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Update: Today is off to a good start. Two carbs for breakfast. Focusing mainly on meat and low carb dairy to get reset. 

 

I was a little paranoid eating protein because keto crowds are big on warning that too much is too much and it impacts losses. But stalled losses are better than fat gains. If I'm doing too little protein that I cave and over-eat, I'll never be successful. 

 

Now that I can do lower carbs ok, maybe I really do need to focus on how much protein I'm taking in. And whether it's ok and will result in losses. Or if it truly is too much. 

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Maybe start looking at it just to keep track for a while before making the judgment calls? Unless you already have been. Then ignore meee. Glad you are back and swinging already. :) 

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On January 10, 2017 at 10:17 AM, raptron said:

Maybe start looking at it just to keep track for a while before making the judgment calls? Unless you already have been. Then ignore meee. Glad you are back and swinging already. :) 

I am tracking everything in MFP. So the data is there to review. I'm just not controlling or restricting. Right now I'm getting about 100g protein per day, and that's with being somewhat aware and trying to cut back. Warrior spirit lives on! 

 

As as for losses I'm still sitting right at about three pounds. Same as last week. But plenty of people say to give it 4-6 weeks before saying something isn't working. I do feel good. No real cravings. I'm hungry enough to eat 1600-2000 calories most days. And I feel like 1800 should be a deficit. 

 

And I know hormonal swings are real, so another reason to get through a full month.

 

Tl;dr Feeling good. Maintaining where I am with eating. Haven't gone over of the 20 net carbs range since my over-eat Monday. 

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Gotchaaa. Glad you're feeling good! 

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Checking in. 

 

1. Ate carbs for dinner Saturday night. World didn't end. Got back on low carb train Sun AM. Win! I want that flexibility long term for occasional social events.

 

2. Down 4.4 pounds. My Happy Scale app projects I'll hit the 10lb mark on Feb 5th. That's just over a month from start. But might bee over estimating because of initial water loss.

 

3. This has become very easy. And I'm able to easily skip meals now. Not sure if that's good or bad. Probably good for blood sugar/insulin resistance at least. And a good sign I'm solidly in the keto range. 

 

4. I have the urge to bring more butter into my life this week. Week 1 was avocado. Week 2 was cheese. Why can't week 3 be butter? Butter it is! 

 

5. Energy is fantastic, even while sick. But it's making sleep a challenge. I think that means I need to expend more energy, but don't think full blown workouts are the answer. Maybe short walks. Or more dancing while cleaning! Probably should do the latter. 

 

Tl;dr going well! I feel like exercise was derailing me this whole time. Fats are fun! 

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I AM 100% ABOUT DANCING WHILE CLEANING. It is the best! 

 

Butter is a great friend. <3 

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nice job SS! killing it. dancing is always the correct answer.

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Congrats on everything so far! Would love to eventually pick your brain about elimination diets. I'm starting my first Whole 30 soon and anticipate having to do further research on fooooodz for things that you listed (constipation, acne, etc)

 

How did the past week turn out?

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On January 17, 2017 at 11:10 AM, raptron said:

I AM 100% ABOUT DANCING WHILE CLEANING. It is the best! 

 

Butter is a great friend. <3 

 

So, butter week went well! Although, I found my favorite butter carrier was strangely, chicken wings (instead of dressing), or less strange, broccoli, which seems to have no upper limit as long as you can get it stuck in the tops, which I'm mastering.

 

On January 17, 2017 at 11:23 AM, Taddea Zhaan said:

Glad the low carb thing is shakin' out for you! And yes, all the butter. 

 

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I keep watching this. So hilarious! Nothing to see here! 

On January 17, 2017 at 2:58 PM, CourtnieMarie said:

nice job SS! killing it. dancing is always the correct answer.

 

Yasss! All the dancing! 

