|Christmas Eve 2015|
Today is Day 90
Weight goal - 136.2 or lower
Actual weight - 136.2
Blood glucose goal - 76 or lower
Actual blood glucose - 73
Today is a Feast Day!
For me, that means a ketogenic diet - high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. Each day, I will weigh in, check my fasting blood glucose, find out if I will feast or fast that day, update my charts and post them here on the big blog. I'm posting every day to motivate myself not to give up, and if I think that anyone is looking at this, it will help to keep me accountable.
On Friday, I am also going to be doing an HbA1c test to see what my average blood glucose has been for the past three months. The last time I took one, I got a reading of 5.4, which means that my average blood glucose for the prior three months had been 108. And that is not an average of just the morning reading (FBG), but all the levels at all times of the day. The ideal HbA1c is around 4.5 which is equal to 83. You can see a chart of how that works here. We'll see how close I get.
Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you.
Hypoglycemia may also be referred to as an insulin reaction, or insulin shock.
Hypoglycemic symptoms are important clues that you have low blood glucose. Each person's reaction to hypoglycemia is different, so it's important that you learn your own signs and symptoms when your blood glucose is low.
The only sure way to know whether you are experiencing hypoglycemia is to check your blood glucose, if possible. If you are experiencing symptoms and you are unable to check your blood glucose for any reason, treat the hypoglycemia. Severe hypoglycemia has the potential to cause accidents, injuries, coma, and death.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia (happen quickly)
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sweating, chills and clamminess
- Irritability or impatience
- Confusion, including delirium
- Rapid/fast heartbeat
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Hunger and nausea
- Blurred/impaired vision
- Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue
- Weakness or fatigue
- Anger, stubbornness, or sadness
- Lack of coordination
- Nightmares or crying out during sleep
89 DAYS DOWN AND 2 DAYS TO GO
55 FEAST DAYS AND 35 FAST DAYS - FASTING 39% OF THE DAYS
17.8 POUNDS GONE AND 0.2 POUNDS TO GO
99% OF THE WAY TO MY GOAL AFTER 98% OF THE DAYS
7-DAY AVERAGE WEIGHT - 137.2
7-DAY AVERAGE FASTING BLOOD GLUCOSE - 74
I made a few charts to track my progress. The grey lines are my long term goals. The blue lines are my actual results. The orange lines are my 7-day averages. The last 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 or photo to enlarge it.
To find out more about this challenge - the rules and how it started - click here.