Monthly Archives: January 2016

My Body Is Revolting.

…no, not that kind of revolting (well, depending on your perspective – I’m not My 600 Pound Life material, anyway). I mean, it’s staging a revolution against me. Induction flu. Or ketosis flu, depending on how you roll. I had read that going low carb would create flu-like symptoms, and I was a little curious as to why I hadn’t really had any – well, they showed up this week, to the point of nearly dropping in the Walmart, massive chills/night sweats, achy from head to toe, foggy brain, blurred vision, insomnia. It was one of the sickest events I can remember. I’m on the backside of it now, and I’m getting my energy back, while staying the course. But it was a rough week. Low steps, not a lot accomplished. However, that’s good – the induction flu means it’s working. My body is adjusting, adapting, and moving from burning carbs to burning fat.

And here’s the proof. Today I hit my lowest weight…ever. Well, not ever, but since I started this project almost 3 years ago. Down a full pound from my previously-hit goal, so I have now revised my goal to the final one, which leaves me with 8.1 lbs to go. I won’t hit that by the end of the month, obviously, but maybe by Singles Awareness Day. Nonetheless, the end is in sight. I got this. Oh, and my body fat percentage is down to an astonishing 16.6%. I think that surprised me more than anything.

I would run over a box of kittens with a lawn mower for a Hot Pocket right now.

My FitBit Said “Woohoo”.

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I had a pleasant surprise this morning – goal achieved! I wasn’t really expecting it, since the inclement weather has kept me away from the gym for a couple of days – but, there it is. 20.6 lbs in less than a month. Thanks to low-carb and massive amounts of willpower. It’s not easy, especially when things like this exist in the world:
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Why would you do that to me, Nabisco?

Oreos aside, not too bad. Not too bad at all. Of course, after enjoying seeing “Woohoo” on my FitBit for a couple of days, I’ll be revising my goal downward – 9.3 lbs, to be exact. If I can lose that, then I’ll be done. I’ll do this Monday, which will be one month since I went low-carb. Because my numbers are getting so low now, I expect it’ll take a good 3 weeks or so to drop the 9 pounds – but I’ve got this.

On a side note, my BMI & body fat percentage are the lowest they’ve ever been. Ever. And I’ve hit my daily goals on the Apple Watch for 56 straight days. Yep, willpower.

I Got This.

1-1So, that’s 19 pounds lost since I started keto three weeks ago (tomorrow). Yes, I know that sounds unsafe, especially since I was in a reasonably good spot to begin with – but I’m taking all the proper precautions, taking vitamins, drinking water and Ensure, testing my ketones multiple times a day. No worries. And more important than no worries…no surgery, no magic weight-loss beans, none of that foolishness. Just hard work and discipline. And y’know, that makes it far more gratifying. Mind over body.

No major slip-ups, either – although I learned the other night not to get a Starbucks caramel latte (skinny, natch) at 9:00 at night. Not as bad as throwing myself into a pile of donuts, but something I could have done without.

Now, after the 1.1, I’m going to go for 10 more. Probably not as aggressively, though. Maybe by the end of the month, which is only .5 lbs a day. Totally doable.

My New Favorite Thing.

This:

shirataki

No calories, no carbs, no sugar. So, yeah, no flavor, either. But it makes a great base for something that passes as edible. Here’s my latest concoction:

Shirataki Tuna Casserole (2 servings, 1 if you’re me)

– 1 bag shirataki noodles (I used angel hair, but any would work)
– 1 can tuna in water, drained thoroughly
– 1/3 C. Prego 3-Cheese Sauce (or similar – low carb, though!)
– 1/4 C. shredded cheddar/mozzarella cheese

Drain, cook, dry shirataki noodles as instructed. Put in a medium bowl. Add the tuna and Prego, and toss with a fork to coat. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Pop in the microwave for about 60 seconds, until cheese begins to melt. Let sit for a minute or two. Enjoy, then go look at pictures of donuts on the internet.

Calories (per serving): about 150, depending on the sauce you pick
Carbs (per serving): about 1.5, again, depending on the sauce

I still have several other Miracle Noodles I haven’t tried yet – shirataki rice, spinach shirataki, etc. But at 0 cal/0 carb, I don’t care if they’re good or bad. Neither does the scale.

Oh, and 16.5 lbs in 17 days. 3.6 pounds away from Goal One.

Elementary, My Dear Watson.

I’ve been watching the BBC series Sherlock at the gym this week. And quite enjoying it. Of course, I’ve always enjoyed UK imports, and Moffatt & Gatiss are brilliant writers, and have had my attention since Doctor Who. And, of course, the awesomely-named Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor, and Martin Freeman has been one of my favorites since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (if you haven’t seen this, stop what you’re doing right now and find it). I’m not sure why these imports appeal to me – I guess they’re just smarter, better written, better acted. Seems like American television just appeals to the lowest common denominator – look no further than the deluge of “reality” TV, or formulaic sitcoms. Rarely can I not predict the outcome of a film or TV show, but Sherlock keeps me guessing. And I like that.

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Just For One Day.

We now live in a world with no David Bowie. Seems…odd. I guess the lesson here is never wait until tomorrow to say or do what you should be saying or doing today – because eventually, for all of us, tomorrow will never come.

Just Don’t “Dew” It.

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I can’t believe I used to drink like 5 or 6 of these a day. 77 grams of sugar, 77 grams of carbs (and the photo shows what 77 grams looks like). That’s at least 385 grams of each per day. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:

– Men: 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons
– Women: 25 grams or 6 teaspoons

So, yeah, I was getting 10 times that just from tasty, tasty soda. On a good day. Overall, I was probably getting 1000g of sugar a day. Unfortunately, the Fitbit calorie counter (surprisingly) doesn’t show a running total of sugar grams like they do everything else, but because I read every label now, I know I’m getting practically none – especially “added” sugar. And listen, if I can get off the soda and drink pretty much just water, anyone can.