Thursday, December 11, 2014

Well, since the last post, I am down by 8 pounds in 11 days. I am lifting twice what I started with in the gym.  Most importantly, my fasting blood sugar was 115-125, and today was 98. This is the first time it has been below 100 in several months. I am eating more than I was and not snacking. I am waiting 4 to 5 hours between meals and not eating after 6 or 7, making my morning meal at least 12 hours after my last evening meal. I am sting at least 30 gms protein at each meal. 70 gms fat total for the day , 10 gms carbs total for the day.  no %.    Just total gms.  I a kind of excited. In a month I shall post inches lost and total weight lost...every 30 days. I had no headache today...1st time in a couple weeks.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Paddle boarded December 5,2014

Down 5 pounds since Monday.
Upped the chest press  weights by 30 pounds today
No headache...thats good.
went out in 37* today 0 wind...paddle boarded. 25 minutes. I went in when I could feel my feet begin to get numb. It was awesome.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Day 2 OKL

I did it. Yesterday I followed the macros of the diet pretty well. I woke up this morning 2 pounds down. I ate fewer fat grams then recommended. I am slightly fat phobic. I have enough to live off of for awhile. I am thirstier than normal. I also woke up with a headache. I have not had one for four days. This is not a surprise. I usually HAVE a headache every morning.

 I worked out at the YMCA yesterday upper body, back, arms, chest weight machines. I am being careful until I regain my tendon flexibility. But, today I have DOMS, so I must have done it right. Something about lifting weights that lifts  my spirits. I drive home with a smile, usually singing.

Tonight is High Intensity Bike.
I turned 60 this week

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Anyone else notice low Hemoglobin after eating LCHF for a few months??...

My hair brush is also always full of hair which is beginning to worry me.

Headaches are worse... way worse...of course I do have a brain tumor/injury.

A friend recommended a new web site with information about Optimal Protein. I have been studying it..

I saw a post today on a different  diabetic site from a man who has low Hemoglobin and was wondering if  it was common on a LCHF diet...Warning bells went off.

I never thought LCHF could be the cause of this.

I have gone to give blood twice and been found to have too low of hemoglobin. That never has happened to me ever. I am very tired after work and come home exhausted.  That never used to happen either.

Ive gained two inches around my waist in spite of working out and giving this my best efforts .


 I do believe that the N=1 experiment here needs to change up a bit and my macros need to change. Fat needs to go down and protein up... After all it is my very own N=1 experiment.    6 months was a good try.

The experiment continues...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Not paddle boarding at this time. Too Cold....but if the wind dies down, and I have a day off,,,,......

I am getting back to keeping the monster asleep. It's vital now.

I took a major detour for a few months.  We took a wonderful vacation in Hawaii last winter. I sustained a head injury while hiking in the rain forest of Kuai.   I began to have chronic headaches after we came home.  I almost got T-Boned a few times while driving. I just did not see the car coming on my left side.
 It was not easy to focus. I was forgetting things.  So my doctor sent me for an MRI. I've had 4 so far. A thumb print sized tumor showed up near the back of the left frontal lobe.
There are many days, I feel blessed just to wake up.  And I do feel blessed.  Things could be worse. So far the tumor appears to not be growing.  It just aggravates me.  Causes pain.   More lately.   I usually wake up about 3 am with a headache.  The doctor  and radiologist have ruled out everything except Brain injury and cancer. Ive been to Chicago to Northwestern for MRI's.  I've also had MRI here in LaPorte. None of them have given me any idea of care. None. I would not take meds anyway. Its not like I am deficient in a pain med.....

I paddle boarded anyway all summer. I forced myself to go out every day I could with a headache. I did not weed my gardens. Luckily there is so much mulch and perennials do not need much care. I could not tell. I have not quilted.

So the keto diet has become very important to me.  My  new neurologist said the Keto diet is hogwash.  I've been studying up on it for a few weeks. There are conflicting views on how to stay healthy on a leto diet. More fat or more protein. I started out on the more fat and gained more fat....
Not exactly the results I was looking for. I gave it a good try. I struggled with allergies many high fat foods. Avocado makes me sneeze. Cream gave me eczema.  Coconut oil seems to be ok.

Optimal Keto  was a Facebook site referred to me by a friend. I've spent this week searching the results of others in the group. I am ready to start....anew.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Whole 30

Last week I began to receive daily emails from whole 30. I decided ...what the heck...maybe I will discover the reasons for my headaches. I have already cut out grains, beans, sugars and all processed foods. Now I was asked to cut out dairy...what's left?  Well 4 days into it, I stopped having headaches. dang...why dairy?  Probably because I love it on too many non paleo foods. So now I am dairy free and so far headache free.
I attended a cookout at Dana Carpenters home in Bloomington Indiana. I was able to meet Jimmy Moore and his lovely wife Christine. I met Dr James Carlson and his wife. I met Dana and Eric. What a wonderful group of people. Any Dungan and Rebecca Skvorc Latham. The both have low carb blogs. Everyone at the cookout is working on N=1 experiments. Everyone has differing degrees of metabolic syndrome and is trying to find the sweet spot of health. It was pretty enlightening speaking with Dr Carlson.. He is very personable and lights up when asked about health issues.  He informed me that according to my blood sugar readings I am a type II diabetic.

My first Paddle board race. St Joe Michigan . 2013 Sweetwater Paddle board race

I was in a standup paddle board race in St Joe Michigan the end of June. I finished and I was not last...The water was 53*. I found that out by being cut off and knocked in by a 20 something racer. I was the oldest racer that day. The race  did a 5 K and a 10 K  . I am glad I participated. I am not sure if I will do it again. I really like to paddle> I like looking for wild life and just clearing my head. Concentrating on not running into anyone and trying to finish faster than I usually travel is not my cup of tea. The lady in the black shirt and the black shorts finished after me. The woman at the back here with the baseball hat on and the green capri's is my hero. She is an EMT. I met her after the race. She was injured on her job and got a knee replacement 3 weeks before the race. She passed me  during the race. She said she worked the whole race to do it. As she passed me I yelled out " You are looking pretty good passing me up there!!"  It was fun... I was tired afterwords. I think hitting the icy water and then swimming to my board may have had something to do with that, I am in the bright blue tank top in the center of the pic. My bright yellow/orange life jacket on my back and I and holding my paddle straight up and down waiting for the starting horn.