Keto – Day 70

I figure I have to come down off this cloud at some point. I’ve lost weight for the last four days in a row, waking up to a new record, 205.5 lbs. I know it’s not going to last, but I want it to! It’s a pretty damn good feeling seeing that number keep getting smaller each time I step on the scale. I think I should mention, too, I’m not using an electronic scale. I never trust those things. I have the sliding weight scale that you’d see at a doctor’s office. I think those are more accurate and tend to be more exact when you’re getting the tenths of pounds.

I forgot to check my blood sugar this morning, so I’ll take that before I close this thing out and update what it is about now. I just ate about two hours ago, but it shouldn’t be anything that spikes it all that much. Breakfast was a coffee with some MCT oil and a Bulletproof Fudge Brownie bar. Holy. Effing. Ish. That thing was fantastic! It was 7 net carbs, and if I’d bought more, I probably would have eaten them. They are ridiculously good, though my wife didn’t like them. I will be looking for more! Then I had some barbeque from a place called Mission Barbeque. That place was *really* good, but the forced patriotism was a bit much. I’m there about a minute when the National Anthem comes on, everyone stops what they’re doing and awkwardly place hands over hearts. Some people were singing. Not the right forum to get into it here, so I’ll leave it at this; I wasn’t expecting that at all and thought it was a little uncomfortable. Anyway, food was great! I had about four ounces each of brisket and this jalapeno/cheddar stuffed sausage. It came with cornbread, too, which I wanted, but didn’t have. Dinner was an Ore-Ida Crack an Egg cup with some ham, potatoes, green peppers, onions, and cheese. I wasn’t very hungry because of the coffee I’d had about an hour or so earlier, but I figured I should try and get my macros and calories a little closer. I added some MCT oil to some unsweet tea and I’m working on that now, as I type.

MyFitnessPal put me in with the following macros:

  • 112 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 75% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 68 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 20% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 15 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

This is day 70. It came and went like a bullet, too. There’s only 19 more days starting tomorrow. It all still feels so foreign to me, despite the fact that I’ve been doing this more than two months. That’s absolutely a record for me. I’ve never been able to stick with any diet for this long without cheating two or three weeks in and making an excuse that it was okay for me to do so, perpetuating the fact that I had an eating problem. I still do. I always will. I can only hope to control it. And with all the progress I’ve made, I’m afraid to lose ground and go away from it, but if I get too far off the tracks, I know this is something I can do (again) to right the ship.

By the way; my blood sugar is 103. A good day.

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Keto – Day 69

Thanks to MCT oil and butter, I was pretty good on macros, today. I get a little worried that I’m having to supplement my calories and macros with MCT oil a lot to hit my fat content goals, but then again, that’s what it’s for, isn’t it? When you look at it though, I’m getting over 1/3 of my calories today from MCT oil and butter (620 out of the 1,507 calories I had today). That seems a little crazy to me; 41 percent!

I couldn’t figure out just what I wanted to eat today. I had coffee with MCT oil for breakfast. I had some ham and eggs wrapped up in a low-carb burrito for lunch, and I rounded out the day with that last piece of Parmesan chicken from Longhorn. I think I like my version better, too, by the way. Their version was a bit too salty. Also with dinner, I had an Arnold Palmer with unsweet tea and diet lemonade. It’s a bit ‘pricey’ as far as carbs (4.5 grams of carbs), but it was worth it. I still ended up lower than my net carbs for the day.

MyFitnessPal logged me in at the following:

  • 120 out of the allowed 71 g of fat, accounting for 73% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 80 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 22% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 18 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 5% of my calories; target is 5%

Today marked the end of week 10, meaning there are just three weeks remaining. My friend never started the Keto diet, by the way. He’s going to end up waiting until August 20th, which is his prerogative. I told him that as long as he’s under 50 net carbs, he’s technically going to be doing it, so I’m curious to see if he’ll stick to that or go more hardcore with it. Probably harder to get into ketosis, at least to have a higher state of ketosis, when you get that much, but then again, his blood sugar isn’t like mine, and everyone’s body reacts differently, so we’ll see what happens. All I know is in 21 1/2 days, I’ll be having Thai drunken noodles with chicken for lunch. Level 9 spicy. And a Diet Dr. Pepper.

Keto – Day 68

Today was a decent day, I think, despite the fact that I didn’t have lunch. I had my typical breakfast this morning.  I ended up having my favorite Longhorn meal (Parmesan crusted chicken), with some broccoli and a little bit of bread and butter. I got near the edge of my net carbs (was at 24 of 25 of my acceptable max, and it was 41 total carbs; 17 grams of fiber). I was still showing as in ketosis a little under 5 hours past when I ate, so everything seems okay for now.

I didn’t get the retaliation like I thought I’d get, this morning. In fact, I have a new record low: 206.5. This time, though, I’ll not be surprised to see a jump in blood sugar (because of the bread) or weight (same reason), but its something that I can absolutely recover from, and quickly. Not having lunch made me more hungry toward the end of the day. I had a coffee instead and was fine and had tided myself over, but it catches up to you.

MyFitnessPal had me at the following, which surprised me they were as close to my macro goals as they were:

  • 102 out of the allowed 71 g of fat, accounting for 80% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 72 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 22% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 24 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 7% of my calories; target is 5%

I still have an entire other piece of chicken and the salad from Longhorn. I’ll have to throw away all the croutons that are on it, though. Looking it up right now, though, the salad would still be 7 grams of carbs and the chicken is 17, meaning I’d have 8 grams, max, for breakfast and lunch. It’s looking like I may push the salad off one more day and see if it lasts.

I’d gotten my eyes dilated and since my vision was pretty awful, I went to bed after dinner. Granted, I was tired, too, but I couldn’t see much of anything clearly, so I basically listened to YouTube and fell asleep. I woke up a few minutes ago and am about to crawl back into bed. I’m going to enjoy this rainy weather a little bit more and use it to help me sleep. I always sleep deeper when it rains.

Keto – Day 67

I’m closing in on three weeks remaining, getting more stoked every day. I didn’t have the best food today, insofar as what I actually wanted to eat, but I did pretty well on my macros, finally consuming more than my recommended fats and less on my protein and net carbs. I was pretty close to eating something that’d take my carbs up to 25, but I refrained because I didn’t want that insulin spike nor to weaken the ketosis I was in.

I had another three-coffee day along with another three tablespoons of MCT oil. Breakfast was just a coffee again; wasn’t hungry. Lunch was about an ounce and a half each of ham and roast beef, an ounce of green beans with a little mustard to spice things up a bit. Dinner was a couple bunless Arby’s roast beef sandwiches. I had a Fat Snax bag of Peanut Butter cookies and a coffee candy cup (1 net carb) that helped me with my fat macros.

MyFitnessPal macros were awesome (I think):

  • 132 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 80% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 60 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 16% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 15 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 4% of my calories; target is 5%

I feel like I’m setting myself up for failure whenever I stop Keto because my results have been overall great, so I’m going to have to keep up with the food tracking through MyFitnessPal to make sure that I’m able to spot when things are getting ridiculous. That first day back will be a cheat day, but I don’t want to go completely overboard. I do know for a fact, however, that I will be having Thai. If I don’t have Thai, something went supremely wrong and you should probably call the cops.

Blood sugar was 115 this morning, 105 when I got home, and my weight was the lowest it’s been since I remember looking at a scale once I’d gotten out of the army: I was at 206.8 lbs this morning! I was ecstatic because I thought I might have gained since I’d downed some water before bed, but it all passed. That definitely made the day better. I went over by 44 calories (1,544 out of 1,500), so I’m curious to see if my body retaliates and puts some weight back on me, but given that I did pretty well with my macros, I won’t be too upset since I’m sure things will balance themselves out. Gotta say that doing this Keto challenge–and much more, sticking to it–has been awesome for me. I’ve not liked the restrictions on a lot of the food I like to eat, but I can’t deny the results. And this is all without working out, so who knows where I’d be if I were to get to the gym.

Keto – Day 66

I couldn’t get excited on anything to eat today. I ended up settling for both lunch and dinner, skipping breakfast altogether because I wasn’t hungry. In fact, I woke up and didn’t feel all that great. I told myself I was going to have a tea for breakfast; I had coffee. I felt better after that, though.

Today we had a friend return to work after a long absence so there was a whole slew of cookies made. These aren’t normal cookies; they’re cake-box cookies where you make them out of a box of cake-mix. They’re amazing. I didn’t have any. To be fair, I had a white chocolate chip out of one of them, but I wanted to eat all the chocolate peanut butter ones. I would have liked to take them all under my desk, pull my chair up so no one can see, eat them all, and fall asleep. But I was good, or at least good enough. Lunch at work was a joke; there were no solid choices. I’d opted for a ham sandwich, no bun, and ate it with a knife and fork, slathered in a little mayo and mustard, with some tomatoes, lettuce (obviously), onions, and a pickle spear. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t what I wanted. Wings would have been nice–something spicy to wake me up.

When I got off work, I went to an eye doctor appointment who confirmed what I’d suspected that my eyes got worse in the two-plus years its been since I’d seen them last. After the exam, and the commitment to a $400 bill, I came home and fell asleep on the couch. I was going to make the faux meatball sandwich using a tortilla, meatballs, mozzerella, and spicy marinara, but it didn’t sound good by the time I got around to dinner. Neither did the two scrambled eggs with four ounces of ham, but I ate it anyway (with two tablespoons of butter to boost the fat). I additionally had a cup of coffee (our last K-cup!) with three tablespoons of MCT oil. I ended up a little over 200 calories short of my goal, two grams over my protein, and still 27 short of my fat.

MyFitnessPal logged me at:

  • 98 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 71% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 77 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 25% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 11 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 4% of my calories; target is 5%

I forgot to take my blood sugar this morning, but I took it when I got home and it was finally in the 90s! It was a 98. I was pretty happy about that; felt like a win. I discovered my next A1C test is going to be August 31st, a Friday, and the added bonus is my mom’s coming to visit that weekend. Labor Day is the following Monday, and since I’m trying to save hours, I might just take my holiday that Friday and go in to work for the holiday. Guess it’ll depend on my wife’s schedule. We have Disney World coming up at the beginning of November so I don’t want to kill all my leave before then. I have plenty to cover it, but I like to keep a surplus in there in case of an emergency. You never know. Anyway, 24 days and counting. I just want the one cheat day; that’s my goal right now!

Keto – Day 65

So I guess the tortillas are still too much, maybe. My blood glucose was 165 this morning, which was obviously higher than I wanted or expected. That said, I stayed away from carbs for the most part, today. I didn’t have any fiber, meaning that I had nothing to subtract for net carbs, but when your total net carbs is only 6, I figure that’s gotta be alright. My ketosis took a slight hit as a result, too. I was still in ketosis, but it was on the edge, so lesson was learned. If ever I have tortillas again for the rest of this diet, I’ll make sure it’s no more than just the one.

The other negative is I think I did far more damage to my body than I’d imagined. My diabetes must be pretty deep and I wonder if it’s past the curable stage. I’ll have to find out from my doctor when I see her next. Sucks.

Breakfast today was the normal; a little kielbasa and a scrambled egg with some sausage gravy. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. When lunch came around, I wasn’t hungry. I was still full from breakfast, so I just got an iced tea that I sipped on the rest of the day. I had in mind that I was going to make my bacon cheeseburgers for dinner, so I was set on that. I put a little A1 on the top and just ate them with a fork. No vegetables today, but I got my vitamins, so at least I’m covered. Despite what appeared to be not a lot, with the inclusion of my coffees (one in the morning, one after dinner) and the MCT oil (three tablespoons to boost fat macros), I ended up at 1,325 calories out of the 1,500, and was very close to the macro percentages/values for at least fat and protein. I was low on carbs, which is what I wanted for today, anyway. It was essentially a punishment on myself for letting my blood sugar get as high as it did yesterday. I took it when I got home, and it went down 50 points to 115, but I still want to do better. I’d love for it to be in the 90s in the morning, but I’ll be happy with anything under that 115.

MyFitnessPal macros were:

  • 109 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 76% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 72 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 22% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 6 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 2% of my calories; target is 5%

Overall it was a good day. It made me wonder, though, what life will be like when I get off of Keto and start taking in carbs, especially if two low-carb tortillas impacted me the way they did. I’m really hoping that was just an ‘oh shit!’ moment and my body just reacted that way the one time and will hopefully recover quickly. I guess I’ll see the answer to that when I wake up.

