Tag: Weight Loss

Health Goals – Progress

As a quick recap – April 15th (one day after my 40th birthday) I decided it was time for a healthier me. I wanted to help limit some of the issues I have with MS, and I was hoping that losing weight would give me some quality of life changes by putting less overall pressure on my body. I started at 250lbs, and today I’m at 213lbs.

I’ve lost 37lbs – but I don’t actually see it when I look in the mirror, and I don’t actually feel like I’ve lost that much. I think I’m probably just always going to see myself as a bigger girl for a long time, the mental battle that comes with weight loss is just as difficult as the physical one. I’ve been doing a mixture of keto and just eating less food, I ended up losing quite a bit while we were evacuated just due to stress which is NOT something I suggest to anyone. Each month I give myself a budget of $100 for keto friendly foods that I can find, and this month that meant some amazing tortilla wraps, some bbq sauce, ketchup, some chocolate milk shake mix, and some konjac noodle rice stuff that I’m hoping to use to make keto friendly sushi. Turns out seaweed is perfectly good to eat on a low carb diet.

Long term my first major goal is getting below 200lbs. Once there, I plan on dropping keto and working on portion sizes and learning sustainability when it comes to proper meals, even in my unique location where pretty much the only grocery options are frozen carbs. I also plan on incorporating exercise into the equation once I’m below 200lbs. Due to my MS, I have to be careful about how I go about this. Some days I can’t walk or make use of my hands, and I don’t want to injure myself. I’m not exactly proud of the progress I’ve made, but I’m glad I’m getting somewhere. It’s a mixed bag, honestly. I’m also not seeing any changes in my MS symptoms yet, but I’m sure my body is thankful not to have so much weight to carry around, even if I can’t feel any difference.

Weight Loss Update

How are things going? Since April 15th I’ve lost just over 30lbs. I’m below 220 for the first time in a few years. I haven’t noticed any change with my MS symptoms yet, but I’m sure my body is happy to have a little less weight to cart around. I’ve been doing a mixture of keto and just eating regular food with moderate portions because up here in the North it can be difficult to stick to a set ‘diet’. I’m staying away from processed food and sugars as much as I can, but also not restricting myself so much that I don’t have anything to eat. I picked up some spices and I’m using them on everything. I love chili and lime, as it turns out.

In another 19lbs I’ll have obtained my first goal, 50lbs down. I decided if I can manage that, I’ll pick up an apple watch as a reward for doing well, and start incorporating exercise into the equation. That’s another thing that’s harder to do up here, I can’t go for walks around town due to the packs of wild dogs, and if I step outside right now I’ll either melt (what is with the crazy warm temperature this year?!) or I’ll eat a LOT of bugs. I’ll figure something out, even if it’s just doing some VR beatsaber in the comfort of my home. I don’t feel proud of myself yet. I do see my clothes fitting better though, and that’s always nice.


Weight Loss So Far

I have almost lost 20lbs, and while it might seem pretty fast, I feel confident that I’m doing things correctly. I log my food properly, I figured out my macros, and I’m honest with myself and how much I’m eating. I know a lot of my loss is water weight, but I think by now some of it must be actual fat as well. Now I just need to stick with it. I’m determined to get below 200lbs by Christmas. I’ve tried to lose weight in the past and it just never stuck, I feel like this time is different, that I’ve finally hit rock bottom and it’s time.

Keto-friendly pizza

I started doing keto around April 15th. Right after my 40th birthday. So far I’ve lost 14 pounds, and I’m feeling pretty great. I bought something called ‘carbquik’ from amazon that is supposed to replicate ‘dough’ and you can make all kinds of things from it like pizza crust and pancakes. I attempted pizza so far, and it didn’t turn out too bad at all. It’s a bit dry, but I can work with it and try to change that in the next batch. I know too much of anything is bad, and lots of people are either for or against products like this, but used in moderation I think it can help those bread cravings I get until I can trust myself to eat smaller portions.

So What Happened with Noom?

You might recall that way back on April 15th I made a pledge to try ‘Noom’ which is a weight loss program. I was going to try their 2 week ‘free’ trial before making a decision as to whether or not this would be the program for me. I had never paid for a weight loss program before, but I wasn’t against the idea.

Well. That idea lasted maybe four days before I gave up. I found it did not pertain to me and my lifestyle, their coaches were automated bots that didn’t respond when I mentioned thoughts of suicide, and their philosophy wasn’t sustainable for me. They had little daily tasks for you to complete, surveys to read, and were a very hands off approach to things.

I did continue with my weight loss journey. I’ve lost 60lbs before just after having my son, and I know I can do it again despite being diagnosed with MS and living in the far North where a head of lettuce runs $20. Between April 15th and now (May 3rd) I’ve lost 9 pounds. What am I doing?

