The Weekend December 1 and 2

The usual Saturday morning for me. I was up early for cricket. I was apprehensive about it as it was the second part of the match that was played last Saturday and I had put in a complaint about the behaviour of some of the other team’s players and supporters. However everything was going fine until one of their players again was disrespectful. It ended up in me having an argument with their coach. I am not a big fan of confrontation so I was in a very depressed type of mood after that. I think this may have had an affect on my eating habits for the rest of the weekend or I am conveniently using it as an excuse.

I didn’t eat anything I shouldn’t have but just ate to much. Leanne and I went out for lunch after cricket as we had no kids. My mood wasn’t the best which is a real pity as we don’t get a lot of time with just each other. We did however have a nice lunch of steak and salad.

One of my favourite things to cook on the weekend is my version of Kentucky fried chicken. I have perfected my mix of herbs and spices and is very hard to tell any difference from actual KFC. So on Saturday evening I decided I would try to adapt my recipe to keto. I found a fried chicken keto recipe and then just adapted it to my recipe. The first batch I did was to spicy, so I did another batch increasing the amount of almond flour I used in the breading and I was pretty happy with how it came out. It wasn’t as good as my normal recipe but it was pretty close. I served it with a keto coleslaw Leanne made. The problem was while cooking I was taste testing and grazing the whole time which means I ate way more than I should have.

Sunday morning we were off to Brisbane for Taylah to play cricket. We had some left over fried chicken with the keto coleslaw. We also did up a platter of salami, kabana, pickled onions, stuffed olives and camembert cheese. We used pork crackle chips for crackers. It felt like I ate all day which is not a good thing. I am not sure why but I feel as if my appetite has increased and I am concerned that this extra eating is going to have a negative affect on this weeks weigh in.

Even when we got home that evening, I snacked on some more fried chicken that we left at home while Caitlin cooked bacon and eggs for dinner. I am really struggling to stop grazing Why is it a real problem all of a sudden? Anyway I am not looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh in because of this, but there is nothing I can do about that now. I will just have to be better next week.

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The Weekend November 24 and 25

So as I mentioned in my last post I went to bed at 3 and was up at 7. So as you can imagine I was quite tired Saturday morning. Sleep is something I have struggled with over the years but I have had help with it in the last couple of years that have made it much better. So at this stage I wasn’t concerned about it. I heated up my burger for breakfast, it was even better than yesterday, the headed off to cricket.

I had some issues at cricket in the morning thanks to my teams opponents and their parents complaining about the umpiring. It weighed heavily on me after the match and I felt like I was close to bursting into tears. Thats when I did start to worry about my lack of sleep. It was likely I was falling into another bout of depression. Later in the day I would be even more sure.

When we got home from cricket I had a egg and salad lettuce wrap which I am sure was delicious but I was really eating without realising as I worried about the mornings events. I decided to make an unofficial l complaint at this stage and sent a long message explaining everything to the club president. I thought this might help me to feel better, but it didn’t have much effect at all.

I then headed down town where Leanne and the kids were. The kids were to busy to realise but Leanne realised something wasn’t right. This is where I knew I become even more sure that things weren’t right. We were in the food court and all I wanted to do was go to the chinese restaurant and pig out on all my favourites. I didn’t though, I was able to stay strong, but how long will I be able to if I fall into a deep state of depression?

When we got home I shared a bag of pork crackle with Leanne and the kids and then had a nap. We all went to watch Taylah play and umpire netball that evening and got home around 9. Knowing this would be the case we had preplanned dinner and bought a hot chook when we were out earlier. I enjoyed our dinner of chicken and salad and went straight to bed.

The good news is I slept well even though I was up early for Taylah and I to travel to Brisbane. An hour earlier than normal as she had to be there an hour earlier. I was still tired though as I kept on nodding off on the way, luckily Taylah is good at driving now that it’s not a problem although I would rather not have nodded off.

I ate some pork crackle chips throughout the day while watching her play. Around 1 I had leftover chicken and salad for lunch. We left Brisbane around 4. We stopped to get a drink at a fuel station and I got another packet of pork crackle as I was really hungry. I felt guilty after eating it though.

