May was a difficult month! I did well during my trip to Tulsa but really fell off the wagon after I got home. Flying always makes my back hurt because economy class seats aren’t designed for big guys with wide shoulders, offer little lumbar support, and I end up hurting my back keeping myself out of my neighbors chair space. On top of that, the flight from Atlanta to Philadelphia landed like a sack of bricks falling off a 10 story building. I pulled a muscle in my mid-back that caused me pain for three weeks before letting up. Long story short, I let me Keto Chow diet lag badly.
I am now back on the Keto Chow band wagon and visited my endocrinologist yesterday. He gave me two gold stars! I’m down almost 20lbs according to their records and my HbA1c, which measures long-term blood sugar averages, decreased from 10.3 in February, 2015, to 7.9! That’s a huge difference and even more important that my weight loss. I figured it would be somewhat lower but I never thought it would improve that much! Doc said each point lower of HbA1c decreases my risk of complications by 50%!
I’m really psyched and need to keep up the good work.
I got home last night from my trip to Tulsa to attend my daughter’s college graduation. The trip was awesome. Tulsa is a big, flat, spread out town with lots of green space, which surprised me for some reason. I figured it would be more built up. It was also designed by someone who lacked a French curve. He/she had a ruler and a pencil; everything is laid out on a strict north/south/east/west grid unless a river or something gets in the way.
I didn’t take my Keto Chow with me. I didn’t know if we’d have a refrigerator in the room and didn’t really want to mess with making it while travelling. Instead, I tried to eat healthy low-carb meals and mostly succeeded. I did splurge at IHOP yesterday morning and had some pancakes with my breakfast.
This morning, I stepped on the scale expecting to have gained some weight or at best held fast. My last weigh-in was 344.6 before we left on Friday morning. Today was 339.8! I lost 4.8 pounds and broke the 340lb mark!!!!! I’ve not been this light in over a year, and that was due to food poisoning or a mild flu or something that laid me low for a couple days. You could have pushed me over with a feather!
So, tomorrow is back on Keto Chow, more exercise, and moving on.
I’m out of town at my daughter’s graduation this weekend and coping with a keti/low-carb diet while travelling. I quickly learned that the past 2-3 weeks quickly adapted my body to a very low-carb diet. I leaped off the wagon Friday while travelling and paid for it handsomely. My body didn’t like having a bunch of carbs poured suddenly poured into it at all. Since then, I’ve limited the carbs and focused on healthy low-carb meal options and I’ve felt much better. I can’t wait to get back home and back on the Keto Chow again, strange as that may sound. My body likes the KC and it’s easy to stay on a diet using it.
Edit: force update
Monday, I received a week’s supply of “Gourmet Vanilla” flavored Keto Chow and today (Tuesday) was my first chance to try it. I like it! It’s just as good as the “Rich Chocolate” I bought first.
My blood sugars were good today. I reduced the amount of Lantus I’m taking and that seems to have dealt with the overnight low issue. Need more time to really tell.
Got some exercise as well. I mowed the second half of the lawn after work today! Go me.
This is day one using Chris Bair’s Keto Chow. I bought the “Rich Chocolate” variety and can say that it is definitely a richly chocolate flavor in the mouth. Unlike People Chow, KC is creamy, smooth, and thick like a smoothie. The gritty texture of People chow is entirely absent.
Keto Chow is a very low net carbohydrate meal replacement system that promotes ketosis like the Atkins or South Beach diets. I did well on South Beach in the past and hope that KC can help me lose the weight that needs to come off for me to get healthier.