4/26 Weightloss Wednesday: Yikes! A Step Backwards!

4/26 Weightloss Wednesday: Yikes! A Step Backwards!

It’s Weightloss Wednesday!  This has been a weird week.  After finally reaching my goal of 210 last week, I have done nothing but gain weight this week.  Looking at the app that tracks my weight, it has been a all over the map.  At one point I was as high as 220 and this morning I was at 215.6 lbs.  Like I said, it’s been a weird week.

The main thing that has changed is I have just been ravenously hungry this week.  I have eaten 3 very large meals most days this week and even a few desserts.  While it has all been ketogenic…mostly, it has been surprising how much I have eaten.  Just crazy hungry and after almost 3 years of feeling little to no hunger, it’s been an odd experience.  I don’t really know what has been happening but since my policy has always been to eat whenever I am hungry, I’ve just been going with it.

In other news, this is week 5 of working with my kettlebells.  It has been nice and I’m wondering if it’s been a reason for the hunger but I’ve exercised before and not felt hungry so I’m not entirely sure.

Eh, whatever.  It’s all good I guess.  I just need to get back to where I am losing weight.

How are you doing this week?  let me know in the comments.

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What’s Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Red Lobster?

What’s Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Red Lobster?

My daughter and Mother in Law went to Red Lobster yesterday and were so excited to tell me that they had Cauliflower Mash on the menu!  I was so impressed that I thought I would do a What’s Sugar Free at Restaurants entry for them because if you can get Cauliflower Mash there now, then I bet it’s an awesome place to eat for us ketoers.  I just wish there was a low carb cheddar biscuit!

Everything on the list below has less than 3 grams of sugar.  I had to make a best guess on the carbs as they aren’t listed so you will need to use your best judgment.  Click here see the full Red Lobster Menu with the amount of sugar listed.

Limited Time Selections

  • Creamy Shrimp-Topped Lobster Tail
  • Lobster-Topped Caesar Side Salad
  • Seafood Stuffed Lobster Tail
  • Seaport Lobster and Shrimp
  • Wood-Grilled Lobster and Red Shrimp

Sides and Additions

  • Garlic-Grilled Sea Scallops Add-On
  • Garlic-Grilled Shrimp Add-On
  • Grilled Maine Lobster Tail Add-On
  • Snow Crab Legs – Upgrade
  • Steamed Maine Lobster Tail Add-On
  • Creamy Shrimp-Topped Lobster Tail – Add-on
  • Garlic Shrimp Scampi Add-On
  • Seafood Stuffed Lobster Tail – Add-on
  • Fresh Broccoli
  • Fresh Seasonal Asparagus – seasonal
  • Langostino Lobster Topping – Add-on
  • Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Shrimp & Classic Combos

  • CYO Combo – Peppercorn Grilled Sirloin
  • CYO Combo – Steamed Snow Crab Legs
  • Peppercorn Grilled Sirloin – Upgrade
  • CYO Combo – Garlic Shrimp Scampi
  • CYO Combo – Garlic-Grilled Shrimp
  • CYO Combo – Seafood-Stuffed Wild-Caught Flounder
  • Shrimp Scampi – Shrimp Your Way

Seafood Bakes

  • Roasted Maine Lobster Bake

Crab

  • Snow Crab Legs 1 lb

LOBSTER & SIGNATURE COMBINATIONS

  • 1 1/4 lb Live Maine Lobster-Steamed
  • Rock Lobster Tail

Fish

  • Broiled Wild-Caught Flounder Dinner
  • Parmesan-Crusted Fresh Tilapia
  • Salmon New Orleans

TODAY’S FRESH FISH

  • All Fish except for any with Soy Ginger Glaze

Land & Sea

  • Peppercorn Grilled Sirloin – Upgrade
  • Wood-Grilled Peppercorn Sirloin and Shrimp
  • Center-Cut NY Strip Steak

LIGHTHOUSE SELECTIONS

  • Lighthouse Snow Crab Legs
  • Lighthouse Garlic-Grilled Shrimp
  • Lighthouse Wood-Grilled Peppercorn Sirloin* and Shrimp

DRESSINGS & SAUCES

  • 100% Pure Melted Butter
  • Add Sour Cream to Baked Potato
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Tartar Sauce

QUICK CATCHES

  • Shrimp Scampi – Shrimp and Wood-Grilled Chicken
  • Shrimp Skewer – Shrimp and Wood-Grilled Chicken
  • Wood-Grilled Shrimp Skewers

CREATE YOUR OWN LUNCH

  • CYO Lunch-Broiled Bay Scallops
  • CYO Lunch-Garlic Shrimp Scampi
  • CYO Lunch-Garlic-Grilled Shrimp Skewer

LUNCH CLASSICS

  • Blackened Farm-Raised Catfish Lunch
  • Broiled Wild-Caught Flounder Lunch
  • Garlic Shrimp Scampi Lunch
  • Seafood-Stuffed Wild-Caught Flounder
  • Classic Caesar Salad with Chicken
  • Shrimp Linguini Alfredo-Half Portion
  • Classic Caesar Salad with Salmon

REGIONAL ITEMS

  • Blackened Canadian Walleye
  • Broiled Walleye Dinner
  • Oysters on the Half Shell, Full Dozen

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Motivational Monday: Set Small Goals

Motivational Monday: Set Small Goals

In this week’s Motivational Monday, I want to talk about the importance of setting small goals in your health journey.  If you look at everything you need to fix, it can be very daunting and a little discouraging because it all seems so overwhelming.

When I first started this way back in 2014, I was 400 lbs, I had Metabolic Syndrome, my cholesterol was crazy and my Blood Pressure was an absolutely insane 200/160 on a good day.  That is a LOT to fix and if I looked at it all at once, I felt so overwhelmed that trying to fix any of it, much less all of it, seemed like a gargantuan task that could only lead to failure.

Once I did my research and figured out how I was going to attack the problem, I decided to not worry about all the medical stuff that was wrong with me like the BP, but to just look at my weight as a barometer of my progress.  In fact, I went and bought a special scale because the one I had couldn’t go as high as I needed it to go. (Now I have a fancy one that connects to my phone through BlueTooth to record all my info.  I think it’s awesome!)

Then I decided exactly how I was going to do it and what I decided on was to only shoot for a 10 lb loss.  That’s it.  Not the whole 250 lbs I needed to lose, not get my BP under control or fix the metabolic syndrome, just lose 10 lbs.  It took a few weeks but I eventually got to 390, then I made 380 my next goal.  My entire weight loss journey has been 10 lbs at a time.

Yes I’ve lost 190 lbs so far but really, I just met my 10 lb weight loss goal 19 times.  Just small baby steps, one after another to get me where I wanted to be.  No crazy surgeries or pills or starvation diets.  Just taking care of my body, eating the right foods and paying attention to how my body reacted.  I repeated what worked and stopped doing what didn’t.

In your weight loss journey, figure out the small steps you can take to incrementally get you where you want to go.  Maybe you try to lower your BP 5 points at a time or increase your max bench press 5 lbs at a time or maybe you are just trying to lose weight like me.  Whatever it is, don’t focus on the mountain, just look at the next step in your journey.  Set a small goal, work towards it, celebrate when you reach it, then set a new goal and repeat.

Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed, just move forward and complete your journey.

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Book Review: The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty by Franziska Spritzler

Book Review: The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty by Franziska Spritzler

After my interview with Franziska Spritzler, she was kind enough to send me a copy of her book , The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty.  I wanted to review it for you guys because I am always on the lookout for books that adequately explain why we eat the way we do and can help people fill in the holes on any info they might not know.

The first thing she does is quickly walk us through her story on how she wanted to take back control of her health through food.  After a short detour through veganism that left her with low energy and irritability she realized that her blood glucose levels were just out of control.  Either she had pre-diabetes or a rare form of Type I diabetes that doesn’t show itself until late in life.  Knowing she had to get her blood sugar levels under control, she began to do research into a low carbohydrate way of eating and discovered it was exactly what she needed to regain her health.

After seeing the huge changes that happened in her own body, she began to study the science behind LCHF which eventually led to her website and then to this book.  Franziska is one more n=1 experiment that shows the power of a low carb diet to fix almost anything wrong with your health but especially issues related to blood sugar like diabetes.

Moving through the book, she does a great job of covering all the information someone new to this diet would need to know before starting and walks the reader through the whole process.  She explains what to eat, how to decide if LCHF is right for you and does an excellent job of answering any questions the reader might have before “taking the plunge” into LCHF.

She also has a large section of recipes that the reader can use to get started.  I know that was one of the more difficult things for me to wrap my head around was exactly what I could cook.  I needed someone to give me ideas in those early days and walk me through how to think about a dinner that contained no sugar or grains.

There is also a section on how different LCHF foods affect your beauty as well which I found interesting because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a a LCHF book that talks about how you can use this way of eating to improve how you look.  So you learn how avocados can reduce UV damage to the skin or how cinnamon can reduce inflammation and the Advanced Glycation End products that can lead to wrinkles.  I think there could be an entire book just on this topic alone.

This is a great book for someone that is looking for a lot of information on the LCHF diet or has questions about this way of eating.  Special care is taken to answer all the obvious questions and objections and walk the reader through exactly what they need to know and do to start repairing their health and losing weight with a LCHF diet.

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