SugarFree Protocol – Jan

You can read all about Jan’s journey here.

Jan’s Introduction:

Hello, everyone. I’m sixty-three, 5′ 6″ and thanks to SugarFree and her Protocol, I weigh 139 pounds as of today. That’s because after reading SugarFree’s blog, I emailed and then spoke with her the end of December. I started following the Protocol as best I could on January 2, based only on what the other Participants have posted. I weighed 146 pounds that morning. Yesterday I weighed and measured myself realized I’d lost seven pounds. That seven pounds in only seven days! And it wasn’t just water. I also lost .25 inches from my waist and from my hips and .5 inches from my bust. I haven’t even officially started and I already know that SugarFree’s Protocol works! No HCG or starvation required.

In my youth I was thin and never thought about my weight or what I should eat or not eat. It was heavenly! I remember being so happy after my first child was born, because I had a finally had a derriere that filled out my slacks! But after my fifth baby, I had to start to run daily just to lose the pregnancy weight. As long as I ran five miles a day I was good, but who can keep that up for long?

Some of you may be wondering why, at such a low weight, I need this Protocol. It’s because I’m what they call, “skinny fat.” I don’t weigh a lot, but I have too much fat around my middle and I know that is not healthy (or pretty!). I’ve gained the fat around my waist and hips since menopause. I tried the HCG protocol a number of times since 2007. The first time, I got down from 149 to 125. But if you’ve done HCG you know the story: I always gained it back. I also developed hypothyroidism and a slow metabolism, and finally got to the point where I could not lose any weight on my own. After my last round of HCG this fall, I found SugarFree’s blog. Thank God I found it!

I am anxious to get started on the Protocol and get healthy again. Thank you, SugarFree, for all the time, dedication, and research you put in to developing this Protocol and sharing it with others!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1 – 1/11

Weight: 138.2 = down .8 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″
Waist: 35.75″
Hips: 40″

Lunch:
– 7.5 oz chicken thigh
– 9 oz asparagus
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 2.5 T. butter
– .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 742
– Fat: 51.4 grams (62%)
– Protein: 44 grams (24%)
– Carbs: 25.9 grams (14%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 69
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 75
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 80

Today is a good day. I slept good last night and lost weight from yesterday. The measurements that I posted are from Monday.

I ate one meal yesterday and did the same today. I can hardly believe that I can go twenty-four hours without being hungry! I would normally have been thinking at lunch, “what’s for dinner.” I had a hard time getting all the meal down. Can I cut back on any food?

Prior to starting the Protocol, my fasting glucose was 114, so I’m happy to see normal glucose readings. The ketostix is moderate again today, so I’m burning the fat that I want to lose. Yeah! Compared to Hcg, the SugarFree Protocol is a breeze and with faster results. I wish more people using HCG knew about SugarFree and the Protocol she’s developed.

[Note: LOL — fee free to spread the word on all the HCG forums!]

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

Weight: 137.8 = down .4 pound

Lunch:
– 5 oz green beans
– 8 oz shrimp
– 1 oz white potato
– 3 T. butter
– 8 oz spinach

Dinner:
– 4 oz salad greens
– .75 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 728
– Fat: 49.1 grams (61%)
– Protein: 51.2 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 20.3 grams (11%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 58
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 65
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 75

I ate lunch at 1 today, and felt light-headed and weak before eating. I felt good afterward, so I think my blood sugar was too low. I will eat a salad for dinner and see if my blood sugar is any better tomorrow.

I am at a lower weight today than I was after my last 30-day round of hcg. This Protocol works!

[Note: Jan, your fasting blood sugar was very low. All your numbers in general have been low, but that’s because as someone with hyperinsulinimea you have an enormous level of high insulin at all time. It will take a few weeks to a month for that to even begin to come down. Once your brain/pancreas understands that there is no more need for such high levels, insulin production will, thankfully, drop. In the meantime, if you have fasting numbers in the 50s or 60s, please grab an ounce of cheese and nibble that immediately. It will give your excess insulin something to work on!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 1/13/12

Weight: 138 = up .2 pound

Lunch:
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 oz white potato
– 1. T. butter
— 4 oz spinach
— 11 oz zucchini

Dinner:
— 1 T. olive oil
— 6 oz salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 757
– Fat: grams 52 (62%)
– Protein: 52.6 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 19.6 grams (10%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 67
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 72
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

My fasting glucose was low, 67, so per SugarFree’s recommendation I ate 1 oz. of cheese. My weight went up .2 ounce – first day of no loss. Probably water? My size 8 jeans are fitting comfortably now. I couldn’t wear them at the end of my last hcg round.

My 1-hour PP was better than yesterday, but still low. My 2-hour PP was 90! Yeah! I’m so thankful that I have a chance to use this Protocol to heal my metabolism. I realize that it is going to take time, just like it took time for me to mess my metabolism up.

[Note: Jan, it’s not quite a “yay!” moment yet. It will be nice to see FBG in the 70’s, the 1-hr PP in the 70’s, 80’s or low 90’s — and the 2-hr PP back to fasting level or just above it. Or at least less than the 1-hr PP, not higher than it! But don’t worry, you’ll get there.

And of course the slight gain on the scale is water. Your body can go up or down by ounces every day, but it’s only the measuring tape on Mondays that matters.]

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

Weight: 137.4 = down .6 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 8 oz ground beef 85/15
– 7 oz cauliflower
– 1 oz white potato
— 1 T. butter

Dinner:
— 6 oz salad greens
— .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 755
– Fat: 52.9 grams (63%)
– Protein: 49.3 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 20.4 grams (11%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 81
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

I went out for Pizza last night. No, I didn’t eat pizza or bread sticks, just lettuce, cucumbers and my own dressing. Lettuce did not look like it was from a bag, but I know I didn’t eat 4 oz. of salad.

When my husband was making bacon this morning, I felt liked I wanted to eat. First time I’ve felt hungry in the morning. I ate lunch early for me, at noon, and had to force the last of my lunch down. I’m still feeling really full an hour after finishing lunch. That was a BIG burger!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/15

Weight: 136.4 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 6 oz chicken livers
— 8 oz spinach
— 1 oz white potato
— 1 T. butter
— 5 oz green beans
— 1.5 oz bacon

Dinner:
— 4 oz salad greens
— 1 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 733
– Fat: 51.2 grams (63%)
– Protein: 49.2 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.8 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 88
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

Good day, I’m down a pound. We’ll see if it’s fat loss by my measurements tomorrow. First time for chicken livers, better than they sound!

