Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Low-Carb Story Told In Pictures

My name is Wendy. In November 2007, at 35 years old, I was sick and felt old and tired. I was 105 pounds overweight, and was suffering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. My husband and I wanted another child so I started to pray because medical doctors were not helpful at diagnosing my condition. 

Family photo taken the week of Thanksgiving 2007.

In April 2008, I was given an answer to prayer and started to treat a very severe case of systemic candida albicans. I read that carb restriction was important so I started to generally eat less carbs, about 50 a day. I also began to take coconut oil for its antifungal qualities. I lost 20 pounds in that short time. In August 2008, I found out I was pregnant. :) 

Me, in the orange.  This was taken in July 2008, shortly before my bfp.  I have lost 20 pounds since the first photo was taken.

I continued carb restriction during my pregnancy and kept my health up and kept my weight gain to a modest 20 pounds, per my doctor's orders. Through the wonderful support of a Yahoo group called Pregnant Atkids, I was able to achieve a healthy pregnancy. My son was born May 12, 2009. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. I am such a firm believer in the benefits of women eating nutrient dense foods while pregnant that I ended up becoming the group owner of Pregnant Atkids in October 2012.
Me in May 2009, at 41 weeks pregnant with  my low-carb baby.

I lost my pregnancy weight within a month but regained it by the end of the summer. This happened because I mistakenly believed that I no longer had to eat low-carb. I started looking at at low-carb as a lifestyle and began Atkins induction in September 2009. I have been a follower of low-carb high-fat eating ever since.
July 2009, 2 months postpartum.  Although weight loss was not my goal during pregnancy, I did lose some weight, even though I gained during the pregnancy.  Unfortunately, I did have a relapse and had to start over.

Since 2009, I went from my high weight of 261 and then plateaued in the high 220's range for about two years. Even though I went from wearing a tight size 24 to a size 16/18, this was not where I wanted to stay, even though my candida symptoms were gone and I was much healthier.

Labor Day 2011.  2 years of low-carb post pregnancy
I began to try different variations of low-carb to break my stall. In the fall of 2011, I joined a 3 month challenge to stay at induction level carbs and only lost 1 pound, even though I was very disciplined. When that didn't work, I went on the Leptin reset diet in March 2012 and lost 3 pounds. Then I went back on my regular low-carb eating plan and slowly started to gain back about 10 pounds.  And then my weight plateaued, again.

January 2013.  I purposed that this would be my year to break the stall.

In June 2013 I started to investigate nutritional ketosis, as was done by Jimmy Moore. I thought this might help me as he is also a long term low-carber and was having similar struggles. 

On July 7, 2013, I began my own experiment in nutritional ketosis. I bought a ketone meter and strips and started checking my blood ketones.

July 2013 at the beginning of my nutritional ketosis experiment.

I went without a meter for several weeks but was already feeling better.  This was my first blood ketone reading.  Imagine my shock when I saw this.

First blood ketone reading, July 2013 -- 3.1!
As much as I dislike being photographed, I started to regularly have pictures taken during my nutritional ketosis experiment to document my progress, as well as weighing and measuring.

August 4, 2013

September 22, 2013

In the middle of October, 2013, I decided to add T-Tapp workouts to my regimen to counteract my PCOS.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos again until December, but hopefully you can see the progress in my ongoing inch loss.

December 24, 2013.  Nearly 6 months of nutritional ketosis and 2 1/2 months of T-Tapp.

Since beginning nutritional ketosis, I have lost over 30 pounds, as well a huge inch loss.  I am also a size 14/16 and still shrinking!  Not to mention my blood sugar levels are more stable and I feel amazing!

Before - November 2007.  Starting weight 261, size 24
Now- December 2013.  Current weight 210, size 14/16

 What an amazing journey this has been!  I will keep updating as I continue.