My Weight-Loss Diary – Entry #1


I've got a big goal to lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. Follow me on my weight-loss journey to keep me accountable and learn how you can lose weight the healthy way too!It’s been almost three weeks since I started following the Keto Diet and officially began my weight-loss journey, and since I know some of you are interested in following along, I figured why not put it all out there for the world to read, right?

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you may already know that laying it all out there is sort of my specialty. I figure we’ve all got things that we’re not proud of, or secrets that we keep close to our hearts, or stories that are difficult to share. But through sharing these hard things with others, my hope is that I can offer a little inspiration and solidarity. Because whatever you’re going through, you’re never alone. 

Even though we don’t often talk about the hard stuff (extra weight, financial hardship, mental health issues, heartbreaking losses or all of the above), that doesn’t mean we should ever be ashamed of anything we’re dealing with. These things are all part of life and part of being human, and I, for one, am proud to own every bit of my human-ness. Every inch and pound of it! 

That being said, I’m on a mission to lose 50 lbs. (and a few inches) of my physical human body by the end of this year (Dec. 31, 2019). And I want to share my journey with you here for three reasons:

  1. In hopes that sharing the real, honest, raw truth of my weight-loss journey will help to inspire others to go after their big goals too
  2. To show you that I struggle just like anyone else, but that (hopefully) through perseverance and the right mindset, anything is possible
  3. To hold myself accountable. Because nothing is more motivating than knowing I have to check in and share my progress with the world!

I’m not gonna lie, putting myself out there is never easy. I do it all the time because that’s what I feel called to do. But it’s still nerve-wracking.

 

I never know what sort of response I’ll get and I worry about failing and about what you’ll think of me if I do. But I know that the pros outweigh the cons, and every time I’ve been really vulnerable, I’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from other people who are going through a similar struggle or have similar goals or who maybe just feel alone and are comforted by the fact that someone’s in the trenches with them.

So here I am again, laying it all out there for everybody to see. But I know that in the end it will all be worth it.

 

How I Got Here

So how did I get to be 50 lbs. overweight? The same way most people get there… One ounce at a time.

I’ve never been skinny. My genetics are so that I’ve always had to work out and be mindful of what I eat in order to not gain a ton of weight, but most of my life I’ve been young and metabolism has been on my side. 

When I got married almost five years ago, I decided to hire a personal trainer to help me get in shape for the wedding. And I must say, I got in the best shape of my life working with that trainer and eating a healthy, high protein, low-carb, whole-foods diet. I think I was down to about 125 lbs. and I was fit, strong and healthy.

I've got a big goal to lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. Follow me on my weight-loss journey to keep me accountable and learn how you can lose weight the healthy way too!

On our wedding day, at my fittest and healthiest. Five years later, things have changed a bit.

But over the course of five years, lots has happened and my body has changed. I went back to school right after we got married and became a lot more sedentary as I sat in class five days a week and sat at home writing papers and doing homework. 

Then we moved and my husband was in a major accident on the way to our new home. We lost a pet in the woods nearby when she ran from the wreck and I ended up suffering from PTSD which pretty much halted anything healthy I was doing for myself or any type of self-care whatsoever.

Then, two months after the accident, I got pregnant with our first child. My pregnancy was great and I actually didn’t gain a ton of extra weight, but I did suffer from gestational diabetes and had to learn to manage carbohydrates and blood sugar for the first time. I still ended up on insulin though.

Luckily our first baby girl, Evelyn, was born healthy and happy and she is my reason for living and pushing forward and being the best I can be every single day.

I've got a big goal to lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. Follow me on my weight-loss journey to keep me accountable and learn how you can lose weight the healthy way too!

But after I gave birth my body just never really bounced back (anybody feel me on this one?). I had stretch marks, a big ol’ scar from my c-section and I just couldn’t seem to get back to my pre-baby weight of about 140 lbs. In fact, I hovered around the 160 lb. mark, which was only about 10 lbs. less than my total pregnancy weight.

Then I decided to quit smoking once and for all. And of course, as many people do, I began replacing cigarettes with food. Not a lot, but enough that I was consuming more calories than I was burning in a day. And slowly the weight began to creep on.

Then I got pregnant again.

I carried our second child all the way to 24 weeks gestation before we lost him. You can read the full story here, but suffice it to say that it did a real number on my physical body as well as my emotions. My body had an even harder time bouncing back after this pregnancy and subsequent loss. And I was emotional eating for comfort.

Then I got pregnant again, but I miscarried at just a few weeks. I was depressed and had absolutely no motivation to lose weight or take care of my physical self immediately following this loss.

But on top of everything else, I was beginning to feel more and more uncomfortable in my own skin. I was afraid to step on the scale and I hated the fact that none of my clothes fit right anymore. Plus, I knew if I wanted to carry another healthy baby to term (which I desperately want to!) I would have to do everything in my power to create a healthy environment for that baby to grow and thrive in. In short, I knew I had to make some changes. For myself and for my family.

