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I Used To Like Keto.

I’m down another pound since my weigh in last Friday and have been straight keto for just over 6 weeks. It isn’t the longest I’ve keto-ed consecutively but it is the first time I’ve managed a long stretch with no cheat weekend in the near future to keep me going.

Our next cheat weekend isn’t until we go to Boston in July, another 8 weeks away, and by that time I want to be in the 140s because I know that all the walking we’ll be doing there will negate all the food I plan on eating. When we have cheat weekends at home we don’t up our exercise so I tend to stay “up” for a while longer than I should. After we got home from Europe last year I lost the 8 pounds I gained in 3 days because we were so active the whole time we were away.

The last couple of days I haven’t eaten past dinner either, which I think is helping. Dave has been eating buns and donuts a little more often than he has in the past, but he has maintained his goal weight for 7 months now, and he’s acting as our guinea pig so I don’t mind.

I’ve gotten a lot more confident lately. Obviously this is a direct correlation to losing weight and a happy outcome. I like trying things on now, I used to dread that kind of thing. When I was much more overweight than I am now I stuck to leggings and hiding behind sweaters. I don’t know why I thought that would conceal how I looked, it certainly didn’t. And it also didn’t conceal how horrible I felt. I hated being really fat. It’s awesome that others can be so proud of their bodies at any size but I’m not that person. When I was very, very fat I cried a lot. Now that I’m 46 pounds less I haven’t cried in months over my weight or appearance. In fact, I’m starting to really like the way I look. I still have another 30 pounds to go before I’ll be in a healthy weight for my height but as I inch towards that goal I feel better and better about myself. 

I’m proud of the way we eat. Aside from diced tomatoes that we occasionally use in chili, we haven’t touched canned food in about a year. We never have meat or veggies go bad anymore, and we’ve cut down on how much garbage we throw out every week. In restaurants we aren’t afraid to ask for bun-less items, veggies to go with spinach dip instead of pitas, side salads without croutons. Whatever meets our way of eating. I’ve stopped feeling like people are judging me and started to embrace the way I eat.

So, yeah, I used to like keto, but after one year and one month, I really love it. I don’t want to stop. And I’m so glad I started on this journey and worked through all the times I doubted it.

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Down 46 pounds, inching closer to goal weight number 2: 140 pounds!

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Look at our faces! We have them!

1st Goal Weight Met!

I finally hit my 1st goal weight. I set 160 as my goal weight on my FitBit way back in 2013 when I first got the device. It’s crazy to think how close I was in 2014 to my goal, just 9 pounds away, when I gave up and packed the weight back on over the course of a year or so.

Today when I stepped on the scale I was really overcome with emotion, it read 160.0, a weight I just assumed I’d never be able to reach. It’s not easy losing weight, except that it’s incredibly easy if you focus on it daily. By changing the way I eat and how I view food I’ve managed to lose 42 pounds (and let’s be honest it’s likely I lost closer to 50, I really should have weighed myself that first week we started keto).

I’ve gone on the occasional walk but as far as working out I’ve done very little of it. My previous weight loss attempts always included killing myself at a gym, but not this time. It’s so much easier for me to just say no to food and wait for cheat weekends (and complain) than it was for me to do low calorie + gym. I’ve lasted at least 6 months longer doing keto than I have doing any other weight loss regimes. So, 160 is a huge SV for me and I can’t wait to get into the 150s.

But things other than the scale are prompting me to continue on keto too. NSV’s are awesome. I put on my bathing suit a few days ago and it’s actually loose. All my coats are now quite big on me, even my Fall jacket from a few months ago seems maybe too big to wear for Spring. I’d love to say I’ve always been happy about my body but the more weight I lose the more I realize I wasn’t. I kinda like looking in the mirror now, and I’m not afraid of trying on clothes. Those are really big deals; bigger even than what the scale tells me.

I know I have around 20 more pounds to lose, and even then I might want to lose more, but I can see it now. I’m going to accomplish it. I just need to do it a day at a time and keep keto-ing and keep scheduling my meals and keep having planned cheat weekends to look forward to. I’ll get there, like I’ll for real get there. It’s sorta just dawning on me now and I’m really enjoying the feeling.

Stay The Keto Course

Sometimes I think keto isn’t working. I’ve been at this nearly 10 months now and I’m down around 40 pounds but for the last 2 months I haven’t lost a damn thing. Obviously I want to blame keto because it’s the easiest thing to blame but when I really thought about it this past weekend I realized it’s not keto’s fault I’m not losing weight like I was, it’s my own fault.

