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Update: 9/8/18

I have been tracking for 2 1/2 days now and I’ve already lost 1.2 pounds (as of this morning).  I’m feeling great and doing well.  I did pay for the Premium version of the Carb Manager so I could add every single thing I consumed…it’s a lot of individual ingredients when I cook at home.

Also, as you read through, you may be interested in viewing my recent, Back to Basics, blog to help get a good grasp on some keto basics.  If you’re totally new to keto, you may want to check out Keto Basics and Getting Started.

Remember, you can always reach out to me.  I’d love to help!  I am not a medical professional, but I have experience, research, resources, recipes and common sense…all of which may assist you in meeting your health goals.

-Rebecca

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It’s so easy to get comfortable.  It wasn’t very long into my time doing keto that I stopped tracking my consumption.  I has a pretty good handle on my macros, carbs and overall consumption.  Uh…I was wrong.  Yep, you read that correctly.  I was wrong.

It gets a bit tedious to track every single item you eat every day of your life, at least for me.  I was doing a great job of tracking for the first 3-4 months, then I stopped and just eyeballed thinking I would be fine.  I didn’t gain weight, but I didn’t lose.  My health continued to improve and I did continue to shrink a little.

Mostly I am glad I didn’t go backwards, but that simply isn’t good enough as I have quite a ways to go.  I started thinking about getting back to the basics and the one thing I was putting off the most was tracking in my app (BTW, I use the Carb Manager app, but there are so many great ones that will do the trick), mostly because it takes time and is kind of annoying.  Feeling convicted and knowing that I’ve been fairly status quo for the last several months made me bite the bullet and start tracking again.  I also started fasting more regularly and not eating when I wasn’t hungry (I’ll admit that sometimes I would go out to breakfast with my husband just because I wanted to spend more time with him).

Yesterday I began my new, strict regime of fasting in the morning and tracking everything I consumed, except water and my electrolyte drink.  The one big thing I noticed was that I was over consuming carbs, didn’t have quite enough protein and went slightly over on my fat.  It’s really no wonder why I haven’t lost.  I mean, I fasted, was more careful and I still ate 31g net carbs!!  I cannot even guess how far I was off these past months.

Going to bed with this all in mind confirmed that I need to be more careful and mindful of what I’m doing and how well I’m taking care of myself.  Realistically, I don’t see myself tracking every single thing the rest of my life.  But I can make a reasonable compromise that will still help keep me in check.  I’ll tell you what I decided below.

This morning I already saw a difference!  I lost 0.8lbs.  Crap, this means I was way off when I was eyeballing!!  I lost nearly an entire pound in one day.  Dang it.  That means I was stalling because of my diet and maybe not as much because of stress as I thought.

Taking all of this in has changed my perspective.  I need to pay more attention and focus on what’s important.  I need to check myself more often than I have been.  I still have a lot of weight left to lose, at least 65 but more than 100 if you ask the doctor.  I want to be healthy for myself, my husband and I want to have children so badly…and I want to be healthy enough to get pregnant and help them to grow to be healthy babies.

My solution is simple.  I will track myself until I cannot stand it anymore and need a break.  But, instead of waiting until my annual Keto-versary to assess, I think I need to make reassessment and tracking something I strictly follow at least every season (3 months).  I’m thinking it could look something like this:

  • September track consumption in app
  • Maybe in late October or early November I stop tracking and try to eyeball
  • December reassess and track again
  • repeat for March and June

I should be tracking all of the time, but it’s just not who I am.  So I will take the time to focus on myself and reassess, then strictly track for as long as I can and tallow myself a break for the rest of that season.  Does it have to be seasonal?  No.  But I thought it would be easier for me to remember.

Here are some questions to ask yourself (and feel free to share your answers in the Comments section):

  • How are you doing right now?
  • How have you been feeling mentally and physically?
  • How do you track your consumption?
    • What tools or apps do you use?
    • Are they effective and user-friendly?
    • Do you need a different solution?
  • What are your goals?  Do they need to be updated or modified?
  • What changes do you feel that you need to make to achieve your goal(s)?

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If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please add them to the comments section below or email me directly at beckdoes20@gmail.com.

I’m not a health professional, just a regular person who may have some experience and resources that can help.

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9/4/18 Blog Update

General Chatty Intro:

Good morning!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in my routine and paying enough attention to BeckDoes.  Not to worry, I was still following the Keto lifestyle and I’m still feeling decent =)  It’s been the year of change so far and I am ready to re-settle.

In the last 5 months we decided to sell our home, which meant I had to pack and store a majority of our belongings, clean and repair things, hire painters to make it look better, etc.  The sale went through after a buyer quit at the last minute in the most dramatic of fashions.  Fortunately, the home sold and we were able to move forward after being stuck in this limbo state for just about 3 months.  3 months with the bare essentials kind of gives a new perspective…and I kind of liked it after getting used to it.

Anyway, we were choosing to rent for a while, so I had to do a lot of research and hunting to find the perfect rental to meet the needs of my family.  We decided on a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment near my husband’s new job…did I mention the attention it takes to help your husband prepare for a new job?  At least I was able to resign from my teaching job and have more time to focus on family after summer school ended.  My family consists of my husband and I, our 2 small doggies and my father (who doesn’t do Keto and really needs to).  We have so many needs between all of us I really didn’t think I’d find a home that would meet it all within our budget.  PTL we did.

The long and short of it is that I’ll be able to focus more on Keto, Beck Does and helping others, which is really what I love to do the most.  I think that’s why I enjoyed teaching for 20 years.  I get to volunteer again for an after-school Bible study co-teaching position at a local Elementary school with a good friend, have a more routine schedule for cooking, cleaning, planning, resting, other housewife type duties (making appointments, managing the budget and paying bills, etc.) and helping family as needed.

In addition to the above, I’m now more available to anyone who needs help with Keto.  This is particularly exciting to me because Keto has changed my life in such a dramatic fashion in the past year that my husband and I have serious hope of getting pregnant, are no longer pre-diabetic, have more energy and mental clarity, look and feel better, etc.  I could go on.  I also really have fun with Keto.  I get to be creative, which in addition to helping others, I really like trying new recipes and trying to be creative.

Blog Plan:  BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You!

I have scheduled on my calendar that I will be posting 2-3 blogs per week, which include recipes, encouragements, important information about Keto and health, and sharing of my story/thoughts.  Just so you know, I don’t really think I’m that special.  I’m a normal person, with normal problems just like everyone else.  But what I think it different is that I’m willing to share what’s been going on in hopes that others can identify and perhaps benefit from my experiences.

The blogs can be found at http://www.beckdoes.com (which you probably already know, since you’re there reading this blog).  If you want to get updates when these blogs are posted, be sure to subscribe or “follow” and you’ll get the notification.  You can always change your mind later, if they become uninteresting or unhelpful.

Video Plan: Beck Does

In addition to the blogs, I’m about to set up the camera equipment and begin filming again.  Most of the videos will be recipes, but I will occasionally do a vlog (similar to a blog but in video format).  I also really want to go to the store and bring you along with me, similar to what Matt & Magha do.  I’ve found that friends and family really benefit from me going to the grocery store with them and really point out what is okay, not okay and why.  It’s like hands-on training.  Besides, I need to go to the store anyway because we eat food and that’s where they sell it!

I would imagine it might be up to a week before I begin posting regular videos on YouTube.  It takes a fair amount of work to create, edit and post a video…which should get easier as I practice, but you never know.

Another type of video I like the idea of doing is interviews.  It’s not good to only hear information from me when there are a large amount of other resources and experiences out there for you to benefit from.  If you’d like to be interviewed or want me to interview a particular person, make a certain recipe, or talk about certain topics related to Keto and/or health, please let me know because I’m trying to help 😉

The videos are posted on YouTube at BeckDoes at this ugly URL – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQUejExqyrU0qSU6YoupWfQ.  You can view the videos, share them, add comments, questions and suggestions, etc.  You can also share them with people you think may enjoy or need the information.  And, if you want to make sure you know about new videos as they’re posted, be sure to click on the Subscribe button so you don’t miss out on any new content.

Social Media: BeckDoes Keto on Facebook

There is also a Facebook group that I created called BeckDoes Keto.  This group was created to provide and share Keto information, encouragement, support and help answer questions as a community.  In addition, we share updates of our successes, recipes, valuable resources and the occasional Keto joke or pun.  I love a good joke and a great pun, so it just wouldn’t be right not to include them when I find them!

If you’d like to check out the group, you’ll have to request to join.  Once approved you can view everything posted, ask questions ad even participate in get togethers.  Many in the group live in the Southern California area, so the gathers are usually around here.  There is a question when you want to join, you don’t have to answer it if you do not wish to.  It’s really to confirm you’re a human…because who wants a bot in the Keto group?

To check out the BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You Facebook group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/beckdoesketo You can participate and share, or just passively view the content…it’s up to you!  At this point, I really don’t know how to make the content shareable with the Share button, but I am working on it.

Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far.  This blog is a bit longer than I was planning.  I think the coffee is kicking in!  WAHOO

I’m going to wrap this up with a quick update and preview of what is to come:

  • This week I am focusing on Back to Basics, which is good if you’re new to Keto or if you’ve been following this for a while and maybe aren’t so strict any more
  • I’ve officially had my 1 year Keto-versary and am pleased with the progress but wish I was magically perfectly healthy already
  • Calculating Macros is super important and will be covered in the Back to Basics this week.  How do you know when you’ve had enough fat? Too much protein? Or been indulging in too many carbohydrates to be successful?

Stay Tuned for upcoming blogs, videos and Facebook posts all about
Keto: Back to Basics!