You know…

Having silver/gray hair works like an invisibility cloak sometimes.

I don’t like being invisible…just sayin.

Lol (not really)

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Chugging along

I’ve been struggling with my meals, lately. For one, I really don’t like to cook. I mean, I really dislike the “work” of cooking. Chopping, mixing, stirring, you know. But I really, really, REALLY dislike washing dishes. That is probably the number one reason I gained weight. The convenience of fast food. But I have accepted the fact that by choosing this WOE, I will have to do that which I don’t like to do. Cook, and meal prep.

That is part of the struggle. The other part is making sure I have all ingredients needed to make Keto meals. I find recipes I want to try, it seems like I’m always missing at least one ingredient. So I find myself eating the same things over and over again. But getting the results that I’ve had so far keeps me going. I started this WOE on June 11th. I thought I weighed more than I actually did, which was 210 lbs. I thought I was more at 215, but hey, it’s still alot for my 5’0″ frame. As I mentioned in my last post, I had to travel to a convention for work. No keto-friendly foods were available, and I sure didn’t plan accordingly. Lesson learned for next time.

So I fell off the keto wagon. I was worried about my weigh-in, which I do every Friday with a friend from work. Yesterday was the first “official” weigh-in since the conference. I was worried that I gained at least five pounds. For the record, I decided to get back on Keto on Monday, allowing myself the weekend to eat as I used to. This included Wendy’s 4 for 4 meal, corn tortilla’s, and sweets here and there (but not like my “old” me would have indulged). You know what? I felt like shit! I had an ongoing headache, and my acid reflux flared up like Hades!!

So Monday of this week, I went back to my lovely Keto. Weigh in was yesterday.

Friday, October 5 FitBit Scale: 182 lbs No weigh in at work

Sunday, October 7 FitBit Scale: 183.3 lbs

Friday, October 12 FitBit Scale: 181.5 Tanita scale at work: 181.4 lbs.

I had hit a plateau the last three weeks prior to the conference, and been stuck at 184. I don’t know if going off Keto for a few days, and surely kicked out of ketosis, and then going back on it, did something to get over that hump? It’s interesting, to say the least. Was it worth it? In a way, yes. But the side effects of the headache, and acid reflux, plus being moody as hell…no, not worth it.

I suppose it’s good to shock your body every once in a while. I’ve been doing Keto since June 11th. That’s five months, which kind of surprised me. I didn’t think it had been that long. Which is good, because that means I’m not really feeling deprived, or sad for myself. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I still see people eating foods that I would LOVE to eat. And every once in a while a craving for sweets hit me hard. To get past that, I eat more healthy fats, or make a keto friendly dessert. This way of eating is much more sustainable than the “standard healthy” way of eating, in which you consume five to six small meals a day. Lord, I drove myself crazy trying to prep that many meals for a week!

Now, I practice intermittent fasting in which I eat between 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. I don’t eat breakfast, but I do have black coffee in the morning. I prep my lunch, and maybe a keto-friendly snack, and then I eat dinner. I stay within my allotted calories for the day which is set to 1360. It may not sound like much, but when you eat healthy fat foods, you feel satiated. Let me tell you, the stress and worry about running out of food has almost completely disappeared! I had purchased one of those fancy meal prep lunch bags so I could pack my breakfast, lunch, and two snacks, which cost me about thirty bucks, not including the extra food containers I purchased so I could plan a weeks worth of food. Yeah, it just sits in my room now. I take one container for lunch, and that’s it.

To date, I’ve lost 30 pounds. I’m happy with that. I’m going to keep going until I reach my goal weight of 150…maybe 140. One thing I know, is that in order to fire up the process, I must workout more consistently. Can you imagine where I’d be if I had been doing that all along? I’d probably already be at my goal! Oh, well…

ONWARD!!

Falling of the keto wagon…

So I started this WOE June 11th of this year. Although it was hard giving up sugar, chocolate, bread, and BREAD, I have managed to keep on this wonderful path. My starting weight was 210, although I swear it was closer to 214, but that’s neither here, nor there. I’ve been steadily losing a couple pounds a week, after the initial water weight in the first week. However, I have been stuck at the same weight for the past three weeks. To make things a bit more challenging, though, I had to attend a conference for work. This entailed traveling all day Wednesday, but since I practice Intermittent Fasting, I didn’t think it would be too bad. My eating window is from twelve p.m. till eight p.m. If I only got in one meal that day, I would be ok.

But by the time we reached the hotel, the mixer had already started. Translation: OPEN BAR! I was able to stick to vodka and club soda with lime. The dinner they provided was mostly vegetables, and some type of rice or quinoa. Oh, and potatoes. I stuck with the veggies, but then we realized they were serving roast beef in a separate line, which also offered macaroni and cheese. I helped myself to the yummy roast beef. The only issue were the size of the plates, and the number of attendees. There wasn’t a lot to go around.