On January 25, 2017 at 0:48 PM, miss_marissa said:

Congrats on everything so far! Would love to eventually pick your brain about elimination diets. I'm starting my first Whole 30 soon and anticipate having to do further research on fooooodz for things that you listed (constipation, acne, etc)

 

How did the past week turn out?

Yes, ask away on elimination diets! I actually started my first one in a strange way. I ate chicken and rice for a LONG time because at the time I read they were two of the least allergic foods. That didn't jive well with the paleo stuff I'd just quit, but it worked for me. I did chicken, rice and seasonings. It's not unusual to have an egg allergy, less common to have a pepper allergy, I've found. My second elimination, I was more haphazard. I knew it was peppers, tomatoes or something else causing the issues, so I only eliminated those three, symptoms stopped. Added back one at a time. Peppers seemed to be culprit, retested, same thing. The last time I did an elimination, I did more of a whole 30, and did AIP, couldn't find the problem. It. Was. Magnesium! Didn't even know that could be a thing. Because I was supplementing, it seemed like everything was a problem. I've heard these reactions are VERY rare, so don't let that discourage you. 

 

So, I'm not an expert, but consider myself somewhat of a sleuth. :) I think simpler is easier, honestly, but it think it can be done with a Whole 30. Let me know if I can help!

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I've been MIA from here, but NOT MIA from my challenge! I've been strictly adhering to my diet/eating plan. I have between 5-6 lbs of loss to show for it (2 1/2-3 was water weight, so about 2 1/2-3lbs of fat!). I had a freak out last week where I let some people doing the typical diet schpiel made me want to give up, but if didn't, and I'm glad I didn't. So, list of things that are better:

 

  • 2 1/2-3 lbs fat loss - first really since 2011!
  • Good cravings control - really not craving anything
  • Super-reduced anxiety - work is in flux right now, and I feel in control, calm, and able to keep my head down - my boss said I'm producing the best work he's seen from me in a long time! Part of that is I actually have a purpose. But the reduced anxiety lets me avoid the drama pockets all over.
  • Better energy than I've had in a long time - I'm using it now for housework, yard work and meal planning, but think maybe in two more weeks I'll start lifting again (!!!!). I'm trying to be flexible with that date. If I have a really tired day, disturbed sleep, etc., I push it out another 2 weeks. 
  • Maybe not a total pro/good thing, but I've been really successful with one cheat meal a week, and it's really easy to get back on plan. The longer I go, the less I feel like I have to get all of the things in, which is good. But I expected each cheat to turn into a full blown bender - enough so I'd stress a bit leading up to it. Never did. I come back the very next meal strong, don't have cravings, and never have any negative repercussions. Backstory: I wanted the cheats to still have some flexibility with social life stuff. And so far it's working, but likely a reason my results are slower. I'm ok with that! I have two dinner party groups, and the food is so good! 

 

Just waiting for full on fat adaptation, when energy is steady. And I'll add in weights. Until then, plan is to carry on! 

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Wooop Wooooop!!!!! Congrats on the fat loss!!!

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so awesome, SS!! glad you didn't give in to people spouting their opinions with no knowledge of how much you've already tested what works for your body. :D 

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Man, I lost track of the challenge. Work has been crazy. I have a new title, and really, really trying to perform. I've also been busy at home keeping up with housework. Whaaaat? Yep, more energy! Plus, no workouts left me tons of time, and that's how I'm moving into next challenge. 

 

So, goals recap: 
 
1. No eating out. Well, the number definitely won't be zero, but my goal is none, and I'll allow dinner plans with friends. But I don't want to eat out at work when I'm stressed. Or grab dinner because I'm unorganized. 

 

This goal changed VERY quickly. Not because I was lazy. But because I wanted the flexibility, and foods I can't make as well (Cesar salad with grilled salmon, hot wings, even a fantastic burger). I tried to mostly choose places with online nutrition, as I get adapted to eating low carb, but it actually went well, I think. I originally was going to have one "off" meal a week. And after having two weekends in a row, decided every other week was a but better fit. Look at me! Anyway, eating out in general, back in the cards. And working for me. I still cook 75% of what I eat. But, love half price wings Tuesday! 

