Week 2 is in the books. So how did I do?
First, did I completely follow my exercise routine? No I did not. I got 5 out of 7 days in, but some of those days, if I’m completely honest, were iffy. I counted “walking up a bunch of hills in White Rock” as exercise, even though it was not as prolonged or intense as one of my real workouts.
Did I follow my Ketogenic diet plan? Again, not very well. I mostly stuck to it and I made a point of eating plenty of veggies for the bulk and fiber content, but frankly I had my boys all week and that makes exercise a bit harder. That’s kind of an excuse, too, because today I went for a run and of course they were fine. They’re 11 and 14 years of age, so it’s not like I can’t leave them alone for 20 minutes! But bottom line – I had three beers on the boat, and I had ice cream three times. So I really fell off the wagon.
I’ve got data to back that up. My keto test strips show that I am not in ketosis, hence I am not burning much fat.
And I remember, flipping over into that alternate metabolic state was hard last time! I was only able to do it by practicing intermittent fasting, i.e. eat nothing from 5pm until 9am for a few days. Making that transition into ketosis is not easy! Until you get there, your body feels hungry. But take heart – once you arrive, you don’t feel hungry any more, because your body is busy burning ketones, and that means you’ve got food 100% of the time, until you run out of easily accessible body fat. I never ran out. 🙂
So to wrap up, I did not lose any weight in week 2. I feel like I’ve burned some body fat, and I look like I have, but as I mentioned last week, my body is adapting to a higher level of activity by storing glycogen in my muscles, and that means my muscles got heavier even if I didn’t add any raw muscle.
This coming week, I’m going to stick with the program, and add in some intermittent fasting until I’m solidly in ketosis. I’m going to run or do a resistance workout 6 times.
Wish me luck!