But the next day was a bit harder to stick with this WOE. For “breakfast” they offered a multitude of pastries, and mountains of melon, and a some strawberries. I took some strawberries, and a cup of black coffee. I was sorely disappointed with the lack of sweetness of the strawberries. I could’nt eat them, and the sugar substitutes they had were approved keto sweeteners. So I went back and got some melon just because I was so hungry, and I wast pretty sure lunch wasn’t going to keto friendly, either.

Lunch started late, so my stomach was pretty much eating itself by that time. Lunch offered very little protien, but more vegetables, grains, and bread to choose from. No fat to be found. I ate what I could, but it wasn’t much. To top it off, there were no tables to sit at. Just a few of those tall, round tables that fit about three people. So a lot of us were trying to balance our plates, while trying to cut the food, and hold a drink. It was so…dumb!

By dinner time, I was starving. Again the food provided was cheesy rice, and potatoes, and a whole table dedicated to pastries. And chicken covered in some type of gravy. I took the chicken, and tried to scrape as much gravy off of it. I ate more melon. And then I found some flourless chocolate cakes, but I’m sure they had sugar in them. I was just so hungry, so I gave in and had three. And it was open bar again.

You know what happens when you drink too much? You through inhibitions out the window. By ten p.m. we were starving, and found someplace to buy a medium pizza. After picking the pepperoni’s off, I had three slices of cheese pizza. It was divine!

Today, was the return trip. We had to be at the airport by 4:30 a.m. I woke up at 3:30, and realized I fell right to sleep without packing. I flew into panic mode, and started packing everything up. I didn’t have time to shower, but at least I brushed my teeth. We get to the airport, and waited in line waiting for Starbucks to open. Then instead of getting a regular black coffee, I decided to get a mocha frappicino. Then it just snowballed from there. I took the cookies from the stewardess on both flights. Then when I got home, I weighed myself to see what the damage was. To my surprise, I lost two pounds!

Today’s weight: 182.

So then we went out to eat and I had menudo. But I think that might be keto friendly, minus the hominy, but not 100% sure about that.

Then we ordered subs, and I SMASHED!!!

I think it’s interesting how I saw a change in weight after eating all the fruit, sugar, and bread!

Anyway, it’s time to get back at it. I will be going grocery shopping this weekend. I think I might follow the two week start up plan that I purchased from Thomas Delauer. Maybe it’ll jumpstart my stall, and keeping me going to my goal weight of 145.

Fingers crossed!

The latest news on my Keto journey

Well….

I weighed in at 194 on July 20. That was a two pound loss from the previous week. Last week, we took a vacation. We only went a couple hours up north, and stayed in a cabin by a lake. It was SO nice to get away. But the best part was that I was able to stick to my eating plan…for the most part.

Have I mentioned how much my seven year old granddaughter hates my “diet?” She wanted me to eat hot dogs, cookies, ice cream, and smores. Then she would get mad when I told her I’m not supposed to be eating that stuff. Oh, her little face got all scowly, and angry. Honestly, it really didn’t take much persuasion to get me to give in to one scoop of Blue Moon ice cream. And she was determined to have everyone make smores over a camp fire like you’re supposed to! So I had one of those as well.

But I did follow up with a serving of Perfect Keto Base each time. You’re supposed to take it after eating carbs to help keep you in ketosis. I don’t have a way of telling whether I’m in, or not so I’m contemplating investing in a monitor.

Anyway, since I was still on vacation on Friday, I did not weigh in on the fancy scale we have at our fitness center at work. But I did weigh myself at home on my Fitbit scale. I gained a pound. I am taking my measurements also, and I did lose half an inch from my waist. Of course, as with most women, I’ve lost more in my chest area, like almost two inches. I’m happy about it, but the hubby is not. Lol!!

I also went running Friday and yesterday. I’m basically just doing hiit..and I’m trying to run as fast as I comfortably can in a minute, then I walk for two, for ten run intervals. I’ve read that hiit workouts are good when doing keto.

You know what? I feel stronger, and faster, with barely any pain or discomfort in my knees, ankles, or hips. I really felt…alive! I plan to run three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Plus, we’re still doing our power walks at Wirth, much to my dismay. I really hate perspiring in my work clothes. Yuck!!

So, another weigh in on Friday. My next short term goal is to get to 189. My final goal is to get to 145. I’ll be happy with that. I don’t want to look like a lollipop chick. You know, a big head, and a skinny ass body? Like a lollipop? Lol!!

Well, I guess it’s time for bed. I hope ya’ll have a wonderful day tomorrow.