Week 1: Easing into Keto and Intermittent Fasting

Hey Everyone! I’m bringing you my blog update today by video. I thought I’d give it a try, and if you guys like this, maybe I’ll continue doing it by video. Let me know in the comments below! And if you prefer to read, scroll down to view the transcript. Thanks!

What I did

So, I did three days of 16 hours fasting with an 8-hour eating window, and I did “easing into keto.” So I had 16% carbs. I think with keto you’re supposed to be aiming for under 10%, and I had 60% fat, and I think you’re supposed to be aiming for say, 75%, and then my protein was 24%, so a little bit on the higher end there, should be more like 20%.

So not too bad for a first week, I’m pretty happy with that.

So, how have I been feeling?

Mildly hungry. Nothing too extreme or that I couldn’t manage. I got a little hangry once or twice, but mostly pretty good.

I enjoyed the meals I had. I REALLY appreciated not having to do my own meal planning. I received my one-week meal plan from Megan Kelly, my nutritionist, and the meals were actually really good. We used them as a basis for what the rest of the family would eat.        So, they ate some of the same stuff that I did, and we just added stuff like rice or whatever for them.

And then I did some batch cooking, so I didn’t have to cook everyday. Which was great, made life easy.

In terms of my symptoms… Still fatigued. I still found after a long walk or a hard workout I felt tired or sore, no change there.

I did lose 1.4 pounds which I’m pretty happy with. If I was able to keep that up, I would be very happy, because that would be the most weight I would have lost in a long time.

And, my mood has been good.

So those are all good.

Non-Scale Victories

I think the thing that’s really easy to overlook – and maybe a lot of us do this – is, the sort of more immediate reward. These goals that I have –I’m not expecting that I’m suddenly going to be bounding with energy, or my hips will stop hurting, or my hair will be less fragile or the ridges in my fingernails will disappear – these things, I’m not expecting them to happen in one week. Right? It’s going to take a while, and certainly with the weight loss it will take a while.

But, more immediately, what I can feel good about is a sort of a sense of peacefulness around my choices for the day. You know, not going to bed at night with regret over the choices that I made. And it’s really easy to just overlook that, and I think I often do, just wait for the day when I’ve lost 10 pounds before I’m allowed to feel good. Or not giving myself credit for making what are not easy changes.

So, I say that to tell everyone, “Celebrate your NSV’s” – your Non-Scale Victories – and, for me, I would say that’s a sense of peacefulness at the end of the day. And that’s really worth it. So, here’s to another week, and I’ll be back in touch again in another week or so and let you know how I’m doing. Bye!

Your turn

Let me know if how you liked this video update in the comments below, and as always, I’d love to hear from you if you’re in the process of making healthy lifestyle changes, are intermittent fasting, or have an autoimmune disease. What’s been helpful to you?

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