Friday, September 30, 2016

Egg Fast Diet - 2nd Go Around

I did an Egg Fast last month and it helped me start losing again. So this past weekend I went off my Keto Diet and indulged in a cocktail and gluten. I was on a steady loss of about one pound a week at this point. One weekend and I gained 6 pounds!! Yes, 6 pounds in one weekend. I know most of it is inflammation from the alcohol, sugar, and gluten. I have decided to do a 5 day Egg Fast starting today and hopefully get back on track. Last time I did only 3 days with 2 days of transitioning and I lost 7 pounds. I ended up gaining back 4 pounds of the 7, but hey that was 3 pounds in 5 days. The Egg Fast also put my body back in to losing mode and that is what I want.

So I did some research on different recipes for the Egg Fast to give me some variety and not make it so boring. Hey, you can eat so many boiled eggs and fried eggs!!

This morning I tried an Egg Smoothie! Not the best tasting smoothie but I got it down and I am actually pretty full. The recipe is by My Tootie Foodie and is called Egg Fast Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie. I did not have the Orange Flavored Zinger tea but only the Lemon one. I think if I make this smoothie again I will crush a lot more ice because the smoothie was still luke warm from the steeped tea. I had the smoothie along with a cup of butter coffee.

For lunch today I made Avocado Deviled Eggs. I love adding avocado instead of mayonnaise to my deviled egg mixture. I seasoned them with Cayenne pepper, chili powder and garlic powder. Very tasty!! I also have about 2 ounces of cheddar cheese to go with my eggs for lunch.

For dinner I am planning on Egg Fritata with arugula and sausage.

I have planned for more time consuming recipes over the weekend and will post links when I update at the end of the fast!!

I will update after my 5 days and post how much I loss if any in weight. Hopefully I can lose the extra bloat and a little more. As of this morning I weighed 175 pounds. Up 4 pounds from last week when I was at 171 pounds. I am determined to get out of the 170's and into the 160's by the end of next week. My goal is to be in the 150's by Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Let's Talk Thyroid

I had my annual follow up with my doctor last week. She called saying my blood work came back in the normal range. Wow Doc, I still feel like sh#t, so what gives. It is really tough having to be your own advocate. Most medical doctors just don't work hard for you. I really feel like cattle at the slaughter house sometimes when I go to the doctor's office.

I did mention to her that I think I need to go on a more natural thyroid medication. She said we will discuss once your levels are back in and everything. I haven't heard from her and will give her one more week and then a phone call or another visit.

I did come across an article on a blogger's site that I follow about taking thyroid medications wrong.

The article is written by Kent Holtorf, MD and is posted on Hypothyroid Mom blog site. It is called Are you taking your thyroid medication properly....are you sure? Now I have known for years that I should take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach up to an hour prior to eating. Plus I should take all my supplements a good two hours after I have taken my thyroid medication. One thing I did not know is that I should not drink coffee within that hour time frame as well. I guess coffee is as bad as grapefruit juice with not allowing the medication to absorb in to your system effectively. Since, I have had a very huge energy drop lately, I think it is time to check when I am taking my medication again. I used to take it the moment my first alarm went off in the morning. I have an alarm set for 4:45 am and another set for 5:15 am. I was taking my medication at 4:45 am and then I would not eat or drink anything until 6:00 am. That gave me a little over an hour for my medication to absorb into my system. Well, I have been forgetting to take it that early anymore and have been taking it once I am up at 5:30 am. So I have only been taking it up to an half hour prior to drinking my first cup of coffee.

I also have been reading that coffee isn't good for the thyroid, but what do you do?! Now I did not start drinking coffee until I was in my 40's. I had eliminated caffeine for many years until I just had to have something in the morning to get me going. I have switched to decaf at home and will switch out my work coffee to decaf once I have gone through the rest of the coffee I have on hand. I normally only drink one cup of the caffeinated coffee anyway. But you know you read how coffee is beneficial to you and then you read how bad it is. I just don't know anymore!!

So starting tomorrow I will again start taking my medication an hour prior to drinking any coffee or eating. Hopefully this is the culprit that has been zapping my energy!! I would love to cut out the Monster Energy drinks I have been drinking everyday.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

So this week I have upped my carbohydrates. I am beginning to feel better when it comes to energy, but there is a time at night that I just hit the wall and have to crash. Monday I went on a 4.5 mile walk/hike. It was a very hot day and I pushed too far, but once you are at a point in a hike you just have to finish. There is no sitting down and magically it being over. My legs were not as tired the next day as I thought they would be it was just my feet because of the heat. They swell when it is hot and the long hike made them very sore the next day. I just wore flip flops on Tuesday and by Wednesday it was all good. Wednesday I had to fast for a doctor appointment so it was a rough day. I also got a couple of shots so my left arm is sore and tight. I did go on a 3 mile walk on Wednesday and I felt great afterwards. The weather was cooler with a nice breeze so my feet did not suffer. So because I fasted until noon and went on a walk at 2:30, by 7 pm I was hitting the wall. My daughter's friend was coming by and she wanted me to stay downstairs to say high and catch up. By 7:30 pm I had to go take a shower and decompress. I had worked until 6:30 that evening and needed my brain and body to relax. I could not wait up any longer for my daughter's friend and bailed on them.