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 1– 1/16/12

Weight: 136.4 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34” = no change
Waist: 35 ” = down .75”
Hips: 39.25” = down .75”

Lunch:
– 8 oz T-bone steak
– 7 oz cauliflower
– 1 oz white potato
– 1. T. butter
— 8 oz spinach

Dinner
— .5 T. olive oil
— 4 oz salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 736
– Fat: grams 51.2 (63%)
– Protein: 50.2 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.6 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 74
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 81

I’m sleeping soundly and waking with good energy. My waist and hip measurements decreased. My weight stayed the same. I couldn’t finish all of my lunch. I did really enjoy the steak with it’s fat. Yum!

[Note: You were 146 pounds when unofficially began to follow the Protocol for a few days before starting here. Today, you weigh 136.4 pounds, which is over 11 pounds lost in about as many days. And most of that was fat, as evidenced by your losing 1.5 inches in the last week. When you lose another 3 pounds you will have lost a full 10% of your body weight, which most doctors would be thrilled to see in their patients over the course of a year. :)]

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

Weight: 136.4 = no change

Lunch:
– 8 oz broccoli
– 7 oz salmon
– 5 oz green beans
– .75 oz white potato chips
— 1.75 T. butter

Dinner:

— 4 oz salad greens — .75 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 747
– Fat: 50.5 grams (61%)
– Protein: 48.8 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 24.3 grams (13%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 78
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

Yesterday I couldn’t finish all my lunch because I was full and didn’t eat dinner because I was still full from lunch. The problem came last night, when I was hungry later in the evening. I had a cup of tea, but that didn’t help alleviate the hungry feeling. Should I have forced myself to eat?

[Note: If you were hungry, why would have needed to “force” yourself to eat? Why not just eat your dinner when you were hungry?]

Today I ate everything at lunch but a small amount of broccoli. I was really full after eating and not really hungry before lunch.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 4– 1/19/12

Weight: 136.6 = up .4 pound

Lunch:
– 7.5 oz shrimp
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 oz white potato
– 3. T. butter
– 8 oz spinach

Dinner:
– 1 T. olive oil
– 4 oz salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 744
– Fat: grams 52.2 (63%)
– Protein: 48.3 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 20.2 grams (11%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87

My weight went up, but  I now know it is only water. Not like when I was on HCG and would wonder if oil touched my hands or if I ate something I shouldn’t have and went over 500 calories!

My 2-hour PP has been higher than my 1-hour PP since I started testing but today that didn’t happen. If it does happen again I’ll keep testing every hour until it goes down per SugarFree’s instructions.

I’m feeling well and yesterday felt very warm at one point. The warm feeling didn’t last long, but I’m all always cold, so it was a noticeable happening. I was able to finish all of my lunch today, and I feel satisfied and full.

[Note: That “warm feeling” is what happens when your body is burning fat, especially adipose fat. It takes many more calories to burn fat than it does to burn carbohydrates (the newspaper vs. thick log in the fireplace analogy), so when your body works so hard at something, you get warm. Just like when you take a brisk walk.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 1/21/12

Weight: 136.8 = up .2 pound

Lunch:
–11 oz zucchini
– 8 oz spinach
– 1 oz sweet potato
– 1 T. butter
– 11 oz chicken thigh

Dinner:
– 4 oz salad greens
– 1 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 742
– Fat: 50.9 grams (62%)
– Protein: 51.8 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 19.1 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

I did not post yesterday, due to having some type of flu. I’m feeling better today, but not completely back to normal. I do not have much of an appetite, so I didn’t eat much of my lunch. My fasting blood glucose was higher today. Maybe from being sick? I have been very thirsty for the past three days, so I’ve been drinking a lot of water.

[Note: When your body is fighting cold, fever, virus, etc. cortisol rises, insulin is suppressed and glucose is high. Within 24-hours of getting completely well, your insulin will go back to whatever is currently normal for you. Feel better!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 1/22/12

Weight: 136.6 = down .2 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 6 oz chicken livers
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 oz white potato
— 1 T. butter
— 1.5 oz bacon

Dinner:
— 4 oz salad greens
— 1 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 738
– Fat: 51.2 grams (63%)
– Protein: 49.2 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.8 grams (10%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 108
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 114
— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 98

I’m not over the flu and I now have gastrointestinal symptoms. I’m glad since starting the Protocol, I have not had any sugar, as I believe sugar would have made me less able to fight off this virus.

I spoke with SugarFree today and had my consultation for the Maintenance phase. I believe that I have benefited greatly from my weeks on Protocol. I lost pounds on the scale, plus inches of excess body fat, and am gaining back my thyroid and metabolic health. I am very thankful for all of the improvements!

[Note: And Maintenance will accelerate the healing! But meanwhile, keep resting and drinking plenty of fluids. It’s clear from your meter readings that all your hormones are elevated while fighting off the infection. Feel better soon!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 1/23/12

Weight: 136.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75” = down .25”
Waist: 34.75”= down .25”
Hips: 39.25” = no change

Ketostix: moderate

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

I am glad to say that I am over the flu and feel back to normal today. I really enjoyed lunch today and was able to eat it all. Maybe all that good saturated fat helps it slide right down! I made a creamed spinach soup that was yummy.

I was a little surprised at my measurements. To me, I look like I have lost more inches and have gone down a size in my pants/jeans . Oh well, it will come. I will keep following SugarFree’s expert advice and the inches will follow. Thanks, SugarFree, for your menu/recipe suggestions, I tried the roasted cabbage and really liked it.

[Note: Wait until you use some of the cabbage leftovers sliced into thin ‘noodles’ for a stir-fry. Yummy. 🙂 As to your measurements — you’ve lost a full inch from around your waist and gone down a pants size in just two weeks! That’s about as fast, and as much of a loss as the body is usually willing to tolerate without fighting back. Enjoy it, and understand that it takes as much time (or more) to heal your metabolism, as it took to break it. Patience, Grasshopper. :D]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 1/24/12

Weight: 137.2 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 88

I had some lingering gastrointestinal symptoms this morning, so I suppose I’m not quite over the flu yet. Other than that, I am feeling well. Lunch was good, I had another “hot spell”, and so I’m still burning fat.

I plan on making SugarFree’s Chicken Normandy as tomorrow’s lunch. Sounds delicious.
I hope my fellow Protocol/Maintenance participants who also were “under the weather”, are feeling better.

