Sunday, June 30, 2013


Saturday's half marathon was cancelled due to the crazy heat.

Damn you sun!
The race director made the right decision, the tempts are breaking records in Las Vegas and surrounding states.

Unfortunately I was already in Vegas at the time it was cancelled. I had already lost too much money in the casinos and rented a car. I also used up 2 vacation days.

I'm not in a great mood..

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Saturday's race

had to change their location.
I'm scheduled to do Running with the Devil at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas.

The Race Director had her permit revoked because of an extreme heat warning. The tempts are supposed to reach around 115 degrees.


Luckily Joyce was able to secure another location. It's in Lovell Canyon, which is at a higher elevation.

Hopefully it will only be 100 degrees.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

20 Ketone strips

that's all I have left.

I haven't been checking my ketones until I decide if I'm buying more or not. At $2 a strip, it's a costly investment.

I have almost 60 glucose strips. What I may do is continue testing glucose everyday. This afternoon, about an hour after my meal of eggs, avocado and ham  it read 87. Most of the time if my glucose is on the 70's or 80's my ketone reading will be .4 or higher.

Maybe I'll continue with daily glucose and weekly blood pressure. I'll save my ketone strips for some type of future experiment. Or maybe I'll check them a day after my first 20 half marathons.

Hmmm...gotta think about it.....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


that was my blood pressure this morning.
I checked it last week and the number was the same.

For the last couple years my blood pressure numbers were labeled as pre-hypertensive.

Now I'm in the normal range.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Did I say 18 weeks?

How about less than 2!

The half marathon in Vegas on June 29 starts my 52 races in 52 week goal. I moved the date up mostly because of finances. There are quite a few races that I can do over the summer with minimal travel. Minimal travel means less stress on my bank account!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

18 weeks

until my 52 half marathons in 52 weeks begins.

I've got work to do until then.

I'm going to do a half marathon a month until October. I want to stay trained through the summer. In 2 weeks I'm heading to Vegas to do a "hot as hell" one at Lake Mead.

I'm also going to commit to 3 kettle bell sessions a week. If I can't get to a class, I'll do a workout at home. If I'm working out of town, like this week, I'll load the bells in my car. And lug them to my hotel room.

As for my diet, I think I'll leave it alone. As soon as I start "tweaking" things, I get rebellious. I'll continue with daily 16 hour fasts and LCHF way of eating.

18 weeks are going to fly by!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

At the conference

some of my co-workers noticed how I was eating. Or not eating, since I skipped breakfast everyday.

They asked me what kind of diet I was doing. Mostly I answered with "I eat a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet paired with intermittent fasting".

I was at a conference with over 200 people. No-one knew what I was talking about. I recommended Dr Davis's book  and blog to everyone I spoke to. A couple people were doing Paleo so they knew about the no grains, no processed part of the equation. My high fat consumption  was puzzling to most people. To keep it simple I would say that I replaced carbs with fat. I didn't even get into the whole Nutritional Ketosis part!

Everyone needs to find their own path but sometimes it was tough to bite my tongue. I'd be at a table with 10 or so people for lunch and dinner. There would always be someone in the group that was on a "diet". They would eat "only 1 roll with no butter". Their meal would be "low fat".

It's tough not to be a LCHF evangelical. I know that in my past vegetarian days, no amount of research would have convinced me to switch. Until I was ready. It only took about 55 years!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Going home

I'm at the Santa Barbara airport drinking coffee (no food until 11).

I'm happy to report that I stayed on plan. No grains or desserts. No potatoes (lots of French fries were served) or corn.

I was even able to stock to my 16/8 fasting schedule. Life is good!

Santa Barbara is gorgeous. When I get a wheel barrel full of cash, I'll move here.UPDATE...

UPDATE...Just checked my blood. Glucose is 77 and ketones are 1.0. I'm still a fat burning machine!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Santa Barbara Day 1

Stuff I ate..
Buffalo Jerky
Chicken and vegetables
Couple pieces of beef
Couple glasses of wine

Stuff I didn't eat...
Key lime pie
Chips and guacamole ( I ate the guac)
Chocolate cake

On to day 2....

Monday, June 10, 2013

Heading to California again

no race, this time it's for work.

I'll be in Santa Barbara from Tuesday-Friday. Lots of social engagements to attend. Lots and lots of food.

I'm not concerned.

My version of daily fasting will be to skip breakfast and eat lunch and dinner. I'll probably be an hour or two shorter than my usual 16 hour fast.

I really don't struggle with my food choices anymore. No grains or sugar, even if the other 150 attendees are all eating chocolate cake. I'm bringing some nuts, coconut flakes and buffalo jerky for emergencies.

Better start packing...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

52 weeks/52 half marathons/No carb loading!

it's gonna happen!
I begin on Oct 20.

My plan is to complete each race without consuming energy drinks or gels, bananas, bagels or any other form of carb porn that's offered before or after each event.

I will not be attending the often advertised "all you can eat pasta" dinner the night before each race.

No sampling of carb porn (and there is always lots of samples) at the race expos where I pick up my numbers.

Most races I'll do in a fasted state. I've done several half marathons with just a cup of pre-race coffee as fuel. Well, that plus the thousands of stored fat calories my body is burning.

Although my husband is skeptical, I'm confident that I can do this. I know that being fat-adapted is better than being a sugar burner. Now I'm going to prove it!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Another one done

I completed another half marathon (San Diego) without needing energy drinks or sugary gels. Nothing but a cup of coffee before the race!

The race started at 6:45. At 6 I had a cup of coffee. I drank it while walking the 1 mile to the start.

13.1 miles later, I was done. No post race bananas or bagels. O the 2 mile walk back to my hotel I stopped at Starbucks for a grande black coffee.

After a shower I had a fantastic lunch at this place...burgerlounge  Bunless grass fed burger and half a salad. I ate around 1pm. Until lunch, I felt great. No signs of fatigue. During races I always carry a package of almond butter, just in case. I'm happy to say it wasn't needed.

Using fat as fuel is amazing. I never want to go back to being a sugar burner.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Resistance is futile

When it comes to what I eat, I'm taking it easy.
I'm not going back to eating grains or sugar. I'm just not labeling myself anymore. I'm not "dairy-free" or "paleo", etc.

Once I proclaim that I'm on such and such a plan, I begin to resist.

After a million different experiments, here is what seems to be working for me, right now..

kind of paleo (whole foods)
kind of LCHF (especially the high fat dairy part)
16/8 intermittent fasting

That's what I'm going to do until it doesn't feel right. I know I'm fat adapted, however, I think I'l keep checking my numbers until my ketone and glucose strips are gone.

I'm in San Diego. Tomorrow I'm completing the half marathon. It feels right to stick to the half marathon distance this year. I'm sure I'll be doing another marathon or ultra, just not anytime soon.

Time to climb in bed and watch tv for the rest of the evening.