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happy-1 - Thursday May 27, 2021
(10m core, 30m pln, 14fst, 2500cal, 10Kstps, 9pmbed)
Weight: 216.0

Got weird pushback this AM from the Ex-ish when I said I was doing a 14 hour fast. For some reason he is really against it. I don't understand why... It's just 6pm to 8am everyday. I have a cup of coffee in the morning and some water, do chores, then I eat. Not a big deal... except he is really against it.

I don't understand. It would make sense if I was being extreme in limiting my calories or doing extreme exercise, etc. Or doing a daily 23 hour fast. But a daily 14 hour fast??? I don't get it.

Why does that make me feel kind of down?

Dumping it out here, shaking it off. Getting started with my day.

Progress as of today: 101 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/27/2021:
Nothing wrong with that 14 hr fast. I’d do it if I could, but the best I can do is 11PM (bedtime) to 4 PM. Not sure if sleeping counts as fasting.

Most ppl are bummed out by unsupportive comments. But up his! Do what you want.


Donkey on 05/27/2021:
I think when someone says 14-hour (or whatever) fast, it sounds more severe than fasting overnight and putting off your first meal. It's still a very valid fat - don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything to diminish your fasting at all.

I'm sure you know that people who do IF often follow a 16:8 schedule, with 16 hours of fasting (!), and an 8-hour window to eat. So that's like an early lunch and then dinner, and that's it.

(When life was a little easier/better, I could do a 14:10 schedule. Can't do 16:8 with my job. )

Stick to what works for you.



happy-1 - Wednesday May 26, 2021
(10m core, 30m pln, 14fst, 2500cal, 10Kstps, 9pmbed)
Weight: 216.0

 Inch by inch.

  • 10m core, yes
  • 30m pln, no
  • 14fst, no
  • 2500cal, don't know
  • 10Kstps, yes
  • 9pmbed, yes

Aaaaaaaaaugh... What I did get done I fought tooth and nail to to do... And still forgot an AM doc appt. Moderna is the bus that hit me.

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Actually had dreams last night. Mostly about having spiders in my bed. At the end I saw my mom and gave her a hug. Then I woke up.

Momma cat is in a crate on the patio. We couldn't get her into the carrier and we missed her vet appointment. Can't bring her inside until she's screened for parasites. She's not so sure about me.

Oh the seratonin rush of petting a kitty cat when you haven't felt good in a very long time...

Progress as of today: 101 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/27/2021:
Some days are "tooth and nail" -- and you got a lot checked off your list.

Love your dream... Sometimes I dream about my stepfather or my grandpa. I feel like they're checking in with me. We're always at a holiday party, with stepfather or grandpa off to the side. I ask them, "Are you OK?" and they let me know that they are fine. It's been a while since I've had one of these dreams.

I hope it works out with kitty. If it turns out that you cannot have her in the house, I would encourage you to find a new home for her. Life in a crate or outdoors is not good.

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
Yeah... I'm not really sure what to do... She didn't use her litterbox at all last night, slept in it, and is soaked... I need to go in and ask the vet if they will see her without a bath. Neighbors who trapped her said she mostly used her box, but not always.

This is feeling like I bit off more than I can chew.

I live in LA... It rarely even rains... She could totally be a patio cat. I have 8' fences on all sides and I can just set her up with a place to hide and a litterbox that isn't in my planters.

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
I hardly ever dream, or remember it. It must be great to have those dreams regularly and feel good and secure about your family and that you will see them on the other side.


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2021:
Congrats on your weigh-in for yesterday!

i once bought a pulse oximeter, i do not use it though...yet...it was supposed to be for exercising, but i do not do the type of exercise anymore that i bought it for.

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
What exercise?

I have one on my Garmin but I have to remember to check it. The readings where I am fatigued or anxious and come back 84% make it a lot more relevant all of a sudden.


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2021:
i also get great feels from petting docs and cats, yes!

also, nice job getting a lot done.

i had some ultra weird dreams last weekend. i forgot now, but they were so real life like.

