Monday, July 22, 2019

07/22/2019 - 35 years I am...

Still plugging away...Hubster and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary!

It's hard to believe we've been married that long.  I look at him and still see the same man I married...and then I look at the pictures.  Funny thing, I asked him if I still looked the same to him; he said I did.  I've hidden all the pictures now.  Just in

Anywho - we're so busy all the time we decided to stay close to home and go fly fishing.  We stayed at a really nice lodge with all the amenities and a guide (who did all the rowing!)  It was tons of fun.

Healthwise, things are going well.  During our little getaway, I splurged a bit.  However, I didn't go off the rails either - it was pretty much moderation all the way.  One interesting thing was that this was an inclusive package we had, so all our meals were included - even lunches on the river were packed for us though I had no clue ahead of time what they were going to be.  One day it was ahi tuna on a bed of salad; the next day, it was a huge turkey (real turkey sandwich).  There was fruit, some other salad type of thing, a few pieces of candy, some sort of fruit bar, and a bag of chips.  Each day, I ate the main thing, the salad thing, and the tiny candy thing (the splurge!) - and that was it - no chips, no fruit bar, no other junk.  I can honestly say there was no desire.  I was pretty happy about that too. 

When we got back and I weighed the morning, the scale was up three pounds, but it was the alcohol, the increased carbs since I did have dessert three nights in a row, and that damned Diet Coke.  I think one thing that made the difference is that it was really quality food in realistic serving sizes.  For instance, one dessert was a chocolate tart/torte and was no more an inch at its widest part.  The ice cream scoop was the size of a golf ball.  It was good, I was full and satisfied.  There was also very NO...snacking between meals for me.  We were too busy fishing.

But today, I'm back on track and I'm good.  No residual issues or hankerings.  I'm thinking there really is something to this feast/fast thing.

Anyway, I don't post often, but wish I did.  I'm sticking with it!


Sunday, June 2, 2019

06/02/2019 - Still here I am...

I'm still here plugging along.  It's unbelievable how busy life gets, yannow.

Work, as usual, is nonstop with longer hours than usual.  Relative to my health and weight loss endeavors, I would say it's been a win.

When I last posted, I was going to switch my fasting to the OMAD regime where you guessed meal a day.  The issue with one meal a day and I believe this is what's happened to me is that my weight loss has slowed because I'm NOT EATING ENOUGH.  From what I've read, it's not necessarily.  Right now I'm down between 34-36 pounds.  So slow over the last month, but still less than before.

For 2 of the weeks since I last posted, I was in two separate week-long meetings with national and international visitors that went from breakfast through dinner.  Eating and drinking was part of the agenda it seemed.  The thing that I found wonderful about it all is that I was able to make good food choices in the various situations and, believe me, there were several times it was taxing.  Dinner with colleagues after an already long day can be stressful.  Anyway, while I didn't show a weight loss, I didn't have a weight gain either.  That's a win.

So, I'm switching to alternate day fasting.  I'll continue to skip breakfast each day, but will keep my coffee with the heavy cream.  At this point, I plan to fast just 2 days a week - basically the long fast I had before broken up over the course of the week.

Folks have been commenting on the weight loss.  Women at work come to my office for one reason or other and then invariably ask me what I'm doing to lose the weight.  It always sparks a great conversation.  For the most part, I've not encountered any naysayers.  I just try to make sure that folks understand that you do have to keep your electrolytes in check.

Relative to my nutrition, I've been looking at my protein sources and I want to introduce some plant-based protein sources into my diet.  It seems they've been villified for so long, but I'm learning and trying to get over some of my bias and optimize my health and nutrition.  I honestly think this is a hormonal issue for me and not just a calories in/calories out deal.

The ups and downs I encounter are still reasonable and manageable; I'm not letting them become mountains and abysses (I liked that in my last post).  The choice becomes much easier when it's eat/don't eat I think.  I'm glad I found Dr. Jason Fung and his fasting philosophy.  It's working for a lot of people relative to their Type 2 diabetes and weight loss is a just a happy consequence.  I'm not a diabetic, but I do need to get this weight off permanently. 

I would love to blog more, but I'm not sure lots of folks check in anymore.  I just want to remember where I'm at at this moments in time on this journey.


Friday, April 12, 2019

04/12/2019 I am...

Still plugging along and moving in a forward direction.

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday - I'm down a total of 32 lbs.  The doctor is happy with it and I'm happy with it.  Everything is not perfect, but I think I'm learning my way to getting this weight off and being healthy for the rest of my life.  I appreciate Dr. Jason Fung's approach of fast follows feast follows fast.  And no - it doesn't lead to an eating disorder.

I'm still fasting, but I've switched up the fasting schedule.  Previously, I would fast from Sunday evening to Wednesday noon with regular meals after that.  I would always have coffee with cream in the mornings regardless.  That worked quite well and lead to good weight loss, good blood work, and a host of other good things.  The frustration for me came from daily weigh-ins, which is something I need to do.  It was becoming frustrating to only realize a real weight loss over the course of a week due to water weight after breaking a fast.

So I changed my fasting schedule.  Now, I do one LARGE meal a day on most days, one day total fast, and one or two days with two meals a day. My total caloric intake is about 1200 calories or more a day.  If I must have something during a fast, I'll have a fat - a few almonds, a small slice of avocado, etc., something that won't illicit either a glucose or insulin response.  This is more manageable for my lifestyle and still allows me to get the weight off.  My overall nutrition scheme is still fibrous veggies, moderate protein, and good quality fats.  I've also removed added sugar from my nutritional scheme and I feel so much better.  On a side note, my joints stopped hurting and I don't ever feel sluggish after I eat.

And yes, it is a high fat diet, but it's good fats - avocados, nuts, olive oils, etc.

I've also had a few interesting situations lately that have given me some real "lessons learned" (to borrow from work) to remember and both deal with eating at home versus dining out.

The first is that I'd much have people over to our house so that I can control the menu.  Last weekend, we invited a couple over for dinner and they were going to bring the dessert.  This was fine with me because they always bring the same dessert, which isn't a hot sugary mess.  Well - not so this time.  They ran out of time and brought a disastrous concoction from a local bakery.  I had the smallest slice possible.  And seriously, I felt like complete shit the next day.  So did hubster.  He's been following along with me by proxy (and has lost weight as well!)  We didn't even get out of bed until after NOON!  I haven't done that in more than 20 years!!!  I felt like I had been hit by truck - sluggish and just all around yucky.  The lesson learned here is that I will also provide the desserts from now on.  I've taken to baking with nut flours; I get plenty of compliments on my dessert adaptations.

The second lesson is that hubster and I rarely eat out anymore - mostly because we don't live in town and have to drive in to town to get to go to a restaurant and don't pass any on the way home from work.  This past week, we decided to go to town and try a restaurant.  It seems that eating out can be difficult, but on the appetizer menu, I found a roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower dish that had bacon bits, feta, and olive oil throughout that sounded scrumptious!  That along with a side of grilled chicken made for a delicious meal.  I was able to maintain my nutritional scheme with minimal effort - I was pretty happy with myself.  That lesson was pretty much an internal lesson, but a lesson all the same. 

Life is forever busy it seems, but for now at least, things are moving in a forward direction and I'm able to keep the ups and downs from becoming mountains and abysses by maintaining a realistic frame of mind.