SugarFree Protocol – Diane

Diane will join us on Tuesday, March 15 – but please welcome her now:

Diane’s Intro:

Hello, everyone. I’m 54, 5′ 4″ and weigh 147 pounds. I’m excited to have found SugarFree, because my metabolic tests show that I am insulin resistant and slightly hypothyroid (highlighted on my results). I also have a food disorder called Orthorexia, which I had to look up to understand, but the definition totally describes me.

I’ve manipulated my weight all my adult life by starving myself, and exercising constantly. But once I had my first child, I never lost the extra fifteen pregnancy pounds no matter how little I ate. When I had my last child the problem only got worse. Though my weight wouldn’t seem like a lot to most people, it’s been all-consuming to me. I may have lost a hundred pounds over the decades by gaining and losing the same five to ten pounds many times over.

I’ve done (extreme) LC the last two years by cutting out multiple food groups and eating about 1000 calories a day. I convinced myself I was “eating clean” even though I only lost five pounds, was exhausted most of the time, and under great stress. The part of me that knew this wasn’t right continued to search for answers, and that’s when I found SugarFree. With her help I’ve seen just how starved my body is for real food instead of the ‘bullet coffee’ I drank daily believing it was a meal.

I look forward to my journey back to health, and though I know it will be difficult to break thirty years of bad eating habits, I know I can do this!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 3/15

Weight: 144.5 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 38″
Waist: 33″
Hips: 41.5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Had trouble finishing my food (SugarFree says my stomach shrunk from the starvation, but will expand again), but I feel great.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 3/16

Weight: 144.5 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Still tough to eat so much food.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 3/17

Weight: 144.5 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I’m a little tired but feel pretty good overall. My sweet potato was awesome – haven’t had one in years.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 3/18

Weight: 145.1 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 160
2-hour PP (after meal): 114

I learned a valuable lesson. Pay attention to my Protocol instructions (no canned food) and real all labels. I didn’t do either when I at an entire can of collard greens, which had sugar in it! Major learning curve today, which was frustrating but educational. 🙂

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 3/19

Weight: 145.1 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 116
2-hour PP (after meal): 113

I’ll be glad when I can eat my entire meal without feeling stuffed.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 3/20

Weight: 145.3 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I feel good,  but disappointed that my high PP’s after eating the canned collards means I can’t have the carrots I planned for today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 3/21

Weight: 144.4 = down .9 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 37.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 32.5″ = down 1″
Hips: 41.25″ = down .25″

From other areas = down 1.75″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

SugarFree said it would happen, but I was still excited this morning to see I lost 3.5 inches of excess fat in a single week while on Maintenance and eating so much fat and calories!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 3/22

Weight: 144.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

I’m amazed at how I’m not hungry all day and night until it’s close to the time to eat again.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 3/23

Weight: 143.7 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Felt really good today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 3/24

Weight: 143.7 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

I’ve been wolfing down my food, so I slowed down today after talking with SugarFree. That really helped me eat all my food without feeling stuffed.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 3/25

Weight: 143.7 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

I feel great, with lots of energy.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 3/26

Weight: 143.6 = down .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 75
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I feel great. I was a little hungry before bed last night, but not hungry when I got up.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 3/27

Weight: 142.6 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

Retaining water; SugarFree says it’s insufficient salt.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 1 – 3/28

Weight: 143.2 = up .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 37.5″ = no change
Waist: 32″ = no change
Hips: 40.5″ = down .75″

From other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

A good day – and another inch of fat gone. 🙂

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 2 – 3/30

Weight: 143.2 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 75
1-hour PP (after meal): 84
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I have the day off so I can eat what I cook on the same day. 🙂

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 3/30

Weight: 142.1 = down 1.1 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 75

I feel better after having started the antibiotics. Excited to see the scale loss even though SugarFree says it’s not about the weight, but it’s wonderful to eat this much and still get slimmer.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 4 – 3/31

Weight: 141.7 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 83
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

I feel really good. I slept well, and I’m super thankful that I’m on Protocol.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 5 – 4/1

Weight: 141.7 = no change

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
1-hour PP (after meal): 125
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Antibiotics worked.  I enjoyed eating my blueberries (first time in two years I’ve eaten fruit) but my blood sugars didn’t enjoy them a bit, so no more berries for me till next round of Maintenance. Something to look forward to. 🙂

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 4/2

Weight: 142.6 = down .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Tired and stressed by work.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 7 – 4/3

Weight: 142 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I feel better today.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 1 – 4/4

Weight: 142 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 36.75 = down .75″
Waist: 32″ = no change
Hips: 41.25″ = no change

From other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

A tough day.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 2 – 4/5

Weight: 142 = no change

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Stress has clearly affected my blood sugar.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 3 – 4/6

Weight: 142 = no change

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I  bought a pair of size ten jeans – pretty exciting!

[Note: It sure is – congratulations! Even better – you’ve gone down an entire clothing size , without the scale changing very much (which means you’ve lost fat, not lean muscle mass) and all while eating a ton of food. :D]

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 4 – 4/7

Weight: 143 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 131
2-hour PP (after meal): 127

Bad PP’s after only two ounces of brown rice. SugarFree did warn me that my PP’s were being kept artificially low before Protocol because I had cut out all carb sources except green vegetables, and that once my real PP’s started showing up after a few weeks on Protocol they would be ugly before getting better. I’ll be starting my first round of Phase 1 tomorrow, a few days early, to see if that helps quicken the ‘getting better’ process.

Pre-Protocol – 4/8

Weight: 142.8 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. collards
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 731
Fat: 52.0 g (64%)
Carbs: 10.5 g (6%)
Protein: 55.3 g (30%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

I’ll be glad when my blood sugars are better and I can eat starches again.

Pre-Protocol – 4/9

Weight: 142.5 = down .3 pound

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak
— 8 oz. Kale
— 6 oz. green beans
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 747
Fat: 52.6 g (63%)
Carbs: 10 g (6%)
Protein: 58.5 g (31%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

I went out to dinner with the family, drank water with lemon, and had no trouble resisting temptation.

Pre-Protocol – 4/10

Weight: 141.3 = down .8 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken liver
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 731
Fat: 52 g (64%)
Carbs: 10.5 g (6%)
Protein: 55.3 g (30%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I feel really good today. It was a relaxing weekend. Refreshing.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 4/11

Weight: 141.3 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 37.25″ = down .25″
Waist: 31.5″ = down .5″
Hips: 40.5″ = no change

From other areas = down .25″

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1 oz. duck fat
— 1 oz. butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 751
Fat: 52.6 g (63%)
Carbs: 9.9 g (5%)
Protein: 59.3 g (32%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

I’m excited to have lost another inch of fat this week. Woohoo!

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 4/12

Weight: 140.6 = down .7 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. collards
— 1.5 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 843
Fat: 56.1 g (60%)
Carbs: 20.3 g (10%)
Protein: 64.3 g (30%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

I haven’t seen today’s scale number in seven years, and I’m especially excited I’m losing fat in a healthy way, without starving myself.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 4/13

Weight: 140.7 = up .1 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 3 large eggs
— 8 oz. spinach
— 5 oz. turnip greens
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz sweet potato

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 788
Fat: 50.6 g (58%)
Carbs: 22.7 g (11%)
Protein: 60.4 g (31%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Busy day!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 4/14

Weight: 140.7 = no change

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak
— 8 oz. kale
— 6 oz. green beans
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 2 oz. black beans

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 795
Fat: 52.6 g (60%)
Carbs: 18.6 g (9%)
Protein: 61.7 g (31%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 115

Steak days are one of my favorites. 🙂

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 4/15

Weight: 140.7 = no change

Meal:
— 10 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. collards
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 719
Fat: 49.1 g (62%)
Carbs: 9.7 g (5%)
Protein: 59.5 g (33%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

The scale lies! It has hardly budged, but I’ve lost more fat inches.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 4/16

Weight: 139.8 = down .9 pound

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 9 oz. asparagus
— .75 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 1 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 776
Fat: 52.7 g (61%)
Carbs: 15.2 g (8%)
Protein: 60.3 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 80
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

For the first time in five weeks I had a true weekend off. I enjoyed cleaning out closets with lots of energy.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 4/17

Weight: 139.8 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Kale
— 1 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 756
Fat: 52 g (62%)
Carbs: 16.2 g (9%)
Protein: 55.7 g (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

Today was a great rainy Sunday; I got to read Body By Science and look forward to starting it.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 4/18

Weight: 141 = up 1.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 36.75″ = down .5″
Waist: 31″ = down .5″
Hips: 40.5″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 8 oz. spinach
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 1 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 771
Fat: 53.3 g (62%)
Carbs: 13.8 g (7%)
Protein: 59.1 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Not happy about not having lost much scale weight this week. I had a hard time eating all my food though – which made me wonder why I was so worried about being hungry on this phase of Protocol. SugarFree was right – when you’re burning your own excess fat (and I lost another inch of it this week!) you’re getting plenty of calories. Just not all of them with a fork. 🙂

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 4/19

Weight: 139.6 = down 1.4 pounds

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. collards
— 1.5 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 1 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 778
Fat: 52.5 g (61%)
Carbs: 16.2 g (8%)
Protein: 60.2 g (31%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 88
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Had a heart-to-heart with SugarFree about why I’m still putting so much emphasis on what the scale says, which proves how hard it is to break thirty-five years of a bad habit. She drew my attention to my having lost nearly seven inches of fat in only five weeks while eating more food, fat and calories than I did in the years of starving myself (while losing nothing), which is awesome. I’m going to try hard to let the past slip into the past, and enjoy being “in the moment” for every step of my new journey. 🙂 Calories have nothing to do with ‘losing weight’ and scale weight has nothing to do with being slim or fat, because that weight can be water, fat or – hopefully soon – muscle.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 4/20

Weight: 138.9 = down .7 pound

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 5 oz. mustard greens
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 1 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 801
Fat: 55 g (62%)
Carbs: 15.4 g (8%)
Protein: 61 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 91

Really enjoyed my meal.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 4/21

Weight: 138.9 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Kale
— 1 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 756
Fat: 52 g (62%)
Carbs: 16.2 g (9%)
Protein: 55.7 g (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Beautiful day to be off work.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 4/22

Weight: 138.9 = no change

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. spinach
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 1.5 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 1 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 772
Fat: 51.9 g (60%)
Carbs: 13.7 g (7%)
Protein: 62.4 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 76
1-hour PP (after meal): 90

Looking forward to starting another round of Maintenance next week. 🙂

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 4/23

Weight: 138.3 = down .5 pound

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. green beans
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 862
Fat: 60.4 g (63%)
Carbs: 20.6 g (10%)
Protein: 59.1 g (27%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 89
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Great day all around.

Protocol Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 4/24

Weight: 138.3 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 1 oz. rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 762
Fat: 52.2 g (62%)
Carbs: 17 g (9%)
Protein: 56 g (29%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

I can’t say I’ve acquired a taste for livers, but they are no longer so disliked. 🙂

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 1 – 4/25

Weight: 139.3 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 37″ = down .5″
Waist: 31″ = down 1″
Hips: 40″ = down .5″

From other areas = down 3″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

It has been eye-opening to have lost six inches of fat (five inches this week alone) but a mere two pounds on the scale since I began Phase 1 two weeks ago. Which finally made me understand what SugarFree has been trying to beat into my resistant brain: The scale lies. I also tried on the my Junior 7 skinny jeans SugarFree had me to buy when I started Protocol and I was able to get them all the way up! Three weeks ago I couldn’t get them past my thighs. When I first bought them they didn’t go past my ankles. Amazing – and wonderful – and exciting!

I also had my first Body By Science consult. There’s so much to learn but I’m eager to get started on this aspect of my journey too. And I am surprised to find myself writing this after starving myself for so many years, but I’m really looking forward to the additional fat I get to eat on Maintenance. 🙂

[Note: Yippee! What a really great week you’ve had, not least because you truly understand that when most people say “I want to lose weight” what they really mean is they want to lose FAT. And that you are doing in spades. Well done, Diane. :D]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 2 – 4/26

Weight: 139.4 = up .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

It’s been a great day. I’m off work and can cook and eat on the same day – meals are better fresh!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 3 – 4/27

Weight: 139.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Another great day.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 4 – 4/28

Weight: 139 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Went shopping and the first time ever bought size small and medium sleeveless tops because I’m no longer embarrassed by my shrinking arm size – thanks to Protocol. And I get to eat tons of glorious fat every single day, too – love it!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 5 – 4/29

Weight: 137.9 = down 1.1 pounds

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 88

Today was my 28th Anniversary. 🙂 We had a dinner party and I ate with everyone in the early evening, the first time in seven weeks. SugarFree’s dessert recipe – strawberries, sliced almonds, dark chocolate and whipped cream was delicious and a hit with everyone!

