All right, folks, I’m going to keep it very real in these posts.
I decided to start a ketogenic diet on 8.29.16. Technically I guess you could call it a lifestyle because really I should be eating this way from now until I die, but who can see the future?
I decided to commit to the “No scale September” because it gets depressing and self-defeating if you get on the scale every morning and don’t see any movement. When I weighed myself a few days earlier I was at 274 and I’ve hovered around there for the past couple months. My weight has slowly gone up since I gave birth to Leo. In fact, I think I was in the 250s soon after I had him. No Bueno.
Because I can’t get on the scale all this month I decided to get on one final time on 9.1.16. I logged in at 270. I had been eating keto for four days at that time, so I think that’s a fair amount of water weight to have come off in that short amount of time. I’m not deluding myself that it’s fat loss at this point, but I’m confident that will come later. I’m eager for the end of the month to come so I can get on that scale! I want to see movement in those numbers!
Last night I made cheeseburger soup and biscuits and they were so tasty! It’s nice to know that keto recipes are all over the internet, so I should never get bored, right? I also bought some coconut-flavored stevia drops to make desserts with later on. On the one hand, I kind of feel like if I’m addicted to sweets then I probably shouldn’t even have the “legal” stuff, but on the other hand I think it’s unrealistic to never again have dessert.
I’ve been walking regularly in the mornings for about the last month and a half. I feel good about myself when I’m done but man do I still not like the exercise. My left heel has been all kinds of jacked up, making me limp pretty badly throughout the day, but it’s finally been feeling a little better these last couple days. Sometimes I get on the treadmill and just want to give up because my foot hurts so much, but I just take it slowly and eventually it starts to hurt less and I can pick up the pace. I’m nowhere near to running nor do I know if I want to become a runner. From everything I read it’s really bad on your joints. Also, at this point my belly is so big it literally hits my thighs when I run and that is super awkward and uncomfortable.
9.5.16 – Tonight I made Zuppa Toscana soup, or an approximation of it.
The only thing I didn’t include was the zucchini and it was fabulous. I made Ezra eat one bite of it before he could eat his PB&J sandwich and once he finally got it in his mouth he raved about it. He didn’t want more than that one bite, but he loved it. I actually took a video so I could show it to him the next time I make the soup so he will remember he actually said he liked it.
I still haven’t gotten on the scale, I’ve been strong! Granted, it’s only been five days but still, every day is a victory, right?
Jesse has decided to eat keto for awhile which has been nice. I don’t know if he’s sold on the science behind, he doesn’t like to hear that calories don’t necessarily matter, it but it makes enough sense to him that he’s willing to try.
I feel like my belly has shrunk a bit. When I lie down in bed, my belly fat has kind of a crease in the middle instead of just one lump, and I don’t have to hoist as much belly when I turn over. I don’t think it’s all in my head. Come on end of September!
9.6.16 – When I woke up this morning, I could see different aspects of my belly! When I used my stomach muscles to help get me out of bed, my stomach was differently shaped. I’m not saying I will have lost 30 lbs by the end of the month, but I can see body reshaping happening, miniscule differences though it may be. Exciting!
9.14.16 – Still going strong! I put on a pair of pants this morning that I hadn’t worn since before Leo was born, and they fit fantastic! When I was standing, that is. Too long sitting and it would have started to bug me so I wore a larger pair of capris today, but still!
The other day I made cauliflower and ham chowder, and then I garnished it with Italian herb-marinated mozzarella balls.
It was so good! We are using cauliflower a lot in place of potatoes these days. It looks kind of bland because there is not a huge color palette happening, but it was super tasty.
Then last night we made spaghetti squash topped with grilled chicken and homemade alfredo sauce.
For breakfast today I made meat rolls. Today’s meet is sliced black forest ham, smeared with cream cheese, one basil leaf, and a tomato slice, then you roll it up. It’s ok but the entire basil leaf is a bit strong and the tomato is fairly watery. Next time will probably just do the meat and cheese.
I created a menu for the next few days:
Wednesday – Pepperoni pizza, salad (using the Fathead pizza dough recipe)
Thursday – Pork roast, brussels sprouts
Friday – Cheeseburger soup, almond biscuits
Saturday – Eggroll stuffing
This way we won’t get into a rut and it will allow us to better plan meals so less food goes to waste. I’m sorry to say we do throw out a fair amount of produce, so this should help.