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Jul 16, 2012


So, I got a free glucose/ketone meter from Nova Biomedical for filling out a questionnaire, and I decided to test both today as a measure of how my diet is progressing.  So, here's the numbers:

Blood sugar = 83 mg/dL
Ketones = 0.2 mmol/L

That fasting blood sugar is pretty great, it's smack dab in the middle of the normal range (60-110 mg/dL).  However, I'm not in "nutritional ketosis" described as anywhere in the range between 0.5 and 3.0 mmol/L.  And I'm out of strips so I can't really monitor that.  Ketone strips are *expensive*, probably because demand is pretty low--diabetics only test their ketone levels once in a great while.

Still, I plan to go on monitoring my blood sugar (I should do a post-prandial in a couple of hours, after I have breakfast) to see how the diet is working at keeping it in check.  Keeping my blood sugar levels consistent is pretty much the only method I have of controlling my real problem: excess insulin.  Fortunately, it works pretty well.

Update: postprandial blood sugar, taken 1 hour after a meal: 88 mg/dL.  Awesome.

Jul 7, 2012


So, I've lost at least 75 lbs.  I can put on all the pants that I bought, geez, more than a year ago but were too small then, which is good because most of my old pants (especially my old jeans) are now far too loose.  I'm about halfway to my next size down of too-small old pants (size 22) that I kept because they were just too nice to throw out.  Actually, I'm almost exactly halfway--down from size 34 to a comfortable size 28.

Adam has promised that when I get down to 250 (about his weight), he'll join me on the diet.  And he'll probably lose more weight faster, the skunk.

But I think I'm doing pretty well.