9 Pounds Down! (and a day of food)

On my 10th day of Keto, my low-carb diet took from me…

9 POUNDS, guys!!

I’m a little late getting around to posting this and I have not weighed since, so it might actually be more. And maybe I should’ve waited until I got to a nice, round number, like say, 10, before I posted at all.

We all also know that pounds aren’t everything. But, I know that NINE pounds ain’t just nothin’ either! (Or just “water”) I started this new way of eating on February 9th, and I am FLOORED that I’m responding so quickly. So, I’m celebrating now.

That’s me, celebrating. She can jump higher than I can.

So with that being said, Here’s another day of meals. I’d like to be able to post one every day, but that would get boring, fast. I’m going to be honest with you, there’s a lot of broccoli going down over here right now. And we all know what broccoli looks like. It should be said that I could definitely NOT be eating so much broccoli – there are tons of veggie choices on Keto, but I just happen to really like broccoli.

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3 Egg Omelet with Cheddar Cheese and Spinach
Spinach Salad with Bacon, Egg and Mayo for lunch
For flavor and extra crunch, I like to use
Trader Joe’s Everything but The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend (Pack of 2)

Liver and just-a-few Onions with Bacon and Pan-fried Eggplant for dinner
I know this one isn’t going to be for everybody, but liver is full of important nutrients and while it does have carbs, they were easily worked in to my day’s allotment. 

My Keto Journey, The Beginning (and a day of food)

Where should I begin? I guess I better tell you a little more about myself. If you’re following the family blog, you know that I’m the Mom. 😊 But that’s not all I am! I am a wife, sister, friend and daughter. I love to cook, I’m a caregiver by nature and I also love to make art (mostly fiber art) and other crafts (more on that later.) And I definitely want to live a LONG time to continue doing all of these things.

But, I am also overweight. It just crept up on me after having Aidan; before I knew it, I didn’t recognize myself in photos! I should remind you that Aidan is now 6, so I’m not sure how sneaky it was when it “crept up,” but I didn’t notice it, at least not in the way I should have. It’s almost like I woke up one day and really saw myself. No defining moment, just, “Wow, is this really who I am?”

The answer to that is, NO. Or at least it won’t be for long, because as of a little over a week ago, I have totally changed how I am eating.

Before I get too far into telling you about what I’m doing, let me just say that this is not a one-size-fits-all thing and you should definitely not be drastically changing your own diet without speaking to your doctor first. I am in no way an expert (on the Keto way of eating or anything else) and I am definitely NOT a medical professional. This is just MY story and my account of what I am doing. Basically, just do your own research and take everything I’m saying with a grain of salt, and maybe a lime and a shot of tequila, for me, since I’m not having alcohol.

Ok, back to my story! Originally, I thought that the Keto lifestyle would be impossible to maintain. I pictured myself eating nothing but bacon and eggs and butter and I just knew there was NO way I’d be able to do that. (And I definitely didn’t like the sound of butter in my coffee.) Boy, was I wrong! It’s really so much simpler and easy to follow than I thought.

For most people, the Keto diet is all about the macros. The general rule of thumb that I found is to have your daily diet stay under 5% carbs, have 75% fat and 20% protein. In my research in the beginning, I found out that most people recommend counting your carbs (staying under 20 grams net, with some people choosing to stay under 50 grams net). I decided to start out at the high end and stay under 50 grams NET carbs. I did that for one day. Yes, you read that right. ONE day. Quickly, I realized that my all-or-nothing personality meant that I would decide to follow what some people call “strict” Keto – I am now staying under 20 grams TOTAL carbs per day (not net). I am watching my macros via an app on my phone (Google it, there’s a few out there but my favorite is the one that’s geared for FITNESS.) All of this sounds miserable, right? Wrong. I’m actually eating delicious food and I rarely feel hungry. I’m also down 7 pounds ALREADY! I feel better than I have felt in years and I’m actually having fun learning new ways to prepare our food.

If you took the time to read all that, thanks so much, but the short of it is, I am getting healthy. Finally. And it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. As I continue on my Keto journey, I’ll post here with updates, recipes and pictures of what I’m eating. For now, here’s one day of food for me. (Today)

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Keto Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with Egg and Cheddar
I like to make my keto bagels with
Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour, 16 Ounce
Leftover Grilled Chicken with Steamed Broccoli for lunch
Keto Tacos with Cheese Shells, ground beef, spinach, sour cream and just a tad of salsa
for dinner