Day 4: Weight and Measurements

I probably should have done this on day 1, but I don’t always have time to stop and measure the circumference of various body parts for the sake of record keeping. However, I do want to keep score of the changes in my body and I want something measurable to validate all the efforts I am putting into my Keto diet. I had initially weighed myself on day 1 and I weighed in at 188.6 lbs (first thing in the morning). Today, it the mid afternoon, I weighed 185.2 lbs. That’s a 3.4 lbs drop!

Yes I know! Most of this is water weight as I was not yet in ketosis. Although tonight I know I am in ketosis. For starters it’s 10:15 pm and I am WIDE awake. I usually zonk out at 9-ish. I also have Keto breath (yuck and yay all at once). And I’m not hungry. Really and seriously, not hungry. I skipped lunch all together today. Not because I was trying to or because I wanted to, but because the urge to eat didn’t hit me at all today. I made myself have dinner to be sure I don’t go too long through the night without food. I am all for intermittent fasting, but I’m used to 16 hours, not more. I am not quite ready to deviate from that too much.

Now for the big moment. My before measurements:

  • Weight: 185.2 lbs
  • Body Fat: 39.8%
  • Neck: 14″
  • Chest (Under the arms and above the breasts): 41.5″
  • Bust (the nipple line): 43″
  • Waist (the natural waist line): 38″
  • Abdomen (halfway between the navel and pubic bone): 41″
  • Hips (the widest part): 46.5″
  • Right Thigh (largest part) : 26.5″
  • Left Thigh (largest part): 26.25″
  • Right Calf (largest part): 16.5″
  • Left Calft (largest part): 16.75″
  • Right Arm (around mid biceps): 12″
  • Left Arm (around mid biceps): 12.25″

There you have it! The starting reference. Can’t wait to see how it changes and how quickly too. I will do my best to get some before pictures taken tomorrow.

Day 3: Stevia and Bone Broth

I’ve been listing to Dr. Axe’s book “Keto Diet” on Audible. I’ve been learning quite a few things about the Keto Diet obviously, but also how to make sure my body is functioning optimally. Healthy fats and vegetables are great, but the body needs more. Unfortunately, our food, as organic as it may be, may not provide us with adequate quantities. So I planned a trip to my local health food store.

I went to the organic health food store for two things. I actually thought I was going to go in there and buy only two things. How silly! I went with the intention of purchasing liquid stevia. Hey a girl has to have a little sweetness in her life. And I wanted some bone broth. I know how good it is for the body, the added collagen is more than welcome, and I’m going healthy so I might as well dive in 100%. I ended up picking up a complete collagen in powder form as well as some MTC (Medium Chain Trigliceride) Oil. Let me tell you eating high fat isn’t as easy as you may thing. So the MTC oil helps me keep my fat intake high in proportion to my protein intake. Protein gets stored in the body as fat when too much is consumed and that would be counterproductive to what I am trying to achieve here… I want to burn the fat, not create more of it to burn.

I can honestly say that I feel a little more prepared for success on this Keto Diet. At least I feel like I am equipped to support my body and this new lifestyle. I say lifestyle because my intention is to eventually fall int Keto cycling. I want to live a very long and healthy life.

On a different note, I am starting to feel some more energy. It’s been a strange sensation today. It’s almost like the thought of napping or resting pops up in my head (more out of habit rather than need I thing) and then I realize, I don’t really need to. I am feeling energized. I have been crazy thirsty so drinking an astounding amount of water. And you guessed it, spending a great deal of time making bathroom trips. It’s part of the cleansing process and it is something I was expecting. I didn’t quite expect it to be that much. I have to admit, I am looking forward to tomorrow.

Day 2: Learning While Doing

It’s been an exciting day to say the least. I woke up at my regular 5 am and although I chose to stay in bed a little while, I didn’t feel the need to. Quite contrary to most mornings where I wake up and roll over to dose off once again. I didn’t drag myself out of bed either. I was up and energized. I went about my regular routine with ease and was out the door with my tea and a very packed lunch box! In it, I had breakfast and lunch.

In terms of meal prep, I am still winging it, so to speak. I don’t have a huge repertoire of Keto recipes so for now, I am following the rules and letting my imagination guide me. Breakfast consisted of sausage, boiled egg, broccoli, bell pepper and tomatoes with a Tzatziki sauce (yes I checked the sugar content).

I have to say that I expected to be very hungry by noon. Seeing as I ate my breakfast at 9 am. Noon came around and I didn’t even realize it. It was only at 2 pm that I finally forced myself to eat my Keto Shepherd’s Pie. I could only eat half of it. I figured if I didn’t eat something I would be eating my dinner way too late to do a 16 hour fast tonight. I had started intermittent fasting before the holidays and had enjoyed the health benefits that came along with it.

