted)

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I’m still not feeling well but I think I’m getting better. My headache is gone and my throat only slightly hurts. I ate something without feeling worse so I think that’s a good sign. (Fingers crossed) I think the tea and coconut oil are helping.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 7 – 2/19/2012

Weight: 186.8 = up 1 pound

Lunch
– 2 eggs
– 3 T Butter
– 1 oz bread

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I felt much worse today than yesterday. I woke up with a stuffy nose, sore throat, and a headache. I spent most of the day in bed.

[Note: Hang in there. If the sore throat lasts more than another day or two, you might want to see your doctor. This ‘thing’ is going around, and by the end so infecting throats that antibiotics are necessary. Feel better soon!]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 1 – 2/20/2012

Weight: 187 = up .2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 39″ = down .5”
Waist: 37″ = no change
Hips: 40.5″ = down .5″

Lunch
– 2 eggs
– 3 T Butter
– 2 strips of bacon

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 88
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I woke up feeling horrible again. I had tea and coconut oil and started to feel better. The coconut oil seemed to soothe my sore throat. A few hours later I started getting some energy back, my throat only slightly hurts, and my nose isn’t as stuffy. I’m supposed to be on maintenance starting today but with being sick, I’m going to ease into it. I will take it easy tomorrow as well until I feel better and want to eat. Good news is that with all that has happened this week, I lost 1 inch of fat. 😀 Fingers crossed for more recovery tomorrow.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 2 – 2/21/2012

Weight: 187.8 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I tried going to work today and had to come home early. I haven’t been sick like this in a long time. My throat doesn’t hurt so much any more it’s more in my head with a stuffy nose. I had eggs, toast, butter, and bacon again. I was hungry when I ate but quickly got full. I’m not sure why my weight is slowly going up. I’m hoping it’s just water and it will be released soon.

[Note: It is water, but this time it’s in your muscles, not your fat cells. Your body requires extra water to help recover from injury, whether it’s bacterial or from weight training. Once you’re fully recovered, it will be discarded. Sounds like it might be better for you to stop fighting and give in to help your body heal.  Stay home and in bed for the rest of the week, even if you do feel better in a day or so.

Get a family member to buy a bunch of beef marrow bones in the supermarket — about half a dozen. Then salt and roast the bones on a foil-lined baking sheet at in an oven preheated to 450 for fifteen minutes. Then dump the bones in a stock pot, toss in a halved onion with the skin left on and a carrot chopped in thirds. Cover with water — 2 inches above the bones. Add 1 T. Vinegar. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer, skim off the foam, and let simmer, uncovered, for several hours. The broth will be filled with tons of minerals, the marrow that will likely float to the top is pure animal fat goodness. There’s a reason our ancestors (and all large carnivores) cracked bones and ate the marrow — it contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, too. I hope you feel better soon!]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 3 – 2/22/2012

Weight: 187.4 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

Still sick but I think I’m getting better. Yes. I’ve said that several times. I had bone marrow broth today with toast and butter. I stayed home from work and got some rest.

[Note: Kym, I’m glad you’re a bit better, but you may need antibiotics to get rid of this. Please see my note at the end of Ariel’s report today.]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 4 – 2/23/2012

Weight: 187.2 = down .2 pounds

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I went to urgent care with no real diagnosis. I’m going to see my doc tomorrow. His office was closed today. I still feel the same as yesterday. I am able to breathe a little better. I hope I can breathe overnight. I didn’t get much sleep last night. Kept waking up because I couldn’t breathe. I just want it to go away.

[Note: It will go away within 36 hours of taking your first Z-Pac antibiotic. I’m sure your doc will give it to you, and you’ll feel better by Saturday. 🙂 There is no ‘diagnosis’ because this thing doesn’t have a name. It’s not strep, but it definitely infects the throat.]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 5 – 2/24/2012

Weight: 187.2 = no change

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I got my Z-Pac from the doc today. Good thing I stopped by early in the morning. He said they’ve been crazy busy with this thing going around and he himself is sick. I took the first dose and look forward to finally feeling better. I also received more bad news today so more stress to handle.

