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100(ish) days of keto journal

Back again.. what is this, round 3?

Last couple months have been pretty crazy for me. I am about to finish my first semester of college. Now that I have a good idea of what to expect for being in school and working full-time, I feel like I am now more capable of reaching my goals of blogging and losing weight. I am currently on day three of my keto challenge, as you might have guessed,  I have not been faithful to my diet during my long break from here!

Here is a quick recap:

August 1, 2016– started keto diet weight 190lbs. With all the junk food that i have been eating since my last keto attempt, I’m surprised that I didnt exceed my heaviest weight of 200 lbs!

I’ve been feeling bloated, sluggish, and weighed-down the last couple weeks and by the end of the day I started to feel better. I did get hit with the “keto flu” the first couple days but I drank a lot of water (with Naan) and took pain killer and it helped while my body tries to adapt.

I ate a couple carbs my first day but I would be surprised if I went over my carb limit by more than 5 grams. I ate a key lime keto chow shake and made scrambled eggs with veggies.

August  2, 2016– I weighed in at 188 lbs! Minus 2 pounds within 24 hours, not bad! I felt so much better on the 2nd day. It felt like my body was running efficiently, specifically my stomach. No stomach aches, bloating, or bubble gut, as my girlfriend would say.

I almost gave in and ate carbs but after a motivation, yet hilarious, talk from my girlfriend, I was able to make it to day three!  I found that I’m more likely to ditch the diet if I don’t eat during work. By the time I get home at 5pm, I turn into the Hulk and eat everything that is in reach.

August 3, 2016– Today is not over yet, but I have been so good today as far as not eating carbs go. I have ate keto chow pancakes (recipe on chris bars website) that I made at 2am last night with peanut butter chocolate  keto chow and I had some turkey and cheese.  I weighed 187.6 lbs.

Last night I bought some tofu shirataki noodles for the first time and I plan on trying them out tonight. (They are low calories and carbs which is good for ketogenic diets.)

Come back Friday evening to see my review!

New Measurements (Keto Chow Week 3-ish)

Hey there! I know it has been a while but my last week results were not worth posting in my opinion. My weight has been yo-yoing especially on weekends since I don’t have much to keep my mind off of those delicious carbs. Not only that, but my girlfriend and I have very bad habits of eating out on weekends. I know that it is possible to get low-carb food on most menus but the temptation is greater… especially when you’re at your favorite sandwich shop or you’re eyeballing what’s on everyone elses plate! Also, I’ve got it in my head that once I cheat and go over my carb limit for the day, I might as well go all out.

That said, my results are not nearly as great as they could be but I’m still motivated to push forward. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. I did make better progress this last week. I’ve also gotten in the habit of riding my bike 4 miles on the metro park bike trail near my house everyday. I even experienced my first mountain bike trail! It was intense and exciting however, it also taught me that I need to do a lot more training before I hit that trail. I feel that this new habit/hobby is responsible for some of the inches lost in certain parts of my body. I’ll get to that in minute.

One last thing I’d like to share, I currently have bronchitis. Besides not being able to breathe, it has its pros. For one, I have had a loss of appetite since Saturday which really helped me to not cheat. I have lost some weight resulting in this and have reached my lowest weight since September when I first started this blog. That’s pretty exciting!

Anyways, Here are my current results in measurements and weight:

 

Weight Loss since last Measurement: 5.1 lbs (2.5 weeks ago)
Weight Loss from heaviest Weight: 15.3 lbs     (Feb. 9th 2016)

Inches Lost since last Measurement: 9.25 in
Inches Lost from first Measurements: 12.75 inches

I just compared my first ever measurements back in September 2015 on this blog where I weighed 188.4 lbs to my current body measurements and I am pretty close measurement wise. My body fat percentage is the only real difference and that’s probably due to human error since I kinda don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to that. I’m pleased so far with my weight losses. I definitely need to start going back to the gym and work on my upper body strength and I’m going to keep up with my bike routine once I can breathe again. I haven’t decided yet if I want to post pictures since they are probably the same as the ones I posted in September last year but if I change my mind you will probably see them within the next few days if not tonight. It’s kind of a pain in the ass for me to take before and after pictures since I need someone else to take them which is still a daunting task for me since it’s my girlfriend that takes them. Also it takes me a couple of hours to get it all together and post. Not complaining… just explaining.. 🙂

Keto Chow update… I’m still making my shakes and average about one a day. Two if I’m lucky. I’m still struggling finishing them. Not giving up! My goal as of today is to get at least two down and remember to take my multi-vitamin and fish oil pills daily. (This is probably why I’m sick since my body is probably not getting everything it needs) I’ll be officially starting this goal once I’m feeling better and can go back to work! That’s all for now!

See you later!

 

Keto Chow… (Take 2) W/New Measurements

As always, I had trouble following through with my plans. It’s been almost three weeks since I first started my keto diet and for the first two weeks I had problems with not eating carbs. I mean, come on, carbs are delicious. I could live off of sandwiches… During these weeks I managed to go from 196 lbs to 191 lbs which is actually pretty decent but my weight fluctuated a lot. I’m sure if I didn’t cheat every other day I could have lost a lot more and I’d probably be almost in the 170’s by now.

