Week #1 On Keto: How Goes It?

Well I have been on keto a week…sort of. My carbs are certainly lower than the average American, but I am not where I am supposed to be. My problem is I am in love with my iced coffees from McDonald’s. It is my start my day off right thing. I can’t drink black coffee, or any kind of coffee that doesn’t have flavor and cream. I was thinking, depending on carbs of course, that one way to start weaning myself off of coffee is to get a single serve machine and use my flavored creamer which is less carbs than my iced coffee at McD’s…I think. Other than that, I have done well!

Today was measure day, and while my weight had been 3 pounds down earlier this week, now it is only 1 pound down but that is still DOWN! My measurements were a little wacky. I find measuring very difficult. I have a picture that came with my nutrition journal, but I still think I missed a few measuring tape placements. Here is how it turned out though:

  • Neck is down 1/2 an inch. Not too likely to mess that one up.
  • Chest is up 3/4 an inch. Not good, but probably had more to do with placement on this one.
  • Bicep down 1 inch…I don’t think so.
  • Waist up 3/4 of an inch. boo!
  • Hips down 1/2 an inch…hoping that is right!
  • Thigh down 1/4 inch, I buy that one
  • Calf down 1/2 inch, maybe
  • Body fat down 0.2%, not much, but I will take it.

So overall for a first week I am happy. My weight, body fat and some measurements are down. I have done well eating vegetables and meat. I have done well avoiding carbs except for my addiction to iced coffees. At least it is McD’s and not Starbucks! Tomorrow I think I will start having mediums and not larges, and looking into how many carbs are in my creamer. There has to be a way to inch my way down. I cannot go cold turkey!

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Oh and I haven’t had any carb cravings like pasta or rice or, in my case, potatoes. I have been very satisfied with what I have been eating. Breakfasts are a little difficult, that is where I am normally carb heavy, oatmeal, cereal, english muffin, bagel, etc. I don’t miss them, but I am struggling to replace them with something I like. This morning I had strawberries and pecans. I had some cheese on my plate but I didn’t like it.

I guess that about covers it. Can’t wait to see what happens next week!

Frustrated, Disappointed: Fresh Start Part 3

So it has been 4 weeks since I started. One week was very exciting and positive, since, nothing. In fact, with the exception of my neck everything I am measuring is exactly the same. My neck is a 1/2 inch up.

I have tried to stick to my “just plain healthy” diet, but I have for the most part failed. I am getting increased my protein, my probiotics, The fitbit is on again off again. It just isn’t that comfortable when I sleep. Yes I know don’t wear it to bed, but then I forget to put it back on. I haven’t had any alcohol, no great loss there, as I don’t drink much anyway. I’ve stuck to soluble fibers. I only have one sugary thing a day, hard to give up my iced coffee from McDonald’s. Exercise has gotten harder with the heat. I’ve decreased carbs I think. Except for some oatmeal occasionally, which is supposed to be good. Fish hasn’t been a big winner, I just don’t really like it. So I guess I need to look at taking omega-3. I couldn’t do the apple cider vinegar. Intermittent fasting flew out the window. And the green tea has been rare. So what it boils down to is I am just lousy at change.

I am also finding change hard in the other thing in my life I was trying to improve, my spiritual routine. The last 2 or 3 days I have done next to nothing. I decided I am going to start over when I mess up. So today we are on day 1 again.

I just really question how capable am I at change. What do I need to do to make it more important to me? I’m just so frustrated. I feel like banging my head on a wall somewhere. Sigh…will I ever win?

Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

One of the real downfalls of fibromyalgia is poor sleep. I don’t know how many times I woke up last night. Once from dry eyes, two or three times from nightmares, and who knows how many times just to get more comfortable. It wasn’t rest, it was exhausting. So the downside, other than more pain, is fatigue. I took 3 naps today between 12 and 330. Obviously those weren’t all that restful either as it was less than three and a half hours I got out of it. In fact, as I sit here thinking what to put down, my eyes start to droop.

Some of the pitfalls of the fatigue is lack of concentration, I can look at a sentence, see the word go, and read inches. This isn’t an exageration. I am always rereading things trying to make some sense out of it. It’s frustrating to say the least since I love to read.

Another problem is I lack the stamina to do much around the house or in taking care of my dog. He is a very understanding little guy, especially because I have gotten a neighbor to start taking him on her long walks with her dog. But with me it is slow, easy, short and never far from the house.

Another is body weight. Because I don’t have the energy for exercise, or much of it, my body weight has skyrocketed. I was a size 4 when I got sick, now I am like a 20, maybe an 18. I am struggling now to bring that down. Walking as much as I can and being more mindful of what I eat. And if I can get my act together I have found a new exercise program that I hope I can do.

Headaches and muscle pains. What came first? Lack of sleep or the pain? I believe the pain, but it would be really hard to tell.

So what does a girl do? Well to tell the truth I have been doing this for 16 years, so it is my normal. Most of the time I smile and I mean it. Most of the time I pace myself and rest as necessary. And all of the time I put my reliance on Jehovah. But sometimes on days like today I just sleep and sleep and sleep waiting for one of the naps to catch me up.