End of the Year Push!

Welp, this year has pretty much been a wash. Of course, I’ve maintained my weight after losing quite a bit at the end of last year, so that’s definitely a victory! But, I was hoping for more. I definitely underestimated the impact having to build a new routine would have. Add in unexpected surgery, and plenty of travel, and, welp, the year’s weight-loss plan didn’t exactly play out as I wanted.

That being said, I’m going to finish the year out strong! There’s no reason to wait until the masses begin their annual pilgrimage to the gym on January 2nd. I weighed in at 271 pounds on Wednesday, and I’m going to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. My Dad and I set this goal together while I was visiting last weekend, and we plan on taking some fantastic  Christmas pictures next month.

So, who’s with me? Who wants to launch into the Christmas season and build momentum into 2018?!

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Progress Report – 5/26/17

I’m happy to report it was a great week! While my weight went up a smidge – up .7 pounds to 268.8 – I stayed true to my low carb eating plan, started meeting with a nutritionist, and saw my fasting blood sugars continue to fall. I’m encouraged! This week I’d like to see my weight reflect my effort, so I’ll identify a couple key changes to make. The biggest change I’ll be making is at the request of my nutritionist – begin focusing on nourishing foods. Sure, I didn’t eat many carbs this week, but most of what I did eat was cheap and refined (i.e. plenty of cheap cheese, bacon, and ground meat). This weekend I’ll take a field trip to Whole Foods to begin familiarizing myself with nourishing, filling foods, raised ethically and healthily. I’m pretty darn excited to see what I find!

I’ve also decided I’d like to implement a “moderate ketogenic” diet. This means I’ll try to keep my daily carb intake below 50g, rather than the strict keto goal of 30g. I believe this will allow me to integrate a few carb-containing foods into my day, resulting in fewer cravings and more overall satisfaction.

In other news, yesterday I took my first walk in over a month! I’ve had to do my best to stay off my foot since the surgery, but this week my doctor said I could start putting some weight on it from time to time. So, I leashed up my new dog Walter (!!!) and explored my apartment complex. We were out for about a half hour, and we walked maybe a half-mile (partly due to my foot, and partly due to Walter’s ridiculous sniffing of everything). But, we were outside enjoying the day.

So, there you have it. Onward!

Progress Report – 5/19/2017

This has been a bit of an up-and-down week. For the most part, I’ve stuck with the keto plan, eating few carbs and staying below 1800 calories/day. But, I’ve had a few hiccups along the way. The progress I’m seeing is emotional, because, for the first time in a long while, I’m able to limit a hiccup to a single meal. In the past, if I screwed up and hit the drive-thru on the way home from work I would consider the whole day, or even the whole week a wash. This week, I screwed up and gave into my craving for a Sonic chocolate custard. While I was there I picked up a massive crispy chicken sandwich, too. That visit alone set me back almost 2000 calories. Not my proudest Wednesday night. But, instead of saying “Well, my week is shot, so I’ll just eat whatever I want until the week restarts on Friday,” I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and got back on the low carb wagon.

That’s the kind of lifestyle change I’m pursuing. Sure, I need to reduce my carb intake, stop eating fast food, and, well, stop being an idiot when it comes to giving into my food cravings. But, it’s not going to happen all at once. This is a huge step for me, and I’m pumped!

This week I weighed in at 268.1. That’s a whopping lost of .4 pounds! 🙂 Hey, I’ll take it!

The other huge benefit I’m seeing is a reduction in my fasting blood glucose numbers. Over the last few months I’ve sat in the high-200s when I wake up in the morning. This week I watched them creep down, from 279, to 255, to 215, and, yesterday, 209. That’s a drop of 70 points in just 5 days! I know it’ll fluctuate more, but I’m moving in the right direction!

So, what are you going to do to take control of your health this week? Me? I’m going to try some new low carb recipes, and finally buy the kitchen gear I need in order to make them!

Beginning again

Okay, the allotted period of toe mourning is over. It’s time to get started on some major life changes. I mean, I didn’t wait until I posted this to make any changes to my diet and overall lifestyle. But, today, May 8th, is the day my new life begins. Low carb, low calorie, and a renewed focus on lowering my a1c level. I’m no longer in denial. I mean, I can’t take a step without being reminded of my commitment. That’s right, I’m not going all “woe is me” on the whole toe thing. Nope. It’s now a reminder of my commitment to health and living a long, active, and fruitful life.

