Keto Week 6 |#TeamNoCheats

The weekend leading into week 6 was spent in Las Vegas, and if you know anything about Vegas, you’ll know that there is so much good food there. Like, my husband and I always make the joke that we travel just to eat…and that could not be more true when a trip to Vegas is involved. The only thing that kept me from going completely off the rails is the fact that I was there for work, so I was super busy for most of the days.

On the last night of the festival I was working, husband and I had a quick and easy carb heavy meal, so we could pack everything up and be ready to leave in the morning. One meal. I allowed myself the one meal, and hopped right back on track the next morning. At least…I tried. I hit Dunkin’ Donuts before we left, and I asked for an unsweetened hazelnut iced coffee. I proceeded to add my own sweetener and mct oil, but when I took that first sip, I knew it tasted too good to be sweetened by my own liquid stevia! It also tasted a lot differently than a previous unsweetened iced coffee I had earlier in the weekend.  But I drank it because…$4-5 for coffee?! I’m not about wasting my money! That chick did me dirty, y’all.

On the way home I started devising a plan. I was going to really commit and do a 30 day challenge, and join #TeamNoCheats.

I survived the first weekend of the challenge (weekends are the hardest) and am currently on day 9.

What I didn’t account for, though, is my anniversary tomorrow.
We go to the same restaurant to celebrate, and a major factor in that has been the dessert. We love bread pudding, and this place has some of the best we’ve tasted. I’m debating whether or not I’m going to break my reset and partake in that tradition or stick to my guns. Verdict’s still out on that one.

That being said, I’ve been compiling short full day of eating/what I eat in a day videos on my YouTube to keep me honest and on track. It’s also fun to do a little editing at the end of my day.

As far as my weigh in goes, I lost 0.4 lbs, which is still a victory for me! Especially because I upped my overall calorie intake over the last week and a half. My biggest victory I see is the change in my body! My sad back is almost no more, which is exciting! (I share that pic in my video). Over the last month I’ve also lost 4.5 inches around my body. And more people are starting to comment about how I look like I’m losing weight! [Everyone loves a little ego boost, ey?!]

If you care to watch me talk about it, here it is!

Keto Week 5 | A Change of Plans

It’s not a weigh in week, but I did weigh myself. 0 lbs lost, but 0 lbs gained.

I’m suspecting that might be caused by a certain womanly visitor, though, so I’m not too bothered by it.

I have been working on tweaking my macros just a little bit after watching some Keto Savage videos. At the very least, I have been working hard to reach my calorie goals. I generally only eat 2 meals a day, and most days I have a hard time eating enough food. I know, you should eat when you’re hungry, but there are some days when I don’t even hit 1000 calories. I’m all about eating at a deficit, but that’s just plain malnutrition and insanity. I’ve been lowering my protein and upping my fats just a little bit, and so far it’s been okay. I have gotten well over my previous goal of 1200 cal/day, and am hitting between 1400-1600, with more fats.

All that aside, my husband and I are officially trying to conceive baby #2! We had planned to start trying in April, but had to clear up some health issues before we felt comfortable doing so.

I found the low carb diet during my first time trying to conceive. I researched so many things to help our odds, especially after having multiple miscarriages, and this was one of those suggestions. More healthy fats in the diet, less sugar. It makes sense.

My weight loss journey is absolutely continuing throughout the process. The more I lose, the more it helps our chances! So I’m not exactly changing the plan…more so just adding a new component to it.

I’m excited for the possibilities the future holds for our family right now! It seems like everything is falling into place 🙂

Here’s a word spew recap of this post, if you’re interested:

Keto Week 4 | Life Happens

The weekend leading into week 4, my family and I had plans to spend the weekend at Disneyland, so I knew I was likely to have more non-Keto foods than usual.

Friday Night: I went off the rails in a hunger rage, because no one would let me go get appropriate food for my diet. I ended up with a PB&J. I wasn’t really disappointed or upset with myself, because life happens, right?

