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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!

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.

Stay The Keto Course

Sometimes I think keto isn’t working. I’ve been at this nearly 10 months now and I’m down around 40 pounds but for the last 2 months I haven’t lost a damn thing. Obviously I want to blame keto because it’s the easiest thing to blame but when I really thought about it this past weekend I realized it’s not keto’s fault I’m not losing weight like I was, it’s my own fault.

Once you lose a bunch of weight it’s so easy to slip back into old habits, so even though I haven’t been cheating on keto I haven’t been giving it 100%. Too much protein and too many calories are still something I need to be thinking about daily. This week I gave up diet pop and have been logging my food on MFP. I’ve been going for walks but I’d also like to get back into some sort of fitness, I’m thinking WiiFit. Back to basics. I still have a long way to go to losing all the weight I want but I haven’t gained in 2 months and that’s pretty great. I’m going to stay the keto course and see how well I do in the coming 9 weeks as I circle in to my 1 year keto-versary!

6 month Ketoversary!

That’s right, bitches! Dave and I have now been Keto for 6 whole months. We started on April 20th, and while we have definitely had cheat weekends (and weeks while in Europe) we have been quite steadfast in our keto lifestyle.

I can’t count the number of cakes we’ve turned down in 6 months, or the number of times we brought our own snacks somewhere, or the number of times we made bacon. But I can count the number of pounds we’ve lost (32 and 35 respectively), the number of sizes we went down, and the number of weeks we rocked Keto for.

I’m proud of what we’ve done together, and I’m looking forward to continuing having cheat weekends when it makes sense (one upcoming this weekend), and getting down to 160 by the end of the year. (c’mon me!) Keto is great. Keto isn’t hard. Keto works. K4L I guess is legit what we’re going for. I woke up on my 6th month ketoversary and was down .2 lower than I was when I quit working out and gained 40 pounds back last year! I’m so excited! Onward and downward! Can’t wait to see where we’re at on April 20th, 2016.

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NSVs, SVs, Vs!

NSVs: So many nice things have happened to me that keep me focused on continuing with keto. I am *this close* to fitting into a pair of boots with jeans tucked in I bought last year that never did up. I get to wear loose sweaters in the fall, which has never happened before. My rings are going to fall off my fingers, Dave and I have plans to get new wedding bands on our 5 year anniversary but maybe we’ll have to move that up. Buying clothes has become not nearly as shitty, I get to shop in any store basically.

SVs: The scale has been so kind. I only weigh in on Fridays because my weight fluctuates around 2 – 3 pounds each week but I weight myself every morning. I’m so very close to be able to say I lost 30 pounds! The last 2 days I’ve been at the 30 pounds lost mark so I’m going to really focus on eating fat this week, hopefully getting to a proper 30 pounds lost!

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Vs: Meal planning has been awesome for me. We make our meal plan on Sunday or Monday and we grocery shop Monday afternoon, before dinner. Knowing what we’re having for the week is so helpful. Going to the grocery store once a week has really been helpful, I hate grocery shopping. We have 18 more days until our cheat weekend, having cheat weekends is keeping me incredibly focused on not cheating during our “rounds” of keto.

Thanks, bacon and keto and Dave.

170s!

The last couple of days I’ve been getting very close to staying in the 170s, but with water weight it’s so hard to tell how much you actually weigh. For that reason I always only input my weight into MFP on Friday mornings. Sometimes on Monday I’ll weigh a lot less than I will on Friday and I’d go crazy if I had to keep seeing the graph go up and down, up and down were I to input my weight daily.

My goal going into this set of 6 weeks of Keto was to be down to 180. I decided to really focus on eating fats with every meal, and paying attention to snacking. I’m home all day watching Maddy so snacking can get tricky for me, there’s always something I can eat here, but that doesn’t mean I should just eat everything in the house all the time, Keto or not, calories still count.

Today I surpassed my goal of 180 pounds with 1 week to go! I’m pretty proud about it. I like looking at my downward progress, I’m only 10 pounds away from my lowest weight, I could do it in 10 more weeks if I keep seeing this kind of result. I’m finally, properly, in the 170s and have a week to go before our cheat weekend. Yay! I also haven’t complained to Dave one time about being on Keto this whole set, I guess I really am changing my food attitudes. Don’t let me quit. This seems to be working quite well, it’s hard to argue with data.

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Coats!

