It’s been two weeks since my last post and I thought I’d just check in to give a quick update on the ‘highlights’, so to speak.
I weigh in on a Monday and the first of the two Mondays that have passed since my last post left me a little disappointed. A 400g loss. Still, I tried not to let myself get too caught up in the numbers and reminded myself that I had strayed from the path the weekend immediately before said Monday. I did my best to make some good choices, but I went out for dinner at a noodle market, and really had no way of knowing how many carbs I had consumed that evening.
For the rest of that week, I ‘felt’ as though I was gaining weight. Little insecurities such as, “Does my face look rounder than last week?” “Are my pants tighter than last week?” “Is my gut a little more in the way when I tie my shoelaces than last week?” played on my mind. I started worrying that I was eating too much processed foods (I do love a twiggy stick to curb after-dinner cravings) or that I wasn’t getting enough exercise – or, at least, the right kind of exercise. “Maybe walking after work isn’t cutting it!” “I don’t think I have enough left in me at the end of the day to go for a run! Arrgh!”
Finally, on Friday, I got to have a decent run around the soccer pitch, and as they say in the Very Hungry Caterpillar, “After that, I felt much better!” The rest of the weekend was filled with activity and my higher-intensity cardio sessions. This morning when I hopped on the scales, I was rewarded with a 1.3kg loss.It’s amazing how information just finds its way to me since pursuing this way of eating. I mentioned in a previous post that I never knew how many other people were lchf, but (and I say this with a cynically raised eyebrow), lots of keto-related articles are popping up in my facebook feed.
One was about dirty keto. It’s basically just lchf, without really regarding where the fats and proteins are coming from. It could be a maccas burger without the bun, or a packet of pre-packaged ham. Where clean (?) keto is all about spending a great deal of time preparing meals from scratch and with quality ingredients, dirty keto doesn’t care how processed the food is, as long as it’s got low/no carbs. This seed, plus the others I have collected prior to, and since, reading this post, have lead me to reflect a little about what I am eating. I will try and spend the next couple of weeks consciously sourcing my macros from food that is as close as possible to its original form and see if that helps to ‘shed the kilos’ a little faster.
Bad thing/s about the past couple of weeks: I am wasting money on fresh produce that is not keeping well. As much as I have resisted, or not seen the value of, Tupperware, I may need to invest in a couple of good quality items that will extend the lifespan of my fruit (blasted, expensive blueberries!), veges (my poor, costly coriander!) and pre-prepped meals.
I still feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information (and products!) that are out there for keto-genarians (yes, I did just make that word up … patent pending) and am worried that I may fall victim to clever marketing. I am a self-proclaimed newbie to this lifestyle and am sure to make more mistakes as I go along.
Good thing/s about the past couple of weeks: We are finding more meals the kids are enjoying. We can now add keto burgers (well, the kids and hubby eat the bread rolls), keto Asian Cabbage stir-fry, keto chicken carnitas and creamy Tuscan low-cab shrimp with asparagus (only low-carb, not keto, but sooo worth it!) to our repertoire.
I am now in my 9th week of sobriety and have been able to get out and do at least 30 mins of exercise of one kind or another for just as long. The tracking of this progress is working really well for me, I think. So too is the fact I’m not placing unsustainable expectations on myself in terms of exercise. I have learned to be happy with just a walk – it’s consistency, not intensity that I now prioritise.
With every day, I am wiser about keto and am still really enjoying the foods/meals I get to eat. It is time consuming, and I do spend 2-3 hours of my weekend getting breakfast and lunch ready for the week ahead, but I’m so grateful that every morning I have food right there, ready to go and I don’t need to think about what to eat that day.
I am really enjoying so many aspects of my life at the moment. I feel like I had more energy this week, having no real problem finding the motivation to complete all the little tasks I set myself. I am feeling more appreciative than usual for the awesome people who fill different roles in my life. I love playing soccer with my amazing team who comprises of some of the kindest and encouraging ladies I’ve ever met. We never fail to have a laugh. I no longer find it hard to get out of bed at 6am on Saturdays thanks to the gorgeous girls I run with. They even let me beat them this week! I’m loving being ‘successful’ with keto eating. I feel like I’m achieving goals, and not just those relating to weight loss, which inspires me to want to achieve even more and continue on this journey.
I feel supported and encouraged and I am not too egocentric or ignorant to know that not everyone has this in their lives. I’m glad I don’t take it all for granted.And my family. They’re just the gosh-darned best. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband who is responsible for the lions share of the cooking. He has stepped out of his comfort zone and is now diligently following keto recipes and making separate sides for me so that I can stay on track. My kids, bless them, they don’t like everything, but they will at least give the new food a go before turning up their noses.