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Fasting To Get Into Ketosis

Fasting To Get Into Ketosis

Let’s preface this post by me stating the obvious: I’m not a doctor. Please consult your doctor for any medical related questions. This is an anecdotal account of my fasting to get into Ketosis. Kthanks 😉

Fasting to Get Into Ketosis: My Experience

I’ve been on Keto for 2 months now. I’ve lost 16lbs in two months. This diet is WORKING (as it did the first time I went on it 2 years ago). I’m 21 pounds away from the weight I was when I got pregnant with my second baby, and 35 pounds away from my goal weight of 150. If we’re really counting the potentially unachievable, I’m 50 pounds away from my high school weight of 135.

Over the weekend, my family and I went to Valley Fair, an amusement park here in the Twin Cities. I had Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast, a bunless bacon cheeseburger and a few bites of one of those ginormous turkey legs while we were there, and then had bacon and eggs for dinner when we got home. I used my Keto Mojo ketone monitor at night to test my ketone levels, as I always do at night before bed, and I read a “Lo” on the monitor. I retested, thinking there must be something wrong. Nope.

So in typical me-fashion, I started overthinking everything. What did I eat? Nothing bad…was my protein too much? Was that stupid burger tainted with something? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!

It’s so easy to take this monitor to be the Keto Bible. I’m SO guilty of it. It’s almost become an addiction, that I live and breath by this thing. Blood testing is the most accurate way to see what your ketone levels are, and I am the first to admit I take it to the extreme.

I decided to check into fasting to get into ketosis. I’ve already been intermittent fasting 16:8 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I basically eat from 12pm-8pm, and then don’t eat anything outside that eating window. This has worked tremendously well for me, and has helped propel my weight lost more than a pound (or a flat) the last few weeks. I need to also mention that prior to eating Keto, and every day growing up, I had to eat within 30 minutes of waking up or else I would get sick. It was awful…but Keto has completely changed this for me. For me to not be hungry in the morning AND to not get sick (and now to have completed a 39 hour fast and not have been hungry…) is a HUGE deal for me.

Anyway, back to fasting to get into Ketosis…

When you’re fasting to get into ketosis, your body is being depleted of glycogen and uses fat and ketones for energy instead of glucose. Ketone levels increase…boom, ketosis. Of course, it’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the gist.

What can I eat when I’m fasting to get into Ketosis?

Nothing. You can drink black coffee, unsweetened tea, seltzer type waters. Anything above 50 calories will break your fast. I drank unsweetened iced tea with a splash of lemon juice, and lots of water. Keep your body hydrated!!

How long do I fast?

My extended fast lasted for 39 hours. I originally was going to do 24, but then just decided to extend it because I didn’t want to eat before bed, and actually wasn’t even hungry!

What results can I expect?

Everyone is different. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with my ketone results, but happy with my weight results. Before starting, I was testing Lo on my ketone monitor. Usually I’m a 1.1-1.5, so this was weird for me. I tested a 0.6 after 24 hours, and then a 0.4 at 39 hours. I’m not sure why, but one thing I’ve come to realize is that even though I love testing and love my monitor, it’s not telling the whole story. I’m not measuring blood glucose, which perhaps I should be, and there’s no way to measure your body’s stress level, or other factors that might be contributing to a strange reading you’re not used to! After breaking my fast and later on in the evening (~6pm) I tested a 1.0. Go figure.

My weight loss results on the other hand were awesome. Although I didn’t consider fasting for the weight loss, I started at 186.8 and ended at 185. That’s a nice little biproduct! Just remember, everyone is different.

How do I break the fast?

I broke it with:

  • My Bulletproof Coffee
  • 4 organic farm fresh eggs scrambled in butter and cheese
  • 6 pieces of thick cut bacon from a butcher

It was delicious. I would have added an avocado, except we were out. Break your fast with some high quality, good-fat foods. It will taste amazing!!

Overall thoughts?

I would definitely do an extended fast again. In fact, I’d consider doing it once a week. It felt good to be in control of a little reset like this, and push through it. Like I mentioned, I didn’t do it for weight loss, but I hoped that by fasting to get into ketosis, I’d jump start my system again and reset whatever “wrong” I had unintentionally done to produce a Lo ketone reading. I honestly was expecting my ketones to be up to 1.8 or more (I’ve never tested higher than 1.8, no matter what I do). What I’ve really learned from this is to not place all my keto cookies in one cookie jar……the monitor isn’t the end all be all, even if I do love it…it’s a nice benchmark, but I’ll be fasting because I want to, not because I feel I HAVE to!

