Saturday, November 5, 2016

4 years, 9 months in long term weight maintenance,health screening tests Nov 2016

May 2011 to Nov 2016
May 2011 to Nov 2016
** Note**  October and November are my health screening months. Blood work for insurance discount, mammogram, plus I turned 50 this year, so I had a screening in the works..... yeah, a colonoscopy. More about that later in a separate blog post.  

There's a lack of colonoscopy prep ideas for folks  who are no sugars, no grains,with food addiction, so I'll be adding to the google data base soon with a new blog post.  ;)

I am probably not back at my maintenance weight since it's just the 3rd day after my procedure I expect to gain 1-2 pounds as my GI system comes back online. I've said this before, and I'll say it again, I do not get overly happy or overly sad at the scale number, but I do take actions on trends that are too high. 

You know it! STATS. Graphs,  I could just see this on the back of a baseball type playing card. LOL. Just kidding. Maybe when I retire..... LOL!!  Congrats to the Chicago Cubs on their World Series win in 2016.

Starting weight 187.4 lbs
Goal Range 115-125  lbs
Current Weight 117.8 lbs
Keeping off  69.6 lbs

Time in maintenance 4 years, 9 months

Age 50
Menopause 3 years
Height 5'1"
BMI 22.2
BMI ave this month 22.4
BMI ave last month 23.0
Ave glucose (fasting & 2hr post this month = 82mg/dL)
Ave glucose (fasting & 2 hr post last month = 77 mg/dL)

Auto-Immune Hashimotos 1997
Food Addict in Recovery: 5th year
High Risk, but never diagnosed Type 2 diabetes

Walking 11,000-12,000 steps per day

Weight lifting 1-2 days per week, took a break this week due to procedure
Sprints on the rowing machine 1 days per week , took a break this week due to procedure

Food template

Time-restricted eating (TRE) window: 6am to 1pm most days. Water only after 1pm.

My own combination of Paleo, Low Carb Higher Fat, Ketogenic sometimes, Whal's Paleo Plus (modified)
Diary free, nut free, xantham gum and guar gum free, grain free, mostly processed sugar free*

*85% chocolate, I have a square or two every day. There's a little sugar there, but it does not trigger. 

BOOM y'all!

November plans: I'm trying a coconut oil to olive oil switch, except for my scrambled/fried eggs in the AM. More on this later. This means black coffee instead of adding coconut milk and I'll try adding in some berries on and off, a couple of times a week.

I'm attempting to look back to what my ancestors would have eaten (pork and butter are not good for me), but they sure weren't eating coconut products. It should be a nice little experiment.

Holiday warning to those eating whatever they want, because YOLO, Food pushers, traditions

Okay, so it's not too late to escape the commercial, eat 24/7 food mess that the US and other countries have cultivated. I won't be eating what ever whimsical food that appears in front of me at work, at home, at relatives, or while dining out.

I'll be sticking to my food template all days, with a few foods that I don't normally have: Sparkling water, smoked oysters, some brisket. Berries. Yeah. Not outside my food template, but stuff I don't have everyday.

Just because the pendulum swings to processed foods and processed foods,be sure you are able to obtain a low risk on your health screens. There's a huge tie in with obesity and other diseases. Here's to lowering your risk as we approach all events and leftovers this holiday season.

Here's to managing the chronic disease of obesity year round. And keeping food addiction in remission. 

1 month

2 months

3 months

6 months

1 year

since May 2011


  1. I am super interested in women who have lost and maintained weight as they enter and go through menopause. My stats are very similar to yours.

    age: 53
    menopause: 2012
    Height: 5'3"
    hishest weight: 188
    lowest weight: 116 (was too low for me)
    current weight: 127

    I also walk at least 10k steps a day but usually double that. And I am trying to get into some kind of weight training.

    Thanks for inspiring all of us who are in maintenance :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog Donna Lynn. Weight maintenance is different for me, now that I'm in 3+ years of menopause. I maintained at 113-115 which was probably too low for me, also in 2013. It was the summer my Dad passed away, so I made multiple trips to the desert and was under a lot of stress.

      I'm really, really, really wanting to stick to a 116-121 area for my bone structure (very small). I just feel better there. I think I'll be able to do it.

  2. Can you not take the pills instead of drinking that awful liquid?

    1. Hi Katie, I reviewed the info for the Suprep I was given, but didn't look at the inactive ingredients. By the time I started, it was too late. Live and learn. I don't have to have another until 2026 (higher power willing!). By then I'm hoping the digital camera has advanced for a Magic School bus experience. LOL

      On the plus side, I had very little to no cramping. That was nice.

  3. Looking good Karen, as always. You are so dedicated, sadly I'm not quite as good as you but still hanging in there and still totally committed to low carb/real food :)

    1. Hi Lynda! Rather than good or bad, it's now become a matter of financial survival. My genetics say I'll have type 2, if not now, as I age. So many double homozygous genes. But I don't because of my glucose meter. About $30 or $40 per year to monitor at home. Maximum.

      If I go to the doc to get medical treatment that is not preventive (1 well check, 1 mammo, 1 colonoscopy at age 50) then it costs full price- so $120-140 per visit. Then the Rx costs ( my thyroid meds). If they had found polyps, I would be looking at $1,500-2000+. Luckily, I can take that money and help my kid look for colleges.

      I get a tiny amount of money each year via insurance and I still pay big premiums. Insurance in the US is messed UP, for sure.

      My company gives me some money, and lab tests are free(!), but otherwise, I cannot remain financially solvent. If I regain weight- say visceral fat, that Hawaiian vacation will be my last bing trip of my life.

      If I manage my fat cells- Like Dr. Westman says- food template is one thing, but managing the fat cell metabolism (kind of like the fat is it's own organ), it could take years. After 40 years of sometimes morbidly obese, I can see whey the Biggest Losers regain.

      A few servings of the old food and the disease is back, with vengeance. I like my clothes and my vacations, so I stay abstinant like my life depends on it, because it does.

      Gotta laugh or I'd be crying. As you know the food tastes so, so good. That right there is the motivation I need. I know you've lowered your personal risk of disease in the future. I salute you and everyone else who has kept a large amount of weight off via LCHF, or low carb.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog. It's great to touch base with my Low carb buddies. :)