I weighed in at 118.2, best range is 113-116.
1.Daily weighing, no matter what, keeping my weight in okay weight maintenance. I'm 2.2 + pounds away from my BEST range. I'll take it, really. I feel pretty good.
The upside of daily scale weighing is that I don't BS myself and regain huge amounts of weight in weight maintenance, relapse with food sobriety.
The down side of daily weighing is seeing the scale go up.
I'm food sober, but totally okay with the higher weights. Just coming off a second, very mild cold.
I'm always 1-2 pounds higher during cold virus'. Aint' no big deal. I record my weight and go about my day, week, half month. I'll go back to my cruising weight in a week or two.
I'll always accept good enough weight maintenance over Best weight maintenance any day. I get what I get, I do not throw a fit.
2. Keeping steady with glucose, ketones, and hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H) in my best ranges.
My glucose goes this low some days when I fast. I think I'm at a 19+ hour fast for these values.
I've been donating a lot as a paid donor so I'm happy to see normal for me H&H. I'll get deferred as a donor for 6-8 weeks soon. It's nice to get paid, and yes, I pay taxes right out of my pay check. Ugh, whatever.....
Ketones mine run 0.5 to 1.5 typically.
3. Added blueberries and more protein back into my rotation, with great results. I'm still Keto because I fast, but LCHF for weight maintenance. Best of both worlds, if you ask me.
I measure out 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of blueberries
Nom-Nom Paleo's -'Ollie's Crackling Chicken', oh so goooooood!!!
Link to the recipe https://nomnompaleo.com/post/74180911762/cracklin-chicken
Beef brisket, salad bar, coffee at Lazy Acres in Encintias, CA (like Whole Foods)
4. Managing stress
My stress levels going to get worse, not better, this year. Sigh....
I was driving around thinking about the following:
I read about somebody "listening to their body and feeding it what it wanted" and I laughed. Ooooooh this is so not right for me. Neither is "Having a relationship with food" BS 100% for me.
Robb Wolf is right, there is something way deeper going on when talking about a "relationship" with an object- in this case food. Some past issue.
Although my coffee might push me over into relationship status I can see changing your food template, changing your boundaries around food, switching from points counting to Paleo to LCHF, to Keto, and back again, but food was not and is not something for me to "have a relationship with".
Food to me is just to optimize energy and my own genetics and environment. I don't get to choose, my body will give me feedback, then I optimize with the food template of the 6 months to 1 year. I must use my body weight, biomarkers, sleep length, pain levels, mood to plan and choose.
6 years food sober and during high stress, I want to sit down with a bag of jelly beans, progress to skinny cow ice cream, then get out the points counter for exactly 1 point of M&M's embedded in the side of the icecream. Repeat.
Sigh... good thing I have a set food template. Fasting 18:6 these days, from 6am to 12 noon-ish. Not eating at night is a win-win for me.
Fizzy water at night, with Natural Calm powder, for stress relief. Fits into my 18:6 fasts just fine
What didn't work in the past
1. Not weighing in frequently enough. Not plotting my weight on a graph
2. Not measuring my glucose to notice that I was pre-diabetic right before I lost weight
3. Not customizing my food template for my okay and best weights
4. Eating tons of sugar, grains, and other foods, trying to get food high to deal with stress.
Off to walk before it rains. Safe travels my So. Cal Friends.