This is my amazingly fit neighbor and I heading to Hot Yoga ... at 6:00 am on a Saturday.
Let that sink in ... it's the weekend and we are willingly up at 6:00 am to roast our asses off in the most inhospitable environment imaginable. For someone who hates hot & humid - it's a hellscape.
As much as I hate hot & humid, I have realized I LOVE it and I can't wait to get to class. I have started to plan my day around my favorite classes.
Not many things get me out of bed that early on the weekends. I may want to stay in bed but my brain and body are cheering wildly!
So this is my new thing! I feel like an incredibly well adjusted adult with a reasonable bedtime and places to be at 6:00 am.
I'll soon be the type that grows wheatgrass in a window sill and irons my cloth napkins. I'm that much of an adult now.
Beyond our Saturday morning Yoga Sculpt class, I added several classes during the week to my schedule.
If I get there early enough, I can usually grab the same spot every time which I really like because I can sort of make this little space mine for the next 60-75 minutes.
I have been working from home this week which has been amazing.
Instead of spending the first hour of my day sitting in gridlock, I have been spending that that time in Yoga class.
Such a better use of time! The thought of spending 2 hours a day in traffic is really hard to handle some days.
Actually, thanks to Audible I'm (re)learning German. I took 4 years of German in school, it's one of my favorite languages which makes for a fun way to pass the time. Now I can complain about my commute in both English & German. As exciting as that is, I'd much rather be in yoga.
That said, it has been a humbling return.
I have always been strong with great balance but I'm really struggling with my balance of all things. Every single movement that places me on one leg, save for 3-legged dog, I find myself unable to hold the posture.
I notice when I fall out, it doesn't take long for the people next to me to fall out. It's like a shared consciousness of sorts. If you hold it, people hold it and then we're all holding it like little posture holding badasses.
When I'm swaying around and dropping the posture and mumbling "please God - let this end" - the people around me tend to pop out of the posture too.
Because I'm already in the back row in the far right corner when someone looks at me I can't even look behind me like "what is going on around here? who IS doing that?"
Which is exactly what I would do. People like me need to be in a middle row so when expert level know-it-alls turn around then I can give them that "yeah I know" look as I slowly turn my head to look behind me.
I can't do that - it's me ... It's literally just me. Me in my little corner goofing off while slipping on my own sweat.
Speaking of - in yesterday's class I tore ligaments in my Toe / Foot and can barely walk so I won't even be able to fully participate until I'm healed. I have it taped up and stabilized - looking at 3-4 weeks of recovery. So incredibly frustrating to me.
I'm still planning on going to class but will have to modify most of the postures. I just don't want to run the risk of getting out of the habit of going.
It's hard for me to circle back when I have moved away from something, regardless of reason.
This is really important to me - I'm sticking with it!
So, I'm going to rest and recover, working around my injured foot.
I'll wear my favorite beanie after class to hide my sweaty hair and continue to show up and be wobbly and tucked away into the far back corner of the room.
Maybe I'll find a job closer to home at some point or make working from home a regular thing so I can have a bit more balance in the day.
Ich wohne zu weit von meinem Büro entfernt
Day 1 ... Me (as of 2:47 pm)
30 lbs heavier than I'd like to be ... have been eating garbage since July after being so good for so so long.
4 gallons of water = 30 lbs. Having to carry an extra 4 gallons of water around with me at all times is absolutely bonkers.
I also can't fit into my favorite clothes. I'm currently wearing a size 12 ... Most of my clothes are 6-8.
You certainly don't have to be a rocket doctor to know that you can't squeeze a size 12 booty into a size 6 skirt without causing damage to your internal organs.
I was on such a great run with working out - then I stopped as I got incredibly sick. Never got back to it.
I was on such a great run with my eating and portion control - then I stopped as I felt like it, apparently. Never got back to it.
I have a Renewed Focus to hit 47 (this July) looking and feeling great again. I actually feel pretty good but I know I could feel even better if I'd just get my shit together.
90 days of eating well, maintaining proper portion control and by adopting a plant based diet.
I have always gone back and forth between eating meat and being plant based so this is a welcome transition back to something familiar to me.
I came across the Thug Kitchen cookbook series after deciding to go plant based again and immediately felt inspired. I think I found my people.
I also watched "The Game Changers" on Netflix which was amazing. Highly recommended.
Just a few days in, I feel less bloated which is great as nothing makes you feel sexier than being insanely bloated. I'm also sleeping like a little baby which I love as getting into bed at the end of the day is one of my favorite things. It's like rebooting a computer - a fresh start is on the horizon.
This challenge goes beyond just my eating habits - I need to really get back to my daily pilates routine & long walks.
When I don't do pilates my body becomes incredibly stiff and sore. Just 45-60 minutes of barre or pilates 4-5 time a week my body remains completely pain free.
Not to mention Pilates & Barre keeps me be long and lean versus my current state of short and sphere-like.
I also happened to buy the cutest walking shoes on the face of planet.
More importantly, getting back to being Pain Free - if there's something you can do that allows you to move and be pain free or at the very least experience a significant decrease in pain & discomfort you'd have to be out of your mind not to do it.
I have a pilates studio in my basement. As in one floor below where I am now - there is a pilates studio - top of the line Cadillac, Pilates chair / ballet barre / mats for floor work, etc.
Every single thing I need is one flight of stairs away from me.
To not move ... To not take 45 minutes to completely change my body and level of (dis)comfort is incredibly batshit bonkers.
I feel like this 90- day challenge is really an opportunity for me to make myself a priority.
I plan on taking daily photos - I have taken my "Before" photos and let me just say, "yikes". After my 90 days - I'll assess my progress and see how on track I am to hit my goal.
Most importantly - I'm excited to introduce meaningful change into my day to day.
There's a reward (outside of looking & feeling better)
IF I meet my goal by May / June - I am going to treat myself to a week in Costa Rica for my 47th BIRTHDAY!
I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica. It's surprisingly affordable and something that has been on my bucket list for years and years.
I'm obsessed with a little treehouse 100 yards from the beach that looks to be the most perfect spot to spend the week.
I can't even imagine how amazing it would be to just swing in a hammock, lay on the beach, swim in the ocean, get a bit of sun on God's palest skin (otherwise known as my legs), and just completely bliss out in a tropical paradise.
89.5 days to go!
I'm starving ... already.
The Tough Get Going.
I know the intended meaning of this was a rallying cry for the strong. Your life may have just full blown crapped the bed BUT that won't stop us - GET UP and GET TO WORK. BE AMAZING!!!
Really at this point in my life I just want to know where they are going. Is there a rendezvous point? Do you need to know a secret word? Can I come?
The last many (many ... many) months have been a bit topsy turvy for me - just a lot of weirdness at work which then seeps into weirdness in my day to day life which then impacts most everything.
I have a pretty healthy weird baseline so I would consider this weirdness to be especially weird and not in a wonderfully weird way.
Sometimes weird is just weird.
Work has been really stressful as of late and not even because my job is hard or I work impossible hours because it's not and I don't ... I have a great job.
Not only is my job great, my current manager is easily my favorite to date, for the first time ever I report into someone who mentors me which is the most amazing thing ever. I have done what I do for 25 years and I'm really really good at it but he's teaching me so much that I have become (am becoming) an AMAZING resource under his guidance.
What's the problem right? The problem is, my gut is telling me I need to go / something is wrong. My gut is NEVER wrong about these things ... not ever.
I'm like the kid from the 6th sense but instead of dead people I see sinking ships.
There's a maxim amongst sailors regarding rats and sinking ships "...before the vessel is to be lost the rats will desert her. ... This the rats are abandoning the sinking ship in all quarters."
Some how those little guys just know. Sitting around eating their cheese, doing whatever it is that rat friends do and at some point, something will happen and one of them will peek over their little snack and say "do you feel that ...". That’s Me!!
The captain is cheering everyone on talking about how strong the ship is and how true it sails and I'm in the corner with my bags packed & my little sniffer in the air trying to determine how close the shore is.
But in this case, I want so so badly for our ship to sail true that I refuse to listen to my gut. I want so badly to do something amazing for a company I believe in while working for someone I really respect that I'm locking all doubt and concern away ...
I'd like to reiterate that my gut is never ... ever ... not ever ... wrong. I'm just not sure what to do quite honestly.
-----2 Months Later-----
This is the point where I stood up and just sort of wandered away from my computer.
I found myself pulled into so so many directions that I feel like I live in a black hole - I have prime real estate on the event horizon and I have no concept of time. Life goes by at the at the speed of light, it seems.
Let me just tell you - my gut was not wrong. I have taken a good bit of time off for the holidays and am surveying the landscape of possibility at the moment.
New Year / New Options!!
So I'm weighing my options ... fantasizing about buying a farm and knitting jumpers for baby goats while drinking wine and spending my mornings at yoga.
Until that happens - I'm going to continue to kick ass in my current role, bringing positivity and my "can do" attitude into 2020. This is the year of great things and many healthy and much needed changes.
The good news is that all the work related weirdness isn't seeping into my personal life any longer - I think I have existed in this heightened start of weird that I have settled into it and am now flowing like water adapting and remaining open to whatever the day brings.
If a toddler were to challenge me to an arm wrestling contest, I'd lose.
I'm not talking about a highly agitated toddler - I'm mean ANY toddler could beat me.
You may be thinking to yourself that perhaps I should stop challenging toddlers to feats of strength. By doing so, this could easily become a non-issue.
But the issue is, my most favorite thing on Earth is Pilates Cadillac / Trapeze work.
This is my Stott Cadillac / Trapeze table. This was the photo from my table's listing.
I have to use the photo from when I bought it as when I try to take a photo of my table, in my dark unfinished basement, it looks like I work for the Spanish Inquisition.
I don't, I just aspire to the the most upside downiest girl ever.
Inversions are wildly fun and physically challenging. My trainer and I spend a good bit of time working on them.
I love that I can work with her in the studio and bring home new routines and practices. These practices keep me busy for weeks on end and at this point, I actually have a pretty sizable collection of things to practice on my own.
Back to my baby arms - Inversions, especially certain ones require a great deal of upper body strength.
For me to start in the position on the left doesn't usually work in my favor unless I extend one leg backwards to the top bar for leverage
That's not me, by the way. There isn't anything this woman can't do - she's the most amazing practitioner with an insane amount of control and upper body strength. I love her work. Check out her video here
The thing is, I have never had upper body strength - I actually remember in middle school having to take a PE physical where girls were tested on how long they could hold a "Flex Arm Hang" ...
I was 12 years old - my coach grabbed me by waist, lifted me up to the bar, removed his hands and I immediately came right back down with him.
After staring at me for a moment, he grabbed my waist, lifted me up, told me to stop messing around, removed his hands and I immediately came right back down.
I had to run laps until all the other girls were done because he didn't believe I couldn't do them. I actually think I was the only girl with a 0 second score.
From his perspective, he knew I was incredibly athletic. Every single year, I held the school record for Hanging Leg Raises - I could hold them out forever - I could hold that position until they told to me stop, without batting an eye or breaking a sweat.
I received 0 seconds on the Flex Arm Hang and ran an extraordinary amount of laps every single year until I moved onto High School. Thankfully humiliation came in other forms at that point. I don't think I could handle another Flex Arm Hang assessment.
Those days are over - I am officially kicking off a program to build my upper body strength.
My goal is to be able to do 15 Pilates reverse pull ups and 15 Pilates hanging pull ups by my 46th Birthday. I don't mean in total over the next 4 months either - I mean at ONCE on my 46th Birthday.
