Yikes, meant to come back earlier in the month but got busy. (guitar/band jamming, travel for fun, learned to make a braided rug of my oversized t-shirts, and helping a friend train a new puppy.) I’m honestly not thinking a whole lot about keto/food/size. Even grocery shopping is on automatic.
I do continue to slowly drop size. I was on video this past week for a big event I went to, and I glanced at myself in it and thought “I look a perfectly normal sized person.” That was good to see (what we see in the mirror is so often not reality, so it’s good to have something like a video or still to look at). What wasn’t good on that trip was there was free food I was counting on there, and it was 99% carbs. I had brought along some boiled eggs, which I ate on day 2, but I was hungry for two days, which I don’t like getting. Eight hours of travel–I didn’t eat then. Then I was so wiped the day I got home, I only ate one meal that day. Yikes, not my goal at all. I’m back to my preferred three meals per day, with an occasional skipped supper when I’m just not hungry.
Only thing I don’t love about my body right now is my belly. Excess skin from this last gain/lose cycle. I haven’t caught sight of my bum in a double mirror, but no doubt it’s less than gorgeous too. If it’s how I am forever, no big deal. I’ll take the slimmer me with lower blood pressure and no junk food obsessions, over the tighter skin. I don’t weigh, and I don’t want to weigh. Body fat % interests me far more than BMI, which doesn’t say anything at all, imo. And I don’t want body fat too low at my age. Under 24 means you’re less likely to survive heart attack, cancer, or stroke, according to most studies, so I want to stay higher than I was in my 40s, when I first low-carbed and settled in at 21% body fat.
Big holidays, to answer that question, (only 3 a year), I allow myself a serving of scalloped or mashed potatoes. No to any grain product and to desserts. I’d put a spoonful of cooked carrots on my plate, or a couple cubes of roasted sweet potato, but the potlucks I go to, such things are swimming in sugar. I have 2 desserts I make myself with sweetener, and I like having that option at home, but I don’t need it every night or on holidays (nor would people want it if I brought it. I make my own sugar-free gellatin, and it’s colorless, and so doesn’t look appealing to anyone but me! )
Hurt myself doing yoga (possibly running didn’t help at my age) and see a knee specialist in 2 days. It may just be i have to accept that running, or even walking a long distance, or full-on yoga, isn’t wise for my age. I can stationary bike, do seated aerobics (found some truly active routines!), or water walk at the local pool instead. All good.
I like how back-burner low carbing is for me–the thinking part. The doing part, still marching on. I have brought back into my diet whole milk but otherwise am eating mostly meat, cheese, and eggs, with a bit of veg here and there. I wouldn’t mind a soup with a can of crushed tomatoes in it (and here, it’s getting to be soup weather), or a large chef salad twice a week, mind you. I just don’t go to those foods first. I basically allow myself up to 30 g of carbs now, and I seldom get halfway there.But the allowance feels freeing–it’s psychologically good for me.
That’s it. I’ll drop by in November, partly to keep myself accountable for US Thanksgiving. Take care, all.