IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, SET A GOAL THAT COMMANDS YOUR THOUGHTS, LIBERATES YOUR ENERGY AND INSPIRES YOUR HOPES. -ANDREW CARNEGIE
GOAL #1 – Lose 25 pounds by August 30, 2019
Plan–Get back on track with low-carb lifestyle. And track those macros!
Manage Time-Remember to eat regularly.
Drink water-Stay hydrated.
Share-Tell someone about your day and what you are doing. My husband and this blog are my outlets.
Reflection on failures
Last year, on Mother’s Day, I started to count my macros and eat the Keto way. My cardiologist ran some blood tests about three months into my lifestyle change and my cholesterol was down, my weight was down, and I was feeling great. His advice: keep doing whatever you are doing. I lost a total of 24 pounds in about 6 months.
My husband and I continued for another few months and then we had a trip to Cabo. We ate & drank whatever we wanted for an entire week. We returned home feeling bloated and about 3-5 pounds heavier. We figured that it was water weight and we drank lots of water to flush our system. However, we were not able to get fully back on track – between birthday parties, holidays, and celebrations – we just never fully returned to our clean eating, keto, low-carb lifestyle.
In January we tried to get back in the routine again, but I struggled with my commute to work (about 90 minutes each way) and eating out with colleagues, students, and peers. I returned to Mexico again in March, which meant more unlimited eating and drinking. Now, it’s nearly May and I am up 10 pounds.
This week, I started to organize my life to get back on track – this lifestyle requires some planning and for us, it also requires budgeting. In fact, they go hand in hand. In reflection, I determined what I needed to fix in order to right my path: 1) keep track of my menus in one location; 2) keep track of my grocery list in one location; 3) keep the recipes in one location (are you starting to see a pattern?) I also need to hold my self accountable – I need to share my ups and downs.
This blog will help me achieve all of this AND you will also be able to benefit from the tracking and documentation, if you are also on a similar journey.
Today’s struggle . . .
I started the morning off strong (1 egg, 1/2 serving of sausage, 1/2 serving of quinoa and chia seed oatmeal, and 1 large strawberry with coffee and coconut oil), but then 1pm rolled around and I’m hungry. WHY? Because I forgot to eat lunch earlier. This is a major problem.
You must stay fueled — eat every few hours and make sure you are tracking it too. This will help you from overeating AND it will also keep your body from thinking it is starving. I’ve also failed to drink my water today. Staying hydrated is central to trimming the fat.
As soon as I finish this post I’ll be treating myself to a lunch that includes: wasabi almonds, peanuts, sharp cheddar cheese, salad with Italian dressing, and two glasses of water. The total carb count for this lunch is 10g net carbs.
Click on the Instagram photos in the sidebar for more details about my meal choices. I share the dishes I like most.
- Keep a journal (written and visually) – track your recipes, menus, and grocery lists.
- Track your macros. (e.g. LifeSum or Carb Manager)
- Drink water.
- Share your journey with someone.
- Manage your time – set alarms to eat (if you’re like me who forgets to eat because you get so engrossed with your work or hobbies.)