Let me just put this out there as well, upon my 46th Birthday, no toddler will ever be able to beat me in an upper body challenge of strength again ...
Except maybe for this one. I'm fairly sure that's a medal around her neck.
I have been following, what I think is a flawless execution of a KETO lifestyle for nearly a month.
I never "cheat" ... I follow it to the letter. I'm always in Ketosis, it seems. Maybe I am missing something?
I don't think I'm under estimating my carb intake. A typical meal for me is a bunless burger & sautéed spinach. No sneaky carbs on this plate.
I test for Ketones and I'm always between the 4.0 and 8.0 range. I don't think I have ever been a 16.0 nor have I ever been lower than a 4.0.
But I have been reading a lot lately about the difference between Ketosis and being Fat Adapted ...
Fat Adapted? I've adapted to the fact that I should never wear a unitard ... I actually can't think of anyone more fat adapted than me.
Imagine my surprise - that's NOT what Fat Adapted means. Think of it as a transition period where you body truly makes the leap from using Glucose for Fuel (carbs) to it burning nothing but Fat. Your body has transitioned into a fat burning machine. YASSSSSSS ...
This can happen in as little as 3 weeks but can take 4-6 weeks in some cases. 4-6 weeks? That's a long time for someone like me who isn't a massive fan of delayed gratification.
I thought at 6 weeks I'd be near my goal weight. Kidding ... for the most part.
Now that I am educating myself and gobbling up as many resources on the topic as I can get my hands on, I'm able to connect a lot of dots in terms of what I have been experiencing over the last 4 weeks.
It's absolutely fascinating and I've enjoyed this period of time to incorporate being incredibly mindful of what I put into my body and recognizing how my body feels as a result.
With each passing day I feel better, I truly do and I have to say this is the absolute longest span of time I have stuck to a plan without binging or falling off track. It's effortless. I have never been able to say that before when "dieting", not ever.
A testament of my transition: today my flight to Boston was delayed several times over. What was supposed to be an easy 3.5 hour day became a 9 hour exercise in me not losing my mind with each passing delay.
MENU & MACROS
Breakfast: 2 Eggs cooked in Coconut Oil & 1/2 Avocado
Lunch: Cobb Salad with Roasted Chicken
Dinner: Bunless Burger with Bacon & Smoked Gouda
Carbs: 17 / Fat 100 / Protein 60 which is pretty dead on for my calculated macros.
I have also had a ton of water which isn't always easy when traveling. I'm fighting a cold and am convinced I can drown it out of my system by drinking lemon water with droppers full of goldenseal and echinacea (it's horrible).
My hotel room doesn't have a scale - will be interested in seeing where I am upon my return (5 days) as I really should be on the verge of being fat adapted.
I was having dinner with a girlfriend the other evening, one that I hadn't seen in many months. As we were catching up, it struck me how many "new" things I have incorporated into my life recently for no other reason than they sounded fun or interesting to me.
At 45, I have my blog, play drums, am figure skating again, working on my pilates practice and am becoming healthier and stronger than I was in my earlier years. It's a revolt of sorts and it's wildly fun.
By why now - why in my midlife all the changes? We talked about the midlife "crisis" being an incredibly real phase but that seems like such a negative place to be in one's life. Why a crisis? Why not just another step in our evolution? Why is it so often seen as a negative thing?
Being a relentless pursuer of useless information - I went to my Single Source of Truth - Google.
I googled the definition of a midlife crisis. For men it seems fairly exciting: New sports cars, younger friends, lovely younger woman on their arm, becoming hyper focused on their physique, reigniting hobbies and passions. Not so much as crisis, in my mind. Then I read the symptoms of a Female Midlife Crisis:
As I approached my mid-40's I found it to be something I was looking forward to. Something to embrace - a reflection of a certain amount of freedom that I didn't have in my earlier years. An abandoning of self consciousness, self doubt, apologizing for who I am, what I want, what I think or believe ...
