My week by week journey on the Keto / Ketogenic, Banting / LCHF diet

Wow its been 2 months / 8 weeks already on the ketogenic, Banting, LCHF (what ever you call it) “diet” or as I like to say – new way of life.

I thought today I would do a little update – hmm what am i kidding I could type for hours so I dont think its going to be a little blog..

Anyway.. today i started week 9, and looking back over the last 2 months it wasn’t that bad or scary as people think/say it is.

My life was still full of food, restaurants and fun.. and yes on a couple of occasions I did fall off the keto wagon.

Week 1: My starting weight was 7.26 kilos. Week 1 I was great, so excited for the new way of life. I had spent 3 weeks researching as much as I could leading up to starting keto I was so excited and ready to go! Being an already very organised person, I had meal prepping down pat so I had planned out all my meals for the week and went very well. What also helped me this week was I was in a new position for work (it was short term) but I was very busy, so much walking and work to do, sometime I forgot to eat! The results from week 1 I had a massive weight loss of exactly 3.0 kilos! What I was eating was my 2 egg and cheese and spinach omelette, salad, coleslaw for lunch, nuts as snacks or cheese slices, dinner was always meat and green veg or meat and salads. Of course I had to remember to drink lots of water! What I found the hardest: being at home/ the weekends. Why?: Because at home I was surrounded by food, kids snacks, junk food and I was always looking for snacks while watching TV or when I was bored.  Challenge of the week: We went to a pub for dinner for a friends birthday – I was good and only ate a chicken Cesar salad and drank water! Body: 4 days onto keto I had alot of achne/pimples pop up on my face, I think this was the way my body was getting used to the butter and healthy fats I have started eating alot of. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1UcGNvPxxA

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Week 2: Week 2 started off well, I had meal prepped all my meals for the week (while making the kids and hubby meals to which was a tease, I did start thinking how can I slowly get them eating healthier to.) Mid week I hit a wall, I was so tired and drowsy. I wanted sugar and bread and to just sit on the lounge all day! But I was good and kept plodding along. I stuck to my 3 meals a day and started fasting. So My last meal would be 7pm at night and I would not eat again until 11am the next day. I’m still motivated to do this way of life.. This week I found that after dinner I was still hungry, after dinner I was still looking for more food. I have noticed I was weighing myself every morning – which was bad and I needed to get out of this habit. I was worried about the end of this week as it was the October long weekend we had 3 parties to attend, a weeding and it was also our wedding anniversary on the Monday.. Body: This week my skin was clearing up, the pimples were going and my hair was not as oily as usual. Also keto breath had started a eww metallic taste in my mouth and also my urine started to smell like chemicals. Challenges this week: all the parties we were attending. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeeV_WaZSyc

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Week 3: Wow talk about fall off the wagon! I fell off big time and hit every chocolate on my way down! But only had myself to blame. I did what a lot of people say they do when they eat something bad.. think ‘Owell my day is ruined now I may as well keep eating junk!” And I paid for it! 3 kilos was gained from the party weekend, i was back at 72 kilos! Yep just as much as my starting weight before keto. I felt so sick, angry, tired, bloated, oily skin and was craving carbs but I woke up the next day and meal prepped for the new week and started keto all over again! Body: felt fat, sore, bloated and my joints hurt. My skin was so oily to. I ate so much chocolate, cake and fried foods! I stuck to my strict eating this week lots of water, 3 small meals and 15 hours fasts! Luckily by week 4 I was back to weighing 69.4 kilos. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCp2nWGbMdU

Week 4: I could tell my body was still paying for all the junk I had eaten the previous week,  I was so sluggish and getting back into ketosis was hell! I couldn’t stop craving sugar! I was hungry and not sleeping well, by day 5 on week 4 I was feeling better and feeling full on my 3 meals a day with a handful of nuts. I also started taking magnesium multi vitamins to help with the constipation. People are telling me to eat more vegetables but I do.. I drink so much water but its still hard going to the bathroom. Body: feeling better being on keto by the end of the week. Challenges: Trying to go number 2 on the loo! Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3LTD7uo0js

Week 5: Im back and feeling awesome! I have stayed on keto and had a great weekend on  only keto foods and I am enjoying this amazing burst of energy! I am not loosing the weight fast like I was on week 1 and 2 and I have been advised to try fasting. Eat my last meal at 7pm and then not eat until 11am the next day. So I will that long term. I found if I do eat food at 7am when I wake I turn into a crazy eating machine – my metabolism goes into over drive and I eat everything in site! So Im def skipping breakfast now. Watched an awesome documentary called “That Sugar Film” I highly recommend it! New foods I tried: Boccochini cheese and baby tomatoes (yes I have never eaten them before! I now love them in salads)  Weight loss this week 1.5 kilos! Body: Lots of energy this week Challenges: Stop eating breakfast it turned me into a eating monster. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuBWZ7zxjZU

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Week 6: Nothing new this week, still stuck to my keto diet. Fasted 15 hours each day and ate between 11am – 7pm. I love cheese and nuts lately, I will put cheese in every meal and if I snack between meals Ill eat almond or macadamia nuts. Weight GAIN this week of 0.900 grams (I have put this down to eating too much cheese and nuts) I had salads for lunch this week and ate around 1400 cals a day so its not a big weight gain but i do think Im eating to much cheese and not sleeping enough. I did a 5km fun run this weekend and loved it! I wasn’t tired after it and did the fun run at 9am on an empty stomach! I felt great lots of energy left over too after the event, normally I would go home and sleep 2 hours but I went home and played with the kids at the park. BUT i did consume the 2 free protein bars we were given after the race to. I think they were 100 cals each high protein and low sugar.  We also went to a BBQ for a birthday that night I was very good, I ate Greek salads and ate alot of steak and cheese were the snack options  for me I stayed away from the chocolate and bags of chips. Body: Feeling lighter and a flatter stomach this week.No oily skin and no craving for sugar or bread! Challenges: Stopping myself from a huge yuck takeaway lunch that I would normally have after a big fun run. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03PRVfsr9jI

Week 7: Another week has gone.. I was sick this week from a stomach bug I had picked up so I stayed home for 2 days and ate alot of bread! Thats all I could stomach.. I know bad. At the start of my journey you may have watched my video where I mentioned that I have bad lower back pain and hip joint. I can happily say my hips are great now after staying away from bread and starchy foods and also I got around to seeing a doctor about my back issues. After many scans and blood tests turns out I have an auto immune disease called ankylosing spondylitis which is arthritis in my spine. It cannot be treated (unless I want to live on pain killers forever) but the best thing to do is live on a ketogenic diet and lots of fitness, so this diet is now very important to me that I stick to it and keep the back pain away. Body: My hair and nails are growing so week, my hair is shining and thick and my nails are very strong and long. Was sick with a bug this week. Challenges: I fell off the wagon eating sugar and bread for 2 days while I was home ill. Weight: a loss of 1.0 kilo! Did all that bread and sugar shake my body up? Who knows but dont try this at home?  Watch my video herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0av_jIS26T8

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Week 8 – Last weeks weight was 69.0 kilos. This week I weighed 69.6 kilos. so a small gain of 600 grams. Nothing much has changed, Im eating my 3 meals a day after 11am and before 7pm. Its a small gain it could even just be water weight. This is why I say dont trust the scales – Measurements are BUST same as last month, WAIST: a loss of 4cm and hips are still the same as last month! See dont trust the scales! My waist is shrinking but weight is the same. Im getting a little bored of eggs for breakfast lately so I have been skipping my 11am omelette some days and it hasn’t phased me. I have found if I eat vegetables instead Im fuller for longer. So I made a huge vegetable lasagna and have been taking a big slice for breakfast and its filling me up until 3pm so Im just having a small salad for lunch and then I go home and just have a boiled egg and steamed veggies most nights. Watch the week 8 videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6nRmO_A6lg  keto helped me fight this cold! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6nRmO_A6lg  Body: waist is shrinking! I feel lighter and no so bloated.

