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!

184.8 Pounds Before Vacation

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I did my official pre-vacation weigh-in and came in at 184.8 pounds. We’ll see how I do on this trip! This morning I have a few swigs of a protein shake and the cheese off the top of a Sbarro pizza at the train station. I’m going to attempt to stay on Keto for most meals, but I know I’ll probably go off my plan a bit.

I’m looking forward to wearing all the new clothes I got last weekend so stay tuned for those!

Keto on Vacation

I didn’t think I could stick to keto during my vacation, but I (mostly) did! With the exception of a caramel macchiato and some chips and salsa, I was able to keep my meals keto-friendly while on vacation. I usually don’t count the first day back weigh-in, but as of this morning I was 194.4, meaning I’m only up 2 pounds - less than half of the extra vacation pounds I usually come home with!

The first day started out good. You can read all about it in my previous post about Keto on the train. However, that night we were going to the BTS concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. After checking into our hotel and getting ready, we ended up skipping our planned stop at Wendy’s (I was going to eat a sandwich bunless) in favor of getting to the stadium earlier because we were worried traffic would be bad. There ended up being no traffic so we were like, ok, cool, we’ll just eat something at the stadium. Unfortunately, due to the large crowds, most of the food booths had super long lines. Me and one of the other girls ended up getting cheesesteaks (I just ate the meat and cheese). It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either, but it could have been worse. It got me through the concert! I also had a Spiked Seltzer, which was sort of odd, but as far as alcohol choices went - it was only 90 calories and 0 grams of sugar per can. I’m a convert!

After the concert, we decided to hit the Wendy’s since we were all pretty hungry, but easier said than done. It took over 2 hours to go 3 miles and there’s nothing more frustrating than sitting in traffic for two hours and realizing you literally are still in front of the stadium. We made it to the drive thru finally around 1:15 am and I ate the Asiago Ranch Chicken with no bun.

Breakfast the next day was much easier. Our hotel, which was amazing, had free breakfast so I loaded up on eggs and sausage with cheese and salsa. We were headed to Atlantic City next so I figured I’d stock up on a big breakfast.

Our first dinner in Atlantic City was one of my faves! I got pulled pork with gravy, asparagus, and a Caesar side salad. It was perfect and exactly what I wanted!

Breakfast the next morning was bacon and eggs (I skipped the hash browns that came with it).

Lunch was blackened fish tacos (I skipped eating the shells) and a skinny margarita on the rocks.

Dinner was chicken fajitas at Rainforest Cafe. These were super tasty and filling and I just didn’t eat the tortilla, rice, or beans that came with it.

This is me being crowned Queen of Keto on Vacation for actually sticking with it. Most of my meals were easy to make keto just by skipping eating the non-keto friendly parts. No one even batted an eye when I substituted a salad for fries or didn’t eat my rice.

The day I came back home, I got egg bites from Starbucks. I was happy to have a keto-friendly option although they are a little deceptive at 9g carbs - that’s more carbs than I thought they’d be since they just seemed to be eggs and bacon. Still, in a pinch, it’s better than bread. I scarfed down a cheeseburger from McDonalds with no bun before I got on the train and later, I had the protein plate from the Amtrak cafe. I’ve grown to enjoy the protein plate (although they need to work on their celery, which was kind of weak and gross). I don't even know how you f*ck up a celery stick so bad.

I’ll be curious to see the scale tomorrow. All in all, I’ve proven to myself that I CAN stay keto on vacation and it didn’t require as much willpower as I thought. I went into it as an experiment to see if I could do it and I think that mindset helped me make good choices throughout my trip, just to see if I could. I’m going back to Atlantic City for my birthday in 7 weeks so I’m hoping to be another 14 to 25 pounds down by then.