I am (re)discovering things that I loved as a child (playing music, figure skating), focusing on my heath (loving KETO), finding a healthy work life balance, being fully present as a mother, improving myself in ways that are hard to properly articulate and am finding happiness and peace in my soul. But most importantly its the realization is that we don't have to live such a prescriptive life.
I think it's more of a midlife transformation unless you rely on Google ...
Before discovering KETO - I spent a great deal of time on diets that were more focused on what I COULDN'T eat. As a result, socializing over a meal wasn't something I looked forward to as Low Calorie / Low Fat diets can be so incredibly high maintenance at times.
I'd like the grilled chicken (no oil)
Side of plain steamed broccoli no added butter or salt
Side salad; no cheese, croutons, bacon, olives, or dressing
Though could you bring me a lemon wedge and vinegar?
Unless it's balsamic, I can't have that. If you don't have Red Wine vinegar - Apple Cider is great unless it's in a pre-made vinaigrette then I'll just take a few lemon slices.
On and On and On
If I happened to get a waiter or waitress that relied on memory alone I could see the moment they realized how useful putting pen to paper would have been. I'd then apologize for existing and would throw in an advanced apology that I knew they were going to bring me broccoli slathered in butter & parmesan which I would then return.
KETO completely changes the dynamic of how I can navigate social situations & celebrations while making it incredibly easy to be mindful of what I put into my body.
With the rise in popularity of Wine & Cheese shops it's so easy to go out and order a cheese plate or charcuterie board and know you're staying on plan.
No other pairing works so seamlessly with KETO!
I love Bitto Bistro, which is really close to my house in Broomfield. I went to dinner tonight with a girlfriend and we split a plate of Blue Cheese, Cotswold, and Prosciutto . It was perfect for the two of us.
Meat, Cheese, Pickles, Olives and a single glass of Red Wine and an evening filled with great conversation. Easy and Enjoyable. Not to mention the waiter didn't want to slash my tires due to me being a massive pain in the ass.
The best part is that KETO adds such ease when going to dinner with friends. I didn't wonder about how something was prepared or portion size.
After dinner, I came home and tested my ketones - I was right around 40 mg/dL. That's the upper range of "moderate" and is a good range for me.
I'm in Ketosis, I'm losing weight, I feel great and have finally found a lifestyle that actually lets me live with fewer rules.
I don't think I realized how much time I spent thinking about food until I didn't have to think about food as much. I have a straight forward plan that gives me parameters to live within and that is so incredibly liberating.
A few things I have noticed and wanted to share:
I kicked off KETO on November 4th
1. I didn't lose much weight the first week. It actually was surprising enough to give me pause and make me doubt the path I was on.
KETO to me was like the holy grail of lifestyles - some diet nirvana that once attained would make you look like a 6" ft tall / 120 lbs Pilates Instructor. Maybe that's more of a week 4 thing ... will report back.
I do think KETO comes with high expectations which are often justified but they should be tempered by realistic expectations as well. I have spent most every day of every month of every year of every decade dieting, to various extents. I have to think my metabolism would file charges against me if it were able. Thankfully it's not.
15 days in, I am consistently losing weight nearly every day. The loss can range from .5 to 1.5 which is amazing. My current run rate is about 5 lbs a week. Know that when I built my daily macros I wanted to be at a 25% deficit - with each loss milestone I'll adjust my macros. My goal is to realign my macros as I navigate this journey and find that perfect balance of maintaining where I'm most comfortable.
Right now, it made sense for me to be most restrictive as I'm at the start of the weight loss journey. By the time I hit my goal weigh my macros will look very different than they do today. I don't have a ton to lose so I'm not in a rush as I'm trying to make lifelong changes.
2. I'm also finding that Ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis. Several people have shared that I'm doing "tremendous harm" by being KETO which is simply not the case.
Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition for diabetics in particular. However what makes it so incredibly dangerous is ACID not the ketones per se. Ketones are produced by the liver and operate as a very efficient fuel for the body. They sort of take over when there isn't enough glucose. As I understand it, when your glucose levels become depleted / low enough your liver takes notice and converts oodles of stored fatty acids into Ketone bodies that become your primary source of fuel. Thanks Liver!!
3. All cravings are gone now ... what I want to eat has shifted. I think on low fat diets all I think about are the things I can't have. It was always about beating my cravings into submission until I'd go bananas one day and eat 2 cupcakes. Then I'd feel like shit, my stomach would hurt, I'd feel guilty, etc. KETO has broken that cycle for me because I'm eating such rich foods, my body doesn't feel deprived.
I'm in a FB group with some girlfriends of mine - who are all trying to lose weight and the cycle is the same for every single member: amazing week / horrible week / back on track / OMG I ate 2 bagels / sort of on track / I just ate a snickers dipped in peanut butter / off the rails / no hope left in humanity / the world is ending / **Start Over** / amazing week / horrible week / back on track / off the rails / shame silence / **Start Over** ....
Wildly supportive group of woman - amazing woman who are all strong and beautiful and perfect the way they are. But we're struggling. The thing is, it's not just me or you ... it's this cycle of trying to deprive ourselves into "healthly" which has proven to not work over and over again.
This was my life for the last 30 years. I actually once said "Oh no, I'm full - I just ate 6 grapes". Believe when Is say KETO is fairly life changing on so so many levels.
4. There is such a thing as too much protein. I think the first time I did what I thought was KETO was me just eating a shit ton of Protein and not enough fat and it didn't work. So I abandoned it after I gained nearly 5 lbs. What I didn't realize is, excessive protein actually converts to carbohydrates though a process called gluconeogensis ... who knew that? Well clearly a ton of people but I wasn't one of them.
5. I'm never hungry & I don't snack any longer. I eat 3 meals a day with one small snack usually between Lunch & Dinner and that's all I want. I eat less often and need smaller portions because I stay full & satisfied longer. It's really rather remarkable on so many levels as I'm someone who loves (loved) to snack - I celebrated with snacks ... I celebrated my snacks with snacks. I just don't have much desire to snack at all now. I celebrate in other ways.
That's what I know / have experienced thus far.
I went to the TwentyOne Pilots concert tonight with my son and I didn't even have a stadium snack. I just enjoyed being out with Finn having the most fun I have had in years. What an amazing evening. More on that ... and more on my KETO journey as it progresses!!
FAT BOMBS ... On any other plan you would think this was a mistake you made. It sounds more like a response to a friend asking how your diet is coming along, "Oh I fat bombed it completely today ... maybe tomorrow will be better"
But today was awesome because not only are Fat Bombs okay they are encouraged. Fat Bombs are easy to make, satisfying, so incredibly decadent and have about 2 net carbs per bomb.
Today I spent most of my time organizing my closet - it's something that I love to do. I think it makes me feel like an incredibly well adjusted adult. Especially if I can get all my laundry sorted and stored away 1. in the same day and 2. in an orderly fashion.
But it's also incredibly motivating - the back half of my closet is crammed full of items that I love but can't wear comfortably. If you bend over and feel as though your pencil skirt is sawing you in half - I'd like to emphasize how powerful a KETO meal plan can be in helping you make your way to the back half of your closet. Fat Bombs are just another tool to get you there.
A tasty tasty tool ...
After I mastered being an adult this afternoon I turned my attention to meal planning and wanted to incorporate a few sweet treats into this week's menu by way of making two kinds of Fat Bombs:
1. Hazelnut & Coconut (4 ingredients total)
2. Peanut Butter & Chocolate (3 ingredients total)
Of note: I meant to sprinkle sea salt on top of the hazelnut & coconut ones but spaced it entirely. That little salty bite would be fairly spectacular and it would also enhance the other flavors. Now that I think about it, I also spaced it the last time I made them as well. I'm not sure what's going on with me and my inability to add this ingredient but I seemingly refuse to do so.
