Up 4 Pounds from Vacation, but Probably Water Weight!

I did my official weekend weigh-in and it wasn’t pretty. I’m up 4 pounds from my pre-vacation weight of 184.8 pounds. The good news is that I think most of this is just water weight and it will fall off pretty quickly now that I’m back to keto. I was 192 pounds the night I got back from vacation so I’ve already dropped some. I stuck to keto when I could (including this awesome Caesar salad from Broadway Burger), but I did go off plan so I’m paying the price now! I am pretty good about getting right back on plan when I get home from vacation, but it does usually waste a week getting back to where I was before.

It feels good to be back on keto because it takes all the guesswork out of what to eat. On vacation, our biggest debates were what to eat. My girlfriend is notoriously picky and I was attempting to stay keto so our options were limited. Now that I’m back home, I’ve got my good old staples that I rely on during keto - Chipotle bowls, my Quest pizza, bunless burgers, my GG crackers.

My motivation is at an all-time high though because of the pictures of my outfits from vacation. Seeing the results I’ve gotten so far is just motivation to keep going! I know I can lose the weight. I’ve done it before so it’s just a matter of sticking to my plan and giving it some time.

My get back on track menu is Chipotle bowls for lunch, Quest pizza or bunless burgers for dinner, my GG crackers with cream cheese and Everything Bagel seasoning for night snacks. During the week, I’m going to get my usual bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit minus the biscuit for breakfast, turkey burgers for lunch, and dinner will probably be Subway salads or Chipotle.

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The new Carne Asada from Chipotle is pretty tasty. I’m not a huge beef eater, but I’ve recently gotten sick of just chicken and pork so I’ve tried the steak and now the Carne Asada from Chipotle. The Carne Asada is a bit more flavorful than the regular steak. I’ve had it twice now with guacamole, salsa, cheese, and lettuce and it’s working well to get me back on track. I do like my bowls better with Chipotle Tabasco on top. I ran out and had to go without today and that was sad.

The Salad I Could Eat Every Day

My obsession with Caesar salad is eclipsed only by Chipotle obsession (which thankfully seems to be waning after years and years). There is something so perfect about Caesar salad that just hits everyone of my buttons. It’s flavorful and not too busy. Like sometimes I’m in the mood for a salad from the salad bar with a scoop of just about everything, but other times, I just want something simple and easy and you can’t get much easier than Caesar salad. Now, of course, fresh-made from a restaurant where they do it right is best, but if you’re like me and just want to put something together in 5 minutes or less, this is your jam.

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I use bagged romaine. It usually holds up pretty well and ain’t nobody got time to wash heads of lettuce. I top it with some shredded Parmesan cheese. Treasure Cave used to be my brand, but I’ve had a tough time finding it lately so I’ve switched to BelGioioso. If you want, add some chicken. Now, I’m watching my carbs so I swapped croutons for Parmesan crisps, but if you do use croutons, get the good ones - the big, homemade kind, not those weird cubes that your parents probably got. I like Ken’s Creamy Caesar dressing. It’s thick so a little goes a long way and it’s got a great flavor and good carb count. I add some sea salt and cracked pepper and you are done! Give it a good mix and dig in!

I saw these wooden salad bowls and servers and got flashbacks to my childhood. I grew up with wooden salad bowls and these salad servers that looks like hands that are probably 85% responsible for my love of salad!