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. 

Day 96 - 99: Busy Busy

  Well, it has been a pretty busy weekend. Friday we came from work and came home to no internet. It had been off since Thursday night. We had several Blu-Rays and DVDs to watch and games to play. We didn't stay up too late, well I think we did. 

  Saturday morning was a day of volunteering for GreySave. I have been volunteering with them for several years now. My boyfriend had never really interacted with greyhounds. It may have been a slight subterfuge on my part. I love all dogs. Greyhounds especially. I have been wanting another since my ex moved away and has ours. (Long story).

  We've talked about having pets. We thought about starting with a kitty, but not all greyhounds like cats. We are about to have another fish. Super exciting. I am still working on cleaning up the apartment. Slowly getting closer. We of course need to start getting things set up for a puppers. I have our list of must have things. We will get them slowly.

  This post is going to be short for the duration. I'm pretty wiped from the busy weekend. Saturday we came home from volunteering, grabbed Chipotle and laid in bed watching Castle. I had never seen the show and internet was still out. My boyfriend had the first two seasons on DVD. I'm now totally hooked. 

  Sunday was a packed day. We went to his mom's to do laundry. I am so grateful that she's willing to have us over to do laundry. Saves us some money. It's very generous. Laundry took a good portion of the day and called for an In-n-Out trip. 

  After that, we headed to my mom's to take a look at a pupper. My parents were considering another pupper, but the one they were taking a look at wasn't quite right for them. Now, he was a lovely pupper, but he was a little more maintenance then we could handle at the moment. We know that he will find an excellent home. 

  We came home, made food for part of the week and put away laundry. Super exciting adulting weekend! 

  Up Monday morning and back to work! Super busy day. It's always nice to be busy at work. There were some stressful things that happened, but I just came home and relaxed. This morning's weight was up 0.2lbs and my boyfriend stayed the same. Nothing to worry about. We weren't super diligent over the weekend, which is fine. Neither of us were particularly surprised with the outcome. 

  Now off to a new week! Keep calm and keto on!

Day 95: Planning

  So, some planning has been done for things we want to do. For my boyfriend's birthday, I bought both of us ice hockey skates. That was almost 6 months ago. I always wanted to learn how to play, but I wasn't allowed to growing up. He didn't really get a chance to growing up in Georgia and didn't have too many interested parties when he moved back out here.

  We should be starting skating lessons next month! We are both very excited. We are planning on finding ways to fit some more fitness in our lives. I am able to workout at work, which is fantastic. I would like to go take a look at some fitness equipment this weekend. The things I was talking about in the last post.

  I have almost caught up with the 2 Keto Dudes podcast! I have been listening almost every day since March. I have several podcasts listed to listen to next: Keto Woman, Ketovangelist Kitchen, Keto For Women Show, KetoGeek and Obesity Code Podcast. I'm always look for new ones! Not sure how I'm going to get through all of them!

  I need to start doing some more reading too. I check out books from the library both in the building and digitally. Reading is fantastic and I need to do more of it. I think we would both like to, but it's so easy to come home and relax in bed and watch TV. 

  We are also planning on starting to cook through the keto cookbooks we have. I would love to try all the recipes that we are interested in. We have some keto instant pot cookbooks. We have some normal keto cookbooks. I may have also added several to our housewarming list we have. I'm sure one day we will get around to having a housewarming. That wish list is perfect for holidays and birthdays etc. He thinks it's funny that I want more cookbooks and we haven't cooked through the others. We'll get there!

  Well folks, that's all I can really think of for the moment! Keep calm and keto on folks!




Day 94: Need Routines

  I was up earlier today, but still got plenty of sleep. There are so many things I want to find time for and it's so hard to. I get home and want to sit and play games and cuddle up with my boyfriend. That certainly isn't a bad way to spend time, but there are some other things I want to add in.

  I would love to add in some workouts at home. Just need to pick up a few things and I'll have an excellent little area to workout at home. I do much better being able to do things from home than doing things at a gym. It's here. I don't have to go anywhere.

