Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm back! Week 20 Result and New Goals

Week 20 Results... 

Week 16 weight (after vacation): 184.4 
Current weight (after 3 week faceboook challenge): 175
Weekly total: 9.4 pounds lost!!
All time total: 23.2 lost

Apparently super-focused accountability pays off!

(I couldn't get my act together enough to get a photo this week, so I'm aiming for next week :)

So, aside from stronger accountability my Facebook challenge used money as a motivator. Every week we didn't meet our goals we owed $5. That seemed to work really well for me so I'm going to adapt it for myself. 
Losing my family's money (even a little bit of it) makes me feel really guilty. I'm going to up the ante by saying that instead of weekly, every single time I break a goal I have to drop a $5 bill on the ground somewhere. This may seem silly or extreme but wonton waste of money really bothers me, making this a great motivator! 

On the flip side, for every week I perfectly complete my goals I will put $5 in an envelope toward a dress by Shop Stevie. A friend of mine just became a Rep and I've been drooling over the dresses ever since she announced her shop! It will take me around 10 weeks to earn a dress, and that is also around how long it will take me to reach my goal weight. 
I think celebrating reaching my ideal size with a new dress sounds fantastic! :D

Food Goals: Sticking to my allergy food diet (no dairy, eggs, or wheat) and eating 50g carbs per day or less. 
Exercise Goals: 3 days cardio for 30 minutes, 2 days strength training 30 minutes 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Temporary Tracking Relocation...

I've joined a Facebook weight-loss challenge for the next 3 weeks, so during that time I'll be reporting on there instead of my blog. I will be back with progress photos in June!

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 


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