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My Week On Keto

My Week on Keto

You’ve probably heard of keto by now and it sounds pretty impossible- it’s impossible because you get to eat a lot of bacon; but it also seems impossible because you can’t have sugar or bread!

Two types of impossible…and both are wrong.

I’m not going to break down what “keto” is or why it works- for that, do some research and then watch an awesome documentary on YouTube called – “Fat Head”. That will explain why and how it all works and why it makes sense. That will also explain why gluten allergies are suddenly the “cool” thing and give you an explanation to hit back with when some idiot says “we done did grow up with that there wheat and we ain’t never none of us done did die! Gawd dang it!”

What I want to do is give you some REAL information based on my first week trying the keto lifestyle (not a diet).

It’s taken me this long to try it because I was very skeptical, none of it made sense based on all the information I had about dieting and weight loss- how can you eat fat to lose fat…I mean you ARE what you eat! Wrong. I grew up with the government telling me to eat 10-12 servings of grains and almost NO fat!

Over my 39 years on this floating rock, I’ve tried a few diets and I’ve only had success a few times but that was really hard and I eventually gained all of my weight back and then some. My highest weight was 440 lbs and it wasn’t that long ago. I would lose 112 lbs, or 80 lbs and then gain it all back, but I never gave up. I started again this year with the whole “I’m gonna do it this time!” And I lost some and gained some…back and forth until last Monday (April 17th) when I decided to try this keto stuff…thanks from some pushing from my wife.

I hopped on the scale and I was at 425.8 lbs. My wife hopped on the scale and she was at…….well, she was not happy with the number, that’s where she was.

I’ve always said that I will NOT have weight loss surgery- I got here on my own and I need to fight my way out…so why not add keto to my other failed attempts; at least they can put “he never gave up” on my tombstone.

If you follow me, you know that we have already been trying some low carb stuff like “Fat Head Pizza Crust” but we hadn’t actually gone all the way- actually, we had stopped and decided to just hit Wal-Mart up every night for candy, cookies and junk and the ONLY thing that kept me from getting back to 440 lbs was the fact I was still doing my daily walking at work, which comes out to about 2.5 miles.

I read what we were supposed to do and laughed…..eat bacon, meat, lots of fat, REAL butter and you will lose weight…hahahahahalololololhahaha. Sure.

Day one wasn’t terrible, I had sort of put some of my food in the day before…for a normal day. I only got breakfast and lunch entered and was already at 118g of carbs…so my normal day was about 300-400 carbs…on the 17th, I had 21g of carbs- which was 5% of my 1,541 calories for that day…with my walking, I had 1,110 net calories.

I wasn’t starving and didn’t feel like I was really “torturing” myself either. I had a protein shake for breakfast, huge salad (with regular dressing) and a huge taco salad for dinner. I had some jello and an angus hot dog to snack on….thanks to the hot dog and regular dressing, my fat was pretty high.

For 7 days, I kept it around 15-25 carbs and 5%-10% of my MACROS….with high fat, moderate protein. I ate stuff like bacon, low carb meatloaf, pork rinds, full fat mayo with tuna fish, rotisserie chicken, pepperoni, shrimp and even broke down and had 2 cookies on Friday night and by “break down” I mean, I decided to make that my one, real reward per week. I wasn’t really having any issues to break down.

On Saturday, we took a “day off” and hit Buffalo Wild Wings- I got a medium order of traditional wings with blue cheese and drank water. I was stuffed, it was a higher calorie meal than normal but the carbs were very low and the fat was very high. It felt like a “day off” but it really wasn’t. I had more calories than normal but only 24g of carbs.

I even pee’d on a stick a few times to check my ketones and you could clearly see that it was working.

After one full week…I’m down 12 lbs and the wife is down 11 lbs. The only exercise we’ve done is walking, some basketball or shopping. I ate a ton of fat, some protein and very little carbs and I feel amazing. Eating this way also seems to automatically keep the sugar down as well…since carbs and sugars go hand in hand.

I haven’t noticed a huge amount of extra energy or anything like that, but I have been taking a daily vitamin, magnesium and drinking lots of water so “keto flu” hasn’t been too terrible- I have been a little sore, had a headache once but nothing major.