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
And guinea piggies! All that fur!!!! And wiggle!



happy-1 - Tuesday May 25, 2021
(14h fast, 2500cal 4:45, 10Ksteps, 9pmbed, 30m plan)
Weight: 216.0

Weighed in at 216.0 this AM and am super happy about that so I figured I just neeeded to post really quick and tell everyone!!!

Inch by inch.

I forgot to bring my Avocado Oil back into my bedroom last night and went out to get it this AM... Dad asked for the grocery flyers. This created a ball of anxiety for me,... he's going to buy stuff that puts his eye surgery at risk... My heart just started pounding, I got anxious and didn't want to do it. I just did it anyway and went back to my room. Breathed deep and it released. Very different from anxiety on Metformin, which doesnt release, just latches onto the next thing. GP wants me to check my pulse oximeter reading when that happens, but I was so spacey... I forgot. 

Since checking my O2 level is supposed to help me narrow down the causes of fatigue and get back to work... But if I am possibly having low O2 I don't have the presence of mind to check my O2... I splurged on a Circuul ring. Hammacher Schlemmer had it for $200 less than other sites but without the brand name on it. I called and they confirmed it was the Circul ring.

https://www.hammacher.com/product/home-oximetry-wellness-tracker?promo=search

There was also a promo code that took 10% off, and that was about the cost of the shipping.

There is another ring that will vibrate when your O2 level is dropping... but it is $70 more and bigger and bulkier. A wearable ony helps if you wear it.

https://getwellue.com/pages/o2ring-oxygen-monitor?gclid=Cj0KCQjwwLKFBhDPARIsAPzPi-JvRDGeAF2DZwQxfAgcKsW8Zkyci7aAffJKw0g-QBKnyRBWioS6riEaAqeLEALw_wcB

Plus the each only carry so much charge... If the cheaper, smaller Circuul ring shows that I am not getting enough oxygen and that's why I have sudden fatigue while just hanging laundry and washing dishes... then that warrants buying the Wellue O2 ring... Wear the Circuul ring at night while I am sleeping and the Wellue ring during the day and while driving.

OK. Recentering today. Dad wants me to come back out and talk to him, but I really don't want to. I want to run away and hide from whatever nightmare conversation is going to stress me out and drain my energy. Maybe I start with moving my car out of the driveway and going for a walk to shake off the stress.

Yes. A walk. That's a good way to start.

 

Progress as of today: 101 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/26/2021:
I love that you post links, so that I can check out what you've been checking out! We received a Sharper Image catalog at the office yesterday, and I saw a few gadgets that made me think of you! I think one of them was an oximetry tracker. One that caught MY eye is a wrist band gadget that measures your caloric intake based off of readings from your skin. I don't remember it quite clearly but I guess it measures calories/glucose based off of sweat and... something else? That would solve my calorie counting -- but probably doesn't track macros.

Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
Interesting!!!! I will have to research it more!

https://www.sharperimage.com/view/product/Smart+Calorie+Tracking+Band/207574



happy-1 - Monday May 24, 2021
(14h fast, 2500cal 4:45, 10Ksteps, 9pmbed, 30m plan)
Weight: 217.7

 New baseline... Day 1. No metformin or anything but Concerta.

Taking a 2 week break from diabetes meds to control for side effects on the new prescription. I can't lose another 4 years of my life. Today I woke up at 6, did a therapy session, an errand, 1 personal task, cooked 2 meals and packed the leftovers into meal prep trays, walked to the post office, and got 10,000 steps. I turned off the tv at 9pm and went to bed like an adult. 

Debating buying an $80 board for my bed and a $50 foam pad so I have more space to sleep. Right now I have my portable yoga board, a yoga mat and a twin size mattress pad on top of my foam mattress. I have tried a bunch of mattresses... the only thing that works is a board and 1" of foam. Anything else is too soft. I've been holding out till the sleep study and whatever they tell me, but I've got a million pillows on here with me and it is starting to get hot out. Decisions, decisions.

Inch by inch.

