TWIR #87: getting back to it

Another week of nothing but strength training and my body is starting to bounce back from its latest and greatest SI issues. I also haven’t even thought about the torturous spin bike in so long that it seems like a distant memory. I do not miss it. I am, however, sort of starting to miss running. That’s not an entirely accurate statement. It’s that I miss the thought of running, the freedom of being able to throw on shoes and work out at a moment’s notice. Having to go to the gym, on weekends in particular, feels like such a burden and ten times more time consuming than a quick run.  I suppose this is why they say you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Great, now I am thinking about cake…

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: co-hosted brunch for 17 + ate more cake (with ice cream no less)
Observations: I believe my cumulative step count for the day was at an all time low. I know that I walked fewer than 2 km, which is just insane and trust me when I say my sciatic was not pleased with me. Even though I certainly wasn’t walking, I did stand around on hard, unforgiving floors for probably close to six hours straight. In other words, my body wasn’t happy with me by end of day, so I absolutely had to appease it with cake and ice cream and a very, very cheesy made-for-tv Christmas movie.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: golf!
Observations: I was going to go the gym, I really was, but the forecast had promised me sunshine which convinced that I had to spend as much of the day as possible outside. If you had lived through almost three straights weeks of rain, you’d feel the same. Well, the sun didn’t exactly show up but it didn’t rain either, so we hit the links for a 9-hole round. I did squeeze in some bench push ups and step ups while waiting to tee off, so it wasn’t a totally write off for activity. Plus, there was a lot of jumping up and down when I got my par. That’s gotta work the heart muscles out, doesn’t it?

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations:  I honestly have little recognition of what I did in this workout. This seems to be a Monday-related thing. Perhaps the horror of returning to work after the weekend combines with the exhaustion of returning to early mornings to render my memory utterly useless.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min. (upper and lower body)
Observations:  My trainer never ceases to amaze me with her ability to repeatedly integrate activities that I absolutely despise into my workouts. This week’s torture: something she calls prowler supermans. Basically this involved getting into a low squat with the prowler in front of me and keeping my arms/shoulders anchored and straight as I pushed the prowler forward to a plank position, then walked my feet back towards the prowler while still keeping my arms/shoulders straight and anchored, which is then repeated over and over again. Across the whole damn length of the carpet. It’s hard to explain. What you really need to know is that it sucked. A lot.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training (mostly lower body)
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations:  My goal for this workout was to get my back squats back into action with a reasonable amount of weight, and I succeeded. I’m still not back to pre-SI-reinjury weight, but I’m getting closer. Also, I forced myself to do negative pull ups after weeks of avoiding them. In the moment my arms felt fine, but I assure you they did not feel fine on Thursday.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min. (mostly upper body)
Observations: Even after the dreaded negative pulls ups from Wednesday, I wanted to do a bit more work with my upper body. By the end my triceps and shoulders were screaming, which I assume means I did a good job of testing my arm’s limits (which continue to be very, very low).

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 min. (mostly lower body)
Observations: I added another ten pounds to the prowler! I can’t say I even noticed the difference so I’m going to add another ten pounds next time around. After the hellish exercises my trainer makes me do with the prowler, standard high and low prowler pushing feels like a vacation. Bring on the weight! I also forced myself to try dead lifts on my own, which I’ve been afraid to do since the evil kettle bell incident a couple weeks ago. I kept the weights on the light side and checked my form before each lift and I am pleased to announce I have emerged unscathed!

I feel pretty good about this week. I didn’t fit in a lot of long workouts, but I do believe the workouts I had were quality workouts.  I’ll have to keep that momentum going this weekend, though, since I’m travelling Monday and Tuesday and others have micromanaged my schedule to the point that there is no hope of a workout. Sigh.  I’m trying not to think of that for now. Instead, I’m thinking of wine and holiday treats and two blissful days of freedom.  Happy weekend!

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Monday Musings: par!

My friends, Sunday was a great accomplishment in my golf life. Maybe I was inspired by watching Rickie Fowler’s 7 consecutive birdies (!!) in the Hero World Challenge.  Maybe I was picking up some pro golf techniques by osmosis as we watched hours on end of golf coverage. Or maybe, maybe the universe just knew I was due for a golf win. Whatever the cause, the end result was this: a sweet, beautiful, all-natural, mulligan-free, legitimate par. My first ever on a non-pitch-and-putt course.

