SugarFree Protocol – Marina

Another Participant joins us on Monday, January 16, 2012. While you wait to meet her, here’s her journey:

Marina’s Introduction:

Hello World! I’m 53, 5’6”, and once again the scale has gone over 200 pounds.

Growing up I was always on the stocky side, but not really fat. I stretched out during my growth spurt, but soon developed my trademark “belly.” When I was sixteen people kept asking me if I was pregnant. If I had a dollar for every stranger who asked “When are you due,” I would be rich. Soon everyone told me I needed to go on a diet. That was my introduction to the diet world, and I have tried everything and anything on the market, including the fad appetite suppressants and supplements.  I have always struggled with my weight, yo-yo-ing up and down.

The most I ever weighed when pregnant and a gestational diabetic was 174 pounds. Later, as a single mother student who also held a job, I became exhausted and felt sick all the time. I have degenerative disks, arthritis, and suffer from chronic pain due to an injured back. I have Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, and doctors have continued to up my medications. But they never worried about my elevated blood sugar levels. In my forties my weight continued to climb. That’s when I tried Atkins. It was the sanest time of my life. My food addiction subsided, I felt good, looked good, had less pain and more energy.

After menopause, everything changed. My weight rose to 215 pounds. Atkins, which had been so successful for me, no longer worked. I had food cravings, low energy, and I didn’t lose weight. My food addiction continued.  My doctor recommended the HCG diet and out of desperation I agreed to 500 calories and daily injections. After several days, my body shut down. I was starving, had horrible symptoms and couldn’t even get out of bed. After two weeks and chest pains and arrhythmia, I stopped the insanity. I had no fat loss throughout this time. None. Zero. And then a new ring of blubber around my abdomen appeared almost overnight.

Thankfully I found SugarFree and this blog, with all its amazing information and data. Results of my metabolic testing, along with everything I have learned here, actually makes sense and for once explains what has happened to my body over time.  I am Insulin Resistant, Hypothyroid, and I have high blood sugars for much of the day, which I know is not good. I also have PCOS symptoms and have had them all my life though I never even heard of that term until recently.

I know I’m very sick with multiple health challenges. I also realize that the doctors are killing me with all the meds they want me to take for the symptoms, while not curing the root causes of my illnesses. Educating myself with SugarFree’s help, and taking charge of my own recovery, is my only hope for regaining health and quality of life. Thank you for your support on my journey.

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

Weight: 202.6

Measurements:
Bust: 48″
Waist: 46″
Hips: 51.5″

Breakfast:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 oz potato
– 1.5 T. butter
– 4 oz spinach

Dinner:
– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T. Olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 717
– Fat: 50 grams (63%)
– Protein: 46.8 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 20 grams (11%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 101
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 88
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 87

I am honored to be a part of this Protocol, and really am looking forward to learning how to heal my body. That brings me right to my first issue. Last night before bed, I took my blood glucose reading, and it was 85. This morning when waking up, my BG was 101. Like most mornings, upon waking it is higher than it was prior to going to bed.

[Note: It’s normal for blood sugars to be higher in the morning than at night. It’s known as “Dawn Syndrome” in diabetics. As your metabolism heals and your sugars normalize, the two numbers will draw closer together.]

I’m struggling to remember what all I’m supposed to do for this protocol and when. My brain has been in a permanent fog for some time. As usual I’m in a daze today, forget things, and cannot function well. (Poor SugarFree will have a time with me.) To think, I used to be energetic, productive, and my house was immaculate. Now, I wake up tired every day, and have to drag myself out of bed. After doing the most urgent things, I’m exhausted and need to rest most of the day. I have nightmares about my life deteriorating to the point where my children will call the TV show “Hoarders” for help.

Usually, I am not very hungry in the morning, and only eat a light protein breakfast. Today I had an enormous brunch. It didn’t finish cooking until after 12, so I was quite hungry when I ate it. Probably halfway through, my body felt full. I stuffed the rest of the food in, thinking I’ll regret it tonight if I don’t eat it now. I’m always hungry at night, and not looking forward to that time. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it worked out.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 1/17/2012

Weight: 201.2 = down 1.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 8 ounces pork loin
– 8 ounces spinach
– 5 ounces green beans
– 1.25 T. butter
– 1 ounce potato

Dinner:
– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T Olive Oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 746
– Fat: 50.4 grams ( 61%)
– Protein: 51.4 grams ( 27%)
– Carbs: 21.8 grams ( 12%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP: 85
– 2-hour PP: 82

Last night I was still stuffed from brunch and not hungry until almost eight hours later. Unbelievable! This kind of thing just does not happen to me. The salad greens (lacking eggs, bacon bits, or cheese) on my dinner menu were not appealing and I could not bear to eat this until after eight. Later my stomach growled, but I had no cravings, and it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I remember my first day on the HCG protocol, when I was hungry and miserable. What a difference!

This morning I was tire, as usual, although I slept fairly good for over eight hours.
I’m waiting for the day when I will actually have some energy. I recall being on Atkins and in ketosis with an abundance of energy, but that was before developing more health problems.

[Note: Your lack of energy comes from two sources. First, not many of the nutrients you’ve been eating have gone to feed your muscles. They’ve gone down to your stomach to be stored as fat. Once you’re in lipolysis, that fuel source will open and nourish your body.  However, the secondary and most important source of your fatigue is your thyroid hormone resistance/hypothyroidism. That will NOT be alleviated until you address it directly, but getting your insulin resistance reversed is more important now.]

Lunch was immense again. I’m afraid not to eat all the food, as I don’t want to be hungry later. However, I felt nauseated and way too stuffed for comfort afterwards.

[Note: Your body no longer knows how to deal with food properly. This will change as your metabolism heals. Keep in mind while you’re “trying” to eat what is one of three meals for most Americans, that Maintenance, arriving in two or three weeks, will see you eating at least 1000 more calories at that same meal! By that time, you’ll not only be able to eat it all, you will relish it all!]

*Newsflash!!! Paula Deen, the southern cooking queen, has just announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. Go figure! She will now create different kinds of recipes, which will still be delicious – she says. I can’t wait to see what that will be.

[Note Update: In an article in Tuesday’s NY Times, it was revealed that Deen was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, but went on pushing the foods that made her diabetic without revealing her disease until she signed a multi-million-dollar contract with the Big Pharma company that sells Victoza. The contract also includes her two non-diabetic sons as spokespeople for the unbelievably expensive drug, which sells for $500 — a month!

It works exactly as Metformin does, by getting insulin to be more efficient. A year’s worth of Metformin sells for $480. A year’s worth of Victoza sells for $6000!

I’m not sure what disgusts me more; Deen’s hypocrisy, greed, and general disdain for her viewers or their health — or the reporter who wrote the article (and I use the word ‘reporter’ loosely) as well as the hundreds of misguided souls who commented on the article, who believe the cause of Deen’s diabetes is all the FAT she eats. Sigh.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 1/19/2012

Weight: 197 = down 2 pounds!

Lunch:
– 1 T. Mayonnaise
– .5 Avocado
– 1.5 T butter
– 8 oz flounder
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– .5 Olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 729
– Fat: 50.8 grams ( 62%)
– Protein: 48.5 grams ( 27%)
– Carbs: 19.9 grams ( 11%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP: 75
– 2-hour PP: 78

For the past two nights my stomach growled quite a bit. It was difficult having to smell food that “others” were eating. I also had visions of candy bars. What was different this time? Before, I always felt sick from hunger and cravings to the point of insanity. If something triggered me, like the smell of food, I would binge. The poor fool standing in the way of me getting to my food was likely to get hurt. This time I didn’t feel sick, I had no insane cravings and I was able to control myself.

Yesterday, I didn’t eat my lunch until I got back from the Dentist in the afternoon. Going that long without eating breakfast used to leave me feeling sick, hungry, dizzy and with a big headache. This time, I was just hungry. I had no difficulty eating all my food at lunch.

When starting to eat low carb, I have always lost a lot of water weight easily. The ketostix show I’ve been burning a moderate amount of fat since yesterday. I wonder how much of my 5.6 pound weight loss has been fat.

[Note: Ketostix do NOT show that you are burning fat. You can be burning fat with ketostix on just a trace or even negative, and not be burning fat with it on high. Ketostix only measures your state of ketone adaptation. For more information please use the search bar to find my other comments about this. Almost all of what you have lost so far has been water, and some of the next four pounds lost will be water as well, but some of it will be excess adipose fat.]

I’m only on Day Four of  SugarFree’s Protocol and already I notice positive changes. This gives me much hope for an awesome recovery. There is definitely less swelling and inflammation in my body and I appreciate that, because it translates to: Less pain and easier movement.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/20/2012

Weight: 195.8 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 7 oz Calf Liver
– 1 oz onions
– 2 T butter
– 9 oz asparagus
– 8 oz spinach
– 1 oz goat cheese

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

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 771
– Fat: 51.6 grams ( 60%)
– Protein: 54.1 grams ( 328%)
– Carbs: 22.5 grams ( 12%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP: 79
– 2-hour PP: 81

During the night, I still keep waking up frequently, but seem more rested in the morning, and it’s a little bit easier to get up. I actually enjoyed getting our and doing some shopping before lunch.

There was no way I could eat more than half of my asparagus or spinach for lunch. I’m a little tired this afternoon, but all in all feeling surprisingly well.

[Note: Your lack of hunger means you are in lipolysis, and your body is consuming a lot of calories worth of adipose fat. I believe you’ll be happy with your measurements on Monday. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 1/21/2012

Weight: 195.8 = no change

Lunch:
– 7 oz Shrimp
– 2 oz potato
– 2 oz sour cream
– 8 oz spinach
– 3 T. butter
– 5 oz okra

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 728
– Fat: 50.1 grams ( 62%)
– Protein: 46.2 grams ( 25%)
– Carbs: 23.1 grams ( 13%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 72
– 1-hour PP: 78
– 2-hour PP: 86

This morning, I woke up before the alarm went off, and was ready to start my day. That’s a new one! Can more stable glucose and lower insulin levels make such a difference already?

[Note: Not yet, because you still have very high insulin levels. What you’re feeling now is the effect of the supplements on my Protocol list. And it’s going to continue to get better!]

When I stepped on the scale, I was horrified to see the same number as yesterday. It’s because on the HCG protocol, I was stuck on this number for two weeks. I was also sick and miserable on HCG, because I never went into lipolysis. Wondering if I am now.

[Note: Yes, you are in lipolysis, and you will have the proof on Monday morning when you take your measurements. It’s also clear that your body is sending “thank you” messages for how you’re eating now,. 🙂 One warning: do not become fixated on the scale. You are healing your metabolism and thereby losing fat. Success will only be apparent with a measuring tape, not a scale. And unlike HCG, where you are literally bludgeoning your body into starvation, you will not lose pounds daily!]

The huge difference on the SugarFree protocol is apparent. My body has not developed all kinds of ill symptoms. For the most part, I am not hungry (except right before lunch and a little late at night), no huge cravings, less fatigue and I’m feeling much better. So good in fact that I went out to see a movie before lunch today. That would not have happened just last week.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/22/2012

Weight: 194.2 = down 1.6 pounds

Lunch:
– 5 oz Beef Tongue
– 2 oz potato
– 5 oz green beans
– 8 oz spinach
– 1.5 T. butter
– 2 large eggs
– 2 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 728
– Fat: 50.4 grams ( 62%)
– Protein: 44.6 grams ( 24%)
– Carbs: 25.5 grams ( 14%)

Ketostix: moderate to large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 106
– 1-hour PP: 79
– 2-hour PP: 80

For the first time in ages I slept 7 ½ hours without waking up, and felt rested and eager to get up. Wow!

My fasting glucose is up a little, for the first time since starting Protocol. Before that my AM glucose reading was always well over 100, often in the 120s.

[Note: one of the great things about Protocol is having the tools to give you insight into YOUR body, and to make changes that will give you the most improvement. Your meter can be your best friend . . .  if you use it. Today your meter said “danger!” and it told you that some of the food you ate yesterday, you are not yet ready to eat. In this case, it was the two ounces of potato with insufficient fat eaten at the same time. Being warned, you get a chance to change tomorrow’s food so the same thing won’t happen again. Isn’t the meter great? :)]

I’m happy to see the scale move. I know it does not show everything, but yesterday’s number was a psychological hang-up. I can’t tell that I lost fat, but my body feels more compact. One of my goals is to fit into my fat jeans. Wearing stretch pants is getting really old. It is still difficult to eat all of the food in one meal. I had enough energy to go into town today and shop some more.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 1/23/2012

Weight: 194.2 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 47″ = down 1″
Waist: 46″ = no change
Hips: 49″ = down 2.5″

Meal:
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 1 oz onions
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz brussels sprouts
– 2 T. butter
– 4 oz spinach
– 1.5 oz goat cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 736
– Fat: 53.5 grams (65%)
– Protein: 50.1 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 13.6 grams (8%)

Ketostix: large (80)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP: 73
– 2-hour PP: 75

Last night I was tired, trying to meet a couple of project deadlines and got a big headache. My blood glucose before bed was 63. I woke up in the middle of the night unable to return to sleep until early morning. Feeling very tired and weak today.

[Note: As stated earlier, when blood sugars drop into the sixties, eat an ounce or two of cheese.]

For now I’m on one meal per day, which I would have thought inconceivable only a week ago. Hard to believe that I am not hungry, not constantly thinking of food. When lunch time came, all I thought is: “Do I have to eat this?”

After my first week on the protocol, I have lost 8.4 pounds and 3.5 inches. I would have preferred not to lose them on my chest and derriere, but I’ll take what I can get. Unfortunately my stomach is still protruding more so than when I was nine months pregnant, with fat rolls above and below my belly button. I just remembered a time in my life when I starved myself down to 117 pounds and still had visible belly fat. Will it ever go away?

[Note: Yes!]

This first week has taught me is a lot about food and how my body reacts to it. During the past three days I caught a glimpse of my old self, which gave me hope that things can change. I still have a long way to go, but after this experience I believe it is entirely possible to heal this body.

[Note: Your losses for a single week are terrific! Yes, you’re still producing lots of insulin, which is making it difficult for lipolysis to release the fat in the adipose fat cells, but that will change over the course of the next few weeks. When that happens you’ll lose inches around the waist, too. But you need patience. I burned off so much fat on my tush, thighs and calves before seeing the fat around the middle go, that I can now easily wear a Junior size 7 pants there — but need a Junior 11 around the waist. Still, for an old broad like me (who just a few years ago wore tight size 24’s) to be able to wear Junior sizes at all is nothing short of miraculous. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 1/24/2012

Weight: 193 = down 1.2 pounds

Meal:
– 7.5 oz Shrimp
– 5 oz okra
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 3 T. butter
– 1.5 oz goat cheese
– 1 oz tomato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 738
– Fat: 50.7grams (62%)
– Protein: 56.6 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 13.8 grams (7%)

Ketostix: medium to large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP: 80
– 2-hour PP: 72

I slept well and feel better today. It’s always a mental boost to see the number on the scale decrease. Things are happening!

Last night and this morning, my blood glucose dropped into the low 60s again. When that happens I start feeling hungry, shaky, confused and get a headache. Eating 1 oz cheese helps. I learned this means that my insulin is still very high. Hope it goes down soon. Because my body sent me hunger signals lunch was rather early today. I ate everything, but it was a chore.

Contestants on the Biggest Loser would kill for this kind of weight loss. To think, it’s all without “exercising”! (That’s an ugly word anyway – at least as long as we’re sick.)

[Note: Exercising is great, and serves many health purposes. This is why Protocol Participants are encouraged to take strolls daily. That’s the level perfect for them while healing a sick metabolism. What exercise does not do, however, is accelerate fat loss. If you have a healthy metabolism and start doing sprints, your body will demand that you eat more. If you refuse, it won’t reduce fat levels, it will cannibalize lean muscle mass — the opposite of the intended goal.

All the excess exercise demanded of Biggest Loser participants, along with long-term starvation level calories, does nothing more than preserve their fat cells while destroying their lean muscle mass. This is why when  they begin to, not eat too much, but eat normally — they gain all the weight back. Only this time, they gain it as fat. It is a downward spiral that too many Americans, and not just this particular subset, experience daily.]

Contemplating the BG readings, and realizing just how important this protocol is to address the causes for my illnesses. No doctor has ever done that. My body wants to return to “Normal”. The incidental weight loss is just icing on the cake. (Oooops. Sorry!) ;-)

[Note: LOL — hope that’s a sugar-free cake. 😀 You’re doing so well.  One more pound down and you will have lost a full 5% of your total body weight — in under two weeks. Most doctors would be thrilled if their patients did that in a year. And you ate all of your meal today — a milestone! If you continue this way for the rest of the week, you may start  Maintenance on Monday.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 1/25

Weight: 193 = no change

Meal:
– 6 oz pork loin
– 9 oz asparagus
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 3 T. butter
– 1 oz goat cheese
– 1 oz onion

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 738
– Fat: 50.7grams (62%)
– Protein: 56.6 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 13.8 grams (7%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 71
– 1-hour PP: 77
– 2-hour PP: 80

Low blood glucose in the 60s has been a problem the last few nights and also in the morning, measuring 53 just before lunch. Although quite hungry, I was not able to finish my food. I went for a little walk (subconsciously hoping my dog would eat the rest meanwhile). Coming back there was still no way I could eat another bite. It is a huge amount of food. I’m really bummed out about this.

