Well Hello There

Yep it has been a while since I last posted anything. (Cough! 5 months) Any who let me tell you what I’ve been up to. Well I’m in my last year of uni, I just had all four wisdom teeth removed and I’ve completely changed my diet/mindset about food.

My current weight is around 68kg. Wooo 60’s baby! First time in my adult life. I think I weighed this much when I was 14. Exciting times.

I wont lie it has been really hard in the past couple of months. What I was doing/eating wasn’t working for my body anymore. I was consuming a high carb vegetarian diet and it wasn’t working well for my body. It could be seen in blood work, how I was feeling and my hormones. Honestly it was rough.

I was in a plateau for close to four months. Yes I lost weight but only 2kgs. I tried everything to break it but nothing worked. I started to think that I was going to be stuck like this. But alas I found a way and I found something that works.

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KETO!

I now practice a ketogenic diet. If you don’t know what that is it is a high fat, low carb and moderate protein diet. However this also means that I am no longer a vegetarian. I’m as shocked as you are.

I was recommended to implement a diet like this when I was around 16 to help with my PCOS, but I never tried it. I have now and I feel like an idiot for not doing it sooner. Though I haven’t been on the diet for long I am seeing and amazing difference in my body and mind. Firstly I managed to break my plateau, secondly my mind is clearer and my adhd is manageable. Thirdly my energy is amazing, I feel great. But not only that my energy is regulated instead of being wild and erratic. I can’t give enough praise to the diet. So far I love it.

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Another milestone has come up. When I started this blog a few years ago I was 88kg. I’ve lost 20kg since starting! I never thought I’d see the day but here we are. Please enjoy gawking at my progress pics. forgot to wear clothes this time…whoops

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Current weight: 68kg

Heaviest weight: 95.5kg

Weight lost: 27.5kg

 

Better Than Before!

So I’m super pumped because I am at 73kgs which is below the weight I was at last year when I stopped my routine and gained 6kgs. It wasn’t even hard! That’s what was most surprising. I am just being careful of what I eat and tracking every thing in My Fitness Pal. I even track on my bad days just to remind me of what I’m eating and drinking. It has given me a lot of hope for the next leg of the journey. Next goal to be in the 60’s! Woohoo!rirzdg7ihuub2

Current Weight: 73kg

Weight Lost: 22kgs

Just Checking In

Still haven’t stopped my journey and I’m feeling good. I have learnt a lot about balance recently and how to relinquish control. For a long time now if I say I’m going to start eating well I go crazy and cut out everything. And when I say everything I mean everything. No going out with friends for a drink, no going out to nice meals, no sweets and basically no pleasure from food. But I was so wrong. I now know that I can have those pancakes with my mum for breakfast and I can have a drink on Fridays with my friends. It’s called moderation!

Don’t you hate it when you start writing something and then it turns into the crap people have been barking at you for years? Drink more water, use moderation, and just eat healthy. I feel like a bit of a ding-a-ling right about now. Turns out clichés are just the truth masked in annoying repetition.

 

Current Weight: 74.5

A Little Reminder

I think that during a weight loss journey it is easy to forget where you started and how far you’ve come. I often look in the mirror and see no changes and feel sorry for myself. Recently while scrolling through some old pictures I found a picture of me during December 2014 when I was in japan. Needless to say I was shocked. I was stunned by how large I was. At the time the picture was taken I never allowed full body pictures of myself so it’s rare that I see what I was like. At the time I was around 95kg and I remember going to universal studios Osaka and I wasn’t allowed on the rollercoaster because the mechanism wouldn’t go down and that moment right there changed everything. It was the first time my size held me back physically from something I wanted to do. That being said it took a while to figure out how I was going to change. But I’m doing it and I started and that’s what matters and I still have a long way to go and that’s ok too. I just want to share this with you all to let you know that what you’re doing whatever it is great and to remind you not to forget where you came from.

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If you’re somebody reading this and you don’t know where to start just do something…anything. Small changes will snowball and you will be able to change your life. If you quit now you’ll be back to where you started and if you’re back to where you started you’ll wish desperately to be where you are now.

