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I was doing so well ...

Friday, January 22, 2021

I had a good 2 weeks. Achieved ketosis, lost some weight, and got my blood sugar readings WAY down. and then it happened ...

I started to feel super tired, dizzy, lightheaded. Every time I stood up, passing out was an immediate concern. I couldn't walk from the LR to the bedroom without stopping in the kitchen to rest on the barstool. I didn't want to eat and only wanted to sleep. After a week, I called the doctor, oh did I mention my BP was under 90/50? He took me off one med and two if I didn't get better.

Fast forward three days, my bp was up to 105 but my pulse was 105 as well "rolls eyes".
Add back the one pill every other day to control my pulse. Symptoms persisted and so I began to do research. After a couple days, it came down to I had become extremely dehydrated from the combo of low bp, low blood sugar from the new meds, low carb diet, and lack of water related to all of them.

Off low carb, eat "normally" while my body stabilized. As a result, weight lost was regained, ketosis is gone and will have to be regained, and blood sugar back into 200+.

Does this mean I am giving up ? Not on your life. I am regrouping and lowering my (probably) too ambitious plans. It is a trait of mine, to overdo and fall on my face.

New plan: go back to Dr. Weil's 8 week program, lower my carbs slower (start at 100 per day). Start doing my ball crunches, wall push-ups and my arm weights, (got the equipment now) with Leslie for cardio and yoga for stretching, watch my water intake more carefully.

Fun times: I have been enjoying you-tube Japanese vlogs ... esp the foodies. I love miso soup and now know how to make it correctly. I have ordered the supplies I need (kombu, bonito flakes, etc.) and some fun stuff (pretty chopsticks and rests, miso bowl with lid and spoon, and new pretty placemats). I am going to get some mushrooms today and possibly get the soup made. A major part of all the vlogs is how everything is so nicely arranged (the food, utensils, etc) it just makes you feel pampered and special, and I decided I wanted some of that, too. Will post some pictures soon.

Minor setback, but I am not discouraged, just motivated.

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    I have had the same problem on low carb. I did it so well that my blood sugar and my BP dropped too quick. I had to cut out 2 BP meds. You need to be sure you are eating at least 1200 calories a day. Eat no carbs without protein.. Space your carbs out and don't go too low with them. 100 net carbs a day is good. I can do 75-125 with no problems. And I love Andrew Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimal Health! Love the pretty accessories.
    108 days ago
    It's too bad you've had that setback! If you're unable to cut out carbs completely you can still switch to higher complexity carbs (things with more fiber and less simple sugars) and hopefully still lose weight/control blood sugar!
    108 days ago
    Spark People is a good plan for "regular" people. For a uncontrolled, brittle diabetic like me, it has way too many carbs, way too little protein and fats. Dr. Weil's plan is not a "diet" it is a lifestyle and habit change. Slow and easy, with sensible foods and easy changes. It has been the only structured plan that has worked long term for me. I love SP for what works and the people ... but it just doesn't always work for me.
    108 days ago
  • TEEMAC1260
    None of those diets work, their too dangerous. I stick to spark people, it really works!
    108 days ago
    Wow, but good for you to do what is right for your body right now. You got this. Love the items you got.
    108 days ago
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