Keto – Day 29

Today kinda sucked, not necessarily because of the food, but because I think I’m getting sick or an infection or something. My throat is pretty sore and it made eating today a little bit sucky. I didn’t hit my macros, exactly, but I did well all-considering. I even made an extra workout day, kinda. It was hot as hell here today, so I went for a 20 minute walk wearing all black to ensure that I sweat. That was not all that fun. I also did my core exercises which are getting tougher, but I think it’s just about the right amount of challenge.

I burned about 250+ calories, all told, and left 830+ calories on the table, which I’m not too upset about. I wanted to have a day where I didn’t go over my protein amount, and I was under by 30 grams today, so I was happy about that. I’d let the last few days get way crazy with protein and I’m worried it may have added some glucose I don’t want whipping around in my body.

Breakfast was just a couple very small pieces of ham; about two ounces worth. I also had a black tea with about a tablespoon of whole milk and a packet of Splenda. I need to remember to take in my liquid Stevia. Lunch was a lettuce wrapped sandwich consisting of ham, a couple tomato slices, a slice of pepper jack, and two slices of bacon, with some mayo and mustard. Dinner was, unfortunately, Chick Fil-A. I think what I want to do tomorrow is take in some chicken noodle soup and just strain the noodles from it. Drinking straight chicken broth is gross, and drinking the remaining content should be alright; I’ll have to check. I had two snacks, today, too. A piece of mozzarella string cheese, because I’m 11, and two tablespoons of frozen Cool Whip. I got my ice cream fix for only 2 carbs! I still have 7 carbs to spend, and I’d love to get more, but it’s late.

I had some major hunger pangs today, despite my throat feeling like it’s been raked with Freddy Kruger’s claw. I really wanted KFC, so I went there to get some grilled chicken, which this one didn’t serve *any* grilled chicken. I wanted to just order regular chicken but A) it’s not ketogenic, B) it’s been so long since I’ve had carbs, I’m sure I’d feel worse, and C) it wouldn’t be the easiest to eat with my throat all effed up. I settled for Chick Fil-A, though I’m not a fan of their nuggets. I didn’t cook because nothing I had at the house sounded good and I can’t believe we have no chicken. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some in the freezer though…from 2012. We’re bad about freezer meat and stuff. We should really take a gander through all that stuff. Oy.

MyFitnessPal tracked me in at:

  • 72 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 68% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 61 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 26% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 15 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 6% of my calories; target is 5%

I read somewhere that eating fatty foods and spicy foods aren’t the best options when your throat is sore, which sucks, because my go-to is something spicy and fatty and buffalo wings and ranch, but it just wasn’t happening today. Hopefully it’s just a phase and I’m not getting sick. I really don’t want that right now! One more day and I’m a third of the way through. Still a long way to go, and I want carb-y food so bad! Gotta get better so I can get back to high fat and hopefully develop a little more appetite control.

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Keto – Day 28

DOMS. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This sucks. I always get it in my biceps, and a lot of the time in my forearms (but not this time). If I keep my arms at a 90 degree angle, I’m fine. Well, I guess I’ll drop that weight by half next time. Hopefully I can draw on the whiteboard at work tomorrow for my job; if not, there will be wincing.

I was gifted a massage from my wife to a Massage Envy here. I asked for a deep tissue massage and got an add-on sugar foot scrub, both of which were nice. Some of the massage was uncomfortable when she rolled over my hip bone, but then I’m like, “Hey, she got through to my hip bone!” so it was a bit more tolerable, because that means I’m losing weight and inches there.

I skipped breakfast because I was still full. Lunch was going to be some wings I got from 7 Eleven, but I didn’t notice until I got home that they were breaded. A damn shame. I had my leftover taco meat and lettuce for a little taco salad which tided me over until dinner. I had both chicken and steak, knowing my macros were going to be off, but I stayed under my net carbs, so I was fine with it. Looking at them now, though, I didn’t know I was going to be that far off though; yikes.

I’ve got some new numbers now that I set up according to my new weight. My total calories dropped from 1,700 to 1,550. My fat grams dropped from 142 to 129. My total protein dropped from 85 to 78. My net carbs, the app says is 19, but I want it to still be at 20. But I can’t figure out where to edit that in there, correctly, so I’ll keep it at 19, but if I go over, it’s not a big deal.

