Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th!!!

The past few days I have been sticking to the basics. I did over indulge last night with some chocolate squares, but not too badly. They are now all gone thank goodness. I plan on whipping up some keto friendly reeses cups this weekend. Hopefully they will help curb the sweet tooth monster!

I was about to get over the slight keto flu I was having until last night. I will probably go through the withdrawals. It is what happens when you backslide.

My 16:8 intermittent fasting is going really good I must say. I have been pushing my first meal off even when my stomach is growling profusely. I know my boss thinks I must be starving myself because I know she has to hear my stomach at around the 15 hour point each day!! LOL!!

I am down a pound since the 11th which is pretty good considering I ate some chocolate last night. I am sticking to the same meals each day for now. Starting tomorrow I will switch it up just a touch mainly because after today I will be out of my baby kale and salad fixings. I do have some keto soup frozen in the freezer and will substitute that in for my lunch.

I think I will also bake up some cloud bread if my mascarpone cheese is still good. If not then maybe some coconut, almond bread. I will see how I feel about the baking tomorrow.

I am still having a problem actually incorporating a workout into my day. I am doing plenty of walking just no strength training except for daily squats. I have to get my legs into shape for winter. I plan on a lot of snowshoeing and cross country skiing and need to be ready!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 - Back to Keto Basics

These past few weeks have been horrible in the diet department! I have been off the wagon and just bingeing on sweets galore!! The culprit was Halo Top ice cream. Yes, the moment I ate any of that ice cream the sugar cravings came back very hard and I have been on the sweet roller coaster ever since. My weight is back up to 175 pounds!! My body is feeling achy and my sleep has been horrible!!

Back to Keto Basics!!

Beginning today I am back to the basics and not eating anymore frankenfoods! I have reduced my HWC to one tablespoon per day so I divvy it up in how many cups I plan to have which is normally 3 mugs. So just a splash per mug. This puts my calories for breakfast under 80 calories total. I do not eat until I hit my 16 hours of fasting. So whatever time I stopped eating the night before I push my first meal off for 16 hours. It wasn't easy today because my stomach was barking at me, but I made it and I didn't die!! LOL!! I ended up having a protein shake with a serving of collagen peptides along with a kale salad. Then I had a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. So far I am satiated and do not want anything to eat. I hope this lasts until dinner which will be a ham, egg and cheese keto bagel. Then I am done for the day! I might have to lock myself in my bedroom to stay away from any snacking, but I will get through these next few days!!

I plan on eventually cutting the HWC out completely before long. I think I need to do a true fast to start seeing results.

There are so many contradictory articles out now about fasting and the keto diet. I will stick with this way of eating for at least a year. February will mark my full year and then I will reassess if this is working for me. I am not expecting to see a giant change in the scale between now and then, but I will know how my body is feeling. I do know that too much sugar causes me aches and pains. So sugar is something I have to have in very small moderation. Gluten and grains might be incorporated back into my diet, but I will see come February. One good thing about not having family home for the holidays is that I can keep the meals more keto friendly. So hopefully I will survive the holidays!

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

Well all this month I have not done any intermittent fasting. I have also ate too many carbs. I am jumping from 169 to 173 every week. This week I have been carb cycling somewhat. One day I will be around 20 net carbs and then the next around 150 net carbs. It has really been on days I have not taken my probiotic or enough magnesium. I think these two supplements really keep my sweet tooth at bay.

Exercise has only been walking the dog. Which equates to 22 - 25 miles per week. I really do need to try and incorporate some strength training and leg workouts before ski season arrives.

I am just puttering along and not fretting too much over my weight. I just have to stay a little more focus and really stock up my fridge and pantry with some good low carb foods.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

It has been a month since my last post. My weight has fluctuated between 175 and 169 all month. Gave myself a break for IF for a few weeks. I will be going out of town in a week and will start back my IF protocol of 16/8 once I am back. I did do an egg fast the last week or two of August. It helped me get back down around 170 and I have stayed between 172 and 169 for the past week and half.

I adopted a pup 2 weeks ago!! He is a Siberian Husky named Rango and is 6 years old. So my activity has jumped just from walking him as often as I have to each day. Although we live in the country and have plenty of romping room, I cannot let him off his leash. I have been told that with husky's you really have to keep them on a leash due to their running with tunnel vision tendencies. Plus I have only owned him for 2 weeks and he is still getting used to me. My average miles per week have become about 22 miles of walking each week. I know with winter approaching my miles will decrease but I will buy a waist harness so we can go snow shoeing and cross country sking with Rango.

