It's been a little over 2 weeks since my last weight loss update, and I'm happy to announce that I'm down a little over 2 pounds since then! There is no doubt about it. This is definitely working! Today I am exactly 8 pounds away from my goal weight, and actually only 3 pounds away from the weight I was initially aiming for! I'm getting excited about how clothes fit now, and I'm also fitting into things that have been buried in the closet for years! I bought 2 new bikinis, something I haven't worn since just after I graduated high school! I'm still working on feeling comfortable and confident while wearing them, but I do think I'll get there!
In less than a year I have gone from wearing a size 12 to a size 4. In all the time I was struggling to diet and lose weight after I had Alia last July, I only dropped one size from then until April. The rest has all been since I went low carb! It's a really great feeling to finally be able to pull something off the rack in a store, try it on and actually like how you look! With the wedding and cruise now just 9 weeks away, I getting more excited by the minute and staying motivated too!
I have many challenges coming up in the next several weeks however, but I'm determined to stay the course. My (and my twin sister's) birthday is next week. I need to get on the ball and make my own low carb cheesecake! Next weekend I'll be attending a rally with a "free lunch" provided, and I have no idea what it will be! Although now that I'm thinking about it, since it's a function for Juvenile Diabetes I don't think they'd serve us anything too bad! Then the following week will be the true challenge of my willpower: the county fair! Last year, I thought I was doing pretty good by eating the roasted corn on the cob. Now that I know how high in carbs a single ear of corn is I definitely won't be doing that this year! I also won't be able to partake in my favorite fair treat, the Farm Bureau chocolate milkshakes! I know I'll be able to find a burger or a porkchop there somewhere, but it's going to be difficult passing up those old favorites!
After all that is Alia's first birthday! For Gray's first I made a homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! I want to make Alia a homemade cake as well, but I also want to be able to enjoy a piece myself! I think I will make a regular cake and then some sugar free cupcakes or something similar so I can still partake in the birthday festivities but stay on track! I'm already making a list of party foods besides the sweets that will work such as meat and veggie trays and Linda's broccoli crunch salad.
With so much to do this month, July is going to be gone before I know it. Along with it, I'm hoping a few more pounds and inches too! Hopefully I will have some new recipes to post soon. Keep checking back!