Friday, September 7, 2018

Check Up Time! (Ideal Protein Program?)

Went in to see my dietitian today to check up to see how I was doing. I told her that I am having a hard time, and that the vegan lifestyle is really what I want to continue.

My weight did go down, but not the significant weight lose you see in a Ketogenic Diet. For me, it's been a mixture of vegan and Keto, which the dietitian stated was ok,  it was just that the weight wasn't going to come down super fast. I was okay with that.
She introduced this "Ideal Protein" Program as an alternative to look at, especially because I didn't know what to cook some times. It comes with all of these toys and coaching and the high point, pre-packaged food!!!

So there are 4 phases to this. The first phase you follow until your weight loss goal is achieved. The 2 14-day phases in which there is a gradual reintroduction of healthy carbs and fats, and then a maintenance phase which is about a year.

Tempting, very tempting. But I don't know about the idea of a $100 initial fee to start, and then approximately $25 a day just for the food and supplements alone, plus you still have to buy some of your proteins and vegetables........

Sorry, I think I am going to sit this one out.

On the other hand, she did increase my cars levels and my protein levels. So at least I have a little more leeway.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Awaiting the Hurricane

We are all awaiting the potential impact of Hurricane Lane. As of this morning, this catagory 4 hurricane is forecasted to bush up really close to the islands, bringing potentially high winds, heavy showers and high surf.

We've been busy around the house getting things ready, putting things away and enduring long lines to but the last minute things and fill up gas.

In moments like this? Especially once we go into survival mode, I think diet goes out the door. Give me my bottled water, spam, vienna sausages, and instant ramen! I don't think the Keto Gods will mind.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Second Guessing the Whole Keto Thing

So as you can see, my weight is slowly creeping back up. I don't know if there is any correlation between the weight gain and the start of this whole Ketogenic Diet. All I can say is I am miserable, I am not liking the entire idea of eating meat. I was loving the whole Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle, since there was not as many restrictions as with a Keto Diet.

I recently did some blood work, and really, the numbers were low, but since doing the Vegan/Vegetarian thing, it has been low. The big plus, I was losing weight. Not as fast as the Keto Diet, but I was still losing.

Kind of second guessing this whole idea of my future with this Keto Diet. I would rather live a happy life losing weight, versus living a miserable life losing weight.

On a more positive note, I like that I can wear some of the clothes that I haven't been able to wear in like some 10 years. I am not too sure why I kept clothes for 10 years, but yeah......

Still at the gym working out and swimming. I am finding that I am spending a lot more time there, than before. That's a good thing right?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer is Here!

Well, it's now July and the kick off to the summer! July greeted me with the scale and I not being friends. I have gained some weight back. It's so easy to blame others, but really, in my mind, I feel that as of right now, it's refining this whole Keto diet thing.

What threw a wrench in the whole "system" was that on this past dietitian and bariatric doctor, visitation, I saw a different dietician who had a whole different philosophy, goals, and thoughts. So in doing what I was told by the previous dietician, it did not meet the expectations of this dietician. I left being all confused. No consistency......

For my next visitation, I have already asked to see the previous dietician to make it more consistent.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

First appointment since going Keto

I went in for my first doctor's appointment, since the bariatric doctor put me on this Ketogenic Diet. Earlier in the morning, I received a text on my phone that my blood lab report was done and available for me to read.

To my amazement, as much as I have been suffering for starch, the numbers have dropped significantly! Things that were high, and needed to watch out for, are all down!

At the appointment, the scale at the office, I lost 4 pounds since my last visit. I'll take that! Will be getting a nutritionist to be working with. I was telling the doctor that I was going blind in all of this, since much of the information isn't consistent as far as what I can, and call not eat.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Kinobody: Has Anyone Done This?

Recently, this banner has been popping up on my screen. It's apparently a form of weight loss program designed to shed body fat and have that great body in a short period of time. Apparently, it's what Hollywood actors use to get that "chiseled" body right before they start to film a movie. Sounds pretty awesome doesn't it? Too good to be true? Hard to tell.