We got home around quarter to 6 and the house smelled delicious as Leanne was cooking a roast lamb. We ate relatively early and Leanne had also made a keto cheesecake for dessert that I was looking forward to. Unfortunately I didn’t like it so I didn’t eat mine. Everyone else ate theirs so it mustn’t have been to bad.

I went to bed quite early and I was thinking Saturday may have just been a bad day due to the lack of sleep as I felt content with things. I was looking forward to weighing in tomorrow. I feel like I am going to get a good result. I am not sure why, I just do, I feel slimmer for some reason.

The Weekend November 17 and 18

The weekend started off like every other weekend. I was up early to get to cricket and then went shopping with the family. I was actually feeling nauseous by the time we got home about 3 and Leanne said it was probably because I hadn’t ate anything all day. I don’t think this was the case though.

For lunch I had some leftover pizza from last night and then spent an hour or so playing Red Dead. Taylah had netball at half past 5 so I dropped her off and went to work for a couple of hours. I called into Ben’s at one stage and was just serving up his dinner. He had cooked a pork knuckle with some red cabbage, home made chips and gravy. I had some pork a little cabbage (it was sweet so he must have cooked it with some sugar) and gravy. I shouldn’t have had the cabbage and gravy but it was only a tiny amount so I a was confident it would be alright.

I picked up Taylah and we got home just after 9. Then the most incredible thing of my keto experience happened.Leanne had made keto buns. She had made bacon and egg burgers out of them and they were delicious. They also had mushrooms, pickles and a hollandaise sauce. They are by far the best thing I have ate on keto, delicious! I was like Meg Ryan in how Harry Met Sally, the whole time I was eating it I was moaning in pleasure.

Here is a link to the recipe

Sunday morning I was up earlier than normal as Taylah’s cricket match was on the east side of Brisbane which takes a little longer to get to. Leanne had made an extra bacon and egg burger last night for my lunch and I packed a 50g bag of pork crackle. This was considerable less food than last Sunday, but I thought I ate to much last week.

I snacked on the pork crackle intermittently throughout the day and delighted in the burger at lunch time. The game didn’t go to well for the girls although it ended up closer than it might have. This enabled us to be home just after 5. I was tired and hungry by then and Leanne was cooking a roast pork that made the whole house smell scrumptious. So I fell into that bad habit of grazing while waiting for dinner. Nothing I shouldn’t eat but more than I should have.

Dinner was nice but the gravy left a bit to be desired. Leanne and I have been making gravy the same way for years, so it is a bit of hit and miss at the moment as we try to perfect a keto gravy. This one was a miss. For dessert Caitlin had made a keto chocolate mousse served with berries and whipped cream. It was very nice and I think my palette is getting use to things not being overly sweet which enhanced the dish in my opinion.

There was one constant problem over the weekend and it has to do with my willpower. Not eating bad foods is very easy for me if they are not in the house. It is much harder if they are. The kids who don’t need to be eating keto have been bringing food into the house I would rather they didn’t. Caitlin made a chocolate slice on Friday and when I seen it in the fridge I thought it must be keto and nearly ate a piece. Luckily I checked with Leanne before I did. Then on Saturday they bought frozen pizza, potato gems (tater tots) and party pies for their lunch. They preceded to cook them when we got home and the odour was driving me crazy. Also the last 2 weekends Taylah has decided to eat Hungry Jack’s while sitting beside me in the car during our long journeys for cricket. On It is making it harder and harder to stay good. So far so good but I am only human. In fact on Saturday I picked up a potato gem out of the tray they had cooked it in no less than three times to eat before guilting myself into putting it back.

The Weekend November 3 and 4

I almost wish at times I had started my weigh ins on Friday. The fact that I plan to weigh in every Monday means I want to behave myself on the weekend when I really like to be naughty food wise. So in hindsight it is a good thing I weigh in every Monday.

This weekend was pretty non-eventful really. I was up early on Saturday to coach my junior cricket side. I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t have breakfast again. We were home around lunch time and had leftover pizza from the night before. The afternoon was dedicated to Taylah trying on what felt like hundreds of formal dresses. She has her schools formal early next year and has also accepted an invitation from a boy to accompany him to his school formal. Now I thought one dress would do, but I was informed that would be considered social suicide and two will be needed. When she started trying on the dresses, my son, Hayden, and I went for a walk for about a half hour, nothing to vigorous but still some exercise. I thought she would nearly be finished when we got back but we spent the next three hours or more trying dress after dress. It was a really hot day so Hayden and I went for another walk to get a cold drink and something to eat. Hayden was eating chicken nuggets and I was a little jealous but I stuck with the pork crackle.

