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.