Posted in diet, fasting, Health, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

Intermittent Fasting Week!

It’s a new week! I’m going into my third week of doing strict keto, where I count my calories and macros and am being really careful.

Last week, (from Sunday to Sunday) I lost 2 pounds, going from 209.8 to 207.8. I’ll admit, i was a little bit disappointed that I did not lose more, especially since I was reeeeeallly good all week! I know losing 2 pounds a week is a pretty healthy, standard rate to lose, but I want it to be faster!!!! I’m so impatient.

Also, when I weighed myself this morning, I was up by like, .4 pounds. Am I obsessing too much over the scale? Some people say to just throw the scale away and go by how your clothes are fitting. I feel like that would be even more discouraging as I don’t seem to be noticing too much of a difference in the way my clothes fit. Maybe I should do a no-weigh month. What do y’all think? Comment down below.

I did measure myself the other day and saw that I have lost 2 inches in my derriere and almost two inches in my belly area. My arms and legs have stayed pretty much the same. So, that’s encouraging I guess, but the progress in measuring is much harder to see right away. Also, it is waaay hard to measure yourself with a measuring tape. I feel like I can measure the same area three times in a row and get three different measurements. Anyway… The point is, I’m still losing weight and still making progress even if it is slower than what I would prefer.

So, this week’s plan is to do some intermittent fasting (hereafter referred to as IF). IF is when you fast for a certain amount of time and only eat within a short window. The easiest IF ratio is 16:8, where you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. There are some people who make it more extreme and shorten the eating window to 6, 4, or even 2 hours. But I’m not that cray, yet.

This week, I am going to be doing a 16:8 IF. I have my lunch at school usually at around 12:15, so I will have until 8:15 to eat all of my calories for the day. This honestly doesn’t seem too daunting to me because before I was doing the keto diet, I would often skip breakfast and just have some coffee. So, I started today and have been successful, so far. I am interested in seeing if this type of eating is going to make me lose more quickly. So again, starting weight today was 207.8. We will see what it is next week!

My meal plan for this week was pretty easy, since I didn’t even have to prep any meals for breakfast. I always plan different dinners throughout the week and adjust as needed. Since it’s just James and I, we sometimes don’t even get around to eating all the meals we have planned because we just have so many leftovers. So, here’s what I’m having for lunch and snacks:

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Cauliflower tortillas

Lunch: Taco with cauliflower tortilla, topped with half an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 tomato, and 1 TB guacamole. Side: 1/3 cucumber.

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Keto Taco

Nutrition: 485 calories, 7.6g carbs, 37.1g fat, 29.5g protein.

Snack: Protein Coffee: 2 scoops of Isopure protein powder (add some coconut oil or HWC if desired and if calories allow).

Nutrition (just protein powder): 220 cal, 1g net carb, 1g fat, 50g protein.

I also made up a batch of Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup that I thought I would interchange with my taco lunches to change things up a bit. (Also, in all honesty, the main reason is just that I didn’t make enough taco meat. 😉 ). (Nutrition for 1 cup of soup is 156 cal, 4.9g carbs, 10g fat, 9.3g protein.)

This will leave me with about 700 calories remaining for dinner. I also am planning on going to the gym this week and doing cardio three times and strength training three times. I’m super bummed, by the way because my chiropractor said I should stop running on the treadmill and do the elliptical instead. 😦 So we will see how that goes.

So that is the plan for this week! I will also be vlogging during the week, so make sure you head on over to my Youtube channel and subscribe so you can see it in action!

 

 

Posted in diet, Health, Ketogenic

Keto Meal Prep

I have been trying something new recently. It’s called “meal prepping”. Have you heard of it?

I started two weeks ago and prepped my breakfasts and lunchs for the week. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have not been very strict recently on my keto diet and I really need to crack down and get to work.

So, this week, I used this keto macro calculator to calculate how many calories I should be consuming (based on factors such as my height, current weight, activity level, etc..) and what percentage of those calories should be from fat, carbs, and protein.

When I first started keto, I didn’t worry about tracking all of my food. I just counted my net carbs and tried to stay under 20g. But I’ve been stuck at 209 pounds and fluctuating up to 213 and back down to 209. So, I thought I would try to go by the results of the keto calculator.

The calculator told me I should be eating around 1496 calories, 120g of those from fat, 100g from protein, and 20g of carb. The amount of calories honestly freaks me out, right now, because I’ve always though when you diet, you need to be at such a caloric deficit (i.e: under 1200 calories–which is torture, by the way!!).

So, this week, on Sunday, I pre-planned all of my breakfasts and lunches based on my macros. It took forever and I realized I would need a lot more protein than what I’ve been having to meet that goal.

Anyways, here is my meal plan for the week: (If you would like to see my video of what I eat in a day, click here.)

