Another month has gone by, and I’m still going strong in my low carb lifestyle. If you missed my plan and how I got started in month one, definitely take a minute to read that. This month was more challenging than the first two, but I stayed strong. I had quite a few moments where I wanted to quit, feeling frustrated about the numbers on the scale.
Goal Check-In – How did I do?
- My first goal was to do more cardio, specifically to run at least 20 miles on the treadmill. Success! I did 24 miles this month. The extra cardio definitely paid off too. I’m noticing lots of healthy changes in my body, and I love the way I feel when I finish my daily run. Along with running on the treadmill, I also continued my daily yoga practice and completed workouts targeting abs, arms, and booty. Overall, I am extremely proud of April’s workouts! I’m sharing my May workout calendar below, so keep reading.
- My second goal was to have no cheats – Another success! I’m really sticking to my way of eating. I had more cravings this month and definitely wanted to indulge, but I’m finding lots of really great low carb options when I’m hungry for something sweet or salty.
- My third goal was to only have wine on weekends. I stuck to this one almost completely, minus a day or two when a couple glasses of red wine were enjoyed. When I was in the mood for a beverage, I chose a zero carb drink, rather than wine.
- Fourth goal was to only measure and weigh on Fridays. I’ll call this a success, because I didn’t overly weigh myself. I actually am in the process of breaking up with my scale, lol. The scale is absolutely the most frustrating part of this whole process. I actually feel better on the weeks when I don’t weigh myself, and enjoy the non-scale victories, like how my face looks or how my pants feel looser.
- Last goal was to get into the 130s. While you might think, wait, doesn’t she want to break up with her scale? I still have the goal to lose weight. Now, before I tell you if this is a success or not, I need to tell you about something that happened this month. I want to be honest with you, this was such a tough month. I had been stalled at the beginning of the month, and I just wasn’t seeing the scale go down on weigh-ins. In fact, two weeks in, the scale was going up. I saw 147 lbs on the scale, and I freaked! All this hard work, all this sticking to the eating plan, working out regularly, I felt like I had hit a truck. I was so blindsided. I did some reading, some thinking, and I decided to cut back on the dairy. Once I cut back, I lost 6 pounds in the last two weeks. So, I’m getting really close to the 130s, and I’m not giving up!
Month 2 Update
The Successes – I know some successes are mentioned above, but each month there are bound to be other successes that come about, and I think it’s important to mention these too.
- My jeans are feeling loose! I think the way clothes fit is one of the best indicators in a weight loss journey. Especially if you are working out and building muscle, the scale may not be the only indication of success. I was wearing a pair of jeans the other day (size 4) that felt quite loose, and I felt extremely proud (and excited to find some new jeans)!
- I ran a full mile without walking!! My usual 2-mile treadmill routine is to warm up for a quarter mile, then run until I feel like a need a break. Then I walk a bit while drinking some water, run again, and then a quarter mile cool down. This month I did one full mile without a break. You should know that running is not my favorite thing. I don’t know if I’ll ever be someone who can find pleasure in it, but it’s very effective for me, and it makes me sweat!
- I persevered! When I wanted to give up, I reminded myself of the small victories. I reminded myself that my body has been through alot in the last five years – having two babies, breastfeeding two babies, losing some weight and gaining some. I reminded myself that this is not going to happen overnight. This is going to take time. There will be really good, easy days, and there will be really hard days. It’s truthfully what we do on the hard days that makes us stronger.
- Cutting back on dairy has made a huge difference. It’s hard, but worth it.
- As you read above, this month was hard. The weight jump really sucked. It’s hard to work hard and not see outcomes quickly. I feel like the tortoise, but at least I know I’ll win the race.
- Cutting back on dairy has been really challenging. It’s been two weeks with almost no dairy, and it’s clearly working. The frustration is that I LOVE cheese! One of the reasons I originally loved this diet is because of cheese. However, I was eating too much cheese, and my body clearly didn’t like it. Trust me, I will eat cheese again, but I’m cutting back for now.
The Goals for Next Month
- Complete my May workout calendar. To me May is the last month before the summer begins, so I want to push myself. I also want to share my workout calendar with you below. I have a squat challenge planned, which starts with 10 squats and works up to 100 by the end of the month. I’m also adding in more abs and arms. Some days are packed, which you’ll see. I’ve kept yoga included on those days, because it’s my personal medicine for mind, body and soul. However, I will be doing a short yoga session on those days, probably just a 10 minute get-the-morning started routine. Feel free to change the calendar for your needs. Also feel free to ask me questions in the comments below. I’ll be sharing some videos on my Instagram this week for my ab and arm series.
- No indulgences (recently called cheats), with one exception. I’m going to start using the word indulge rather than cheat. I received an email newsletter from a blogger who explored the idea of mindful indulgence, which is less harsh on the mind than the word cheat. I’m not talking about binging on ice cream every night and calling it a mindful indulgence. I’m talking about the occasional treat. I only plan on indulging for my birthday. I mean, it’s my birthday! And honestly, I don’t plan on going completely off plan, probably just some cheese, lol.
- Continue eating very little dairy. I would say that I’m going dairy-free, except that the protein shakes and bars I currently use have dairy. That doesn’t seem to affect me the way all the cheese does, so since I’ve already bought them, I plan to use them.
- Get into the 130s – Keeping this one here. It’s a hard one to keep, because I feel frustrated about it, but the hardest goals are the ones to keep!
- Enjoy the process. I’ve been very focused and driven over the last three months. Although I don’t plan to lose my focus or my drive, I do want to enjoy this time in my life. My body has done great things for me. I have two beautiful children, and I was able to breastfeed both of them. I want to enjoy this time of getting my body back in shape!
So there you have it, my month three check-in! You can download my May calendar below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Also, follow my low carb Instagram account – I post daily, and it’s great for accountability, meal ideas and motivation!!
I’d love to hear what you think about the calendar. Feel free to use it as you like. I’ve left lines for you to add your own May goals! Good luck! Go be a goal digger!