Saturday, Inside The Park: I actually was a-okay inside the park. I brought some of my own snacks (jerky sticks and MCT oil for my coffee), and only ate the Keto-friendly stuff when we bought food. I did have a small bite of a Dole Whip, but refused a bite when my husband shoved a churro in my face. Victory!

Sunday, Character Breakfast & Drive Thrus: Buffets are the worst. Keto or not. The line for the omelet station was out of the question for a hangry Kristen, and buffet scrambled eggs…ew. I couldn’t deal with just having a plate of bacon, so I had a bagel and some oatmeal. I was instantly feeling bloat and discomfort, but it’s okay. I made the decision. I didn’t fall victim to it.

We had a baptism to hit on the way home, so we skipped lunch altogether, and husband was so tired by the end of it, we decided on something quick for dinner. Those good ol’ Golden Arches. I mean, if you’re going to eat off plan, might as well have the best fries in the land, right?

Surprisingly on Sunday night, I wasn’t completely out of ketosis yet, but I knew I would be by morning. No sweat.

I was back on track starting Monday, but for the next 2 days I was in so much digestive discomfort. I was up like 6-8 lbs in just a couple of days, too. (My uncle mentioned that I may have a food allergy [gluten or something], based on my gain and discomfort from reintroducing carbs. It’s something I’ll look into, for sure.)

By Wednesday I was back on the meter for ketones and most of the bloating and discomfort had subsided. I was surprised to see how quickly I bounced back, but interestingly enough, I was knocked back out of ketosis by Thursday morning, even though I hadn’t eaten any non-Keto foods since Monday. Wondering what happened there…

Someone I follow on YouTube recently mentioned in a video that she doesn’t want to call them “cheat” meals anymore. I really like her philosophy, and think I will start to try to think of it that way too. HERE is a link to that video. She’s really sweet! Give her a follow!

Today I am down 1.8 lbs from my last weigh in, two weeks ago. Which is amazing, considering my indulgence in all the carbs. I haven’t had a chance to take my measurements, but I don’t feel like much has changed.

Here’s my video recap for this weigh in:

Trying New Things | Keto FDOE

To keep myself on track, I have taken to video journaling my weight loss journey. But I am not keen on the weekly weigh-in because the number on the scale really starts to consume my thoughts.

But to keep consistent, I have decided to post a video relating to my journey every week I don’t post a weigh-in. For my third week on keto, I posted my take on a what I eat in a day or full day of eating video. I really enjoy watching those types of videos because it gives me meal ideas of my own.

I still did really well during my 3rd week. I ate on plan, was feeling great, and looking a little bit slimmer…at least according to one of my co-workers! LOL.

I also received a sampler box of keto baked treats from a baker in Tennessee…and proceeded to taste test all of them. I checked my ketone levels with my Keto Mojo Blood Ketone Monitor, and the treats didn’t knock me completely out of ketosis, but they did make my levels drop.

The morning before treats, my levels were 2.3 mmol/L
A few hours after eating the treats, my levels were 1.3 mmol/L
The morning after eating the treats, my levels were 0.9 mmol/L
After having bulletproof coffee, my levels were 3.0 mmol/L

The ketone monitor is really a handy tool to know what affects you and how it affects you. Super worth the buy.

Anyway, here’s my video for my third week on keto!

I Lost How Much?! │ Keto Weigh In #2

I hopped back on the keto train 2 weeks ago, and have been really good about staying focused and on track.

I will admit that there’s been a nibble or taste of non-keto foods here and there, but that’s only when I’m making sure my son’s meals aren’t under cooked, too hot, or too salty. I even took a bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the other day to try to encourage him to eat it, and after little (no) luck, I walked away and spit it out. That’s how dedicated I am to giving this an honest go!

IMG_2035At the start of my second week, I was feeling pretty good about myself. I wasn’t sure if I was losing weight, but I was feeling good, I was feeling healthy, and I wasn’t hating the mirror as much. In fact, I may have even grown a little bit, dare I say, fond of the mirror. So much so, I even text one of my diet buddies about it! A little bit out of character for me, too! I’ve never really been one of those ‘mirror pic’ people.

I was sure it was all in my head, because how much could really change in 1-2 weeks?

