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  1. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    We went out to eat yesterday because I had a terrible day. I didn't get to eat lunch, so I was famished. We went to Red Robin and I got the Wedgie burger (it's a bacon guacamole burger shoved inside a "wedge" of lettuce) and a mountain of bottomless steamed broccoli with ranch for dipping and it was so stinking good. It's so nice when restaurants have things that fit your diet without having to special order anything.

  2. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    How was everyone’s thanksgiving? I gave myself the day off yesterday and ate whTever i wanted but I’m not too large of quantities. Back on track today. What surprised me though is that the food wasn’t as satisfying as I remembered

  3. Raspberry

    kiwi / 598 posts

    @gotkimchi: I find that to be true whenever I’ve been eating well for a while. I think that I’m craving something indulgent but when I finally get it, the grease and/or sugar is just too much.

  4. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    I ate pretty keto yesterday. I made a full Thanksgiving dinner for family, but I made some low carb things for me. Keto stuffing, cauli mash, bacony green beans with toasted almonds, turkey, and sugar free cranberry sauce. I made some low carb lemon raspberry cheesecake so I had a slice of that and a few glasses of wine. I also ate a low carb cookie later on when people were having a second round of dessert. I was definitely over my calories the last two days (I felt really snacky while cooking the night before), but I just aimed at keeping things low carb and didn't actually go over THAT much. I'm up on the scale today, but I'm certain it's because I've been awful about drinking water this week. Gotta flush all this stuff out!

    Today, we had a family day with our visitors. I made pancakes, sausage, and eggs and I ate with everyone and even heated up some leftover low carb pancakes I made last week. Then for lunch I had a burger bowl at Five Guys. Tonight we have a make your own salad bar and turkey soup at home with the leftover carcass and meat. I'm going to eat a little salad and then DH wants to take me for sashimi after the boys are in bed (free babysitters!).

  5. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    I had a whoosh! Down another 3lbs and now 8lbs away from my next goal.
    I’ve been trying out intermittent fasting, I can’t guarantee if that is helping, but I don’t think it’s hurting! I’ve also cut out desserts with my husband this last week. Even though the desserts are keto I still find having something every night affects me. My husband makes something nightly so it’s been hard, but so worth it. I think I’ll have something tomorrow night and try to make it into a weekend treat thing. He makes an amazing keto cheesecake!

  6. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @WinterBee: woot that's awesome! I am definitely a night snacker, so the whole intermittent fasting thing is super hard for me!

    I went up and down the same 1.5lb over Thanksgiving so I'm at a net neutral for the holiday. I kept it keto but went over my calories a bit for 2 days. I meal prepped all my lunches tonight and made bone broth and bacon too, so I should be set to stay on target the rest of the week.

    I'm thinking of doing a strict keto fast with no desserts or sweeteners for like 2-3 days because I think just having the keto treats the last few days has been waking the sweets monster. I'll see how I feel tomorrow just eating normally and see if I have to go that far.

  7. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gingerbebe: I purposely don’t break my fast until 2-3pm so I can eat later into the night. I need some snacks at night! Dropping the sweetener is hard! But, I think you’ll notice a difference, good luck! Let us know how you feel in a few days.

  8. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    Does anyone know if there are any keto “crackers” I can buy at the store? I’m dying for something crunchy and I don’t have time to cook before work today!

  9. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @gotkimchi: Pork rinds. I personally like the hot and spicy kind, but the plain ones are fine too. They are usually on the bottom shelf of the chip aisle at most grocery stores or drug stores. My Rite Aid next to work has them! You can also get cheese crisps (called Moon Cheese, Cello Whisps, or Cheese Crisps) - they either have them next to the salad toppers in the produce area of grocery, or back in the deli area where the salami and fancy crackers are. Or my Rite Aid has them near the front by check out. Read the labels though, because there are a few brands that mix in grains and flour. I got the Fresh Express Cheese Crisps last week and they are really good - 100% cheese.

  10. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @gingerbebe: awesome thanks! I think he pork rinds will be perfect!

  11. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    How do you guys make your bulletproof coffee?

  12. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @gotkimchi: I have 2 versions I use most often.

    The first is the classic Bulletproof coffee - coffee plus a tablespoon of butter or ghee, a tablespoon of collagen powder (currently I use Great Lakes), and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil (I currently use Bulletproof Brain Octane). You blend it up in the blender or just use a hand frother if you don't want to bother. I also add some kind of sugar free Torani syrup to sweeten it up.

    The second kind I make is Healthful Pursuit's Rocket Fuel Latte, which doesn't use a dairy/ghee base, but uses raw cacao butter and hemp hearts. You use a tablespoon of each plus MCT oil and collagen and blend it in a high power blender (I use my Vitamix).

