Week One: Day Six

With everything that was going on this week I forgot to weigh myself on Monday so I decided to do it today (Friday) and I couldn’t believe the number I saw.

The scale read 185.5 lbs! Wow!!! That puts me down 5.5 lbs

I couldn’t believe it the first time or the second time and even the third time I weighed myself. lol.

Today, I also had my first butter coffee. I had a choice between vanilla or chocolate.  I choose the vanilla and it was quite interesting.  It will take me some time to get used to it, that’s for sure.  After an hour or so I managed to drink it all.  Mission accomplished. lol

The rest of the day didn’t go so well.  I didn’t eat anything until I got home at 6 pm.  I had the choice of eating non-keto foods or just skipping my meal.  I decided to skip lunch.  I wasn’t terribly hungry so that helped.

Note to self: Bring with me some Keto snacks and leave them in the car for such emergencies.

I had breakfast for dinner. Eggs, sausage, and avocado.  Nothing else sounded good.

My calories were pitiful – once again – but at least I stayed within my carb intake.  😉

Total Calories 838 out of 1700
Fat 74 grams out of 142
Protein 35 grams out of 85
Carbs 10 grams out of 21
Fiber 5 grams
Total Net carbs are 5 grams.


Week One: Day Five

Ugh, I am feeling like shit today.  Remember, yesterday I went to work?  I got there at 9:30 pm and I didn’t stop running all night. We were so busy.  I was worried about what I was going to eat during the night, but I never had a chance to pee. Not that I had to since I could hardly drink any water.

I was supposed to be home by 4 am but didn’t get home until almost 5 am.  I probably should have had something to eat but I was so tired. I feel asleep on the couch for an hour before my son woke me up.

I had some salami and cheese, took A to school, and then I came home and slept.

1 pm came way too early and once I woke up I was greeted with the worst headache and felt nauseous.


It was 2 pm and all I wanted to do was to lay down, but I couldn’t.  Mom duties. I made some coffee and that seemed to help a tiny bit, but I didn’t feel better until after 5 pm when I had a handful of almonds and started to drink some water.

These last two weeks I’ve been making sure I drink plenty of water and I guess my body got used to it and it went into shock when I didn’t drink anything for over 8 hours.

Lesson learned.


Today’s calories were minimal due to me mostly sleeping all morning and afternoon then going to bed early.

Total Calories 880 out of 1700
Fat 49 grams out of 142
Protein 47 grams out of 85
Carbs 69 grams out of 21
Fiber 5 grams
Total Net carbs are 64 grams.

Sigh… still over my carbs. I need to do better. At least they weren’t empty carbs.

Week One: Day Four

Yesterday was a very hard day and today was a little better in the calorie front but still off.  My appetite wasn’t that great still but better. I am so looking forward to tomorrow when I am not in pain anymore.

Speaking of pain, tonight should be interesting. My boss called me and asked me if I could go to work tonight. I wasn’t itching to go into work but when your boss calls you personally it is hard to say no.

It should be interesting to see how I do tonight at work.  I crave carbs when I am tired and come 4 am all I am thinking is of is eating pancakes and a nice comfy bed. :-/


But I have high hopes but still don’t forget to wish me luck!

Total Calories 1360 out of 1700 (as of 8 pm)
Fat 90 grams out of 142g
Protein 68 grams out of 85g
Carbs 74 grams out of 21g
Fiber 26g
Total Net carbs are 48 g.

Wow! Not sure how I netted 48 grams of carbs!!!! I am afraid to see what happens to me tomorrow.  😦

Week One: Day Three

I wasn’t that hungry today and I am pretty sure it was due to me being on my period and having cramps. Who can be hungry or even eat when they are in pain.  Regardless, I did manage to eat when my Advil kicked in and I felt hungry.

I will say that I am proud of not overindulging in carbs today.   When I am feeling like this carbs are (were?) my comfort food but not no more.

I don’t have much else to report since I pretty much laid low today.

Total Calories 1032 out of 1700
Fat 59 grams out of 142g
Protein 50 grams out of 85g
Carbs 48 grams out of 21g
Fiber 13g
Total Net carbs are 35 g.

I hope soon, I get the hang of this diet.

Week One: Day Two

I tried Leanne’s Blended Coffee consisting of three simple ingredients.

Coffee, coconut oil and 2 drops of liquid stevia.

It was quite interesting, and it will take me some time to get used to it.  Just like when I first tried almond milk on my tea and coffee. I thought I was going to die.  Ok, maybe not as dramatic as that but I definitely had to get used to it.  lol

I can tell you I felt full after I drank the coffee, but it didn’t take long before I felt hungry again. I was disappointed and to tell you the truth I was feeling like a piggy. I didn’t want to starve myself so I grabbed two hard-boiled eggs and that held me over until lunch.

