My blogging duties have been on the bottom of my to-do list these past few weeks, which is just a no-no if you are trying to build your blog into a reliable source of entertainment and information. There have been many instances when the opening line for a new post popped into my head, but then distractions took over, either something around the house, a call or just being plain old’ lazy that prevented me from grabbing my laptop and pounding away at the keys.
The gnawing whisper reminding me that I need to write and write more often is a pain in the ass, but it worked as I’ve finally succumbed under the weight of it all. Gosh, that sounds awful, but sometimes writing when you don’t want it is a weight, but I choose to carry it nonetheless.
First, I didn’t finish the “summer challenge” due to my feet/tendon problems that are finally showing signs of improvement. I’m both pissed at myself for not getting back into the workout routine, but also glad that I laid off to give myself and my feet time to heal. Second, getting hurt when you are trying to improve your quality of life SUCKS, because it throws your whole game off. Third, I’ve dropped some weight, but not as much as I was hoping.
Always the optimist, even when I’m having a pessimistic day, I try to look for a break in the clouds to know that the sky is still blue and where it belongs.
My break is Keto. I’ve always agreed with those that said weight loss is 80% mental and 20% physical. Even though I haven’t been working out, other than walks with my dog Friday, I have been sticking to Keto. For those who don’t know, Keto requires a high – quality fat – diet, moderate protein, and low carbs in the 30 – 50-gram range. The macro breakdown is something like 80 Fat / 15 Protein / 5 Carbs
Just for fun, I threw in intermittent fasting (IF), which is simply not snacking during the day. The big question is, what has all this Keto and IF done for me. Let me count the ways:
My get-up-and-go is back!
Eat two-three times a day
Steady weight loss.
I’m sure there are more benefits, but these are the main ones that have helped me with my quality of life. If I had to pick a top three, they would be energy, portion control and overall control over food (which isn’t listed)
Looking back during my high carb and starch days, I see how I was a slave to food. I would eat and still be hungry or always crave sweets after dinner. Being in control of what I eat is the best feeling. I can decide what goes into my body and no longer eat based on cravings which just propellers the cycle of more craving. And if I want to eat some corn chips, I can, knowing that a handful won’t kill me or send me into a carb-sweet-eating frenzy.
The only way I was able to do any of this is by tracking what I eat via the myfitnesspal app, which gives me personal accountability and shows me my macro breakdown each day.
While Keto is touted as a great way to lose weight (and no doubt it is), there are many other benefits to this eating lifestyle. I haven’t dropped vast amounts of weight on Keto, but rather averaging about a 1 – 2 lbs a week. Overall, I’m down 15lbs from when I started mid-summer.
A lot more work needs to be done as I ramp up for the fall activities and wedding duties that are scheduled over the next few months. I have eight weeks until I need to order my bridesmaid dress, which is motivation enough to bring back my workouts!
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