At dinner, I still wasn’t hungry. Again I ate only half of what I had planned to eat. One thing is for sure, I am certainly not starving on the Keto Diet. As a matter of fact, the few times that I did have cravings today were mostly from seeing food around the house. Like the chips on the table. Yes, I know… I should throw it all out. I am however choosing to ease my family into a Keto lifestyle. Besides I wouldn’t want three children going through glucose withdrawal at the same time. Yikes!

Back to the point! My cravings were not because I was hungry, but rather because the food is there and available. I simply tend to eat out of habit rather than out of necessity. Each time I felt like grabbing something to eat, I made it a point to ask myself if I was really hungry for it. The answer was always no.

Another big thing about today is that I am really diving into the learning process of what the Keto Diet and going Keto really entails. I’m digging a little deeper than the surface. I have equipped myself with 2 books on the topic and 2 recipe compilations that will help me out in the kitchen. I admit that I’m liking being in the kitchen and whipping up something good for me to eat. I have also enjoyed being creative with food. Dinner was Delish!

I’m looking forward to sharing the other beautiful things I cooked up today. I am officially at the meal prep phase where I am able to prepare meals for myself for the next day. Woohoo!

Day 1: And So It Begins

I have to admit that deciding on a Keto Diet was not something that I had planned for very long or even gave much thought to. Crazy I know! You would think that I would have at least planned a few meals. But nope. This girl just went cold turkey and completely changed her pantry needs on the fly. So when I got to my kitchen this morning and prepared the lunches for my children, I was not quite sure what I was going to be eating for lunch. Spaghetti with Rosee sauce was not an option. I knew the easiest thing to pull off would be hard-boiled eggs. So that is what I went for.

My First Official Keto Meal

Ok, so it’s nothing fancy really. Just 2 eggs, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. The whole sprinkled with salt. For something unplanned, it worked out flawlessly.

I took advantage of the fact that I had an early morning appointment to postpone my breakfast. It was 11 am when I finally ate my meal and this ended a 15 hour fast. Before the holidays, I had started intermittent fasting and would fast 16 hours daily and eat all my meals in the span of 8 hours. Lunch/brunch was very good. My belly was full and happy. However, soon after lunch, I began feeling the familiar symptoms of glucose withdrawal. Or is it? It seems a bit soon for this to start. I second guessed myself and decided that I may very well be dehydrated. So I made a tremendous effort to drink way more water than I usually do. I am finishing off my 4th 24oz bottle as I type this. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time going to the washroom today…

In the early afternoon, I made my way to my nearby Costco in order to stock up on some Keto friendly ingredients. A house full of sugary snacks, fruits and pasta won’t do me any good. I purchased some raw almonds and cashews, almond milk (unsweetened of course) and coconut milk, avocado, zucchini, shrimp, baby peppers, mushrooms, you get the idea…

Once back home, I prepared a shepherds pie for the kids to have dinner. Then I proceeded to create a mock shepherds pie.

Keto Shepherds Pie (Recipe to come)

Over all, I think day 1 went fantastic and I’m looking forward to this “diet” and to sharing the adventure. But right now, it’s time to lay my head to sleep. Tomorrow will bring more magic, of that I am certain.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I guess I needed another challenge in my life… lol.  The truth is, my nutrition needs a complete overhaul.  I usually do the right thing.  And I should know about the right thing.  I’ve studied natural health.  I am all about living well.  The whole mind body and soul thing.  I help my clients with their own mind/body/soul on a daily basis.

The truth is, we are all human and although I personally was doing fantastic in terms of my health right up until early January, life got busy, priorities changed and I found myself no longer going to the gym regularly.  The next thing I knew, I started slipping with my nutrition.  You know, one piece of Valentine’s Day chocolate can’t hurt…  Now almost mid March I am recovering from a rotator cuff injury (Note: Do not lift heavy stuff into your truck with only one arm), which means I haven’t been the one cooking, which means nutrition has been totally out the window for 2-3 weeks.  Okay, so the shoulder is better and I could cook… but I’m milking it…

Unfortunately, when you are not in control of your kitchen, you eat whatever is available.  This means I’ve been eating a lot of things I normally wouldn’t eat.  Sugar being one of the main things that has crept back into my body and I am feeling it in so many ways.  My immune system is low, I’ve got aches and pains everywhere and inflammation is setting in.  This means I have to take a few funny steps when I get up before I am able to walk normally.  THIS IS NOT GOOD!!!

Something needs to be done and I know it’s going to be drastic.  So Keto it is!  The Ketogenic Diet is close enough to what I normally eat and enjoy.  However, I am very aware that I will be giving up a LOT of things that I also enjoy greatly.  I think that for me the benefits will outweigh the downfalls.  The hard part will be sticking to it and not giving in to temptation.  And believe me, temptation is EVERYWHERE around me.  I have three lovely kiddies that love candy and chocolate and cookies.  We do eat lots of pasta.  And we have a Friday night tradition that involves McDonalds and sushi.

Needless to say, this isn’t going to be a walk in the park.  I am very aware that I will be cooking different meals for myself and the rest of the family.  I do not believe in imposing my new life challenge on my family.  When they are ready to make changes for themselves they will let me know.  I also believe that children should be allowed to be children.  A treat here and there won’t hurt.

So this is it.  I embark on this new food journey, knowing very little about what on earth I will eat tomorrow, but determined to make this my long term lifestyle.  Thankfully, I have a great friend who was able to give me a quick rundown of the important points.  Equipped with knowledge, I made myself a makeshift Keto sandwich with two slices of cheddar and ham in between.  I even had a handful of cashew as a snack this evening.  The real challenges begin tomorrow morning.  I need to pack my food to take with me to the office.  This means that I need to have something planned, cooked and ready to go by 7:20 am.

I better sleep on it!  Wake up time comes pretty early for me.

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Who Are You?

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May Baydoun – Life Coach – Who Are You

Self-love is a prerequisite for self confidence.  Similarly, self knowing is a prerequisite for self-love.  It can be very difficult to love what you don’t know, or rather, who you don’t know.  Imagine loving yourself if you are not sure who you are, or what you stand for!  Who are you really?

When asked this question, many people will begin to list their titles: mom, wife; their job: accountant, programmer, Etc.  Who you are, is much less definable.  I believe who you are is a feeling that is not necessarily meant to be put into words.  It’s the knowing of your strengths and weaknesses and the acceptance that you are on a journey to become the best person you can be.  You are you, and you are not defined by words.  The only one who can know who you are is you. Sure, others will have opinions about who you are, or rather what you are.  But their opinions don’t matter.  No one knows you like you know you.

Figuring out who you are will require some soul-searching, lots of pondering, and time.  Keep in mind that you are forever changing as a person.  The more you learn and grow as a person, the more defined “who” you are will become to you.  Who you are today will not be who you are in ten years.  And if there is something you don’t like about yourself, you have the power to change it. This is what self-development is all about.

My personal journey took off when the desire to be a good role model for my daughter’s burn so strong I could no longer ignore it.  Back then I was less than happy with many aspects of myself, both physical and with my personality.  I can’t say I loved myself back then.  It’s been an almost 4 years journey and today I can honestly say I love myself.  And this love radiates and self-confidence.  I know who I am, and nothing anyone can say or do will make this “knowing” waiver.

My wish for you is that you will also look deep within and find who you are, love yourself and find your self-confidence.

Love,

May

 

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Switching Gears

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May Baydoun – Life Coach – Planning

Striking that perfect work-life balance may be what every entrepreneur, especially mompreneurs, strive for.  In the past few weeks I’ve managed to find some sort of balance where I was picking my kids up early from school and daycare in order to have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather we have been getting in Montreal.  Now that the sun is up late into the night and school will be out for the summer at the end of this week, it’s time to switch to a summer schedule.  In the summer, I know the kids are having a blast at day camp, so I pick them up a little later.  This gives me an extra 10 to 12 hours a week for my business and multitude of projects that I take on.  Needless to say; my focus has been on planning.

You see, I have found that if I plan, I mean really take the time to plan projects with a timeline that fits my life, things don’t get overwhelming.  I know there is time for everything.   For each project, I write out the tasks to be completed, pick a due date for The Project based on the number of tasks required, then I fill my calendar with the due dates for each task.

The biggest drawback I find in planning is that it can be time-consuming.  However, one must keep in mind that time wasted figuring out what the next step is can be even more time-consuming.  How do you prefer spending your time? Productive or not?

 

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The Nice Weather

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May Baydoun – Life Coach – Summer Sunset

 

The warm weather is upon us and it feels great!  Montreal winters are way too long.  From mid-September to just about early to mid-May, the weather is too cool to get go out without a sweater or lite jacket.  In other words, no hot t-shirt or sundress days during those almost 8 months.  This leaves us only four months in which to enjoy the hot weather.  Needless to say that summer in Montreal is short, and when we get a few rainy days, summer can feel even shorter.

