New Before and after progress pic

I decided it was time for a new progress picture because I put on my “Breakfast – It’s what’s for dinner” shirt. Anyhow, the before is from October 2014 less than a week after I started keto at 258.7 but I was already down to 255. This morning I weighed 209.2 so I’m half a pound away from 50lbs.

Before and after April 2015 209

Yes, it’s a shameless selfie in the bathroom; that’s so ratchet. Now I’m off to mix up about 50 packs of Keto Chow. Just feeding the world =).

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6 months of Ketogenic soylent, I’m 81% the man I used to be

Apparently I drank too much water yesterday and my weight ticked up from 209.4 to 210.7 – wasn’t the direction I wanted to go for my actual 6 month keto anniversary. I was hoping to reach an even 50lbs lost but it was not to be (that would have been 207.8) and today I’m sitting at 47.1 lbs lost.

6months_keto

Aside from the weight loss I’ve also

  • lost 2 shirt sizes (XXL to L)
  • lost 4 inches (38 to 34)
  • Made 4 new holes in my belts
  • Won second place in a weight loss contest
  • MyFitnessPal says I’m on a 182 day streak.
  • My scale says I’ve gone from 36.9% body fat in November to 26.6%
  • From a BMI of 34.0 (“obese”) to 27.8 (“overweight”) and am getting closer to the “magic” 24.9 where I won’t even be “overweight”!
  • My blood pressure has gone down from 142/98 to 128/84 (it was actually lower last week but whatever)

Here’s a really brief summary (you can real the whole story here) of my experience that I’ve stolen from one of my own posts on Reddit:

I’ve tried 5 different formulations of Ketogenic soylents over the last 6 months and it’s what I’m currently using as my staple (although I do still eat some beef jerky, kipper snacks, bacon and whatnot).

I’ve tried:

  • QuidNYC Induction Phase Ketofood – WAY too much chia seeds and other stuff. I couldn’t even do a full week
  • QuidNYC Ketofood for ongoing ketosis was tolerable compared to the induction. It tasted far better though it was still really gritty. I changed the recipe a bit to suit my own tastes
  • Ketosoy – made by fellow redditor /u/ketosoy – it’s pretty good, especially compared to Ketofood. Far less gritty, it was was opened me up to the possibility the ketogenic soylent could actually taste good. Full review here.
  • Kennufs Keto 9.3 – by /u/kennufs this recipe changed everything for me. Hardly any grit at all, tasted amazing thanks to ample heavy cream, even my wife thought it tasted good. I cloned his recipe, changed some stuff around and made my own…
  • Keto Chow – I aligned many of the ingredients with stuff I had from making super carby “People Chow”, took out the coconut flour, added moar fiber and changed the protein to one I could get quicker (next day vs. 9 business days). I’m currently consuming Keto Chow and plan to do so for the foreseeable future. It’s tasty enough that even when I do hit my target goal I won’t have any problem continuing with it as my staple.

For any that are insanely curious, here’s my weight for the last 15 months drinking soylent. You can see where I started People Chow, slowly gained the weight back and then started Keto.

15 months of soylents

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6 months of Keto

6 months of keto

Looks like it’s time for an update since I’ll be completing 6 months of Keto in 3 days. Dunno if I’ll reach 50 lbs, I’m at 48.3 pounds lost since I started. I’ve lost 2 shirt sizes (XXL to L), gone from size 38 pants to… I need to buy new ones and they’ll probably be 34 or maybe even 32. I’m on my 4th new belt loop and I need to drill some more.

Last night we went to JCW’s for dinner. I got the 1lb burger as a lettuce wrap. The people we were with made a quip about artery clogging. Because none of the proported “evidence” of saturated fat causing health problems has ever been disproven… oh wait, ALL of it has? Weird.

