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Week 4, A Month Already!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

So today marks one month on my new keto eating plan. The time went by pretty fast!
Compared to last week, my weight has stayed the same...so no new weight loss to report this week. Compared to January 1, I'm down eight pounds, and I'm very happy with that! Of course it's a bit disappointing when the scale doesn't show a steady decline each week, but I know from years of dieting that isn't how it works. I expect to have weeks of maintaining or even gains.
This week reminded me of past experiences with Weight Watchers (which I was on at least three times in my life). I remember being annoyed when I would pay $10 for the weekly meeting and find out I didn't lose, or even gained, and then feeling miserable and mad that I was out the money! It would start this whole cascade of feelings of failure, like I can't do it, I'm wasting money, why bother, etc. and would end up with me eating my feelings and quitting the diet altogether. I'm older and wiser now (I hope!). So now on my current plan, I remind myself that I'm doing it for the health benefits of reducing my blood glucose numbers, reducing inflammation, and yes, weight loss too, but it will take time. It took many years to put on the weight, and it will take years to heal all the damage I've caused by eating the wrong foods that caused inflammation and fat storage. And this time I'm not paying any fees or membership dues to be on this diet, so I can "afford" to be patient with myself.
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My favorite meals this week included a soup I made with sausage, onions, carrots, turnips, and a big bag of fresh kale. The turnips were a wonderful potato replacement in this soup. I also bought cauliflower "rice" for the first time, and I can see why it is so popular. It does make it easy to cook some yummy low-carb side dishes. I made a dish I'll call Cauli-Cheese Pie by microwaving it in a pie plate, then adding cream cheese, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese; mix it all together and press down into the pie plate; top with Parmesan cheese and bake until brown on top. I also discovered a super quick and surprisingly good lunch when I used canned chicken, drained it, put it on top of butter lettuce, drizzled sesame oil and tamari on top, and then a handful of macadamia nuts...tasted like a crunchy Chinese chicken salad (thanks to BECCABOO127 for the idea of using canned chicken with Asian spices).
I'm also learning how important it is to have meals and snacks available and made ahead of time. I found that my lunch was really too small and more like a snack, so I would be hungry for snacks after dinner, and I'm feeling more satisfied if I eat more calories for lunch. So on Sunday I prepped a lot of food for the week. I made hard boiled eggs for breakfasts, and I also made some of them into deviled eggs (I don't like mayo, so I used sour cream instead, and they were good). I baked a pan of chicken thighs to use in various ways for dinners and lunches, and made bacon in the oven at the same time. Today I'm baking a big spaghetti squash that we'll have for dinner, and I'll also freeze some for another meal. Being prepared in advance helps!
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Today we are getting snow, and then the temperatures will plunge to about 3 degrees. I know many parts of the country are even colder. But looking to next week, we will get into the 50s again! Reminds me of my diet plan...just hang in there and get through it...changes are coming soon! Thanks for reading, and keep warm!
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