As far as my macros for today, MyFitnessPal has me at:

  • 56 out of the allowed 129 g of fat, accounting for 69% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 139 out of the allowed 78 g of protein, accounting for 26% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 18 out of the allowed 19 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

I laid down when we’d gotten home from Texas Roadhouse. The pain my biceps was pretty good by that time and I just wanted to let them rest as much as possible. I also didn’t sleep well the past couple nights (which is in no comparison to my wife who’s going on 4.8 years of bad sleep due to children that only want her when they wake up; sorry Amanda!). The long nap didn’t seem to help too much but it was merely interrupted so I could write this post. I’m going back to bed now.

Keto – Day 27

Today was a rest day from the gym and working out. I needed it because my biceps are killing me. I knew it’d happen. If they hurt like they do now, tomorrow will likely suck even more. Ugh. Not looking forward to that.

I had breakfast, no lunch, and an awesome dinner! Breakfast was just a butter-soaked mess of an omelette with a ham. Good, but I don’t like butter on scrambled eggs or omelettes. Hard pass. I also added some jalapeno slices to it. Pretty good. Then for lunch, I had a Chick Fil-A iced tea; I wasn’t all that hungry. My wife planned on making tacos for dinner so I looked up recipes, not feeling all too hopeful. However, I found some that, they’re just made up of a quarter cup of baked shredded cheddar cheese. They were awesome! That with some taco meat, lettuce, jalapeno slices, and some salsa–best dinner I’d had in a long time! Dinner tomorrow may come close, though; I’m going to Texas Roadhouse for Father’s Day dinner. #Stoked

I got close with my macros today; not too mad at them. I came in at 1,448 calories of the 1,700 I’m allowed. I’m still feeling full nearly 7 hours after I’d eaten. I have a massage for tomorrow morning (thank you, Amanda!), so I’ll likely skip breakfast. Really excited for that. I’m sore, and have been for a while.

MyFitnessPal recorded my macros as:

  • 111 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 69% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 95 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 26% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 17 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

I’m still high on my protein, and it’s probably close to the time to re-do my numbers. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. It’s late now so I’m gonna crash.

Keto – Day 26

The gym kicked my ass today without even trying. I did a much lighter version of cardio, just walking on the treadmill in fat-burning zone. Just walking for me, my heart rate goes up around 140 bpm when fat-burning is at 118. It’s dumb. I then proceeded to do my core workout to close out the week 1 of the four-week program. You were supposed to hold the planks for up to two minutes–yeah, right! I got to a minute and by that time my arms were shaking like crazy and I could barely maintain my balance. But I forced myself to do a minute for each one they listed, and then I went on to machine weights. I tried to keep it light, and may have done too much on biceps, but I think everything else was at least appropriate for an I’ve-been-away-from-the-gym-for-a-long-time starting weight. I felt everything as soon as I got home. My body wanted to shut down. I skipped eating right then to lay on the couch for a minute. And then another minute. And then 150 minutes. Woke up pretty achy, but hungry.

I was going to make some steak and have that with some hibachi yum yum sauce, but I didn’t feel like steak by the time I woke up. I wanted something cold. I opted for a chocolate peanut butter shake made with chocolate protein powder, almond milk, peanut butter, coconut oil, and ice cubes. Not terrible. It serves two originally, and given I didn’t have a huge appetite in the morning, I just decided to take both servings. As I write this, I’m just over having consumed one serving. Lunch was fun. I had about 8 ounces of chicken noodle soup without any noodles (nor did I see any chicken). It was much tastier than straight chicken broth; unfortunately it didn’t give me any macro recordings other than 12 ounces should have been about 8 net carbs, but obviously I don’t have the recipe I can put in MyFitnessPal. Also, I only had 8 ounces and no noodles, so my carb intake may have been 1 or 2 at max, I’d think.

I found an extension to allow for net carbs to be calculated, too, by the way. I think I’m going to toy around with now going through a net carb of 20 g and see how my body adjusts, rather than a straight 20 carbs. I feel I have to be in ketosis because my tongue feels like it’s hairy and it’s the most disgusting taste in your mouth, even 5 minutes after you brush.

