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Week 1, Happy Results!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

I just finished my first week on a keto diet, and I am very happy with my progress! I had gained about four pounds over the holidays, and when I got on the scale this morning, compared to January 1, I had lost five pounds! So I lost the holiday weight plus one more pound.
But even more important than that, I already see my blood glucose numbers improving. I've been testing my blood sugars for years (off and on). I don't think I've ever had a reading below 100, at any time of day. The past week, I had two readings of 98 in the afternoon before dinner. My morning blood sugars are always the highest, due to the dawn phenomenon. Sometimes they are as high as 144 (and they go down when I eat breakfast). This morning my fasting glucose was 118, and it hasn't been below 123 or a long time. So the trend is definitely improving!
The first few days I did have to fight some cravings, but I just concentrated on keto foods and didn't give in to them. I also had one night of insomnia, which I remember happening in the fall when I started going low carb. I think it's when you start burning ketones and your brain is just "fired up" and you can't sleep. It's a strange feeling, like you are buzzing! But that balanced out in a few days. By Saturday, my cravings were gone. I even baked a batch of oatmeal cookies for a church event the next day, and wasn't tempted in the least to even taste one.

My favorite meals this week (I want to include this in my weekly blogs, as a reminder to myself so I can look back when I need meal ideas): Chicken thighs with spaghetti squash topped with Parmesan cheese and sour cream. This tasted like an Alfredo sauce and was very filling and wonderful! Baked pork roast with cabbage. Turkey burger with cheese on butter lettuce.

I also experimented with some baking this week, and came up with a delicious ginger nut cookie that turned out perfectly. It's crunchy like a gingersnap on the outside, but has a softer cookie center. It has 4.2 grams of total carbs per cookie. I always seem to have enough carbs left in my day to enjoy this as a dessert.
For exercise, we actually had nice weather on Sunday so I managed a 50 minute walk outside (unusual for January)!
I also took the advice from one of the keto cookbooks I bought, and measured myself. They advised getting measurements of your upper arms, chest, waist, hips and thighs. That way, when weight plateaus happen (and they will), you can see if you are losing inches.
I've had some stresses this week, but attempted to not "eat" the feelings. Our tax accountant retired in the fall, and we are trying to find a new one (amazing what they charge!). I also ran into somewhat bullying (?) behavior regarding my new eating plan, and boy it was hard to bite my tongue, but I knew in the end I would just get more upset if I responded. So, I just stayed silent and let it go. I don't have to prove myself or defend my choices to anyone. I'm doing this for myself and my health, and after my research, I feel this plan, the way I want to do it, is right for me, right now. I may tweak things and change things as the weeks go on, but it's working for now and it wasn't difficult. I wasn't starving or feeling deprived as I had been on past diets. That's all the matters. And I count this week as a big success! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their 2019 goals. Thanks for reading!
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    This is GREAT! So proud of you! Stay Strong & Keto On! :-)
    507 days ago
    Way to go, on your successes! It sounds like you are on a good trajectory! emoticon

    Sorry about the recent problems. There's a free thing that can help you do your taxes, TurboTax or some other company has this free web thing. Maybe you can use that and save some serious cash! And way to go on not letting anyone get you down-- if what you're doing is helping you, then it's probably right for you. I mean, your blood sugar readings are really stellar! And you've lost some weight!
    511 days ago
    I love reading about your successes! You are truly an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon
    511 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Sounds like a very excellent & encouraging start to the New Year for you! Thanks for sharing your journey.
    512 days ago
    Good for you!
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    Great job!
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  • no profile photo PATRIOTICAFVET
    Awesome! Congrats!
    I just started working the Keto plan yesterday and it seems like it will work for me too. Thanks for sharing the meals you are preparing I made Alfredo Parmesan tonight with zucchini noodles and it was divine!
    513 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I had a few run ins with relatives at family events. One of the food pushers said "aw one piece of carrot cake couldn't hurt".

    It got ugly when my wife stepped in and said he's a diabetic, yes one piece of carrot cake could hurt.

    I enjoyed reading your blog.
    513 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    That is so terrific! Congrats on the weight loss, but also on the glucose readings. You are right we did have some nice weather didn't we. Today it started out fine, but this afternoon you can tell the rain and colder weather is approaching. I have been trying to do low carb for a while now, and I have success when I stick to the plan. Although I know that this is the way to go for me, I find myself slipping back into my old bad habits and just eat what I want. I have fight with myself to get back where I was before and where I want to be.

    You keep up this for you, and don't let anyone tell you different. Take what they say with a grain of salt and go on with what you need to do for yourself. If it is your physician telling you this, then I would ask why and want the reasons this should not be followed. Then I would make my decision as to what is working better for me.

    Take care Rosemary and again congrats on your results.
    513 days ago
    Wow! That is amazing! I enjoy reading about your experiences with keto! I've not went full keto, but I've been thinking about it. I might try to in the future. Right now I just do low carb and it's working so I think I'll just stay here for now. I've been listening to the 2 videos you mentioned previously and also doing a little research myself on the keto diet and it sounds like it's a great plan for your health! Don't give another thought to the bullying behavior--you're doing what works for you and many times people act like that because they're jealous of what you're accomplishing or that you've made some goals and are actually doing something good in your life! I love your meal shares! The chicken thighs sound YUMMY!!! And you're right--taking measurements is great for plateaus! I just re-took my measurements after a month and lost 8.25 inches! It made me feel much better after only losing a pound the week before! lol You go girl! Sounds like you're doing AWESOME! So proud of you and you should proud of yourself as well!

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  • LINDA!
    I am so happy for you. Seeing the weight loss results is so exciting. Glad that you didn't cave in and argue your position. I hate it when other people try to bully us into changing our mindset.
    513 days ago
    Rosemary, you are on a roll here. All the pieces are falling into place and you are just glowing with this! You've found an eating style that works for you.

    And why do people feel they have to say something about how a person eats? You don't have to justify yourself to them. Fooey!

    Your cookie recipe sounds delicious!!
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  • MEDIC1706
    513 days ago
    What a great story! And the food choices sound great!
    513 days ago
    Wtg!!!!! Keep up the awesome work
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  • no profile photo LYNNEALVES
    Congratulations on your success this first week. Keep up the fight, you can do it!
    513 days ago
    Good job on the weight loss. But an even better job of standing up for yourself against food bullies. My husband eats all he wants all the time and never gains weight. He's constantly bringing home food as a gift for me and I find it hard to resist.
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