As the future wife of a man involved the bodybuilding community I have really made a connection to that world that resignates with me a deep level. There are several people who see the word “ketogenic” and think weight loss. Due to this stereotype I am here to say that my goals are not based on a number. The scale is nothing to me. I am NOT a number and it definitely doesn’t define me. So, I’m here today to talk about my goals for myself for those who may be curious. I mentioned earlier my fiancé competes and that’s a world I would much like to get to, in due time. It’s a long process, I understand that, and it’s not a thing I want to rush. I’m 5’8″ with a rather large frame – wide shoulders and tons of muscle. I am around 26% body fat – 21% with skin fold caliper but they lie. When I began my “weight loss journey” 4 years ago I just wanted to be small. I did tons of cardio. 2-3 hours of Zuma per day and ran when I could. When I met my fiancé he introduced me to the weights and for that I’m forever grateful. He was a personal trainer and taught me everything I know. My goals changed and shifted. I love to lift heavy and high volume. I utilize a lot of Doran Yates’ Blood & Guts training techniques because I’ve noticed they work faster than anything for my goals. I am currently looking to increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat. I no longer want to be little, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. I want to have muscle, lots of it. Some people call it “manly” but what’s important to me is being beautiful in my own special way and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I don’t care about others opinions and you shouldn’t either. It’s toxic. It will consume you. It’s important to follow your path, the one you create for yourself. Recently, I finished my finals in college. During finals I took a 2 week hiatus from the gym to study. Now, I’m back just as before lifting heavy and pushing harder than I thought possible. I will continue to wake up and push towards my individual goals. It may take me 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years but I’ll get there. I will step on a stage. I may have to start at the very bottom but I will get to physique and I will do well. One way or another.
Low carb snacks can be confusing at first. It seems like everything adds up to a ton of carbohydrates and, well, it does if you don’t choose your foods wisely. Below is a listed of my 5 favorite low carb snacks that you can easily fit into your ketogenic lifestyle:
- Eggs. I know what you’re thinking, eggs are not a snack but they’re delicious, fast and easy to prepare, and you can eat them a ton of different ways. I like to keep a few hard boiled eggs on hand for when I get hangry (when you’re so hungry you become angry). This helps keep me committed to low carb!
- Nuts. Nuts are my favorites but they add up quickly to it is of the upmost importance that you measure them before eating. Cashews are much higher in carbs than macadamia or Brazil nuts so they may be better suited for you.
- Cucumbers. These are su per refreshing if you slice them and freeze them in the summer months. Put them in your glass of water for an extra kick of flavor in your water.
- Bacon. Bacon is amazing and you can even make bacon chips and use them to dip in guacamole.
- Pork rinds. Also a nice chip substitute and they come in many flavors!