Cheating

Well, it happened. I had an unplanned cheat. I went to my Uncle’s 60th, I took the toppings off the pizza crust and piled my plate with salad. But then the wine… oh, the wine, oh the calories. OH THE HANGOVER. I never felt so terrible as I did waking up on Saturday. I knew I was a bit drunk, but I’ve been worse, so I was not expecting the Hangover from Hell. I even had to leave work early. But by the evening, I was better. I still ate Keto despite my carbic oversight the night before. And most importantly, I Did Not Beat Myself Up About It.

Sunday I had my awesome British Tea Party themed Bridal Shower, thrown by my bestest, awesomest friend Lindsey. Seriously, she NEEDS to be a party planner. Everyone raved about how fun and clever it was. She is an absolute star! I had a phenomenal day.

Crazy Hats

Crazy Hats: Aunt, Mom, Me, Aunt, Aunt

 

My old boss, who is DARLING, drove all the way to Detroit to a Scottish bakery to buy cakes: she didn’t know I was low-carbing, bless her. Not to mention it was a tea party which meant biscuits and scones. So for my special day, I ate carbs! Lots.
I did make some awesome Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes

I did make some awesome Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes

So did my mom. We were so sleep by the time we got home, we went for naps. I woke up STARVING. Absolutely STARVING which is so rare for me. My mom got us McDonalds to end our Cheat Day. I didn’t count calories all weekend. I felt bloated and sleepy. I didn’t exercise.

I woke up this morning fully expecting the backlash on the scale. I was prepared and OKAY with it. It’s not that I want to be gaining weight or become ‘okay’ with cheat days, I just want to give myself a break every now and then. Plus the wins and losses, the ups and downs, are what the journey is about. It’s about being okay with making mistakes or slipping up for a day or a week, and then Getting Right Back On It. Having the strength to not say, “Well, I’ve already fucked up this weekend, might as well just give up” is important to my mindset; because that’s what I would say back in the day.

Anyway, the scale? 2 Pounds. I “gained” two pounds. (I don’t start calling it a gain until it’s 5 pounds, 2+ days in a row). So colour me Amazed. It’s nice to know for September, when/if I decide to go crazy when Matthew’s here, which I probably will. But as long as I stay down until my Wedding, what happens a week after that I won’t stress about.

To jump back into Ketosis, I’ve decided on a Cream Cheese Fat Fast. Weirdly enough, cream cheese has been the most delicious and easiest thing for me to eat these past few weeks. So either 8oz a day, or a little less if I want to throw in some bacon or a Fat Bomb. I will try to keep my calories below 1000 but I plan on being more strict about the 90% Fat ratio, which I wasn’t strict about last time. I might do 2 or 3 days, haven’t decided.

I’m most excited to having energy again. I’m heading out to do some Fasted Cardio for the first time in almost a week! Then I’ll go back later tonight for some weights. I’ve done a complete 180 from earlier this month: I used to HATE cardio, and obsess over weights. In the past few weeks, I’ve focused on cardio, and slacked on weights. Bah! Stupid self.

“I may not be there yet,

but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

 

In wedding news, ONE MONTH until I get to be with Matt again. We’ll have been apart for seven months. And it will be the longest we ever have to go again without being together. I will have to say goodbye one more time, but it won’t be for long.

I sent out the invites, had my bridal shower, got hotels sorted, most important DisneyMoon stuff organised, dress going in for alterations… It’s just bits and bobs now towards the end. Although I do need to make a new list: one that points out the Little Stuff I keep forgetting to remember…

 

Right. I’m off. I shall report back with how the Fat Fast went. Hopefully smoother than last time…… Hah. GOOD LUCK to you as well! Speak soon.

 

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Fasted Cardio

Had my first Fasted Cardio experience and I am exhilarated. Went to the gym around 11:45 am so I had fasted for about 12 hours.

Actually, I forgot when I woke up at 9 and ate a Babybel (70 cals). I’m such a breakfast person. But then only had water and coffee. I took my sublingual B12 as well.

My goal was to maintain a heart-rate between 137-165 on the treadmill. Fat-burning area, but still only moderate. When doing FC, you don’t necessarily want to do high intensity. Especially me, who used to have passing out episodes (over 5 years ago) so I’m still conditioned to always be weary of blood sugars n that.

I had the best cardio session of my summer! I went for 40 minutes, with a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. Honestly, I usually get bored after 20 minutes of cardio. Sure, I’m sweating, feeling good, but around 15 minutes I start looking over to the weights area or wondering what time it is. Very bad habit I need to break is cutting my cardio. So the fact that I did 50 minutes on the treadmill is awesome for me.

