Some good days, some bad days

I’ve been mostly good, but there were a few bad days.  It happens.  

People are starting to comment that I look like I’ve lost weight!!  I haven’t officially weighed myself yet because I want to see a big number on that scale, and maybe fit into smaller jeans first?  We shall see.  I’m so curious as to how much I’ve lost!  Even my black stretchy yoga pants seem bigger!

Going out to dinner is getting easier (yay steak), and I rewarded myself with a professional massage and steam room instead of a cheat day, which is  a HUGE step for me, since food is always my reward.  But that massage was fucking awesome!  I’m still all relaxed and pain free from it.  :) 

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stayfitnotfat:

How to tone up and build some muscle. 
#1: Weight train 3x/week minimum. Consistency is key here.  Results are yours for the taking with consistent effort, even if you have a poor workout or are too tired to give it your all on certain days, getting in the gym 3x/week to generate even a little bit of weight-training stimulus will pay off over time.
#2: Train with heavy weights. Ladies, get over your “responsive arms” and “thunder thighs”–lifting enough to coax the muscles into responsiveness and generate soreness is not only a good indication of the degree of muscle break-down a workout generates but also a necessity to build lean mass and achieve fat loss while at rest.  Let your muscles do the fat burning for you.
#3: Train to failure. While you are grabbing that heavy weight, go ahead and make sure it is one that you can lift 10 times, but not 11.  Getting to the point of breathlessness, burning in the muscles and inducing failure with heavy weight all guarantee the hormonal cascade necessary for muscle building and fat-burning: increased lactic acid, growth hormone, testosterone, cortisol, adrenaline–an optimal formula to get the body responsive (more on this here).  Since this is a very intense technique, rotate periods in your training where you don’t train to failure, like adding a light “resting” period when you train with lighter weights for 1-2 weeks and then go back to training to failure in your workouts for 6-8 weeks.  Check out Metabolic Effect’s Rest-based Training Concept for more info on how to use this technique safely and effectively.
#4: Eat protein pre-workout. Here’s where the fat-burning side of the equation comes in…eating 20-30 grams of whey protein 20-30 minutes before a workout, along with ~5g of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) encourages the body to pull from fat stores to power the workout and preserves muscle being used for energy.  Limit the carbs pre-workout since insulin’s presence in the blood effectively shuts down lipolysis (burning stored fat).
#5: Eat protein (and a little carb) post-weight training workout.  In order to capitalize on your tough weight workout, give your body the amino acids (protein) it needs to repair muscle.  You will also need some carb in order to release insulin (the muscle-building pathway depends on it), however, too much carb will also store fat.  Find your unique Carb Tipping Point to know how many grams you should be getting.  I recommend starting with 20-30g protein and 20-30 grams carbohydrates (depending on your size) post-weights–good choices include bananas, honey, grape juice and white potatoes.
#6: Eat protein (and a little healthy fat) post-cardio workout. After a cardio-only workout, the muscles don’t require the same insulin stimulus as after a weight workout.  In fact, post-cardio is one of the best opportunities to burn fat.  Eating a bunch of carbs after a cardio-only workout may blunt the fat-burning effect of the workout so stick with veggies, lean proteins and even fats.  Here is my favorite post-cardio shake:
In a blender or Vitamix, blend:20-30 grams egg white protein powder8 oz unsweetened almond milk2 tbsp natural peanut butter5 grams L-glutamineLiquid Stevia to desired sweetness (I use Chocolate flavor)1 cup ice
#7: Eat all your starchy carbs for the day in your post-workout meal, and the very next 2 small meals. For example, if you weight-train at 6am, you eat carbs with a post-workout meal at 7am, 10am and 1pm.  If you train at 7pm, you eat starchy carbs at 8pm, 6am and 9am the next day, etc.  Your metabolism is elevated for at least the first few hours after the workout is over (maybe longer) and so the best time to capitalize on muscle building and utilize an elevated metabolism to avoid fat storage is in the hours following your workout.  Starchy carbs include foods like potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, whole grains, quinoa, etc.  Consume your designated bites of starch according to your ME Burner Type at each of the meals.  At all other meals (2-3), eat just lean protein and fibrous veggies (greens, etc).  More about Best Carb Choices.
#8: Sleep a minimum 8 hours each night. One of the hardest things for most of us to do, but without a doubt a key part of the muscle-building process.  Adequate rest and sleep are imperative in the quest for results.  Sleep is one of the key times in terms of growth hormone release, and is also one of the best times for fat burning.  However, sleeping only a few hours and/or eating a very high carb meal right before bed means that most of your sleep is spent digesting food and not even getting into the fat burning process yet.  Pair adequate rest with optimal nutrition for best results!

stayfitnotfat:

How to tone up and build some muscle. 

#1: Weight train 3x/week minimum. Consistency is key here.  Results are yours for the taking with consistent effort, even if you have a poor workout or are too tired to give it your all on certain days, getting in the gym 3x/week to generate even a little bit of weight-training stimulus will pay off over time.

#2: Train with heavy weights. Ladies, get over your “responsive arms” and “thunder thighs”–lifting enough to coax the muscles into responsiveness and generate soreness is not only a good indication of the degree of muscle break-down a workout generates but also a necessity to build lean mass and achieve fat loss while at rest.  Let your muscles do the fat burning for you.