  I enjoy learning how to do things at home. I would like a better exercise mat, a medicine ball, some resistance bands and maybe a set of 10lb free weights. That should be a good start and several of those things my boyfriend can use too. 

  I have a great 30-day challenge app that I like to use and YouTube is an ever excellent place to search videos. My boyfriend is looking at a gym membership, but I'm not sure I would go. He would have to drag me. He needs a bit more heavy duty weights and options. We're not 100% if our apartment gym will be sufficent with what we want.

  I'm loving the turkey stew that we made. It's so good and filling. I'm finding it much easier to stop eating earlier in the day. Perhaps this a good way to go forward. Can't wait to try the loaded cauliflower soup as well. My boyfriend's mouth is still pretty sore from his wisdom teeth being removed. The soup has been perfect for that.

  I also want to find time for doing some more work from home. I want to start doing my Primal Health Coach certification as well. I've been thinking about some other options to supplement as well, but I have zero desire to leave my current job. I wouldn't mind having extra things to do for extra cash for adventures.

  We will see how it goes. Maybe I can make a plan this coming weekend. 

  Keep calm and keto on.


Day 93: More Soup

  Our soup and "chili" recipes are slowly becoming favorites and I think we will be exploring more keto soup recipes and certainly more instant pot ones. I can't speak highly enough of my instant pot. It makes things so easy. The loaded cauliflower soup would take twice as long on the stove. 

  I added cheese, sour cream and half an avocado to my "chili" I made. It was incredible. Filled me up for the rest of the day and I had lunch at 2pm. Now don't get me wrong, I am tasting as I am cooking and 100% licking spoons as I go. In fact, my boyfriend caught me licking the garlic butter out of a pot.

  All my eating was completed by 2pm today until I started cooking. There wasn't a huge amount of food eating as I cooked, but there was some. I'm not too worried about it. It's not an every day occurrence. 

  My boyfriend really doesn't like sour cream. It's a little funny when he gets grossed out if I lick a spoon with it on it. Apparently it's blended well enough into the soup where he doesn't mind it. He doesn't need to eat it on things if he doesn't want too. The immersion blender does a great job at making sure it's not a dominant taste in the soup.

  Other than that, there's not too much to report. I've been drinking green tea everyday. I'm going to try and drink it earlier because I think the caffeine from the coffee and the tea combined might be making it hard for me to go to sleep. 

  Keep calm and keto on folks.

Day 92: Recipe Gone Wrong

  Well, today started off well. I lost 2.6lbs in the last week. Some of that was muscle mass, but that's because I didn't workout at all last week. I need to add more activity back in, but we plan on doing that soon. I was worried that some of my not tracking and eating off schedule may have led to staying the same, but that didn't happen.

  My boyfriend has achieved 40lbs of weight loss in 92 days! I'm super impressed and proud of him! I've lost 13.8lbs in the last 92 days. I'm thrilled with both of our progresses. I'm not at all surprised by the gap in numbers. I have far less weight to lose. In the last week, I also lost an inch off my waist. I'll take it! We haven't done his measurements in a bit, we probably should.

  I went back to Challenge Camp after a crazy week last week. Felt good to be outside. Helped with the feeling of grogginess. I look forward to going back the rest of the week. I want to find the way to incorporate a small routine at home. I would like to add some more ab workouts in. I have 30 day challenges I can start as well. Now to plan them in!

  His mouth is still hurting him quite badly, but he seems to be doing better. We've got some soup left and I'm going to make another pot tomorrow. I needed to cook something for myself as well. I was planning on doing a Taco Soup recipe in the Instant Pot. Turns out I didn't have the right size instant pot for the recipe, so I modified it! The size we have is great, but it didn't have one of the settings and couldn't fit all the ingredients. No big deal.

  I labeled this recipe gone wrong because I don't do so well when I don't have a recipe to follow. I'm not one of those people that can make things up off the top of my head. Baking was always my strong suit as the recipe is precise. It's like a science. Cooking not so much. My boyfriend was there to help calm me as I was slightly panicking. 