Did a usual warm up, no incline but moderate pace. After 5 minutes, I upped my incline and kept it at a 5 for 25 minutes. My heart rate for most that time was around 150. I’d vary my pace back and forth, but my heart rate went no lower than 140. Then my energy levels just went mental and as I came down to the last 15 minutes, I surged with a speed walk (I don’t jog… yet) on an 8 incline. [I love incline. Reminds me so much of walking through Edinburgh :(]. That took me right to my 5 minute cool down. In that time, I heart rate went up to 175 (endurance level) and I was fine with it. In fact, when I usually do cardio, my heart rate is mostly commonly between 165-180. I felt awesome. I could’ve kept going but didn’t want to push too hard, so I headed home ready for lunch!

According to the treadmill I burned 306 calories. So 236 (damn babybel) of fat stores, supposedly! I’m happy with that.

It felt good to eat 780 super healthy calories in one sitting without feeling ill. I mixed my protein shake (whey and casein) with almond milk. Grilled a burger patty, melted mozzarella on it, put it on a bed of spinach, topped with a whole avocado, and a bit of mayonnaise. Salt and pepper. Macros are currently near perfect (8C,68F,24P) with only 12 net carbs. The casein will probably keep me full through work.

Now I just need to keep my water intake going. Some days I forget and am left trying to drink far too many millilitres in too little time (which as we all know can be dangerous). I have my 700 mL bottle I refill as I go along and I know I should have at least 5 of them each day. I know my coffee and Sparkling Ice counts to water intake as well, but I never include them. I don’t want to get lazy with it. It’s ridiculous how important the RIGHT amount of water is key in health and losing weight. Even when you think you’re drinking enough — YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT.

On my last thought, Mumford & Sons is alarmingly AWESOME to workout to. And this song was the most empowering Cool Down song to ever come on:

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Ruddy Stalls

Right, okay, my bad: I told myself I’d stopped calling it a ‘stall’. I know it’s just that my body is adjusted to Keto now so the initiation weight loss is done and it’s keeping slow and steady until it figures out the next step… I’m still trying to convince myself it’ll be fine.

I know I’m a million times healthier. And while I don’t lose weight, I don’t gain either. I am 22 pounds lighter. I take my vitamins. I don’t eat junk. That’s the stuff to be proud of. 

In the next two weeks, I’m going to consider a few different things.

1. Exercise. One thing I know I’ve changed in the past 2 weeks is less gym time (as I’ve bitched about in nearly every post) so I’m kicking that into gear again. Even when I wasn’t losing weight in early June, I was feeling so much better just exercising.

2. Intermittent Fasting. I did it once when I wasn’t on Keto and had good success after 2 weeks (17 pounds down before I stopped). I need to organise a doable schedule with work shifts that don’t interrupt my feeds. Or, do 2 day extreme fasts. Many options.

3. Eat More Calories. I’ve already experimented with this once and very weirdly it worked! I worry so much about over eating these days and I’m not sure why because I physically can’t on keto. I track my food on MFP mainly for my macros. Tonight I told myself, ‘Just eat. Go for it. Try the more calories thing again.’ I ate 3 meals and a snack. (These days I average 1.5 meals and a snack). I just let go! Went crazy. Tracked it: Still 200 calories left for the day (meaning I ate 1200). Right, okay, just as well I stayed under becaaaussee….

4. Carb Meals. I’ve read about this. Once a week you allow yourself ONE Carb MEAL. Not carb day! Just meal. Today I realised I ate more carbs than I should – although I still only ate about 40g; I’m rounding up to leave error for those <1g labels. I still would rather eat more calories than have a carb meal. I just don’t want it to be the gateway carbs. Maybe when I’m 50 pounds lighter and feeling more confident about control.

 

So I have some options. I think this week I’ll do 1 & next week I’ll try 2 with an amended 3. I’m reserving 4 for maybe the end of August if I think I’ll need to ease carbs in for Disneymoon. I have a ton of long late work shifts this week so IF would be tricky but,

It will be easy for working out – my gym is 24/7. I’ll go back to doing weights Mon, Wed, Fri, but not be lazy like before and skip cardio on my inbetween days! I really want to try Fasted Cardio –  Get up at a decent time before work, and walk on the treadmill for 30-60 minutes before I eat. Then after work on Mon, Wed, Fri nights I can do my weights once I’ve had a snack (another reason why IF would be tricky this week). The hard part will be getting my ass out of bed in the morning/before work. I am not a… Get Out of Bed Person. But I need routine more than anything these days. 

I really want to do IF! I’ll have to wait until Thurs/Fri to see what my work schedule is like and plan a decent “Feed Time’ around it. The hardest part would be picking a window where I can eat (i.e. not at work with only a 15-30 minute break to eat!) but also allows me energy for lifting. I have read that people do allow themselves a protein shake if they need it during the Fast Time. I also, adding in an amended 3, want to make sure that I eat 1,200 in that feed time.

As you can see, a lot to sort out. This week is not ideal for an extended IF. I may possibly do a 2 day extreme IF: Fast 23 hours, Eat 1000+ keto calories in 1 hour.

I definitely need to do a bit more research on Fasted Cardio. I know it’s awesome for fat burning, but I don’t want to destroy my muscles either!

Okay. If I have any hope of doing anything before work tomorrow, I must to bed.

 

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