Friday, October 29, 2010


I had more vegetables at dinner last night, and it seemed to help; only one nasty cramp in my left leg overnight, with weightloss unabated - 147.2 this morning.  At least, I think that's what it said.  My stomach is still a bit unhappy this morning, and after mentioning to Lee twice last night that I would probably fast today, he still expected me to state it again this morning, and since I didn't, he made turkey bacon for me (I caught him before he cracked any eggs, I think).  I ate it, along with a can of V8 to add food-origin potassium to the diet.  But I think that's it until dinner - just need to let things settle down a bit.

Biz is looking pretty good, from a weight standpoint - seems to have lost a goodish bit more since August.  I still want her to kill off the bread, though.  Hopefully that will happen starting next week - I nearly have Lee convinced that he shouldn't eat it either, so the two of them are going to try to reinforce each other in my absence.  I'm guessing I'll still end up as either the food cop or the food confessor - I get that from my mom all the time: she literally starts conversations with me by saying "I've been bad.  I ate a brownie last night."  Um, okay.  And?  Not my business; she's a big girl, after all.  Weird role reversal, though.

Anyway, with 3 more pounds gone since I bought my skinny jeans, I believe I can finally wash them with some confidence!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Okay, what did I eat?

A couple of things to note:

First, I am bloody sick and tired of the leg cramps, so I did some reading today.  Near as I can tell, it is a potassium thing, and - thank heaven - there are foods other than bananas that are high in potassium, so I am going to eat more of them.  Mostly veg.  Avocados, tomatoes, potatoes (with skin, not sure that's a good paleo thing to eat), etc.  I think if I add a V8 to my breakfast and buy some insta-guac and seal it in the vacuum thingie between helpings, that will probably substitute for a banana (aka sugar-fest).  Worth a shot, and it may be that those periods when I wasn't cramping as much had an increase in potassium-laden stuff that I just did not notice. 

Second, I am feeling hollow and shaky right now, and my digestion is not all that I would like it to be (nuff said on that).  At dinner last night, I had salad with some taco-meat-like stuff and chicken/pepper/onion fajita stuff on it, along with pico de gallo of some sort, and sour cream and guac.  Breakfast was just turkey bacon - nothing to see there, folks, move along.  Lunch was a burger patty smothered in green chile and cheese.  Shortly after lunch, I started feeling a bit off, and that's how I would characterize it at the moment, too.  So, based on the list above, either the chicken, salad greens, or fixings had been out too long (food borne illness), or the taco meat stuff last night and/or the green chile had flour in it and the flour is causing the issue.  Since I'm only a bit off - not a lot - I suspect flour.  But I don't really know, and probably won't.  Interesting, though.

Also, I lost 5.2 pounds last week - that's the most in a week since I started this in April.  Don't think it counts, though, since I can identify about 4 of the pounds as water.

October 28th

Ugh.  Just ugh.  I spoke too soon about the leg cramps; they came back last night, blood in their eye (I'm sure something that vicious has only one eye), and had me out of bed so many times that I lost count.  Granted, I did not take vitamins yesterday morning, since we breakfasted at IHOP, and I'm sure that contributed, but wow.  So I'm very very tired this morning.  Also thinner - weight was down to 147.8, which would boggle my mind if I could collect enough neurons to construct one this morning.  I had to take my wedding ring off to type this as it keeps falling off.  Yet another thing I have to get adjusted or replaced as I return to the old me.

I only had 3 pieces of turkey bacon this morning, which will not be enough to make it through lunch, so I'm not going to try.  I'll go to the local joint and get a naked steakburger.

I'm thinking I might be able to get a few more miles out of my too-big chinos (blue and brown, the ones I haven't replaced yet) if I shorten them an inch or so.  They get most of their bagginess from the fact that, without all that hip to fill them out, they're now too long.  Worth a shot, anyway - and they can't look much worse than they do now.

