Slacker Nation

I’m going to try to fix that- there are tons of excuses- from the stress of trying to buy our first house to the frustration of not having decent Sharketo friendly snacks to just flat out mood swings.

The other thing is that I just can’t get into the routine of taking pills in the morning- my vitamin, fish oil, collagen, etc. I forget and it drives me crazy! I’ve forgotten to take my magnesium the last few days and had leg cramps every night.

I just can’t seem to get into a routine and stick with it…however, that is the awesome thing about Sharketo…I’ve slacked but still stayed under 20g of carbs and I’m still right at 393 lbs so there hasn’t been any gain.

Tomorrow is grocery day so hopefully I’ll get back on track- get a bit more strict and try to figure out a way to ensure I’m taking my pills.

I have no doubt Sharketo works because I’ve done it and I do feel better but if you don’t get a routine down, it makes it really difficult and frustrating…work has even been extra crazy so I’m not walking as much either and I can tell a big difference in the days I don’t get to walk.

So….this is my notice to the #SlackerNation….I need to revoke my membership and get my shit together and get back to dropping weight like a mad man!

We are in the final stage of the house buying process, hopefully we will close in early July. If everything goes through then the next few months should show a ton of weight loss. We will spend July cleaning and moving and then, in August, I’ll have an “official” Sharketo Dojo with all my equipment together and a place to just burn calories!

Fingers crossed!

Love, Peace and Sharkness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Jun 8, 2017 - Recipes    No Comments

Shark-sag-na

One of my favorite foods is lasagna- I could literally eat an entire pan myself…but, noodles/pasta isn’t exactly Sharketo friendly….so…let’s change that!

Ladies and gentlemen….Sharksagna!

NOODLE INGREDIENTS

2 Large Eggs
4 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
¼ c Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1 ¼ Italian Cheese Blend, Shredded
¼ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Onion Powder

FILLING INGREDIENTS

1 lb Ground Beef (80/20)
1 ¼ c Rao’s Homemade Marinara 
¾ c Italian Cheese Blend, Shredded
6 tbsp Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 tbsp Minced Onion Flakes
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Dried Basil

What we basically doing here is using the Sharkhead Dough (recipe over in the menu) as the noodle part to give the Sharksagna some texture and to help hold it together. We found the Rao’s Homemade Mariana Sauce at Kroger- it’s pretty expensive but the ingredients are amazing and it’s really good and very Sharketo friendly!

Making the “noodles” is going to take the longest part and it’s pretty detailed but if you love lasagna, it’s well worth it. You can make these the day before or if you run home during your lunch or something- just put them in the fridge until you are ready for them.

NOODLES

-Preheat oven to 375
-Line 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper
-Mix the cream cheese and eggs together until creamy
-Add Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and onion powder and mix until everything is combined
-Use a rubber spatula to “fold” in the Italian Blend Cheese
-Spread the mixture in the baking dish and back for 20-25 mins
-Once the noodles are done, let them cool in the fridge for 20 mins and then cut it into thirds- this should make three noodle lays in a 8.5×4.5×2.5 loaf pan

FILLING

-Cook the beef with the minced onion, oregano, garlic powder, basil and a pinch of salt until the meat is browned, crumbling it up as it cooks
-Drain excess fat from pan and add ¾ c marinara sauce, let simmer for 10 minutes

After everything is ready, you basically just start making layers- start with some sauce, noodles, Italian Blend Cheese, Ricotta Cheese…then another noodle and repeat. Top layer should be mostly cheese- bake for 20 minutes.

You can also add “Italian seasoning” for some extra flavor- we don’t because of a medical issue with fennel, which could be in generic “Italian” seasoning.

This bad boy is AMAZING…however, it’s pretty high in calories- remember that one Sharketo rule- if you take out carbs/sugars, you usually add calories. In order to offset the calories and protein, eat with a big ol’ salad with a high fat dressing like Ranch.

1 serving is a 4th of it-

744 calories
8 carbs
1 fiber
7 carbs (net)
5 sugars
59 fat
996 sodium

This is perfect when you do a 16/8 fast- eat a decent lunch, have a big salad and this for dinner- it really helps get your MACROS and calorie goals.

