Meal Plan for Week 4

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Brunch Pizza pie

Mad creations egg fast p 28

Turkish meatloaf with lettuce  and yoghurt Sliced ham and salad

Make cheese puffs

Turkish meatloaf with lettuce and yoghurt Cauliflower hash browns with lettuce and yoghurt Pizza pie

Mad creations egg fast p 28 add ham

Turkish meatloaf with lettuce and yog
Dinner Keto cheese omlette Mustard chicken tray bake Taco bowl Sesame chicken and broccoli Sausages with salad Spring roll in a bowl Keto chicken with herb butter
Snacks Zucchini nacho chips Cheese cubes and twiggy sticks Cheese cubes and twiggy sticks cheese puffs Cheese cubes and twiggy sticks Cook Zucchini nacho chips

AND

Turkish meatloaf

Cheese cubes and twiggy sticks
Drinks Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Electrolyte

Water

 

Sausages are a terrible idea, My Fitness Pal says no. Had them, but won’t have again. Variations so far – have decided to bake the zucchini chips at 110 for 2 hours instead of fry them. Used lamb mince and parmesan in the meatloaf, which I mixed in the Thermomix.

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I need to get adequate sleep

I have not enough sleep the past two days, and the yelling from me was correspondingly increased.

Sunday night I could not sleep because a) I had an almond milk latte on the way home, and b) I was all fired up over my plans to join a gym. I had the whole essay to the gym owner prepared and everything. Couldn’t shut my brain up. I was also planning my road trip. Anyway, the bottom line was that only got about 4 hours sleep at the most.

Then last night, Monday night, I was at the hospital with a child until 4am. Probably slept 5-6am, then 6-7.15am and was awake after that.

My brain hasn’t worked today, and my capacity to keep my temper evaporated at 7.40pm. Not proud of my behaviour.

But I do have a post about gym joining coming up hopefully.

Two goals

So, I’m working on a couple of goals in making these better choices.

First, may have mentioned, we have to go to the theatre at the end of February 2019, as my partner bought me tickets for my birthday. It is an old theatre, and I was immediately worried I wouldn’t fit in the seats.

So my first goal is to know that I’ve done all I can to work towards fitting in that seat when we go to the theatre in February.

It will be 4.5 months since we began on 12 October. I sincerely hope I will have been able to notice some changes in my body by then.

The second goal is that I am planning a road trip in September 2019. It will be a 16 day round trip Melbourne to Perth with the three children.

I don’t want to go on such a long road trip without knowing that I can walk through parks and scenic footpaths etc keeping up with three very active children. We will also meet with friends and family over there, and I want them to see a version of me that represents the better choices I am making now and not my previous ones.

The road trip will start at 11.5 months into this process. With any luck I will be feeling a lot more mobile and energetic.

A third possibility is that we may need to fly to Canberra in July next year. I am currently terrified of flying in case I can’t fit in a seat, even though I would have the children next to me so wouldn’t need to worry about squashing a stranger. But not being able to use the seatbelt gives me palpitations. Not sure if a flight will be required at this stage, but it’s certainly a possibility.

Week 3 meal plan

As it says in the title:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Brunch Cauliflower hash browns with lettuce and yoghurt Bacon and egg cups

*cook chicken fritters*

Chicken fritters with yoghurt

*make tex mex seasoning*

Bacon and egg cups –free– please choose keto if possible. No rice, no pasta no chips Bacon and egg cups Cauliflower hash browns with lettuce and yoghurt
Dinner Broccoli and beef Tuscan chicken lasagna (mad creations beginner 2) Chorizo Shakshuka (mad creations simply keto) Tex mex burger plate Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo Meatball salad

(mad creations beginners 1 – freeze half meatballs)

Chicken Carbonara Baked Mushrooms (mad creations budget book)
Snacks 2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

Drinks Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

This plan actually went really haywire, with a trip to my parents thrown in, a failure to shop and a trip to the hospital exhausting me at one point. I am really pleased that I managed to keep keto the whole week, even refusing chocolates from overseas at my parents.

Chugging along, Day 12

Still here! Still sticking to everything very obediently.

Last night my partner expressed the urge for a ‘cheat meal’ or junk food or something, anything. I explained he couldn’t have a ‘cheat meal’. He knows, he knows that you need to stay in ketosis etc. I have told him that he can have whatever he likes on Friday for lunch. I won’t be there to see it, but I have reminded him no pasta, no rice, no potatoes and hopefully he can find something in the cafeteria that is vaguely low-carb.

I am actually quite surprised that I am making it through. Have been cooking everything, cleaning up kitchen etc.

I can’t notice any improvement at the moment. People on reddit r/keto advised that weighing myself really isn’t necessary at this stage. I am going to put my trust in the whole process. If I can’t notice any difference in another couple of weeks though I might start doing selfies or measuring something neutral like my arm.

At the moment I am having coffee with a bit of cream in the morning, then a small lunch meal, snacks and main meal all within a 6-8 hour window. I don’t think I would manage without the coffee, but maybe that is something I can work towards. I tried black coffee and it was a no from me.

Have already worked out meal plan for next week, so will post that next.

The no alcohol thing

I have always thought I am a bit of a low grade alcoholic. While I do enjoy the taste of wines and some spirits, my main reason for drinking is usually to get drunk. I am actively seeking an altered mind state. I have never had a problem with being compelled to drink during the week, or during the day etc, but I would categorise myself as being almost dependent on it to relax, definitely to ‘socialise’ (not that I really do that ever).

The other week I had a few drinks in the evening, and the next day absolutely lost the plot at the children. It was ugly, awful, horrible. Unforgivable, I had no control over my behaviour and I was abusive and damaging. It was unacceptable.

Therefore, I decided that alcohol is not a regular part of my life any more. I will not be buying wine at the local bottle-o. There might be the very rare special occasion where I drink wine with dinner, or for a wedding, but I will not let it affect my family.

Not to mention, there are calories and carbs in alcohol that I simply don’t need.

So no alcohol. Last weekend I was almost on edge from wanting it on Saturday night in particular. I wanted that buzz, that relaxation my brain doesn’t usually give me. But I plowed through. There are plenty of times even in the past year where I have gone several months without drinking. I just need to keep that up, and not fall back into the habit of drinking every Fri/Sat night.

A second week’s meal plan

3 different main meals and some different lunch time options. Have found some v low carb seed crackers at woolies, so we are having those. Still lots of almond shortbread left over, but if more are needed I will make them, leaving out the sweeter this time because its unnecessary – butter is sweet enough really!

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Brunch Cream cheese pancakes

2 x bacon

Lamb meatballs (no sauce) with herby sour cream Shaved ham with cucumber and cos lettuce Lamb meatballs (no sauce) with herby sour cream Shaved ham with cucumber and cos lettuce Lamb meatballs (no sauce) with herby sour cream Cream cheese pancakes

2 x bacon

Dinner Spinach frittata

with iceberg lettuce and a sliced tomato

Taco mince with salad leaves and Sour cream Mustard chicken tray bake Asian mince with stir fry veg and coconut yoghurt Mad creations chicken meatza (e-book) Shredded hot chicken and ham, grated cheese, leggo sauce, baked broccoli Burgers with salad and mayo
Snacks 2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

2 x lemon almond shortbread

Twiggy sticks

2 seed crackers

6 cheese squares

Drinks Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk

Electrolyte

Water

Long black with lactose free milk