I may or may not have mentioned on this blog (can’t remember, haven’t blogged in a while) that I do not plan on going on any diet but wanted to lose weight without restricting myself. Just eat better.
Well, that wasn’t working. I wasn’t losing weight. I still felt like crap. I started working out but my eating only got marginally better. I was adding more veggies but still eating “bad” things and eating too much.
I think I need the structure of a “diet” and a meal plan. I’m one of those girls that needs structure. One of my doctors recommended the site dietdoctor.com for low carb/keto diet information. She told me if would help with my high blood pressure and prediabetes. I checked it out, but soon forgot about it.
When the new year started, I thought about how I’m going to fulfill my resolution of losing weight and getting healthy. Fix my blood pressure and prediabetes. I went back to dietdoctor.com and found that they have a free 2-week Keto challenge. They give you 2 full weeks of recipes and a shopping list for each week. You can even adjust the number of people you’re shopping/cooking for and they will adjust the amounts of ingredients you need to buy/prepare. No math needed! Everything printed out easily and neatly.
I told my husband that I wanted to do the challenge. He said “Cool, I’m down!” YES! He wanted to join me! It would make it infinitely easier to have his support and to have him doing it alongside me. We shopped a few days later on Sunday (Jan. 6th) and started that night.
I felt slightly guilty because we live with my in-laws and we were taking up so much fridge space! But my in-laws are super supportive and ensure me that whatever we do in the kitchen is totally fine.
Our first keto meal was called “Keto Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo”. OMG was it good! It was also very nice to be cooking with my husband again. We haven’t been doing much cooking at home in the past year. [Guilty.] The meal filled us up and we were excited that the plan had us cook double the servings so that it would make a quick and easy lunch for the next day. This is how it is for everyday; dinner’s leftovers are next day’s lunch.
Anyway, today is the 4th full day on keto. I’m feeling pretty good despite having a persistent cough. In the first couple of days I felt tired and had a headache or two but that is what is expected as part of the “keto flu”. I snuck a look at the scale last night (never a good idea after a full day of eating and drinking litres of water). But to my delight, I was down 2 lbs give or take a few ounces! If that is my result at night while wearing a big sweater, I am excited to see what the results are on Monday, on an empty stomach, in my underwear!
Yesterday, I slipped a bit and snacked on too many roasted macadamia nuts between lunch and dinner. I don’t think I was actually hungry, just bored. Macadamia nuts is fully acceptable on keto, but the plan we’re following does not recommend snacking because the meals are already high enough in calories and fat that we shouldn’t get hungry. Also, I think snacking has a mental effect on me that causes me to want to snack more. I’m going to try my best to minimize my snacking to once a day and just a small, keto-friendly snack.
This plan is only for two weeks but I can see myself doing this long term. I’ve seen a lot of people on the internet with great results on keto who have been doing it for 2+ years to life. There are so many recipes out there, I just need to put in a little work to plan my week and draw up the shopping lists. I’m excited to see and feel change. I’m so ready for change!
I had more to say, but honestly I forgot because hubby just came home and I got distracted. This post is getting long anyway so if I remember what I was gonna say I’ll post again. Good day!