Monthly Archives: May 2016

NSVs

SVs are my favourite kind of weight loss victories but not the only victories I should measure success by. I’m 2 pounds away from 50 pounds lost which is insane to think about for me. Seeing the number slowly creep from 1 pound lost to 48 pounds lost has been so awesome. But it isn’t the only thing I’m proud of.

So, here are some of my fave NSVs lately:

1. Encouraging Others: so many of our family and friends are on board for keto now. 2 brother in laws, 1 sister in law, my sister, some of Dave’s friends, my mom even is going lower carb than normal and I’m so proud of them all. Lead by example, guys, you’re all killing it.

2. Clothes: I can’t stop buying dresses. I’m fitting into mediums at a bunch of places and I bought pants in a size 11 the other day. My sister is so confident about my progress she’s giving me her size 8 jeans that are now too big for her since she started keto-ing. I also can’t get over how things fit. I guess I didn’t realize when you are wide your clothes go out wider. My shirts that fit better now are also fitting less better because they are too long.

3. Travelling: We have a few trips planned this year and I’m going to be at least 40 pounds less on them than when we went to Europe last summer. 40. I am freaking out with excitement at being able to run around with plenty of energy and know that I earned every awesome trip meal because I stay on track for so long and “banked” my cheat meals.

Today has been a great reminder of why I undertook this lifestyle. Sure, I want to see the scale move, but more importantly I want to encourage others, encourage myself and be majorly proud of all the times I stuck to it when I could have just given in. I’m very happy with my weigh loss and I’m VERY happy with my will power. As I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained determination and will power, a great combination.

I Used To Like Keto.

I’m down another pound since my weigh in last Friday and have been straight keto for just over 6 weeks. It isn’t the longest I’ve keto-ed consecutively but it is the first time I’ve managed a long stretch with no cheat weekend in the near future to keep me going.

Our next cheat weekend isn’t until we go to Boston in July, another 8 weeks away, and by that time I want to be in the 140s because I know that all the walking we’ll be doing there will negate all the food I plan on eating. When we have cheat weekends at home we don’t up our exercise so I tend to stay “up” for a while longer than I should. After we got home from Europe last year I lost the 8 pounds I gained in 3 days because we were so active the whole time we were away.

The last couple of days I haven’t eaten past dinner either, which I think is helping. Dave has been eating buns and donuts a little more often than he has in the past, but he has maintained his goal weight for 7 months now, and he’s acting as our guinea pig so I don’t mind.

I’ve gotten a lot more confident lately. Obviously this is a direct correlation to losing weight and a happy outcome. I like trying things on now, I used to dread that kind of thing. When I was much more overweight than I am now I stuck to leggings and hiding behind sweaters. I don’t know why I thought that would conceal how I looked, it certainly didn’t. And it also didn’t conceal how horrible I felt. I hated being really fat. It’s awesome that others can be so proud of their bodies at any size but I’m not that person. When I was very, very fat I cried a lot. Now that I’m 46 pounds less I haven’t cried in months over my weight or appearance. In fact, I’m starting to really like the way I look. I still have another 30 pounds to go before I’ll be in a healthy weight for my height but as I inch towards that goal I feel better and better about myself. 

I’m proud of the way we eat. Aside from diced tomatoes that we occasionally use in chili, we haven’t touched canned food in about a year. We never have meat or veggies go bad anymore, and we’ve cut down on how much garbage we throw out every week. In restaurants we aren’t afraid to ask for bun-less items, veggies to go with spinach dip instead of pitas, side salads without croutons. Whatever meets our way of eating. I’ve stopped feeling like people are judging me and started to embrace the way I eat.

So, yeah, I used to like keto, but after one year and one month, I really love it. I don’t want to stop. And I’m so glad I started on this journey and worked through all the times I doubted it.

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Down 46 pounds, inching closer to goal weight number 2: 140 pounds!

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Look at our faces! We have them!