Keto – Day 64

Tomorrow morning will be another test to carbs. While it has a lot of fiber, dropping my net carbs *considerably*, the tortillas I had put me at a total of 46 carbs. With all the fiber in them and the natural peanut butter, though, I totaled in at 19 net carbs. The tortillas and peanut butter alone accounted for 42 of those 47 carbs! The rest was made up of a few pickle chips, lettuce, and half and half.

Breakfast this morning didn’t happen. I needed money (I had $3 and some change on me) and the ATM machines were having some kinds of issues, so I just went with a medium coffee. Lunch was a bunless cheeseburger with my mayo-mustard-hot sauce…sauce. This time I remembered the bacon, too. For dinner, I’d thought about cooking up some meatballs, putting them in a tortilla, and adding some tomato sauce and maybe some green peppers to make a faux meatball sub, but I didn’t want anything hot. I settled (which it didn’t feel like settling!) for two peanut butter rollups. They were outstanding. I had them with a coffee and was very full after all that. Still am.

I woke up at 207.5 lbs. So I’m now only a half pound away from my lowest remembered scale-weight post getting out of the army. The peanut butter rollups feel like they’re weighing me down right now, so I hope that doesn’t translate into weight gain. I’m prepared to fluctuate between the week around 2 pounds or so, but obviously I’d be happier if I didn’t have to deal with it.

MyFitnessPal tracked my macros at:

  • 100 out of the allowed 125 g of fat, accounting for 77% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 50 out of the allowed 75 g of protein, accounting for 17% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 19 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 6% of my calories; target is 5%

My calorie adjustments only went down 60 calories per day. I have probably actually been at a slight deficit, in fact, as I see a lot of people around my size going on 1,700-1,800 diets, but I’ve been doing just fine around 1,500. I think when I’m done with everything, I’ll up my calories to about 1,800 and do a really lazy net carb count of around 50, but won’t be too hard on myself unless I start putting on too much weight. If I do, I know what to do.

Keto – Day 63

It’s crazy to think I’ve just got four weeks left! I got to 208.6 this morning on the scale, and I still have these four weeks. If I can average 2 pounds a week, I’d be slightly over 200 by the time this is all over, but I’ll be happy with anything under 205, to be honest. I started this entire thing between 237/238 lbs, and I’m closing in on a legit thirty pound weight loss. If you’d asked me before I started how far I would get, I thought I might get down to about 225, maybe a little less, and then call it a wrap and gain that weight back. But I’ve stuck with it, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

I do fear, however, that I’ve lost some muscle. Yes, my total inches has shrunk, altogether, but there’s still a lot to improve as far as I’m concerned. I could probably be down more if I committed to working out, but that’s a topic I’ve already gone through plenty of times; I could have done better, there.

Food today was a joy. I had coffee (twice), and it was excellent! I missed coffee so damn much and it’s like a treat every time I have one now. Breakfast was a single scrambled egg and three breakfast sausage links. Lunch was awesome! I had a low-carb tortilla with two tablespoons of crunchy organic peanut butter. It was fantastic. I put it in the microwave for ten seconds. And it filled me up just fine, too. Lunch was about 7 ounces of flank steak with a little yum yum sauce and these hot and spicy pickles that I’d picked up at a gas station last week. I just finished drinking about 8 oz of water with a couple tablespoons of MCT oil, and my macros are looking pretty good. I have to admit, I was a little scared, looking at the macros for the tortilla. It’s 16 carbs–BUT–it’s 11 grams of fiber, so it’s only a net sum of 5 carbs, which means I could have had a taco and I’m just now realizing it–dammit! I know I give myself that leeway of the 25 total net carbs, but I like to stay under 20 if I’m able to. As full as I am right now, I’m not missing too much, even though I technically have 8 net carbs to give, if I’d wanted.

