End of the Year Push!

Welp, this year has pretty much been a wash. Of course, I’ve maintained my weight after losing quite a bit at the end of last year, so that’s definitely a victory! But, I was hoping for more. I definitely underestimated the impact having to build a new routine would have. Add in unexpected surgery, and plenty of travel, and, welp, the year’s weight-loss plan didn’t exactly play out as I wanted.

That being said, I’m going to finish the year out strong! There’s no reason to wait until the masses begin their annual pilgrimage to the gym on January 2nd. I weighed in at 271 pounds on Wednesday, and I’m going to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. My Dad and I set this goal together while I was visiting last weekend, and we plan on taking some fantastic ¬†Christmas pictures next month.

So, who’s with me? Who wants to launch into the Christmas season and build momentum into 2018?!

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Progress Report – 5/26/17

I’m happy to report it was a great week! While my weight went up a smidge – up .7 pounds to 268.8 – I stayed true to my low carb eating plan, started meeting with a nutritionist, and saw my fasting blood sugars continue to fall. I’m encouraged! This week I’d like to see my weight reflect my effort, so I’ll identify a couple key changes to make. The biggest change I’ll be making is at the request of my nutritionist – begin focusing on nourishing foods. Sure, I didn’t eat many carbs this week, but most of what I did eat was cheap and refined (i.e. plenty of cheap cheese, bacon, and ground meat). This weekend I’ll take a field trip to Whole Foods to begin familiarizing myself with nourishing, filling foods, raised ethically and healthily. I’m pretty darn excited to see what I find!

I’ve also decided I’d like to implement a “moderate ketogenic” diet. This means I’ll try to keep my daily carb intake below 50g, rather than the strict keto goal of 30g. I believe this will allow me to integrate a few carb-containing foods into my day, resulting in fewer cravings and more overall satisfaction.

In other news, yesterday I took my first walk in over a month! I’ve had to do my best to stay off my foot since the surgery, but this week my doctor said I could start putting some weight on it from time to time. So, I leashed up my new dog Walter (!!!) and explored my apartment complex. We were out for about a half hour, and we walked maybe a half-mile (partly due to my foot, and partly due to Walter’s ridiculous sniffing of¬†everything). But, we were outside enjoying the day.

So, there you have it. Onward!

Progress Report – 2/10/2017

Well, I stopped the bleeding and started moving in the right direction this week. I’m down 4.9 pounds, which puts me at 262.1. This week my goal is to get back to my lowest point in this journey – 259.5 pounds. That’s just 2.6 pounds, or just over half of what I did this week!

My main struggle of late is mindless eating. I’ll stop at McDonald’s on the way home, or cook up a frozen pizza without even thinking about it. Then I’ll get home, eat, then think “Wait a minute, wasn’t I going to bake some chicken and veggies tonight?” I need to be more mindful and present in the moment. More to come on this topic next week.

How is everyone else doing on their journeys toward healthy living? Please share, and let’s encourage each other!

Progress Report – 1/27/2017

“It’s quiet… too quiet…”

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, and that’s no bueno. Mainly, I’ve been stressed and busy. I’ve been looking for jobs in different states, exploring moving options, and trying to figure out how to pick up and move to a new area. Most recently, I found out my job is being eliminated, effective the last week of February.

So yeah, you could say I’ve had a bit on my mind.

All in all, I’m up to 266 pounds, a gain of 6.5 over the last 3 weeks. Not as bad as it could have been, but certainly not good.

Next week I’ll be traveling to the Denver area for a day of interviews, so my meal planning will hit a bit of a snag. The plan is to get back to the keto lifestyle starting now.

Progress Report – 1/6/2017

I weighed in at 260.4 this morning, adding up to a 1.9 pound loss. Not bad for a week that started out with a 3-day holiday weekend, capped off with the annual Japanese sushi feast. Over the last 4 days I’ve averaged about 50g of carbs per day. That’s twice my daily target. It’s still within targets for ketogenesis, but it’s not optimal. So, I need to tighten that up this week.

That’s all I got. Have a fantastic weekend!

Progress Report – 12/30/2016

Remember that whole “It’s a holiday, not a holiweek” thing? Yeah, I was just kidding.

I tipped the scale at 262.3 this morning, which is a gain of 2.8 pounds. Given my complete lack of keto discipline this week, I’d say that’s not too bad. I mean, a gain is never good, but I also try not to have crazy expectations of myself during the holidays.

This weekend I’ll be weaning myself off the high-carb foods, and, after the annual New Year’s Day Japanese feast on Sunday with some close family friends, I’m back on a rigid keto plan.