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12 week weight loss challenge completed

My wife and I just finished a 12 week weight loss challenge our city puts on. Just before it started I “leveled the playing field” by eating carbs for a few days which had the “desired” effect of making we gain a whole lot of (mostly water) weight that took about a week to keto off. So how did I do? Well, my first official weigh in was 247.8 and the weigh in from this morning was 213.2 – that represents a 13.96% loss; we’ll call it 14% for short. Just for reference my bathroom scale says I weigh 210.9 – but that’s with far less clothing =). It was a competition in percentage of weight lost (as opposed to total weight) . The last 3 times I did it the overall winners have been in the 17-21% loss range, The men’s winners have been in the 15-9% range and the women’s have been in the 12-14% range. So I doubt I’ll win overall but I just might win the male division. I’ll find out in a few days when they email out the final results.

update!

Well, results are in: I got second place and won the male division. The winner lost 21.76% and third place lost 12.92%

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Bodybuilding.com vs. AllStarHealth.com – protein price comparison

I like ordering from BodyBuilding.com because they get stuff to me the next day. I started using Allstarhealth.com for Psyllium Husk powder and the Cal/Mag/D3 powder but I wanted to see how the price compares between Bodybuildng and AllstarHealth; who ships from California to Utah in 2 days (still pretty good).

I put together a test order on both sites for two 2-lb tubs and two 10-lb boxes. Here’s how it broke down:

Bodybuilding.com AllstarHealth.com
Subtotal $225.88 $210.76
Coupon $22.59 $0
Shipping $12.98 $5.95
Tax $0 $0
Total $216.27 $216.71

So, the initial price is a bit higher on bodybuilding.com compared to Allstarhealth.com BUT there’s a 10% off coupon that is always up to date on this page that brings the price down. Note about that coupon: it changes once a month and you can only use the code once (until the next time it changes, next month)… unless you order using “incognito mode” and checkout as a guest. So for now I’m going to stick with Bodybuilding.com – it’s a day quicker and costs just a teeny, tiny bit less.

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Had a mixing party last night

After finishing up my vacation I have quite a few orders to ship out! Last night I mixed up almost all of the stuff I had on-hand (more arrives today to take care of the rest) and ended up taking a lot of packages to the post office

Lots of packages

I think this is the most I’ve done in one day since the craziness following the “human dog food” post on reddit back in Mid December 2014.

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Label all the things!

Previously I had one Keto Chow recipe and made one label for all the different flavors of Keto Chow, I would just change the big text at the top with the name of the flavor. Now I’ve done gone and made a recipe for each and every one of the flavors because there is a slight variance in net carbs, protein and other nutrients between the flavors.

I also made a new label for each one with the nutrition information correct for each flavor. They’re all linked to the various flavors in the shop, select a flavor and you’ll see the info.

In case you are curious, here are the differences (per day) for the various flavors:

Keto Chow nutrition comparison

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My suit from 17 years ago (like back *before* I got married) now fits

My mom (who apparently dresses me funny, thanks for noticing =) bought me this suit back in 1998 after I moved back to the states from Chile. I’ve been down to below my “got married” weight for a while so I decided to try it on for kicks. Yeah, it fits! This is the equivalent of a woman fitting into her wedding dress since this was the suit I was wearing around the time I got married, though it didn’t fit as well then as it does now.

My suit from 16 years agoFor comparison:

2014-10-25 - This was taken 4 days after I started Keto. I was already down 8lbs. My wife looks awesome.

2014-10-25 – This was taken 4 days after I started Keto. I was already down 8lbs. My wife looks awesome.

 

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5 months on Ketogenic soylent, 43.1 lbs

I realized today that I neglected to add an entry for my 5 month ketoversary. Time to rectify that.

2015-03-27 12_22_21-Health Mate

I started doing Ketogenic soylent back October 21, 2014 at the time I was 257.8 lbs. I started with QuidNYC Ketofood and later adapted a recipe by kennufs to make Keto Chow. As of March 21, 2015 – 5 months later, I was 214.7 lbs. If I keep this up I should hit -50 lbs. by the 6 month mark.

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