What are your thoughts on fasting?!

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I Tried A Hot Yoga Class and It Was a Hot Mess

I Tried A Hot Yoga Class and It Was a Hot Mess

Let me preface this story by stating a few things:

  1. The last time I tried a yoga class was about 10 years ago
  2. I have a hard time relaxing and getting my mind to stop going 100 miles an hour
  3. I have zero flexibility
  4. I hate the heat

All of these things would make me literally the WORST candidate for Hot Yoga, but we just joined a gym, and I decided to give it a try with my mother in law since she was in town and we had received guest passes for our family. I dug out my old yoga mat that I’ve used ZERO times, and we went to the 5:30 Hot Yoga class.

First of all, we were late to this particular hot yoga class. I blamed this on #momlife, because that’s what I blame everything on now. It’s a good excuse, covers just about every possible potential disaster (big or small), and also invokes at least minor pity with the majority of women, and sometimes men, if they have kids or a wife who seems mildly disheveled at all times.

Everyone was in this really dark room, and there were a TON of people in there. Mostly women and one man, along with a male instructor who came right over to us barking a command to leave our shoes outside. In my typical very awkward I’m-New-I-Don’t-Know-What-I’m-Doing manner, I forgot to take my socks off, so I was the only one practicing yoga in invisible sneaker-socks. My saving grace was probably that no one could tell I had them on since the lights were out; all the yogis were in their own yogi-mental-zone, and/or if they DID notice my socks, maybe they thought I had special expensive yoga socks, or at the worst, that I had a very bad case of contagious fungus on my feet.

The socks weren’t humiliating, though. Even if I did have a huge fungus I was trying to hide (I’m not), my socks were the least of my problems. First, the room was a million degrees. I’m sure I sweated off a pound out of plain perspiration, along with humiliation that made me sweat even more. The instructor rang out his orders in Yoga Language, and I had zero idea what was happening or what these poses were. A whole circuit was built around about 10 different poses, none of which were demonstrated…not like I could see anyway with the darkness of the room (thank GOD… my belly fat kept muffining over my yoga pants and was clearly visible thanks to my t-shirt that kept getting stuck in my under-boob-fat and pulling up past my belly button), but I kept trying to slyly check out the women around me doing all these poses and who were clearly understanding immediately what chaturanga, reverse warrior and five point star meant (and those are only a few of the ones I remember).

As I basically tried to bullshit my way through this hot, humid insanity, someone let out an enormous fart, which of course stank up the entire room. I went from smelling the Bounce dryer sheet that I had rolled my yoga mat up in, to the stench of rancid poopy odor, and hoped no one thought it was me (it wasn’t). I finally gave up on breathing in clean air and doing the poses right, and eventually just gave up and did my own poses. I kept looking at the clock wondering when in God’s name this thing would END…and in the middle of all of it, realized that I am just NOT cut out for yoga of any kind.

I tried to enjoy my own little yoga poses (aka sitting there pretending to stretch, occasionally throwing in a plank or two…), but my mind wandered and I wasn’t able to focus the way the rest of the Yogis clearly were. Perhaps it was that I’m not well trained (ok, definitely that I’m not well trained), but also I’d like to blame it on the fact that the instructor had really random songs playing during the class. Since when is Cake By the Ocean a Yoga song?! Where’s the Yo-Yo-Ma and Mozart? Isn’t this supposed to be mega relaxing?!

At long last, we were winding down, and as I attempted whatever the pose is called where you throw your legs back over your head while you’re on your back, I decided I wouldn’t be trying another class. I heaved my gargantuan ass and legs above my head, which in turn crumpled my boobs and belly fat right up to my face, and I just realized that Hot Yoga Yoga of any kind and I would never mesh.

At long last, the instructor brought out some towels. Everyone had their eyes closed in major focus, probably super relaxed, with blank, refreshed minds, but I could only watch the dude as he passed out the towels and think “oh my God YAY TOWELS! I hope they’re cold. Wait. This is hot yoga. What kind of cruel joke would that be if those towels were hot? Please be cold, please be cold, PLEASEBECOLD”. I told you, I just can’t relax and not think a million things ALLTHETIME.

