we’ve kicked an extra 25.4 pounds to the curb

25lbs

Amelia and I have hit our first combined weight loss goal! As of this morning, we’ve lost 25.4 pounds since starting our low carb ways of life on March 4th. Along with really limiting our carbs, I also realized about a week ago that we’re gluten-free and grain-free.

I had a doctor’s appointment earlier this week and she’s on board with it. She asked a million questions – are you eating vegetables? Are you taking vitamins? Are you drinking lots of water? Yes, yes and yes were my honest answers, so she gave us the green light.

We’ve been tracking our food religiously with MyFitnessPal. Amelia’s much better at this than me. We’ve also been cooking at home. We’ve gone out to eat maybe four times since we started to go at our own gym having the best deal on rowing machine in on this plan. That part has been tricky, but we’ve worked it out and our friends don’t think we’re too weird! Saturday night, we’re having dinner with Justin and Megan, who are also doing the low carb thing. I’m excited to see what they whip up and Amelia’s going to give a go at making a low carb cheesecake.

For the last few weeks, I’ve eaten more avocados than I have in my entire life. I’ve eaten cauliflower in ways that were prepared without involving cheese sauce or a tub of Ranch dressing. I’ve learned how to cook a mean steak and fry some chicken (in almond flour and pork rinds!). I dominated my birthday dinner at a Mongolian grill restaurant, which involved two gigantic bowls of meat and vegetables. We found out that Smashburger is a pretty good alternative when you’re in somewhat of a hurry. They brought our burgers (minus the bun!) out to us on platters and they were plated nicely!

I’ve cheated, mainly with beer. And I definitely saw the effect of it and trying to get myself re-adjusted, but I knew that was going to happen when I decided to have one or two or three. There have been other temptations for sure.

Non-scale related victories: I’m sleeping better. I can tuck my shirt into my pants without feeling like I’m going to suffocate. I’m wearing some of Amelia’s hand-me-downs. I’ve realized that I was probably a much more emotional eater than I thought I was, which I’m super proud that I figured out. We’re eating whole foods – meat, cheese, vegetables – and we can fly through the grocery store like crazy because we don’t have to go up and down every aisle.

We decided we were going to come up with a reward once we’d lost a combined 25 pounds. Here we are and we have no idea what how to reward ourselves. I think we’d questioned if we were going to actually do it and here it is!