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  • 14h fast, no
  • 2500cal 4:45, no... overestimated dinner, and was way short when I checked at 7 after I showered. So I ate a pint of keto ice cream. Sigh.
  • 10Ksteps, yes!!!!
  • 9pmbed, yes!!!
  • 30m plan, no

 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2021:
nice job reducing meds especially obviously if you feel better that way.

nice job on getting up early, doing a therapy session too, along with cooking and tasks = very productive!

and 10k steps, wow.

well, i assume if the keto ice cream fits into your calories, that it's ok...hope you enjoyed it! :)

enjoy your day & hang tough!

keep us updated on the cat situation.

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
I kind of need to be on the metformin, but the only way to know if it is a catch-22... that the metformin makes it harder to do the things I need to do to be healthier overall and if it is about the same whether or not I take it is to give it several days off of it and see what happens.


Donkey on 05/25/2021:
Quite a productive day! I too went to bed early, like a grown up, and I think it served me well. I hope you have a really good day!

(I'd be interested in any updates, when available, about the cat, too.)

happy-1 on 05/27/2021:
Kitty is on my patio right now and had a nice big chicken breakfast. She ignored her box and slept in her poop and pee... so no vet trip this AM until I find out if she needs a bath first. She may be a patio cat.



happy-1 - Sunday May 23, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Magically woke up at 5am today (Sunday) on schedule. Gift from God.  Day 5 past 2nd Moderna shot. Day 4 of Metformin detox. Threw half my bedroom onto my bed to keep myself out of it. Even if I'm having an adverse reaction, in bed all day is a depression trap. Able to sit up in a chair and do mending... probably the metformin detox. I also went for a walk... only 7k steps today though, just too tired. Wanted to do a core workout video but still too stiff and sore to bend my neck much. 9pm and I am now in bed. I will conquer tomorrow.

Per GP, started tracking triggers and blood oxygenation with my Garmin whenever I start feeling fatigued.

Packed supplements yesterday.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/24/2021:
Oh to wake up naturally - it IS a gift! Especially nice and early like that...

How does your Garmin measure blood oxygenation? What will this show you?

A slower day is OK - but I must say, interesting technique to keep you out of bed. I hadn't thought of doing that!


horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2021:
you are right that staying in bed all day is the beginning of a bad cycle, yeah. easy for me to get into that habit too.

7,000 steps is still quite a bit!


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2021:
Staying in bed is the pits when it's time to do something and you don't want to......I think it requires getting up...getting dressed and at least sitting in an upright position....it's tough though.



happy-1 - Saturday May 22, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Hugs all. Back on my feet post UTI and 2nd Moderna shot. Mostly. Having the adverse reaction again with dehydration (even though I've been drinking a gallon of water a day this week and am continuing to do so). Fingers are all wrinkly. Blood sugar is a little high. Sleep is all messed up from insomnia from not moving around.

BUT... Incrementally getting back on my feet. Started with low carb breakfast and veggies at lunch. Then I tidied and vacuumed my bedroom. I am working my way through the rest of the house. Just standing up doing stuff, then sitting back down again.

Had a GP establish care visit on Wed. I like her and I think she is someone I can work with. My research paid off, even if it meant a 5 month wait for an appointment. Fingers crossed that insurance approves her MRI referral.

Neighbors are hanging onto cat till I can get her to a vet on Wed and make sure she is safe to bring inside because dad is immunosuppressed. If she has parasites or other issues she will probably be an outside cat.

Goals for today are to pack my supplements, drink water, take a walk, and get to bed by 11:30pm. Start walking my body back from insomnia. If I can, I will log stats and do a writeup of my gp notes.