I’m doing a keto-type of diet (not long term, I’m doing this for a month or two), where I cut out almost all carbohydrates as much as I can (if I have a no carb alternative that’s what I go with) and I’ve reduced portion sizes by a huge amount. I’m eating eggs, cheese, meats, heavy cream, oil, nuts, and a few vegetables like cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I’m not completely carb free because it’s an impossible task given where I live, but I’m feeling pretty confident about things. Note, this is NOT a sustainable way to live life, and I know that. What my issue was/is is portion sizes combined with a lot of unhealthy snacking. I’m looking to reduce those portion sizes (keto makes me feel very full) and get them under control before returning to a ‘regular’ healthier diet. I can’t add a lot of exercise in my routines yet due to my MS, some days I can’t stand because I have vertigo, some days I can’t walk, some days my hands don’t function properly. On days I don’t have those issues I have started doing resistance training with different weights of bands – exercises like squats. I also have resistance training for my fingers and arms to help build muscle because on a bad day my MS prevents me from doing simple things like carrying a cup of coffee across a room without dropping it. My muscles just don’t have the strength.

I have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m feeling confident. Cooking is an issue for me some days so it was convenient to grab whatever carb loaded item was in the house, but my husband has been cooking for us, so there’s less pressure on me. I find keto meals simple, and I’m not the sort of person who gets easily bored of things which tends to work out well. One of my favourite things is a veggie burger on lettuce with a sriracha mayo – I could probably eat that every single day, and it fills me up for a good while. At night I have 45g of salted nuts, and I have some keto supplies coming in a few days. There’s some dark chocolate (if you get the stuff that’s 85% it’s pretty keto friendly), some sriracha chickpeas, some sugar free coffee syrup, and even some sort of flour mix that you can use for pizza crust that’s apparently keto friendly which I picked up to try. I find that this is something that’s a lot easier for me to stick with, and that is honestly the most important thing. My goal is to be below 200lbs by Christmas. I’m confident I can do that. I’ll keep checking in now and again to post some updates for anyone interested, and if you’ve any questions just give me a nudge.

Checking out Noom

Yesterday was my 40th birthday, and I decided it was the perfect day to start making some changes.

I’ve never paid for any sort of weight loss program before in my life, despite the fact that I’ve had to lose weight for many years now, and even successfully lost 60lbs after my son was born – sadly, I gained it all back (and then some) when my daughter was born. Here in the far North of Canada I’m finding things difficult. A head of regular iceberg lettuce is $20 and can go bad in a single afternoon. There might not be any fast food available, but there’s also very little fresh healthy food. Most of what’s affordable is frozen, and filled with carbs.

I wanted to try keto but that’s just not sustainable for me, especially up here. I have other real life factors to take into consideration as well. My son is autistic and requires a LOT of my energy. I have multiple sclerosis and that means I can’t always do a lot. My motor skills have slowed down significantly, I have issues opening jars, picking up utensils, some days even walking is a problem.

That means doing exercises required and suggested by about 99% of the plans I’ve seen out there is simply out of the question for me. I can’t commit. What I CAN commit to, is my diet. What I put into my mouth. Maybe not always with the ‘what’ of it – but at least with the portions of it.

So I’ve decided to try out the 2 week trial of Noom, and see how it goes. The trial is an affordable ‘pay what you can’ plan which I selected $1. I know that most of these types of programs are a very simple food logging read a bunch of not-relative-to-you articles. The thing is I simply don’t have the energy to create an entire program for myself. I KNOW I can lose weight, I’ve done it before, but circumstances have changed so much since that time, and what I can dedicate energy on has changed.

What I’m hoping is that the psychological part of their program works to keep me mindful throughout the day – almost every day (I am hoping). I’m hoping their motivation works. Since I have never paid for a program before I have a LOT of caution going into it. If I continue with it, their ‘plan’ is roughly $220 for 8 months. That’s not bad – if it works for me. It certainly won’t work for everyone. Not every plan out there is made for every person and if it was we’d all be healthier and no one would be browsing through 101 different weight loss plans at 1am on a Thursday.

I did purchase some body weight equipment to help me with some strength training. Mostly for my fingers, arms, legs. MS affects my fingers to the point where some days they just sort of rest in a claw formation and I can’t even hold a cup of coffee. I’ve bought some stress ball type things, and those tension bands you might have seen before. They should arrive in a few days, and while right now things like exercise bikes are too high impact for me, maybe as I get healthier they’re something I can look to. Walking around the neighbourhood is also not an option here where we live, but again I’m going to focus on my diet and portions more than exercise, for now.

Let’s see how this goes.

  • -1.5lbs from previous day

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