I’ve been eating keto for almost 2 weeks now and I love it! Still feeling great – full, satisfied, and all the food is obviously yummy!
However, I’m going to try not to take tomorrow’s weigh in to heart. The dreaded period has started and is in full swing….no clue how long it will last. That, plus this being right around the time that PISS starts….I’m sure that I’ll see a gain on the scale. The best case scenario is to be the same weight as last week. So I have to keep reminding myself of that.
The hardest part about being on keto is running out of food so often! We’ve always been snackers rather than 3-meals-per-day types, so we could buy big boxes of things like popcorn, packs of pudding, etc, and they’d last. Now, we’re buying meat and veggies and eating a LOT of them at every meal. This isn’t the cheapest diet, but it’s definitely worth how good we feel.
Just wanted to give a little update! Now I need a handle of ibuprofen and a heating pad Periods suck.
Hey losers! Had my official weigh-in today, which landed nicely on the morning of March 1st, so I have the official total tally of weight lost in my first month back on the wagon. Drumroll, please!
Now of course, we all know, I was aiming for 10, but I’m very proud of that number, especially considering the 3-day window in which I ate lots and lots of heavy restaurant food. So now starts the next phase, 10 Pound March!
This morning I’m 172.8 pounds. On April 1st I’d like to be 162.8 pounds! I can do this! I’m sure down the line there are going to be some bumps – in most cases, keto doesn’t work that way. There’s not often steady loss. Normally, a few weeks into ketosis, people experience something called Post-Induction Stall Syndrome (PISS) - water and glycogen find a new balance and this causes a stall or even weight gain, which lasts for a week or two. I know I’m going to stress out about this, but I shouldn’t, as PISS is both “normal and temporary”. Apparently, people won’t lose weight for a couple of weeks, then they’ll wake up one day and be 5 pounds lighter. So I know I shouldn’t stress. But even after that, the weight loss on keto is very bumpy, especially if you’re a woman, and your period can make all sorts of crazy things happen. You’re not supposed to pay attention to the scale on individual weigh-ins, but look at the big picture. It’s bumpy, but you lose weight. So I know I need to remember that.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off for a nice long walk/jog.
Feeling pretty good lately. Waking up to 2 more pounds of weight loss yesterday, 2 days before my official weigh-in, AND a couple hours before my normal weigh in time (which does actually make a difference!) was a great surprise. I also wore a shirt that previously was way too tight for me, so I felt pretty good about that as well
So my 5th day of keto is dawning, and so far no sign of the dreaded period. Also no sign of the keto flu. I need to go by some ketostix to make sure I’m actually in ketosis, though I’ve been eating well under 25g of carbs every day, plus I’ve been losing weight, so I don’t know why I wouldn’t be. But last time around, I didn’t get the keto flu much either. I’ve been eating a lot of salt, which apparently helps, so maybe that’s the trick!
I know the period is going to kick in eventually, and I just need to remind myself of how much better I feel on keto. I feel much leaner, like my stomach doesn’t always feel full and bloated. Obviously, I’m already starting to see the difference on the scale. It’s hard to remember that when my uterus is waging war on my body. But if I can just push through…..this is what kicked me out of keto the last time. I couldn’t handle the period. But at that time, I hadn’t had one in a rather long time – it was medically stopped. Now, I get one every month like a normal person. And because it’s the end of the month, I’m hoping my “keto period” and my normal one just line up (many people report having two in the first month – ugh!).
Though today also isn’t my official weigh-in day, I’m going to hop on the scale in a little bit just to check……and hooray! Another pound bites the dust! That’s 3 pounds in 4 days. I was really hoping to hit 10 pounds lost this month, but as it stands right now I’m at 8, and I’m pretty happy with that. Especially considering I had a big weekend of eating, eating, eating! I love and hate when my family comes into town to visit!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go obsessively add cute clothes to my “Goal Weight Wishlist” on Pinterest!
Ok guys. Sorry for my absence. Some changes have happened!
This past weekend, my in-laws visited, and of course we went out to each a bunch. Thankfully, when I weighed myself on Sunday, I hadn’t gained anything from last Sunday. So I’m sure I undid a week’s worth of work, but at least I hadn’t set myself farther back from where I was. And I decided that I was going to do keto.
So the biggest benefit of keto is mainly that you get to actually feel full during the day. Carbs make you hungry and make your body crazy more food. Taking them out of the equation makes you able to hit your calories AND feel completely stuffed at the same time.
The biggest drawback, obviously, is how limited the diet is. You can consume so few carbs that you can’t eat fruit. Most non-whole foods have carbs (as in, packaged food). However, I can eat like this for a few months. I can eat like this to get to my goal.
