Growth

Life moves at such a quick pace that I sometimes forget to stop, take a moment and reflect on how far I have come. Sean and I have now been on this keto journey for just coming up to a year and I feel it was definitely the right move for us – maybe not for everyone but definitely right for us.

Along the way we’ve tried to incorporate other healthy lifestyle choices and I feel that they all go side by side. Now been doing Pilates once a week since January and I still absolutely love it and never want to miss a class, even arranging trips away around my classes – sad!

My running is still slow and i do wish I could improve on this – perhaps it feels almost too difficult and Un-achievable so continue at my plodder pace; telling myself something is better than nothing !

I’m 48, the best I’ve ever felt and trying to keep as fit and healthy as I can. So pat on the back to me, keep loving Pilates, keep running slowly and definitely keep eating low carb 💙

Low carb living

So I’ve now been on this low carb journey since last June and still loving it. I’ve managed to lose a stone in weight, not sure how as this has been pretty easy. Always on the lookout for low carb options and different recipes that I can adapt to suit our lifestyle. My husband has been incredible on this journey and lost two stone, it’s like living with a new man, lol.

I’m pretty amazed on a daily basis at how everything has changed; hair, skin, weight, energy levels. Also discovered that there are a million different ways of cooking cauliflower.

Had some great responses to our new way of eating and several of our friends have joined us on the low carb train. Had a few negative remarks too, which always make me laugh. It’s always those that haven’t done any research or read any books on the subject that are the first there telling us we’ve got it all wrong. For us the journey is not all about eating an infinite amount of bacon and eggs, but a healthy balance of low carb vegetables good meats, fish, shellfish and healthy fats and fasting and coffee – couldn’t survive without my coffee.

Low carb and loving it.

Core – what core ?

Well that was an experience. My first core stability session of 2019, pretty much discovered that I have no core !

For those of you that don’t know me, I run: slowly, but I run. If there is “bling” aka medal involved, then I pretty much throw myself in feet first. Generally I find a race/event and then drag/bully my running buddies into entering. We then all spend the next however many weeks fretting about the upcoming event until race day. We then complete the event, feel pretty heroic and invincible, aka smug and apply for another event and so the cycle goes on.

This new year I desperately wanted to do something other than running, something along the lines of yoga ….. every class I’ve looked at is in the evening and this just doesn’t work for me; has to be a morning event or I talk myself out of it. Long story short; my fabulous husband talked (bullied) me into going to a core stability session with him. It will be “fun” I think he said. We tipped up in our Lycra and tough mudder t-shirts ready to attack this core stability session.

If I’m honest, I felt a little relieved when I arrived as we were the youngest people there by far, lots of “older” women all with their own mats, and I had a silent chuckle to myself thinking well if they can do it, how hard can it be? I didn’t laugh again. These women were all pretty amazing and incredibly flexible, clearly age is just a number – go ladies.

After 40 minutes of quite (or so I thought) strenuous core exercises I was definitely feeling it. The main things I took away from this session was I definitely cannot swing one arm forward and one backward at the same time!! If I have a core, then it was most definitely hiding and not coming out to play.

However, even though there was no bling on offer, I’m definitely signing up for the next session and this time I’m dragging my core out from it’s hiding place.

Spaghetti

I love pasta and this has been the hardest thing to try and substitute with a low carb alternative. Tried zucchini noodles and whilst I actually like them, they don’t really taste like pasta. There are several alternative products on the market but they are really quite expensive and I have been reluctant to try them; if you want a bowl of pasta just have a bowl of pasta mentality kicks in ! That said, I thought I’d give them a go, you never know I might even like them.

We opted for the Pure range as Amazon stocked them and it was really easy to get them delivered – love an Amazon delivery.

Only tried the pure spaghetti – still to sample the rice and Noodles. Sugar free, gluten free, low cal, fat free, grain free and 0 carbs they are a very attractive alternative on paper. It’s made from the root of the Konjac plant which is rich in water soluble fibre and also suitable for Vegans.

Very straightforward to use. One packet served one portion in our house, so works out fairly costly.

