Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cheat Weekend!

Dave and I had our cheat weekend last weekend. 3 days of eating basically whatever we felt like! Here’s a list of all the things we had (more or less): pizza (x2), milkshakes, chocolate bars, pasta, creme brulee, homemade pretzels, beer, sushi and donuts. Turns out this is what we had likely been eating when we weren’t focusing on low carb/no sugar. No wonder we both got fat!

All the weekend gluttony saw me gaining 3 pounds, and Dave gaining 9. We’ve both nearly lost the “weight” we put on during cheat weekend, so a 3 day turnaround is pretty quick. It was nice to take a break, it reminded us of how fast you can put on weight when you think you’re just eating normally and packing in the “bad” stuff. Next cheat weekend is in 6 weeks, can’t wait to see how much we’ve lost by then.

Low Carb Grocery Store!

Dave and I were in Toronto this weekend for our friend’s birthday so on our way home we stopped at the Low Carb Grocery Store in Markham. It was definitely worth a trip!

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We bought bread, hot dog buns, sugar subs, flour subs, syrups, mixes, and snacks. We will definitely be ordering online from the store in the future. Dave also subscribed us to www.ketokrate.com, so between that and the Low Carb Grocery Store it should be pretty easy sticking to our diet for another 12 weeks. There’s only so much meat and cheese you can eat before you want a dang sandwich, and now we can have them once in a while!

Only 4 days to go before cheat weekend!

Keto Root Beer Float

Dave and I recently bought an ice cream maker! I know this may seem shocking but you can’t exactly have ice cream while on Keto, but I love ice cream. Like, a lot. So, a few days ago we bought a really cheap ice cream maker and went home and immediately made ice cream.

Dave made chocolate, I made vanilla/caramel. They are very, very tasty.

For the chocolate Dave followed the manufacturer’s recipe and just used whipping cream, dark baking chocolate and erythritol in place of the carb-y stuff. He froze it a bit too long but it tasted a lot like chocolate ice cream so who’s complaining.

For the vanilla I did 2 cups of Lactantia whipping cream, 4 tablespoons of Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup, 3 tablespoons of erythritol, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. I mixed it for a bit and the poured it into the ice cream maker.

30 minutes later I had some really good ice cream. 2 minutes after that I put some in a glass, added some Diet A&W Root Beer and voila, I had a dang keto root beer float! Will make again constantly!

1/4

1/4 of the way there! Ideally I want to lose more than 60 pounds but for now 60 is a good number. I’m trying to think of it as losing 1 pound 62 times, so far I’ve lost 1 pound 16 times! Being 1/4 of the way to my goal is way better than being 0/4 of the way. For 12 weeks of work (and only 3 of which have involved running/walking), I’ll take it.

I started tracking my exercise on Monday with my Fitbit; poor little guy hadn’t been used in over a year. I also bought new sports bras! I’ve been using the same bras since I was 20. Turns out they were completely the wrong size. I am feeling way more confident in these new ones. I might even get some new workout shirts, you have to invest in yourself, right. The better you feel the more likely you are to run out and do a workout. I feel pretty great in these new bras. Onward to 17-18-19-20 pounds lost!

Running!

Guess who started to run again! Me!!

I stopped running about a year ago so I was a little hesitant to jump right back in but on Monday I went for it. My diet has been very good for 12 weeks so adding in some working out should help me lose even more weight.

I managed about almost 2.5 kms for my first run (a little bit of that was walking, not bad for my first time back out). I thought that was pretty good considering I’ve done practically no working out for almost a year.

Tuesday I ran 2 kms without stopping and then another 2 kms about an hour later, again without stopping. With the added walking before or after the runs I went 5.4 kms on Tuesday and I’m over 7 kms over 2 days! I’m very excited to be back into it. I would like to run around 15 kms a week, I think that would be an ok starting goal. I love that my sister, Krys, is going to join me for running, she’s way faster than me (I’m hilariously slow) but it’s nice to have someone to do a cool-down walk with.

