Still Learning…Always Learning

On December 15th, I celebrated 3 months on this journey. And after 3 months of LCHF, I am still learning so much. I’m learning what I can and can’t eat and I’m learning new things about my body. I’m learning that different things work for different people and I’m learning that not everyone will be supportive or agree with the path that I’ve chosen to lose weight and get healthy. But most important of all, I’ve learned that this is MY journey and mine alone. And finally, after years of being controlled by the food I craved, I am in control! I choose when, what, and how much I eat. It’s truly an incredible feeling.

That said, I’d like to share a little more of my story with you. Below, are 3 pictures of me. First one is from 2005. I was 18 and weighed about 125 pounds. The second pic is me at my heaviest, 250 pounds. And the last pic is of me now, at 212 pounds.

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If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t even fit in the first pic. I was slim, but I was not fit. I couldn’t run to save my life. I remember dreading gym class, especially when we had to run. I was definitely not what you would call an athletic person. I was constantly snacking. I hid candy in my car and my room and I was already highly addicted to mountain dew. It was all downhill from there.

I am not proud of the middle picture. I hate it, in fact. I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and I remember feeling so gross and huge the first time I saw that picture. But I didn’t hate it enough to do anything about it. I didn’t know what to do about it.

After visiting the doctor back in September, she recommended I go low carb, I started doing research and found a lot of really awesome info and several inspiring stories of weight loss and better health. So, I quit eating bread, pasta, and sugar, but I was still doubtful. I didn’t exercise and I wasn’t really trying. I was still cheating every now and then and was still eating bananas and yogurt, along with a few other things I should have been avoiding. Yet, when I went for my one month check up, I’d lost 12 pounds!!! I was ecstatic and it inspired me to keep going, research it more, and get a little more strict with my eating. I started actually counting my carbs and now, three months later, I’ve lost a total of 38 pounds!

I still have a little over 60 pounds to lose till my goal weight, but I’ve come so far and it’s so inspiring to see the progress I’ve made so far! Below is a full body pic. First one is at 250 pounds, second one is now at 212 pounds.

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You can even tell a huge difference just in my face!

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But the most inspirational thing is when people look at me and say “Wow! You really are losing weight! I can see it!” It’s one of the best feelings in the world, having all your hard work noticed!

If you’ve been considering going low carb, please give it a try! I promise you will NOT regret it! As someone with an underactive thyroid, this is the only thing that has worked for me and I am eternally grateful that my doctor recommended it to me! If you have any questions about this way of eating, feel free to comment or send me a private message. I am not an expert and I am still learning, but I would love to help you get started and direct you toward some good resources. 🙂

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How To Shop Low Carb — Revised

As of a couple days ago, I have been low carb for 3 months. During these 3 months, I have learned so much that I never knew and I have a lot of my fellow low-carbers to thank for that! As I was scrolling through an LCHF facebook page, I came across a question that made me come here and look at a previous post of mine. The question was basically “What do you buy at the grocery store?”

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So, I came trudging over to WordPress and clicked on my former post, ready to proudly share my amazing blog about my first low carb trip to the grocery store–only to laugh at myself! Some of the things I have on there seriously made me shake my head. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know I still have a lot to learn when it comes to low carb and I don’t pretend to be an expert! But, wow!

So, anyway, I decided to revise the aforementioned grocery list and share the new and improved version with you.
So, without further ado, THIS is my low carb grocery list. 😉

*Frozen veggies–the California blend is my fave!
*Fresh veggies–cauliflower, romaine lettuce, salad mix, peppers, onions, etc.
*Tons of meat–chicken, pork loin, bacon, ground beef, turkey, pepperoni, even deli meat, which are great for wraps! 🙂
*Eggs–all of you fellow LC’s out there know…you can never have too many eggs!
*Butter
*Cream Cheese
*Cashews
*Peanut butter–I know pb is iffy for some, but I allow it on occasion.
*SF jelly and jello
*Cool Whip
*Mayo
*Cheese–colby jack, mozzarella, parmesan, & cheddar
*Almond Flour
*Full fat cottage cheese–my occasional guilty pleasure

I’m sure there are other things I’m forgetting, but this is a pretty good list. Hope it helps! 🙂

My Take on Cream Cheese Pancakes

For the first time today, I decided to try the cream cheese pancakes that everyone raves about. Well, I hate to say it, but…I’m not raving. Don’t get me wrong. They weren’t horrible. And I’m not really sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what I had.

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Here’s the recipe I used:
2 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp truvia
1/2 tsp cinnamon

This made me 3 very thin “pancakes”. My daughter loved them. But, for me, it was just too much egg taste. Sweet eggs really aren’t my thing. I suppose it depends on your tastes though, so you may love them!