Lunch was chicken salad sandwich.   I had to make the Flax Seed Focaccia ahead of time.  I thought it would take a long time, but it didn’t.  I do need practice on making it because the middle of the bread didn’t cook all the way and it was sinking.  Still tasted good enough for not being bread. Overall the meal was satisfying, and I would eat it again.

Dinner was pit-smoked chicken thighs with zucchini and a glass of red wine.  Very satisfying and fulfilling. I know I am not supposed to have alcohol but I can’t see myself giving this up so I am incorporating it and seeing how it affects my weight loss. Wish me luck!

Total Calories 1,289 out of 1700

Fat 67 grams out of 142g
Protein 66 grams out of 85g
Carbs 42 grams out of 21g
Fiber 19g
Total Net carbs are 23g. 🙂

As you can see I didn’t meet my 2:1 ratio (for every 2 grams of fat consumed, split it evenly between proteins and carbohydrates) requirements.
I am ok with this because I am still learning.

Week One: Day One

I was bummed I couldn’t start when I wanted to, but I am happy I was able to start out today.  One part of my problem was that I wasn’t prepared to make the meals.  I should have looked at the recipes ahead of time.  The other part was my work and traveling to various events.

Anyway, that is all over and I was ready to start today (Sunday).

I had a very yummy breakfast called Blackberry Parfait.  It was made with Coconut milk, nuts and blackberries and other spices.  Did I say yummy?  It was. 😀

For lunch, I was supposed to eat a Hemp Kale Salad, but I thought I wouldn’t be hungry while we went to our cub scout bridging ceremony.  Boy, was I wrong. I was hungry even though I had just eaten a few hours ago. :-/
Thankfully they did have some food I could eat but it wasn’t ideal.  I had some tri-tip and assorted raw vegetables. Once I got home I had a snack and started to prepare dinner.

Dinner was different. I made chicken curry with coconut rice. It was good, and I could tell it would be fattening due to eating 2 ounces of coconut meat.  I know it’s supposed to be good for me but it will still take time for me to get used to eating this way. 🙂

Side note:
I have pictures of my meals on Instagram (featured here on my sidebar) in case you are interested.

Overall, I think the day went well.

I ate 1,507 calories out of my allowed 1,700

Fat 103 grams out of 142g
Protein 59 grams out of 85g
Carbs 57 grams out of 21g
Fiber 22 grams
Total Net carbs are 35 grams.

It’s not perfect but it’s not bad for my very first day.

Keto Diet?

It’s funny how you write a post about thinking about eating High protein/Low Carb diet and things just pop-up for you to read.

One of them was this post by Jacqui at WeighToMaintain on how she tried a keto diet for 14 days.

I was intrigued right away and as I read it was making sense to me.  Not only is this plan created by a doctor and tailored especially for women but also it is also whole food based!  I remember reading about the Atkins diet and it seemed everyone was eating bacon, cheese, and a bunch of processed foods.

That is not for me – thank you very much.

It is very appealing to me that I could be eating real healthy food.

I also read her review of the Happy Keto Body and after I read it I wanted to try it.

Sadly, the Happy Keto Body is no longer available, but she did put a link to two e-books that I could use to start on my journey.  I bought them and currently reading them. I think this could work for me and hopefully end the dieting rollercoaster I’ve been on for the last few years.

Thanks Jacqui!

OMG — Breathe


I didn’t feel fat
Until I saw the number
Blinking back at me

Nothing has changed
Since yesterday, except
Maybe a pound, two, or five?

Deep breaths
In through the nose
Out through the mouth

You are healthy
You are beautiful
There is nothing wrong with you

A distant voice whispers
I need to believe this


Numbers don’t lie
I am fat.

What I learned about my body

Last week I went to North Carolina to see my nephew graduate from UNC. Any graduation is important but this one was even more so since he was able to graduate despite some unfortunate events happening on his last year of school. I am really proud of him.

It was so nice spending time with family.  Catching up with them, exploring, eating, and drinking. It was a great bonding experience.

We were there for 6 days and all 6 days I was essentially a vegan. I say essentially because I did have eggs and sausage for breakfast on two occasions and had some killer brisket and pulled pork when we landed at The Bywater and ate at the Sackett Street BBQ.

But other than those three events, I ate how they ate and up to that time I thought we ate pretty healthy.  Not only that but we were active hiking and doing all sorts of outside activities.  Our 6 days seemed like one big long day.

