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Day 323: Cheat day

Total weight loss: 39 1/2 pounds

I had lunch and dinner out, and both went over my carb count. Back to the keto plan tomorrow.

Day 224: Catching up on the blog (38 pounds down)

Total weight loss: 38 pounds

You may have noticed I’ve been gone for about a month. I’ve still been on keto, I just haven’t taken the time to blog.

The month had its usual ups and downs. Lots of stress, way too much to do and solve, but the keto habit remained ingrained. I had a few cheat meals, felt some remorse, jumped back on.

Since the last blog, I’ve lost another 3 pounds. I’m always happy to lose, but always look for that next highlight…this one is, of course, the 40 pound mark. I hope to reach it by Saturday (my son’s wedding day, BTW), but if I don’t then I’ll just keep plugging away.

As I think of any highlights, or low lights, of the past month, I’ll post them and try to catch up. Yesterday’s meals were nothing great. I have strep throat and I’m on antibiotics. I just don’t have much of an appetite, but I started the day with a low carb yogurt just to have something in my stomach. Lunch was way off the wagon – 2 beef chalupas and an order of nachos from Taco Bell.

Dinner was on track: chicken kabobs on a low carb bun. I had an Adkins candy snack in the afternoon.

In the evening, I had 2 glasses of wine sitting outside on a beautiful summer evening my hubby. Oh, and some Dubliner cheese with the wine.

I’ve probably been knocked out of keto by the Taco Bell, but I didn’t eat too much for the day besides that awful meal. (It wasn’t even very satisfying? why o why don’t I remember that before I order?)

Challenges to face this week: Luncheon at Macaroni Grill, rehearsal dinner at Traffic Jam, and WEDDING! I’ve had cheat meals, and I’ve had cheat days. Is there such a thing as a “cheat week”??

Day 114: An evening at Greek Town

Breakfast: Yogurt

Lunch: Planned – leftover chicken shawarma pizza; Reality – Taco Bell
I left home with what I thought was a grocery bag containing 2 pieces of shawarma pizza with garlic sauce. In reality, I had grabbed the leftover pizza bottoms/crusts I was going to give my dog. Since I was having a cheat meal later in honor of my son’s birthday, what the heck? I had 2 chalupas and nachos from Taco Bell

Dinner: Brandon wanted to go to Red Smoke in Greek Town. I knew up front that this was going to be a cheat meal. I had the pulled pork which comes on Texas toast. I chose mac and cheese as my side order. The meal also came with jalapeno corn bread. There were a half dozen bbq sauces from which to choose. I tried them all and my 2 favs were the poblano and the cherry bbq flavors.

At the end of the meal, I felt giddy and light-headed. I think I was actually drunk on carbs. I didn’t drink anything harder than water, so it could only have been some kind of carb effect.

The meal was delicious. The conversation flowed. Afterwards, someone had the bright idea to get ice cream (me) and I had one scoop of chocolate peanut butter. When I returned home, I crashed and tumbled into bed.

I certainly got any carb cravings out of my system. I seriously do not want to eat like that as a habit, which would have been my normal future. I feel better and more energetic on keto, and I look forward to formulating new and exciting menus and getting back to the plan.

Day 82: Cheat day. Boring.

Total weight loss: 21.5 pounds   Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 7th

After a disappointing experience on the scale with a zero weight loss for the week, I decided to try to shake things up a bit.

I had to work overtime on the book deadline for work, again. A final pdf is supposed to be at the the printer by Monday a.m. and it still needs work. I worked from my home office and skipped breakfast.

For lunch, I took a few minutes to heat my leftover half a quesadilla and topped it with salsa and sour cream.

Rick and I were planning to have date night. I put away work for awhile, and we decided to go to the AUCE Chinese buffet for my cheat day dinner. I was very very disappointed. I tasted “old grease” on my crab rangoons, and the chicken that made up the General Tso’s chicken was all dark meat (which I hate). It felt strange eating rice for the first time in a couple of months, but it was no great shakes.

All in all, I realized that the “fattening” no-carb foods I’ve been eating have mostly been fresh ingredients and very tasty dishes. This meal contained the “forbidden carbs” and they were not as great as I remembered.

THEN, the carb affect set in. I felt like I was drugged! (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. LOL)

I was really lethargic and barely felt like getting up from the table. It was interesting to experience that feeling and gave me some perspective on how great I have been feeling without eating carbs.

We went to see “21 Jump Street,” which was lame, but mildly funny. It was good escapism, and it took my mind off work, our business, home repair deadlines, and my dad’s issues. I decided NOT to get the snow-caps that I was planning to eat during the flick. If I felt this badly after rice and Chinese food sweeteners, how bad would I feel after a box of sugary chocolates? I was guessing pretty bad.

The last cheat day I had, I didn’t really eat too badly. The carbs came from tortillas and cole slaw, not from these really starchy food items. I think that’s why I didn’t feel the effects as much last cheat day.

I took a chance on 4 plain White Castle hamburgers after the movie, split some onion chips with Rick, and we each had their very tiny cheese cake dessert. That’s it! I’m back to low carb living. My walk on the wild side wasn’t all it was expected to be.