I don’t know why, but I could not fall asleep last night. I didn’t feel as sleepy as I had the past couple of days which I found to be weird, so instead I sat up and typed my blog for Day Four as I watched some Netflix.
As 11:00PM creeped up, I lay in bed trying to let the adventures of Money Heist lull me to sleep (like all TV shows and movies do at this time). At 11:30PM I still didn’t feel sleepy so I turned the TV off and tried to force myself to sleep. I lay there for a while as my mind raced, until I felt the slight vibration of my Fitbit alerting me that it was 12AM. Great! I lay there for what felt like another 30 minutes before I finally drifted to sleep.
I woke up at 7:15AM (my usual time) and felt a little sleepy so I decided to sleep in to my second alarm (which I instituted to combat my excessive snoozing from the last few days). At 7:30AM my second alarm went off and I was able to get up without feeling groggy. You would think after a having a hard time sleeping I would have a hard time waking as well, but that was not the case.
I am completely spooked because I have been falling asleep with no problems right before the mornings when I had trouble waking up, but now it is the opposite. I know that restless nights are part of the Keto Flu symptoms as my body adjusts to the new dietary restrictions, but some of this isn’t making any sense. I guess it is different for every person. What doesn’t help is that the Keto Flu is not recognized by medical professionals so I’m not going to get any help there (thanks a lot!)
Today I decided to switch things up. On my diet plan I had scheduled two hard-boiled eggs, but to keep my new trend of reduced meat I opted for one boiled egg instead.
I cut a stalk of celery to go along with it so it could hold me over until my breakfast smoothie. I was right. After eating that breakfast combo, I felt satisfied and ready to work.
As always, I had my morning coffee with almond milk, but this time I went for one mug instead of the extra half serving. I’m wondering if it may have contributed to my sleeplessness last night. Only one way to find out!
I drank my breakfast smoothie at noon. Yes, folks that is 12:00PM. So much for keeping a regular eating schedule…
Once I again I was sidetracked by work, which is nothing bad at all. I love being productive. It gives me a thrill when I cross things off my daily checklist. However, this personal drive is not conducive of regulating my eating habits.
Anyhow, I only realized I hadn’t drunk my breakfast smoothie when I thought to myself, “Hmm… My stomach is rumbling… Why am I hungry? Did I eat?” I look up from my favorite blue screen and see my smoothie sitting right behind my monitor where I left it this morning.
I don’t like really cold drinks (room temperature everything for me), so I always leave my smoothie out for a few hours before drinking it. There have been times when I have forgotten my smoothie so long that by the time I returned to it, it was lukewarm and kind of sour, but I still drank it anyway. With this smoothie I should be ok until lunch, which I will aim to eat at 2:00PM.
So, my stomach started protesting at about 1:50PM which is fine because I was aiming for a 2PM lunch anyway. I made myself a grilled chicken salad with baby romaine lettuce, feta cheese, and ranch dressing.
I had prepped the salad in a storage bowl earlier this week, so it didn’t take much time to put it together. The most time-consuming part was waiting for the chicken to cook, which was a mere 8-10 minutes.
My salad was absolutely delicious, refreshing, and totally Keto friendly! I hadn’t eaten feta cheese in a while and forgot how tasty it was! I tried to eat it slowly because I know it helps with digestion to thoroughly chew your food rather than inhaling it, but as I started eating I realized how hungry I really was.
I mean I had a hard-boiled egg, stalk of celery, coffee with almond milk, and a breakfast smoothie full of super low-calorie ingredients. Why wouldn’t I be hungry?
It was at that moment that I realized how filling my breakfast quiches truly are. I think I’ll have one tomorrow. Like I said, I can eat the same thing over and over without complaining. Stomach of steel baby!
I did a nice long interval workout on the treadmill, because I definitely felt up for it (extra energy galore!) By 7:30 the early rumblings began in my stomach to let me know that it was time to start scrounging up my last meal of the day.
That night’s dinner was Broiled Garlicky Lemon Salmon with Boiled Asparagus and half an Avocado on the side. I had opted for frozen salmon fillets since it has been hard to find fresh seafood lately.
I had taken out a few fillets earlier when I was making my lunch, so it was fully defrosted and ready to be cooked. I browned some butter (goes well with all seafood and I’m sticking by that), mixed in some coconut oil (to make sure my meal was all for me), and threw in a heap or freshly minced garlic (yum!).
Now for the asparagus… In the past I have tried, baking it, roasting it, sautéing it, and nothing I did made my family want to eat it. I decided to try boiling the asparagus this time, and it made a healthy ‘veggie’ aroma fill the kitchen.
My husband took one whiff and said, “This is definitely one meal I want NO part of. That smells nasty!” I thought it smelled refreshing, but I guess that’s my opinion. He quickly changed his mind once the salmon started cooking. Haha! You can’t touch this!
I sat down for the first time after I finished my workout, and it was then it hit me. I was really tired! I ate my meal slowly and quietly as the effects of my intense workout started to get the best of me. The creaminess of the avocado complimented the garlicky lemon taste of the salmon.
I have enough leftovers for another meal, but it was so good that I will definitely make this meal again next week! I finished my dinner and went to my laptop to put some work into my website and blog, but had to stop once I realized I was only typing gibberish. I was so done!
I was stuffed and exhausted so another evening with no snack for me. I just wanted to sleep, but my son picked that moment to give me a full beak down on a new game he started playing online with his friends. I tried to listen but had to stop him because I was quickly fading into dreamland.
Day Five Synopsis
Well, that pimple on my chin is still there so I’m not reaping the acne clearing benefits of Keto but I’ll keep hoping it comes soon. I don’t know why but I felt excited most of the day. It was probably all the work I was getting through (you know I love being productive), but I also felt like I had more energy than the past couple of days. I know it’s not the coffee because I only drank one mug today.
My body is probably getting used to this new way of eating and is finally learning to work with me. Especially since I’m not paying it any mind when it screams for potatoes and candy. I did notice that the more intense my workout, the more exhausted I was in the evening so there is definitely a connection. Hopefully that means I’ll have a restful night (fingers crossed). Another day down in the books! Day six here I come!