    I bought a bunch of stuff on Cyber Monday deals, so I'm getting Perfect Keto's collagen/MCT oil powder in the mail soon. MCT oil powder is supposed to mix in creamy without the need for a blender and it doesn't create the GI issue a lot of users have (they get the runs). MCT oil is derived from coconut oil, so if you don't want to buy that as a product, you can just add coconut oil.

    Plenty of people just use butter and coffee and that's fine too. On days I don't do a Bulletproof, I just make coffee with heavy cream and it holds me for a few hours.

  13. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @gingerbebe: thanks for the info! Just made shiritaki noodles for dinner tonight and while they were fine, I felt like I’d almost rather not have them. They didn’t add much i guess

  14. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @gotkimchi: I find that shirataki noodles work better in Asian preps like stirfry or in soups (pho, ramen, etc). They're also good in cold noodle salad preps. I like them in that Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe I posted above.

    But I've also gotten used to their texture and I've eaten them as a pasta replacement from time to time.

  15. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @gingerbebe: I def think they’d be better in soup or a salad then a sub for spaghetti or whatever, I have another pack so I’ll try them another way and report back

  16. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gotkimchi: For BPC I use butter, coconut oil and heavy cream. Then blend it in our nutribullet. It’s creamy, frothy, easy and delicious!

  17. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @WinterBee: that’s what I’m trying tomorrow!

  18. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    End of the month weigh in results: I'm down 4.8 pounds for the month! It was actually lower yesterday, but whatever I guess. Considering I gained and lost the same two pounds twice over during my period and Thanksgiving, I guess I'm just happy I lost anything!

    At this rate, I don't think I will be in one-derland by the end of the year, but DH and I did get a treadmill on Cyber Monday and hopefully a little extra exercise will help things moving soon.

    I largely met my goals for the month, which were to drink more water (need to still get better), win my DietBet, and do Bulletproof-style intermittent fasting 4 days a week. So now I have to think about December goals.

    How's everyone else doing?

  19. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gingerbebe: That’s awesome! 4.8lbs is a great loss for s month!

    Things are going good here! I’m 6lbs away from my next goal weight, so I’m hoping to hit it by Christmas! I’ve only been having (keto) dessert on the weekend and doing a 16/8 fast routine for a little over a week. I’m feeling good, which is the most important.

    I’m going to a friends annual pot luck this weekend, hoping to make a keto dessert to bring, anyone know any (easy) recipes that actually taste good?

  20. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @WinterBee: I made this over Thanksgiving. It was SO good. Its like half cake, half cheesecake.


    The only changes I made was to cut the crust amount in half and I added a handful of fresh raspberries before pouring the cheesecake topping over the top. I also used real lemon juice and added 2-3 tablespoons to each part (cake and cheesecake). The sweetener I used was Swerve. I think it was the same amount as called for in the recipe, but you may need to taste the batter and double check.

    My non-keto friends tried it at Thanksgiving and they really liked it. I also made a pumpkin spice version (swap the lemon juice with 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and some pumpkin pie spice in the batter) and my non-keto DH polished it off.

    A really easy no-bake thing is cheesecake fluff and you can serve it with fresh berries and serve it over some crumbled cookies for non-keto folks if you like. There are a zillion recipe for cheesecake fluff on Google.

  21. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gingerbebe: Great ideas, thank you!

  22. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    Anyone around? How are you all doing? Any plans to end the year strong?

  23. skinnycow

    pear / 1728 posts

    @gingerbebe: I haven't checked in lately but I'm still going strong! I've dropped about 3 lbs the last couple weeks which I'm thrilled about. I'm about a pound away from my "happy weight" but my body composition isn't quite where I want it.

  24. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    Still here too, doing pretty good. Not quite 100% on the diet. I do great at work or home but have run into a few snags while around family. Will weigh in tomorrow but last week I was at my lowest weight yet. Hoping to get down at least 5-6 more lbs before the end of the year. Will be off diet the 23-25... thinking I will fast and then just do a cheat meal while with family so 1 meal those days.

  25. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @gotkimchi: @skinnycow: awesome job! I had been stalled for like a week - kept going up and down the same pound - and then really focused in December on drinking water and had another woosh. I’m FINALLY down below my start weight for my pregnancy with DS1, which was almost 4 years ago! And 1.4lbs away from being 20lbs down since I started this diet! I don’t think I’ll get to onederland before the end of the year, but if I can do 5 pounds, that would be awesome!

  26. Raspberry

    kiwi / 598 posts

    @skinnycow: @gotkimchi: @gingerbebe: Wow, sounds like you all have been progressing nicely. Good job!

    AFM, my app had pinned me hitting my goal weight at the end of February, but I've since moved that up to the end of January. I'm pretty stoked and have even started getting a few better-fitting pieces for my closet.

    For fun: at what point does everyone go shopping? Do you wear bigger clothes until you hit your goal weight? Just celebrate getting back into old clothes?

  27. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Raspberry: that’s awesome! I haven’t bought any clothes yet and I’m not sure when I will, i figure there will come a point when I have to and I will know it lol.