A few weeks ago, on Mother’s Day, we were lucky enough to get one of those clear skies, warm, sunny, no jackets required kind of days.  We enjoyed a nice family drive with the windows down, music playing and children chattering.  As I enjoy this moment of bliss, the thought of enjoying this kind of weather all year round came tempting me.

There was once a time I would have traded almost anything to get out of Montreal and go live somewhere nice and warm.  Those days are gone!  The fact of the matter is that back then, I knew nothing of mindfulness, gratitude and creating life on my own terms.  I was looking for an escape to get away from my life and start fresh.  A strategy that would have probably failed considering the issues that needed to be resolved would have followed me wherever I went.

I’ve come along way!  The desire to escape and start fresh is long gone.  By working through what I didn’t like in my life I was able to create huge change.  Having learn to be grateful for the things in my life, I’m able to enjoy all the seasons that my Montreal has to offer.  I don’t foresee any major relocating in my future.  I’m too busy enjoying the moment!

 

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Celebrating Motherhood

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May Baydoun – Life Coach – Celebrating Motherhood

This journal entry was written in my personal journal on Mother’s Day 2018.

Today, in many parts of the world, it is a celebration of motherhood.  Something that I personally celebrate throughout the year with special moments I get to spend with my mother and watching my kids enjoy their time with Grandma.  I am grateful for these moments.  Grateful for her still being here so we can enjoy her presence.  Grateful to be living close by and to be able to visit whenever.  Grateful I get to chill on the sofa with her, while sipping tea and watching Family Feud on TV.  The best is when she makes me a panini grilled cheese on pita sandwich.  Yum!

When it comes to Mom, it’s really the small things.  Being a mother myself I get to witness the other side of the metal.  The thrill my children get out of surprising me with Mother’s Day gifts makes my heart melt.  For me, it isn’t about what they make me or do for me on that day, but rather the excitement I get to see in their eyes when they present me with my surprise!

This morning I was treated to my morning coffee and breakfast in bed.  I shared the breakfast and enjoyed the coffee.  But the best part was having the whole family in the bed, dog included, laughing and enjoying a moment in time.

As challenging as being a mother can be, I do my best to enjoy it all.  I’m not the perfect Mom.  I don’t think such a thing exists.  I know deep down I’m doing a great job.  And every once in awhile I get reminded of it by those who get to watch me being a mom without really knowing me.  Being told by my children’s Jiu-Jitsu Sensei that I do a great job and my children are so well behaved is just one example of how the effort I put into being a mom are noticed.

All moms are great moms and to me all women are moms.  Whether biological or not, to humans, or fur-babies, or simply a mentor for someone in need of it.  All women are mothers and so I wish all women a happy Mother’s Day.

 

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SMART Goals Are Not So Smart

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May Baydoun – Life Coach – SMART Goals Are Not So Smart

I’ve been living by SMART goals for as long as I can remember.  I’ve recommended that clients set SMART goals to help them progress on their Journey.  So, you can imagine how floored I was the first time I heard the sentence: “SMART goals are not so smart.”

I was sitting in class for my latest life coaching certification, attentively listening to my teacher as she got into the topic of goal setting.  I thought to myself: “I know this!”  And that’s when I heard my teacher say: “SMART goals are not so smart.”  Wait, what?!?!?!

The fact of the matter is that SMART goals are limiting.  Their very nature is meant to put a cap on what can be achieved.  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time specific.  You are essentially limiting yourself to what your mind can consciously determine to fit into the SMART goal requirements.

However, the laws of the Universe operate very differently from our conscious human mind.  The universe knows no limit, while our human mind will set a goal that it thinks can be achieved by us.  An example of this is someone who would like to shed 50 lb of weight and sets out to slim down by one pound per week for the next 50 weeks.  It is a SMART goal.  Do you see how this can limit the person to only achieving this goal in the timeline they have set and not achieve more than that?

The intention you put out is what the Universe conspires to give.  Now take that same person who sends out into the Universe that she is to have a strong, healthy and slim body; and she focuses on the vision of herself as a strong, healthy and slim individual.  By taking the same steps to achieve the weight loss goal, the person focused on the end-result is more likely to achieve beyond the goal set in her consciousness.

The visions we hold in our minds allow the Universe to work in our favor while the SMART goals we are setting for ourselves limit us to what we think we can achieve.  Why not put the Universe to work for you and set out to achieve without the limits imposed by your mind.  You may believe you can only achieve a certain amount or thing, but you may be surprised to find out that by letting go of that “HOW” details, you achieve so much more.

 

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