Rachel

Aug 302017
 

 

Vacation derailed my weekly blogging schedule. I (fingers crossed) hope I am back on track now. Nick and I have another trip coming up in a few weeks and Iam going to try harder to stay on track with updating on Wednesdays throughout.

I have a lot to say but for now, I will tell you that it was great and move on to the real reason for this post.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 315 (two weeks ag0), 310.8 (1 week ago)
Today’s Weigh In: 308.4

Victories:
I went to a big concert and survived. For a little bit I thought the noise was going to be too much but after a song or two my brain stopped screaming and I was able to enjoy the music. It’s not something I can see myself doing a lot, but at least now I know I can enjoy one if the chance comes up.

Goals Check In:
Carb Casual! – Check! I’ve managed to stay on the low end of carbs most of the time, and even on days where I have deviated from my Keto way of eating I haven’t felt too bad. It’s been kind of nice to indulge a little without sacrificing the way I feel and function.

New Goal:
Get back to the gym. – It’s time! I want to go at least once a week for something other than water class. Wether it’s to use the treadmill or take a dance class, it’s time to get back in to my routine and put my YMCA membership to use.

 Posted by at 9:12 am
Aug 112017
 

The air is heavy with the smell of fried food, masking the fact that I’m not wearing any perfume. An odd occurrence for me, I’ve become a bit attached to wearing it. Everything I read online said it was rude to wear it on a plane though, so I left it off. I’m sitting in MVP Sport’s Bar & Grill at the Dayton Airport, waiting for it to be time to board.

It’s hard to convey my excitement through the typed word. If we were having this conversation on the phone you’d hear how fast my thoughts are racing, or if were face to face the huge smile on my face would give it away. I haven’t been home in over two years. 28 months is a long time to go without seeing my family and beloved beach. Honestly, I’m not sure how I lasted this long.

My best friends got me the ticket at the end of February as an early birthday present (I turned 33 in June) and I’ve been counting down the days ever since. This past week has been a special blend of anticipation, nerves, and disbelief. Is a hug from my Mom really only 12 hours away now?!

Obviously this post is a little late. I weighed in on Wednesday but never got around to writing a post. So here it is!

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 316.6
Today’s Weigh In: 315

Victories:
The one year anniversary of my ankle surgery went by and I didn’t even notice. Clothing that was on the more snug side is almost loose, and some of my older clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in almost a year fits again. There is still a few things that are too tight for my personal comfort but I am happy to be able to wear more of my closet now.

Goals Check In:
Try a new food. – I made Fathead Pizza and it was amazing! I also tried Realgood Food’s pizza (the crust is made of chicken and Parmesan cheeses) and it was good too. I will be adding both of these items into my normal menu rotationed. I am a pizza fanatic and will eat it at least once a week if I can.

I don’t feel like variations of pizza truly count as a new food though, so I will try and accomplish this goal while I’m out visiting family.

New Goal:
Carb Casual! – I already know how easy it is to fall down the carb rabbit hole, so I am going to focus on remaining casual with them. Not to say I won’t have a treat here and there, but so far I’ve found that fruit and rice work best for my carb ups. I’d like to go home feeling even better than I do now.

 Posted by at 3:37 pm
Aug 022017
 

 

One of the downsides to living in an apartment is not having a washer and dryer in our unit. In the basement of our building there are laundry facilities but they are generally in use. So once a week or so I gather all the laundry and head to a friends house to wash clothes. Today as I was picking up the basket, my purse, water, coffee, and bag full of electronics I felt strong. Getting down the stairs and to my car with everything wasn’t a huge chore.

This time last year it was. I was in pain and preparing to have surgery on my ankle to fix multiple issues. Carrying even a light load of laundry down to the basement was a chore, let alone lugging everything and then some to my car. After surgery my husband started doing the laundry (laundry is a task I actually enjoy doing and am picky about. He helps in a multitude of different ways!) and it has taken until the last few months for me get back to the point where going up and down the stairs was easy again.

I credit a lot of my recent success and growth to my mindset. Instead of focusing on losing weight and “looking good” I’ve been focusing on getting strong and FEELING good. What a big difference it has made too! I am almost at the point where I am comfortable going after a few goals, and definitely more confident about what my body can do.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 321.2
Today’s Weigh In: 316.6

Victories:
I wasn’t sick at all this week! I increased my calories and that seems to have made a world of difference on my physical and mental health. I’m still losing so for now, I am going to stay at a higher goal when it comes to caloric intake.