  I'm calling it a chili, but there are no beans. It's bell pepper, onion, ground turkey, fire roasted tomatoes and some chicken broth. I added some garlic powder, salt, paprika and hot sauce to spice it up a bit. I plan on adding sour cream, cheese and some avocado to add extra fat and I think it will be delicious. 

  I look forward to trying more recipes in the Instant Pot. As the recipe is cooking, I can clean the kitchen or do other things around the apartment. It's great. We have two cookbooks to go through and I want to go checkout a few more. Not to mention the wealth of recipes on the internet.

  Time for bed. Keep calm and keto on.


Day 91: Unpacking & Organizing

  Today got off to an early start. That is good as I still have quite a bit to unpack. My boyfriend was still laid up in bed with the aftermath of his wisdom getting taken out. One side of his mouth is super swollen as some serious digging had to be done to get one of them out.

  Today I had a normal breakfast. He has been eating soup and I made some guacamole. He hasn't had a whole lot to eat, but he has been eating. My big breakfast with bulletproof coffee kept me going for most of the day.

  I had some of the guacamole with pork rinds later. I've been drinking plenty of water. I unpacked several bags and a big box. I also organized our file cabinet and together we hung up some of my hats. I may have a rather large hat collection.

  Yum. We had dessert tonight. It was Halo top Ice Cream Mochi Green Tea Flavor. He's a huge green tea fan and it was the best decision. It was delicious. For a treat every now and then, I think it will be an excellent decision. 

  Now it's time to relax and get some rest. Keep calm and keto on.


Days 89 & 90: 1 Month in Our Place

  Last night, once I got home from work, I crashed. I just sat in bed and played games on my iPad. I didn't want to cook. Didn't want to move. It was a very busy week at work, which is great. This is my first weekend at home since we moved in. I was at SDCC last weekend, in Virginia the weekend before that and housesitting the one before that.

  I am glad to be at home this weekend, especially since my boyfriend had to get two wisdom teeth taken out. They were both impacted and were causing other problems. It's good that he finally got them out so that he can make sure that more problems aren't caused. I have to say, I'm slightly disappointed that he isn't a bit more loopy as it would've been funny while watching Shark Week.

  To gear up for our appointments this morning, we were fairly snacky last night since we knew we wouldn't feel like eating. We almost never snack that much at night, but we were both feeling the urge to so, so we listened to our bodies.

  I had deep cleaning done on the left side of my mouth and head back in a week or two to get some things filled. I need to set up an appointment for a second opinion on whether I may or may not to get invisible braces to combat some jaw problems that I'm having an issue with. Hopefully there's a good solution.

  Today wasn't super eventful. We had the dentist, came back and crashed. In between coming back, however, I filled up my car, got a car wash and we dropped off his medications to be filled. Once the car wash was done, we were able to go grab his pain meds and antibiotics. He really needed the pain killers. There was a lot of digging to get things out.

  After my nap, I went out to get supplies to make some soups. He's not going to be able to eat solid foods for a few days, I'm guessing. Tonight was the loaded cauliflower soup. I used our instant pot to make it. While it was cooking, I was able to clean up. So very minimal clean up left to do.

  The soup is delicious! And since it uses the immersion blender, it's perfect for my boyfriend to eat with his sore mouth. Well, it's time to relax and watch Shark Week. 

Day 88: Exhausted

  Today was a super busy day at work. I was absolutely wiped out and major brain fog when I was finished. There's a lot going on right now at work. Please don't take this for complaining. That's not what this is. It's just explaining why when I came home I really didn't want to do anything. I am so grateful my boyfriend suggested we get some top sirloin patties at Costco. Cooking was one thing I didn't want to do tonight.

  Keto tip: always have an easy to make back up plan. You may not want cook some nights. Have a back up that's easy to make. In fact, I think that's a good tip in general. There are going to be times when you're exhausted, but you're going to need lunch!

  I really don't have terribly much to report for today. We've upped the coconut oil and heavy cream in my bulletproof coffee because it's now in a 24oz mug instead of a 12oz. It has helped up the fat content and helps make me motor through the morning. We are trying to do better with eating windows. Well, I struggle more than he does.

  I have Dr. Jason Fung's book called The Obesity Code. That book is highly recommended by so many people. I'm planning on reading as much as possible as I can. I also have The Salt Fix to read and several books that I checked out on my Kindle from the library. First weekend at home is this weekend. Need to do some unpacking, some reading and relaxing.

  Keep calm and keto on folks. 

Day 87: 6 Months Together

  Today marks 6 months that my boyfriend and I have been together. Perhaps that doesn't seem like such a long time to some people, but for me it has been about two years since I reached that point in a relationship. The same for him. It feels like we have been been together for much longer. 

  I forget if I've explained our background or not, but we worked together 10 years ago. I was married to someone else and he was engaged to someone else. I never would have imagined that we would have ended up together, but here we are. I couldn't be happier.

  We rarely go out for dinner, but we usually do to celebrate each month together. This month I really wanted to go to Red Lobster, since it's Crab Fest. I was craving seafood. We are both stuffed after the dinner that we had. Like a lot of restaurants, there are some options, but modifications are necessary. He didn't get the rice with his meal, I didn't have the mashed potatoes and we asked them to take away the biscuits when they brought them. (Polietly, of course.)

  I actually brought food home! I can't wait for leftovers tomorrow! Of course, we asked for extra butter, which we drenched our broccoli in! To prepare for this, we had our breakfast, but then I didn't eat much else. I had some macadamia nuts and an avocado. I knew that dinner would be protein heavy, so I wanted to load up on fat. It would help me not be as hungry getting toward dinner.

  We both knew that we would go over our macros today, but we aren't always concerned about that. Our date isn't about hitting perfect macros. It's about celebrating each other. I think we had a fantastic time. Both of us were ready for dinner by the time we got to the restaurant. Now it's time for some Shark Week and bed.

  Keep calm and keto on.

Day 86: Revamp

  Well, after the weekend we've got to get right back to it with keto. I didn't break keto over the weekend, but so much snacking doesn't lead for a good weight loss. Now weight loss isn't the main reason I'm doing keto, but I would love to go down a bit more. 

  Today was a good day for macros. I went over 6g of protein, but I hit my fat perfectly and was net 5g carb. We recalculated our macros last night. Mine didn't change much at all and I'm not able to do anything other than steps of 5% as we aren't paying for premium. For my boyfriend, his protein macros went down, but his fat goal went up.

  Tomorrow makes 6 months together. We are going to go out to a restaurant tomorrow night. That just means that we need to plan accordingly. We are going to most likely get seafood. That means the meal will most likely be extremely heavy in protein, so I'm going to try and go heavey with the fat snacks. I'll probably just take an avocado. It's an excellent source of healthy fat.

  We will see how it goes, but we go out once a month and eat at home the rest of the time, so I don't worry about it too much. I have the felling that Saturday is going to be day of not eating terribly much as we both have dentist appointments in the morning.

  We did our Costco run today. We needed butter, vanilla, Propel and green tea. We also bought some sirloin patties, breakfast sausages, eggs, protein shakes and cheese. Yummy! 

  Keep calm and keto on!

Day 82-85: SDCC Weekend & Hollywood Bowl

  Well, that was my first San Diego Comic Con ever. It was incredible! I don't think I can accurately explain how incredible this experience was. I am so incredibly grateful to work for such an amazing company and fantastic team. 

  Friday night kicked off the weekend. I was up a lot earlier, since we changed our hours for that Friday. My wonderful boyfriend was up in the morning to make me breakfast. No matter how many times I tell him he doesn't need to get up with me, he always does. After work, it was heading to my parent's house to pick up my sister.

  From there, we went to Build-A-Bear and built our Shark Week 30th anniversary sharks. It was super fun to do. She had never been to a Build-A-Bear. My shark is the hammerhead named MC Hammerhead. She named her great white Penelope. We went to see Jaws at the Hollywood Bowl. It was my first time seeing Jaws. I really enjoyed it. I took cheese crisps and pork rinds as snacks. They were delicious. We had a fantastic time. 

  I got home just after midnight. It was up at 5:30am. I had already packed on Thursday and was ready to get out the door. I had my bulletproof coffee, but didn't have breakfast. It was just too early and too hard to get going. He dropped me off on the train and I had my bag full of snacks. I had pork rinds and some meat slims on the way down. 

  The train ride was really nice. I got some work done and played some games. It's a ride that I used to do every weekend in high school when my dad still lived in San Diego. Needless to say, I'm fairly used to it, even if it has been years.

  Once I got down there, it was picking up my badge and checking into the hotel. I was extremely lucky and had the room to myself. I dropped everything off and headed straight over. I'm not sure words can accurately describe how amazing the experience was. I 100% teared up because to be surrounded by thousands of people who are all interested in the same things I am or at least a couple of the things I like is awesome. 

  Saturday night I was exhausted. Partially actually being tired and the rest from being overwhelmed. That didn't stop me from meeting co-workers, and I would like to think friends, for sushi. Sushi is one the easiest keto meals. It might not be loaded with fat in every fish, but it's delicious. Salmon is an excellent keto choice. So many restaurants have a cucumber wrapped roll with no rice. Sashimi is always yummy.

  After sushi, walked back to the hotel and crashed. Then it was up the next day to it again. I treated myself this weekend. It's not something I do often. I sort of planned ahead. I'm confident that there will be no issue. Since my boyfriend is so amazing, I made sure he had some great gifts. He had one request, and that was a Lobo #1 comic. I found it! I also found some Funko pops that he wanted.

 I checked out at the hotel and left my bag at concierge and then headed back into the convention. I wanted to spend as much time there as possible. When it was time to leave, I headed to meet some co-workers to head over to the train. I think next time we will get to the train a bit earlier. I've never seen a line wrap around a train station before!

  I had an excellent keto breakfast at an Iris restaurant, but then I didn't eat until I got onto the train. I had eggs, sausage and heavy cream for my coffee! Lots of snacking. I expected that this weekend. So, I was thrilled when I got on the scale and only went up 0.2lbs. So that's 0.4lbs up in the last two weeks. I'm ok with that. That's not even half a pound. My boyfriend lost 4lbs and is now almost 40lbs down! So incredibly proud of him.

  We were going to go do our Costco run tonight, but he's not feeling 100%, but we had enough things to make lunches for the next two days. He kept me company as I made our lunches. He makes things often enough that I'm happy to do it. We made chicken zucchini bacon mozzarella bake. Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!

  Now, it's time to try and get some rest. Although, watching Shark Week is very exciting. 

  Keep calm and keto on.


Day 81: Weekend Prep

  So, this is another crazy weekend coming up. Tomorrow I have an earlier shift at work. Trying to decide if I want to get in a little bit earlier. Let's see when I exactly I get to bed. Tried to convince my boyfriend that he doesn't need to get up with me since it's early, but I always lose those battles. Still going to offer. 

  Tomorrow will be a long day, but it will be an awesome day. After work, I head to grab my sister and take her to Build-A-Bear to build some sharks to take to Jaws at the Hollywood Bowl! Should be an excellent day. Saturday morning I jump on the train to San Diego to go to Comic Con. I'm thrilled. I've already packed my bag since tomorrow will be late night and then early morning. Now I just need to finish adding my snacks and then go from there.

  Today, I was starving all morning. Or it sure felt like it. Breakfast is usually around 8am. Usually I have a snack around noon since I work out around 1pm and I like having a bit of fuel before. Today 10:30am hit and I was starving. I had my macadamia nuts. At noon, I had my tuna. Lunch time was 1:15pm. By 2pm, I was done eating. Best part was, I wasn't hungry after. Apparently I can adjust my eating window to go from 8am - 2pm. 

