Wednesday, November 20, 2019
I have been trying to ease into my new lifestyle, so as to not overwhelm my body and mind. That is often my first step to failure - too much, too fast and then I crash because it was an unreasonable expectation from the start.
This time, I began by revamping my eating habits. Keto (under 20 carbs per day), no sugar, and intermittent fasting (16/8). For three months I only drank water, but I have recently added in DIY Starbucks Skinny Mocha Vanilla Lattes. I bought their Skinny Vanilla sugar free syrup (you can buy them in almost any Starbucks location), and a bag of Pike Place roast. At home I add a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and heavy cream, along with the coffee and syrup, and there you have it - all the deliciousness without the carbs. In fact, it comes out to about 1.5 carbs per grande. Interestingly enough, I am not even a regular coffee drinker (love the smell and flavour of coffee, was just never anyone who felt compelled to drink it regularly). However, it now feels kind of like a daily treat and it is supposed to help with um...some of the bodily waste elimination complications that come with keto. Haha.
After my body was used to the new eating habits, I added in exercise. I have found the SP Challenges to be fantastic. I am currently doing a 28 Day At Home Workout Challenge and will be moving on to one of the Bootcamp series next. On the rest days I am still getting in a bit of yoga or strength training just to stay in the habit of doing SOMETHING.
Now that I am well established with the food and exercise, I am adding on daily meditation. I truly suck at this because clearing my mind and just BEING, even for short periods of time, feels like some kind of colossal punishment to me, but I am going to give it a shot!
So, that is kind of where I am at. In the past 2 months I have lost 33lbs. It sounds like a lot (I mean, imagine trying to carry around 4 gallons of milk every second of your life!), but I am not SEEING anything yet. I keep reminding myself that it is a fantastic start, though, and that I need to remember that I did not put all the extra weight on in a few months, so I cannot expect to lost it all in just a few months.