It’s weigh in day yay!!! Not really, although I am convincing myself it will be good, my eating habits the last week will suggest it’s not possible. And sure enough it was not good but at least a loss I guess, 100 grams. Although I am pretty disappointed at the result, I don’t feel disheartened because I know what I did wrong and I know how to rectify it. It is not as bad when you believe you did everything wrong and you don’t get the results you are looking for.
No breakfast this morning and probably just as well after the weigh in results. I had a small snack of pork crackle around mid-morning. I had a chicken and lettuce with mayo salad for lunch after 3 then went back to work. I ended up having to drive about 40 minutes out of town and was hungry on my way back so I had another small snack of pork crackle. I need to get back on the almonds. I wasn’t having the afternoon snack but if I am going to I should make it almonds.
Dinner was sausages with cauliflower and broccoli in a nice creamy sauce with bacon. It was delicious and I have managed to avoid grazing today. It was a busy day for work but I managed to squeeze in a 10 minute walk.
Here it is again, weigh in day. They seem to come around quickly. As I said in my last post, I am confident of a good result. I don’t know why, I just am. Drum roll please……. and the results are in, fist pump everybody 128.5 kgs! Woohoo, that is a loss of 2.7 kgs! I am ecstatic. That is my best loss since the first week. However it is still just a small battle win, not time to celebrate as the war continues.
No breakfast again this morning. I had a pork crackle snack about mid-morning. At about 1 I had a lunch of an omelette and a sausage. I was working late as Taylah didn’t finish work after school until 10. It was an extremely hot day so at about 7 I stopped to get a drink. while at the shop I found these chicken breast snacks. I had a small bag of them and that satisfied me easily.
During the day I managed to walk for 45 minutes and had a very slow 5 minute run. I have probably mentioned it before but there is no intent in my walking. I am not trying to walk fast, or cover a certain distance, I am just walking to increase my daily steps. In my opinion this is an important step. Don’t get me wrong cardio is important and I am getting a little of that with the short runs I am having. However the last time I lost weight I was successful because I didn’t try to overdo exercise as in the past doing that has had a negative effect on continuing. Building up how much you move each day and continuing to do it is far more important than running your guts out for 5 kms and then not doing anything after that for weeks. The more you get your body moving the more it will want to move and that comes from my own personal experience, not the word of some fitness freak who has never been in my situation.
I got home just after 10 and waiting for me was some leftover roast lamb from last night with a salad and it was delicious. One thing I have noticed is that we are being less creative than we were in the beginning. I am putting this down to not needing to deceive our bodies into thinking they are eating naughty food. This is a good step as it makes meal preparation a lot easier than it was in the beginning.
After dinner I was wondering if I should set a goal for this weeks weight loss. I decided that was only going to lead to disappointment so opted not to. I did say to myself it would be nice even just to get under 128 kgs which would be a 600 gram loss. Getting under 130 kgs was my first major goal but with no set time limit. Now I am looking forward to getting under 125 kgs but no time limit set, I will enjoy whenever it comes.
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.
So I started this 3 weeks ago at 135.9 kilos. I lost 3.2 the first week and 0.4 the next. That left me at 132.3 kilos. I really want to get under a 130 so I can feel like the journey is underway. This morning, drum roll please, I weighed 131.2 kilos. Not as much as I would like but a loss of 1.1 will do. It will be at least another week before I am under 130, I will just have to be patient. 4.7 kilos over 3 weeks is good I guess but I was hoping to have lost over 5 by now. At least I am losing weight though. Leanne has had a small loss, followed by no loss, followed by a small gain. I think she is just about ready to give up and I can’t blame her. However Selfishly I hope she continues because with both of us doing it it makes it much easier to follow.
Today was the first time I have really struggled and failed on the eating front. I didn’t eat anything I shouldn’t but my portion sizes were to big today. I don’t know why I just felt hungrier than I have lately and lost my self control momentarily. I still ate a lot less than i would have before starting the program but I still feel guilty about it.
Oh well another week started let’s see if I can keep this up, I think I can but it is important I don’t take things as being easy because that’s when slip ups way more harmful than the one I had today are likely to occur.
