Saturday, January 25, 2020

Keto Update

I started Keto on the 1st.  As of the 9th, I had lost 6 pounds.  Then I had to travel for work.  I left on the afternoon of the 9th, so 2 meals were still at home (or brought from home to work) and I only had dinner to worry about.  Luckily, the restaurant we ate at had some low-carb options.  I had a blackened chicken zucchini noodle thing, but I also had a “skinny” margarita (and not necessarily low-carb).

The hotel offered a free breakfast, but I was worried that it would only include bagels, doughnuts, etc.  So I ventured down Friday morning and luckily, there were scrambled eggs and sausage.  So far, so good.

Then it was time for the complimentary lunch.  Sandwiches, chips, cookies and an apple.  I ate the sandwich, bread and all, because it would have been hard and messy to try and eat only the meat and veggies.  I did remove the processed “cheese” slice, though.  I ate the chips (Sun Chips), because I wanted to, and I tossed the apple, which I would have anyway because it was Red Delicious which are anything but, all mealy and gross.  Hate those.  The cookies I took back to the hotel for later because they were a kind I’ve never seen before and I just wanted to try them (bite size vanilla blueberry something or other).  I did try a few later and threw the rest away.  Dinner was out at a bar and grill type place and I ended up getting some sort of wrap (it was supposed to be chicken Caesar but there was no chicken and the salad part wasn’t really Caesar, but whatever it was it was good) and fries.  I was hungry because it was like 8:00 by now and those fries tasted SO good!  I also had a glass of wine.  I only ate half of the wrap, though.

Saturday was eggs and bacon at the hotel, and then would have been the same sandwich/chips/apple for lunch but we cut out early and drove to Huntington Beach where we had delicious margaritas, street tacos (me) and chips and salsa at an open air Mexican restaurant.  Chips and salsa was the one thing I had been craving (normally I crave sweets and chocolate) so it was SO good!

So after all that, I weighed in Sunday morning (got home late Saturday night) and was up 1.6.  But I got right back on track, and the next day I was down 2, so there.  And as of yesterday, my total loss so far is 11.6!  Whoo-hoo!  This is the first time in about 11 years that I have lost more than 9 pounds, and I did it in 23 days!  I know I won't keep losing at that rate but that's ok.

The one thing that really surprises me about this lifestyle is that I’m never hungry.  I eat breakfast in the morning because I know I should and then most days I’m still not hungry well into the afternoon.  Sometimes all I have for lunch is a piece of cheese because I’m just not hungry.  And I don’t really have cravings, which is HUGE for me.  I did that one time for chips and salsa, but that’s it!

Yesterday was my birthday and we all went out to dinner.  I had salmon that came with green beans and mashed potatoes.  I ate the salmon and green beans but not the potatoes.  Tonight Paul and I have a birthday date night and we are going to a high end steak house.  I will have steak and veggies, no potato or bread, but I AM going to have a glass or two of wine, screw it!

A Keto lunch: turkey, cheese, parmesan cheese Whisps and guacamole

Things like this are why this lifestyle is fairly easy to stick to.  Made with peanut butter, almond flour, natural sugar-free sweetener (would have used Monk fruit but didn't have any, so it's Swerve, I think) and Lily's milk chocolate (and butter and I forget what else)

Keto pancakes, surprisingly ok

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