Turns out the towels were cold, felt amazing, and were also dunked in an essential oil blend, which I inhaled so deeply I broke out into coughs, which likely disrupted everyone’s chi, but oh well. I was so grateful for the towel I didn’t care. It was just great to smell something that wasn’t farts!

To end my little Hot Yoga tale/experience, I would say that just because I suck at Hot Yoga and really don’t think it’s for me, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the deep thought, concentration and flexibility that others in the class had. All the power to you if you’re a huge yogi. Just like Cross Fit, TCX or HIIT isn’t for everyone, neither is yoga. As for me, Namaste in the other classes that cater to people with hamster-like brains that can’t relax…but maybe I’ll see about borrowing some of those nice cold towels if I ever get a chance!! 😉

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If You Give a Toddler a DockaTot Grand

If you give your infant a DockaTot (see this post here), your toddler will demand she have one too.

{this didn’t actually happen, but it makes the story cuter; what actually happened was that I thought the DockaTot was the best thing ever and she really loved her brother’s, so I thought she should have one of her own…}

When her pretty La Vie En Rose DockaTot Grand comes in the mail, she’ll immediately want to sit in it and watch a show.

She will then realize that to watch a show in her DockaTot, she’d really like to have a cookie to go along with the experience.

Then your toddler will realize that milk would taste really awesome with her cookie as she’s sitting in her DockaTot watching her show.

…Which will then attract another new friend to the DockaTot-sitting, show-watching, cookie-eating, milk-drinking toddler…

But none of it will matter because you realize your kiddo is so cute she can have whatever she wants!!!

Yes, it’s true–I loved the infant DockaTot so much I had to give the Grand a try, and my daughter loved it! Unfortunately so did the dogs, who keep trying to make it their own bed! Might be a new product innovation for you guys at DockaTot!!!!! Thanks again for the amazing product!!! Be sure to check them out–their items are AMAZING quality, worth the price, and have so many uses; we’ll be using ours for years to come!

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The Best Bathroom Scale For Weight Loss

The Best Bathroom Scale For Weight Loss

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what scale I use on my weight loss accountability Instagram account (@mamabear.eatsketo), and thought I’d do an actual review of this scale that I totally love.

I’ve had a whole bunch of scales in the past. They all claim to be user friendly, but I’m the moron who can’t figure them out. Enter the AGPtEK Digital Body Fat Scale, a scale that’s super easy to use, bluetooth compatible, and (in my opinion) super accurate! The scale is moderately priced at $54.99, but in my opinion it’s money well spent if you’re wanting to track your weight loss along with other measurements. I’ve had this scale for about 3 years and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve made into tracking my progress.

Setting it up just requires a Bluetooth connection, and download of the free “iWellness” app. Step on the scale, and as long as your app is open, it will log your info right onto the phone. It measures body weight, body fat, body water, muscle mass, bmi, bmr, bone mass, and visceral fat, and keeps track of everything right in the app for you!

I still log my weight using the Carb Manager app which I love, but I really like that this scale will keep everything logged for me, and show me how much weight I’ve lost or gained without having to manually enter it. It definitely helps keep me focused, and I’d highly recommend it for someone looking for a good scale, at a price that won’t seriously break the bank!

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My Keto Diary: Week 5

My Keto Diary: Week 5

I’ve got to be honest, I’m really frustrated. Not with my diet, the foods I’m eating, or anything like that…but in the scale. I apparently gained 2 ounces last week, and it kind of all started with my weekend. We had family out for my son’s baptism, and I didn’t cheat at ALL (unless you consider having a teaspoon size bite of his baptism cake cheating, but I consider cheating being the consumption of an entire meal of carb/sugar). 

My ketones read a 1.1 on Sunday night, and then Monday morning I got a 0.3. I posted an “omg help me please, what’s happening” story on my Instagram stories, and several of you guys suggested the Dawn Phenomenon, that ketones are lower in the morning. Feeling better, I continued on, and ate a bunless double bacon cheeseburger, a cobb salad with some substitutions, 1 square of Lindt 90% chocolate and one of my fatty mug cakes to bring my fat up after eating the chicken in the salad. I tested before bed and read a 0.2. I was BEYOND PISSED.

Why?

