Day 2, Rocking Ketosis

Day 1 (of the rest of my life…) actually brought me into a state of ketosis.  How do I know?  By golly, my halitosis!!  halitosis-948x640

About halfway through the day I noticed a constant sweet, fruity taste in my mouth.  As if I had drank a diet cherry soda.  It isn’t unpleasant but the feedback on my fruity breath was.  

How am I already in a state of ketosis?  I’m thinking because I’m fairly active and transitioned right from a pretty high-carb diet.  That and I did a very challenging workout that probably drained much of my stored glycogen.

Some people go through a rough transition, the “keto-flu” while their body adapts.  I haven’t experienced that yet.  I felt, surprisingly, really good.  I had zero cravings for sugar or carbs, which is a shocking departure from my norm.  I felt energetic but much calmer than usual.  I feel like this diet will be pretty easy to stick to for me.  I get the sense that this is the way I am supposed to be eating, for my body.

I’ve tried losing weight in the past (just a few pounds as needed) and it was excruciatingly difficult.  I was still eating too much sugar and carbs.  For people who are sensitive to insulin spikes and don’t handle sugar well, you need to do more than just cut calories.  You need to go low carb or even keto so that your insulin levels stay low.  Insulin in excess is bad, bad stuff.  Not only does it make your body store fat (and put you into a cycle of constant cravings) but it also feeds tumor growth.

Even though I’ve always been pretty thin I know I’m at risk for developing type 2 diabetes as I age.  My blood sugar went berserk and I was borderline diabetic during my pregnancies.  I’ve been trying to eat my sweets in moderation but it just doesn’t work for me.

I really believe that on this diet I will feel better and be able to effortlessly shed a few pounds.  I know some might roll their eyes but I have a very small frame and a few pounds makes a huge difference on my body.  I’d like to lose about 4.  At that point I’ll have a body fat around 15% which will mean pretty sick looking abs.  😉  I’m vain, ok?  Sue me.

The only drawback so far is that last night I felt too wired to sleep.  I’ve read that is pretty common at first but most people quickly transitioning to sleeping much better than before adapting a ketogenic diet.  Well, that and my odd fruit loops breath.  Hopefully that will dissipate as well too.

So far I’m feeling pretty good and excited about all the nummy, nourishing, low carb food I get to eat.  Avocados, cheese, cream- hurray!

 

First day of the Rest of My Life

I’m a little late in the game, here at the 7th of January but late is better than never, right?  Sometimes motivation kicks in seemingly at random.  I’ve been wanting to make some changes for awhile but I woke up today and knew it was the right time.  I wanted to start this blog to document my progress.

First, a little about me.  I am actually already pretty physically fit.  I’m one of those weirdos that enjoy a tough workout.  I love doing HIIT cardio and a tough strength training workout.  I love endorphins and progress.  I’ve always been motivated to workout so that isn’t the problem.

What is the problem is that I have a major sugar addiction.  I don’t really “binge” per say but I snack and I almost always want something sweet.  Chocolate, cookies, sweetened coffee…  I really am overly reliant on them for an energy boost.  I lie and tell myself I deserve them after a tough workout.  But my heart and tight jeans know the truth.

Coming off the holidays my weight, while still in the healthy range, is higher than I’d like.  But more importantly, I just want to feel better.  I know sugar is terrible for me.  I can’t seem too properly regulate it.  I just need to cut it out.  26638168_10159925309005074_866830561_n

So this is my first picture.  My “before”.

I’m 5’5″ with about 20% body fat at 119 pounds.

My plan is to keep doing my workouts 5 times a week as usual but really overhaul my diet.

As a type O blood person I do best with a lot of protein and meat.

While my heart wants carbs galore I know I feel best eating high fat, high protein and low carb.

I want to start out at about 1,500 calories a day and keep carbs under 50 grams, with very little sugar.  I’ll be getting my carbs from veggies.

I’m looking forward to having more level energy and emotions.  I’m looking forward to getting more definition and less “cushion”.  I’m not interested so much in weight loss as I am in generally feeling better and gaining lean muscle mass as I cut some body fat (while staying within what is healthy for a female).  I really love a lean, strong look and that is my goal.  I would like a more defined six pack and a smaller toosh!

I plan to update on progress with pics and other fun details to help myself stay motivated.