Weight Loss (Woo Hoo!) and a Fun Halloween Weekend!

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is also November 3rd, which is the 3 week mark on my little low-carb diet challenge.  From the beginning, I told myself that on November 3rd, I would analyze things and see if I wanted to continue or change things up a bit.

First off, I’m happy to say that I did a VERY awesome job adhering to the goals I made for myself.  Woo hoo!  I really stuck to my guns and am SO happy I did.  I ate SO MANY veggies and I loved it!  I ate them with almost every meal and I didn’t have to throw out ANY produce the entire time!!  That’s pretty amazing ’round here, folks.  It seems like there’s usually  some form of wilted/dying/rotting produce in my fridge at all times, lol.

I also feel really good!  My appetite is very much under control, my body feels very clean and functional (I know that sounds weird), and my skin looks more clear and smooth than it has in a long time!

I have to admit, I did poach some Halloween candy from my little kid’s buckets on Halloween night though. 😉  That was really the only indulgence I had.  I probably had 4-5 small candy bars.  Not good, but HOLY COW, I know I would’ve eaten so much more if I didn’t have my goals.

Anyway, here are the results from my 3 week low-carb adventure:

  • I lost 7-8 pounds.
  • I actually feel thinner.  3 weeks ago I felt very, very chubby.  I certainly don’t feel “thin” right now, but I don’t feel mega chubby anymore either.  I’m so happy ’bout that.
  • I’ve been able to add a couple more pairs of jeans to my wardrobe!  They don’t fit beautifully, but they technically FIT!
  • I’ve had a couple people give me some nice weight loss compliments lately and that always makes me happy!

Here’s a “before” and “after” picture, taken about 3 weeks apart…

3 Week low carb comparison

The picture on the left was taken the day before I started my challenge.  It’s a very scary picture and I don’t think the angle is doing me any favors, but I felt like a GIANT chubb that day.

The picture on the right was taken on Halloween.  I still have a LONG way to go, but I think I can tell a difference in my face and overall body.

I have about 15 pounds to lose until I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight.

Oh, and FYI I’m usually a loose size 6 and can sometimes fit into a size 4 (which is probably technically a size 6, but the store marked it as a size 4 so that people like me would buy it and feel happy about fitting into a smaller size!)

Pretty good sales tactic if you ask me.  Hee hee.

Anyway, I’m probably a tight size 8 right now.  The jeans I have on in that picture above are a size 10.  My sister bought them after she had her last baby and then she gave them to me.  I wore them with this pregnancy and with my last pregnancy as I gained and then lost weight.

Those size 10 jeans were SO TIGHT on me about a month ago.  I could barely zip them up!  When I wore them on Halloween, they were so baggy!  I could almost take them off without undoing the button.

Awesome, Possum.

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Soooooo, with all that being said, I decided to make today a “squishy day.”  What I mean by that is that I indulged a little here and there throughout the day.  I didn’t take a full-out cheat day, but I snitched a little bit of Halloween candy and then I made cookies with the kids tonight.

It was so fun and I don’t regret it one bit!

We had a fun family night.  Kev played “Clue” with some of the kiddos….

Kev and the kids playing Clue

And I made cookies for everyone.  My oldest son wanted to “help” me make the cookies, which I thought was very cute.  This is really not a good picture of ANYONE, except maybe the baby, but no one wanted to stop and pose.

Me and the kids with cookies

The kids were THRILLED that I made cookies.  Chocolate Chip Cookies are the favorite treat in our house and my kids have definitely missed them.  We have had ZERO treats in our house the past few weeks and my older kids kept reminding me how deprived they were.

Cry me a river…..lol.

It was a really fun night and I loved my “squishy day.”  I actually think “cheat days” and “cheat meals” are healthy for the psyche.  After I’ve had a few treats and indulged a little bit, I usually feel motivated and anxious to get back to work!  It’s kind of like taking a vacation….it’s always so so nice to take a break and get some R&R, but it’s also nice to come back home and get back to organization and structure again too.

Make sense?

Soooo, starting tomorrow, I’m going right back to my low-carb diet stuff, but I’m going to add in fruit and sweet potatoes.  YAY!  I’ll probably only have 2, maybe 3 servings of fruit/sweet potatoes a day though.  It’s good to spread the sugary/carby stuff out throughout the day so the blood sugar stays stable.

I’m planning on sticking with that diet until Thanksgiving, which is 3 1/2 weeks away.  Between Thanksgiving and New Years, I’m going to loosen up a bit and enjoy the holidays and then I’ll hit it hard again after the New Year!

Sounds like a plan.

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We had a very fun Halloween weekend and I loved that it fell on a Friday.  I know there are a bunch of “Halloween Haters” out there and I really don’t get it!??!  Halloween is such a fun holiday!  Yes, it’s weird, warped, totally strange and a little psychotic, but I LOVE IT!

It makes me feel just like a kid again.  I’m so happy I have so many kids so I can “live it up” vicariously through them!  I’m not a big fan of the bloody, gory, evil stuff though.  I do love the scary aspect, just as long as it’s not too over-the-top.

I’m also a DIE HARD trick-or-treater!  We usually just leave a bowl of candy out on our porch and then make trick-or-treating a family affair!  We head out just as it’s getting dark and then keep on going until we can’t go anymore.  We’re usually out for about 2 hours and I love every single minute.

My two teenagers didn’t come with us though.  Sniff, sniff.

The weather was so so perfect too!  We really didn’t even need a jacket.  I love our neighborhood so much!  We saw so many friends along the way and stopped and chatted for a bit.  It was a great night.

I snapped this pic of the kiddos just before we left…

The kiddos on Halloween 2

My baby was a cute puppy dog and we also had a grim reaper dude, a green ninja (he was the green ninja last year, but wanted to be it again!  yay!), a cute “super dog” and a golden ninja.

I laughed so hard when I saw this picture because it looks like Jimmer (the dog) is smiling!

The kiddos on Halloween

Cute, cute kidlets.

Oh, and my two ninja kid’s costumes are from the show Ninjago.  One of the mottos on Ninjago is “Ninja never quit!”  Sooooo, when my poor kids started to get tired of Trick-or-Treating, I would remind them “Ninja never quit!”

Ya, I’m so mean.  Thankfully, we brought the double stroller so they could get a break from time to time.  At the end of the night, Kev just held the baby and we let the other kiddos (and dog!) ride in the stroller!

Coming home from Trick Or Treating

It worked out perfectly.  Oh, and even though I’m a HUGE lover of health and fitness, I don’t really mind all of the Halloween candy too much.

It seems like the kids only really eat a lot of candy for a day or two and then they get sick of it.  Some years, I offer to buy it from them and then I just throw it away.

I’m not too concerned about it though.  Halloween is such an EPIC childhood memory and I really want them to enjoy it.  They really don’t have candy too often throughout the rest of the year anyway.

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We also went out to dinner with some fun friends on Saturday night.  We went to HuHot Mongolian Grill and it was delicious!

I loaded up my plate with lots of veggies, some meat and a few Pad Thai noodles.  It was phenomenal!

My food from HuHot

It was a little bit spendy ($12.99 a person), but it was nice to have a “real,” fresh meal.  It was “all you can eat” too.

I also loved spending time with some of our favorite friends!

HuHot Mongolian Grill with friends

It was a great night and a great weekend!

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Halloween as well! xoxo



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