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So in order to pack my meds today instead of Monday or Tuesday when I will be able to drive.... and then not be able to pack them until next week... I figured I'd save myselordered supplements from Sprouts because they are having their quarterly sale, and it absorbed the Instacart costs... came out about the same as online or after the sale was over. I also ordered the keto coffee ice cream and almond flour cookies my dad likes to keep him chill... my life is hell if he doesn't have treats. They were all 1 or 2 dollars off on sale, then there was a $5 bonus discount if you ordered over a certain amount so I stocked up on the cookies... More expensive than regular cookies and ice cream from the dollar store... but those are bad for his blood sugar and preventing glucose spikes is key to protecting his eye surgery. I figure anything is cheaper than him needing full time care because he loses his vision. When he saw the Instacart order come in, he freaked out and demanded that I tell him what all the expenses are. I don't know what else to do for him other than to buy more expensive cookies and ice cream... I'm not exactly cooking and baking right now. I'm also trying to be in the kitchen as little as possible because he chews on me the whole time I am in there and it creates conflict. How do I figur le out a way to manage food and not cooking so I can get things done and get back to work? 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/23/2021:
With respect to the 2nd shot - fatigue was my biggest thing too. And I *did* get plenty of (extra) sleep - HAD to, my body just forced it. But I didn't get quality sleep. I didn't have to deal with a UTI but carrying around TOM at the same time is no picnic either. OOF!

I definitely think it's worth the extra $ to get the keto desserts and such, if it will keep dad on a healthier path.

It's funny how some people are very food-focused. My husband is the same way. Always thinking about his next meal.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2021:
now i think of you, lol, when i'm sweating "down under" and i tell myself that i should shower much more in this weather, or i'll get a UTI ...sorry you are on my mind...hopefully i'm not making you too angry...

i see you've written a "brief" paragraph on your thoughts of what to pack for your trip...where are you going? who is coming?

i find it hard to cook when i'm also trying to study...hard for me to do many things in the same day, so i get you completely!

now i dye my roots...



happy-1 - Tuesday May 18, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Today would be a good day to have a cat. Yesterday was too hard and I wore myself out completely. I don't want to get out of bed. A cat would jump on me, yowl in my face, and demand food. It would be cuddles and purring and hapy feelings before I face the horror of the day. I'm so overwhelmed at everything I have to do to get back to work, or just get my health together as a first step... I don't want to get out of bed and face the world. If a cat reduces the number of days I lay in bed and just can't face the world... and I make slightly more incremental progress than ground lost... Worth it.

 

Yesterday - Monday May 17 - FUBAR - Derailed by dad deciding to take a walk for the first time in 30 years because I had a UTI and didn't want to drive or go anywhere, having to go find him, pushing him (300lbs) in his rollator too far and pulling my neck back out, then all the work to get him back into the house, manage his sugar, do all the eye drops and make sure he took his meds.

14h fast, No

2500 cal 4:45, not sure

10K steps, no

9pm lights out, no up till 12am to make sure dad got his meds in and then we had a huge fight and I was up till 2am

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2021:
Sounds rough.....((HUGS))....He sounds like a handful.....


Donkey on 05/19/2021:
It can be difficult to make one's self a priority.


horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2021:
so, will you get a cat!?....also, i hope you feel better <3

oh my, i guess you will NOT take dad for a walk again? perhaps the caretaker should do that....the one who is paid...

good calories anyways! :)



happy-1 - Monday May 17, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

 

I absolutely should not have told the cat yesterday when I fed it that we would see who responded to my note and that it shouldn't worry (it seemed concerned) we will see each other again. I definitely should not have left my number in the mailbox... To get a call back about the cat from a very nice teenager who had helped her mom trap all the cats that morning and was delighted to hear that I was interested in momma cat. I absolutely should not have been delighted to hear that they were taking them to be spayed and neutered and if I wanted her I could have her after her surgery on Wednesday. I definitely shouldn't have shelled out for a new litter box for in store pickup tomorrow. I definitely do not need a cat.

This feels distinctly like a Neil Gaiman novel.

  • 14h fast, done
  • 2500 cal 4:45, done... but I ate after cutoff because I was really hungry and I needed to be able to drive to get a prescription
  • 10K steps, not done... fatigue and overwhelm this am turned out to be a uti... not much happened today
  • 9pm lights out... 10 because I did a grocery run for dad on the way home then did his eye drops

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2021:
yes, looks like you have a new cat...you did put the other down right? so here is your new cat??

i think you wanted the cat ;)

UTI's have got to be the worst! so sorry. i get them in the heat when i sweat more and from dehydration also when i drink too much coffee.

you know, you remind me that in the summer i will need to shower much more especially if i am commuting / sweating!