On a positive note, in many ways I have felt better than I have in a long time. I sleep well, and am not drowsy when I wake up. My body is not swollen up and there is no sign of inflammation in joints. I have considerably less pain and I’ve taken almost none of my pain meds while on Protocol. I can move with more ease. Yesterday something fell to the floor, and I just instinctively and quickly squatted down and picked it up. Before the Protocol, that would have been a long painful ordeal for me.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 1/26/2012

Weight: 192.6 = down 0.4 pounds

Meal:
– 7 oz calves liver
– 8 oz spinach
– 3.5 T. butter
– 2 oz cauliflower
– 2 oz potatoes
– 3 oz green beans

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 720
– Fat: 63 grams (63%)
– Protein: 43.6 grams (24%)
– Carbs: 23.5 grams (13%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 72
– 1-hour PP: 107
– 2-hour PP: 86

I had to eat early today, because of a busy day in town. My 1-hour blood glucose reading was unusually high. Must be that the 2 oz potatoes still don’t work for me. The 2-hour BG reading was back to normal. I hope that is a good sign.

[Note: It wasn’t the potato, which has in fact always “worked” for you, even on your first day. You ate 2 ounces of potato on 1/21 and your 1-hr PP was only 78. What you did not eat that day however, was cauliflower. It is a very sweet veggie and in some people can (along with, I suppose, a starch carb) spike sugars. I wanted you to discover that for yourself. But going back to normal at two hours was really good. And the spike also means that you now have the means to control your sugars very carefully, since you now know too few carbs means too low sugars, and too much carb (for YOU) means a small spike. This will help you plan your meals well, with no guesswork required. :)]

I am so much more active now and really enjoying it. My stretch clothes are not stretched to capacity any more, and I’m curious about my measurements Monday.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 1/27/2012

Weight: 192.6 = no change

Meal:
– 2.25 oz Avocado
– 1 T. Mayonnaise
– 1 egg
– 7 oz flounder
– 2 T butter
– 8 oz kale
– 1 oz brown rice
– 3 oz green beans

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 743
– Fat: 49.8 grams (63%)
– Protein: 47.5 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.3 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 67
– 1-hour PP: 71
– 2-hour PP: 81

After a good night’s sleep, I have a little less energy today. This is normal for me following an active day. These past few days, I have had very low evening and AM blood glucose readings. One reason may be that I’ve been unable to finish my meal on a couple of occasions. So I’ve been re-evaluating my food choices, and trying to explore more options. Today’s meal was a refreshing variety, and I had no problem eating all of it. It’s amazing what 8 oz of Kale will shrivel down to if you cook ‘em to death. Prior to the protocol, I thought Kale was just for decoration. ;-)

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 1/28/2012

Weight: 192.6 = no change

Meal:
– 5 eggs
– 1 oz bacon
– 5 oz green beans
– 8 oz Escarole
– 1 T. butter
– 1 oz mushrooms
– 1.5 oz rice
– 1 oz peppers

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 743
– Fat: 49.8 grams (63%)
– Protein: 47.5 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 18.3 grams (10%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP: 84
– 2-hour PP: 82

I’m feeling ok. Escarole for lunch was an interesting change. Will definitely cook it more.
All is well. It’s a very busy weekend.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 1/29/2012

Weight: 192.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 47” = no change
Waist: 45” = down 1”
Hips: 47” = down 2”

Meal:
– 8 oz Beef Tongue
– 1.5 oz potato
– 5 oz green beans
– 8 oz spinach
– 1.5 T. butter
– 2 egg whites

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 768
– Fat: 54.1 grams (64%)
– Protein: 44.7 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 25.5 grams (13%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 79
– 2-hour PP: 90

This will be my last report. Due to personal matters, as well as medical issues requiring attention, I will no longer be able to officially participate in the Protocol.

During the short time here, I have learned so much. If only I had known about this information thirty years ago, I would have never gotten so sick, and it would have been easier to heal what was amiss back then. The amazing results I have experienced in the past two weeks have shown me that positive change is possible. Not only have I lost ten pounds and 4 ½ inches (not counting areas we didn’t measure where I noticeably lost), I sleep better, have more energy and less pain, decreased my medications, learned how to better control my blood glucose levels and move towards healing my hyperinsulinemia.

Amazingly, my insane cravings and binges have totally stopped, and my body appreciates the healthful foods with which is is now nurtured. Most importantly, I’ve been given the tools and the vital information that will enable me to take charge of my recovery and continue this journey of healing. I plan to continue with the Protocol Principles from hereon out.

I am extremely grateful to SugarFree for her research and analysis, as well as untiring commitment to educating and helping others improve their lives.

Farewell and many blessings to all!

[Note: Marina, thank you so much for your kind words, and very gracious farewell. I know I speak for all the Participants and readers as well as myself when I wish you the very best of happiness and health this year, and every year on your journey. :D]

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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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Protocol and Maintenance Recipes

Food is more than fuel for our bodies. When done right, food nourishes our souls, especially when it is prepared with love, and shared with the ones we love.

Anyone can post a recipe here, via comments. Please remember to label it for Protocol or Maintenance — and to ensure that it is Good To Eat — test it first with your own meter by eating a healthy piece or serving all by itself, then doing PP tests at the 15, 30, 60, 120, and 180 minute mark. Be sure to let us know you did, and that the recipe did not spike you!

Finally, please make sure to use a formal recipe format: ingredients listed first (by weight; your cup and my cup may not weigh the same!), then directions and finally any notes, which should include Fitday or Nutrition Data stats for the entire recipe.

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CHICKEN NORMANDY — A Maintenance Recipe by SugarFree — added 1/2/2012

This is one of the few recipes I make where I need to be restrained from sticking my head into the pot and slurping down the entire contents in one go. It’s also a recipe that should be made, if not the very first time, then every subsequent time for company. Because when you take the finished casserole out of the oven, your guests will oooh and ahhh so vociferously their praise will remain one of your cherished memories.

I’m also pretty sure that neither you nor your guests have eaten a dish so rich and unctuous in a long time, if ever. It’s from the school of French Cooking that used to be served in fine French restaurants here, and is still served in the regions of France not yet hit with fat phobia. It calls for cream, really heavy-with-butterfat-cream, and lots of it. Barrels, given today’s skimpy “maybe add a teaspoon of cream  to a recipe if you DARE” type of cooking we all now suffer when we dine out. Or, with some of us, in.

Plan to make this dish THE meal of the day. Trust me, served with a simple salad of bitter greens (and homemade vinaigrette) and a slice or two of baguette with butter, you won’t be able to eat another bite of anything all day. But oh, what a day it will be!

Serves 4 – 6

* 3 pounds of chicken thighs, with skin and bone, dried well, sprinkled with 2 T. of kosher salt (both sides), and left to sit at room temperature for one hour. This is known as a ‘dry brine’ and will make the chicken retain moisture while adding a lot of flavor. Do NOT rinse off!

* 3 medium crisp/tart apples — from Granny Smith to Honeycrisp to Gala or Jazz, peeled, cored and finely chopped.

* 9 carrots, not huge or woody, tips and trunk cut off, peeled, and cut in 2-inch pieces.

* 6 T. (3/4 of one stick) unsalted butter.

* 1/3 cup Calvados (French apple brandy). You can use regular brandy if that’s all you have, but a bottle of Calvados is lovely to have on hand for everything from aperitifs to cooking many delicious meals.

* 4 cups heavy cream, cold. Yes, that’s an entire quart of cream for one dish (I did warn you). No ‘whipping’ cream allowed. Not enough butterfat and in fact useless for whipping. It’s kind of like the Ministry of Truth in 1984 — “War is Peace,” etc. Get the real thing — HEAVY cream — at Whole Foods if you can’t find it anywhere else. If there’s a restaurant supply house anywhere near you that sells “manufacturers cream” (a full 40% fat) buy that. Buy it for everything, in fact. I go through six quarts of the stuff a month.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. while you’re doing your other preparation. It takes a good thirty minutes to one hour to truly preheat an oven. Place a shelf in the middle of the oven.

Assemble equipment: you’ll need a LARGE skillet to brown the chicken and reduce the cream as well as a LARGE casserole dish (with a cover) in which to cook the dish. If Santa did not bring you an Emile Henry Flame casserole this year, start saving your pennies. As I’ve written about elsewhere, my Emile Henry collection is my most prized culinary possession, and can be handed down to many generations. The Flame line is made by a family concern in France from special Burgundy clay, and it can be cooked on direct heat, go from freezer to oven, or used in a microwave or convection microwave. It holds the heat so beautifully that everything can be cooked on medium or low, and washes up as if it were teflon, even if you’ve burnt cheese on it. Amazing stuff. But . . . I digress.

1. Into the casserole, toss the peeled, cut carrots. Top them with the chopped apples, toss together and cover. Set aside.

Optional: Should some fresh WILD mushrooms come your way (about half a pound), chop coarsely, then add to the carrot/apple mixture. This immeasurably enriches the dish, so much so that you may be willing to hock some of the family silver to always include it.

2. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat until all foaming has stopped. Add the chicken, skin side down for a few minutes until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn over, and do the same to the other side.Remove the skillet from the heat. Remove the chicken thighs to the casserole and set the pieces, skin side UP, on top of the carrot/apple mixture.

3. Pour the Calvados into the skillet and return it to the heat on medium high. With a wooden spoon, scrape all the gorgeous (and oh, so delicious) fond off the bottom and sides of the skillet as the Calvados comes to the boil and reduces. When all the fond is scraped up and the Calvados is reduced to a few tablespoons . . .

4. Immediately pour in the cold cream and bring to the boil, stirring a few times.  Once the cream is at the boil, immediately reduce the heat and let the cream boil (more than a simmer) very gently without stirring until reduced by half. This will take from 10-20 minutes. Once reduced, stir in a teaspoon or so of freshly ground sea salt to taste. Stir in freshly ground pepper to taste.

5. Pour the (now) two cups of cream all over the chicken, apples and carrots. Push the chicken thighs down into the cream but make sure the skin (with some cream on them, of  course) remains out in the open.

6. Cover the casserole and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake another 15 minutes. When you remove the casserole from the oven the cream will be bubbling and have turned a golden brown on top, glorious to behold.

Serve in large soup plates with chicken, carrots and apples — and lashings of the cream sauce. A knife and fork is required but believe me, so is a soup spoon, or you’ll find your guests licking their bowls. They may do that anyway. Enjoy!

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Cardoons (also: Cardones) for Maintenance or Protocol  by Ariel — added 1/7/12

Cardoons look like giant, pale bunches of celery but are actually the growing stalks of artichokes, and taste like the best part of that veggie.

Though there are some fancy recipes out there, like —
http://giulianohazan.com/blog/the-secret-to-making-cardoons-tender-and-sweet-a-quick-and-easy-fall-recipe — I kept my first try simple. Just butter, salt, and parmesan cheese, because that’s how I like my artichokes. Garlic and lemon would be excellent additions!

— 5 oz cardoons/cardones
— 1 oz butter (on Maintenance or Protocol if you can have that much)
— Scant pinch of parmesan

1. Wearing kitchen gloves for safety (cardoons are related to thistle and so have tiny little thorns), scrape or slice off the edges of the stalks, then slice each stalk into 2-3 inch pieces.
2. Boil gently for 30-40 minutes, until they’re completely soft and tender; this will eliminate bitterness.
3. Saute in butter until they’re slightly more golden and delicious. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Dust a pinch of grated parmesan over the top. Enjoy!

Notes: After boiling cardoons freeze beautifully, so I recommend picking up more than one bunch and boiling up several servings at one time to save for later. They’re so hard to find in the market that when you see them, snatch them up! The Ocean Mist site has the nutritional information for the Cardoons/Cardones by themselves, but here is the info for my entire recipe (1 serving):

Calories: 232   Fat: 23 g    Carbs: 7.2 g      Protein: 1 g

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Vegetable Template, by Booklover. Cook time about 30 minutes

Weigh and put vegetables in washing water to soak a few minutes. If making a slow cooking sauce for Maintenance such as a reduction sauce, begin it at this time.

In a large frying pan at medium low temperature, weigh and add the following:
* Meat, especially some bacon – (more than one kind of meat is great)
* On Protocol you will probably only be able to use an ounce of bacon.
* Fat – .25 ounces or so on Protocol, much more on Maintenance
* If you can get any beef tallow, lard or duck fat, these are wonderful fats!
* Onions, garlic and spices that do well with long cooking times, like sea salt
* Consult a spice book to identify long and short spice cooking times.)

– Saute everything until the meat is almost cooked.

– While the meat is slowly cooking, rinse the vegetables and pat dry.

– Chop the veggies. Chop first the foods that take the longest cooking times. This would include stems such as broccoli and roots like potatoes. Even kale stems can be eaten.

– Add the stems and roots to the pan. Be sure to add some more sea salt to taste.

On Protocol this is the time to add two ounces of stock. I prefer chicken. Use what you like. There won’t be enough fat to finish sautéing the meal so now switch over to steaming. This step is not needed in Maintenance.

Dry and break up all the leaves and veggies with shorter cooking times. Add this second set of veggies to the pan. Now cover the pan to allow the steam to work. Check on the food every 5 minutes. It usually takes 5-10 minutes to steam.

On Maintenance at this point you could be making a nice cheese sauce with heavy cream and a cheese you like.

On Protocol or Maintenance you could also break the cheese into small pieces and put the cheese in the pan while steaming or sautéing. You could also add the cheese when it’s finished cooking.

Parmesan cheese works well on Protocol because it has more protein. Cream cheese or almost any cheese works great on Maintenance.

On Maintenance at the end of the cooking time, I add lots of butter. Butter and olive oil have low smoke points so I prefer not to cook with them.

There are endless variations even though this template is pretty basic. Hopefully it will be a starting point for someone.

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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 used a combo of rice bran (1/4 to 1/3 of the total) and light 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 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.

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Almond Bread  by Missy

– 1 cup Smooth Almond Butter (100% ground almonds and/or salt; nothing else)
– 3 Large eggs
– 1/2 cup (cooked and mashed) sweet potato
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– Pinch of salt
– Stevia to taste (8-10 drops of liquid or 1/2 to 1 packet of dry stevia) — or — even better: 8 drops of liquid sucralose, or 1/8 teaspoon powder sucralose (NOT “Splenda”). No bitter aftertaste w/sucralose.

– 1 T. apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Grease a regular-size loaf pan with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond butter, eggs, sweet potato, baking soda, sweetener and salt. Blend with mixer on low speed until smooth.
3. Add apple cider vinegar and blend with mixer on low speed until well combined. Mixture will be slightly thinner than cookie dough.

4. Spoon mixture into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Allow bread to cool before cutting.

Nutrition for entire recipe: Calories: 2079   Fat: 167 g   Carbs: 85 g   Protein: 60 g

This is the most wonderful bread ever! I am amazed that a bread can even be made from those simple ingredients. It is delicious, low carb and doesn’t spike my blood sugar. You can use it just like you would

bread. I make sandwiches out of it, toast it with cream cheese,
use it for grilled cheese sandwiches, and it makes mouth-watering french toast!

Be creative with the recipe and add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. for a sweet bread or add garlic, onion, Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, parsley) and eliminate the sweetener for a savory loaf.

Just Waiting For The Butter . . . Mmm!

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Protocol Pizza by Missy

– 2 Large eggs
– 2 Large whites
– 4 oz. Raw Spinach
-2 oz. Any other raw veggies you like that you can eat on your Protocol (diced peppers or onions, chopped tomatoes, broccoli florets, mushrooms, etc.), Italian seasoning — like basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme
-1 T. parmesan Cheese

Preheat your oven broiler to high. Place an oven safe skillet on a burner and heat the pan on medium heat.

1. Crack two whole eggs into a small mixing bowl. Separate the yolks from the white of 2 large eggs and add the whites to the whole eggs in the mixing bowl.

2. Whisk eggs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper with a tablespoon of water until well mixed and set aside.

3. Add raw spinach and chopped vegetables to the heated pan and steam by adding a small amount of water. When vegetables are tender, pour whisked eggs on top. Do not stir the eggs. Allow the eggs to settle in pan and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until eggs are mostly set, but still slightly jiggly. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the eggs.

4. Place the entire pan under broiler for 2-3 minutes until the eggs are set and top is golden brown. Cut into slices like pizza and pretend it’s the real thing!

Nutrition for entire recipe: Calories: 240.8   Fat: 12 g   Carbs: 7.8 g   Protein: 25.4 g

Wow - What A Great Protocol Meal!

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Protocol “Mock” Tortilla Wraps by Missy

– 1 large whole egg
– 1 large egg white
– .5 oz. room temperature full fat brick cream cheese

– Large pinch of salt

1. Remove eggs and cream cheese from fridge and allow to come to room temperature.

2. Preheat waffle iron.

3. Separate the egg yolk from white in the whole egg. Place the yolk in a small bowl and the egg white in a medium bowl.

4. Add the second egg white to the medium mixing bowl (reserving the yolk for another use), and beat the egg whites with a mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form.

5. Add the room temperature cream cheese to the egg yolk and beat with a mixer on low until smooth. Gently fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites.

6. Bake the batter in the hot waffle iron until done. Result: a delicious flat bread wrap. I like to wrap up chicken salad, egg salad or make cheesy quesadillas! Be creative!

Nutrition for entire recipe: Calories: 138    Fat: 10 g    Carbs: 1 g carbs  Protein: 11 g

Bring On The BLT!

