Some People Have to Learn the Hard Way

Dear readers, I have not forgotten you. I have not abandoned the Keto WOE. I have just been living a country song the last few weeks and something had to give and that something was keeping up with the blog.

But. also like a country song, I have to admit that I cheated.

Now, don’t get carried away and think I had a weeks long affair with carbs, it was only a weekend fling.

Here’s what happened. I have been experiencing stress on top of stress on top of stress. My normal schedule is a full-time job plus a 20 hour a week part-time job. This week I also had three evenings of 1 ½-2 hour long meetings and a third side gig that lasted Friday 4pm-11pm and all of Saturday. Meals were provided for the third job and after the week I had had, I did not have the time or fortitude to provide my own food (plus, it was a sporting event at an arena and they are hardcore about no outside food.) I was exhausted from the week, so giving fasting a try was out. I thought I would just do the best I could with what was provided.

What was provided was carbs covered in carbs, with a helping of carbs, and a side of carbs with carbs to drink and of course carbs for dessert. Some meals I tried to stay on plan harder than others, like I had the teriyaki chicken and the pulled pork without buns, but they were covered in sugary sauces. Another meal was spaghetti and breadsticks, and I did not resist the siren call of garlicky breadsticks.  I never partook of the mixing bowl full of M&M’s, but a peppermint patty was consumed.  It was a weekend of temptations and I had many defeats.

That was a few days ago and my body is still punishing me for it.

One of the ways I have dealt with keto is by keeping in the back of my mind that I can have some cheat days. I am not talking about once a week like some diets, I was considering more along the lines of my birthday, Easter, and Christmas, then maybe when I have Girls Weekend with my two besties (but that’s more of an alcohol cheat.) I found it easier not to feel deprived if I was not approaching this as giving up pizza and dessert FOREVER. Forever is just too big of a word.

So, I took an unexpected cheat weekend and… IT SUCKED.

My belly felt like I had filled it with cement all weekend. It was just heavy and bloated, and that feeling is still making its way through my digestive tract and that is as much detail as you want to know.

I hear this differs with people, but keto was helping my sleep and this weekend that was out the window. I am having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep again. I am sure this lack of sleep is not helping my stress levels or my chances of getting back into ketosis anytime soon. My energy level is non-existent and even BPC cannot help!

The best I can say is that it has been a learning experience. One of those learned the hard way learning experiences. Like any fling, it was fun at the time, but has only left me with regrets and a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.