So yeah, I have a confession to make: I have been failing at my diet, my exercise, and in other areas of life. 🙂 *sigh* Why???!!
So, to kick things back in gear, I started an egg fast on Tuesday of this week. I’m on day three and I have lost about three pounds. I have not been exercising apart from walking our dog because I find that on an egg fast I just do not have enough energy. I’m excited to be back on track with my diet and am hoping that in the month of October, I will hit my next goal.
In other news, I went to the chiropractor and he is recommending that I switch to the elliptical machine instead of running because my hips are misaligned. I always feel weird on the elliptical, though. I hate running, but the elliptical makes me feel so clumsy and I feel like I don’t burn as many calories for my efforts. But we’ll give it a shot…
I’m also considering doing a 24 hour fast at some point in the month of October. I’ve heard a lot of people do fasting on a keto diet and I’ve never really tried it before. So, stay tuned for that.
Anyways, just thought I’d write a quick, super casual update.
My apartment complex is offering free Zumba classes on Thursday nights, so I thought “Why not try it?!”
Going into the class, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Of course I’ve heard of Zumba before but I had no idea how difficult it really would be! I was hard-core sweating 10 minutes into the class. But I loved it! The instructor was super high energy and incorporated a nice variety of simple and complex moves so that newbies like me wouldn’t feel completely lost.
I couldn’t always keep up with all the moves (especially when it came to the hip gyrations! lol) but I feel like for my first time, I did fairly well and I plan on going again next week!
Today, I’m doing an egg fast. The rules of the egg fast are as follows:
- Eat at least 6 eggs/ day.
- With each egg, have 1 TB of a good, healthy fat.
- You may also have up to 3 oz of cheese/day but no more
Most people probably do an egg fast for more than one day, but I decided to see what happens if I just try it for one day. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to eat just eggs and cheese for more than one day, though I am prepared to because I literally bought five dozen eggs (thank you, Costco)!
So, I kind of did my own thing for breakfast. I work reeeeally early, so I did NOT feel like frying up two eggs for breakfast. Instead, I opted for a bulletproof coffee, made with 2 TB of healthy fats. This may be considered cheating by some but I figured I would just eat a couple boiled eggs to fit the 1TB fat/egg rule. Anyways…that was my breakfast.
For lunch, I made some super easy deviled eggs (mmm!) using the following recipe:
3 eggs, boiled.
3 TB mayonnaise
1 tsp dijon
1 tsp mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Sprinkle of fresh parsley
(Note: I was SO excited to use the fresh parsley that I’m growing in my windowsill, you have NO idea!)
Scrambled eggs à la Gordon Ramsay were on the menu for tonight.So creamy and buttery–nothing like traditional scrambled eggs. I added some pink himalayan salt, pepper, and an ounce of brie cheese. Perfection!
My plan is to not eat anything else tonight, but if I do get hungry I still have a couple ounces of cheese I could eat. We will see how I feel tomorrow–if I want to continue this egg fast I will have to become more creative with my recipes!
Day 2 of running! I ran/walked for 20 minutes. I pushed myself pretty hard but I also didn’t want to go too hard since today was my freebie running day. I’m doing the couch to five k program which requires a certain amount of running 3 days out of the week. I plan on doing the 2nd day of the week tomorrow. So today, I just did freestyle. And it wasn’t too bad.
I felt less energized today but gave myself a goal of running without stopping for longer than five minutes. In the C25K program, five minutes is the longest I’m running right now, without stopping. So, my first set of running, I ran for 7 minutes!
My face says it all.
I used to say that I hate running but I’ve realized something quite recently and it’s changed my mindset a little bit. See, I don’t hate running, really. I’m just terrible at it. I like the feeling I get after a good run, and even sometimes that burst of energy and pride that you get during a run, but I lack the motivation to get out the door. My pace is really slow, I get winded easily, and I feel like I will never improve. And that is what I really don’t like.
But, I know they say practice makes perfect, so that is what I have decided to do. I’ll practice. I will run for 30 days, straight, and see how much progress I can make. Maybe I will become addicted to it and learn to love it. Maybe I’ll still suck at it and despise it. But either way, you can’t say I didn’t try.
Luckily, I have a 5k coming up in September to prepare for and serve as motivation. My goal is to run the whole 5k without stopping to walk. I’ve never not stopped to walk…
So today was day 1 of my 30 day running journey. I got home fairly late from a 4th of July trip Ace and I made, but I was determined to head to the gym as soon as we got home. And I did. I completed week 5 day 1 of the Couch to 5k program by running 5 minutes, walking 3, running five, walking three, and running 5 more minutes, with a warm up and a cool down of five minutes on either end. I feltreally tired and winded by the last five minute section, but was able to keep running (albeit more slowly) until the end.
Day 1 is in the books. 29 more days to go.
Last night I had a cheat meal–Chinese–and it was so delicious. I may have overdone it slightly and jokingly groaned at the end of the meal “I’m not going to eat ANYTHING tomorrow”. Though I was only joking, there are people who love to incorporate intermittent fasting into their way of eating. I’ve never really tried it myself, yet, though because I’ve always loved food too much. I can’t remember a day in my life that my plans haven’t revolved around food. I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating yummy food, so it makes sense that those three meals a day would be at the forefront of my mind most days and particularly on dull days.
But, coincidentally, today, I had a very long day at work and ended up working from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm without having any time to eat. I was too busy to even think about taking a break or eating food! So, basically, I unintentionally fast intermittently. The funniest thing is, I didn’t really miss the food. I’ve heard that about being keto–it keeps you full and satisfied. It was actually really easy for me to not eat today.
Mind over matter, as they say. I’m realizing that I don’t actually need to eat as much as I think I do. I eat a lot because I feel sad. I eat because people around me are eating. I eat because I’m bored. But I don’t actually need to eat as much as I want to eat.
So maybe I’ll try this intermittent fasting thing more often and on purpose next time.
Today marks one month since starting this Keto lifestyle. I had to take a a second look at the scale this morning when I thought it read 229.4 instead of 219.4. I’m just not used to seeing a 1 following that 2.
One month ago, on May 29th, I weighed 230.8, bringing my total weight loss to 11.4 pounds. It’s not as much weight loss as some people on Keto experience in their first month, but I am very pleased with it, given how many bad days I had in this first month. I hope to be better next month.
I’m also supposed to take my progress photos today and that is scaring the heck out of me. What if I don’t see a difference? I don’t really feel super different…I still look and feel overweight. But maybe I will be surprised.
I’m an emotional being (in case you don’t know me or couldn’t tell by now 😉 ). A typical Myer Briggs’ ENFP, I live life by following my gut reactions; doing, then thinking about the consequences or the plan. I pack the night before a trip (or the day of) and planning things out bores and sometimes annoys me.
Not surprising that my emotionality (trust me, it’s a word (but here’s proof, in case you don’t trust me) ) influences my mindset when it comes to food. When I feel down, I want food. When I feel successful, I want to celebrate with food. Any emotion that I’m feeling has a food companion. Combine that with my spontaneity and you can guess where I end up. I struggle planning out my meals. Most days I just see what we have in the fridge and throw something together. When I do plan, it’s hard for me to stick to the plan. So, counting calories is not really up my alley. I still do it sometimes, but mostly, now all I count is carbs, which is a lot less work, especially when you are trying to stay under 20g of carbs per day.
Anyways, the point is, being an “emotional eater” has just been an excuse. Maybe I do struggle with that more than others, but I can’t let that dictate my lifestyle. My goal now is to find something to replace the food. Something that will comfort me as the food once did. I’m not quite sure what that is, yet. As I think back on the past days that have been hard, where I have wanted to cheat or DID cheat, I can’t seem to find a differentiating factor. What did I do on my successful cheat-free days where I felt like crap? Hmm… I’m not sure. But I’m encouraged that I’ve had successful days and even though I’m not sure what is changing, at least I know that something is.