Weigh-in Tuesday: Week 4

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I gained 1.8lbs😦

Beginning weight: 229.8 lbs

Current weight: 223.6 lbs

Total weight loss: 6.2 lbs

Now, at first I was pissed. Really pissed. I’ve been on track for 4 solid weeks and honestly, I was expecting something like a 3-pound drop this week as a reward, ha.

But then I realized: “I’ve been eating a lot lately and I’ve had crazy cravings….have I gotten my period this month yet?!”

So that’s it. I’m supposed to start my monthly this week and the people at my gym say it affects weight.

Actually, menstrual cycles can cause you to gain up to 10 pounds due to water retention…WHAT?!

Anyway, click on this link to read some really interesting information about periods/weight gain.

And wish me luck for next week’s weigh-in!

Keto-friendly bread? Waffles? WHAT.

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The other day I was scrolling through some keto recipes and found quite a few that I really wanted to try like chai tea lattes, peanut butter cups, crackers, and BREAD. BREAD, I TELL YOU!

I made the buns and they turned out bread-like-but-totally-not-bread. The one thing i’d change about the recipe is the garlic & onion powder. It was a bit too savory for me (but then again, I prefer “boring” bread like french or wheat). Anyway, I used the bread as a bun for a bison burger and overall, it was really tasty. It’s preferred that we eat 80/20 ground beef while on keto, but I really like ground bison meat, so that’s what we had in the fridge for me to eat.

Keto bread

This morning, I decided to attempt this ridiculously perfect-looking Raspberry Brie Grilled Cheese Waffle recipe. Check. This. Out.

Brie Waffles

Waffle bfast

The second picture is a bit blurry, sorry about that. But goodness gracious glory be hallelujah, LOOK AT IT. I promise, it was as delicious as it looks. Kind of labor intensive, sure. But well worth it. I think I’d only eat it every once in a while, however, because it’s very rich.

Other than my cooking adventures this weekend, I’ve been doing well and staying on track, generally. My parents and I went to a wonderful food/cooking store today and they had samples all over the store. I caved in a couple times and tried various jams with a small cracker…How can I NOT sample apple jalapeño jam or cranberry horseradish jelly? Come on. Confession time: I think the samples messed with me a little bit because I have heartburn now for the first time while on keto😦

Weigh-in Tuesday: Week 3

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I lost 2.6 lbs. YAY! I’m feeling very encouraged by the change and I’m looking forward to the rest of this journey…which I guess is…the rest of my life? I don’t know. I understand that the keto lifestyle is possible and I understand that many people live by it  for reasons other than to lose weight. But I’m not sure if I can do that because I really miss bread and rice and tortillas and beans. However, with this weight coming off and my cravings under control, I feel like, ‘yea totally, this is awesome!’ But as a lifestyle????? Shoot, I dunno man. We’ll see.

Beginning weight: 229.8 lbs

Current weight: 221.8 lbs

Total weight loss: 8 lbs

My mom just made this and I’m praising sweet Jesus because I can eat it:

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My waist is getting smaller & my bum remains the same *le sigh*

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I’ve been feeling dizzy today and I’m not sure why. I had a substantial keto-friendly breakfast of eggs with low-carb sausage and a bit of mayo and for lunch I had some chicken, zucchini, and alfredo sauce. My water intake has been decent, so I’m not sure why I feel tired and a bit dizzy.

Confession time: I cheated for the first time! But that’s not why I’m dizzy today, because I cheated on Friday…Is it possible to feel the effects of cheating two days later? Am I going through the “keto-flu” thing again? I really don’t think so. Anyway, my treat to myself was a medium chai-tea latte from Starbucks made with whole milk. My heart and my mouth were happy while I sipped on that long-awaited latte. And that’s all I cheated with, I didn’t go completely overboard!

But to be honest, it kinda screwed with me. Afterwards, I was really craving sugar in the form of chocolate or cookies or brownies. Ugh, cravings are awful. I restrained myself from eating leftover Halloween candy (yay, go me) and last night I made keto-friendly brownies. They turned out alright. I mean, the texture is more like a cake than a brownie but at least I got my chocolate fix. Also, I couldn’t get all the chunks of cream cheese to dissolve so I have little white bits of it in the brownies, haha.

So it’s Day 20 and I wanted to share this picture, because my waist is really shrinking! IT’S WORKING, GUYS. I’m getting leaner, hooray! When I lose weight, it tends to come off the top half of my body first. The measurements of my lower half have all stayed the same but my waist/stomach has gone down an inch.🙂 …I know this wasn’t the most optimal place to take a selfie…sorry.

Shrinking waist

TGIF

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Hi, friends! Keto is going well! Now, as I said before, even though I only lost 1 pound this past week, I can tell that I’m making great progress by my energy levels and the way I physically feel. My body feels…tighter? Leaner? Something I noticed is that a lot of people who start keto usually don’t exercise at first. For me, I need to go to the gym and I go about 3x per week. I do 30 minutes of strength training exercises and then 30 minutes of cardio either on the treadmill or the elliptical. I think the combination of eating healthy and exercise is why I feel leaner.

Today I decided to wear this beautiful blazer I bought about 4 months ago for work. When I bought it, I could only have it buttoned if I was standing up (and sucking my tummy in a bit). Now, I’m sitting here typing this post with the jacket buttoned and I’m perfectly comfortable in it. This is progress and it feels amazing!

My mom made alfredo pasta the other day, WHY GOD, WHY? I suppose I can’t complain because I was still able to eat the pasta sauce, which she made with chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini. Nom. I’m eating some of that for lunch today along with mixed greens with caesar dressing, raw almonds, pork rinds with Cholula hot sauce, unsweetened tea, and lots of water. Oh, and for breakfast, I’ve been able to defrost some of the egg frittata muffins I made earlier. It’s really convenient to have food ready in the freezer. Just defrost, and you’re good to go. I’ll probably defrost some of that chili I made a couple weeks ago and have that for dinner.🙂

IT’S FRIDAY, I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR DAY! Happy dieting!❤

Weigh-in tuesday: Week 2

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I lost 1lb. UGH. I know I’m being a hypocrite here because I once said that the number doesn’t matter, but it does matter a little to me😛 . Something I can’t be upset about, however, is that my body fat percentage went down from 45.3% to 44.3%, which is apparently good (a mere 1%? Ok, I’ll take it).

Current weight: 224.4lbs

Total weight loss: 5.4lbs

Current body fat: 44.3%

Today, I made low-carb pepperoni pizza and it turned out really good. I feel like I could eat the whole thing but I know I shouldn’t…ha.