Eating a large amount of carbs this week has shown me a few things:

  • I have a lot more mental clarity when I’m eating keto
  • I sleep better when I’m on keto
  • I’m more productive when I’m on keto
  • I just plain ‘ol feel better when I’m on keto

I genuinely miss the way I feel when I’m sticking to my plan. So, it’s time to get that feeling back.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Progress Report – 12/23/2016

After an emotional roller coaster of a week, I’m down 2.6 pounds to 259.5. Hello 250s! The last time I can remember weighing in lower than 260 was in 2007. That’s almost a decade ago!

I’m heading home to Southern California for the weekend to celebrate Christmas with my family. We have a couple meal traditions, some candy in the stockings, and a gift certificate to The Cheesecake Factory we’ll be using on Christmas Eve. So, I’m going to take a bit of a break from the diet restrictions. I won’t go nuts, but there’s no way I’m skipping mom’s cooking, especially on Christmas morning!

I’ll be back on Tuesday, and, after a work team breakfast at Key’s Cafe, it’s back to the grind. My focus when I return will be on becoming fully fat-adapted. I haven’t gone more than 8 days sticking to the keto plan, and I want to see what’s possible if I do. The plan is to stick to a fully keto diet – no cheating! – for 6 weeks, then begin reintroducing certain carb-rich foods (very similar to the Whole 30 plan). Mainly, I want to see how my blood glucose levels react to certain foods, and see if I can integrate them into my diet without my those levels spiking.

My emphasis here is on living a healthy lifestyle. The diet is a bit extreme, and I don’t plan to stay 100% keto for the rest of my life. However, I want to exercise the self control necessary to complete these experiments, knowing they’ll lead to a more fulfilling, healthy life. I’m also hoping I drop some serious weight at the same time!

Over the last 3 months I’ve dropped 32.5 pounds. That’s nuts. I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

Progress Report – 12/16/2016

So, I basically lost a baby this week. 7.4 pounds. Wow.

This morning I weighed in at 262.1 pounds, marking my lowest weight since I started this journey, and just 2.1 pounds away from my lowest weight in over 4 years.

What’s remarkable about this isn’t the amount of weight I lost – though it’s ridiculous and I’m still kind of shocked – but the fact that it came during one of the most emotional weeks in recent memory. I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown on Monday, and I usually end up binging when I’m highly emotional. The fact I not only didn’t binge, but came through with a huge loss, is amazing to me. I don’t think I’ve ever avoided a binge in an intense situation like that.

I’m pumped!

Progress Report – 12/9/2016

Two steps forward, one step back. Or, in this case, 1.22 steps back. I’m up 3.8 pounds to 269.5. I had an extremely difficult week emotionally. I can’t seem to figure out how to stick to the plan in the midst of deep depression. Part of the problem is the fact the processed, unhealthy food feeds the depression chemically, then starts a spiral of shame that feeds the depression emotionally. I honestly don’t know how to fight this in the moment. In fact, in the moment, I don’t even care. I need to figure out how to keep the big picture in mind, rather than succumb to the thoughts scrolling through my brain – “Nothing matters. You’re just going to die anyway, why not enjoy the ride?”

I know this isn’t a very fun post. Fun is about the furthest thing from my mind right now. But, today I’m choosing to bring my feelings into the light, sharing my heart with this online community, and hoping for better days to come.

 

Progress Report – 12/2/2016

You guys, I’m freaking pumped. I weighed in at 265.7 pounds this morning. That means I dropped 6.2 pounds in a week. Holy crap! I’m loving digging into the keto thing more and more.

Now, while the warrior plan worked out pretty darn well this week, I don’t think it’s sustainable for me. I was extremely hungry by the time I got home in the evenings, and, well, that just wasn’t too enjoyable. So, I’m going to work in some light lunches this week. I also noticed I’m focusing a bit too much on protein-based foods (read: meat), so I’m going to work more veggies into my dinners as well.

One major difference I’ve noticed this week is an increase in confidence. I’m finally learning to take control of my food intake. In the past, weight loss has generally occurred during difficult times (read: breakups and the ensuing depression). This week, I simply put in the work, prayed quite a bit, and boom, I was successful. This gives me the confidence and courage to keep putting in the work to take control of my life.

This week I also reduced my insulin intake quite a bit, mainly because I was afraid of my blood sugar going low. Well, that didn’t happen, and my numbers have actually been pretty high (180-190s). Now, that may be due to my protein intake being a bit high, but, since I was on the warrior plan this week, I doubt that. But, the adjustments I mentioned above, along with splitting the difference in my insulin changes, should do the trick.

What successes did you have this week? Anything, big or small, let’s celebrate together!