For my macros today, MyFitnessPal has me at the following (which again is slightly off because of the chicken noodle soup fiasco):

  • 64 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 68% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 56 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 26% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 13 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 6% of my calories; target is 5%

Taking into account my gym workout, I totaled 1,104 calories. I’ve still got like 40% of this shake left and I’m already full. I’m gonna finish the rest of this and probably get to bed. It was a pretty good day, all considering.

Keto – Day 25

I was down to 217 this morning. That’s the lowest I’d been in 8 or 9 years. It was a pretty damn good feeling. I still have a ways to go, but it just goes to show you that this diet is working for me. I will say, though, that I had super strong cravings for pizza today when I saw a flyer on the kitchen counter when I’d gotten home. I miss pizza. I don’t think I’ll ever not miss carbs. I miss drunken noodle with chicken from the Thai place. I miss chocolate chip cookies. But I’ve stayed away from all of that. As much as I want to reward myself for how well I’ve done, I haven’t earned it yet. I committed to 90 days. That doesn’t mean to ease up at 25, 60, or even the 90th day. I don’t get any carb-heavy food until day 91, which will be the day *after* this challenge. I’m nearly a third of the way there.

I got my appetite back for the most part, today. I woke up and wasn’t having that completely full feeling so I had some breakfast. I had a couple pieces of ham, nothing major. For lunch, I tried to eat a salad, but I just wasn’t as hungry as I thought I was. I ate maybe a third of it and tossed it, which is so unlike me. Unless I really detest the food, I eat everything I’m given, and as expensive as salads are where I work, I was throwing money away. Dinner was wings again. I had the remainder of my wings from yesterday as well as some spicier wings because my wife was getting some boneless wings for her, and they had a special for Thursdays. All told, I had 14 wings, but there’s no way there was as much protein as MyFitnessPal says. We’ve all had wings, I’m sure, and 14 wings, while a lot, does not seem to me like it’d be 116 grams of protein. Ugh. I should have looked at the app before I ate all of it. Oh well, while I ate more protein than I should have, my carbs were still low, but my dietary fat could have been better. Again, good point is I got my appetite back.

Speaking of MyFitnessPal, I was logged at:

  • 83 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 56% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 136 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 41% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 10 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 3% of my calories; target is 5%

My total calories came in at 1,334 minus about 60, give or take, for exercise from the core workout. Bottom line, it’s the most calories I’d had since Sunday and it felt good to actually have my appetite. I’m sure it’s going to come at a cost of some short-term weight gain, but I’m fine with it. I have a lot more time to go on this diet and I’d rather the weight be a more progressive and gradual loss than this freakish 4 lb loss in two days because of the appetite loss. I think my goal is to get as close to 200 by the time I’m done with this 90 days as possible, if not less than that. I think it’s highly attainable once I get re-acclimated to working out and can push myself a little more. Tomorrow will be a light workout day, particularly for cardio because I definitely don’t want a repeat of Tuesday. Oh, and my wife’s pregnant, so more of a reason to get in shape so I’m able to live long enough to see the kids do something with their lives.

Keto – Day 24

I was still pretty nauseous today and didn’t have an appetite for the better part of the day. In fact, I could have probably made it the whole day without eating, though I didn’t eat much. I skipped breakfast and lunch because I was quite honestly not hungry at all. It was not me being ‘manorexic’ or attempting to skip a meal because I wanted to go more hardcore or whatever, I was literally not hungry at all. I left work early because I was nauseous. I tried doing some straight salt shots but that wasn’t a long-term solution. I kept feeling like I might throw up so I took a couple hours off the day and came home.

My wife had run out and grabbed my Vitamin D tablets (thank you!) and I took one with some tea. It actually had a pretty near-immediate impact. I wasn’t out there doing a bunch of crazy calisthenics but I wasn’t napping. I did take a nap earlier in the day, prior to taking the pill, but that was mostly because I felt pretty terrible. I had a low fever, nothing terrible, but I made it through. I had dinner about 6:30 tonight, finally. I ate half my order of chicken wings (7 of them, buffalo dry seasoning and a little ranch). It was pretty good, but I could still have skipped and been fine, but I feel better having eaten. At least I was able to stomach eating something.

