Struggling but still trying

Hellooo!

It’s pretty late right now but I’m awake and not quite ready to go to sleep so I figured I’d come write up a blog post. It’s been a while but I’m still here! I’ve been really struggling with my Keto diet big time since the Winter holidays. I am pretty good at staying away from bread and stuff but man, that sugar demon keeps taking over! Even though it’s been hard to stick with my macros lately, I know I can do this. Instead of focusing on my large goal, I’m going to set mini daily goals so I can at least feel I’m working towards something. I’ve been losing and gaining the same 5lbs for the last two months.

Anyway, today was National Pet Day and I showed Roco my appreciation by taking him to the vet to get a shot. Lol, it was necessary but I hate how nervous he gets at the vet. All went well and we were out of there in an hour. 

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Exercise-wise I’m still working out but no longer doing the Strong Curves program. I made it to week 9 and then decided to switch to this workout . I was enjoying the Strong Curves program but schedule wise, it just wasn’t working for me. I get off work most days during the week at 8pm and by the time I get to the gym it is 8:30 and then I still have to change clothes. In addition to that, I hate having to wait for certain machines so instead of doing that I can do my KB workout at home. I’m in the process of trying to get back to just one job so maybe once that happens, I’ll be able to go to the gym before work versus going after work. I’ve only been doing the KB program for about a week and while I have yet to do 500 swings during one workout, I can feel myself getting stronger. I’m currently using an 18lb KB but may switch to my 26lb KB towards once I hit 5,000 swings, or somewhere around that number.

I finished C25K back in March and have started on C210K. I could have started at week 9 since I just finished C25K but I’m starting from the beginning just because I want to easy runs to look forward to. Lazy, I know. I signed up for the Big Sur Half Marathon again so after C210K, I may try and do the half marathon version. I have never fully trained properly for a half marathon and I’d like to. It comes down to me setting a schedule and sticking to it. I would also have to plan some outside runs because I can only do so many miles on my treadmill.

Anyway, I’m off to bed now. Goodnight!

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I’m still here :)

I haven’t posted in a month and I can’t even say it’s because I’ve been crazy busy. I just didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to write about. 

The last several weeks haven’t been too exciting. I had a birthday on 11/19 and while I had to work that day, after work I went to Red Robin and had a non-Keto meal. I’d been debating on if I wanted to do a cheat meal or not and I figured since it was my birthday, I could splurge a little. I ended up getting a burger, fries (their fries are amazing), and a shake. My burger was bunless so my carbs came from the fries and shake. I’m not going to lie, it was absolutely delicious. But, even though it tasted really good, I wish I’d just stuck with a Keto style meal. Ever since that day, I’ve been struggling to get back into Ketosis. The birthday cheat meal led to me allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and pretty much every day since. 

I’m  disappointed in myself since I’d been doing well and then messed up. That cheat meal turned into a downward spiral. It also doesn’t help that this is the time of year for treats galore. I’m still trying to get back on track and some days I’ll be good during work hours and then I fall apart in the evening. Getting back into low carb is much harder the second time around. I’m seeing that now. 

Anyway, I have gained a few pounds back and I’m going to try and get rid of them again, but my goal for the rest of this month is to try and at least maintain my current weight. I’ve been working out at least three times a week for the last few weeks and that paired with drinking more water, I think it’s a feasible goal. 

2017 is 16 days away! One thing I love the most about the start of a new year is you can start fresh with any aspect of your life. I always have fitness oriented goals but I’m also going to set some personal goals. As far as fitness goes, I won’t be using the Happy Planner Fitness planner this year. Instead I picked up one of their mini planners and I will use that to track exercise, weight, steps, etc. I don’t need to write down food since I already use My Fitness Pal. 

I bought a bunch of fitness stickers from Sweet Kawaii Design on Etsy and I think I’m going to get the MAMBI fitness sticker pack from Michael’s sometime this weekend (they always have coupons) and then I will be all set. Using sticker to motivate myself may sound silly but I love it. 

I plan on doing another six month diet bet in January and since I don’t like losing money, I know I’ll do my best with that. All I can do it keep at it. 

Happy Friday 😀

First month on Keto

Good Morning!

I’ve been doing Keto for a little over a month and so far I am down 9.8lbs. While I’ve been doing fine with the food, I have been getting a little tired of red meat. I’m going to try to add more fish and chicken over the next couple weeks just so I don’t lose my mind. I miss pasta sometimes but I’ve been able to have spaghetti squash as a substitute. It isn’t the same but when it’s mixed with a delicious homemade Alfredo sauce, it’s not bad at all. I found Alfredo recipe on reddit and I liked it so much, I made it again the following week. So delicious.

I’ve started taking a multivitamin as well as a magnesium/calcium supplement. Vitamins have never been part of my daily routine so my  goal is just to remember to take them each day. They’re huge horse pills too so yeah, fun times. I still need to get one more supplement this week since my potassium levels are low. My muscles have been cramping so I need to up my potassium.

