*girl's That drives me nuts!
You probably (whoa, that word looks really weird! Ever look at a word and think, "Surely that's not how you spell that"? Maybe I've been touched in the head by the ADD fairy.) already know that I've been eating low carb. Whether it be paleo or whatever. I've been trying to stick to this because, honestly, it's just works best for my bod.
What you may not know is that I can pack on the pounds quite easily. I am soooo efficient at storing fat. If there was a gold medal for fat storage it would be mine. I'm confident. I have an allergy to carbs. It makes me break out in fat. Where am I going with this? Well, the Happy Texan plumped out over Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've been hesitant to post numbers but let's just say it was 208.9. I kid you not. Wish I was. Go ahead. Shake your head in shame at me. I can take it.
My recent efforts have been to eat high fat, low carb, moderate protein. Yeah, I was already pretty low carb (at least since my debauchery during the holidays) but now I've been concentrating on keeping the fats high and the protein moderate. In other words, I can't sit down to a 24 oz T-bone steak. Let's do 6 oz instead. But add butter a la Paula Deen style. Let's add coconut oil to all the things. Let's have avocados and olives and cheese and sour cream. Do I need to mention bacon?
It truly sounds counter intuitive to some of us folks who have done the low fat scene for so long. I know this. But do some reading on modern research and you will find that dietary fat is not a contributor to serum cholesterol. I should add that is the case if you are eating low carb. I've read some scary stuff about fats and a high carb diet. Is it true? Dude, I'm not a doctor or a scientist. I am without a clue.
Anyway...before I totally lose your attention....I've been eating this high fat, low carb, moderate protein since March 1. I think I strayed once? Can't recall. But I've been doing great! Cravings are gone and I am just not hungry at all. I have to make myself eat.
I have been in a state called ketosis where my body uses my fat as fuel. And I certainly have enough fuel for a small village. Ketosis is perfectly safe for people except type 1 diabetics. You guys have to be careful. This is not ketoacidosis which is deadly. Google is your friend with this one if you are interested in learning more.
I know I am in ketosis because I bought a handy dandy blood glucose/ketone meter from Amazon pretty cheap. The test strips, on the other hand, are not cheap! The cheapest I found was in Canada at a place called the Universal Drugstore. $2 per strip, y'all. Yikes! But I like to see a number give me confirmation that everything is going the right direction. Blood ketone measurements are much more accurate than the Ketostix that you....well.....it requires a urine sample. Let's just put it that way.
The happy zone for nutritional ketosis is between .5-3. I forget the units of measurement. Sorry. I could look it up but I'm feeling lazy.
Tuesday: 2.1 yippee!
Wednesday: .9 meh but still in the happy zone
So I'm a fat burning machine! Can I get a high five? No? Don't leave me hanging!
Oh, and those meters require a nice sized drop of blood. The little strip sucks it up like a greedy vampire. It doesn't hurt. I promise. And I'm a wimp with needles.
Now the fun part! The scale numbers.
Last Wednesday: 201.6
down 5.8 pounds!
For most of the month I've been going up and down with the same 2 pounds but finally things broke loose and I started going down. Yesterday I dropped 3.4 pounds! Just in one day. I know! I got on the scale three times to make sure. I looked to make sure it was level and everything. I'm not stupid. I know that after such a mega drop that it will probably go back up a few pounds and then gently start to go back down. But I did do a little happy dance after seeing the drop.
I'm really, really hoping that all of this effort (though it's not hard at all) will heal my insulin resistance and PCOS. I think I'll do a separate post about PCOS Friday because it affects more women than you might think. Around 10% of women have it and many don't even know it. I actually saw the cysts on my ovaries during an ultrasound. I thought it was cancer and was scared to death! I had never even heard of PCOS. Another story, another day. :)
Anyway, after such a big drop in weight, let's not expect anything quite so dramatic at the next weigh in. I'd be happy with any drop. I'm lying. I want to see some nice numbers and will be disappointed if I don't. Being honest with ya. And I had waaay too much tequila last night. So that will give me a couple of pounds tomorrow. What? I like tequila. Good tequila. None of that stuff that used to make us pray to the porcelain god. You know what I'm talking about.
Fun stuff! I got my hairs did! Wanna see? Ok!
Before and after. Ok, ok. It's nothing dramatic. I got some colors and a trim and she curled it a little. But something about getting the hair done makes a girl feel good.
That's it for today. In a very optimistic mood. Tummy is shrinking. I'm happy. I'm definitely not hungry, which is a nice side effect of ketosis. Things are going well.
I will give the standard disclaimer. This is not right for everyone. As a matter of fact, it can be dangerous for some. Don't just dive into something without reading about it and knowing your body. Talk to your doctor if you have any doubts at all. I'm merely sharing what works for me. Seriously, be careful out there. And that goes for any new eating plans, not just nutritional ketosis.
Nutritional ketosis, as opposed to the scary ketoacidosis, is being used to treat Alzheimer's, seizures, diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOS and possibly cancer. Cancer loves glucose. So studies are underway at Duke to see if starving cancer of glucose will help.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy week! Find what works for you. :)