Just a Box

The best toy in the world? Yes- the famous box. Will and I have been bad parents- and not keeping most of the boxes that we have had.

This was by accidental  – we were rounding up the boxes to place in our recycle bin by the door. Then I walked by and saw Xander playing in it. So lucky to have captured the picture just in time!

What else does your kids play with that are naturally free around the house? Chairs? Cabinets? Why do we even need toys?

 

Keto – Week 4

I apologize for skipping week 3. Things get busy and life seems to happen. I feel like I’m starting this blog very sour. Well cause I am. This blog is just about to may be my last. No. It won’t but I can’t lie to you and say that I feel that way. So I feel like giving up- why? Cause I’m not seeing the effects of keto like I have read about. I have been HONEST. Except when I overloaded on beer and sunflower seeds…is that it then? I cheated once and this diet will now never forgive me. Now that we are on Week 4 I have only lost a total of 5 pounds and 1 1/2 inch off my waist. My pictures good, but I can hardly tell a difference. Am I being too hard on myself?

What do I do when I’m feeling like giving up? First I’m ranting- so here I am- and to my best friend, I’m sorry for putting you through all this, but that’s what happens when you unknowingly signed that best friend document.

I can only think of a few things that can be stalling my weight loss, is exercise. My diet is on point, using my fitbit tracker and marking everything I eat- but if I worked out just a bit more, I think it would give my metabolism a quicker jump.

Protein is a tricky thing on keto, make sure you are getting enough but not too much. This is all about counting your macros.

I started reading this online: Not losing weight on Keto and it has been a real eye opener for me. Here is something I really need to pay attention to:

8. Short-Term Weight Gain and Fluctuations

You put on weight over a short period of time. This could happen if you had more carbs (even once!) than your daily limit (e.g. you went to a party). As you may know, there is a relationship between water retention and glycogen stores. If your body manages to store some extra glycogen, you also increase water retention. This happens literally from one day to the next. Don’t panic, it’s just water. Once you go back to your daily carbs limit it will take 2-3 days to lose the excessive water. Also, there are natural fluctuations related to hormone balance, especially in women.

This is from the website itself – and something I need to read daily like a bible. Remember when I cheated? Yea..I do cause I find it hard to forgive myself…but I went over my carb intake. This was just only being a week into being into keto. I have to understand I’m making a lifestyle change for my body, and I just started and ruined it with one day. This could be why my weight and or measurements haven’t gone as fast as I would like them to.

This is a great learning experience. I hope you learn a lot from following me – also from this website. Here is something I need to read every night before I go to bed:

Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week or even better, don’t weigh yourself at all. There are natural fluctuations related to water retention and hormonal balance. If you are a woman, you will notice these fluctuations more often. If you see no movement on the scales or even if your weight goes up, it doesn’t mean you are not losing fat. If you exercise, you may even see a little increase in weight, as muscles are heavier than fat. The important thing here is to concentrate on losing body fat. Don’t rely just on scales, use body tape, calipers, belts or clothes to see any changes.

Yes. WE ALL KNOW this is true. Then why do we continue to do this to ourselves? I have to stop that. I’ll still weigh myself weekly, but that’s enough counting the scale. I’ll write it down and keep moving forward. Especially if my clothes and my measurement tape is speaking to me loud and clear.

I still have to get my exercise fit in my life as much as I can- still working on that routine. Thanks for following and any keto suggestions are welcome here!