Progress: Vacation Shots from Atlantic City

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I used to hate taking full body shots, especially on vacation! It was a reminder of how much weight I had put on. Even if I was having a blast, I hated having the photographic evidence staring me in the face. I took a lot of head shots and clever angles. It’s f*cked up and a bit baffling since I usually felt pretty good about myself regardless of size, but seeing it in photos was that dose of reality I just didn’t want.

This trip, I took lots of full body shots! I was feeling pretty fabulous on this trip. I hit a new low weight - 184.8 pounds before I left and I was definitely feeling myself. Our hotel room sadly did not include a full-length mirror, which was annoying AF, but we just took photos of our outfits so we could see what they looked like! I did find a nice big mirror in the ladies room in the casino so I snuck a picture in there, too.

I’m finally seeing the progress of all the hard work I’ve done and it’s just so weird to me because I’m not even to my first goal yet of 179, my former “before” weight. It’s so wild to me how great I feel at this weight when it was this same weight that spurred me into action years ago the first time I did low carb and got to goal.

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I’ve been trying to take lots of pictures to document my progress because it helps me see that changes are happening, even when the scale is slow to catch up. Speaking of which, the scale is not happy post-trip. I did really good at sticking mostly to plan at the start of the trip, but ended up eating whatever I felt like towards the end. I didn’t go crazy, but it definitely knocked me out of ketosis. I weighed in at 191.8 today, which is 7 pounds up. I know I didn’t eat 7 pounds of calories so it’s most likely water weight and will drop off now that I’m back on plan. My fingers are STILL feeling a bit swollen from all the salt in the restaurant food.

This weekend will be my reset where I focus on getting back into Keto full-time and I’m hoping some of that vacation weight starts dropping off soon!

The Scales Not Moving, but I'm Getting Smaller

The mystery of my weight loss continues as I weighed in today and am no lighter on the scale, but I’m actually looking smaller! My clothes are looser and I can see the weight loss when I look in the mirror, but I wouldn’t know it from the scale! Cue The X Files theme. I feel like these pictures accurately reflect how truly short I am!

I’ve dropped two sizes, but only a few pounds on the scale since June so I’m basically ignoring the scale at the moment and just going by how I look and how my clothes feel. I may be picking up some muscle from starting to jog and I’ve done a bit of pilates mat work when I feel like it.

I’ve been pretty happy with my food this past week. I ate cream cheese pancakes in the first half of the week and bacon, egg, and cheese in the latter half of the week for breakfast. The turkey burgers with A-1 were great last week so I’ll probably do that again this coming week. The Quest chips are too good, but they’re great with my burger or as a snack at night (and sometimes, both LOL).

I tried a new place today for lunch because I was in a different area running errands. I got a chicken salad from California Tortilla. It was tasty! I had them hold the corn and tortilla strips and I got ranch dressing. I’d definitely go there again!

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I ran out of cream today. I usually prefer that in my coffee, but bulletproof coffee to the rescue. I had butter and coconut oil so I added them to coffee and blended in the bullet blender for a few seconds. I actually don’t mind the taste of BPC so it’s good to have that as a backup option when I run out of cream!

I treated myself this morning to a perfume that I’ve wanted for a while. Guerlain Art of Materials - Spiritueuse Double Vanille Eau de Parfum is one I’ve had my nose on, but never purchased. I pulled out the tiny sample I had of it and gave it a sniff and it’s love at first whiff. It’s a boozy vanilla that just smells so great to me. My gift to myself for sticking with my diet, even during my very stressful week!

Another Progress Photo - 186 Pounds: Front, Side, Back

I both hate these and love them. I love the front/side/back shots because I really think it gives you a good idea of how you are looking and what you still need to work on. I hate them for the same reason! I tried to take a very “honest” photo series with no fancy stances to make me look taller or whatever. Just straight on. Wow, I look short. That was my first thought when I saw these pictures. I actually am much shorter than I apparently appear online because whenever I meet someone who has only seen me online, they say, “wow, I thought you’d be taller!” I’m a very average 5’5”.

I’m very happy with how my waist is looking. I have a very hourglass figure, but it’s nice to have a waist! I’m actually okay with my legs as well. My hips and butt still need some work. I seriously feel like I need a “wide load” sign on my back. I can joke about it, only because my partner loves my butt so I’ve learned to love it as well even though I’d love to love less of it! I tend to shrink evenly so they will hopefully just get smaller as I lose more weight.

I’m lucky that my arms just seem incapable of gaining much weight. I’m like a T-rex with these useless little things! I may eventually start using some hand weights to get some more tone in my arms.

I’ve also started doing some old pilates moves I used to do. Many years ago, I started doing pilates and really liked how it made my body look so it’s something I’m starting up again. I think it helps with toning and getting a leaner look. I’m very paranoid about how my tummy is going to look when I lose more weight. It’s okay now, but I’m a bit paranoid about getting droopy skin so I’m doing what I can now to mitigate that. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m older than the first time I lost weight and I have more weight to lose than I did then so I need to be realistic, but at the same time I’m like - I WILL get that body back!