Donkey on 05/17/2021:
Momma Cat looks like our Baby Kitty. We adopted a momma cat many years ago, left behind at the shelter after all her kittens had been adopted. She was the best cat. She was momma to all of us.

You have inspired me to set a "9pm bedtime" goal for myself this week. I'll write about it more in my own entry, but I woke up feeling so rested this morning.


bearcountrygg on 05/17/2021:
I think you will love the mama cat....( I think you already do actually)....Donk is right.....mama cats are wonderful sweet things...if they were good moms to their kittens...and this one seems like she is. We had a mean cat...and she turned out to be a very bad mother..who did not take care of her kittens and they died...and she was still mean after.....then she ran away and D saw her up a tree a couple of years later...still mean....I think you hit the jackpot with her.


innerpeace on 05/17/2021:
Everyone needs a cat! I too am going to adopt the 9:00 pm bed time and see if this helps me.



happy-1 - Saturday May 15, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7


  • 14h fast, done
  • 2500 calories by 4:45PM, done
  • 10K steps a day, done
  • 9pm lights out, done

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Mostly sedentary rest day I kind of really needed. I ran ADHD book club this morning. We talked about planning and prioritizing. I agreed to be an accountability partner with a woman in the group who is a therapist. Topic is planning. Give it a try for a week. She is supposed to hold me accountable for spending 35-45 min a day on planning. I'm supposed to hold her accountable for submitting an application to get referrals for new clients. We will see how it goes. She's kind of disorganized.

I finally managed to get a hot meal on the table for dad, even if it was too far past my fasting cut off to eat it. Meatloaf and butternut squash.

Tonight on my walk to get 10,000 steps by end of day, I encountered a super friendly momma cat with some sizable kittens. I know nothing about cats, but I figure that if she was being friendly on the first lap... and came running over the second time I passed them, she must be really hungry. The house was dark, there were no cars... There used to be toys and plants out in front of that house but they are gone now... So in a fit of what must surely be insanity, I went home, got a leftover hamburger that was lost in the fridge, chopped it up and put it in a dish, then shoved it under the fence so the kittens could get to it too. She was a lot more interested in me than a dish of hamburger. I don't know enough about cats to know what that means either. I left a note with my phone number asking if she's a stray in the mailbox with a corner peeking out so I can see if anyone picks it up. 

This is surely a sign of insanity. I do not need a cat, no matter how much I am creeping on the animal services website looking at the adult tom cats for adoption and the only thing keeping me from going down there is that I just am too tired to do one more thing right now. I definitely do not need 3 cats. I don't even know how to assess a cat for adoption.

Except she sure seemed to be volunteeering to be my cat and I wouldn't have to drive anywhere or make an appointment to get a cat. I dunno what I would do with the kittens.

I grew to like the cat I got my mom, even if he made me crazy. I miss him. I would really prefer a dog, but... not yet. Let me get back to work so a dog doesn't think I am home 24x7 first. 


 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2021:
Animals do have a way of finding us......When I went to the shelter to get the cat I picked out online...the person there was afraid of her and refused to get her down off the catwalk near the ceiling....her name was Heidi....I turned to Mumbles who had just gotten in a fight and was angry..I was cautioned that he was mad...OKAY......then there was one who had just gotten an eye injury from Mumbles....best not get an injured one....let the shelter deal with that....I then turned to Morgan and was petting her...she was sweet until Sampson walked up and I looked at him...morgan got jelous because i was petting her yet looking/talking to Sampson...and Morgan bit me...WELL.....sorry Morgan...not taking home a biting cat......then I turned my attention to Sampson...who by process of elimination came home with me...he is currently sitting next to me says "YES" repeatedly..over and over again........hoping that I will tell him yes to whatever he wants right now....( probably my attention..or maybe some fresh dry food...not sure which)...but he wants me and that is a sure fire way to have a pet......one that wants to have a relationship with you.......and I suspect that the cats you fed were hungry and she was thanking you for d=feeding her babies.......she looks a little thin....you have a good heart Hap!

happy-1 on 05/16/2021:
Yeah, I’ll go by again on my walk tonight. Momma is friendly and comes over, but the kittens hang back. I could just stick momma in a carrier but then what would the kittens do?


