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Keto Week 1

My first week back on keto has come to a close.  I will admit it was a tough week.  Not so much when it came to food or cravings, but just in how I felt overall.  This was the worst that I ever had carb withdrawal also known as keto flu.

The first day wasn’t too bad.  I got a run in early, we stocked up on keto food at Costco and we had dinner at Chipotle.  I started getting a headache in the afternoon and was ready for bed by 7pm.

I figured that day two would be my worst day, I was wrong about that….. But I took the day off from running in anticipation.  My food was on point, I had a mild headache all day, but I tried to get rid of my headache without pain killers by drinking salt water.  When you cut out carbs your electrolytes get out of whack a little bit, so you need to eat or drink a little extra sodium.  I learned that a few year ago from a doctor when I was doing the ‘Ideal Protein’ diet.  By evening the brain fog set in.  My oldest son made fun of me because I kept forgetting what I was doing.

The rest of the week I woke up every morning with a headache.  That was not cool.  Day three I started drinking keto coffee.  It’s similar to bullet proof coffee, with coconut oil and kerrygold butter, except I added heavy cream and torani sugar free syrup.  This stuff is awesome to get a jump on your fat for the day.  I got out for a 3 mile run and then the rest of the day I was starving and I had some sugar cravings and some nausea.  I satisfied my sugar craving with some sugar free cheesecake pudding mixed with heavy cream.  It was super yummy and hit the spot.

Day four was pretty similar to day three.  Headache in the morning, keto coffee.  A couple years ago I tried to drink bullet proof coffee and at first I really liked it. If you make it right, it’s nice and frothy and creamy like a latte.  But quickly it would make me gag when I would drink it.  When we were at Costco on Monday, they had a big bucket of refined coconut oil.  Label said one of the differences between the refined and unrefined is that the refined doesn’t have any taste.  So I decided to try it and I’m so glad I did.  I love it in my coffee now.

I got out for a 3 mile run and I was starving all day again.  I think I realized why I was so hungry… RUNNING!  That fat burning switch hasn’t flipped yet, so my body still is wanting carbs to fuel my runs, and my body is completely depleted of carbs so my body is reacting by not being able to perform well during my runs and starving all day.

On the fifth day, I woke up with a headache again.  I had my keto coffee and I felt great, tons of energy, and satiated ….so  I went for a run at lunch time and that was a mistake.  I barely made it through the run and I felt weak most of the afternoon.  I was starving the rest of the day and my calories were off the charts, but I was able to keep my carbs fairly low (38g) and filled up on fat.  I started monitoring my ketones with Ketostix.  I’m definitely in ketosis and burning some ketones now.

The weekend wasn’t too bad.  I stayed on track easily with my food.  I was pretty irritable and didn’t feel that great, but  I took the weekend off from running and just let my body rest and get through the process.

Some of the super yummy food that I ate this week:

Keto Pizza Casserole

Eggs, sausage and avocado

Ham/pickle roll up, hard boiled eggs and macadamia nuts

Big Ass Salads

OMG these tacos!!! 

Made with cheese taco shells.

They were to die for!

Snickerdoodle Crepes

Now that you have seen some of what I have eaten this week, are you ready to hear about my results for the week?  This week, I lost 6 pounds in 7 days!!!!  I’m finally feeling great and I have eliminated sugar/carb cravings.

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Happy Happy 2017!

Look how far I have came…. I refuse to go back!

New Year… New Me… New Strategy.

Ok so not so much a new me, but definitely a new plan.  If you didn’t realize it, I have my own fitness business as a Health and Fitness Coach.  For the last year I have tried really hard to follow the Beachbody nutrition plans.  They are amazing plans that work great if you are not me!  My body hates me and doesn’t want me to enjoy life at all and won’t let me eat carbs without gaining weight!  Seriously though, my body has a really hard time processing carbs and eating them, even good healthy carbs like oatmeal and brown rice, triggers a binge and overeating.  Yes, I’m that girl that can eat all the healthy foods and gain weight!

The nutrition programs that come with each of the Beachbody fitness programs are great.  They are a balanced plan that incorporates healthy carbs, fats and protein.  If you are someone that can tolerate carbs well, then these plans are for you and you will do great on them.  BUT if you are like me, and gain 20 pounds over a year when you are trying to eat healthy but keep binging and overeating, then it’s time to do something different!

This is where Keto comes into the picture.  If you have never heard of it, it is a low carb/moderate protein/high fat nutrition plan.  For most people when they do low carb they also do low fat and I just don’t know how you can be happy doing that!  I’ve read so many books over the year about fat free foods and how bad they are for you because of all the chemicals that are added to them to make them taste good.  Did you know that the natural fat in foods is what makes it taste good?  Fat is where it’s at!

I have followed Keto in the past and I was really successful on it, I lost more than 50 pounds by eating that way, but then I chose to eat some carbs in moderation and that just sent me on a downward spiral.  Knowing that I needed to do something to get myself under control again before I started gaining, I started the 21 Day Fix and followed the nutrition plan and lost another 25 pounds.  (See… the program does work)  I’m not quite sure when it happened, but I would have a sweet treat here and there because it was allowed on the program and then I went on that downward spiral again.

I have worked so hard to get under 200 pounds, and by the end of year I was back at 204!  I had a really tough conversation with myself, I even answered myself.  Haha!  Seriously though, I did some thinking  and reflection about 2015/2016 and what has worked for me and what hasn’t, and then also about 2017 and what my vision is for the long term and what I want to do differently.

I would love for you to follow my journey this year and see what I achieve.  I’m sure there will be days that I struggle because that is life, but I am more committed and dedicated to finally reaching the weight my body should be at and continue to improve my running.  I will be posting some of my food diary here, and my running log, and I will be sharing some yummy recipes.  You can also follow me on instagram (@purplebanded_commit2bfit4life) and/or my facebook page (facebook.com/commit2bfit4life) where I share my life on a daily basis, sometimes hourly!  Haha.

If you are struggling to find a plan that works for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  I know I can find a plan that will work for you, I would love to smash our goals together this year!