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!

A Beautiful Bunless Bacon Burger

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I have been having soup for almost a week and I’m a bit over it! My cold is hopefully on the way out although my appetite is just not quite there yet. I was craving a burger last night, but was too lazy to go get it so when I was still sort of craving it to day, it was meant to be!

I have not really been doing keto since I got home from NYC, but I’ve also barely been eating (besides soup) so I’m now at 188.2 pounds - back to my pre-vacation weight. I was a bit lower a week or so before I went on vacation, but poofed up while PMSing so I feel like I’m back to where I was before NYC. With nothing planned yet until the end of September, I’m going to try and knock out as much of this weight as I can before my next trip.

The burger is a Bacon Whopper with Cheese from Burger King minus the bun. It’s super filling and usually really good. I don’t know what it is about my local Burger King, but their food usually looks really good (for a fast food place). I worked at a Burger King in high school so I know the struggle. I also had some sugar snap peas with buttermilk ranch dressing. I’ve been sort of not in the mood for vegetables lately, but the sugar snap peas are getting me through my vegetable funk. I normally love salads and veggies, but I think the cold has turned me off of a lot of food at the moment.

I’m sort of antsy to get this weight loss done. I know it’s a process and I’ll get there, but it’s frustrating how long it takes (in comparison to how easy it seemed to put it on). I’m about 10 pounds away from my “former fat weight” so that will be a bit of a milestone for me. I swore I would never go over that weight, but shit happens. I’ve stopped beating myself up over it and just do what I need to do to get where I need to be.

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!