There is a huge difference though and that is why I think I have found the answer (at least for me)- the way I feel isn’t the same.

After a week on a “normal” diet, where I tried to limit my fat, I usually felt annoyed, angry, moody, depressed and felt like I was torturing myself and it was pointless. Why am I trying to force myself to eat food I can’t stand or kill myself in the gym, only to weight the same exact thing or even MORE???? (“Fat Head” also helped me understand why I had felt this way.)

Why not just enjoy my bag of Doritos, washed down with a package of Oreos…life is too short to not enjoy!

At this point, being on the keto lifestyle, I’m happy, motivated and the more keto friendly recipes I find the better life gets. The sugar free candy we have today isn’t your grandmothers sugar free candy…trust me- we got some Russell Stovers and it tastes BETTER than that stuff that is full of sugar. You do have to be careful because sugar alcohols go right through you and you will blow up the bathroom…trust me, it’s NO joke!

The key is moderation…sure, eat bacon…don’t eat 5 lbs. of it but eat what you want. Have a piece of sugar free Russell Stovers but don’t eat the whole bag. Sure, go to a restaurant once a week and eat keto friendly. Have that huge double bacon cheeseburger…just have it without the bun. Replace the fries with a salad and drop that fat free dressing crap…we know it tastes like….well, crap.

There is no urge to cheat because there is a keto friendly recipe for about every cheat food you can think of! It’s really not hard- use some common sense, track what you eat (I use MyFitnessPal), keep the carbs low, the fat high and have some protein. Do a little exercise here and there and enjoy life.

It’s only up from here….well, I mean…down….but I’m on my way to becoming a Keto Master and you are all going to be my students.

Bow to your sensei!!!!!

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Keto Master

Working on Day 3 of my training to be a Keto Master…so far, so good.

Let’s look at a normal day and the routine I’m trying to get into –

Breakfast – Premier Protein Shake. Low carb, high protein. (weekends will be bacon/eggs, etc.)
Lunch – Huge salad with some protein and regular dressing, just not an entire bottle.
Snack – Sugar free Jello, tuna/mayo/celery, pork rinds, etc.
Dinner – Grilled chicken, salad, low-cab meat loaf, shrimp, etc

As for suppliments-

2 GNC Mega Men Energy/Metabolism Multivitamin
1 Magnesium pill
1 Iron pill (I have low iron, based on blood results)
1 Sinus pill
Muscletech Pre-Workout Explosion (3 days a week, only on weight lifting days)

That’s about it. We’ll be adding other lunches/dinners, etc as we learn more about low carb food, cooking and stuff.

This is only the third day, so it’s a long road ahead.

I’m trying to focus on eating better right now and keeping my carbs below 30 but yesterday, I went out and played basketball for about an hour with my son and that wore me out. I do plan on getting back on my exercise schedule of stationary bike, boxing, kettlebells, resistance bands and weights in the next week or so. I’m still walking three times a day at work.

So far, in 2 days…the wife has dropped 6 lbs. and I’m down 4 lbs. – I know it’s water weight, trust me…I’m not new to this weight loss stuff.

I’ve been trying for years (with some success) and even though I’ve failed or lost the small success I’ve had…I’ve never given up trying.

Based on all of the research I’ve done and watching my friends lose weight with Keto…I’m thinking this is the road for me.

I WILL be a Keto Master.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~shArky~~~~

4,145th Attempt

The only thing consistent with my weight loss journey is that I’ve never given up…completely.

I’ve tried a million times, had some great success, only to fail…but I always get back up and I’m getting back up again…sure, maybe I’m grabbing on to stuff and trying to pull myself up but I’m not staying down.

The wife and I are trying to go full Keto! I want to become a Keto master! I’ve read and done research and it just seems like Keto is the way to go and we’ve tried a few times but never actually fully jumped in, but as today, 4.17- we are!

We have spent the last month or so, sort of trying to remove some carbs here and there…slowly stop eating bread and stuff like that, because it’s not something you can truly do overnight- the urges are just to over powering.

I then spend the last week or two, switching from my normal P3 lunches to salads and adding jello for snack and I think we are in a good spot to turn the switch on and try to hit that “less than 30” mark.

