Clearly I haven’t been writing much. I think it’s because I’m ashamed that I’ve gained weight in the last 6-7 weeks, so I feel like a fraud professing this amazing diet when I’m failing at it. But I started thinking, the struggle to maintain a lower weight and a restricted diet is real and worth documenting. Also, I want to (like everyone else in the world) get back on the wagon and get back to my lowest weight or lower and this is a sort of accountability. So, today is Day 1. Again.
We did a lot of traveling in July and a lot of eating. We’ve done a lot of celebrating in August, which has been great, but it’s really hard to celebrate with food at restaurants on a keto diet. (Yes, you can do it and we can all name what better choices one could make, and we can all judge the poor choices I made, but I made them and that’s the position I’m in right now. The only option is to move forward.) I’ve also gotten off track from the ultra-controlled food tracking. I’ve started making keto desserts which are delicious and macro-balanced but full of calories. I added wine back into my diet because, well, wine. All that’s cost me about 7 pounds.
So, today is the day after celebrating my birthday and it’s my Day 1. I have an updated goal with a due date of October 24th, 2019. Why that date? Tom and I along with some friends are hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim! It’s a 2-day 23-mile hike with 4000 ft of elevation change. The last time we hiked it was 12 years ago and we’re super excited to do it again! So this is major motivation to get down to my goal weight of 135 lbs. The lighter you are the less you have to carry on that hike! 135 lbs is a major stretch goal for me, but I was 138 lbs in June, so 138 lbs seems to be re-obtainable. If I can get to 138 lbs, I should be able to get to 135, right?
- Cut the alcohol WAY, WAY, back. And, only vodka with sparkling water (or the seltzers), only on Friday and Saturday, and only two drinks maximum. No more margaritas with too many calories. And no more wine (one exception: we’re going to Fredricksburg for wine tasting in October…).
- Cut the after-work/pre-workout snacks back to ~250 calories only. This snack time was creeping as we found more types of nuts to eat. Macademia nuts are an amazing keto option, but they have soooo many calories.
- Add 30g protein to my daily intake. My protein macros are always low, so we’re going to adjust something (still in discussion on how) to get some more protein into our diets, likely trying to trade mostly carbs for the protein. This should help with gaining strength in yoga, which is something I’ve been struggling with. I’m hoping some extra protein will build some more muscle and I can nail those chatarangas.
- Meal Plan and avoid eating out as much as possible. Preferably not at all unless there’s a work event. We’re making a two month meal plan this weekend so that we have good yummy options that keep us home on Friday nights.
- Food track. Food track. Food track. It keeps me honest and prevents me from sticking things in my mouth that I don’t want to admit I’ve eaten.
- Squeeze in some extra Jazzercise and yoga classes for extra calorie burn.
And that’s my whole plan. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading!