GUESS WHAT??!!!??? Remember that number I was talking about hitting this week? I DID IT!!!! As of this morning I have officially lost 30 pounds! It has been 89 days today since I woke up and decided to change my life, it has been 73 days following a Keto lifestyle. I feel wonderful.
When I started this Keto journey I vowed to myself and one of my little earth angels that I would stick to it for 90 days. That I would be strictly Keto and just see what would happen. I think I need to dive into the word strictly for a minute, I mean I am not perfect, we still go out for dinner about once a week and "splurge", I have still eaten a chip or 20, I still like a beer, but I would say 95% of the time I am following the lifestyle. Those first weeks I followed it TO THE LETTER! I didn't have the first "cheat", I didn't drink, I calculated EVERYTHING. Not because I was over thinking it, but because I needed to understand it. I needed to FEEL it. I needed to see what a day, a week, a month, looked like and ate like so I could be confident in my choices without being completely absorbed by "what is in this" and "did I put that in my tracker." I am so grateful today that I took that time and was a stickler about it. I am very confident in the lifestyle now, and much less consumed by "Am I under my macros, did I eat too many calories, or not enough?". I know what it feels like to have eaten too much, or not enough without looking at a number. Does that mean I will never have to track again, absolutely not!!! If I stall or plateau you can bet your rear end I will be on that phone tracking what is happening! It's journey, not a straight line.
I wonder why 30 feels like such a win, I mean 20 was nice, so was 25 .. but I had my heart set on 30 for some reason. So strange, I don't even like the number 3.
One of my biggest tools on this journey has been my Green Chef meal box! At first I was like.. how is this going to work? I need to feed Dad and Ed and they aren't going to eat this! Little did I know... Dad has enjoyed all but one side dish! (I burnt the Kale a bit.. waiting on him.. he was only an hour late for dinner that day) I throw on some mashed potatoes or rice for them and BOOM.. done. I don't feel like I am making two meals, or wasting time making me something different, we all eat the same things. And the things I have learned to do with Cauliflower will amaze you. Who needs rice or pasta or grits even! With the Green Chef meal box it is so easy, I don't have to calculate all of the ingredients and they have the net carbs printed right there on the recipe! It has been a life saver, especially with us being so busy all the time.
I am rambling on a bit today, sorry I am excited!
Also I am happy to report today that my new night time meds are working! In a way that I am confident with. I have always been someone who didn't HAVE to have 8 hours of sleep but then I started not sleeping again so I had to take something to get to sleep and stay there but it left me DRAGGING out of bed in the mornings. I struggled with the alarm even after 8.. 9.. sometimes 10 hours! I didn't like it, at all, but I also felt I had to have the sleeps because I didn't like the no sleep feeling worse! So here we are 4 days in on the new meds, I am getting to sleep, staying asleep and waking up before the alarm feeling good, not slug like! Since I had the itchy incident with the other med and I really happy to report that this one seems to be a win! Hey.. 50 50.. I will take it.
Next up .. a PLANK! Woo.. I really am all over the place this morning. Remember last Thursday I told you guys about a yoga class I went to? Well those lovely ladies are doing a 100 day Plank Challenge. I signed up! (sadly I will miss yoga tonight, we have a ballgame in Gloucester) Anyhoo.. I signed up for this thing with 0 expectation that I could pull of a 1 minute forearm plank, without my knees touching the ground. Errrhmmm drum roll please.. Oh yes I can!!! Day 4 is today and not one knee has touched the ground and not one ass cheek has touched the ceiling! What what?? When did THAT happen?? Want to feel strong.. pull off a plank without dropping.. it is an amazing feeling!
And running... did you guys see what I did yesterday? Some how I ran half a mile in under 11 minutes! Do you know how big this is for me? Less than 3 months ago my mile was over a 16 minute pace! I ran that half a mile and looked at my watch and was like.. wait.. WHAT?? I didn't even REALIZE it was happening. Then I had to scrutinize the distance against the same distance I had already done because I knew my watch was wrong. It wasn't. I some how did that!
So why all the rambling today? I will wrap this up for you, I could go on.. I have more.. but I will save that for another day.
Tomorrow marks 90 days since I decided to change, to be a me that enjoyed life, that lived life, that, dare I say it, loved life. Here I am .. doing all of these amazing things... and I AM PROUD OF THEM!!
I am proud of sticking to my guns and being better for ME! (yes yes yes for you too.. but I had to do this for ME so I could do it for you!) I am proud of my improvement from that 16 minute pace, I am not where I want to be so I will keep pounding that pavement but I am PROUD to be where I am! I am of that 30 lbs of weight loss, I am not where I want to be so i will keep monitoring my progress and adjust when needed, but I am PROUD to be where I am! I am proud of that 1 minute plank, I am not where I want to be so I will keep lifting those weights, working that core, but I am PROUD to be where I am! I am proud of my grit, determination, and dedication to getting out of that darkness, I am not where i want to be so I will continue to learn, grow, seek help and better understand who I am, but I am PROUD to be where I am!
I am PROUD of me, I am not where I want to be, so I will keep on doing the next thing, but I am PROUD TO BE WHERE I AM!
Signing off with this.. I am pretty proud of you too... of all the people in this be gigantic world, you chose to be part of my life and journey, I couldn't be more blessed and more proud to call you friend.
Peace Love and Light