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Week 5, Maintaining and Tweaking

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

It's been a busy week, so I'm a day late with posting my weekly update. The bottom line is that I once again maintained my weight as of Tuesday. So that means two weeks of staying the same weight, and down eight pounds since January 1. I wish I had seen the scale move downward, but overall I'm satisfied with maintaining, as during the week I was fluctuating up and down two pounds or so.
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It was a bit of a strange week in many ways. First the weather...we had snow several days and really cold temperatures, down to -2 degrees one morning! And then on Monday, we got up to 62 degrees and all the snow melted. This is really unusual for February!
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Also, the past week I was fighting a sort of virus. I have blogged about this issue in the past, and honestly I'm not positive that's what I have, but my dermatologist says it is pityriasis rosea. It's an itchy skin rash thought to be due to a virus, but most people get it once and never get it again. I seem to be in a pattern where I have a flare-up every four to six weeks. It starts as a runny nose, and then a few days later I break out in a symmetric, extremely itchy rash on my chest and arms (occasionally neck and back). Then the rash goes away, and the cycle repeats again weeks later. I have a steroid cream I can use, but sometimes I don't even need it, as the rash is gone within two days or so, but sometimes I need something to stop the itch. When I have this, my blood sugars also increase a bit in response to the stress my body is under, and it interrupts my sleep. The good news is that each time I get it, the rash is milder and milder (nothing like the initial presentation about a year ago), so I hope eventually it will just stop! Anyway, I think that may have interfered a bit in my weight loss, as my body was busy fighting off this virus.
I've been tweaking my eating plan a bit, and decided that keeping to 20 grams of total carbs a day is a goal, but not always practical, so some days I'm allowing myself 25 grams of carbs. I'm trying to eat more of a variety of vegetables, and just those extra 5 grams of carbs gives me a lot more options for my dinner plans. My after dinner glucose numbers are still good. I don't have any new foods or recipes to share today. I did buy some new products at the store, but haven't had a chance to cook them yet. I'll let you know if they are winners.

I went for my quarterly blood work earlier this week, so now I'm anxiously awaiting the results. I am pretty certain my hemoglobin A1C will come down as a result of reduced carbs. I'm a bit worried about the cholesterol numbers, so we'll see! I visit the doctor in about 1-1/2 weeks.

There is a non-scale victory to mention. In the past I would always allow myself a "treat" after I went to the lab to have my blood drawn. I would stop at a local grocery store and buy these individual cake pieces. I would get my favorite, which is chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I thought of it as being my reward, because of course, I was being extra "good" the weeks prior to my lab tests, trying to please the doctor! hehe. Well this week, it was a real mental struggle. I can only imagine how many carbs are in that piece of cake. I thought of how well I've been doing this year, and decided it just wasn't worth it. I really want to keep on track! And I know I can make a keto version of chocolate or peanut butter treats instead. So...I drove straight home and avoided temptation.
Then today I was running errands, and I used the drive thru of Dunkin Donuts because I had a gift card, and I got only a large black coffee. I feel good about flexing this new "I'm in control" muscle! Feels so much better than feeling out of control!
So that's my news for this week. Hope everyone is having a good week, surviving this strange winter, and doing great with their goals! Thanks for reading!
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