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50 pounds! That’s how much weight I’ve taken off in the last 15 months. I’m so proud of myself! 50 pounds with virtually no working out. I just changed the way I eat and the weight leaves.

Sometimes I have to look back at how far I’ve come to remind myself that I can definitely achieve my goal weight.

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Summer

Oh boy, do I ever love summer, summer, summer, summer, summer time season! This year I’m the lowest I’ve weighed in probably 15 years and it’s so great. I even bought shorts! I don’t think I’ve worn shorts since I was 8 or 9.

I sometimes can’t believe I’ve lost 50 pounds. I know I have 20 more to go, but right now I’m wearing shorts, and somehow shorts are a huge indication to me that I’m going in the right direction.

I can’t wait for next summer, I expect I’ll be at my goal weight by then and in maintenance mode!

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!

Next Cheat Weekend: A Biggie

I made it into the 150’s before we had our Easter cheat weekend and was pretty excited about it. So now that I’ve gained the water weight and am getting back into the 160s I’m so mad. Which brings me to when we’re going to cheat again: when I get into the 140s. It’ll be a long go, probably a few months, but I really want to see a change and figure I have to give keto a chance to make a difference like it has in the past. So, keto cheat: sometime in the 140s. Whew, here we go.

Ugh.

Hello readers.

Boy am I having a tough morning. I woke up so down about weight loss today, I’m having a hard time picking myself back up. I don’t know if I should start logging my weight every day so I have a better understanding of what my loss vector looks like or if I need to start taking measurements? I want to be happy I’ve lost 42 pounds but today I just see the other 20+ I have to go and it’s making me so sad.

What do I do differently? So frustrated today.

1st Goal Weight Met!

I finally hit my 1st goal weight. I set 160 as my goal weight on my FitBit way back in 2013 when I first got the device. It’s crazy to think how close I was in 2014 to my goal, just 9 pounds away, when I gave up and packed the weight back on over the course of a year or so.

Today when I stepped on the scale I was really overcome with emotion, it read 160.0, a weight I just assumed I’d never be able to reach. It’s not easy losing weight, except that it’s incredibly easy if you focus on it daily. By changing the way I eat and how I view food I’ve managed to lose 42 pounds (and let’s be honest it’s likely I lost closer to 50, I really should have weighed myself that first week we started keto).

I’ve gone on the occasional walk but as far as working out I’ve done very little of it. My previous weight loss attempts always included killing myself at a gym, but not this time. It’s so much easier for me to just say no to food and wait for cheat weekends (and complain) than it was for me to do low calorie + gym. I’ve lasted at least 6 months longer doing keto than I have doing any other weight loss regimes. So, 160 is a huge SV for me and I can’t wait to get into the 150s.

But things other than the scale are prompting me to continue on keto too. NSV’s are awesome. I put on my bathing suit a few days ago and it’s actually loose. All my coats are now quite big on me, even my Fall jacket from a few months ago seems maybe too big to wear for Spring. I’d love to say I’ve always been happy about my body but the more weight I lose the more I realize I wasn’t. I kinda like looking in the mirror now, and I’m not afraid of trying on clothes. Those are really big deals; bigger even than what the scale tells me.

I know I have around 20 more pounds to lose, and even then I might want to lose more, but I can see it now. I’m going to accomplish it. I just need to do it a day at a time and keep keto-ing and keep scheduling my meals and keep having planned cheat weekends to look forward to. I’ll get there, like I’ll for real get there. It’s sorta just dawning on me now and I’m really enjoying the feeling.

40 Pounds Gone!

Damnnnnn Steph! Back at it again with the pounds gone! Am thrilled to be down more than 40 pounds in 10 months. Even with my 2 month lazy keto I still am 40 pounds less than I was last April. The last few weeks I’ve been logging my food and walking a lot more, mostly because I have to go to a job every day that keeps me on my feet most of the time. In less than 2 months it’ll be our one year keto-versary. That’s so crazy, I can’t believe we’ve kept this up for a year! Go us!
fatsteph April 2015, around 205/8 pounds
2016-02-27 10.44.48 February 2016, 162 pounds

Veal Involtini

When we visited Rome a few years ago we all agreed the best meal we had was at Taverna Romana. Alana and I both had carbonara while Dave had involtini in a red sauce. When I saw we haven’t shut up about our meals for the last 3 years I’m not even kidding. It maybe was the only time I forgot to take a picture before we ate because we were too busy wolfing our food down.

This weekend I decided to give involtini a try, as much as I’d love to make a carbonara I need to work on making it a bit more keto-friendly. Here are the veal involtini steps I did:
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Ingredients: veal scallopini, prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, various spices of your choosing, basil leaves.
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I started by laying out the veal on a cutting board.
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I layered a slice of prosciutto on each piece of veal, where it overhung I just folded it over.
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I layered basil leaves very thin slices of mozzarella cheese and spices (I used salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder).
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I rolled up each piece and then wrapped two pieces of twine around each one.
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I dredged them in carbalose flour.
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Then made a quick sauce using sausages I uncased and a spaghetti sauce that is relatively low carb.
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I fried them in olive oil on both ends and then on all sides for a few minutes then put them in a pan that I had transferred the sauce into earlier.
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I topped them all with extra sauce and mozzerella cheese. Then baked them in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.
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Dave made a tiny charcuterie plate to go with it. I was happy they stayed so well rolled! Just don’t forget to cut the twine off!