About 5 months ago I wrote about not being able to lose weight no matter what I did. I received some information about Paleo and Keto and decided I would try the Keto WOE. In these 5 months, I went on 2 vacations. One to Alaska and one to the Southern states of the USA.
I guess you could say I did a “dirty Keto” while on vacation. I stayed away from high carb foods as best I could but I wasn’t perfect. While in Alaska, I didn’t gain any weight (I have lost a total of 13 lbs in 5 months) but put on about 3 lbs from our road trip to the South. But I must say, it had been years since I placed a kernel of corn in my mouth, however, corn on the cob is a staple food in the South especially in the summer. So, I admit, I ate corn on the cob, and it was delicious. I have no regrets.
I continued to work out, several times while on our road trip but not religiously as I do when I’m at home. So, after being home for 2 weeks, I lost my 3 lbs. However, I was still not happy with my Keto results. I mean, come on, following a way of eating, while home, and only losing 13 lbs in 5 months…is not what I would call a major success.
This is when I decided to change things up a bit. MAYBE I just can’t eat as many calories and fat as my CarbMaster says I can? So, I decided to cut my fat in 1/2 and not go over 1,000 calories a day. (This is how I lost the 3 lbs I had gained on vacation.) Tweaking my diet has helped me but I’m not sure since it’s only been 2 weeks. I suppose as time goes on, I will find out if this is what is working. Plus, my trainer has changed up my program and since I’m only seeing her 2 x per week now, the sessions seem to be more intense. I’m actually sweating when I’m there! I like that.
So, I’m not ready to throw in the towel on Keto. I’m giving it another chance only this time I’m not following it to a T like I was before. I think the key to this way of eating is to adjust it to what is good for your body. I may have heard that in the beginning from someone, but didn’t pay too much attention to it because I still wanted to enjoy a fat bomb every now and then. My body processes that as something fattening and sweet, so I really have to limit my intake. I still do IF (intermittent fasting) but not every day. I have increased my salad intake which is probably one of the biggest changes I’ve made, and I don’t eat my last meal late in the evening. We’ll see what happens this time around.
I have increased my thyroid meds too from some I had left over from an old prescription. If the weight loss continues then I will know it is from both and will speak to my doctor to see if she will permanently increase my dosage. I seem to have more energy and don’t get that slump at 3:00 pm, this is my measure for my thyroid being off. It is definitely a learning experience, and I do believe you have to know your body and the signals it gives you.
Let’s see what the next 5 months brings me!