Breakfast:

Coffee with one scoop of Isopure protein powder and 1 TB HWC: 160 calories, 5.5g fat, 25g protein, 1.5g carbs.

Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting: 249 calories, 21.6g fat, 7.2g protein, 3g carbs.

1 hard-boiled egg: 78 calories, 5.3g fat, 6.3g protein, 0.6g carbs.

(I have not been eating both the muffin and the egg each morning, but it’s nice to have the option to eat both, or one or the other.)

 

 

Lunch:

3oz. Chicken Breast: 142 calories, 5.2g fat, 21.8g protein, 0g carbs.

 

Zuchinni pizzas: 163 calories, 14.3g fat, 5.4g protein, 4.3g carbs.

Deviled Eggs with Bacon: 161 calories, 15.2g fat, 6g protein, 1g carb.

Snack:

1 oz almonds: 180 calories, 16g fat, 7g protein, 2g carbs.

Zuchinni Pizzas

Deviled Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For dinners, I have just been making different keto meals at home and making sure to stay as close to my macros and calorie goals as I can.

 

So far, I have really enjoyed doing keto this way. It is a lot less tempting for me to cheat because I have stuff ready to go in the fridge.

 

I’m also happy to announce that I finally saw a number lower than 209 today! 207.6, to be exact! It’s been a great week, so far and I look forward to sharing next week’s meal plan with you soon!

Posted in diet, Health, Ketogenic, Running, Weight Loss

I’m Baaaaaack!

On August 3rd, I woke up at 5:00am, drove thirty minutes north, took a few deep breaths, and walked into my first year of teaching middle school. I may have been more nervous than some of my students on that first day, thinking “am I really qualified to do this?”, “what am I even doing?” and the ever ambivalous question “what is differentiated instruction?”

Life has been a whirlwind ever since that first day, and while I never completely forgot about my fitness goals, they have not been at the forefront of my mind. Lesson plans, assessments, parent contact, student success, administrative duties, and all the other miscellaneous responsibilities of being a teacher took over. Well, it has been just over three weeks since the first day and I am ready to get back in the saddle.

It’s not that I have fallen off the wagon, per se, but I have not been as careful as I should be with my diet, nor have I been doing any sort of exercise (besides the two flights of stairs I walk up every morning and ambulating up and down the hallways). Despite the numerous cheat meals (or cheat DAYS), and my more sedentary state, I am thrilled to announce that I have lost another 10 pounds. That makes for a total loss of 20 POUNDS, people!!!

So, thanks in most part to my husband’s encouragement, I’m back at it! It never seems like a good time to get back at it. I’m still overwhelmed with school responsibilities, stressed, and tired. But that’s life. It’s always going to be that way. I’ve just got to bite the bullet and hit the treadmill. So that’s what I did, today.

I ran my fastest mile today (which is still not very fast, but hey, it’s progress). I’m still preparing for a 5k on September 30th, which is very scary and motivating. I also started the 200 sit-up program that my husband reccommended and am doing that on the days that I don’t run.

So, despite all of my set backs recently, I am very satisfied with my results and ready to make more progress in the coming weeks.

Posted in diet, July 2017, Ketogenic, Recipes, Weight Loss

Bulletproof Coffee Pods

 

One of my favorite things about the Keto diet so far (besides the amazing results I’ve been seeing) is Bulletproof Coffee.

Bulletproof coffee is, essentially, a fatty cup of coffee, to kick-start your morning and keep you full. While technically, the term “Bulletproof” is a trademark for a specific brand, people have adopted the term to describe any cup of coffee that has added fats to it.

bulletproof!

There are many ways to make bulletproof coffee and everyone likes it made differently. The common denominators, though, are usually some sort of butter, or fatty oil or a combination of both.

 

Because I normally don’t eat breakfast, and I love coffee anyways, bulletproof coffee is great for my mornings on-the-go (or just any morning)! However, it can be quite time-consuming on a busy morning. I have to grind the beans, brew the coffee, get out the ingredients, mix those together, pour the coffee, and then blend it. And some mornings, I just don’t have time for that!

So, I made these bulletproof coffee pods with all the pre-measured ingredients, frozen together, for a fast, convenient time-saver.

I started by measuring out my butter (1 TB), coconut oil (1 TB), vanilla (1 tsp) and collagen powder (1 scoop). While I filled the muffin tin with my ingredients, my oven was preheating to a very low temperature.

Pre-made pods

When I had filled the muffin tin, I popped it in the oven for a few minutes until all the ingredients were melted together. Then, I placed them in the fridge (you could put them in the freezer but mine wasn’t big enough to accommodate my tray 🙂 ). Once they were solid, I popped them out of the tin using aknife, put them all in a ziplock bag and stored them in my freezer. Frozen pods

Now, in the morning I can just brew my coffee, pull one of these pods out, add some heavy whipping cream, and blend it all together!