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Wisconsin Broccoli Cheese Soup — Maintenance Phase — by Trish

• 16 oz. chopped broccoli
• 8 oz. water
• 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules  (I use gluten-free)
• 2 oz. chopped onion
• 8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter  (I use Pastured)
• 1 oz. all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 16 oz. heavy cream
• 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine broccoli, water, and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, cook onion in butter over medium heat until onion is translucent. Stir in flour and pepper; cook 1 minute. Stir in cream. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted.

3. Add in the reserved broccoli and its cooking liquid. If you want a creamy rather than chunky soup, use a hand-blender. Heat thoroughly and serve.

Nutrition Information for entire recipe:
Calories: 3084
Fat: 300 g
Carbs: 42 g
Protein: 72 g

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SugarFree Protocol – Shawna

Shawna will join us on Monday, December 19, 2011. While you’re waiting, here’s some information about her.

Shawna’s Introduction:

Hello! I’m forty-four, 5’4″, and as of today weigh 148 pounds. I’ve struggled with my weight since the birth of my last baby in 2005. I weighed 132 before my first pregnancy, a weight I effortlessly maintained my whole adult life. But I ballooned to 223 pounds in pregnancy. I easily gained fifty or seventy pounds with each subsequent pregnancy, and suffered from severe edema in each. Luckily I lost most of the weight afterward by just avoiding sweets and eating salads for a few weeks.

The day I was induced with my last child I was back to 223 pounds, and remained there at my six-week postpartum visit. For the first time I had to seriously diet and exercise, and even then it took nine another months to lose it all by following the plan in Body For Life. But I couldn’t maintain my goal weight and gained back fifty pounds in just a few months. My doctor said that because I was older I wouldn’t bounce back the way I had before, though I had in fact lost the pregnancy weight (but gained it back).

Two years later my family doctor gave me a complete physical. He said I had hypothyroidism and put me on Levothyroxine: Synthroid. I learned about HCG and started Simeons’ Protocol in 2009. I did three rounds and reached 125 pounds, but am only able to maintain my weight (now over that weight by more than twenty pounds) by sticking with a strict menu. If I deviate even a little I can gain ten pounds in a few days.

This strict menu has encouraged binge eating and long runs. When that would fail I would do another round of HCG. I’ve reached the point where I just can’t do it any more. I feel tired and run down. I’ve been following SugarFree, so I contacted her and asked her to help me. My latest blood work shows my thyroid meds aren’t working. I’m insulin resistant and in the early stages of diabetes. I’m starting SugarFree’s Protocol because I want to get some control over my health issues. Wish me luck!

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

Weight: 146.8

Measurements:
Bust: 34″
Waist: 34″
Hips: 39.5″

Lunch:
– 2 T butter
– 3 oz cauliflower
–3 oz green beans
– 4 oz broccoli
— 4 oz spinach
– 7 oz shrimp
— 1 oz potato
— 1 oz sour cream

Dinner:
— 1 T olive oil
— 4 oz salad greens
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 769
– Fat: 51.4 grams (60%)
– Protein: 53.2 grams (29%)
– Carbs: 22.1 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 125
– 1-hour PP: 129
– 2-hour PP: 114

Yesterday, I did a practice day with my menu. I was happy to see a loss this morning. I really don’t like my glucose numbers. I look forward to my those numbers getting much better with time.

[Note: Shawna, welcome! We’re glad to have you with us. Yes, your blood glucose numbers are those of a diabetic in the earliest stages, but the good news is that you’re doing something about it now, and should be able to get the disease into remission. Your meter will become your best friend, because it will accurately show you how the food choices you make either move you forward or backward in reaching that goal. And it never, ever lies. If you follow the Protocol exactly for the next two weeks, you should see some real improvement by then.

And remember: the scales does lie, but your measuring tape not only measures ‘fat and inches lost’ — it also measures the state of your health and tells you the truth about it. :)]

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

Weight: 144.4 = down 2.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz beef
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz string beans
– 4 oz spinach
– .5 oz sour cream
– 1 T butter

Dinner:
– 2 whole eggs
– 6 oz mixed salad greens
– 1 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 798.2
– Fat: 57.4 grams (65%)
– Protein: 53.5 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 16.9 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 106
– 1-hour PP: 106
– 2-hour PP: 98

It’s gloomy and rainy today. This type of weather usually leads to cravings for comfort food. I had no cravings, actually very little hunger. The first few bites of lunch left me feeling satisfied. That’s different!

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

Weight: 141.4 = down 3 pounds

Lunch:
– 12 oz chicken thigh
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 T butter

Dinner:
–  1 large egg
– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 752.7
– Fat: 51.5 grams (62%)
– Protein: 56.3 grams (30%)
– Carbs: 16 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP: 110
– 2-hour PP: 102

Today, I’ve been wanting to munch. The holiday baking sitting on top of the kitchen counter is calling to me — very loudly. The fact my stomach isn’t bloated is helping to resist the goodies.

[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 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 1/5

Weight: 140.0

Lunch:
– 4 oz Broccoli
– 4 oz Spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– 12 oz Chicken Thighs
– 1.5 T – Butter
– 1 oz Sour Cream

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 697.8
Fat: 51 grams (66%)
Protein: 48.4 grams (28%)
Carbs: 11.3 grams (6%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 94
– 2-hour PP: 86

It feels like I forgot everything about Protocol with being sick and the holidays. I ate so many of the wrong things yesterday (lots of fruit, noodles, etc. — and my blood sugar spiked to show it!) I wasn’t even on Protocol at all. I’m excited to get started again and get back into a routine.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 1/6

Weight: 140 = no change

Lunch:
– 8 oz sirloin
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 T butter

Dinner:
– 1 T olive oil
– 6 oz salad greens

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 721.2
Fat: 50 grams (62%)
Protein: 52.2 grams (30%)
Carbs: 15.6 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 71
– 1-hour PP: 90
– 2-hour PP: 82

I met a friend for coffee this morning. I haven’t seen her since early December. She said my face looked thinner. It was a good thing to hear!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 1/7

Weight: 139 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 4 oz cauliflower
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 8 oz shrimp
– 3 T butter

Dinner:
– .75 T olive oil
– 6 oz mixed salad greens

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 743
Fat: 49.3 grams (59%)
Protein: 53.3 grams (29%)
Carbs: 21.6 grams (12%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP: 90
– 2-hour PP: 87

So busy, I’m trying to squeeze errands and children’s activities into one day. I’m feeling a bit tired and light-headed. I hope I’m not getting sick again.

[Note: It could be, but it could also be low blood sugar. I’ve added back some potato for tomorrow!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/8

Weight: 138.6 = down .4 lb

Main Meal:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 8 oz shrimp
– 4 T butter
– 1oz potato
– 1 oz sour cream

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 778.5
Fat: 56.1 grams (65%)
Protein: 50.5grams (26%)
Carbs: 17.9 grams (9%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 104
– 2-hour PP: 95

TOM has arrived. I’m feeling really tired. I’m not hungry, but I’m craving something sweet to eat.

[Note: The TOM usually does that, and the 1-hr spike in blood sugars didn’t help. Drink some tea instead, and I’ll add extra fat to your menu tweak for tomorrow. The cravings will pass and in one more week it’s on to Maintenance! I think you’ll be very pleased with your measurements tomorrow as well. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 1 – 1/9

Weight: 138.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 32.5″ = down 1.5″
Hips: 38.75 = down .75″

Lunch:
– 7 oz sirloin
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz cauliflower
– 2 T butter

Dinner:
– 6 oz salad greens
– 1 T olive oil

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 814.9
Fat: 59.3 grams (65%)
Protein: 48.7 grams (24%)
Carbs: 21.6 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP: 99
– 2-hour PP: 87

It’s so nice to see those numbers go down! I took some measurements that SugarFree didn’t require and those measurements were down, too. I lost one inch off my thighs. I’m not feeling quite so bottom heavy. Thank you, SugarFree, for your guidance.

[Note: You’re welcome, Shawna. 🙂 And kudos to you for staying on the path. Wow, what a week! You must be another size smaller by now.]

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

Weight: 137.6 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 2 T butter
– 8 oz pork chop

Dinner:
– 6 oz mixed salad greens
– .5 T olive oil

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 764.8
Fat: 54.8 grams (64%)
Protein: 52.3 grams (28%)
Carbs: 15.6 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP: 92
– 2-hour PP: 86

I tried on some jeans from closet. The size 8 jeans were comfortable. It’ll be nice to wear something without an elastic waist!

[Note: Congratulations! As of today, you are not only a size smaller, you have lost just over ten pounds from your Intro weight less than three weeks ago. So much for the myth about not being able to “lose easily when close to goal weight”! :D]

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

Weight: 135.8 = down 1.8 pounds

Lunch:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 1 oz potato
– 5 oz green beans
– 7 oz bison
– 1 oz sour cream
– 3 T butter
– 4 oz spinach

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 755.5
Fat: 55.9 grams (67%)
Protein: 47.3 grams (25%)
Carbs: 15.8 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP: 98
– 2-hour PP: 90

The loss was a total surprise! I got on and off the scale twice. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t imagining it. I didn’t think I would see big losses at this point.

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

Weight: 136.2 = up .4 pound

Lunch:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz cauliflower
– 3 oz green beans
– 4oz spinach
– .5 T butter
– 9 oz country-style ribs
– 1 oz sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 744.9
Fat: 53.7 grams (65%)
Protein: 47.6 grams (25%)
Carbs: 17.8 grams (10%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 109
– 2-hour PP: 93

My portion of ribs was added to the ribs cooking in barbecue sauce. My daughter thought I forgot to put them in the slow cooker. I rinsed the ribs off under running water. I’m sure it looked as silly as it sounds.

[Note: Not silly at all and, as you can see by your 1-hr PP — not enough. You would have had to soak the ribs in water to get all the sugar out. :(]

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

Weight: 136.4 = up .2 pound

Lunch:
– 4 oz broccoli
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz cauliflower
– 7.5 oz bison
– 4 T butter
– .5 T coconut oil

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 797.7
Fat: 57.3 grams (65%)
Protein: 54.3 grams (27%)
Carbs: 16.2 grams (8%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP: 99
– 2-hour PP: 93

It’s been a long and lazy day. I’m not feeling well. It’ll be an early bedtime for me.

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

Weight: 135.6 = down 1 pound

Lunch:
– 1 oz potato
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– 3 T butter
– 8 oz tilapia

Dinner:
– 6 oz mixed salad greens
– .75 T olive oil

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 727.9
Fat: 49.1 grams (61%)
Protein: 51.5 grams (28%)
Carbs: 20 grams (11%)

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP: 90
– 2-hour PP: 86

What a winter! I’m tired of catching every bug. I’m feeling much better today and I’m looking forward to starting maintenance tomorrow.

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

Weight: 135.2 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 31.6″ = down .9″
Hips: 38″ = down .75″

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP: 94
– 2-hour PP: 86

My first day of maintenance was a good one. I barely finished my lunch. I was stuffed! I am thrilled with the tape measure!

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

Weight: 135.8 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 80
– 1-hour PP: 95
– 2-hour PP: 92

When I ate today’s meal I felt like I was doing something wrong by adding so many healthy fats to my meal and feeling so full!

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

Weight: 137 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 96
– 2-hour PP: 89

It’s been a stressful day. When I feel stressed, I turn to food. I’ve been battling the urge to binge all day. I can’t wait for bed.

[Note: It’s not just the stress that is giving you binge/hunger signals. It’s because of the cardio class you took yesterday, which is positively discouraged on Protocol. That’s because:

1. Strenuous exercise does nothing to help weight loss, but it DOES make you hungry.

2. Cortisol levels rise, depressing insulin. You’ve been small to moderate almost since the beginning on your ketostix, but the day after your class? Negative. For the first time since you started Protocol on December 19, and that is no coincidence.

3. When you have the insulin resistant form of PCOS your body converts a good bit of the protein you eat into glucose via a process called Gluconeogenesis. The Protocol helps to correct that, but food cannot do everything when it comes to hormones. So when you do vigorous exercise and raise cortisol (which is one of the precursors to the enzyme  necessary for gluconeogenesis to start), your body makes extra sugar from the protein you eat — but your insulin is too depressed to handle it well!

4. When you do strenuous exercise the body immediately sets out to repair any muscle fatigue (which you want to occur in good exercise), but that takes extra calories and extra water (you can retain up to five pounds of water in the week after a serious weight training session). So the brain sends down lots of “eat, eat, eat” hormone signals.

Best thing to do now is to eat some fat before going to bed. It will immediately turn down the ‘eat now’ hormonal signals so you’ll be satiated and lose the binge thoughts. And you’ll consume a lot of good fuel that will help your body repair any muscle fatigue from yesterday.

Gee. Two “teachable moments” in one day — LOL]

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

Weight: 142.2 = up 5.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 31″ = down .5″
Hips: 38″ = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 124
– 1-hour PP: 140
– 2-hour PP: 106

I’ve been absent for a few days and those days were hectic. I spent my time going between visiting my friend at the hospital, my home and keeping an eye on my friend’s home. I ate at the hospital or grabbed leftovers. I made the best choices from what was available to me, which wasn’t much. Hospital cafeteria food is not as healthy as you’d expect! My weight is up and my glucose numbers are horrible; diabetic territory. I hope the weight gain is mostly water, but the BG numbers bother me. SugarFree has put me back on Protocol for this week to quickly get my sugars down. It’s good to know I have the tools and her guidance to get everything under control again.

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

Weight: 140.6 = down 1.6 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 106
– 1-hour PP: 107
– 2-hour PP: 107

I had a very relaxing day. What a difference from the last few days. The sun is shining and I enjoyed a walk with my dogs. Then I sat on my deck and read. I wish most days could be like today. Why is my one and two-hour readings the same? Good? Bad?

[Note: Bad because they’re high, another indicator that you gained more than water, though today’s loss was only water. And bad because your 2-hr PP should be lower than your 1-hr PP. If not, the rule is you keep taking your meter readings every hour after that until they finally go down. That will show you just how long it’s taking your body to finally get your sugars under control.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 1/25

Weight: 139.2 = down 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP: 89
– 2-hour PP: 84

I was feeling a bit swollen, but my wedding band is back to spinning on my finger and not feeling tight. The sun was shining this morning and I took another long walk with the dogs. I think the older dog tried to hide when she saw me coming with the leash.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day – 1/25

Weight: 138.8 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP: 91
– 2-hour PP: 85

It’s raining again, but I’m doing good. I have energy and no cravings for comfort food. It feels good to feel good. LOL. The gap between my glucose numbers seems to be getting smaller, though still high. Is this a good thing?

[Note: It is a very good thing. 🙂 I wrote a long reply that contained information on this to a question in the Ask SugarFree thread.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5– 1/27

Weight: 136.4 = down 2.4 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP: 115
– 2-hour PP: 104
– 3-hour PP: 90

I definitely don’t like the looks of my glucose numbers. I guess the pepper sauce and carrots were too much for me. (My scale addiction has turned into a glucose monitor obsession.)

[Note: It was NOT the 1 ounce of carrots, though it would have been if you’d eaten the 4 ounces you originally had on your menu. It IS the pepper sauce, which must have sugar in it — The. Meter. Never. Lies — and you ate a full 4 ounces of it!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6– 1/28

Weight: 136.0 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP: 91
– 2-hour PP: 82

I’m ready to grab a cup of tea, a book and head to bed to read until I fall asleep. I’ve been so tired today.

[Note: After yesterday’s Pepper Sauce adventure — it’s sugar withdrawal. It will pass in a day or so. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7– 1/29

Weight: 137.0 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP: 92
– 2-hour PP: 85

I woke up way to early this morning. I slept well and felt good, just woke up to early. I started getting tired this afternoon. It will be an early bedtime, again.

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

Weight: 135.8 = down 1.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5″ = down .5 “
Waist: 31.5″ = up .5″
Hips: 37.75″ = down .25″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:

– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 96
– 2-hour PP: 89

TOM made an early appearance today. It explains why I’ve been overly tired the past few days. I’m happy to see a loss off my hips. I was beginning to feel really bottom heavy.

[Note: So let me get this straight. For the last two weeks you’ve eaten masses of butter and cream, tons of calories (more than double the amount on Protocol) and in this last week alone you’ve lost over an inch of fat? Either your measurements are mistaken and according to the Calories In vs. Calories Out theory of weight loss you’ve actually gained two or three pounds of fat — or, you must be from Mars. :D]

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

Weight: 136.0 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 99
– 2-hour PP: 86

I’m feeling good and my energy is back. And I’m from Venus, not Mars!

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

Weight: 136.0 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 109
– 2-hour PP: 90

I went out to lunch with a friend. It was a nice time and very relaxing.

[Note: It may have been relaxing, which is great — but it’s clear from your meter reading that you ate something with sugar. What was it?]

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

Weight: 136.4 = up .4 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 97
– 2-hour PP: 88

I was thinking over yesterday’s menu and what caused the high 1-hour PP reading. I’m wondering if the bacon or sweet potato fries were to blame.

[Note: It could never be bacon unless it had a coating of sugar added to it, which you would taste right away. So, no question — it was the SUGAR the restaurant put on the sweet potato fries, which is why I suggested you only order meat (burger, steak, etc) or grilled fish of any kind, and steamed or roasted veggies or a salad with dressing you made yourself from olive oil and vinegar. I hope all readers understand that no matter what restaurant you go to, there is a 99% chance of having sugar in almost all foods, including soup. And even if you ask them and they say ‘no, no, don’t worry.’

