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Six Months of Keto, before and after

It's our 6 month Ketoversary! 

In June 2017 I weighed 220 pounds......and today my weight was....... 174!!!!!!!! I've lost 46 pounds on the Ketogenic diet in a period of 6 months. I went from a size 18 to 12, but now 12 is getting loose on me, and I'm hovering between 10-12. My goal is size 6-8 in the next 6 months. Maybe in two years I'll manage to become a 4? I'll take that! 

Here's just a slightly embarrasing picture of a before and after, the difference is crazy! I mean I know I had a baby and all, but with my previous kids losing weight after a newborn didn't come easy for me as I wasn't able to breastfeed (which apparently makes you lose crazy weight). So I was at a disadvantage there, but the Ketogenic diet saved me and I managed to lose a good amount of baby weight. My goal weight is around the 140's, so I have a good thirty something more to lose. 

keto weight loss before and after 6 months

Honestly losing this weight was only difficult the first three months, when my sugar cravings were sky high. Hubby never had any difficulty with this diet because he doesn't have a sweet tooth like me, and he gets more excited over bacon and cheese than cupcakes. Me, on the other hand, I LOVE MY CUPCAKES! I'm so glad I discovered how to make Keto mug cakes and Keto cookies as they helped with the cravings somewhat. 

I get a lot of questions about my macros, and I'm not sure if the way I diet is considered "lazy keto" but, it does work for me. Personally, I don't keep track of my macros. If you asked me how many grams of carbs I eat per day I wouldn't be able to tell you. I do look on the nutrition labels to make sure that whatever I'm eating is either 5g of carbs or below, and I pour butter on everything. Coconut oil and heavy cream are my best friends. I will never be that person who weighs her broccoli to keep her macros in check. 

A lot of people start this diet due to wanting to become healthy or for some medical reason, like epilepsy, migranes or diabetes. I purely started it to LOOK GOOD and get skinny. Healthwise I could care less. Ya that sounds bad and all but I wanted results and I wanted them fast, and this seemed like the perfect diet for that. 

As I continue to lose weight I feel more and more comfortable in my own skin. That is my ultimate goal- to feel good about myself. Even if I don't ever manage to be in the 140's, it's not a big deal as long as I feel good. It's all about becoming the best versions of ourselves, and that is what I strive for every day. 

Fifth Month of Keto

This is our 5th month Ketoversary, and I think I've lost quite a bit, but we forgot to weigh ourselves again this month! I don't know exactly how much we have lost, but I can tell I've lost some weight this past month because the pants that were a bit too tight on me a few weeks ago suddenly feel loose!!!! (HAPPY DANCE!!!!!) Hubby's pants are literally falling off, even with his belt on the tightest notch! I'm so excited about our clothes getting looser that I don't know what to do with myself. 

Next month, for our 6 month Ketoversary I'll maybe put up some before and after pictures and give you a better idea of my weight and how much was lost. 

Here are most all the foods we ate on our fifth month:

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I also baked some treats! A Keto mug cake, Keto brownie cookies, Parmesan crisps, and Keto cheesecake pumpkin pie, which to me tasted ALMOST like a real (crustless) pumpkin pie. 

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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. 

being fat and cupcakes meme

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. 

aphids in lettuce little green bugs

ketogenic food prep lettuce

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. 

ketogenic chicken

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. 

deviled eggs ketogenic food prep

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. 

keto meal plan calendar

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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