We even got Keo sticks to pee on…so, I guess you could say it’s pretty serious.

I will be a Keto Master….bow to your sensei…..BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!!!!!!

So, today-

Breakfast – Premier Protein Chocolate shake- low carb/high protein.

Lunch – Huge salad, mostly spinach with some cheese and ham. Full fat dressing. low carb/high fat.

Snack – jello – basically nothing but good ol’ boiled animal bones.

Dinner – I know my wife told me, but I’m a typical man and was probably just thinking about her boobs. I think it’s some shrimp stir fry- light on the noodles.

My MACROS are set at –

10% – Carb (30)
65% Fat (87)
25% Protein (75)

1,200 calories

I’m even going to get back on the bike….literally! Hopefully do some boxing and weights as well…added with my walking.

Getting healthy needs to become focus number 1 right now.

Attempt: 4,145
Failed: 4,144

4,145th times the charm.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Simple – Do Better

What do you do when you fail?

In the past, most of the time, I turned that fail into more fails and then basically just giving up. Sure, it always seems like I’m “trying to lose weight” and I try to walk every day I work but then I go home and eat everything I can, go wild while getting groceries and buy all the candy or my wife and I go out to eat over and over and over again. I’m always aware that I should be doing better but I let failures just pile up until I’ve gained all of my weight back and usually, then some.

It’s safe to say that this weekend was a failure – I let a “cheat” meal turn into some candy, ice cream and eating out twice- all while telling myself “you already screwed up, why not continue?”

I only lost a couple of pounds last week and I got a little frustrated and thought a cheat meal would kick things back in and went overboard.

Then, I stayed up too late last night and didn’t start “phase 3” of my plan but I did get up at the correct time, I was just too tired to try to do fasted cardio.

So….time to replan a little and try to get back up from a failing weekend-

-force myself to wake up at 5:30am
-continue to eat healthier and find tasty recipes that we actually like
-continue to walk three times throughout the day
-continue to exercise at least 5 days a week

I need to plan to start fasted cardio BY Monday….hopefully one day this week, but rearranging my sleeping schedule is hard.

I would REALLY like to be below 400 lbs. by my 39th birthday on March 3rdand then around 250 lbs by my 40thbirthday.

The weekend is over, it wasn’t great but I need to focus.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

I Got This

10 full days into it and I gotta say, it’s going pretty good. I seem to be in one of those spots where I can just do it without thinking about it and the cravings aren’t that bad- I try and try and can’t make it a single day without binging and then BOOM, I can just do it…for whatever reason. I may do it for a few weeks, months or even over a year but that urge to binge always comes back, that is what I need to focus on for the future.

The first 10 days, I’ve dropped 16 lbs since my starting weight and 21 lbs over all from my highest weight. I’ve built up time on the bike and lowered my time for walking 4 laps at work, by almost 1 minute.

The new pants I got are already getting lose, shirts are fitting better and today I noticed an upkick in the energy I had.

I got up at 5:30am this morning and actually rolled out of bed at 5:45am and got to work 15 minutes early; I’m trying to get myself into the habit of waking up at 5:30am so I can start fasted cardio on Monday- first 15 minutes and then hopefully build up to 30 minutes before I hop in the shower.

I’ve been able to cut my carbs by about half of what I was normally getting (on a healthy day) and by a ton more from what I was getting on a non-healthy day. I’m still eating too much carbs but the wife and I are trying new foods and new ways to cut carbs- we can’t and don’t want to just go from 100+ to just zero overnight plus I don’t think that would even be possible because a lot of the stuff we eat have carbs so we are trying to find replacements.

This week I’m focusing on getting up at 5:30am and cutting carbs where I can.

Next week is going to be focused on adding fasted cardio and weight lifting three days a week.

Hopefully, by adding thinks I want to do by stages, I’ll be into a daily routine by 02.01.2017….I have about 13.5 months before I hit the big 4-0!

I really want to be under 300 lbs by 03.03.2018 (actually shooting for 290 lbs.) I would still have about 50 lbs. to hit my target but losing that much may led to skin removal surgery. I’m going to try to use resistance ropes/weights to help tone loss skin and build muscle so hopefully surgery isn’t required.

I got this….one wave at a time.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

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