A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-01-2013 10:42 PM


Junior Low-Carber


To ladies with hip pain. I went to see a sports medicine bone surgeon about 4 years ago. With a great deal of fear I explained a chronic hip pain to him, I told him it was particularly bad at night when I lay on that side, the pain ran from the side top of my outer thigh and radiated upward even disturbing sleep. I said I wondered if I had arthritis in the hip, he laughed and told me exactly what was going on. He said that people that are very active or older can get a tightening of the ligaments that are on top of the thigh bone. Right there in his office he showed me a movement to gently stretch and relax the ligament. The pain was gone right then! and it stays gone except for a few times when I had been working out really hard. I just repeat the move he showed me and it is gone. Basically I just lay on my back, bend one knee to the chest (holding it from behind and keeping other leg relaxed and slightly bent) then cross it over to the opposite side of the chest comfortably, relax still holding the knee, then put the leg back to where it belongs. Do the same thing to the other leg. This gentle ligament stretch will actually feel good just like rubbing a sore muscle can feel good. Most people will feel instant relief, if, they have nothing else wrong with bones or joints. Always see your doctor and then go see a very good physical therapist.
Jojee
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-02-2013 04:00 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I will have to try that stretch. I think in general I need to stretch more, I never do. I'm probably pretty tightly wound from years of not stretching.
Happy New Year everybody! So in 2012 I went from approx 260 lbs (in October of 2011) to 229 lbs. I went wheat free in November(ish...estimate time frame), I think I went low carb around May for the first time, renewed my vigor for it in July, and then of course, while feeling great but not seeing a lot of weight loss I found NK and a tool to help me actually see real ketosis for what it is (a hard to maintain state but ultimately more beneficial then just blind low-carbing). In the last few weeks I've lost about 9 lbs, which on the scale doesn't look like much but body composition wise, I am much smaller. Especially in the belly area, then I have been at this weight in the past.
For 2013 I would be very happy to lose 50 lbs. So that is the goal I am setting for myself. I also eventually want to start and complete the couch25k and actually run a 5k at some point. I'm only setting those two goals for myself...too many more and I'll fizzle out. Setting the bar low, lol! I'll have to work at failing.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-02-2013 06:33 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Happy New Year everybody! So in 2012 I went from approx 260 lbs (in October of 2011) to 229 lbs. I went wheat free in November(ish...estimate time frame), I think I went low carb around May for the first time, renewed my vigor for it in July, and then of course, while feeling great but not seeing a lot of weight loss I found NK and a tool to help me actually see real ketosis for what it is (a hard to maintain state but ultimately more beneficial then just blind low-carbing). In the last few weeks I've lost about 9 lbs, which on the scale doesn't look like much but body composition wise, I am much smaller. Especially in the belly area, then I have been at this weight in the past.
For 2013 I would be very happy to lose 50 lbs. So that is the goal I am setting for myself. I also eventually want to start and complete the couch25k and actually run a 5k at some point. I'm only setting those two goals for myself...too many more and I'll fizzle out. Setting the bar low, lol! I'll have to work at failing.
How utterly fantastic you are doing! What wonderful inspiration to others who want to trim down but don't want to go nuts demanding sudden deflation. For me too it has been much easier this holiday season. Hardly anything gained. It is easy when you get plenty of coconut fat. I love seeing that I don't have to look at starting all over losing the same amount of weight this year. Cutting back on protein a little, eating fewer carbs and using the coconut oil has made this big difference. I am going to try a recipe for the Oopsies to see if I like them. I think I will try them with a little soaked coconut flour instead of fiberhusk. But I really don't have that big an issue with eating bread anymore. It is not a thing I have to have a lot of anymore. I have even made shortbread cookies using coconut flour and some regular flour and sweetener this Christmas, and that didn't even blow me up. I put coconut oil and regular delicious butter in them. Everyone loved them. The temptations at the grocery are not nearly as tempting when you have things you have made at home that are much tastier and will not make a person big as a house. It is a win win. An interesting thing someone observed was that I was never overweight when I made my own cheese cakes. Now I know why. Because in that period of my life it was the only dessert I wanted and I made it in a healthy low carb way. It had real fat, very low sweet (using stevia or others) and no crust. Only a little could be tolerated at a time. It would ruin my appetite. Now, with coconut oil, a person can have the advantage of ketones on the brain in main dishes or an occasional dessert. The functional MRIs they just did to prove that fructose may spur on appetite instead of allowing appetite to be quenched, should be repeated using ketones to see what reaction it causes in the brain on appetite.

Cheers!
Jojee
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-02-2013 10:37 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Or at the very least they could do that same experiment using MCT's or CO. I'd like to see that MRI...I really would. I have noticed that when I don't eat CO during the day I'm really snacky at night. I guess when I reach my GW and start maintenance I'll have to find all the good ways to incorporate coconut flour and all the faux bread and baked goods recipes. For now, aside from the oopsies I've stayed away from finding subs for carby stuff. I do plan on low carbing for life, I don't feel like I'm missing anything (except ketchup...lol!). Oh, I just realized I do sub in miracle noodles every once in a while to give me that noodley feeling Sometimes you just need noodles.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-04-2013 03:15 PM


Junior Low-Carber


So, I think that the great vodka experiment of 2013 has come to an end. It makes me all bloaty. Not a problem staying in keto but I'd rather not be bloated in the mid section. I'm slammed at work so my personal life is lacking. I've struck up a routine with keto foods so I'm not struggling. All in all, NK journals online will probably be very boring. There are no really great struggles, no begging for willpower fairies to just keep me away from that piece of breakroom day old cake. Maybe if I ever start working out I'll write of my struggles to find motivation. But until then...expect to be bored.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-05-2013 12:05 AM


Junior Low-Carber


GeekyG,
It is so good to be boring about the diet struggles. Thank goodness it doesn't take much to lose on this method. I am always amazed by this. It is so amazing to me because of all the methods and supplements, etc. that I tried. I didn't know I was starving for ketones to help level things out. It is interesting to think that people would go through periods depending on ketones. It is a rare event for most people in the developed world not to have a snacky.