  I'm sure that window won't go well this weekend or even tomorrow, but it's good to know that I can. I think that it just takes me and perhaps my body a bit longer to realize that things can change. Now it's time to try and get some sleep. 

  Keep calm and keto on.


Day 80: Wiped Out

  Today I was super groggy and tired for a good chunk of the day. I have the feeling that this has something to do with jet lag. I wasn't gone long, so that seems like it shouldn't be an option, but not sure I can think of much else. Although, I'm having a hard time getting sleepy. I don't drink caffeine after about 10am at the latest, so that shouldn't be it.

  Today I took a break from challenge camp because I was so wiped. I'm sure doing some exercise may have helped, but I simply didn't feel like it. I'm trying to give myself more rest. The stuffed peppers we made last night are delicious! Paired with half an avocado for more fat. Yummy!

  I had ordered pork rinds as a snack. Both for myself and for this coming weekend. They came in today! Epic makes the best pork rinds we've had so far. We have another bag to try as well, from a different company. I look forward to trying them. We are trying new flavors Maple Bacon and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

  After work, I stopped by Trader Joe's to get some more snacks as well. Kale chips, broccoli crisps, cheese crips and some jerky. I think they will all do well this weekend. The kitchen is clean and now it's just time to get some rest.

  Keep calm and keto on.



Day 79: Exercise & Quick Look Back

  Sometimes, I forget how far I've come since I've started. Normally, it's just comparing the week to week and forgetting to look at the bigger picture. Since I've started, I have lost 11.5lbs. I never feel like it's overshadowed by how much my boyfriend has lost. This is our journey together and it's not about who can lose more than the other.

  Since we started using the scale that tracks body fat percentage, I've lost 1.7 % body fat. Strangely, my water weight has gone up 1.2%, but that's ok. My skeletal muscle has increased by 1%. There's quite a lot to be happy about there. I ignore the BMI calculation because I don't think it tells me anything. 

  Today was a pretty good day. I made it to about 4:15pm when I finished eating. My goal is to try and end eating at 4pm. Now, with going away to work a convention this weekend, that's going to be tough, but I will do my best. I've been stocking up on keto snacks to take with. A rather big shipment of pork rinds is on its way.

  We needed to do some grocery shopping today, and we felt like more exercise. (Even though I had been for a hike for challenge camp). So, we grabbed our granny cart (don't know proper term) and walked to Target near us. It's just under a mile walk, so we did almost 2 miles round trip. Good exercise.

  After that, came home and got to cooking since we need lunches for the next few days. We did Mexican stuffed peppers. Inside is ground turkey, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.  Seasoned with taco seasoning and garlic. Then we put cheddar cheese on top! Looks delicious! Now it's time to shower and get ready for bed.

Day 78: Back To It

  Today was back to the grind with keto. It was weigh in time. I was a bit nervous, but considering I ate a great deal of cheese and it's now shark week, I was expecting a gain. I did gain, but not as much as I was expecting. I went up 0.2lbs. I can live with that. None of my other percentages really changed, so that's great.

  Back to having delicious breakfast with boyfriend and taking bulletproof coffee to work. It was back to challenge camp today. Our fearless leader keeps finding new ways to torment us. It was chest day today with resistance bands and medicine balls. I survived. 

  Lunch was a top sirloin burger with smoked salmon and cream cheese. To clarify, the burger was eaten first and I combined the other two. My snacks were peanut butter with chia and flax seeds and some salami. I need to get back to staying more hydrated, but when you're on the phone consistently it does make it difficult.

  My bug bites are driving me bonkers. Luckily, there was some anti-itch cream in the first aid kit at work. I 100% went to look and see and was very happy with what I found. Hopefully they calm down soon.

  My goal of trying to stop eating by 4pm didn't work today either. Peanut butter as a snack makes it slightly more challenging as it's not an easy snack between calls. Have to make sure that things aren't back to back or you can't talk to well. 

  Tonight we finally went to see Incredibles 2. It was amazing! We both loved it. Our impromptu date nights have been fabulous so far! Not that I really expected them to be any other way. Now it's time to try and get some sleep.


