I turn 40-years-old in April 2018 and for whatever reason, that seems like a really big milestone in terms of my health. I’ve spent part of both my 20s and 30s being REALLY fat and unhealthy. What if I could do something now to change the way I enter my next decade on this planet? What if, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t either fat or white knuckling it as a “skinny” person who was just barely holding on and was only a few donuts away from a total landslide back into fatdom? What if I can really do this (i.e. lose weight) for the last time? I’m so sick and tired of going to sleep on NYE and waking up on Jan 1st promising myself that this year is going to be different and I’m going to get my weight under control once and for all. I am a pro at losing weight, I really am, but I ALWAYS end up putting it back on. Every. Single. Time. If I had kept track of all the pounds I’ve lost along the way, it would be in the thousands. I have had enough. I don’t want to live this way for the rest of my life.
I’ve never written a blog. I have never posted my weight publicly for the entire world to see. Both of these things terrify me but I believe it’s important for me to not only document my journey this time (because as I told you, this is the LAST time I’m losing the weight) but also for some built in accountability. I’m also learning how to navigate a low carb world during this journey so why not share my experiences, favorite tricks, products, etc. with others who are either interested in learning how low carb works OR just interested in weight loss in general? I’ll warn you, I’m not perfect. I anticipate I’ll mess up a whole bunch of times (which makes me real) so you will see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the REALLY ugly. Sometimes I curse. I hope you’ll stick around.
I joined a weight loss competition between some friends on June 12, 2017 with a starting weight of 280.7. It was a 90-day competition and so for the first 60-days I kept telling myself there was plenty of time left to “catch up”. On 8/8/2017 weighing in at 272.9, I realized there were only 30-days left and I was WAY behind. I should tell you now that I’m a competitive person. I played college basketball (I’m 6′ tall hence the “giantess” moniker) and I really hate coming in second place doing anything so I started doing some research about safe ways to lose weight quickly. Everything I read said to stop eating sugar and processed food (seemed easy enough), and so that’s exactly what I did. In one month, I dropped a staggering 14.9 pounds doing low carb and ended up winning the weight loss competition with an end weight of 258 on 9/9/2017. In all the times I’ve lost weight in the past, I have never lost that much weight in a single month. I am intrigued. And so with that, here I am entering Phase 2 of my weight loss journey. I’m calling the first 90-days Phase 1 and it led me to low carb, where I’m staying! You can also follow along with my journey on Facebook [lowcarbgiantess.com] & Instagram [@lowcarbgiantess]