Q:Are you planning doing Keto for Life?
I’m planning on doing keto until I reach my goal weight, then moving onto something aliitle less strict but similar - like paleo. But we’ll see :)
So, yesterday I signed up to not one but two Dietbet Challenges. The first was a keto-related one for a month - but the second was a 6-month challenge which just happens to end 4 days after my birthday! This one is to lost 10% of my weight - which over 6 months is a pretty reasonable goal I hope. So, banking up the motivation.
I’ve also requested one of those fancy scales for Christmas from my SO, as I’ve been lax in recording my measurements of late - in my 6am rush out to work. This uploads everything automatically, including body fat percentage which is very helpful. It syncs automatically with fitbit. I’m a tech girl, unashamedly, so I do like my things which autosync - I’ve got everything linked up to my fitbit and MFP apps on my phone. So, all good!
When I’ve fallen off the wagon in the past I’ve had a tendency to put off (avoid) the measurements - making excuses about time taken to weigh and record and hold the hand-held composition measuring thing. Well, now it can all be done at once - so all is well!
In honour of this fresh start, I’m going to recalculate my macros and calorie intake - and also because I haven’t done this for a while and need to take account of my new weight. My cals are set at 1050 which I feel may be a tad too low right now.
- (Re)Starting Weight: 181.6 lbs (for Dietbet in clothes: 187.2)
- Bodyfat %: 39.8% (from my body comp and measurements. Both confirm the same figure, it will be interesting to see what the Withings Scale says).
- Activity: lightly active - I walk alot, and try to get about 10000 steps a day (according to my fitbit).
- Base Metabolic Rate: 1538
- Total Daily Expenditure: 2115
So, I need to eat less than 2115 to lose weight.
I’m aiming for 15g of net carbs a day. I’m going for 80g protein because I don’t have much calories expenditure (70g was for sedentary). I also went for 90g of fat, which comes up at 1190 calories.
- 5% (60kcals) from carbs
- 27% (320kcals) from protein
- 68% (810kcals) from fat
I’ve updated MFP so it can keep track of everything. I’ll have to wait for my next shop - but by far my most effective approach has been to plan out my meals each day so I hit my macros. I”m not sure how that will work over the chaos of Christmas, but I’ll do my best!
I have cheese and ham and tomatoes for my lunch tomorrow, and babybels for safe snacks - so that’s the main thing. Preparation is the key!
I just searched for ‘Keto Victory’ and your blog came up!
high praise from JustQuitIt!
That’s made my day! :D
An experimental challenge (and an invitation) to get me back on track: Dietbet
Motivation. I don’t have it. I know I’ve done posts like this before - quite recently intact - but life has a habit of kicking you when you’re down sometimes and I’ve not done well at all >_>
I am, in fact, eating a thick slice of bread (and soup) as I write this.
[Exhibit A: The crumbs of shame >_>]
As if by magic I’ve just come across this whilst browsing reddit: a website called “Dietbet" - with a game made just for keto starting on Monday (the 9th).
I know nothing about this website, I have no idea if it’s genuine. But if I will be a test subject and let you know how it goes because… well I like to take chances, and also because I’m sorta running out of options.
So, question one: what is Dietbet?
Basically, everybody you set up challenges where you all place a bet of, for example $20, that you will lose 4% of your bodyweight in 4 weeks. Other people join your competition too. All the money goes into a big pot and the winnings get shared between the winners at the end.
wait a second… can’t you just lie?
Apparently the diet bet people take 25% of the pot winnings for themselves - and to justify it they provide independent judges and stringent rules for when you weigh in in the beginning and end to prove you’re not lying. I’m not sure what those are yet - I haven’t got to that point.
what happens if everybody wins?
In the FAQ it says you’d essentially get your money back. I’ve just reread the FAQ and apparently if this happens Dietbet don’t take their cut. So I imagine it doesn’t happen very often >_>
It feels a bit like we’re essentially betting on you winning and everybody else *not* winning - but it’s worth a shot I suppose. I’m not by nature competitive - but I like the potential of progress bars - we’ll see how it goes!
how do I pay?
Paypal is accepted - plus cards. But paypal is easier - so I’ll be doing that personally! I feel protected using paypal but I’m honestly not too sure if that’s true >_>
Ok right, lets do this!!
