Weight Loss Journey

So…. A really long time ago, and I mean an eternity, I started on a weight loss journey. One that has been up and down. It all started when I saw a photo of myself in 2011. I felt horrible and sluggish and when I looked at the picture I saw someone who had let themselves become incredibly unhealthy.

I made the decision to diet and add exercise to my everyday life. For about 6 months I did an extreme diet, one that was impossible to keep up long term. I cut out everything and limited my calorie intake to an unhealthy amount. Did I lose weight, yes. Did it stay off, no. Not all of it anyway.

I dropped 39 pounds. I got close to my goal weight. Then emotional eating kicked in. My life took several backflips. I was in an abusive relationship. My weight loss took a front seat to the myriad of reasons my ex-husband chose to unleash his rage on me. Of course in his eyes it meant I was cheating, not getting healthy. Life got really difficult and I would say 4-5 days out of the week were filled with fear in my own home.

But in 2015 I left the marriage and decided to get healthy again. I ate decently off and on but the stress of getting out of that relationship and being a single parent took its toll. I found it hard to stay on track. I basically fluctuated back and forth for over 2 years.

Finally in June of 2017 I decided to work hard and stay on track. My health is important. I want to feel better and be active with my kids. So here we are… I started Keto in June and have lost 16 pounds. I took a break when I went to Vegas and just recently started back up. My body responds well to this way of eating and I don’t feel deprived. Mostly I just miss bananas lol. I’m excited to see my body changing in a positive way. It’s something I can do for myself and honestly just helps release some stress.

I am super excited to be back on the band wagon and hit my goal of toning up and staying healthy. What better way to keep me accountable than to incorporate it into my blog?!

What’s your goals? What works for you? I want to hear!

2011- The picture that started it all
July 2017
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Week 5 of Diet

I thought I would go ahead and post my progress today. I am not sure how much time I will have in the next few days. I had a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday and gained a pound. I was discouraged but knew to expect it because I just couldn’t stop myself from eating the mac and cheese. Even with my slight set back of gaining a pound I still managed to lose some weight. My total weight loss is now 14 pounds. I am hoping that tomorrow being my end of the week that I will make it to 15 pounds. That will be a huge accomplishment in my eyes. To lose 15 pounds in just 5 weeks feels like an acceptable amount of time for me. I am more accepting of the fact that this is going to be a slow process. I know that last week I was having a hard time not reaching my goal of 5 pounds per week. The main thing I am trying to remember is that I am not just dieting, but I am learning healthy eating habits. Habits that I will continue for the rest of my life. This will help me be healthier and maintain a good weight rather than to diet and go back to my previous habits and gain it all back. That I can be proud of no matter how slowly I lose the weight. So as of today I have 33 pounds left to go until I reach my goal weight. At this rate I am looking at the beginning of February as my target time to have lost that much. I know I had originally said that Christmas was my goal but it seems too high a standard at this point so instead of stressing about not meeting it I am just going to scoot the date back a bit. I will try to get a photo of me this weekend sometime so that I can post my progress in photos as well.

Week 1 results
Week 2 results
Week 3 results
Week 4 results

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Week 3 of Diet

So week 3 is ending and there is very little to report on. As I said previously, this week I ate 1000 non-protein calories a day. I found myself really wanting to indulge this week. It was harder to resist bad foods. Sunday was by far my worst day this week. My family had a dinner for all November birthdays. This included me and my grandmother made me a cheesecake. My FAVORITE dessert in the world. I did eat foods that are on my no no list like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits. I did try load my plate with protein and green beans and then just a tiny amount of the potatoes and mac and cheese. I split the biscuit in 2 and shared with my daughter. So when it came time for dessert I cut a sliver that was much smaller than I would have done before the diet began. Then we had pictures made with the 4 kids and I was stressed. My husband suggested he take me out for dinner to relax me and end the day with the family on a much better note. He took me to a Mexican restaurant and here is where I utterly failed and making good choices. I could not resist the chips and bean dip. I ordered chicken flautitas with loads of sour cream. While I noticed that I felt full after eating just a little I still ate lots of fatty foods. My weight loss was not very significant for this week. I only lost 2 pounds which brings my total for 3 weeks up to 10 pounds. I feel a little bit discouraged, but I feel like these next 2 weeks I will see better results. For the next 2 weeks I go back to my 600 non-protein calories a day.

Read Week 1 Results
Read Week 2 Results

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Week 1 of Diet

I began a diet program last Thursday to help shed some of this extra weight I have been carrying around after the baby (the baby that is fast becoming a toddler and has left me with no excuse for not losing the weight.)
So the goal is to not only diet but to relearn healthy eating habits`. I have developed such bad eating habits and it has really caused my weight to slowly creep up. I now eat 600-800 non protein calories a day. I am learning how to snack better and plan better meals. This week started out a little difficult, but my motivation to lose weight kept me going. It is now the end of week one and I am finding it easier to choose healthier options and do not find myself so hungry at the end of the day. I actually had calories to spare last night after supper so I decided to treat myself with a sugar free fudge Popsicle. I have lost 5 pounds so far and it has given me more motivation for the coming week. My goal is to lose 5 pounds a week until Christmas. If I can do that then I will reach my goal weight just in time for all of the holiday pictures. The ones that I am terrified to take right now. I have also noticed a surge in energy. I am not sure if it is from more exercise, losing weight or from simply not being loaded down by sweets and carbs. I notice I can get a lot more done during the day and have energy to play with the kids at the end of the day.
I hope that this coming week is just as successful as the last.

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Fish Oil Vitamin=Energy

                                               

A few weeks ago I saw my optometrist for my regular one year check up. (I was blessed with horrible eyesight) In short he found that I am potentially developing age related Macular Degeneration at only 26 years old. So he suggested I begin taking a few supplements to help with the health of my eyes. One of those vitamins was fish oil. I was a little leery of taking this one because let’s be honest, it just sounds bad. I have been taking them on a regular basis for a couple of weeks and it’s amazing the difference. Fish oil has some great benefits including prolonging eye health, decreasing inflammation, heart health, anti aging (for all the ladies out there!), mental health and energy. Yes, energy. I have been so exhausted lately and I don’t even have an explanation for it. Then I started taking these supplements and BAM I have energy. It has been an unexpected but welcome side effect of the vitamin. Just wanted to put this information out there and suggest that you do some research yourself and see the benefits and maybe take it yourself.
Just as an FYI, buy the fish oil supplements that say burp free on the bottle. I use Spring Valley Fish Oil 1000 mg no burp brand. Otherwise you will end up with fishy tasting burps which is not appealing.

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