[Note: I know the upcoming weeks will be difficult for you, Kym, and I hope you get to spend as much time with your Grandma as you can. I’m glad you got the Z (and yep, the doc will probably be on it himself in a few days); you’ll start feeling better by tomorrow. Please take good care of yourself in this time of stress. It’s the best thing you can do for you, but it’s also the best thing you can do for your family. My thoughts are with you.]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 6 – 2/25/2012

Weight: 186.8 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 84
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 84

Feeling better after getting the correct antibiotics. I had a disturbing visit with my grandma. I just feel so helpless. I just hope she is as comfortable as possible.

[Note: Kym, this is truly a difficult time for you and your grandma. You are helpless to influence the course of events, but you can control what you choose to do about what is to happen. Try to spend as much time with her as possible, along with other family members, perhaps sharing with your grandma and each other your best memories of time spent together in the past. We do that at funerals — why not with the person while they are still alive and perhaps can hear us? Please know that we are all thinking about you and your family this week.]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 7 – 2/26/2012

Weight: 186 = down .8 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 106
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96

I tried eating a more complete meal today. I think I over did the starchy carb. I had 1.5 oz of potato. It was probably too much too soon. No a starchy carb tomorrow.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 1 – 2/27/2012

Weight: 186 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 39″ = no change
Waist: 37″ = no change
Hips: 40.5″ = do change

Weight: 186 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

My weight came down to almost where it was before I got sick. I feel like I lost a whole week because I can’t really recall much of it. It’s all a blur. I still have a slightly stuffy nose and an occasional cough but no other symptoms. I do have my appetite back and ate all my lunch today.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 2 – 2/28/2012

Weight: 187.6 = up 1.6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

I was not able to finish my meal today. I tried a close to normal maintenance meal and just couldn’t finish it. My weight is up 1.6 pounds. This is usual after the first day of maintenance, even though the title says week 2, because I was sick all last week, I didn’t eat even close to a maintenance menu until yesterday. I felt bloated a few hours after eating.

[Note: Yep, your tummy is still shrunken. It will take several days to get back your full appetite, but it will return. And of course, the water weight always comes with M. but as you know now from experience, it will soon go. :)]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 3 – 2/29/2012

Weight: 187.2 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 86
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

Woke up with a sore throat again. It didn’t hang around all day, although I still feel a little “cloggy” in the back of my throat. I ate all my food today still feeling very full after eating and then I realized I didn’t add my green beans to my daily greens. I’ve been so absent-minded lately. I visited my grandma today who was taken to the hospital again. It’s been a very stressful time for my family.

[Note: Kym, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma being so ill again.  I know it’s hard to think of yourself during this difficult time, but taking extra special care of you right now, so you can be strong for everyone else, is the best thing you can do. We all send hugs to you and your family.]

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 4 – 3/1/2012

Weight: 186.2 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 90

I had my lunch two hours earlier than normal since I went to see my grandma, who fell overnight. I don’t know what is going to happen so I wanted to ensure I wouldn’t be tempted to have something I shouldn’t when hunger sets in. I did not finish all of my vegetables again. Just too full. All but .2 pounds of water gain from starting maintenance is gone, just as expected.

My 2-hour blood sugar level was ten points higher. I drove to see my grandma between readings and was so stressed it probably accounts for it.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 3 – 3/7/2012

Weight: 186.2 = no change

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 101

It’s been a few days since I last reported. A very rough few days actually. My grandma passed away on Friday and I was by her side most days prior to her passing. It is so difficult to be with someone who meant so much to you, when they take their last breath. My grandma will live on in all of us and I have memories to keep forever.