One thing I’ve learned over the last six months or so is the whole keto thing is a lot more difficult to sustain than I thought it would be. I tend to go all-in with diets, and, well, that’s never worked. So, I’ve started up a low-carb-but-not-quite-keto plan for eating. I’d love to go full-on keto, but I need to be realistic. Also, fast food is out. I’ve been successful with that in the past, and I’ve gotten pretty relaxed with that lately.

So, there you have it. Expect to see weekly progress reports on Fridays again!

Denial doesn’t solve anything

In my last post I mentioned I was dealing with a bone infection. Well, here’s the deal: about four months ago I picked a little bit of skin off a callous on the bottom of my right big toe. Because I’m diabetic it never healed. February brought two visits to the urgent care clinic, a visit with a podiatrist, and the accompanying rounds of antibiotics. In April, after moving here to Colorado, I engaged a new podiatrist who immediately sent me to the Advanced Wound Care Clinic.

Last Tuesday the doctor broke the news that, while the wound was healing, the bone infection was spreading. On Thursday, the toe was amputated.

I’ve been in denial about diabetes since I was diagnosed almost ten years ago. Now there’s no denying it; every time I look down at my right foot I’m reminded not only of my diabetes, but my denial. Ignoring a problem doesn’t solve anything. The progression of the disease won’t wait until I come to terms with it.

What’s done is done. Here I am, nine toes and all. Time to get to work.

I’m down two pounds from last week, weighing in at 266.5 this morning.

No, I’m not dead

Holy cow, where do I start? Since I last posted, life has pretty much been the same. I mean, apart from packing up my life and moving to Colorado, a new job… oh, and the bone infection in my foot. So yeah, pretty standard.

I weighed in at 268.5 pounds this morning, which, honestly, isn’t all that bad, considering the complete upheaval of my life and ensuing injury that has rendered me all but immobile. The recovery for the foot injury will take another 6 weeks or so, and then I’m heading straight to the mountains for a hike.

I haven’t been on keto for more than a few days at any given time, so I’d do well to be a bit more disciplined with that.

Any who, that’s the update I’ve got for today. More to come!

Progress Report – 2/10/2017

Well, I stopped the bleeding and started moving in the right direction this week. I’m down 4.9 pounds, which puts me at 262.1. This week my goal is to get back to my lowest point in this journey – 259.5 pounds. That’s just 2.6 pounds, or just over half of what I did this week!

My main struggle of late is mindless eating. I’ll stop at McDonald’s on the way home, or cook up a frozen pizza without even thinking about it. Then I’ll get home, eat, then think “Wait a minute, wasn’t I going to bake some chicken and veggies tonight?” I need to be more mindful and present in the moment. More to come on this topic next week.

How is everyone else doing on their journeys toward healthy living? Please share, and let’s encourage each other!

Progress Report – 1/27/2017

“It’s quiet… too quiet…”

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, and that’s no bueno. Mainly, I’ve been stressed and busy. I’ve been looking for jobs in different states, exploring moving options, and trying to figure out how to pick up and move to a new area. Most recently, I found out my job is being eliminated, effective the last week of February.

So yeah, you could say I’ve had a bit on my mind.

All in all, I’m up to 266 pounds, a gain of 6.5 over the last 3 weeks. Not as bad as it could have been, but certainly not good.

Next week I’ll be traveling to the Denver area for a day of interviews, so my meal planning will hit a bit of a snag. The plan is to get back to the keto lifestyle starting now.

Progress Report – 1/6/2017

I weighed in at 260.4 this morning, adding up to a 1.9 pound loss. Not bad for a week that started out with a 3-day holiday weekend, capped off with the annual Japanese sushi feast. Over the last 4 days I’ve averaged about 50g of carbs per day. That’s twice my daily target. It’s still within targets for ketogenesis, but it’s not optimal. So, I need to tighten that up this week.

That’s all I got. Have a fantastic weekend!

Keto Targets

Okay folks, here are my targets for hitting nutritional ketosis:

Daily Calorie Intake 1868
Carbs 25g (5%, 100 kcal)
Protein  137g (29%, 548 kcal)
Fat 136g (66%, 1220 kcal)
*Based on the Keto Calculator

That’s what I’m shooting for. It’s going to take some serious work. It also means that, in the short-term, I won’t be focusing too much on IF. I want to ensure I have enough energy and motivation to navigate the fat adaption process.

Time for brutal feedback. What do you think? Is this sustainable? Do you want to join me? Let’s take control of 2017!