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Deeper State Keto Offboarding
I left you with saying that I was struggling with offboarding. However, since then I started to get a good stride in. I got my workout routine started and was going to the gym on a regular basis. Things were awesome! Yet, that did not last. I've had good days and not so good days since. The Deeper State Keto protocol Offboarding phase really is a tough thing to go through. However, it can and will be done. 🙂
One thing that I wanted to gain out of purchasing Deeper State Keto was getting into the routine of working out again. This did not happen during the bulk of the program. However, I started working out again during this Offboarding phase since my body was primed for it. I did not want this opportunity to be taken away. There were days that I did not want to workout. Okay, most days. Every day though, that I worked out, I was so happy that I did. Some days even I had a huge grin on my face once I left the gym just because I felt amazing. In the first week, after I went camping, it felt like a huge ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders. It felt like I had zero stress. ZERO! I never realized that I was this stressed out, until the stress had been lifted.
Since I felt so great and in control I started developing some Deeper State Keto approved brownies and a few Fall recipes. I have made about 7 small batches of brownies and tracked every bite. By no means though have I finished each one. I have given some to my coworkers and others are currently staring at me in the fridge.
During this recipe development, the offboarding struggles started to creep in. I didn't notice or realize this until after Max mentioned this to me. I messaged him asking I kept messing up and started to struggle again. He said that he noticed this. After he mentioned it, I saw that.
The life of a food blogger when doing one of the hardest things that have to deal with being tight on food tracking. I suppose that I'll just become stronger. 🙂 This reminds me of a phrase that my Grandma used to always say, "You'll be a better person for it." So very true.
Stress and Sleep
They say that when you get enough sleep and are less stressed you have better control over your hunger and stress. I have learned this first hand in the last few weeks. One day I got great sleep and had a lower stressed day at work, I was not craving every food in sight. I didn't have to stop myself from eating something. Then the days when I did not get enough sleep and I was stressed, my hunger went it up and it was harder to control my urges.
There were a few times when I had small pieces of non-keto food. It was like I became someone I didn't recognize. During these moments I just didn't care. I knew what I was doing but I didn't stop. What!? That's not who I am. I also sometimes had keto foods but then did not track it. I counted these foods as my wiggle room. We were able to stay between 5 grams of our macros. Of course, this is not ideal but it was mentioned. However, me not tracking small pieces of keto foods were not part of that deal, even though I pretended it was okay. By doing this more than once it was harder to stop.
I had been doing so well on this program after my slip up in June. Is this really happening? I'm currently typing this on September 7th and while getting the rest of my fat in for the night, I started to count the times I stopped myself from grabbing small pieces of keto foods. I'm going to allow the control back in myself. I need the control back and I can do it.
I'm now typing this the next day (9/8) and I am gaining the control back. At the start of the day at work, I did count the times when I stopped myself from eating food. Since I've been home, I have not had to do this. In fact, I had to switch up my dinner plans because for some reason I forgot the keto brick had carbs in it. HA. I'm still in the goal of my 10 total carbs or less for the day. So, all is well. However, I had to mourn the fact that I could no longer have my enchiladas from Real Good Foods. They will be my lunch tomorrow though!
The point of me mentioning that I had to change my dinner was that I was in control. I easily could have said, those few extra carbs wouldn't hurt. It was just one day, I could pretend that I didn't catch my mistake. However, I did not do this. I saw it and I owned up to it. I took the required action.
Next Monday starts my week of no longer getting a refeed as I slowly increase my calories. Also, next week I'll be at 1600 calories. In this week alone, I have dropped some more weight. Yes, you heard me right, I'm increasing calories and still losing weight. In the weeks to come, I'll still be slowly increasing my calories to find my new maintenance level.