Day 141: Macro Managing

Well today was a scale today for us. I stayed the same. I’m good with that. Not terribly surprising considering last week was my period and we did eat out quite a lot over the weekend. I need to get better about taking my measurements to see if there are changes there as well. Those seem to go much slower for me.

My boyfriend lost 2.6lbs. That makes a grand total of 49lbs in 141 days! He’s about to hit 50lbs down! I’m down 17.2lbs in 141 days. There haven’t been that many significant drops for me. There were two, which were significant, but every little bit counts. I’ve gained weight twice as well. It has been a kiddie roller coaster, but not with the emotions.

For once there isn’t the beating myself up if I eat something extra or if I didn’t make it to the challenge camp at work. I’m just proud of myself and whatever progress I’m making. Slow and steady wins the race after all.

Need to cook another meal soon. Probably tomorrow night. Using up what we’ve got in the kitchen. It’s most likely going to be with beef and bell peppers. Want to make sure that the bell peppers don’t go bad! That’s the only bad habit we have every now and then is that we buy more veggies than we are going to eat.

There’s really nothing terribly exciting to report for today. I have attached my macros so you can get an estimate. I think the point that I wanted to make with them is that the most important one not to go over is my carb goal. Now, you do subtract fiber and sugar alcohols from carbs to get your net carbs, so sometimes they “look” higher than they actually are.

Protein I try and hit most of the time. I want to make sure I’m not losing muscle mass. Changing to a sedentary job does change things around, but I’m hoping to become more active. I keep saying that and one day, I’m sure it will happen. Fat I try and hit and don’t really stress if I’m going over.

Some days, I’m just not that hungry, so I eat what I feel like. Some days I feel like eating three meals and some extra. I do that too. It all balances out. Listening to my body and it’s hungry and full signals have become easier over this time period and I think those skills will just keep increasing.

Keep calm and keto on folks.

Days 135-140: Catching Up

Well, this week really got away from me on posts. My bad. I get home sometimes and all I want to do is relax. This was partially started as an accountability tool and partially as a way to help others who may become interested in starting. As far as accountability, I am doing well and haven’t strayed. No idea how many people this reaches, but even just one makes a difference.

I’m using the few photos I have to recreate this post for the last several days. If I bounce around, I do apologize. The beef curry that we made was excellent! We paired it with cauliflower rice and to get some extra fat, I ate it with an avocado one day for lunch.

Thursday I snagged a photo fo my lunch that day. I used sour cream for extra fat that day. Thursday night we needed to prep more food. He was fasting Friday and I did not. I made bell pepper “potato skins” I didn’t quite make them potato skin size, but left them cut in half. They were paired with an avocado and sour cream crema. I’m a huge fan of the crema. Not sure how my boyfriend will feel about it because I don’t know how much it tastes like sour cream.

So many people talk about all the amazing health benefits of keto. I have yet to see some of them. My nails always seem to break easily no matter what I do. Biotin as a supplement doesn’t seem to work. Only one thing I’ve one has worked. I also have “chicken skin”. Bumps that are red and seem to coat my arms and legs and shoulders. I was told that people grow out of them, but I haven’t seen that happen yet.

I’m part of an amazing group of ladies via a Facebook page, so I reached out to them to see their suggestions. One idea was more Omega 3. We have been eating less fish, so we can always try that. I thought I was getting a trial size of collagen to see how it does, but ended up with a whole tub! I think I’ll give that a go first!

Friday night we were in bed by 7:30pm. So nice. We did have to get up a bit earlier to run to the post office before heading to the dentist. I was just having a follow up visit and he was supposed to have cavities filled, but turns out they had already been done! From there we stopped by a local hockey store to check out some gear. Then it was on to Panda Express for lunch!

It is possible to eat out and be keto. I’m not 100% certain that the sauces were keto, but I’m ok with that. They tasted good and they didn’t make me feel bad, so I think we are good to go. After lunch it was off to our first ice skating lessons! We did a make up class prior to our actual class since we had the traffic debacle last time.

We both really enjoyed it. I had a bit of an easier time than he did, but it was a great workout. From there, we went to his mom’s to do our laundry. We greatly appreciate parents who let us do our laundry at their house and save us that money. It may not be a whole lot, but it does save us over time. While laundry was on, we got a bit peckish and decided to go out and run a couple of errands when the laundry was on.

We grabbed Chipotle for dinner. Saturday was definitely a feast day. We don’t ever deprive ourselves if we are feeling hungry. We eat. We make it keto and eat what we feel like. We try and mostly eat at home, but we do eat out. Chipotle and In-N-Out are usually the easy ones to go to. It’s really all about what we are in the mood for.

Today, we got up and had our bulletproof coffee (which is what I’m adding the collagen to btw). We were meeting up with a friend for lunch. Chipotle again. It was an early lunch, or well it was for us. It was at 12pm. It was a great lunch. Good to see my friend. Glad to have my boyfriend meet him finally.

From there it was on to a dog adoption event. We have been wanting a dog for quite some time. I volunteer for GreySave and we were thinking greyhound. My boyfriend has wanted a bulldog forever. I love dogs. We have talked about a variety of reasons for holding off on getting a dog, but in the end, that list is endless. We decided to go see this English Bulldog we saw online. He was everything we were hoping for. We took the plunge. We brought home a one-year old English Bulldog named Humphrey “Bogey” Bogart. The rest of today was basically about him.

