Progress Report – 5/26/17

I’m happy to report it was a great week! While my weight went up a smidge – up .7 pounds to 268.8 – I stayed true to my low carb eating plan, started meeting with a nutritionist, and saw my fasting blood sugars continue to fall. I’m encouraged! This week I’d like to see my weight reflect my effort, so I’ll identify a couple key changes to make. The biggest change I’ll be making is at the request of my nutritionist – begin focusing on nourishing foods. Sure, I didn’t eat many carbs this week, but most of what I did eat was cheap and refined (i.e. plenty of cheap cheese, bacon, and ground meat). This weekend I’ll take a field trip to Whole Foods to begin familiarizing myself with nourishing, filling foods, raised ethically and healthily. I’m pretty darn excited to see what I find!

I’ve also decided I’d like to implement a “moderate ketogenic” diet. This means I’ll try to keep my daily carb intake below 50g, rather than the strict keto goal of 30g. I believe this will allow me to integrate a few carb-containing foods into my day, resulting in fewer cravings and more overall satisfaction.

In other news, yesterday I took my first walk in over a month! I’ve had to do my best to stay off my foot since the surgery, but this week my doctor said I could start putting some weight on it from time to time. So, I leashed up my new dog Walter (!!!) and explored my apartment complex. We were out for about a half hour, and we walked maybe a half-mile (partly due to my foot, and partly due to Walter’s ridiculous sniffing of everything). But, we were outside enjoying the day.

So, there you have it. Onward!

Progress Report – 2/10/2017

Well, I stopped the bleeding and started moving in the right direction this week. I’m down 4.9 pounds, which puts me at 262.1. This week my goal is to get back to my lowest point in this journey – 259.5 pounds. That’s just 2.6 pounds, or just over half of what I did this week!

My main struggle of late is mindless eating. I’ll stop at McDonald’s on the way home, or cook up a frozen pizza without even thinking about it. Then I’ll get home, eat, then think “Wait a minute, wasn’t I going to bake some chicken and veggies tonight?” I need to be more mindful and present in the moment. More to come on this topic next week.

How is everyone else doing on their journeys toward healthy living? Please share, and let’s encourage each other!

that soup tho

It’s fall/winter time here in Minnesota, and that means it’s soup time.

Here’s a super simple, low carb chicken soup I love. I’m still refining the recipe, but I want to share what I have so we can start experimenting with fantastic low carb soups!

  1. Boil about 2 pounds of chicken.
  2. Shred the chicken.
  3. Chop and sautée the following in bacon fat (yes, bacon fat. I:
    1. 2 ribs of celery
    2. 1 lb of carrots
    3. 1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you love garlic. If you’re anything like me, you’ll throw in 47.)
  4. Add 6 cups of low sodium chicken stock.
  5. Add the chicken back in.
  6. Add the following:
    1. 1/4 tsp of crushed basil
    2. 1/2 tsp of salt
    3. 1 tsp black pepper
    4. 1/2 tsp oregano
    5. Anything else you think might taste good.
  7. Boil that up, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

Baby you got yourself a stew goin’.

I’ve taken this to work for lunch most days over the past two weeks, and it’s a fantastic midday treat.

What would you add? What would you take out? Who would you serve this too if they were your best friend?