Tyson frozen chicken breasts + Publix cheese + Too Much Sauce = Keto Rhythm
Sure, Instagram and Twitter make keto look like a dream diet, but it’s not all sunshine and unicorns…sometimes it's shit.
It's day three...I've had a grand total of 33 carbs since Sunday. On the plus side, I never realized how hard it is to eat 2,000 calories when you cut carbs out. I've had soooo much ground beef and chicken in the past few days. And cheese, based on the diets I had been doing before, I really missed cheese.
Overall, I have noticed a slight decrease in my energy, but have not encountered the dreaded keto flu yet. For those of you that aren't aware, essentially, as your body switches from using carbs as energy to burning fat as energy, you become really sluggish for a few days. That is called the keto flu. I'm really hoping it's all worth it though, as I have that healthy wage sticking around.
So far, I'm down 13.4 pounds since signing up, although that's a bit misleading. I actually gained 6 pounds for the first two weeks, so I'm really down about 19.4 pounds in the past 7 weeks. That's a pretty great clip for me. I'm still keeping up with 30 minutes on the stationary bike at the Orlando Downtown YMCA every morning and my diet is now the keto diet, attempting to stay under 2,000 calories and under 20 carbs per day.
Throughout this getting healthy process, I have learned that carbs are the single most delicious thing on earth.
I started the Keto diet today. For those of you not aware of what it is, click here to check out a great summary about it. For those of you who didn't click, it's essentially an extremely low carb diet who makes your body produce energy from fat. That's not the entire story, but that's the quickest I can sum it up.
Today actually wasn't too bad, because as I have posted, I've already been dieting and doing cardio 5 days a week, so I'm in a bit of a grove, and because this diet is so different than what I was doing, have taco lettuce wraps for dinner wasn't too bad.
My biggest concern is definitely what is known as the keto flu. Essentially, I'm going to be grumpy for the next week or two. Now, because betting is now legal, I'm putting the over/under on how long I last at 4.25 weeks.
This is me stepping it up and trying to do something a little more intense so I can lose plenty of weight before the December 10th deadline for Healthy Wage. I need to lose about 32 more pounds, so I'm a touch behind the pace I need to be on, but still in ok shape to win!
The downside of resetting my blog and starting over from scratch is losing a few posts that I had made in the past. I’m going to go back through this one, and since I’m about a month into the program, I can post updates and strategies I’m employing at this point.
The first question several people have had for me are, what exactly is Healthy Wage? In short, it’s a way to gamble on your ability to lose weight. In a little bit more of a detailed explanation is you bet a certain amount of money, which are payable in monthly installments, then you choose a time frame and a weight loss amount. They tell you the payout and you can accept their bets. Here are some of my numbers:
Time Frame: 6 months, started June 12, 2018
Weight Loss Amount: 40 pounds, or 14.45% of my total weight
Payout: 35% increase over my bet amount
Now, I’ve started working towards this goal. Currently, I’m 22.3% of the way through the time and am only 8.5% of the way towards my goal, so I’ve got a lot of stepping up to do. Over the first few weeks I drank a lot of beer and had a cheat meal essentially every night for dinner. Over the past week I’ve found some rhythm and had lost most of that few pounds I’ve lost over the past week or two. I actually gained about 5 or 6 pounds over the first weeks. Keep in mind, I was healing from a sprained ankle when I started this thing, then I pulled an ab muscle after I started, which kept me from most physical activity for a couple of weeks. I still feel good about my progress and ability to meet this goal.
What am I doing? I’m glad you ask. I’m doing any of the trendy diets like Whole 30 or Keto, or anything like that, but I am cutting my carbs and calorie intake drastically. I’m now consuming around 1,800 calories a day, which is a big deal at 275 pounds. I am working a ton and here are a few of the tools I am using.
YMCA, or the Y, in downtown Orlando is on my way to work. This morning I did a 6:00 am 30 minute bike ride on the stationary bike. That was good for a few calories burned off and to get my metabolism rolling for the day. In conjunction with that, I’ve started walk/jogging. I am forcing myself to get 12,000 steps per day using my Fitbit Charge 2 HR. I love that thing, because I need short goals to work towards.
On the jogs, I am using something that I implore anybody who runs or walks to use; the Charity Miles app. Essentially you turn it on when you leave your house and you get a company to sponsor you, which mine is frequently Johnson & Johnson. They then donate to which charity you selected based on how far you walk or run. I’ve been on a Habitat for Humanity kick here lately. It probably only amounts to a few cents per mile, but I figure every little penny helps. Plus, it’s motivating.
On the diet front, most days I have replace my lunch with the Lean Machine smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café. I’ve never been a huge fan of smoothies, but since I’ve move to Florida, that ice cold meal replacement is lower in calories and carbs than my normal lunches and it cools me off, which is always great.
Anyways, I’m going to keep trying to make little gains, but am really ramping up. Despite being behind schedule, I feel good about it!
So, in a social media world of retweets, shares, and all kinds of other ways to spread jokes and commentary, I wanted to find a way to separate my original jokes and comments from all of the other things. With that in mind, I'd like to introduce you to the official Lee Hale Comedy hashtag:
I'll try to remember tagging my stuff as I post and encourage anybody who shares my stuff to use this to help me be able to find everything that involves my comedy brand!
Thank you for taking the time to visit Lee Hale Comedy. I know the blog looks pretty boring for now, but it was pretty boring before because I rarely posted. I'm going to try to be better about that in the future. We shall see how that goes.