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Being Overweight and Staying Motivated

This losing weight thing is HARD!!!!!!!!

I'm approaching the third month of eating Keto, still dreaming of carbs every night, and slowly being drained of motivation. Losing 14 pounds the first month was great and all, but I'm just so impatient to lose the rest of my 50 something pounds of baby weight. Some days are harder than others, especially when I'm making a carb rich meal for my kids, which I of course cannot touch. Or when it's Sunday morning and I'm making pancakes or french toast.....the smell in the kitchen KILLS ME!!!! 

Right now I only have two outfits that fit me, and I refuse to buy new clothes until I'm at my goal weight. That's my self punishment. I do NOT deserve a shopping spree at this weight. 

Last time I went on the keto diet it was only the first three months that were hard, so I'm just really trying to pull through. Losing weight is more of a mindset and requires mental strength and discipline. It's really all about the discipline. So when I'm dying inside for a cupcake I just look at some "fat memes" and they make me feel better. 

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The ultimate weight loss motivation for me is looking at pictures of myself pre pregnancy and comparing them to the weight I am now. It's RIDICULOUS! It's like I'm a totally different person. But watch out......SHE is coming back summer 2018. 

Circ. 2011

I think it will take me maybe a year and a half to get back to that as long as I continue to eat fat and NO sugar or carbs. I've done this before so all I need to do is just continue doing what I'm doing and the pounds will eventually melt off. I remember pre-kids era one of my coworkers told me that I should just embrace my weight, and accept my body type and genetics, and just be comfortable with the way I am. Um NO THANK YOU! That's like the ultimate demotivator. Wait is that a word? Demotivator? I digress. 

Right now it's just hard. Hubby has an easier time on this diet because he prefers salty to sweet and loves eating his bacon sausage and cheese. I, on the other hand, miss my cupcakes. 

Anyone else going through this torture? Can anyone sympathize? How do you keep motivated?

How to Meal Prep on a low carb Ketogenic Diet

The one thing that can either make or break Keto is 

Meal Prep!!!!!!!

Meal prep is a pain in my behind but it absolutely must get done, because if it doesn't there's just no way I'll have time to cook every day. While the boys are in school and while baby is napping is when I start the meal prep process- yes, it is a process, and a complete nuisance. 

Here's how it's done:

INSPECT / WASH / CUT / STORE all veggies and leafy greens: I cannot tell you how many times I've found critters in the lettuce, dirt, bugs in my broccoli, etc. So now I go through each individual lettuce or vegetable and I inspect it in detail (you have to look under the folds too) and then I wash it and cut it and then store it. For lettuce, depending on how big my batch is, it pretty much takes up an entire hour. Call me OCD but you don't want to come across and aphid in your salad. Yuck. 

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Doing all this makes it easy to whip up a salad in no time. Top with low carb and full fat salad dressing and you've got a delicious dinner side. 

Prepping MEAT: Different meats have different methods of prep. The meats that we eat the most are ground beef, chicken breast, flank steak and salmon.

I prep my ground beef by chopipng up onions in a food processor and mixing the onions into raw meat with my hands (while wearing gloves of course). Then I add all kinds of seasoning to it, cover it up and put it in the fridge until dinner time when I'm ready to cook it. If I'm making meatballs or burgers I'll add an extra step of rolling the meat into balls or patties and then will store it in the fridge. 

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If I'm making taco beef I'll make a bigger batch, cook it, and then store portions of two into ziplocks and will freeze them for those busy days when there's no time to cook.

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The way I prep salmon is by cutting it into strips of portions for two, and then coating each side with seasoning. Then I'll put the portions into ziplocks and throw them in the freezer. Then on a day where we will have fish for dinner I'll defrost it during the day, and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes. 

For prepping the flank steak I like to cut the steak in half, and freeze both halves in separate ziplocks till I'm ready to use them. Then I'll defrost it the night before, and I'll prep it more early in the morning where I will cut it up into strips, mix the strips of steak with all kids of seasoning (it's really all about the seasoning) and then throw it in the crockpot with other ingredients and cook it on low for 11 to 12 hours. 

Prepping chicken is by far the easiest. I will usually just throw it in the crockpot along with other ingredients and will have it cooking for 8 hours. Then when it's done I like to shred it, add salt and drench it in butter. Soooo good. If I'm making chicken stir fry I will chop up the chicken, coat it in seasoning and oil and store it in the fridge till I'm ready to fry it. For some reason, chicken does not taste good when it's reheated the following day so for that reason we don't keep it. 

