Hi Bill,
Did you use a certain app on your phone to count carb grams?  I am a 
numbers guy as well.  However, it may be better to focus on leading 
indicators as opposed to just lagging.  I also bought a cheep blood sugar 
monitor and was taking my blood sugar every morning (after waiting 30 
minutes).  Another leading indicator.

My experience with EBDJ has been a big deal.  The biggest change was to my 
cholesterol.  It is still generally high, but my HDL's have gone way up and 
triglycerides and fasting blood sugar have gone WAY down.  I don't have the 
numbers quickly available to me or I would share them.

I lost 15 lbs when I first when on the diet, but then gained it all back.  
My job has  been relentlessly stressful over the past year and a half and I 
believe that is a contributing factor.  I have a bad habit of rewarding 
myself with food when life gets tough like I am some kind of dog.  March 
came in like a lion, but soon I will be commuting to work by bike most days 
which helps burn off some Cortisol.

Thank you for sharing.


On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 2:13:23 PM UTC-7, Bill Lindsay wrote:
> Over the last few years, I've been a reasonably low-carb person.  I 
> generally steer clear of pizza, rice, bread, but my discipline has been far 
> from perfect.  Things were working out fine, in that I wasn't gaining the 1 
> pound a year that people tell me I'm supposed to be gaining throughout my 
> 40s.  I've been holding at 180, which was acceptable but not ideal.  This 
> winter I decided: I've spent long enough treading water as a 180 pounder.  
> I'm a 155 pounder with 25 pounds of unnecessary cargo.  I decided I was 
> going to drop 20 pounds, and this past week I've made it there, dropping 
> below 160 for maybe the first time this century.  There have been a few 
> changes that might have contributed to success. I'm drinking a lot less 
> beer, and a lot less booze in general. My exercise routine has included 
> much more short and intense efforts as a coach of the high school mountain 
> bike team.  I've also done more to think about the way that I tend to think 
> about food. Just like with drinking alcohol, I find that I have the urge to 
> eat when I'm bored, or have downtime. I've tried to keep myself occupied 
> more, and I've endeavored to break that mental connection so I don't start 
> snacking every time there's a calm moment.  
> A few weeks back I did a 200k with SFRandonneurs, and I really noticed a 
> difference in my appetite.  For the first time, I kind of had to force 
> myself to eat.  I had packed four Lara Bars for a 9 hour ride, and I went 
> ahead and ate one at 50k, at 100k and at 150k, just because it seemed like 
> a good idea to put some food in.  I wonder if I've reached some level of 
> fat-burning, and have largely broken the sugar-dependence where I don't get 
> super ravenous.  
> So, Winter is almost over and we haven't fought about EBDJ all winter 
> long, I don't think.  It's a datapoint of one but I'm doing fine with very 
> little bread, rice, etc.  I enjoy a cut up apple with almond butter for 
> desert.  I plop a huge scoop of coconut oil in my morning coffee.  I'm 
> eating lots of roasted veggies and raw veggies.  I'll throw a fried egg on 
> any meal.  I eat lots of nuts and seeds.  I make bacon on Saturday 
> mornings, typically.  My 34 inch waist pants no longer fit.  I just bought 
> a couple pairs of 32s and one pair of 30s.  The 30s are snug, and I call 
> them "the motivator" to get me the rest of the way to 155, where I'll 
> probably stop and hold.  Set a goal and make it happen.
> Bill Lindsay
> El Cerrito, CA

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