It’s May: The Best Month of the Year

Hi, friends!

May is my favorite month for a few reasons, primarily that everything is finally turning 1000’s of shades of green and that the 15th is my birthday (and this year the 15th is also the ChesCo Half and 5k!). I set monthly goals each month, but I think it’d do me good to make them public, so here goes:

Monthly Goals – May Edition

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I have a tendency to overbook myself–I write in my paper planner at the beginning of every week and it’s always jam-packed. Instead of hoping for a chance to blog, I’m going to treat blogging like any other appointment: schedule it, do it, feel good.

Keto On

In case you haven’t been keeping up with my Instagram, I’m freaking KILLIN’ it right meow. I was down 8.6 lbs in April, which is so unreal for me. Since restarting my weight loss journey post-car accident, I rarely lose more than 4 lbs in a month. I know it’s a combination of things, so I’m going to keep on keepin’ on with adjusted keto (50-ish carbs a day), working out (lifting + running + volleyball + disc golf), getting in my steps on my Fitbit Blaze, and counting calories on weekdays (with my friends at LoseIt). I’m finally back to having lost 100 lbs, and it just feel so good.

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Work on my Scale Addiction

I’ve always had an issue weighing myself too much. In the last few years, I’ve gotten really good at weighing myself daily, but only “counting it” on weigh-in day, and even better at not losing my shit if the scale is way up (especially if I recently had a cheat meal or what have you). Since getting my Fitbit Aria scale, though, I’m struggling a bit. The scale logs your weight for you every single day, and that’s been making me struggle a bit with regular fluctuations. And by “struggle a bit”, I mean weighing myself like, 900 times in a row. Not healthy; must stop.

Run, Forrest, Run!

Yet another goal where I feel like I’m killin’ it is running. My first 5k of the year is on my birthday, May 15th. We joined the Slyfox Track Club, too, so that we could have access to some fun races at a discounted rate, all while supporting the local running community. It’s so nice having Bird (current nickname for boyfriend) to join me on all of these goals. He isn’t interested in weight loss (he doesn’t need to be, lol) but he’s on board anyways, and that support is so vital to my success. For this goal, I’d like to get three more races scheduled for the next three months.

In non-weight-loss-related-goals, I’m working on:

1. Reading more. I have 8983937058205 books that I have yet to read. I love reading, and I need to be better at making a time commitment to reading instead of Netflix.
2. Volunteering/Chartiable events. We’ve only volunteered once so far this year, and that’s silly. A lot of our volunteering events happen in summer, so it isn’t as though it’s unacceptable, but I’d like to make sure we don’t miss too many opportunities to affect change ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s probably more than enough for one month ๐Ÿ˜‰

What kind of goals are you working on this month? Let me know below, then let’s kick some butt together!

New Year, New Adventures! (AKA KetoDeb Does Whole30!)

Hi, friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably already aware that today was our first day of Whole30. It’s been quite the adventure already, getting my brain to understand that Whole30 allows for consumption of carbs. Like, I had potatoes today. WEIRD. Moving forward, you can safely assume that everything I’ve listed for consumption is organic/grass-fed/local food.

I was disgusted with myself at my weigh-in this morning. I let the holidays (ya know, two weeks+) serve as an excuse to eat garbage for several additional days, resulting in an 11 lb weight gain (which, ya know, practically takes my progress for 2015 down by half! I know, I know, water weight yada yada). It was extremely frustrating for so many reasons, but mostly because I felt like a letdown to myself. Anyways, enough with the self-pity. I weighed in, took measurements and photos*, and got to work. Gym at 5AM and an entirely Whole30 compliant day, right down to drinking some Throat Coat as I get ready for bed.

Here’s what we ate today:

Pre-workout: cold-pressed coffee using this recipeย (which is admittedly quite snobbish… skip the hubbub and go straight to the how-to-make-cold-pressed-coffee-in-a-french-press). It was AMAZING! So very good, so smooth, and I didn’t miss the dairy in it at all.

Post-workout: Sweet Potato Egg Cups. Holy moly these are good. Not very different from keto eggs cups that I make, just add sweet potato and you’re good to go. Normally post-workout we have a protein shake (GNC Wheybolic, frozen strawberries, almond milk) but practically none of it is compliant, so we had to find a substitute. These are very filling and taste amazing.

Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee (Whole30 ย rules would rather you don’t drink your meals, but I’m never giving up BPC, it’s just too good to me) made with homemade ghee (I used Alton Brown’s recipeย with Kerrygold Unsalted Butter) and coconut oil.