[Note: Glad you’re feeling better! You may want to put off the chicken until Thursday. It’s very rich and might be best saved until you’re back to 100 percent. Whenever you do make it, let us know how it goes. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 1/25/12

Weight: 137.2 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 79

Went to visit my almost 2-year-old granddaughter today. She’s so much fun! We didn’t eat lunch until 3:00. I took my planned lunch, so I could stay on program. I’m happy to see my glucose levels are down some. Feeling good with plenty of energy.

[Note: Look at you, staying slim. 🙂 Sounds like a great day!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 1/26/12

Weight: 137.0 = down .2 pounds

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 75

I am starting back to work today, temporary assignment for approximately six weeks. I was up until 1 a.m. getting my meal, etc. ready for today. I made SugarFree’s Chicken Normandy, taste tested it last night and it is every bit as good as she promised!! It was delicious! The chicken was so good and the cream sauce to die for!

I felt like I shouldn’t be eating the apple in it though. An hour after beginning lunch, I felt tired (could be the 1 a.m. bedtime) and a little “loopy.” My 1-hour PP was 77. Any connection?

[Note: Yes, but not in the way you think. What you discovered was the beautiful secret about the Maintenance phase of the Protocol. That is, the enormous amounts of animal fat you eat in this phase truly have the ability to lower blood sugars in two ways. First, because animal fat does not convert to glucose, blood sugars are not raised by them to begin with, and any insulin raised by the rest of the meal can go to work on remaining glucose easily and quickly. Second, when the body must process/digest a sufficient quantity of fat, it causes any carbohydrates eaten with that fat — even fruit — to convert to glucose much more slowly. Which means again, that insulin handles it all efficiently and expeditiously. So your blood sugars drop to a gorgeous level.

In this case there was such a small amount of apple (two medium apples divided into eight servings is only one tiny quarter of an apple per person) that your insulin got rid of the glucose so quickly, your blood sugars dropped quickly. That’s when you felt tired (though yes, 1 a.m.??? 🙂 ) and loopy. Next week you will be able to add 2 ounces of berries to your main meal on two non-consecutive days as your ‘starch’ carbs. Eat them with a lot of cream (I know, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it!) and your meter readings should remain just fine.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/27/12

Weight: 137.2 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 76
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 76

I slept great last night after my late night on Wednesday. I’m getting into the work routine again and making my meals up the night before.I had butternut squash with cinnamon, butter and cream today at lunch. Yum!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 1/28/12

Weight: 137.8 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 71

I’m feeling well and have lots of energy, unlike before starting this Protocol. Thank you, SugarFree!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/29/12

Weight: 138.6 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I didn’t eat lunch until 3pm and wasn’t all that hungry. I have gained two pounds of water weight this first week of Maintenance. SugarFree told me that the average water gain the first week of Maintenance is two to five pounds. She’s always right!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 1/30/12

Weight: 137.6 = down 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5” = down .25”
Waist: 34.75”= no change
Hips: 39.25” = down .25”

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 65
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 73
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 72

One week of Maintenance already passed. As of today, I have gained one pound since starting Maintenance, even though I am eating 900 more calories! My measurements are down .5 inch overall, this past week. I’m pleased with my progress and plan on moving forward, in hopes of restoring my metabolic health.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 1/31/12

Weight: 137.2 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 80

I’ve been going to bed by 10pm lately, which is at least an hour earlier than usual. Since starting work again, I’m getting up earlier than usual. I feel much more rested and have more energy in the morning, so I will keep up the routine even when not working.

I had my first serving of berries and cream yesterday. It was nice to have some fruit, but the cream is my favorite.

[Note: Cream likes you back. 🙂 Look at your gorgeous meter readings after eating fruit!]

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

Weight: 137.2 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 86
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

We are having such a beautiful day here today. 65 degrees in February!
I still have plenty of energy. I felt a little “hungry” last night. SugarFree added an egg to my dinner. I hope that helps.

[Note: If the hunger persists the fix is easy: we’ll add more fat. The reason is that your body is still throwing off sufficient ketones that you may be entering deeper ketosis than is usual on Maintenance. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but you’ve lost so much fat in the last month that your body is still a bit worried about insufficient calories and/or fat. That, and you don’t have that much more excess adipose fat to lose. When either or both of those things happen, the brain sends out “eat more!” hormonal signals. And of course, you have learned to listen to those, so you will in fact eat more. Fat, that is. Poor you. :D]

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

Weight: 137.2 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 104
— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 90

Since being on Maintenance for eleven days, I realize that the Maintenance eating plan will be possible (even enjoyable) to continue for the rest of my life, once my metabolism is healed. I hope it will be possible to buy SugarFree’s desserts, by the time I’m on permanent Maintenance. Sugar will not have any part in my future!

[Note: The ultimate goal of the Protocol is, in fact, for you to eat at Maintenance level (at an even higher level of fat!) forever. And yes, sugar-free desserts that are made with all-natural ingredients like real butter, eggs and heavy cream can be a healthy part of it. 🙂 We’ve gone into production in the three dessert restaurants, and after we see how mass production batching up of my recipes goes, we’ll make some of the easier-to-ship goodies available on a website. Perhaps in the spring.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 2/3/12

Weight: 137.2 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 60
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 75
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 73

SugarFree was right again! The increased fat squashed my feelings of evening hunger. You have this Protocol/Maintenance down to a science!

[Note: Jan, thank you. However, while I’m delighted but not surprised it worked, I cannot take all the credit. If you go back to my first-ever post: Welcome To My World — you’ll see a list of the Giants in this field who inspired me, taught me, and on whose enormous shoulders my work rests. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 2/4/12

Weight: 137.2 = up 1.6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

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

I was very thirsty again yesterday, first time since Maintenance, so I drank a lot of water. That water showed up on the scale. Ketostix went from trace to moderate. Lots of changes to my report today. But my blood glucose readings are pretty much the same.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 2/5/12

Weight: 138.2 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 80
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 67

I had my son and family over for lunch after church for Chicken Normandy. Everyone who has tried it has said it is delicious. Heavy cream makes everything better!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 1 – 2/6/12

Weight: 138.2 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5” = no change
Waist: 34.75”= no change
Hips: 38.75” = down .25”

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 84
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 89

Time on Protocol and Maintenance goes by so fast. I can’t believe five weeks has pass already since I began this plan. I’m feeling good and am glad that I decided to follow the Protocol and get the sugar out of my diet.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 2 – 2/7/12

Weight: 136.8 = down 1.4 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 66
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 73

I was hungry by noon today, so listening to my body, I ate at an earlier time than usual. I had symptoms of low glucose before eating lunch. By testing my glucose, I’m learning so much about my body and how food affects me.

