I feel different this morning. I stood and looked at myself in the mirror for several long minutes. I turned to the side, then back to the front. I had a brief moment of panic at how lean I looked and felt, but then… it felt GOOD too.
I was 20 pounds heavier last summer. And the summer before. A bit more than 20 pounds actually. This will be my leanest summer in years – in as long as I can remember.
Something else has changed about me too: my attitude, and my resolve. We’re 17 days into the current low carb challenge now… and I have zero desire to indulge, in any way. In fact, the only strong desire I feel at all is to work out hard. I crave to work my muscles, instead of having just a bite of this, or indulging in a favorite meal.
Actually, my appetite is – well, it’s kind of gone. I’ve been eating less, wanting less, and focused more on other things. That’s a HUGE mind shift for me, and a strange one. It does FEEL strange, but it also feels GOOD.
I wish I knew what caused all of this change so I could share it with you. Heck, so I could share it with myself when I’m NOT feeling this way! (lol) The only thing I can figure is that 17 days is doing it’s work. Saying NO to temptations over and over “stuck.” Old habits are giving up on me. Whatever the case, I LIKE how I feel lately. 🙂
My weight (on the scales) hasn’t changed. I can’t find my body tape measure, so I have to hunt that down. I look and feel different, but it’s not showing in numbers just yet. It will though…
Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 16 of the “Get Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t already. 🙂
Day 16: Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals
I enjoyed my favorite low carb breakfast. It’s 1/2 cup pecans (30 grams, 2 servings), 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small frozen/diced strawberries. I stir it all together and call it cereal. 🙂 (5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats)
There was just a bite left of my cheesy ham & eggs from the day before, so I finished that off for a quick snack – so I could do the dishes, lol.
Later in the afternoon I had a quick low carb lunch of turkey roll-ups.
They had Oscar Meyer turkey (3 oz), Borden Natural colby jack cheese (1.5 slices), 2 sliced dill pickles and 2 Laughing Cow creamy swiss wedges. I microwaved them for just 20 seconds. Perfect! 🙂 (4 carbs)
I had a friend over last night and he said “do you need anything on my way?” Heh, “Raspberries!” 🙂 I mentioned yesterday I’ve been craving them lol. I was kidding, but he showed up with a whole bag of beautiful plump raspberries! 🙂 🙂
I wasn’t really prepared for company with no groceries lately and all, but I put out a nice “keto spread” on the back deck and we grazed and noshed on: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cream cheese, almonds and pecans – with a hot creamy coffee and lots of good conversation. 🙂 Fun!
I just enjoyed raspberries & cream cheese myself (my favorite!!), which is why that cream cheese plate is almost empty – lol. Delicious!
I had a nice steamy cup of chicken broth before I went to bed, which is such a great way to wind down – and ward off a little nighttime hunger. 😉
It was a good day – with beautiful food, great company and a hard workout…
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Tuesday:
Net Carbs: 25
Total Carbs: 36
Protein: 55 Grams
Macro Ratios: 73% Fat, 18% Protein
FitBit Steps: 8,889
Water: 40 ounces
Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 150.4 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 4.2 pounds
I got in a serious workout yesterday. I cleaned my basement floor and back steps, which was a good couple of hours of hot sweaty work 🙂 It felt GOOD. I have a huge basement, lol. I swept and scrub brushed that baby HARD. It felt so great to sweat, and just when I would normally call it quits… I pushed myself even harder.
It was nice to accomplish such a big task AND get a good workout. 🙂
About that “brief moment of panic” this morning…
Change is hard. Seeing myself LOOK so different is a bit unsettling. This is me, 20 pounds lighter than I was last Spring, or the Spring before.
As I was sipping my first cup of coffee I looked back at pictures from the last two summers. I was wearing shorts then that fall off of me now. I was wearing a bathing suit that I can’t even fill in now. I know because I put it on the other day to sit in the sun for awhile, and was shocked that I wasn’t “voluptuous” in it anymore. 😛
Usually this “panic” over changing (being so close to my goal) would entice me to binge, to stay “comfortable” and to fight change. That’s human nature. As I stood in the mirror this morning I felt that resistance, but then I also felt… acceptance. “This is the new me,” I said to myself in the mirror. No turning back.
It’s not just my body that’s changing, but my wardrobe too. I’ve had to buy new bras, new shorts, new jeans. It feels like A LOT is changing. I don’t normally do very well with change, but this time… I’m embracing it. And actively looking for a good seamstress to take in some of my favorite dresses and skirts. 🙂
I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been before in my life. If I could give you anything under the sun, that is what I would share with you.
There’s something powerful about these challenges, and specifically about sticking to CHANGE consistently day after day, day 15 and day 16 and day 17… until it STICKS. The transformation, the mind shift, it’s a really cool thing. 🙂
How is your week going so far??
Leave a comment below, and let’s do this together!!
I’m off to see what kinds of delicious healthy foods I can get into today, and what kind of FUN exercise I can do. 🙂 I’ll get a picture for you today too. I want to show you this “change” I see and feel. I think you’ll see it too…
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