Friday, July 15, 2016

THE 2016 CHALLENGE - WEEK 28 RESULTS

Rebecca on July 10, 2016


Today is the end of Week 28.


In the past week I have:
Lost 0.8 pounds
Lost 0" around my neck
Lost 1/4" around my waist
Lost 1/8" around my hips
Body fat from 31.7% to 31.2%
Lean mass from 68.3% to 68.8%
Feasted 4 days and fasted 3 days
Lifted weights 1 time
Did treadmill HIIT 1 time
Walked 1 mile 2 times

Since January 1, 2016, I have:

Lost 19 pounds
Lost 5/8" around my neck
Lost  3 3/4" around my waist
Lost 3 1/4" around my hips
Body fat from 39% to 31.2%
Lean mass from 61% to 68.8%
Feasted 125 days and fasted 71 days
Lifted weights 12 times
Did treadmill HIIT 16 times
Walked 3 miles 8 times
Walked 1 mile 4 times


THE RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE

Each day, I lower my goal weight by 0.2 pounds until I reach my goal of 130 pounds.

I weigh in each morning on the bathroom scale.  If my weight is at or below my goal for the day, I feast.  For me, that means a ketogenic diet - high fat, sufficient protein and very low carb.  If my weight is above my goal for the day, I fast.  For me, that means that all I will have that day is water, coffee, or tea, all without caloric sweeteners or fat.  

I'm posting every week to motivate myself not to give up, and if I think that anyone is looking at this, it will help to keep me accountable.


HOW IT WENT THIS PAST WEEK

It was a bouncy week.  I did well until my grandkids came for a visit and I needed to have a restaurant meal. Oh, well.

THE BIG DOCTOR VISIT

Bill and I leave tomorrow to see Dr. Jeffry Gerber near Denver Colorado.  Starting today, I have to take a week off my challenge to eat higher carb so that I can be assessed for diabetes.  This should be fun.  Not.


MY CHARTS

I made a few charts to track my progress.  On the first two charts, the grey line is my long term goal. The blue line is my actual weight.  I am showing two charts so I can see my progress since the beginning of the year, and also to get a close-up from the time I started again after my husband's heart attack in May 2016.

The third chart is a little heat map to show at a glance how often I have actually had to fast to achieve the results I am after. Click on any chart to enlarge it.



Below is my chart for the Body By Science "Big Five".  It shows the exercises I am doing, along with the weight, reps and TUL, which stands for Time Under Load.




This is my chart for treadmill HIIT, which shows that I am now up to 7.3 mph during the running portion.  I am going to keep pushing that up by 0.1 mph each time to see how fast I can go.  I will stop increasing the speed when I go flying off the treadmill!




This is my chart for walking:



There are three weeks remaining for this new challenge.  If I achieve my goal of 130 pounds with 25% body fat, I'm not sure where I will go from there.


This is a personal challenge just for me, but if anyone reading would like to join me, please talk to your doctor and make sure that it will not conflict with your current medical condition or medications.  If you are taking the challenge, please be sure to let me know how you are doing!  Thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out my closed Facebook group, where a growing group of individuals are using my Fasting Protocol to lose weight, lower blood glucose and raise insulin sensitivity.



Friday, July 8, 2016

THE 2016 CHALLENGE - WEEK 27 RESULTS


Today is the end of Week 27.

In the past week I have:
Gained 0.6 pounds
Lost 0" around my neck
Gained 5/8" around my waist
Gained 1/8" around my hips
Body fat from 30.8% to 31.7%
Lean mass from 69.2% to 68.3%
Feasted 5 days and fasted 2 days
Lifted weights 0 times
Did treadmill HIIT 0 times
Walked 1 mile 2 times




Since January 1, 2016, I have:

Lost 18.2 pounds
Lost 5/8" around my neck
Lost  3 1/2" around my waist
Lost 3 1/8" around my hips
Body fat from 39% to 31.7%
Lean mass from 61% to 68.3%
Feasted 121 days and fasted 68 days
Lifted weights 11 times
Did treadmill HIIT 15 times
Walked 3 miles 8 times
Walked 1 mile 2 times


THE RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE

Each day, I lower my goal weight by 0.2 pounds until I reach my goal of 130 pounds.

I weigh in each morning on the bathroom scale.  If my weight is at or below my goal for the day, I feast.  For me, that means a ketogenic diet - high fat, moderate protein and very low carb.  If my weight is above my goal for the day, I fast.  For me, that means that all I will have that day is water, coffee, or tea, all without caloric sweeteners or fat.  

