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!