Low Carb and Pregnant?

For the last 8 1/2 years, my husband and I have been unable to get pregnant. In 2010, we adopted a beautiful baby girl (who is biologically my cousin) and named her Abigail. She is now 4 1/2 and has the most amazing personality. We love her just as much as if we’d conceived her ourselves!


And although we love our beautiful little girl, we’ve still longed to have another. More than anything in the world, I’ve longed to experience pregnancy and child birth firsthand.

When my doctor put me on medication and told me to go low carb, she said there was a possibility that I could get pregnant. But, to be completely honest, I didn’t believe it. I was fully convinced that my time had come and gone, that I would never be able to bear a child. And my husband was convinced of this too. Neither of us could have imagined what was about to happen.

After being low carb and on medication for 4 months and losing 40 pounds, I had an appointment with my doctor on January 14th. When I told her about the abdominal pain I’d been having and that I’d stopped having a period, she asked if I was pregnant. Of course, I said no, but she told me to go ahead and take a test just in case. So, the next day, I took a test…then another one…then another one. All positive. I was absolutely floored. I called and set up an appointment with an OB right away! I had to know if this was real! Sure enough, she confirmed it, then scheduled an ultrasound for today–January 22.


So, today, I found out that I am right around 6 weeks along and she scheduled another ultrasound 2 weeks from now when we’ll actually be able to see the baby.

My husband and I, along with our families, are over the moon with excitement! Is this the best time for us financially? No. Is it going to be difficult for me to stick to low carb while pregnant? Oh, yes!!! But this is a blessing from God and we know that He will provide for our needs always. ♡ And, in the mean time, if I slip up and eat a cookie, I think the baby will be okay with that. 😉


My Journey Continued……

Disclaimer: I am aware that there are women who weigh more than I did at my biggest and feel confident and are healthy. It is not my intention to make those women feel badly about themselves or tell them they need to change. But it is my desire to inspire those who do want to lose weight. I’ve been there. I am there now. And if me bearing my soul can help just one woman, I will do it.


Several years ago (I believe it was just after Kevin and I got married), when I really started gaining weight, I used to tell Kevin that if I ever got over 200 pounds, he should just put me out of my misery. I was kidding of course, but when I did actually hit that 200 mark, I was devastated. I remember getting on the scale and crying my eyes out when it read: 203, and from there on out, I avoided scales like the plague! I remember crying in the dressing room as I kept going up another pant size, then another, then another. Crying when I would see old pictures of my thinner, and what I considered to be prettier self, fearing I could never get there again. Crying because I didn’t even want my own husband to see how big I’d gotten.

4 months ago, I cried when the nurse left the room after weighing me in at my biggest, 250 pounds. I hadn’t weighed myself since I was 235 and I couldn’t believe I’d let my 5’6 frame get to that. So, that day, when my doctor told me I needed to go low carb, I wasn’t happy. (Give up my pasta and soda? No way, lady!) But I knew she was right.


If you’ve read my blog from 3 months ago, titled “My Journey”, you know how the story continues…

Well, today, I got on the scale and weighed in at 208. I’m so close to One-derland, I can taste it! 🙂 I no longer crave the horrible things I used to consume on a daily basis. If you would have told the dew-guzzling, pasta-loving version of me that I would be starting 2015 almost 50 pounds lighter, I probably would have laughed in your face. But so much has changed since then, and I am so grateful!

Now, I celebrate when I get on the scale and see that I’ve lost another pound or two. I cry tears of joy when I try on jeans that are 2 sizes smaller and they fit! I get downright giddy when my husband wraps his arms around me and tells me my waist feels smaller.

My journey is far from over. I still have at least 58 more pounds to lose, but I’m getting closer every day. And I will never give up. Having this blog, my Facebook group, and other low carb support groups has helped me immensely!  Seeing your stories of weight loss and victory, having you all cheer me on…it is truly inspiring! I hope you’ll stay with me through this journey. ♡

Thyroid Awareness Month–Check Your Neck!


January is Thyroid Awareness Month.

The thyroid gland is located in the neck and controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (sometimes referred to as tetraiodothyronine (T4)). These hormones regulate the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body.

As someone with hypothyroidism/hashimoto’s (an underactive thyroid), I am fully aware of the effects this has on someone’s life. Weight gain, fatigue, aches and pains, swelling, brain fog, depression, mood swings, etc…I allowed these things to consume me before finally seeking treatment. I was miserable, to say the least. But after finding the right doctor, getting on meds (I take 32.5mg of Naturethroid twice daily), and starting a low carb diet, I am finally starting to feel normal again. I’ve lost almost 40 pounds, I have more energy, and I have less aches and pains, for sure. Not to mention, I’ve stopped having constant headaches and the depression is now a memory.

I feel better now that I have in years and I know that I owe a LOT of that to the way I now eat! I am so grateful that my doctor recommended I go low carb and encouraged me to do my research! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the doctor in 2 weeks and go over my labs. I have no doubt that my levels will be way better than they were last time. (I will post again when I get the results.)

If you have issues with being unable to lose weight, struggle with depression, mood swings, aches and pains, etc…think about getting your thyroid checked. Not just your TSH, but a FULL thyroid panel. For more info on the subject, visit:

New Year’s Resolutions…

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? I know a lot of people don’t do them anymore for fear of failing, but I still do one every year. It’s never anything super huge, like losing 100 pounds or going skydiving. It’s usually something small, like spending more quality time with my family, praying more, or spending less time on my smartphone. For me, these are the things I can live up to!

Like many people, my husband has never been a resolution maker. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s teased me about mine before. 😉 But, last night, he totally surprised me when he said “I’ve decided what my New Year’s resolution is”. Teasingly, I asked “You’re gonna go low carb with me?” And, to my delight, he said yes!!!

Friends, I am ecstatic! I can’t wait for my awesome hubby to start reaping the benefits of an LCHF lifestyle! He said that seeing the changes I’ve made has inspired him. He knows I’ve done my research and he trusts me to lead him in this. It truly made my heart swell, knowing that I have inspired my hubby to make such a positive change in his life.

Now, my husband isn’t super overweight or anything. He’s got a little extra fluff on him like anyone else, but he is excited to start losing the extra weight and I am excited for him. Not to mention, it will make things a lot easier for me in the sense of shopping and we won’t have anymore temptations in the house! Woot!

My New Year’s resolution? To STAY low carb through all the challenges that I might face in 2015. I want to continue to better myself and live a healthier lifestyle. No more little “cheats” here and there. No more “a few m&m’s won’t hurt me”. Because they do hurt me. They hurt my willpower and make me crave chocolate like nobody’s business for days! I also want to up my exercise this year. I want to be the type of person who enjoys walking and running and kickboxing, etc. Yes, I want to be THAT version of me in 2015 and I want to meet my weight loss goal this year. It’s going to be a great year for my body and my health! 🙂

So, do you have a New Year’s resolution? Will you be low carb in 2015 or do you have something different in mind? Whatever it is, do it with gusto and stick to it! You can do it!

Happy New Year, everyone! 🙂


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.


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.


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


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. 🙂

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?”


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!
*Cream Cheese
*Peanut butter–I know pb is iffy for some, but I allow it on occasion.
*SF jelly and jello
*Cool Whip
*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.


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!