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Prepping EGGS: Hubby ordered an instant pot so I'm SO EXCITED for it to arrive so I can start using it to make hard boiled eggs. If I know I'm having a super busy day I will make deviled eggs the night before, as they keep well in the fridge and are good eaten cold. 

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What helps meal prep is having a MEAL PLAN. You can't prep if there is no plan!

I have a white board calendar that I will use to plan dinners, because every day for lunch I pretty much eat the same thing- eggs. 

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First Month of Keto, Pounds lost and Keto Meal Ideas

It has been one month since I started Keto / LCHF and it is getting HARD now. The first two weeks were ok, however the third and fourth week was when Keto flu hit and when I experienced the strongest cravings EVER. 

Right now my cravings are at an all time high- BUT I am handling it well due to the amount of kids I have. I don't have time to sit and daydream about sweets. Instead I'm running around the entire day (I literally don't have one minute to sit, like ever) taking care of the kids and when I'm not taking care of the kids I'm doing chores and meal prep and cooking and cleaning and sometimes updating this blog. I will often forget to eat and won't have enough time to eat and so will just quickly down a slice of cheese and continue running around the house like a crazy person. Forget getting a gym membership- these kids have me running up and down the stairs a hundred times a day and they are my very own personal trainers! 

So me and hubby have decided to weigh ourselves monthly instead of weekly. We know all the weight will come off eventually so instead of obsessing over it weekly we chose to just do it once a month, at the beginning of the month. 

After the first month of Keto I have lost 14 pounds, and hubby has lost 8 pounds. I only have about 56 more pounds to go, and it's not really that obvious I've lost any weight because I was so heavy to begin with. We are just going to keep at it. 

Here is a glimpse of what we have been eating during this month:

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Starting a Ketogenic Diet and Grocery List Essentials

After having baby #3 I gained back all the weight that I lost since having baby #2. It's disgusting and I am mortified. This is totally unacceptable, and something needs to be done ASAP. I will NOT be obese.

So we started the Ketogenic diet again at the beginning of this month, because I know that I will lose weight this way, it's just a matter of time. This isn't a diet as much as it is a lifestyle, we plan to eat this way forever and only have cheat days maybe 3-7 days a year. 

After having my second baby, Caspian, I managed to lose 70+ pounds on this diet, so I'm very excited to have the same happen this time around. 

Right before we started this diet we went around the house and put all the carbs (minus what the kids eat) in a big box which we then gave away to my parents. Then we had one last "carb weekend" that coincided with our anniversary weekend and we ate all the carbs we wanted to, and even went to Mastro's for that to die for butter cake. 

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I ate the cake and said goodbye to carbs. I need closure you see. So long until next year during a cheat day! 

After having that carb filled weekend and closure, I made a longggg grocery list of all the essentials we needed to start Keto, and sent hubby on his way. 

Here is my Keto grocery list: 

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Full fat mayo
  • Kerrygold butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream
  • Whole milk (to be used sparingly, I like to pour a dash into my coffee and then mix it with the heavy cream) 
  • Full fat Ranch dressing
  • Eggs
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Sriracha
  • Ground beef
  • Chicken breast
  • Flank steak
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Chicken broth
  • Beef broth
  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Smoked turkey deli meat
  • String cheese
  • Shredded cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Green onions
  • Regualr onions
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Asparagus
  • Cucumbers
  • Heart of Palm
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Truvia
  • Sugar free Starbucks syrups (we like Cinnamon Dolce and Vanilla) 
  • Sugar free popsicles
  • Sugar free jello
  • Sugar free gum
  • Lime hinted Perrier
  • Crystal light packets and drops
  • Low carb ketchup

This is crazy expensive you guys. Carbs are so much cheaper!!!!! After taking a trip to Costco, Giant, and Starbucks, to get everything we needed, it all came to about close to $1000 (we also picked up formula, diapers and wipes tho). EEeeeeeeeeekk!!!!! 

Some essentials that I already had were seasonings like my fish seasoning, cinnamon, Adobo, paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, taco seasoning, and Salt Salt and MORE SALT (pour loads of salt on everything to replenish those electrolytes and minerals!) 

