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.

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!

 

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!