And so I decided just before the new year that this year (2019) is the year I am going to do it.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that serious about losing the weight (especially not sharing the whole journey with the world), until I mentioned my goal of losing 50 lbs. in an email I sent out to my subscribers. I got so many amazing responses from people saying that they too wanted to lose weight and that they were rooting for me, so I decided I was going to commit AND I was going to share it all with anyone who cared to follow along.

As soon as I decided to commit, I got serious. I started to evaluate my food choices and my lifestyle and I knew that there were two main things I needed to change: I needed to start moving more, and I needed to cut out sugar.

I already cook almost exclusively from scratch at home and rarely eat processed foods, but I do like to indulge in sweet treats and alcohol (sometimes) and lots of grains and carbs. I knew this was probably the main thing in my diet that was causing me to gain weight, so after a lot of research, I decided to try the Keto Diet: A high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet with a lot of interesting science behind it and a ton of real-life success stories.

I decided to focus on diet first and foremost and slowly start adding in more movement. Which brings me to where I am today…

 

Three-Week Weight Loss Check-In

Okay, let’s get into it. Full disclosure time. Here’s where I’m starting from:

Yep, this is my daughter’s room. I only wish I had a tent in my room! Sigh. Adulting can be so hard.

Current weight: 180 lbs.

Current Measurements: Waist – 44” / Bust – 45” / Hips – 45”

This is pretty much where I was when I started three weeks ago. I only took my measurements yesterday so I can’t say for sure how many inches I’ve lost. And my stupid dysfunctional scale says I haven’t lost a pound. In fact, it gives me about three or four separate readings every time I step on it. Yesterday it said I’d lost a pound first thing in the morning. Then I went for a workout and didn’t consume anything except some water and a cup of coffee and it said I’d gained 5 lbs. So I’ve decided not to trust my scale.

I’m going to start checking my weight with one of those proper manual scales because I find them much more accurate. I think they have one at the gym at the community centre. Otherwise I can just stop in to weigh myself at my doctor’s office every once in a while. (Is that weird? Do they allow that??)

Anyway, for the moment, I’m not paying much attention to the scale because if I do it just makes me depressed, and one of the cardinal rules about weight-loss and getting in shape is not to let the scale be the only measure of your progress.

What’s more important at this stage is how I’m feeling!

 

How I Feel

After three weeks of Keto, I’m feeling really good! 

  • I’ve got more energy
  • My clothes fit better
  • I can tell just by looking in the mirror that I’ve lost a little weight

The scale be damned! I know my body, and I can tell I’ve lost some weight. If nothing else, I look and feel less bloated than before, which makes sense because cutting out almost all carbs results in water loss, which means less bloated puffiness. 

Starting Keto has also helped me get the ball rolling on getting back into a fitness routine and healthier lifestyle in general. I’ve started running again, taking some Zumba classes at my local community centre and tomorrow I’m going to try out boxing for the first time! Plus, I’ve been making an effort to focus on self-care in all areas of my life.

I’ve been taking regular salt baths, getting my full 8 hours of sleep, eating a healthy, whole foods Keto diet with lots of nutrient-rich veggies (not just cheese and bacon!), and most importantly, I’ve been giving myself lots of grace. So if I sneak a bite of my daughter’s pancakes or I look at the scale and I don’t see any movement, I still give myself a pat on the back for the positive changes I’ve made and then I pick myself up and keep going.

It’s a little bit crazy perhaps, since I haven’t yet seen the fruits of any of my labour (in relation to weight-loss, turning this blog into a full-time business or many other things in my life), but I believe with all the power of my being that perseverance, grit and determination (plus having a really good “why,” or reason for pursuing your goals and dreams) is all you really need to succeed at anything and everything in life. It might not happen overnight, but I believe that if you have something really important in your life motivating you every day and you have the grit and determination that it takes to persevere no matter what, you will reach your goals eventually.

This doesn’t mean you don’t or won’t fall off the wagon from time to time. We’re all human, right? But it means that when you fall, you get back up again and keep trying.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I definitely feel better than I did just a few weeks ago, but I haven’t seen a ton of measurable progress yet. And that’s just fine. I’m going to keep at it anyway, and I’ll make a point of checking in here every few weeks to let you know how it’s going and what I’ve been doing to get closer to my ultimate goal.

Just like checking the scale, I don’t think it’s the best practice to be obsessing over weight or progress every single day (or even every week), because the journey toward any big goal is a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs, so some days and weeks will naturally be better or worse than others. But I think checking in on a monthly basis is a good idea for this particular weight-loss goal I’m working toward. So be sure to check back here often or subscribe to be notified whenever I check in with another diary entry, plus receive additional tips and inspiration to help you take control of your health, lose weight and get in shape the healthy, all-natural way too!

