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happy-1 - Sunday Jun 05, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

Sun 6-5-22 8am

60 Bb. Light on REM last night because I had so many of my dad's snacks I drove my sugar sky high. Probably a pain reaction to the pinched nerve that I made worse with the massage gun and ice packs. Chiro on Tuesday will fix me up. I hope. I ate my dad's box of frozen breaded shrimp, an apple, dark chocolate, and a bunch of almond butter. Today is a new day, and at least I start it with freshly painted toes... a sensory pleasure I cannot deny.

Still, even though I am tired, I am not foggy... a huge improvement. Apparently NAD+ is better than NADH and glutathione will also help. 

So far Welltory agrees.


 

And Mama Cat says there is no reason for me to be in bed if I feel better. She will sleep on my pillow to make sure I don't crawl back to bed today. 
 

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/05/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 06/05/2022:
5:15pm… quitting time. I cleaned up all my stuff instead of leaving it hanging out to get messed up again. I don’t know if I had actual productivity or fake productivity… I reorganized my dayplanner and made labels, then I made new financial organization worksheets to go into the checklists section. Tomorrow I will use them to go through my bills during coworking when I host. I guess we will see if I follow through. My brain just feels so much less mushy.

Also did dishes. Took me till like 2:30 to get out of pajamas and it’s almost time to put them back on.

happy-1 on 06/05/2022:
6pm tried to make dad a burger on schedule as I had told him I would earlier and triggered a nasty yelling rage session that drove me out of the kitchen. Debating going back in there to try and get food together… I’m not that hungry… but I will be. The close of my eating window is 7 and I’m low on supplies. Nothing in my bedroom because I’ve had a pinched nerve for weeks. FML.

happy-1 on 06/05/2022:
I successfully managed to sneak into the kitchen and finish making my dinner.

7pm. Done eating. Now I need to shower and turn off the electric without triggering another dad rage session. Taking 1g glycine to preemptively destroy cortisol.

happy-1 on 06/05/2022:
8pm… how did I end up in bed, lights out, all my vitamins, on time, with everything setup for tomorrow, and freshly showered? Sugar is way too high… but still.


Donkey on 06/05/2022:
My kitties - especially the older gal - find the most comfortable cushion-y place, and that's where they sit. They can have the whole bed, but if there's a pillow or a fuzzy blanket, that's where you'll find them.

I hope you get your back fixed. That is no fun to endure.


bearcountrygg on 06/05/2022:
Cats find the best places......and a little bit of sun on that super soft place really adds to it.


horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2022:
my dad has a massage gun that he doesn't use....i must take it back to my apt the next time i go to visit them!



happy-1 - Saturday Jun 04, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

Sat 6-4-22 10am

Mama Cat's sacrifice was worth it... On the XR ADHD med, 1 glipizide, Jarrow glucose optimizer, glycine, and NADH I actually got a real break away from home overnight and... this is important... Real sleep the first night back (last time it took several nights and I went without real sleep for 5 days total and was miserable. In addition to enough REM, I also had a big difference in my stats this morning. My guess is that lower cortisol and better cell energy allowed my body to reap the stress lowering and energy bostong benefits of oxytocin released from social bonding. It's awfully nice to come home from socializing and feel reinvigorated instead of worn out and half dead. Armchair biology. Maybe an OTA is in my future.

 

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/04/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 06/04/2022:
2:45 what have I done with all this energy and feeling less dead? Not much. Still have a pinched nerve in my butt that doesn’t like it when I sit or stand. Apparently all I want to do is tidy things, eat dad’s junk food, and groom. Like literally all I can think about is how badly I need to dye my hair, brows, and lashes and give myself a pedicure. So far I have washed my hair with shampoo (no conditioner) so I can apply colored conditioner tomorrow, plucked my brows, exfoliated my face and taken off my nail polish. Who is this girl?

happy-1 on 06/04/2022:
I also made a chiro appointment to get my butt fixed.


bearcountrygg on 06/04/2022:
Yay for good stats.

happy-1 on 06/04/2022:
Yeah!!! And look at the body battery… It hit 100 and just kept going… Through the roof…


Donkey on 06/04/2022:
Wow, that is GREAT!!! And nothing wrong with a little self-love and grooming.


Maria7 on 06/04/2022:
Happy you are feeling better.



happy-1 - Friday Jun 03, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

 Fri 6-3-22 9pm

Home from a night out. Mama cat is distressed that I was gone so long... she has been plastered to my body ALL day. Little meows and licks imply that I should never do that again. Aaaaaaaaw.

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/04/2022:
Oh that's so CUTE!!!


bearcountrygg on 06/04/2022:
She has bonded well to you.....


Maria7 on 06/04/2022:
She missed you!



happy-1 - Thursday Jun 02, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

 Thurs 6-2-22 8am

Not sure on the rem sleep last night. Had problems falling asleep so I took a shower too close to my asleep time and I don't shower with it because of the fabric band... You have to wear it continuosly for 2h before you get into bed for an accurate reading. I feel alright. 

Have been in a funk this week so I changed it up and took an xr adhd med, half my old prescription. I sat around in a daze most of yesterday. All the habits I've been working on have pretty much disintegrated on the IR meds. Getting up on time, following alexa, fasting, paying attention to meal times... All of it. I'm just this puddle of human absorbing resources, not thriving.

And not losing weight, which is supposed to help improve all this.

Welltory agrees at least, so it's not all in my head.

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/02/2022:
Inch by inch.


bearcountrygg on 06/02/2022:
Can you get a waterproof band for it?

happy-1 on 06/02/2022:
I have one for the beach, I just don’t like to wear it. One night of mystery data is no big deal.


Donkey on 06/03/2022:
(((hugs))) Funks are no fun.


Maria7 on 06/03/2022:
Hope you and your Dad are having a good day.



happy-1 - Wednesday Jun 01, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

Wed 6/1/22 10:50am

Bouncing back. Slept a baffling 11 hours. And got 2h rem.  I don't feel so hot due to REM hangover, high sugar, dehydration, and only a 70 body battery. Ugh. Sugar is pretty flat though... no spikes from coffee or stimulant meds. Another reason why I feel so "meh" today.

Why did I eat carrots yesterday? Why? Why? Why?

-------

12:15pm update... Slightly interesting... I avoided caffeine and stimulants this morning, went for a 15 min walk, came back, took glipizide and ate a tofu scramble (low carb). Blood sugar didn't go up, but didn't go down either. I repeated yesterday's experiment of drinking water and this time it went down faster and with less volume consumed.

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/01/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 06/01/2022:
1pm. Iherb order arrived… Jarrow glucose optimizer and NADH arrived. Down the hatch!


Jacky82020 on 06/01/2022:
Yay! Bouncing back is always good. Keep on bouncing.


bearcountrygg on 06/01/2022:
At least it's ending better.


Donkey on 06/02/2022:
It's a tight pickle indeed when carrot sticks cause problems. Carrot sticks of all things... Try not to be discouraged. I'll be discouraged for you.



happy-1 - Tuesday May 31, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

 Tues 5-31-22 8am

Tired. Was super hopeful that I would get a fifth night in a row of enough REM but I didn't. It might have been sleep apnea but it is more likely the 2 loads of laundry I did at bedtime. I wasn't out of pajamas. I could have gone another day. I just had the urge to wear this one pair... ah well.

Sugar still too high. Not feeling great. Skipped therapy again to get a walk and rest. No sense burning what little focus and energy I have on it.

Today's experiments...

  • Walking 45 min before all meds reduces recory time needed to 8 hours from 23. Maybe I need to move some to PM.
  • Without glipizide, tea raises blood sugar a lot.

Interesingly, even though I ate 200 more calories a day than I should have, I was pretty on the ball with my ratios. So even though I am "blech" today, I am still winning. I just need to move more so I am not as hungry.

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
8:50 sugar still high in the 180s from the tea. Hasn’t dropped. Making eggs to cut carbs even though they are high cholesterol. And I added cheese. Sigh.

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
2:29 after 5 bottles of water and 2h of rest sugar is coming down. I still feel like crap though. Ugh.

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
And it’s a good thing I don’t have any almonds. I would be face down in them right now… I miss chips. Taco chips, sweet potato chips, nachos… all of them.

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
6:30 pm got off the phone with my aunt. I was getting stressed too close to bedtime. Took 3mg glycine in the hopes that I can knock out cortisol and get quality sleep.

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
7:30 went out to remind dad to take meds, he asked for a burger. I said yes, but remember the cutoff for dinner requests is at 6:30. He started crying. I feel like such a jerk.

7:50 took glipizide because the carrots I had after a bunch of snacks instead of dinner… needed to fill up on something low cal… SPIKED my sugar. Can I just give up yet?

8pm. Melatonin. Glycine.

I miss chips, candy, real pizza


innerpeace on 05/31/2022:
I am struggling with sugar too...I really don't want to take meds!

happy-1 on 05/31/2022:
Reddit tip just came in… a keto electrolyte cocktail in water before every meal gets more potassium into your system and allows your body to use glucose more effectively. Lowering sugar.

Hugs on the meds. They have done more damage than they have prevented.


bearcountrygg on 05/31/2022:
Yes...Best to do what you can to avoid the meds....so many scary side effects........I try to treat the cause so I don't have to take meds and get the side effects.


Donkey on 06/01/2022:
Tea raises blood sugar?? Regular ol' black tea? I know I'm allowed black coffee prior to blood work as I was told it doesn't affect whatever it is that we don't want affected. But tea -- well, I guess it's a good thing I'm not a tea drinker, then...

I have heard that about carrots raising blood sugar levels. That's why they are frowned upon by some die-hards in the keto groups. That's kind of what made me realize keto wasn't going to work for me. I rely on carrot sticks to curb the munchies.

happy-1 on 06/08/2022:
It's the caffeine... It raises cortisol... Therefore sugar. The more caffeine, the higher the cortisol, the higher the sugar.

Celery, cucumbers, jicama, and green beans for me now!



happy-1 - Monday May 30, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

Mon 5-30-22 11am

Resting yesterday was the right move. 4th day in a row of wnough REM and a 92 body battery score. Still not feeling 100% so I looked at Welltory and got a better insight into where I am at today. I guess I am getting another rest day. See what it says tomorrow.

 

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/30/2022:
Inch by inch.


bearcountrygg on 05/30/2022:
Hope you feel better.


horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2022:
the older i get, the more i rest! i am trying to get off this habit as i rest on the couch too much (but love it!)


horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2022:
the older i get, the more i rest! i am trying to get off this habit as i rest on the couch too much (but love it!)

happy-1 on 06/08/2022:
I am looking forward to putting this much rest behind me.


Donkey on 05/31/2022:
That's very interesting - and telling - about the Energy summary. You have energy but are using it just to function at at a basic level. I hope that you were able to rest & sleep last night.

happy-1 on 06/08/2022:
The welltory app is really helpful. Have you tried it?



happy-1 - Sunday May 29, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

Sun 6/29/22 8:50am:

HOP was right about potassium and someone on Reddit was able to explain it:

“If you're low enough carb, you need more sodium and also a bit more potassium, if not on potassium preserving meds. Eating a bunch of carbs spiked insulin, pushed glucose into muscles and brought water with it to help flush the toxins from the muscles. Every gram of glucose has 3-4 grams of water with it, in the bodv.”

I downed cream of tartar in lime juice and ate pickles. Felt better. 

Sugar is still too high, so low BB but I got enough REM. Mostly because I was able to go back to sleep at 5am when I woke up to pee. Still having anxiety dreams. I was in my 20s on a reality tv show and I was the weird one but I was still hot and didn't care. At least it was entertaining. 

Cat ate about half her bowl last night.  Waiting for the results. I thought cats pooped daily? 

Overall, a generally good start to next week. Sleep is slightly better, as is bedtime. I need to stick to the 3pm rule, keep going on the glycine and get my PT in. I've had enough REM 3 days in a row, so I should be able to organize paperwork today, and if I get enough REM tonight, I will be able to do paperwork tomorrow. 
 

 

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/29/2022:
Inch by inch.


bearcountrygg on 05/29/2022:
You are your own entertainment...Not caring showed confidence!!! I'm with you...do your own thing and what other people think isn't any of our business!!!


bearcountrygg on 05/29/2022:
Cream of tartar, lime juice and pickles...???? What is that for....?


Donkey on 05/29/2022:
Wow, so it really was the carbs in the casserole that helped! Who would have thought!!!


Maria7 on 05/30/2022:
Wishing you a happy Memorial Day and your Dad, too!


legcramps on 05/30/2022:
What everyone else already mentioned - magnesium, potassium or sodium for the leg cramps. I speak from experience LOL. Funny (or not, you decide) - stretching out your legs on the daily might help as well. If the muscles are already tight, you're just asking for cramps.



happy-1 - Saturday May 28, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

 Sat 5-28-22 7:40am

Avoided exertion after 3 and got good quality sleep last night. I've had terrible leg cramps this week, and they started wearing off about an hour or two after I had a few bites of dad's casserole. I felt so much better, I went back for more. My sugar is completely messed up this morning, but the cramping is gone. Apparently low carb diets can cause muscle cramping. Augh. I guess I need to add beans back to my lunch again.

Supposed to see a friend today. She wants me to meet her at a park. Ok...

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Confirmed coffee plans for today.

Called mom’s friends to say good morning. Her birthday is coming up.

9:20: 2 nights of solid sleep and less muscle cramping made it a lot easier to go for a walk this morning. Tofu scramble is heating up. Time to clear space for PT.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
9:30 - Actually saw how the cat ends up pooping outside her box. She had one tiny poop in the box then ran out, with more tiny poops on the floor, then she dragged her butt on the carpet. Enema time.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Not feeling so hot about doing pt now!!! Yuck!

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Put a clean sheet down on the floor and did PT up to my cardio day stop point (plans today, my body thinks that is cardio). Very easy to get myself to do it once the sheet was down. Maybe I fond the trick?

Took a shower.

11:30 resting and air drying.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Cat ate while I was doing breathwork and again while I showered. Her food bowl is now empty. Yay!!! No enema needed. Thank heavens. This is not really something either of us needs to do.

I wish my mom were here. She’d be able to get this cat to eat and poop consistently.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
12:20 had a ratio bar and met a friend.

3pm home. Grocery pickup unloaded.

3:20 quest pizza, body battery down to 31. That was fast. Guess it is bedtime.


bearcountrygg on 05/28/2022:
When I start getting leg cramps I'm dehydrated.....drinking water always stops them.....I can tell when 1 is going to happen when I'm in bed...I get out of bed and force my heel down on the floor and raise my toes...That stretches the muscle back out...then I go and drink a couple of cups of water.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Yeah, I thought that too. Checked pee color in a cup all day yesterday and I was good… I thought it was the glycine, but it must have been carbs. I don’t even know how you can be on a high glucose trend and still need carbs for muscle repair.


horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2022:
yes, like bear says, i get cramps for that reason too. also if i need salt or potassium.

happy-1 on 05/28/2022:
Potassium… there’s a thought. That’s supposed to be key for adrenal fatigue. That’s what the cream of tartar in oj is supposed to be for.


Maria7 on 05/28/2022:
Wishing you and your Dad a good day.


Donkey on 05/29/2022:
If kitty is still eating and active, then it may not be time for an enema. With my own Baby Kitty, it is quite obvious when she's at the point where more help is needed.

I have read in a lot of keto groups that leg cramping is a common side effect of working a keto diet. Some people drink pickle juice, but if you do, be prepared to be very thirsty later on. It was mentioned above about potassium, but in the keto groups, they talk about magnesium. Food for thought... A few bites of casserole sound like an easier solution ;-)

happy-1 on 06/06/2022:
And more delicious... A week later and kitty is pooping normally. The battle is finally over. HUGS!



happy-1 - Friday May 27, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 246.6

 Fri 5-27-22 8:30am

Better today. 9.5h sleep. 1:35 REM. 96 body battery. Took another xr adhd med to keep my energy burn low.

I can probably start trying the guideline of only using 50% of your energy in a day.  See if I can start doing better. That means quitting when I hit 60%, about 1pm, and doing bed rest. I dunno how that works out. That means less sleep drive and higher sugar. Catch-22.

I don't know what the answer is. Nutritionist responded to second email with "your diet looks pretty good... and what is your water intake?" Eyeroll. Another dead end.

Progress as of today: 70.4 lbs lost so far, only 86.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
10 - Sorted papers, just a little ate a ratio bar.

11 - Joined coworking and had some tea. Emailed nutritionist back with graphic I created showing sleep cycle issue. She probably can’t help me so I said I was open to referrals.

1 - Taking a break before I eat at 2.

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
1:45 ate chicken meal prep then washed dishes and got a casserole on for dad.

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
6 done for the day, even though I barely did anything body battery is down to 30. So… keepingbit above 50 would require constant glycine and meditation. No stimulants. Low blood sugar. Ugh.

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
6:40 caved and ate some of dad’s casserole when I put it away. Just a few bites but enough to mess up my sugar. Had to take a second glipizide. UGH.


bearcountrygg on 05/27/2022:
You will get it figured out!

happy-1 on 05/27/2022:
Ha. I made a graphic today of the puzzle. Didn’t help.


Maria7 on 05/27/2022:
Glad you are getting plenty of rest.


Donkey on 05/28/2022:
It had not really sunk into my brain how difficult it is to control diabetes until reading your entry/update AND having Male Co-Worker mention it in passing.



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