I did well sticking to Protocol foods but will admit I probably didn’t eat as much as I should have. It sure has been rough for the past month, physically and mentally, with being sick and my grandma. My anxiety level has been high the past week. Also, I went to a dermatologist regarding my skin issue and I have been given a topical steroid, different from before. It is supposedly a very low dose. I used it last night and my fasting BG is only 1 point above my 14 day average of my fasting number. We’ll just need to keep an eye on it. I asked if there was any non-steroidal treatment and she said no. My next step is to fix my hypothyroidism. I should start a remedy within the next week. And I have to say: Welcome to the SugarFree Protocol my little, big brother. (Todd is younger but much taller. :) ) A journey to good health we can share together. Love ya!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 4 – 3/8/2012

Weight: 186.8 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 105
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 85

Too busy trying to catch up with work. Now I get to add work stress to my repitoire of other recent stressers. It shouldn’t last long though. I’ve been out a lot the past three weeks so it’ll go back to normal soon. My 2-hour PP was ten points above my 1-hour PP but it came down by the 3rd hour. I ate all my food and loved it. People ask if I get sick from eating a whole stick of butter at once. Of course not. :D

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 5 – 3/9/2012

Weight: 187.2 = up .4 pounds

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

I felt GREAT today! The last time I felt this good was before I got sick, which has been over three weeks ago. I had a lot of energy all morning. I got caught up on my SugarFree reading and found that I missed SugarFree’s birthday. Happy belated birthday! I’m so happy you enjoyed yourself. I hope to have a very relaxing weekend with no set plans and just do what might come to mind. It’s been a while.

Today I had chopped liver and if you remember, I was very resistant to chicken liver. I am just absolutely loving the chopped liver now. All the flavors melded together are just fabulous. Those who feel they have to tough out the organ meats required on protocol should try chopped liver.

Some people have a hard time with the amount of veggies to be eaten, which are very important. I have been living it up lately with different variations of my daily fat intake. If I have only butter, I’ll add garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano, Italian seasoning, just a different mash-up of herbs and spices to my butter. I let it come to room temperature and then melt it only slightly then pour it over my veggies and starchy carb. If I have cheese and heavy cream on the menu for the day, I’ll melt that with the butter and use it. It is delicious and satisfying. It has been over 2 hours since I ate and I’m still full.

Happy Friday everyone! Talk to you on Monday!

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12 Responses to SugarFree Protocol – Kym

  1. Kym says:

    That makes sense. I guess the whole water thing is residual thought from being on hCG.

    Thanks!

  2. Kym says:

    Response to Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 3 – 11/2:

    I know. I’ve read the other threads and I try to tell myself that. I guess it’s just hard to accept. I will put it behind me and move on. 😀

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Kym,

    I’m enjoying following your post. Sugarfree sends me over here quite a bit. 🙂

  4. Kym says:

    Thanks, Lisa. It has been quite the journey. I’ve battled the mental game and my relationship with food. It’s been tough but it gets easier every day, especially when I see the results on the meter. Starchy carbs were my enemy. Now they’re warming up to me and soon we’ll be the best of friends. 😉 Here’s to eating for healthy me for the rest of my life!

    Kym

  5. toddbna says:

    I’m Kym’s brother and saw her over Christmas. She is really dedicated to this program and getting herself into a healthy lifestyle. I have to say that she really looks amazing, but I could see she also felt good during a rough holiday time for our family. It has inspired me to also do this for myself. I’ve battled the same weight issues: losing it, then gaining it back plus more.

    You look great, sis – keep it up. You are an inspiration.

  6. Kym says:

    Yes, it was a nice note from my brother. We have a tight knit family. I’m excited to hear he’ll be joining as the first male participant. It is unfair that men lose faster but I guess that’s biology. I always wondered why there were no males doing your Protocol. It will be interesting to see the results. Good luck bro!

    • toddbna says:

      Thanks Kym! I look forward to getting started and I will be calling my doctor’s office Tuesday get in there for the tests. I’ve already spoken to a few friends here in Nashville and very excited for me as I know you are. So I think I will have a good support system in place if I should need a shoulder to lean on or an ear for listening. However, I’m not telling people at work because I want them for a random self-esteem boosting group. Can’t for the “Are you losing weight?” and “What are you doing you look great?” questions!

  7. Paige says:

    You’ve done awesome, Kym!

    Paige

  8. Kym says:

    Thanks, Paige!

    Kym

  9. Paige says:

    That is SO interesting about the topical steroid. One more piece to this puzzle! Thanks for sharing!

    Paige

  10. Ariel says:

    Oh my goodness, Kym! I have this too! Exactly this — ugh. I’m making the bone marrow soup tomorrow… Hang in there! (Hey, and also, congrats on all your great work!)

    Ariel

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