This program revolves around some dude by the name of Greg O'Gallagher. He looks like some cocky bastard you'd like to slap, just because. To start, you take a simple survey to see which of his programs fits the goals you want to achieve. From there, you are match either with:

  • The Warrior Physique
  • The Greek God Physique
  • The Superhero Physique
  • The Goddess Toning Program
  • Aggressive Fat Loss 2.0
So being the inquisitive person I am, I was matched with the "Aggressive Fat Loss 2.0" Program, like that is a no brainer. So from here, I fork over $66 (not including some discounts that they promise for subscribing to e-mail newsletters) and I am suppose to get a lifetime subscription to a collection of 45 minute work outs to do at the gym (including how to effectively use the weights the gym),  a "Complete" aggressive fat loss manual, and "Complete" diet and nutrition guide. (I still don't understand why businesses use the word "complete". Is it a marketing ploy to get the consumer to think, "WOW! I'm getting the whole program versus half!"?

Anyhow, so of course it's all digital and so I won't be getting anything physical, and I am assuming I can start as soon as it gets delivered into my e-mail inbox, with tons of advertisements for their other products.

One of the highlights is this idea of "Intermittent Fasting." The theory is to not have breakfast. By fasting 4-7 hours after you wake up, growth hormone levels rise, this helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Then have two super big meals with lots of proteins and few carbs. Each meal should start with 1-2 servings of fruits.

I am very skeptical about this. $66 is not a lot when you compare it to a lot of similar weight loss programs on the market. It does come with a 30 day many back guarantee if you don't like it. 

Has anyone done this? Does it work? Worth it?

If you want to check it out, here is the link: Kinobody

Monday, April 2, 2018

Good Lord It's April! Lets Catch Up!

Sorry, I haven't had the time to blog in what seems like forever! Thank you to Nikki over at Fat Girl Won't Run for checking up on me!

Ok, so lets catch up!
I continue my relentless journey to regain my health, and I can tell you, it's still up and down for me. I have gone back to that infamous 230 doldrum once again, however I can tell you that I have been needing to buy new clothes and or I have been able to wear clothes that I haven't been able to wear in years. That's good right??? One of the suggestions that I have been getting is since I am losing so much, I should shop at Ross instead of the normal places I usually shop. What do you guys do? It sounds fair to me!! The 230 mark has been an average. I have been obsessed with jumping on the scale every morning (maybe I shouldn't be doing that) and it has been 230 plus or minus a couple of pounds. To mark April 2018 in my Update Pictures section, you can see that I am 231.2. 

I went to see a bariatric doctor and she put me on a Ketogenic Diet. It's been a bit crazy, because it is a complete 360 from the vegan/vegetarian diet I have been on. Meat, meat, meat! I was sick the first couple of days. No carbs, no sugar is a little crazy for me. In my opinion, and I could be wrong, that is what is making my weight inconsistent these past couple of weeks, as my body is starting to get use to this new diet.

It comes at a point when we discovered the "Gardenin" line of meatless products. Now that I have to actually read labels, many of those products, I shouldn't be eating. It's been a little confusing since the doctor said I could continue with those things.

There has been a lot of pros and cons to this "Keto" Diet. I am just putting my faith into the doctor right now. I guess it's good for my brain too, I have to read labels, do math, and make the right decisions on what to eat.

Still getting my regular massages. My therapist has included stretching into the regimen. So I have been feeling really good after the sessions. This week, I will be treated to a hot stone massage. Very stoked for that!

I had a Thai Massage session. That was pretty bad. I think that business is a little sketchy now that I have had some time to decompress from the situation. No certificates hanging on the wall, no asking me where I am in pain. Just 90 minutes of sheer torment and torture. All the ethics of how a massage is suppose to be preformed went out of the window. That was bad, not going back ever!