HAZELNUT & COCONUT FAT BOMBS:
PEANUT BUTTER FAT BOMBS:
They are the easiest thing to make. I do think having a silicone candy mold is the key to having an easy go at making fat bombs as they just pop out perfectly each and every time.
I think they also lend a sort of luxury to the meal plan as they are so decadent. For those of you that like something sweet to end a meal, they are perfect and will satisfy that need.
I have always preferred savory over sweet but every so often I crave a bit of chocolate. For me these are a really easy way to feel like you're indulging while staying on track.
My goal is to be able to walk into my closet and wear absolutely anything - no treat is worth derailing that. With Fat Bombs you don't have to compromise and that's pretty awesome.
In my next batch I may add Bacon - a bit of crunchy savory in my sweet!!
I have had one of those weeks where you sort of look and feel like you were hit by a bus, then dragged through hell only to be launched back into your normal day to day life and land in a pile of dog crap.
I have placed myself in timeout.
I showed up to work today with my hair in a ponytail and a coworker was concerned that something happened to me.
Again, hit by bus, dragged through hell, & landed in a turd pile are on the highlights reel. I'll save those for another post entitled "Are you trying to get punched in the throat?"
With everything going on I only worked out twice because I missed every single pilates class at the gym due to getting stuck in parking garages (street level construction) each day this week and last minute meeting requests darkened my outlook (literally and figuratively).
But I'm feeling great 10 days into KETO. My stomach doesn't hurt, I don't feel bloated, someone said I was glowing and looked amazing today (despite my ponytail), and I'm losing weight.
That said, for the last 24 hours - all I can think about and all I want is something absolutely LOADED with carbs. This was a super stressful week - I think in my mind french fries or (and) a croissant would decrease my stress. I'm sure it would, like a little hug of support for my tummy.
I found myself standing in front of my pantry staring at a plate of chocolate croissants with more longing in my eyes than I have ever had for anything or anyone ... ever.
I can only imagine this is what Oliver Twist would feel like looking at an endless supply of porridge - mouth open & wide eyed
I think I blacked out at some point because I'm not even sure how long I stood there but I'm happy to report I didn't eat one. I did however eat a small plate of olives.
As yummy as they were it was a shitty substitute for a chocolate croissant. I was actually so put out by it all I ended up just escaping to my room where I cleaned my bathroom and settled into creating next week's menu!
A good friend of mine is doing KETO as well. She has lost a lot of weight and continues to do so faster than I am losing mine.
She suggested I look into Exogenous Ketones. I bought a starter bundle from PerfectKeto.com containing:
I actually have no idea what I bought entirely but I saw "Chocolate" and stopped reading. I don't even care at this point.
I religiously use MCT Oil in my coffee & when making fat bombs. I just love it. I'll get a powder version of that in my starter kit. I'm most excited about that.
Re: the ketone strips, I have been testing my blood a few times a week (in the am / evening) just to see where I have been hovering range wise. I'm staying in an optimal zone it seems, so all signs are pointing to me being on the right track.
I do wonder why my progress is soooooo slow. I am armed with oodles of books and am reading through them and will try to adjust next week's menu. I don't think I'm eating too many calories - I'm monitoring my macros and watching my caloric intake so I think once my metabolism resets I should start to see fairly significant results. Fingers Crossed.
But here's the thing - I feel better ... even though weight isn't melting off of me, I feel a rather remarkable improvement. I'm fairly blown away by that.
That's my update! A bit more reading and a bit more blogging and I'm calling this day / week over.
Oodles of sleep and my pilates classes tomorrow should reset my morale.
I'm looking forward to seeing how I progress next week while hopefully keeping my stress levels a bit lower.
There's just so much going on in my life / around me that it's hard to not become distracted or derailed.
I just think with how great I'm feeling it's not really a diet or something to suffer through - it's just a new approach to how I live my life.