I'm posting every week to motivate myself not to give up, and if I think that anyone is looking at this, it will help to keep me accountable.


HOW IT WENT THIS PAST WEEK

I had something really weird happen this past week.  First of all, I had company staying at my house for four days, making it difficult to fast.  So I didn't while they were here.  After the first day, I gained 2.2 pounds.  grrr.  The next day, I gained 1.4 pounds.  GRRR.  And the day after that, I gained a whopping 4.6 pounds!  This happened from eating what appeared to be a low carb meal at a restaurant, but it must have been filled with hidden sugars and LOTS of sodium.  Within one hour of leaving the restaurant, my ankles were swollen, and by the next morning, my face, hands and belly had joined the bloat party.  Obviously, this was all water, not fat, and certainly not muscle!

So I gained 8.2 pounds of water weight in three days.  The last day of my company's visit, I fasted for the first half of the day, ate a sensible dinner (and was able to turn down the ice cream that everyone was having!), and then I fasted two days in a row.  In those three days, I lost exactly 8.2 pounds.  Phew!

This morning, I am 0.6 pounds above my goal, so I'm fasting again, but I feel totally back on track.


MY CHARTS

I made a few charts to track my progress.  On the first two charts, the grey line is my long term goal. The blue line is my actual weight.  The red line is my 7-day average.   I am showing two charts so I can see my progress since the beginning of the year, and also to get a close-up from the time I started again after my husband's heart attack in May 2016.

The third chart is a little heat map to show at a glance how often I have actually had to fast to achieve the results I am after. Click on any chart to enlarge it.



Below is my chart for the Body By Science "Big Five".  It shows the exercises I am doing, along with the weight, reps and TUL, which stands for Time Under Load.


This is my chart for treadmill HIIT, which shows that I am now up to 7.2 mph during the running portion.  I am going to keep pushing that up by 0.1 mph each time to see how fast I can go.  I will stop increasing the speed when I go flying off the treadmill!


This is my chart for walking:



There are four weeks remaining for this new challenge.  If I achieve my goal of 130 pounds with 25% body fat, I'm not sure where I will go from there.


This is a personal challenge just for me, but if anyone reading would like to join me, please talk to your doctor and make sure that it will not conflict with your current medical condition or medications.  If you are taking the challenge, please be sure to let me know how you are doing!  Thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out my closed Facebook group, where a growing group of individuals are using my Fasting Protocol to lose weight, lower blood glucose and raise insulin sensitivity.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

MY LOW CARB ROAD IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

A few days ago, I started a closed Facebook group to give support to individuals who want to try the fasting protocol that I designed back in January 2016.

This blog will continue as always, but you can also find me on a daily basis on Facebook.


Monday, July 4, 2016

MEMORIES OF EMILY'S PASSING - IT'S BEEN 19 YEARS

 Emily at age 17 in 1996              Rebecca at age 23 in 1981

Friday, June 27, 1997 - I spent most of the day that day with my 18-year-old daughter, Emily. I had just bought a little rental house, and I showed it to her, and she was begging me to let her rent it from me and move away from home. We looked at other houses that day, too, and Emily was helping me pick out the next investment.

That evening, we rented and watched the movie Jerry Maguire and I made her cover her eyes while I fast forwarded through the sex scene at the beginning of the movie.



Sunday, June 29 - After church, Emily was up on the roof, cleaned out the gutters, which she volunteered to do. At one point, she was laying down on the roof with her head hanging over the edge, and I told her to stop fooling around before she fell off the roof and broke her neck.







Monday, June 30 - The four of us (Bill, me, 20-year-old son Barry and Emily) made plans to see My Best Friend's Wedding on Thursday. It was the last time that the four of us would sit in a room and talk. It was the last time we were a normal family. It was the last time I saw my daughter conscious.






Tuesday, July 1 - I left for work before Emily got out of bed that day. After working a while, I ran an errand, and when I got back to the office, I saw that Emily had left me a voice mail. "Hi, Mom - it's Emily. I just wanted to let you know that it's 2:00 and I'm leaving for work. I'll see you later. I love you. Bye!"

I listened to the message with my finger perched over the "delete" button on the phone. I started to push it, then I hesitated. I thought, "What if Emily gets killed in a car accident tonight, and this is the last time I will hear her voice? I'll be sorry later that I deleted it." I realized that it was just a morbid thought, and deleted the message.

I had been having thoughts like that for about 18 months. Every time she would leave the house, I would grab her and hug her and say, "I love you! I would die for you!" I always wanted it to be the last thing I said to her, just in case she died in a car accident. I did not treat my other family members this way - just Emily.

When she left to go to work that day, she never came home again.