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Of course this isn't a comprehensive list of all Keto approved foods, but it's what works for us, and it's what we like to eat. 

Are their any yummy keto friendly foods that you think I am missing out on? Let me know!

How to maintain a sugar-free Ketogenic Lifestyle

Two days ago I have (again) started the Ketogenic diet, after a three week break that left the entire family sick. During that break, me and hubby ate as much carbs as we wanted. 

I had forgotten how wonderful eating carbs was. I would wake up in the morning excited to eat, and I would look forward to breakfast lunch and dinner. Also, how convenient is eating a carb? SO CONVENIENT! I didn't have to constantly cook, meal plan, or wash tons of dishes. Leftover carbs taste so much better than leftover meat and veggies. Eating carbs just saves so much time and energy. 

The downside? My loose jeans have started to feel snug. Really snug. Like, when I sit down it's uncomfortable kind of smug. I HATE THAT FEELING- when you sit down and your fat is bulging out of your pants. Worst feeling ever. God I love carbs but I can't stand the weight gain. Why can't eating carbs make me skinny? Why can't I have my cake and eat it too? Life is so unfair!

Ok enough whining like a little b!tch. I need to get it together again. The first few weeks of cutting carbs are the hardest. I go crazy as my cravings get worse and worse. Then I try to distract myself with other addictions, like binge watching Netflix and HBO series. Game of thrones, WHY are you on only once a week? IM DYING HERE.  

So here are some tips that help me stick to this diet long term:

  • MEAL PLANNING: Every Friday I meal plan for the week ahead. I go through the fridge, throw away anything that's gone bad and make a list of what we need. Then I'll send hubby to the grocery store on the weekend, and on Sunday I will spend about two hours prepping meals. During these two hours I will cook 4 days worth of taco beef, separate them into 4 portions, and then put them in the freezer. I will also season one or two portions of salmon and put those in the fridge as well. I'll cut up and wash a bunch of lettuce for salads. Then during the week I'll just put a portion of food out to defrost a few hours before dinner and heat it up in the microwave. This saves me A TON of time, as there is no way I can prepare dinner on a weeknight while feeding and bathing the kids and getting them to bed by 8. 

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  • FINDING KETO FRIENDLY SNACKS: Being stocked up on snacks helps me the most during the first two months of the Ketogenic diet. When my carb cravings are at an all time high, these are what save me.
    • STRING CHEESE. I love them because of the packaging. I will just grab one as a fast on the go breakfast or quick snack.
    • MACADAMIA NUTS: They are by far the best kinds of nuts for the Ketogenic diet. We get them bulk from Costco. Minimal grams of carbs, and such a great fat content. 
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    • Sugar free jello: Whenever I crave fruit I have some of these. I top it off with sugar free heavy whipped cream and it's just delicious.
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    • WHISPS: We recently discovered these at Costco. They are basically parmesan chips, and have hardly any carbs. I will take these and dip them in heavy sour cream for a snack that resembles chips and dip, Keto style!
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What also keeps me able to continue this diet are the very rare sweet stuff that have very little carbs. 

Every day I look forward to my Keto coffee, made with heavy whipped cream sweetened with Starbucks sugar free syrups. These have ZERO carbs! 

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I also love making meatballs or hamburgers, and dipping them into this amazing ketchup that is low carb but tastes just the same as regular ketchup:

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So a lot of people are confused by this diet. They look at me like I'm nuts when I tell them that I can eat juicy cheeseburgers with no bun but I can't eat carrots. Or when I say I can have heavy sour cream but no milk, and if I eat an apple my body will be kicked out of ketosis and I will gain 5 pounds. 

In order to stick to this diet, you have to understand it. You have to know what types of food are safe to eat and what types are loaded with carbs. You have to eat as much fat as you can stomach. The more fat you eat, the more fat you burn. Take everything the Standard American Diet has taught you and throw it out of the window. Don't get anxious about heart disease and high cholesterol. Our bodies were designed to have cholesterol move freely through our arteries. Eating carbs is what causes the inflammation that causes arteries to get clogged.  

The best thing about this diet is that you do not go hungry. You are encouraged to eat fat. Fat doesn't make you fat, it keeps you full. However, if you eat carbs AND fat then your body burns the carbs and then stores the fat, and that is dangerous. Then you get obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic diseases.