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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.