Meat. Fish. Salad. You can get this at almost any restaurant, and not only eat safely, but enjoy the meal. Just put butter on the meat or fish (I always ask for at least six extra portions of butter) and lots of good olive oil on the salad. Yes, I get ‘the look’ from the wait staff, but it’s no longer the eye-rolling “no wonder she’s fat” look. It’s the “how the hell can she eat all that and not be fat?” look. :D]

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

Weight: 136.4 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 95
– 2-hour PP: 86

Today, I was making my grocery list. I added a pound of butter to the list. It occurred to me I needed to double the amount, or triple it! LOL It was a realization just how much I use in a week! Who would ever thought this much butter and no weight gain?!

[Note: Who, indeed! I went to the restaurant supply store this morning and thought of all of you as I picked up four pounds of extra fat (83%) butter, hoping it will last a week. 😉 I expect to eat every ounce, in cooking and goodie-baking, and I expect the scale to stay the same every day I do.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 2/4

Weight: 135.2 = down 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP: 97
– 2-hour PP: 89

It’s been a busy day with errands. I’m looking forward to relaxing tomorrow and watching the game.

[Note: Wow — in just over six weeks you’ve gone from 148 to 135! That’s thirteen pounds when you didn’t have that much to lose to begin with. You should be getting wolf whistles by now. 😉 ]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 7 – 2/5

Weight: 135.4 = up .2 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 97
– 2-hour PP: 90

I can’t wait to take measurements tomorrow.  I started protocol in a very tight size eight.  I probably could have worn a size ten, but refused to buy a size larger.  I am comfortably wearing a size six now.

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

Weight: 135.4 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.5″ = no change
Waist: 31.0″ = down .5
Hips: 37.75″ = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP: 92
– 2-hour PP: 78

The weekend was to short for me. I had a good time yesterday at the football party. I avoided all the snack foods and participated in an impromptu game of football. I was on the losing team, but still enjoyed it.

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

Weight: 135.8 = up .4 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 99
– 2-hour PP: 89

I didn’t enjoy the chicken thighs at lunch today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 3 – 2/8

Weight: 135.8 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 78
– 1-hour PP: 89
– 2-hour PP: 84

I have no interest food and didn’t eat everything on my menu. I’m not hungry. It’s not that I don’t feel well, because I feel just fine.

[Note: You could be fighting off something. Raise fats and cut down on protein a bit in the next few days. You’re now a size six, so like Jan, you’ve reached a healthy body fat percentage and weight. Time to think about simply staying lean on Maintenance forever. If you have any excess adipose fat, it will melt away over the coming months.

But you’ve been on Protocol long enough to know that it’s time to listen to your body. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat. A healthy body will send you signals when it gets hungry again. :)]

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

Weight: 135.4 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP: 90
– 2-hour PP: 84

It’s been a busy day. I have lots of energy and feeling good. I was hungry early today but not hungry enough to finish all the food on my menu. I’m leaving now for a long weekend and will be back Monday.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 5, Day 3 – 2/15

Weight: 132.6 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP: 91
– 2-hour PP: 86

Today, I squeezed in lunch with a friend between housework and errands. Lately, I’ve had to many meals at restaurants. I’m afraid of eating hidden sugars and think I haven’t been eating enough. Also, I keep not posting because I’m busy, so though I realize now I should have started Protocol Monday I didn’t. Didn’t even take or post my measurements.

I’ve lost a lot of weight (almost sixteen pounds) and even more inches in two months, but if I don’t have the commitment to be here, I should move on and let a newcomer take my place. Thank you, SugarFree, for all you’ve done for me — given me a truly new start to my life — and for what you do everyday for everyone. I really appreciate it, and you.

[Note: Thanks, Shawna — I wish you the very best. Come back to the comment section every once in a while and let everyone know how you’re doing!]

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SugarFree Protocol – Paige

Paige will be joining us on Monday, December 11, 2011. Here’s a little bit about her.

Paige’s Introduction:

I am twenty-nine, 5’8″ and as of this morning, weigh 212 pounds. I have always been heavy for my height as far as I can remember. From high school to college I remained fifty pounds overweight. I did Weight Watchers and lost most of it, though I could never get past 165 on the scale. I did everything they told me to do and worked out as well, but nothing changed my weight. So frustrating.

After that my relationship with food became distorted and unhealthy, since I felt like I must be doing something wrong. I stayed at 165 for over four years, then my weight started creeping up even though I was meticulous about counting calories. I didn’t eat processed foods, and believed that eventually my body would get a clue! I ate a higher carb diet though of so-called “healthy foods” like fruit, organic bread, organic frozen lasagna, etc. Then I had periods of fatigue, joint pain, anxiety/depression, chest/neck acne, and heavy periods. All on top of the weight gain!

I saw a nutritionist who said I was eating the “right” foods (I know better now), at the right calorie level. When they tested my BMR it turned out I ate only enough calories to keep me alive. And I kept on gaining. I visited numerous doctors, who told me that I was still eating too much and/or not working out enough. That’s when I found HCG. I believed this was the right thing to do, but the lack of results made me do repeated back-to-back rounds — four of them — even though I knew you weren’t supposed to.

I lost the best the first round (twenty-two pounds in forty days). I was so relieved to finally see results from following Simeons’ Protocol. But every single time I gained a small amount back, even though I followed the phases correctly and lost less and less weight each subsequent round. It was crazy-making! And my weight is higher than when I began HCG, even though I’ve eaten a low carb/low sugar diet since my last round. Even so, I seriously thought about going back on HCG. I decided to do more research this time and that’s when I came across SugarFree’s blog.

SugarFree’s research makes so much sense, especially after her recommendation to read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. I am eager to see how my body responds to this way of eating, and I am hoping to finally find something that can finally heal my body. According the labs, I am insulin resistant, and I have PCOS. I want my body to be at its healthiest place. Thanks for your help, SugarFree!

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

Weight: 212

Measurements:
Bust: 37.5″
Waist: 41.5″
Hips: 43″

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz spinach
– 1.25 T. butter
– 5 oz green beans
– 7 oz salmon
– 1 oz potatoes

Dinner:
– 5 oz mixed salad greens
– 2 whole eggs
– 1 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 780
– Fat: 51.6 grams (59%)
– Protein: 60.9 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 20.0 grams (10%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 105
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

My stomach was grumbling this morning. I was very satisfied with my lunch though. It seemed like a lot of food! After doing the HCG diet, this seems plenty do-able. The planning/cooking will take more time, but I know I’ll get used to it. It will be worth it in the end!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 12/13

Weight: 212.8 = up .8 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz ribeye
– .5 T. butter
– 8 oz broccoli
– 8 oz spaghetti squash
– 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 3 egg whites
– 2 whole eggs
– 4 oz spinach

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 799
– Fat: 54.7 grams (62%)
– Protein: 55.1 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 21.6 grams (10%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 83
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 102
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 109

I got a headache about an hour after I ate and it lasted throughout the afternoon. It was pretty intense. Not sure if it’s related to what/how I’m eating, but not fun. I even felt nauseous at some points today after lunch. I also really wanted a Dr. Zevia (diet drink made with stevia & erythritol), but I doubted that would be OK! I could not finish the spinach at dinner. I was full after eating the eggs.

[Note: That headache absolutely stemmed from sugar/carb withdrawal. It may last a few days (if you read some participant threads you’ll see that someone suffered with the same type of headache for a week before it dissipated) but it will go away. A clue to the headache is your desire for a sweet taste (even if it was actually sugar-free), which is why no stevia or any sweet is allowed on Protocol. You might also feel lethargic for a few days — induction flu — because it will take some time for your body to become ketone-adapted. It could take up to two weeks.

Your high 2-hr PP was caused by all that spaghetti squash, which is filled with natural sugar. I knew it would happen, but wanted to you see for yourself what such high carb veggies do to your blood sugars and insulin. Next time, try one or two ounces. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 12/14

Weight: 211.4 = down 1.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz pork loin
– .5 T. butter
– 4 oz green beans
– 8 oz spinach
– .5 oz cheese

Dinner:
– 2 egg whites
– 2 whole eggs
– 5 oz mixed greens
— .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 742
– Fat: 49.0 grams (60%)
– Carbs: 14.3 grams (7%)
– Protein: 61.0 grams (33%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

Thankfully my headache was gone this morning. I had it until I went to bed and it’s obvious my body struggling to adapt. I’m trying not to get too caught up in the numbers on the scale. Nonetheless, it was nice to see a loss. My 1-hr PP was so much lower than yesterday. That seems like a move in the right direction.

Looks like spaghetti squash is not my friend right now. I must say that eight ounces of greens is A LOT of food. I am struggling to get all of those down. I do like spinach, but I haven’t ever eaten this much at one time! I am leaving some on my plate; hopefully that won’t mess me up. I like the addition of cheese at lunch, but I am missing the cream in my coffee. Again, I know it’s not forever. It’s not about what I want, but what I need right now to fix my body!

The 2-hr PP surprised me. I’m just beginning to understand how these numbers affect me, but it looks again like a positive thing. I did get a slight headache again after lunch, but nothing like yesterday.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 12/15

Weight: 209.0 = down 2.4 pounds

Lunch:
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 1.5 T. butter
– 4 oz brussels sprouts
– 4 oz broccoli
– .5 oz cheese
— 1 oz potato

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

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 740
– Fat: 49.7 grams (60%)
– Carbs: 14.8 grams (8%)
– Protein: 58.4 grams (32%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87

Felt good today. Pretty surprised to see the loss on the scale!!! My weight has fluctuated so much since trying to lose that I think it won’t seem “real” until I’m below 200. I was so shocked at how quickly I gained the weight after HCG AND that I was 20 pounds ABOVE my starting weight. Craziness. I am determined to get back to Onederland. Progress is GOOD. No headache. Yay. I was curious to see how adding the potato would affect the numbers. They were higher today. What is the ideal trend for the numbers while on protocol? I am just thinking “lower” is “good” right now?

[Note: Yes, lower is good and your numbers are good today but higher than yesterday because of the potato. That’s okay; one of the Protocol goals is to get your metabolism healthy enough to eat normal foods in normal portions without your insulin going crazy. And that will happen. Not overnight, and not in a few weeks, but it will happen. And believe the loss — you worked for it. Your measurements on Monday will show you just how much fat you’ve lost. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 12/16

Weight: 208.8 = down .2 pounds

Lunch:
– 9 oz pork
– .5 T. butter
– 5 oz green beans
– 8 oz spinach
— 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 6 oz mixed greens
– 1 egg
– .5 T olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 782
– Fat: 50.2 grams (58%)
– Carbs: 20.4 grams (10%)
– Protein: 62.4 grams (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

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

Still feeling good. I don’t have crazy hunger pangs. I will be out of my “normal” routine for this upcoming holiday week, but hoping the results so far will help keep me on track. There are a lot of social gatherings and I know I am going to want a glass of wine so I don’t feel like a party pooper. :/ I’ve tried so many diets and done HCG that it’s annoying to always be the one who can’t eat this or can’t drink that etc! I know this protocol is going to make that a non-issue one day.

[Note: And that day is here! Although I vehemently disagree that not drinking at a party makes you a ‘party pooper’ (you were invited for your excellent company, not for your ability to imbibe alcoholic beverages or scarf down plates of food), a small glass of wine from time to time is excellent for blood sugar control and lots of other things. And it tastes good, too. So pour yourself a small (2 or 3 ounce) glass and sip. Snag a few small squares of cheese (there’s always cheese) and a dozen nuts (there’s almost always nuts), and nibble. A bonus: not scarfing down a ton of food will afford you ample opportunity to make sparkling conversation and show off your witty repartee. :D]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 12/17

Weight: = 208.0 = down .8 pounds

Lunch:
– 8 oz ground beef
– .25 T. butter
— 4 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
— 4 oz mixed greens
— .5 oz pumpernickel bread

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

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 792
– Fat: 54.2 grams (61%) 487
– Carbs: 19.3 grams (10%) 77
– Protein: 57.5 grams (29%) 228

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 72

So nice to see SugarFree’s note. 😉 I totally agree, and it’s nice to know that I can enjoy the party with a small glass of vino.

Things are still moving in the right direction. I’m in disbelief when I see my losses just because of past dieting frustrations. It’s so fascinating to me how strong the role of insulin and hormones are in our metabolisms. I felt like for so long that my body was working against me — and it was.

I was at Whole Foods today and they had tons of holidaycarbrichyummy samples. I wanted them, but I reminded myself how I had literally come to the end of myself with frustration after HCG. I don’t ever want to feel like that again.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 12/18

Weight: 207.4 = down .6 pounds

Lunch:
– 8 oz shrimp
– 1.75 T. butter
– 8 oz spinach
— 4 oz asparagus
– 3 oz mushrooms
– .5 oz cheese
— 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 2 oz avocado
– 1 T. olive oil
– 6 oz mixed salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 792
– Fat: 51.3 grams (58%)
– Carbs: 24.2 grams (12%)
– Protein: 58.8 grams (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 76
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

I am truly amazed at how well SugarFree’s protocol is working. Thank you for doing what you do. I am feeling good, both mentally and physically. Not sure what the higher 2-hr PP is about? All I can think about is getting below 200 pounds. It actually seems attainable now! Let’s hope this next week proves to be as successful. 🙂

[Note: I don’t know about the pounds — which is immaterial anyway — but I’m sure you’ll be pleased with your measurements tomorrow. 🙂 As for the slightly higher, but still well within normal range for a 2-hr PP — please read my comment about this on Kym’s thread. I believe it was a week or so ago.]

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

Weight: 206.4 = down 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 37″ = down .5″
Waist: 41″ = down .5″
Hips: 42″ = down 1″

Lunch:
– 8 oz ground beef
– 1 T. butter
– 4 oz mixed greens
– 4 oz spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– .5 oz rye bread
– 1 oz cheese

Dinner:
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 whole egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 783
– Fat: 49.2 grams (56%)
– Protein: 64.0 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 21.7 grams (11%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 82
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

Running lots of errands to get last-minute Christmas goodies. I have the energy to do it all, so that’s awesome. And my measurements have put an extra pep in my step! Pretty full at lunch today. I left some on my plate. I’m trying to brace myself for incorporating organ meat to my menu. I was a vegetarian for 5 years (eating processed soy foods that wreaked havoc). I think it’s mostly a mental thing though.

[Note: It is. You will survive. 🙂 And it will help continue you’re wonderful fat loss: two inches in just a week!]

I picked up Protein Power by Michael and Mary Eades. It’s an interesting read so far.

[Note: As much as I respect the Eades, much of the content of the books is geared to selling stuff. And for women with PCOS — which they refuse to acknowledge or deal with — a high protein diet is deadly. I’ll stick with Jan Kwasniewski, Wolfgang Lutz and Barry Grove: once at your goal, a high FAT, modest protein, modest carb diet will keep you there, and in excellent health.]

I’m thinking that once my metabolism is healed, I want to start looking into nutrition counseling or something of the like. So much BAD information and so refreshing to know our bodies can work FOR us. On a selfish note, I wish SugarFree’s goodies were available already so I could take some to the Christmas festivities! :)

[Note: Maybe not here for this holiday, but closer than you think. After six months of trying (and failing), I have finally perfected my sugar-free chocolate chip cookie recipe, and we will be selling a lot of those. Since they will ship well, it’s one of the first things we’ll  sell on the website! Coming soon, I promise. :)]

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

Weight: 207.4 = up 1 pound

Lunch:
– 7 oz salmon
– 1.25 T. mayonnaise
– 4 oz spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– .5 oz cheese
— .75 oz rye bread
— .1 T. butter

Dinner:
– 2 whole eggs
– 4 oz spinach
— .5 oz cheese

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 773
– Fat: 46.3 grams (54%)
– Carbs: 22.5 grams (12%)
– Protein: 66.8 grams (34%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 82
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 70

I wasn’t hungry for dinner last night, so I skipped it. Mistake. I woke up at 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Annoying. I also woke up with a headache and didn’t feel refreshed. I have a feeling I shouldn’t skip dinner anymore! I ate earlier today than I have been. I’ve been drinking La Croix sparkling mineral water instead of my beloved Dr. Zevia. That’s helping my desire for a fizzy drink. I’ve read a lot of SugarFree’s posts about the scale lying, so I’m trying not to let the pound gain bother me. I am trusting it will all come off in the end!

[Note: Paige, I’d like to be clear about what I mean by the scale ‘lying’. After all, if the scale says you weigh one pound more today than yesterday — you do. If you cut off your arm you’d weigh a lot less. But — would you be thinner? Be less fat? NO. You’d only weigh fewer pounds.

The important question is: Pounds of what? In your case, you gained a pound of water (no one can gain a pound of fat overnight). But the scale doesn’t tell you that. It only tells you how many pounds you are on a given day. That could be pounds of muscle, fat, water, bone, excess skin, etc. But if the scale doesn’t break all those down, the info it provides is useless.