I also ran across a "before" picture that says it all for me - we were at a party in one of the Rockies suites, and I'm standing below a framed jersey, in my old khaki skirt.  I can't quite place the date on it, but it was over a year ago, so before I hit my all-time high weight in April.  The skirt was too small for my gut, which was bulging out - I looked gruesome (was going to say pregnant, and it was certainly of that magnitude, but it didn't convey pregnant at all; it was just gross).  Never again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27th

Not much to report, actually.  149.0 this morning, probably due to the very salty almonds I ate mid-day because I was hungry.  I'd be better off hiking next door for a naked burger of some sort, but it's getting cold out and I just don't wanna.  No leg cramps for the past few days, but I no longer see that as some sort of sign of being adapted to low carb; they'll be back.  Or not; either way, I'm not changing anything.

Slept like a rock last night - that's one thing about this way of eating that I'm grateful for; I went so long without being able to sleep soundly, and now I can.  It doesn't happen every night, but it's starting to be the norm.  Take Saturday night, for example.  I remember laying down around 9 pm, and I had a brief interlude of awake-ness (I've read a bit about "second sleep", and I think this is part of that mechanism) at 4 am, and the next thing I saw was 7:30 am.  It's probably been since high school or college that I've slept like that.  And last night, I turned the light out at 10 and was gone fully until around 5:20, just before the alarm went off.  Lovely!

The energy levels when I am awake are another bonus.  Got home last night, did some sewing, then stopped for an hour to watch NCIS.  But I couldn't just sit there, so I crocheted on an afghan I have in progress.  And when it was over, I went back and sewed for another hour - I had to; I couldn't not do something.  Used to be, we'd get home at night, get into the sweats, lump ourselves into the living room, and stare dully at the electronic furniture until bedtime, with no energy or even interest in moving.  No more.  And I'm just so grateful!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26th

It's weird.  Periodically since I started eating low-carb, my body has gone on a losing spree - pounds would just seem to melt off, sometimes more than 1 per day.  I figured that 150 was about where I would settle, being a weight I can recall being in my early 20s (when I paid no attention to my weight at all).  But I seem to be on a losing spree at the moment.  No real change in eating, but I'm down this morning to 148.4.  Fine, whatever.  But it makes me wonder what I weighed in high school, since I've read in a couple of places that I'll end up there.

I saw a disturbing online ad this morning - Talbots now claims that they're fitting "every woman, every size" and lists 2-24 and 0-22P as proof.  Size 22 petite - really?  How on earth could size 22 be described as "petite"?  For the record, when I was a size 18 last spring, I bought a linen sundress from Talbots.  It was a beautiful dress, in terms of fabric and construction and overall design, but I did not look good in it.  I would now (in size 10 or 12), but a size 18 body just can't look good in clothes originally designed for a size 8 or 10.  One of the reasons I've returned to sewing and am enjoying it so much is that the effort pays off with clothing that looks good on.  Not that I lost my skills as a seamstress when I was fat (and I'm a good seamstress), but no garments I could make were ever flattering, and I had a hard time visualizing styles that might look okay at that weight.  So I stopped, and went shopping and generally hated it - and settled.  I don't have to settle anymore.

But if I drop another size, having just bought new chinos and other stuff (like the blazers and the stuff from the "TupperWEAR" party), I'll be mildly cranky - sorta.

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25th

I haven't been able to report anything like this in quite a while - I weigh less on Monday than I did on Friday.  I'm at 149.0 this morning.  Behaved really well over the weekend, which bodes well for when Lee is gone for 3 weeks.  I actually saw 148.8 yesterday morning, but had a sweet potato with dinner, which might have added the .2 pounds back.  Whatever.  Another barrier crossed - the last time I weighed in the 140s, I was living in San Francisco and had reduced eating for stress-related reasons (the one and only time that ever happened! - and that time, I ended up at 135 for a while).

Good weekend.  Got lots of stuff done, including buying material for two pairs of wool pants and getting one of them mostly cut out.  The crustless mini quiches worked very well for a 3-4 day period in the fridge and were still good - taste and texture - on Saturday morning when I had the last of them.  We also tried some of the pastured beef - a flank steak, and it was very tasty.  It was also, unfortunately, 3 times the price of Costco (I took the price list with me on a trip there yesterday, to compare), so, unless it's proved to raise the dead (figuratively speaking), we probably won't repeat it.

