Onederland!

According to the Keto community and Urban Dictionary: When dieters go from weighing two or three hundred pounds down to 199 or less, they have reached Onederland.

I have been following the Keto diet since January 8, 2018, with a few small breaks in between then and now. Today marks roughly 28 weeks of Keto and a weight of 197.7lbs, Onederland at last!  I do not have a good starting weight, but according to my doctor’s office, my heaviest weight last year was 254lbs, this means I have lost around 56lbs.

I am planning to continue my Keto journey until my birthday on August 5th. I am planning to take the month of August off and see if I’ve developed enough healthy eating habits to keep the weight off without being so restrictive. August 5th is also my birthday, and who isn’t going to eat cake on their birthday? The biggest things I’ve learned through this process are that I do not need to have so many snacks throughout the day. I do not need to have 2nds and 3rds at dinner, I am fully satisfied with a single serving. I do not need to have full sugar soda, I am perfectly fine with either zero or diet. I have definitely not given up my soda addiction as a part of this process.

The journey has been long and difficult. I really like bread and most other carb-ridden things. But who doesn’t? I don’t like fish, so my diet has basically consisted of the same couple of food groups for 7 months. Lots of eggs, chicken, steak, bacon, salads, and bunless burgers. Eating out has been hard, as a lot of local Grand Rapids restaurants do not offer items that are Keto friendly without modification. I know a lot of people in the kitchen/service industry so I try not to be difficult or ask for too many customizations.

For the first time in a long time I can say I weigh less than 200lbs and my blood pressure is normal. I feel so much better too! My mood is improved, I am sleeping better (for the most part), and I have more energy during the day (no more after work naps). I am still overweight and I would like to get down closer to 160-170, but I feel this is doable considering the great progress I have already made.

If eating a standard American diet in moderation does not continue to help me lose weight, I will just have to accept the fact that my body was designed for Keto. I am also planning to incorporate more exercise, which is something I have always been terrible at. All of my current weight loss is pretty much exercise free.

I will see where August takes me. With my birthday and a good friend’s wedding one weekend after another, there will probably be some overindulging, but that will no longer be the norm.

For now, I am signing off and I will see what August and September bring me.

Here are some progress pictures I found:

May 18th, 2017
July 4th, 2017
April 6th, 2018
June 7, 2018
July 13th, 2018

Accountability

I am making this blog post to keep myself accountable. Starting today I am counting calories via MyFitnessPal, my daily goal is to be at 1,610 calories or slightly less. According to MyFitnessPal this should net me a weight loss of 2lbs per week.

I am doing my best to completely cut out pop and other sugary beverages, I plan on buying some Crystal Light in order to satisfy my beverage fix. But for the most part I would like to focus on drinking more water.

I have been overweight for pretty much my entire life (or at least what I can remember of it), and I am tired of it. I want to look good in my clothes, feel confident in my own body, and not feel embarrassed when other people see me with my shirt off.

I may never have abs, or muscles to speak of, and that’s okay. I simply want to feel, look, and be healthy.

 

Things I wanted to do today

  • Clean my house
  • Do laundry
  • Pack some of my belongings for my move back to GR in just a few short weeks.
  • Hack my new Wii
  • Play video games

Things I didn’t want to do today:

  • Discover a flooded bathroom.
  • Discover a flooded basement due to said bathroom flooding.
  • Stay up until almost 11pm on a work night waiting for Modernistic to leave.
  • Hear bad news from the plumber. My water isn’t getting turned back on until sometime tomorrow.

What did you want to do today that you didn’t accomplish?

Car Insurance

Car insurance stresses me out. I also don’t think it should be required. You aren’t required to carry health insurance, so why are you required to carry car insurance?

I got my car insurance bill a week or so ago and my premium has gone up roughly 100 dollars. I have no idea why, and an explanation is hard to come by. I haven’t changed, my car hasn’t changed. I’m getting older, and so is my car, my insurance should be going down.

After roughly 1,000 emails with my insurance agent, I think I finally have it straightened out. So sick of having to shop around for car insurance every 6 months. Why can’t we be rewarded for being long term customers?