Bunless Big Mac to Celebrate Another Pound Down

I feel like I’m fighting for every pound on the scale this time around, but I am getting smaller and I’m going down sizes so I’m trying to ignore the numbers on the scale. I still feel like my weight loss isn’t all that obvious, but the computer guys at work noticed and commented it on Friday telling me that I looked good and to keep doing whatever I was doing!

I’m at that zen-like place in my weight loss journey where I’m not really having cravings for things. I have my certain foods I eat and that seems to be enough. I’m even struggling to figure out what I want to eat because I’m never really craving much of anything!

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Today, I got a bunless Big Mac for dinner. The bunless Big Macs are actually a great treat. They aren’t tons of carbs, but they taste very much like a regular Big Mac so I don’t even miss the bun. The Quarter Pounder with Cheese (minus the bun) is also another great option that I’ve eaten in the past. Most fast food places can be keto-friendly if you toss the bun. I had some veggies and dressing at home as a side and finished off the meal with some keto fudge (coconut oil + cocoa powder) that I make in batches and keep in the freezer.

Progress Picture: 8/19/19

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I haven’t taken a progress picture series in a while. I don’t feel like I’m that much smaller, but my clothing sizes are going down so I must be losing inches. I wish I had taken measurements when I first started so I could compare. I do think my hips are a bit smaller and I also feel like I have less of that annoying back roll stuff!

Breakfast today was 2 strips of bacon with cream cheese and everything bagel seasoning smeared on top. It’s amazing how getting a bit of “bagel” flavor satisfies me. My ginger garlic ground beef bowl reheated great at work and was super filling. I had a shake for an afternoon snack and my cream cheese pancakes for dinner.

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My biggest struggle I think right now is just eating too many snacks. I’ll have a great day, but after dinner, it’s snack city! I just ate an entire bag of Kohlrabi linguine! It was only 11 net carbs for the whole bag, but still. At the same time, it’s a vegetable and not super high in carbs so I’m not going to stress eating vegetables! I had sugarsnap peas with ranch after dinner and some moon cheese.

So, everything is pretty on plan…just too much of it!

I almost went on the treadmill today but I still have an annoying cough left over from my cold.

One highlight of today was that I don’t have to report for jury duty tomorrow. Whew!

Hello, Size 12s!

I stopped by Walmart to get a few things and saw these cute EV1 shorts with the stripe on the side. They’re from Ellen Degeneres’ clothing line. The only sizes they had left were 12 and 16. I took them both to the dressing room, but decided to think positive and try the 12s, half expecting them not to fit at all, but lo and behold - they fit!

I haven’t been a 12 in a really long time! I’m going shopping for more clothes this weekend for my beach trip so I’ll have a chance to try on more shorts and see if this is some vanity sizing on Ellen’s part or if I really am a size 12!

I had been a bit frustrated that the scale is fluctuating all over the place but I can tell I’m losing weight just by looking in the mirror, even if it hasn’t shown up on the scale yet! So, this was a nice surprise and a non-scale victory! I had just commented this morning that my size 14 jeans were feeling baggy.

This has given me the push I need to just stay the course! I’ll get there eventually and I am making progress.

Progress Photo: 189.4 Pounds

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Since I hit the 180s today, I figured it was time for another set of progress photos. I officially weighed in at 189.4 pounds as of 10 am this morning.

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For my photos, I’m wearing a great new Champion C9 sports bra and mesh insert leggings that I got from Target. The C9 sports bra feels more like a bra to me. It has molded cups for shaping and support. It has the hook closure in the back, adjustable straps, and moisture-wicking fabric. It wasn’t super stretchy like my other sports bras that use the Spandex to keep everything in place. This feels super supportive. My girls ain’t going nowhere!

The leggings are super soft and comfy and I love the mesh panels. I don’t know how great these would be for a heavy workout. The fabric feels a bit thin. These run a bit big. I got a large and they actually are a bit big on me, but they still look and feel great - probably the most comfy leggings I own. I’d have no probably wearing these around the house or running errands. I almost wonder if I should buy a spare pair while they’re on sale!

If you want to snag either of these items, you can get them online below or from your local Target. You can also shop all my looks on my Looks page!

Progress Photos: 190.6 Today - Going Slow, But Going!

I felt like I was due for some progress photos so I took some today. Thanks to my many trips and going off keto for most of them, I feel like I’ve been stuck in the 190s forever. I looked at my last batch of progress photos and they were from 193 pounds in mid-May after my first May trip and before my second one. I’m glad I tried to stay on Keto during that second trip because I only lost about a week, but still. I’ve got a looooong way to go and in my head I keep calculating how long it’s going to take me to get to goal and getting frustrated.

But, then I have to stop and take a breath and remind myself this isn’t a race. I’m making new habits (and keto truly has become a habit I think is pretty easy to keep). The last time I lost a large amount of weight, which I chronicle in My Weight Loss Journey, left me very confused on how to lose weight in a healthier manner. It’s taken me a long time to lose some of those old habits and trust in Keto, especially when I have memories of losing 3.5 pounds a week, every week. The rush of losing a half pound a day consistently was very motivating, but I’m honestly not sure I could even do such a restrictive diet again. Life’s too short for that.

So, I’m taking it day by day and just trying to stick with my plan, which has been going well (did Taco Bell really have to come out with that $5 Grande Nacho Box? It taunts me every time I see the commercial). I’ll get there when I get there!