I'm down to 25% body fat, based on measurements done yesterday.  Cool beans!  I could stop now, if I wanted, but don't know what that would mean, really - it's not like I'm going to readmit flour or sugar to my diet all of a sudden, so I'll just let my body decide where it wants to stop.  That, and keep up my once-a-week weights and crunches, and see where that gets me.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Working!  Found out when I walked up a hill at lunchtime - my hamstrings got some exercise last night... Ow.

October 22nd

At one point yesterday, I thought I'd fast from breakfast to breakfast today.  However, in late afternoon, my stomach decided for me that I wouldn't, after all.  Nonetheless, after the standard turkey-bacon-and-eggs breakfast, I had a combination of peanuts, mixed cheese, and a square of chocolate, and nothing else - and was fine with that.  Overnight was nasty - I had a hard time sleeping comfortably, mostly, I think, because it's not quite cold enough outside, but also because I was burning fat and getting rid of water, apparently.  Only one set of leg cramps, but the right shin cramp was a doozy - very hard to get those worked out.  Anyway, the end result is that I'm back to 150.2 again, and in deciding that's what I weighed this morning, the scale spent a lot of time looking at numbers in the 140s, so I think it's a way station (nearly wrote weigh-station) en route to a lower number.  Fine, whatever.  I just like that I can overcome my mistakes quickly - it was last Friday/Saturday that I ate so poorly and set up that 4-pound gain.

I did some very slow crunches and leg lifts last night, and some bicep curls with the 8-pound weights, and feel it a bit this morning.  Also some squats, although those more for figuring out proper form than for actual weight work.  I'm trying to do something once a week - and no more than that - and make whatever I do as intense as possible, since that seems to be the body recomposition wisdom out there.  Not looking to bulk up, but I want more muscle in the overall mix and I want to be stronger, so I'm hoping that I'm doing the right things for those goals.

Quiches for breakfast today - they are really working out well, and are very good even after re-nuking.  A keeper, I think.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 21st

Ugly night - out of bed with cramps at least 3 times, I think, and with winter coming on, the thrashing needed to get my feet on the ground is not minimal.  Lee had them too - we've both been trying to behave better after a rather bad weekend, and it seems, chez nous, that ketosis=leg cramps and always will.

For what it's worth, I was at 151.6 today - I think that's just under 2 pounds down from yesterday - and the water is pretty much gone.  Nice to see that even at what should be a "plateau", I can go all religious for a few days and undo a previous day's stupidity.

Trying again to get Biz to give up bread.  She was in for a follow-up after her vertigo from an ear-infection, and the doctor, for some reason, mentioned MS as one of the possible causes for her episodes of vertigo (FWIW, I'm skeptical, because that's pretty much the only thing on the giant list-o-symptoms that she has, and she's had vertigo since she was about 2, that I recall).  Since it's an auto-immune disease, and one of the hot treatments for that is low-carb - and since wheat is a prime cause of leaky-gut, which is thought to be the cause of auto-immune diseases, ... well, you get the picture.  Anyway, since she's also had some symptoms, starting in high school, that are very close to some of the more socially obnoxious symptoms of celiac, as well as migraines, and because she has the Chickasaw heritage from Lee's side of the family that may also contribute to gluten insensitivity, she just really needs to stop eating wheat.  I tried to explain that to her in an e-mail, adding that I can even tell now after having some wheat that I should not be eating it (in other words, she gets it from both sides of the family), and hope I made the point strong enough.  It can only be a good thing for her, if she can pull it off.  And that's the key - not having bread makes eating in this century rather inconvenient, and we've pushed eating off in a corner where its only value is convenient calorie intake.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20th

I hope I got yesterday's date right; it seems like I've typed "20th" before, and recently.  Whatever.

Down a pound this morning - son-of-onslaught-of-tea apparently worked some, as did getting back to proper low-carb eating.  Now that I don't have water weight pain (and I did), I tend to think that the 3.2 pounds I'm up (at 153.4) from my previous low might actually be fat.  After all, the meatballs on Saturday night probably had breadcrumbs in them and the sauce was chili sauce an grape jelly.  I sense some insulin at work there, even though I also ate cheese and salami.  And wine, which was also sweet.  Okay.  Lesson learned.  Don't do that anymore.