Right now my boyfriend is preparing the frittata for the next few days. Bogey is trying very hard to get a taste.

I love this keto kind of life.

Day 134: Small Victories

Well, today was a weigh in day. I lost 1.4lbs in the last week. That’s super surprising to me as it was my PMS week and that’s not typical. I’m not complaining, just pleasantly surprised. That makes a total of 18.6lbs since we started just over 4 months ago. My boyfriend gained 0.4lbs this week, but is down a total of 46.6lbs since we started. It’s only the second time or so that he has gained weight since we started. There’s nothing wrong with that.

I think we need to celebrate some non-scale victories as well. I can’t remember the last time I felt bloated during PMS. It’s huge not to feel this way and feel like I don’t want to wear pants, which is totally not an option at work. (Yes, that’s a joke lol). My mood are much better controlled during PMS and I can more easily recognize that PMS is the cause of me getting annoyed.

I am now fitting into my “skinny” shirts. The shirts that were just too darn uncomfortable, but now fit comfortably. My boyfriend can now fit in shirts that were in this class as well. He showed me a photo of himself from the day before we started. The difference is remarkable. Our watches have gone down rungs and so have our belts.

We both took the Herb & Butter Pork Chops for lunch. The combination of olive oil, butter and ghee was delicious. The only “issue” with pork chops is that they are packed with protein and not as much fat. All that meant for me is that I got to eat a whole avocado today! I love avocados and they are an excellent source of healthy fat.

I think I’m going to try the beef curry tomorrow. May see if I have sour cream left as it does leave a kick in the back of the throat. Plus, while my boyfriend doesn’t think so, I’m quite a fan of sour cream. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

We ordered a Soda Stream over the weekend. We have been trying to find ways to cut costs. Nothing is wrong, there is not a need, but we don’t like spending unnecessary money if we don’t have to. We figured out were spending about $45/month on electrolyte water and probably close to the same on sparkling water.

With the Soda Stream, we will be saving quite a bit of money and getting delicious sparking water at our fingertips! We have also ordered electrolyte drops to use in replacement of the electrolyte water. We were feeling a bit peckish during our tv watching and decided to have some cheese, salami and pepperoni. We eat when we feel like and when we don’t we don’t. We don’t deprive ourselves and enjoy the delicious food we can have.

Keep calm and keto on folks!

Days 130 - 133: Ketoing On

    Thursday and Friday weren't super exciting. Thursday we made another frittata to prepare breakfast for the next few days. Friday night we were super excited to be sitting in bed at 7:15pm. We are homebodies. We like being at home. We don't really go out much and we don't mind. Being keto makes it hard to be out sometimes. 

  We don't drink much, if at all, and several people in one group of friends do. They aren't bad people, but it's very hard being the sober ones. I think it's also hard for us to watch friends who we know could benefit by trying to be more healthy. It's not about doing keto or not. Everyone has to make that choice themselves, but we are concerned for their health and it's hard to not to say anything.

  Yesterday morning we were up early because I had to take my car in for a service. It is the first service I've had for my car and everything went great. After dropping my car off, we went to do errands. The first stop was Ralphs. We picked up ingredients we didn't need in bulk such as veggies and spices. From there, we went and filled up my boyfriend's car. Then we headed to Costco. Who knew that Costco on a Saturday morning was a breeze?! Hopefully that wasn't a fluke. 

  We didn't really do our time management very well in the morning. Our first hockey skating lesson was Saturday morning. Due to poor decisions and time management skills, we missed it. We did manage to get our membership cards and scheduled a make up for next weekend. From there we decided to head to get lunch at Chipotle and go to the book store. We each grabbed a book and he picked up a hockey magazine too.

  From there we headed to my mom's to do laundry. I ended up filling up the bird feeders and making sure mom's plants were watered as well. While doing laundry is not super fun, it's necessary. I'm glad it's done and we actually put it away! That makes it even more exciting. 

  We got home fairly late last night and decided to sleep in. We made it to around 9am this morning. We did relax in bed for quite some time. Our goals today were to put away laundry and meal prep. I would say that we succeed quite brilliantly. We are starting off the week on a good foot. 

  He made our breakfast and I made our lunches. We make a good team when it comes to getting things done. Our time management does need a little work, but when we have no rush and have the day, we get it all done. We've even divided up our food. I labeled up the pork chops this time so we know the weight. It will help with monitoring macros. I stick to them much more than he does, which is what works for us. 

  For our lunches we have Beef Curry with Cauliflower Rice and Herb & Butter Pork Chops. I'm looking forward to our lunches. We have fun choosing our recipes for the week. We basically do most everything together and we both like it that way. We've only really come close to an argument once and that was Saturday when we missed our skating lesson. We were both upset about missing it due to excitement. We both recognized we were being short with each other and apologized. Crisis averted. Plans to be places on time are now in place.

  We can't prevent getting annoyed, but we can do what we did and recognize it was the situation and not each other. We both made choices that made us late and we both accept that. I'm not going to waste time staying upset with him when I'm not actually upset with him. 

  We've done quite a lot of TV watching this weekend, but we get to relax and we've done quite a lot. I enjoy the time we get to spend together. Now for some more relaxing!