Week 9 – Omg what a weekend! Weigh in was a big gain! I gained 3.7 kilos in 3 days! Today I weigh: 71.5 kilos! I did so great on keto this week from Monday to Friday! I knew my work Christmas party was going to be bad, so I weighed myself on Friday and I was so happy to see that my small meals and no cheese had made a difference at the start of the week!  Monday I was 69.6 kilos on Friday I was 67.8kg I had lost 1.8 kilos in 5 days! Just by cutting out meat and cheeses and no exercise! Amazing! But then I drank alcohol and ate chocolates at our Christmas party on Saturday! My weight went sky high come today! Im currently 71.5 kilos! See you go off the track for 2 days, for what to have alcohol and eat sugar and all it does is make you tired, sluggish and gain weight! Anyway I’ve only myself to blame, tomorrow is a new day and Im gonna keep on going- Im excited to say hubby is now joining me on the keto journey, things will be so much more easier at home.. stressful at the start I know, but easier and better for our health in the long run! I said at the start of this journey that I would never push or preach the keto/ Banting/ LCHF way of life onto people, they would see the results through me and if they had questions Id be there to help them. So Im glad hubby wants a change,to get off the sugar and carb addiction that we once shared together. To have that energy and quick thinking and just to be healthier in the long run. He is currently boarder line diabetes to so this will be good for him. We have been through so much in 10 years so I know we can do this! Its all about supporting and loving each others decisions isn’t that what marriage is all about? Body: feels so yuck from alcohol, I feel so tired and fat, so bloated and sore. The next day my muscles and stomach ached from all that junk food and alcohol! Give me keto food any day! Challenges: this whole weekend was full of challenges.. but Im now happy to have hubby join me along the way.

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My current chart of weight loss on keto. My starting weight was 72.6 kilos

 

 

Week 10 – What a busy week I have had! Monday to Friday was the usual, busy at work, finished planning the big family fate I was organising and running for work, I was very good and watched what I ate, I am still fasting so having dinner with the kids at 6.30pm and no more food after 7pm and then eating the next day after 11am.  My body is used to this way of eating now. Im not waking up starving and I feel full throughout the morning and night. Friday night we had a 40th to go to, this was my husbands 1st outing to a PUB on the LCHF diet, I did tell him we didn’t have to go but he said ‘no no Ill be fine” and he did great! Im used to keto/LCHF food now so I have my ‘pub food orders’ down pat now if we go out any where. I order chicken breast grilled served with a side of steamed vegetables (carrots, pumpkin and cauliflower and broccoli are served) no gravy just butter. Its great! I know I carrots and pumpkin are not on the keto green list BUT its my treat if we go out which is rare. My husband Gavin ordered a chicken Cesar salad (at 1st the lady taking our order was shocked at that, a big beefy guy who can easily eat 3 pies and 8 beers wanted a salad) BUT wait he then said please take off the dressing, no chicken, no croutons and extra poached egg please. I was smiling.. so proud. So we enjoyed our mates birthday with keto food and many jugs of water. Went home and Saturday night was another ladies night our party with the girls, i must admit I was naughty tonight I had grilled chicken, potato gems and gravy! ARGH!!! But it was so good.. I stayed away from the cocktails and chocolates but. Sunday came around and my big event was here! What a great day so many rides for the kids the weather was great and we were so busy all day we didn’t eat until 2pm. I had a Mexican chilli burrito, it was so yum.. not keto friendly but I burned it off fast running around helping people and climbing up that rock climbing wall! We got home late Sunday night and I had 2 cups of broccoli and cauliflower with a teaspoon of butter at 6pm and then went to bed. My legs are still sore today (Monday) and I was worried about hopping on the scales for weigh in. I know coming up to Christmas there was going to be so many events on but I must stay focused and not get of track. Ok so last week I weighed: 71.6 kilos today I weighed 69.6 kilos! Thats a loss of 2 kilos this week! And I must say I didn’t eat very strict keto on the weekend. So I was happy with that result. What I can say is that the inflammation in my body has been horrible since eating the non keto foods over the weekend and I need to remind my self that Im not eating keto to loose weight but my body needs keto to be pain free! Lets see how week 11 will be..so far its 2pm on Monday the 5.12.2016 and I have not had lunch yet as I dont feel hungry. And Im going to stick to that rule that many keto people tell me “dont eat unless you are actually hungry!”  You can watch my video update here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpsHP8s5KcY

 

 

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