Keto – End of My Journey

I’m placing my Keto journey to an end. I enjoyed the discipline and what I learned from the past two months from it. For those of you asking if I recommend it- yes I do, it takes hard work and lots of patience of others around you to hit your goal.

I’m moving further with my fitness goals, improving my body with crossfit and a low carb lifestyle.

I appreciate everyone who followed me throughout this entire process, I hope you will still follow me through my weightloss journey.

Week Seven

Wow. Is all I have to say. I never knew I’d be in keto this long. It was my anniversary last week and on that Thursday, I ate whatever I wanted. I deserved it. Having that cheat day, must have helped- I weighed in today, and still lost bit on my inches. My pictures are still looking good, so I am on the right track.

I had to do it right – a well deserved meal on my anniversary

Fitting my workouts in, I’m back to lifting and running- alternating days, giving myself 3 lifting days, and 3 running days- given one rest day. I feel good when I workout, I feel strong and I have energy. I have been drinking my Apple cider vinegar with Lemon and I feel as though it helps me with my appetite as well.

All is great since its been seven weeks, I think the hardest thing I’m struggling with is comparing my keto journey with others. No, I have not lost more than 20 pounds like most, and some days I just want to quit this. I’m holding on, as long as the measurement tape and pictures are telling me the truth. Not one body is alike and so diets will affect us all differently- I have to keep reminding myself that. Thanks for the follow and I would appreciate any encouraging words!

Week Six

Six Weeks? How could someone possible make it this long? I could not have imagine me going on with this diet for this long. The old Michelle would have broke by now. I survived Birthday parties, gatherings, and even the 4th of July. Speaking of, I hope everyone had safe and happy 4th of July.

I lost another half an inch from my waist. We aren’t even going to be speaking about my weight. I’m lifting like crazy, working out and my weight is fluctuating. That’s it. Monitoring my weight but not taking it to heart. I have to admit, I am looking up blogs, reads on everything and anything about keto. Why am I not losing weight fast enough? Am I even losing the water weight? I’m going to have to stop comparing myself to others. This is going to be really hard, but I have to stop it. I do see a difference in my pictures, and the measurement tape is not lying. Clothes are fitting looser and my hunger has decreased a huge amount since I started Keto.

Nothing but the bar. This workout is called a “good morning” a joke Will is always going to have with me.

Since I’ve been working out, I can tell that my diet has really adjusted to my body. No lightheaded feeling, hunger pains or anything. The past week I’ve been able to HIIT train lifting and running and I have no tiredness. I really do love this feeling I have, lots of energy.

The decrease in hunger surprises me. It’s strange, the feeling that I walk into the kitchen and I think, I should eat…but am I really hungry? Remember, don’t eat if you think you’re suppose to, eat when you are hungry, there is no reason to add calories to you diet just because you feel like you have to – a mistake I use to make the first time I tried to do Keto.

There. I made a blog and didn’t whine and complain about the amount of weight I did or did not lose. You really can’t do that to yourself. Something I have to remind myself over and over. Again, I appreciate the comments, the follow and the support.

Keto – Week 2 

Funny how a few numbers and inches can set you through a roller coaster of emotions. I gained back 1 pound, and lost an inch on my waist. How am I suppose to figure this one out?

I took my weekly pictures and I honestly can’t tell a difference yet. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself?

My workouts have not been as consistent as I want them to be. I was under 20 grams of carbs for a week before I started working out, and I had a couple of bad days- where I got light headed and dizzy even during a workout. Remember to listen to your body and pay attention.

One of my grilling days- which happens to be often- who else seasons their food in the ziplock bag itself? Never messy!

Still upping the water while I’m at home and staying consistent logging everything. I hope to see better results next week.

I cheated 

It’s not as bad as it sounds. Really it isn’t. We went Rafting over the weekend – my very first time, and I got a little too excited with the carbs.

I’ll spit it out. I had some beer. Not my vacation beer: Blue Moon. I had what my friends call my bitch beer: Michelob Ultra. Now, defending my favorite beer, it has 95 calories and 2.5 grams of carbs PER drink. Which all can think it’s fine- but alcohol is alcohol- and it slows down any weight loss process.

How I feel like everyone is looking at me when I confess my sins….

Sunflower seeds.  This is the mistake I made the very first time I decided to do keto. I ate burgers and cheese and ate a WHOLE lotta sunflower seeds. Those carbs ADD up. Well, I had a lot of sunflower seeds for this trip.

All this- resulted in kicking me way out of keto. I felt like I was kicked out of the cool group at the high school lunch table. I am ashamed.

So I’ve expressed my sins and now it’s time to forgive myself and keep moving. Easier said than done. It will be hard not to blame myself for not losing enough weight bc of this fallback.

That’s what I have my friends here for, or am I just talking to no one out there? Either way, it’s helping a whole lot. Thanks for following me- and supporting.

