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.

*drumroll*

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

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

 

80KG!

I should have posted this a couple of days ago but I was too busy (lazy). I’ve finally reached 80kg, which is a big deal for me. I haven’t been this weight in a long time because I always give up around now. I feel pretty amazing. I am still eating a plant-based diet and it seems to be going really well. I have noticed my skin has cleared up and I just feel cleaner.

Things are also looking up socially. I feel much more confident and more like myself. People are starting to notice the change and it feels good. But here’s something that is really pissing me off and make me happy at the same time. NOTHING FITS! I am to poor to buy new clothes so I have to wear gym clothes everywhere. I feel like the girls in that “active wear” video. I went out on Saturday night and wore a dress that was meant to be flowy and a bit oversized but it looked like I was wearing a moo moo. It’s a problem that I’m happy putting up with. So here is my next weight loss shot.

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Current Weight: 80kg!

Plant Based Power

Ok so it’s been three days since going vegan and I feel GREAT! I have been doing a more high carb low fat diet to feel full during the day and it’s working. I have always been wary of the carbs I was eating before because they were mostly processed carbs like bread and cereal. I’m amazed at the energy I have. I went to the gym last night and I felt like I could have gone for hours and hours. Also if you want to follow me on Instagram I will be posting what I’m to and what I’m eating.

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This was breakfast today. It was rice milk oats with banana and cinnamon topped with more banana and blueberries. YUM!!!

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This was lunch yesterday. I was a potato with simple salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado. Delish

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Current Weight: 81kg

Crisis Averted

Ok all is good in the world and my body sorted itself out. I dropped the weight that magically appeared. I think my metabolism decided to go on strike. Looking back now I’m not so angry. I think the weekend that it happened I was ate a lot of crappy food that was full of salt. So I was probably holding a bunch of water. What ever happened it has shocked my metabolism and I’m loosing weight again so I’m happy.

This is my favourite cow pic. I like to collect them. I’m not joking.

Also this week I’ve been dabbling with the notion of going vegan. I’ve never mentioned this before but I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 9 months. I initially decided to go vegetarian out of guilt. I came to a realisation that I have no right to eat an animal if I couldn’t kill the animal. I couldn’t kill a cow they are too cute, I couldn’t kill a chicken they are too funny, I couldn’t kill a pig they are to smart and I couldn’t kill a fish because the ocean needs them more than I do.

What I’ve been doing is gradually taking away/replacing the dairy and eggs in my diet. The biggest struggle is actually with my best friend. I love her to bits don’t get me wrong but she isn’t the most supportive person in the world. She hates the notion of me being vegan because it means we can’t eat out anywhere she likes anymore. She was only just tolerating my vegetarianism so this will be interesting.

I will try to take photos of my food and make a blog next week of what I eat in a day.

Current Weight: 81.5kg

Getting Close

So it’s starting to get to a really tough time in my journey. A bit of background, every time I have gone to lose weight I always seem to get to where I am now (80-82kg) and stop or give up. I have absolutely no intention of doing that this time. I am so excited to be under 80kg it’s insane.

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At my heaviest (94kg 2011)

The last time I lost a significant amount of weight it was 2011 and I had just turned 19. I was at my heaviest at 94kg and living a pathetic life.I started eating right and training and I got down to 80kg I think I might have hit 79kg but I’m not sure. So needless to say I haven’t been in the 70’s since I was 15 I think. I have completely forgotten what my body looks like at that weight. I’m so pumped. I’m hoping to get under it in 2 weeks. But right now I’m working my way through a plateau that is seriously testing me. I think that is what happened all the other times I lost weight. It started to get really hard and I gave up. NOT THIS TIME!

Get ready world a 70kg something lady is coming for you.

When I get to 80kg I will be sure to take a new progress pic. Because the changes are starting to become visible.

Current weight: 81kg