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.

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 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!

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.