My calories were still pretty abysmally small, and when you take into account the 70-80 calories I burnt doing my plank exercises, I was at a net total of around 450 calories. But I honestly feel full and don’t feel like I’ve prevented myself from eating anything. My fat macros weren’t close today. I think the hunger pangs will be back tomorrow though, so I’ll look to fix all that back up then.

I’m going back to the gym on Friday and I plan on shortening my cardio workout by probably half and maybe doing a little more weights this time. The plank exercise program is actually no joke. What started out with just 2 sets each of a standard plank, side plank (each side), and birddog plank for 10 seconds each set and 3 seconds rest had ballooned up to 5 sets of each of those, today. Tomorrow its at 6 sets. Friday will be slightly terrible as I have to hold the standard plank and side plank (each side) for as long as I can, up to 2 minutes. And that is going to come after the elliptical, which is the reason I’m going to cut the cardio in half. I have a heart problem (sick sinus syndrome and inappropriate sinus tachycardia, or in layman’s terms, my heartbeat can’t find a regular beat and goes fast). Just walking, I can get my heart rate up to 115 bpm, and when I’m on the elliptical, it’s not uncommon for it to be between 170 and 200 bpm, depending on the effort I’m giving. That’s a large part (the other being how out of shape I am) of why I throw up when I first get back to the gym; I have to get acclimated to working out. So I guess I went too hard, despite thinking I was doing ‘okay’ the other day. Lesson learned.

MyFitnessPal macros go as follows:

  • 34 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 54% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 63 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 44% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 2 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 2% of my calories; target is 5%

My blood sugar this morning was 98 and my weight was 219.3, though it was 217.5 this afternoon. I’m curious to see how my body adapts to having the intake of food, though it wasn’t a great deal of calories. I’m really happy being down almost twenty pounds in just over three weeks, though it wasn’t expected. I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been in well over 7 years and will continue to strive to push that weight down. I have no real expectations, but if I can get to between 204 and 207, that’ll be the least weight I can remember being post-Army service (and I got out in 2004). When I hit 215, that’ll be the least I’ve weighed since 2009. I’m still a good ways off from where I ultimately want to be, and despite the exhaustion, nausea, and stomach cramps I’ve encountered in the three weeks I’ve been on this thing, it’s worth it. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results and am really excited to see what 90 days brings.

Keto – Day 23

Okay, newsflash: I’m severely out of shape! Gym day was great, but gym day was also awful. Cutting right into it, anyone that knows me knows that when I go to the gym on day one of any diet regimen, I throw up. This isn’t new. I push myself harder than I intend to (or I’m just far more out of shape than I realize), and I end up puking. Problem was that I had nothing but 4 ounces (total) of scrambled eggs, kielbasa, and a tablespoon, maybe, of salsa. I had no appetite afterward and that continued through the day to this exact point I’m typing. I looked it up and it’s a common thing a couple weeks into the diet, particularly when you enter ketosis, which I have to believe I’m in now. I have the worst keto breath as the acetone from my body is excreted in either urine or through the mouth. It’s not pleasant. Thankfully, that only lasts a little bit of time, as well.

So, knowing that I’m out of shape and didn’t eat much, I also am at a complete caloric deficit today. I ate about 208 calories worth of food but burned closer to 550 calories at the gym, give or take a few. I was doing fine, I thought. I kept the weight low, only did the machine weights for chest and triceps and then felt that “oh-shit-I’m-gonna-puke” feeling halfway through my first set of tricep extensions. So I get dinner (more on that in a sec) and go home and I am absolutely wiped out. I lay on the couch as my wife and girls eat their dinners and fall asleep, feeling nauseous. I wake up about 90 minutes later and head upstairs. Dude, the strain from walking up the stairs, after doing 40 minutes of elliptical two+ hours prior, set my body back into that “oh-shit-I’m-gonna-puke” feeling. And I did. All of the contents of my stomach which was just water and bile. Not fun. That drained me, again, and I laid down, waking up just about 10 minutes ago. Good thing is, I’ll get plenty of sleep, in totality!

I went to Buffalo Wild Wings, because I really wanted something easy. Nothing at all sounded good, and I wanted redemption from the bad wings I’d had the other day. I ordered a medium order of the buffalo spice-rubbed wings, but I never got to eat them. They’re in the refrigerator. I just couldn’t bring myself to eat anything, much less drink. I still have to take my medicine and the thought of those pills is giving me heartburn. Ugh.

