Keto is still going very well. Yesterday, I had a ‘higher’ carb day – 52 total carbs, 42 net. (9 were in a no sugar added Fudgsicle so some of those were  sugar alcohols. I plan on no longer buying those, but I had a few in the freezer that I’m finishing. I also had some Nestea Singles, which I’m not sure they even make anymore. They’re packets of artificially sweetened mix that you’re supposed to add to 2 cups of water. I was out of diet pop at my friend’s house and wanted something other than water or tea.) But a lot of the carbs were at a really lovely meal with friends where I indulged in a couple small slices of roasted butternut squash, a fair bit of roasted brussels sprouts, and some 90% cacao chocolate. I passed on the wine and fresh pineapple. (That I peeled!) And declined my friend’s offer to pick me up a slice of cake he thinks is amazing.

If I can walk away from a meal feeling like I’ve really enjoyed the company and the food, I don’t mind the occasional 50 total carb day.

The folks on Low Carb Journey aren’t keen on MyFitnessPal, which I use to track. I realize my tracking won’t be precise because I choose generic 35% cream, not the particular one I use, for example. But I’m losing weight tracking on MyFitnessPal, so I don’t see any harm in it. If I got down to 20 or so total carbs on MyFitnessPal but still plateaued a higher weight than I’d like, I could reconsider. But I got down to 207 the first time without much tracking, just making decent keto choices day to day, so I expect I can go a fair distance with my current goals. (I do think I’ll need the accountability of tracking for a while. It’s crazy that I spent most of a year eating higher carb even though I know I feel so much better eating LCHF.)

I don’t have a final goal weight in mind. According to the BMI, I should be under 165, which seems impossibly tiny to me. My first goal is to get back to 207, and it would be nice to see “one-derland”, as they say. (Actually, I guess my first mini goal was to get back under 100 kg, which I’ve already done.) I don’t think I’ve been under 200 since my early 20s.

The main vanity factor is my face, which is very round. If I got to a weight where I had no double-chin, I’d be over the moon.


I’m already wearing jeans that I stopped wearing a few months ago because they became too tight to look good or feel comfortable in. Yay!

The scale read 219.2 this morning!

I need to get into the habit of taking magnesium regularly – I’ve only remembered once so far. Maybe when I feed the dogs.

A non-scale victory this week: a friend said he’d made congee and offered to bring a small container of it and some flour sticks (deep-fried dough) over for me. I love it when other people cook for me, but I asked if he could please keep them this time since I’m doing well on keto right now.

The 219.9 was a blip – my weight has mostly been hovering around 222-223 this week. But my weight’s still down a bit and I’m noticing that my belly is already a bit less round.

I’ve been carefully tracking everything, even a couple no sugar added (isomalt and sorbitol-based) Ricola lozenges I had at work when my throat felt scratchy. I still have my total carb goal in MyFitnessPal set at 35 and, as you can see, of the 9 days I’ve tracked, 6 days have been over and 3 days have been at or under. (The last day on the graph is today, so it just represents my breakfast. When I add recipes with erythritol to MyFitnessPal, I don’t count the erythritol. But I’m counting fiber carbs and carbs from other sweeteners.) But I feel like I’m getting a better handle on it and I’ll be working toward 20 total carbs per day, as Low Carb Journey facebook group recommends.


A friend who I eat dinner with often was telling me that his doctor recommended that he lose weight but he wasn’t willing to give up good food. I asked him whether the meal we’d had the night before (spinach salad with bacon dressing, pickled shallots, hard-boiled eggs, and bacon and smoked pork chops) felt like a hardship to eat. He agreed it didn’t. (His excess weight is similar to mine, without the overwhelming family history of diabetes that I have. We’re both in the obese range but neither of us experiences any illness or disability because of our weight – no joint pain, no diabetes, no heart problems, no sleep apnea, etc.)

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced

2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

about 1/2 cup bacon fat, melted

1 shallot, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp erythritol

1 tsp mustard

baby spinach

Toss the shallots with the red wine vinegar and erythritol and set aside until just before you want to serve.

Drain the vinegar into a bowl big enough to toss the salad in. Stir in the mustard and then stir in the bacon fat, tasting occasionally, until the balance seems right to you. Add the baby spinach (I used about 2/3 of a big Costco container) and toss well.

Put the dressed spinach on serving plates and top with shallots, bacon, and egg.

3 hard boiled eggs with Chosen Foods mayo and bulletproof coffee. Yum!

Commercial hamburgers are annoying – I had a lovely dinner with friends last night. They made hamburgers – no bun for me – and each burger had 9 carbs before adding any toppings. They like my medium ground beef burgers (medium ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic – form and freeze) so next time I’ll just offer to bring. And I always know I should allow some extra carbs for meals I don’t have control over. (The side was a spinach salad, which was perfect. And they used to buy low-cal salad dressing so I’d go for the oil and vinegar, but this time they had Kraft Olive Oil dressing.)

Anyway, after I first started eating low-carb, wanting to have dinner with friends without overly inconveniencing them was part of my motivation for no longer being vegetarian. (I was lacto-ovo vegetarian for 7 years.) So I know meals with friends are important to me and that sometimes that will mean higher carbs than I intend.

This morning, I weighed 219.8 (99.9 kg)! I’ve been hovering a bit above 225 for a few months, so to have already lost 5.2 lbs after a week of mostly keto + wine (+ a few fries) and a week of properly keto is amazing! I feel very motivated.

This morning, I had a fabulous breakfast – poached eggs, bacon, baby spinach with olive oil and lemon juice, and so much delicious hollandaise. Afterward, I went to the farmer’s market and bought a keto feast:

  • Summer sausage
  • Smoked pork chops
  • Flat of eggs
  • Green onions
  • Kielbasa

Today went really well. Someone gave me a box of chocolate covered strawberries, and I gave them all away to my co-workers. It was happy hour at work, and I had a Diet Pepsi. Not to mention, I left the popcorn alone. After work, I went out swimming with a friend, and even though I was hungry afterwards I didn’t eat until I got home to my keto cheesecake.

I’ve been tracking religiously, which I expect helps a lot.

I went to A&W for lettuce-wrapped burgers and finally managed to order them the way I wanted:

Lettuce-wrapped mama burger, no ketchup

Lettuce-wrapped mozza burger, replace mozza sauce with mayonnaise. (Mozza sauce is sweet. Mozza burgers don’t have ketchup on them.)

You’d think it wouldn’t be that complicated, but I’ve gotten it wrong a bunch of times.

(Keto is still going quite well. My tracking says I ate 40 g carbs including 7 g fiber, 172 g protein and 204 g fat. So I’m still above where I want to be on carbs and protein and below where I want to be on fat, but I’m getting closer.)

I made KeDough pizza on the weekend and I have mixed feelings about it. I made the crust too thick, so it’s not crispy, but obviously, I can fix that next time. Most of my issue with it is how strong the flavour is – I wonder whether the parmesan is necessary to the texture or whether I can use all mozzarella. I topped it with homemade tomato sauce, thinly sliced onions, Italian salami, and goat cheese.

The weird thing about it is that normally when I have pizza in the fridge I want to eat it all but with this stuff I’m not eager. Maybe it’s back to fathead pizza for me. (Not a hardship.) This recipe is easier to make than fathead pizza, I admit.

I’ve been hovering around 40 total carbs for the past couple days and I’m already seeing the numbers on the scale go down! 223 today. I’m feeling more energetic, too.

No digestive issues or keto flu symptoms yet. I did have a bunch of broth as part of dinner yesterday, so I should be good on sodium. I stil have magnesium pills but haven’t started taking them yet.