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Eating too… little?

calchartI’ve noticed lately that my calorie count has been rather…. low.Like, really low. I’m aiming for 1200 calories per day but I’m averaging probably somewhere around 800, with many days rounding out at about 600. The thing is, I’m eating. And I’m eating until I’m full… stuffed, even.

Although I learned quite awhile ago that starvation mode is a myth, this still didn’t really sound right to me, so I consulted the all-knowing /r/keto to see what they had to say… and it turns out, that’s okay! Basically, your body will tell you when you have had enough to eat. And while in ketosis, your body is burning your body fat as fuel. While there is a limit to how much the body can burn and contribute to your daily energy, some bodies are simply better at it than others. The key is to listen to your stomach, it will tell you when it’s had enough. If you’re sated, you’re sated, and there’s no point in overeating if you don’t need to. So… I’ll stay where I’m at, it does seem really weird to be eating so little, but my body knows best! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ketosis, Simplified
A few days ago, a fellow keto’er wrote up an article about ketosis, in a very simplified way. There was some demand for an infographic based on the article, so I figured I’d give it a try. I realize the graphics should tell more of the story, but unfortunately there aren’t a lot of figures and numbers to work with, and to make it less wordy I’d have to really diminish the information in the article. I tried my best to break it down into bite-sized chunks that would be easy to follow on an infographic. So… for all you folks out there who are new to keto, here’s your chance to learn all about how it works in a nice, simple image.

Keto on!


Weight Loss So Far: 25.2lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 56.6lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $100


Another milestone! And my reward…

My Reward!I’ve been struggling with whether or not to post my current weight on here, although I’m sure it isn’t hard to figure out… but I think I will leave it for a bit longer. But I will say that today marked a very important milestone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I promised myself when I reached this milestone I would buy myself a reward, and so I did! (look right)

For those that don’t know, “Keep Calm and Keto On” is sort of a Keto “motto”. I don’t know the real reason behind it, but I can assume that it’s probably because sometimes battling carb addiction and the inevitable road bumps that come along with a diet that is as far from mainstream as you can get can be a little bit frustrating, and when that happens you just have to suck it up and… keto on!

Anyways, that’s all I wanted to post for today… Keto on, friends!


Weight Loss So Far: 22.0lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 60.8lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $88

Milestone Day!

2013-11-22 12.56.49Just a short post today, in honour of me reaching my first real milestone!

As of today, I am 25% of the way towards my goal weight, and have also officially lost 20lbs (20.6lbs to be exact). The fashion fund is looking pretty tasty so far at $80 ๐Ÿ™‚

I also beat my old record time in rowing, I am now down to 10:51 for 2000m.

Anyways, that’s all for today!

Keep calm, and keto on!


Weight Loss So Far: 20.6lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 61.2lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $80

Jeans! I’m wearing jeans! :D

Sometimes, for some people, there comes a point where your clothes no longer fit, you hate how you look, and the idea of going out and buying a new pair of jeans that you can actually do up seems just… ridiculous. I don’t want to be this size, why the heck would I go and spend good money a pair of jeans to fit someone I don’t want to be? When it comes down to it, you can either admit defeat, go buy bigger, fatter clothes… or you can become the person you want to be.

I reached that point several months ago, I didn’t have any jeans that fit anymore, in fact the only pants I could fit into were jeggings and yoga pants (I even remember having to wear yoga pants when I had to appear in court as a character witness several months back because I didn’t have any dress pants that fit)… thankfully, I live in Vancouver where everyone and their dog wears yoga pants… everywhere, all the time… so it’s not that bad. But still, it would be nice to wear something that isn’t stretchy from time to time.

But I am proud to say, that as I sit here, typing this post… I am wearing jeans! The non-stretchy kind! It may seem silly to most, but it is in fact a small victory for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Goal jeans! I WILL wear you again!!

Speaking of jeans, a future victory I hope to achieve (though it probably won’t be for several months yet) is to fit into my most favourite pair of jeans I have ever owned. I bought them when I was 19 and about 57lbs lighter than I am now, and unfortunately I haven’t fit into them in years. It’s actually kind of a funny story… I wanted a new pair of jeans, so I went over to the mall, tried on a few pairs, and when I tried this particular pair on they looked so damn good I thought to myself “I don’t care how much these cost, I must have them!!”. So I naively walked up to the cashier to pay for them without looking at the tag, and nearly had a heart attack when the bill was over $200 for a single pair of jeans… I have now dubbed them my goal jeans, and I will wear them again someday!!