First thing’s first… what are we talking about here? I currently way 181 lbs. I started my keto journey in February weighing 186 lbs. This year I have lost 30 lbs and gained 25 lbs back >_> Wonderful!! This is definitely needed!
Sorry - getting a bit side-tracked…
Anyway, so I way approximately 180lbs to get a ballpark figure. Now, 4% of that value is… 7/8 lbs. Now, considering water-weight could be in the range of 5 lbs against put against the presence of Christmas in this 4 week period (gaining 5 lbs?) that seems a reasonable goal I think.
So, step one made an account - links to fb so no problems there. Made sure to select that posts from them are seen by “Me Only” which I do on all those things that require you to sign in with FB.
Step 2 - pay money. Used paypal - came to about £12 in UK money - so what I’d pay for a takeaway. hopefully this will be more profitable.
Step 3 - weigh in. This is the box that pops up:
… what is “air-port security attire”?
[answering this question led me through the official rules which do seem reassuringly stringent]
“Airport security attire is the dress code for official weigh-ins: light indoor clothing with no shoes, belt, hat, or outerwear. Pockets must be empty. No pocketbooks, watches, or other accessories.”
Presumably keeping this the same clothes for both beginning and ending weigh-ins is advisable!
Other useful information:
- players submit two digital photos of themselves on a scale for review and approval by DietBetter’s Referees.
- The first of the two photos must be a head-to-toe shot of the player standing on a scale in Airport Security Attire.
- The second must be a close-up of the player’s weight, as indicated by the scale, with a piece of paper in the shot showing the word-of-the-day.
So guys, here is my before shot:
(Weight - with clothes = 187.2)
And the scales shot:
Let the games Commence!!
If anybody fancies starting this (keto) game with me please click this link here :D
This is *brilliant* ^__^
The trial of the coconut
So I bought a coconut, with no idea how to get into it and eat it.
For a while it just sat there, laughing at me…
I tried the knowllege base of google, which led me to wikihow.
Getting to the “coconut milk” seemed easiest - a screw driver though one of the ‘eyes’ - which actually was quite disconcerting as it does look like it’s smiling.
Getting to the actual coconut seemed a bit more challenging, especially as I didn’t have the required meat cleaver suggested by wikihow >_>
After a while a better alternative was suggested. Firstly baking the coconut in the oven for 5 minutes or so until it cracked:
Then wrapping it in a tea-towel and placing it inside a plastic bag:
And getting your housemate to smash it to pieces on your backdoor steps:
Opening the bag with a bit of trepidation…
Requires a bit of cleaning, and a rinse - then SUCCESS!!
Keto Mincepies! (ish)
Time for something ambitious: a mince pie recipe. Except this is a keto version.
I’m quite proud of this, if only because I adapted it myself and it seems to be working :D Well, partly.
The mincemeat was relatively easy; coming out at approximately 24 portions to be 44 calories, 5 net carbs, and 3g fat per portion.
The really trick part was the pastry. Here I have sort of failed >_> I tried many attempts under keto rules:
Test 1a and 1b: almond-flour pastry:
(These were the best outcome: These were so crumbly - the first attempt with tops they disintegrated completely, the second (without) they held their shape slightly better but ended up being horribly dry.)
Test 2: almond-coconut flour pastry, including an egg:
(These held their shape better, but were still very fragile and had to be quite thick. Leaving them to cool helped but the almond flour taste was honestly too overpowering to make it useable).
Test 3: normal short-crust pastry
(Sadly these honestly were the best option for usability and taste, but at a heavy carb cost).
So, with keto mincemeat and ‘normal’ pastry, each mince pie comes out to 119 calories, 11 net carbs, 8g fat and 1g protein. Not exactly low-carb but allowable in small doses perhaps - and certainly not as guilt-inducing as normal mince pies (these can come out to 259 calories and 60g carbs). Plus they taste amazing.