The next important question is: why did you gain a pound of water overnight? It could be TOM, too little sodium (which causes the kidneys to retain water) or a few other things, but it is most likely the exact same thing happening to you that happens to every single participant: You’ve lost fat. The body puts water into your fat cells as a place-holder hoping you’ll fill up those cells with fat again. When you don’t, it will release the water as quickly as it came. Please keep this in mind as you lose more fat according to your measuring tape.  And please start to understand what your scale is really telling you, and most importantly, what it is not. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 12/21

Weight: 207.2 = down .2 pounds

Lunch:
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 1.25 T. butter
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz broccoli
– .5 oz cheese
– .5 oz rye bread
– 2 oz mushrooms

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

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 764
– Fat: 50.1 grams (60%)
– Carbs: 19.7 grams (10%)
– Protein: 59.9 grams (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

The holiday baking will be the death of me! It’s a “challenge” to help bake and cook for others right now. I’ve made good choices thus far. Tonight, I have a gathering where I’ll have a small glass of wine and perhaps a few nuts. I’m curious to see how my body responds. Hopefully, it won’t do too much damage. I’m normally so OCD about “protocols”, but I’m trying to learn new things about my body during this process. I’m trying to do away with the all or nothing mentality. I keep reminding myself that this is a metabolic healing PROCESS. SugarFree’s notes and encouragement are such great reminders!

[Note: This season is a challenge for everyone. If we’re normally deluged by a river of sugar (in every product under the sun, even water), at this time of year it’s Niagara Falls! But into each of our lives stress, loss, exhaustion, family visits and holidays fall. The secret to long-term health is learning how to deal with it all in a way that will become natural as the years go on. So a small glass of wine and some nuts (and maybe a bit of good cheese, too) is a great start. After all, the goal is to get our metabolisms healthy enough to deal correctly with the wine, nuts, cheese, fruit, pasta and even chocolate from time to time.

So, enjoy the party and take your meter with you if you’ll be gone long enough — and you’ll see for yourself how you did.

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 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 12/22

Weight: 206.6 = down .6 pounds

Lunch:
– 8 oz shrimp
– 1.75 T. butter
– 8 oz spinach
— 4 oz asparagus
– 3 oz mushrooms
– .5 oz cheese
— 1 oz potato

Dinner:
– 2 oz avocado
– 1 T. olive oil
– 6 oz mixed salad greens

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 792
– Fat: 51.3 grams (58%)
– Carbs: 24.2 grams (12%)
– Protein: 58.8 grams (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 74
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Good to see a loss this morning. I probably had about 6 ounces of wine to be honest. It was served to me so I wasn’t controlling the pour! I left some in the glass though. I didn’t see the note about taking my meter until after I left, but I want to check myself at the next party. My stomach was growling this morning when I woke up, but I soon forgot about it as I tried out a new yoga class. I was fine after that. I wasn’t hungry after I got done, but I needed to eat because I was going to be gone during the day. I was FULL about half way through the meal.

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

Weight: 203.6 = down 3 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 36″ = down 1″
Waist: 40″ = down 1″
Hips: 40.5″ = down 1.5″

Ketostix: Large

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

Sorry I missed reporting yesterday; we had a pooch emergency. No worries, he’s okay now. 🙂 And so am I, really looking forward to Maintenance and hopefully reaching Onederland sometime soon.

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

Weight: 204.4 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: Large

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 82

It’s really close to TOM for me. I’m curious to see how my blood glucose numbers and weight change with that looming. I am starting Metformin as well based on my consultations with SugarFree. I have been reading up a lot on PCOS and insulin resistance. All of the science about excessive fat accumulation seems to be staring us in the face. Somehow, we’ve managed to get way off and I’m thankful for SugarFree for bringing us back to the light! Thankfully, my doctor was open to discussing experimenting with Metformin at the dose that is most effective, yet not always prescribed. Win!

[Note: Congratulations for bringing your doctor into the light. 😀 And since you’re just starting Maintenance AND TOM, I’d like to remind you and all our readers that when you lose a lot of fat quickly (and you lost 3.5 inches in the last week or so!) the body will always replace the lost fat with water for a time. Sometimes it’s by volume, sometimes by weight. Sometimes you hold on to it for a few days, sometimes for weeks. The brain just wants to make sure that if you decide to store extra fat again, the fat cells are kept nice and big and waiting for it.

The reason for dumping water into fat cells is because although never lose the number of fat cells we have (though we can add to them and do when we become obese) — fat cells can die. About 10% die every year, and the exact number are replaced. However, fat cells can shrink severely and when they do they lose the ability to transmit the really bad, inflammatory hormones of full fat cells. They become skinny, as you become skinny, and they behave themselves, as your healing metabolism behaves itself. Since the brain hates true change (until we make it accept it as a good thing), it really wants those fat cells to stay fat! Eventually, when it accepts the new weight and fat set-points (the goal of the Maintenance phase), it resigns itself to slimmer fat cells and lets the water go.

In the meantime, remember that the scale lies, your meter always tells the truth, and the measuring tape is your best friend. :)]

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

Weight: 203.6 = down .8 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

My numbers look a little goofy to me. My fasting is the highest its been in a while. Feeling good though. It feels so decadent eating all of the fat. It sounds crazy but on some days it seems like too much and I can’t finish it. Not something you would expect without weight gain pre-protocol! I continue to be amazed at what I’m learning about my body.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/6

Weight: 204.6 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:

— Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 92
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87:

Oh the up and down 😉 Expected but unwelcome! Good News: I have refused to buy all new clothes because I have PLENTY of cute ones in sizes 8/10/12. Last night I tried on some of the jeans I really want to wear. They’re still snug, but at least I could get them on! I feel like the last place I lose weight is my waist, because I can tell they’re looser in my legs than before. I keep reminding myself it’ll take TIME! Is it weird or okay that my ketostix are still in moderate? I thought I would be in trace during maintenance.

[Note: The excess acetone-type ketones that come out in the urine and turn the ketostix different colors are a result of your body either not handling 100% of your ketones efficiently yet, or your burning so much body fat in 24 hours that it can’t handle them all. I’m betting on the latter, so I think you’ll be happy with your fat-loss/measurements on Monday. 🙂 Your pound gain is, as you know (right?), only water.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 1/7

Weight: 204.4 = down .2 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 94

I waited too long to eat today. I was busy and it was 3 before I knew it. I started getting a headache and was shaky. I checked my meter right before I ate, just out of curiosity. It was 66 and I’m pretty sure that’s TOO low. I definitely felt it. Won’t be doing that again. I also think the Metformin is wreaking a little havoc on my insides. I’ve been increasing my dose slightly and haven’t really noticed anything until now. I’ve read that it should just last until my body adjusts, which can be around 2 weeks. Thanks for the reminder about the water weight, SugarFree ;) Lord knows I need it!

[Note: If you reach a stage with Metformin where you feel any ‘effect’s — do NOT increase the dose. Stay there for several days until your body is used to that level before moving up even slightly. And yes, the very low meter reading meant you waited too long to eat. It’s not harmful — our hunter/gatherer forebears sometimes went days without a decent meal, but it is best to eat before you’re starving. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/8

Weight: 203.0 = down 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 99
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

All of my numbers (except my weight!) seemed high to me today. I didn’t notice feeling any different though. Maintenance is good, but I’m honestly looking forward to the next round of Protocol! It’s so amazing to have found the missing piece in what seemed like an impossible weight-loss puzzle. I haven’t had any hunger issues on Protocol or during Maintenance. I always feel like there is enough – and sometimes MORE than enough food!

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

Weight: 204.4 = up 1.4 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 36″ = no change
Waist: 40″ = no change
Hips: 40.5″ = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 84
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 83
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 87

I’ve been feeling really sleepy today. Not sure why. I’ve also been wanting some chocolate. Haven’t had cravings until today. Not sure what that’s about either. I haven’t succumbed. It’s weird to not see any change in my measurements. I was hoping there would be something! I should be thankful that even with TOM and being the first week of maintenance that I am maintaining, not gaining. Right? RIGHT. LOL. This is just torture for me being so close to Onederland and holding steady. I think 199 is mocking me ;)

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

Weight: 205.0 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 86
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

So, I don’t know for sure, but I think the higher 2-hr PP is not a good thing at this stage. My fasting is trending lower, but that 2-hr confuses me. Feeling good today.

[Note: One of the joys of having a meter on Protocol and using it daily, is that it can talk to you if you learn how to listen. Today, it told you that something you ate at lunch drove UP your 2-hr PP when it should have gone DOWN.  Now you get to put on your Detective Hat and figure out what that was, and then figure out how to get better numbers tomorrow. Learning that is the whole point of using the meter … not just to type in the numbers here. :)]

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

Weight: 204.0 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: small

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

My body seems to be adjusting to the Metformin. Numbers look better today without the extra carbs. The meter is so SMART. 😉

[Note: LOL — someone is SMART — but I think it’s you for figuring it out.]

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

Weight: 204.6 = up .6 pounds

Ketostix: small

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

Amazingly enough, my body is working like the machine that it is. I am STILL surprised that my weight is stable despite the high number of calories I’m now eating daily. Is this how it is for normal people? LOL. I felt a little bit light-headed after lunch today. Other than that, things are good. Looking forward to eating berries tomorrow! I’ve missed them.

[Note: Yes, this is exactly how it is for people with normal metabolisms. Some days they eat more, some days less, at the end of a year they weigh just the same as they did the year previous (give or take a few ounces) — but most importantly, even if the weight is up because they’ve added muscle mass through weight-lifting — their body fat percentage is the same or less. No inches added at the waistline. This is why our grandparents and great-grandparents wore the same clothes until they wore out. No ‘skinny’ clothes. No ‘fat’ clothes. Just the same size clothes. Year after year after year. This is true metabolic health, and that’s just where you’re headed. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 1/13

Weight: 204.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:

– Fasting: 84

– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 84

– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 84

I forgot how much I loved berries. Yum. I was so incredibly full not too soon after eating. I keep thinking I will get adjusted to the amount, but I truly feel like it’s SO much food I can’t finish. My stomach was a little crampy a few hours after I ate. I used to feel bloated a lot more than I do after having been on this protocol. Wondering if it was from the berries?

[Note: More likely nothing to do with the food at all. Hope you’re not coming down with something!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 1/14

Weight: 204.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 73
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

Stomach not feeling so great today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 1/15

Weight: 203.6 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 87
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 72

Feeling a little better today. Ready to be back to normal.

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

Weight: 204.0 = up .4 pound

Measurements a month ago, at Protocol Start:

Bust: 37.5″
Waist: 41.5″
Hips: 43″

Measurements Today:
Bust: 35.5″ = down .5″ (Total: down 2″)
Waist: 39″ = down 1″   (Total: down 2.5″)
Hips: 40.25″ = down .25″ (Total: down 2.75″)

Total inches lost in one month: 7.25 inches!

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 88
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 83
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

Felt a lot better today. My stomach has calmed down! OH, and the measurements! Wahoo!

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

Weight: 205.0 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 73

Wow, SugarFree! I am shocked at the total inches lost. That rocks!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I am so ready to start another round of Protocol. It’s awesome though that I still lost inches in maintenance. I know I sound like a broken record, but THANK YOU for all of your help and research in figuring this out. 😉 Feeling good again today.

[Note: Paige, I’m glad I was able to help, but it’s nice being appreciated. Thank you. 🙂 Maybe you can call the Mayo Clinic and get a refund for all the money you spent so uselessly there — LOL.

As for starting Protocol soon, it’s important to remember that Maintenance lasts a minimum of four weeks unless an unexpected problem develops. It’s crucial to make your brain believe that you’re a great hunter who brings in a lot of food every day, especially food that is FAT. This is what allows the brain to accept your new lower set-point and smaller amount of adipose fat. Otherwise, it will constantly sabotage you, and will slow your metabolism so it can increase fat storage and return to the higher weight and inches. And this “brain-washing” (pun intended) takes time. Once your brain accepts your new weight/inches, you can return to the Protocol, and your body will be happier than on the first round to take lots and lots of fuel from the ‘fridge’ you carry with you. :D]

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

Weight: 204.6 = down .4 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85
Did not feel like eating today. No appetite. I don’t feel like I’m getting sick, just no desire to eat. Ate some, but not all of my food. I’ve had a pretty hectic week and am sleeping like a log. Energy was still good though.

[Note: Loss of appetite happens occasionally when fat intake is so high on Maintenance that you go into Lipolysis and start to burn excess adipose fat again. It’s clear that your body is ready and willing to shed more of that excess, and I expect you will be very pleased with your measurements on Monday. :)]

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

Weight: 204.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 68
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 72

Picked up another stomach bug, ugh! The only thing I’ve eaten today is broth.

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

Weight: 205.6 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 102
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

Unfortunately, it’s the flu, not a stomach bug. Trying to get rest and keep hydrated.

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

Weight: 204.6 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: small

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

I feel like a zombie. Drinking broth and lots of hot tea.

[Note: From your good meter readings despite your being sick, it looks like your body is continuing to consume excess adipose fat via lipolysis, which means you’re still being nourished even on broth. Stay in bed, watch TV — and feel better soon!]

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

Weight: 204.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 39″ = no change
Hips: 39.25″ = down 1″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 78
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 74

Not much to report today. Still feeling under the weather. Dear Flu, please be gone. Still don’t have much of an appetite and super tired. It was really good to see some inches lost, even being the 4th week of Maintenance! I’ve been getting super frustrated with Dr. Oz since I’ve been watching T.V. so much. He gives so much misinformation I’m ready to jump off the couch (even though I physically can’t!) Maddening.

[Note: Kinda like banging your head against a brick wall. A brick wall of willful ignorance, the worst kind. But oh, how much money there is to be made when your advice keeps people ill and continually coming to your medical/pharmacological/diet book doors!]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 2 – 1/24

Weight: 204.4 = down .2 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 77
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

Food is sounding more appetizing, although I am not hungry. I haven’t been this sick in a long time. Getting a lot of sleep.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 3 – 1/25

Weight: 204.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 85

I feel like I am in the movie “Groundhog Day” where everyday is the same. I still can’t breathe through my nose. Ugh. I hope I wake up better, but I’m just not there yet.

I’m excited about SugarFree’s new thread for submitting questions. I am always curious about something related to this Protocol or HCG, but I don’t write the questions down. Then, I forget! I’m going to it a point to do that though 😉 I don’t want to be the one with my head buried in the sand!

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

Weight: 203.4 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 84
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I think the tide is turning. Finally. I can actually breathe today! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of week 4 of Maintenance. I’ve had a chance to read up on all the threads. It’s exciting to see all of the new participants and follow their progress.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 5 – 1/27

Weight: 203.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93
— 3-hour PP (after lunch): 88

Looking forward to getting rest this weekend. I’ve had a long week! Super tired when I woke up this morning. Hoping I can stomach some “real” food tomorrow!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 6 – 1/28

Weight: 203.4 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 87
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

I don’t know if it’s the lingering effects of being sick or the Metformin. I am having a weird aversion to food. It’s not so overwhelming that I feel like I will throw up, but an unsettled stomach. Very odd for me.

[Note: I did warn you that after being sick for so long and eating very little besides egg and toast, that the first few days of eating all the calories on Maintenance might be difficult. It will clear up in a few days.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 7 – 1/29

Weight: 205.6 = up 2. 2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 81
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 78

The pipes haven’t been working great since being sick. I’m assuming that has to do with that gain on the scale. I’m not worried about the scale though. I’m adjusting some of my supplement dosages and such to see if that will work things out. I forgot to mention in my last post that I can wear the jeans I bought during a round of HCG. It’s crazy to me that I am fifteen pounds heavier, but my pants FIT. Testimony to the fact that this Protocol helps you lose the right thing: FAT.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 5, Day 1 – 1/30

Weight: 204.6 = down 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 39″ = no change
Hips: 39.25″ = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 76
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 89
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 78

TOM is right around the corner. Hoping it won’t mess with things too much!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 5, Day 2 – 1/31

Weight: 205.6 = up 1 pound

 Ketostix: trace

 Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 102
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 106
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 106

Whoa – high blood sugar numbers. It looks like the amount of potato (normally 1 oz but yesterday 2 oz) caused a spike. That, and on-coming TOM. So no starch carbs for me for a few days. I’m feeling pretty run down today and I didn’t sleep well at all. I wasn’t really sleepy when I went to bed and I was tossing and turning all night.

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

 Weight: 206.6 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 103
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

I guess it’s taking the body time to process the “carb overload”. It freaks me out to see numbers over 100, since I haven’t since the beginning of protocol. Hopefully things will look better tomorrow eating with a lower carb menu. I also woke up nauseous today. I’m hoping these are all related because I CAN’T get sick again! Does the body have a harder time processing carbs during TOM? Should I cut them out this time next month?

[Note: Yes . . .  and . . . Yes.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 5, Day 4 – 2/2

Weight: 207.6 = up 1 pound

 Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 102
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 94

I’m starting to get freaked out by my weight numbers (even though I promised SugarFree I wouldn’t) and the high blood sugar readings.

I’ve been on Metformin (at only a ramp-up dose) for about a month now. SugarFree said that it would take six weeks to two months at the full therapeutic dose before I’d see the benefits, but I didn’t believe her. I thought there would be some effect from it at this point. But as usual, she was right.

My body never really “gained” the placeholder weight during the beginning of Maintenance, so this many weeks in I’m feeling worried, though I know it doesn’t make any sense. I actually took my measurements again this morning, just to calm myself down. They were the same, so that made me feel a little better.

[Note: Unfortunately, drugs don’t succumb to ‘belief’ or ‘disbelief;. 🙂 They just work as they work, and the way Metformin works is at the cellular level so it takes AT LEAST six to eight weeks AFTER you reach your optimal dose to see ANY effect at all.