Have you ever tried cream cheese pancakes? What did you think? Do you have a pancake recipe that you prefer more? Could I maybe add a little almond flour to this recipe and make it taste more like a real pancake? Let me know what you think!

Trista’s Super-Awesome-Super-Yummy-Creamy-And-Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Trust me, the long name is worth it! I have never had more delicious scrambled eggs. Ever. I literally eat these every morning and NEVER get tired of them! All other scrambled eggs now pale in comparison to these almighty ones. (I’m not exaggerating.) Take one bite and you’ll be thinking: Why haven’t I been eating scrambled eggs like this my entire life?!

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  1. Melt 2 T of butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  2. While butter is melting, whip 4 eggs in a bowl, add a little salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Put eggs in pan with melted butter and turn heat down a little (the creamiest eggs are cooked slowly)
  4. When eggs are about halfway done, add 1/2 oz of cream cheese, cubed.
  5. Mush cream cheese in with eggs until it’s mostly melted. (Yes, I said mush. It’s a word, right?)
  6. Add a palm full of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese.
  7. Stir and cook till cheese is melted. At this point, eggs should be fully cooked.
  8. ENJOY! 🙂

Obviously, you can tweak it. Eat them with bacon, add more cheese, or less cheese. But, man, I’m telling you. These really are delicious and the cream cheese makes them sooooo creamy.

Try them and let me know what you think! Then share your favorite egg recipe with me! 🙂

Making Goals & How To Achieve Them

If you are anything like me, when your thyroid slowed down, so did your entire body. You started putting on weight, you didn’t have any energy, you felt sick all the time…sound familiar? And then maybe you got put on the wrong medicine a few times, maybe you’re still not on the right medicine for you. Maybe you’re still looking for the doctor who will truly listen and help you. Or maybe you’ve found him/her and are now on your way to FINALLY feeling normal again.

Wherever you are in your journey, it’s important to make goals. They could be weight loss goals or just general health goals. For me, it’s both. But whatever goals you make, be sure they’re SMART. Oh, you remember learning about SMART goals, right? Do you remember what the letters stand for? Well, if not, here’s a reminder.

imageSome people might simply say they want to lose weight. But if you use the SMART guideline, you can see your goal more clearly and it becomes much more real and tangible–a reachable goal, rather than a far off wish. (The world is not a wish granting factory. ;))

So here is an example of a SMART goal. This is mine: I want to continue this low carb lifestyle and be successful in my quest to get healthy. I have lost 30 pounds, but I would like to lose 80 more pounds by next Christmas (2015) because I feel that will be a healthy, comfortable weight for me.

My goal is SPECIFIC in that I tell you what I want to do and why I want to do it.
It is MEASURABLE because I tell you exactly how much weight I want to lose.
It is ATTAINABLE because I have already been losing weight and will continue to work hard to lose.
It is REALISTIC because I don’t ever expect to fit in a size 2 (my hips are way too big for that!).
And it is TIME-BOUND because I gave a timeline of next Christmas.

You may have similar goals. Or maybe your goals have nothing to do with weight loss or health. I have other goals concerning my family and my writing career as well. But the most important thing is that you make your goals SMART. Don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations, because you will only get discouraged. Be ENCOURAGED, my friends! You are in good company!

Leave your SMART goal in the comments and let’s continue to support each other. Let us be your cheerleaders! 🙂

…Then Came The Cheeseball…

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Well, guys, I didn’t do so well on day 3. I got up and didn’t have time for breakfast as I was running out the door for church. Then, I had a family dinner at my parents’ house at 2, so I definitely ate more than just eggs and meat.

I’m not gonna lie. I could have done it. There was turkey, ham, and deviled eggs. I could have stayed on it and I had fully intended to…till my Grandpa showed up with my Grandma’s famous cheeseball! Oh man, that cheeseball encompasses the holiday season for me. It’s been a tradition since I was little. And, since my grandma died 2 Christmases ago, no one in the family has had the heart to try and make it. But my grandpa surprised us all and it was so enjoyed. Luckily, my mom had set out baby carrots, so I used those to dip instead of crackers, but still. Cheeseball definitely wasn’t in my plan for today.

I will say though that, even though I didn’t stick to the fast today, I did stay relatively low carb, only consuming about 60g. Yes, it’s more than my usual 20-30g, but when everyone else was sitting around moaning and groaning about being miserably stuffed, I did a little victory dance because I still felt great! 🙂

And so…tomorrow is a new day and I will start again! I am hoping to do this for the whole week, if I can scrounge up some money to buy some more eggs. 😉

Do you have a kryptonite food? Something you don’t have access to regularly, so when you do get around it, you just can’t help but partake a little? I think we all do. And I think that’s okay. Have you had a similar experience to mine during this holiday season? Tell me about it in the comments!