Mid-Week Update

There’s hasn’t been much to say the past few days, since we’re basically eating the same recipes I posted last week (that chili made a lot of servings!). However I’ve gotten to thinking about my macros and charting my progress, which I think will be worth posting.

My macros are set to 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbs for now. I started off with carbs at 10% instead of the recommended 5% because I thought the transition was going to be really difficult (it wasn’t, as it turns out). I’ve been having a problem getting all my fat since day one (70% for me puts it at 123g) but I think I need to re-evaluate my snacks during the day and eat more cheese and nuts. I’ve inputted all the food I plan on eating today on MFP and I’m going to be about 14g short on fat, which isn’t too bad…but I’m 10g over on protein, so I’m sure if I tweak my diet a bit I can flip those numbers so they’re more even.

As I stated, I’ve been thinking about tracking my progress – moreso, how on earth am I going to track my progress?! I thought about it; I’m not trying to lose mass amounts of weight (or any weight at all really), just body fat. I remembered the calipers I ordered months ago, but they always said I had a very low BF%, which I know isn’t the case. That’s when I realized I’d never researched how to use the calipers properly. NICE.

A Google search lead me to this YouTube video, which is very informative…except I’m a lady so it’s completely invalid for me. Adding my gender to the search lead me to two links – this video that demonstrates how to use the calipers, and this article on how to use the results. (The calipers did come with a chart, so I’ll be using that as well and comparing the results.)

I’m thinking of measuring my BF% every Saturday morning, and changing my measuring day to Saturdays as well. Weekdays are hard because I’m not a morning person and it takes me 20 minutes just to get out of bed, so I wind up rushing to do the measurements and actually get ready for work. So, I’ll find out my starting point in two days. I’m excited to start tracking fitness progress for the first time in my life!

 

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Day 8 – Progress

After the awful energy crash last week, I started feeling better the next day, and as of now am only regular-sleepy (I will just never be a morning person!). We stuck to the same meals throughout the work week, made simple by the 5-day casseroles we prepared, and changed things up a bit over the weekend. I always have eggs & cheese for breakfast, but this time I included bacon and excluded toast. (Sidenote: I’m not missing bread nearly as much as I expected, but I do desperately miss cereal!) For lunch on Saturday I had egg salad, and for dinner my husband grilled burgers with a Babybel cheese in the middle – I LOVE BABYBEL CHEESE. The great thing about stuffed burgers + keto is that there is more meat than a regular burger, plus the cheese inside, that the burger is pretty filling with just a fork and knife – I didn’t miss the hamburger bun at all!

Sunday I noticed our blackberries & raspberries had gone bad, which I was sad about because that’s what I had been putting in my Greek yogurt. I had already put aside a serving of yogurt, so I got creative (well, creative for me) and put in half a scoop of chocolate-flavored whey powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter. It wasn’t bad, but it was definitely…interesting. We went to my in-laws house for dinner that day – they had barbequed so it wasn’t particularly difficult to stay low carb/high protein. However, I now notice the huge difference with meats with low fat content! The 99% fat free ground turkey burgers were SO DRY. And because of all the sugar in the sliced pineapple I normally have on it, it was noticeable! I think because I usually have it with pineapple, the juice masked how dry low-fat meat can get. I’ll never go back!

Today was measure day – the places I’m keeping track of measurements are my waist at the bend, my waist at the navel, and my hips (I’m not bothering anywhere else because I’m not aiming to lose weight, just fat, and I basically carry all of my fat in my midsection). I lost at least and inch from EACH area; all that bloating is down a lot! (I’m not weighing myself – like I said, I’m not aiming to lose weight, and once I start lifting, I will likely begin to put on weight slowly, so I know the scale is useless in my case.)

Today I’m going to start lifting again, now that I’m over all the keto flu symptoms. I’ve begun the NROL4W program before – I made it to week 5 before I had a crazy week-long period where I didn’t get the chance to workout (also I was probably lazy) and even in that amount of time my bicep size increased an inch, so I dig this program because I know it works for me. (The bicep increase isn’t a huge deal, because I have noodles for arms, but know my arms are LESS noodle-y.) The weight training combined with keto should show results – hopefully great ones! 🙂

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More Recipes, More Induction Consequences

Last night, as planned, we made the caveman chili using beef instead of pork. I love having food plans set and not having to worry about making breakfast and lunch at night. We’ll be having the chili for dinner tonight, I can’t wait to load it with cheese & sour cream.

The breakfast casserole I posted yesterday was SO GOOD. It looked good in the oven raw, after it was cooked, after we cut it up, everything. AND it was delicious. The chicken casserole did not fare as well in the looks department – because it was cubed chicken with a cheese layer on top, it’s kind of difficult to cut, and it looks extremely unappetizing before you microwave it. However, the melted cheese post-reheat improved it (this actually mattered to me because it looked SO unappetizing I was afraid to try it), and it turns out it tastes great. I like my food bland, generally speaking, so while this isn’t my favorite thing in the world, I’ll still definitely eat it. If you like spicy things, you’ll definitely like it! (Links to these recipes are in the previous blog post, FYI.)