As for the weight gain, you asked yesterday if it was the result of oncoming TOM and I said it was. Unless you’ve suddenly entered menopause since then, the answer remains the same. :D]

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

Weight: 206.0 = down 1.6 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 93
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 94

Thanks for the reminders, SugarFree. I am hard-headed ;) This whole week I’ve been feeling tired and I’m SO looking forward to resting this weekend!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 5, Day 6 – 2/4

Weight: 203.8 = down 2.2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 89

So, good thing I wasted energy freaking out about the weight gain. Not. Again, SugarFree helps me keep my head screwed on straight about all this. You’d think I’d have learned better by now having done a round of Protocol and Maintenance. I’m thankful and continue to be hopeful that this Protocol will be the answer to solving this metabolic riddle I’ve been trapped in.

[Note: It will be. And now that you’ve lost the water weight, you’re ready for the next round of Protocol, which will start Monday. :)]

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

Weight: 203.8 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

Round 2 of Protocol starts tomorrow. I have learned so much about my body and how certain foods affect it. It can be a pain and difficult sometimes to plan and monitor everything when I’m busy, but it’s totally worth it. I know this round will be easier because I am now eating foods on a regular basis that my body likes. I think it’s amazing that my body has not only sustained the fat loss from last round, but it also let go of more fat during Maintenance, when I ate a boatload of fat and calories. I’ll take it! I’m eager to see how things go over the next few weeks. ;)

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 1 – 2/6

Weight: 202.6 = down 1.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 39″ = no change
Hips: 39.25″ = no change

Lunch:
– 6 oz shrimp
– 2 oz butter
– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz mushrooms
– 6 oz asparagus
– .5 oz Parmesan cheese
– 1 oz sweet potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 741
– Fat: 53 grams (64%)
– Carbs: 18 grams (10%)
– Protein: 48 grams (26%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 84

Back in the saddle. I felt good today. I actually really like eating one meal a day.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 2 – 2/7

Weight: 202.6 = no change

Lunch:
– 9 oz pork loin
– 1 T butter
– 8 oz spinach
— 6 oz mixed salad greens
— 5 oz green beans
— .5 T olive oil
— .5 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 755
– Fat: 51 grams (60%)
– Carbs: 18 grams (10%)
– Protein: 56 grams (30%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 82

I had a moment of temporary insanity thinking I could do these next rounds on my own. My life and schedule are crazy and unpredictable right now and I thought the solution would be to stop posting. Not the best idea for a number of reasons. SugarFree helped remind me that I’ve made good progress, but I still have a long way to go before my body is truly healed. I want nothing more than to be at a healthy weight and I am thankful for the support and encouragement from SugarFree, the other participants, and the readers. I will send my menus and meter readings to SugarFree daily, but will post my reports on Mondays only until things become more stable.

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

Weight: 200.0 = down 2.6 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 35 = down .5″
Waist: 38″ = down 1″
Hips: 39.25″ = no change

Lunch:
– 7 oz grass-fed beef
– 2 T butter
– 8 oz spinach
– 5 oz green beans
– 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 844
– Fat: 64 (68%)
– Carbs: 23 (11%)
– Protein: 44 (21%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

It’s been an interesting week. I had a day where my blood sugar dropped very low and freaked me out a little. I felt very nauseous at the time. I talked with SugarFree and it turned out to be a good thing. It’s a sign that the Metformin is kicking in and my body is starting to do what it should be doing as far as insulin is concerned. We made some adjustments to my meals so that it wouldn’t get so low though. Things have been good other than that. My busy schedule has left little time to read the other threads, but I did learn a lot from Ariel and Lisa’s experiences this last week. I’m happy with the measurements, and once again realize that the scale LIES.

[Note: GREAT week, Paige! Yes, the incredible 1-inch loss in one week from around your waist shows that the Metformin has begun to do its job. Yay!]

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

Weight: 202.8 = up 2.8 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 35″ = no change
Waist: 37.5″ = down .5″
Hips: 38.5″ = down .75″

Lunch:
— 5.5 oz tuna
— 2 T mayonnaise
— 1 egg
— 1.5 T butter
— 5 oz green beans
— 4 oz broccoli
— 4 oz spinach
— 1 T olive oil
— 1 oz potato

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 795
– Fat: 59 grams (67%)
– Protein: 50 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 16 grams (8%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 88
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 92

I’m making a conscious effort to ONLY concentrate on the measurements this week and let go of my scale obsession. I know I am making good progress from how stable my blood sugars are! This is what I’m celebrating and thankful for. One of the many things I’ve learned from this process is to be patient, and that the big picture is the most important. Health and wellness is my goal, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there. SugarFree’s help has been invaluable in helping me clean out my old thoughts.

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

Weight: 205.0 = up 2.2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 110
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

I woke up not feeling well AGAIN this morning. My throat is sore and I just feel blah.

[Note: You have what Kym and Ariel (and a zillion other people around the country) have, and that’s driving up your meter numbers. I left a recipe for Bone Mineral broth on Kym’s thread; it will make you get well faster. Hope you feel better soon! :)]

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

Weight: 205.8 = up .8 pounds

Ketostix: small

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

Taking it easy and hoping this will pass. Feel a bit better today.

[Note: Please see my notes at the end of Ariel’s report yesterday. You may need a brief course of antibiotics.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 2/23

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 120
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 101

My one-hour PP is crazy high. I actually feel better today. I was really hungry when I woke up this morning, but it passed after I had some coffee.

[Note: A number that high out of the blue can only mean a few things. First, check the expiration date on your test strips. If they expire within the next month, toss and get new ones. Second, you’ve eaten some form of sugar, perhaps in medication. Triple check anything you’ve eaten in the last 48 hours, or taken orally. Third, you’ve used some form of cortisol either orally, or on your skin.

When your meter gives you a reading like that out of nowhere, don’t just shrug and say ‘hey, crazy!’ — but on your detective hat and find out what caused it. Something did cause it, and it wasn’t a magic wand. :D]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 2/24

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Ketostix: trace

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

Well, I finished a bottle of strips yesterday and threw it out. I checked everything else though, so I’m thinking that might have been it. I just got new strips and numbers look more in range today. When I saw that number yesterday, I attributed it to TOM about to arrive.

[Note: It was the test strips, absolutely. TOM could never, ever spike blood sugars like that. A few point raise, perhaps, but not more than that. There are only three things that could raise blood sugar that high: sugar consumption, a medication internally or externally applied — or bad test strips. Looks like it was the latter in your case, and I’m glad you solved the mystery and are back in your normal range. :)]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6– 2/25

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 85
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 81

Feeling well finally. I feel like I was sick for most of this month!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7– 2/26

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I’m trying to figure out if it’s not ideal to have all numbers in the 90′s, even though they are close together.

[Note: These numbers are fine.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1– 2/27

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35″ = no change
Waist: 37.5″ = no change
Hips: 38.5″ = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

I really think TOM is throwing my numbers off. Especially the 100 fasting! Yikes! Not sure if I can necessarily control this any better, or just know that they’ll go back down later this week.

[It’s NOT your TOM. Have you reached the full dose of Metformin yet? This is absolutely a reaction to the food you’re eating and/or something you’re using. You had TOM yesterday, and your numbers were fine.]

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

Weight: 205.8 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 99
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

So, SugarFree sent me an email last night, asking me about the cream I was using in my coffee, and asking me again if I was using any medication. I was about to say ‘no’ again, when a light bulb went off. This whole time I totally did not make the connection with the Retin-A cream I’ve been using at night. SugarFree has said several times (and in Kym’s report) that certain medications can raise cortisol, which depresses insulin, which then raises blood sugars. I had not been using the Retin-A for a long time, but I stopped taking it completely when I was ill. And guess what? My meter numbers were low then! And they shot way up the morning after I had used it. Lesson learned AGAIN: THE METER NEVER LIES.

Turns out, just as SugarFree suspected, there were also hidden carbohydrates in the “heavy whipping cream” from Target that I had been using. That didn’t help my numbers either. Only real heavy cream from here on out.

This blog is great because we can all learn from each others experiences. As my mom always says, “knowledge is power.” Thanks to SugarFree for pushing us all to keep searching for answers when the meter tells us that something somewhere is wrong.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 3– 2/29

Weight: 205.6 = down .8 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 97
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

I woke up groggy this morning and have been sleepy all day. I also woke up hungry. Not something I’m used to anymore.

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

Weight: 206 = up .4 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 89
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 90

It turns out there is yet another piece to my higher blood sugars puzzle. Going against SugarFree’s advice to buy my metformin at Wal-Mart (because it’s cheaper and proven effective), I went to a different pharmacy because it was a slightly shorter drive. DUMB move.

Apparently, there are several different fillers used in the formulations of generic metformin. Some make the active ingredient, metformin hydrochloride, less effective! I researched this last night and all day today. Many other people have had the same unstable numbers, weight gain, etc. after their pharmacy switched to a different manufacturer. So be warned, not all metformin is created equal. Different fillers DO make a difference in how your body responds to the medication itself.

My journal clearly shows that within a few days of taking my new prescription (read: worthless pills), my numbers increased alarmingly. They were not even that high before I started the metformin! Don’t make the same mistake I did. Waste. Of. Time.

[Note: This is great information, Paige. Thanks for doing the research. Which fillers should we avoid, and which are good? Which manufacturers should be on the ‘approved’ list?]

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

Weight: 206 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 81

This is what I’ve found (based on my experience and a lot of anecdotal evidence on the net):

Generics:
Zydus: Works
Heritage: Not a lot of data
Amneal: Works
Sandoz: Works
Teva: Does not work
Mylan: Does not work (for me)

Name Brand:
Glucophage: Works consistently (but cost is a lot higher)

I can’t find what specific fillers to avoid, just the manufacturers that produce pills with less than stellar effectiveness.

[Note: Thanks so much for doing the research, Paige. You’ve done a real service for many of us. I’m going to call my local Wal-mart tomorrow to see which pills they carry.]

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

Weight: 206 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 81

Not a lot to report, just eager to see how switching to brands will affect my numbers.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7– 3/4

Weight: 206 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 99
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I am so ready to have my numbers back where they were. I think I’m doing everything right now.

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

Weight: 205 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 102
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 80

Measurements:
Bust: 35″ = no change
Waist: 38″ = up .5″
Hips: 38.5″ = no change

Bad news: waist measurement up. Good news: fasting number is low, FINALLY.

[Note: Hopefully there’ll be better news next week. Hang in there!]

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

Weight: 205.6= up .6 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 88

Found out another interesting tidbit from the pharmacist. They sometimes even change manufacturers for the 500mg and 1000mg tablets. Oh, and polenta is really good if you haven’t tried it : )

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

Weight: 205.6= no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 81
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 83

I feel discouraged when my fasting number is so high. It’s just so varied from one day to the next. I know it will even out, but it bums me out.

[Note: It’s not high; it’s perfectly normal.]

I’m shooting out of bed about an hour earlier than I normally wake up, which is odd for me. It’s happened the last three days. My days are busy lately, so I guess it’s good to have the extra time.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 4– 3/8

Weight: 205.8= up .2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

Your post about the manufacturers is GREAT. Thanks for that. What the heck is wrong with people, titanium dioxide?!? Really?!?!? Adding insult to injury for people already dealing with enough health stuff! Also, is there a certain range of blood sugar numbers that allows your body to be in lipolysis? Do they have to be pretty low for that to happen?

[Note: It’s not the blood sugar numbers. It’s what they represent. Think about what you ate today: fat, meat and veggies, in that order. No carbs except for those in the vegetables. Yet even given that, your insulin was still insufficient to get your blood sugars as low as they otherwise should have been given what you ate. For example, if that’s what I had eaten today, my 1-hr would have been 95, my 2-hr would have been 83, and an hour or two later it would have been in the 70’s. In other words, my insulin would have done its job well (removing the glucose from my bloodstream) and departed. So would I have gone into lipolysis?

Absolutely not. My calorie intake would have been (as was yours) sufficient for the day. That’s why Maintenance is not for burning excess fat via lipolysis, but for stabilization of losses on the prior round of Protocol.

On the other hand, if I had eaten the same foods — but half the amount and calories you ate today — I would have gone into lipolysis that night (assuming several successive days of insufficient calories) because my brain would have said: “Hey, we’re hungry and you’re not eating. Time to raid the internal fridge!”

Lipolysis is evolution’s tool to keep our species alive during lean times. L.E.A.N. times, not 1600-2000 calories a day. That means both sides of the equation, by the way, not just one. Lipolysis is useless if there is zero excess adipose fat tissue! That’s why humans have a hard-wired sweet tooth, so that despite our chasing, killing, hauling and cooking prey, we can still have a little pooch to be called upon when required. Because once starvation sets in for folks without that pooch, lean muscle mass is sacrificed. And that is definitely not a good thing.

Now you can understand why Protocol calories are purposely kept low for two weeks. Long enough to get into lipolysis, but too short a time for the brain to enter true starvation mode. By your next round, you should have taken sufficient good Metformin to see a small difference from the last round.]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 5– 3/9

Weight: 205.8= no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 82

Thanks for the long explanation about lipolysis. I get it now!  😉

Your post yesterday had me thinking again and it turns out that TWO of the THREE prescriptions I had filled were ineffective brands and fillers. So glad the Metformin issue is cleared up now!

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Truly Thankful Thanksgiving!

It has been a while since I’ve written a new post here, but it hasn’t been for lack of subjects, from taking on Dr. Kruse’s idiotic “Leptin Reset” to more Junk Science Studies Run Amok. And there are oh so many of those. There are even a few really good new books out there on the science of nutrition and obesity that I want to review for you. Sigh. Maybe in the Spring.

So to my readers, I apologize for being an absentee landlord. It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to be here for you, it’s that I’ve been very, very busy these last six months, working incredibly hard to finally get to the launch stage of Good For You Goodies.

And it looks like I’m nearly there, with a handshake for a contract to sign in a few weeks. I’ve spent all summer and most of the fall working with the commercial baking facility in Boston that will make  my goods, sell them in their three fancy dessert restaurants and to their myriad of wholesale accounts– and pay me a royalty for each piece sold.

The work process was this: I’d revise a recipe, send it to them, they’d bake it, I’d drive in and taste it, we’d critique it, and I’d revise the recipe again and we’d start the whole thing all over again. It’s one thing to bake a set of Killer Brownies in one’s own kitchen — and quite another to have it made on an assembly line in a commercial kitchen with commercial equipment. And that’s even before ‘batching up’ to bake 200 sets of brownies at the same time!

Then, once the recipes were declared a ‘go’ by all parties, the goodies had to be taste-tested at one of the restaurants, to see if the guests liked them and would be willing to buy them. It was nerve-wracking, watching folks lift the forks to their mouths, scrutinizing their expressions as they chewed thoughtfully (or better, joyfully), and then commented to the head pastry chef, who relayed the information to me. Luckily, two of the three recipes tested were big hits, and most folks were stunned to learn they were sugar-free. The custard bread pudding with caramel pecan topping is back on the drawing board for next spring, but the aforementioned Killer Brownies, the Peanut Butter Mousse Tart with Chocolate Crunch Crust and Ganache Topping, the Cupcakes, and the Milk Chocolate Icebox Cheesecake are ready to go!

And not just to the restaurants. The facility already ships their own goods all over the country, so my Goodies will too. I’m meeting with a web designer next week.

So I’m truly thankful that we’ve reached the place where my dream can finally launch, and especially thankful that I have so many wonderful Protocol Participants and Faithful Readers with whom I can share the news. I’ll write more about what it’s like to launch a food business — and a sugar-free one at that — if any of you are interested in hearing about it.

To celebrate, I decided to do a bang-up Thanksgiving here, instead of going to friends or restaurants, as has been my habit over the last few years, since cooking is definitely a ‘busman’s holiday’ these days.

Here’s the menu for tomorrow, all of which I made (or will make) myself except for the ravioli, which is hand-made (just not by me):

Hors D’Oeuvre
Crab, Shrimp & Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Hand Made Ravioli Napped in Garlic Rum Cream Sauce

Entrée
Duck Two Ways
Moroccan Roast Duck with Sour Cherry Sauce ~ Tea Smoked Duck Breasts

Légume
Haricot Verte Provençale
Roast Apple Mushroom Stuffing

Garniture
Cranberry Orange Chutney

Assiette de Fromages aux Fruits
Triple Crème Brie. Jasper Farms Bleu.
Vermont Goat Bijou. Port D’or.

Crostini  ~ Beurre de Fines
Apples & Pears
Sugar-free Caramel Walnuts
Fig & Cacao Torte

Finale du Cours
Café et Thé
Hand Made Chocolate-Covered Bacon & Chocolate-Covered Caramel Walnuts

Vins: Champagne Brut. Assortiment de Rouge & Blanc.

The cheese course and coffee/tea sugar-free chocolates will be enjoyed before the fire in the living room, and although we begin in early afternoon, I imagine it will be dark by the time we get there. A meal worth eating is a meal worth spending some serious time over.

I wish each and every one of you a meal worth eating tomorrow, and wonderful friends and family to share it with.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!

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SugarFree Protocol – Natasha

This is Natasha’s Thread, and Here Is Her Intro:

Hello, my name is Natasha. I’m 5′ 8″ and thirty-six-years old.

My weight-loss journey started when I joined Weight Watchers at sixteen. Since then I’ve tried every way of eating and diet program I know, from Jenny Craig, low carb, very low carb, high protein, counting calories and high intensity interval training programs. I lost not one pound. 