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2021:
Such pretty kitties!


Donkey on 05/16/2021:
Well done day! That's so cute about the kitties! Our Baby Kitty picked out my daughter as "hers" when we visited the shelter. I hope you can help this little cat family.

happy-1 on 05/16/2021:
It would make my mom happy.


Maria7 on 05/16/2021:
Cute cats. The momma one looks like my Daughter's cat.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2021:
your meatloaf and butternut squash sounds incredibly great!

sweet what you did for the cat.

lately, i pet every dog in the neighborhood when i see them with their owners. i love them, cannot have one of my own yet, so i pet everyone else's!



happy-1 - Thursday May 13, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

Dad had eye surgery today which went OK... The smartest move I made in a long time was getting a caregiver to come pick him up at 4AM, pack him up, and take him there for his 5:00 AM checkin... and put some earplugs in and go to bed on time, then go pick him up when he was done at 9:30 AM. He came out super tired and would be a handful if I had tried to do the whole day from 4 AM to 11 PM myself. On the way home, we splurged on keto breakfast sandwiches today at the keto bakery. Bacon egg and cheese on everything bagels. He actually liked it. I will make him a hamburger tonight for dinner.

Started 1000 Berberine yesterday. Going for the 1500 dose today. Weirdly I am slightly less anxious even though I am way tired from having too high sugar overnight. Too early to tell if it is just getting the surgery out of the way and being less stressed, just plain exhausted, or the Berberine. 

So... Thinking out loud... Next steps in getting back to work:

Focus on getting Garmin Body Battery number up above 90 by 6AM and keep it above 35 by 8PM.

The Body Battery is a pretty good summary of all the factors going on that influence how much cognitive and physical energy I have available to do things.

  • Above 90 it says I have all the energy I need to tackle projects. (It really does say this)
  • 35 is the magic number at which I start asking myself if I can go to bed yet. I still have enough energy to do a bedtime routine and set myself up for AM success.
  • 25 is the magic number where I should be in bed because anything below that is struggling.

Last night my sugar was so high it didn't charge and I dragged all day.

May 10, I I had the right combination overnight to get it up high enough, but burned through it too fast to get anything done. It needs to look more like the red line here:

Learn about it here: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=VOFJAsiXut9K19k1qEn5W5

Part 1: Get Body Battery above 90 by 6AM everyday

Sugar

Control overnight blood sugar with...

  • Planned meals of 2500 calories a day.
  • A calorie check at 5pm to see if I have eaten enough or burned way more
  • Low carb meal as last meal of day
  • 14 hour fasts from 5 PM - 7 AM
  • 10,000 steps a day 

Sleep

  • My butt must be in bed, lights out by 9 PM every night no exceptions
  • Get back to the chiropractor regularly again

Part 2: Keep Body Battery above 35 until 8pm

This is a lot harder to do... Mostly because there are tons of variables... But the first thing is to control sugar during the daytime so I don't burn through it as fast.

Step 1, Collect underpants. Step 3, Profit.

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So immediately after writing this I realized it was about to be 5 PM and I was 1500 calories short of 2500, so I scarfed down a frozen dinner, salad, and a pint of keto ice cream. Fingers crossed I can stick to my fast tonight. 

So ready to go to bed but it's only 7 PM and Dad still needs 2 more sets of eye drops tonight. Augh.

 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I'm wondering how this body battery works....reminds me of the mood rings from my teens......LOL...will check this out. D has some garmin things....nice equipment.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It's something that made absolutely zero sense to me at first. I can't believe I had all my answers right there in my hand August of 2019 but I just didn't understand what it was saying. I could write a whole blog on how to use it.


