For the first time in four months, I actually have a significant update for you! This is my first month on a low carb diet and I am finally seeing results!
So to start let me tell you, low carb is NOT easy. Well, if you’re a big meat eater and don’t like carbs all that much , first – you’r probably on the wrong site and second – it would be a breeze!
Me – I am a really big carb eater and don’t eat a lot of meat so it’s been a tough month. I’m following the Atkins 20 induction plan. Which has a pretty limited approved food list. That said, I haven’t cheated even once. Even when out and about on day trips and travelling.
My toughest day was a trip to a Safari park that didn’t have a low carb option in the place. That day, I lived on Atkins bars and water until I got home. Luckily is was super hot that day so I wasn’t all that hungry anyway.
I do best when I cook for myself. I eat a lot of salad (with lots of meat and cheese) and soups. My food hell is meat with vegetables so I try to stick with things I find comforting.
My husband joked that he was going to move out for the first few weeks because he was certain I’d be nightmare to live with, but I don’t think I’ve been too bad (he might tell you different). It hasn’t been easy and it’s a huge lifestyle change for me, but it’s working!
In the last 4 weeks I have lost a whopping 13 lbs. Not only that, but I have lost 3.5 inches in my chest (which is good because I was getting sick of carrying those babies around!), 2 inches in my waist and 2.5 inches in my hips!
I workout 4-5 times a week, but in the first two weeks I was busy so I was only at the gym a couple of times a week. 10 lbs came off in the first two weeks. Week three I lost nothing and then lost three in the last week. Week three was my toughest week – all that sacrifice with a weight loss halt made it difficult to not give up, but I stuck it out and the scale started moving again.
I am starting to look like myself again. Mirrors are my friends again. I’m down a jeans size and two shirt sizes. I have 40 lbs to go, but I’m feeling positive and I am determined to keep going.
The best part is that I think low carb has been good for my arthritis because my pain is a lot more manageable. It could be the heatwave, but who knows.
All that said, I have a fantastic support system. My husband is with me every step of the way and my trainer at the gym is a blessing. I couldn’t have done it without the two of them.