I mentioned the other day I’m having a hard time getting (and staying) in ketosis, and also that my vision is going bad – and fast.
I did some brief research and determined that the culprit was my new Lexapro prescription.
After discussing it with my reflexologist this morning I did some more research on that…
It turns out Lexapro is known to alter glycemic control and have an impact on blood sugar levels. Lovely. 🙄
So there ya go!
My weight has been the exact same for 5 days in a row. Why?!
I hear this complaint/comment/question all the time. We discussed it awhile back in this post: Mysterious Weight Gain & Stalls. Gains or stalls can be caused by any number of things: medications, hormone cycles, food culprits, etc.
Intense workouts or muscle strain can cause what seem like a “weight loss stall” as well, during the muscle recovery period.
And of course if you’re doing intense exercise or strength training on a regular basis, you’ll want to do body measurements and use a full body composition scale.
You can’t just go by your weight, because building lean muscle and burning fat can be very misleading “as a single number.”
I didn’t exercise in the beginning, by the way.
I lost all my weight JUST eating low carb. I wish I had started toning sooner, but I just started a little over a year ago to tone up and build muscle. You know, so I wouldn’t be flabby – or “skinny fat.” 😛
As for me, my “weight hold” this week is for obvious reasons: I lost 5.2 pounds last week. After any “fast weight loss” like that, your body always does a brief hold while it recovers and figures out what the heck is going on. 😉
Plus if you’re just starting out or just got back on track, the first week you drop a lot of water weight during the diuretic process of getting in ketosis – then your body has to take some time to adjust.
The key: power through no matter what the scale says. 🙂
That’s exactly what I’m doing, while lowering my dosage on the Lexapro strategically until I can get in to see my doctor about that.
But yeah, I found out the hard way that “carb cycling” doesn’t work. That’s how I stayed fat for so long 😛 lol. Powering through the “stalls” or “holds” and keeping my carbs low and my macros right is how I finally got lean & fit!
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been eating lately – if you want some low carb meal inspiration. 🙂 Below is a complete photo tour of my low carb meals the last two days, plus my MyFitnessPal diaries so you can see how I logged each of those meals…
Monday’s Low Carb Meals
For breakfast (which was actually closer to lunchtime, lol) I had leftover smoked pork ribs with no sauce and 3 eggs scrambled in real butter with colby jack cheese. That was a delicious combo! The ribs were super tender and fell right off the bone. YUM.
My lunch… was a mountain of low carb love!!!
It’s two chocolate chip keto cookies topped with cream cheese, peanut butter & chopped walnuts. Mmmm! I also had 30 grams of pecans with this, to “make a meal” out of it. 🙂
Have you tried Keto Kookies yet?! They’re sugar free, gluten free low carb cookies – and buttery delicious!! The chocolate chip are only 3 net carbs for 2 cookies.
For dinner I whipped up 3 eggs scrambled in real butter with colby jack cheese… and sprinkled with black pepper. 🙂 Simple!
This is my go-to meal when I want something quick & easy, and super low carb. 😉
Here’s how I logged my meals for Monday:
Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals
My low carb breakfast yesterday was a great combination of healthy foods. It’s 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small strawberries, 17.5 grams of blueberries + 3 tbsp of Coconut Gogi: a nutrient dense super food, rich in omega 3.
I got that in my last Keto Krate box and I’ve really been enjoying it!
I stir it all together and eat it like cereal. This bowl is 9 net carbs and 82% healthy fats, and was my “big meal” for the day…
My low carb lunch, I called Salami Sammies. 🙂 It’s Kretschmar salami slices with colby jack cheese & crisp cucumber slices… dipped in ranch. Fun & easy!
For dinner I had a very simple meal of bacon & eggs. Always good! 🙂
Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Tuesday:
Macronutrients: Simple Explanation Of Low Carb Macros
How To Get A Net Carbs Column in MyFitnessPal
Net Carbs: 22
Total Carbs: 37
Protein: 76 grams
76% Fat / 18% Protein
Water: 48 ounces
I ordered these fun HANDMADE Fitness Stickers on Amazon and I got them this week. They’re even more beautiful in person than they were on the screen! 🙂
Did I mention they’re handmade?!
Do you have a weight loss journal or goal planner that you use to stay motivated and track your progress?? This is the planner I use: InnerGuide Life & Goals Planner.
I’d love to hear which one you use…
I’m currently 144.6 pounds, ten pounds higher than my all time low at the end of the year. I’m also losing all that great muscle tone I worked so hard for last year, after being so sedentary this first quarter – thanks to some massive flu that hit me in January and just hung on like a happy tick. 😛
In addition to lowering my dose on the Lexapro and weaning off of that, I’m ready to start getting back into serious strength training and muscle building.
(Not just talking about, but actually DOING it.)
I know what that takes: It takes FORCING myself to just DO IT, until I get back in the habit – like I was before. And doing that requires a little motivation, or personal inspiration. Like the fact that it’s literally weeks away from being shorts & tanks season. 😯 Or maybe a FUN event coming up you want to look HOT for. 🙂
Sometimes you have to set something up even, like a get together with friends 3 weeks out. Having something to work toward (for a real reason!) always motivates me to GET and STAY on track.
So let’s all put something on our calendar!! 😉 What do you say?
Stay tuned for my exercise updates (I’m going to let you hold me accountable!), and watch me DROP this #@&$ ten pounds I gained…;)
I also need a good tan again for all these cute Spring outfits & dresses I ordered. Dang, I feel like my body rewinded an entire year on me, lol. Sheesh!
How are things going for you?
Leave a comment & let’s talk. 🙂
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