I was surprised by my weight loss today. That’s right, fat cells, the fat is not coming back, so just give up the water!

[Note: LOL — guess you told those fat cells!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 2/8/12

Weight: 137.4 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 97
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 69
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 71

I was hungry again earlier than usual today. Maybe I should start eating something at dinner?

[Note: If you said you were hungry at night, I would agree. And certainly if you would like to add a light meal/snack in the early evening, you may. But let’s look at this through science. You’re eating an enormous amount of calories (mostly fat) during the day, which gets you through the day. Then you wake up hungry, which is perfectly normal!

But what it means is that your body is running out of excess adipose fat to supplement what you’re eating. Which means you are now close to your normal, healthy weight and body fat. How many clothing sizes have you gone down since just before Protocol?

So now, while still on Maintenance, you will start eating like a normal person: many more calories, more fat and even more carbs. At your age and height you should be eating about 2000 (high fat) calories a day, so we’ll ramp up to that in the next several weeks and evaluate if you should go back on Protocol, or stay on Maintenance forever.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 4 – 2/9/12

Weight: 137.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

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

My calories today were a grand total of 2061. Per SugarFree’s recommendation, I had my “snack” in the early morning and dinner at 4:30. I did not feel hungry until dinner time. I had been getting hungry around 11:00, but not today. My glucose did not go as low today. I could tell, because I felt much better midday. I have also been feeling hungry in the evening. I can assure you that I will not be hungry tonight! The only problem I see is getting my report in on time, due to testing my blood glucose later.

My ketostix reading was higher this a.m. then its been since early in Maintenance.

I’m thankful that SugarFree is willing to work with me as an individual with different needs and issues, and that the Protocol is able to be adapted to fit and still work.

[Note: This is the entire point of the Protocol, and what makes it completely different from any other WOE or protocol out there that is supposedly designed to help you lose fat.

NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. And any so-called guru, book or organization that tells you it does is unlearned or lying. Including the insistence that everyone eat 50 grams of protein within the first thirty minutes of waking up.

To paraphrase Tolstoy, each slim person is slim in the same way, but each fat person’s obesity is unique. Which is why when readers send in comments like: “But where are the RULES?” — I can only reply: the only rules are the rules for YOU. Show me your blood test results, and I’ll tell YOU what and how to eat. :D]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 5 – 2/10/12

Weight: 137.4 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 82
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 84

My new meal schedule is working out great fo me. I have no hunger until it’s time to eat my main meal. I really shouldn’t be hungry, eating nearly 2000 calories with the majority (83%) coming from good fats! My energy level is soaring.

[Note: Although I’ve talked about this in various places on the blog, you can never repeat Ketone information too often. Human beings evolved to run on fat (in the form of ketones) as their main fuel. Our muscles develop in the womb — especially our hearts — to run on ketones for fuel. Our bodies run and work better on fat (saturated fat; the only kind that existed for eons) as our main fuel, and studies have shown that our hearts run roughly 20% more efficiently on fat. It should come as no surprise then, that when our metabolisms are normal (or close to it) and we eat sufficient fat we have tremendous energy. The Masai Warriors, among the tallest and most athletically fit on the planet, eat a diet that is 90% saturated fat. Heart disease, obesity and diabetes are virtually unknown.

Up until about sixty years ago, going back hundreds of thousands if not millions of years, this is how almost all Peoples ate. Lots of fat, modest protein,  and unprocessed carbohydrates like potatoes and whole grain breads. Then came Ancel Keys, his insane “Lipid Theory,” the rise of industrial sludge chemically processed and sold as ‘healthy vegetable oils,’ the crazy idea that human beings need to eat carbohydrates as their primary fuel — and the (saturated) fat phobia that has nearly killed us as a nation. The final nail in the coffin is, of course, coming from the “health” profession; see below.]

My son-in-law, who is a OB/GYN, is at a medical conference. He texted me today and told me that he just listened to a female physician speak on the benefits of statins. They are trying to push gynecologists to prescribe statins to women, no doubt. I wanted to throw up! He said they did have another speaker present an opposing view. Surprising. I’m going to forward SugarFree’s blog post “News You Can Use” to him to hopefully enlighten him on statins.

[Note: Jan, I hope he reads it. I hope he takes it seriously, and never harms a single female patient by subscribing statins that can only harm, not help her. Be prepared however, for a major lecture if he reads further and discovers how much fat you’re eating. Butter! Cream! Cheese! Oh, My. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 2/11/12

Weight: 136.8 = down .8 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 82
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 80

My fasting glucose has been lower since SugarFree revised the timing of my meals and upped my fat and calories. Amazing how well the body works when you give it what it was designed to run on best! Looks like I lost more water weight also.

[Note: I’m betting that when you take your measurements on Monday, you’ll see that some, if not all, was fat. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 2/11/12

Weight: 136.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 75
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 88

It’s been a nice relaxing weekend. Back to work tomorrow. I’m feeling good with plenty of energy and I don’t miss eating sugar.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 1 – 2/13/12

Weight: 137.4 = up .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5” = no change
Waist: 34”= down .75″
Hips: 38” = down .75″

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 74
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 68

It’s amazing to me that I can be on Maintenance, eat so many calories (mostly from fat), and still lose inches. So much for having to starve yourself to lose weight and inches. Get on SugarFree’s Protocol, people, it works!

[Note: Jan, your great fat/inch lost last week does not surprise me. It’s clear that your metabolism is healing, and that broken hormonal signaling has been, to some extent at least, restored. I know it’s hard to believe when you’re struggling to lose fat, but our bodies *want* to be lean. Bodies only accumulate excess fat when broken signals make them believe that it’s starving. Fix that — really fix it — and your body will happily dump everything it doesn’t need. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 2 – 2/14/12

Weight: 137.4 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 90
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 88

I had a busy day at work and am having a busy evening. Good thing I have lots of energy! No hunger since SugarFree changed my meal schedule and increased my fat and calories. I love this way of eating!   Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 3 – 2/15/12

Weight: 137.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 77
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 76

I have so much more energy now than I did before starting this Protocol. The change is really remarkable. SugarFree told me, when I spoke with her before stating the Protocol, that my energy level would increase as I got well. She was right again!

[Note: Let’s add it up. First, everyone knows older women can’t lose weight. Check. Second, everyone knows you have to exercise a gazillion hours a day to lose weight. Check. Third, everyone knows that if you take in more energy than you burn, you must gain weight. You’re now eating over 2000 high fat calories a day and doing no exercise. Therefore, everyone knows you must be growing fat, lethargic and diabetic. NOT. LOL]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 4 – 2/16/12

Weight: 138.0= up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 90
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 81

I was thinking today about what my meals will look like after I am healed from my insulin resistance. I know they will never contain sugar and will have lots of good fats.

[Note: And while that eliminates a lot of food, it adds a lot at the same time. Basically, you’ll be able to eat what you want, because you’ll have learned to listen to your body and it will tell you what it needs and when it needs it. I eat when I’m hungry. I never eat when I’m not. I eat until I’m satiated (not ‘full’). I eat fruit occasionally, mostly berries but sometimes apples in the fall and oranges in the winter. Maybe one of those every two weeks or so. And even a banana eaten with a mix of Greek yogurt and sour cream, topped with my  sugar-free granola nuts.

Red wine when I want it. Any veggie any time. Any kind of meat or fish. Bread and biscuits and sugar-free desserts I make from scratch. Tonight I had a slice of my Chocolate Icebox Cheesecake. Topped with sugar-free whipped cream made in a professional whipper. Or the brioche I made last weekend: an entire stick of butter and three egg yolks in a single loaf. You don’t know what ‘good’ is till you’ve had a kosher hot dog on a slice of buttered brioche toast. Homemade pizza with pork belly and three cheeses. Roasted beef marrow and bone soups. Spicy tagines. There’s almost always sugar-free ice-cream in the freezer, made entirely with 40% butterfat cream and egg yolks. In other words, real food made myself with no sugar in any of it.

Sometimes I eat a lot. Sometimes I eat a little. Sometimes one huge meal a day; sometimes two. Usually the first meal about eighteen to nineteen hours after the last meal; usually both meals (if I’m eating two) within a five or six-hour window. I don’t plan it that way. It seems to be what my body likes most. And it only took me four years to get here. :D]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 6 – 2/18/12

Weight: 137.8 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 101
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 87
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 89

My husband and I went out to dinner last night to celebrate our anniversary. My fasting glucose is higher today due to what I ate. I did have more carbs than I do on Maintenance.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 7 – 2/19/12

Weight: 137.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 99
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 89
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 87

I’m feeling good with lots of energy. I fit into a pair of high boots today, that I could not get zipped up a month ago. So the 3 areas that we measure every Monday, don’t tell all the inches lost. More inches are lost from all over the body!

[Note: Absolutely! However, for the purposes of measuring metabolic healing, we’re interested only in adipose fat tissue, which is the only type of fat (that we know of so far) that creates inflammation and which is itself a measurement of insulin resistance. But when the body decides to dump excess fat it does dump it from all over. I’ve lost so many inches on calves and thighs (and butt) I can no longer wear Misses pants, but have to wear either ‘skinny’ leggings or Junior sizes if they’re not going to sag everywhere.]

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

Weight: 138.8 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5” = no change
Waist: 34”= no change
Hips: 38” = no change

Dinner:
– 8 oz broccoli
– 2 T. butter
– 12 oz chicken thigh
– .5 oz French bread
– 5 oz green beans

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 729.1
– Fat: 51.1 grams (63%)
– Protein: 49.2 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.1 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 109
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 99
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 93

My fasting glucose readings have been higher than normal  in the last  few days. I’ve been stressing lately, maybe that’s part of it. I ate yesterday at lunch and not again today until dinner. I wasn’t really hungry until it was time for dinner. I thought about food a few times, but being busy at work kept my mind off of eating.

[Note: Normally going so long between meals lowers glucose, not raises it. Your 1-hr PP should have been in the 80’s, not near 100. Stress raises cortisol, which depresses insulin, which raises blood sugar, so lowering stress is critical to managing insulin resistance. Are you using any cortisone creams, or taking a new medication or supplement?] 

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 2 – 2/21/12

Weight: 137.6 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
— 8 oz spinach
— 1.5 T. butter
— 8 oz ground beef
— 9 oz asparagus

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 696
– Fat: 51.6 grams (67%)
– Protein: 48.0 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 9.9 grams (6%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 101
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 82
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 74

Yesterday SugarFree asked me some questions so we could figure out why my fasting glucose has been high since last week. I’m taking no new supplements or meds, but aha! — I injured my thigh last Wednesday. Healing that injury, she said, was the cause of my elevated glucose because the body raises hormones (like cortisol) to help the healing, just like when you’re ill, and those hormones depress insulin. Depressed insulin means higher glucose! She says she knows she’s either fighting off something or coming down with something when her meter readings go up, even a little bit. The body is amazing and the meter is a “peephole” into the body!

Looks like I already lost some water weight. I’m feeling well on Round 2 of Protocol. (I miss you, heavy cream!)

Protocol Round 2, Week 4, Day 3 – 2/22/12

Weight: 136.8 = down .8 pounds

Lunch:
— 8 oz broccoli
— 5 T. butter
— 8 oz shrimp
— 5 oz green beans

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 801
– Fat: 61.7 grams (69%)
– Protein: 49.2 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 12.2 grams (6%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

I’ve had a busy day, looking forward to a quiet evening. I was hungry last night at bedtime.I tried to get to sleep, but couldn’t. I had to get up and eat a couple of pieces of cheese to be able to fall asleep.

[Note: If you began molasses therapy yesterday, it’s started to work. :)]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 4 – 2/23/12

Weight: 137.6 = up .8 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 1 T. butter
– 2 oz bacon
–11 oz zucchini
– 3 large eggs
– 3 large egg yolks
– 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 6 oz salad greens
– dressing made from vinegar plus 1T. bacon drippings

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 800.9
– Fat: 61.7 grams (69%)
– Protein: 49.2 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 12.2 grams (6%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 109
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 77

I woke up this morning with a severe sore throat and with an elevated fasting glucose to go right along with it. It looks like the sore throat bug has caught up with me too.