I tried M&S and Greggs mince pies a week or so ago - before I’d restarted keto obviously. It gives me a decent way to compare though, and I really can say these are wonderful :D To be honest i’d say they’re better, but I may be biased xD
For the mincemeat
- 100g of finely chopped/cored brambly apples - peeling optional
- 50g coconut oil (or shredded suet if you want to be traditional)
- 50g raisins
- 25g sultanas
- 25g currants
- 50g mixed peel
- 25g trivia (i.e. sweetener equivalent of 75g sugar)
- grated zest of one orange and half the juice
- grated zest of one lemon and half the juice
- 25g chopped almonds
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp cointreau (or brandy/sherry etc)
For the pastry
- up to you!
- Gather all the ingredients together.
- Got all that? Right! Pretty easy recipe, if a little time consuming ;p Combine all the mincemeat ingredients in a large oven-proof bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave for several hours (overnight ideally) to leave all the flavours develop. (Sneaky taste already shows it tastes amazing ;D)
- The next day start by preheating the oven to 110 oC
- Cover the bowl loosely with foil, and put in the oven for 3 hours.
- It will look a bit off after this, and should be swimming in fat! - all fine, honest!
- Stir occasionally as it cools, trying to make sure it’s well mixed
- When it’s cold add your chosen alcohol (e.g. cointreau in my case) and stir well. It’s now ready to put in your pastry!
- I used the ready-made short-crust dough in the end. It has the additional bonus of being all rolled out for you, though I needed to roll it a bit thinner to make the one sheet go all the way enough for 12 mince pies.
- Turn on the oven to 200 oC
- Roll out the dough as thin as possible, and cut 12 large circles and 12 slightly smaller circles.
- Butter the pie tray…
- Place the larger circles in the holes and press down lightly
- Take a teaspoon or so of the mincemeat and place in the centre
- Whisk an egg up in a cup. Dab a tiny amount around the edges of each pie - this will help the tops stick.
- Gently place the tops onto the pies, prick them with a fork or squewer and brush with a little egg.
- Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes (until brown on top!) and sprinkle with sugar :)
Sean Bean starring in something is, in itself, a spoiler.
Something interesting about eating while you work…
So, I have a habit of eating bad food while working.
Even though i’ve been on keto for a while I’ll always hark back to craving, say, a bag of haribo or M&Ms when I sit down to tackle something big. I have yet to find something I can really replace that habit with.
Turns out there’s scientific evidence that the act of chewing actually helps the thought process and memory retention - which is awesome, as it’s simple. Except now my craving (and it’s results) have been shown to be real.
I seriously need to think of a decent snack replacement now >_>
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a sprinkle of bacon ;)
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, having heard all over the place how good these are :) They did not disappoint!!
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200oC.
- Step 2: Tail your brussel sprouts, and peel off the outer layer. Halve them, too.
- Step 3: Line a tray with aluminum foil, and place the sprouts onto the tray and drizzle with olive oil and alittle salt/pepper.
- Step 4: Chop up about 4 slices of bacon as small as you can manage and sprinkle over the top of the sprouts.
- Step 5: cook for approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are tender and slightly caramelised.
- Step 6: That’s it! Optionally you can sprinkle the sprouts with balsamic vinegar before serving - very nice touch!
This is a very good keto meal, perhaps it could do with a bit more bacon to up the protein, and I’m pretty sure those carbs are fibre :) Would make a nice side perhaps.
Day 3, and an important lesson :)
It is *so* helpful having days off right now. If you’d seen my previous graph you would have noticed my weight gain trend sky-rocketed recently, and it was due in no small part to starting a job which takes pride in offering sweets and chocolates around as part of it’s daily routine.
The problem there is I obviously hadn’t come as far as I thought mentally - and I couldn’t keep refusing them. And then once I had one it was like a carb avalanche button triggered in my brain and I sought out more. Bad cycle.
Being at home doing this reminds me of the power food has over me, and the power I have over it.
I can directly observe it. For example, I know I’m not hungry - keto is thankfully very good at this for the beginning! But I’d catch myself getting up to find food when I was bored, tired, procrastinating. Even when my body didn’t want food I would be trying to eat it.
I didn’t, though - but it was interesting to notice the trigger behaviour.
The first step to controlling a problem is recognising it, so being able to see it in action so soon makes me hopeful that the physical changes I earned from my previous keto work - and lost - were also augmented by mental changes which I haven’t.
Like the ability to take a step back and see the bad habits before I make them again.
So, lesson 1: trust your body - only eat only when you’re hungry!