I haven’t talked too much about my weight over the last few months. I did write this post https://multipleexperiences.org/2021/10/04/moving-the-scale-downwards/ as I was making progress in weight loss. I started in July to finally make changes that has finally seen results. So, what did I do?
Well, some time ago I wrote about a book my cousin recommended. https://multipleexperiences.org/2019/04/20/the-obesity-code/. It was about a book about how controlling glucose affects weight loss. I always knew that there was something to this but unfortunately I still didn’t loose weight. I didn’t have a clue about my glucose levels. Then I saw an ad for Signos. Basically a glucose monitor. I finally was able to really see how different foods effects my glucose levels. I was given a glucose test at the very beginning. From there, I was given a target weight loss level to shoot for. I was notified if my glucose levels went above or below my target range.
The grey area is where I aim for each day. It is between 77 and 112. My workouts are represented by the orange circles, food is the green circles and bed is the blue. Normally a day is shown in real time, this is a past day so it’s condensed. My workouts usually keep me well within the range and I try to eat foods that don’t spike my glucose above the range.
I’ve learned a lot since July about glucose and how it affects my weight loss. Pasta, for example, not only spikes me, but it will spike me for the night. Diet soda is another one. You think it’s diet, therefore it’s good. Yet it was my highest spike since the actual glucose test. I hit close to 200. I changed what fruits I ate. I said goodbye to my high sugar mangos and hello to berries. I started eating apples with almond butter. I learned that the protein with the fruit kept the glucose levels down. I found snacks that either didn’t affect the glucose like Atkins endulge bars or had small spikes that came down quick like my diet carrot cake. I made minor adjustments to my Cook Unity dinners, that I have delivered, to be low carbs, Hi kept my calories at roughly 1200 cal a day. I worked out six days a week as always. I utilized by Bionic Gym as much as I could.
It started slow but then every week the weight was coming off. I remember my first months goal was 1 pound. I was use to nothing working for the last 5 years. This is my weight loss chart.
I’m supposed to log in a weight everyday. There is a lot of jagged little ups and downs as the line continues to progressively come down. I’ve had weeks I lost nothing followed by weeks I lost 3+ lbs. All I know is right now I weighed in less than I did in January of 2016. I was smaller back then because I had the ability to work out much more and I was very tone. I was extremely into weights and P90X. I can’t do that anymore. However, to loose 20lbs when you are mostly in a wheelchair is pretty fantastic.
I am now lowering my goal weight by 5lb. When I reach it I will lower it again. It was the best thing I did to understand what was wrong with what I was eating. I finally made movement because I learned how foods caused sugar spikes. The spikes where holding onto weight even though I was eating the same 1200 calories and working out 6 days. I’m happy to say I’m finally able to say I took off the weight I struggled with throughout the writing of my blog. I reached my first goal.