The most anticipated day of my week is here and I was once again excited as well as anxious about weighing in. Remember when I said last week any loss is a good result? Well I have changed my mind. I only lost 400 grams and I am really pissed off. I was hoping for 1.8kgs and didn’t even get close. The most annoying part was how well behaved I was on the weekend. I could have had lots of beer, I could have eaten lots of carbs, but I didn’t and now I feel like I may as well have.
So two weeks in and I have lost a total of 3.6 kgs. When you look at it like that it seems alright, even successful. This is the way I am going to have to look at it if I want to avoid despondency. Right at the moment though I am not feeling good about it. However an interesting aspect is that in the past I would have used this as an excuse to eat what I want, but at the moment I don’t feel like doing that. I am just concerned if the keto plan is the right plan for me. I will need to give it a lot more time before I make that decision though.
After doing some reading on the net, it appears that some people don’t lose weight straight away on keto. Apparently the reason given is that your body is repairing itself and rebuilding muscle. I don’t care. I know it seems silly that it is not important to me but lets face it, being healthy is a secondary bonus. The real reason we want to eat better is to lose weight so we can look better. Vanity is the driver in probably most of these situations rather than health.
Here it is!! The day of reckoning. Will all my efforts bear fruit, or will it be a drastic failure. If you remember I weighed 135.9 kilos a week ago and here is hoping I don’t anymore. So I jumped on the scales straight out of the shower this morning and I am now 132.7 kilos. Was I excited? No. To be excited I would have wanted to see maybe a 5 kilo loss. However I was extremely happy. A loss of 3.2 kilos will do me just fine. If I lose that every week than in 10 short weeks I will be close to 100 kilos which if I had a goal I would be happy if I reached that by say February next year. Although my experience with losing weight in the past is that next week I won’t lose as much. I don’t know if this is the case for everyone or just me, but I always seem to have a good loss followed by a small loss and so on. If I can lose 1.8 kilos this week though that will be 5 kilos for the fortnight and a 25 kilo loss if I can keep that up for 10 weeks. I will certainly take that but the important thing is that I at least lose something every week.
It wasn’t all smiles in the house though as Leanne only lost 600 grams. She took it better than I would have but she still wasn’t happy. After a bit of research I found out that this can happen as the body starts to repair itself and the weight loss will come. It’s just not fair though as having a healthy body is great but we as humans are a little vain and will take looking better over being better. Of course the other thing which I told her is she is nowhere near as overweight as me and smaller weight losses should be expected.
Overall I found today quite easy. I ate way less than I would have last Monday and probably any other day than I started. As we have always heard protein fills us up and keeps us satisfied longer but I have always found this doesn’t seem to be the case. However now I think maybe it does in a physiological sense but not necessarily in a psychological sense. Now that I am convincing my brain that none of those tasty carbs are coming my stomach is saying yeah well I am well satisfied anyway. I don’t want to get carried away to early though, because I may let my guard down and thats when things start to go wrong.
In the past after a corned meat dinner I have made fritters with the left overs. So I spent the afternoon searching for a keto friendly recipe to make fritters. There is quite a few fritter recipes on the net, mainly for zucchini fritters. I just wanted a batter recipe but they were all complete fritter recipes and none of them took my fancy. So I pulled out my trusty day to day cookery book, the same one I used for home economics at school and my mother also used for home economics at school and found my tried and true fritter batter recipe. I then experimented changing the flour with almond and coconut flour. After a bit of fiddling around I came up with something I was happy with. However when I cooked them they didn’t seem to be quite right. Then I realised I had forgot to put the baking powder in so they were quite flat. Despite this they were quite tasty and I served them with avocado dressing and shallots and a side serve of spinach. The whole family loved them and with a few minor modifications and remembering the baking powder I think I will be close to perfecting them next time.
This is a good time to tell you if you seriously want to try the keto plan than don’t be afraid to experiment with your traditional recipes to make them keto friendly. If things don’t turn out don’t be disheartened just try again or try something different all together and after a while you will have a bunch of keto recipes that the family love.