It was just like any other day on the greens. I was trying desperately to get some air on my hybrid shots, hacking away (literally) at chip shots, and putting like a champ (seriously, it’s the only decent part of my game), and I was still lucky to shoot a 5 on a par 3. Then I stepped up to the fifth hole and everything changed.

I teed up. I grabbed my trusty hybrid club. I took a deep breath and hoped for the best because, let’s face it, that about all I can do most days and it’s even more true when I haven’t played golf in two months (unless you count the tiny putting green at Golf Town…which you shouldn’t). There were no practice swings. There was no positive self-talk. There was no conscious thought whatsoever. There was just me and my hybrid, in the zone for one brief moment.

I made good contact. I know the sound because it happens so rarely for me. I watched as, miraculously, the ball took flight up in the air.  I watched it flying closer and closer to the green, only to drop to the ground just shy of the green. But then the universe handed me a gift. I got a generous bounce, and then another generous bounce, and then a thank-you-lord little roll. Before I knew it, my ball was on the green.  I’ve done this only twice before. This in itself was a miracle. There may have been jumping up and down.

Once I made my way to the green, I knew this was going to my first legitimate birdie. Spoiler: it wasn’t. The ball was a good 40 feet from the hole but, here’s the thing, I am occasionally freakishly good with my long putts. I was also still riding the high of perhaps my best tee shot ever.  I was going to sink this putt. I took my time, lined up the putt, practiced a couple putting strokes. Then I putted.

I missed.

It was tracking the whole way, right on line, and it was all looking so magical, that is until the ball just petered out and came to a stop.  I didn’t get the weight right. I was still four feet from the hole, a dangerous putt for me since I have a tendency to think I don’t need to line it up from that distance. My boyfriend told me to take my time and line it up, and for once I listened. I looked at that ground from all angles, determined to find any sign of a break. I took another deep breath and gave that putt my all.

As a casual (i.e. undeniably unskilled) golfer, there is nothing sweeter than the sound of a ball falling to the bottom of the cup on a par putt. You would have thought I hit a hole-in-one for all my excitement and jumping up and down.  I know, I can see some of you giving me serious side eye right now, wondering how on earth one par score over months of golfing is worthy of an entire blog post. To you I say: you cannot steal my sense of pride and accomplishment here. I got a par. Without a mulligan. On a reasonably long par 3. That is a good day in the life of a wannabe golfer and I am going to ride this wave whether you think it worthy of celebration or not.

Never you mind that I shot a 10 on the next hole…

 

TWIR #86…for the second week in a row

Apparently, I can’t count so last week I posted TWIR 86 when it should have been TWIR #85. I know the only person that cares about this is me, so I’ll just move right along.

This was an interesting week for workouts. It was my first week experimenting with no cardio, and I have to say that it felt liberating not to contemplate suffering on a spin bike for 40 minutes. It also proved to be challenging in ways. Varying my strength activities over six workouts was more difficult than anticipated, as was making sure that I didn’t overdo it since my SI was still a bit wonky. I survived, though! So let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: carb and sugar overload
Observations: Well, I ate a dulce de leche donut, which was heaven. I then reintroduced rice with some pretty mediocre sushi, which made me sad since it’s been a month since I had sushi and I was so looking forward to it. I topped it off with the white chocolate peppermint M&M fiasco.  It’s safe to say I ended the day with a pretty serious stomach ache.  Lest you think I did nothing but eat all day, we also walked to the farmers market and attempted to Christmas shop forgetting it was still black friday hangover (i.e. it was very short lived). My point is, we did walk and we did leave the house so, yeah, that totally makes all the carbs and sugar okay.

Sunday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: After Saturday’s aggressive carb-ing, I opted to hit the gym on Sunday. My SI was still tender but I stuck to controlled movements, just with more weight, and emerged from the gym unscathed. I also avoided any contact with carbs or sugar. Not surprisingly, it was easy after Saturday’s gluttony.  Also, we decorated!!! Although most of our decorations are in storage, we have just enough to make our place feel cozy and festive. Bring on the holiday season!