There’s a picture on my fridge of me in Burano, Italy in a green coat. I can’t tell you how much I weigh in the picture, but I’m guessing it’s probably around 200 pounds or so. The coat fit a bit tightly even over a t-shirt and as I recall the jeans I’m sporting in the photo were quite tight, I had to wait until the end of our Italy trip to wear them at all. burano fat
It’s a bit sad to look at this picture, to be honest. Not only because I was clearly not fitting into that coat, but because shortly after this I worked really hard and lost 30 pounds only to put it back on in less than a year.

After the success of putting on my winter jacket and having it fit a few weeks ago I thought I’d do the same with this jacket to see how I’m progressing.
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I definitely see a difference! The buttons aren’t popping out and the fabric isn’t pulling, for starters. Also, despite the fact that I’m looking down, my face seems to be thinner.

I decided to try on the coat I wore in Iceland too. Here is me, 8 weeks ago. My hands are in my pockets but I think you can tell the coat is slightly tight.
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Here’s me today in the same coat.
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It looks like it fits me much better.

I can be really hard on myself over gaining back 30 pounds (twice) in the last few years but posting photo progress makes me feel like at least I’m accomplishing weight loss, regardless of whether I gave up before.

Looking forward to not only fitting into my clothes better but also looking forward to getting new clothes when I’ve lost another 15-20 pounds and re-taking these photos at that weight with my jackets on to really see a difference.

Dresses/Comparisons

My friend is getting married in 2 weeks and I told myself if I got down to 180 by the time he got married I would buy myself a new dress. On Friday Dave and I went shopping to get him some new dress shoes. He had tried on his suit and looked absolutely fantastic in it, I guess losing 25 pounds has really made a difference in how his clothes fit, but he needed some newer shoes. I weighed in at 182 on Friday morning and I didn’t want to put off looking too much longer so I thought maybe if I happen to find something while we’re out I’ll reward myself even though I was 2 pounds away from my goal. I figured if I kept at my diet over the next 2 weeks I will make it to 180 anyway.

It was nice that I could try dresses on at any store, frankly. That in itself is a major win. I ended up finding an $18 dress in a store I don’t think I’ve ever even been in before. It was miles too long for my 4’11 height but my sister is a pretty decent seamstress so I figured she’d be able to help out. She had to lop off about 6 inches but now I can walk around without having to hold it up!

Dave and I also decided to coordinate our outfits, cause he’s very into design and I’m very into matching. It took a lot of searching to find jewelry I liked but our finished look seems pretty spiffy.

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Dave looks great, as usual. And while I hate posting pictures of myself I think this one is pretty ok?

For comparisons sake here is a pic of me from April, 2 weeks before I started Keto. I think I finally see the weight difference.
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I’m very glad I started this process, and for the weight I’ve lost. It’s good to look back at how far you’ve come because, as I said in last week’s post, sometimes little differences daily don’t feel like enough motivation. I have a long way to go but that’s OK, I’ll get there!

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Weight loss is funny. While you’re dieting day to day you feel like you aren’t really accomplishing anything, the scale might go down a teeny, tiny bit, but overall you still feel like change just isn’t happening. I think it’s important to remember just how much work is actually being accomplished every time you don’t cheat on your diet, or you get the initiative to do some sort of workout.

On June 15th I weighed 190.8 pounds. I remember feeling like that was going to be it, I would just stall out at that weight and I’d never lose anymore. But here we are, 2 months later, and I’m currently 183 pounds. I am steadily losing 1 pound a week and I’m complaining about it because the big picture gets covered by the little every day picture, and the little every day picture has such minimal change that it’s easy to be frustrated by.

I have no reason to quit what I’m doing, I just have to remember that on June 15th I weighed 190.8 pounds and by June 15th next year I *could* be much,  much lighter, as long as day-to-day I don’t get down about how slowly the changes happen. Sometimes it’s smarter to look back instead of worrying about going forward. Sure I have 40 pounds to go, but I’m also down 20, and that’s something awesome!

Update-y Stuff

We’ve been back on Keto for a week now. Crazy that it’s only 5 more until our next cheat weekend. Looking forward to working hard the next 5 weeks, and by working hard I mean eating lots of fat and paying attention to carbs!

I’ve lost another 1 pound since my stall a few weeks back so I’m pretty thrilled about it. I also fit into a pair of jeans I bought last year! I was just kinda squeezing into them a few weeks ago and before we went on our trip I couldn’t do them up at all. Months back I went out wearing them and I was so uncomfortable the entire night, I couldn’t wait to go home and take them off.

I guess if I don’t quit I’ll be able to wear my normal Fall shirts that were way too small for me in the Spring. Here’s hoping!