#3: Train to failure. While you are grabbing that heavy weight, go ahead and make sure it is one that you can lift 10 times, but not 11.  Getting to the point of breathlessness, burning in the muscles and inducing failure with heavy weight all guarantee the hormonal cascade necessary for muscle building and fat-burning: increased lactic acid, growth hormone, testosterone, cortisol, adrenaline–an optimal formula to get the body responsive (more on this here).  Since this is a very intense technique, rotate periods in your training where you don’t train to failure, like adding a light “resting” period when you train with lighter weights for 1-2 weeks and then go back to training to failure in your workouts for 6-8 weeks.  Check out Metabolic Effect’s Rest-based Training Concept for more info on how to use this technique safely and effectively.

#4: Eat protein pre-workout. Here’s where the fat-burning side of the equation comes in…eating 20-30 grams of whey protein 20-30 minutes before a workout, along with ~5g of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) encourages the body to pull from fat stores to power the workout and preserves muscle being used for energy.  Limit the carbs pre-workout since insulin’s presence in the blood effectively shuts down lipolysis (burning stored fat).

#5: Eat protein (and a little carb) post-weight training workout.  In order to capitalize on your tough weight workout, give your body the amino acids (protein) it needs to repair muscle.  You will also need some carb in order to release insulin (the muscle-building pathway depends on it), however, too much carb will also store fat.  Find your unique Carb Tipping Point to know how many grams you should be getting.  I recommend starting with 20-30g protein and 20-30 grams carbohydrates (depending on your size) post-weights–good choices include bananas, honey, grape juice and white potatoes.

#6: Eat protein (and a little healthy fat) post-cardio workout. After a cardio-only workout, the muscles don’t require the same insulin stimulus as after a weight workout.  In fact, post-cardio is one of the best opportunities to burn fat.  Eating a bunch of carbs after a cardio-only workout may blunt the fat-burning effect of the workout so stick with veggies, lean proteins and even fats.  Here is my favorite post-cardio shake:

In a blender or Vitamix, blend:
20-30 grams egg white protein powder
8 oz unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
5 grams L-glutamine
Liquid Stevia to desired sweetness (I use Chocolate flavor)
1 cup ice

#7: Eat all your starchy carbs for the day in your post-workout meal, and the very next 2 small meals. For example, if you weight-train at 6am, you eat carbs with a post-workout meal at 7am, 10am and 1pm.  If you train at 7pm, you eat starchy carbs at 8pm, 6am and 9am the next day, etc.  Your metabolism is elevated for at least the first few hours after the workout is over (maybe longer) and so the best time to capitalize on muscle building and utilize an elevated metabolism to avoid fat storage is in the hours following your workout.  Starchy carbs include foods like potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, whole grains, quinoa, etc.  Consume your designated bites of starch according to your ME Burner Type at each of the meals.  At all other meals (2-3), eat just lean protein and fibrous veggies (greens, etc).  More about Best Carb Choices.

#8: Sleep a minimum 8 hours each night. One of the hardest things for most of us to do, but without a doubt a key part of the muscle-building process.  Adequate rest and sleep are imperative in the quest for results.  Sleep is one of the key times in terms of growth hormone release, and is also one of the best times for fat burning.  However, sleeping only a few hours and/or eating a very high carb meal right before bed means that most of your sleep is spent digesting food and not even getting into the fat burning process yet.  Pair adequate rest with optimal nutrition for best results!

junogoesketo

junogoesketo:

So it’s 2:30…I haven’t eaten lunch but I’m 2 L into my requisite 3 L of water a day. I’m not particularly hungry but I know I should eat something before my son gets home from school because when he gets here I’ll have to run out to the store to buy food for his birthday dinner. I went to the…

This is exactly how I’ve been feeling for the last few days!  I know I should eat, but my appetite is so low, that I don’t get motivated to eat food until late in the day, and even then, its so that I know I will be able to sleep.  Fasting has always kinda freaked me out, so I was thinking about upping my carbs for a day or two (nothing crazy, just slightly higher) to see if I start eating at regular intervals again, and then going back down…  hmm

Can I binge on low carb food?

Yes.  Yes I can.  I wasn’t surprised that what I did overeat were low carb tortillas, I’ve always had problems controlling myself around carby foods, and now apparently, their impostors.  It’s good those things have so much fiber in them (and cheese on top of them), because it didn’t throw me out of ketosis, but bad because I haven’t overeaten anything since the day after xmas.  I thought it was the low carbing that was keeping me from overeating, but no, it wasn’t.

I forgot how uncomfortable it feels to roll around in bed, not being able to sleep because you’re cradling a giant food baby, ugh.  I know why it happened.  I cooked too much, and I still compulsively eat everything on my plate.  I knew they wouldn’t be good as leftovers, and they were too spicy to give to the dog, so down they went.  

I’m kind of glad that it happened when it did.  Since xmas my stomach has shrunk enough that I cannot eat as much as I used to, and I although I have high carb crap in the house, I still chose to eat what was “allowed” and nothing more.  I needed to be reminded that I will always have to limit the amount of food that I prepare at any one time.  And that I need to be careful about what carb substitutes I think are acceptable to have in my diet, as apparently even they can still trigger my old eating behavior.

I can feel the progress doing keto has allowed me, because I didn’t carry that mistake into today.  That is something that would have spiraled out of control for days on a high carb intake.  I’m so thankful for the mental aspect of this diet!!  

katbarrow asked:

Hey :) Read your comment about beef jerky. Have you tried biltong? It's kind of like jerky. It's South African, but you can get it in most countries. It has virtually no carbs. It's also pretty easy to make- might post the recipe later this week :)

No, I’ve never heard of that before, thanks for the info!  I’ve made my own jerky before, so this sounds easily do-able for me  :)