Five years ago I began treatment with Armour because of hypothyroid symptoms. It did help my symptoms but did nothing for weight loss. Then I found HCG. Maybe this would work for me? So I tried it and lost twelve pounds. Wow! It was the first time in fifteen years I had lost anything, and it felt great! But it only took me a month to regain it all. So I tried again. I figured I did something wrong the first time. I struggled and starved my way through HCG two more times only to repeat the same pattern of loss and regain.

Trying so hard and failing was so discouraging; it was like being on an emotional roller coaster. I would cry from pure frustration. The worst thing was feeling so out of control. Never feeling satisfied or full when I ate. Being hungry after just two hours of eating a big meal. Always thinking about and being driven by food. Panicking if I forgot to pack a snack when I was away for the day. I wondered if I was crazy, because it was a kind of mental torture to work so hard at eating “right” yet always failing. I just wanted to be hooked up to an IV so I would have to deal with food. The doctor even took a thermogram of my thyroid and raised my Armour and said that would probably kick in some weight loss for me. Nope. But now I know these feelings and reactions and inability to lose weight are due to insulin resistance. Hormones are powerful!

Even though HCG may have made me worse, without it I would have never looked into Sugarfree’s protocol. I agree with Sugarfree that the body will try to heal itself if given the right tools. So here I am ready to heal my metabolism. And it needs healed because after consulting with Sugarfree I discovered I have insulin resistance, PCOS, hyperglycemia and severe hypothyroid (could be also Hashimoto’s, still doing some tests on that). Thank you, Sugarfree, for sharing all your knowledge, research and experience in  helping us and giving me some hope and insight into this condition! I’m ready to start the Protocol!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 10/31/11

Weight: 165.8

Measurements:
Bust: 36.5″
Waist: 35″
Hips: 42.25″

Breakfast: Coffee with .5 oz heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Kale
– .5 oz butter
– 5.5 oz beef chuck
– 1 oz wild rice

Dinner:
– 2 Duck Eggs
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 1 oz. sprouts
– 7 oz. arugula

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 752.8
– Fat: 49.6 grams (59%)
– Protein: 58.5 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 18.1 grams (9%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 105
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 107

My first day! I feel like I actually do better skipping breakfast, and have more focus and energy. Even though I sometimes get “empty churns” in my stomach, I just ignore it and feel fine. I’m a little worried going off my Armour because I think it helps with my depression and anxiety. Especially with the daylight getting shorter. We will see how it goes.

[Note: Please make sure you wean yourself off v.e.r.y. slowly. Take at least two or three weeks to do so.]

Also no exercise will be hard for me since my body craves this form of stress relief. SugarFree suggests taking a leisurely stroll or napping in place of exercise for now; I think I can get used to this. 🙂

Lunch was great! Love Kale! It was a lot of food. I got fatigued around 11:30 (I get up very early), ate lunch at 12:30 and got my second wind around 3 but for some reason I feel hungry again. So I wasn’t hungry at lunch but am more hungry after I eat! Maybe the rice raised my sugar to make feel that way?

[Note: That’s exactly what happened. With hyperglycemia you get large insulin spikes (instead of a slow, steady release) that wipes out the glucose and plummets your blood sugar. When that happens the brain — which is one of the few human organs that needs a bit of glucose — immediately raises hormones that send “eat, eat, eat” signals. In other words, you’re hungry again. I bet if you took your 30-minute PP it would have been fairly high, and if you had taken it again at 3 p.m. it would have been pretty low. That’s how hyperglycemia works. The Protocol should help to alleviate that in the next few weeks.]

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

Weight: 164 = down 1.8

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Kale
– .5 oz butter
– 5.5 oz beef chuck
– coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Dinner:
– 2 Duck Eggs
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 1 oz. sprouts
– 7 oz. arugala
– 1 tsp. heavy cream

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 744
– Fat: 50.5 grams (61%)
– Protein: 60.3 grams (33%)
– Carbs: 12.1 grams (6%)

Ketostix: negative

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

I’m getting used to drinking my coffee with less cream and no stevia. I think I will like maintenance where I can add more cream back in though. Without the stevia I think is good for me to get the sweet taste out of my mouth. It helps me not to want more. I’m down on the scale today but not getting my hopes up yet because I tend to lose and retain water very easily, sometimes within a five-pound range. I did feel hungry and got stomach growls about 3:00 again today, even though I ate lunch at 12:30. Should I eat more fat at lunch to help prevent this?

[Note: Yes … and you’ll also be eating in a different way from now on, as you’ll see when you get your revised menu for tomorrow. Again, the stomach growls come from your insulin spiking and bottoming out your blood sugar too quickly. You didn’t become hypoglycemic overnight, and you won’t get rid of it overnight either, no matter what food you eat. This is a long-term process of months and years, not days and weeks. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3- 11/2

Weight: 163.2 = down .8 pound

Breakfast:
– coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Kale
– 2 oz fennel bulb
– 3 Duck Eggs
– 4 oz.celery
– 1 oz. avocado
– .25 oz butter

Dinner:
– 1 can Sardines in oil drained
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 4 oz. string beans
– 7 oz. arugula

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 785
– Fat: 51.1 grams (58%)
– Protein: 60.3 grams (30%)
– Carbs: 12.1 grams (12%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 79

I had planned to eat my eggs for dinner but swapped them for lunch. I had a last-minute assignment at work and had to leave early this morning for the city. The eggs were easier to pack and also I wouldn’t irritate any of my work buddies with fishy smells. I thought my sugar crashed at 9 because I felt really tired and my muscles were weak to walk up stairs but it was 82 when I checked it (not that low). I continued through until lunch and took my glucose again before I ate which was 91. So I don’t know how but it went up. I felt terrible until I ate then felt so much better. I was actually glad I had packed all three eggs. Somewhere I read that insulin resistance can affect specific cells like muscle cells which means the glucose can’t get in them. Is that why I had muscle fatigue?

[Note: No. It’s because 1: You’re hypoglycemic, and 2: You’re going through carb withdrawal, otherwise known as Induction Flu. Symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, and even brain-fog. It’s not unusual and it will pass as soon as your body becomes fully “ketone-adapted,” which can take a week or two. Then you’ll feel great and have a ton of energy. Hang in there!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 11/3

Weight: 162.2 = down 1 pound

Breakfast:
– coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Kale
– 6 oz. beef chuck
– 10 oz. asparagus
– squeeze of lemon
– 2 oz. avocado
– .5 oz butter
– coffee with 2 tsp heavy cream

Dinner:
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 2 large eggs
– 4 oz. arugula

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 774
– Fat 49.6 grams (57%)
– Protein: 59 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 23 grams (12%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 116
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 108

I’m starting to get excited now because today was the first time in testing with the keto sticks anything showed up as positive in all my times of using them, even on other programs. Even though it’s small, it’s a start at burning fat for energy! The edema is way down in my legs too! I can see my ankles! Not sure what caused the blood sugar spikes after lunch. I was hungry for lunch but felt very satisfied after I ate. It was a lot of veggies.

[Note: The spike in your PP blood sugar is not as bad as it seems at first glance. Probably for the first time in a long time your insulin did not spike after a meal, which meant some of the glucose (converted from those veggies) lingered a bit longer than usual. This is actually a good thing, because eventually your insulin spurts will more correctly match your glucose output and your blood sugars will stabilize, which is what you want to happen. You’re doing wonderfully. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5- 11/4

Weight: 163.2 = up 1.2 pounds

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Kale
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 6 oz. Ground Beef
– 3 oz. arugula
– 4 oz. eggplant
– .75 T. Parmesan cheese
– .5 oz butter
– 1 oz Potato

Dinner: – 2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 725
– Fat 50.1 grams (62%)
– Protein: 50.5 grams (29%)
– Carbs: 18.1 grams (9%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 116
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 111

Still in trace on the ketostix. Second day on trace makes me feel good. I feel more encouraged with the ketostix than I do with the scale. Hopefully just water gain. I know my body is stubborn . I was hungry this morning. Lunch was great! Haven’t had potatoes in a long time. I ate lunch at 12:00 and was hungry at around 2:30 (hypoglycemia) but it went away around 4:00. It’s nice not to feel hungry.

[Note: Natasha, the gain was water weight, caused by eating too many carbs — for you — with too little fat (the lean ground beef you ate lost most of the fat to the pan, and I suspect you didn’t pour the fat in the pan over the burger) for now. That’s what spiked your PP readings so high. You can try again next week.

However, this is a good time to talk about what the ketostix show and what they don’t. When you see trace on your ketostix, does that mean you’re burning excess adipose fat? IT DOES NOT, though that is a common misconception. It can mean that, but it can also simply mean you are becoming ketone-adapted, which is what happens on Protocol after a few weeks. And being ketone-adapted simply means that your body is running on a fat-based, not carb-based system, which your organs (especially your heart) prefers.

Ketones are the by-product of this change, and there are many forms of ketones. Some get converted to fuel used to feed the body, but when there is excess (which happens in the beginning of the changeover) your body can’t use them all and the excess turns to a form of acetone, which is excreted in the urine. That’s why people in deep ketosis (unnecessary and extremely stressful on the liver) have bad breath and funky-smelling urine: it’s the acetone. However, as your body becomes more proficient at using ketones, less spills out. I have been ketone-adapted for years, and I am always in trace — but never higher unless I switch from maintenance to protocol. After all, if merely having trace on a ketostix meant fat-burning, I’d now weigh 50 pounds and wear a size sub-zero dress. 😀

After a few days on Protocol, given my lessened insulin resistance and my increased insulin sensitivity, I go into lipolysis — the only process that burns excess adipose fat, and one you have not yet achieved. Lipolysis is the evolutionary process that keeps us alive in lean times. When food is scarce, insulin drops. When it drops low enough, lipolysis rises. It’s sole role is to unlock the adipose fat cells and let the precious, life-saving fat out to be used as fuel until more food can be found. If lipolysis goes on too long, the brain immediately goes into famine-panic mode and begins to slow down the metabolism via the thyroid hormones/liver. When I go into lipolysis I start to burn lots and lots of excess fat and my ketone-adapted body gets clumsy again and spills a lot more of it into my urine. My ketostix turns dark. That’s when I know to start pulling back from Protocol — sometimes that takes two weeks; sometimes only one — and start eating more food again. I don’t want to be in famine-mode ever again.

As you learn more about your body, you will learn to control it, and not the other way around. My day yesterday was a perfect example. I was extremely busy on Thursday, and had only a light first meal, intending to eat a good dinner. But when I finally looked at the clock it was already 7 – and all I had time to do was make a Cauli-Mac and Cheese casserole with lots of cream and cheddar. A bowl of that at 9 was my only meal. Friday I was on the run again and before setting off had some yogurt with a handful of blackberries. I had no chance to eat all day, and got caught in rush-hour traffic on the way home, which took nearly 2 hours.

By the time I walked in the door at 7:30 I was shaky, and my stomach hurt. My BS was in the 60’s. I knew I was on the cusp of lipolysis, and that if I fasted till morning I would burn lots of fat and be up tossing and turning all night, since it would have the effect of feeding me a ton of calories. Or I could forestall it by eating real food, even so late. I opted to go out for a burger with friends and ate (wolfed) it slathered with mayo and with the entire bun, something I rarely do. I added a handful of fries. My 2-hr PP was 82, and I slept like a log. The important thing is, I knew I had a choice and knew exactly what the consequences of each choice would be — for me.

You’ll get there eventually (on Protocol alone or with some pharmacological help), but for now you are severely insulin resistant. You have not yet achieved lipolysis. When you do, you’ll know it. You will feel full almost all the time, and will have to force yourself to eat. Depending on how adept your body is your ketostix will turn darker or not. Participants use ketostix not to see if they’re ‘burning fat’ (their lack of hunger and loss of inches will show that very clearly), but to make sure they do not turn too dark and start heading into famine-mode — the correct way to use them — and the exact opposite of what most low-carb sites incorrectly advise.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 11/5

Weight: 159.8 = down 3.6 pounds

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 8 oz Spinach
– 1 oz. Parsley
– 6 oz.Chicken Thigh
– 1.5 oz Bacon
– 1 oz onion
– 1 oz butternut squash
– 10 oz asparagus
– 8 oz chicken broth

Dinner: 2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 764
– Fat 49.5 grams (58%)
– Protein: 58.3 grams (31%)
– Carbs: 21.4 grams (11%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 105
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 119

I could tell I was going to have a big water loss today. It kept me up during the night. I ate dinner earlier than yesterday so hopefully my fasting glucose will be better tomorrow morning. I made sure to deglaze my pan with water so I got every bit of fat from the bacon and chicken. But it seems my body still can’t handle the starch from the squash and onion so I will adjust it for tomorrow. I used the asparagus and broth with my immersion blender and made a nice thick, hot soup with bacon, onion and fresh parsley on top.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 11/6

Weight: 159 = down .8 pounds

Breakfast:
– coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 6 oz Beef Chuck
– 8 oz kale
– 5.5 oz zucchini
– 10 oz asparagus
– .75 oz butter
– .59 oz heavy cream

Dinner: 2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 724
– Fat 49.4 grams (58%)
– Protein: 59.2 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 18.6 grams (10%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 113
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

Today was good. I was hungry in the morning but ignored it. My stomach was actually growling at around 11 but went away and then it just made me tired. I didn’t get home until 2 to fix a hot lunch. Food is so much more enjoyable when you are hungry! The fat in the roast and butter on the hot kale were delightful and melted in my mouth. Also my glucose evened out today at the 2-hour mark. I guess I shouldn’t try any starchy veggies until the end of next week; they are the ones that seem to spike my glucose. It’s 6 and don’t feel like my eggs yet. Maybe I’m making progress?

[Note: Definitely. Your FBS and 2-hr were very good, but your 1-hr PP still spiked even though you ate nothing to spike it. You didn’t have any ‘starchy’ veggie like potato, so this means your post meal insulin is still abnormally high despite eating a very low carb meal. The good news is that it is improving! 🙂 One note though: if you’re stomach was growling at 11, that would have been a good time to eat your main meal if possible, and not wait until so many hours later. As your metabolism heals, it will restore correct hormonal signaling. With restored signaling, you will begin to ‘feel’ your body more correctly. Today for instance, you felt true hunger and not hypoglycemic hunger. You were truly hungry because your stomach was truly empty. Over time, you will learn to trust those signals or, as I like to call it, you’ll be able to listen to what your body is telling you, and you will be able to trust that it’s the truth.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 1- 11/7

Weight: 159 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 36”- down .5”
Waist: 33” – down 2”
Hips:41” – down 1.25”

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp. heavy cream

Lunch:
– 6 oz Salmon
– 8 oz Kale
– 1.5 oz butter
– 10 oz asparagus
– 8 oz chicken broth
– coffee with 2 tsp heavy cream

Dinner:  2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 831
– Fat 60.6 grams (64%)
– Protein: 58.5 grams (29%)
– Carbs: 13.1 grams (6%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 102
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 95

I feel good.

[Note: You should. You lost nearly seven pounds and nearly four inches of fat — in a single week! How fantastic is that? :D]

Ate at noon and dinner at 5:30. I didn’t feel any hunger (sooo nice) after lunch today. In fact I was pretty full. Lot’s of delicious butter today! I appreciate my food more now and feel more in control, not the food controlling me.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 11/8

Weight: 159 = no change

Lunch:
– 6.5 Ground Beef
– 8 oz Swiss Chard
– 5 oz green beans
– .5 oz onion
– 2 steak fries (baked)
– 2 slices 14” tomato
– 2 Tsp olive oil

Dinner: 2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 789
– Fat 55.6 grams (64%)
– Protein: 48.3 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 24 grams (11%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 101
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 91

I am out-of-town so it’s more challenging to eat according to Protocol. But by planning ahead I think I did okay. The potatoes were baked instead of fried and the mayo had sugar, so I didn’t eat it but added extra olive oil instead.

[Note: Good choices/substitution, and your PP blood sugars are much better today after eating potato and tomato than they would have been even a week ago.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 11/9

Weight: no scale

Lunch:
– 6.5 Ground Beef
–1 oz red pepper
– 6 oz green beans
– 1 oz onion
– 2 steak fries (baked)
– 2 slices 14” tomato
– 1 Tbs olive oil
– 5 oz arugula
– 1 oz half and half with Starbuck’s plain coffee

Dinner:
– 1 large eggs
– 1 celery stalk
– 4 red radishes

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 838
– Fat 60.4 grams (66%)
– Protein: 47.5 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 26.3 grams (12%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 91
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 97
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 119

Can’t believe I made it back in time to report. Today is my last day away at work. Basically I ate what I had yesterday for lunch because it was convenient and pretty much safe. I actually added in a few things new for me like red pepper and more onion. I had a nice arugula salad with burgers on top with olive oil and a few bites of potato fries. I know half and half is not allowed on protocol but I was so needing a Starbuck’s today and I thought overall I did pretty well considering the circumstances.

I believe my glucose spiked at the 2 hour mark due to the fact I had to run 5 blocks….

[Note: No, your 2-hr PP spiked because you ate red pepper, onion, fries AND tomato in a single meal AND you ate them without enough fat (Half and half instead of cream, for example). Your running may have contributed a few points, but basically all the glucose you ate caused a major insulin spike that was still insufficient to get the glucose out of your blood stream in a timely manner.  However, if you learned something from this it will be worthwhile. Remember: The. Meter. Never. Lies. :)]

I took my glucose again at the 3-hour mark and it was back down to 93.

