Saturday, October 25, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 358

It's looking like my increased strength training exercise is beginning to pay off now. My weight has changed, for the first time in weeks (and in the right direction, this time) to 161 lbs, which changes my BMI (Body Mass Index) to 21.8 (normal weight) and, at the same time, my body fat percentage remains steady at 11.2%, which is where it was last week. So, the pound I've gained since then must, therefore, be muscle.

Meanwhile, my blood sugar rose a couple of points, to 106 ml/dcl (up from last week's 104). I don't have the excuse of having had a Friday meal at Sonic (or anywhere else but home) this time, but I did eat more blackberries than usual last night, so that might be attributable to the spike. It could also be due to the fact that, lately, I've slacked off on my use of cinnamon and coconut oil, so, perhaps I need to get back on track with those, plus more walking. I did take a walk yesterday evening, as soon as I got home from work, which is easier to do on a Friday evening, when I have more time for it.

My blood pressure is at a normal 114/71 this morning, still, a bit higher than last week's 105/82, at least on the systolic side, anyway. The diastolic side is more than ten points lower, so it's hard to say which reading is the better, really. But, both are normal and that's what really matters.

Again, I'll remind the readers that, effective November 2nd (the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience), I will no longer be writing any updates to this blog. I feel that a year of coverage should be adequate, and Loren Cordain says, in his book, The Paleo Diet, that the diet will have done its magic in the course of about a year. In my case, it's actually taken less time than that and I've been recording rather banal minute gyrations in my stats for months, now. In the interest of not boring you to death - as well as freeing myself to do other things with my Saturday mornings - I've decided not to continue the blog beyond the one year mark. This does not in any way mean that I'm stopping the diet, of course. Why would I do that? It also doesn't indicate that I'm going to remove this blog; I will not be doing any such thing, as my wish is to have it remain accessible to the public indefinately, so that others may benefit from my experience and from the various sources and remedies I've mentioned here from time to time.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 351

This morning, my weight remains stable at 160 lbs, thus my BMI (Body Mass Index) also remains stable at 21.7 (normal weight). As for my body fat percentage, it has fallen to 11.2% from last week's 11.8% (which was down from 12.1% the week before), so it looks like I have new fat loss while maintaining my body weight. That's a good thing, as it generally indicates an increase in muscle mass.

Meanwhile, I had another one of those non-paleo meals for dinner last night (Sonic again - double cheeseburger, fries and rootbeer), so my blood sugar must have spiked a bit, as I found it still at 104 ml/dcl this morning. Still within normal territory, though, and it'll decline later on.

Where my blood pressure is concerned, there are mixed results this morning with a reading of 105/82. Just fine on the systolic side, but edging toward the "high-normal" on the diastolic side. Still in the normal range, though, and this may also be a response to last night's indulgence at Sonic. As for that, I really have no excuse, other than that it was getting late and I didn't feel like cooking - and I was hungry. As long it doesn't become a regular occurrence, I'm fine.

Just another reminder, especially for any new readers, that I will be discontinuing my updates of this blog, effective November 2nd (the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience), but that the blog will continue to remain here so people can benefit from it. Again, if you're new here, the first few articles will give you lots of great information and advice, whether you're planning on going paleo or not.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 344

More normality again, this time. My weight remains stable at 160 lbs, thus my BMI (Body Mass Index) remains at 21.7 (normal weight), while my body fat percentage has fallen to 11.8% from last week's 12.1%, so I'm doing something right and that may be a slight increase in the number of repetitions I'm doing during my Total Gym workouts, which would tend to add muscle, which, in turn, would burn off more fat.

Meanwhile, my blood sugar is, again, at 100 ml/dcl this, probably owing to the big bunch of grapes I was snacking on in the wee hours of the morning, combined with handfuls of almonds. But, still well within normal range.

As for my blood pressure, it's just slightly higher than last week, but still quite normal at 110/69.

Again, I'll remind you - and state, for any newcomers, as well, that, effective 21 days from now (November 2nd), I'll be discontinuing my blog updates, though this blog will remain online for others to read and benefit from. November 2nd is the one-year anniversary of my Paleo Diet experience and, while I will certainly be continuing on the diet (why would I not?), I am probably boring you to death with my continued reports of normal health stats. But, as I said, an entire year's worth of these reports, including my comments on the processed foods industry, etc. will remain here for all to read. For those who are new to this site, those comments are contained mostly (but not entirely) in the earliest posts.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 337

Well, I was "bad" last night and was in one of those situations in which I was forced to eat a decidedly non-paleo dinner (cheeseburger, fries and a rootbeer), but the only effect I noticed this morning was that my blood sugar had risen a few points higher than usual, while still remaining normal. So, once in a while, you can eat one meal, here and there, that is non-paleo and get away with it. Just as long as that doesn't become a routine, that is.

Meanwhile, my weight remains stable at 160 lbs, which means my BMI (Body Mass Index) also remains stable at 21.7 ("normal weight"). My body fat percentage is 12.1%, down a hair from last week's 12.4%. That must be due to working out more this week than last week.

As I mentioned, my blood sugar went up a little, to 100 ml/dcl this morning, which is within 10 ml/dcl of the maximum for "normal," so I'm fine and that will decline as the day wears on the effects of my meal at Sonic wear off.

Where my blood pressure is concerned, it's at a normal 100/67 this morning, which is lower than last week's 106/73, so, no complaints there.

As I mentioned last time, due to the disgusting normality of my results, lately, I will be terminating my updates of this blog on November 2nd, the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience, thus sparing you the monotony of further updates. As mentioned, the blog will remain here, though; it just won't be updated any longer. I'm afraid the cheeseburger incident of last night is about as exciting as this blog is going to get from here on out. But, that's a good thing.