Can you tell the difference?
Other than my family and friends that are being super nice and following my blog (thank you and I love you!), I seriously haven’t a clue who else would read this. I am happy to see a small, steady flow of visitors almost every day so that makes me feel fulfilled. I am still hopeful and will make an announcement anyway.
No recipe or food photos this time. This post will describe my month-long series that I’ve planned for May 2017. The series will center on transitioning back to a low-carb, high fat/Ketogenic diet, post-dietary derailment.
Since I’ve started the blog, my diet has gotten very wonky. It is no wonder. I started baking things and spending more time in the kitchen. I sampled everything I’ve baked on this blog and a little too much of it. It helped that Easter Sunday coincided with my birthday too, so I felt entitled to treat myself. I kicked myself out of ketosis completely. Was it worth it? Yes, yes it was.
I’m optimistic that my eating habits will be better in May. I mean, I have to get back on track here. There’s simply no excuse!
For most of the month, I will have my family’s home completely to myself with the dogs. This presents the perfect opportunity for me to “regroup” and get myself back on track. There will be fewer distractions and temptation while I am living alone. More walks in the park with the animals too, especially since no one else will be around to contribute.
On another note, I am motivated to fit into a pair of white jeans and other clothes that I’d kept from when I was slimmer (from four years ago). I can fit into most my favorite clothes since losing some weight when I started my weight-loss journey last October. However, they’re still a little snug. Time to tame the thunder thighs!
May is going to be a fun and interesting month because I’ve designed a dietary plan that will involve experimentation with fasting techniques. I plan to chronicle my experiences throughout the month on the blog and post updates of what I eat on Instagram. My gut-feeling is that it is going to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Weight-loss is really hard but rewarding work!
Maybe, somewhere out there, this month-long journey might help a fellow dieter get some ideas. However, I am not here to solicit or give any advice to people on how to lose weight. I am only here to chronicle my personal experience and experiment for fun. I am not a doctor, a certified athletic specialist or registered nutritionist of any sort. If you have any advice, please feel free to share. You can shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in this post. I’d really appreciate the love!
Here is an outline of my plan for May 2017:
Phase 1 (April 24th -30th): Eat a healthy, mostly plant-based, whole food diet. Limit animal fats. No nuts, seeds, or dairy (except butter and eggs).
Phase 2 (May 1-7): Get body back into Ketosis. Limit Carb intake to 20 net carbs or less per day. No nuts, seeds or dairy (except butter and eggs).
Phase 3 (May 8-12): Try an Egg Fast.
Phase 4 (May 13-21): Go back to keto from Phase 2 with intake of 20 net carbs per day. Incorporate Intermittent Fasting using an 8/16 feeding/non-feeding window. No nuts, seeds or dairy (except butter and eggs).
Phase 5 (May 22-26): Try a Fat Fast.
Phase 6 (May 27-31): Go back to keto from Phase 2 with intake of 20 net carbs per day. Incorporate Intermittent Fasting, using an 8/16 feeding/non-feeding hour ratio. No nuts, seeds or dairy (except butter and eggs).
Phase 7 (June 1st and onward): Try fasting methods and Carb-ups on occasion, when experiencing a plateau. Then, stay on ketogenic diet plan until Thanksgiving. Because…why even try to stay keto on Thanksgiving?
Phase 1: I am going to use the last week of April to eliminate carbohydrates slowly. This will help me from experiencing intense keto flu when I enter Phase 2. This is a little trick I figured out on my own and it works best for me. Nuts and dairy make my weight loss stall. They’re two foods that immediately get me off the bandwagon. Although I love them so much, they must go for now.
Phase 2: This phase will involve going back to my typical ketogenic diet regimen to get myself back into the swing of things.
Phase 3: I will explain the Egg fast and the rules when the time comes. In short, the fast consists of eating nothing but eggs, cheese, and fats. Sounds pretty intense, I know. Let’s hope I will not die.
Phase 4: This is where I’ll experiment with Intermittent Fasting. Each day throughout this phase, my first meal will be at noon every day and the last will be consumed by 8 PM. During this 8-hour feeding window, I plan to eat two meals within that time period, one of which will be a Bullet Proof Coffee.
Phase 5: Hopefully I’ve survived the first four phases. The fat fast will be similar to the egg fast but with more variety. Yes, it will include bacon. Bacon is life, so I think I’ll live.
Phase 6: Getting back to Intermittent fasting again. Hopefully, this will prove effective and will be something I can use often.
Phase 7: Stay fully accountable until Thanksgiving 2017!
I do have some experience with Intermittent Fasting. The Egg/Fat fasts are new for me. To add, there are a TON of varying opinions on how long one should try whatever type of fasting that’s out there.
Although this is a plan I want to commit to fully, I am also committed to listening to my body. In the past, I’ve experienced some really weird side effects from getting into a high state of ketosis. For example, I had lowered carb count solely to 20 total grams or less per day and my hair started to fall out. Crazy! Hence why I count net carbs versus whole carbs. In the event I start noticing a side effect that would be harmful, I will write about it and will modify the plan accordingly.
I’m a little shy about sharing my starting weight for this month so I will not be disclosing that information. However, I will talk about how much weight I’ve lost or not lost at the end of each phase.
So what will I do after I successfully complete this plan? I’m going to finally buy myself a sweet ass camera, that’s what. Most importantly, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on and not give up.
For anyone struggling with weight-loss like me, I am with you 100%. I am sending good vibes and cheering you on from the sidelines. WE WILL LIVE THROUGH THIS!
Lots and lots and lots of love,