I haven’t noticed a change in my body personally but people around me have noticed a change and that is very encouraging. The other day my dad told me he was proud of me for sticking with this. Normally when he buys ice cream or makes chocolate chip cookies, I’m all over those. But, I haven’t cheated one time. The low-carb treats I’ve made have helped too.

As far as workouts go, I’ve been doing mostly cardio. I’d planned on starting a Kettle Bell program but I still need to read the book that has the program in it. The book was recommended in one of the Keto Facebook groups I am in and I hope to start reading it by the end of the week.

Side Note

This has nothing to do with Keto but I just wanted to say how excited I am that football is back! My team (49ers) probably won’t do too well this season and that’s ok. I’m excited to watch the games each week as well as keep up on my fantasy teams. Each year I say I’m not going to play and each year I don’t say no. Fantasy is fun but since I have multiple teams, it kind of ruins the fun part. That being said, I’m determined to win at least one of these leagues.

I’ll try to post an update on my latest reads later this week.

Have a great Monday! 🙂

 

It’s working!

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I know it’s still early but oh my goodness, Keto is working! I started on Monday August 8th and I’m very proud that I have not cheated one time. For one thing, cheating would only hurt me since it would through my body out of ketosis and I’d have to start over. My co-worker at the library gave me a bunch of books on the low carb lifestyle, including some cookbooks. It will take while for me to get through them since there are so many but I’m grateful to her for letting me borrow them.

Giving up the sugary snacks wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be since I’m still able to make sugar-free treats when I feel the need. I have some favorites right now but there are many more out there I haven’t tried yet. I haven’t had the pasta craving yet but when that comes, I have a couple of recipes in mind. Since I can still have my beloved cream sauce, I’m going to make some type of Alfredo dish.

It’s amazing how many Keto resources are out there. I was never interested in Reddit before but once I found the Keto subreddit, I was hooked. If I ever have a question about something, it’s almost guaranteed someone else has had the same questions. The search feature on there has helped me out tremendously. When it comes to public message boards and Facebook groups, I’m always hesitant to post because I don’t want to come off sounding stupid or dumb. It’s silly but whatever.

I’ve still been working out but haven’t been running as much. I don’t think my body is fully fat adapted yet but hopefully it will be soon. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of cycling and elliptical at the gym. I have a race in November so I really need to get on a training schedule. The one thing I have noticed as far as changes in my body is the cramping. Yesterday I took a spin class at my gym and during the stretch-session after I was over, I could feel a cramp start in my legs. Increasing my sodium will hopefully help with this issue. Egg drop soup is a quick and easy way to get that in!

Anyway, I’ll report back in two weeks on my progress. I haven’t been this excited about weight loss since I lost weight many years ago doing Weight Watchers.

Heyyy


Hello!

Happy hump day!
So the month with my nephews flew by! They left yesterday morning with my parents and I miss them already. It was rough at times dealing with the two year old because you never knew if he was going to have a meltdown or not, but I loved having them around. I’m not sure if them coming during the summer will be a yearly thing but I wouldn’t complain if it was. The next time I see them, Damien will be well into the school year and Ray will hopefully be able to say some words. He tries to talk now, but usually I have no idea what he is saying.

Now that the boys are gone, I can get back into a regular gym routine. I didn’t go as much as I could have since I wanted to spend time with the boys in the evening. I don’t get off work until 8 during the week and they’d usually go to bed by 9, 9:30, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could. I did a lot of evening walks on the treadmill which was fine, but I miss the different machines the gym has to offer. Yesterday I ran for the first time in a couple weeks and it felt great. I used my new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 running shoes and thankfully they didn’t hurt my feet like the GTS 16s did. I hope when the 17s come out they address the narrowness issue that I felt at the top of my foot. 

The doctor’s appointment for my shoulder is next week. I’m hoping they’ll give me an MRI since the X-Ray I had a few weeks ago didn’t show anything. Something is wrong because I shouldn’t have this much pain for no reason. 

Anyway, can you believe it’s already August? Haha, new month, new goals right? I’d planned on doing another round of Whole30 this month but instead I’m going to transition to the Keto — short for Ketogenic — diet (low carb, high fat). I don’t like that it’s called a diet since it’s really more of a lifestyle change. I’ve been doing research online and listening to some podcasts (2 Keto Dudes) and I’m excited to try it. Several women in one of my Facebook fitness groups have done very well . I’m at the point where I just want to be able to stick to something long-term. Low carb will be extremely difficult the first couple weeks but I’m prepared for that. My sister-in-law started this week and she’s been keeping me up to date on her symptoms. Best thing for me about this way of eating is I can still eat cheese! My tentative start date is next Monday, 8/8. 

Have a great day! 😀