The MACROS are –

4/72/24 which is pretty close to perfect Sharketo MACROS- the salad should give you an extra 1% of carbs a couple % of fat with no protein, so it should even out to being the EXACT Sharketo MACROS you’re looking for!

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

That Wasn’t Goodbye

…it was actually hello!

So, last weekend we decided to have a cheat day and kick ourselves out of ketosis and we did that for a few reasons. First, I wanted to eat Raising Canes…because I love Raising Canes, and second, I wanted to see how long it took to get back in and how it would affect my body, weight and to just experiment. Experimenting and find what works for you is the ONLY way to successfully do Sharketo; what works for me may or may not work for you.

The wife only take a couple of days to get back into ketosis and to get back to the weight she was at, while it took me about 4 days to start showing signs of being back in ketosis and I’m 2 lbs. above where I was the day before we loaded up on carbs.

Last Monday, the weigh in AFTER the carb upload, I gained 7 lbs. and had jumped back to 399 lbs and this morning, I’m back to 394 lbs and should be back to my lowest of 392 lbs either tomorrow or sometime this weekend and hopefully I’ll get lower before Monday…would love to be around 390 lbs. I’m still ahead of where I wanted to be at this time and that is with all of the added stress of trying to buy our first home…a house that is beyond PERFECT for us and what we want! We’ve gotten passed a few hurtles and there are only two things left and then we will hopefully start moving in July! (One of the hottest months in KY…woo hoo!)

If everything goes well, I will have a dedicated spot to call my Sharketo Dojo- a place to be away from everyone and just work out- I have enough equipment to make a gym. I have the bike for cardio, boxing, kettle bells, free weights, an all-in-one weight bench/home gym, a stepper, heavy ball and yoga mats. It will be a great place to just blast some music and have no distractions. If it falls through, we will honestly be devastated- we’ve already put tons of money into the process- time, stress and just trying to make sure everything happens the way it needs to; fingers crossed.

So, in closing…please understand that if you screw up and take a day off and know yourself out of ketosis, you don’t have to say goodbye to this lifestyle- you just pick up the next day and move on and never think about it again. You HAVE to make this your normal way of eating 99% of the time- it has to be your normal. Eating Oreos or Raising Canes can’t be your normal- those things have to be saved for special occasions, breaks or just a celebration.

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

So Long… 

… And thanks for all the fat.

The wife and I are no longer in ketosis and it showed!

I’m using my weight on Monday mornings- regardless if I think it’s water weight or doesn’t really reflect reality and, today, I’m up 6-7 lbs, which I know doesn’t really tell the whole story.

Sharketo is about learning what works for you- testing, researching and trying out stuff to see how your body is going to react; you can’t just hop on a Facebook group and ask –“what if I do this…?” because we are all different and our bodies react different. (however, there is a “normal” reaction that you can expect everyone to share.)

We had decided to have a “cheat day” on June 17th, which would have been our two months on Sharketo but we moved it up a week. On Friday night, we had a couple cookies from Kroger…they are chocolate, caramel and nut and they are AMAZING! We would get them every Friday, when we got groceries and we haven’t had them in almost two months- that was a success…trust me!

Then, on Saturday, we went browsing for some things (INCASE we actually get our house!) and we decided to have Raising Canes (another favorite) –nothing is Sharketo friendly there but it’s still amazing; I finally got to try those new Caramel M&Ms and we ended our binge with some Oreo’s. (the M&Ms were a letdown, just FYI.)

Now, to truly gain 7 lbs, based on science, we would have had to eat 24,500 calories…which we didn’t…and that’s why that science is flawed.

We did go from eating 15-20 carbs per day for 7 weeks to eating several hundred carbs in one day.

We tested ourselves with those keto pee strips that the “keto elitists” will tell you are a waste of money and guess what- they showed exactly what we knew…not a trace of ketones…nothing…no change at all, yet the few days before they changed super dark.

The pee strips may not be perfect but we just proved that they are a decent way just to let you know and now we know. Yesterday, I had 1 net carb and 7 total carbs.

