Losing weight

Keto

I wanted to give a diet update. Starting February 1st, Michael and I are trying the Keto Diet.

I did a “low-ish carb” diet a few times last year and the year before and lost 10 pounds or so and was 9 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. Honestly, I was not a huge fan of the low carb diet. I felt like crap most of the time. While I wasn’t necessarily hungry, I just felt like I had low energy a lot and when I worked out I felt like garbage. I felt it most when I ran. I found that I could only do the low carb diet thing for about 4 weeks or so at a time and then I’d have to take a break because it made me feel so crappy.

Well, I decided to give Keto a try. I’ve been hearing so much about it for a few years now and it seems like MAYBE it’s better than a low carb diet? Maybe?? I don’t know. All I know is that after gaining back all the weight I lost (and a few extra) on the prozac last year, I needed to do something and just doing what I did before to lose weight wasn’t working.

The challenges of Keto were going to be 1) Giving up fruit– I love fruit…  2) Finding the hidden sugars that are IN EVERYTHING and … 3) Giving up my coffee creamer.

I went to the grocery store and looked at the different creamers out there. The Almond milk creamer sounded good but it had sugar cane. The Coconut Creamer, which I’ve tried before and is delicious, also had sugar in it. Then I found this one:

Seemed promising!

As for the food part of the Keto Diet… I did some research and used the Diet Doctor website and their Instagram feed for ideas and recipes and meal plans. I made a list and honestly it wasn’t far off from what we already eat on a regular basis. We just had to stop eatings things like sweet potatoes, beans, etc. We don’t eat rice or pasta on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a month, so giving that up wasn’t a hardship.

What was hard, was processed food — EVERY processed food– has sugar in it. So simple things like salad dressing, even if it’s just a simple vinaigrette, you look at the ingredients and it has sugar. Same with our favorite blue cheese dressing. So aggravating! The good news, my Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing that I use a lot does not have sugar in it! YAY! So I can use that and then Michael will make a Caesar dressing for us to use (he makes a great one) and I make a pretty good mustard vinaigrette). The downside to homemade dressing is that it doesn’t keep long. Oh well.

Another challenge to the Keto diet will be variety and not getting sick of eating meat and cheese. I’m working on different menus and meal plans for variety. We got this black bean pasta at New Seasons that is supposedly Keto-friendly? (I’m not really sure how since beans aren’t allowed? But maybe because the protein is so high and the fiber count makes the carb count low?? I am still researching…) We plan on having this pasta with pesto not marinara (which is not keto friendly, boo).

And of course, the bone broth:

So this week I am working on eating some of the things around the house that are NOT keto friendly (like the carrots and the tuna salad I have that has sugar in it–WHY IS THERE SUGAR IN IT?!?!–and the homemade sourdough I made). And starting Friday! Keto!

QUESTION: If you are on Keto, any tips?

Positive Thinking, Positive Change

I wanted to give an update about a post I wrote about medications and weight over the summer. Read that post for the background but the cliff notes version: I gained 10 pounds on a medication this summer.

I had a choice to make, try a different medication, or just keep going with prozac, which was working very well for my anxiety. I decided to give the buspar a chance per my doctor. I stopped the prozac and switched to the other one. Right off the bat, I was not a fan. It did absolutely nothing for my anxiety. I gave it over a month, waiting with white knuckles for it to finally kick in and start working…and nothing.

I was even having occasional panic attacks, which was not traditionally a component of my anxiety. So that was fun! I talked to my doctor and he increased the dosage. Within a few days of that, I started having really awful side effects. The biggest one was heart palpitations. Like constantly. It took me a few days to realize that the never ending heart palpitations might be because of the meds. I googled it and sure enough, “if you have this side effect, call your doctor immediately”. YAY! 🙁

So I stopped the buspar immediately and within a day or so the side effects were better and mostly gone. That’s the good news. The bad news? I was still in the same boat as I was before.

I went back on a low dose of the prozac and I am trying to manage my anxiety with mindfulness and a relaxation app I downloaded. The one I usually use is Breathe2RelaxI also use the Oak app. I like them and they work pretty well when I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack.

As for the weight I gained this summer…I am making good choices to lose it.

  1. No candy/dessert (which has been very hard with all the Halloween candy that’s EVERYWHERE!) but I am doing well with that so far.
  2. No alcohol Monday-Thursday and on Friday/Saturday nights I can have 1 drink (instead of my usual 2).
  3. Reminding myself it’s ok to be hungry sometimes.
  4. Taking the stairs at work. I go up and down between several floors multiple times a day and I’ve started using the stairs instead. It’s the little things that add up.
  5. I’m still working out my normal 5 days a week with 2 rest days.
  6. I’m counting my calories still but I am trying to actually create a deficit instead of eating back all of the calories in the gym.
  7. Weighing myself once a week. When I was in maintenance mode I was weighing once a month, or even less. If my clothes got tight, then I’d weigh myself, but I basically stuck at the same place.

The first week I lost almost 2 pounds. The second week I lost another pound. Over that weekend I wasn’t feeling 100% so I skipped drinking for the most part. I also didn’t have much of an appetite, so I think that helped jump start things.

As far as the mental aspect, I am doing well. My anxiety is “ok” and I’m feeling super focused on losing the weight. I am finding it easier to resist treats and things that are my downfall, so I think my mind is IN THE GAME on this.

Then Thanksgiving weekend hit–pie, wine, carbs…you know the drill. I didn’t weigh myself for 2 weeks and finally got back on the scale. This weekend I weighed myself after taking a few weeks off from the scale and was happy to see a few more pounds gone! I am now down a total of 7 pounds since October! WOOHOO!

I will keep you posted on my progress.