When I resolved to get back on my health game, I weighed in at 220 lbs on the dot. For someone my age and my height, I should be somewhere between 110-140 lbs, so as you can see, I am in dire need of this change. I am happy to report that in the last two weeks of sticking to this diet, I have lost 10 lbs. I weighed in this morning at 209.8 lbs. Of course that was exciting to see, but I know that a lot of it was water weight, and I probably shouldn’t expect that type of loss from here on out. Which is totally fine by me. I want to do this in the most healthy way possible, and slow loss is best.

I also took 9 measurements around my body and can report a 5.75 inch loss across the measurements, which is pretty good, I think!

It’s been a pretty uneventful week, as far as dieting goes. I eat pretty much the same things every day, with the exception of the weekend when we need to go grocery shopping 😅

Here’s a video of me regurgitating everything in this post:


The (Keto) Diet Monster

The last time I remember being “small” was probably about the second grade. After that, all of my memories star a chubby or overweight me. There were times when I struggled with it, like in primary school when I misplaced my school only uniform at after school care, and the office had to loan me an almost too small, definitely too short one. Or in middle school when a girl (who was larger than I was, mind you) was making fun of me during dance class saying things like, “Wow. I didn’t think you could jump that high.” Or when my high school (and college) boyfriend pointed out my every flaw and fault. Or when my mother felt the need to continuously comment on my weight and tell me I should stop eating certain things (side note: my mom is amazing. She never meant it maliciously).

As an adult, I have been a lot more comfortable in my body as it is, extra pounds and all, but I would be lying if I said I don’t think like would be better if weighed less. Now, as a mother, my greatest concern with my weight is my health. I want to be healthy and fit(ish) so I can keep up with my toddler’s never ending energy supply. I want to take him to the park and play soccer with him. Or at the very least, I want to not feel completely deplete of my energy when I get home from work, and he still wants to play before or after dinner.

When my husband and I were trying to conceive the first time (our son), we were having a bit of a hard time. Me, being the researcher that I am, hopped on Google looking for ways to boost my fertility and increase our odds of having a successful pregnancy — we had suffered 2 miscarriages at this point. That’s when I found information regarding low carb diets, and how many fertility doctors suggest a low carb diet to their patients. Naturally, I was intrigued. I didn’t find too much hard evidence supporting low carb and fertility, but the information I was finding was amazing. The more I read about or watched videos about maintaining a low carb diet, the more it started to make sense to me for life in general. I was hooked on obtaining information.

In the midst of all my research, we finally got pregnant, and stayed pregnant. I tried to practice a lower carb diet while pregnant, which I actually think helped me avoid gestational diabetes. After adjusting to life with a new baby, finding a rhythm, and moving house, I was ready to really get into it. I went full on keto.

I was excited about it. I was eating well, feeling well, cooking new and delicious foods (maternity leave gives you time to do this type of stuff), and I was singing keto’s praises to my whole family. My brother and his wife even hopped on the train with me…until they found out they were pregnant again, and momma’s only craving was Jack In The Box monster tacos 🙄 That aside, I stuck to it. From April to October or November, I managed to lose 67lbs from my highest weight. The day I went into labor, I was 260lbs. Spare the, “But you were pregnant!” comment. My weight before becoming pregnant was 247. Yup. I only gained 13lbs my entire pregnancy! I got myself down to 193.7 in that 6-7 month time, and I thought it was amazing!

I’m not sure what triggered it, but I fell off that wagon hard, and never found my way back. I mean, I tried to get back to it a few times over the last couple of months, but the motivation just hasn’t been there…until now. I weighed myself the other day to find that I had gained a whopping 27lbs! I’m back up over 200lbs, my clothes are fitting a little too tightly, and I am always feeling tired. Why would I do this disservice to myself?

I have to up the ante. I know there are so many people putting their journeys out there on Instagram and YouTube, and I’m joining the ranks. I’m hoping that being so blatantly out there will keep me motivated and accountable. It’s worth a shot, if it results in a healthier and happier me, right??

So here’s me, in all my glory, giving this a go.

My A-HA moment:

An Introduction To Me: