Going Keto: Update for 9/29/17

It’s been three weeks since recommitting to a ketogenic eating plan, and things are going GREAT! The scale is moving, I’m noticing a difference in how I feel, and I’m loving the little victories that wouldn’t mean much to most people but they’re HUGE for me.  Of course, there have been some challenges too, but I feel like those challenges toughen my resolve to whip this beast once and for all!

I’m going to start this update with some metrics.  Last Saturday, I had my daughter take some measurements for me.  She also took some pictures.  It wasn’t a pleasant experience, but having done this before, I know that I’ll want something more meaningful than a number on the scale to show my progress.

front view of Sarahside view of Sarah

These aren’t actually “before” pictures, but they were taken when I was within ten pounds of my highest weight, so I’m hoping as I proceed along my journey, the changes will be noticeable.

Also, as I said earlier, my daughter got out the measuring tape for me.  My hips measured 60″, my waist measured 48″, and my bust measured 51″.  While I definitely had an emotional reaction to those numbers, I also realized they’re just as important as any other data points I’m collecting.  It’s hard to quantify progress if you don’t know where you’re starting, right?

I’ve been tracking my weight from the beginning, of course, and it’s tracking downward nicely.  I’ve lost 8.2 pounds in three weeks, and I’m thrilled.

weight loss graph trending down from left to right

I’ve also experienced some other small victories since my last update.  Fridays have been pizza night at the Wittekind homestead for a while now.  Last week, I wasn’t even hungry for supper.  I was pre-occupied by one of Jimmy Moore’s live streams at The Ketonian Korner.  All the sudden, I had an epiphany.  I could smell the pizza cooking in the oven, and it smelled really good, but it didn’t trigger me at all.  I didn’t have obsessive thoughts about pizza and how I needed it.  In fact, I didn’t even have thoughts about needing food of any kind.  I was shocked by how empowered I actually felt, and that was a huge realization for me.  I was definitely a happy girl.

Also of note was my discovery of CRON-O-Meter.  I’ve played around with a lot of tracking tools over the years, and this one looks the best by far.  I realize that in my last update, I was talking about another tracking program, but CRON-O-Meter is a God-send.  Not only can I track more nutrients than ever, but I can track a multitude of biometrics like blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, body temperature, and of course weight.  Perhaps the most exciting feature though is the ease with which I can add recipes.  Rather than using an empty day in Fitday to create the recipe and then copy all the information to a custom food, CRON-O-Meter does all the work for me.  It’s pretty darned spiffy!

I’m still dealing with some pretty tough fatigue, but I still have sick kids in my house, so I’m not ready to attribute that to something I’m doing wrong with my eating.  I’m also still experiencing mild reflux, but it’s markedly better than it was when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating.

Good things are happening.  I’m maintaining a positive attitude of gratitude, and I’m continuing to plow ahead.  Every day brings something new and I’m continuing to feel motivated and empowered.  What we do matters, folks!

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