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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

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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. 

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. 

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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. 

mastros butter cake dc

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!

Postpartum life with a family of 5

These past two months have been challenging but not as bad as expected. They flew by so fast, and now that Persephone is close to two months old she's starting to sleep for longer spells during the night time, and that makes mommy VERY happy. During these past two months:

Persephone 

has been as sweet and lovable as can be! Compared to the boys she has by far been the easiest. During the first two weeks of her life she was constantly sleeping, so much so that I had to set an alarm for every two hours through the night to wake her up and feed her. She cries so rarely that I am constantly checking on her breathing to make sure she's ok, and her lucky brothers are getting a full nights sleep every night since she was born, uninterrupted! 

Persephone's eating schedule for the first two weeks of her life were 2 ounces of formula every two hours, right on the dot. Then for the remainder of the first month we increased it to 3 ounces of formula every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and throughout her second month we increased it to 4 ounces every 3 hours and we let her sleep as much as she wants to overnight. 

Persephone has also recently started turning over onto her tummy by herself, and is attempting to crawl. I put her on one side of the crib and I'll come back an hour later to find her on the far end of the other side of the crib. She does not co-sleep with us, from day 1 she has slept in her own crib. I want her to get used to it so that she will grow up to find sleeping in her own space as the norm. I've done this with all my children and it has worked out very well for us, could you imagine if all 3 kids wanted to sleep in our bed every night? That would be a disaster!! 

Because Persephone is still so tiny and vulnerable, we keep her away from people, especially her brothers. She is so little and still needs more vaccines, so we are VERY careful to keep germs away from her. The boys are constantly coming home with all sorts of illnesses caught from school, and we are constantly wiping their noses, cleaning throw up and dealing with all sorts of colds and viruses. We prevent little Persephone from catching anything by keeping her away from the boys and literally washing our hands every 2 minutes. I remember Valentino's old pediatrician would firmly tell us NOT to take a newborn out anywhere, especially to restaurants- where the guy in the back making your salad could be from a south american country where they don't vaccinate and next thing you know your newborn could catch TB. How funny is he? Like, who says that? THANKS for making us paranoid doc :)

Valentino

does understand that he has a "baby sister." Whenever she cries he looks concerned and tells me that she is hungry and that I should give her some pizza :) He has been adjusting to having a baby sister incredibly well. He sleeps, eats and goes about his normal daily routine really well. Because I have been recovering and preoccupied with everything baby related, hubby has really stepped up to the plate and has handled all things toddler related, therefore Valentino has really developed a special bond with daddy during these past few months. He has also matured a lot during these past few months and takes his daddy very seriously. If daddy asks Valentino to clean his room, he will instantly clean it with no questions asked. With me, on the other hand, he will play and ignore me and not take me seriously. How unfair! 

Caspian

also understands that he has a baby sister, but that's about all he understands. The first day Caspian met Persephone he patted her head and then just went about his business. He's not bothered by having a baby sister, and carries about his day normally. He ocassionally will say "bye bye baby!" His room is adjacent to Persephone's, and initially I thought that would be a problem and interrupt his sleep, but so far so good! Caspian is known as the family parrot because he will repeat everything he hears, and sometimes I even catch him imitating the baby crying! 

Sir Edward

Does realize that another human has joined the house, and seems to be curious and concerned about it. So the rule of the house is that he cannot come upstairs to the bedrooms. Sir Edward knows this and has never set foot upstairs. However after Persephone joined us, sometimes when she cries and isn't immediately soothed, Sir Edward will become very concerned and will run up the stairs and sit behind her gate, as if he is protecting her from some unknown predator who could be the cause of her distress :) 

french bulldog top of stairs

We haven't introduced him properly to Persephone yet, because she's still too little, but he has seen us walking around the house holding her. The nurses at the hospital gave us a worn hat of Persephone's and put it in a ziplock for us to take home so that he can sniff it. I thought that was really sweet of them to think of the family dog :) 

Salar

has just been ecstatic and at the same time exhausted! He continues to work hard at his job and for the family, being responsible for most things toddler related and helping me also with the baby. Literally everything has fallen on his shoulders while I'm on this what we call "medical leave" that will last until May 1st, and then I'll take over all household and children responsibilities so that he can focus on his work more. He has been really enjoying spending more time with the toddlers though, and has developed new and fun routines with them that they all seem to enjoy. Amongst all this craziness he has even managed to get a promotion at work. He very nonchalantly told me this, like it was no big deal......I then started screaming hysterically whilst jumping up and down and just making a ruckus!  He is just awesome! 

Me

I feel a million times better than I felt throughout my entire pregnancy! There is nothing more I hate than being pregnant, and there's nothing more I love than having a newborn. Every time I get pregnant I tell my husband, THIS IS IT! I AM NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN!!!!!! Then after the baby is born I completely forget those nine months of absolute torture and I'm like "hmmmm, well maybeee." 

I have gained a ton of weight as expected. On June 1st me and hubby will start the Ketogenic way of life again to lose all this pregnancy weight. By this time next year I WILL have lost about 50 pounds and I will look amazing. Right now I just look like a fat mom. It is what it is! 

On the mental health front I also feel a million times better than I did throghout the entire pregnancy. This happens to me every time, and every time while I'm pregnant I get paranoid that I'll get postpartum depression....and then it never happens. The only thing that gets me hysterical is the day after the c section where they draw my blood and can't find the vein on the first try. With all three pregnancies I sobbed like a lunatic the day after the surgery while they were trying to draw my blood. The nurses looked at my husband completely shocked and tried to reason with me. All I wanted to do was to scream "B!tCH STOP POKING ME!!" I attribute that craziness to postpartum hormone fluctuations. 

Regarding breastfeeding, that pretty much hasn't been an option for me. I produce 50% less milk than the average person, and my breasts never feel full or hurt. It's like they are the same as before pregnancy. WEIRD huh? The lactation consultants just tell me to pump whatever I can get and to just formula feed. During the first few weeks of pumping this was how much milk I pumped after an entire day of non-stop pumping:

1 oz breast milk breastfeeding problems not producing milk

I really wish I could just breastfeed as constantly pumping and sanitizing bottles is just irritating. Don't even get me started on the cost of formula! And the kids bathroom is overflowing with bottles and baby related stuff. I need a bigger house! 

newborn necessities bathroom

I am very excited to wrap up the 4th trimester and resume my normal daily routines and life. We are still figuring out how to make this work (with three kids and all) but if there's one thing I've learned it's that the seasons will continue to change and everything will eventually fall into place. 

My main goal over the next few months is to figure out how to take care of three kids and a dog at the same time, kick the carbs and enter ketosis to get my body back.

Hold me accountable, ok? Thanks!