Goals Check In:
Stay casual with carbs. – Done!
Work out 3 times. – Eh… I worked out once. I feel like I put a lot of unneeded stress on my body the first few weeks of this new way of life and that contributed to why I was so sick. I do intend to get back into the gym, but right now I am focusing on diet and self care. If I go to the gym it’ll be to have fun, not because some plan I drafted up for myself.

New Goal:
Try a new food.

 Posted by at 1:58 pm
Jul 262017
 

You’ll see down below that my weight went up this week. I was expecting this and am not stressed about it. The week before last was stressful, both emotionally and physically. So when I was given the chance to go away for a long weekend with friends I jumped on it. I will go into detail about the trip later, but it involved eating out… a lot.

I stayed gluten free (always!) but did not stay keto or low dairy. Regret isn’t the word I would use to describe my dietary choices but I will likely approach eating out on vacation differently next time. It’s crazy what carbs do to my body. Last year around this time I was preparing for ankle surgery and had to get a release from my primary care doctor. I remember talking to her about how I was having so much muscle and joint pain, and how I couldn’t seem to shake the brain fog that has plagued me before when I didn’t eat gluten free.

We ran a bunch of tests to see if there were other auto-immune issues at play other than Celiac Disease and found nothing. Shortly afterward I had surgery and started focusing on healing rather than on how crappy I felt. It wasn’t until I starting eating Keto at the end of June that the constant aches and sluggish brain went away. Carbs (in excess) and I simply don’t get along.

Everything hurt this week. Every old injury, every joint, my head, my eyes, it was nuts. This was on top of bronchitis (I haven’t had much luck health wise the past few weeks but I’m slowly getting better and rebuilding my immune system) and some lingering period issues. My relationship with carbs definitely has to stay casual. I’m sad that I undid some progress but glad that I learned this so early on in my journey.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In:  317
Today’s Weigh In: 321.2

Victories:

  • Despite having bronchitis and being achy from all the carbs I had a physically active weekend.
  • I faced a few fears regarding swimming and water that isn’t in a pool. (more to come on this in another post.)
  • I jumped right back into eating keto on Tuesday morning.

Goal Check In:

  • Stop making such concrete goals. – I enjoyed a week without any goals but miss having something to work towards.

New Goals:

  • Stay casual with carbs.
  • Work out 3 times.
 Posted by at 3:08 pm
Jul 192017
 

Good morning and welcome to a not-so-new but on a different day series! I’ve moved my official weigh in day to Wednesdays, although I’ve found that stepping on the scale more than once a week is actually beneficial for me on a personal level. The ketogenic diet is very new to me still. I am still learning appropriate portion sizes, and experimenting with macros to see what feels best for my body. Although the focus of this way of eating, for me, is not weight loss, when you weigh as much as I do it’s important to know what influence food, activity, stress, and hormones have on that number. I’ve moved my official weigh in day to Wednesdays for many reasons. The biggest of which is that Wednesday is the only guaranteed weekday I have off, making it the best day to sit down and write out a blog post. It’s also far enough away from the weekend that any splurges should have been balanced out by a couple days of good eating and activity.

Speaking of activity… it’s not been the best week for it. Last Wednesday I had a conflict with a close friend. The stress from that situation sent my body into a tailspin. On Thursday I started my period (I have a Mirena IUD and am never quite sure when Aunt Flow is coming to town), had some severe digestive issues, and woke up on Friday with allergies and a head cold to top everything off. I managed to complete two of my workouts but took the rest of the week off. My appetite was basically non-existent, most days I had to force myself to eat more than 900 or 1000 calories, and the idea of putting more stress on my body at the gym just didn’t appeal to me. After listening to several podcasts (current favorites are The Nourished Podcast, Keto for Women, and The Keto Diet) and reading Leanne Vogel’s Book, The Keto Diet, I changed my thinking on working out.

There are certain activities I really enjoy. Battle Ropes, water aerobics, and cardio dance classes being the top three. Other things, like walking, are ok but don’t feed my soul the same way. I want to continue walking and would love to eventually learn to run again, but when I’m feeling unwell I want to stick with things that make me feel good both physically and mentally. Training to walk a half marathon was a fun concept, but one I am tabling for now. It turns out the half I planned to walk is the day after the Insane Inflatable 5K I already promised to do with friends, so I am going to start training to participate in that instead. Luckily the 5K is more of a fun event, so as long as I can get to the point where I can walk a solid 3 miles and handle the obstacles, I’ll be good to go!

