I feel like it’s time to move to the next phase of my journey. I’m getting a little complacent. I’ve found I’m eating low-carb snacks here and there. I resolved to stick to the 2-3 meals and no-snacking plan, but that’s slipping a bit. However, I feel like I’m coasting and coasting is going to inevitably lead to mindless eating I think. I need to renew the mindfulness.
I am not sure what the next phase is. Maybe it’s just reassessing where I’m at and where I want to be and renewing my vow to get there. I’m stealing this from a friend who posted it on Facebook the other day (thank you, Edna!). I absolutely love it. It’s so very true!
Isn’t that great? Because, frankly, “diet” is a dirty word to me. I really hate the verb (although I don’t mind the noun). I won’t go into all the attempts and failures at “dieting” (the verb). But much like a person with celiac has found they simply cannot have gluten or they’ll get sick, I have discovered I’m truly carb-resistant and cannot have carbs. The byproduct of that finding is weight is coming off. I fell below 190 this morning (barely, but it was nice seeing that “8” on the scale again!). I know this isn’t just about weight and I’m seeing results with medications as well. I’ve cut my Omeprazole (for acid reflux) WAY back. I’m now down to every 3rd day. And for those who know my love of the zoo and all things zoo, I’m taking my Omeprazole on the big cat feeding schedule. In another week or so, I’m going to cut it back to every fourth day. And yes, this is under doctor’s supervision.
My cholesterol and blood glucose is also fantastic right now! Take a look at the following numbers.
|2007||2009||2011||May/Jul 2017*||Jul 2017|
|* denotes just after I started LCHF/Keto|
You can see when my TOTAL cholesterol (not really a good measure of anything) was LOW, my ratio of good to total cholesterol (a better measure of cholesterol and its effect on your system) was HIGH. I stupidly thought for years that my cholesterol numbers were GOOD! The numbers that actually affect heart health are much better now than they were in the past when my numbers were “good.”
Time will tell if these numbers continue to look good, but I am able to check them as often as I like with the health coach at work. I was a bit concerned early in July when my HDL was so low and Total was so high. I made some adjustments (cutting out some of the high-fat dairy I was eating) and saw a result the next time I took numbers.
So what are the next steps? I’m not sure yet. Here are a few I’m mulling over.
Identify My Non-negotiables
I listened to the Healthful Pursuit Podcast yesterday on Getting “Back on Track.” It was a discussion with Kara Halderman, a nutrition therapy practitioner. She talked about something interesting. She doesn’t like the idea of “getting back on track” or “falling off the wagon” because she recognizes that we are human and anything too strict is going to fail. And when we “fail,” we get discouraged and often give up. One of the things she says she’s done is identify her non-negotiables. What are the things she’s not going to compromise on – which frees her up to “cheat” if she really wants to? And it’s not really cheating either. It’s just having something you want while knowing the consequence of that choice. For example, she has identified her non-negotiables as gluten, dairy, fast-food and processed foods. Those foods really affect her system and it takes her a long time to return to a healthful state if she indulges. She knows that and simply won’t have them. The consequences are too high.
So, what are my non-negotiables? I don’t know, but I’ll take a stab at it here:
- Bread and starches
- Sugar (but I will allow myself the occasional artificial sweetener)
- Overly processed foods
I can do that I think. I hope. That said, I’m having a “Back to School” party in celebration of my return to graduate school this fall and I plan to have “old-school” food – like Ding Dongs. I loved Ding Dongs in my lunch as a kid. We’ll see. Maybe not so non-negotiable.
I know. I keep saying this and I’m pretty consistent with a 16 hour fast (last meal around 8 pm and next meal not until lunch the next day). I’ve not done a 24-hour fast in a few weeks now. I need to prep to do another. One thing I’m going to try is Keto Bulletproof Coffee. It’s supposed to help you stay satisfied during intermittent fasting. I am also going to listen to Dr. Fung’s courses on DietDoctor.com on fasting. He goes into greater detail on ways to incorporate fasting into your life.
It’s time. I’m feeling my body tell me it’s time to get moving again. As with everything, I’m starting simple. Just incorporating 30 minutes of yoga a day. My cat and I have been doing yoga each morning this week. I’m loving the Gaiam Yoga Studio app on the iPad.
Another reason for the exercise is my percent body fat is not really moving. While inches and the scale are moving, I’m not seeing a difference with percent body fat. I have two measures for that. My scale and the Omron Fat Loss Monitor. I finally bought one because the health coach at work has one and it’s always so far off from my scale measure. She did say that the Omron probably measures upper body fat where the scale is capturing lower body. Let’s just say I have A LOT more fat on my upper body. I am an apple shape.
Exercise should start to help to see those numbers move. Right now it’s just yoga. Once I start feeling a difference with my body from the yoga, I will add something else. I do enjoy yoga though – well, except when the cat decides to try to help.
And a Final Note and Thank You
I find my blog helpful in keeping me accountable. I don’t do this so people give me kudos for the work I’m doing. I do it to keep a record and, well, if it inspires others or gives others ideas, great! I could make it completely private, but enough people have expressed interest learning about my journey so I’ll keep going, but please don’t feel compelled to compliment me on my progress. It’s not necessary. But thank you for reading this far!