[Note: Sounds like a great party. Happy Anniversary, and many, many more! :)]

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 6 – 4/30

Weight: 137.9 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 89
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I had a harder time falling asleep after my late meal yesterday.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 1, Day 7 – 5/1

Weight: 138.6 = up .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Looks like I’m paying the price for eating late and the strawberries, in higher PP’s and water gain. 🙁

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 1 – 5/2

Weight: 139.3 = up .7 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 36.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 30.75″ = down .25″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 91

Another .75 inches gone, especially from around my waist. I’m excited to continue losing fat on Maintenance. I hope it doesn’t take as long this time though, for my PP’s to rebound to normal again.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 2 – 5/3

Weight: 138.6 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 109

Another great day in Maintenance food paradise! And I’m eating my first chopped liver recipe tomorrow.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 3 – 5/4

Weight: 138.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

The chopped liver tasted pretty good, considering I’ve never liked liver at all. Also, my favorite pants no longer fit at all. All my pants are loose and baggy, but I can no longer wear this particular pair — they’re falling off. Woohoo! Looks like I’m a true size ten. For now. SugarFree says I’ll be an eight before year’s end.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 4 – 5/5

Weight: 138.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I absolutely love Maintenance and all its wonderful food. Who would have thought eating all this fat would help you lose weight? To think of all those years I starved myself trying to diet away the fat when I should have been eating it. 🙂

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 5 – 5/6

Weight: 138.6 = no change

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 89
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I enjoyed dinner out with my family. Maintenance was easy to follow at the restaurant.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 6 – 5/7

Weight: 138.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I’m beginning to enjoy the chopped liver recipe. 🙂

Maintenance Round 2, Week 2, Day 7 – 5/8

Weight: 139.3 = up .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Had a great Mother’s Day and loved eating my Maintenance meal while others ate pizza. I was not even tempted.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 1 – 5/9

Weight: 139.3 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 36.5″ = no change
Waist: 30.25″ = down .5″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = down .5″

Weight: 138.9 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Lost another inch of fat on Maintenance! I also had my second Body By Science consult with SugarFree, which provided a lot of new information about weight training to process. The current weight lifting gurus have it as wrong as the fat-free gurus. Sigh. Because I have some old injuries that need healing first, SugarFree had me start with rehab to get my body ready for BBS. Hopefully that will just take a few months.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 2 – 5/10

Weight: 138.9 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 87
1-hour PP (after meal): 89
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I made SugarFree’s beurre blanc sauce for the first time and poured it all over my salmon. Delicious!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 3 – 5/11

Weight: 138.4 = down .5 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 103

Because I made my chicken liver the way I normally do on Phase I (which I still am not crazy about), I was able to see how much more I like SugarFree’s Chopped Liver recipe! I’ll miss it once I’m off Maintenance mode.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 4 – 5/12

Weight: 139 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

My rehab is going well. It’s good to feel a little sore for the right reasons. 🙂

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 5 – 5/13

Weight: 137.9 = down 1.1 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

I successfully graduated two daughters from college, so it was time for a celebration meal: salmon with beurre blanc (made for the first time). Love, love, love it!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 6 – 5/14

Weight: 138.1 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Another good day on Maintenance.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 3, Day 7 – 5/15

Weight: 138.7 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 109

Just ate Chicken Normandy for the first time. O.M.G. This is every bit as decadent as everyone claims! It has now moved to the top of my favorites. A good rib eye trumps everything, but this is a very close second.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 1 – 5/16

Weight: 139.5 = up .8 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 36.5″ = no change
Waist: 31″ = up .75″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

I really enjoyed my meal.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 2 – 5/17

Weight: 138.9 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Extremely busy day.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 3 – 5/18

Weight: 138.5 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

I get up everyday thankful that I found SugarFree. It’s so liberating to know I’ve finally found the answer to (what used to be) my lifelong weight problem. What a blessing.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 4 – 5/19

Weight: 139 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Still enjoying Maintenance, but looking forward to my brief Protocol rotation.

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 5 – 5/20

Weight: 137.7 = down 1.3 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 84
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

I included some dark chocolate today with my meal. It was delicious, and to my surprise it did not raise my PP’s. That’s progress!

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 6 – 5/21

Weight: 136.9 = down .8 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 80
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I made Chicken Normandy for again for myself and DH. We both licked our plates, as it was even better this time, which is saying something since it was great the first time. 🙂

Maintenance Round 2, Week 4, Day 7 – 5/22

Weight: 137.5 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I prepared dessert for my son’s class party and wasn’t even tempted to taste it. Sugar just didn’t have a hold on me anymore.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 1 – 5/23

Weight: 137.5 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 36″ = down .5″
Waist: 30″ = down .25″
Hips: 40″= no change

From other areas = down .25″

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. swiss chard
— .75 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 791
Fat: 50.3 g (57%)
Carbs: 20.5 g (10%)
Protein: 64 g (33%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 80
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Having just finished my second round of Maintenance, I decided to reflect on my progress towards a healthier me. Over the last thirty days of this cycle (eating loads of calories and great food) I lost three more inches of fat and 1.8 pounds – Woohoo! Going into it, I was convinced that Maintenance was there just to keep the new, lower set-point I’d reached at the end of my first round of Phase 1. A three-inch fat loss showed me how wrong I was. Maintenance is, as SugarFree reminds me from time to time, the real secret to not just “losing” fat and weight – but keeping it off forever. And my energy level has grown as well. I used to drink my energy in the form of caffeine, and without it was lethargic all day. Now I feel wonderful all day without it, and no longer go through the afternoon slumps I used to have even with it.

In reviewing my posts I see just how much progress I’ve made. From the moment SugarFree started giving me guidance until today I’ve lost at ten pounds and over 14.25 inches of body fat, increased my insulin sensitivity – and have done it without losing lean body mass. While I do not have all that much more to lose in the “fat” department, I still have lots of healing to do caused by starving myself, and by eating nearly zero carbs for so years, something I’ll never do again. I’m already able to handle carbs better than when I began Protocol, and I just need to let time heal all the damage. I am truly grateful to have found SugarFree. Thank you.

[Note: Diane, you’re welcome. But please remember, I may have cheered you on – but it’s you who are doing the all the hard work to win the race! :D]

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 2 – 5/24

Weight: 137.5 = no change

Meal:
— 9.5 oz. steak
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. spinach
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 798
Fat: 52.1 g (59%)
Carbs: 23 g (11%)
Protein: 59.2 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 87
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Thanks for your note, SugarFree – but I still think you’ve got the harder job. 🙂 Also, my recently purchased size ten pants are already loose, and I’m getting comments from co-workers on how slim I look!

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 3 – 5/25

Weight: 136.2 = down 1.3 pounds

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 eggs, whole, raw
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2.3 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 773
Fat: 52 g (61%)
Carbs: 20 g (9%)
Protein: 58.8 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 75
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

My physical rehab for BBS is nearly done, and the muscle pain I’ve had for the last several years is now gone – a happy and welcome surprise.

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 4 – 5/26

Weight: 136.5 = up .3 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. Salmon
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. Swiss Chard
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 817
Fat: 52.5 g (57%)
Carbs: 20.5 g (10%)
Protein: 65.7 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 87
2-hour PP (after meal): 86

I really miss all the yummy – and oh, so satisfying fat I get to eat on Maintenance!

Protocol Round 2, Week 1, Day 5 – 5/27

Weight: 136.5 = no change

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. kale
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz. sweet potato
— 1 oz. onion

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 827
Fat: 56.6 g (61%)
Carbs: 24.1 g (12%)
Protein: 55.3 g (27%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 88

I made the chicken in my Instant Pot pressure cooker for the first time, and it was not only delicious, it took just minutes. I only ate white meat before Protocol (less fat meant lower calories, of course), but I love dark meat now. Thank you for the recipe, SugarFree.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 4 – 6/2

Weight: 135.6 = up .8 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 1.5 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2.3 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 800
Fat: 52.3 g (59%)
Carbs: 19.2 g (10%)
Protein: 63 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

I like these low and steady blood glucose readings. 🙂

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 3 – 6/1

Weight: 134.8 = down .5 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. Chicken livers
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice
— 2 eggs

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 780
Fat: 51.8 g (60%)
Carbs: 23.8 g (12%)
Protein: 54.6 g (28%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 76
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Another great day with lots of energy. I look forward to my first Body By Science workout this weekend.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 5 – 6/3

Weight: 135.4 = down .4 pound

Meal:
— 8.5 oz. salmon
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 798
Fat: 51.7 g (58%)
Carbs: 20.5 g (11%)
Protein: 62.7 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I did my first two-minute plank today! Now I’m ready for my first real workout. I am so ready to exercise.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 6 – 6/4

Weight: 134 = down 1.4 pounds

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 783
Fat: 52.3 g (60%)
Carbs: 21.4 g (11%)
Protein: 56.6 g (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 88

Did a BBS workout (not great, which SugarFree says is par for the course; it will take a few sessions to ‘get it’) but it was the first step to build back my physical strength. I am looking forward to a stronger me.

Protocol Round 2, Week 2, Day 7 – 6/5

Weight: 134 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice
— 2 eggs

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 793
Fat: 52.5 g (60%)
Carbs: 23.5 g (12%)
Protein: 56.7 g (28%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 76
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

I slept like a baby and today I overhauled my closet, getting rid of my size 12’s and some of the bigger size 10’s. Wow, I never imagined this would be possible less than three months after starting Protocol!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 1 – 6/6

Weight: 134 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 29.25″ = down .75″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
2-hour PP (after meal): 81

I lost another 1.5 inches of fat and I’m the lowest weight I’ve been on a scale for at least a decade! I get lots of comments from co-workers now, especially when they watch me eat all this wonderful food. Love being back on Maintenance: a month of delicious calories and fat. 🙂

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 2 – 6/7

Weight: 134.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

I feel great. Sleeping well, lunch was delicious, life is good!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 3 – 6/8

Weight: 134.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 76
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I had sourdough bread with my chopped liver. The perfect combination. 🙂 And though I’m not yet good at creating new recipes, the ones I do make with SugarFree’s help are a highlight of each Maintenance phase.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 4 – 6/9

Weight: 134.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Took my blood pressure today and it was the lowest it’s been in a long time.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 5 – 6/10

Weight: 134.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 101
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I’m off work next week so I can cook my new Maintenance recipes and eat them the same day!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 6 – 6/11

Weight: 134.7 = up .3 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 114

I did my second BBS workout correctly today and it felt good. It was also great being able to get to the gym and back home in just thirty minutes.

SugarFree told me my blood sugars would increase due to cortisol rising from my workout, which depresses my insulin levels so my blood sugars rise. And they sure did.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 1, Day 7 – 6/12

Weight: 134.5 = down . 2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 126
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Another great Sunday. I’m starting on my meditation journey this week. So much to learn but what great benefits!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 1 – 6/13

Weight: 135.2 = up .7 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 29.25″ = no change
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = up .5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 87
1-hour PP (after meal): 114
2-hour PP (after meal): 111

Slept really well after my first meditation.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 2 – 6/14

Weight: 135.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 108

I had a great day.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 3 – 6/15

Weight: 135.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 123

Oops. I ate more bread than I was on my menu. But boy, was it a delicious sourdough!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 4 – 6/16

Weight: 135 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Much better meter readings today. Happy camper!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 5 – 6/17

Weight: 135 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 120
2-hour PP (after meal): 110

Lots to do, but having a hard time getting started.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 6 – 6/18

Weight: 135 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Looks like my workouts are on hold until I see a chiropractor. Turns out I have a problem with both shoulders that I’ve lived with for years without telling anyone. All was well until I started exercising, which increased the inflammation I must have there. That increased my cortisol, which depressed my insulin, which caused my suddenly high blood sugars — rather than the BBS workout itself as SugarFree first thought. No more “getting used to” symptoms! I’ll get this fixed so I can return to the workouts with better BG readings. The only reason they’re good today is because SugarFree had me stop everything, even planks.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 2, Day 7 – 6/19

Weight: 135.5 = up .5 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

Had a great Father’s Day. Enjoyed my Chopped Liver while others munched on pizza, but rather than feel deprived, I felt empowered that I was doing something good for my body!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 1 – 6/20

Weight: 135.5 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 29.5″ = up .25″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

My waist is up a bit due to all the excess cortisol. But I get great comments about all the food I eat while losing inches. Folks ask me how I’m doing it, and I tell them, but it’s hard to convince people about all the lies they’ve been fed. 🙂

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 2 – 6/21

Weight: 135.5 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

Reducing my starch carbs a bit has lowered my blood sugars temporarily, but they won’t really improve until the inflammation from my shoulders decreases.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 3 – 6/22

Weight: 135.5 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I finally understand that my problem isn’t going away, as I was hoping would happen by just letting it calm back down. Wrong! I’ve been managing my symptoms all these years without knowing I had a physical problem. But SugarFree helped me realize my high blood sugars have been a blessing because they shed light on all the inflammation in my body. The “silent killer.” Now I’ll get a diagnosis and be able to fix the problem.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 4 – 6/23

Weight: 134.7 = down .8 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

The diagnosis is in: degenerative ligaments caused by my particular sitting position in my profession. Also, I have early-stage arthritis and a bone spur in my shoulder. I’ll be doing lots of research to find the best way to treat it all, and have ordered some of the anti-inflammatories from the Supplement’s page. Meanwhile, no further exercise until I begin Physical Therapy and get suggestions to help improve everything.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 5 – 6/24

Weight: 134.4 = down .3 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

I spent the day driving and then on my feet helping my daughter pack and move. Now my foot hurts, and I’ll be making an appointment with a podiatrist, too. Getting old is not for the faint of heart. 🙂

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 6 – 6/25

Weight: 134.1 = down .3 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Another long day.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 3, Day 7 – 6/26

Weight: 133.7 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Thankful for some much-needed down time!