So yesterday was turkey-bacon-and-eggs (ham, cheese, tomato omelet, actually) for breakfast, no lunch, and a weird miscellany from Country Buffet for dinner - a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, and blue cheese dressing and a pile of taco meat with salsa, sour cream, and chili con queso on top.  I may have also had some chunks of swiss cheese over the course of the evening; I was working with it.

Made something new for breakfast this morning, mostly as an experiment for when I'm on my own for 3 weeks next month: crustless mini quiche lorraines, made in a muffin tin.  They were pretty darn tasty, even having been made last night and reheated in the microwave.  Easy to make, quite edible, and I think I can do variations like cheddar/broccoli or even spinach.  So that's taken care of - I won't be doing a 3-week long series of 20-hour fasts, day after day.  Also had some commercial pre-cooked bacon (from Costco - and nasty at $14/pound), which was okay - nothing to write home about.  I like my bacon crispy, and this didn't quite reach that point via nuking this morning - maybe we need a longer nuke, or maybe an alternate method of prep.

The pastured meat arrives tonight via FedEx; I do hope we like the taste, because it would provide so much in the way of nutrition (and has to be nicer for the cows, I think).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pastured meat coming soon

I finally bit the bullet and ordered some grass-finished beef from a company in Missouri that had prices that didn't make me wince - well, much.  The barrier to doing it earlier was that all orders had to be at least $75, and that seemed like a high entry point to sample something - what if we don't like the flavor?  Anyway, it's supposed to arrive tomorrow, so we'll have an opportunity to test it out and see what we think - at least we'll be making an informed decision to go forward or not.  We like bison, and I'd thought it was all pastured, until I saw bison eating corn in a feedlot last year - I honestly didn't think they were domesticated enough for that, but I was wrong.  Anyway, I hope we like it, because the health benefits are akin to eating fish, which I don't like all that much.

October 19th

I feel blecchy.  Ate fairly normally yesterday: eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, had a bag of beef jerky around 2 pm due to rumbling hunger pangs, and dinner was ham, sweet potato with butter, and some roasted brussels sprouts with dijon, worcestershire, and olive oil on them.  And a square of chocolate after.  When I went to bed, my stomach was unhappy, but not in any particularly specific way - and it still is.

Drank a lot of tea yesterday hoping to get some of the water weight/swelling to go away.  It didn't work - apparently, I still need it - 154.4 this morning again - and still stiff, swollen, and sore.  I'll try the tea again today - it is a diuretic, after all, although I'm so adapted to it that it would probably take gallons to work its magic on me.  But flushing liquid through a body does eventually cause it to relinquish any retained fluids, so it'll work eventually.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18th

Weird weekend.  I am swollen, stiff, and sore this morning, after bouts of dirt-shoveling and cleaning out the vegetable gardens, and weigh almost 4 pounds more than I did on Friday (154.2).  Water, most of it, I think, although I didn't eat very well this weekend, what with a movie and a shopping party at one of the neighbors.  I tried to get a fair amount of protein yesterday, to help rebuild my sore muscles from the dirt shoveling and gardening.  Hopefully that will help.

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 15th

Wow - middle of the month already; October is going fast.  I ate 3 meals yesterday - unusual for a weekday, but after a meeting at 11:00 with people who seemed to think it would be a good idea to scatter Halloween chocolate over the meeting table, I needed something.  I did not eat the chocolate, but I'm wondering if being in its presence and smelling it may have triggered an insulin release, because I walked out hungry.  Anyway, I ran to the local burger place and had a naked burger with guacamole, bacon, and swiss cheese, and a bit of coleslaw.  And then had dinner at Red Lobster, including salad with blue cheese dressing, a whole (double) chicken breast with "Mediterranean" sauce on it (olive oil, italian herbs, tomatoes, shrimp), and some broccoli.  I didn't need to snack last night, making me think that we need to buff up our dinners a bit. 