Day 75 - 77: Grandfather's Memorial Service Trip

  Friday morning, I was up early to head to Virginia for my grandfather's memorial. We were up at 5:30am to get ready to go to the airport. I had packed the night before to get ready to make sure we could leave on time. My boyfriend made me bulletproof coffee, but I didn't have breakfast. I had packed pork rinds and some Epic snack bars.

  I had one bar on the way. My Darth Bear accompanied me on the journey. I snagged some photos of the offerings from the airlines. It's pretty sad what their offerings are. There really aren't any healthy offerings. I took pics from both the different airlines. 

  After getting off the plane, we headed straight to family event number one. This was at the house that my parents had gotten for our family. There were plenty of keto friendly options that didn't make me feel so out of place and it seems that increasingly my family is steering toward lower carb. 

  There were some great cheese and meat plates. The main fare was organic, free-range beef and chicken from my cousin's farm! So delicious! So, while I do generally base my meals of macros, this weekend I decided to try and just eat to satiety. I know that they say that it can take anywhere from up to 6 months - 1 year to accurately understand your satiety signal, but it was family and so long as I was being keto I didn't want to feel left out.

  In fact, for the first time since I started this journey, I had a drink. The first night I had a glass of bourbon and the second I had a glass of whiskey. Now, I don't mean a full glass and I only had one. The amazing thing was that I only wanted one. I was able to sip it over the course of both evenings and feel satisfied and didn't crave another.

  Now, I wasn't a big drinker to begin with; however, when in social situations there usually is a lot of temptation, but I did what felt right to me.

  The next day was the memorial service. I had meat and cheese for breakfast with some plain coffee. There were small bites at the service, but most were not keto friendly. I did snack on some cheese. This weekend was packed with cheese. I know it's not the most highly recommended thing, but for one weekend, whatever. 

  I did get to spend a good chunk of the weekend hearing about how great I look. I feel like keto has made a huge impression even if I haven't lost the 33lbs or so that my boyfriend has. (And no, I'm not complaining.) I've found the easiest way to explain it is how the 2 Keto Dudes "dull it down". I just say I'm staying away from sugar, carbs and starches. Most people understand that.

  I was happy to answer questions, but I always made sure to say that it was an individual choice, but I would answer any questions. I have a relative who tried Atkins and it made them sick the entire time. Keto isn't the answer for them, but they've done what works for them and I think that's fantastic. I think we need to encourage each other to try things and find what works best for each individual. As so many people say, it's not a one size fits all and we shouldn't treat it that way.

  My parents are doing Atkins themselves, and so there was a no calorie green tea in the fridge. I checked out the nutrition information and there were very few carbs and I don't remember sugar. This was especially interesting considering honey was one of the ingredients. I gave it a test and only had one. It was so sweet! I enjoyed it and didn't feel any bad effects.

  The night of the memorial we went over to another aunt's house to have dinner and hang out. Apparently not only did I feast on delicious items, but I was feasted on by the mosquitos. Was really hoping that not eating so much sugar, wouldn't make me taste as good to them! 

  There were so many keto choices and I was able to read ingredients on some others. I tried things that I was confident were keto and I didn't feel any of the aftereffects from non-keto foods. This morning's breakfast was more meat and coffee. I had another Epic bar or two on my journey home. On my layover, I went with my older brother and sister-in-law to have a sit down lumch and had a delicious salad. 

  So, I mentioned them in a post a while ago. It turns out that situation I may have totally misread. Considering that I am not the best a reading situations, I am willing to give my family the benefit of the doubt and retry. I do not feel that it's necessary to disclose everything, but suffice it to say, I feel there's sufficient evidence that I may have been the one misunderstanding and I'm willing to admit my faults. 

My boyfriend picked me up tonight and we grabbed a Chipotle after grabbing some necessary breakfast material.  Now it's just relaxing and getting ready for the week. It was so wonderful to get to spend so much time with my family. I love them all dearly.