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 1 – 6/27

Weight: 135.4 = up 1.8 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 29″ = down .25″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I lost another half-inch of fat this week. I’ve been off-kilter with all my traveling this weekend, and I’m ready for a return to the routine.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 2 – 6/28

Weight: 134.4 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I started taking my new anti-inflammatory supplements. SugarFree says it will be about four weeks before I feel the effects.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 3 – 6/29

Weight: 134.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Saw the podiatrist today. I need to do some stretching in order to lengthen my Achilles tendon. Follow-up in four weeks.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 4 – 6/30

Weight: 134.2 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Got a script for PT from my orthopedist. He said I was smart in trying to head off the pain that this will cause me soon (though I have none now, just ‘grinding’) if I am not proactive in strengthening the muscles around my shoulder joints. I really appreciate SugarFree  encouraging me to get a diagnosis of the problem I’ve had (and ignored) for the last seven years.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 5 – 7/01

Weight: 134.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 88

A good end to a great week. My blood sugars (and therefore my inflammation) are better, I now have answers (and an action plan) for my foot/shoulder issues, and it’s time to celebrate the 4th of July! I feel truly blessed.

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 6 – 7/02

Weight: 135.2 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I enjoyed a “revised” version of a new recipe that SugarFree helped tweak to make  palatable. It is sad that cooking is a lost art to my generation and by default, the one I’ve raised — and is part of the obesity epidemic. But I plan to share what SugarFree is teaching me with my daughters. 🙂

Maintenance Round 3, Week 4, Day 7 – 7/03

Weight: 135.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Enjoyed working around the house with lots of energy.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 1 – 7/04

Weight: 135.6 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 29.5″ = up .25″
Hips: 40″ = no change

From other areas = up .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 111

I went to a family gathering that always includes lots of sugary carbohydrate foods, but I enjoyed it just as much without the sugar. With SugarFree’s help I planned my menu (including quietly rinsing the sauce off my ribs before eating them, and bringing my own strawberries and real whipped cream) and was able to stay away from the desserts my body no longer craves. Plus, since most of the extended family hadn’t seen me since Thanksgiving, I got many compliments about my new, slimmer figure. For the first time a get-together was about the fellowship rather than the food – and I actually enjoyed having my picture taken. 🙂 To top it off, my PP’s were not as bad as I was expecting them to be. Win, Win! Now, on to Protocol Round 3.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 1 – 7/05

Weight: 135.1 = down .5 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 791
Fat: 49.6 g (57%)
Carbs: 20.5 g (10%)
Protein: 65.7 g (33%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 108

My PP’s continue to show the residual hit from yesterday’s indulgence. They’ll hopefully return to normal in a day or two.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 2 – 7/6

Weight: 135.1 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Spinach
— 2 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 783
Fat: 52 g (60%)
Carbs: 20 g (10%)
Protein: 58.8 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Pleased with today’s PP’s. Now that I’m back on Protocol I was a little hungry last evening right before bed, but not at all when I woke this morning.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 3 – 7/7

Weight: 134 = down 1.1 pounds

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak, top sirloin
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. chard
— .5 T oz. duck fat
— .5 T oz. butter
— 2 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 815
Fat: 53.7 g (59%)
Carbs: 21.4 g (11%)
Protein: 61.4 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 114
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Wow – high PP’s! A combination of carry-over from my holiday meal, and the lower fat on Phase 1.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 5 – 7/8

Weight: 133.4 = down .6 pound

Meal:
— 15 oz. chicken thighs
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. kale
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 709
Fat: 47 g (59%)
Carbs: 9.9 g (6%)
Protein: 61.6 g (35%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I so love chicken thighs now that SugarFree taught me how to cook, and not overcook them. Delicious! I was a little hungry again before going to bed, but it was just a reminder that my body was going to feed itself while I was asleep. And it did.

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 6 – 7/9

Weight: 133 = down .4 pound

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 774
Fat: 52.3 g (61%)
Carbs: 10 g (5%)
Protein: 55.7 g (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

I visited a friend whom I haven’t seen since starting Protocol. She was amazed at how slim I’ve become, and couldn’t believe that I was going to eat all that food! Sticking to the program is so easy for me while traveling. I love this way of eating. 🙂

Protocol Round 3, Week 1, Day 7 – 7/10

Weight: 133.2 = up .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. chard
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 eggs
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 731
Fat: 52 g (64%)
Carbs: 10.5 g (6%)
Protein: 55.3 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Glad to be home after traveling.

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 1 – 7/11

Weight: 133.2 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35.5″ = no change
Waist: 29.25″ = down .25″
Hips: 39.75″ = down .25″

From other areas = down .5″

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 758
Fat: 47 g (56%)
Carbs: 23 g (12%)
Protein: 60.8 g (32%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 114
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Lost the inch I previously regained, yay me! But even more exciting is that SugarFree visited with one of my daughters who will now hopefully be able to do Protocol with me. Unfortunately, she picked up a lot of unhealthy habits from dear ol’ mom and has the same type of eating disorder I did before starting Protocol. Now it’s time to teach her what I’ve learned from SugarFree. I wish I had found this blog when I was her age!

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 2 – 7/12

Weight: 132.5 = down .7 pound

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak, top sirloin
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. chard
— .5 T oz. duck fat
— .5 T oz. butter
— 1 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 772
Fat: 52.6 g (59%)
Carbs: 15.7 g (11%)
Protein: 59 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I’m a little tired today from getting up really early, but feel good today. And I enjoyed another great meal. I do miss all the good fat on Maintenance, though.

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 3 – 7/13

Weight: 132.5 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 2 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 783
Fat: 52 g (60%)
Carbs: 20 g (10%)
Protein: 58.8 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Made it through another meal of chicken livers. It’s still not my favorite. And it’s funny how I so look forward to Maintenance where I eat so much more fat, when it was only a short four months ago I almost rebelled when SugarFree told me how much fat I would eat. I’m so glad I was open to learning from her.

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 4 – 7/14

Weight: 131.9 = down .6 pound

Meal:
— 13 oz. pork chop
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. kale
— .5 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 810
Fat: 52 g (58%)
Carbs: 20.6 g (10%)
Protein: 64.9 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

Another great day on Protocol. Better meter readings, too.

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 5 – 7/15

Weight: 131.6 = down .3 pound

Meal:
— 15 oz. chicken thighs
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. spinach
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 733
Fat: 45.6 g (56%)
Carbs: 22.7 g (12%)
Protein: 57.9 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 74
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Love my chicken thighs now. Hubby does, too. 🙂 Today’s the four-month anniversary of my starting Protocol, and SugarFree tells me I’m not far from going onto Lifetime Maintenance. The time has flown by.

[Note: Congratulation, Diane, for coming so far so fast. And you have another spectacular reason to celebrate: you’ve now lost well over ten percent of your total body weight. A great achievement that most doctors wish their patients could do in a year – and you’ve done it in just four months. Yay you! :D]

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 6 – 7/16

Weight: 131.1 = down .5 pound

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. chard
— .5 T oz. duck fat
— .5 T oz. butter
— 2 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 799
Fat: 52.6 g (59%)
Carbs: 19.5 g (10%)
Protein: 62 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Meter readings continue to improve.

Protocol Round 3, Week 2, Day 7 – 7/17

Weight: 131.1 = no change

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken liver
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 2 eggs
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 1 oz. sourdough bread

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 756
Fat: 52.3 g (62%)
Carbs: 15.1 g (8%)
Protein: 56.1 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I made a modified “faux” chopped liver today, which tasted much better than I thought it would. Liver meals are getting better with SugarFree’s suggestions for spices and cooking techniques. Knowing it’s helping to make me healthier makes it more palatable. I think of it as medical food.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 1 – 7/18

Weight: 131.5 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.25″ = down .25″
Waist: 29″ = down .25″
Hips: 39″ = down .75″

From other areas = down .5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

Another round of Protocol behind me, and a little less “behind” on me. LOL. But I’m truly excited about my progress: I lost nearly two more inches of fat!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 2 – 7/19

Weight: 130.5 = down .1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 91

I love being back on Maintenance. Fat, fat, fat, glorious fat. On the fork, not on me! 🙂

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 3 – 7/20

Weight: 130.8 = up .3 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Lots of energy.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 4 – 7/21

Weight: 130.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

Good PP’s today. I continue to work with my physical therapist and create new recipes to eat on Maintenance.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 1, Day 5 – 7/22

Weight: 129.8 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I got to eat fresh tomato – something I haven’t had in almost a year. I was delicious! Plus, I’m in the 120’s. 🙂 Probably won’t last long – for now – but it feels great.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 7/23

Weight: 129.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 80
1-hour PP (after meal): 87
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Worked hard in the heat, so I had trouble finishing all my food. That’s unusual for me since I can ordinarily eat everything and maybe more without feeling too full.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 7/24

Weight: 129.3 = down .5 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Prepared Chicken Normandy for my family today. It was a hit!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 7/25

Weight: 130.3 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.25″ = no change
Waist: 29″ = no change
Hips: 39″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Another great week of Maintenance and I feel great. Some of the slacks I had taken in a month ago are already too big for me again. Wonderful!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 2 – 7/26

Weight: 129.8 = down .5 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Stressful day. Not enough hours in the day! But I feel great physically. Had no trouble eating all my food.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 3 – 7/27

Weight: 129.3 = down .5 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Found lots of size ten slacks in the storage room where they went when they were too small for me. Now they’re too big! Can’t say I hate to see them go. 🙂

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 3 – 7/27

Weight: 129.1 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Tried on the “skinny” jeans SugarFree had me to purchase at the beginning of Protocol and was able to get them on, zipped, and only slightly tight. But it felt wonderful just to be able to put them on. The day I got them I could hardly get them half-way up my thighs.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 5 – 7/29

Weight: 129.5 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

Traveling again. Restaurant food was not very good. I’ve learned to make a mean rib eye for myself on Protocol. Thanks, SugarFree. 🙂

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 6 – 7/30

Weight: 129.5 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

It was a productive weekend. It’s much more fun wearing light clothing and not trying to cover up your body. For the first time in eons I’m wearing white capri’s. So much cooler than black.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 2, Day 7 – 7/31

Weight: 131.1 = up 1.6 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Another day out in the heat, but I enjoyed shopping with my girls. I’m excited that my daughter will soon start Protocol! I look forward to seeing her change habits that are so destructive to her health and to watch her thrive with SugarFree’s help.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 1 – 8/1

Weight: 130.5 = down .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.25″ = no change
Waist: 29″ = no change
Hips: 39″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

No measurement changes this week, but that’s okay – I love last week’s measurements! If they didn’t ever move again I’d be just as thrilled. Because being able to eat all this wonderful week every day, every week with no regain is the wonderful part.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 3 – 8/2

Weight: 129.5 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Today my coworker said: “You’re looking so skinny.” It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 3 – 8/3

Weight: 129.5 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

A good day and good meter readings.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 4 – 8/4

Weight: 129.6 = up .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I ordered a new toy – an Omcrom Body Composition Monitor scale that measures weight, fat percent and hydration, BMI, bone density, biological age and most important (because it’s the most dangerous kind of fat: Visceral. Only someone on Protocol would be excited about a new scale. Now I can watch my fat go down, down, down!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 5 -8/5

Weight: 129.5 = down .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I enjoyed my Instant Pot spareribs today. Am already looking forward to making them again.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 6 – 8/6

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Physically a tough day. Protocol helps me get through days like today. 🙂

Maintenance Round 4, Week 3, Day 7 – 8/7

Weight: 130.8 = up 1.3 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Today I reorganized the house. It does a lot for me mentally when it’s in order, or at least on the road to recovery. I need to get back in the habit of my meditation. Been remiss for the last few weeks and it’s starting to show.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 1 – 8/8

Weight: 130.6 = down .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35.25″ = no change
Waist: 28.75″ = down .25″
Hips: 39″ = no change

From other areas = down 1.5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

This is one weekend I’m glad has come and gone. It’s sad when you have to go back to work to get some rest. But my measurements are rejuvenating: Down another 1.75 inches and I can now brag about having a twenty-eight inch waist. Woohoo!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 2 – 8/9

Weight: 130.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

A delicious meal today.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 3 – 8/10

Weight: 130.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

A bit low on energy but my meal was filling.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 4 – 8/11

Weight: 131 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I feel really well and rested. Enjoyed my chicken thighs tremendously.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 5 – 8/12

Weight: 130.3 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 82

I was up and going at 4 a.m. so I was really hungry by the time I ate my meal. And I could have eaten more, which is surprising since there is a lot of food on Maintenance.

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 6 – 8/13

Weight: 129.6 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 113

I made a new recipe: Cheese Souffle. Felt like a real cook today!

Maintenance Round 4, Week 4, Day 7 – 8/14

Weight: 129.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I feel great and ready for my next round of Protocol.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 1 – 8/15

Weight: 129.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35.25″ = no change
Waist: 28.75″ = no change
Hips: 39″ = no change

Total from other areas: no change

Meal:
— 13 oz. pork chop
— 8 oz. spinach
— 6 oz. collards
— .75 T butter
— .75 T duck fat
— 2 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 785
Fat: 49.2 g (56%)
Carbs: 19.2 g (10%)
Protein: 65.8 g (34%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Protocol amazes me. A month of Maintenance with lots of calories, yet I still continued to lose inches of fat and weight. I began using a new meter and it’s running a bit higher than the old one. SugarFree says it’s not a problem, so I won’t worry about it.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 2 – 8/16

Weight: 129.3 = down .3 pound

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 6 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— .75 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 791
Fat: 51.3 g (58%)
Carbs: 22.9 g (12%)
Protein: 59.4 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Busy day, but the one thing I don’t have to worry about is what to eat for lunch – I figured out today’s meal yesterday. It’s become second nature and easy to follow Protocol. 🙂

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 3 – 8/17

Weight: 129.6 = up .3 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 1 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 3 oz. lentils
— 2 eggs

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 846
Fat: 54.5 g (58%)
Carbs: 26.4 g (12%)
Protein: 62.4 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

A little hungry before eating today, but that’s because I’m not yet back in lipolysis.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 4 – 8/18

Weight: 129.3 = down .4 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1.5 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 783
Fat: 51.6 g (59%)
Carbs: 21.4 g (11%)
Protein: 58.2 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 121
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I slept really well. I really enjoy my meals, and this one in particular. People are still amazed at how much I eat yet how slim I’ve become.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 5 – 8/19

Weight: 128.6 = down 1 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. beef, top sirloin
— 6 oz. collards
— 6 oz. spinach
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 1 oz. sweet potato
— 1 corn on the cob
— 2 oz. chocolate meringue pie

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 1122.5
Fat: 60.1 g (59%)
Carbs: 78.6 g (11%)
Protein: 66.8 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

We had company tonight and with SugarFree’s helpful suggestions I prepared a great dinner enjoyed by all. I even had a tiny piece of the homemade chocolate pie brought by our guests, and it was truly delicious.

Protocol Round 4, Week 1, Day 6 – 8/20

Weight: 128.6 = no change

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. spinach
— 3 oz. sugar snap peas
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 751
Fat: 48.9 g (59%)
Carbs: 19 g (10%)
Protein: 58.8 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I ate two starch carbs instead of one, and my 1-hour PP reflects it.

Protocol Round 4, Week 4, Day 7 – 8/21

Weight: 128 = down .6 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 2 large eggs
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 2 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 783
Fat: 46.5 g (53%)
Carbs: 28.4 g (15%)
Protein: 62.8 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 85
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

One of the great things about Protocol: when you get super busy you are the only one who does not have to stop and have dinner. One distraction after another, but at least it wasn’t what to eat!

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 1 – 8/22

Weight: 128.2 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 35″ = down .25″
Waist: 28.5″ = down .25″
Hips: 39″ = no change

Total from other areas = down .5″

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 6 oz. green beans
— .75 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 868
Fat: 50.9 g (53%)
Carbs: 35.7 g (16%)
Protein: 66.8 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Another great week of Protocol behind me. Lost another inch of fat!

Protocol, Round 4, Week 2, Day 2 – 8/23

Weight: 127.2 = down 1 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. chard
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. white potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 813
Fat: 49.6 g (55%)
Carbs: 27.1 g (13%)
Protein: 64.5 g (32%)

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

It’s sad that I deprived myself of white potatoes for a long time before starting Protocol that I never remember it an option. SugarFree has to remind me to have it, but I’m glad she did. And O.M.G. – I’m down to 127 pounds! When I began, starving myself for years and never losing anything, I never would have believed I would be here today, less than six months later. 😀

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 3 – 8/24

Weight: 127 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 2 oz. lentils
— 2 eggs

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 841
Fat: 50.2 g (54%)
Carbs: 29.5 g (14%)
Protein: 67.9 g (32%)

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Slept very well again, and received more compliments from a different co-worker. That feels so good!

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 4 – 8/25

Weight: 126.4 = down .6 pound

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. kale
— .5 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 2 oz. onion
— 2 oz. tomato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 863
Fat: 49.7 g (52%)
Carbs: 38.9 g (18%)
Protein: 64.9 g (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 78
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I bought my first pair of size 6 pants! Size S.I.X. White and black hounds tooth. I can’t even remember the last time I bought anything but a solid color in pants. Like in FOREVER. I can’t wait to try on the skinny jeans SugarFree had me buy when I began this journey.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 5 – 8/26

Weight: 126.4 = no change

Meal:
— 10 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. green beans
— 8 oz. chard
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. sweet potatoes

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 848
Fat: 50.5 g (54%)
Carbs: 29.9 g (14%)
Protein: 68.4 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Another great day on Protocol. Feel wonderful with high energy. Slept well as always.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 6 – 8/27

Weight: 125.8 = down .6 pound

Meal:
— 10 oz. beef sirloin
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. spinach
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 891
Fat: 54.7 g (55%)
Carbs: 30.9 g (14%)
Protein: 68.7 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 113
2-hour PP (after meal): 109

I prefer a juicy rib eye, but my sirloin steak tasted great.

Protocol Round 4, Week 2, Day 7 – 8/28

Weight: 124.8 = down 1 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken liver
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. chard
— 2 eggs
— 1 T duck fat
— l T butter
— 2 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 830
Fat: 50.5 g (55%)
Carbs: 29.9 g (14%)
Protein: 63.9 g (30%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 71
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Now that my PT is almost over, my next task before restarting BBS are full push-ups. I need to do fifteen in a row. Gulp. Today I did two – and I was thrilled to do it. SugarFree says you have to start somewhere. 🙂

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 1 – 8/29

Weight: 125.2 = up . 4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = down .5
Waist: 28″ = down .5″
Hips: 38.25″ = down .75″

Total from other areas = down 3.5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 80
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 88

I’m really excited about the results of this round of Protocol as I was not expecting this much fat loss: 5.25 inches – woo hoo! I thought losses would continue, but would slow down as I get close to my body’s natural shape. I was also able to wear my skinny jeans very comfortably this morning, so I’m officially a size 6/7. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it. But I’m just as excited that it’s Shelby’s first day of Protocol – her own journey to health – which I hope will be as wonderful as my own. 🙂

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 2 – 8/30

Weight: 125.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I’m back on Maintenance, and I love me some fat! I sure have come to cherish it. LOL.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 3 – 8/31

Weight: 124.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 116
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

I love bread but it doesn’t love me back – yet. 🙂

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 4 – 9/1

Weight: 124.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Slept well and feel great. I used to hate getting on the scale – but I absolutely love it these days!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 5 – 9/2

Weight: 125 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Another wonderful day on Protocol.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 6 – 9/3

Weight: 124.6 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I’ve learned how to make another delicious recipe: Shrimp Scampi. It was decadent!
Thank you, SugarFree. I never thought I’d be able to eat all this amazing food and not regain weight or fat!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 1, Day 7 – 9/4

Weight: 125.2 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 113
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Enjoyed a great meal with my family. It’s been a beautiful Labor Day weekend.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 1 – 9/5

Weight: 125.6 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = no change
Hips: 38.25″ = no change

Total from other areas = down .25″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I took my lunch with me when visiting, and my Dad demanded that I share! Good thing I brought extra. 🙂

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 2 – 9/6

Weight: 125.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

It was hard to get back to a work routine after a three-day weekend.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 3 – 9/7

Weight: 124.8 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

I added watermelon to my menu. Yum. It was wonderfully sweet, but didn’t spike my blood sugar!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 4 – 9/8

Weight: 124.4 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 85

I slept well and had lots of energy this morning.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 5 – 9/9

Weight: 124.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 88
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

Enjoyed my meal -but while that’s been true throughout Protocol, in the Maintenance phase that goes double. Or triple. I have triple the fat, and I love every bite of it!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 6 – 9/10

Weight: 124.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I went out of town, and found it hard to cook in a different kitchen.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 2, Day 7 – 9/11

Weight: 124.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Glad to be home.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 1 – 9/12

Weight: 124.8 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = no change
Hips: 38.25″ = no change

Total from other areas = up .25″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Another enjoyable week of Maintenance.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 2 – 9/13

Weight: 125.4 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

It’s been a stressful and hectic day. Enjoyed my meal though.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 3 – 9/14

Weight: 125 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 87
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I ate a banana today – it was so sweet yet didn’t spike my blood sugars!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 4 – 9/15

Weight: 126 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Another good day and Maintenance meal.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 5 – 9/16

Weight: 124.6 = down 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 87
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 114

Love the Shrimp Scampi. So rich!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 6 – 9/17

Weight: 125 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 75
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Busy and stressful day, but I enjoyed my meal. And thank you, SugarFree, for all your help and advice.

[Note: My pleasure, Diane. :D]

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 7 – 9/18

Weight: 125 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I found some leftover spareribs in the freezer – a welcome surprise.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 4, Day 1 – 9/19

Weight: 125.2 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.75″ = up .25″
Waist: 28.25″ = up .25
Hips: 38.25″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Today I had some blueberries from the farmer’s market with cream. Yum!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 4, Day 2 – 9/20

Weight: 125.4 = up .2  pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 100

Tough day in what’s going to be a very busy week.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 3 – 9/21

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 105

Another busy day at work. But I sure made time for my meal and my potato with sour cream and butter. 😉

Maintenance Round 5, Week 3, Day 4 – 9/22

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

A much more enjoyable day than the last two have been!

Maintenance Round 5, Week 4, Day 5 – 9/23

Weight: 125.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

TGIF! Looking forward to a much-needed weekend.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 4, Day 6 – 9/24

Weight: 125.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

In visiting with SugarFree, I’ve learned that my sleeping patterns are not normal, and are contributing to some of my physical problems — probably all of them in some form. They are now being addressed. I’m looking forward to seeing what a full night’s sleep feels like soon. It’s sad when you think something is normal and you’ve lived with it for YEARS only to discover it’s not. As with everything, it’s a journey.

Maintenance Round 5, Week 4, Day 7 – 9/25

Weight: 125.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

Enjoyed a rainy Sunday even though I spent time working from home. The joys of a home office – office hours never end. 🙂

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 1 – 9/26

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 35″ = up .5″
Waist: 27.75″ = down .25″
Hips: 38.25″ = no change

Total from other areas = up .5″

Meal:
— 14 oz. chicken thighs
— 8 oz. spinach
— 15 oz. zucchini
— .5 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 879
Fat: 50.4 g (52%)
Carbs: 34.5 g (16%)
Protein: 71.8 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

What started out to be a hectic day has ended as an early day instead. 😉

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 2 – 9/27

Weight: 125.2 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. kale
— 6 oz. collard greens
— 1.25 T. duck fat
— 1.5 T. butter
— 4 oz. red pepper

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 871
Fat: 51 g (52%)
Carbs: 39.2 g (16%)
Protein: 68.1 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Sleeping better on my new sleep regimen. No more working until bedtime! Reading and watching TV instead.

