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23 July 2014

Weigh-in: 162.0 lb lost so far: 10.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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18 July 2014

Weigh-in: 166.0 lb lost so far: 6.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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03 July 2014

Good ol' liver has gone crazy again. Damn thing seems to have a mind all its own and can just raise my blood sugar anytime it feels like. Imagine that! Anyway, keeping fat from accumulating while injecting industrial doses of insulin is quite a chore (if it's possible at all). As we all know, when carbohydrates are consumed in the presence of high blood insulin levels, fat WILL be stored. There is no way around that fact of life. So my only hope to keep from blowing up like the Goodyear Blimp is to cut way back on carbs during those times when I have high insulin levels in circulation. Easier to get one's head around this FOL than it is to get one's heart around it. Cuz as we all also know, when blood sugar is bouncing around, Leptin and Ghrelin are hard at work driving appetite wild.

It's all about getting the basal insulin delivery right. Something that has to be constantly tweaked, it seems. A couple of units of insulin spread out properly over 24hrs will keep me from having to inject mega-doses of bolus insulin to bring down highs. Thus avoiding all of the bad metabolic things that go along with that path.
Weigh-in: 166.0 lb lost so far: 6.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed 100%
   add comment on diet The Paleo Diet   gaining 1.1 lb a week

01 July 2014

First of the month and I have the results from my last blood test. Everything looks great (CBC, Comp Med, vit B&D, A1c, cholesterol). I'm especially happy with my HDL.

A1c = 5.9 (4.3-6.1=normal)
eAG = 123 (77 - 128 = normal)
BG = 137 (H) (80 - 99 = normal)
CHL = 171 (<200 = ideal)
HDL = 78 (40 - 60 = ideal)
TRI = 125 (<150 = ideal)
LDL = 68 (<100 = ideal)
TRI/HDL = 1.60 (<2 IDEAL)
HDL/CHL = .62 (>.23 IDEAL)
CHL/HDL = 1.6 (<3.5 = ideal)

The only thing different in my lifestyle since my last blood tests of 3 months ago has been the switch to Dave Asprey's Bulletproof coffee, cocoa, and brain food (MCT oil). I haven't increased my exercise (actually reduced it), so the only change I can attribute my great HDL number this time is something in Dave's "Bulletproof" regimen. I'll keep it up.

A1c has increased a bit from 3 months ago (was 5.2). I'm not surprised, as my fasting blood sugars have been very high for the past month. Just one of the negative ramifications of not having a working pancreas, which allows the liver to go ape s#*! and crank out beau coup glucose. After meal BG's are pretty easy to keep in check on HFLC, or the A1C would be huge. My Doc likes my BG's higher (takes the legal liability away from him), so he is happy with the 5.9. He'd rather see 7.0, but that's tough. I ain't goin' there again, no matter what he likes. My triglycerides are in the good range, but I'm sure it would be MUCH lower (has been in the 30's), if it wasn't for the high fasting BG's and the need for industrial doses of insulin (which increases triglycerides) to bring it under control.
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20 June 2014

Well, on this last day of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere, I have to record my weight for posterity. Better than for "posteriority" like it was for so many years. Let's see... 1 year ago I was at 186 lbs and toward the end of my Atkins phase. Atkins did well for me and provided the structure and fat loss formula that worked best for me. A year prior, in June 2012 I started Fat Secret and Atkins at 224 pounds. I lost 10 lbs that first week on Atkins Induction Phase and that was all I needed to get me motivated to stay in Induction for 3 months. Finally, just 6 months prior to starting Atkins and Fat Secret (December 2011), I was at 254 lbs and in failing health. Today I am in the best health of my life. Thanks to Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Atkins, Mark Sisson, and Dave Asprey. And, of course, the Fat Secret online community for all of your support and knowledge. Without this place and all of you, I don't see how I could have succeeded. I definitely wasn't gettin' 'er done on my own.
Weigh-in: 164.0 lb lost so far: 8.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed 100%
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