Day 129: Back in the (Exercise) Saddle

  Well today was my second day back to Challenge Camp at work during my lunch time. Of course, day two is running stairs. I want to let people know that you need to push yourself at your own pace. I have a co-worker who I think is wonderful, but she's super optimistic and thinks the word can't should be shunned. 

  I was frustrated because it's really hard breathing while working out now that I have this mouth guard. She said in through the nose and out through the mouth. I said I was trying that but it was hard. To which her response is just do it. I'm sorry, but you don't have this in your mouth, so you don't know the challenge. Sure, I can seem like a negative person, but it's not negativity. It's realism.

  I have a brace in my mouth. It makes it hard to breath while exercise. Yes, in through the nose out through the mouth is correct, but it's going to take some adjustment. Most of the folks did 4 sets of 12. I did 3 sets of 10. That's what I could handle. I hate cardio and people being all peppy and upbeat about it doesn't make me want to do it more.

  I took the feta-stuffed beef & lamb burger for lunch today. I think it's one of my new favorite recipes. I really want to try it with other cheese and maybe through some avocado on top. I love blue cheese, but my boyfriend's not a fan. That's ok. We will make his with a different cheese! Not to mention there are plenty of cheeses we both like.

  Right now in our freezer are pork chops, ground beef and beef stew meat. I have the feeling our recipes for this weekend and the following week will have those ingredients and I'm looking forward to the recipes we pick next.

  It may seem like I do more cooking, but that isn't super true. Our kitchen is a little compact so it's hard for us both to be in there. My boyfriend makes our bulletproof coffee every morning and back when we made breakfast every day, he would make that. He now is mainly in charge of our breakfast frittata. Came home today to smell bacon that had been cooked in the oven. Yummy.

  We both pick out our recipes and often I get started. I enjoy it. If I need help, I ask and he comes to help. I use the Instant Pot a lot so I don't actually really need help. The Instant Pot does all the work. We are very good at teamwork and I believe that neither of us feels that one of us does more than the other.

  Tonight when I got home, as he gets home before me, due to work being closer to home, we went outside and did a walk around the complex across from us. It's just over a mile. When we got back home we decided to do some exercises. I used a 30-day challenge app I have that mainly uses body weight. He does have a resistance band and weights if I want to use them. It felt good.

  After my shower, I feel relaxed and ready for cuddling. I really enjoy this keto kind of life.

Day 128: Walk the Walk

  We have decided to try and increase our walking. We want to get some more activity into our days. You have to make time and sometimes you don't feel like it, but it's good for you. Even just walking around the block helps with stress. Tonight we walked to the mall, around and then home. We did about 3 miles total. It was really nice and so nice just to spend the time together. 

  I went back to Challenge Camp at work today. It felt really nice. I think it really helps keep the stress down. To be perfectly honest, there's not a whole lot of stress at work, but sometimes there are difficult situations and it's nice to have a way to let off some steam while at work. Our plan to do 30 day challenges hasn't quite started yet, but I'm sure we will get to it. 

  I took the Sesame Pork & Green Beans to work. I may have put a little too much Tapatio in it, but it wasn't unbearable. Next time, I'll just stick to the one serving. I didn't eat everything that I had put on my food diary. Part of it was that I was feeling a bit off this morning and the other part was that I just wasn't hungry. I'm not going to force myself to eat if I'm not hungry. I'm doing my best to stay very hydrated and I have my green tea to help as well!

  I wanted to share an app that I use to help donate to GreySave. It's called Walk for A Dog by Woof Trax. You pick your shelter and then when you're out walking your pup or just out for a walk or jog or hike, you have it record your walk. It tracks your walk and registers it as help. You do need a certain number of people walking for donations to happen, but it's a super simple free way to help animals!

  Keep calm and keto on folks.


Day 127: Organize Time

  It has been super nice having a long weekend with my boyfriend. Today is our weigh in day. I was down 0.2lbs. Not a whole lot, but still heading in the direction I want, slowly! Drumroll please...he's now under 200lbs! This milestone he has been looking forward to for quite some time. I'm super proud of him!

  We are both trying to continue the journey to losing weight and getting healthy. We are hoping to add more exercise into our routine. We start our ice skating lessons this coming weekend! Or I should more accurately say, we both want to learn to play hockey; but, we first need to learn how to skate. 

  Today my mom came for lunch and requested that we make a fathead pizza. We showed her how to do it and then it was lunch time! She really enjoyed it. She was asking about cauliflower pizza crust, but we haven't tried making that yet. We do know that it's an option to get at several restaurants. I would like to try and make it at some point.

  We had to clean up a bit before my mom came. It wasn't just for her sake. We needed to put away laundry and clean up the apartment. It was something necessary and we would like to keep the apartment clean. We are trying to be better about getting everything put away.

  Today was also meal prep day. We made sesame pork and green beans and feta-stuffed burgers. I cooked the pork in the Instant Pot since I believe that it will be more accurate in cooking it through. The burgers were made from both ground beef and ground lamb. I'm excited to see how everything tastes. I'm usually not a big a big pork fan, but we both agreed to try new things.

  We ended up getting a new fish today. His name is Captain Cold aka Leonard Snart. He's a gorgeous mix of blue colors. I've done my best to set up the tank well and hopefully it works out! Now to rest up before work!

  Keep calm and keto on!

Days 124 - 126: Long Weekend

  Well, it's a long weekend. Can't remember the last time I've actually had one of those off. I'm lucky that my boyfriend has some vacation days to use. I'm happy that we can have a long weekend together. Friday he went grocery shopping for his grandmother. I came home after work and relaxed.

  Yesterday, I went into work for a few hours and then headed home. He had a dentist appointment. We ran to Petco & Petsmart to get some plants for our fish tank. We were very brave and had strong, as both places were having pet adoptions for both dogs and cats. We walked away from each place without a new pet. We did find some great plants for the fish tank. 

  We should hopefully be picking out a new fish tomorrow. We wanted to give the tank time to be set up and have the pH balance out and add plants to make it more homey. I'm looking forward to getting a new fish picked out and at home. 

  We then went to my parents to say hi to some family friends before going to meet my best friend from high school, her husband and their baby for dinner. Things are finally starting to settle down to find the point where we have time to go meet people for dinner and still have time on our weekends. I've missed seeing my friends and with the schedule I used to have I couldn't see them or my family very easily. I am so grateful to be at a job where it's now an option.

  We were home by 10:30pm and we got to sleep in this morning. Today has been a very relaxing day. We have been catching up on TV shows or more accurately, I have. My boyfriend has already seen most of these, but I am interested in them as well so he's wonderful and watching them again. We very rarely just do nothing. Sometimes it's really nice. Tomorrow will be a busy day.

  We had our coffee this morning and then decided to just wait until we got hungry, which was about an hour or so ago. We went to go get a poke salad. The food is delicious, but the lack of care and interest from the employees almost makes me not want to go there. It's an easy place to get to as it's down the street from our apartment. We walked over there. We came home and ate dinner and will be having dessert shortly.

  Tomorrow we need to do some meal prep and clean the apartment. My mom may drop by for lunch, which would be fun since she hasn't seen our apartment yet. We both badly want a pet, leaning more towards a dog. We still need to finish setting up the apartment and make sure that we can give a pet an excellent home. Now to get back to some relaxing.

Day 123: Keto Woman

  Well today wasn't the most fun of days. I had to go to the orthodontist this morning to get my brace for my mouth. It's no fun at all. It sits above my teeth, instead of being around them. Since I have TMJ/TMD this will, hopefully, correct that issue and determine whether or not I need to get braces again. I have several issues that were caused from my braces when I was younger and it appears that now they are causing problems. 

  While this is not super fun, it is something that is most likely quite necessary. If I don't fix this issue, it could cause more problems down the road. I am hoping that this will solve the problem. I sound like a five year old. I can't seem to say rs. Sometimes I can actually get together a sentence. Not exactly the best thing when part of my job is answering phones. Guess it's a good thing that it's a three day weekend so I'll have more time to adjust.

  Now for some great news! I'm super excited to announce that I will be on the Keto Woman Podcast! I was extremely honored to be counted as one of the extraordinary women for the show. My co-extraordinary woman on the show and I now have a Facebook Page we are getting going: 2 Keto Newbies! Please check it out and feel free to follow if it's something interests you.

  I may have stopped at two places to bring ice cream home for the weekend. Sure, we probably indulge a bit more than most, but we are super careful otherwise. I don't feel bad about it. We don't make keto treats to snack on daily. We still hit under 20 net carbs even with eating it. I'm being defensive. There's no reason to be. We do keto our way and everyone should be able to do it their way. Sadly, on the second stop they didn't have exactly what I was looking for, but I found an alternative. 

  Halo Top isn't the most perfect keto ice cream. Rebel Creamery is much more keto friendly. They just don't have as many flavor options at this current moment. Don't feel bad if you treat yourself to something not fully keto. Stay with what works for you. Won't work for everyone. I look forward to my treats. 

  I look forward to relaxing this weekend and getting to spending some quality time with my boyfriend. We do spend time together, but we always seem to be running around. We would love to have some more time than just a short evening to relax with each other. It will be super nice.

  Keep calm and keto on folks.

Days 121 & 122: Ahead of Time

  This weekend is a holiday weekend coming up. I refuse to go grocery shopping or any kind of shopping on a holiday weekend. It's way too crazy with all the sales going on. So, last night and this morning we picked out recipes to make this weekend. We are picking recipes from a different book this time. I'm excited to make them.

  Last night we did some errands as well. We needed some items from Bed, Bath and Beyond, including a squatty potty, which I was super excited about! They had some protein bars that work with keto and we decided to pick up some to try. We tried the cookie version today and liked it pretty well.

  We stopped at the pet store as well because my fish tank is broken. Don't worry there was no fish in it. It was leaking and I was also having a hard time getting the pH balance right in the tank. We found a good one on sale. It's also about 2 gallons large, which may help the fish. Can't wait to set it up and get a new fish fish!

  Tonight was the grocery stores. It was first stop at Costco. Not very many items to pick up, but bacon was on the list. I filled up my tank while we there as well. From there I had to pick up a prescription. We stopped at a different pet store as the previous one didn't have the rocks we wanted and a cheaper thermometer. 

  Then it was the grocery store. We had a short list and were able to get in and out quickly. Then we came home to make another breakfast frittata and relax. We decided to make it with chorizo this time. Smells yummy! Now to get some rest for tomorrow.

Day 120: Moving Forward

  This week I lost 0.4lbs and for the first time ever my boyfriend gained a pound. We did eat out more than normal last week and as he was taking antibiotics, which required that he eat dinner. We typically only eat dinner once or twice a week. We just need to make sure that we keep it at a minimum. It clearly throws off our balance. I think that may also be why he was having difficulty sleeping. 

  Today was a busy day at work. I think it's ramping up as we get close to the holidays and yes, I know we aren't close. I think it may just be a ramp up from SDCC up until the holidays. I enjoy being busy. It's kind of nice to look up and not realize where the time has gone. I wasn't super hungry at work, but by the time I got home I was pretty hungry and the feeling just got stronger.

  We decided to walk down to the poke place by the apartment. They had kale noodles as an option that we wanted to check out. Turns out they were made with flour, so we went with salad instead. They had excellent explanation of the ingredients that we could choose, which made us feel better about the options. 

  We had the poke salad for dinner and may have had some Halo Top ice cream to finish it off. We tried the chocolate covered banana. So delicious! I think it's the best flavor we've tried. I'm not sure that we can start a pint of ice cream and not finish it. I'm not complaining. We do treat ourselves and not very often. We are doing excellent with our goals and are loving the life that we are living. 

  Now it's time to relax and get ready for tomorrow.

Days 115-119: Catching Up

  Some days there really isn't much to talk about. I go through my day and eat my keto food and that's about the only thing to say. Thursday, I had requested the day off and had put all my doctors and orthodontist appointments in one day. Since pretty much all of the appointments are done during the week, I have to take time off. I figured the easiest way to take the least amount of time off is to do them all in one day!

  Well, the orthodontist wasn't super fun. Turns out what I had been complaining about to my prior dentist about my jaw is completely correct. I am going to be wearing a lower guard for 4 months to fix the jaw problems as well as being followed by 18 months of Invisalign braces. Super fun for me. Especially with the cost. Yay budgeting. 

  I was doing overtime last week. I usually don't turn away the opportunity to do more work. I enjoy my job and want to help out. Plus, who doesn't like a little extra cash to use on fun activities? I was pretty dead by the time the end of the week rolls around. I needed rest and was slightly relived when our Saturday shift was called off since our team was so awesome!

  Saturday morning, we went and did shopping for my boyfriend's grandma. Then we went to his mom's to pick up some mail and headed back home to get ready to head to King's Night at the LA Dodgers. I like baseball, but I wouldn't call myself a huge fan. I prefer watching games live than on TV. My boyfriend and I had never been to a baseball game together until that night. We went with two other couples. It was awesome having a triple date night.

  He bought these specific tickets to end up with the Kings Dodger jerseys that were the giveaways. We ended up walking away with two jerseys. We had Chipotle before we were picked up to head to the game. We weren't sure exactly what food choices would be at the stadium so we wanted to make sure we had some food in our system. 

  We did end up getting a bacon wrapped Dodger dogs. It worked out pretty well. The lights ended up going out in the stadium. It was a pretty crazy experience. We got to sleep in this morning. It was a nice experience. My boyfriend brought me breakfast in bed. It's very nice when he does that. And he does that most weekends. He takes such good care of me. He's wonderful. 

  He had to go to work today for inventory, which meant it's one of our first weekend days apart in a bit of time. I'm not super happy about this, but work is work. I had something this morning that I will reveal soon, but it was a super awesome experience and I can't wait to share details!

  I spent the rest of my day adulting. I went to the grocery store to get the few ingredients we needed for meal prep. I figured that since he was going to be gone, that I might as well try and do some meal prep and clean. I cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen. Then I did meal prep for the week. I made a frittata for our breakfast, creamy shrimp scampi with zoodles and beef stroganoff and cauliflower rice. 

  We have a fully stoked fridge. I feel accomplished and I am ready to get some rest. Bring on the week!

Day 114: Stress Management

  Today I went to work early today to help out with the work that is piling up. Our team does an excellent job, but we are only human. I stayed later to help as well. All this approved by the boss, of course. Didn't manage to have a break until my lunch. Wasn't really hungry until then as I was kept so busy. I fueled up at lunch and that got me through the day. 

  There were some stressful interactions today. It made me want some ice cream to relax. I am very grateful that the grocery store that carries Rebel Creamery is close to work and not close to our house. That would be dangerous. I don't recommend necessarily eating a pint at a time, as I've said before; however, I do share with my boyfriend and it's net 6g carb per pint. So I only really ate 3g of those. Seems fair.

  I need to find some new ways for stress management. I need to start working out. I think we are going to attempt to do some 30 day challenges starting September 1, 2018. We are both ready to work out more and just need to make time for it in our lives. I think we are going to make a bigger effort to make it happen.

  Keep calm and keto on folks.

Days 112 & 113: Sushi Sunday & Manic Monday

  Yesterday was quite the day. We had our home visit from GreySave Greyhound Adoptions. As I've mentioned several times, I've been volunteering for them for years. The ladies are very diligent about making sure everything is safe your pet. I highly respect that. They do an absolutely incredible job of matching prospective adopters with the hound that's right for them.

  The visit went great! We are still working out exactly our schedule and making sure that we can offer a wonderful home for a wonderful hound. After the visit, we loaded up my car and headed to my mom's. We were doing a family dinner there. 

