A little bit of keto

My wife and I have been living in a ketogenic state as much as possible since July of last year. I have lost over 60 pounds in that amount of time and have been feeling great. Until Thanksgiving came around. Then Christmas. Yea.

Unfortunately when you go between carbohydrate burning and ketone burning it feels a little like the flu. The way I see it is that you are ‘withdrawing’ from the sugar and carbohydrate overload you just put your body through.

It’s been a little bit of a hilly ride the past couple months. For a while we will be doing great, feeling great and we forget that we are feeling good and think that we can just eat some ice cream or chocolate sweets and then we suffer the after effects.

A little bit of sweets or carbs are fine, there is a limit that we know we are reaching (and surpassing) where are are overloading our bodies. This was the case even before we started this diet. Everyone knows the feeling where you know you should stop eating but you just have those couple more bites.

The impulse to eat more and more is one of the reasons I believe that a carbohydrate based diet is not the natural state we are supposed to live in. Our bodies function much better when running on fats and this can be witnessed by the calm and serene feeling I get when I am in ketosis in stark contrast to the anxious and often irritated feeling I used to have for most of my life.

Today was one of those days where I was feeling slow and irritable due to being in transition. Tomorrow should be better and by the end of the week I should be back in a ketogenic state. Until then my wife and I are being sure that we keep our distance from each other. We have been doing our own thing all day and have made it through so far with little conflict.

Even with me being in transition to ketosis, I was able to get a lot done today. I did more streaming, but I didn’t get a chance to play Rimworld unfortunately. I played for about an hour streaming DF with not a single person watching and then I noticed that one of the more well known DF streamers was online. He had about 15 people watching which is pretty good. Apparently everyone who would have been browsing that game was watching his stream and ignoring mine.

The stream today was also the first time that I was able to get the music and my voice and everything really dialed in. I also found some stream monitoring sites/tools that I used to check the quality and administer my stream. Little by little I am learning all of this.

The other thing that I was able to work on was my twitch channel’s branding. I Photoshop’d some artwork and uploaded them to the site. Banners and labels for the info section, things like that. Every time I use Photoshop I always am perplexed by the amount of things that you can do, but how everything is hidden and not easily accessible. I have to re-learn everything every time I use it!

Aside from the struggling with Photoshop, I actually was able to get some really great artwork done for the page. I’m going for a gold and black command line look. I am also working on getting everything to have a glassy look. All of the buttons and banners will look like a screen with glowing pixels if it all turns out as I am envisioning.

Another day of getting all three of my goals done. I streamed, blogged, meditated. My three pillars of accomplishment!

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