Progress Set Back And New Recipes

This weekend’s weigh-ins and measure-ins did not go well at all. We each gained a little less than a pound and went up or stayed the same in our measurements. After the initial period of frustration, we talked about why this would have happened – we’ve been sticking to keto-friendly foods the same way we have been all of the other weeks. After some discussion we figured out the one thing that was slightly different – we’d each had a cocktail the night before. I know from experience how bloated alcohol can make you, and while I still find it hard to believe that 1-2oz of Jack Daniels would cause these results overnight, I can’t completely rule it out since I’m still rather new to this. That said, I plan to avoid alcohol completely for the next few weeks (except at possible social gatherings, but even then alcohol tends to be rare). We have a beach vacation at the end of August and I’m anxious to see how fit I can get by then.

Speaking of fit, as I mentioned in my last post I started doing Blogilates last week. I initially planned on doing it on my off days from lifting, but I began following Cassey’s beginner’s workout calendar and have been doing it 6 days a week (you know…for the past week anyway). I’m really digging it, which surprised me – I hated Pilates only a few years ago. I think doing this in addition to my lifting will make my results that much more satisfying, with the added bonus of not feeling so lazy. My plan is to continue with the beginner calendar until the August calendar is released (she makes a new calendar of routines for each month, how cool is that? I finally won’t get bored!) and then do that calendar with the community. To get the month’s exercises you need to sign up for the newsletter because it’s a password protected area of the site; definitely do it if you’re considering it! (Don’t worry about nonstop emails – I got the password a week an a half ago and only got the email with the password.)

More exercise news – I did workout A7 of NROL4W yesterday, and upped everything to 12lb dumbbells. And I don’t feel like I want to die today! This is proof to me that it’s working; a few weeks ago I couldn’t DREAM of functioning the day after exercising with 12lb dumbbells, so I know my strength has increased since starting. (Also I can do 3 sets of 10 pushups. REAL pushups.) Next week is my last week of stage 1, then onto stage 2. I’m kind of excited!

I also wanted to link some of the recipes we’ve tried out lately, and my thoughts on them.

  • Pork Rind French Toast Cakes/Pancakes – These were AWESOME. The only negative about these was that they take a while to prepare & cook (due to the thicker consistency) but it was worth it!
  • Pork Rind Pizza Crust – My Italian grandparents wept in heaven when they saw me making this, but it is an EXCELLENT pizza crust substitute. We topped ours with mozzarella, ricotta, and broccoli. The only problem we found was that the cheese slides off really easily, but I don’t know how much that has to do with the fact that we might have needed to let our mozzarella melt a bit more, or if it was because the crust is baked first so it has a “finish” on top. Next time I try this I might do an egg wash on top to see if it helps…
  • Flaxmeal Cinnamon Muffins – Our new go-to breakfast, only because eating quiche every day for 4 weeks started to wear on us. Instead of the sugar free syrup, we subbed in some Walden Farms blueberry syrup; the fruitiness makes it almost taste like apple cinnamon bread.

On to another week of upped-exercise…and alcohol-free this time!

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End Week 5, Progress & Carb Addiction

This progress update was meant for last week, but I forgot about the draft post I made. That’s fine, because now I can include a new set of measurements and make the progress more up-to-date.

Weight +\- Waist +\- Hips+\-
His -10.4lbs -4.5″ -2
Hers +1lbs -1.5″ -1.5″

This is over the last 5 weeks. As I’ve previously stated I’m not trying to lose weight, and I expect I’ll permanently put some on after a while. I’m still impatient of course, because while 3″ loss is great, the fact that it’s over 5 weeks has me kind of annoyed. I know it’s because I don’t weight a lot and am a girl, but it still kind of sucks. I’ve been sticking to my macros, but since I’m following the NROL4W lifting program, I’ve only been doing that 3 days a week and nothing on the off days. My lifting days are M/W/F, so this week on T/Th/Sa I’m going to try some Blogilates. It is well known to many people I know that I normally HATE Pilates, because I find it boring, but that was back when it first became and exercise trend, and there is so much more out there now. Also, my cousin mentioned it helped with her back problems (I was in a car accident a few years ago and can’t stand or walk around for long periods of time anymore), so if there’s a chance it will help that I’m all for trying it again!

It’s also worth mentioning I overcame a mini-hurdle this weekend. We were at a friend’s house for a barbeque (good thing about keto is eating all that delicious meat!) and there were cookies and S’mores brownie-cookie bite things for dessert. I had 2 cookies and a brownie…and that was it. Normally I’d keep going back for more until I complained I didn’t feel well, but I was able to stop. It was delicious but I was definitely disenchanted. A step in a healthier direction, I think!

Week 3 Complete

Yesterday marked the end of week 3 of eating keto (is that a commonly used phrase? I’m going to go ahead and continue to use it anyway) and it shouldn’t be, but is, surprising to realize how easy it is to adapt low carb to life. I’m not craving cereal and bread like I used to (though that doesn’t mean I don’t still miss it!) and it’s much easier to manage meals & snacks and get closer to our macros compared to three weeks ago, when we had to plan what we were eating days in advance.

In the last entry I mentioned measuring my body fat percentage as another way to track progress, since I’m not trying to lose weight. Well, that sort of went according to plan. Turns out it’s pretty difficult to use the calipers to measure the back of your upper arm, ESPECIALLY when you have almost no fat there (I’ve just always had lean toned arms, along with skinny shapeless legs and a doughy middle). So I’ve decided my main way to track body fat percentage will just be by measuring my suprailiac skinfold (the one above the hipbone). It’s where I have the most fat, and it’s easy to measure by myself.

As far as progress between last Saturday (6/29) and this past Saturday (7/6) I saw a very slight drop in BF% (so slight I might attribute it to user error), I went up about 1.5lbs (I’m still weighing myself, just not using it to track progress – I’m attributing the rise to water retention because I started exercising again), and no change in waist/hip measurements. I wasn’t really discouraged, just kind of confused, so I headed to the keto subreddit FAQ (for as much crap as reddit gets, /r/keto is full of amazing people) and read up on general progress, and somehow after almost three weeks, plus another week I had researched before starting, I completely missed the existence of PISS – post induction stall syndrome. It’s a 1-2 week period where your body is one of the various stages of adjustment it goes through on keto, and there is no change in anything. This made me feel a little better in that I wasn’t doing something completely wrong.

I had my first carb-up day on Saturday (really I just couldn’t resist some regular chocolate ice cream and some doughnut holes, and I’m sure it was enough to kick me out of ketosis). Everything I read said to wait 3-4 weeks for your first carb-up day, and then do it weekly, although after eating all the doughnuts I wondered if I should have waited until after my PISS stage had passed, but oh well. It was tasty and my cravings can subside for another 2-or-so weeks. Apparently having cheat days is more of a debate than I had thought – do you do cheat days, or even cheat meals? (Personally I think it will keep any sugary cravings at bay for me, because it’s easy to hop back into keto the following day, but not everyone operates the same way!)