Part 3 – My Second Full Week on Keto
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Well, what can I say about week 2? There’s some good and there’s some bad. Let’s start with the good.
Really, the food options aren’t bad and the quantity of food is better than I would have thought. I do continue to eat a lot of the same things because it’s easy and convenient. The less I have to think about things, the better. I eat a full can of tuna several times per week. I eat ground turkey and shredded chicken a lot. And lunchmeat. Nothing is easier than grabbing 4 oz. of lunchmeat, some avocado, and a couple of cherry tomatoes and calling it a meal.
I broke down and made my first keto dessert, an ambrosia type dish. It was fantastic and helped with the sweet tooth at night. I made sure to adjust my fat and carbs to account for my dessert and it worked out well.
I am not hungry that often which is fantastic. The less I have to worry about food the better I do, so keeping my appetite under control is a big deal. For only eating between 900-1200 calories a day, I still eat a lot and am not hungry in between meals.
I had my first experience spending all day away from home. I was out with friends from 6am until 10pm. I packed my little cooler with lunchmeat, a protein shake, and some eggs. After a long hike, we went out to breakfast. I was able to order an omelet and did okay. I had to ignore the bread at the table. UGH, what restaurant brings bread for breakfast??!! I managed. Barely. We went out to dinner. I had to turn away MORE bread! Having to ask the server what was in certain dishes, I did get to order a seafood dish. Trying to guess the macros of this dish was complicated though and I’m sure I didn’t guess right. It’s much easier to cook at home and control everything I’m eating.
The major downfall was that I rarely get to go out to eat and I felt so constricted and stressed that I was blowing my macros. Being a foodie, I LOVE to try new restaurants and dishes and I do feel like I’m missing out.
This week, the scale AND the measurements weren’t kind to me. Overall I lost 1.4 pounds and gained .7 inches back. I’m thrilled the scale continues to go down although I’d like it to pick up the pace a bit. Regardless, progress is progress. As far as measurements go, there is so much room for error when taking measurements and I try to wear the same clothes and complete this task at the same time of day. In addition, making sure you measure in the same spot is important. I didn’t get to measurements until later in the evening after dinner. There could be bloat, I could’ve measured a different spot on my arm or thigh, etc. The hardest part will be patience until I measure next week!
Crossfit and Keto are a combination from hell. There’s no other way to put it. I get lightheaded, I fatigue early, and I can’t lift at a weight I was lifting beforehand. I’m not too worried about this right now as I’m having surgery next Monday, so it becomes a moot point for a month. However, the conflict is real and when I return, I might have to adapt my eating by adding in more carbs. We will see.
It’s definitely more of a struggle eating out and being social. It’s definitely easier to eat at home. Fighting temptation at two birthday parties wasn’t easy either as I am and always will be a cake person. This doesn’t seem like a way of living for me. I hope to use this as a tool to get my cravings and habits under control and the return to a more modified way of living. I will see it through the entire six weeks and probably until I return to the gym. After that, I don’t know.