Two-Week Keto Challenge. God help me.

Guys, I’m a failure.  It’s only a temporary failure, but I am ashamed.

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Another round of steroids for my hip problem has thrust me into the dark hell of overeating again.  I even talked to my doc about it.  He told me not to even bother trying to stay off sugar until I’m off the meds.  Just try to control whatever I am eating until it passes. So that’s what I did.  Nonetheless, I was very, very bad.  I am not proud. However, I promised that I would share the successes and the failures – so that you all can see that we ALL go through them – so here I am, disclosing the 5 slices of Domino’s I had for dinner last night, and the several orders or restaurant pancakes over the past week.

It was fun while it lasted but now I feel like crap; tired, achy, cranky… you name it. But now, with the Prednisone out of my system, I must once again ready for battle.

The truth is, I wasn’t doing so hot before the steroids, and the steroids just gave me an excuse to be worse.  Now that I’m back into fight mode, I have decided to try a more regimented plan – at least for two weeks – to get me back into the sugar free, low carb mindset. So here we are, with the Two-week Keto Challenge.

There’s an official “Two-Week Keto Challenge” from the Diet Doctor website (click the link for full details about the keto diet in general…), but I haven’t signed up for that. Literally, all I’m doing is following a strict keto diet for two weeks. The keto diet is basically low-carb, high fat.  But the low carb is VERY LOW. Less than 50 mg per day based on your weight and activity level.  The goal is to stop your body from relying on carbs for fuel and start burning up your stored fat.  The breakdown can be seen in this handy infographic from MyKetoKitchen:

Ketogenic Food Pyramid

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eg: Infographic By MyKetoKitchen.com

My percentages are slightly different – I’m dong 8% carbs, 72% fat, and 20% protein.  I got these figures from this handy keto-calculator site.

So what’s the difference – you know, in comparison to my previous efforts?  None, really, except this time I’ll be following a more strict plan and tracking my food instead of just eating anything I think is low carb. The good news is, I can still eat dairy… and BUTTER.

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Another point of note is that you count NET carbs, which is carbs minus fiber.  So if you look at my food diary and see that I’ve eaten more than my allotment of carbs, you still have to subtract the fiber, since MyFitnessPal doesn’t have an option to record only net carbs.  That’s right, I’ve included a link to my food diary so you can take a look and see what I’m eating, and to make myself more accountable to myself and to the readers of this blog. I don’t want this to be a place where people go to feel sorry for themselves and wallow in what they couldn’t do and use me as an excuse.  I want to be a good example.  I may need to fail many more times, but I have faith that I will ultimately succeed.  Hopefully, we can help each other through.

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The Bible says “Man cannot live by bread alone,” (Mathew 4:4).  Well, for at least the next two weeks, I will not be living by bread at all.  Just meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, and dairy… and a whole lotta Jesus to get me through.

I also will be dong some workouts 4 days a week.  I found a great YouTube Channel called “BodyFit by Amy” and she has some great 10-minute workouts for ALL levels.  She even includes modifiers for those of us who are still working up to the more strenuous stuff.  This is my playlist:

I plan to do the low-impact cardio on Mondays, the weights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the kickboxing on Fridays.  I was successful this morning and felt great after I got done.  The fact that they are quick is a real selling point for me.  I am easily bored with workouts so I get to burn a bunch of calories before I start wishing it was over. Plus, she has SO MANY WORKOUTS.  I can change up the rotation every so often and be hard-pressed to run out of videos.  If you try any of the workouts, let me know what you think!  Especially if you try any of her other workouts that aren’t on my playlist.  I’d like to know what other people are using to succeed.

Well, I will end there for now.  Please send prayers and encouragement to help get me through these two weeks.  It’s going to be especially challenging given all the carb-bingeing I’ve been doing lately. If you’d like to be my “buddy” so we can do the challenge together, just add me on MyFitnessPal!

God bless and good health,

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