Anyways, that’s about it for today other than to say it seems I have found my keto stride and am making good progress. I have lost 4.2lbs in the last week and hopefully by next week I will have reached both the 25% mark, as well as the 20lbs down mark (which means reward time!).

Keto on, friends!


Weight Loss So Far: 19.8lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 62.0lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $76

Fatburger and Fail Muffins

2013-11-12 20.42.55Fatburger… is as good for keto as it sounds!
You would think that a burger joint with the word “fat” in it and a high fat diet going hand in hand would be a no-brainer, however… I am still epicly impressed with Fatburger! One night we were feeling a bit lazy so we figured we’d have some burgers. I was getting a little tired of McDonald’s crap (especially because it’s literally in the same building where we live), and since I’d never been there before, we decided to give Fatburger a try. Once I read through their menu and they said that you can order any burger with no bun and they will wrap it in lettuce for you, and add on to that that they have awesome burger additions such as guacamole and egg… I was sold! I ordered the old style bacon cheddar burger with egg and no bun… and this is what I got: (top right)

I know the image quality is not the best, but they practically made a bun out of lettuce, wrapped it in a nice little paper wrap so you can hold it… it was actually edible as a burger instead of the usual bunless burger where you have to drag out the old fork and knife! And aside from presentation, it was delicious! Definitely going to be visiting fat burger again!

Fail Muffins ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
2013-11-17 15.18.40Someone on /r/keto posted a link to a blueberry muffin recipe the other day, and it sounded pretty good! Since I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, I decided to modify it and turn it into a chocolate strawberry muffin recipe. I added 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2tbsp of chocolate protein powder, replaced the stevia with 2 tbsp of Splenda, and replaced the unsweetened almond milk with unsweetened chocolate almond milk. And of course, replaced the blueberries with strawberries. The whole apartment smelled amazing for the entire time they were in the oven, and I was super excited to try them… and then I pulled them out of the oven and…. this is what they looked like: (look left)

They definitely didn’t look muchย  like muffins… and somehow despite adding chocolate almond milk, chocolate protein powder, and cocoa powder, they had absolutely no chocolate taste to them at all. They were a bit too dense, but to be honest I’ve found that to be a trend when trying to bake keto foods with almond and/or coconut flour… unfortunately they just don’t rise the same way that regular flour does. They tasted just okay… edible, but not something I’d make again. Even my cat took it upon himself to toss one into his water dish ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Progress Report
So this week I am officially back on my way to my goal! Not only have I lost 2lbs, but I was finally able to beat my rowing time from October 28th (2000m @ 11:49)… twice! 2000m @ 11:22 on November 13th, and 11:15 on November 15th. I think my times may begin to go up for the next week or two as I’m going to try and focus on increasing the distance before I need to take a break. This usually leaves me winded and impacts the over all time because I need to take more breaks after my initial “burst”, but I think if I can keep pushing it, eventually I will be able to do the entire 2000m in a single shot without needing breaks at all (which ideally will give me an awesome overall time).

I’ve decided to give myself a small reward once I reach 20lbs down, I’ll be sure to post a picture when I do! ๐Ÿ™‚


Keto on, friends!


Weight Loss So Far: 17.6lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 64.2lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $68

Quickie Update!

Just a small update for today…

I’m proud to say that I have completely reversed the damage done on my birthday cheat weekend, and am now merrily on my way to onederland ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, I tried the last flavour of Quest bar (as mentioned in yesterday’s post), peanut butter and jelly… and I must say, this is definitely my favourite. It reminds me of a PB&J granola bar I used to have when I was a kid.

Lastly… the header on my blog (or lack thereof) is really bugging me. I would massively appreciate any suggestions you could throw my way! I am pretty decent at graphic design and graphic editing (it is my job, after all) but unfortunately I lack any skill when it comes to drawing…

Have a great day, and keto on!


My Fat Fashion Fund, Amazing Avocados, and Monkey Bombs!

