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So close… I can taste it! Tastes like bacon and cheeeeese…

Yep, I’m so so close to my half-way milestone it’s ridiculous πŸ™‚ 1.7lbs to go!

Of course, with my half-way marker also comes my second round of “how well does my wedding dress fit now?”. I’m super excited to see the difference, considering the difference I saw between my “before keto” wedding dress pic and my 20lbs down pic, I’m sure that 40lbs down will be even better πŸ™‚

Anyways… my weight loss has been pretty steady for the last week, but before that I was on an unfortunate 3 week stall due to a keto experiment gone awry… I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say I won’t be making that mistake again any time soon! But the stall can easily account for why I haven’t had any real updates for awhile… but I’m back on track now! Unfortunately it’s looking like I probably won’t meet my goal weight by the wedding, but if I keep going at the pace I’m going now (approximately 10lbs/month average) I should be somewhere around 60-70lbs lost by the time it comes around, and I will be more than happy with that.


Wedding Dilemma

Speaking of the wedding… I had been thinking about keto and the wedding, and how I should approach the situation. There are two major issues when it comes to being in ketosis on my wedding day:

  1. Wedding Cake. Let’s face it, I’m not going to not eat some of my own wedding cake. That’s just ridiculous. However, when your body is used to having less than 20g of carbs per day, and then you shove a piece of cake in your mouth that most likely adds up to around 40g of carbs… well, the after-effects are less than enjoyable. Typically within an hour or two you feel dizzy, nauseated, stomach cramps, etc. And I really don’t want that on my wedding day.
  2. Alcohol Tolerance. The basic idea is, your body is no longer storing glycogen, and therefore no longer retaining water (glycogen molecules and water molecules are like best buds, when glycogen leaves, so does the water). Lower water levels in your body = less dilution for any alcohol you take in. Essentially, after one drink I’m well buzzed, after two I’m done. At the end of the day, I don’t want to be a sloppy bride.

So, I could go off keto the day before or the day of, but as I said, there are definitely some negative side effects of suddenly increasing your carb intake. I could go off keto a few days before, but as soon as I do that, my body will begin to store glycogen, and therefore begin to retain water, and I’ll likely put on between 5 and 10lbs of water weight within a few days… which is easy enough to lose after going back on keto, but given that my dress would have just been altered, could cause some issues.

So of course, I put the question out there to /r/keto, and of course, I got a lot of junk replies like “don’t cheat.” and “don’t worry, one day off won’t kill you” (umm… okay, I know I’ll lose the weight afterwards, it’s the negative side effects I’m thinking of… y’know… trying to sort out a strategy?). I sometimes wonder if people even bother to read the posts they comment on… I even had one person tell me in all bold writing that at the end of the day the only and most important thing is that I get back onto keto afterwards. Umm… no… sorry… sure, getting back onto keto is very important, but I’m pretty sure my wedding is more important…

But the replies weren’t all bad πŸ™‚ I especially appreciated one post by /u/Naonin who suggested a lot of supplements and strategies for minimizing the impact of switching off ketosis, among many other users who gave some very helpful tips. If anyone is considering something like what I just wrote about and would like some tips, definitely check out my post and the replies πŸ™‚

 

Game made me chubby :(

Game made me chubby 😦

Wii Fit Plus

So Jason bought me a Wii Fit Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus for Christmas (yay!) and I finally got around to trying it out this week πŸ™‚ I found it pretty cool and fun, but as sad as it is, I think my favourite part was that you can create a profile for your pets πŸ˜› I made one for Stormy and afterwards when I was doing the bike riding activity, I rode past him and he chased after me for the rest of the activity! It was so cute…

One part I didn’t like so much was that it made my mii chubby πŸ˜› As soon as it took my weight and determined my BMI, my mii looked like it exploded into a beer gut. Either way, it gave me a good workout, I burned about 260 calories and was pretty sore the next day. I think I’ll probably use it more often for awhile as I’ve gotten bored of rowing for the time being and haven’t done it in quite awhile.

 

I get by… with a little help… from my friends

So I managed to get my best friend onto keto recently, it wasn’t really a hard sell as he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and his favourite food is cheese with some cheese on it. It’s cool to have someone on the same diet that I can talk to, though it’s looking like he’s slipping lately and not taking it too seriously. I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up I guess, but I really hope he sticks to it and sees the results he’s looking for πŸ™‚

Also, my good friend and neighbour came by today and gave me $20 to put into my fat fashion fund πŸ™‚ I thought that was really nice of her and I totally didn’t expect it, it’s so nice to have people around me that are following and supporting my journey πŸ™‚

Anyways, that’s all I have for today!

Keto on!

Dani

Weight Loss So Far: 39.2lbs
Weight Loss to Go: 42.6lbs
Fat Fashion Fund: $176

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 πŸ™‚

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!

Dani

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

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 😦
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 muchΒ  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 😦

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! πŸ™‚

 

Keto on, friends!

Dani

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

Gifts from the cream cheese gods!

Back to keto, day 2!

So far I’m doing well, I’ve shed about 3 of the 6lbs I gained over the weekend, and managed to keep myself at 12g net carbs for both yesterday and today. I feel so much better than I did on the weekend, though I think I can feel a touch of keto flu* as I’ve been sleeping a lot, but I’ll get back on my supplements and I should be fine.

Food of the gods.

Food of the gods.

I discovered something epic today while I was at the store… My neighbour and friend had given me some spreadable aged cheddar about a week ago and I had been spreading it on slices of garlic sausage (omg it’s amazing) but unfortunately I ran out… so I went to get some more and found it was $9 for a small container… soooo I looked around and found Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese with Chives. $3.50 for a container, and holy crap that stuff is amazing. I could eat it with a spoon. Srsly. And with only about 1g net carbs per 2 tbsp, I can afford to!

I also got myself back to working out today! A little bit of back story… basically, about 4 years ago I bought myself a concept 2 rowing machine (AKA an ergometer), and shortly after I moved into an apartment less than half the size of my old one (and twice the rent but… location, location, location!) so, I handed off my rower to my best friend for safe keeping and also because he was the one to originally get me into rowing I figured he may get some use out of it. 3 years later, I decide I want to change my life and I’m willing to sacrifice the apartment space, so I got it back from him and since September 16th I have worked out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with only 2 exceptions; early in the beginning when I was still getting used to it I managed to pull a muscle and took a bit of time to recover, as well as this past Monday for my birthday.

Anyways, I’ll cut to the point… I’m pretty proud of my progress, although I feel I may have hit a wall at this point. When I first got the machine back from him I was not quite able to do a full 2000m, so I started small and worked my way up and well… here are some of my times:

  • May 12, 2010 2000m @ 18:42 (last time I did 2000m before my friend took the rower)
  • Sep 16, 2013 1000m @ 10:46
  • Sep 18, 2013 1250m @ 14:28
  • Sep 20, 2013 1500m @ 17:36
  • Sep 25, 2013 2000m @ 17:23 (I beat my previous time AND distance!)
  • Oct 4, 2013 2000m @ 16:18
  • Oct 9, 2013 2000m @ 15:21
  • Oct 11, 2013 2000m @ 14:28
  • Oct 16, 2013 2000m @ 13:14
  • Oct 18, 2013 2000m @ 12:36
  • Oct 28, 2013 2000m @ 11:49

They aren’t great times by any means (nor are they all of my times, of course), but the progress is something I’m pretty proud of. As of yet, I haven’t been able to beat my time on Oct 28th, but I’m still trying… πŸ™‚ Today I was only able to do 12:48, but I’ll chalk that up to still recovering from my carb binge… but 12:48 is still better than all my times within the first month, so go me! πŸ˜€

Anyways, that’s all for today… hopefully I’ll be back in ketosis within the next couple of days and I can get myself fully back on track!

Take care and keto on!

Dani

*keto flu: A “flu-like state” that can occur at any time during ketosis, but is most common when your body is still becoming keto-adapted. The main symptom is usually fatigue, but keto flu can be easily avoided by ensuring your electrolytes are at a good level. This means you should try to maintain a daily intake of 5000mg of sodium, 1000mg of potassium, and 300mg of magnesium. If you’re having trouble keeping your electrolyte levels up, Potassium and Magnesium supplements are not hard to find (check your local pharmacy or vitamin store) and are often found in regular multivitamins, and you can increase your sodium intake by either simply adding extra salt to all of your food, or drink 1 or 2 cups of broth/bouillon per day.