But Easter happened and I dug in. (and I don’t regret it!)  So I started this week weighing 196.4 pounds  on Monday, March 28th, 2016.

I’m happy to say that I have completed almost a whole week without cheating on my keto diet! Check out my weight log below:

Monday: 196.4 lbs

Tuesday: 196 lbs

Wednesday: 194 lbs

Thursday: 193.4 lbs

Friday: 192.1 lbs

Saturday: 190.2 lbs!

I weigh myself every morning naked before eating or drinking anything and after using the toilet so that my weights can be as accurate as possible.

I’m thinking I’ll probably lose 8 lbs for the first week assuming I don’t cheat when I go to a family game night tonight. There are going to be A LOT of delicious snacks but I’m feeling pretty confident right now.

My week really hasn’t been as miserable as my first couple of weeks that I attempted to change my eating habits. Probably because I allowed myself to eat keto foods instead of just drinking the shakes 3x a day to loose weight faster. In fact, I even have bacon for breakfast this morning! I would eventually like to switch over to just shakes to save money (since I won’t be buying food all the time) as well as to lose weight faster but if I try again now, I’ll probably be setting myself up for failure.

Eventually I plan on doing daily blogs but for now it’s more of when I can get around to it.  I’m completely exhausted after watching infants all day for work and weekends are my best bet.

Speaking of weekends… Last weekend was so nice outside I decided to take my bicycle out on a bike trail (Ohio to Erie Trail) which was basically my first time ever! I managed to go 17 miles (by myself I might add) without stopping and it was AWESOME! So awesome, in fact, that I am going to start cycling and mountain biking. We have a mountain bike trail close by and I’m super excited to try it. I will say that I didn’t feel anything until the day after. I thought I  was going to have to amputate my legs they hurt and burned so bad. Probably not a good decision to go so far my first time and being in the shape that I am in… Still worth it!

Body Measurements are pretty similar.. I mean, it only has been 6 days…. But I want to do weekly measurements so here it is!

Starting Measurements (at my fattest point)                        Current Measurements

Weight-200.4lbs                                                                               190.2 lbs

Body Fat%-36.2%                                                                               36.2%

Neck-14.5                                                                                              14.5 in

Chest-  42.5                                                                                           42 in

Navel-43 (44.5in at largest point)                                                  42 in (44 in)

Hips- 46in @ middle of butt/ 42.5in @ waist line                     46 in/41 in

Biceps- 13in Flexed 13.5 ish         (14in@largest)                          13 in/13.5in

Forearms-10in                                                                                        10 in

Thighs-27.5in at largest                                                                      27.5 in

Calves- 16.5in(R) 16in (L)                                                                    16.25 in/ 16 in

I used a different measuring tape this time since my cat knocked my good one into the trash can a while ago and I didn’t notice until it was too late. It is very possible my measurements haven’t changed at all.

Total inches lost so far: 3.75 inches! Not much but it’s better than nothing.

 

One last thing to add..

I tried a keto recipe for keto chow jello. I used cherry sugar free jello and made pina colada whipped cream from heavy whipping cream. Honestly it was not bad. Also, it was a nice break from the shakes (even though everything that’s in my shakes went into the jello) and recently I’ve been craving ice cream and it helped reduce that craving.

That’s all for now.. I’ll probably be seeing you again next week! 🙂

 

DAY 1-2 OF KETO!

I planned on starting keto chow this weekend, however I received all my ingredients and was too excited not too start. Not only that, but I’ve been spending 100’s of dollars these last two weeks eating as much carbs as I could since carbs are now a thing of the past!

MONDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2016
DAY ONE–  starting weight: 198 lbs
I struggled to make a days worth the night before day one. I forgot the recipe was a days worth and I accidentally made it all in 1 blender bottle instead of three resulting in a half mixed mess. One hour later… everything is mixed.. the taste was a bit salty and the texture was slightly slimy. The day went by like nothing changed. (Probably because I’m use to having a meal replacement shake for breakfast and lunch on weekdays). For dinner I decided to skip the shake and go for (mostly) keto friendly dinner at smokey bones.  I did have mashed potatoes and they were delicious! I also had grilled chicken breast, pulled pork and broccoli in case anyone is wondering about everything I consumed. I figured might as well cheat the first day than get a week straight without carbs and give in. I felt kind of tired all day without my daily coffee which I willingly decided to give up.

TUESDAY, MARCH 16TH, 2016
DAY TWO– current weight: 196.2 lbs
Last night’s preparing of the shakes went a lot smoother. They even tasted better.. still a bit salty probably because I’m not a huge fan of salt. Today I managed to drink all three shakes and because I was hangry with the world, I decided to have some scrambled eggs with cheese. After the eggs, I was at peace with the world and happily watched my greys anatomy until bedtime.