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 3 – 9/28

Weight: 125 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 2 large eggs
— 1 T. duck fat
— 1 T. butter
— 1 oz. sourdough

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 808
Fat: 45.9 g (52%)
Carbs: 33.2 g (16%)
Protein: 63.3 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

Still learning to sleep better. It’s going to take a while to undo a decade of poor sleep habits.

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 4 – 9/29

Weight: 123.8 = down 1.2 pounds

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. collards
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 862
Fat: 50 g (52%)
Carbs: 36.2 g (17%)
Protein: 66.8 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

I miss the extra fat I get to eat on Maintenance, but this still remains my favorite Phase 1 meal. I implemented my new “Before Bedtime” routine, and slept better last night.

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 5 – 9/30

Weight: 123.6 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. spinach
— .75 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 3 oz. white potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 848
Fat: 51 g (54%)
Carbs: 31.6 g (15%)
Protein: 65.6 (31%1)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 113

Spent the day with my daughter. A very enjoyable time.

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 6 – 10/1

Weight: 124.2 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Out of town for a business seminar, but I enjoyed a delicious lobster lunch!

Protocol Round 5, Week 1, Day 7 – 10/2

Weight: 123 = down 1.2 pounds

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 8 oz. kale
— 6 oz. frozen artichoke hearts
— .75 T. duck fat
— .75 T. butter
— 3 oz. tomatoes

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 1312
Fat: 77.1 g (53%)
Carbs: 80.9 g (25%)
Protein: 73.6 g (22%)

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 81
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 107

Lots of miles covered while traveling, but made it home in time to have another delicious meal.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 1 – 10/3

Weight: 124 = up 1 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = down .5″
Waist: 27.5″ = down .25″
Hips: 38″ = down .25″

From other areas = no change

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 8 oz. kale
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— .75 T. duck fat
— .75 T. butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 849
Fat: 49 g (52%)
Carbs: 36 g (17%)
Protein: 65.9 g (31%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Lost another inch of fat! Just as exciting as the first inch I lost six months ago.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 2 – 10/4

Weight: 123.8 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 12 oz. fennel
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 828
Fat: 49.9 g (54%)
Protein: 31.6 g (15%)
Carbs: 63.2 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Busy day at work. Barely enough time to eat.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 3 – 10/5

Weight: 123.4 = down .4 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken liver
— 2 large eggs
— 12 oz. zucchini
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 2 oz. butternut squash

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 828
Fat: 50.4 g (55%)
Carbs: 26.2 g (13%)
Protein: 67.4 g (32%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 89
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

More relaxing day, shopping with my daughter.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 5 – 10/6

Weight: 123.8 = up .4 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 8 oz. broccoli
— 10 oz. endive
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 3 oz. sweet potato

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 857
Fat: 49.8 g (52%)
Carbs: 41.7 g (17%)
Protein: 66.2 g (31%)

Ketostix: Moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Slept better last night. And SugarFree has me trying new veggies – very tasty.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 5 – 10/7

Weight: 122.6 = down 1.4 pounds

Meal:
— 10 oz. steak
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 5 oz. green beans
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter
— 4 oz. cauliflower

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 841
Fat: 53.4 g (57%)
Carbs: 24.6 g (12%)
Protein: 65.4 g (31%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Glad to see the weekend get here.

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 6 – 10/8

Weight: 123 = up .4 pound

Meal:
— 12 oz. veal chops
— 8 oz. spinach
— 12 oz. fennel
— .5 T duck fat
— 4 oz. squash

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 854
Fat: 54 g (57%)
Protein: 29.1 g (14%)
Carbs: 62.9 g (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Why I was so hesitant to eat new veggies, I have no idea. Must be the kid in me, always wanting to eat the same five foods. 🙂

Protocol Round 5, Week 2, Day 7 – 10/9

Weight: 122.8 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken liver
— 2 large eggs
— 12 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. kale
— 1 T duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 4 oz. squash

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 899
Fat: 50.8 g (51%)
Carbs: 46.7 g (21%)
Protein: 63.7 g (28%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 91

My sleep is improving each day.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 1 – 10/10

Weight: 123 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = up .25″
Hips: 37.25″ = down .25″

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Had to overhaul my closet again. I got tired of trying to find pants that didn’t fall off me. And at the store, it became official: I’m a size six. Six! When the store clerk says, “You’re so petite, you’ll need a small,” it feels so good. Shopping is a lot more fun these days.

Even better: my body composition has drastically improved. I’ve lost 15% body fat, increased lean muscle mass 8%, and decreased my visceral fat by 33% – and that’s just in the last three months. Woohoo!

[Note: What an amazing achievement! Well done, Miss Skinny. :D]

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 2 – 10/11

Weight: 122.8 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Sleeping better, feeling great!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 3 – 10/12

Weight: 122.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Back on Maintenance and loving me some fat! I don’t really appreciate it until after I have to reduce it, so when I increase it again it’s heaven. Everything tastes better with fat on it or in it. Or both. 🙂

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 4 – 10/13

Weight: 122.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Stressful day.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 5 – 10/14

Weight: 122.6 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 108

Ate chocolate today – delicious!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 1, Day 6 – 10/15

Weight: 123 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 108

One of my new recipes this round of Maintenance is Yorkshire Pudding – so yummy! Can’t wait to have leftovers.

Maintenance Round 6 Week 1, Day 7 – 10/16

Weight: 123.6 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Attended a family wedding this weekend, and actually enjoyed having my picture taken. 🙂

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 1 – 10/17

Weight: 123.6 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = up .5″
Hips: 38″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

What was going to be a hectic week has cancelled to the point I might have several days off towards the end of the week, which is a mixed blessing.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 2 – 10/18

Weight: 123.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Far less stressful day. I’m working on my sleep routine and my push-ups. SugarFree pushes me beyond what I think I can do (or am afraid to do) – and she’s right. Did twelve today, and a few weeks ago I didn’t believe I’d ever be able to  do one! 🙂

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 3 – 10/19

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

My ketostix expired without my realizing it, but SugarFree noticed they registered Moderate every day no matter what, which usually doesn’t happen. I bought a new package and already see more accurate results.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 4 – 10/20

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

It’s wonderful to get a good, solid night’s sleep. I can’t believe I thought waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep for an hour or so was ‘normal’ for so many years.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 5 – 10/21

Weight: 123.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Such a beautiful cool day. Fall has finally arrived in Texas. 🙂

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 6 – 10/22

Weight: 123 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

I held a wedding shower for my daughter. Everything went well unless you count the fact I dropped the main dish. Good thing I made two. But I also tried a new recipe from SugarFree – Chicken Poppy-Seed casserole that will be a regular for my family. Thanks, SugarFree!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 2, Day 7 – 10/23

Weight: 123.2 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Lots of after-shower cleanup. Looking forward to some rest before the wedding. Right!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 1 – 10/24

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 38″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I’m ready to get back to a normal week, and looking forward to a day off tomorrow.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 2 – 10/25

Weight: 123.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Starting this week, SugarFree is having me “Cook The Book” – Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – one recipe per week. Today was Mussels in Wine and Butter sauce, and I’ve never eaten them in my life! They tasted like shrimp. Not what I was expecting, but very good. My Instant Pot (an update from Julia’s recipe) did them in only two minutes!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 3 – 10/26

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Happy Birthday to me! I may be fifty-five (which used to sound old), but I feel great! If someone would have told me I would be able to do full push-ups at this age I would have laughed at them. I’m not laughing now: I did a full fourteen today!

[HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Normally I’d wish you health and happiness – but you appear to be handling the health part perfectly. Fourteen push-ups? Congratulations!]

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 4 – 10/27

Weight: 123.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I love it when someone I haven’t seen in months calls me skinny.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 5 – 10/28

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Really enjoyed my meal.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3 Day 6 – 10/29

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 117
2-hour PP (after meal): 113

Made another new recipe: Mahogany Chicken. Very tasty, though apparently my blood sugars didn’t like it. I’ll adapt it for next time. One of the great things about learning to cook is that now I know how to do that.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 3, Day 7 – 10/30

Weight: 123.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 100
1-hour PP (after meal): 113
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

I share a birthday with one of my daughters and we went to a great restaurant to  celebrate. I enjoyed someone else cooking a meal for me for a change. The leg of lamb was delicious – and no dishes to clean up! The only downside was the sugar hidden somewhere. SugarFree thinks it was in the spices on the meats. Sheesh. Can’t get away from that stuff anywhere.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 1 – 10/31

Weight: 124.2 = up .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = up .5″
Hips: 38″ = no change

From other areas = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 104
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Happy Halloween!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 2 – 11/1

Weight: 124.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

A great day overall.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 3 – 11/2

Weight: 124.4 = no change

Ketostix: Small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I ate a new veggie today: dandelion greens. Surprisingly tasty.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 4 – 11/3

Weight: 124.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Another beautiful day in my neighborhood. Great blessings all around.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 6 – 11/4

Weight: 124.2 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 110

Enjoyed another great meal, but stress has driven up my PP meter reading.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 6 – 11/5

Weight: 124 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Today was my next Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Cook-The-Book recipe. I roasted a whole chicken, which was the first time in my life I ever did so. It tasted great and wasn’t as scary as I worried it would be. And Julia’s Au Gratin Potatoes I made as a side dish were to die for!

Maintenance Round 6, Week 4, Day 7 – 11/6

Weight: 124.6 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Action-packed day. Driving around in the rain is stressful.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 5, Day 1 – 11/7

Weight: 124.2 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34.5″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = no change
Hips: 38″ = no change

From other areas = up .25″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Technology is not my friend today.

Protocol Round 6, Week 5, Day 2 – 11/8

Weight: 124.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I cooked my squash a new way: in slices and roasted with olive oil until browned on both sides. I ate the skin, too. It tasted like sweet potatoes, with a caramel flavor.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 5, Day 3 – 11/9

Weight: 124.8 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 87

Stress level way down.

Protocol Round 6, Week 5, Day 4 – 11/10

Weight: 124.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Leftovers are wonderful, particularly when they are as good as Julia Child’s au gratin potatoes. Still delicious second time around.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 5, Day 5 – 11/11

Weight: 124.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

It’s been a very busy day, and I’m looking forward to the weekend.

Maintenance Round 6 Week 5, Day 6 – 11/12

Weight: 124.2 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I finally did it – fifteen push-ups! I’m going back to Body By Science, and now I’m ready for it.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 5, Day 7 – 11/13

Weight: 123.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Today was my Julia Child’s Cook-the-Book session. I made Bifteck Saute Au Beurre – pan-broiled steak with garlic butter, Choux de Bruxelles a la Milanaise – Brussels sprouts browned with cheese, and Tomates a la Provencale – tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs, herbs and garlic (with SugarFree’s add-on of crimini mushrooms). It was all delicious, and I even looked like I knew what I was doing. 😀

Maintenance Round 6, Week 6, Day 1 – 11/14

Weight: 124.6 = up .8 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = down .5″
Waist: 28″ = no change
Hips: 38″ = no change

Total from other areas = down .5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Lost another inch of fat – all while eating wonderful food, and lots of it.

Protocol Round 6, Week 6, Day 2 – 11/15

Weight: 123.6 = down 1 pound

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 107

It’s a beautiful fall day, 78 degrees. Wish I could enjoy my delicious meal outside.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 6, Day 3 – 11/16

Weight: 123.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

It’s been a very busy day.

Protocol Round 6, Week 6, Day 4 – 11/17

Weight: 124.2 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

I enjoyed the chocolate I ate with my meal – it tasted wonderful! Unfortunately, my blood sugars weren’t as crazy about it. 🙁

Maintenance Round 6, Week 6, Day 5 – 11/18

Weight: 124.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

It’s finally cool enough for me to wear my “skinny jeans.” 🙂

Maintenance Round 6, Week 6, Day 6 – 11/19

Weight: 124.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix:  moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

This is my sixth and final week of Maintenance for this round. On to my next round of Phase 1.

Maintenance Round 6, Week 6, Day 7 – 11/20

Weight: 124.8 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Sat at a computer most of the day except for eating a great meal.

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 1 – 11/21

Weight: 124.8 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 28.25″ = up .25″
Hips: 38″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 1 T duck fat
— 1 T butter
— 4 oz. dandelion greens
— 3 oz. black beans
— 8 oz. chard

Fitday Stats:
Calories:  838
Fat:  51.8 g (56%)
Carbs:  31.9 g (15%)
Protein:  60.9 (29%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting:  94
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 2 – 11/22

Weight: 123.8 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. kale
— 1.25 T. duck fat
— 1.25 T butter
— 3 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories:  921
Fat:  48.6 g (55%)
Carbs:  52.7 g (16%)
Protein:  68.1 g (29%)

I’m really looking forward to the holiday with my family.