    10lb for me until I fall into “overweight” for BMI instead of obese. I’d like to do this until I hit a healthy BMI which would be 40lb from where I’m at now. Hopefully I can do it.

    How much is everyone else hoping to lose?

  28. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @Raspberry: Right now I'm still fitting BACK into some old clothes, but once I'm out of a larger size, I donate it so its out of the house. I buy pieces as I need them but try to buy them as inexpensively as possible. Last month I bought 2 pairs of Old Navy jeans on clearance, two clearance long sleeve shirts, leggings in a size down, and a sweater. Not a lot of money, but makes me feel good and motivated. I also tend to buy more shoes or purses when I'm on a diet, since those are motivating/rewarding, but will keep regardless of size. Once I'm at goal, I will probably invest in nicer longterm capsule style pieces.

    I am about 60lbs from my lowest weight ever, but I don't know if that's honestly reasonable. That low weight is technically "healthy" for my height, but I was 17 at the time and had an eating disorder. I think if I lost 40 more, I would be ecstatic.

    In my mid-thirties, I'm honestly just trying to be healthy and keep up with my kids, so I'm hoping to get into a better fitness routine (our treadmill is on its way!) and learn to maintain a reasonable diet and weight for the long haul. If that means I'm technically overweight, fine.

  29. Raspberry

    kiwi / 598 posts

    @gotkimchi: I know labels shouldn't matter but I think being so close to moving categories is hugely motivating! Keep it up!

    In a perfect world I'd lose another 8 pounds. The last few are so tough for me. There's only so much more exercise I could fit in or calories I can cut at this point.

  30. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @gingerbebe: ha so true, a healthy weight for me would be 20lb less then where I was before kids! So I’d at least like to get down to that and that’s 20lb from where I am so I feel like that’s reasonable

    @Raspberry: yah the last few are always the hardest! But you’re so close keep it up!

  31. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    @Raspberry: I always have clothes to fit me at my current weight. I tried to wear bigger clothes while I was losing weight and it really killed my self esteem. I looked really sloppy and I had to do something. I don't wear too small clothes when I gain weight and I don't wear too big ones when I lose.

    I bought a bunch of things at a resale shop, I got skirts for about $12 and I didn't feel badly when they were too big.

    I am hoping to lose the 10 pounds I gained back since this past June, plus another 5 pounds.

  32. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gingerbebe: I’m 4lbs away from my next goal!! So freaking excited, I might actually hit my goal before Christmas!
    On another note I got AF yesterday and went up almost a pound. Fully expecting to ‘whoosh’ it away next week though, at least hoping!
    I’m staying strong with 16/8 fasting and starting taking collagen today to hopefully help my hair growth!

  33. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gotkimchi: I haven’t set my ultimate goal, and honestly I probably won’t reach it for a while.
    We do want to TTC#2 soon so my plan is just to get into the best shape I can and get into a good routine of being active and eating healthy so I can maintain during pregnancy.
    If I could lose another 20lbs before pregnancy I would be super happy!

  34. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @WinterBee: Awesome! Yeah, the going back and forth on a pound is maddening. But what can ya do!?

    I really love having these smaller goals, because saying "oh I wanna lose 50 pounds" sounds like forever away. First it was losing 5 pounds, then it was getting to the next round number, then 10 pounds, my pre-pregnancy weight, trying to lose 4% in a month on Diet Bet - all these incremental losses help so much to stay focused. I've been trying to use that same approach to monthly goals. Keep them reasonable and attainable to keep motivated.

    My next goal is the 1.4lbs to hit 20 pounds lost. Then I want to lose 6 more to get to onederland! I will be joining a new DietBet in December that ends in January to keep up with my eating over the holidays.

    Also, this is my favorite quote when dealing with weight loss blues:

  35. WinterBee

    persimmon / 1071 posts

    @gingerbebe: That’s a great quote! I definitely think small goals is where it’s at!

  36. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    If anyone is doing keto but still tracking calories what app are you using?

  37. skinnycow

    pear / 1728 posts

    @gotkimchi: I'm not doing keto but I like MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking. It shows calories and nutrient intake (including protein/fat/carbs). I also like that you can scan labels to add food and most restaurant meals are already included in their database.

  38. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @gotkimchi: I use My Fitness Pal as well. I used the free version for 50 days, and at that point felt confident enough to upgrade to the paid version (its like $50 a year). I like the premium version bc it gives me macros/% broken down for each meal. And I think it has the best database.

  39. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @skinnycow: @gingerbebe: thanks!! I was wondering about the paid version so that’s good feedback

  40. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    How’s everyone doing? I’ve hit a plateau and I’m not sure how to get past it. I’ve cut out diet soda and am trying to up water. I’m also going to try intermittent fasting for a little longer per day and cut out any cheating - there wasn’t a ton but a bite of things here and there. Any other ideas?

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