[Note: Jan, you can spare yourself a week of misery by going to the doctor tomorrow and getting a prescription for Z-Pac. It’s the only thing that kills this thing, and it does it fast. See Ariel’s report today. Feel better soon!]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 5 – 2/24/12

Weight: 137.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 99
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

I started the Z-Pac last evening. My throat is better, not as sore. I’m still not 100%, but on the mend. I’m just eating light today eggs, toast a slice of bacon.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 6 – 2/25/12

Weight: 137.8 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92

I’m feeling well today. Thank God for antibiotics. I went to a banquet for dinner, hence no menu, Fitday stats or 1-hour or 2-hour blood glucose for today.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 7 – 2/26/12

Weight: 137.8 = no change

Lunch:
— 8 oz broccoli
— 2 T. butter
— 12 oz chicken thigh
— 5 oz green beans

snack:
— 1 oz potato chips

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 846
– Fat: 64.8 grams (69%)
– Protein: 50.1 grams (24%)
– Carbs: 15.6 grams (7%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 99
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 86
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96
— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 84

I went to the banquet last evening and ate more carbs than usual, but not the chocolate cake, just potato and a roll. I was going to forgo my starchy carb today, but I ate potato chips 2 hours after lunch. (Moment of weakness) I’m still taking the antibiotic, but feeling pretty much back to normal.

[Note: That moment of weakness following eating enough carbs to give you such a high fasting glucose today caused a blood sugar spike at your 2-hr PP. There’s nothing wrong with eating potato chips as your starchy carbs, but they must always be eaten with your main meal, and never on their own.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 1– 2/27/12

Weight: 137.4 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5” = no change
Waist: 33.75 ” = no change
Hips: 38” = no change

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 7 oz T-bone steak
– 3 T. butter
– 5 oz spaghetti squash
— 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 794.6
– Fat: grams 63.8 (72%)
– Protein: 40.3 grams (20%)
– Carbs: 14.8 grams (7%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 80
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 78

Nothing much happening. No inches lost, ketostix negative. Not burning off any adipose fat. Maybe this week. But then again, I’m not hungry on 800 calories, so I think that I must be burning some fat? I’m taking my last dose of antibiotic today. I still have some sinus drainage, so not completely back to normal.

[Note: Nope, not burning fat. 😦 Your not being hungry is more a product of eating some fat while still recovering from your illness.]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 2– 2/28/12

Weight: 136.8 = down .6 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz broccoli
– 8 oz scallops
– 5 T. butter
– 9 oz asparagus

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 774.3
– Fat: grams 59.5 (69%)
– Protein: 44.4 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 15.3 grams (8%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 82
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 76

I had no hunger yesterday or so far today except just before lunch, which is great. I have lots of energy and feel good. It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in the northeast, which always elevates my mood.

I went to my hairstylist today and she and her husband are interested in losing weight. I told her to go on the SugarFreeGoodies website for great information about why most of us gain weight (fat) easily and then find losing weight (fat) difficult.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 3– 2/29/12

Weight: 135.6 = down .6 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 5 oz chipped steak
– 1 T. butter
– 5 oz green beans
— 4 large eggs
— 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 812.2
– Fat: grams 62.2 (69%)
– Protein: 47.0 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 16.1 grams (8%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 72
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 68
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 64

I lost more water weight, ketostix is reading large and fasting glucose is in the 70s. It’s a good day! Plus I’m going to visit my sweet little granddaughter, nothing better!
SugarFree gave me a menu suggestion for today and it was yummy, an omelet with chipped steak, spinach and cubed potatoes.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 4– 3/1/12

Weight: 135.0 = down .6 pound

Lunch:
– 7 oz shrimp
– 8 oz broccoli
– 5 T. butter
– 1 oz spaghetti squash
— 1 oz pasta

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 807.5
– Fat: grams 62.3 (69%)
– Protein: 43.3 grams (22%)
– Carbs: 18.4 grams (9%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 71
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 73
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85
— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 84

I had no hunger yesterday until 11 p.m. I tried to go to sleep, but could not, until I got up and ate some cheese and a couple spoonfuls of heavy cream. I fell asleep right after that. I was more active yesterday than I usually am, maybe that caused me to be hungry at night. I’ll see if I feel hunger again tonight. Other than that, I feel great with lots of energy. I’m in lipolysis and want to stay there as long as I can, without doing harm to my metabolism.

[Note: Jan, lipolysis is a process that happens when calories are insufficient for energy need, insulin is low and, most importantly — you have a sufficient store of excess adipose tissue it can access. You’ve pretty much reached the end of the line to meet all three criteria, since the hunger is telling you that you no longer have enough excess adipose fat to be successful at feeding yourself internally, instead of externally.

You have three more days of Protocol. After that, you will be on extended Maintenance forever, which is somewhat different from regular Maintenance. If there is any extra adipose fat left, it will slowly disappear over the coming months, and you will continue to lose a few more inches until  your body reaches its natural stasis. That is, when you are completely healthy according to your body. You may not quite reach the tiny size clothes you’d like, but you will come very close. More importantly, you will stay that size for decades, eating thousands of fabulous calories a day and never gaining so much as an ounce or an inch. Everyone will watch you stuff your face day in and day out and conclude you must have a hollow leg. 😀 That’s a nice position to be in, no? Once again, the Protocol has been a complete success and I’m so happy to be able to say so!]

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 5– 3/2/12

Weight: 135.8 = up .8 pound

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 7 oz ground beef 85/15
– 2.5 T. butter
– 11 oz zucchini
– 1 oz tortilla

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 835.3
– Fat: grams 61.3 (66%)
– Protein: 47.6 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 23.3 grams (11%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 85
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 73
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 69

I did not eat from noon yesterday until dinner today, with no hunger until mealtime. I did still take a little cheese and cream before bed. I only have two more days on Protocol, then on to permanent Maintenance. I have a few inches to loose, but SugarFree says that might happen over the next few months while on lifetime Maintenance.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 6– 3/3/12

Weight: 135.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 8 oz broccoli
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 3 T. butter
– 1 oz bread

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 839
– Fat: grams 60.6 (65%)
– Protein: 47.3 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 26.1 grams (12%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 3-hour PP (after dinner): 85

I was hungry today before mealtime. I’m glad that I’m at the end of Protocol, only one more day.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 7– 3/4/12

Weight: 135.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 4 oz chipped steak
– 8 oz spinach
– 1 T. butter
– 1 oz butternut squash
– 4 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 803.7
– Fat: grams 62.1 (69%)
– Protein: 45.3 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 15.9 grams (8%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

