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.
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!