12 Weeks Down

Yesterday Dave and I started week 13 of Keto. 10 weeks we did straight Keto, the other 2 we were in Europe and ate all of Europe. I only got on a scale at the beginning of week 3 so I’m not entirely sure exactly how much weight I’ve lost, but from week 3 to week 13 I’ve tracked my weight loss and it’s hovering around 16 pounds while Dave (who has been tracking the whole time) has lost 24 pounds.

In 12 weeks (minus 2 for eating Europe) combined we’ve lost at least 40 pounds. 40. I complain about Keto a lot (I complain about everything a lot, though), but the fact is, it works. Who wouldn’t want to lose at least a pound a week but not feel starved or like you have to work out a ton? Keto works. And it’s going to keep working for us because we are doing it as a team, so there’s more incentive to stick with the lifestyle.

I look forward to what the next 12 weeks could look like!

Travelling

I miss travelling already. It’s been just over a month since we got back from our trip to Europe and I’m already itching to get back there. I love walking around new cities, taking trains and local transit to get around, finding neat places to explore and eating all the best food. I can’t wait until next year so I can start planning our next Europe trip.

In the meantime we decided to go to Quebec City in October. Dave and I both haven’t been there since we were kids and Fall is always a nice time to travel. It’s not very far but we plan on spending 4-5 days checking out the city so it’ll be a nice little vacation. 100 days to go!

We tend to walk a lot while on vacation so I get to be way less strict about following Keto than I do at home. I’m already anticipating all the delicious food we’ll get to eat. I like that I can break Keto for a week every 6 weeks and get right back on track. You have to find something that works for you. If I had to follow strict Keto for the rest of my life I’d be too sad to continue, but breaking every once in a while allows me to have goals that I can keep.

I’m aiming to lose another 6 pounds by the end of August, so even with my break week coming up in 2 weeks I can probably accomplish my goal. And then 6 weeks later, I get to go to Quebec. Things to look forward to; so important when you’re trying to lose weight!

Keto/Low Carb Iced Capps

I’m not a big coffee drinker. I think coffee smells great and I always think I want to have it when I go out but, aside from my friend’s mom’s amazing espresso, I pretty much never consume it.

Lately I’ve been craving an iced capp. I used to order them made with chocolate milk, probably adding a lot of extra, unnecessary sugar (it’s really no wonder I gain weight, I am the worst!). I checked online to see if Tim Horton’s would be able to make the drink without the insanely carb-heavy syrup and 2% milk but they don’t seem to have many low-carb options, unfortunately. I try not to drink my calories but in this case I’ve been making an exception.

So, I set out to make my own. My recipe is just 5 ingredients and super easy to make. I throw the first 4 into the Magic Bullet and then once blended I add in a lot of ice. Like a lot. I haven’t figured out how to make the ice stay slushie but I think I’ll get there eventually. Right now it tastes like a melted iced capp and (depending on how much coffee-mate you add) only around 1-2 grams of carbs per serving!

So, here’s what I do:

1. Make a cup of coffee, put the whole cup into the Bullet.coffee
2. Add in about 1/3 of a cup of Lactantia Whipping Cream (this is the only whipping cream I’ve found that has 0 carbs).
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3. Put in some sugar substitute (my favourite is erythritol, it tastes the most like sugar and has none of the weirder problems the other sweeteners have, it’s also hella-expensive).eryth
4. Put in as many teaspoons of Coffee-Mate French Vanilla No Sugar Added that you want, be mindful of the carbs (I used around 2 tsps).coffeemate
5. Mix it all together and then put in a lot of ice. All the way up to the top, fill up the cup. ice
6. Blend the entire thing in your blender. Enjoy!

This low-carb iced capp has been a nice treat in the otherwise sad world of keto-seems-to-have-no-fun-beverages-to-drink. Remember that while you might not be consuming a lot of carbs this bevvy is incredibly calorie dense due to the whipping cream. It tastes great though, so it’s worth making as  a treat!