Did you miss me? I know it’s been a while and I know what you’re thinking: “You’ve failed your diet again. You are ashamed and that’s why you haven’t written.” Normally, you would be right. But not today. Well, not exactly. So let me give you an update.
Let’s start with the bad news first, I guess. The truth is, I have cheated on my diet. And I mean, I’ve cheated a lot. I took a trip to Paris at the end of September for about a week and ate my heart out with pastries and baguettes and pastries, and chaussons aux pommes (which is a type of pastry…). I cannot say that I regret any part of that decision. But I have not been able to get back on track with Keto since then. Sugar addiction is a real thing!
The good news is that before I left for Paris, I hit two HUGE milestones! First, I officially lost a total of 40 pounds!!! Woot woot! As a visual reminder of what that looks like, here is 40 pounds of bacon (or, at least, what the internet says is 40 pounds of bacon…)!
Secondly, I finally weighed-in at under 200 pounds! I FOUND ONE-DERLAND! *cue Taylor Swift song “Wonderland”* So, my weight pre-Paris was 197. As part of this good news, I have been able to maintain that weight up until now. I was so worried I would be about 10 pounds heavier when we came back from France.
So, that’s where I’m at. 40 pounds lost, under 200 pounds, and stuck in a rut. But, I am starting to climb out of it and get back into the keto diet and intermittent fasting. I still have about 40 pounds to lose to hit my ideal goal weight and with the holidays right around the corner, I’m a bit anxious. Last year, when I was doing keto, the holidays came and I completely lost all of my progress and by February had gained back all the weight.
Maybe I can come up with a good plan for this season so that won’t happen again.
One month on keto with no cheating, no fake sweeteners, no fake breads….
This past week was my fourth week and things are finally starting to get a little easier. Last entry, I was really struggling with all of my cravings. But this week, I tried to turn my focus on all of the yummy food that I CAN eat.
Strawberries, bacon, steak, chicken, hamburger, sausages, bratwurst, eggs, pickles, cheese, brussel sprouts (which I actually really love!), asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, blueberries, butter (oh, my ‘lanta, so much butter!), avocados, almonds, celery with peanut butter, olives, taco salad, pulled pork…. and the list goes on. Thank God for my taste buds and that I get to enjoy such delicious food!
So, Thursday, the 31st….the big day… This past week felt like it dragged on forever because I was so excited for my weigh-in day! In my mind, I had decided that I was going to set my expectations low. I didn’t want to determine that I had lost too much weight because I didn’t want to be disappointed if I had only lost a couple of pounds. So, 10 pounds, I thought. That would put me at 227, for a weight loss of 2 pounds a week, which is more than I could manage on other diets that I have tried. Yeah, that seems reasonable…
And my plan worked because I was not disappointed when I stepped on the scale and saw 222.2; a loss of almost FIFTEEN POUNDS! (14.8, to be exact!)
What a great month! I’m so so happy with my progress so far. When I did keto the first time, last year, it took me about 7 months to lose 30 pounds and in ONE MONTH of doing strict keto, I’ve lost half of that already! That’s crazy! So, I’m definitely going to stay with doing strict keto (i.e: not allowing myself to have fake sweeteners or bread substitutes made with almond or coconut flour.) This month has been so hard in a lot of ways, but to see that number on the scale and to see (and feel!) the changes that are happening in my body — it’s so worth it!
For the month of June, I’m going to try to strictly track my macros. I eventually want to eliminate caffeine from my diet (maybe in July) as well. But now that I am out of school, I think I will have more time to track everything (which is a pain in the butt, tbh) and that will hopefully increase my results!
So excited by my first month’s results and ready to tackle month 2!
Monday: I did not fast for 24 hours today, like I had planned. James and I ended up having a later dinner on Sunday, and I wanted to eat dinner with James on Monday. So, I didn’t quite do 24 hours, though I did skip breakfast and lunch. I have been feeling pretty tired. I don’t know if it’s because I worked out on Thursday and was completely wiped out afterwards. I also had a pretty busy weekend. I guess it could be an electrolyte imbalance or I could be dehydrated. I’m trying to figure it out, because I hate feeling like I’m dragging.
Tuesday: I’ve felt less tired today. Still not feeling full of energy like I did on some days last week. The school administrators and PTSA keep on putting carb-filled food in front of my face. It’s really awesome that they want to encourage us teachers, but also, I can’t have any of the snacks that they are providing. I should just not even go look at the options. I should just stay in my classroom, away from temptation. But I go everytime and then I’m hangry because I WANT CARBS! 😦 I’m just really craving carbs right now. It’s good to practice saying “no” I guess I’ll just go eat my salad….
Thursday: I felt super sick this morning (#notpreggers) and I’m not sure what is wrong. I hope that it’s just that I’m dehydrated or maybe I’m not getting enough electrolytes. I also don’t have much of an appetite, which I know is normal on keto, but also I don’t want to put myself in too much of a caloric deficit. Made chicken cordon bleu keto style tonight for dinner. It was ok, but I wish I had made some béchamel sauce because it was just a little dry.
Friday: James and I are leaving tonight to getaway for our third-year anniversary! I didn’t have breakfast or lunch, but just got a couple of bulletproof coffees from Starbucks. For dinner, we had leftover chicken cordon bleu.
Saturday: We had an amazing breakfast today of scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit (blueberries for me). The scrambled eggs were sooooo good! I don’t know what I did differently, but they turned out amazingly! For lunch we had brats (mine was bunless) and for dinner we had huge ribeyes with brussel sprouts and I’m so bummed that I didn’t take a picture of it because it was beautiful and it was delicious!
Sunday: This week started off kind of poorly. I felt really sick and tired. By the end of the week, I felt pretty good, though and I’m proud of myself for sticking to keto and not cheating. I am really craving carbs and I’m not sure that is something that will ever go away. Still haven’t weighed myself (weigh-in day is 5/31!) but I feel like I can tell a difference in my body composition. Other people might not be able to, but I can feel things tightening up, which is super exciting!
It has been a week since I re-started my weight loss journey. I thought I would never want to go back to Keto, but I know that it works for me and I loved the results I had last time, so I’m going for it.
I’m being a little more strict this time around, especially at the beginning. For the month of May, I’m not going to be weighing myself (No-weigh-May!), I’m not going to be making any keto bread substitutes with almond flour or using fake sugar, I’m going to eat clean(er) foods, and I’m going to exercise.
My starting weight last week was 237. So we will see how quickly I can lose this time. I hate to set a goal, because a lot of times, they are unrealistic and I just end up disappointed. So for now, my goal is to just stay on track and have no cheat days for the whole month of May.
“You can do it, but it won’t happen overnight. Keep going!”
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
(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. 😉 )!
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?