[Note: That just means that your insulin spike was so high it eventually brought your blood sugars down to normal. Remember, glucose in the blood stream is toxic, which is why you don’t want it there long.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 11/10

Weight: 160.8 = up 1.8 pounds

Lunch:
– 7 oz chicken liver
– 1.5 oz bacon
– 8 oz dandelion greens
– 8 oz eggplant
– .5 oz butter

Dinner:  2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 725
– Fat 50.6 grams (63%)
– Protein: 53.5 grams (30%)
– Carbs: 14 grams (7%)

Ketostix: trace (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 106
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 106

My weight gain today was from too many carbs yesterday for me as SugarFree explained. I do view yesterday as a learning experience. l also ate late last night which probably didn’t help my fasting numbers this morning.

[Note: I’m guessing the water retention (it’s not weight gain, which means fat gain) is as much because of TOM as it is the extra carbs you ate yesterday. What those carbs did instead was to elevate today’s blood sugar levels. When you’re really insulin resistant and you do something to spike your insulin, there’s what I call a ‘carry-forward effect that can sometimes last for days. Once I realized this myself, I decided ‘cheats’ weren’t worth it, because I enjoyed the food for five minutes and often paid the price for days. The truth is though, that’s how we all learn about our own bodies: through experience.]

I do notice when I get tired I want to eat. Today my hunger is starting around 10:00. I think I’m still adjusting to the time change, I usually get hungry around 11:00. Lunch was delicious although I could have eaten more. I do find when I eat a touch more fat I am more satisfied at lunch. I will definitely plan this meal again for Sunday.

[Note: I’m glad you enjoyed the liver! I’m still dealing with the time change too; I woke at 6 a.m. and was ravenous by 9 when I usually don’t eat until noon or so. Glad we only have to do this twice a year. :)]

I look forward to experiencing what happens to others on protocol , where they don’t feel hungry except right before they eat or when they are preparing the food. I know this will take time for me. This is one of my main goals for this program, along with fitting into my size 10 clothes! (SugarFree says maybe even a size 8 – WOW that would be nice!) I’m just happy SugarFree was able to assist me before I became a full-fledged diabetic.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 11/11/11

Weight: 159.8 = down .8 pound

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp heavy cream

Lunch:
– 2 large eggs
– 8 oz Kale
– .5 tbs butter
– 2 tsp heavy cream with coffee

Dinner:
– steak fajita (around 6 oz)
– guacamole
– white cheese
– creme de fresco
– lettuce
– mushrooms

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 95
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 101
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 97

We had friends take us for dinner tonight so I did my best for protocol without being able to measure my food or use fitday. My main meal was dinner and my snack was lunch. I was really hungry for lunch so I added the kale and butter since I didn’t think I would get those “good” kind of greens at a restaurant for dinner. Lunch was very satisfying but when dinner came around I was ready, but not starving hungry, for that too.

I was happy with my glucose readings. It must mean I chose well? I had fajitas but turned down the grilled onions and peppers, tomatoes, chips, rice and beans, and of course the flour tortillas. The guacamole was so delicious, like butter, it made up for not having any of those high sugar things. Hopefully this can be a maintenance meal for me in the future!

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 11/12

Weight: 161.4 = up 1.6 pound

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tsp heavy cream

Lunch:
– .5 oz cheddar
– 2 tsp heavy cream with coffee

Dinner:
– steak
– asparagus
– 1 tbs butter
– lettuce
– feta cheese
– gouda/brie

Ketostix: negative (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 97
– 1-hour PP (after dinner): 95
– 2-hour PP (after dinner): 103

Tonight we had a dinner to attend. Hopefully this is the last of my hectic schedule for being unable to measure my food. Although it’s a great learning experience for handling these situations in real life. I made dinner my main meal. I was hungry this morning and I tried to keep myself busy so as to not think about it. Not really hungry after that.

Dinner was very good. I picked the cranberries out of the lettuce and didn’t use any dressing, loaded with sugar. Not sure why my 2-hour PP was higher, maybe because the asparagus was served late and I actually ate it by itself closer to taking the 2-hour pp? I ate the butter on my steak and even ate the fat on the steak because it was grass-fed beef.
I was up on the scale this morning, again fluid retention on my first day of TOM. Also the ketostix are negative two days in a row.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 11/13

Weight: 160.2 = down 1.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 8.3 oz chicken liver
– 1.5 oz bacon
– 8 oz mustard greens
– 10 oz asparagus
– .5 oz butter

Dinner:  1 large egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 701
– Fat 49.1 grams (60%)
– Protein: 59.5 grams (34%)
– Carbs: 11.8 grams (6%)

Ketostix: negative (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 115
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 93

I have to say this was a pretty good day. This is one of my favorite meals. I was a little hungry around 9:00 a.m. but really didn’t think about food until I got home around 4:00 because I knew I should eat. I had a pretty large meal lat night so maybe this tied me over for today. I ate around 4:30 and was very satisfied but not full. I hope I can feel this way tomorrow. The food was great but wasn’t anxious to eat. I think I will skip the egg tonight.

[Note: Looks like you must have had some hidden sugar at the restaurant last night, that elevated your 2-hr yesterday, and exacerbated your 1-hr PP today. When you are very insulin resistant here’s often carry-over to the next day or two. And the reality is that no matter how careful we are when we eat out, we truly do not have control over what is in or on our food. The chef in the restaurant could have used a spice blend on your steak with sugar in it. Now that you’re home and cooking for yourself again, tomorrow will be better!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 1 – 11/14

Weight: 161.6 = up 1.4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 36″ = no change
Waist: 32.25″ = down .75″
Hips: 40.75″ = down .25″

Lunch:
– 4 oz rib eye steak
– 2 large eggs
– .5 oz butter
– 10 oz asparagus
– 8 oz kale
– 4 oz zucchini

Dinner:  2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 796
– Fat 57.8 grams (65%)
– Protein: 54.4 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 16.1 grams (8%)

Ketostix: negative (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 95
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 103

I had a one inch loss this week and a slight gain in pounds. I wish it was like last weeks report but this week should be better for protocol with no restaurants, no out-of-town work and TOM leaving. I feel like this program is finally kicking in because I feel a lot less shaky, if at all, when I skip breakfast because of my hyperglycemia. I really wasn’t even hungry at lunch and I couldn’t finish my asparagus. I’ve also cut down to 30 mg on my Armour this week. I was cold all day and fatigued after lunch.

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 2 – 11/15

Weight: 161.6 = no change

Lunch:
– 4 oz rib eye steak
– 2 large eggs
– .5 oz butter
– 10 oz asparagus
– 8 oz mustard greens
– 4 oz zucchini

Dinner:
– 2 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 796
– Fat 57.8 grams (65%)
– Protein: 54.4 grams (28%)
– Carbs: 16.1 grams (8%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 91
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 110

I think my body is stalling out. Even if it just water it would be nice to see the scale move. My 2-hour PP seems to go up after I eat. Not sure why though? I wasn’t hungry for breakfast or lunch and couldn’t finish all the asparagus at lunch. I took my 2-hour reading in the dental chair, trying to get it right before he started drilling. Does stress make you glucose rise? Ketostix are negative in the morning but trace at lunch. I was very cold again today.

[Note: Yes, stress can absolutely raise blood sugars. But they went up yesterday, too. As I suggested to you privately yesterday, bring your Armour back up to your full dose. That may help with the cold and fatigue.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 11/16

Weight: 158.6 = down 3 pounds

Lunch:
– 2 cans sardines
– 1 large egg
– 8 oz mustard greens
– 1 oz artichoke hearts
– 7 oz arugula
– 4 oz zucchini
– .75 oz butter

Dinner: 1 large egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 732
– Fat 50.1 grams (58%)
– Protein: 67.2 grams (35%)
– Carbs: 14.5 grams (7%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 109

I felt really discouraged yesterday. I am glad SugarFree upped my Armour, I think that will help my mood.The puffiness was gone from around my eyes today (symptom of hypothyroid). On a positive note – I was happy this morning to see a loss on the scale. Finally, it has moved since the first week of protocol! I was more hungry today overall. I’ve noticed my 2-hr pp readings don’t want to go down to fasting levels and my ketones are still negative. I don’t think my body is cooperating.

[Note: Natasha, great news on finally losing the water your body put into your fat cells as a place-holder! This is a very good sign. It means your brain is finally accepting  the fact that the fat is not coming back. Lets hope this means the beginning of slightly better BS readings … because it’s not your body that’s uncooperative … it’s your hormones.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 4 – 11/17

Weight: 158.6 = no change

Lunch:
– 6 oz rib eye steak
– .5 oz butter
– 2 oz broccoli
– 8 oz mustard greens
– 3 oz artichoke hearts

Dinner:  3 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 841
– Fat 64.3 grams (69%)
– Protein: 53.2 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 13.9 grams (6%)

Ketostix: negative (negative, trace, small, moderate, large)

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 100
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Nice! My 2 hr PP finally went down! Not hungry today; it was nice.

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 5 – 11/18

Weight: 159.6 = up 1 pound

Breakfast:
– 2 eggs
– 2 oz cheese
– 1.5 oz bacon
– 6 oz asparagus
– 8 oz spinach
– 6 oz zucchini

Lunch: 2 large egg

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 840
– Fat 56.9 grams (62%)
– Protein: 57.6 grams (23%)
– Carbs: 25.3 grams (12%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 109
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 111

My big meal was breakfast today at 7:00. It was really nice to have something different, although I wasn’t hungry at all for it. I did get hungry around 11:00 but then it passed.

Protocol Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 11/19

Weight: 157.4 = down 2.2 pounds

Lunch:
– 6 oz. beef chuck
– .75 oz butter
– 10 oz asparagus
– 6 oz eggplant
– 8 oz spinach
– .5 oz heavy cream with coffee

Dinner: 3 large eggs

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 796
– Fat 50.9 grams (57%)
– Protein: 62.2 grams (32%)
– Carbs: 22.3 grams (11%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 117
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

Did well today. Found myself wanting lunch around 11:30. I was very physically active today with work, so I felt really good with lots of energy. Happy that I’m in trace again.

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

Weight: 159 = up 1.6 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 36” = no change
Waist: 31.25” = down 1”
Hips: 40.5”= down .25”

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 104
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 110
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 106

First Day of maintenance. Really filling lunch! Lots of butter, more than I’m used to but delicious. I was surprised to see my inch loss this week. Yay! My next plan of action is get in touch with my doctor for some Metformin.

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

Weight: 158.2 = down .8 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 114
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 90
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 115

Looks like my blood sugar is going crazy. It seems the numbers just want to keep climbing. I even ate dinner last night at 5:00, so it wasn’t real late to affect my fasting numbers this morning. Lunch was good it’s just hard to eat everything is a short amount of time. I notice I was tired after lunch today that lasted until about 5:00.

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

Weight: 159.6 = up 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 114
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 120
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 97

I could have skipped lunch today but ate anyway. It was very good food, just wasn’t hungry. I couldn’t finish it all.

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

Weight: 160.8 = up.8 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 36” = no change
Waist 32.5” = up 1.25”
Hips 40.5” = no change

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 107
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 114

Ketostix: Negative

Stomach upset. Not feeling well.

[Note: Natasha, sounds like you might have picked up a bug over the holiday. Hope you feel better soon!]

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

Weight: 160.8 = no change

Ketostix: negative

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

Doing fine. Steady as she goes. Stomach a little better today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 11/29

Weight: 158.8 = down 2 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 104
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 119
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 120

Lunch was very good. I have to slow down because when I eat I am so hungry I end up over eating and then feel too full. I enjoyed my whipped cream at the end. Nice to see the scale go down but more interested to see my measurements Monday.

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

Weight: 157.8 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 108
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 110

I ate lunch at 10:30 today because my stomach was so empty and hungry. I felt very good afterward and ate everything. I didn’t eat dinner last night (I think that helped my fasting glucose number this morning) so I went 16 hours without food which is usual for me to be hungry by then. I want to try some new foods this weekend to break my routine.

[Note: Natasha, I’m glad to see your meter numbers marginally better today and yes, it is a direct result of ‘fasting’ for so long. It shows how insulin resistant you are though, since it literally took 16 hours for your insulin to finally drive down your blood sugars to a semi-normal range! For non-diabetics, blood sugars are in the 90’s within 2 hours. Some diabetics find it helpful to eat just one large meal a day — it seems to give their insulin a kick in the butt, which PCOS needs, and which is exactly what Metformin does.]

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

Weight: 160.8 = up 2 pounds

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 90
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 106

Ketostix: small

I feel I did well today. Last night I got home about 11:00 and was very hungry. I ate my snack at 5:00 but felt my stomach was so empty I needed something to settle the rumbles. I didn’t know what my best option would be so I chose fat. Pure heavy cream, good and yummy! That was probably why my fasting numbers were good and ketostix finally showed up as small. I don’t know if I should have done it but it was good!

[Note: MUCH better numbers today! And yes, it was very likely the result of eating extra fat, which you should always reach for if you get hungry. I’ll review your menus next week to add 10-20 grams of fat per day to your menus.]

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

Weight: 161.8 = up 1 pound

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Ketostix: trace

I was on the go today and unexpectedly couldn’t get back home to eat my planned lunch. I improvised and tried to use the principles I’ve learned of maintenance. I had mostly Munster cheese and veggies and a little turkey. I chose more fat than protein and low-sugar veggies like celery. I felt my blood sugar drop around 11 but when I ate at noon I felt much better and satisfied. I think I did okay because my readings were better overall.

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

Weight: 160.8 = down 1 pound

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 98
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 104
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

Ketostix: trace

I enjoyed every bit of my big breakfast early this morning. It was so delicious and filling I didn’t feel a bit hungry until around 5!

[Note: Terrific news — this is the first time you’ve been able to go so long without being hungry. And your meter readings the last few days have been wonderful. Well done. :)]

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

Weight: 161.8 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 36” = no change
Waist 32.25” = down .25”
Hips 40” = down .5”

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 92
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 94
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 99

Ketostix: trace

My fasting numbers are coming down. Yay! Thanks for your encouragement SugarFree.
I notice my trend is to get hungry at 10 a.m. How inconvenient for my body to decide that since I can’t break for my big meal until noon. After I eat I am great, until then I am always trying to keep my mind off food. Great lunch! I have a fondness now for eating almost a whole stick of butter to cook my veggies and protein in. I can’t go back, so much good flavor!

Glad to see my measurements down. I really feel last week wasn’t a true gauge for my measurements since my abdomen was distended from something I ate. Even though, I still was up a little on my waist measurement from 2 weeks ago. Those pesky pecans last week! Nuts are one of my weaknesses.

[Note: Natasha, a bit of pecans did not cause your ‘distension’. It didn’t make you gain weight or inches. Your PCOS did. You began Protocol nearly five weeks ago, and in that time — two weeks of which was on starvation level calories — you have lost a total of 4 pounds, and are continuing to gain them back. You have lost just over 2-inches from around your waist, which isn’t bad, but isn’t terrific, either.

Although it’s good that the extra fat is helping to suppress your high blood sugars, it is just masking the problem, not curing it. You need medical help to do that, and you need to get that help quickly since the insulin resistance will only continue to get worse until you do.]

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

Weight: 161.8 = no change

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 75
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 98
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

Ketostix: trace

I didn’t have my meat thawed all the way and ran out of time to cook lunch. I used what I had and felt really good. I had my spinach and sardines with avocado and two hard-boiled eggs and quarter cup of peas with olive oil. I felt like I had progressed because the starchy veggie with less fat didn’t spike me over 100 which has been happening in the past.

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

Weight: 161.2 = down .6 pounds

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 86
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 103
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 100

Ketostix: trace

Well I guess the 1 oz. of peas spiked my sugar. I didn’t get to eat all my fat at lunch because my lunch was interrupted so I would like to try to see if the same thing happens with the peas tomorrow with the amount of fat I am supposed to eat at lunch.

[Note: It was the peas, which is not a good food for you to eat while your insulin resistance is still at such high levels. Too much natural sugar in peas. Try substituting the same amount of potato instead.]

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

Weight: 161.2 = no change

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 102
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 104

Ketostix: small

I didn’t have the 1 oz potato that was scheduled since I was out of them, and I didn’t see your message about the peas until it was too late. I ended up eating the peas instead of the potato and got the same high meter results as yesterday even though I ate the peas with more fat. Also when I eat a late dinner it does raise my fasting glucose and I ate dinner late last night.

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

Weight: 161.2 = no change

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 94
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 100
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 98

Ketostix: small

Due to circumstances beyond my control, this is my last post and farewell to you all. Even though this is the end of posting it is not the end of the road of my journey to heal my metabolism. I have learned a lot these past weeks and plan to incorporate Protocol principles into my daily life. I have learned what lipolysis, gluconeogenesis, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, and glucose spiking mean, not just as words in a dictionary but through my experiences with them and how they make me feel. I re-learned what true hunger is, and to eat only when I am hungry and stop when satisfied, to listen to my body. And to not feel guilty when I eat lots of good fat. I also learned to gauge my progress not by the numbers on the scale but by the numbers on my meter going down and the tape measure.

Even though my insulin resistance means that I still have more hard work ahead, I feel confidant moving forward and have already felt small changes taking place. For one, I don’t shake any more after going for a long time without food, and I don’t find myself thinking about food or obsessing about it anymore. I also see that my water retention is due to either too many carbs (for me) with insufficient fat or from hormonal changes.

Thank you for your assistance through out this program, SugarFree, and for answering my seemingly endless questions.

[Note: You’re very welcome, Natasha! I know you’ll continue to heal as you move forward, and I and everyone who reads this blog wishes you a healthy and happy New Year!]

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