My Keto Journey

Week 1

I was supposed to start the keto lifestyle on January 1st, but I didn’t realize how under-prepared I was to start my keto journey. So, like most lifestyle changes that I plan to make, I decided to start it the following Monday. I haven’t always been this way…there are times in my life when I’m great about making a decision and sticking to it…and there are times when I’m not so great at following through.

That’s why I’m going to share my keto journey with you. I hope to inspire myself and others, as well as create some type of accountability for this plan. After all, if other people know what I’m doing, I’ll be more likely to stick to it…right?

You should know that this isn’t going to be like most healthy eating or weight loss posts. I’ve read a lot about the keto lifestyle over the last few weeks on various websites and blogs. Most of the people that write about it make it seem so easy…like they just eat what they’re supposed to and they’re perfectly following a plan…and lose weight.

I’m going to be completely transparent as I write about my keto journey. So, you’ll know when I “mess up” and when I cave in. I know I don’t have to include my hiccups, but I feel that this is more realistic and relative to what most people experience when attempting to change their eating habits. If I can fall of the wagon and get right back on…so can you!

Confession: It’s only day 2 and I’ve already fallen off a tiny bit, but that’s okay…I’m not going to let one bad decision lead to more.

That’s how you give up…you tell yourself…”Well, now the whole day is shot and I might as well just eat what I want. I’ll start again tomorrow.” Please don’t do this…it’s just an excuse and an easy way out of holding yourself accountable. The more you choose the right options, the easier it will get!


Here’s what I ate each day this week(don’t judge me):

Day 1

Breakfast- 1 cup of skim milk

Lunch- zucchini noodles(Green Giant) w/ lite alfredo sauce, grated parmesan cheese, sea salt, & pepper

Dinner- 2 buffalo chicken legs w/ ranch dressing, cauliflower & mushroom risotto(Green Giant)

Day 2

Breakfast- 1 hefty spoonful of peanut butter, 1 cup of skim milk

Lunch- 1 cup of ground beef w/ taco seasoning mixed a scoop of jalapeno cream cheese and sauteed red peppers & red onions

Dinner- 2 Butter Lettuce Wraps(tuna salad, provolone cheese, & 1 slice of oven-baked bacon)

Day 3

Breakfast- 1 cup of blueberry slim life green tea(Yogi) w/ 1 tsp Truvia sweetener & lemon juice, 1 cup of tuna salad

Lunch- sugar free red bull, 2 slices of bacon

Dinner- small caesar salad(no croutons), parmesan crusted chicken & steamed broccolli(Longhorn Steakhouse…I got the 9oz portion and ate half)

Day 4

Breakfast- blueberry green tea w/ a pinch of Truvia sweetener & lemon juice, 1 piece of bacon

Lunch- chicken & broccoli leftovers from Day 3’s dinner

Dinner- instant pot crack chicken(here’s where I got the recipe for Creamy Keto Crack Chicken)

Day 5

Breakfast-1 cup of blueberry slim life green tea w/ truvia sweetener, 2 deviled eggs

Lunch-tuna salad, handful of cheese crisps(Whisps…I ordered a variety pack on Amazon because I couldn’t find them in any nearby stores)

Dinner-2 stuffed chile pablano peppers (ground turkey, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ortega taco sauce, and sauteed onions)

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keto stuffed chile poblano peppers (not pictured: dollop of sour cream!)

Day 6

Breakfast-1 cup of coffee with sugar free creamer, 2 over easy eggs w/ 4 pieces of canadian bacon

Lunch-burger (without the bun), side salad with ranch dressing (Red Robin)

Dinner-2 stuffed mushrooms, tuna salad

Dessert-Super Fudgy Keto Brownies(here’s the recipe, I wasn’t a believer until I tried it! Suuuper Fudgy Keto Brownies)

Day 7

Breakfast- 1 cup of coffee with sugar free italian creamer, butter lettuce wraps with tuna salad, provolone cheese, & 1 slice of bacon

Lunch- 2 stuffed mushrooms, 2 large cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon

Dinner-beef stir fry w/ homemade low carb peanut sauce

Dessert-sugar free orange jell-o cup with 2 tablespoons of light cool whip

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keto stir fry w/ peanut sauce


Here’s a glance at my weight loss goals:

  • Lose 70 pounds!
  • My original goal was to lose 50 pounds, but I did some research on the “normal” weight range for my height and found that I would still be considered “obese” after losing 50 pounds. Losing the extra 20 is more like a stretch goal…I know I’ll be happy with my original goal, but why not?

Here’s my progress from week 1:

  • Lost 4.5 pounds
  • BMI is down 0.5
  • Body Fat is down 0.8%
  • Metabolic age is the same, 38

I’m using the Renpho Bluetooth Scale to track everything. I was planning on getting a regular scale, but this one is so much cooler than I thought it would be! I can track everything on my phone(it tells me more than I wanted to know, but that’s okay)! Even though I’ve only been using it for one week…I highly recommend getting one if you’re serious about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

It’s really eye-opening to see my health scores right in front of me, and it’s motivating to watch the numbers change as I lose weight. Besides the amount of weight I need to lose…the biggest shocker for me was seeing what my metabolic age is. According to my scale, I’m 7 years older physically. I don’t want to feel 7 years older than I really am…not even 5. So here’s to looking and feeling 31 again!

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If you’re kicking off the new year with a keto journey please share your tips, experiences, and struggles in the comment section! This seems to be the new & popular thing to do, although I don’t exactly consider it to be “new”. In my opinion, it’s just another spin on the Atkin’s Diet or South Beach Diet.

I chose the keto lifestyle because cutting carbs and sugars has always worked for me in the past. I have friends that preach Weight Watchers and think I should be doing that instead, but simply cutting back and cutting portions is something I struggle with. Cool, you can still eat cake, but that leads to more cake. Following more strict “food rules” is easier for me mentally…telling myself that I can’t have something cuts out all of the temptations! What do you think?

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  3. Sherrie says:

    I’m just starting this week! Thank you for posting your meals. Looks like your doing great 🙂

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