This 90 day journey has challenged me in so many ways, but I appreciate the struggle because it’s made me so much smarter, so much stronger, and so much more strategic. I’ve hit plateaus before – and usually I would just say “oh well, that’s just my body telling me that’s enough”. But the truth is, I’m in charge of my enough – because I am in charge of my body. So, this time, instead of giving up, I worked WITH my body to figure out how I could still achieve my goals, while still enjoying the process. Because there’s no point to all this if I am not having fun. I made sure to be flexible with my approaches, and let me tell you – THIS was the key to me breaking my plateau.
Because I’ve been logging my weight every single day since the 90 day journey started in mid August, I was able to make this cool graph! Have a look at how my weight has changed over time.
As you can see my most drastic progress happened at the very beginning 8/16 – 8/23. I think most of that was water retention. This was me doing lazy keto.
Then I plateau’d a bit around 8/23 – 8/30 so I decided to get stricter with my keto, so I went even lower carb and even higher fat. I saw a second drop from 8/30 – 9/13. But I noticed I was really thirsty all the time.
THEN the BIG PLATEAU from 9/13 – 9/27. This was when I was super, uncomfortably bloated and just feeling not well. I was also still REALLY thirsty all the time. I was still doing strict keto at this point. I reached out to my friend Drew, the author of Complete Keto and he suggested some supplements that initially helped me feel less thirsty, but my bloat was NOT going anywhere. Towards the end of the 2 week bloat, I decided to up my probiotics by drinking kombucha. I also introduced some berries back into my diet, and I removed processed meats like bacon. The bloat began to go away, but my weight was still stuck.
Beginning 9/26, I started to track my macros and my calories after talking to a health coach about my rut. He said I needed to track if I wanted to truly understand what was going on. It was then that I also decided to stay away from nuts since I had been mindlessly snacking on them for no good reason besides the fact that I was bored.
The good news is that the tracking has definitely broken my plateau! Now it’s still early, but I can tell that it is working! It’s been nice to know exactly what I am consuming and I actually kinda love my food scale. I’m very happy that I didn’t just get frustrated and give up after my 2 week plateau. Instead I leaned into my problem and said OKAY, how are we going to fix this? My approach HAD TO change in order for my body to keep changing.
So if you’re stuck in a rut, you need to take a step back and look really objectively at what you’re doing. Take the emotions out of it. What’s working? What’s not? Start changing one little thing at a time. You WILL find an answer. And if not, then maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor or a health professional to see if there’s something deeper lurking here.
BTW, my blood tests come back next week! I am excited to see what they say. A part of me thinks I’m not going to learn anything new, that I am fine, and that all the money I spent was wasted. But another part of me really wants to find something wrong with me (but like, not too wrong ya kno lol) so that I can be like “YOU SEE! THAT IS WHY THIS AND THIS AND THIS AND THIS.”
Here’s my Fit Journal entry!
0% carbs, 0% fat, 100% protein
For breakfast, I had my collagen matcha drink.
14% carbs, 61% fat, 25% protein
Then for lunch, I ordered a chicken cobb salad (no bleu cheese) from Mendicino Farms. No time to cook. Instead of using their dressing and their glaze, I used my Tessamae’s Habanero Ranch dressing instead. Super delish!
Post lunch snack was a bottle of Health-Ade Passionfruit Tangerine kombucha! These flavors are so fun and sooooo yummy! Yay for tasty probiotics that taste like a treat!
After work, Laurel, Brittney and I went to try out a new class on Classpass! This was a circuit training HIIT class at Project Steel. We rowed, clean & pressed, did wall balls, jump squats, heavy butterfly situps, and all sorts of body weight exercises that left us super sweaty after the hour. Most people have drinks after work, but we like to sweat. Yes, we’re weird. But workouts are our therapy…and that’s the Blogiladies for ya!
After work, Sam and I stopped by Honeymee (my fave matcha milkshake shop) and I ordered a hibiscus tea, no honey. (The worker was confused as to why I was at Honeymee ordering something without honey haha). Sam got the matcha milkshake! Literally the best thing ever. But every time I have one, I literally break out the next day with at least one HUGE pimple near my chin. #WORTHIT
By the way you guys, I am not doing good at eating earlier. This dinner was at like 9pm or something. BUT I am sleeping more (for a majority of the week) so at least that’s a good habit that is forming.
18% carbs, 53% fat, 29% protein
For din, I had shishito peppers with furikake, lime cilantro cauli rice, baked salmon, avocado, and a coconut wrap filled with lime cilantro cauli rice, and egg, and more avocado!
Post dinner, I made myself a collagen matcha coconut drink that George really wanted.
So, yesterday I came in at 16% carbs, 56% fat, and 28% protein and 1,528 calories! Feeling full and feeling fulfilled!