Opened the packet and washed the spaghetti in cold water – they didn’t smell at all (some brands smell fishy/chemically).

Once washed I drained them and then tipped into the hot pasta sauce and stirred around, leaving for a few minutes to heat/cook through and then serve.

I was actually pleasantly surprised. My only criticism is that the “spaghetti” is more like rice noodles than pasta and I would certainly use these for some Asian dishes requiring rice noodles.

They are very thin and I would prefer them to be slightly thicker; the “noodles” look more like pasta so may be better for me, just not tried them yet. I definitely prefer the texture and taste to zucchini noodles as a low carb substitute to pasta.

Although, if I fancy a bowl of pasta I still may just opt for the bowl of pasta !!

Fizz

Night in after a long day with the hubster; that should read, long day at work, night in with the hubster !! Fancied a drink, probably should be red wine if anything at all but when champagne is on offer it would be rude to refuse, right?

My life is now reading the carb content on every single label, slightly ruining some things for me as if it’s too high, I simply won’t touch it; but champagne I’ll make an exception for 😉

Supermarket shopping is now somewhat longer as I’m always looking for that one product that has virtually no carb content! When I find it, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me feel, which actually is pretty sad as if I really, really wanted to eat something I’ve always said that I would simply eat it, just not every day. Truth is, I hate eating something I really fancy if the carbs are high – I’d rather go without. I’ve even turned down a casual lunch out with my better half opting to cook as I know exactly what I’m putting in my mouth. I’m not moaning about this as this journey has made me question everything that I eat. What is it, how was it cooked, what oil was it cooked in ?

Exception to that rule is after a night out and all I want to eat the following day is “crap fast food”, in that instance KFC wins out – it’s chicken; chips are an amber and corn is a vegetable, right ????

Running Free

I wake up most days thinking, really must run today, and I’ve realised the longer I leave it the less likely I am to do it. As the day progresses so does my list of excuses not to go out.

Sad thing is, I actually like running; unlike my dog who incidentally LOVES running. That moment when I get changed and put on my trainers and headphones signals probably the only time that I completely switch off from everything else around me. I literally don’t think about anything else other than the run ahead of me. No fretting about work, what I’m going to cook for dinner, how the children are doing, should I be doing more …..

I am however a fair weather runner, running in the rain just does not do it for me at all – this is when the running machine gets dusted down. Running on an autumnal morning is just beautiful. The ever changing landscape of the farmers fields and beautiful coloured trees and if the sky is blue too – bonus. The dog loves it, pulling me round the first half and then I drag her home past half way (don’t be fooled, this is not because I run 20 miles, but she always starts off too fast and then struggles, we’ve talked about this but she just won’t listen).

So, today I won’t put it off, my trainers are on and I’m off to enjoy my solitude and clear head space – great start to the day. Plenty of time later to fret about work, what I’m going to cook for dinner, how the children are doing, should I be doing more …..

Teenagers

Whilst my husband and I embraced this new way of eating several months ago, it’s not been as easy to convert our teenagers. Why would you want to ditch pizza, pasta and all things sugary ??

Trouble is the more I read about LCHF the more it makes sense and the more it worries me what my children are consuming. Further still, it makes me so angry that we are constantly bombarded in the media on a daily basis with poor food choices in the name of healthy eating!!

As their mother, I have spent their entire lives from womb until now feeding them what I thought were healthy food choices. Both girls were breast fed until a year, both had home cooked food made for them from when they were able to eat; baby food just didn’t happen in our house. As they grew we introduced plenty of fruit and vegetables whether seasonal or not. Pasta, lean meats, whole wheat cereals, fruit juice, low fat everything, home made bread; my only saving grace is that we have always used olive oil, in and on everything.

This is all they know and now out of the blue we are saying to them “that’s not a good way to eat, you need to ditch all that and eat high fat foods and meats, avoid cereals and fruit juice like the plague – do you know how much sugar is in that ….”. Seriously both our children think we’ve lost the plot, maybe we have.

