Summer is over for this teacher. :-( I recently started pre-planning, and my classroom will be filled with energetic middle schoolers very soon. When I first started teaching, I always thought that summer break would be the perfect time to lose a ton of weight in a short amount of the time. I was wrong.
Ideally, Summer meant more time to make healthy meals, work out, lead an active lifestyle, and to really focus on losing that weight. Surely summer break would mean a break-through for my weight loss. Somehow....this just never happened. The big question in mind has been "why?"
Thanks to everyone who sent in encouraging words after last week's disappointing weigh-in. I really appreciate the support, and I'm happy to serve as an example of perseverance for those of you who are plateauing with me. :-)
You may have noticed that I didn't post a new blog post this week. This was not on purpose, but as I was writing my post for last week, I felt like I needed some extra time to do the subject justice. The topic? It's an analysis and possible explanation for my own weight loss plateaus. Stay tuned later this week for the post. Ok, here are this week's numbers....
This week's update will be much shorter than last week! Thanks for stopping by to check on my health and weight loss progress.
This week's update is much different than I thought it would be a week ago. After several weeks of weight loss, my weight unexpectedly shot back up again. Here are the numbers:
Week three of my ketosis experiment is behind me, and I have learned a LOT this week that I am excited to share with you. Thanks for those of you who are following along with my experiment.
Overall, I am very happy with this plan, but I have also gained some insights on the good and bad aspects of my personal implementation. Here are 5 key observations from 3 weeks on the ketogenic diet:
A few months ago, after completing my second Whole30 plan, I submitted my story to Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and Whole30. This past week, I was very excited to discover that they had featured me on their >100 lbs lost blog post! Here is a link to the post on the Whole30 blog: 300+ Pounds lost (and 3 Lives Changed) with the Whole30
If you're interested in my own posts on the Whole30 plan, you can see them here:
Stephen's Whole30 Blog Posts
There is a lot to cover in this week's edition of Stephen's Weekly Update!
Aside from the usual progress numbers, I'll be talking about:
- My ketosis experiment
- A new book I'm reading
- A very exciting update on my search for a new scale!
Ok, first things first...here are this week's numbers:
Today I am continuing to tell you about my personal experience with nutritional ketosis. In case you missed it, my first two posts on this subject are posted here: (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment) (Review of Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore). Today I'd like to share some more information about my personal plan and experience.
Many of you know that Ketosis is a low-carb diet. People assume, then, that it is a high protein diet. This is actually a common misconception. Believe it or not, a Ketogenic diet is ideally a low-carb, moderate-protein, high-FAT diet. Yes, I said high-fat! This is actually not much different from what I was already doing, but there are a few key differences:
Two years ago this week, I stepped on the road that has led me to a nearly 110 lb weight loss. At age 29, I was more unhealthy than I have ever been: 350 lbs, severely obese, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, constantly exhausted and depressed.
Fast-forward to today: 241 lbs, normal blood pressure, stable blood sugar, plenty of energy, an active lifestyle, and very happy with my life. I am definitely still pushing toward my goal of 220 lbs, but compared to two years ago, I am in a very good place right now! Check out my timeline below with my updated stats at the bottom.
In my previous post, I revealed that I am embarking on a personal Ketosis experiment. (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment). My decision to try this is based largely on information I saw coming from popular low-carb podcaster and blogger Jimmy Moore.
After reading and listening to his story, I reached out to him to request to be put on his list of bloggers to receive an advanced copy. Thankfully, he graciously accepted my request and 2 weeks ago, I received my copy in the mail!
Today, I'm very excited to review Keto Clarity, which is being released today, and I will reveal how this book has already produced big results for me!
Hi, I'm Stephen. I'm 34 years old and I have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. This blog will chronicle my journey as I attempt to lose 130 pounds.
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