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?

That can’t be right

You ever step on the scale and just go….No. That’s wrong.

I did it this morning. I’ve been back from vacation and doing keto again for four days now. This morning, just to check in and see how things are going, I got on the scale and it said I was down 8.5 pounds. No way, body, stop messing with me.

I mean, obviously that would be awesome, because I gained 6.5 pounds on vacation, and wiping those out plus another 2 would seriously make my day. And yeah, when you weigh yourself the day after a transcontinental flight, like I did Tuesday, you are always going to be retaining a ton of water. But…wow.

I am optimistic for the first time in a long time. Because keto is, right now, and maybe only today, doing the thing I was promised – fast weight loss, feeling energetic and good.

It’s the second part I’m most amazed by, though. The first time I did keto earlier this month I suffered badly from “keto flu.” This time…not so much. I felt a little headachey yesterday (regular headaches, not a migraine, and if you know my history of chronic migraines you know a little old regular headache doesn’t much faze me), a little tired in the evening, but that’s been ALL.

And for the last two days I’ve woken up at 6am full of energy to take on the world. I am back to my harder workouts – two days now of kickboxing workouts FTW! I’m still rebuilding my endurance, but having a body that feels like even trying at all is a huge improvement!

I expect my body to probably regain a bit by the time I check in again next week – that is water weight without a doubt that’s been coming off these last few days and things need to equalize a bit. But, good start, body! Let’s keep it up!

Back from Vacation and Ready to Tackle Keto Again

All right, when last I left you I’d been doing keto for about a week. I did another week, and lost another pound (2 week loss = 3 pounds). I was somewhat disappointed because I’d heard about how amazingly fast loss could be with keto.

Then I thought about it a bit. I know my metabolism is shot from decades of hardcore dieting. And compared to not doing anything, a loss of any kind is a fantastic result. And compared to the last time I followed “my usual” plan that’s always worked for me in the past -the low cal, low fat, counting calories, meal replacement, being hungry all the time, method I’ve used for about 15 years – it’s an absolute success. Because the last time I tried my usual methods for two weeks I gained 2.5 pounds. Really! Ha!

Ha ha! Yes! Fake laughter hiding real pain!

So if I consider that in those two weeks I could have lost nothing by doing nothing, or I could have gained 2.5 pounds by starving myself and tracking every bite, keto put me ahead of the gain. (Edit: I mean to say game, but I’m going to leave it as is, because it amuses me) And if what I’m going to see on keto is slow, steady loss then, well, I AM IN.

Me and my super handsome husband in Salzburg

Anyway, I did it for 2 weeks then I went on vacation to Austria for a week and a half. It was magnificent, we saw the Lipizzaner Stallions, and the Kunsthistorische Museum, the Natural History Museum, a day trip to Salzburg, the Naschmarkt, the Wien Museum, every Christmas Market in Vienna (I counted, um, at least 6, plus the one in old town Salzburg). I considered trying to do keto on vacation for about an hour, but once I got there it became plain that it would be impossible. Because in Austria the four food groups, based on my observation, appear to be: kaiser rolls, sausage, coffee, and cake (honorary mention for pretzels). So much cake. And so good.

It was a great time. And now I’m home and I started back on keto the day after we got home, so right now I’m on day 2 of the rest of my life. Maybe? I’m willing to give this a good long time to work. Perhaps most of 2018 if that’s what it takes. I’ll keep you all posted.