I had a nice day today, my last day on Protocol. I’m feeling well with good energy, as usual. Tomorrow I will have my last consultation with SugarFree. We will discuss my diet as I move forward to lifetime Maintenance. I’ll report here for the next two months, until I do another round of blood tests to see where I’ve improved, and if I am still hypothyroid, and if so to what degree. SugarFree believes I have improved and wants me to do another round of temps to find out. I’ll be sending her those numbers in a few days. I have learned so much while doing the Protocol and Maintenance, that I suppose I’m ready to leave the nest!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 1 – 3/5/12

Weight: 135.8 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.0” = down .5″
Waist: 32.75”= down 1″
Hips: 37.75” = down .25″

Look at my measurements! I told SugarFree a few weeks back that she would be a “miracle worker” if she can get me back in size 6 pants. Well, she is a miracle worker, because I’m back in some size 6 and even a couple of my size 4 pants! More importantly, my blood glucose has stabilized, I got my energy back and I’ve been taught how to regain my health moving forward. I realize that I have more of my metabolic health to gain back and I’m determined to work at it. I am very grateful to you, SugarFree, for all you have done for me. You have taught me so much and have pointed me in the right direction. I have lost inches of adipose fat and you have given me the tools to know how to keep it off! Thank you so much.

My new adventure begins today. I’m going to learn even more about myself as I add a lot more fat and more carbohydrates of all kinds: fruit, pasta, dark chocolate and even bread. SugarFree suggests that I bake my own brioche, with an entire stick of butter and a lot of eggs in one loaf! I’ll still report daily for the next few months until I get new blood test results, but I’m free to send my daily menus to SugarFree or not. This is all about me, and how I’m going to eat for the rest of my life, while remaining slim and healthy. Wish me luck!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 2– 3/6/12

Weight: 136.4 = up .6 pound

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 1933.5
– Fat: 167.1 grams (78%)
– Protein: 55.8 grams (12%)
– Carbs: 51.6 grams (11%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 110
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 77
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 111

I woke up in the middle of the night with a scratchy throat. This morning my fasting glucose was elevated, as was my 2-hour. I will take it again in an hour. I did increase my carbs on Maintenance or maybe my body is fighting off a virus. I didn’t feel like eating this morning, so just had coffee with heavy cream. I had my grandsons, ages 18 and 16, over for dinner, so I ate my meal at dinner instead of at lunch. Tomorrow, I plan on eating my large meal at lunch.

[Note: I will be very surprised if you eat much of anything tomorrow. Your meter has sent you a very clear message: you’re fighting off something. If you win, you still won’t feel like yourself for a few days of higher numbers. If you lose, you will likely need another round of Z-Pac. Sorry. 😦 I hope it’s the former, and you’re back to yourself by weeks’ end.]

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 3– 3/7/12

Weight: 137.0 = up .6 pound

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 1996.4
– Fat: 172.4 grams (78%)
– Protein: 50.9 grams (10%)
– Carbs: 60.3 grams (12%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 108
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 127

— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 107

I’m still dealing with a scratchy throat. I have to keep clearing my throat, which only irritates it more. Just this afternoon, I’m starting to feel achy and tired. I didn’t eat breakfast today, just lunch and maybe later an egg, bacon and toast for dinner, if I feel hungry. I’m enjoying my new meal guidelines, you can’t go wrong with lots of cream and butter! I had planned to eat a square of Lindt’s 85% chocolate with lunch, but didn’t really want it. Maybe tomorrow. SugarFree was right. I must be sick!

[Note: I’m sorry to be right in this case. 😦 However, your 127 1-hr reading and your high fasting reading is, unfortunately, not the result of the illness, but of your food choices. Lots of different carbs all at the same time, instead of building up slowly. If you really only do eat bacon, egg and toast today, your numbers should be slightly elevated tomorrow but nothing like today! Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it once you’ve been ‘on your own’ for a few more weeks. :)]

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 4– 3/8/12

Weight: 137.2 = up .2 pound

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 2021
– Fat: 173 grams (77%)
– Protein: 57 grams (11%)
– Carbs: 59 grams (12%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 114
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 68
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 3-hour PP (after lunch): 92

Lesson learned. Don’t go crazy on carbs when you get on Lifetime Maintenance. I upped my carbs too much, too soon. I still need to make better food choices and be creative. SugarFree has gotten me back on the right track and I realize that I still have a lot to learn and remember. My throat is about the same; at least it’s not worse.

[Note: Jan, it’s not just the carbs per se. It’s also the type of carbs. Do they quickly convert to glucose, like Wonder Bread? Or low and slow like oatmeal with cream and butter? That really matters. As does continuing to eat a lot of quality animal protein and veggies. Sure, you went a little crazy once ‘out of school’ — but that’s part of the learning process, too. Your meter and your measuring tape will always set you straight — whether you want them to or not. 🙂 Feel better!]

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 5– 3/9/12

Weight: 138.6 = up 1.4 pound

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 1962
– Fat: 166 grams (78%)
– Protein: 52 grams (11%)
– Carbs: 56 grams (11%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 104
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 72

I’m picking up a Z-Pac today for this sore throat. I’ve been dealing with it all week and it’s not getting any better. I’m glad to see my 1 and 2 hour glucose come back into normal range. Hopefully my fasting will be back to normal soon, since my “carbfest” is over!

[Note: Jan, your numbers look better. Let’s see what your measurements say on Monday. Have a good weekend and feel better!]

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19 Responses to SugarFree Protocol – Jan

  1. Sylvia says:

    Hallo Jan, I´m very interested in your journey, because I have the same problem: not overweight, but too much fat stored in my body, mainly in my belly!

    Sylvia

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sylvia, I am already very encouraged with my progress in just 8 days! My main fat storage was around my waist and I can see a difference in just a week. I hope that my results will encourage you and others to jump on board! SugarFree has done her homework and I believe that she’s found the answers to my health issues.

  2. Sylvia says:

    SugarFree wrote: “Feel free to spread the word on all the HCG forums!”

    If I do that, in the German forums you will be killed immediately.

    Sylvia

    • Sylvia,

      LOL –I’ve been “killed” so many times on so many forums, I must have more lives than a cat.

      But seriously, no one and nothing can stop the truth from getting out. If anyone on those forums believes I am wrong about HCG after reading my analysis and debunking of it, and has also read the “proof” in all the Protocol Participant threads, then please invite them to come here and post where I am wrong. Quote the parts in the analysis where I have gone wrong, and show us all, scientifically, how Simeons’ was correct. I would LOVE that! And I will absolutely approve those posts on those threads. We would all learn something new.

