I am beyond excited to share with you that I’m down a total of 7 pounds over the last week and a half. I had a stomach virus that took off about three of those, but the rest were mine from eating less and eating smarter!
I’ve stopped keto and am counting calories. Why? I wasn’t losing weight on keto. I also had a very hard time keeping up with the eating plan with such a slash to the amount of carbs per day (I was on 20 grams a day or fewer). I’m now on a 1500 calorie a day plan and eat veggies, meats, fruits, whole grain breads, and healthful fats.
I was struggling every day to stay true to a keto plan. It was not at all a “normal” feeling program for me. Even after a month or two trying (yes, I’d been trying for that long), I still was clawing my way uphill most days – trying so hard to stay on that program.
Now, I just eat healthfully and count the calories I take in. It is much nicer, and I can honestly LIVE with this program. I use the Loseit! app and journal my meals, exercise, water intake, and anything else I feel like monitoring. It’s fun!
I asked my doctor if there was a medical aid to help me with my appetite here in the beginning of this phase of a new path. She suggested a few different meds. I didn’t like any of them. Too many side effects. I chose one I’d had two decades ago and am on a very small dose of it (Phentermine). I can’t tell I’m even on it except for my being able to control my decisions over food better. I don’t have a burst of energy or sleepless nights like old diet pills used to have. It’s so nice to have some “help” here for about a month or two. I don’t need it for any longer than that. Also, don’t want to be on a med for any longer. I still have to make wise food choices and eat less food. I still have to move my body some. It’s not a magic pill.
I ate a cinnamon raisin English muffin for breakfast with a bit of peanut butter on top for a protein kick. Some hot coffee with it hit the spot!
That lasted me until lunch. For the mid day meal, I ate a salad recipe I love. It’s got shredded cabbage, walnuts, grapes, chopped chicken, and apple in it. I add a little Tony Cachere spice to it, as well. It tastes wonderful and is good for me.
Are you fighting your eating plan right now? Is it more like a job? You might need to consider a different approach as I did. I’m much happier now.
Tonight, I’m making a chicken and sausage gumbo. Yes, it’s still on my daily food list. It’s still “counted.” Here’s to gumbo (because I can finally eat rice)!