100 Days of Keto: Achievement Unlocked!

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I am so excited to be writing this blog post right now. It took a little longer than I planned on my last challenge post but, with 3 weeks still to go, I reached my goal this week on the 100 Days of Keto challenge! In fact, I kind of blew this week out of the water by losing EIGHT POUNDS! I owe it all to an unplanned intermittent fasting day this last Thursday. I was sure I would gain it all back over the following few days (I was very skeptical of fasting) but I kept on losing and went down another pound. This has been an incredible journey and I can’t wait until the next challenge starts.

This past week I also had my yearly check up with my doctor. Last time he saw me I was 35 pounds heavier. Needless to say I blew him away. It was also a refreshing surprise that he wasn’t against the Keto diet at all. He was happy it was working for me and just made sure to do thorough testing.

This past week has been an important milestone for me. Not just because I succeeded in my first weight loss challenge but I also learned that it’s okay to go out and relax as well. Last Friday I went out with co-workers and had a few drinks and munched on very non-keto friendly bar food. I had quite a bit of anxiety leading up to going out because I was afraid it would destroy my progress. It was a pleasant surprise for me that it didn’t stall my progress at all but I learned at the end of the day it’s OKAY to enjoy yourself and have fun with friends. All in moderation, right?

Here’s to another 100 Days of Keto and more amazing experiences!

100 Days of Keto: Week 6 Update

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As the summer officially came to a close I finished it out with a bang. This week I broke my weekly weight loss high score by losing 5.6 lbs in 7 days. A lot contributed to that such as busy days cleaning and moving things around the house, consecutive days with 10 or less net carbs and I also feel including Bulletproof Coffee with Brain Octane in my daily regimen has significantly improved my weight loss progress and my overall well being.

Current weight loss: 16.8 lbs
Remaining challenge weight to lose: 8.2 lbs
Weeks remaining: 8

I’m going to challenge myself to lose the remaining 8 lbs of the challenge in 4 weeks. With the great progress I have been making I’m confident I can do it!

My next goal will be to lose another 10-15 lbs in the remaining 8 weeks before the new year. With that loss I will be entering the new year 57lbs lighter than when I started Keto in mid-July.

I have been working on some new recipe ideas which I’m excited to share on the blog. I will be writing those out this week. I also am putting together some grocery shopping lists to share and help newcomers to Keto. I found Keto initially very intimidating and what got me started was the One Week Keto Meal Plan on the Keto sub-Reddit. Look for those in the coming days and weeks.

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week! We got this!

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Victory & 100 Days of Keto

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I have been meaning to sit down and write an update for a few days now. I have had a fairly busy past two weeks with big projects under way, multiple birthday get-togethers and trying to squeeze in some fun before summer is over.

If I had to condense the past two weeks of keto down to one word it would be triumph. After a birthday dinner and get together I had nearly knocked myself out of ketosis. I was crushed but determined not to give up. Earlier in the week I had happened upon the Bulletproof web site and had ordered both Bulletproof coffee beans and Brain Octane Oil – which just so happened to arrive the day after nearly overdosing on carbs. I nursed myself with Bulletproof Coffee, slowing crawling out of the carb-induced hangover that had overcome me. I was sure that I had lost all of the progress I had made the previous week and worried over reaching my goal on the 100 Days of Keto challenge but over the next few days something amazing happened. There is no other word to describe it other than to say that I just started feeling awesome! Every day, as I worked my way up to a full serving of Brain Octane Oil, I felt more and more awake. It’s as if I power-washed my brain.

As the week continued I wondered if I had gained back any weight. Scared and nervous over what I would find, I weighed myself halfway through the week and I was stunned. I had lost almost 2 pounds in a matter of three days – including the night out! With renewed resolve and determination I finished out the week feeling amazing.

I weighed myself again this morning before writing this update. I’m down nearly another 5 pounds. Now, I can’t say if it’s solely because of Bulletproof Coffee or not but one thing is for sure – in the week that I have been drinking Bulletproof Coffee I have felt more alive, more me than ever before. I am so excited to check in for week two on the 100 Days of Keto tomorrow!

Over the next two weeks I should have lots of recipes to post about. I went a little overboard shopping today with tons of big ideas in my head on new meals and keto-fying dishes. Stay tuned and to stay in touch on day-to-day things be sure to check me out on Instagram as @Ketoswitch.

 

First Month Complete!

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It has been a crazy busy weekend in our house but I wanted to take few minutes to write about my first month on keto. With one month complete I am down 15 lbs and so far averaging 2-3lbs per week after water weight. I have settled into daily life keeping track of my macro intake and it’s become second nature. Keto has influenced the rest of my household as well. Both my spouse and son are consuming less sugary foods and carbohydrates overall.

Today I spent  quite a bit of time cooking and preparing food for the week. I have herb baked eggs for breakfasts, chicken salad for lunches and I baked up a loaf of almond bread that I am super excited about. I will definitely be posting that recipe soon!

