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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

High Fat Experiment

     Last week I made a low carb cheesecake.  At the end of the day, I had gone way over on calories and my carb count was close to 20.  I almost threw it away so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more but a friend suggested  I just spend the next day eating it and eat only the cheesecake and bacon.  I did this and the next day I was down 2lb.  This past weekend I ate a lot of restaurant food (went to NM with Matt) and was up a couple lb.  I decided to repeat this "experiment".  This time with low-carb key lime pie.  The recipe which can be found here http://allrecipes.com/recipe/key-lime-pie---low-carb-version/ is as follows:


1 c ground pecans
3 tbsp melted butter
2 packets Splenda
1/2 tsp coconut extract (I used coconut oil instead)
1/2 c heavy cream
2 packets Splenda
1(6 oz) Lime flavor Jello
1/3 c boiling water
1/3 c cold water
2 packs cream cheese, cut into pieces & softened
1/2 tsp coconut extract
2 tbsp ground pecans

1) In med. bowl mix together 1 cup ground pecans, butter, 2 packets Splenda, 1/2 tsp coconut extract. Press firmly in bottom & up the sides of an 8 inch pie plate. Refrigerate until firm.2) In small bowl, whip the heavy cream w/ 2 pks Splenda until soft peaks form. Set aside.3) In a large bowl w/ high sides, mix the gelatin w/ boiling water until dissolved. Then stir in cold water. With mixer, slowly beat in cream cheese, after all is added stir in remaining 1/2 tsp coconut extract & beat at Hi speed until smooth. Carefully fold in whipped cream. Use spatula to scrape mixture into pie pan & spread around. Sprinkle remaining 2 tbsp nuts on top. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow gelatin to set.



I ate the Key Lime Pie, bacon and chicken thighs yesterday.  Here is my My Fitness Pal food diary from yesterday.



I had 2208 calories, 9g of carbs, 213g of fat,  and 48g of protein.  You would think I'd gain huh?  This morning I was down 3.6 lb!  Same results twice.  I am now calling this a correction day.  Pretty cool huh?




Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update

     The water is finally coming off!  I'm down 4lb from the 6 I was up which puts me at 1.4lb below my LIW (lowest injecting weight) so I feel better.  I was getting worried for a minute.  I know a lot of people gain some of the weight back at this point but I'm still being pretty strict.  I'm giving myself more freedom with dairy on the weekends as well as allowing myself nuts/nut flours on the weekend as well.  I've continued having Bulletproof coffee for breakfast (and lunch sometimes as well) and sticking to a meat and veggie or eggs for dinner.

     At this point my BMI is at 21.9 which is in the "healthy" category but I was curious about my body fat percentage, since I've heard this is a better indicator of health than standard BMI.  I have a body fat scale but it seems to be unreliable so I ordered a pair of calipers from Amazon.  While I was waiting for them to arrive I was looking at calculators online.  Matt suggested I use the Army body fat calculator http://www.armyprt.com/apft/online-apft-and-body-fat-calculator.shtml  It's a nifty little gadget.  You enter your gender, age, height, weight and measurements of your waist, hip and neck and it gives you a body fat estimate.  Mine was 22%.  Yesterday the calipers arrived and I followed the directions exactly.  I also got 22% with them.  This puts me in a fitness range!  I find this quite amusing as I never exercise.  My measurements are the same.

     So at this point, every single health marker I can think of is great.  My cholesterol is wonderful, my bp is good (on the low side as opposed to being on BP meds before going Primal) I still want to get an NMR Particle Profile or VAP test to test my LDL particle size.  That will be the final "neener neener neener" to all the low carb naysayers.  I'm hoping to get it soon.  In the past my doctor has poo-pooed it saying it is unnecessary, it won't change the treatment outcome (they just give you statins) it is expensive and insurance companies won't pay for it.  Well I've been researching it and it looks like most insurance companies DO cover it now and it only costs around $40.  The only things that need improvement now are my immune system, (I'm still catching every bug it seems) and my Vitamin D3 level which has remained on the low side despite 3 years of supplementing which I suppose it understandable since I never go outside.

     I actually found my measurements from 2009 when I started considering making changes.


Weight:  200
Waist-36 (eeeek!)
Bust-39
Hips-44
Thighs-25
Calf-15
Arm-13

A year later after losing 55lb my measurements were:

Waist-27
Bust-35
Hips-38
Thighs-21
Calf-15
Arm-12

Now almost 3 years later they are:

Waist-26
Bust-32
Hips-39
Thighs-20
Calf-13
Arm-12

This means I am smaller than I was before I got pregnant with Adrian.  I have lost a total of 30 inches!  How are people still disbelieving?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sodium Strikes Again!

     Eeek!  This morning I am up count them, SIX POUNDS!!!  I was already up 3 because well my body tends to do this on a regular basis and yesterday I had some salted pumpkin seeds and then I had 2 bunless chicken sandwiches from Sonic.  This morning, up 3 more lb.  I am trying not to freak as I do this quite regularly (can you say every month?) and after looking at my food journal from yesterday I went over my sodium allowance by 3500 mg!  Guess I went kinda nuts on the pumpkin seeds.  We were in a hurry to get to Diana's GT symposium so we grabbed snacks from the gas station.  I thought the pumpkin seeds were the best choice and they probably were but OUCH!  Pushing water and doing a protein day.  In addition to my Bulletproof coffee and water I am only eating eggs or meat.  Hopefully I can flush out this sodium.
What I'm having for breakfast and lunch today!

A fun picture from last night.