the first 20 have gone the wayside

After almost eight weeks of being on a low carb, gluten free, grain free, sugar free diet, I finally hit the 20 pound mark this past weekend. It came as a shock and was hoping to see that sometime this week, but for whatever reason, my body thought it was time for me to see it now.

I was turned around with my butt to my co-workers this morning hanging something up and someone said, “Wendy, what’s going on with your pants?” because they’re now low-riders in the sense that they fall down past my butt, not in the sense of me buying them this way on purpose so I could show off my tramp stamp and/or sexy new thong.

The last time I opened up a box to find something to eat… Never mind, I don’t remember what it was. I have seriously been sitting here for 15 minutes trying to think of what it was.  Maybe it was flax seed meal? Don’t worry – I didn’t know what that was until about six weeks ago anyway!

I actually started a 12 week weight loss challenge on January 28th with the help from the Purefit keto diet; we started the Keto Diet Guide and low carb thing on March 4th. The comparison on how it’s been working for me can be seen by this handy-dandy graph.

if my body were a business, this would be bad
if my body were a business, this would be bad

That nice solid line is all before we started cooking at home and eating whole foods and not buying pre-packaged things. Since we dove head first into it, that line actually has some progress. I know that losing weight slowly is the healthy thing to do and I am. I feel comfortable averaging a loss of 2.5 pounds per week. I don’t expect that to last forever and when it slows down, it slows down.

Do have a goal weight in mind? I think so, but I don’t have anything nailed down in details. We’re getting married in August, so we have an idea of where we each want to be there, but that’s not a stopping point.

In the past eight weeks, I’ve bought things like almond flour and grapeseed oil. I didn’t even know grapeseed oil was a thing until this. (P.S. Robert Irvine of Restaurant Impossible used it to make pork chops last night, so you know it’s good, okay?) I had cauliflower twice last week. On purpose. I haven’t had a real soda in over eight weeks. The diet sodas I’ve had have been few and far between. For work lunches, I average a Jimmy John’s unwich maybe once a week. The rest of the week, it’s either leftovers or some combo of meat, cheese and veggies that I’ve thrown into one Tupperware container.

Things are going well for me and very well for our family with this way of life. We’ve seen a lot of health improvements in ways that at least I wasn’t expecting. And despite our initial fears of not having enough energy to do things without carbohydrates or sugar or whatever, we’re kicking ass at the gym. I blew through the first two weeks of C25K without any problem at all at speeds that were faster than any attempt I’d done in the past.

In short, it’s going really well and we’re keeping it up!

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