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.