 

Score: I'm giving myself a B. I didn't do what I was worried: stress eat or lazy eat, which would have meant not staying keto. Keto was waaaaay easier than I expected! 
 
2. Organize meals. This is always my downfall. I always need more food than I buy, then just grab something rather than shopping. This will be the cornerstone of my success. 

 

Giving myself an A+ on this. Unless I had a specific hankering for a food, which surprisingly was rare, I bought the meat on special and tinkered with different recipes. I had sirloin steak (my favorite), ground beef, pork shoulder, pork steaks, chicken, turkey, roast. And I had more veggies than I thought I would, including Brussels sprouts, which I don't like. But mostly found myself eating broccoli with lots of butter. But also cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers and even some spinach and romaine for salads. And so many avocados. So many. Well, and cheese. Duh. I think the enjoyment of the diet made this easy and fun. Plus, my sisters and I are doing it together, so we kind of gave each other ideas for quick meals (lunch meat + cream cheese + pickles is my favorite quick meal!). And! I found most days a 50-70 calorie piece of cheese sustains me for breakfast! Who knew? And half of an avocado + a baybel cheese (the original soft one) killed all afternoon cravings. I'm keeping this goal next time because it's so important to get to the store, and I've found myself avoiding it this week. 
 
3. Sleep and supplements - Gotta keep those in check for two reasons. First, adrenal issues are (no surprise) on and off based on sleep. But most importantly for the success of this challenge, if eating is my only goal, I know tired = more stressed eating, more cravings, more deciding I don't care. Some people do these things drunk. Well, I'm that way when I'm super-tired. (I don't really drunk eat.... Hmmmm, should I stay drunk for a month?)

 

Heres where I love these challenges! Set specific goals, learn things. First, sleep went pretty well! Keto does this weird energy burst thing to you. I had some rough nights falling asleep, but zero issues getting to bed. I give myself an A for that!

 

supplements- ok, so I mostly wanted to take iron, a few adrenal supps, and vitamin d and b12. But, as is started keto, and the keto flu hit, I started taking more mag (and drinking potassium with lo salt). Goal 4 was no eggs or peppers, and this is as good as I've been with that goal in years! But, I got a breakout. And I realized, it's the magnesium. Now, I've known of my mag allergy, but had only taken mag as leg cramps came on. Maybe once every two weeks. Now I was taking it 3-5 times a week. 

 

I'm now questioning whether the little bit of mag is what was making me think the tiny amounts of eggs and peppers were an issue! For now, I'm trying getting mag from foods. Being very focused with it. This will carry over for more following.
 
4. Absolutely no eggs, peppers or beans/legumes. These are the problem foods. I have finally accepted it. No cheating. Including no dry pepper flakes of any kind, including in mixes. No small squeezes of Sriracha, no dabs of hot sauce. No salsa. No eggs, not even if it's just one for something that's four servings. Beans are actually easy. I finally realized the little bits of pepper were screwing with my eyes, red, inflamed, dry, watering. No peppers? Perfect. Same with eggs, they cause constipation. All three cause breakouts. No one likes acne!

 

see above. I wasn't perfect, but did well enough I was able to QUICKLY realize my mag supplement is a problem. I could have done better here, but not by a terrible amount. Solid B+. I probably won't carry this goal over since I'll carry over the mag food goal. But I'm so glad I did this! 

 

 

 

 

So final results? I give myself a B! Pretty happy. Wish I'd checked in here more. But! I did my first strength workout this weekend. Slightly modified, keeping adrenal stuff in mind. Also been getting in a good amount of yard work on this stretch of warmer weather. And, for those wondering, final height loss for the month.......... 7 pounds! I know I likely won't repeat that next challenge, but think 5 should be doable! Yeehaw! 

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Amazing work and nice introspection on what worked and didn't. Weird about your mag supplement! 

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