Good work,
Jojee
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-10-2013 04:20 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I've been offline for a few days. I was traveling. The great thing about traveling and keto...no panic hunger/eating airport crappy food. I took a Steve's original paleo pack with me, was out of town Monday-Wednesday and only ate three meals while I was gone. Dinner the first night was buffalo wings and it totally threw me out of keto, they were from Buffalo Wild Wings, so if you have one local to you, watch out. I ordered the traditional hot wings but the friend I was with said he thought they brought me the mango habanero. They were so hot I couldn't eat more the 4 of them so he might be right. At any rate, not eating there again. After being kicked out of keto I fasted till dinner the next night to get back in. I was so busy all day that I didn't even notice.
I'm home now, so back to the daily grind. I saw my Doc while I was out re: my hip pain and told her I wanted to start working out more. She suggested weight training instead of using the cardio machines...like the elliptical, which she is sure is most of my hip pain problem since I've been an avid elliptical user for over 5 years and my hip hurts the worst the morning after using it. I can deal with that advice. At least she didn't tell me to suck it up like I thought she was going to
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-10-2013 08:14 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Hi Geeky G,
This is the third attempt to post this from my new computer. Something is fighting with me, every time I get near the end of the note it disappears. Anyway I am glad to hear you are doing well. Sorry about the hip though. But weights are great even if it is only the weight of your own body. I do squats and that forces me to lift lots of weight! I keep my knees bent at right angles and hold on to the counter in the bathroom or kitchen, then lean back on my heels, then start the squats. It doesn't take long, I can now do about 150! Then, still facing the counter with hands on the edge, step backwards and lean forwards to make a 45 degree angle and do modified push ups against the counter. I can do lots and lots of these and it takes very little time. Funny thing is that these simple activities keep my legs, rear and arms in good shape. I have had people ask me what I do to keep such strong arms. I think it is great to walk on a track too. Sometimes I do crunches on my very firm bed. All it takes is laying flat on back, knees a little bent and making muscles in the abdomen while concentrating on my navel being pushed into my spine with my stomach muscles, but no sitting up. My workout is fast, requires no equipment, no membership, no shoes, no outfits. I have a treadmill and use it when I can. Sometimes I add in other exercises when I have extra time. The idea is to get it done then eat well, the rest of the day is a feast of making a living, loving your family and friends and activities, and thanking God for it all.

Don't go crazy working out too hard now that you are losing weight and feeling better By next week your energy may have you doing great feats of strength and daring, but we must still be wise enough to pace ourselves, darn it anyway

Humming happiness to you,
Jojee
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-10-2013 08:32 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Thanks for the tips! I was just talking about this in the office and one of the guys said that squats are the best thing you can do, it works your largest muscle groups. We do push-ups at our house often, its actually an ongoing challenge with my Son to "drop and give me 20" whenever someone uses a cuss word because putting a dollar in the cuss jar was not incentive enough for us to clean up our potty mouths.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-11-2013 01:31 AM


Junior Low-Carber


Hi GeekyG,

Miles of smiles,
Jojee
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-12-2013 02:08 AM


Junior Low-Carber


I'm considering branching this experiment out to my own blog, as suggested by a few readers from r/theketodiet. I'm going to mull it over this weekend, a blog of my own seems like a lot of upkeep. I appreciate just having the experiment documentation as a journal but being at the whim of a forum administrator can be dangerous, I could lose all my posts if it fell out of favor. I don't think Jimmy would do that, of course, but...after my fiasco at sparkpeople I'm just inherently distrustful of something I have no control over and I'm putting a lot of effort into this experiment and I'd hate to lose documentation, or rights to it. If in fact I do, I'll post a link to it so you all can keep reading (there are a ton of views on this thread even if people are not commenting).

My update, in deep keto tonight. I'm volleying on the metabolic advantage of my menstrual cycle right now. Weigh in had me up the scale this morning but that's water retention. My ankles...whoa, I think all the water is down there, lol! Next week I know I'll see a whoosh on the scale like I did last month. All in all, this last month I'm down 6 lbs, which is freakin amazing in my book considering there where three major holidays celebrated (we celebrate both secular and Russian orthodox Christmas in our household) plus new year which is actually two birthdays and that new year in one in our family. Plus...6 lbs, for me is phenomenal, previous diets I would have last a few and gained a few and binged somewhere in between. I even took a trip out of town and survived. I'll post official one month numbers on the 17th.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-12-2013 06:54 AM


Junior Low-Carber


BP results, forgot to mention them in last post. I few months ago while getting a routine immunization my blood pressure was insanely high, for me. It was 140/90. Today, 110/54. Yay me.
RE: A year for NK, GeekyGoddess' commitment to self experimentation , 01-14-2013 07:54 PM


Junior Low-Carber


This is under construction:

I will work on my own domain later, for now it shall do.

Of course, first post and only post says "under construction" as I'm working on taking all the posts from this journal and summarizing them for my first and second post on the new blog.