Because I haven’t been eating anything out of the ordinary, or anything that would drop my ketones so low!! Our family was here, eating all the amazing carb-y goodness that I love (for the record, no I’m not mad at you guys…but Grace, I’m still thinking about your cookie dough ice cream cone…HAHA). We went for ice cream TWICE, and anyone who knows me, knows I pretty much NEVER pass up some ice cream. I had such an amazing time with everyone, but all the food I used to eat was right there kind of taunting me. Truthfully it wasn’t hard to pass it all up, but come on, how fun is it to go get ice cream with everyone you love hanging out with on a hot summer day???

Anyway, I was so good with my diet, and then I see these lack of results, and I felt like I basically took a look at a carb, and it jumped back onto my ass cheek like HEY WHAT’S UP! Everyone else is chowing down, so I’ll just come hang out with you for a while too!! This morning I looked at the scale and had gained 2 ounces!! I know, I know. Wah wah, two ounces is nothing, she’s just a complainer. Well, when you’re super dedicated to getting your weight down and you KNOW you didn’t cheat, it feels terrible to see a gain of any kind when you know that by all accounts you did well!

Anyway…

I’m really thankful to all of you that are on my Keto IG page, because I was feeling really discouraged, and after posting about my minor freak out session, I had a ton of great tips. I’m hoping (in a really stupid and strange way) that the stress from the weekend contributed to my ketone levels and (probably) insignificant weight gain. I had some help from one IG user, Amar Gautam who is a Keto Coach, to re-create my macros. So now I’m going to try to change things up a bit from what I was eating based on the Carb Manager app.

On another note, I tried bulletproof coffee for the first time this week! I HATE coffee, but this was actually decent, and I’m going to continue drinking it. I’ve been doing more Intermittent Fasting, and I think my new “schedule” will be to follow a 16/8 fast (eating window 12pm-8pm), and break the fast with BPC. We’ll see how that goes, but I’m not hungry in the morning, so I’m assuming this will be very doable, since I haven’t been eating until noon the past week.

Enough complaining…Here’s some more foods pics, and now I’m going to go hope that this next week goes a little better!

One of my followers hit the nail on the head, calling this Pacman Burger!! HAHAHA

If you’re sick of all my bunless bacon cheeseburger pics, just lmk! lol

Can’t believe I actually like BPC….

We were at the world’s best brunch spot and I didn’t cheat!!! I actually only ate 2 strawberries because I was worried about the carb count. And yes, I opened all that butter and glopped it all onto the eggs. And it was delicious.

One of the best bunless burgers ever, except now I’m paranoid that their mayo is tainted because this was on of the things I ate yesterday and then read a 0.2 at the end of the night!!

Next time…NO MAYO. Just in case haha

I was so pissed. But I’ve made some nice little progress so I guess I can’t be too mad.

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Things We Love for Baby #2 Series: Arms Reach Co-Sleeper

Things We Love for Baby #2 Series: Arms Reach Co-Sleeper

Co-sleeping seems to still be a highly debated topic in the parenting world. I’m not here to debate either way, but to share my own experience, and a product we’ve been using. We had our daughter in our room with us when she was born, and we’re repeating the same thing with our son. We’re using the mini EZ 2-in-1 Co-Sleeper, which has been an amazing bassinet for the side of our bed. It’s so easy to quickly reach over and grab the little guy whenever he needs to be fed or cuddled. It can be used as a free standing basinet or a bedside sleeper, so even if you decide you want to move your baby into their own room, they can still use the EZ (up until about 5 months).

So–why do I consider this one of my favorite new things for our second baby? First, it’s super easy to set up. It whips up real fast like a pack and play, and it’s so small, that you could definitely take it along on a road trip with you. It weighs 25lbs, so it’s not overly heavy. The quality is great too, so you know you’re not dealing with something that’s cheaply made.

Second, I love how easy it is to reach over and pick up my little man. I don’t have to lean far over, or hurt myself trying to get him in the middle of the night.

Third, there’s tons of ventilation. Because my son is still little, I’m still paranoid about all kinds of things, but knowing that he’s in a well-ventilated space makes me happy.

I definitely think that this bassinet is worth a look if you’re considering a bassinet or co-sleeper for your bedroom. We’ve been so happy with having this, and having our son in our room for easy access and special bonding time! Learn more about the co-sleeper here: www.armsreach.com