You can easily vary or substitute these ingredients to suit your personal taste, as well. You could use cinnamon, cocoa powder, ghee butter, stevia drops (if you like your coffee sweet), protein powder, etc… the possibilities are endless! Bulletproof pods

I know it sounds weird, at first to think of putting butter in your coffee, but trust me, you will love it (blending everything with Heavy Whipping cream is the key–it foams up like a latte!) And now, with these convenient pre-made pods, making your bulletproof coffee will be easier than ever!

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

10 Keto FAQ’s

Are you thinking about trying out this whole Keto thing? Here is a list of  frequently asked questions about the Ketogenic Diet with some fairly simple answers to help you. I am not an expert in this area, per se, but I can share whatever knowledge and understanding I have. So here we go:

1.Where does the word “keto” come from? Keto is short for “ketogenic”, which refers to a state of ketosis that your body goes into when it is burning fat and using “ketones” as energy.

2. How does the ketogenic diet work? Normally, the body uses carbs (which are turned into glucose) as energy. The ketogenic diet forces the body into a state of ketosis by limiting the amount of carbs so the body can switch from burning glucose to burning fat (this is called being “fat-adapted”).

3. How long does it take to become fat-adapted? It depends on your body and how strict you are going to be with the amount of carbs you consume and if you’re hitting your macros every day.

4. What is the Keto Flu? The Keto Flu is a period of detox as your body is becoming fat-adapted. People often experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches and muscle aches during the first few weeks of the keto diet. Read this article to learn more about the Keto Flue and how you can prevent it.

5. What can I eat on a Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet focused on eating healthy fats, a moderate amount of protein and extremely low carbs (under 20g). So you can eat basically any meat, green leafy veggies, cheese, eggs, and healthy oils and fats. Click here for a more complete list of low-carb foods.

6. Do I have to limit or count my calories on a keto diet? Yes and No. In the beginning, it’s helpful to log all of your food to see how many carbs you are consuming. Lots of foods have hidden carbs, so until you know which foods to avoid, it’s best to keep track. You don’t need to be too concerned with actual caloric intake, though. Obviously, you don’t want to have too many calories and you want to be eating enough calories, but most importantly, you want to make sure you are hitting your macros.

7. What are macros? There are three groups of macros (or macronutrients) of which every food is made and those are protein, carbs, and fat. On a Ketogenic diet, the standard macro proportions to aim for are 60-70% fat, 30-40% protein, and 5-10% carbs. You can easily track your macros by using apps such as My Fitness Pal.

8. How much weight will I lose on this diet? It depends on your body, how much weight you have to lose, how strict you are going to be and whether or not you exercise. A lot of people see a dramatic weight loss in the first month. Some don’t have any weight loss according to the scale, but lose inches. The important thing is to trust the process because it does work.

9. Do I need to buy any supplements? You do not need to buy any supplements to do the keto diet. The only supplements you might consider are vitamins such as magnesium, iron, potassium, etc… as a lot of people tend to have a deficiency in those. But really, if you are eating your leafy green veggies, you should not have a problem. And you definitely don’t need to buy any “ketones”, or “keto pee strips” or other “keto diet products”. You don’t need them, trust me. Save your money to buy more bacon and steak.

10. How do I start the keto diet? You just do. Bite the bullet. Limit your carbs to under 20g net carbs per day (by subtracting fiber from total carbs), drink plenty of water, add lots of salt to your food to avoid the keto flu symptoms, make sure you’re getting enough fat and enough calories (especially in the first couple of weeks) and KETO ON, my friends!

 

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Ketogenic, Recipes

Keto Pizza!

Oh my goodness! My keto life is now complete!

I was skeptical at first when I saw everyone posting about their “fathead” pizzas. Having lived in Buffalo, NY for quite a while, my expectations for pizza are pretty high up there. So believe me, when I tell you that this “fathead” keto pizza is the answer to all of your problems, my low-carb junkies. pizza crust

The crust is made with shredded mozzarella cheese (I also added in some colby jack cheese, cause why not?), almond flour, an egg, and cream cheese. You pre-bake the crust in the oven before adding toppings until it’s slightly brown. Add your toppings, and bake for another 8 minutes and you have pizza!

I also made my own pizza sauce because, as some of you know, store-bought has a lot of added sugar and a lot of carbs. Plus, it is so easy to make! I used my little food processor to blend a jar of canned, peeled tomatoes, added some fresh basil and parsley from my “garden”, and sprinkled in some pink himalayan salt, and garlic powder. That’s it! No added sugar and super low in carbs! Plus, I have leftover now in my fridge that I can use as spaghetti sauce!

I do think I needed to make my crust slightly thicker. It ended up being too thin to really hold up the toppings well. Next time, I’ll double the crust recipe so it actually fits my pizza pan and holds up better. baked pizza

I kind of guestimated total number of carbs for two slices to be around 6 grams. The crust itself has 5 per two slices, so with the tomato sauce and the toppings, I figured 6. That will probably change if I double the crust recipe and depending on the toppings I use. But, two slices was definitely enough to fill me up!

The best part of all of this is that Ace approves! He had two slices to begin with and went back for seconds!

I tried this recipe on Pinterest and tweeked it a bit to work for me.

The main takeaway: You have got to try this!

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

Plan on Cheating

I got into a discussion on one of my facebook groups the other day because I responded to somebody’s comment about people posting pictures of their cheat meals on the fourth of July and how that leads newbies to assume it’s acceptable to cheat. I responded: “It is acceptable to ‘cheat'”. *gasp* shock, and awe! I know….

The reason that it is acceptable to “cheat” for me is because trying to not cheat is the one thing that seems to always trip me up in a healthy lifestyle. If you’re doing a fad diet for a short period of time, sure I understand not cheating. But that’s not what Keto is. The Ketogenic Diet is a change of lifestyle. It’s longterm. And if you don’t plan on having some indulgences, here and there, you’re likely to fail.

Now, I’ve put the words “cheat” in quotation marks because if you plan on “cheating” it’s not really a “cheat”, it’s a choice. And when you change the language about it, it is so liberating! Instead of passively messing up, and feeling like a failure, as the word “cheat” implies, you can take ownership of your decisions by choosing to eat off plan. And planning like that is what sets you up for success.

Life is about balance. It’s not healthy to always eat junk food. It’s not healthy, either, to never “treat yo’self”. It’s not healthy to be controlled by food and that can manifest itself in your overindulging and in “underindulging” (if that made up word makes sense in this context) because you’re too afraid to let yourself go a little bit. True health is balance.

So plan on “cheating” every once in a while.

Egg Fast Results

The morning of my first day of my egg fast I weighed in at 221. I was slightly heavier because of a fun fourth of July weekend where I indulged quite a bit.

The second day of egg fast, I was 219, but not overly excited about eating only eggs, fat, and some cheese for another day.

This morning, I stepped on the scale and it read 216.4! What?! I had to reset it and step on it again and see it read 216.4 again for me to believe it. Wow!

So, total lost from this egg fast was 4.6 pounds. Not bad! Not enough for me to do a third day, right now, but it’s good to know I can pull out this little trick if I hit a stall or after I have a bad cheat day.

And now, to enjoy the bacon that’s been cooking in my oven!

Posted in fasting, July 2017, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

Egg Fast Day 2

Well, y’all, I decided to continue my egg fast today with no real forethought and mostly because I still have about 3 dozen eggs in the fridge to consume.

Keto Macro Cakes

I truly fasted this morning and had only coffee for breakfast with no HWC or anything in it. Absolutely no calories until I got home and made Keto Macro Cakes at around 2:00 PM. I halved the recipe and substituted collagen powder for the protein powder ’cause I haven’t bought a keto-friendly protein powder yet. They turned out pretty well! Halving the recipe gave me around 7 cakes and I ate them all with delight.

I added my own ingredients into My Fitness Pal because I don’t trust the whole “Enter a recipe from the web” option. The stats were as follows: 970 calories, 78 g. of fat, 49 grams of protein, and 4 g. of carbs. My macros for those categories right now are at 77%, 21%, and 1%, respectively. Currently, it is7:51 and I’m not feeling hungry for dinner at all, but I do have some deviled eggs that I made earlier today in the fridge just in case.

I haven’t quite reached the point where I think I’ll vomit if I eat another egg, but I don’t think I’ll do the egg fast again tomorrow. Here’s why:

1.) I feel bad for Ace because I haven’t been a good wifey and have made him fend for himself at dinner for the past two nights. I enjoy cooking for us and it’s kind of hard to do when all I’m eating is eggs.

2.) I’m doing this thing…it’s called running…(and in case you haven’t been following my blog, you can read about it here) and I just felt so short on energy today as I ran and I think it’s because of this egg fast. I didn’t specifically count my calories yesterday but I have a suspicion that I didn’t get quite enough calories in and was dragging all day today.

3.) Honestly, if I continued this fast tomorrow I think I would reach the point where I might vomit if I see another egg. And since eggs are one of my main food groups on this WOE, I don’t want that to happen.I want eggs and I to still be friends after this. Not like me and Jell-O after I got my wisdom teeth taken out.

We will see how much I will have lost when I weigh myself tomorrow. This morning I weighed 219, and yesterday I weighed 221. Not uncommon for my weight to fluctuate that much, though. Curious to see what the scale will say tomorrow and find out if this egg fast is something I can use in the future if I hit a stall.