I made it! I reached up to 25 net carbs on my last day, but I made it! I can totally see myself getting in my car as soon as this post is up and going to get a chicken sandwich or something…but I think I can wait. Until breakfast. My wife ate a cinnabon this morning, and I would have loved to have had that in the morning. I’ll have to get one of those at some point. It totally sounds like I’m gonna go crazy, but I’m not. I want my cheat day, but I’m not going to fall back into bad habits.
By the time this all ends in the morning when I wake up for my weigh-in, I don’t see me being any lighter than 202. I’m happy with that, enough. I didn’t get to 200, and there was another period of light yo-yo ups and downs, but it wasn’t a massive deviation. Still disappointing, though. I had an okay day of eating, but like I said, I still hit 25 total net carbs. Breakfast was just a Quest bar. It was a Vanilla Almond Crunch which I thought was above average; I didn’t mind it at all. I drank a coffee with that. For lunch, I went with a peanut butter roll up. Those things are so filling. It’s hard to imagine how just a few months ago, I could put down 4 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and still polish off a bag of chips or something. Jesus wept.
Dinner was Qdoba, again. I had a salad, and I had to be crafty with my ingredients so I didn’t go above my carbs. I got double steak, lettuce, shredded cheese, queso, and Mexican Caesar dressing and the thing was fantastic. That was probably the first time I’ve ever had *just* steak in my salad, as I typically go with chicken. I don’t mind getting those, though, and I’ll continue to get those in my future dieting adventures. I’m set on getting to 180, so I’ll be mindful what I’m eating. As a rule, I don’t want to go over 2,000 calories, ever, for a day, and would love to be at no more than 1,700, and still have a high-ish fat intake compared to carbs, but we’ll see how that goes as I take the next step.
MyFitnessPal macros showed me as having not the best totals, but they could have been worse:
- 113 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 67% of my calories; target is 75% (rounded up)
- 102 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 27% of my calories; target is 20% (rounded up)
- 25 out of the allowed 25 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 7% of my calories; target is 5% (rounded up)
This was an amazing 90 days and transformative in a multitude of ways. I’m a different person, health-wise, than when I started, but I still feel like the same goofy, big idiot I’ve been for nearly 39 years. I still don’t have a lot of energy. I still don’t have a lot of drive to go to the gym (though my arms are STILL sore from my Monday workout). I still want bad food. But I can recognize all those habits and now I can see just how bad they were for me. I can see the benefits of eating better, not only in my waistline, but in my blood sugar. I’m excited to see what my A1C is when I take that on the 31st of this month. That’s another reason I can’t go too crazy, because I want the test to be an accurate reflection of how hard I worked the last 3 months and I don’t want it to be swayed off course because of two weeks of binging. So if you see me having a big meal of things that I shouldn’t be eating, like if I’m ordering more than one sandwich, or I grab two or three huge pieces of cake or massive brownies, or something like that, call me out. I don’t need anyone to be a jerk or anything, but I’d rather be reminded that those are gateway foods to poor health than be concerned about my feelings.
Thank you to everyone who followed me, or liked my blog posts, or who interacted with me. This isn’t the end of my posts, but it’s the end of the Keto journey as I’ve known it the last three months. I’m moving on to the next chapter, and if you’re still around when I hit my ultimate goal, that’d be awesome. Thank you!