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: Another good day of strength training! I even got back on the prowler, albeit with a little less weight than usual. I can’t say my SI was thrilled with that move, but it held out and didn’t suffer more than the occasional twinge.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: After two day’s of strength training, I neglected to consider just how tired my arm muscles might be. One set into push ups with shoulder taps and I was whining to my trainer about my arms being tired. She must just love working with me. She took things fairly easy on me as I’d told her about my SI setback last week, but she did make me use sliders for bear crawls and reverse plank walking, both of which were torturous and, quite frankly, uncalled for.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 minutes
Observations: I jammed in a short morning workout when I realized I wouldn’t have time to step out during the workday.  I’m starting to get my weights back up, with the exception of back squats, which my SI and back seemed to outright reject with any weight above 50 pounds. Ugh. Still, I wasn’t on a spin bike suffering through cardio so I was a happy camper. The workout was short and sweet, which would have been fine if I hadn’t downed a massive apple fritter and two glasses of wine after work.  I swear there’s a good reason! Two actually! First and foremost, I’ve been madly craving a donut since the weekend and sometimes you just have to give in or you’ll drive yourself mad. Secondly, I got some good news at work worthy of a small celebration.  Most importantly, after that fritter, I’m done for donuts…at least until the weekend…

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: I learned a very important lesson today: don’t eat a giant bowl of tuna salad on lettuce and then go for a workout. For some reason, I always assume the whole don’t-eat-a-giant-meal-before-a-workout thing only applies to cardio. It does not. There is nothing quite like the feeling of doing ab work and seriously wondering if it might actually cause you to vomit.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: Oh, prowler, how I both love and hate you. I went back to full weights today and it was hard and I hated it but I was happy that my SI seemed okay with it. It’s still not liking back squats with any real weight, but I will beat it into submission next week. For now, I’m just going to accept that I had a good week of workouts all things considered. Time to bring on the weekend!

Here’s hoping all your weekends start to include some festive cheer. I know mine will. It’s December, people, and only 24 days to Christmas and you better believe that is cause for festive celebrations!  Happy weekend y’all.

TWIR #86: Ugh. Not Again.

On the heels of posting about taking a break from cardio and diving more deeply into strength training, I went and injured myself. I could blame the kettlebell cleans, but it’s more accurate to blame myself for not paying attention to form. My type of injury can be aggravated in a split second, and aggravate it I have. Ugh. Have I mentioned before that I’m tired of this nagging injury? Oh, I have? Well, I’m going to do it again anyways. All that to say, there may be some light spinning in my future after all. Blech.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day + walking
Relevant Stats: 13 km walked + one giant piece of cake + 1/2 a bottle of wine + 1 (bunless) burger
Observations: We did a ton of walking. We walked to the farmer’s market, where we bought the best potatoes I have ever tasted in my entire life. We then walked 10 blocks in the opposite direction of our house, only to turn around and walk home. And then we went out to do more walking in the afternoon. If you think I’m trying to justify my excessive carb and sugar binge, you are right. Though I know nothing justifies it, I have to try for my own emotional well-being.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: neverending rain
Observations: Oh my god, the rain. never. stopped. It was a torrential downpour from start to finish and I lost any will whatsoever to even drive to the gym. After lounging around all morning, we at least successfully left the house for a few hours, which is much more than I thought I was going to accomplish while I was in the midst of rain-induced despair and lethargy earlier in the morning.

Monday
Activity: spin + running intervals
Relevant Stats: 20 min. spin + 10 min. running intervals
Observations: This was my cardio workout that broke the camel’s back. After 20 minutes on the spin bike, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I tried to run but found that equally awful. I gave up after a half hour, convinced that me and cardio are destined to never be friends again.

Tuesday
Activity:  personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: I should know better than to go into my training sessions thinking they won’t be that bad.  Not only did I have to push the prowler, but I had to tow the prowler too. And then she made me chest press push the prowler. That was the point at which I started to pout and complain. I mean, how does she expect my arms to do anything after she makes me chest press push that damn prowler?

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations: I had no intentions for this to be such a short workout, but the kettlebell cleans did me in. I swear to you that my body fell apart just at the moment I was thinking how much I have learned to love strength training and how I was excited to diversify my strength workouts. Obviously, my giddiness distracted me enough to lose my form. I guess that’s what I get for being excited about exercise. My SI issues have tended to bounce back pretty quickly these days so I was optimistic the flair up wouldn’t last long. Sadly, that was not the case this time around. There’s nothing quite like having to sleep with pillows propped under your legs to take the stress off your SI. Sigh.

Thursday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: as much walking as I could fit into a work day
Observations: I consider it growth when I make wise decisions like deferring a workout to let my SI stabilize a bit. I consider it even wiser when I actually make an appointment with my physiotherapist instead of just hoping that things improve on their own. I did both today. And although that means I’ll end up with a sad roster of workouts this week, it might also mean my SI starts feeling better sooner rather than later.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations: I wasn’t sure if a workout was in the cards this morning. The old SI was feeling quite stiff this morning to say the least, but I am trying to use motion and exercise intelligently to help my recovery.  I decided to try the gym but to quit immediately if things got worse. The good news is that 30 minutes of light strength work with a focus on controlled, basic movements seemed to do no harm! Hurrah! Now I just have to survive the weekend without any further steps backward.

Speaking of the weekend, is anyone else thrilled that it’s Friday? I am! I’m especially excited because a) I’m going to see one of my favourite bands and b) I am getting a dulce de leche donut from my favourite bakery tomorrow. All week I have been daydreaming of this donut and I’ve decided that Saturdays are my days for indulgence. Bring on the wine! Bring on the donuts! Bring on the sugar-induced lethargy! That’s what weekends are for.

Happy Friday y’all.

Training Tuesdays: cardio and I might be on a break

If you read with any regularity, you know that my workouts used to be 95% cardio-based with just a sprinkle of strength training for good measure. I was a runner and hiker, first and foremost, and anything else was basically just a way to fill a gap in my workout schedule when neither running nor hiking was a possibility for that day. Oh, how the tides have turned.

These days, I am lucky if I fit in 3 mediocre cardio sessions per week, all of which have been relegated to the spin bike. I find myself talking about how I need to get my cardiovascular endurance back, how I see it as a sign of my overall fitness. I say it wistfully, recalling my former cardio glory while simultaneously wondering how I will ever get it back.  Admittedly, every time I’ve tried to get back into the cardio game, I’ve been left feeling discouraged, disappointed, and woefully unfit. This even though I’m lifting more, lifting heavier, and finding myself significantly stronger.  Still, despite these gains in other areas, I’ve always felt this underlying need to reassert myself as a cardio queen.

I’ve been wondering lately if all this longing for days of cardio past is wasted energy. Perhaps it’s time to focus instead of my continued gains in strength training. It’s what I most often feel like doing these days. It’s what makes my body feel best. It can also be one hell of a challenging workout.  I used to run so much because I felt it was the only way to stay fit. Well, when running causes your body to fall apart (only a slight exaggeration), you have to start to reconsider whether it’s worthwhile. When cardio, in general, makes you dread and curse every second of your workout, maybe it’s time to admit that it’s not what you need right now.

I’m wondering if it’s time for cardio and I to go on a little break, you know, like Ross-and-Rachel-from Friends style.*  I’m not sure how long it’ll last. Maybe we’ll get back together in the end. But for now, cardio just doesn’t feel right anymore. Sorry, cardio, I’m just not that into you right now.

*If there’s anyone out there who actually doesn’t know what I’m referring to, I couldn’t resist sharing this gem.

TWIR #84: cold + keto = bad workouts (again)

It’s been another doozy of a week. Between this ketogenic eating and constantly feeling on the verge of cold or flu, I can’t say it’s been the best week for workouts. Fingers crossed I win the fight against whatever bug is hanging out in my system. I have to believe that at the very least the keto diet has kept me from moving into full-blown flu by keeping sugar out of my system. Did you know every teaspoon of sugar you consume supposedly suppresses your immune system for up to six hours? I don’t know if it’s actually true, but I do know that the last time I was sick, my symptoms worsened dramatically after eating a giant block of chocolate cake. You do the math. Enough about sugar, let’s get on to workouts.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: lunch plans + date night + potluck dinner shopping
Observations: I barely survived Saturday morning. Between the haze of sugar-and-carb-free exhaustion and trying to decide on appliances for our new home, I was at my wit’s end.  Thankfully the afternoon and evening were better. Biggest accomplishment: no cheating on keto diet despite dinner out and my boyfriend buying a bottle of wine for his cheat day. Just to be clear, he didn’t drink the entire bottle in one day, although personally I have been known to do that.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: Hamapalooza!!!!!!
Observations: I had the best of intentions of doing my usual weekend park workout, but I had absolutely no fuel in the tank to do it. I’m sure you all think I’m exaggerating, but I found it exhausting just to go on a 4 km walk on mostly flat ground.  Running was not going to happen. Also, in case you’re wondering what Hamapalooza is, it’s an entire potluck dinner party built around the roasting of a bone-in spiral ham. To some that will sound like a dream, to others a nightmare. All I can say is that my Fall calendar revolves around this dinner party and it did not disappoint. I cheated with one perogy (they were home-made! come on!), a roasted parsnip and three glasses of sangria. I do not regret any of it, particularly the sangria, because my friend makes the best sangria on the planet. Don’t even try to tell me you know someone who makes better sangria. It’s not possible.

Monday
Activity: sad outdoor strength workout
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations: Once again, my morning energy was not high enough to even contemplate a legit workout. We went for a long walk and I was content to leave it at that…until the late afternoon when I felt overly guilty for taking three rest days. I decided to do my park workout in the afternoon. This plan had two major flaws: 1) my SI had inexplicably started aching again and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to run (I wasn’t–I made it about 20 steps before having to turn around) and 2) a hell storm of rain and wind descended on me the second I stepped outside. I had to settle for a sad outdoor workout, on the small portion of our back deck that is covered. All things considered, I did good for the lack of space and equipment, but it wasn’t a hard-core workout by any means. This is precisely why I knew it was no good that my muscles were super sore Monday night…

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min./lower intensity
Observations: …and, of course, I woke up Tuesday with ultra sore muscles and an inkling of a sore throat and about five times more exhausted than from the keto diet alone. Damnit. My trainer took pity on me, probably because I looked on the verge of collapsing at any moment, and made our workout way easier than usual. I knew things were not good when even an easy workout felt impossible. I have no idea how I made it through the rest of Tuesday. I was in bed by 8 pm and knocked out eleven hours of sleep.

Wednesday
Activity: spin warmup + strength
Relevant Stats: 5 min spin + 25 min strength
Observations: After eleven hours of sleep you’d think I’d be raring to go. I was not. I contemplated staying home from work but aside from being monumentally tired and having a bit of a scratchy throat, it didn’t seem necessary. And of course, even after writing about not going to the gym when you’re sick, I did just that. At least I vigorously wiped down my equipment. The workout sucked beyond imagination. Even on the lamest of tensions, my legs would not spin those pedals. I gave up and opted for an equally lame strength workout which felt just as impossible as Tuesday’s training session even though it was ten times easier. Damn you, cold and flu season!

Thursday
Activity: spin + core
Relevant Stats: 30 min. spin (light) + 5 min. core
Observations: In efforts to bolster my workouts, I broke my keto diet and had oatmeal for breakfast. Hallelujah! Although I still feel like I’m fighting something, my workout was better. I lasted a half hour on the bike, which felt like a massive victory, even though I was using about 1/2-3/4 of my usual tension. I suspect this had nothing to do with the oatmeal, though. I’d put my money on the placebo effect, especially since I ate the world’s smallest serving of oats and only ate them about 25 minutes before my workout.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I told myself today was going to be better. And it was. I mean, my head still feels a bit foggy from my cold and I definitely am still tiring more easily, but today felt better overall. I even upped my back squat weight by another ten pounds and forced myself to push the evil prowler with the usual weight! I think tripling down on my vitamin C and getting extra sleep have helped me continue to function this week.  Also, I had more oatmeal today. I am not entirely convinced that I’m eating enough carbs for it to make any difference whatsoever, but I’m doing it anyway. For the record, I am also still way too excited about oatmeal.

There we have it, another week down. I’m looking forward to a weekend of NO PLANS. My original goal for no sugar/no carb was two weeks so this weekend brings that to a close. I have no desire to dive head first into any carbs at this point, nor sugar really, so we’ll see if I cheat just for the sake of cheating, or whether I hold strong until I really, really, really want that dulce de leche donut.

Happy weekend, y’all.

Mid-Week Tangent: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of my (brief) experiment with Ketogenic Eating

I am no stranger to elimination diets.  Back in my 20s, I used to do cleanses 1-2 times per year, not the kind where you don’t eat at all and just drink strange lemon-water-Tabasco concoctions, but rather the kind where you eliminate sugars, refined foods, alcohol, coffee, dairy and anything else that we typically consider enjoyable foods.  I was vegan for a year and a half, largely in efforts to naturally promote adrenal balance. I’ve given up sugar and carbs for extended periods simply in efforts to curb a raging sweet tooth. I lay all of this out because I think it’s important context for what I’m about to say about my experiment with ketogenic eating, or at least because I feel the need to ensure that I don’t come off as a lazy whiner who can’t tolerate the smallest ounce of dietary deprivation.

Also important to note is that it’s been a week and a half since starting ketogenic eating, which is not at all long enough to see any major effects by all accounts of ketosis. That said, my own personal philosophy is that, beyond a week, one should generally start to see some benefits and feel some improvements after undertaking a significant shift to his or her diet. Enough with the prefaces, here’s my take:

The Good

–Less hunger: Okay, there were a few days when I felt constantly hungry but since Saturday I have felt more satisfied with less.

–You can eat a lot of fun things: Cheese! Bacon! Whole avocados! Drown your salad in olive-oil based vinaigrettes! You can do it all with keto living. Hell, you can even put butter in your coffee (though I never developed a taste for that). It’s a free for all in the high-fat department and, at times, that felt quite liberating.

–No sugar cravings: Part of the reason I picked keto vs. Whole 30 or paleo or other low-carb approaches is that I’d heard the sugar cravings weren’t as bad. They were not. From day one, I haven’t cared at all about sugar and still don’t. Not once have I been tempted by dessert. For me, this is an absolute miracle.

–It’s less restrictive than many of its low carb counterparts: I found it easier to eat in restaurants, in particular. The ability to eat some dairy products definitely helped with presenting more food options and, in general, it was relative easy to adjust normal recipes to a keto recipe. Of course, this depends on what your “normal” recipes are.

–My digestion improved: 10 days, zero bloating. That’s all I have to say.

The Bad

–It’s extra work to grocery shop and meal plan: Although I do believe it’s easier to adjust this plan to a regular lifestyle than some other low-carb diets, it still takes extra thought and care to read ingredients and meal plan. We meal plan every week anyway, so it wasn’t a far departure from our normal life, but if you don’t meal plan on the regular, this will be a pain in the ass.

–You really need to track your macros to do this right: I will straight up tell you I did not closely track my fats, proteins and carbs. Ain’t nobody got time for tracking. And don’t even get me started on testing ketones in blood or urine. I just wanted to cut back on sugar for a while. I don’t want to feel like I’m visiting a medical lab every day. Long and the short of it, without tracking you can’t be guaranteed you’re in ketosis and that’s just too much work for the likes of me.

The Ugly

–The energy lull is real, y’all: Seriously, like I said, I’ve done elimination diets at least a dozen times in my life. Normally, my energy dips for a few days but nothing like this. I have been an energy-less sack of sadness for the entire 10 days and it feels like there’s no end in sight. Seriously, I have never felt so exhausted in my entire life.

–Workouts SUCK: I wrote at length about this yesterday. I don’t care what all the science says, carbs are life when it comes to workouts. I’ve never experienced this type of muscle fatigue. Ever.

–Bulletproof Coffee: You’re supposed to be full from fat-laden coffee? Until lunch? I don’t think so. The best I did was make it about three hours until I was starving.  I also very strongly beg to differ that butter in your coffee is a revelation. It is butter. In your coffee.

The Verdict

I just don’t think it’s worth it. As I said in my extensive prefacing, I ultimately feel like any elimination diet should yield faster improvements. My personal benchmark is that you should start to feel better, not worse, after one full week. Keto just didn’t deliver on this for me.  I’ve had much better results just cutting sugar and 95% of grains.

An even bigger issue is that it’s just not sustainable for me (and I’d argue for any human who enjoys things like wine, beer, chocolate, or ice cream).  I can stick to these types of things for two months max, before some sort of event (helloooooo Christmas!) rears its ugly head and draws me back to the dark side of indulgence. Really, its moderation that’s the ideal state for me, and maybe one day I’ll actually get the hang of it. Until then, I’m going to stay off sugar for a while longer, but I am most definitely having some oatmeal tomorrow morning.