MyFitnessPal stats are a joke, but at least I’m close to my macros; just nowhere near my calorie goals:

  • 16 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 72% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 10 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 21% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 3 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 7% of my calories; target is 5%

Now I’m going to worry about Thursday, when the full breadth of that workout will come to bear and I’ll be in pain. It was worth it, though. It felt good being back in the gym, despite the unpleasantness of it’s after-effects. Oh, and I got a reason why my energy level is so low and I’m so tired all the time. Apparantly, a person is considered “very” or “severely” deficient with a Vitamin D makeup of less than 25 ng; mine was 11. I have to get out in the sun more (nooooooooooooo!) and am going to be on another medication for the next few months. Hopefully that turns things around for me!

Keto – Day 22

What a waste of a day. I was absolutely exhausted all day. I didn’t sleep well at all last night and it affected me pretty good all day. I was in a complete mental fog, I had no energy, and my eyes wanted to close the entire time. I took about a 30 minute nap about an hour after I got home, but that didn’t help at all. I felt kind of ill all day, too, likely from the MCT oil in the tea I drank last night. It just weighed on me all day.

I didn’t eat breakfast this morning because I wasn’t hungry. I wasn’t hungry for lunch, either, but I got something anyway (a bratwurst) just to have something in my stomach. Not my favorite. Nothing sounded good at all. That carreid over to dinner. I still wasn’t all that hungry, but I decided to use the cookbook I’d ordered to try and find something. I found a recipe for a coconut blueberry ‘muffin’ but I can tell you that I don’t need that again. It was super dense and dry as hell. I had a tablespoon of butter on it, to try and soften it, but it could have honestly used another. I made another, which I was going to eat for breakfast tomorrow, but I trashed it. I think the batter was too thick to start; I should have known!

My blood sugar was good today; 107. I didn’t take it this morning because I’d forgotten (mind fog and all that), so I took it when I got home. Now I’m sitting here feeling sick again because I just effectively ate a brick with 6 blueberries in it. I should have made the strawberries and cream shake. Next time.

MyFitnessPal has my macros coming in like this (spoilers, not a ton of calories today, but I probably could have fasted all day and would have been fine):

  • 73 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 84% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 20 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 11% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 9 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

My caloric intake was 810 calories, but after the core workout, I probably netted about 775-780. It’s a bunch of plank exercises and it’s killing my shoulder on the side planks, but I’m doing okay with them so far. Holding a plank for 10 seconds and resting 3 seconds x 3 sets isn’t all that difficult. It bumps up to 4 sets tomorrow, but even still, shouldn’t be that terrible. I just hope I work up an appetite tomorrow, and that I get enough sleep. And with that…good night!

Keto – Day 21

Today went by in a flash. I was tired for part of the day, probably because I didn’t get any caffeine, but I didn’t take a nap. I did some cleaning today and got the first day of working out complete with the core workout I’d posted yesterday. It really didn’t look like it’d be that difficult, but when you’re completely out of shape. That’s day one of the four week program. It’s really not a big commitment, at least to start, but it’s going to suck later, even in this first week, trying to hold a plank for two minutes, and the same amount of time on each side plank. I’ll do the best I can!

My back and shoulders are sore from yesterday, probably from rocketing into that trampoline. But it was good to do something physical. It’s been a while since I’ve worked out and I’m both looking forward to and dreading Tuesday. I’m not so fond of the muscle cramps I get from working out. I have to really commit myself to not doing too much weight or it’s gonna kick my ass the next couple days. Also looking forward to getting on the elliptical. I’m not a treadmill guy by any stretch of the imagination. I might get on it to do some brisk walking, but I’ve never been a runner. Maybe if I break 215 I’ll get on there and do some running…maybe. It’s just not something I love to do. Maybe I’ll do the row; that works you out pretty good. And I do push myself on the elliptical, too. We’ll see how I’m feeling.