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 3 – 11/23

Weight: 122.8 = down .1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Meal:
— 8 oz. salmon
— 4 oz. dandelion greens
— 8 oz. kale
— 1.25 T. duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 3 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 907
Fat: 49.8 g (49%)
Carbs: 52.7 g (23%)
Protein: 62 g (28%)

 

Even though I’m on Phase 1 of Protocol, I’m eating better food than I could have ever imagined while still losing inches of fat.

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 4 – 11/24

Weight: 123.4 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

I ate far less than I usually eat on Maintenance, but I had terrible indigestion from my “traditional Thanksgiving meal.” SugarFree did warn me that because I no longer produce the enzyme that digests sugar this would happen. Same as if someone lactose intolerant (because they do not produce the enzyme that digests dairy) drank milk. Not good. Felt lethargic, too, probably because my blood sugar spiked (I cheated and didn’t take my PP’s. Subconsciously didn’t want to know), which spiked my insulin, which dropped my blood sugars again like a lead balloon. Which  confirms that sugar is a poison, and is in everything I used to eat.

On a more positive note, I heard from my family about how great a looked. There were those who said I was a bag of bones – too skinny. Took pride in that, too. 🙂

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 5 – 11/25

Weight: 126.2 = up 2.8 pounds

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 105
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Meal:
— 9 oz. salmon
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1.5 T. duck fat
— 1.5 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 817
Fat: 52.8 g (58%)
Carbs: 18.1 g (9%)
Protein: 67.4 g (33%)

What a shock this morning – I gained 2.8 pounds in water weight. And my blood sugar numbers!

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 6 – 11/26

Weight: 126.6 = up .4 pound

Meal:
— 12 oz. pork chop
— 6 oz. collard greens
— 8 oz. broccoli
— .75 T duck fat
— 1 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 811
Fat: 50.6 g (56%)
Carbs: 24.7 g (12%)
Protein: 64.3 g (32%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 100
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

My PP’s are still a little high considering I didn’t eat a starch carb. Residuals from Thanksgiving — Sigh –but I expected it.

Protocol Round 6, Week 1, Day 7 – 11/27

Weight: 125.8 = down .8 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. sirloin steak
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 5 oz. green beans
— .5 T duck fat
— .5 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 760
Fat: 49.3 g (58%)
Carbs: 18.4 g (10%)
Protein: 60.6 g (32%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Just two weeks until my daughter’s wedding and my life can return to normal – if it weren’t for Christmas shopping. 🙂

Protocol Round 6, Week 2, Day 1 – 11/28

Weight: 125 = down .8 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 28.5″ = up .25″
Hips: 38″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Meal:
— 13 oz. chicken thighs
— 6 oz. collard greens
— 8 oz. broccoli
— .75 T duck fat
— .75 T butter
— 3 oz. black beans

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 832
Fat: 50.4 g (54%)
Carbs: 30.9 g (15%)
Protein: 63.8 g (30%)

Playing catch-up at work. It’s Monday in every way.

Protocol Round 6, Week 2, Day 2 – 11/29

Weight: 123.8 = down 1.2 pounds

Meal:
— 8 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. kale
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 3 oz. lentils

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 961
Fat: 55 g (52%)
Carbs: 48.6 g (20%)
Protein: 67.8 (28%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I enjoy my meals.

Protocol Round 6, Week 2, Day 3 – 11/30

Weight: 123.6 = down .2 pound

Meal:
— 8 oz. chicken livers
— 8 oz. Swiss chard
— 9 oz. asparagus
— 2 large eggs
— 1 T. duck fat
— 1 T. butter
— 1 oz. sourdough bread

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 830
Fat: 49.8 g (54%)
Carbs: 29.8 g (14%)
Protein: 65.5 g (32%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 83
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

Thankful for such a beautiful day.

Protocol Round 6, Week 2, Day 4 – 12/1

Weight: 124 = up .2 pound

Meal:
— 9 oz. beef sirloin
— 9 oz. collards
— 8 oz. broccoli
— .5 T. duck fat
— .5 T butter

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 890
Fat: 50.1 g (51%)
Carbs: 24.7 g (20%)
Protein: 61.4 g (29%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 104

Another beautiful day, and another great meal. I’d probably be stress eating now (because of all the wedding planning), but that doesn’t even cross my mind thanks to Protocol.

Protocol Round 6, Week 2, Day 5 – 12/02

Weight: 122.8 = down 1.2 pounds

Meal:
— 8 oz. salmon
— 6 oz. artichoke hearts
— 8 oz. spinach
— 1.25 T duck fat
— 1.5 T butter
— 2 oz. brown rice

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 812
Fat: 49.1 g (54%)
Carbs: 31.3 g (16%)
Protein: 61.2 (30%)

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Love my salmon! I’ll post my next report after my daughter’s wedding.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 2 – 12/14

Weight: 121.6 = down 1.2 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = down 1″
Hips: 37.5″ = down .5″

Total from other areas = down .75″

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

In the last two weeks I’ve lost over a pound, and another 2.5 inches of fat, and that was while planning a wedding and during the grazing season, where folks usually gain pounds. Until I started Protocol, the holidays used to be a struggle for me, too Now on to Christmas!

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 2 – 12/15

Weight: 122 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

Enjoyed another wonderful Maintenance meal.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 4 – 12/15

Weight: 121.8 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I’m starting to feel rested after the last two hectic weeks.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 5 – 12/16

Weight: 121.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

Busy day, but on to finish Christmas shopping before the cold weather hits.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 6 – 12/17

Weight: 122.8 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

An uneventful, unplanned day.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 1, Day 7 – 12/18

Weight: 122.4 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

I cooked a Delicata squash and, after SugarFree said: “You are saving and roasting the seeds, right?” (which I hadn’t been doing, not even knowing that all squash seeds are edible and highly nutritious) I roasted my first batch using her recipe. They were delicious! I didn’t realize how much I missed eating food that’s crunchy and sweet at the same time. I can’t wait to have these again.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 1 – 12/19

Weight: 123 = up .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 163
2-hour PP (after meal): 145

Okay, a blood sugar disaster: a holiday meal out with my boss and co-workers. It was the first time I had Mexican food since starting Protocol. I know now I should have eaten my Protocol meal early, and had no more than a salad (with oil and vinegar dressing I could mix myself at the table) at the restaurant. But I didn’t, and there was probably sugar in everything I did eat. Hopefully, this will be a lesson that lasts forever. Most food in most American restaurants is simply loaded with the white stuff, which most American’s have come to crave and so must have it. =Sigh= Sad, isn’t it.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 2 – 12/20

Weight: 124.4 = up 1.4 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 106
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I’m not liking the water retention from the Mexican food. And it wasn’t that good either. So I really regret not having made a better choice.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 3 – 12/21

Weight: 123.2 = down 1.2 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Busy day at the office.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 4 – 12/22

Weight: 123 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I made my first batch of bone broth. Sure smells good.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 5 – 12/23

Weight: 123.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Cold and drizzly.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 6 – 12/24

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 115
2-hour PP (after meal): 108

Christmas Eve dinner with the family, which despite my best efforts, didn’t go well in terms of postprandial blood sugars.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 2, Day 7 – 12/25

Weight: 124.2 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 116

Enjoyed more family time (though not the overnight one pound water gain from yesterday’s food) but will be glad to leave all the sugary food behind. Any other year I would have taken home lots of leftovers and continued to graze for the week. Not this year — or ever again! But I did enjoy a slice of the low sugar cheesecake I made with SugarFree’s recipe, and it was delicious. Unfortunately, even the low sugar in the small slice was too much for me right now, but SugarFree says I can slice, freeze, and try again next month.

Meanwhile, I begin my ‘long fast’ (with homemade bone broth twice daily) tomorrow. My initial goal is four days, but I’ll decide with SugarFree each morning on whether to end it or keep going and let my body tell me when to stop. I’m excited to try this!

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 1 – 12/26

Weight: 124.8 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 34″ = no change
Waist: 28″ = up .5″
Hips: 38.5″ = up .5″

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: trace

Day One: bone broth fast.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 2 – 12/27

Weight: 123.4 = down 1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

Day Two, bone broth fast. I was slightly hungry before bed, but woke this morning to no hunger. My meter readings indicate how poorly I’ve eaten in the last three weeks, so this fast will help me get back on the straight and narrow path to healing.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 3 – 12/28

Weight: 123 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Day Three, bone broth fast. I woke feeling great, but then began the detox process to eliminate all the sugar I’ve consumed the last three weeks. It wasn’t a pleasant experience but one badly needed. I didn’t even feel like drinking my second cup of bone broth, though I finished it later on. SugarFree says I’ll feel better tomorrow. Sigh. Some lessons are harder than others.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 4 – 12/29

Weight: 123.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 75
1-hour PP (after meal): 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Bone broth fast: Day four. I feel great! I had trouble staying asleep last night but SugarFree says it’s due to fat-burning and my ketostix confirms that.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 4 – 12/29

Weight: 123.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 75
1-hour PP (after meal): 90
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Bone broth fast: Day four. Today I feel great. I still had trouble staying asleep last night but SugarFree says it’s due to fat-burning and my ketostix confirms that.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 5 – 12/30

Weight: 122.6 = down .8 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 74
1-hour PP (after meal): 87
2-hour PP (after meal): 83

Bone broth fast: Day five. I feel really good. Great meter readings!

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 6 – 12/31

Weight: 122.2 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 76
1-hour PP (after meal): 84
2-hour PP (after meal): 76

Bone broth fast: Day six. I feel wonderful! Slept well last night, and today brought lots of energy. I was hungrier than usual last night but woke not hungry at all. Then after that it came on me pretty fast. SugarFree says my brain is telling me it’s just about ready to stop burning fat and have me eat food with a fork again. But I feel so good and not having to cook at all for days on end has been a nice break from all the cooking over the holidays.

Maintenance Round 7, Week 3, Day 7 – 1/1

Weight: 120.4 = down 1.8 pounds

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 86
2-hour PP (after meal): 84

Bone broth fast: Day seven. Happy New Year! And what a great new year it will be. I’m so much healthier today than last year, healthier than in my last thirty years, actually. Thank you, SugarFree. And I’m looking forward to transforming my body even more through Body By Science workouts. Today I’ll add eggs to my broth, working my way back to eating a small meal tomorrow. SugarFree said it’s time. The increased hunger was my body’s way of saying, “I’m done with this fast, woman; feed me.”

Lifetime Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 1/2

Weight: 120.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: large

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = down .25″
Waist: 27″ = down 1″
Hips: 37.5″ = down 1″

Total from other areas = down .75″

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 79
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

I had eggs for breakfast and a small lunch. SugarFree said the fast would shrink my stomach, and I need to add solid food back slowly. But look at what this fast did for me in only a week: I didn’t lose any measurable scale weight (what liars scales are) but I lost three inches of fat, which is my biggest loss since starting Protocol! And I feel wonderful. And I didn’t have to cook for an entire week. Win, win, win. 🙂 I guess all that tossing and turning at night (burning fat) was worth it.

