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The Best Keto Scale For Weight Loss

The Best Keto Scale For Weight Loss

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

My Keto Diary: Week 3 & 4

My Keto Diary: Week 3 & 4

Another 2 weeks have gone by and I’m pretty much a month into my journey! I’ll hopefully have more time to log these diary posts weekly, because my toddler just started at her new daycare, and so I’ll have some more time now while I’m still on maternity leave!

The last 2 weeks have been great, with the exception of a random dizzy spell last weekend. I started taking magnesium and potassium supplements, along with an iron supplement which I should ALWAYS be taking, but I kind of fell off the wagon with it after having my son. I’ve had some amazing new foods–I made some strawberry cheesecake fat bombs that were pretty spectacular, broccoli cheddar soup, and my husband keeps killing it with these amazing chicken wings he’s been making. I’m also getting more adventurous with trying foods I typically don’t reach for (like brussel sprouts). However, I still always gravitate to my easy favorites (bunless bacon cheeseburgers).

{Check out my Week 1 & 2 Post HERE, and my original Keto Diary Post HERE}

I started intermittent fasting, which I actually really love. I’m on a 16/8, and start my eating window at noon, and finish at 8. I used to get sick if I didn’t eat within 20 minutes of waking up, and now (just like the last time I did Keto), I’m not even hungry until the afternoon.

I’ve also gotten to the point where I don’t find diet soda appealing anymore. I never drank it a ton, but I would get the occasional diet coke when we’d be out to dinner, and I got one last weekend and it just didn’t even taste good to me!

So…the last 2 weeks I’ve lost one lb each week. I only just started the intermittent fasting, so I’m hoping that shows some better results next week, but honestly I’m super pleased. I lost a total of 9lbs in 4 weeks, and I’m really happy about it! I feel amazing, but I’m trying not to get discouraged by looking in the mirror and seeing what I see. I know I preach about loving yourself, loving your body for the babies it made you, etc. etc. But you know it’s so much easier to say than feel, right? I mean, I feel it myself, but I also still feel sad when I look in the mirror and see something that I don’t want to see. So I’m working on the emotional part of my weight loss as well. My husband says he’d love me no matter what size I was, which I’m so grateful for…but I need to love myself too! I can’t help it that I wish I was tinier, but if anything, it just makes me more motivated to keep on going!

Anyway, enough of that. Here are some pics of the foods I was eating this week! And don’t forget to check out my Keto Favorites on my Amazon Page. I only have things on this page that I currently use and love, and none of these items are in any way sponsored. I just really love EVERYTHING on my list!

This is the Keto fried chicken we make–it’s chicken breast cut up, dipped in heavy whipping cream, and then coated with ground pork rinds and seasoning. We serve it over riced cauliflower sautéed in butter, and the sauce is a cheese sauce that’s basically just butter, HWC and cheese!

Loving these cheddar crips!! Got them in the salad section at Target for $2.49!

Not Keto related…but I really wanted this Jurassic World dinosaur mask I saw at Target!!

These strawberry fat bombs are so yummy, and taste like a strawberry cheesecake popsicle! They’re 8oz of cream cheese, swerve and 1/4C of mashed up strawberries! Make sure you refrigerate them 🙂

Yes, always my go to!! 😀

More burgers!

I like the Jimmy John’s BLT unwhich, but it’s mega overpriced in my opinion.

I made this keto peanut butter pie from Keto Connect’s website, and it’s AMAZING!!!

Mug cakes and Lindt 90% chocolate are the reason I love this diet!

If you’re on this diet too, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram on my Keto page!!

My other Keto Posts:

1st Keto Diary Post

Week 1 & 2

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JORD Cassia Watch Review + Giveaway

JORD Cassia Watch Review + Giveaway

You may have seen my post on my husband’s JORD watch that I wrote a while ago. We received that watch to review from JORD, and my husband has worn it almost every day since receiving it. He LOVES it, and it looks so amazing on him!! So when the company reached out to me to check out their Cassia watch, I was super excited, because my husband has had this really gorgeous watch for so long, and I know what great quality these watches are.

The Cassia series of watches are just as pretty as any of the other JORD watches. They feature a 37mm face with a Roman dial, with domed crystal encasing the face. The presentation of these watches upon arrival is always super classy, with these beautiful wooden box keepsakes.

The larger watch design looks beautiful on my wrist. There’s something about a larger face with a thinner band that just looks super classy!

The only complaint I have about the watch, is that for some reason, it stops keeping time after 20 minutes. I was really frustrated to find out there was a problem with the battery, and immediately contacted the company. It’s such a beautiful watch, and I want to be able to wear it obviously! They immediately responded that they’d be sending a return box to my house to fix it, and that it sounded like a faulty battery. I was impressed by how quickly they took care of the problem. Good quality customer service is really hard to find these days, so it meant a lot that they took care of it right away.

Overall, I’m SUPER happy with this watch, and I can vouch for its longevity since my husband has had his for over a year, and he’s never had any issues (and gets tons of compliments). I have no doubt that once this one is fixed, it will last for a long time!

JORD is offering a $100 Gift Card Giveaway in collaboration with my Blog! Enter HERE–it’s open until June 17th at 11:59 pm!
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Things We Love for Baby #2 Series: DockaTot

Things We Love for Baby #2 Series: DockaTot

One of the best baby items that we’re using for Baby #2 that we didn’t have for Baby #1 is our DockaTot. We have a great side bed co-sleeper that I’ll be sharing more on, but he really loves sleeping in the bed with us. I don’t let him sleep there with us unless it’s just a little dozing off in the morning for some baby snuggles, but I can tell he just feels so comfortable when I’m laying there with him.

I reached out to DockaTot to see if they’d be interested in sharing one of their products with me, and I was so excited that they said yes. I chose the Banana For You DockaTot Deluxe +, which is literally the cutest print ever, especially when paired with a baby in a monkey onesie!!

So here’s what I love about it:

  • It’s for babies 0-8 months (or 5-22lbs), so he’ll be able to be in it for a while
  • It’s portable, with two handles, so it’s easy to carry
  • It’s nicely padded on the side, and I can tell he feels snug and secure in it
  • It’s a safe spot for him to sleep next to us, get his diaper changed, or just hang out. We carry this thing everywhere in the house with us!
  • It has clips that open the DockaTot up as he gets longer
  • It’s got a zipper to easily remove the cover and machine wash it

Here are the cons:

  • If you don’t like “things” taking up space, you might not like it. It’s 18″ wide x 29-34″ long (29″ with clasps closed and 34″ with clasps open). Personally, I don’t think it takes up a lot of space, but my husband might tell you something different 😉
  • The material isn’t water resistant. The reason I mention this is because my son spit up when he was in his, and it soaked into the material. I love that the material is soft, but it might be nice if there was some water resistance to the padding or something like that, so that any spitup or accidental spills could be picked up quicker.
  • Honestly, that’s about it, other than the fact that everyone else in the house wants to use it too!!!

Learn more about DockaTot HERE. Shop the Banana leaves Dockatot HERE.

Even our big sister and chihuahua want to use the DockaTot!! 

 

Thanks so much DockaTot!