My activity level was not the only thing to change last week, my feelings regarding carbs and carb ups shifted also. On Saturdays my local YMCA has a farm stand in the parking lot, I stopped by on my way out of cardio dance class, and couldn’t resist the watermelon. It was worth every single bite! In fact, a few cups sprinkled with salt stimulated my appetite enough that I was able to eat what I made for dinner and a snack too. I’ve been snacking on a piece here and there ever since and don’t regret it all. My weight is still trending down and my body, despite being sick, feels good. When I found keto on Reddit in June I was all about it. No carbs, death to sugar! Funny how just a few weeks of listening to my body and trying to eat intuitively changed my entire outlook on this way of eating. I still keep my carbs low (generally under 40 net) unless it’s a carb up night, but fruit and occasional treats definitely have a place in my diet.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 326.8
Today’s Weigh In: 317

Victories:

  • I’m taking my sleeping aid less and less. Falling asleep is much easier than it used to be.
  • Getting up out of a chair is much easier, as it getting up off the floor.
  • I actually have to tie the strings on my scrub pants to make the waist fit.
  • The extra weight I was carrying in my chest and shoulder area is melting away. Shaving my arm pits used to be hard because there was so much flab in the way.

Goal Check In:

  • Stretch more. – Didn’t happen.
  • No fruit until the weekend. – I had 5 strawberries on Thursday.
  • Complete entire first week of half-marathon training. – I walked on Tuesday, that’s it.

New Goals:

  • Stop making such concrete goals.
 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 112017
 

I spent the last week considering a change in my weigh in days. Tuesday’s work well for me, but I’ve noticed I tend to consume more carbs (still staying below my net limit) on the weekends, and generally feel better on Wednesdays. Weighing in on Wednesdays will give me more time to recover from the weekend, and two solid workouts complete on Monday and Tuesdays. The scale disappointing me this morning. I keep reminding myself that it’s NOT about the weight right now. Yeah, it’s awesome that the pounds are dropping off, but what’s even more thrilling is that the goals I set for myself in the beginning are starting to become reality.

I can go up a flight of stairs normally, instead of one step at a time (unless I am carrying something heavy or am taking a flight for the first time). I’m slowly getting to the point where I can go down a flight normally, although this is harder and requires concentration. Getting up out of chairs is easier, and I’ve even made progress on getting up off the floor without needing to hold on to something. I can walk without getting winded much longer than before and I actually look forward to going to the gym. That’s just the physical stuff!

Mentally, a ketogenic diet is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. The clarity and calm in my brain is amazing. It feels like I’m taking heavy duty mood stabilizers without all the side effects. I still have bad days. I still struggle, but not as hard or as often as before. My energy level is amazing, which means the house is cleaner, my to do list is checked off, and my mind is at peace.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 327.8
Today’s Weigh In: 326.8

Victories:

  • See above.

Goal Check In:

  • Incorporate more fats and vegetables into diet. – Done!
  • Reduce dairy consumption. – Ouch. Oh my. I am far more sensitive to dairy than I realized. Butter and hard cheese doesn’t seem to bother me in small amounts, but soft cheese and ice cream are a no go unless I want to put up with a sour stomach afterwards.
  • Start training to walk half marathon in October. – I took a break from working out for almost 2 weeks due to the stomach virus that hit me at the end of June. Restarted my training this morning.
  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Take it easy physically. – Done! I laid low for about a week and began upping my activity slowly and returned to the gym this morning.
  • Try a carb up day. – Meh. I could have done this better. Mashed potatoes and ice cream were not the best call. I did “carb up” to a degree with fruit on a different day and didn’t feel quite as crappy.
  • Focus on skin care. – My roseaca flared up this week (sun exposure, stress, and certain dairy seem to trigger it) so I took it easy on my skin but didn’t neglect it.
  • Stretch more. – I completely forgot about stretching. So…. fail.