I was meant to take Taylah to netball Saturday evening but I fell asleep on the couch and Leanne couldn’t wake me so she took her. Which left Caitlin and I at home to get dinner ready when I did finally wake up. I just cooked some sausages and had them with a salad and my famous big mac sauce. I also boiled some eggs to make egg salad for lunch at cricket in Brisbane on Sunday

I was up early again Sunday for our trip to Brisbane so Taylah can play cricket. Taylah is on her learners so I don’t have to drive but neither can I doze off. It was a difficult trip for me as I was nodding off all the time when I shouldn’t have been. We got there safely though. I had skipped breakfast again so I was hungry by that time and had some pork crackle chips for a snack. At lunch time I ate half my egg salad and lettuce and saved the rest for the afternoon. That never eventuated though because thanks in part to Taylah the girls won the game quickly and we left a lot earlier than usual. I did finish it off when we got home at about 3:30 though. For dinner Leanne had made a lamb roast and it was delicious. I didn’t even miss the roast potatoes and pumpkin we would normally have.

Weigh in day tomorrow. I’m thinking something good is coming, here is hoping.

The Weekend October 27 and 28

So here we are another weekend and as usual I was busy the whole weekend. I was running late to get to my junior cricket match on Saturday morning so I only had time to eat a little bit of bacon on my way out the door. Cricket finished at 11:30 and we went home to have something to eat before going out again. Lunch was left overs from Friday night, which I forgot to mention in my last post as I was to excited by Red Dead. My wife had made keto egg rolls, or what we would call spring rolls here in Australia. They weren’t really egg rolls as such, rather just the filling. It was delicious though and while the family sat around the dinner table on Friday night eating, we were brainstorming ideas to what we could actually fill with it to make them more like spring rolls. This has been one of the highlights of keto, coming up with some good ideas on how to make keto friendly recipes even better than what they are. Some of the ideas we had included lettuce wraps, egg wraps or experimenting with one of the many keto friendly pastry recipes that are on the net.

After lunch we went shopping for groceries and other things and were out all afternoon. I was quite hungry by the time we got home but enjoyed a nice snack of pork crackle chips which hit the spot.

On Saturday evenings at the moment Taylah is playing and umpiring netball so I dropped her off and went and visited Ben and his son Cooper. By the time we got home it was late and I was famished. Well what a treat we were in for. Leanne had taken something I said as a joke while shopping and ketoed the idea up for dinner. She made a keto friendly pie with zuchini chips and keto friendly gravy. It was amazing!!!! Every mouthful I sounded like Meg Ryan in that famous cafe scene in When Harry Met Sally. I almost blurted out better than sex at one stage but thought better of it.

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Pie Chips and gravy keto style

 

Sunday was spent in the western suburbs of Brisbane, about an hour and a half from where we live to watch Taylah play cricket. We packed our food for the day which include leftover Pie!!! We also had a salad, some boiled eggs and some pork crackle chips. The day went well right up to leaving time. On our way back to the car we walked past a young family enjoying Fish and Chips in the park. I noticed first and thought gee that would be nice but I had bad hey fever so I couldn’t smell it so no worries for me. Then Leanne walked past and she could smell it and I could almost see her knees buckling under the pressure. In the past this has been one of those times where we would fail together. I could tell by the tone of Leanne’s voice she wanted to cave and she wanted my approval. I stayed strong though and just said yeah it would be nice but oh well we can’t. In the past we would have enabled each other and failed. Now I am not blaming Leanne, although this time it was her weakness that was going to test us, plenty of times in the past it has been mine. I just hope when it is me she stays as steadfast as I was.

So we got home Sunday evening late and tired. Normally we would have toasted sandwiches as they are quick and easy. We can’t do that anymore so we cooked up some sausages and scrambled eggs and all were happy.

Weigh in time tomorrow, fingers crossed.