I also was mindful of what I ate because I had lost close to 10 lbs. doing The Camp Diet and exercising in their boot camp. I wasn’t about to let myself get off track.

So, imagine my surprise when I got home, and I saw that I’ve gained 8 lbs!

I was shocked!

How could that be?

Yes, I drank some but not more than what I usually drink at home, after all, I do have a 7-year-old to take care of.  🙂

I went back and wrote down my meals and yes they were healthy.  Lots of salads, with beans (for protein) and drizzled with some vegan type dressings.  I also had lots of fruits and our main meals were vegan sandwiches, vegan soyrizo tacos, vegan meatloaf etc. You get the idea.  Everything Vegan!
What I learned though is that most of my meals were high (very) in carbs and low on protein.

Could that have been the cause of my weight gain?

I remember when I did the cleanse, I did gain some weight because I was adding fruit to my vegan shakes.

The camp diet (which I was losing weight on) is the opposite.  It is high in protein and not as many carbs and fruits are out of the question.

It all is quite fascinating learning how my body works and given these latest findings I am going to make sure my meals are high protein/low carb that way I can continue to lose the weight.



Approved Food List

Protein Carbohydrates Vegetables
4oz — Women / 6oz — Men 2oz – Women / 3oz Men Unlimited

1.     Egg Whites

2.     Chicken Breast

3.     Turkey Breast

4.     1% Lean Ground Turkey

5.     Tilapia

6.     Mahi Mahi

7.     Salmon

8.     Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

9.     Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

10.  Buffalo


1.     Rolled or Steel-Cut Oats

2.     Quinoa

3.     Brown Rice

4.     Yam

5.     Sweet Potato

6.     Brown Rice Cakes

7.     Red Potato

8.     Ezequiel Bread

9.     Baked Potato

10.  Blackberries or Raspberries

11.  Blueberries or Strawberries


1.     Broccoli

2.     Asparagus

3.     Brussels Sprouts

4.     Spinach

5.     Kale

6.     Celery

7.     Green Beans

8.     Zucchini

9.     Cucumber

10.  Cabbage

11.  Lettuce


  • You must eat every 2.5-3 hours every day for the entire duration that you are awake.
  • Alternate a full meal (protein, carb, and veggie from the food list) and a Protein Shake (or actual protein portion from the food list) throughout your day.
  • Drink at least one gallon of water every day!



  • Exercise 5 days a week.
  • Complete 30 classes in 42 days.
  • Weigh-in every Monday


I wrote this a long time ago. I need to believe this again…

Is just like me
Is my age, smiles at the same jokes, cries at the same sad stories
Walks past me and in my mind I say
Is getting fit
Believes she is beautiful but why does my mind demean her?
Is loving the way her clothes fit but why does my mind run to the way her clothes don’t look right
Is trying to change me from my misperceptions of pretty
Is succeeding
Is unique and so am I



The poet in me give me the words I need
That I can learn this simple creed,
So I may know the way of life
Enjoy the good, keep out the strife.

Self-discipline is my desire
It will keep me out of the fire,
To increase my own will power
I will not cower.

Emotions are the way I feel
Control of them, they are the real deal,
So I can reason, good or bad
Then keep the joy and shun the sad.

Imagination can light the fire
Can create a vision higher,
My conscience is my judge each day
So I can choose a better way.

In my memory, can impress
All the good I need address,
So in my mind I have power
To live my life this very hour.

Self-discipline it is my creed
And it will give me all I need,
To set the goal I can complete
So I can create a life that’s sweet.

Eat Run Drink


That’s me in a nutshell and what this blog will be about — eating, drinking (two of my favorite activities) and exercising (not one of my favorite activities) –striving for harmony.

Women and wine, in my opinion, it’s probably the closest and most fun relationship out there.
My affinity with wine is stable, strong and reliable.
Wine is always here to comfort me in the toughest of times and the most exciting of celebrations.
Whether you are drowning your sorrows from yet another miserable day at the office or celebrating your most recent promotion, you know exactly what you are doing at the end of the day — that’s right, cracking open (or twisting off the cap of) a fresh bottle of vino.

The same goes for my love affair for food. Good food is healthy food. Food is supposed to sustain you so you can live better, not so you can eat more but while in theory that makes sense to me I am not the type to want to eat to live.  You could say that I live to eat but not for the reason you might think.  I rather skip a meal or even starve for many hours than having to succumb myself to eating horrible tasting food.

Overindulging or not eating aren’t good things and I am going to try my hardest to overcome these shortcomings and strive to have a better relationship with food.

Moderation is the key!