Luckily, I like a LOT of the food that you can eat. I love meat, I like veggies….essentially, I like fat. And I can eat fat, as long as I don’t eat carbs too! As I’m writing this, I’m cooking some porkchops with butter, fresh garlic, and lemon. An additional benefit of keto is the side effect of having to learn how to cook. I’m pretty psyched about that!
So onto the good stuff. As of this morning (having been on keto for THREE days, folks), I’ve lost 2 pounds. That’s two pounds since Sunday morning. After I weighed myself on Sunday morning, I hate Italian food and pizza. No clue what I weighed on Monday morning. But today, I’m down to 174 pounds – officially, again, no longer “obese.”
2 pounds in three days? I’m pretty excited to weigh in on Saturday and see where I’m at! I really really really hope I’m closer to 170 than I am to 175….but we’ll see. I’m just happy that I feel good, I’m losing weight, and I like what I’m eating.
I’m also really happy I’m getting close to being out of the size 10′s again. For a while there, I actually had to keep the button and fly open, and ghetto-rig them to stay up with a hairband. Now, not only are they zipping, they’re getting kinda roomy. I’ve lost 7 pounds since restarting! It’s nice to actually SEE the progress.
….Not as good, either, but not as bad. Yesterday’s official weigh-in was 175.4 lbs. That damned 0.4!! I would’ve been thrilled to have lost 2 solid pounds, but oh well. I need to remember that sometimes after a big loss, it can slow down, and I’ve lost a total of 5.6 pounds in 2 weeks. It doesn’t really matter how much was distributed over each week, because 10 pounds a month would be absolutely amazing. I’ll be very happy if I hit that, and I’m only about 4 and a half pounds away!
I also need to get better about drinking water. The first week, I had my water cup with me all the time, but this week I’ve left it at home more often than not. I need to start carrying it around again, because not only will it help with bloating, but it will help with cravings and hunger. Though I’m doing pretty well on that, actually! Planning out my meals is the key for me – I’ve said it before, and hopefully I won’t have to say it again, because this time around I’ll finally remember. It’s so easy to forget. When I plan out my calories in the morning, the rest of the day is easy. I write out what my three main meals are going to be – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – and then I know I have x amount of calories left over to snack on throughout the day. Normally, I have about 300 calories left, which is a fair amount. Hell, that’s 6 grapefruits, if I really want to feel like I’m eating a lot. So I haven’t been feeling hungry, and I think that’s the trick. I’ve also been doing something new, which is having a bigger lunch and dinner. I’m trying to get myself back to three meals a day, not six. It’s far easier to eat that way, and I feel actually satisfied in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I know that more frequent, smaller meals is apparently great for weight loss, but when I eat I’d rather feel full, not like I’m counting down the minutes until I get to eat again. And with 300 extra calories to play around with, if I ever do get peckish, I’m free to satisfy the cravings.
Here are some of my favorite, low-calorie snacks that get me through the day!
So there are obviously a lot of options, and those are my favorites because they’re quick and extremely easy – just grab and go! I normally walk around with a couple of clementines in my purse, and sometimes a bag of popcorn if I’m going to be at school and want a good snack. I think the best way to avoid temptation is to have your own food ready.
I’m off to enjoy a beautiful Sunday! Going to exercise and cross my fingers for the nice weather I was promised!
My official weigh-in isn’t until tomorrow, but I got on the scale just now and I’m a little bit disheartened. I want to lose at least two pounds a week, and so far I haven’t even lost a pound. Last Saturday I was 177, today I’m 176.2. It’s seriously bumming me out, because I’ve been eating right and gone to the gym three times so far, and I feel like I have nothing to show for it.
I know it could be my body adjusting after a big loss the previous week, but it’s not like four pounds is an enormous amount….it’s actually kind of normal for the very first week of weight loss. Why did everything suddenly screech to a halt?
Hopefully I’m just bloating right now or something. I’m going to the gym today and going to work, so I’ll be on my feet a lot. I’m going to try to remember to drink a lot more water, which I haven’t been as good at this week as I should’ve. Fingers crossed that tomorrow is better!
Even losing a small amount of weight makes a huge difference. I had gotten back to the point where I needed to wear clothes I had thrown out….I was uncomfortable all the time. I had gone back up to my size 10′s, and then I had to rig those with rubber bands when they got too tight. Tee shirts got too small. It was unpleasant.