One good thing yesterday was my weigh in at the doctor's office. I am now at 171. My last weigh in there was in December and I was at 189 so nearly a 20 pound loss. I am getting there!! I did speak with the doctor about my thyroid and the fact I have to push so hard each day to get through. She is checking my levels along with many other things. Hopefully we can get to a better level either by increasing dosage or reducing. I also asked her to think about a more natural thyroid med for me. I really don't know now if it is all thyroid related or if it could also be adrenal fatigue. Hell it could be my lack of testosterone as well. I should find out my results by tomorrow or Monday.

Plus I have to get an ultrasound completed on my right breast. I have had a benign cyst for years but the examination yesterday hurt like hell and she could really feel the cyst. So to just be on the safe side I will be going to one of the large hospitals to have the ultrasound. I am sure it isn't serious but being on estrogen for so many years can cause some breast issues. I can say that the area where the cyst is constantly itches lately. But who knows. She also is having me go to a dermatologist to have a skin cancer screening. Not that I am worried about that either but it is good to have markers set up to monitor all moles. I do have a clear mole on my face that I have needed to have checked out for probably over 15 years now. My vanity has kept me from having it looked at because I know they will want to remove it and then it will be one of those that is wide under the skin which means a huge scar and facial recovery. I do know that I will not have it removed until after ski season so no worries there.

I am back to eating breakfast each day and I have added back in steal cut oats. So my carbs have been slightly higher. My highest day was on Sunday where I consumed about 112 grams of carbs. I have stayed around 35-80 grams most day. Plus adding in the oats and more fibrous vegetables my fiber intake is much higher as well. My calories have increased as well which has helped with me staying full most days. I am trying to stay around the 1500 - 1600 calorie range. It has been less than a week since I changed my eating so I know that it will take some time still to feel the changes. But I am getting out there for my walks and that is a big victory for me!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 - Keto Diet Week 14

Most of the week I incorporated IF (intermittent fasting) into my day. I was doing the 16/8 hour fast where I fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. So I did that for 5 days. My body did not like this way of eating, nope, not at all. I wasn't starving or cranky from the fasting  I had such very low in energy. Some people do great with this way of eating, but not me with my thyroid issue. Nope not gonna do that again. Hey, I gave it 5 days and by Wednesday I felt as if I was coming down with the flu. Come Thursday morning I ate a huge breakfast and had energy to burn!! Yep, I am a breakfast girl and need to stick to it.

I am in the process of reading Always Hungry Diet book by Dr. Ludwig. It is a more Paleo, Atkins, and Keto infused diet. You eat grains and cheese but a little more fruit and slightly higher carbs. I am debating if I need to add in some steal cut oats and quinoa into the mix plus add more fruit. Maybe increase my carbs to around 60-100 grams per day.

My food is not processed but for a couple of minor slip ups in the past 3 1/2 months so eating a few more carbs from grains and fruit won't hurt me. I just won't be keto adapted afterwards anymore. I just don't know if this way of eating is really benefiting my thyroid issue. With Dr. Ludwig's approach he states that calorie restriction is what makes us fat. I kinda understand his point. His way of eating is a life long lifestyle as well and it starts you off at about 1600 calories per day. Now 15 years ago there was a 1600 calorie diet program that I was on. Difference from 15 years ago to how Dr. Ludwig wants one to eat is that the one 15 years ago was a low-fat diet. Dr. Ludwig's is healthy fat with grains, and fruit mixed back into your daily meals.

I still feel that I can extend my non-eating time from what it use to be. But maybe not for 16 hours. I think I will go 12 - 14 hours and up my calories. This week I have stayed around 1200 calories per day and  loss one pound!! Yep only one pound, but I know it is my darn thyroid!!

I know I have to incorporate more activity into my day. But when you have no energy by the end of the work day it is just hard to go for a walk or do a workout mentally. It is really all mental right now and I need to get out of this semi-depressed funk.

I understand that many people who become keto adapted lose a lot of weight and their energy levels soar, but not me. Maybe my body just works better burning glucose instead of ketones. I just don't know anymore. I have a goal to reach by mid-November and low calories and low carbs isn't helping me achieve that goal.

I also think a lot of my weight issue is the thyroid med I am taking. Reading up on Synthroid side effects shows weight gain as a big one. It is time to head back to the doctor for my annual check up anyway and I think it is time to either add Cytomel to the mix and switch to a more natural thyroid medication. I know my struggle is my thyroid and I have to find a medication combination that will help my thyroid functions and my weight gain/plateau.

So now my macronutrients breakdown:

Daily Macronutrients:

Day                               Calories               Fat                Net Carbs                    Protein
Saturday                       1064                     85                    18                               46
Sunday                          1360                     114                  13                               58
Monday                         1288                     90                     41                               57
Tuesday                         1260                     88                     32                               66
Wednesday                  1073                     64                     69                               39
Thursday                      1911                     117                   125                            75    
Friday                            1476                      97                     45                               86

Daily Avg:                   1347                     94                     49                             61

Week 14 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 13 Weight Loss: -2 pounds
Week 12 Weight Gain: +3 pounds
Week 11 Weight Loss: -4 pounds
Week 10 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 9 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 8 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 7 Weight Loss: -6 pounds
Week 6 Weight Gain: +4.5 pounds
Week 5 Weight Gain: +.5 pound
Week 4 Weight Loss:- 1 pound
Week 3 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 2 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 1 Weight Loss: -4 pounds

Total Weight Loss:  13 pounds

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016 - Keto Diet Week 13

Short work week!! Love short work weeks!!

I did 3 workouts this week. Only 30 minute long ones but I got 3 in with no problem. My energy levels have been better this past week.

I cheated on Wednesday night!! I had 2 bowls of Golden Graham cereal. At least I used almond milk and not dairy milk. I had bought the cereal for my daughter and she didn't eat it all before leaving on her 13 day vacation. I regretted it big time the next morning since I hadn't had honey or sugar in that big of dose in 3 months. My stomach was killing me!! I got back on the wagon and stayed strong ever since.

I did not keep track of what all I ate this week. I just needed a few days off from tracking. I didn't gain and in fact loss a couple of pounds.

I began intermittent fasting yesterday. I think I am mentally ready now. Yesterday was not that bad either. I ate my last meal at 6:30 pm on Thursday. I did not consume any calories above 40 kcal before 11:30 am. At 11:30 am I had a cup of tea with a matcha tea fat bomb which broke my fast. I did not gorge out once I came home either. I ate what I had planned and that was it. I was done eating my last meal again by 6:30 pm last night and it is now 7:00 am and I am not hungry at all. My total calories I consumed yesterday was 1243. So I am also cutting my calories down between 1100 and 1300 per day. Since I am only working out 3 times a week for only 30 minutes I think the lower range of calories is best. We will see at the end of the week if this way works for me.

I can say that yesterday was so easy without having to pack a lunch and prepare as many meals. Eventually I want to get back to the way I ate when I was a teenager. I only ate one meal a day and had so much energy. Granted I won't be able to eat the type of food I did in my teenage years and have that type of energy again. I just want to get down to where I am only worried about prepping for one meal a day. Hey, if I get to eating like this then I can add back low-carb desserts to my dinners.

My biggest adjustment is my morning coffee. I no longer can have a heavy cream with coconut oil coffee each morning. I have become addicted to those bad boys. But I am now reserving the huge calorie enriched coffee for mid-day.

So last Saturday I weighed 175 and this Saturday I am down to 173. So a 2 pound loss this week without tracking and a cheat day.

Week 13 Weight Loss: -2 pounds
Week 12 Weight Gain: +3 pounds
Week 11 Weight Loss: -4 pounds
Week 10 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 9 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 8 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 7 Weight Loss: -6 pounds
Week 6 Weight Gain: +4.5 pounds
Week 5 Weight Gain: +.5 pound
Week 4 Weight Loss:- 1 pound
Week 3 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 2 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 1 Weight Loss: -4 pounds

Total Weight Loss:  12 pounds

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September 3, 2016 - Keto Diet Week 12

3 months in and 3 pounds up!! Not what I would like but it is what it is. I have to get control of my calories regardless how I eat. I think it is back to no nuts. I apparently overindulge. I had cut back on cheese this week but reintroduced nuts into my diet. I have to find something that I can snack on that will not add up in calories.  Also the cloud bread is being eaten too often during the week as well.

I did workout a couple of times this week. I am trying to get to 4 times a week. It is crazy but when I was just watching my calories and portions and eating what ever I was working out 5 to 6 times a week. Granted I didn't lose any weight but kept gaining. Now I am slowly losing weight but can't muster up enough energy to workout 3 times a week.

I think I am in a depressive state and this is more my culprit than any way of eating. I have to get out of my funk and get back on track. I have only 3 months to achieve my goal weight. Which means 10 pounds a month. I have to get back in the game!!

So down to the nitty gritty from here on out.

Daily Macronutrients:

Day                               Calories               Fat                Net Carbs                    Protein
Saturday                       1880                     168                    34                               64
Sunday                          1702                     142                    45                               65
Monday                         1592                     142                    30                               62
Tuesday                         1566                    144                     24                               44
Wednesday                  1309                     122                     10                              44
Thursday                      1344                     107                     39                              63    
Friday                            1507                     118                      38                              75

Daily Avg:                   1557                      135                     31                             60

Week 12 Weight Gain: +3 pounds
Week 11 Weight Loss: -4 pounds
Week 10 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 9 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 8 Weight Loss: 0 pounds
Week 7 Weight Loss: -6 pounds
Week 6 Weight Gain: +4.5 pounds
Week 5 Weight Gain: +.5 pound
Week 4 Weight Loss:- 1 pound
Week 3 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 2 Weight Loss: -1 pound
Week 1 Weight Loss: -4 pounds

Total Weight Loss:  10 pounds