Keto Week 2

I’m getting into the swing of things now. I’m not going to say this week was a breeze, but when it comes to food choices, it has been super easy.

This week I consistently started drinking or eating my Shakeology. Yes!  Eating!  That wasn’t a typo.  I will tell you all about it, don’t worry!  I also started PiYo and continued to run.  Well, ok, I will be honest, I slacked a little with the PiYo and running.

Day 8 I went out for a run and as I was running I could taste the sweet taste of ketones in my mouth. I was pretty excited about it because it means that I was burning those ketones for my energy instead of sugar!!! That is my ultimate goal, so this was great. Before bed I did my first day of PiYo. I can’t believe how sore I was the next day. Day 1 of Piyo is just going through each move so you can learn them before jumping into the fast paced workouts.

On day 9 I tried to go out for another run, but my stomach was really hurting, not like nausea, but actual pain. So I walked 4 miles instead of running 3 miles. The rest of the day I felt fine so I had no problem with PiYo day 2 before bed. The nice thing about PiYo is that it’s not an intense feeling workout (so far), so I can do it before bed and it’s kind of relaxing.

Oh my gosh on day 10 I went out for another run…. Yes, apparently I like to run…. It was the most amazing run! I felt amazing the whole time, I didn’t run super fast, but I never walking, not even on the hills. I was pretty proud of myself.

My food this week has been on point every day. No cheating! I honestly don’t even have the desire to cheat. My cravings are gone. It’s been over 13 days since my last binge and it feel great to have control over my food again. One night my kiddo wasn’t thrilled with my choice of dinner… it was a super yummy spaghetti squash chili… not sure why he turned his nose up to that! But I made him a super unhealthy, yet super yummy frozen party pizza. This is one of my favorite crap foods, I usually would make him one just so I could snag a couple pieces in addition to whatever I was eating for dinner. But not this night! I didn’t even touch it. He didn’t eat it all and I ended up throwing what he didn’t eat away. It didn’t even feel like a temptation.

I was trying to figure out a creative way to have my Shakeology this week and I just happened to have some cream cheese sitting on the counter and the thought popped in my head to add my shakeology to my keto cheesecake fluff.  #mindblown  This turned out great.  I will be posting the recipe soon.

Over the weekend we were at our old house that we are trying to get ready to put on the market. I did a ton of cleaning on Saturday and Sunday. With all he cleaning, cooking was the furthest thing from my mind, so we ate out just about every meal. My lunch choice on Saturday was Chick Fil A where I got my husband and I 30 grilled chicken nuggets and a side salad each. Perfect lunch! Dinner was my favorite… Chipotle. I just love Chipotle. I always get a salad without the dressing, with steak, cheese, sour cream, mild or medium salsa and I never forget the guacamole!

On Sunday we decided to go out again… for breakfast. I scanned some menu’s for some low carb options and we chose to go to The Village Inn. It’s weird because when I looked up one of their omelets on the menu they had a ton of carbs, but they had an option to build your own omelet, so that is what I chose. I added some bacon, spinach, swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce. It was so yummy. The waiter thought I was crazy when I said “no pancakes, no toast, and no hashbrowns” Yep, I’m crazy… keto crazy!

The one thing I love the most is that I can eat out and stay on plan, and it’s not even hard and I don’t feel deprived.

The end of week 2, I’m down 1.8 more pounds. Not a huge loss, but not a gain either!

I ate some great things this week. Here are just a few….

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Diet Rootbeer “Float”

Chocolate Keto Cheesecake Fluff

Chipotle Steak Salad

Chik Fil A Salad

Village Inn Omelette


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.