MyFitnessPal was kind to me today. It read in at the following macros:

  • 121 out of the allowed 129 g of fat, accounting for 76% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 67 out of the allowed 78 g of protein, accounting for 19% 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 anxious to see my blood sugar tomorrow. It was 101 when I took it around 6 pm or so, which was about 5 hours after my tortilla, so I was really surprised with that. We’ll see how it adjusts in the morning. I did have a lick of the spoon when I helped make my daughters a cake, but it was negligible what it contributed (though I counted off a carb just in case). One tenth of a serving is like 37 carbs, not counting the frosting, and I had about a half-teaspoon of the batter, so I’m sure I’m not going to be kicked out of ketosis for that.

Keto – Day 62

I had a piece of bread today. My daughter didn’t eat her lunch (a folded up peanut butter sandwich) so I ate it. It was closing in on about 1 or so and all I’d had up to that point was a coffee, so I figured I’d be fine. I thought the bread might be about 8 carbs, total, but was surprised it was 12! That totally had an effect on what I’d eat the rest of the day!

The answer to the above question was I had five buffalo chicken wings, and a coffee prior to that. I’m also having a coffee right now, and it’s awesome. My calories are bad (I only had 1,015 of the 1,550 I should have had), but my macros are decent. My net carbs were watched all day because of that single piece of bread; ugh. I did, however, pick up some low-carb tortillas (5 carbs per tortilla) that I’m excited about. I also got a steak and some meatballs and some bacon cheeseburgers that I can make within the next few days. Gotta figure out what to do with the tortillas, too. It’ll probably be used to make a pizza with it. Already stoked!

MyFitnessPal put me in with the following macros:

  • 82 out of the allowed 129 g of fat, accounting for 72% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 51 out of the allowed 78 g of protein, accounting for 20% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 20 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 8% of my calories; target is 5%

Macros weren’t as good as the past couple days, but they’re still not terrible. It could have been a disaster if I’d had another piece of bread, but luckily I learned what the carbs were before I’d had another. I was worried because I saw some breads are just nuts with their net carbs. After two months with no real bread to speak of, I instantly fell in love with it again, too. I miss bread and pizza and bagels. I know I have to use moderation when I get back to it, but I’m excited about the prospect of having a more regular meal within the next 4 weeks!

Keto – Day 61

So today sucked for reasons I’m not going to get too much into given the intent and meaning of this particular blog. Vague, yes, but it’s the mood I’m in. Foodwise, I am just now finishing up what should be my dinner, but is actually a bunch of Keto-friendly snacks; more on that in a sec.

I had the run of the mill breakfast, which I don’t foresee a big change in that until after Keto’s over, in which case I’ll likely have a bagel with peanut butter later down the line. Otherwise, a scrambled egg with a little sausage gravy, an ounce or two of ham or kielbasa, and a coffee are perfect and all I need to last me to lunch. Give a fairly life-altering event, I took off from work pre-lunch and picked some Five Guys up on the way home. That made me full for a long time. It was the same as a couple days ago, just a double-cheeseburger, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, mayo and grilled onions. I swapped out tomatoes for jalapenos only because I forgot to, but it was a fantastic lunch, notwithstanding. I’ve been home for about 20 minutes now and my ‘dinner’ consists of some Killer Whey! Caramels Back ice cream (delicious! and only 7 carbs for 1/2 cup), two Fat Snax chocolate chip cookies (which pair excellently with the ice cream!) and a coffee. Yes it’s late, but it-has-been-a-day.

I can definitely tell this ice cream is made with heavy cream because I’m getting a whipped cream taste when I eat it, which is awesome. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed ice cream! I hit really close to my goals again, getting 1,402 out of 1,550 calories and was just a tenth of a pound over 210, again, this morning. I’ll try to remember to adjust my macros this Monday.

MyFitnessPal has me at:

  • 117 out of the allowed 129 g of fat, accounting for 74% of my calories; target is 75%
  • 74 out of the allowed 78 g of protein, accounting for 21% of my calories; target is 20%
  • 19 out of the allowed 20 g of net carbohydrates, accounting for 6% of my calories; target is 5%

The percentages are off a bit because of having to actually round up the numbers, but everything makes sense. I made it another day without having to do MCT oil as a backup, so that’s a win. I’m going to finish this ice cream, other cookie, and coffee I have sitting in front of me and call it a night.