So…here is what I learned –

Eating a ton of carbs is going to make me gain weight (probably water weight) but it will make that number shoot up. I need to plan a day every couple of months to eat whatever I want, enjoy life and expect a higher number. I need to understand that if I go back to eating that way daily, I will gain all of my weight back within weeks and probably then some- this has to be lifelong.

I also think that some of the claims by people on the internet (mostly Facebook groups) are way over exaggerated! Those cookies on Thursday night still tasted as amazing as ever! Raising Canes was still incredible and I didn’t “crash” or get sick. Yesterday, I didn’t have a problem getting right back on Sharketo due to overwhelming cravings, I didn’t get deathly sick. I did notice a little drop in energy but that’s about it.

I think a few people my experience crazy things but most people use those things as scared tactics…either for others or trying to fool themselves. People carb cycle and it doesn’t kill them- they have cheat days and they don’t die…trying to make Sharketo permanent is going to have to be a choice and it has to be something I can live with.

Never having Raising Canes is NOT something I can live with…only having it every few months is.

This week, I’m going to be super strict and keep those carbs and calories low- I’m going to be doing my walking and exercising as much as I can and, I have a feeling, I’ll see a huge loss next Monday.

Now, for anyone who cares – we sign the final house loan paperwork today, there is a huge inspection tomorrow and then we have to worry about the appraisal. Once all of those hurtles are crossed, we should be able to call ourselves homeowners!

There is still a million things that could fall through- the house could be ready to crumble for all we know…but it’s looking good. Anytime we talk about it, we make it appoint to say “if we get the house…”- I realize that won’t really help the devastation if it falls through but it does help to keep it in our heads that it’s not our house yet and there is no guarantee.

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

Good News – Bad News

Good News – On Monday, my official weigh in day, I was down to 392.8 lbs…which is a loss of 33 lbs. while on Sharketo and 48 lbs. total. I’m still feeling pretty motivated, still enjoying the Sharketo lifestyle and still seeing decent results.

Bad News – Next Monday, I will probably be WAY up.

Not only have I been non-stop snacking (still staying below 20 carbs!) plus there is some stress going on in life right now. I think my calorie intake yesterday was around 2200…which is about 700 OVER where I want to be but man, I LOVE Nestle’s sugar free chocolate chips…and the new Chomp Beef Stick (made with only grass fed cows for all you keto elitist!)

Maybe I’m snacking because of the stress or maybe I’m just going to have an off week…I’m not sure.

So…on to the stress of the week.

I grew up in the project- on welfare and food stamps. I stood in line to get gov’ment cheese and those solid white cans of pork with just the black outline of a pig on them. When I started high school, my mom got on section 8 and we got to move into a house but when I graduated, she moved back to the projects. I moved out on my own- right into the projects (income based housing) and lived there until I met my amazing wife and we moved into an apartment together. Then we rented a duplex…then we moved into the house that we are in now and we have rented that place for about 8 years.

Yesterday….we signed a contract to make an offer on a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom brick home…to actually buy it and it be OURS. Now, there are a tons of things that can go wrong- the buyer could deny the offer (although it’s basically for asking price) or the house could not meet inspection/appraisal but whether we get the house or not isn’t really the issue- I mean, it’s the issue causing the stress because we both really love the house and it’s perfect for what we want. Not only is it 3 bedroom but a huge chunk of the basement is “finished” which is basically a huge 4thbedroom that will become the home off of Sharkfin, Inc and Commons4Kids.

There is also a basement that will become the new Sharketo Dojo as well…with room for my weights, boxing stuff, bike and exercise equipment…a place that I can go, anytime, blast some music and workout.

The house is perfect for us and if we get it…it will be amazing. If we don’t, it will be a little heart breaking but we will be no worse off than we are right now…still…buying your first home is pretty stressful.

The main issue I’m trying to lay out is- a boy that was raised in the project on welfare and food stamps has worked his way up to the point of having a nice car, decent job and making an offer to buy a home, of course…my wife and I did it together but the point is- you should always work your ass off to better yourself.

If we get to buy a home and we continue to bust our ass, our son will be in a much better place than my wife or I ever were.

Keep fighting guys!

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