One week – Keto

3 pounds down! Wait, that’s it? THREE POUNDS? Okay, I’m not trying to sound ungrateful here, but I have been obsessing myself over all these low carb stories of people losing from 10 to 14 pounds the very first week they start Keto. Here I am, sitting here holding my down 3 pounds sign…

Re – thinking my choices of change of diet? Nah, but I can’t lie to you that I do think it often, but you can’t just quit.

Okay, its a success, and I will take it. I took my weekly pictures, and this time I just started measuring my waist which is something important to me. And I did my weekly weigh in. I am happy with my results. Will I post these pictures and numbers? Maybe. I just haven’t got the feeling to do it yet.

I’ve become quite the grill master since chicken and beef have been on my list.

How do I feel you ask? Eh, well I feel like my guy should write a post on here too…I’ve went through a lot of moods, mostly irritable moods, and I just started with the foggy brain and headaches from lack of carbs. I started exercising Wednesday – and I went very light. I ran half of what I usually run and I lift more than half of the weight that I usually do. It was a great success but I am very aware of the toll it took on my body. When you are doing low carb, moderate protein and high fat, you have to be aware of how much you are lifting- cause your body needs protein to lift and help repair the muscles. So it’s very important you are logging your food – and counting your macros of what you are doing. Listen to your body and follow it. When you feel like you need to rest, just rest. Diet is so important when fueling the body and when you drastically change a diet like this- you have to pay attention to everything you are doing.

If you are doing Keto diet, what are you doing for exercise? I’ll be posting my routine here soon, marking my top weight and my run.

 

 

Keto

I was hesitant to talk about this. This is such a controversial way of changing the way you eat. For those who don’t know- Keto stands for Ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. Now before you freak out, and think of starvation, hear me out. During this state, we produce Ketones, which are produced from thebreakdown of fats in the liver.

Keto is a low carb lifestyle change. Notice, I’m not saying diet anymore. This isn’t a diet for me, I’m changing the way I eat – for a lifestyle change. This is low carb, moderate protein and high in fat. All of our lives we have been taught that a high fat diet will cause weight gain and other health problems. Now with scientific studies- that has changed. You can read more about that here.

I’m not here to try to change your mind. I’m here to tell everyone about my keto journey. Again, I was hesitant to even write about it, as this is a way of eating that is so controversial. Eat fat and lose weight? I know it sounds crazy. I have been keto for about 5 days straight now, and its a journey that I have to write about. I’ve been raised on carbs, since I was young we lived on welfare and my parents did the best they can do to keep food on table. Rice from our culture and breads can go a long way. All this is understandable. Also, I’m human. Who doesn’t love pizza. Who would rather have fried chicken than baked chicken? The weekend passed and my family was over the house, it was harder than anything to keep my carbs down.

My Plan

This is my second time around with keto change. And I encourage everyone who is interested about it – to please READ about it. Get all your info and do your research. Don’t do what I did. I thought, Great, low carb diet, I can do this, veggies and meat all day long. I was wrong. I use Keto Sticks to measure when I was on ketosis to let myself know when my body was turning into a fat burning machine. And I ended up convincing myself that those sticks were bullsh*t. I purchased mine online, but you can find them at any local pharmacy. They are sticks that you urinate on and you match the color on the stick to see if you are in ketosis. The darker purple means you are and lighter means you have traces of ketosis and you’re on your way.

3 Pack - Ketostix Bayer Reagent Strips for Urinalysis, Ketone Test 100 ea
Photo by Walmart

When I first did keto, I snacked a lot and I ate a lot of vegetables. I also didn’t realize I was taking too much protein in – drinking a lot of shakes trying to keep myself full. I did not track my eating, and I did not drink enough water. I did keto for a full month and I only lost maybe 2 pounds. I gave up.

I recommend to track your food when you first start keto. I’ve only done keto for 5 days, and my stick is full purple- letting me know my body is full ketosis. Like I said before, when I only lost 2 pounds in a month, that stick never turned purple and I went crazy not knowing what was going on. Remember do your research!

 

H2O

I’m fortunate to have a work at home job. So I have no excuse to drink a lot of water since the bathroom is maybe 5 feet away. Using my fit bit tracker, I log my water intake- and let me tell you – the first day I didn’t realize how hard it was to drink water! Again, adjust your water intake to your lifestyle. If you have a job where you can’t get up and down a lot, be mindful of how much H2O you’re intaking. This may take a few days to know how much water your body can hold. My goal is drinking a gallon a day- usually during the weekdays- cause the weekends, I’m always out with the family.

Fitness

I love working out. I plan to start my workouts this Wednesday- as this will be a full week I was on keto- and I let my body adjust. You understand when you take away the source of energy that your body is use to (carbohydrates) your body will be tired, while its adjusting to the change. You will feel sluggish, maybe get a headache, etc. This is called the Keto Flu. Read more about it here. This is where your will power comes in, don’t give up! A lot of people go through the Keto Flu and realize this diet isn’t for me! Trust me, I understand, but don’t give up, every body is different and I recommend having a group or partner you can talk to when you are doing keto. You don’t have to be alone!

I’ll be lifting weights and running- alternating it each day. M/W/F – Lift, T/TH – Run. Since I work at home, I’ll be walking a lot too – have to keep moving when you are working a sedentary job.

Foods

I work a full time job, and I have a 1 year old. I have to say time isn’t my friend. I like to keep my foods very simple and make Pinterest my best friend. Make sure you are aware of all the ingredients you are putting in food. Stay away from any process foods and also any products that claim to be low carb (atkins snacks). The more natural you go, the easier and faster you will be in ketosis. If you can count net carbs along with regular carbs, I say go ahead and do so- but again, I like to keep things simple and I count all the carbs.

Using the Tdee Calculater, I counted my macros and use my fit bit app to log everything and see how many grams I’m taking in. The goal is to be under 20, and less is even better. This means monitoring your vegetables and fruit you’re taking in as well. Remember – log everything!

 

Thanks for following me on my journey. This was a lot of info, but I wanted to share. I just started my keto journey and I’m excited for results. I take weekly pictures, and weigh in weekly. Please let me know about your weight loss journey! We can do this together!

 

Just A Little More weight

To the bar that is. Remember that your body will always adapt to whatever you’re doing. So always switch it up a bit, more weight or less weight and more reps – always push your body to the limit and test yourself. I promise you will never regret it afterwards.

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Shoes off – Deadlift time

Today I added just a bit more to my bench- I had more time to rest and I felt stronger. I lifted during the middle of the day, not my normal routine, so I had already had breakfast in me. Like I said in previous post, I’ve heard of some lifting in a fasted state and others who can only lift after they have had something to eat before. I have done both, although I haven’t decided or figured out which my body likes. I can say, that I do feel stronger lifting after I have ate something but I understand working out in a fasted state burns more.

It was a great workout today I feel good and I love the consistency of my “me time.”

A quickie

Workout that is. Today was weightlifting day…and I did it early in the AM..fasted. It’s very different weight lifting without any calories in you than it is when there is food in you. You feel stronger with more energy when you lift with food in you. I have heard many things about both, I always suggest to do what makes you feel more comfortable. Now that I have done both, I have to say, I may have to wait till I have had breakfast or even lunch time to weight lift. My goal is to lift heavy – building muscle so I need energy to do so. Or I can always quickly make some eggs and toast to eat before my lifting- these are things I need to figure out.

I can always run fasted, that’s never been a problem for me, actually I prefer it. I woke up a little later than usual today, so I had to work out quicker. I thought about doing less weight, but since I have too much pride, I didn’t. I stuck with the same weight I have been lifting. Surprisingly I finished before work, I felt good and I felt stronger. I could tell the difference being fasted but I could still tell how much stronger I’m getting and its only been a week of my consisted lifting and running.

Consistency. I made it a full Monday to Friday lifting and running. This may be nothing to you – but to me it means a whole lot. Being a mother and working full time keeping consistent was something I struggled with ever since I became a mother.

I own a Charge HR and I wear it as my daily accessory

I owe my FitBit friends a big thank you. Recently FitBit community has upgraded their social network. Adding friends has never been so easy and communicating with others about your fitness goals is very inspiring. I’ve added over 20 friends just this week and we all have been encouraging others to reach our own personal goals. This is no competition, the only competitor you have is yourself. I’m not here to promote FitBit, I just have one, but I do recommend opening your social network and surround yourself by others who have the same goals as you do- to improve your fitness and health.

Do you have a Fitbit or some other type of pedometer? I’ve heard the Nike bands and Apple watches are amazing too! Please share with me what motivates you!

 

Slowly but surely

I’m focusing on getting my energy back. Focusing on getting my momentum going. When you’re a Mother, and work full time – things get hard, very hard. Hard does not mean you can’t do it, just means you have to find your own way to get through.

Here I am 7 months pregnant doing my favorite workout – overhead squat.

 

Train smarter, not harder is my goal. I have to give myself a certain amount of time before work, before Xander gets up for the day, before the world starts. Before, I had all the time in the world, now my time is even more valuable. I’ve been working on my push/pull method of lifting weights alternating days and incorporating high intensity cardio every other day. I focus on lifting heavier than normal with the rest days given.

My workout goes as this:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday

  • Deadlift
  • Bench
  • Squat
  • Olympic Ring Pull up

Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday

  • HIIT Cardio 30 – 45 min

Now I can workout all day- its not a problem, but remember – you can never out work a bad diet. I’m focusing on low healthy carbs with a cheat meal given on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Water is SO important. I can’t stress that enough. I try my best and everything to drink as much water as I can.

Working out is my favorite past time- it gives me peace and completely clears my mind

Consistency is key. Even if it isn’t routine, I learned that consistency is what keeps you going. There are some days I can’t work out early in the AM (because my son was up all night) so I’ll workout in the evening. You make time for what’s most important to you.

It was a good weightlifting day, lifting early in the AM (fasted) is very different from lifting in the evening after having some food. I’ve kept my log up so I know where I am at and how much I will improve in lifting.

Thanks for stopping by – do you have a fitness plan/diet you would like to share?