Day 16

  Well today was day 16, and the first day of using the new scale to monitor everything! So, I can't say that I'm perfectly happy with the results, but I can say that I now have more information in which to help myself. I went up 0.6lbs, but all my measurements stayed the same. Now, for context, this week starts PMS. I'm actually happy to be able to monitor this trend to see if it really is the same every month. 

  My boyfriend, on the other hand, lost 5.8lbs, making a total of 13.8lbs in two weeks!! Of course I would like this success, but it's science that it takes women longer. The most fascinating was being to get all my measurements and being able to adjust the diet based on that information. My body fat percentage isn't as high as I thought it was going to be. I'm 30.9% body fat at 5'9" and weight 180.4lbs. For context, and just as point of note, my boyfriend is 6'1", 230 lbs and 27% body fat. 

  I never would have guessed that he had a lower body fat percentage. I suppose I should have expected it since I have some genetic traits as a woman that he doesn't have and those store fat. Namely boobs and a butt. Women's bodies tend to want to hold onto the fat for reproduction purposes and our hormones can make things more challenging, so that's why it usually takes us longer to start losing weight.

  Sure, I was hoping to lose some weight, but from tracking everything I can see that I ate more fat than was required by my macros. This probably has something to do with the minimal weight gain. I think that part of it is not eating the macros that are necessary and part of it is PMS. I'm curious if next week when I actually have my period, whether I will gain more weight or if I monitor my macros more closely if I will actually lose weight. 

  Listening to 2 Keto Dudes and reading all these books makes me really interested in becoming a dietitian or nutritionist and I think I may put in some e-mails to programs nearby to see what needs to be done. The more and more I learn, the more fascinated I've become. I think that's an excellent sign. I love the new job I started and it's not something I plan on leaving, but I would love to find a way to help in my spare time.

  There's nothing much to report about today food wise. I had a horrible headache and felt exhausted. It passed after taking some Propel and snacks. My neck and shoulders are still sore, but some pain killers will help and I'm going to try and get as much rest as I can. Currently, I haven't had a day off in over two weeks. I don't say this to get sympathy. I am simply doing what I need to do for the current time. 

  I think the carb flu may hit me hard this week. We're going into week 3. I'm prepared as best I can. The propel and broth that I have help. I do my best to eat when I'm hungry. I'm still feeling hungry every two hours or so. I eat and I feel better. It may be that my macro balance is off that it's causing me to be more hungry. I'm curious to see if this change will help. I'm curious to see what the week brings.

  I went to Costco after work to pick up some essentials. The trip was really for eggs and propel. For my macros, I need less fat and more protein. Here's the link to the keto calculator I'm using: https://www.ruled.me/keto-calculator/. Once again, not sponsored by anything I mention by name, but the info is for anyone curious. I ended up picking up cans of tuna and cans of chicken meat as sources of protein that have almost no fat. 

  I plan to mix them with avocado or gucamole or some other form of fat. I am not drastically changing the fat in my diet, but I'm going based upon what I need. I haven't hit my protein goal and I want to make sure I maintain my muscle mass. I was an athlete up until college and I've always tried to work out. My body is starting to tell me to be active again so I may introduce some long walks and maybe some hikes. Nothing to super strenuous. Well, I need to crash. Goodnight all.

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