Plus, as today’s header says: I’m now on Lifetime Maintenance. I’ve reached all the goals I set with SugarFree before I began Protocol (and then some), and will no longer need to go through Phase 1 again. My biggest worry from here on, as SugarFree warned, will be making sure I eat enough calories every single day, with lots and lots of fat. Tough job, but I can do it. 😀

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 2 – 1/3

Weight: 120.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Working my way up to eating a full meal again.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 3 – 1/4

Weight: 121.4 = up 1 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 88
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

It’s still hard to eat this much food, but I’m getting closer to eating my full Maintenance meal every day.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 4 – 1/5

Weight: 121.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I ate everything on my menu today, but I can feel my stomach is still not quite back to pre-fast dimensions.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/6

Weight: 121 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Didn’t quite finish today’s meal, but getting closer.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 6 – 1/7

Weight: 121 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I had a very productive day. Lots of energy.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 7 – 1/8

Weight: 121.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

A very relaxing day.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 1 – 1/9

Weight: 120.8 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 86

Work was busy.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2 Day 2 – 1/10

Weight: 121.4 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Noticed my blood sugars are creeping up again. SugarFree and I figured out that it’s not from the food, it’s from the stress I’m not managing as well as I need to. I’m going to try some different things to see if it will help.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 3 – 1/11

Weight: 120.6 = down .8 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

The blackberries I ate were delicious. It’s amazing how much sweeter foods taste without sugar blocking my taste receptors and preventing me from enjoying fruit’s natural sweetness.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 4 – 1/12

Weight: 121 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

I meditated after my meal since work was stressful. It helped my afternoon go much smoother. I’m looking forward to my yoga session later.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 5 – 1/13

Weight: 121 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I ate and enjoyed a banana, and can now have fruit twice a week. It’s been a long time since I could eat fruit safely regularly – it’s a wonderful treat.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 6 – 1/14

Weight: 121.8 = up .8 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 96
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Today I made Roast Leg of Lamb and Creamed Spinach in my next episode of “Cooking the Book.” Both were delicious. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 2, Day 7 – 1/15

Weight: 122 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I’m a long way from being a hundred percent comfortable with real cooking, but I’m much more at ease in the kitchen than when I began Protocol.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 1 – 1/16

Weight: 121.8 = down .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = up .25″
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = up .25″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I made shrimp scampi, a meal I need to cook more often. It’s heavenly.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 2 – 1/17

Weight: 121.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 93
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I didn’t realize how much I missed my yoga class and how quickly I would lose flexibility without continued practice.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3 Day 3 – 1/18

Weight: 121.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I slept really well. I think the yoga is helping me there, too.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 4 – 1/19

Weight: 121.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 97
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

I feel really good even though I’m working through some yoga class soreness. And I’m back to push-ups to prepare for Body By Science workouts.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 5 – 1/20

Weight: 121.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): ​101​

A stressful day. TGIF!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 6 – 1/21

Weight: 121.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Stressful day, but I got lots of work done.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 3, Day 7 – 1/22

Weight: 121.2 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

Today I cooked one of my favorite recipes: Chicken Normandy. Delicious as always!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 1 – 1/23

Weight: 121.4 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I’m tired today due, I’m sure, to working this weekend.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 1, Day 5 – 1/24

Weight: 121.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 91
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

Busy, busy day. Lots of energy to tackle it, though.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 3 – 1/25

Weight: 121.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

It’s been a demanding day at work. Enjoyed another wonderful meal, though. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 4 – 1/26

Weight: 121.2 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I ate corn with my meal, and it tasted incredibly sweet. I’m still amazed by how much sweeter real foods taste without all the sugars and artificial flavors I desensitized my taste buds with for years.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 5 – 1/27

Weight: 121.6 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Getting closer to catching up at work, though it’s hard to have time to eat. Highlight of my day, though.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 6 – 1/28

Weight: 121.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I loved eating a banana again!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 4, Day 7 – 1/29

Weight: 121.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94

I left my meter at home this morning.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 5, Day 1 – 1/30

Weight: 121.8 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25 = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104

Major stress at work.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 5, Day 2 – 1/31

Weight: 121.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 9​5
2-hour PP (after meal): ​94

Crazy day.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 5, Day 3 – 2/1

Weight: 121.2 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: ​small​

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 9​1
2-hour PP (after meal): ​96

I have a hectic schedule right now (which is why I keep missing some PP’s), but I also have plenty of energy to work those long hours.

​Lifetime Maintenance, Week 5, Day 4 – 2/2

Weight: 121​.​4 = ​up .​2 pound

Ketostix: ​small​

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 9​7
2-hour PP (after meal): ​100​

Getting less sleep because of having to take work home.​ But the end of the extra load in sight.

​​Lifetime Maintenance, Week 5, Day 5 – 2/3

Weight: 121.​6 = ​up .4 pound

Ketostix: ​small​

​Today is the last day of my rush job​. I look forward to less stress and more time.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week ​5, Day 6 – ​2/4​

Weight: 12​2.​2 = ​up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 9​4​
1-hour PP (after meal): ​103
2-hour PP (after meal): 9​9

I just love a baked sweet potato! And I’m glad to get back to a normal routine.

​Lifetime Maintenance, Week ​5, Day 7 – ​2/5

Weight: 12​3.​2 = ​up 1 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: ​96​
1-hour PP (after meal): ​101​
2-hour PP (after meal): ​​ 94​

The stress of these last two weeks has definitely taken a toll on my weight and blood sugars.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 1 – 2/6

Weight: ​122.4 = ​down .8 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25 = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: ​small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: ​94​
1-hour PP (after meal):​ 103​
2-hour PP (after meal):​ 99​

​I’m back to my normal routine: a full hour for lunch and breaks where I can ​complete my PP’s. ​It’s hard to get the full picture with half the information. ​​​

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 2 – 2/7

Weight:​ ​121.6 ​= ​down .8 pound

Ketostix: ​small​

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: ​96​
2-hour PP (after meal): ​95​

​Another rushed day at work, but I feel great.

​Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 3 – ​2/8

Weight: ​121.4 ​=​ down .2 pound

Ketostix: ​small​

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: ​94​
1-hour PP (after meal): ​97​
2-hour PP (after meal): ​114

I loved my watermelon today – but it sure didn’t love me back. On the other hand, it feels great when I meet folks I haven’t seen since I started Protocol, and they tell me they’re in awe at how good I look. Just makes my day. 😀

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 4 – 2/9

Weight: 122.2 = up .8 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 101
1-hour PP (after meal): 115
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Woke up dizzy and haven’t felt well all day. My blood pressure was way up, as were my blood sugars. SugarFree helped me say out loud what I already knew inside: high cortisol from long-term high stress! My body was giving me warning signs that I needed to slow down and de-stress. Fast. So no work tomorrow, and pampering my body and mind the rest of the weekend. Yoga class and a massage. And hopefully (soon!) a two-day getaway with hubby where the only person I need to take good care of is… me.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 5 – 2/10

Weight: 121.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 108
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

After taking the day off I feel much better, even though my blood pressure and meter readings are still elevated. This weekend: De-stress. Make quality me time a priority!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 6 – 2/11

Weight: 121.4 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Took SugarFree’s advice and had a “me” day. Sadly, until today a ‘me’ day was a foreign concept. o me. I enjoyed it immensely!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 6, Day 7 – 2/12

Weight: 122 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I let my son pamper me and cook my meal. I haven’t had a hot dog in two years, if not longer. Looks like I didn’t miss anything, and I’m going to have to teach that boy to cook other foods. 😉

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 1 – 2/13

Weight: 121.8 = down .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25 = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = up .25″

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I had a very enjoyable, relaxed weekend. Now I have to learn to inject that feeling into my work.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 2 – 2/14

Weight: 122.4 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 103
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

My husband began my day with a beautiful bouquet of roses, and I enjoyed a great steak with him for a delicious Valentine’s Day lunch. I’m adding a restorative session of yoga tonight. Pretty perfect day!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 3 – 2/15

Weight: 122.4 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 137
2-hour PP (after meal): 86

Given my recent suddenly high blood sugars, together with suddenly high blood pressure, SugarFree said it sounded like adrenal fatigue, and to see my doctor. Went today and – I have adrenal fatigue. He put me on blood pressure medication for a few weeks, and Naturethroid. My doctor made me bring a print out of my last seven days meals, and he was very impressed with my eating habits and my blood work overall. Now the work begins to figure out how to heal my adrenals enough so that I won’t need the meds. I have a consult scheduled with SugarFree tonight.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 4 – 2/16

Weight: 122 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 106
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

Had a heart-to-heart with SugarFree about my current lifestyle, and she had suggestions for changes I must make if I want to get off the path of self-destructive behavior (the last few years) that’s taken a toll on my health. Lots of changes, like not working so many, many hours and instead spending time on myself and my needs – putting me first for a while. That will be tough, but I’ve got to do it. Apparently “all work and no play” makes you a boring person AND wreaks havoc on your adrenal glands. Who knew?

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 5 – 2/17

Weight: 121.8 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 105
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 93

I really enjoyed my lamb chops, as well as some delicious dark chocolate. With meals like this, who needs lots of sugar? I’ve also started looking for places with indoor pools near me (as part of my de-stress program, SugarFree wants me in soothing water twice a week). After losing twenty-five pounds on Protocol – I still can’t believe this worked, when starving myself on diets for so many years did nothing – the thought of wearing a swimsuit in public no longer worries me. 😉

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 6 – 2/18

Weight: 121.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 104
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 107

Today I felt really good. Slept well.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 7, Day 7 – 2/19

Weight: 122.6 = up .8 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I spent most of the day in a classroom – not all that stimulating – so when I started to nod off around eight I went to bed and slept extremely well. Almost twelve hours in fact. Wow.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 1 – 2/20

Weight: 122 = down .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25 = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 101
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I visited a second fitness center to look at the pool. One more tomorrow and then maybe by the end of this week I’ll be in the water. I’m really looking forward to it.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 2 – 2/21

Weight: 122.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 116
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

After a better fasting reading I hoped all my numbers would get better, but it’s still too soon. SugarFree keeps saying it’s going to take a few months to heal my adrenals, and I keep hearing ‘maybe tomorrow.’ 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 3 – 2/23

Weight: 122.2 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 105

I’m feeling a little tired. Long day at work.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 4 – 2/23

Weight: 122.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 102
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 89

I feel really good. I went to bed early last night and woke just before alarm.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 5 – 2/24

Weight: 122.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 100
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 94

I joined a fitness center that has the much-needed pool (plus whirlpool and sauna!) so I can take the plunge. SugarFree will give me a great exercise routine that will not raise my cortisol levels, and which will hopefully lower my blood pressure and resting heart rate. Another unexpected path on the road to health. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 6 – 2/25

Weight: 122.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 122
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Today I cooked another of Julia Child’s recipes.  A wonderful meal of pork loin and roasted potatoes with a fabulous mustard cream sauce. SugarFree had me add prunes soaked in apple cider before roasting with the pork, and it all was to die for!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 8, Day 7 – 2/26

Weight: 123 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Today I relaxed and took care of me. Something I can definitely get used to.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 1 – 2/27

Weight: 122.4 = down .6 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5 = up .25″
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I’m off to the pool. SugarFree has given me an hour’s worth of exercises that are sure to give me more energy and make me stronger. Can’t wait.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 2 – 2/28

Weight: 123 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I liked exercising in the water. I especially enjoyed the whirlpool. 😉 And I slept really well, too.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 3 – 3/1

Weight: 122.8 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

Yesterday’s PP’s were better after exercising (I ate my meal afterward). I thought it was a one-time deal yesterday, or just wishful thinking on my part, but today’s fasting glucose was terrific, too.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 4 – 3/2

Weight: 123.2 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 107

Another water workout today. It was a lot harder this time, so I know I’m doing the exercises correctly now. SugarFree suggested I have the lifeguard critique my form for the push-ups. I start out well, but as I get tired I slip a bit. I know I’ll sleep well tonight.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 5 – 3/3

Weight: 123.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

I was a little sore from the workout, but I slept through the night for the first time in ages!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 6 – 3/4

Weight: 123.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

Busy day today. Enjoyed date night with hubby.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 9, Day 7 – 3/5

Weight: 122.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I cooked a delicious roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. It was hard to resist a second helping because it was so tasty!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 1 – 3/6

Weight: 122.4 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5 = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I had to skip the pool today but hope to get to it tomorrow. I’m actually disappointed. I’ve only done it twice but it’s already become something I look forward to.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 2 – 3/7

Weight: 122.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

Another enjoyable pool workout. I feel so relaxed, and once again, with better PP’s than I’ve had all week.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 3 – 3/8

Weight: 122.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

I plan to enjoy the sunshine and take a stroll around the neighborhood.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 4 – 3/9

Weight: 123.6 = up .8 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

I slept really well last night. I hope this continues.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 5 – 3/10

Weight: 123.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

TGIF! Another day at the pool, whirlpool and sauna. This will be the highlight of my week from now on.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 6 – 3/11

Weight: 123.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

Today I tried to practice some relaxation techniques at my home office. And I called it a day around five as I had planned. Working from home has always been a challenge since it’s hard to quit. Before Protocol, it wasn’t unusual that one night would run into the next morning. No more of that!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 10, Day 7 – 3/12

Weight: 123.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Today I cooked three new Julia Child recipes. It was hard to have them all be ready at the same time – a challenge with the simplest of meals – but they all worked out perfectly. My friends enjoyed it and were very impressed with my new culinary skills. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 1 – 3/13

Weight: 123.2 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

My friends and I were out and about all day on a stay-cation for Spring Break. But I enjoyed a great steak out anyway. It’s sad though when your choice of green veggies is only broccoli. But I made do with that and a salad.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 2 – 3/14

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Another on-the-go day. My friend was amazed that I had such energy with only one meal a day. And when everyone stopped for a pick-me-up, sugar-filled coffee in the afternoon, I said no thanks and felt like the Ever-Ready Bunny wanting and able to go some more. Which we did!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 3 – 3/15

Weight: 123.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

Vacation over. Back to reality, to work, and to my routine.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 4 – 3/16

Weight: 123.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I had a productive day at work.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 5 – 3/17

Weight: 123.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

SugarFree helped me realize I was doing my push-ups far too slowly, which was stopping me from doing more than a dozen. When I picked up the cadence as she suggested – I did eighteen this morning!! Woohoo!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 6 – 3/18

Weight: 123.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

I did twenty push-ups this morning – I love it!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 7 – 3/19

Weight: 124 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Stuck inside in front of a computer all day.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 12, Day 1 – 3/20

Weight: 123.6 = down .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I love my Lifetime Maintenance menus. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 2 – 3/21

Weight: 123.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I enjoyed two pleasant strolls this morning instead of trying to squeeze in more work. I’m trying to stay mindful about stopping to smell the roses, even in the office.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 3 – 3/22

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I did my first exercise with my new Winged Water Walkers. SugarFree said it would give me my first real workout in the pool. Well… it did. I wasn’t even able to make it all the way through my routine, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. These things are amazing!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 11, Day 4 – 3/23

Weight: 123.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 103

It’s been a year since I began Protocol. I’m twenty-four pounds lighter and several clothing sizes smaller – but more importantly, a whopping twenty-six inches of fat have simply disappeared. Even better: I continue to eat great food and lots of delicious fat, and I’ve regained absolutely nothing back! Can’t believe I used to think starving myself was the answer to getting and staying thin. Protocol really works. And it’s amazing.

