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!