You’ve heard it.. expect a stall
My Keto journey began on March 6, 2017. I was #killingit from day one until about July 2017. I hit a wall. I wasn’t losing weight, I wasn’t losing inches. I decided that maybe it was time to add a workout routine into my new lifestyle.
Now, I have run 5 half marathons, tons of 5 and 10k’s, played sports my whole life, etc. I was not necessarily out of shape, just at that point in time I wasn’t on a regular workout schedule.
July 2017 I began working out with a personal trainer 2x per week. I did this weekly through March of 2018. I wish I could have kept up with the workouts, I really enjoyed it, but at that point in time something had to be given up. I was in the best shape of my life, and I was accepting that maybe my body was just where it wanted to be. Because from July to March, I had only lost another 4 pounds. Maintaining perfect keto and working out 2x a week – I lost 4 pounds in 9 months. I was content with where I was, so I felt that giving up the workouts made the most sense.
Since March, I have continued to maintain the weight that I was when I stopped working out. It’s GREAT to finally have a system that WORKS. I haven’t gained a pound back, even though I stopped exercising. I will say, I have not lost another pound since stopping my workouts. But no complaints, I haven’t gained a pound either. I feel great!
Well. Today I was down TWO pounds. And I want to say something about this – this is why I am writing this post.
As already mentioned, we practice pretty strict keto in our house. We don’t follow “if it fits your macros” or have cheat days. We don’t even have a bite of something – in our opinions, it wasn’t worth it. Well, from March 2017-June 2018 we hadn’t touched anything that was not keto approved. And then my sister got married.
This is a one time thing right, so I HAD to have just one bite of her wedding cake.
Don’t let me fool you. I was terrified of eating one bite of cake. How terrible was I going to feel the next day? How much sugar and how many carbs were in that one bite? I was prepared to feel like I got hit by a bus the next morning.
I didn’t! I felt great!
So, since June, because I didn’t die eating a single bite of cake, I have been more lenient. If I want to try a bite of something that I know isn’t keto, I’m going to try it. And I’m going to be okay with it.
Anyways, back to this 2 pound loss. Last week I was away visiting family and my grandma is an AMAZING cook/chef/baker you name it. She made a pie, consisting of cream cheese, whipped cream, pecans, coconut flakes, and caramel sauce. For the most part.. those are keto friendly ingredients. And I got the recipe so I can make it keto friendly now that I’m back home. Tweak this and tweak that – and we’ll have something. You guys just wait.
So, I had a bite of that pie. And it was fantastic. So I cut a sliver and had a baby piece of pie. This was what I consider my first cheat ever. And back to how I felt at my sister’s wedding – because it was more than just one bite – I was SURE I was going to feel absolutely terrible. And I was prepared for it. And I was okay with it.
The next morning rolled around, and I felt fine! I wasn’t bloated. I didn’t have a headache. I was a-okay. And because I was a-okay, I had a sliver of pie every night that I was out of town visiting family – and I lived. And I also came home and am now 2 pounds lighter.
I’m not condoning cheating. I’m not telling you it’s okay. What I’m saying is, I think there is something to tricking up your system, just like tricking up your muscles and switching up your workout. My body has not had any kind of carb overload (and it probably still hasn’t) since before starting keto. But now that I’m back home, and back in ketosis (because how could I not have been kicked out with just a single bite of pie), I’m down 2 pounds! TWO. I haven’t lost a pound since this past winter. And I’ve been following all of the rules. I know what I’m doing, this far along in my journey. I’m not worried that a bite or a sliver of pie will ruin everything I have done. I also know that a bite won’t make me run to the closest bakery and buy one of everything and binge out. No. I’m fine. And in the future, if I want a bite of something, I’ll have a bite. And if I’ve hit another wall, I may try something else to trick my system and test my current theory.
Did the extra carb intake over the few days that I was gone help to break the stall? It definitely could have, and that’s what I’m going to go with – because it’s the only thing that I’ve done differently.
If you would be tempted by a bite of anything, I would advise not to even try it. It’s not worth it to mess up your streak.
I will say..in trying bites of things since June, I actually have found that I don’t even care for them anymore.
Which was bittersweet. I didn’t miss it, which was good – but I wanted it to taste like I remembered, and it didn’t. Oh well.
#ketoon my friends!
*I am not a medical professional. This is an opinion based on personal experience. I thinking cheating in Keto is dangerous – the high fat content mixed with carbs is a recipe for disaster. If you know you are going to cheat, cut back on your fat intake for that day. And don’t cheat often. Another note, I don’t consider one bite of something cheating. I consider a serving of something cheating.