Posted in Body Positivity, diet

I’m Alive!

Dear Diary,

Man! My last entry was kind of a bummer, right?! So, on a more positive note, I just want to remember all the wonderful things about my body.

First, and most obviously, I have to be thankful for the ability to simply live. I only have a short time to be on this earth (hopefully), so I’m thankful that I get to live. I’m thankful that I can run and jump and BREATHE.

I’m thankful for my strong legs that allow me to stand in front of a class and teach all day.

My arms, which are relatively strong for a girl, have been a life-saver in all of our moving adventures (and they’re pretty useful for giving and receiving hugs). What would I do without them?

I have eyes to see the wondrous beauty of this world, ears to hear the birds sing, and a nose that allows me to (literally) stop and smell the roses. Because of my vocal chords and lungs, I can sing and laugh.

Every part of me, down to my little pinky toe has been wonderfully made and I have so much to be thankful for.

So, I may not be able to do a lot of things (like run 5 miles, do the splits or do a pull-up), but I know I have the ability and the tools to keep striving towards those goals, and that’s more than some people can say.

Love, A Fat Girl

 

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, Running, Weight Loss

Days 8 & 9: Making Progress

(To my readers: (Wow! It feels weird to say that!) I think from now on, I will continue to update this segment two days at a time, so as not to overwhelm with too many posts or be rather boring. 🙂 )

Day 8 was on Monday. I felt just ok about my run-not the best and not the worst. I’m totally scrapping the C25K plan for now and setting my own goals, instead. I feel like my own goals are slightly more realistic and manageable right now, and more than anything, I don’t want to become discouraged by not meeting goals.

I had a rest day on Tuesday. Sometimes I’m just not feelin’ it, I tell ya, and my hip was not feelin’ it on Tuesday. I don’t know what else to do about that-I’m taking fish oil and collagen supplements. I think the only thing that will help is seeing a chiropractor for an adjustment.

My body was feeling better tonight and ready to hit the gym, and I had a pretty successful run. I could really tell that progress is being made tonight. I ran at a faster pace at the beginning and then did intervals of fast running and walking for a total of twenty minutes plus a five minute warm up and cool down. I think my next run, I will try to focus on endurance, not speed, because I feel like that is my weaker weakness.

Onward and upward (and hopefully downward on the scale. 😉 )!

Posted in Body Positivity, diet, July 2017, Weight Loss

Will I Always be the Fat Kid?

All my life I’ve been the fat kid.

It didn’t help that I lived in France for a while where I towered above all of my classmates in elementary school. Nobody was shy about talking about my weight, not even the grown-ups. I remember one kid teasing me and asking me “How much do you way? 50 kilos???!?!” And I said “No….” (because I actually weighed more than that).

The doctor I went to in France wanted to put me on a diet. I was eleven. I remember him talking to me about the things I should and shouldn’t eat and all I could think was that I don’t make the meals in the house…I just eat whatever is set in front of me and whatever my family is eating.

In high school, I decided I’d had enough and started running every day and basically starving myself. I would skip breakfast, have an apple for lunch, have a small portion of whatever meal was prepared for dinner, and I avoided sweets. Towards the end of that school year, people started noticing changes in my body. But I wasn’t skinny enough to be called thin, even though I had lost a good amount of weight. So, still, I was the fat kid.

So I wonder…when/if I make it to my goal weight, will the doctors still classify me  as “obese” according to the BMI chart? Will people still call me “big-boned” or “curvy”? And most importantly, when I look in the mirror will I be able to see myself as I truly am? Or will I always be the fat kid?

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 Body Positivity, Health, July 2017

The Problem with Body Positivity

There’s been a lot of talk in our culture about “body positivity”, and what that looks like. In the ideal, body positivity promotes celebration of your body, no matter what it looks like, and self-love. “You have to love yourself above all else and don’t worry about what other people say or think.”

The message seems to be super supportive and loving, in and of itself, but when you take a closer look,  it’s not actually changing our mindsets.

For example, I was scrolling through my Facebook the other day and came across an article with a headline that read something like this: “15 Celebrities Who Claimed to Love Their Bodies and then Lost a Ton of Weight.” The main point being if you claim body positivity, why would you want to change your body?

Seriously? So, these people who are body positive and are promoting that message get slammed because they made their bodies better? If you love your body just the way it is, does that mean you aren’t allowed to work out or try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle? Should you just not care about trying to be healthy because you might change your body and that would apparently go against your body positivity campaign? Ridiculous… Obviously, if you love your body, you’ll realize it is something that you should take care of.

Also, when did body positivity become only about people who are overweight? What about people who have an unhealthy body image who have eating disorders? What about people who just don’t like the way their knees look?

We are at a point now, where nobody can win. Either you are fat-shamed because you are overweight, or you are shamed for losing weight because “you should just love your body the way it is”. Neither promotes a culture where everyone’s body is accepted.

Finally, as a Christian, I have a very hard time when I hear people promoting “self love”. No where in the Bible does it say “you should love yourself”. “Love God“, “love your neighbor as yourself”, yes, but not “love yourself”. Know why? Because we already love ourselves too much.

Does this mean that the Bible is against body positivity? Not necessarily. It just looks different. A Christian should still work to have a healthy image of their body, not because we need to love ourselves, but because God made us in His image and everything He made was declared perfect. He didn’t make a mistake when He created you and when you hate the way your body is made, you are doubting God’s goodness and perfect creation.

The other side of that coin, though, demands that we take care of these bodies we have been given. So, yes, workout, eat veggies, and do everything you can to have a fit, healthy body that is going to bring glory to God. But also realize that no matter how many sit-ups or push ups you do, or how many miles you can run, there will be things about your body that you can not change, and that you just have to accept.

So the answer is not to “love yourself”, but to love others. Because, maybe if we all focus on making somebody else feel loved, instead of criticizing them at every turn, we will all be able to create a culture that is truly body positive.

 

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!