Today, the keto flu symptoms continue. I don’t really have a headache, except for the fact I am so exhausted and constantly fatigued that it’s actually messing with my head. Luckily the work I have today it brainless and I can zone out (a lot of cut & paste in an Excel document – I’m still doing work!). However, I think I’ll be making more coffee in a bit; it helped this morning but the caffeine is starting to wear off.

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End of Day 2 – Shopping & Side Effects

My husband and I work in the same building, and that building is in a town with a Costco, so we headed over there after work to stock up on meat, cheese, eggs, and vegetables. We had a list of things we wanted for the Caveman Keto recipes we were trying out, and we picked up a few random things as well (like Babybel cheese, which I am SO EXCITED about). A big concern was going to be cost, but we spent about what we would normally spend doing a regular food shop, but got way more food for the price. Granted, we won’t be getting EVERYTHING at Costco (I don’t need five pounds of taco seasoning), but yesterday definitely made believers out of us, and our membership will be getting loads more use.

Thanks to bad weather and a road closure, we didn’t get home until about 6:30pm. So, when we got home, we started cooking immediately, starting with that night’s planned dinner of pounded chicken pizza. This is essentially chicken parmesan topped with pepperoni and bacon. We used chicken breasts instead of thighs, since we now have a 10-pound bag of frozen chicken breasts. The only problem we ran into was that since we had only bought it a few hours earlier, the chicken hadn’t defrosted so it was just inconvenient. After the first bite it was clear that the trouble had been worth it, though!

After dinner, we spent the next of the night preparing 5-day meals – the breakfast quiche for breakfast (duh) and the cheesy chicken casserole for lunch. This became an adventure when we realized we own only one 9×13 pan, so we couldn’t even make them at the same time (spoiler alert, we were cooking and cleaning until 9:30pm). Except for that inconvenience, everything was pretty simple. I’ll be eating them for breakfast & lunch later today, so I’ll be updating on my opinions of these tomorrow. (My husband already tried the breakfast quiche and said he could eat it every day forever, so I have high hopes.)

Now for the “side effects” part of the title. This morning I woke up with a pretty gnarly migraine. Obviously I can’t say this is related to keto for sure, but I do know that side effects during induction are common, and the only thing that has every triggered a migraine for me has been alcohol (of course never the same alcohol under the same circumstances…stupid migraines), and that wasn’t a factor at all, and my diet has been the only change. It’s nothing 2 Excedrin and coffee can’t fix, so I’ll be grateful if this is the only induction side effect I experience.

I am so excited to go home tonight and not have to worry about cooking for dinner tonight! We made 4 servings of the pounded chicken pizza last night so we can make the caveman chili tonight for lunch/dinner (it’s a crockpot recipe too, so it won’t be nearly as hectic/ridiculous as last night’s cook-a-palooza). I’ll be able to relax for most of the night, and my cat will be pleased as well, since we’ll actually be sitting down (she’s definitely a lap cat!).

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Starting Out – Why I’m Trying Keto

I’ve been a pretty slim person all my life, but that was mostly luck. Okay, it was all luck – I would just eat whatever I wanted and never really gain weight. For most of my adult life I’ve hover around 115 pounds.

My husband, however, is not so blessed. He looks at a cake and gains two pounds. He’s been trying to lose the last ten pounds for a while now, and came across keto when talking to other people who were trying it out, and how they lost the fat quickly.

We talked about it and decided to try it out for at least two weeks. This seems like enough time to be able to get the hang of it (the beginning is always difficult), and see how it will impact our food bill. (Although a lot of what I’ve read is that people’s food bills have lowered, the massive Costco shop we’re about to do is intimidating!) So, while he’s trying to lose the last bit of weight, I’m going to be supportive and do this with him. It’s not like it could hurt, there are so many non-weight related benefits of keto!

Using this calculator, I’ve determined I should be aiming for 1558 calories per day – this is about what I was eating before, so it isn’t a stretch by any means. We’re not going to exercise in the beginning – we want to make sure our bodies aren’t going to have any funny reactions; we’ve both pushed ourselves too hard and it never ends well. I’ve also read about the “keto flu” (more info here) and I KNOW I’m not going to want to exercise with that! My plan for exercise is, once I know my body is adjusted, I’m going to start NROL4W (again, for the third time) to make all this muscle-friendly food do its job! (In my defense, I got through level 1 of NROL4W and my biceps went up to a whopping TEN INCHES. Look out for these guns.)

Yesterday was day one – it was a little difficult, because you’re trying to keep track of so many other numbers besides calories. At the end of the day, I had a 268 calorie deficit (which isn’t too bad, considering I’m not trying to lose weight), consumed 20 net carbs (I’m aiming to not go over 30, hooray there!), consumed 100g of protein (slightly over, but not a big deal), and 73g of fat, which had me at a 48g deficit. I can tell already that getting enough fat is going to be a challenge, but part of the problem is a lot of what we have in the house is still the fat-free stuff. I refuse to throw it out and waste it, so I finished off the fat-free sour cream & fat-free Mexican cheese last night, and am about halfway through the fat-free cottage cheese. I’m hoping the simple switch to non-fat-free products will make those numbers easier to nail.

Totals 1,290 68 73 100 12 32
Your Daily Goal 1,558 39 121 78 19 32
Remaining 268 -29 48 -22 7 0
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Fiber Sugar

(via my MFP diary)

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