 

Current Weight: 77kg

 

On Track

Monday is here and a new week has begun. UPDATES! So I’ve been sticking to a healthy lifestyle for a little while now and I’m feeling great. Drinking more water has become really important. For example I left my trusty water bottle at work last week and not having it around is driving me nuts. I woke up this morning with a headache and dry mouth and I just felt generally crappy. So the big take away is DRINK WATER!! Speaking of drinking I have also been confronted with the reality of my social life. So many times in the past couple of weeks I’ve been invited to go out to club or a party. After counting the calories of one drink that was around 150-200 calories I just said no more. Drinking is such a waste of calories and so bad for you. It’s not worth it. But in Australia when you decline a drink people start to think you’re above them or something or that you’re just a weirdo. So I basically stopped going out. Which is a little sad. I’m going to avoid it all until I’m ready to have more control.

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My weight has slowly but surely been going down. I also did started working out again the other day. The differences I’ve noticed most are the lack of feeling bloated all the time and just feeling a little tighter. A lot of my foggy head is also gone but that’s a work in progress. All in all feeling good.

 

Current Weight: 77kg

Look Out World

So I’m aware that I do this a lot but there is something about this year that I feel excited about. 2016 was a bit of a shit show to be honest. I started the year off by getting really sick and reverting to old habits that lasted. I “indulged” because I thought I deserved it. I was literally making myself feel worse and worse periodically because I was working hard (even though I wasn’t). 2016 also saw one of my most lazy years yet. When I say lazy I mean I put little to no effort into anything in my life. I didn’t have a passion or a drive. My everyday life just felt like gong through the motions and I became complacent.I stopped blogging, lost touch with friends, was reckless and was secretly depressed.

I have an idea of what it may stem from but it’s hard to say. I’m at a funny point in my life where all my friends are moving on getting jobs and having babies and getting married and just basically getting their shit together. Then here I am feeling stuck. I’m 3 years into a 4 year uni course with no money, boyfriend and a crappy part time job. I think I convinced myself that this would last forever. That I would always be “that” friend. But in 2017 I feel a little different. This year I hope to graduate. Something that a lot of my family said I would never do. I finally get to go on stage and get to wear the cap and gown and grab that piece of paper that says I DID IT! IN YOUR FACE! Anyway with that motivation I also hope to get some other things in order, like my health. In 2016 I put on around 6kg. I went from being 74kg to being very close to 80kg (basically 79.9kg.) But I remembered not to long ago how bloody hard I worked to get under 80kg. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. And I promised myself I would never go back and I plan to keep that promise.

So here it is in black and white. My goal for this year is to walk up on that stage in my cap and gown feeling damn fine about myself. I want to get that picture of me holding my degrees and be proud of it. I don’t want to crop it or edit it. I just want the world to see that I did it. I believe I’m ready for this last chapter of uni and the first chapter of my life in the big wide world. Look out world here I come!

Current Weight: 78kg

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Today I wanted to talk about this picture and how true it is. it-takes-4-weeks-for-you-to-notice-your-weight-loss-tile_thumb2I originally saw this on pinterest and scoffed at it as one does when they are in denial. As I’ve gone through this journey I’m realising how true all these silly clichés are. Turns out they aren’t so silly after all. So many people are realising that I’ve lost weight now that fun in telling people about it is gone. I’ve had people I barely know come and tell me that I look great, which is a weird feeling.

I work at a school and today I heard some kids talking from across the other side of the room. I was facing the wall hanging up posters and the girls were walking in the door and they weren’t sure if it was me or not. One of them asked the other one “is that Joelle? She looks different. Should I call out her name and see if she turns around?” I thought it was funny so I turned around. They then came up to me and asked me if I got smaller. I love how honest kids are.

On a different note I wanted to say that I’m not a vegan anymore. I originally wasn’t going to post that in case there was backlash. I fully understand why the vegan community is so passionate. But the reason behind why I went back to being a vegetarian is because I have OCD that likes to present itself in mysterious ways. I was cutting things out of my diet until there was nearly nothing left. I was so in control that I was out of control if that makes any sense. The doctor I see suggested that I revert back to my old routine before I spiral out of control like the last time I was vegan and I developed bulimia. In no way am I blaming veganism for disorders but it’s just something I have to work through. I wasn’t mentally ready yet for a change that big. One day I will be, soon I hope. I still believe that veganism is the healthiest way to live.

Current Weight: 78.5kg