Other than trying to stay keto not much has been happening with me. Work has been hectic but that is what happens with the boss finally catches up with her own work. My work doubles to triples some days.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017

I am still doing the IF 16:8 program along with eating keto. I am pretty much maintaining at the same weight for the past 2 months. I have began working out daily. My workouts are one day a lot of walking and the next kettlebell training. Today I have a step aerobic workout planned. I will try and do a bike ride tomorrow morning hopefully. I am still struggling to wake up with any want during the work week. I have not taken any pictures or measurements in awhile. I will do all measurements and pictures at the end of this month. I will slowly begin changing my IF up mid-August. I will be out of town next week so I figure I will change things up once I am back from vacation. I want to only do water for the 4 hours I am awake. I have been drinking coffee again and I think that is stalling me again. My goal is to get to a 20:4 IF protocol. But I believe to achieve this I need to only fast on water. The change in my work hours should start helping me achieve this goal.

I do know that I bike more in the Fall weather instead of Summer and that will help a lot. It is too busy in town to do any biking on the weekend. This town has become packed each weekend and I just cannot tolerate the crowds anymore. I think that once the weather begins to cool some I can bike prior to work or after work. Once the husband repairs our Element that carries the bike rack I can drive into work early and bike for about an hour. But I have to have the Element repaired before that can happen. So for now I will do kettlebell training along with step aerobics and other indoor workouts. I think doing these workouts each day will help solidify a good routine for me.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017 - Intermittent Fasting Update

I have been doing the 16:8 Intermittent Fasting protocol for 2 weeks now. There are some days I am pushing the fasting longer just because I haven't been that hungry. And then there are days I snack much more than I should in between my two meals. I have another week of 2 meals per day with a snack to then attempting only one meal a day with no snacks. I'm still up in the air about having fat during my fasting time. This week I did add in some morning coffee but sweetened with erythritol. Yesterday was pretty brutal on my stomach. I don't know if it was the erythritol or what. I'm going with the same eating plan today and if I have the same issue I know then it is the erythritol. If that is the case I will dump the morning coffee.

Some experts claim it is okay to have some heavy whipping cream or butter during your fast. Some say you should only be drinking water. I will test next week the only water during my fasting time. I figured since I haven't stuck to that mantra this week might as well stick with what I'm doing for the next 3 days.

One good thing going on at work is that I can now come in an hour later. I normally have to be at work at 7 am but I talked my boss into letting me come in at 8 am. If all goes as planned, I will be able to bike or exercise first thing in the morning now. It is so much easier to wake up at my normal wake up time and do an hour workout compared to having to wake up at 4:00 am. So starting next week I will stay on my normal wake up schedule but instead of hitting the floor and heading out the door I will either go on a bike ride or do some kettlebell training.

As of today no weight loss from last week. I was down to 171 on Monday but today I am back to my last weigh in weight of 172.2. My next weigh in is on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017 - Still struggling

I began my 16:8 fasting regiment on Sunday. I did really good that day, but I'm sure it had more to do with I slept in. On Monday, I made it to the 16 hour point prior to having a cup of coffee. Tuesday I made it only 12 hours before I caved and had a cup of coffee. Today, Wednesday, I made it to the 16 hour point. But.....I did have an ultra monster energy drink when I woke up. Now my readings and research state that erythritol does not spike insulin. That is why I had the monster because it is sweeten with erythritol. We shall see if this really makes a difference in the next couple of days.

I really am struggling with the only eat 2 times a day right now. Main reason is because I am home alone every evening and just do not want to cook a meal for just myself. I was in the same boat last summer and I did pretty good. Yet I was not implementing just eating 2 times a day with no snacks either. So I have to really access my situation and come up with a better game plan.

I want to stick to the intermittent fasting regardless and even get to the point of only one meal a day. I just do not want to derail any progress I have made thus far. Until next time!! I will keep on keeping on and figure out what will work for me for the next 4 and half months of pretty much being the only one home in the evenings. My husband is away throughout the week and my daughter is working 2 jobs that has her away in the evenings until late. So I am alone for now and have to come up with some single person meals that won't take up a lot of prep time. I do believe Sunday afternoons will become my prep day for all meals and I have to actually put some effort into this.