      However, I sincerely doubt that will happen. My analysis has been posted for a long time, and no one has yet shown where it is wrong, other than to sometimes say: “I just don’t believe it!” That is their opinion of course, and everyone is free to have an opinion about anything. However, as a U.S. TV commentator recently said: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But no one is entitled to their own facts.”

      If anyone in Germany would like to debate me on the facts, I would welcome them, and I would make sure they were heard by everyone who follows this blog.

      SugarFree

      • Marie says:

        I couldn’t hold back to leave a comment… this blog is so fantastic, it’s overwhelming!
        All my questions are answered here. Searching for information about Simeons in a German HCG forum, I’ve found the link to SugarFree, posted by a frustrated HCG user!

        Sad to say that Simeons is becoming very popular at the moment. It’s time to spread the truth about metabolism! Like Jan, I’m “skinny fat”. Feeling hungry all the time — and being trapped in endless snacking — has lead to a constant dizziness. It’s clear now that I should have my blood tested. Hopefully the data is interpreted properly. Is there any advice on how to find a good doctor or how to understand the data by oneself? I’ve read there will be an e-book by you this year, I’d love to get one!

      • Marie,

        I’m glad you found me. 🙂 Yes, Simeons is spreading quickly because the doctors who prescribe HCG and make a lot of money do not understand the science of obesity themselves and are so ignorant (at least I hope they are ignorant and not taking money even when they know the truth about HCG!) they do not understand how and why people get fat. They think they know: too much food, not enough exercise — but that is wrong. We only eat too much and exercise too little because we are already fat and our cells are no longer getting any of the nutrients we eat. It is all going into the fat around our bellies. But if you are on an HCG forum and found me, hopefully others will too.

        As for being always hungry and feeling dizzy, it is because like Jan, you are also insulin resistant with too much insulin. So what happens is that when you eat, instead of your blood sugars falling slowly over many hours, as they would if you were normal, too much insulin swoops in and gathers up ALL the glucose at once. That’s when you get dizzy. Your blood sugars fall suddenly, the brain realizes there’s no more ‘food’ (it uses glucose for energy), and it sends out all the “Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!” hormones to get you to eat. You eat all the wrong foods (too many carbohydrates, too little fat), the insulin rises, and the cycle starts all over again.

        So yes, you should get tested for: fasting insulin level, fasting glucose, and A1c. That will tell the real story of what’s going on. If you are willing to Skype, I can help you understand your test results.

        As for the e-book … first comes the sugar-free dessert business off the ground, then that. I promise. 🙂 Meanwhile, I’m here to help anyone who asks.

        Best wishes,

        SugarFree

  3. Sylvia says:

    Some women of the German forum are reading your blog, I know this. But the most of them believe that HCG is the “last chance,” because some of them lost a lot of pounds very quickly at the beginning without any hunger. But when time goes on, they begin to suffer from hunger, and the number of the scale moves in the wrong direction. And they don´t know why. And they won´t know why. Because it is hard to drop something you believe in.

    I hope that some day there will be your Kindle-book available and someone will translate it in German. In Germany now starts the “boom” of the HCG-EBooks … and there is no other knowledge available. Knowledge from USA needs about ten years to come here to us:-). Hope in the age of internet this will be a little bit faster!

    Sylvia

    • Sylvia,

      I guess I’d say that anyone who can read an e-book must have a computer or tablet. And if they have a computer or tablet, they can find this forum or — some nice person might run my threads through the Google Translate Program into German and post that to the forums. 🙂 All they would need to do is go to http://translate.google.com

      Knowledge is always available . . . if one wants to find it. However, I don’t believe it is knowledge or lack of it that is the main problem. It is that too often people make a belief (even a mistaken belief) into a kind of religion. And so, if you correct them in their mistake, they react as if you attacked their religion.

      But slimness is not a God, and you cannot achieve it by worshiping at any altar, however attractive and ‘easy’ it might seem. First you have to ask the question that the doctors who peddle HCG never ask, either themselves, or their patient: “Why are you fat to begin with?”

      That’s the one and only question they need to ask however — because once you have the answer to that (excess insulin!) fixing the problem is, if not easy, then at least attainable. Forever.

      SugarFree

  4. Jan says:

    SugarFree, thank you for the time and effort you have put into developing this Protocol and for guiding me along the way. You invest your time (and patience) each and every day into everyone who requests your help. Thank you so much!

    Jan

  5. Sylvia says:

    Congratulations, Jan! I´m your age (“at this age, losing weight is very difficult” – blah, blah, blah!) and I also followed the Protocol unofficially. I lost as quickly as you did (nine pounds and never gained it back). It´s so wonderful! Yes, it´s a very great gift that SugarFree gave us with her blog! I´m translating the four basic articles in German (Google Translate is dull!), so maybe someday SugarFree’s knowledge will be available to women in Germany.

    I will send you my translations, SugarFree!

    Sylvia

    • Sylvia, translating the HCG Diet Analysis will be a lot of work. Thank you for offering to do it. 🙂 When it’s all done please let me know by email, and we can discuss how best to post it to the German HCG Forums.

      SugarFree

    • Jan says:

      Sylvia, thanks. Sounds like I should be congratulating you! How long ago did you lose the weight? What does your diet look like now?

      I think that it’s wonderful you are translating SugarFree’s information into German in order to help others.

      Jan

  6. Jan says:

    SugarFree,

    I have read almost all of the expert’s work listed on your Welcome-To-My-World page, but you brought all the info together and made it practical for me. For that, I thank you.

    Jan

  7. Jan says:

    SugarFree –

    I did start the molasses therapy yesterday. Today was my second dose. Thank you for cluing me in on how good molasses is for us.

    Jan

    • Jan, I’m so glad it’s working for you. I hope to write an entire long thread on Molasses next week. It will be an eye-opener for many, especially Hypothyroid women with Thyroid Hormone Resistance!

      SugarFree

  8. Jan says:

    SugarFree,

    I just called my physician and ask for the Z-Pac. I have a banquet on Saturday that I am helping with and need to feel better by then. Do you recommend that I continue using the molasses therapy, that I am using for the bruise, for this illness also?

    Jan

    • Jan,

      If you take your first Z-Pac tonight, you will feel better by tomorrow night and might feel well enough to attend the banquet. However, you should ask your doctor if you will still be infectious then. You might well be.

      You can keep taking the molasses to help bring down the increased blood sugars from the bruise; it won’t affect your illness or Z-Pac one way or the other.

      SugarFree

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