Even The Up Weeks Are Down

I’m up 2.5 pounds this week, which is lame but also exactly as expected based on my experiences so far on keto. My weight-loss graph is, if nothing else, consistent. My consolation: At least this up week is lower than the last up week!

Still on target, still keeping my net carbs below 20 every day (I slipped up one day last week, but it was for a good cause, and still my net carbs were below 40). I miss fruit, but eventually will start to phase it back in when I get closer to my goal. Which is apparently going to take months and months to reach. *sigh* This slow weight loss thing – I don’t know how y’all do it, other than grim grit and determination. Good thing those are my wheelhouse!


Mistakes Were Made

I screwed up my program on Wednesday. Completely by accident, but here’s what happened: I was at the grocery store and at the meat counter I saw these beautiful chunks of crab meat. I was like, “Yep, that’s my lunch, gonna get me some of those!” So I did, and I took it home, and I pulled it out, melted some butter in a little bowl, and went to town on that beautiful crab meat dunked in melted butter.

My husband wandered over, then read the label they’d slapped on my meat after weighing and wrapping it in paper. It was imitation crab, not real crab! I never would have bought it if I had known. But then I thought, “Imitation crab is made of fish – pollock to be exact – and fish is fine.”

Oh no no. When I put it into MFP I found that imitation crab may be stuck together bits of fish but it’s stuck together with pure carbs. I had 4 0z of that stuff and it wiped out my carb budget for the rest of the day – 17 carbs!! Argh!

So that didn’t go so well. Last night my husband made keto avocado brownies and those DID go so well. So well! They were meant to be for Valentine’s Day, but since I’d screwed up my carb budget at lunchtime with that stupid fake crab we put it off a day and had them the day after. Yum!!

And, in an unrelated matter, I am now a Real Blogger. I got a comment this morning on a post I made YEARS ago and it read, in its entirety, “You’re an idiot.” Gosh, thanks, random anonymous person on the internet! Your argument has caused me to rethink everything I know and think! Your well-reasoned rebuttal has upended everything about my journey and experiences thus far!

Actually I believe it really said, “Your a idiot.” It’s so important to be precise!

Downward Trend

It’s February and my fitness pals have mostly dropped off – nobody “likes” my MFP auto updates anymore, but I’m still here!

It’s a slooooow downward trend, but over the long term I can see that keto is working. I’m not super excited about the nonsense going on for the last 4 weeks, where every other week is UP, but if I keep my eye on the long-term trend I can see that things are happening that I like. This week I am down 4 pounds (sound awesome til you remember that last week I was up 2.5, so really it’s a pound and a half lost over the last two weeks, which is actually still really good!).

Starting from 12/26, my first day after vacation, I’m down 12.5 pounds!! Woohoo!! That’s the best I’ve seen in years! And, even though those alternating up weeks really bum me out, the program is so easy for me to follow that I sort of stick to it anyway on default because going off program is 1) more work because I don’t have any high-carb food around anymore and 2) not a big treat because I really like keto foods. I can easily treat myself within keto guidelines.

After years of VLCDs it’s a new thing for me to be content with slow, steady progress. I’d grown accustomed to big, fast drops from meal replacement programs, but I think coming to appreciate small wins is good for me. I guess it’s never too late to learn a little patience.

When I think about it, the last time I did HMR I struggled mightily to lose about 10 pounds and it took me something like 12 weeks to do it. I’m down 12.5 pounds on keto now and it has been 7 weeks. That’s the fastest loss I’ve seen in the last 5 years (ugh getting old sucks, avoid if possible!), despite the roller coaster on the scale. At least something is finally working! Now that I see the pattern I can be a little less despondent on the up weeks. Hopefully.


Up two and a half pounds again this week. I just don’t think this is working for me. I’m not getting the promised results everybody else seems to get. I hit or am under my calorie goal every day, my macros are superb, but progress is slow-to-non-existent.

How long til I give up? Place your bets.

Lucky Number 11

I’m down 3 pounds this week. Last week I was up 2.5 pounds, though, so it’s a net drop of a half pound over the last two weeks. Total weight lost so far on keto is 11 pounds. I am trying to adjust to a mindset of “slow and steady.” If you know my history, you know this is new for me. I’ve always been able to drop weight fast when I stuck to a program, although the programs I’ve done in the past have always been fairly extreme VLCDs. Since this program is not extreme, I should not expect fast loss. Like I said, I’m trying to get comfortable with that. I am an inpatient person, I want everything to happen now.

Considering the meager number of calories I am deficiting each day, any loss at all is great. Most days I come in around my target calories – about 1960. For me, I consider this to be a maintenance value. Because my metabolism is so slow from the years of abuse, being able to eat that many calories and still drop at all (even if it’s only a half pound every two weeks) should probably be considered a victory.

Also, this past weekend my husband and I went on a weekend getaway to Portland and I managed to stay on program – no cheating whatsoever. That’s amazing! I’m shocked at how easy it is to find on-program food just about anywhere. The specter of the keto flu keeps me honest – I don’t want to go through that again so I do everything I can to not drop myself out of ketosis.

It’s Normal

It’s a new day, and now I’m all read up on Post Induction Stall Syndrome. So, gaining in week 3 or 4 (this was week 4) is pretty standard and expected and I will stay the course on keto. I guess I was blindsided because I didn’t think this thing that happens to everyone who does keto applied to ME! 😉 Ha!

The interesting thing about PISS, (nice name, eh?) is that if you do a google search almost every result is a keto message board. There are not really any pages explaining it, just lots of conversations about it all over reddit and the Atkins bulletin boards. Not even a wikipedia entry.

Anyway, I am not going to change anything. A lot of the message boards suggest taking measurements in order to continue seeing a change, but for my frame, a couple of pounds one way or another is certainly not going to show up in measurements, so that’s kind of a pointless exercise. I will “keep calm and keto on,” as recommended. My first month results are a loss of 8 pounds, which is perfectly respectable for any program.

Keto Stops Working. As Expected.

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I didn’t think it would last. This week I’m up 2.5 pounds. It appears that the thing where my body stops responding to weight loss attempts has happened again. People get really explain-y to me when this happens, as if their theoretical diet knowledge trumps my years of experience with my body (and years of diet knowledge). Losing 200 pounds and working through diet after diet after diet to keep it off leaves an impact on the metabolism. Not a good one.

MyFitnessPal is probably sure I’m cheating on it by not entering everything I’m eating, but that is not the case. I had a slight wobble on Saturday, but otherwise I followed the program religiously and stayed in ketosis –  following a diet and exercise program is one thing I’m really good at. So here we are, 4 weeks in, and keto has stopped working. I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

I’m not sure what happens next.