I’m back in ketosis! Huzzah! So far I have lost about 5 of the 6lbs I gained over my birthday weekend… hopefully in the next day or two I’ll be back to where I was and on my steady way to my goal weight ๐Ÿ™‚ So far I have successfully kept my net carbs at less than 20g per day consistently for the past week, and am fully back into my workout schedule.



Successful in Seattle
I even managed to keep myself on keto while on a day trip down to Seattle (where I had no access to the googles to check carb values on foods due to expensive roaming data…) AND even though a medium coffee from Tim Horton’s has significantly more carbs than I had anticipated… For some reason a medium coffee with 2 cream and 2 Splenda from Timmy Ho’s has a whopping 6g net carbs! This makes absolutely no sense to me as a large Iced Coffee with Splenda from McDonald’s is only 2g net carbs (and 1 cup of regular homemade coffee with cream and Splenda is only 1g net carbs)… if anything I would have expected regular Tim Horton’s coffee to have fewer carbs than McD’s iced coffee, not more. I think I’ll stick to my iced coffees or homemade coffee…

Fat Fashion Fund Jar!

Fat Fashion Fund Jar!

Fat Fashion Fund
I have added a new method of self-motivation to my repertoire; I started a “Dani’s Fat Fashion Fund”! For every pound I lose (retroactively) I will add $4 to the jar, and when I reach my goal weight I will use the jar money to buy myself some awesome new skinny people clothes! So far the jar has $60 ๐Ÿ˜€ by the time I am at my goal weight it will be over $320.

Baked Avocado Eggs

Baked Avocado Eggs

New Recipes!
So I know I am a little late to the game but, I have just discovered the amazingness that is avocados. Avocados are like… the most perfect keto food in existence. Super high in fat and fibre, and super low in net carbs. Today I made myself a baked avocado egg… it turned out pretty awesome! There are tons of sites out there with avocado egg recipes, but they’re all pretty much the same; cut avocado in half, take out pit, crack egg into the space, bake at 425 until the egg is done (10-20 min), top with spices/chives. Unfortunately the recipe I followed called for 1 egg per avocado half and well… I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say they weren’t using extra large eggs like I was. Next time I’ll know to use 1 egg per avocado instead ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have a recipe for avocado fries that I’m excited to try, I’ll update once I’ve given it a go.

Monkey Bombs!

Monkey Bombs!

I also made fat bombs for the first time. I mentioned fat bombs in an earlier post, but didn’t actually get around to making them until today (mainly because I didn’t get over to Michaels until yesterday to get my silicone baking mold). So I started with this peanut butter fat bomb recipe and modified it a bit… I call them Monkey Bombs! ๐Ÿ™‚ I replaced the Stevia with Splenda, and the peanut butter with Dark Chocolate Banana Monkey Butter, and left out the crushed peanuts (Monkey Butter already has bits of nuts in it). The original recipe has around 1.4g net carbs per bomb, and my version is slightly higher at 1.7g net carbs per bomb.


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Banana Monkey Butter
  • 4 tsp granulated Splenda
  • 8 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter

2013-11-11 14.46.36Directions:

  1. Exactly like the original recipe, mix all ingredients in a pot over medium low heat until melted and well blended.
  2. Place a silicone baking mold on top of a cookie sheet (I used a cutting board, as long as it is sturdy enough that it won’t flop around when transporting to the freezer).
  3. Pour the mixture into each of the 24 molds and freeze for 30 minutes.

Nutrition info per bomb: 149 Calories, 16g Fat, 1g Protein, 1.7g Net carbs.

Quest for Quest Bars
My last bit of good news for this post is that I finally found some Quest bars nearby! Quest bars are essentially just like every other protein bar out there, except they are super low in net carbs. They’re pretty popular on the keto subreddits, especially on /r/ketogains (the subreddit for keto in combination with exercise). I bought 4 different kinds; cookie dough (3g net carbs), mixed berry bliss (4g net carbs), peanut butter & jelly (4g net carbs) , and chocolate brownie (5g net carbs). I’ve tried all except the PB&J so far, and I think cookie dough is probably my favourite, followed by berry bliss. I’m not impressed with chocolate brownie at all… it tastes like someone burnt the brownies. This is especially unfortunate because the chocolate brownie flavour had a buy 3 get 1 free deal so I have 3 more to go through ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I wasn’t able to find ketostix at either of the health stores I went to for the quest bars, but I think I’ll be okay to keto on without them ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time… keto on!