Today’s food wasn’t anything too far out of the ordinary. I had no breakfast; I just wasn’t that hungry when I’d woken up. Lunch was some lettuce-wrapped sandwiches, but I used an ounce of ham, an ounce of roast beef that I’d gotten from Trader Joe’s the other day, and a couple strips of bacon, along with some mayo and mustard. Delicious! Dinner was some buffalo wings in some ranch dip. It was only ‘okay.’ Sad to say, the wings I had at work last week were far better, with more meat on them and tasted better. I had a couple pieces of my fudge fat bombs as a snack after lunch, and I think that’s what helped me get pretty close to my macro goal today.

MyFitnessPal put me down at a total of 1,439 calories (minus maybe 20 to 30 for working out, if that) and my macros were:

  • 117 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 73% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 79 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 22% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 17 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

Tomorrow will be the beginning of week 4. I’m really curious to see how transformed my body will be by the end of the nine weeks, both externally and in regards to my Type 2 diabetes. Today’s blood sugar was 115 and my weight was 223.5. That’s a pound and a half heavier than the lowest I’d been in the past 5 years, maybe more. Won’t be too much longer before I break 222, and then it’s just striving to lose more. The gym will help. I just hope I don’t overeat as a result. I hope my weight doesn’t go up tomorrow, either. I feel heavy right now, probably from this Perrier water I’m drinking, but I’m hoping it’s just my head messing with me.

Lastly, I haven’t said it yet, but to anyone that is reading these blogs, or have followed or commented, I really do appreciate it, and I definitely appreciate your feedback, good or bad. I started this blog to keep me honest and the fact that there are people out there liking my posts (whether they read them or not) makes me feel like you guys are part of this with me. Thank you.

Keto – Day 20

Crazy. I’ve made it to 20 days. I’m almost a quarter of the way through. I’m feeling pretty good about this diet, today. I keep calling it a diet, but it’s really a way of living, albeit I don’t think I’ll do this forever. I’m absolutely going to be more mindful of carbs and their effect on me and limit my intake. Actually, today my father called me up and let me know that he just recently was diagnosed with a gluten allergy; he’s almost 60 years old and just found out about this. He said his stomach would cramp up when eating gluten but since he’s been eating gluten free, things are better. I wonder if something like that is the reason I always felt so bloated after eating something like spaghetti or a sandwich as well. Typically, yes, I overate, but not all the time. It would happen with a bagel for breakfast. Then again, I was also super high on my blood sugar and not eating healthy. I think the best way to tell would be to see how it all goes whenever it eventually gets re-introduced. Same with milk; I do fine with cheese thus far, but I don’t think I’m lactose tolerant.

Today I got a good boost of energy from my loaded butter coffee (bulletproof coffee). I didn’t eat any breakfast and only had the coffee about 11 am or so, but it definitely gave me some energy which I needed. We went to a birthday party at a trampoline park (Skyzone, if you’ve heard of it) and it was a blast. I was on the trampolines on and off for about 40 minutes, doing back flips and nearly concussing myself with a well-angled missile shot from the side trampolines back into the ground-level ones. Insta-headache. It was a lot of fun though, and my girls had a blast. It showed me how out of shape I was, particularly in terms of my stamina as my heart rate was cruising.

Dinner was a salad with a couple ounces of grilled chicken and ranch dressing. That kept me full for a while. I had a couple pieces of my fudge I’d made yesterday and then probably around 9 I had a Jack Link’s beef jerky stick. My macros today were pretty awesome; I was proud of them. My total caloric intake dropped about 200 calories given the exercise I got, but I still managed about 930 net calories and felt full. Crazy looking at this thing and seeing my breakfast was 481 calories (the coffee) and the dinner was 430. MyFitnessPal clocked me in at the following:

  • 105 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 83% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 31 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 11% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 15 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 6% of my calories; target is 5%

I’m gong to start a four-week core exercise program I found on MyFitnessPal. It’s six days a week, but it looks pretty manageable. I think that, coupled with two days a week (to start) at the gym should be a good way to ease myself back into working out. As long as I have this kind of sustained energy, at least. I didn’t take a nap all day, so that’s a win in and of itself! Blood sugar was 105, I think, this morning, so it seems like things are going well. After I complete tomorrow, I’ll be three weeks through, and being very strict, not allowing cheat meals, and just owning up to my 90-day commitment. Still have a ways to go, but I feel good with my level of commitment, moreso than any other diet I’d tried.