Once you lose a bunch of weight it’s so easy to slip back into old habits, so even though I haven’t been cheating on keto I haven’t been giving it 100%. Too much protein and too many calories are still something I need to be thinking about daily. This week I gave up diet pop and have been logging my food on MFP. I’ve been going for walks but I’d also like to get back into some sort of fitness, I’m thinking WiiFit. Back to basics. I still have a long way to go to losing all the weight I want but I haven’t gained in 2 months and that’s pretty great. I’m going to stay the keto course and see how well I do in the coming 9 weeks as I circle in to my 1 year keto-versary!

170s!

The last couple of days I’ve been getting very close to staying in the 170s, but with water weight it’s so hard to tell how much you actually weigh. For that reason I always only input my weight into MFP on Friday mornings. Sometimes on Monday I’ll weigh a lot less than I will on Friday and I’d go crazy if I had to keep seeing the graph go up and down, up and down were I to input my weight daily.

My goal going into this set of 6 weeks of Keto was to be down to 180. I decided to really focus on eating fats with every meal, and paying attention to snacking. I’m home all day watching Maddy so snacking can get tricky for me, there’s always something I can eat here, but that doesn’t mean I should just eat everything in the house all the time, Keto or not, calories still count.

Today I surpassed my goal of 180 pounds with 1 week to go! I’m pretty proud about it. I like looking at my downward progress, I’m only 10 pounds away from my lowest weight, I could do it in 10 more weeks if I keep seeing this kind of result. I’m finally, properly, in the 170s and have a week to go before our cheat weekend. Yay! I also haven’t complained to Dave one time about being on Keto this whole set, I guess I really am changing my food attitudes. Don’t let me quit. This seems to be working quite well, it’s hard to argue with data.

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3 weeks down

2 weeks and 3 days to go until I give myself a bit of slack in Europe! Can’t wait to visit the Netherlands, Germany and Iceland. Yay! I’m going to try and follow Keto as best I can while I’m there but if I want to eat some really awesome bread or pasta I’m going for it cause how often will I get to experience all the neat cuisine those countries have to offer.

I re-started on www.myfitnesspal.com too last week. Wanted to make sure I was eating more fat than protein. So far, so good!

Keto Is OK!

I’m 3 weeks into Keto now and I’ve lost around 5 pounds but probably closer to 7-8 since I didn’t get on the scale until the end of week 1. That’s a fantastic amount in 3 weeks considering I’m not working out at all, except for the occasional walk. I’ll be keeping it up for at least another 2 and 1/2 weeks until our trip and then relaxing a bit in Europe. But when I return I’ll definitely keep going with it.

I wouldn’t say it’s always easy but we’re finding a lot of recipes that are Keto friendly so that when we do have cravings for pizza and pancakes we still get to eat a version of them. On Dave’s birthday we went to a Keto-friendly restaurant called Sizzle Mongolian Grill. It was perfect for us, all the meat and veggies you want, we stayed away from the carby noodles and sauces and rice.

So, we’re doing pretty well. Dave has lost 10 pounds already and we can both fit back into jeans. Keto isn’t for everyone, but if you have the willpower to find the Keto options you’ll do great!

Keto Lasagne (no noodles)

I love lasagne. I love noodles and cheese baked together to gooey perfection. But when you’re going low-carb pasta is kinda the worst thing you could put in your mouth, sadly. So, I did some googling and came up with this recipe. Feels kinda weird to be calling this a keto lasagne since there are no lasagne noodles, but it cuts up like one and you follow the same basic steps in making it, so keto lasagne it is!

I cut the onion completely. Instead I sprinkled my meat with onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper. I added around 4 tablespoons of sauce, to hold the meat together after it was done cooking. I also added some shredded parmesan and goat cheese in the cheese layer.

I highly recommend salting the zucchini to draw out all the water. It worked like a charm. Dave and I both really liked it, next time I’m going to add in some cheddar cheese too to make it even more lasagne-y.

Keto Meatloaf

I don’t like meatloaf very much. I’ve always thought it was pretty gross, to be honest. I don’t like ketchup slathered in meat. But. I love goat cheese and spinach so when I came across this recipe I decided to give it a try.

I cut the recipe in half since I was only feeding Dave and I. I also cut way, way back on the onion.  I put in 1/4 of the suggested amount, make sure you chop them finely. I also didn’t add in scallions, I didn’t have any and also I felt like I didn’t really need it. I also had no tomato paste so I just very lightly brushed the top and sides with spaghetti sauce and on top I sprinkled dill. The goat cheese I used was herbed. I left the spices as posted, but used 1/2 the amounts. I tried to make sure the cheese wasn’t going to come flying out the ends.

I cooked it for about 65 minutes. It is hard to cut when it’s so hot, the cheese just oozes out, so next time I’m going to let it rest a few minutes.

I will definitely be making it again, it was fantastic.