I also lifted some weights and did some crunches and lower-ab things; not sore (much) yet, but probably will be by day's end.  I'm trying to do super-slow lifts and slow crunches/ab work to exhaustion at least once a week, to start building some strength and add a bit more muscle definition.  Probably when Lee goes to Phoenix next month, I'll start doing a gym night (Mondays?), so I can work on my legs, which definitely need some strength work.

After a couple of weeks on Vitamin K2, I think I see some changes in my skin - it's not as rough and bumpy as it used to be on my forearms, and my hands look younger - to me, at least.  We're taking those once a week on Mondays, now.

Weight's at 151.4 this morning - not too surprising, I think.  My stomach's a bit upset at something - not sure what it might be.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14th

Had another attack of the munchies last night after dinner - walnuts and cheese, this time.  Down to 150.8 this morning, though, so no worries.  Slept rather rotten - couldn't get and stay comfortable.  Too hot, then too cold, then laying in an awkward position.  Ugh.  Left me feeling stiff and clumsy.

Finally ordered a couple of pairs of new pants - size 12, not 10.  I'm betting, with this order, that I stay around my current weight for a while.  And unless we really start going to the gym soon (maybe something I can do when on my own for nearly a month), I don't think my measurements are going to change much.  But seriously - in April, I was a size 18, and starting to wonder if I would be seeing 20 soon.  Now, 14s are large on me (wearing another skirt on the brink of donation this morning).  It's all good.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13th

The fast yesterday went a bit weird - I got hungry out of boredom around 2:30, and took my last dollar (the last one I had on me, anyway) down to the machine for some peanuts.  Only there weren't any - they were out.  So I got trail mix instead, and had a giant bolus of sugar, what with the raisins and faux M&Ms and all.  It wasn't very good, but it made the hunger go away. 

Dinner was a cheeseburger on the grill - I left the cheese on for 2+ minutes with the lid closed, and the drippy bits caught on fire, a little.  The top was all bubbly, and it was basically perfect.  But not enough food.  So I had some more cheese, and some chocolate (for the record, Godiva 85% cacao is nastier than Lindt, and has more sugar in it - not sure how they pulled that off, because the nastiness is not due to being sweeter), and some dried strawberries - the last of them.  I should probably make more before there aren't strawberries handy.  I just had the munchies a good part of the evening.

Anyway, the fast day triggered a mild leg night - one episode of stumbling out of bed to step on my left foot, which very nearly didn't wake me up at all.  And a minor loss - back to 151.0 this morning.  Had breakfast today - back to the regular routine now that Lee's home for a while.

Some observations from Seattle: the people there are immense.  Not just fat, although they make me look like a concentration camp survivor by contrast; they're tall and just big.  I remember reading that height increases generation over generation may also be the result of overfeeding - a similar mechanism to obesity, but operating when the growth hormone is in full sway.  I don't know if that's the case, but the northwesterners certainly appear to be operating in a land of plenty.  So maybe I take back what I've said about Colorado, because we don't even compare to the Washingtonians.  Bottom line?  America is fat all over, and much of it is morbidly obese.  I am so glad I managed to stumble onto this way of eating in time to do something about it for us.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12th

Mild gain after a weekend away - up to 151.8 again (wasn't I there at the beginning of last week?).  I think I ate pretty well - may be going overboard on the saturated fat, though, so I'm going to back off in that area a bit - only do cream tea in the morning and eat less cheese and bacon.  No reason for thinking that, by the way, but I'm trying to be balanced as a general rule.

No leg symptoms of late, which would indicate to me that maybe I'm not in hard ketosis these days.  Some, though - I can taste it in my saliva when I am.  I like being keto-adapted - it makes life so much easier to deal with when I know I won't be a slave to blood glucose levels!  Very helpful yesterday, for example: when I woke up (6:00 ish), I was starving, but not glucose-starving.  We never did get "breakfast", but ate lunch at the airport, around 11:30 am (in my home timezone, anyway).  Then, I didn't have any more food (only a venti tea at Starbucks with half-and-half in it) until after 9 pm.  Granted, at that point I had a lot of cheese, some walnuts, some cashews, and some chocolate, but if I hadn't felt all "snack-y", I would have been fine going all night.

