Keto Vegetarian: Week 1

Week  1 –
Weight lost: 6 pounds (Total: 6 pounds)
Inches lost (waist): 3/4″ (Total: 3/4″)

So, I’m a week into eating keto vegetarian, and am as happy as can be. I forgot to weigh in today, but according to yesterday’s numbers, I was down 6 pounds and lost 3/4 inch in my waist. I would’ve said the 6 pounds was all water, but I carry a majority of my body fat in my stomach and to see my waist shrink in the span of 6 days… I think there’s some fat going buh-bye, too.

I’m having no trouble at all with the intermittent fasting, I think in part because eating high fat is so satiating that I don’t feel hungry until it’s time to eat. It’s also very convenient planning around eating twice a day. I have green tea in the morning, and that jump starts my day until lunch.

According to my Sleep Cycle app, 3 of the past 6 nights have been above 90% sleep quality, with 2 of those at 99%. I haven’t had sleep that good since June (and it was short-lived: after the last semester had ended, but before all of my study-abroad teaching and conference travel began). It’s so nice to SLEEP! I suspected after Whole30 that sugar negatively impacts my sleep, and considering I’m still drinking tea practically up until bedtime now, I’m convinced it is indeed sugar and not caffeine that causes my sleep disturbances.

I think my electrolytes are back in check. The daily potassium and magnesium vitamins seem to be doing the trick. (Speaking of potassium, my avocados STILL aren’t ripe!! I bought them a week ago!)

My initial getting-back-to-working-out plan was to do squats every day. The first day, I did 5 (because they were bothering my knee). The second day, my knee wasn’t so bad and I did 10. Then I thought I’d get clever and add 2 every day, so the third day I did 12… and then I was so sore the next day that I was walking like a penguin, so I took a couple days off. I think that’s my initial plan, though: sets of squats, slowly increasing the count. Same with planks.

I’ve been super inspired by the Headbanger’s Kitchen and Keto Connect channels on YouTube, and the KetoDiet blog. Here are some of the things I’ve been making (and eating!)

Headbanger's Kitchen peanut butter waffle with cinnamon cream cheese and Kerrygold butter

Headbanger’s Kitchen peanut butter waffle with cinnamon cream cheese and Kerrygold butter

 

Peanut butter chocolate fat bombs

Peanut butter chocolate fat bombs

 

Cheese taco shells and Beyond Meat beefy crumbles with Lightlife Chorizo tacos

Cheese taco shells and Beyond Meat beefy crumbles with Lightlife Chorizo tacos

 

Keto Connect Chicago Style Pizza - Vegetarian Keto Connect Chicago Style Pizza - Vegetarian

Keto Connect Chicago Style Pizza - Vegetarian

Keto Connect Chicago Style Pizza – Vegetarian

All I can say is… amazing, right?! How is this diet food?! It’s not. It’s healthy food that is fueling me to burn more fat than ever before. These are all instant hits and new favorites. Don’t be surprised if next week is these meals all over again. (I also had a squash and pesto fathead pizza but didn’t get a picture).

I also made a delicious cream of asparagus soup that I need to hurry up and finish the leftovers of!

That’s what week 1 looked like. See ya next week!

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