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05/28/18 Weigh in, sorry it’s a little late   Leave a comment

So I’ve been a little busy the last two days and didn’t realize I had skipped the update on my progress.  For that I apologize.  Keeping accountable on here is important to me and I shouldn’t be allowing it to get lost in the rush.

As expected this week was actually a gain in weight.  The Wednesday before was my monthly day off from keto so I knew I would be heavier this weigh in.  I had seriously considered cancelling or putting off this month’s day off because I had just gotten back under 300 for the first time in who knows how long last weigh in and didn’t feel like immediately going back over.  In the end I decided that not doing the day off for that reason would go against what I’ve said all along, which is don’t focus on one number, focus on the whole journey.  So what if I went over again because past experience with my days off show me that I’ll lose it right back.  So why deny myself the plan I set because of one silly number, 300.  Which is a great movie by the way if you haven’t seen it.

When I did my weigh in Monday morning my faith in my game plan was rewarded.  On previous days off I put on an average of 3 pounds each time.  On this one I only gained a pound.  So I weighed in at 300.2 lbs and 41.8% body fat.  So I only went up .3% body fat.  I  gain a little more then a pound of body fat if you run the numbers, so I had to lose a little water or muscle to account for the difference.  As it was less then half a pound I’m ok with that because that difference could be accounted for by the slight inaccuracies of weighing in.  Which is another good reason not to get caught up with the numbers of a single weigh in.

I think that the reason I only put on one more pound this time around is because I’ve been doing a lot better with my exercise.  I invested in one of those plastic aerobic steps with the adjustable height.  The one I got has a 300 lb limit so I realize I am technically over it.  Since I know I’ll be below 300 lbs soon I think it can take the extra .2 lbs for a week.  It was a $45 investment, mainly because it’s designed to be extra sturdy.  The best part is there is now no excuse for not working out.  Can’t say I didn’t get to the gym, because the step is right here in my bedroom.  Can’t say I couldn’t because it’s raining outside because I have a good roof over my head.  Can’t say I don’t want to disturb my family because I can do this in the privacy of my room.  So no more excuses.  I’m only on the 3rd day of my tracking week and I’ve already gotten 5 workouts in totaling 1 hour 7 minutes.  So I’m thinking the weigh in this upcoming Monday is going to be great.  Until then take care and be happy.

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Weigh in for 04/23/2018 and thoughts on chasing numbers.   Leave a comment

So first of all, the weekly weigh in update.  This past Wednesday was my day off from Keto for the month, where I get to enjoy things that aren’t keto and I know I’ll be knocked out of ketosis.  I explained why in a previous post so I won’t go into detail not that.  I mention this because, as expected, my weight went up, not down.  I weighed in at 309.8 lbs (43.6% body fat) which means I went up 3.2 lbs.  Some of that would be fat, some of it water weight as getting knocked out of ketosis means I retain water easier.  How I fare when I weigh in next Monday will determine if I will continue the practice of taking one day off a month to enjoy things that aren’t keto.

Which brings me to the second part of the title “chasing numbers.”  It’d be very easy for me to get discouraged and stressed about the fact that my weight went up.  And by a decent margin at that.  But I don’t.  This is one weigh on one week of the many weigh ins I’ve done since January 1st when I started this journey.  It would be very easy to get hung up on the 3.2 lbs gained in a week, but not very productive.  It’s better to focus on the fact that overall I’m still down 42.8 lbs from January 1st which means I’ve made an incredible change in my life and I’m healthier then I was when I started.

Let me use this analogy.  In June of 2017 I moved from Bellingham, WA to where I now live in Madison, AL.  I drove the entire distance in my 2011 Toyota Prius with it’s original navigation maps from when I bought it new.  Needless to say in the six years between a few changes had occurred along the way that made my navigation system wrong, leading to added miles I wound up driving to get back on track.  If I handled that trip like a lot of people handle dieting, by chasing numbers, the second I got side tracked I’d have given up on the trip and just taken up residency in Wyoming because clearly the trek was a bust because I added miles.  Sounds silly but when we chase numbers expecting each week to be a better number then the last, or at least some forward progress, we lose sight of the overall goal, and give up prematurely. I wanted to get to Madison, AL so I accepted the unexpected detours as part of the cross country travel experience and kept going.  If you focus on the long term goal, and not the weekly numbers, you can make it to your destination too.

Another way some keto lifestylers chase number is with blood ketone tracking.  I have a Keto-Mojo Blood Glucose/Ketone meter I use to track my ketones with (you can buy it at https://keto-mojo.com and for the record this is NOT an affiliate link, I get no money for this I just really like the product).  You need to be at least at .3 mmol/l to be in ketosis, ideally .5 mmol/l, and the greater the number above that the better.  It’s easy to want that  “the better” so much you start doing things not to live a healthy keto lifestyle but instead to get the number up as high as you can.  And when I test and I get a number like 1.4 mmol/l I’m excited about that, but I remember it’s just a number.  I could chug a blender bottle of exogenous ketones and easily break 2 mmol/l, but it wouldn’t truly reflect my level of ketosis.  It’s better to measure how you feel.  If you’re at or above .3 mmol/l and you’re full of energy, your mind is sharp, and your clothes are getting looser, then you’re doing great.  If you’re at .5 mmol/l but you’re sluggish, in a brain fog, and you’re hoping you don’t have catastrophic structural failure of the seat of your pants, that’s not so great even though the number is larger.

My overall point is don’t chase numbers.  Chase trends.  If overall you’re losing weight, don’t sweat one week of gain.  If you’re blood ketone level is consistently at or above the .3 mmol/l mark and you feel great, the feel great part is what you should focus on.  Now if you start trending down over multiple weeks, yes of course look into why and make changes accordingly.  If you regularly register 1.4 mmol/l of blood ketones and it starts going down over successive readings then yes you should start looking into why.  But chasing numbers after every weigh in or ketone reading is just going to drive you crazy which will cause stress which will hinder progress.  Always think long term.

Final thought for this post, I’m going to start posting book reviews.  These will be of books I’ve downloaded and read on my Kindle.  I’ll include a link to the book in the review.  I will remind you in each post this is an affiliate link which I do profit from.  I’ll give the pros and cons of each book, but if I’m reviewing it I think the book is a good purchase because it’s a good read (even though I’ll admit on some of these books it’s a good read because of the information you learn more so then the actually readability of the book).  So there you are, have a nice week between now and my next weigh in update.