Lunch: Rosemary Dijon Chicken and Red Potatoes. I made this in the crockpot yesterday with enough servings for us to each it for lunch Monday-Friday this week. The chicken was wonderfully tender and the rosemary flavor stayed throughout (even though I used dried rosemary, not fresh). I also had a small Pink Lady apple and 9 blackberries.

I got home late from physical therapy, so we split a Lara Bar (pecan pie) while I made spinach and garlic burgers (mash all the raw things together, grill), sweet potato fries (with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder), and bacon aioli (I used this recipe and just skipped the sugar) to smother it all in. It was quite the process, but totally worth it:IMG_20160104_193523.jpg

Alright. I need to get some sleep so I can wake up tomorrow and happily repeat ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re interested in Whole30, feel free to follow along on our journey via my Instagram or this blog. I look forward to sharing with you!

*I’ll post my before photos/measurements either as a separate post, or wait until Whole30 is complete to post them (there is no weighing/measuring allowed during the program!).

Recipe Review: Low Carb Onion Rings

Edit: OMG YOU GUYS. I scheduled this and it never posted–so sorry I teased it on IG and never posted it! Forgive me, please?

Two recipe reviews in a week…. what am I, a cooking machine?!

Well, kinda. But no, no. I am just having mad cravings and I’m sitting here (having just eaten lunch, mind you) dying for onion rings! I figured I might as well put my cravings to good use and make sure you all have access to this SLAM-BANGIN’ recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry for Low Carb Onion Rings. This is one of those recipes that I pinned a long long time ago, but I never actually made it until the lovelyย +Stephanie Hetrickย sent me a message telling me how amazing they were that I put in the effort (and I repinned it to the top in case you’d like to pin it for yourself!).

I had a hard time corroborating the listings for this that were already in MFP, so this is the info from IBIH’s website: Serves 4; Approximate nutrition information per serving: 175 calories, 16g fat, 4g net carbs, 3g protein

This photo is also from IBIH… she’s amazing at all the things ๐Ÿ™‚

Using coconut flour in this recipe is key–it soaks up the perfect amount of the egg mixture and creates a perfect consistency for frying. If you can manage not to annihilate these the second they come out of the oil, I highly recommend using them to dip in various low-carb dips and dressings and putting them on burgers. Good lord, low-carb onion rings on low-carb burgers. It’s a match made in low-carb heaven.

Have you made these before? Do you have any other favorite fried low-carb foods? Share in the comments below!

Goals, Goals, Goals!

Hi, friends!

My last blog was basically a status update, so in this one I want to focus on my 2015 goals. I’m a goal-setter by nature. I work best when I have a clearly defined goal with objectives. My goals for this year aren’t only weight-loss related, but that’s what I’ll be focusing on here.ย 
For me, weight loss goals are a little different than regular goals (with a set date and time and way to measure success). I found out rather quickly that when I set numbers-based goals, I am just setting myself up for failure and misery. Scales are stupid. We made up numbers and weight and BMI bullshit–so, while I think those metrics are a good measure of progress in some regard, focusing on achieving a specific number feels silly. So, I measure a few things:
  1. Did I lose any weight at all?
  2. Did I lose a reasonable amount of weight for the circumstances that need to be considered?
  3. Did my body measurements decrease?
  4. Do I feel better physically? Mentally?ย 
  5. Do I have more energy?
  6. Have I made progress fitness-wise?
Those aren’t as clear-cut questions, either, but they give me a place to find positivity in what might not feel so great sometimes (like when my eating is spot-on but I’m still not losing weight, or I upped my strength training numbers and gained weight, etc.). Okay, okay–onto the goals:
  • Lose weight!
Things I’ll be doing:
  1. Eating clean with one cheat meal per month (scheduled for the same time period every month)
  2. Weighing daily (I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t, but I’m gonna. Buh.) and taking body measurement once per month on the first of every month
  3. Fitness–cardio and strength training three times per week (each!)
My goal is is 135. That’s entirely arbitrary, though, because I’ve never weighed less than 178. And I was really happy there, but I think a lot of that had to do with not weighing 309 any more. So, who knows what I’ll end up weighing–only time will tell.ย 

Is weight loss one of your goals? Do you have a goal weight or just want to lose weight in general? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thank you so much!

Hey loves!

Just wanted to pop in and say thank you so much for the support across my social networks! I appreciate it and super-de-duper hope to get back to blogging regularly ASAP.

I hope you all have a safe and happy (and at least marginallyย healthy!) Thanksgiving!

Deb