Keto Week 3 – Oh There It Is!

Finally got the big drop I always expect and look for in the first week. Keto and my body is a weird combination. I’m down 4 pounds this week, that’s 10.5 pounds so far since I started.

This is the easiest diet I’ve ever followed. I know that’s not the reputation keto brings, but for me, with all the other ridiculous extreme programs I’ve followed in my life, this is easy. I eat meat, full-fat dairy, veggies, whole eggs, nuts, and dark chocolate. Most of these have been off-limits to me on most other programs I’ve done. The only thing I miss is fruit, but when I’m missing fruit I just stuff a little more cheese in my mouth and I forget it pretty quickly. And eating in a restaurant is easy on this program. That’s not something that’s ever been the case on the other diets I’ve followed.

Keto isn’t my long-term plan, btw. I am very aware that eating like this isn’t going to be healthy for me long-term (colon cancer in a direct maternal line to me, I’m very aware). My plan is to follow keto long enough to drop the excess weight I’ve gained over the last 3 years, then transition to a healthier, moderate low-carb plan where I can eat more veggies and fruit on top of my healthy proteins and fats. In fact, over the last week I’ve been modifying my intake to include more fish and poultry and less red meat. Red meat was easy in the beginning, but I need to make it a once-in-a-while thing for me. Except for bacon, I eat that every morning with my eggs.

But that’s all getting ahead of myself. This week I’m just happy to have finally seen the kind of drop I was expecting at the beginning.

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Keto Week 2

This week I had some significant challenges – a weekend getaway to Medieval Fantasy Land (aka a weekend re-enactor event), for one. Which meant staying in a hotel, and possibly some challenging food pusher situations. Fortunately, I had a plan and executed it perfectly. It helps that I was having so much fun and so busy all weekend that I wasn’t even thinking of eating!

Although keto does allow for some alcohol – spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskey, etc, and some dry wines, I elected not to drink any alcohol regardless. Even though everyone else was, it’s perfectly easy to drink club soda or other bubbly water in those situations where drinks are consumed. Mostly I just didn’t want to take the calorie hit and tempt fate with a migraine. I sort of failed because Sunday morning I did wake up with a migraine (fun hangover?!) but otherwise I don’t regret that decision at all.

Another thing my husband and I discovered is that Red Lobster doesn’t suck nearly as hard as they did the last time I was in one, well over 10 years ago, and they have lots of keto options!! Shellfish is a keto dream – lobster, shrimp, crab, dunked in some melted butter – boom keto dinner!

In fact, all around I find this an easy diet to stick to, the foods are tasty and I’m rarely hungry. Honestly, being able to go 6-8 hours between meals feels like a superpower. When I was doing low-cal/low-fat I had to eat every 2-3 hours or I got shaky and weak. It was kind of a constant hassle, having to eat so often.

Ok, I’ll quit stalling, this weeks results are: down 1.5 pounds.  Keto total (2 weeks): 6.5 pounds

(MFP thinks I’ve only lost 3 because I forgot to reset it when I restarted keto. pffft)

Pretty good! We are still in the “may just be regular body fluctuations” zone (hey, I have a big zone), but I am committed to giving this a fair try, at least a month or two. And this morning while I was exercising I was reminded of a great quote: “Success is a process, not an event.”

Suddenly Energy!

Whatever else the ketogenic diet might be doing to me, I have finally noticed the uptick in energy that is promised by the proponents of it. This morning I went for a run (a short one of about 35 minutes because I had meetings I needed to attend for work), and then after work I had so much energy that I did a couple of back-to-back quickies – 15 minutes walking and then, because I was still in the mood, 15 minutes of aerobics.

Normally after work I read a book while lying around like a slug, surf the internet (same), or sometimes pick up some long-neglected sewing, but today my body was like, “Nah, let’s do something active!” I like it!

I guess tomorrow better be all about strength training, though, as today was all cardio all the time.

Keto Restart: Week 1

Ok, now that I’ve let a whole week pass on this round of keto, I find I’m quite pleased with this week’s results: down 5 pounds! Hooray! Good work, body! Keep it up!

In my last post I noted that my body did something ridiculous but that it was probably just water shifting around, and indeed I was right. That was a weird anomaly and not on my normal trajectory. I was so suspicious of it that I didn’t even note it down in MyFitnessPal – I knew I’d be crushed to have to post a gain next time I weighed. (Also my scale might be haunted) It did bump up again, but not as high as before. So instead, I got to post a loss this morning, even over a holiday weekend!

And friends, we had an epic party at our house on NYE, with a bartender and all the best people I know. It was marvelous, and I drank seltzer water mixed with shots of straight vodka (keto-approved booze!) all night (what’s all this about getting drunk harder/faster when you’re in ketosis? I couldn’t catch a buzz at all), but only a total of about 3 shots because I was having too much fun to remember to refill. I stayed good and hydrated though!

I’m ready for 2018. I took the last two days off from exercise because of everything else going on (throwing a party, cleaning up from a party). But I woke up energized this morning and took on a kickboxing workout and kept up the whole way! I’m getting my endurance back this year.

This week’s challenges includes a re-enactor event all weekend at a hotel, but I’m going to make a plan for that to keep on keto. I’ve done it before with even more restrictive programs, so I know I’ll be fine.

What does your 2018 look like?