Keto challenge week 3

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It’s been 3 whole weeks since I started on this keto diet challenge. I weighed in, took a picture of where I am “body wise” for proof, made some chocolate pudding deserts, and a few other recipes like Jalapeno poppers, Yum!

Body Fat

I have yet to check my body fat percentage and almost did today while at the Lunar Festival in Riverside, CA but we were looking for the food area so I didn’t get to (hungry kids must be fed!). Hopefully this week I can check it so that my fat loss over the next few months can be more accurate and I can monitor my challenge a little better. I’ve learned from several Keto websites that knowing your body fat will actually help you determine just how many carbs a day you can eat. I think this would come in handy for me since I hope to loose at least 1 pound a week. Speaking of loosing a pound. I weighed in this morning! Ketoconnect has a body fat calculator you can use as well as KetoDietApp. In addition, you will want to know your body fat. There’s one on Active.com that I plan on using this week so that I can better track my diet. Here are some pictures of what I’ve ate for dinner and had for leftovers as lunch for this week.

Shrimp and chicken wings with Brussel sprouts
Pastrami lettuce boats with mustard and mixed veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken thighs and cooked spinich with mini sweet peppers
Hamburger patty with Havarti cheese, jalapeno poppers, spinach, bacon, and avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daily Plan

Here’s how my daily eating goes: I drink a cup of coffee with sweetener and 1/4 cup whole milk in the morning. A few hours later I have breakfast and eat 2 boiled eggs and a string cheese. Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before. In between I eat a keto bomb or two and for dinner I make something new with enough leftovers for the next day. Weekends are a little relaxed in that I may have a glass of wine here and there or we may go out to eat and I’ll end up having to compromise a bit. I’m still learning on how to make the best choices while dinning out and I don’t want to be the “salad” eater every time we go out but at the same time I’m definitely not going to order the chocolate cake at the end either. In addition I get a little fancy with breakfast because I actually get to cook the eggs. Sometimes we have bacon, other times it’s ham and cheese.

Weighing In

This week to my surprise I lost another pound! I was super excited when I hopped on the scale this morning. If I must give some kind of advise about weighing yourself, I think the best time to do so is the same day and at the same time. I like to pick Saturday mornings because I can post any results I have on the same day I post about my diet. The reason why you shouldn’t weigh yourself more than once a week because there tends to be some fluctuation during the week and seeing the scale go up the day after it just went down could deter you from wanting to keep going. It’s a bummer to get happy about loosing a pound only to get sad the next day because you went back up a pound.

142! whoo hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s ironic that I took this picture wearing Guinness pajama bottoms, lol! Dark beer is my beer of choice but it’s something that I’ve pretty much stopped drinking because the carb count is usually way to high. At least I can still drink red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is my wine of choice and it’s low enough in calories for me to have a glass on the weekends…and I do mean one glass because something about cutting carbs to such a very low amount turns you into a total lightweight. While I continue to learn about pairing my foods to create low-carb masterpieces of deliciousness, I’ve also learned that even though something may be low carb, too much of that something can increase your total carb intake drastically. Take caution with foods sporting carbs over 10 grams a serving and if you’re a coffee drinker like me, it pays to use a sweetener instead of sugar because believe it or not, each teaspoon is 2 grams of carbs.

Stay tuned for next week’s update, head on over to post #3 food review for this week’s recipe testing adventure. And don’t forget to subscribe for all things DIY and to see how week 4 goes on my Keto Diet Challenge!

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