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.
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… 🙂 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! 😀
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!
*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.