 

A first…

Yesterday was a first for me. I went out to breakfast… by myself. I always thought going out to eat by myself would be weird. Going out to eat is always regarded as a social experience with two or more people. But I gotta say going out by myself was kind of fun. I didn’t have to socialize, I didn’t have to hurry, and I got to people watch as much as I wanted.

Next weekend I might even try going to a movie, in a theater, by myself. That should be an interesting experience.

Blogging Again

Inspired by my friend Jacqui I’ve decided to try and pick this thing up again. She taught me through her own blog that it doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you write something.

Whether it’s short, sweet, and to the point, or long and drawn out. Just write something. There’s no need to feel bad if you don’t post every day, this isn’t a place to be judged. This is for me, and no one else.

Phil’s Birthday

Blog post number two, yay!

Yesterday I helped celebrate my friend Phil’s 26th birthday. It was also a celebration of Phil moving to the Grand Rapids area. Kind of weird that Phil moved to the Grand Rapids area, since I moved away from the Grand Rapids area a few years ago. I’ve been thinking about moving back, I do miss it.

We kicked off the night at HopCat, Rachel and Phil had the loft area reserved. I had two double tall Sailor Jerry’s and Coke. Sailor Jerry because HopCat doesn’t carry Captain Morgan, I think that’s a Barfly ventures thing because Stella’s doesn’t carry Captain Morgan either. I also had a delicious burger with pepper jack cheese on it.

Rachel also brought cake and cupcakes, the cupcakes were chocolate Guinness. I’m not sure what flavor the cake was. The cupcakes were amazing though.

After HopCat we headed across the street to Buffalo Wild Wings, and asked for a table for 20. They told us the wait was a half hour, so we decided to get a drink at the bar. Brian bought my drink at the bar, I definitely owe him one now.

We finally got seated and I ordered another drink plus two shots of goldschlager. One shot for me and another for the birthday boy. I love goldschlager, something about the heat just helps set off everything else you’ve drank. However, Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t really know how to mix a drink so there wasn’t much to set off. I finished out the night by ordering a long island iced tea, I figure that’s all alcohol they can’t really mess that up.

After finishing up at Buffalo Wild Wings we went back across the street to Grand Rapids Brewing Company. I just ordered water since I had already told my ride to come pick me up. Partly because I was tired and partly because Rachel and Phil were the only ones left out that I knew. I don’t do well partying with people I don’t know. I’m always worried that I’m going to embarrass myself somehow. Even though I’ll probably never see these people again.

After I got home I played around on the Internet and passed out. I woke up this morning around 11am and grabbed some food. I watched a couple episodes of Fringe and then decided it was time to head home.

After getting home I decided it was time to finally clean my apartment. I stopped at Kroger to grab a couple of cleaning supplies. It took me a couple of hours, but I managed to clean every room except for my bedroom. I plan to clean the bedroom tomorrow, but that might not happen.

After cleaning, I realized I was starving. I didn’t really know what to eat so I just grabbed McDonald’s. The only thing I knew I really wanted was a fountain Coke. I love fountain soda it just tastes so much better than canned or bottled soda.

After finishing dinner I went back to watching Fringe and relaxing. Tomorrow is my first day back to work after having five days off. At this point I kind of don’t want to go back, at least it’s another short week.

New Blog

Every few months I decide I need to try this blog thing again. I decided on blogspot this time since it’s something I don’t need to actively maintain, or keep software updated.

I think the main reason I keep failing is because I cannot ever think what to write about. So once again I am going to try and make this a habit. This means blogging everyday, which means the posts may be random.

Lately I have been watching Fringe on Netflix, the first two seasons were pretty good but the third season is definitely lacking. I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoiling it. Even though the third season has been pretty mediocre I am still watching, hoping the fourth season is better.

I almost decided to buy a record player today. I’ve always like the idea of a record player and listening to music on vinyl. My interest was peaked even more today during my brief visit to Vertigo records. I’ve been to Vertigo previously, the familiar smell of the musty building and the friendly people brought back several fond memories.

I found a decent record player on Craiglist for a good price. However, I decided I need to get better sounding speakers before I do anything else.