About Me: Losing Myself

IMG_1169-sq3Hi, my name is Wendy. This blog is just a place where I can keep track of my thoughts and experiences throughout my low carb journey. My journey really began over 10 years ago, when someone first suggested the book, Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution. I followed the plan step my step and it worked great. I lost a LOT of weight (150+ pounds) over the next year and a half. I honestly wish I had my notebook with all my notes of my start weight and how much I actually lost. Well, as time passed, my husband got out of the military, we sold our place, moved back home, I worked from home for a while, then changed jobs, still had low paying jobs, and had a 3 year old in tow… the stress took over. I wasn’t accountable, and I let everyone else influence me. And ALL the weight came back, and much more. I lived with it for years, and I honestly did nothing to keep it under control.

Fast forward a bit to December 2013. My parents announced they were taking the entire family on an Alaskan cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary the following July. We were super excited about seeing Alaska and going on our first cruise, then I started to dread it. Would I fit in the airplane seat? Would I be able to manage walking around each port we stopped at? And what about the cruise ship cabin bathrooms? This was the straw that broke the camels back. I had to do something, and I now had only 6 months to do it. So, back to low carb it was!

By July 2014, I was down 90 POUNDS. Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought I could have made it that far in such a small amount of time. More on the cruise can be found here.

After the cruise, I continued my low carb journey and have now lost over 220 pounds (with about 8 more to go) after almost 2 years, as of December 2015. I started adding exercise to my lifestyle earlier this year, but want to devote more time to going to the gym (a goal of mine for 2016). I hope to reach my goal within the next few months or so.

Since this is the second time I’ve changed my daily “diet,” I have researched and learned so much more this time, and thankfully there is now so many articles, books, information, and even recipes available online, as well as supportive groups on social media, all of which are very helpful and motivational. This luxury was not available over 10 years ago. I plan on making this my lifestyle forever. I’ve “been there, done that,” and then had to start completely over. I do not want to ever have to do that again.

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8 thoughts on “About Me: Losing Myself

  1. Kenetia Shackleford says:

    Its amazing to swe that you lost so much with little or no exercise – I guess u dont have as much to burn off when u cut out the Junk. Ive noticed lately that I lose more when I workout less – strange but true.

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    • Wendy says:

      I think processed junk food is a HUGE burden on people’s lifestyles, it’s as easy as cutting out sugar and it would impact so many lives for the better. And yep, exercise is a funny thing, it could just be your body adjusting – as you gain muscle you could lose less or even gain (but you’re most likely still losing fat) – that’s where measuring those inches comes in handy! 🙂

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    • Jane says:

      When you work out a lot, you gain muscle which weighs more than fat.

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      • Wendy says:

        Yes, you gain muscle – but a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. (a pound is a pound) However, a pound of muscle takes up MUCH less space than a pound of fat.

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  2. Bren says:

    What were you eating to lose 90 lbs in 7 months? Please share.

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    • Wendy says:

      I ate the same things I eat now, such as grilled chicken, fried (non breaded) chicken wings, bunless burgers, steak, cheeses, butter, coconut oil, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, salads, and other low carb foods. I don’t believe everyone can lose 90 pounds in 6 months like I did, but since I had SO MUCH to lose, it came off quicker for me compared to others with less to lose.

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  3. Diana Perry says:

    Wendy, do you do bpc or eat a regular breakfast?

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    • Wendy says:

      Right now, I typically have a cup of coffee with 2 Tbsp of coconut oil for breakfast. It’s fast, and I can get out the door to work. I will have “food” for breakfast on occasion, like maybe on a Saturday, for example. But right now, I’m so sick of eggs, I would pass them over for coffee any day. 😉

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