I'm IFing this morning because I didn't want to get up early enough to cook anything.  Definitely got to figure that one out for the long stretch cooking for only me, because I can't do 3 solid weeks only eating dinner.  At least, I don't really want to.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8th

150.2 again this morning.  Had a fun dinner that I will probably do again - if you go to McDonalds and ask for one of their burgers without the bun, you get it in a plastic salad bowl, but with all the fixings.  And it tastes like a McDonalds burger, eaten with a fork.  I had (possibly because I knew I could) a double Quarter Pounder with cheese that way.  And a small fries, because the thing that got me thinking about McDonalds last night was the smell of fries cooking as I walked from work to my car.  Result?  No weight gain, no (thank heaven) leg cramps overnight, and a loss back to where I was last Saturday morning.

Will it stick over the weekend?  I tend to doubt it.  We'll be in Seattle, and in particular going to a way wonderful French restaurant while we're there - C'est Si Bon, in Port Angeles.  It is actually possible - easy, even - to eat fairly Paleo in a French restaurant (there is no such thing as the French Paradox; goose fat is good for us), but it is travel, and rather goofy travel (weird hours, no sunlight forecast, etc), and I just have some doubts.

I can't gain much, though.  Got my skinny jeans on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

One other note

Since I had the house to myself last night, I did a few weight-lifts (4-lb weights, I think; just upper arm stuff) and sit-ups before going to bed.  I can sort of feel it this morning - just a little tiny bit stiff.  And I didn't do enough to aggravate my right shoulder, which has been periodically cursing my name since I tried similar lifts with the 8-lb weights some months ago, so hopefully I can keep doing it.

October 7th

Well, that's more like it - maybe 152.2 was water-driven after all.  I was 150.8 this morning, after a normal breakfast, a dinner consisting of cheese (colby and swiss), berries, and heavy cream (oh, yum!), some nut-and-cheese-ball snacks, and a square of leftover hotel chocolate, brimming with sugar.  I just didn't feel much like cooking last night, and while an all-cheese meal might sound unhealthy, or at least unbalanced, I don't plan to do it again tonight.  Not that I know what I will do. 

I did fast today, since I'm on my own until next Wednesday (I think) and just did not feel like getting up earlier than usual in order to cook something.  Of course, on that basis, I could conceivably not have breakfast tomorrow, Tuesday, or Wednesday, either.  Not sure I want to do that long a stretch of 20-hour fasts, though, so I will have to come up with something.  Guess I could have cheese...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 6th

No change in weight today - still 152.2.  Reassuring in a way, I guess; I can discern a pattern, and the gain has stopped, which means if I fast tomorrow (for convenience more than anything; Lee will be out of town and cooking breakfast is time-consuming), things should be headed back to the 150.2 region shortly. 

I found out yesterday evening that there was a reason I've been hungrier than usual in the mid-afternoons this week (I have been).  Lee had decided that, since he's been having yogurt with his eggs and turkey bacon, we should cut back to 3 eggs between the 2 of us rather than 4.  So I, who do not eat yogurt, had suddenly been cut off from half an egg.  I think it's fixed again, going forward.  I know what started it - he gets nervous about eating so many eggs, after the "eggs contain cholesterol.  High cholesterol is bad.  Eating eggs is bad." propaganda of the late 70s/early 80s (the years when America began getting really fat).  He rebels against this way of eating fairly frequently, just sure that it's unhealthy, because the doctors all say so.  But the doctors do not study nutrition, and the little that gets thrown in to their general medical education is all Lipid Hypothesis-based, so all they know to say is "the fat you eat is the fat you wear" and things of that sort.  So he's nervous about the way we are eating, even as he's about to weigh less than 200 pounds for the first time in over 20 years, and is looking visibly thinner.  And even in the face of my rather dramatic blood pressure and lipid profile improvements back in June, and his reduced blood pressure (he is up for a physical shortly, but hasn't had it yet, so no lipids for him).  I expect that when he gets his next results, he will be able to go off his BP meds, his metabolic syndrome will have ebbed, and his lipids will be enough better that he could broach the subject of backing off on the statins (but he won't; he believes in them implicitly).  Will that stop him being nervous?  Probably not.