Trouble is, now I see how much sugar is hidden in everyday foods and people are so unaware and ill informed about it, and it frightens me. I worry for my girls. I worry at the amount of sugar they consume without realising it and I worry that so much disease is now being linked to sugar: but they’re teenagers and obviously won’t do anything unless they want to. All I can do is keep preparing their meals reducing their carb and sugar intake and hope that with age they too will see how bad sugar is for us and embrace the new way of eating.

I guess, as their mother I worry, that’s my job and right.

Keto abroad

Week away doing nothing but walking, eating, sleeping, reading and repeat !! I only ever seem to read on holiday (two books in already) and I forget how much I love it, note to self – read more at home !

Actually been pretty good this holiday, with all the fabulous food on offer out here; I feel I’ve made some pretty sound food choices and it was much easier than I thought it would be. People are more than happy to swap food out for you, even in Greece. Simple trade of potatoes for salad or seasonal green vegetables most evenings and no ones looked at me like I’m mental, apart from the mother in law, bonus!

I have however eaten my own body weight in Greek salad. Last day today and I’m contemplating a further Greek salad – will go back looking like one!!

Not a great deal to do here which actually for me is a good thing; we have been able to do some pretty epic coastal walks of 8 plus miles so definitely earned my glass of wine in the evening.

Hopefully when I return back to sunny (not) Lincolnshire and jump back on the scales my heart won’t sink ……

Amazing

Not been doing this for a great deal of time, and if you’ve read my blog you’ll know I originally entered into this experience to please my gorgeous brother.

Began back in June this year and since when I have lost 9.4lbs without even trying. I am utterly amazed at how my body shape has actually changed. It’s not just the weight loss, it’s how I feel and how different my shape is. Love the food choices on offer to me; have to say that every now and then I crave a slice of marmite on toast, but that’s about it.

I’m a middle aged women with 2 grown up kids and I know I have my fair share of wobbly bits but I am happy to post this pic of me and that’s down to my low carb lifestyle. Thank you Keto for waking me up !

#onemorelap

September 21st and the start of the Equinox24 weekend. A 24 hour event full of fun, family runs, camping, friendship and a personal battle to run as many 10k laps as you can either by yourself or as part of a team.

Slightly concerned this year as it would be the first time running on a predominantly low carb healthy fat diet. I did Tough Mudder Full back in May (began this lifestyle back in February) and that went ok so I’m really hoping this goes well.

Friday arrival at the campsite and we can’t pitch tents as the weather is horrific. Wind is so bad it confines us all to the car. After battling with the wind and nearly taking off several times the tent is finally up, well sort of. Then the rain begins ……. and pretty much doesn’t stop for the rest of the day but that doesn’t dampen our spirits. We get out the camping stove and cook the Keto Chili I had prepared earlier together with homemade guacamole and grated cheese and a bottle or two (or four) of prosecco; hardly gave the rain a second thought !

The next day we wake early to a fab breakfast of really good sausages, spinach omelette, mushrooms and crispy bacon. All feeling good we change and get ready for the start at 1200, the first half of our three teams make their way over to the start line and we’re off! The other half of us sit around drinking water/black coffee nervously awaiting our first lap.

I walk across to the start line; I’ve no idea why but I always feel really nervous and self conscious at the beginning of any event I enter. Hang around there for a moment or two until I feel confident to start and then I’m off. I begin my first 10k loop all is ok. I had forgotten the entire route so just took in the scenery (and tried to pace myself), had a chat with other runners, although I was secretly annoyed I’d forgotten my headphones as I prefer running to music! Arrived at the 6k point and then found myself counting down in my head to the finish, until I realised I still had “that hill” to climb. For those that have never done this event there is a very steep, fairly long and horrific hill to run up, it’s a killer. Getting that out of the way the rest of the course is pretty much downhill all the way back; and then the rain comes again. It quite literally chucks it down, what an awful day for a running event but that doesn’t seem to dampen everyone’s spirit – there are so many people still out and continuing to go out and run; rain or not, it’s a great feel good event.

I ate several chicken legs and handfuls of nuts when I was peckish and that seemed to work well. Long and the short, I managed to get four laps in (40k) and was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I only managed 3 laps last year.

So I survived another event without stacking up on pasta the night before, and felt good – not sure my legs will agree with me tomorrow !