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.