Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 15

Week 15 Results... 

Week 13 weight: 178.9 
Current weight: 179
Weekly total: .1 pounds gained
All time total: 16.5 lost


I forgot to post last week. Oops. 
I don't think this weigh-in is a true reflection of my weight because on Saturday I was at 177. Last night was Easter dinner and when Grandma Betty makes lemon bars because she knows you love them and goes the extra mile to make them gluten-free, you eat the lemon bars. All to say, I'm not overly concerned by my lack of loss.

Aside from Easter, I'm back to carefully counting carbs to keep myself in ketosis. I noticed that over the last month of not being as careful I haven't had nearly as much success. 

I will not be checking in next Monday because we will be on vacation. My plan there is to eat as well as each situation allows, knowing that I can't stay gluten/dairy/egg and carb free while traveling. My #1 goal for myself is to avoid binge-type eating, despite the fact that I know I won't have cheese again for who-knows-how-long. If I accomplish that I will be proud of myself, no matter what the scale say when we get back :)

See you on week 17! 

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Month 3 Results and Progress Photos

Month 3 Results... 

Week 12 weight: 181.6 
Current weight: 178.9
Weekly total: 2.7 pounds lost
All time total: 19.3 lost

I've broken the 180's barrier and am half-way to my goal weight! Wahooo!!!!

Inches lost since Month 2:
Hips: 0.8 
Waist: 0.5
Arms: 0.5
Thighs: 0.5 

3 Month Progress 

Beginning 


It always feels like magic when I break from one set of numbers to another (180's - 170's). For some reason those pounds seem less possible to lose, but then they aren't! 

This month I've really felt the difference in my wardrobe, wearing clothes that haven't fit for over a year! Looking at the photos, I feel good about my progress and much happier with my reflection than in a long time. The crazy thing is, the difference between my before and after photos is going to happen over again before I'm done!

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Week 12 Results

Week 12 Results... 

Week 11 weight: 184.4 (weighed on Tuesday)
Current weight: 181.6
Weekly total: 2.8 pounds lost
All time total: 16.6 lost

(Sorry for the late post, we were running all day yesterday)

I mentioned on Facebook that going back on carbs was WAY harder than I expected. I immediately put on a few pounds of water weight, Week 10 (before going back on carbs) I was at 180.5. My blood sugar also went back to  it's previous yo-yoing (less fat/protein to steady it), and I was not ready for feeling so HUNGRY all the time! That combined with my "I deserve a break" attitude lead to bing-eating pretty much every day, each time thinking "this will be the last time, then I'll get back on track". I also felt really bloated all the time, pants that had fit the week before felt tight around the waist.

 I've lost two pounds since posting about going back on low-carb on Friday, so obviously most of the weight gain was just water. I'm glad I did this (even though over the course of two weeks I actually gained a pound) because it reset my priorities. I had started buying into the lie that I deserved treats, pasta, and bread because I wanted them. The truth is, people for thousands of years went without eclairs, and people all over the world are going hungry today. I have plenty of food to make my body strong and healthy, even if it's not as entertaining as it once was. I don't "deserve" even that. 

Since switching back I feel SO much better. I hadn't realized how crummy I felt before. With my new mindset and not feeling so hungry, it's been easy to stick to my goals, and I am now more prepared to make the shift back to "normal life" more successful after I hit my goal weight. 

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 11 Results

For the sake of my mental health I'm not weighing-in or measuring this week. The fates conspired to guarantee temporarily bad results and I think I'm better off not knowing.

The week started with a stomach bug that left me so weak I couldn't prepare my special foods and had to go off my low-carb diet in favor of toast and applesauce. After I finished with that and tried to go back on my diet I began having a different sort of stomach issue (the kind that leaves you heavier and bloated, if you know what I mean), I hit my period, and was given bad info about a meal that resulted in eating about 800 calories over my allotment... the night before weighing in. I just don't need to know. 

I'm also taking a bit of a break from my super-strict low-carb diet. I'm finding I have to keep close to 20 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) to stay in ketosis, which is really low even by low-carb standards. I've developed a bit of an aversion to my protein shakes (my only "easy" food choice). That, combined with my food allergies leaves my food choices very limited, and I'm burning out on a chunk of meat and veggies for every meal. I'll still be low-carb, but I'm adding fruit back in and more veggies, with the occasional gluten-free grain (1-2 a week). If I'm not getting great results this way, I'll switch back.

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and a lower-carb/low-sugar diet.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 10 Results

Week 10 Results... 

Week 9 weight: 183
Current weight: 180.5
Weekly total: 2.5 pounds lost
All time total: 17.7 lost

Not much movement in the inches department, but things are otherwise going well. 
I was short one cardio workout this week, but hit all my food goals.

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 9 Results

Week 9 Results... 

1 Month weight: 185.1
Current weight: 183
Weekly total: 2.1 pounds lost
All time total: 15.2 lost

Inches Lost
Waist: .5 inches this week/ 2.25 inches total
Hips: .25 inches this week/ 2.5 inches total

I was short one cardio workout this week, but hit all my food goals.
I've lost enough weight that my allotted calories have gone down, but on this diet I'm hungry less often so hopefully it won't be too hard! Still thankful to have been pointed towards a ketogenic diet! Dieting has always felt like a gamble for me so there's a lot of security in finding something I know will work for any weight-gain in the future. 

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Month 2 Results and Progress Photos

Month 2 Results... 

I've been on this diet for a week now with some pretty exciting results!
Waist: down 1.75 inches down from last month- and .5 inches in the last week!
Hips: down 1.5 inches from last month- .75 in the last week!

Week 7 weight: 186.7
Current weight: 185.1
Weekly total: 1.6 pounds lost
All time total: 13.1 lost

Current

Beginning
I forgot to have the hubs snap a new photo of me yesterday morning, so I'm a day late in posting. All stats are from yesterday.


This was the first week I could really see the results I've been working so hard for! On Sunday I was able to wear a shirt that hasn't fit me for over 8 months :)

I crushed my goals this week!!!! The biggest and best part of this diet is the lack of hunger! Fat keeps you full far longer than carbs- in fact there have a been a few days when I'm not hungry enough for meals (usually I'm ravenous) allowing me to spread out my eating in a way that cuts snacking. It's been over a week since I craved carbs and I'm extending my tentative 3 week low-carb goal to as long as it takes to hit my goal weight- this is that much easier that conventional dieting!

My doctor warned me that although the number of pounds lost each week might not skyrocket, on this diet my body is continually burning fat and the inches lost will show the real progress being made (I'll be checking that weekly from now on). The way she explained it, as the fat cells so quickly empty of fat the body fills them with water (which weighs more than fat) until it is ready to let that water go. There may be weeks with big drops and weeks with none, but as long as my morning ketone test shows positive I'm burning fat. 

Food goal: Sticking to my allergy food diet and low carb goals.
Exercise Goal: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes