This is my 3rd month (and 10 days) update on my journey. Since May 4th, I have lost 33 pounds. Not too shabby! Did I mention I managed to lose during my vacation? Did I mention that I had two “vacations” (one long weekend, one 2-week break) and a work related upgrade/implementation (that included covering overnight) over the past month? Just sayin’, lol, my schedule was a tad bit erratic compared to normal.
A notable first, I LOST weight during my vacation. My goal was to maintain so I am quite pleased with my progress. I am still using the Fasting Secret iPhone app to track fasting intervals and the splurge on the Tanita scale has proved to be well worth the money.
I also added a blood ketone meter to my quantitative arsenal. I am using the Precision Xtra by Abbott as it measures lower levels of blood ketones more accurately. I made this investment for the following reasons:
- The ability to correlate my perceived symptoms of ketosis (mainly dragon breath) with real ketosis
- The ability monitor if I was in or out of ketosis during my vacation (where I knew that I would consume more food prepared by others/restaurants).
This meter accommodates blood ketone testing strips and blood sugar testing strips. The blood ketone strips are EXPENSIVE. The monitor I purchased came with 10 blood ketone strips and I will purchase additional strips from Ebay where they are less expensive that retail. It is interesting to be able to quantify being in ketosis. I definitely have a good idea of when I am in deep ketosis using the combined indicators of appetite suppression and dragon breath. I was pleasantly surprised twice by readings where I was still in ketosis during my longer vacation.
Since my last Observations update, I am been spending a lot of time listening to podcasts, watching videos at the Diet Doctor and on YouTube, reading a new book and enjoying several Facebook support groups. I am excited and fully immersed!
More to come…..