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Stretch more.
  • No fruit until the weekend.
  • Complete entire first week of half-marathon training.
 Posted by at 7:50 am
Jul 042017
 

This week I’ve been wrestling with the idea of moving my Tuesday weigh in to another day of the week. Right now the contender is Sunday as that’s when my husband weighs in. Weekends tend to be more calorie heavy with less calorie expenditure though, so I’m not sure. I might try it Sunday and see it goes. If I don’t like it, then back to Tuesday’s it’ll be.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 332.5
Today’s Weigh In: 327.8

Victories:

I’ve been battling a GI bug for about 5 full days now and didn’t do much beyond the bare minimum (cooking, work, cleaning…) this week. Hopefully I’m on the upswing and the coming week will be better.

  • Didn’t “cheat” despite being sick. In fact, last night I made a no-noodle chicken soup that rivals most noodle laden soups I’ve made in the past.
  • Tried on clothes at Torrid and found I now solidly fit into a 3 instead of being a 3/4.

Goal Check In:

  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day. – Done.
  • Start counting and reducing carb intake to facilitate easier transition to keto. – Transition complete! I’ve been averaging about 9% carbs, 69% fat, and 22% protein.
  • Continue to work on previous goals. – See above.
  • Incorporate more fats and vegetables into diet. – Definitely upped my game on both counts.
  • Reduce dairy consumption. – Working on it. I made progress, but… cheese!
  • Start training to walk half marathon in October. – I completed 2 of 4 training sessions before being hit by the aforementioned bug. 

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Take it easy physically. (This bug has depleted my energy stores.)
  • Try a carb up day.
  • Focus on skin care.
  • Stretch more.
 Posted by at 10:40 am
Jun 272017
 

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 334.2
Today’s Weigh In: 332.5

Victories:

  • Tried water volleyball and loved it.
  • A shirt I purchased just a few months ago is baggy.
  • Went to COSI and didn’t get tired walking around.

Goal Check In:

  • Reduce liquid calorie intake. –  100% successful aside from Keto Proof Coffee
  • Eat smaller portion at dinner. – Overall successful. 
  • Follow workout schedule. – Only missed one workout, and that’s because I was on a day trip to COSI.
  • Continue to work on previous goals. – Done, done, done! 
  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day. – Pretty sure I hit the mark almost every day.
  • Start counting and reducing carb intake to facilitate easier transition to keto. – I’ve been completely keto for a week on Wednesday, but definitely starting eat low carb about 4 days before that.

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Incorporate more fats and vegetables into diet.
  • Reduce dairy consumption.
  • Start training to walk half marathon in October.
 Posted by at 11:00 am
Jun 262017
 

2pm to 5pm is when my cravings more and more prominent. Right now I’m at work and the option to the go down to the Gift Shop for something sugar or carb laden is getting harder to resist. I’m cold, bored, lonely, and looking to fill the void with food. Cravings will NOT win. I am stronger than my cravings.

 Posted by at 4:48 pm
Jun 202017
 

The past week was an interesting blend of success and failure. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to achieve and managed to do so most of the time. Making my health a priority was a mental struggle at first. Saturday night I had a breakthrough that will hopefully lead to results! This coming week is one of transition. Making small changes that will ease the strain of big changes to come.

I did something strange for me, and bought goal clothing. My husband’s parents sent me a birthday card (first one in 3 years!) with a little cash, so I picked up two tops and a pair of yoga/running leggings. When I got home and tried them on everything was a bit too snug for my taste, but I have a feeling that they will fit very soon. Normally I don’t buy or hold on to things that don’t fit, but these were cute and the goal is attainable. I like having something to look forward too.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Today’s Weigh In: 334.2

It’s not about the weight, but I like it! I’m sure the majority of the loss is water, but I feel better and can see a small change in my face and the way my scrubs fit.

Victories:

  • Made it to an early morning workout when I didn’t need to be up so early for work.
  • Stuck to my guns about going to the gym when a more fun alternative was in front of me.
  • Resisted late night snacking all nights but one.

Goal Check In:

  • Reduce liquid calorie intake. – About 75% successful, I had Gatorade one day, and Coke on another, but for the most part stuck to water after my morning coffee.
  • Eat smaller portion at dinner. – I only overate at dinner once.
  • Follow workout schedule. – Ehh… this was about 50%. There were other issues at play this week which unfortunately got in the way of making it to every workout I penciled in.

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
  • Start counting and reducing carb intake to facilitate easier transition to keto.
 Posted by at 10:05 am