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.

Mashed Cauliflower

I have to share my most favorite vegetable. Cauliflower can be made so many different ways and so delicious. I recommend Mashed Cauliflower if you choose to do a low carb lifestyle diet change. It’s yummy and so satisfying!

I can not share the exact recipe on here, because this is what I did. I went on Pinterest and searched the best way I can replace mashed potatoes. I found mashed cauliflower and I read a couple of recipes and decided to add my own way of cooking and amount of bacon and butter that I will add. Here is the recipe of some mashed cauliflower that I did look at.

Cauliflower comes cut up for you!! No, not just the broken into crowns, they are chopped like riced cauliflower. It’s great isn’t it? I recommend it, especially if you don’t have a lot time like this mommy does – I actually took these photos and made this while my son crawled around my legs wanting my attention.

First, cook your bacon. This is my most favorite part of mashed cauliflower, so I use an entire package of bacon. Plus, I save the bacon grease to flavor vegetables or my chicken – its soo yummy! Set aside bacon.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large pot add just a bit of water and add the cauliflower (I do not microwave it) once the cauliflower gets warm, I  use a potatoe masher and mashed the riced vegetable as much as I can. Here, you have a choice, you can put your cauliflower (with butter) in a blender, or if you are like me, I like more consistency in my mashed cauliflower, just like I do with mashed potatoes. Here, add about 2 cups of cheese, 1 cup of sour cream, and 1/4 cup of butter, mix together. Then add your bacon chopped up.

Place your mashed cauliflower in a dish and place in oven for about 15 min.

Take out and there you have it – your mashed cauliflower! Delicious!

Week Five

I’m really giving up on weight. How many times have you said that? Concerns about your weight is that horrible ex that keeps coming back and is no good for you.

It’s Week Five and I’m ecstatic about  my results! Giving up on weight, have to..why? I’ve been secretly weighing myself daily- and I WISH I could have wrote down my weight Saturday- now THAT was a good weigh in day. Today, seems like I’ve gained 2 more pounds except I also have to consider the fact that I’m taking more water weight in – with my new drink – Apple Cider Vinegar -Lemon.

Count your macros! Here’s my favorite- mashed cauliflower!

I have dropped down another half inch from my waist. Compared my pictures and now I’m starting to see the difference. What is that saying, it takes 4 weeks for YOU to see your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends and family, and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world- DON’T GIVE UP. It’s a great saying. I’ll have to use that as my feature image for you guys. Reading my past keto weeks- you would thought that I would have given up, but I’m not going to.

Click here to read my first week of Keto

It’s going to be real hard, summer is here, and we are making lots of trips to the pool and lots of small vacations with the family…it’s hard being on keto. What’s harder is explaining to family what kind of diet you are doing, the first thing they say “oh yea, that low carb business..” Well yes and no – I always begin my sentence. It’s SO much different than that. Ever since I started Keto, I have learned so much of what to eat and not to eat, and I learned so much about my macros and how close I am to my normal weight how everything affects it.

Plan in the future

I think I found the one. I’m ready to walk down the alter with it. Yes, the ketosis diet, I’m ready. When you have been using carbs for fuel your entire life, it takes a long long time for your body to adapt to using fat for fuel and not depend on carbs. Now you’re asking “Are you ever going to eat carbs again?” Of course I am! Also, I’m moving soon – with a bigger kitchen and I’m starting to learn my mother’s native country (Cambodia) cooking. Which Cambodia main source of food is starch, rice. It’s cheap, and fed a lot of mouths, and the love that pours into my soul when I eat it. I plan to fully have my body adapted to fat, while working out, and be able to carb cycle, making sure my body is adapted properly. It will be tough in August, but I know I can make it through.

 

Thanks for stopping by and following me on my Keto Journey!

 

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.

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!

 

Bullet Proof Coffee

I also add Splenda to my coffee

Probably the most delicious coffee ever. 

Recipe: 

Coffee

1 tbsp coconut oil 

1 tbsp of Kerrygold butter 

2 tbsp heavy cream
Make sure you have a handheld blender to stir it all up, a simple spoon stir is not going to do it!

Here’s the kind that I have: 

Norpro mini Mixer 

Photo by Walmart

These are at all local grocery stores usually next to protein blenders and in the coffee aisle. 

If you run around the house like me, I work at home- I reccomend putting your bullet proof coffee in a thermos. With the butter, heavy cream and coconut oil in it, the coffee tends to get colder faster. 

Please let me know how you liked it!