  My mom and brother were getting back from the mountains with my aunt (mom's sister). It was partially to celebrate her birthday and the other part for family time. I just so happened to ask if I could bring our laundry along. Hey, saving money is saving money.

  It turned into a Sushi Sunday with a cheese platter to start. I brought over the Rebel Creamery Vanilla ice cream. It was a hit! I have been requested to purchase some on my next stop and bring it over to them. Not a problem! Just have to make sure that we don't eat it all first!

  Sushi isn't really that hard to do keto. We ordered a sashimi plate and a cucumber roll. We split them both and with the combo of the cheese we were totally full. We typically don't eat at night, but we make exceptions. Typically on weekends any form of tracking goes out the window. It has been working just fine and we stay totally keto, so I'm not going to stress.

  Monday is weigh in day. I know a lot of keto folk say ditch the scale, but I use it as a tool and no longer use it to define who I am. I want to know what's going on. I want to know my body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. I want to increase one of those numbers and decrease the other. I think the more you know the better so long as you don't let it control you.

  I lost 1.6lbs in this last week and my boyfriend lost 2lbs. I am going to recalculate our macros tonight and readjust as I've lost about 1% body fat and he's down quite a bit, so we want to make sure we adjusting accordingly.

  Work has been busy, busy, busy. I love it even if it can be a little trying at times. Looking up and seeing that all of the sudden it's 5pm and you're not show how it happened, is a good day to me. I love the environment I'm in and the people I work with. It makes for a great mix especially when things are stressful.

  Came home to find my boyfriend was making a frittata to help us with the rest of the week. It's so much easier just being able to heat up breakfast. It makes things so much smoother and less stressful. Usually I'm the one trying to get out the door. Still haven't quite mastered the consistency in the morning thing. 

  Well now it's off to calculate macros, get to bed early and start it all over again tomorrow!

Days 110 & 111: Power of Keto

  Friday was a very busy day at work. I was kept fueled and it was fantastic. I was very happy to get home and relax. On the way home, I decided to stop by Lassen's and pick up Rebel Creamery Ice Cream. They are a Keto ice cream company based out of Utah. I heard about them first on 2 Keto Dudes Podcast and then in more depth on the Keto Woman podcast.

  They currently have 5 flavors out: chocolate, vanilla, mint chip, peanut butter fudge and cookie dough. I walked away with 4 of the 5. I do love chocolate but more often than not when I think of ice cream I think of something flavored, so I really wanted to try the flavors first. The vanilla I plan to take to my parent's tomorrow.

  I love that on the pint there's a statement about the power of keto. I really wish this company the best of luck in spreading this incredible ice cream around. We started with the peanut butter fudge flavor. It was heaven on a spoon. Think it may have even tasted better than regular ice cream. Plus it's 100% keto!

  We only meant to eat a bit and next thing you know the pint was gone! No big deal, it's net 7g carbs for the pint and we almost always have carbs to spare! Now, I don't necessarily recommend eating a pint at a time, but it shouldn't break your carb allotment bank if you do. And if you share with a loved one, then that's only half those carbs!

  I have to admit this morning I was a bit nervous. I am currently working on adding more tattoos to my collection. The plan is to have two half-sleeves. I would love to have them by the end of the year, but that's probably ambitious as one of them is a Harry Potter design and I need to reread the books to make sure it's accurate and exactly what I want.

  I have found an incredible tattoo artist who I plan to have do the rest of my work. I recommend you check her out on Instagram at sanae_kawaii. This was my first tattoo since going keto. I wasn't sure how well my body would handle it in this new fat burning routine. For some reference, most times when I have tattoos I feel a bit light headed and in the past I would have a soda or a candy bar or something high in sugar.

  This time I couldn't. I had my nice yummy keto breakfast of bulletproof coffee and our frittata. Delicious! I took a chia pudding with me and ate that 30 mins before and brought some electrolyte water. I  had a minute where I thought something might happen, but nothing did. It seems that fueling with fat even helps with sitting through a tattoo. Too bad that it can't take the pain away. 

  I felt much better after and not so drained. We were able to run some errands before heading home to relax. We do make an effort to do some relaxing on the weekend as we don't want all our time taken up with errands and other necessary, but time constraining things. Now it's time to do some more relaxing to get ready for more necessities tomorrow!

  I love this keto kind of life.

Days 107-109: Change It Up

  Some days I don't necessarily feel like writing. Some nights relaxation is important. It's why there are sometimes lapses in my daily posts.

  I'm sure I shouldn't be surprised that there's a lot of work going on right now at work. It is work after all. It should be noted, however, that I'm not complaining. I like being busy. It's good. I would much rather have a lot more to get through than a lot less. I'm not a fan of having to find things to do, but I can do it if it's necessary.

  I don't think I mentioned our scale changes in the prior post. I made it under 170lbs this week. I'm now 169.4lbs. Losing 1.4lbs in the prior week. My boyfriend lost close to another 3lbs and he's about to be under 200 shortly. I'm getting curious about my protein intake. I seem to be losing a little muscle mass, which I shouldn't really be doing. It could be that I worked out one week and not the other. 

  Protein is heavily debated in the keto world. We are currently at 1.5g of protein per kg of body mass. In the next week I may try recalculating my protein macro a little bit lower. I don't think the change in muscle mass has anything to do with too little protein as even when my level was higher in the beginning (wasn't paying attention to macro calculations) the same thing happened. I think to really test it I also need to increase my activity level as well.