As I start in on my second month I have joined in on the /r/100DaysofKeto challenge. My challenge for myself is 25lbs in 100 days. If I can keep up my pace, I should hit that no problem! I can’t wait to see!

Week 3 – It’s all in the macros

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I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks. I’m back to making progress this week by following my macros more closely and I’m down about another 3 pounds. I picked up Smackfat Ketone Strips last week to start tracking whether or not I am in ketosis. I was unsure and worrying a lot about what I was eating. Knowing I’m passing ketones and in full ketosis is worth the $10.

This week we also had a date night and a family trip to the local amusement park. I am quite proud of myself to report that I did not “cheat” on my diet. I found some great low carb options on the menu. I brought lots of water to the amusement park and, my favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar. While I was there I also had a bun free burger that wasn’t too bad! The more I eat out the more confident I’m getting about what things I should and should not eat. I generally like to scope places out ahead of time and check out their nutrition menu before going though. I really wish all restaurants had their full nutrition menu online. It would make life a lot easier!

I have also worked on quite a few new recipes these past few days and will get those up to share soon. So far, I’ve only struck out on one dish – which happened earlier this week. I tried shirataki noodles with low carb spaghetti sauce. I couldn’t handle the texture on the noodles. I tried to force myself to eat them but it was too much for me. I’m hoping to maybe try a different type of shirataki noodle in a soup dish but I’m not holding my breath.

Here we go for week 4! I can’t wait to report back on my first month on keto next week. I’d like to set a new goal for myself. I’m assuming it will be around exercise (something I have always struggled with). We’ll see how that goes next week!

Reflecting on My First Week

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I has been a very eye opening and amazing week for me. For so long I struggled with my weight and food, trying different diets and exercise routines to no avail. I have watched both Food, Inc. and Supersize Me along with countless other videos floating around the interwebs. I had the knowledge on the monumental amount of sugar and, quite frankly, CRAP being put into our food but it truly did not sink in until this week.

The “Aha!” moment occurred to me a few days ago as I brainstormed ideas for my week two meal plan. Google unit converter and Fat Secret’s nutritional information became my go-to tools. The more I researched and laid out my options the more I found how absolutely disgusted I was with the sugar count in packaged foods. Everything, literally, EVERYTHING has sugar or some variety of carbohydrate additive in it. Can’t a girl just have a piece of jerky without nearly my entire day’s worth of carbs in it?!

This is what has inspired me to keep moving forward with keto. One step, one meal at a time. Little by little I find new food, expand my horizons and gain even more confidence in my latest life choice. This week I have made tremendous emotional progress. That alone keeps me inspired to continue on but I also made some great physical progress.

In my first week on keto I am down nearly 10 pounds. I have more energy and don’t feel sluggish in the afternoons. It is truly hard to put into words how much better my body feels. Next week my goal is to start setting time aside for Yoga again to heal my body and my mind inside and out.

 

And We’re Off!

Today is my first day of keto. I spent a majority of yesterday morning prepping meals for the week. I went with the One Week Meal Plan from the Keto subreddit to start out with. My meals include 73% Lean 27% fat ground beef, boneless chicken thighs, a green pepper, California veggie blend (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots), hard boiled eggs and, of course, bacon. I also included Morton’s Lite Salt which includes Potassium as well as a Magnesium supplement and Multivitamin.

I made sure to stock up on snacks as well – string cheese, almonds, and pork rinds. I have never had pork rinds before but figured I would give it a shot to help stave off any crunchie cravings. Just in case of the keto flu blues I snagged some beef boullion as well. Hopefully I won’t need it!

I weighed myself in this morning (was less than last time so sort of progress already!). Now I have a baseline to start from. I was thinking of picking up Keto Stix because I hate not knowing the status of me working so hard to make the change. I will have to do that this week and report back.

Have a great week!

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I have had my first week or so planned out now for days. I always have to plan everything out and iron out all the details. Meal plan, vitamin supplements, Lite Salt with Potassium, even a special coffee mixer for keto butta coffee. A couple of my friends are also eating keto and I swear if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t have even got this far (I know, I haven’t even started yet!)

I have to be honest though. I have been terrified of hitting the “Order” button on my groceries (yeah, I order my groceries.. more on that another time). I finally did it today. They should be arriving tomorrow morning. That gives me tomorrow afternoon to prep meals for the week with my first official keto day being on Monday. Here goes nothing…

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A fresh blog. It’s exciting and entirely terrifying at the same time. So much hope and potential yet.. an extremely high possibility of being abandoned and forgotten like so many blogs that have come before. I have every intention to stay consistent and to hold myself responsible for staying on track with my new journey into keto. Whether this little blog in the crazy, riotous, mosh-pit that is the interwebs (home sweet home <3) is stumbled across matters not. I just need somewhere to report back. But, if by chance, someone does find my blog. Hi! Hello! Take a seat! Happy to have you. Please feel free to offer any resources or suggestions that are keto related. Or if you just want to say hi, that’s cool too!