Now, my size 10′s are buttoning comfortably and when I sit down I don’t feel like my stomach is going to make the button explode off. My tee shirts are no longer sausage casings. Feeling significantly better about myself, and no longer terrified that people are noticing my clothes don’t look right.
I went to the gym on both Sunday and Monday, and I’m going again tonight. Skipping tomorrow, as I have work, but going again on Thursday and most likely Friday. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll see a number below 175 on Saturday, putting myself back into the “overweight” category and out of the “obese” one. I can’t believe I let myself get back into that BMI range in the first place. But alas, I did, and the only thing I can do is get myself back out!
I wanted to share my delicious dinner! I’m really not a cook - at all – so whenever I figure out how to make something that actually tastes good, I run with it. I am the master at broiled pork chops. My dad used to make them for me growing up, so I love them. The best part is, they’re very easy – broil them for 4-5 minutes on each side, and you’re done. I add lemon juice and garlic powder, a tiny bit of butter, and occasionally Italian seasoning. One chop, depending on how thick it is, is between 230-260 calories. Last night’s dinner was with some brussel sprouts and half an avocado. There’s also a dollop of sour cream, which is surprisingly low-calorie (50 calories for 2 tablespoons!) and tastes really great with pork. Sometimes I pair the chops with angel hair pasta. They’re scrumptious and filling, and minus the avocado, the whole meal is generally around 400 calories. I usually eat back some of my gym calories with avocado if I’ve done a good workout that day. The meal pictured is about 530 calories total. Yum!
Off to school, then doing some work, then off to the gym! Have an excellent day, losers!
When I set out writing this blog, it was simply meant to be another weapon in my utility belt. It would keep me motivated, and also I could look back on my journey when it was all over. Never in a million years did I think anyone besides myself would actually be reading it. Sometimes, I’m really blown away by all you awesome people. I’ve found so much support and encouragement through you. I’ve kept this blog very secret – no one but my best friend and my husband know about it – I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone else in my life. So at the risk of sounding sappy, thanks to all 156 of you out there….you rock
Also, I rock right now. Yesterday I was 176.4 – about another half a pound gone! Went to the gym as well as for a nice long walk yesterday (even though it was freezing!). I can’t wait for the weather to warm up again. I’m getting myself a pair of inline skates and I absolutely can’t wait to start! I also bought myself a new hoop I haven’t been able to use yet because of how cold it’s been, looking forward to that too.
I’m going to strive to lose 2.5 pounds a week. I know that’s a lot, but my body happens to lose weight pretty quickly as long as I don’t get lazy – the mornings after I’ve gone to the gym, I’m almost always between 0.4 – 1 pound down. Hopefully a higher goal will push me to go to the gym more!
I’ve also figured out sort of a reward system – I went ahead and bought three items from modcloth.com. When they arrive, they will be in possession of my husband, who will be in control of when I get them. I can’t give them to myself before I hit my goals, plus I get them instantly when I’ve earned them! I’m pretty proud of this plan….and also pretty excited for my kick ass gifts! First thing I’ll get is a gorgeous bracelet. Then a super awesome pair of boots, then a vest that I’ve been drooling over for months now. I’m implementing a new rule in my life: I am absolutely not allowed to buy anything clothing that I don’t 100% love. I’m going to use clothes to celebrate myself, not hide myself. No more purely functional, I-have-it-because-I-need-it pieces. I’m trying to care about myself more than that.
Welp, I’m off to school and then the gym!
This is my 200th blog post, which just happens to be my starting weight way back in the day, so I really wanted it to be a good one. Today is my second official weigh-in, and I’m happy to report that yours truly lost four pounds!
Weight today: 177.0!
I have no idea how or why I got my motivation back….it’s like a switch flipped. I was really afraid that through the 170′s, I wouldn’t find motivation from the scale – the dreaded “been there, done that” attitude. I told myself that I just need to make it to the 160′s, and then I’ll feel back like my old self again. But you know what? I don’t care what I’ve done in the past, I’m proud of myself. I’ve officially gone 7 full days without cheating on my calories, and next week I’ll be reporting 7 more! Seeing that 177 didn’t depress me, it made me feel great. And in the middle of my period, no less! I’m so happy with myself that I hit my goal of 4 pounds in the first week. Didn’t think it would be possible in my current…..ahem…..condition.
I’m also happy to report that my husband, who gained weight back right along with me, lost about 6 pounds this first week! We’re quite a team!
And to those who are wondering exactly how I’m doing it…..eating around 1300 calories a day, and going to the gym three times a week. It’s what worked for me before, and it’s what’s going to work for me now.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go obsessively look at clothes to buy myself when I’m all svelte and whatnot!
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