Hi guys! I know I have been gone for what to me seems like a lifetime, but I am back and feeling better then ever (well, for the most part).
Has anyone else ever felt like they just hit a wall in their life and just feel stuck? It seems like we live everyday by routine, where nothing ever changes and nothing excites you anymore. Well, that was me for the last few months. I was just feeling stuck and in a routine that even now I find it hard to get out of. I hit 25 years old this past January and I feel like I’m living like an old lady. Wake up at 7am for work, at work from 9-5, come home, make dinner, clean up, sit on my phone while my boyfriend watches TV, make my lunch for the next day, clean again, shower, and go to bed by 10:30. Exciting, right?
What do you do though when you live in an area where literally there is nothing to do besides go out shopping, go out to eat, or go to the movies? You cant just do one though, we find ourselves having to do two things. So, if we go shopping we have to stop for food after. If we go to the movies, of course we have to get food there, but also find ourselves going for dinner before or after. So, let me rephrase what there is do to… eat.
In high school we didn’t have the money to always go shopping or go to the movies, but of course we always had money for food. My best friend at the time and I ALWAYS went to eat, it was an everyday thing. I mean what else is there to do?
After college it started catching up to me though. I’m currently at a point in my life where I don’t even want to look in the mirror. I don’t want to buy that cute outfit because I know its not gonna look like that on me. I don’t want to do anything. My parents are always bringing up my weight, my boyfriend has made a few comments on how much I eat, and so on.
I believe I am an average weight for people my age, but on the other hand I would be considered “over weight” when I google my height and weight.
I finally decided that I needed a change.
I am not a diet person. There are only two things that really excite me, eating and shopping. I need to feel satisfied with everything I eat, but I have realized that feeling only lasts a few minutes. The feeling of being “skinny” and toned would last a lot longer. I started on the Keto diet a few weeks ago. Basically, I eat more fat and protein and a lot less carbs. I am not an active person. I work an office job and then go home and sit on the couch for the rest of the night for the most part. I have a gym membership, but I cant tell you the last time I dragged my big butt to the gym. However, I do try to get a small workout in at home about 3 times a week. When I say small, I mean working out for about 15 minutes on and off and then laying on the ground for the next 15 minutes!
With all that being said, it has been about 3 weeks of doing this diet (on and off), and I have already lost about 5-6 pounds. It doesn’t seem like much, but I can start to see and feel the difference. I don’t follow any meal plan or anything special like that. I LOVE carbs, so for me this is not an easy diet, but its a lot faster and more successful then any other diet I have been on. I don’t kill myself over it though, I still have a day (or 2) a week where I cheat a little bit (I went to a Chinese buffet yesterday and ate like I haven’t seen food in months), but then today I am getting right back on track.
I’m no pro, but since this diet has been helping me a lot, I figured I would share some tips if you guys are anything like me and can literally live off of pizza and bread.
DIET TIPS FROM A CARB LOVER
- Do your research on the Keto diet, learn what good fats are and start checking food labels to see how many carbs there are. Its hard to believe that almost everything has some carbs in it!
- Eggs and bacon are your best friend. Eggs have about 1 gram of net carbs each and bacon has about 0 carbs (I get low sodium)!
- Protein drinks! I have tried so many and didn’t like any, but I do love the chocolate ones from Premiere Protein. It really does fill you until your next meal and it taste so much better then any other one I have tried. I enjoy drinking them.
- Try not to eat until after 10 am and do not eat after 7pm.
- As mentioned in #1, read labels on everything!
- Use the “Lose It” app to track your calories, carbs, fat, etc. It’s FREE!
- Find low carb alternatives for everything! Pinterest is my go to.
- Don’t deprive yourself, if you want pizza, have a slice of pizza, just be more strict with what you have for the rest of the day.
- Don’t waste your carbs on drinks, water and flavored water are your best friends.
- Set small goals. I want to lose a total of 25-30 pounds, once I get to my 12 pounds I’m going to have a day where I binge on Dominos Pizza.
- Eat real meat (chicken, steak, etc.) and lose the processed foods.
- If you HAVE to eat fast food, order a burger without the bun! I recently ordered a Bacon McDouble without the cheese and bun and it was only 5 grams of carbs. Be prepared for the people taking your order to be confused though and ask you “why”?
Below I will link some of my favorite low carb alternatives!
Let me know your weight lose goals, tips, and favorite dishes!
P.S. Chocolate Covered Almonds are God Sent and only 7 grams of net carbs for about 24 pieces!