I didn’t plan on trying the Keto Diet because I was worried about the stories of how hard it is, how limited the foods allowed and how not everyone loses weight.

One of my relatives recently lost weight on Keto, and I respect him a lot, so I decided to rethink the Keto way. I did a days research online and decided that people on keto were pretty hard core, and there were others who did low carb with good success long term, and I have over thirty kilos to lose so long term is my sentence diet-wise anyway.

I’m three and a half weeks in and I’ve lost four and a half kilos. I’m taking it one day at a time, and not getting too excited, just one step after another, one meal at a time, no snacks and intermittent fasting in the 16:8 way.

I’ve tried many diets in the past few years, to try to get my health back and lose weight. None of them were liveable, none made me lose weight on an ongoing basis, after that first week of water weight as they call it.

This way of eating has had some unexpected side effects that have me hoping for a new life. Calm down, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, nothing has worked before, why do you think this will work over time? Yes, those thoughts still nag but not loud and insistent, just there strong enough to keep me in line, eating my bacon and eggs for lunch, no snacks, two meals a day only. My head is so clear.

My fiancée and I started together, we both read up on what to eat and decided we’d give it a go together. I’m the cook in the house, and so I have done my best to make yummy meals. We’re doing well and I hope we continue to lose weight.

Low Carb Double Cheeseburger 9 carbs

I thought I’d miss burgers so much on keto/low carb, but this dinner was delicious and satisfying and didn’t leave me wishing for a soft, white bun.

2 beef patties, nothing added, fried in the pan

2 slices of cheese, added to the burgers, in the pan, when they are done. Allow the cheese to melt.

Iceberg lettuce to wrap the burger

Sliced pickles

2 thin slices of tomato

2 small pieces of beetroot (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie)

1/4 an avocado

1 radish to crunch on

This was really yummy, much better than I thought it would be. I haven’t found sugar free sauces yet, I’m hoping to find them at the supermarket today.

Low Carb Satay Beef 7 carbs

This was a really delicious dinner. Made for 2 people:

2 cups of beef mince

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 teasp curry powder

Onion powder

Garlic powder

Sesame oil

1 cup water

1 cup snow peas

1 cup Asian greens

Carbs pp 7.4

Brown the mince, add the flavour ingredients and sesame oil and stir, add water and simmer until reduced, add veggies and stir, don’t overcook the snow peas.

I served ours on a bed of baby spinach and with zoodles on the side.

Serve in a bowl and be careful not to burn your mouth as you snarfle it.

Pandemic Living

Pandemic living is a lot like living with a disabling mental illness. You think nobody wants you out on the street, nobody wants you too close to them, and even if every other day of the year you want to stay home and watch Netflix, all of a sudden you miss going out. Even a trip to the supermarket makes you want to put on lipstick and a dress. You want to keep the safe distance from people, the magical 1.5 metres, but in the aisles there just isn’t that much room. Even the businesses that only allow four people per aisle, you get into choke points, spots where we all need to pass one another and it’s much closer than 1.5 metres, we all stand back, trying to be well-mannered. It’s awkward and it’s crazy.


You Don’t Know This About Me

The title says it all! You don’t know this about me, but I like to change where I write, on a regular basis. Sometimes I go through a real outdoors stage, taking my notebook and laptop outside, on my front veranda or to the park or onto my back veranda while I throw the ball for Sally. If I can accidentally discover a new place to write I get very excited, and this week while I was on Facebook a wonderful thing happened; I found a new way to write anywhere I want!

In the marketplace area, someone was advertising a laptop table and it was only twenty dollars, which I could afford, so I jumped on that baby. I had to drive twenty minutes to pick it up, but it’s just like a new one and the new ones are expensive. The cheapest new one I found online was forty bucks and it wasn’t nearly as nice as the one I bought, so I am very happy. Now I am typing this on my little white laptop and it’s on my new table which is tilted at the perfect angle and it’s at the perfect height. Perfect new writing space!

Something else you don’t know about me is that when I look back over my first draft writing I cannot tell where one day of writing ends and the next day of writing begins, even if I had terrible days mixed with happy days. It amazes me that I can feel so different facing my work from day to day and yet produce content that is homogeneous. This, of course, shows me that there is never any excuse not to write, no matter how crap I may feel. As far as productivity is concerned, I love that this is true. On the other hand, when I’m having a shocker of a day, I have no out. I guess I’ll keep on writing each day and just trust my process.

I recommend to beginner writers that they write every day, aim for a word count of their choosing, trust that their daily writing will be useful no matter how they feel about putting their butt on the chair, and definitely try switching up the place where they write. Of course, these are things that work for me and might not work for everyone. I acknowledge that. So, whoever you are, find what works for you, what gets those words on the page, and do that until you reach the finish line.