Had a rather odd dinner last night - we went to Qdoba and I had ground beef with queso, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and cheese on it.  It didn't taste as good as I'd hoped.  Also had a piece of swiss cheese before dinner (my missing half an egg had me hungry) and some cheese-ball-and-pecans after.  That, along with the 1.5 egg and turkey bacon, was it for the day.  If humans operated strictly on calorie counts and the 2nd law of thermodynamics, I'd have wasted away by now.  That I could lose weight on far more calories and maintain on fewer, in what is, granted, an n=1 study, proves decisively to me that there's more here than meets the eye.

We did get the K2 and are trying to take it weekly, since it's a rather large quantity and the Whole Health Source blog tends to think we shouldn't overdose on it.  I can't say for sure that my skin has improved (I've taken a whopping 2 of them), but it seems smoother and less dry.  For what it's worth...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5th

Ergh.  152.2 again this morning.  What was that other weight I could never seem to get far away from?  Something.2, as I recall.  Whatever.  Up 2 pounds from Saturday morning, which is mildly disturbing, but I do notice that weight gain from bad eating is sometimes delayed by a day or two, so maybe yesterday's gain was from Saturday dinner and today's was from Sunday lunch (by that specious logic, I should be up more than 0.4 from yesterday - Sunday was much carbier than Saturday, I think).

Anyway, I'm eating properly again (save for a very minor chocolate almond nosh last night - probably ate, oh, maybe 10 of them), so things should sort themselves out momentarily.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 4th

As usual, the low point of the week was Saturday morning; I was up to 151.8 today after Saturday's dinner (not all that bad, although I did have an entire slice of bread - horrors!) and Sunday's lunch (La Loma - chips, corn tortillas, and green chile that almost certainly contains flour).  But you know what?  I don't think I care.  I'm where I want to be, weight-wise, and don't plan on changing my eating habits.  We will stick with our pseudo-lacto-paleo-whatever-it-is approach, because it feels natural and I, for one, feel much healthier as a result of eating this way.  And maybe I lose a few pounds more; maybe I don't.  I'll let my body figure that out.

Not that I'll stop stepping on the scale as a salute to each morning, but as long as I don't start a sustained gain, I'm good with it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2nd

Really hideously bad night last night - both legs took turns cramping up - not on the calf muscle, but on the muscles running up from the outer anklebone and possibly also the shin, so there was no position available for stretching; all I could do was lay very still with the cramping muscle against the heated mattress pad.  Consequently very tired this morning.  Also very skinny - 150.2 pounds.  That's a number I'm having an awful time getting my head around.  Did my measurements this morning for body fat - 25.5%.

I did fast yesterday, sort of - had a bag of peanuts midday because I was bored - but it wasn't dietary, just because I couldn't be bothered to fix breakfast.  Probably not a good mindset.  With Lee heading out of town in November, I think I need to do some planning, so I have convenience foods available.

I have a lot of things I want to get done today, so I think I'd better go get some more calories to burn.  Time for the heavy cream...

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 1st

The calf cramps are back, darn it.  Both legs now - equal opportunity writhing, I guess.  At the same time, I'm down to 151.0 this morning, so they are at least doing the usual signaling.  I was out of bed at least twice that I recall; it may have been more.  Guess I should be grateful to be sort of sleeping through them.

Had a great dinner last night.  8 oz filet with lemon butter, roast asparagus, and a baked sweet potato - all at Ted's.  The presence of the sweet potato should have kept me from losing carb-processing water, I would have thought, so I would say that increasing carbs, at best, might have a delayed influence on the leg spasms.

On the other hand, my ankles were back to their normal degree of boniness this morning, so I definitely lost water overnight, since my feet were swollen at dinner enough to feel my arches when wearing birkies.  You know, I haven't really got to the bottom of the whole cramps thing yet, and maybe I never will.

On the other hand, I'm wearing my new size 10 jeans today...