[Note: Diane, of course I’m biased and so must agree that Protocol really works. 😀 But you, my dear, did all the hard work, and stuck with it when the going occasionally got tough. And you’re still working, exercising now to become the strong and powerful woman you were always meant to be. Congratulations on your transformation!]

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 12, Day 5 – 3/24

Weight: 123.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

A stressful afternoon that provided an opportunity to practice deep breathing technique. I’m going to take a walk shortly, too. I’m trying to recognize when I need to take a break and decompress.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 12, Day 6 – 3/25

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I enjoyed eating pasta today. I forgot how wonderful it tastes. It’s been a beautiful day to take a walk between my computer and proofreading. I’m taking relax time every hour, so that’s progress. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 12, Day 7 – 3/26

Weight: 123.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 109
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

SugarFree taught about the care and feeding of a sourdough starter, and once it’s mature enough Ill learn how to back my own bread!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 1 – 3/27

Weight: 123.8 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 97
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I’m up to 28 push-ups and feeling much stronger!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 2 – 3/28

Weight: 123.4 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I did not sleep very well last night which SugarFree says is likely due to high cortisol levels after my Water Walker workout at the pool. I’ll do a longer meditation tonight.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 3 – 3/29

Weight: 123.4 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Another great pool workout with my Water Walkers.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 4 – 3/30

Weight: 123.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I took advantage of the day off and spent  some quality time with friends and family. I need to do more of this.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 3/31

Weight: 123.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I’m enjoying the beautiful weather by walking through the neighborhood.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 6 – 4/1

Weight: 123.2 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I got up and walked several times throughout the day. And I was able to work in my outside office.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 13, Day 7 – 4/2

Weight: 123.6 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Since I couldn’t get out and walk on this rainy day, and was tired even though I mostly relaxed, so I took a nap! I actually listened to my body rather than ignoring it, pushing its needs aside as I usually do.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 14, Day 1 – 4/3

Weight: 123.4 = down .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Had a great pool workout.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 14, Day 2 – 4/4

Weight: 123.8 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

SugarFree is teaching me to make sourdough starter so I can hopefully bake my own bread soon.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 14, Day 3 – 4/5

Weight: 123.8 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I’m up to twenty-nine push-ups and can see some definition in my arms!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 14, Day 4 – 4/6

Weight: 123.6 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 101
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

It’s been just over a year since I began Protocol, and nearly four months since I began Lifetime Maintenance. SugarFree says I’m ready to increase my calories, and eat two meals a day instead of one: a small breakfast and a slightly later main meal. It will be interesting to do it, and interesting to see how my body responds.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 14, Day 5 – 4/7

Weight: 123.6 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Working out with my Water Walkers is not getting much easier, but I am becoming used to them. I even had a couple of swimmers ask me where to get them.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 1 – 4/17

Weight: 124 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.25″ = no change
Hips: 37.75″ = up .25″

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Had to take some time off, but I’m glad to be back.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 2 – 4/18

Weight: 124 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I’m looking forward to a yoga session tonight.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 3 – 4/19

Weight: 124.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I was offered a blueberry muffin at work, and I’m still amazed that it had no pull on me like it used to. I turned it down and did not even feel deprived.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 4 – 4/20

Weight: 124 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 110
2-hour PP (after meal): 120

I worked really hard at the pool today. My arms feel like noodles.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 5 – 4/21

Weight: 124 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 94
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

SugarFree says it’s time to increase my carbs so it’s harder to finish my bigger meal, but I’m sure my stomach will stretch as I increase my calories on a regular basis. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 6 – 4/22

Weight: 124.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I began my first attempt to bake bread using my sourdough starter by making my overnight sponge. I’m starting to appreciate that it’s an art and a science.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 16, Day 7 – 4/23

Weight: 124.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I baked today, but my loaves turned out heavy because I didn’t let it rise enough yesterday. And I didn’t bake them quite long enough, which SugarFree says is a rookie mistake. 🙂 But it tasted delicious, so not bad for the first try, and I learned a lot that I can use next time.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 1 – 4/24

Weight: 124.4 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 108
2-hour PP (after meal): 95

I enjoyed my three ounces of bread with chopped liver, but hubby polished off the rest of both loaves!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 2 – 4/25

Weight: 124 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 101

I’ve been sleeping really great after my pool workouts. Too bad I can’t go every day.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 3 – 4/26

Weight: 124.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Another great workout at the pool!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 4 – 4/27

Weight: 124.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Someone I haven’t seen in a while came in while I was eating and was amazed at the amount of food on my plate. “And all that fat?” That’s a direct quote. 😀

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 5 – 4/28

Weight: 124.4 = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I now have proof that my metabolism has healed a great deal since I began Protocol, and it’s a beautiful thing. SugarFree increased my carbs a LOT, but my blood sugars have remained stable. No more spikes!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 6 – 4/29

Weight: 124.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 98

I had an enjoyable girls day out but unfortunately had to eat some fast food.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 17, Day 7 – 4/30

Weight: 124.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 92
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

Happy Anniversary to me and my hubby! We decided to just stay home and cook/eat since I now cook a pretty mean steak. I made a delicious rib eye and a great broccoli salad, to name a few yummy items on my menu.  At the last minute I added a red wine sauce from Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking, and it was wonderful. Just the right touch to make our meal extra special.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 1 – 5/1

Weight: 124.6 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.5″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 106

My arms are so tired after my pool workout it’s hard to even drive home sometimes. SugarFree has me exercise before I eat whenever possible. I was really hungry as I got in the water, but by the time I got out I wasn’t hungry at all. But I rallied by the time I got home! 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 2 – 5/2

Weight: 124.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I’m usually not sore the day after a workout, but that’s not the case today. Feels good, though.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 3 – 5/3

Weight: 124.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 117

I love eating shrimp scampi with whole-wheat spaghetti, a favorite meal SugarFree taught me to make. Wish my 2-hr PP was as happy with the pasta as I was.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 4 – 5/4

Weight: 124.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 106
2-hour PP (after meal): 92

I baked my second loaf of sourdough. It was better than the last time, and the last time was delicious. 🙂 Practice, practice, practice is SugarFree’s mantra.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 5 – 5/5

Weight: 124.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I ate bread and sweet potato today, no problem. My PP’s show such improvement from where I was this time last year. It really does take time and patience to heal our metabolic damage, as SugarFree keeps reminding us. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 6 – 5/6

Weight: 124.4 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

SugarFree and I spent time reviewing my latest sourdough loaf. I still need to learn/change some things (like most new cooks I’m afraid to let food get really brown when it needs to), but even as is that bread tastes pretty good! Or so my family says. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 18, Day 7 – 5/7

Weight: 124.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 105
2-hour PP (after meal): 97

SugarFree has me creating new recipes with new foods. I was in such an eating rut for so long before starting Protocol, I have no experience cooking or recipes to pull from, which is probably why I have had a weight issue most of my adult life. Happily, that’s changing!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 1 – 5/8

Weight: 125 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.75″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 89
1-hour PP (after meal): 107
2-hour PP (after meal): 90

I ate corn and carrots, and my PP’s aren’t as high as I thought they might be.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 2 – 5/9

Weight: 125.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hour PP (after meal): 98
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

I cooked and enjoyed another great meal with lots of carbs. I haven’t eaten so many in a day in years. Good carbs, that is. I ate plenty of junk. But because I’m not used to having so much it’s hard to think up how to use them to create recipes that, in SugarFree’s words, really shine. Getting better at it though.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 3 – 5/10

Weight: 124.8 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 98
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Good meter readings and another great workout, plus extra time in the whirlpool. I’m so glad SugarFree suggested pool workouts.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 5 – 5/11

Weight: 125.2 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 96
1-hour PP (after meal): 117
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

Carrots have always caused high PP’s, but I also ate sugar snap peas and potato. It was  delicious though, and the extra carbs have given me extra energy.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 6 – 5/12

Weight: 125.2 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
3-hour PP (after meal) 100

I cooked a new recipe (roasted green beans in a duck fat, lemon and balsamic vinegar dressing topped by walnuts and goat cheese) tweaked by SugarFree to be perfect for me. It was delicious, and I can’t wait for leftovers!

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 6 – 5/12

Weight: 125 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 103
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

I enjoyed an early Mother’s Day meal with family. It was nice to have someone else do the cooking for a change.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 19, Day 7 – 5/13

Weight: 124.6 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I took my leftover green beans to share with extended family. I should have brought SugarFree’s recipe to hand out. 🙂

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 1 – 5/15

Weight: 125 = up .4 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.75″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 104
2-hour PP (after meal): 96

I’ll never get tired of salmon – it’s one of my favorite meals ever! Yum.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 2 – 5/16

Weight: 125.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94

Busy work schedule. The challenge the next couple weeks will be just getting the time to take my PP’s.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 3 – 5/17

Weight: 125.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Really hectic workday.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 4 – 5/18

Weight: 125 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: negative

In spite of a difficult week I feel energetic. Looking forward to an evening walk.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 5 – 5/19

Weight: 125.2 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

​Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1.5-hour PP (after meal): 102
2.5-hour PP (after meal): 99

I a colleague came in my office while I was eating, and said: “How do you stay so slim eating all that food?”

[LOL – I hope you told her!]

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 6 – 5/20

Weight: 125.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 94
1-hour PP (after meal): 102
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

A quiet day compared to the rest of my week, but R&R is just what I needed. And a delicious meal that wasn’t rushed.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 20, Day 7 – 5/21

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91
1-hour PP (after meal): 112
2-hour PP (after meal): 102

Pasta is still a little rough on my PP’s, but it’s so delicious.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 21, Day 1 – 5/22

Weight: 125.6 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 33.75″ = no change
Waist: 27.5″ = no change
Hips: 37.75″ = no change

Total from other areas = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 100
2-hour PP (after meal): 99

The same co-worker who walked in on my meal the other day asked me: “What’s for lunch today?” since she could smell it down the hall. 🙂 I baked another loaf Sunday and I just had to have two or three bites. My best attempt yet for taste/texture. I still need to work on my rising times, but SugarFree has patiently walked me through every baking session.

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 21, Day 2 – 5/23

Weight: 125.4 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
2-hour PP (after meal): 100

I practiced my deep-breathing exercises when things got hectic at work. 😉

Lifetime Maintenance, Week 21, Day 3 – 5/24

Weight: 125.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93
1-hour PP (after meal): 113
2.5-hour PP (after meal): 116

Stressful day. Looking forward to this weekend so much – I miss my pool workouts!

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5 Responses to SugarFree Protocol – Diane

  1. Donna says:

    Welcome Diane! I’m happy I’m not alone drinking those ‘bullet coffee’ breakfasts which, thanks to SugarFree and Protocol, are now in my past. I’m glad you will also be putting Orthorexia behind you.

    Donna

  2. Deana W. says:

    Welcome, Diane. I’m glad you’re here with us. I’ll be watching your journey and cheering you on!

    Deana

  3. Deana Wilisch says:

    You’re doing great, Diane! Keep up the good work! 🙂

    Deana

  4. Shelby says:

    So proud of you, MOM – you’re my inspiration! Love ya.

  5. Michelle Blackmore says:

    Diane,

    Thank you for the welcome. I’m excited to be starting Protocol – and you have definitely been an inspiration!

    Michelle

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