  Yesterday I started getting some headaches and muscle aches which I haven't had in quite some time. I'm not 100% sure why that is. My best guess would be that since we were offered overtime at work for the remainder of the week (Wednesday - Friday), I haven't been sleeping as well as I was before. I know that sleep can affect a lot, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.

  Last night I made Blackberry Chia Pudding. It's the best chia pudding that I've done so far. I think I'm going to use that recipe as the base for all others going forward. The food processor seems to work really well in mixing everything together and getting the pudding to really set in the fridge. I think the one ingredient that doesn't need to get doubled is the liquid stevia. It doesn't taste quite perfect and I think that may be the culprit. Now the real test will be if my boyfriend tastes the coconut since I used coconut milk this time.

  If he does, no big deal, we can adjust. I can make his with almond milk or try that out as well. The reason for the coconut milk is the fat content. I don't think it tastes like coconut, but I'm not sure how he'll feel about it. Time will tell. Maybe he'll forget the ingredients and eat it and be happy.

  This week we started testing out MCT oil in our coffee instead of coconut oil. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against coconut or coconut oil. It's just that we were curious if there would be a taste difference with the coffee. We both prefer the taste with MCT oil. We both feel you can really taste the coffee better. I'm now more willing to try a dark roast once more, which he prefers. He has also removed the cinnamon from his coffee. I would be curious to try the same and see how I like it. He says he's able to taste the coffee and vanilla flavor much better.

  Cinnamon was put in the coffee because it's excellent at regulating blood sugar. I'm not sure we necessarily need it for that purpose any more. I would like to try it without and perhaps a little less and see if that makes a difference. I think that with a dark roast I may prefer it because the flavor tends to be slightly more bitter.

  I'm loving the having breakfast already made. It makes getting out the door less stressful in the morning. As I'm writing this, he's currently making up our next frittata. This time we are adding some mushrooms in the mix! I took the beef stroganoff we made with our Instant Pot with some cauliflower rice today. It was delicious. The Instant Pot makes the meat so tender. I can't wait to pick our next week fo recipes!

  Now it's time to relax and get some rest to get ready for Friday! Keep calm and keto on folks.

Day 106: Walk About

  Today was a busy day at work. Mostly uneventful, but I enjoy being busy. It's so nice to have a job where when it's a Monday I'm actually looking forward to going to work and not dreading it. It helps relieve a lot of stress associated with work. 

  I came home and we decided we wanted to take a walk. His old roommates had some of our things that got mixed in with theirs. Nothing major, but there were some spices and tea, etc. They even found my Avenger's Half Marathon Mug that I couldn't find anywhere! That was exciting for me.

  Our walk about took us around 4 miles or so. I hit my 10k steps today! We walked to PetSmart and took a look at some puppy stuff. I snagged a thermometer to put on the outside of the fish tank to monitor temperature. We are testing to see what the temperature is like without the heater and whether or not it's too hot with it.

  Sadly, Arthur passed away shortly after getting him. We aren't really sure why, but again we are changing up the tank a bit. I bought a new tank decoration and this time I'm letting the set up water cycle for longer to prepare the tank for a new fish. I think we may try getting a female betta this time. It has been a while since I've had a female. 

  After Petsmart, we walked over to the roommate's new place. It's very nice. We sat down and chit chatted. We got our things and then decided to head on home. Currently there is a frittata in the oven. My boyfriend is going to have some earlier mornings coming up as he's helping prepare his store for inventory. It's going to be easier to have something to heat up in the microwave than worrying about trying to get everything cooked and ready in the morning.

  I'm excited to see how it turns out. We are also going to try reading more at bedtime to prepare for sleep and less watching TV. There are so many good things with both want to read. I am currently reading The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. It's really fascinating. I check my books out digitally or in hard copy from my local library. I do own a Kindle, but I don't necessarily want to pay for everything. This is a great solution. In fact, with my local library, I can download the books onto my kindle if I want! 

  Listening to all the different women's stories on The Keto Woman podcast is just so fascinating. I feel that so many of these issues aren't talked about enough for women's health and want to commend both Daisy and the 2 Keto Dudes for putting together this incredible podcast. I can't wait to keep listening to hear and learn more.

  This keto kind of life suits me. 

Day 105: Prep Work

  Well today we learned, as we knew, but apparently needed to be reminded that Costco on a Sunday is not a good idea. I went to brunch with my sister and sister-in law. It was delicious. Think I found a great keto option. I started feeling a bit wiped out so I'm wondering if some sneaky carbs got in.

  I didn't really get a chance to think about it since we had errands to do! First, we finally went and traded our PS3 in! We also grabbed some new games to play. From there, we went over to Costco. We almost always have a list when we go in because otherwise we could wander around for quite some time. We had picked our our meals already and knew exactly what we needed to get.

  Some items we don't get at Costco simply because we don't go through it fast enough and sometimes they don't have things we need. We had to stop at both Ralph's and Sprouts to get the remainder of the ingredients. 

  The meat we bought at Costco will last us quite some time. The ground beef was 4.5lbs and the beef stew meat was over 5lbs. We divided them into bags of 1lb, set out what we needed and then froze the rest. If the bags weren't 1lb, we grabbed a sharpie and wrote on them so we know. While people might think it's a lot, it's probably going to last us a month or so.

  We're going to be cooking through several of the cookbooks we have and I'm really excited about it. It has been hinted at that I may like to collect cookbooks. He would be correct. I may have added several to our wish list. I'm totally happy to add books to wish list and use the ones I have. 

  We made both an Instant Pot recipe and a non-Instant Pot recipe. The Instant Pot makes prep so easy. We made six days worth of meals. The Instant Pot recipe was Beef Stroganoff and the other was Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole. The serving size for the casserole in the book was for 4. It was a very high calorie base. There's nothing wrong with that at all, however, we enjoy our breakfast and bulletproof coffee, so we just changed the proportions. 

  You need to make keto work for you. We are eating two meals for the entirety of the week. We eat the same breakfast every day. We maybe switch up the meat with breakfast: bacon or sausage. We are going to try MCT Oil in our coffee instead of coconut oil. We are going to see if that tastes better.

  It's my turn to pick the type of coffee and we are going with Chocolate Caramel Brownie coffee. I'm a flavored coffee person. The dark roast is often too bitter for me. He likes darker, unflavored coffees better, but we trade off. We are hoping to find a good balance and find the right coffee we both agree on. We drink through all the coffee, but most of the time, one of us likes it better than the other. 

  We are still a team and figure it all out together. We each picked out a recipe for this week and while I did do the cooking this week, he portioned out the meals. It's about working together. Our kitchen doesn't really let us both be in there cooking at the same time, but we take turns and make it work. There's never a point where either of us think that one is doing more than the other. If we feel that way, we usually ask to help the other.

  Now to start the week! Keep calm and keto on folks!

Days 102 - 104: Fun Times

  Thursday night was a later night as I had a meeting after work. It was a pretty uneventful. Friday, we had some girls out of the office and it was a bit of a difficult day, but one easily recovered from. My worst day at this job has yet to come close to touching my worst day working in retail and a grocery store.

  Friday night we knew we had a busy morning before heading to a picnic Saturday early afternoon. We weren't sure what would be at the picnic keto food wise, so we made a Carlshead Pizza! We totally forgot about using a sauce so it was olive oil! It made the net carbs go down over all and gave it a very cheesy taste, which is not a bad thing!

  This morning was running around a bit crazy. I had a dentist appointment and we had to grab chairs to use for the picnic. Of course we left our coffee at home, but we did have time to come back and grab them. After the dentist, we headed to go pick up an x-pen to prepare for when we add a pupper to our life.

  We diligently plan for most things. I'm a little bit more meticulous, but that doesn't mean he's not. He just knows that I have to make the plan for everything and he 100% helps. We are 1010% a team. We just process things differently, but the differences help us see all angles and make sure that we solve the problem to where both of us are satisfied. It's so incredible to be in a relationship where its a true partnership.

  Tomorrow will mostly be spent at home organizing and cleaning. We need to make a Costco run. We have our list and we planned out our meals. Now it's time to shop and cook! Today at the picnic was so much fun! Looking forward to a bit of a calmer day tomorrow.

Days 100 &101: Looking Back On First 100 Days

  I can't believe that we've been doing keto for 101 days now. In the last 100 days, I've lost 13.7lbs. My boyfriend has lost 40lbs. We've learned quite a lot. We don't waste as much food we used to. We eat so many delicious things.

  That doesn't even count the NSVs we've experienced (non-scale victories). My brain is sharper and processing faster. That isn't necessarily a fun thing at 8am Saturday morning when I would like to sleep in. My jaw pain is gone. My boyfriend's pant, belt and watch size has gone done. For the first time in a long time, he wears just a t-shirt out instead of layers. I'm having similar successes with my clothing. 

  We enjoy cooking together and do our best to prep together. I think that it has helped us grow as a couple since we've done this entire process together as a team. I wouldn't be able to do this so successfully if I didn't have him supporting me. He lets me go crazy on the planning and tracking and he still does things the best way for him. He's not as meticulous as I can be and I don't ask him to be. We wouldn't work if we didn't do it the way that worked best for us to keep us a team.

  Although, he has said I need to wait on getting more keto cookbooks. Apparently, I am supposed to use them or something and collecting cookbooks is not a hobby. We will see about that! :)

  Things, for me, have been fairly stressful the last few days. I don't really crave anything, but I felt like ice cream. Sure, it was emotional eating, but I stayed under my net carbs even with having the ice cream. Halo Top is delicious and an excellent keto treat. I don't plan on making it a habit, but boy did it taste good.

  My boyfriend has been incredible during these days. He has prepped our lunches and gone to the store. He takes amazing care of me and I am so grateful. It may seem like I'm over praising, but we've both been with people who didn't appreciate us. I want him to know he's appreciated.

  He came up with a great idea. Bacon is part of the recipe for our bacon zucchini cheddar bake. He poured the grease into a mason jar to use to cook our sausages for breakfast. Yummy! Then the eggs get cooked in the remainder. So delicious. 

  We had a "midnight" snack of the remainder of the loaded cauliflower soup. We didn't want to waste it and throw it out. Eating it made sure that it didn't go bad. We added mozzarella and bacon. Yummy! Now it's time to get some sleep.

  Keep calm and keto on.