Wednesday, July 2 - If we had not had the window air conditioner running, we would have been awakened by the sirens at 1:00 am. About a mile from our house, Emily, alone in her compact car and on her way home, swerved to miss a deer and lost control of the car. Her car went into a yaw, and spun into a telephone pole on the passenger's front door. The car wrapped around the pole and the pole struck her head.

We got the call at 2:15 am. We rushed to the hospital to find our daughter in a deep coma. She had brain surgery that day, but it was no use. She never woke up, and around 6:00 pm, the doctor told us that Emily had experienced brain death. We went to sleep at my father's house, because all the beds at my house, including mine, were occupied by family members from out of town who had rushed in to be with us.

Thursday, July 3 - Around 4:00 am, after not sleeping, I told my husband that we were going back to the hospital. We spent all day there, waiting for all the arrangements to be made for the four men who would receive Emily's vital organs. Between Wednesday and Thursday, there were at least 100 family members and friends in and out and just hanging around. At noon, the hospital told everyone to leave so that they could prepare Emily for surgery. Bill and Barry and I stayed.

Later that afternoon, we invited Emily's fiance to return and he came back for an hour or so.

In the evening, I held Emily in my arms one last time and told her about the surgery. I was so afraid that there was a chance that she was still "in there" but couldn't communicate with us and that she was terrified. All I could do was tell her not to be afraid and that she was going to go to heaven and be with God, and that it was going to be all right.

Finally, around 11:30 pm, we said goodbye and went home.



Friday, July 4 - I did not sleep. I stayed awake and called the hospital several times throughout those hours to see how the surgery was going. A wonderful nurse told me details and let me know when Emily's heart stopped beating. They removed her from life support just before dawn on the 4th of July, 1997.






Friday, July 1, 2016

THE 2016 CHALLENGE - WEEK 26 RESULTS


Today is the end of Week 26.

In the past week I have:
Lost 4.4 pounds
Lost 0" around my neck
Lost 3/4" around my waist
Lost 3/8" around my hips
Body fat from 32.2% to 30.8%
Lean mass from 67.8% to 69.2%
Feasted 4 days and fasted 3 days
Lifted weights 1 time
Did treadmill HIIT 1 time
Walked 3 miles 2 times




Since January 1, 2016, I have:

Lost 18.8 pounds
Lost 5/8" around my neck
Lost  4 1/8" around my waist
Lost 3 3/4" around my hips
Body fat from 39% to 30.8%
Lean mass from 61% to 69.2%
Feasted 117 days and fasted 66 days
Lifted weights 11 times
Did treadmill HIIT 15 times
Walked 3 miles 8 times


THE RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE

Each day, I lower my goal weight by 0.2 pounds until I reach my goal of 130 pounds.

I weigh in each morning on the bathroom scale.  If my weight is at or below my goal for the day, I feast.  For me, that means a ketogenic diet - high fat, moderate protein and very low carb.  If my weight is above my goal for the day, I fast.  For me, that means that all I will have that day is water, coffee, or tea, all without caloric sweeteners or fat.  

I'm posting every week to motivate myself not to give up, and if I think that anyone is looking at this, it will help to keep me accountable.


HOW IT WENT THIS PAST WEEK

In the past three days, my weight has stayed stable even though I have been feasting.  Today is three feasts in a row!  I keep waiting for the customary bounce up, but it hasn't happened yet.  It would be great if this trend continued!


MY CHARTS

I made a few charts to track my progress.  On the first two charts, the grey line is my long term goal. The blue line is my actual weight.  The red line is my 7-day average.   I am showing two charts so I can see my progress since the beginning of the year, and also to get a close-up from the time I started again after my husband's heart attack in May 2016.

The third chart is a little heat map to show at a glance how often I have actually had to fast to achieve the results I am after. Click on any chart to enlarge it.



Below is my chart for the Body By Science "Big Five".  It shows the exercises I am doing, along with the weight, reps and TUL, which stands for Time Under Load.


This is my chart for treadmill HIIT, which shows that I am now up to 7.2 mph during the running portion.  I am going to keep pushing that up by 0.1 mph each time to see how fast I can go.  I will stop increasing the speed when I go flying off the treadmill!


This is my chart for walking:



There are five weeks remaining for this new challenge.  If I achieve my goal of 130 pounds with 25% body fat, I'm not sure where I will go from there.


This is a personal challenge just for me, but if anyone reading would like to join me, please talk to your doctor and make sure that it will not conflict with your current medical condition or medications.  If you are taking the challenge, please be sure to let me know how you are doing!  Thanks for reading!