Jacky82020 on 05/14/2021:
Sounds like a nice activity tracker. Mine’s not nearly so smart.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
You're on Fitbit, right? What's POGO and Reli?


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I see it makes a decicion ( ?) over the course of a few days...and is monitoring your heart rate.......looks interesting....I have an arrythmia...i wonder how that would affect it.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It might help you identify when your arrythmia is acting up based on dietary choices


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
didn't skip you...or forget you...i will be commenting soon xo

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Hugs!


Donkey on 05/14/2021:
First, so glad Dad's eye surgery went well.

Second, you have a local keto bakery?? YUM!!

Third, the data on your inner battery is quite interesting! I'm wondering, from looking at your graphs, if this has been my problem with evening eating. Especially since work has been so stressful... I've been expending energy differently, and my body is processing fatigue as sugar cravings. I'm so glad you shared this information!

I too need to be much more disciplined in getting to bed on time.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It probably is. I have a problem bad habit of randomly staying up too late some nights watching Netflix and eating too many snacks for no apparent reason. This sabotages all the things I am trying to do as a daily routine by throwing my schedule off and derailing my habits. I thought it was some kind of emotional/self-control/willpower/subconsious desire thing... But through tracking, I have isolated that it is actually a weird combo of side effects of appetite suppression on stimulants. The "too hungry" switch gets flipped anytime after 2PM my calories out exceed calories in by -750. After 7 PM, an "I need to feel good" drive kicks in. I end up eating too much, too late and watching Netflix till all hours and throws off my entire week, which has a cascading effect. After 8 PM, insomnia gets triggered even if I turned off Netflix on time. This is some kind of circadian rhythm regardless of the time I woke up or took stimulant meds. It trends slightly earlier/later based on sunrise sunset.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It probably is. I have a problem bad habit of randomly staying up too late some nights watching Netflix and eating too many snacks for no apparent reason. This sabotages all the things I am trying to do as a daily routine by throwing my schedule off and derailing my habits. I thought it was some kind of emotional/self-control/willpower/subconsious desire thing... But through tracking, I have isolated that it is actually a weird combo of side effects of appetite suppression on stimulants. The "too hungry" switch gets flipped anytime after 2PM my calories out exceed calories in by -750. After 7 PM, an "I need to feel good" drive kicks in. I end up eating too much, too late and watching Netflix till all hours and throws off my entire week, which has a cascading effect. After 8 PM, insomnia gets triggered even if I turned off Netflix on time. This is some kind of circadian rhythm regardless of the time I woke up or took stimulant meds. It trends slightly earlier/later based on sunrise sunset.


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I have a oxymeter.....but use it randomly...Looks like the garmin will keep a running total that is there at a glance....i noticed that if you ever reset it...it may take several days to begin working again...because it does use past days as an average or something like that.....interesting.....I'm thinking about getting one...I have never been a high energy person my entire life...there were ages where i had more energy....out of necessity possibly? But now I would be interested in seeing specificaly how my sleep apnea is affecting me...I don't wake up gasping for air like I used to....and I no londer use my CPap..

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
The sleep tracking on it is astounding, but I don’t know about apnea. Literally saved my sanity last year.


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
maybe despite your dad's bingeing below, he also ate healthier? is that why his AIC improved or no way?

yeah, you have a keto bakery! how cool is that!?

i hope your dad recovers well.

nice job on your calories.

underpants collection?

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Make Profit by Stealing Underpants - Southpark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ih_TQWqCA

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
I can't begin to explain why his A1C went down.. Hopefully the endocrinologist will be able to tell me.


Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
Glad your Dad is okay. Hope you are getting some rest today.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Hugs


Jacky82020 on 05/15/2021:
Yep, Fitbit. Used to count steps. Other features no longer interest me. Like their scale that links to the app.

Reli is a common glucose monitor at home system, prick finger, apply blood to strip and get reading. POGO is really cool. You put your finger on a concave surface and it pricks and displays a reading, sort of all in one. More expensive than standard at home systems. But I don’t use it often.



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