>> Click here to subscribe for updates <<

Fingers crossed I have some movement on the scale (or inches lost) to report back next time I check in with you! But regardless of what happens, I’m going to stay on track and keep moving forward no matter what. Because that’s how winning is done.

I would love to hear about your goals and dreams too! Whether they involve weight-loss or health & fitness or homesteading and self-sufficiency or financial independence or anything else, I absolutely LOVE hearing from you! So please leave me a comment down below and let me know what you’re working toward this year.

Thanks again for joining me on the road to better health and wellness.

Until next time friend,

I'm a modern homesteader on a mission to transform our house into a safe, sustainable, self-reliant sanctuary and to help you create, grow and live a good life by transforming your house into a thriving homestead too!


CATEGORIES
HOMESTEADING
REAL FOOD
NATURAL LIVING

3 Comments

  1. Josie L

    Really enjoy reading your articles, I have been very unfit and unmotivated for a long time but recently had a lifestyle change and want to improve my wellbeing, starting from my diet.. I heard green tea suppose to help with weight loss but through researching online I found information like this that said red tea is better? like this website here: https://www.priorityfitness.co.nz/why-red-tea-is-way-better-than-green-tea-2/ , what are your thoughts? Many thanks!

    Reply
  2. Josie L

    Really enjoy reading your articles, I have been very unfit and unmotivated for a long time but recently had a lifestyle change and want to improve my wellbeing, starting from my diet.. I heard green tea suppose to help with weight loss but through researching online I found information like this that said red tea is better? like this website here: https://www.priorityfitness.co.nz/why-red-tea-is-way-better-than-green-tea-2/ , what are your thoughts? Many thanks!

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Josie,

      I honestly haven’t heard of red tea! I think that you need to take it all with a grain of salt. Maybe red tea IS better than green tea, but green tea is still very good for you. I think you just need to make as healthy choices as possible but don’t worry about trying to be perfect. Sounds like you’re on the right path. Good luck!

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

ABOUT ANNA
Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 
You Might Also Like
4 Ways to Preserve Herbs At Home

4 Ways to Preserve Herbs At Home

Every year without fail, I wait until the last possible moment to harvest and preserve everything out of our garden, including my herbs. Sure, I harvest things throughout the season to eat or enjoy fresh, but when it comes to preserving (as with many other things),...

read more

Roasted Radishes With Honey Butter & Thyme

Roasted Radishes With Honey Butter & Thyme

  * This article contains affiliate links. For more information, please read my Affiliate Disclosure.   I’ve never been a fan of radishes. As a kid, the only time I ever remember eating radishes was in salad. Always that flavourless garden salad made with...

read more

We’ve been saving up cardboard for months now. We’ve had 6 yards of mulch sitting in our driveway for weeks, and we’ve weeded the same areas of our garden more times than I can count. Not to mention, mulching our garden paths has been on our to-do list ever since we put in our main garden 3 years ago.

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting around to tackling this task and it’s about to make our work (and our lives) A LOT easier.

While I’m a huge proponent of investing time and money up front to do things the right way and make life easier right off the bat, the reality is that it’s not always feasible or affordable to do all of the things you want to do right away. This is true for homesteading and for life in general; You just have to do what you can with what you’ve got and chip away at your goals little by little.

We’re still a long ways off from where we want to be and from what we envision for this property when we’re through with it. And we still have a dream someday move to a larger property where we’ll add all sorts of new projects to our to-do list! But although some days it seems as if we’ll never be done (and truthfully, we probably won’t), it’s days like this that make me stand back and say “holy crap, look how far we’ve come!”

This is so important to remember, no matter where you are on your journey. Always take time to celebrate your accomplishments and don’t dwell on all of the things you still need to do. Just focus on the next thing and little by little it will start to come together. Take things one step, one day and one cardboard box at a time, and eventually you too will look back and say “holy crap, look how far I’ve come.”
.
.
.
#humanswhogrowfood #gardenersofinstagram #gardenersworld #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownfood #homesteading #homesteadersofinstagram
...

(1/5) The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult to date in my occupation as a homesteader and a blogger.

I've had to do a lot of soul-searching to really, truly, deeply ask myself why?

Why have I chosen this path, and why is it important to me to share it with the world??

The truth is, I've talked about my "why" before. I don't homestead and grow food and cook and preserve and preach about sustainability and self-reliance and self-determination simply because I think homegrown tomatoes are healthier and taste better than store-bought tomatoes. Sure, this is part of it, but it's not the part that drives me to put in the long hours and hard work that goes into the line of work I've chosen.

What drives me to do what I do and to share my passion for homesteading and self-sufficiency with the world comes from a place deep inside me that sees the wrongs in our system, and wants to do whatever I can to challenge them and make them right.

I've talked many, many times about the flaws with our modern, industrialized food system, and about how homesteading is a way to take back some control over our food supply and buck this system. (Yes, that's buck, with a "b" ;)

I talk all the time about the importance of supporting small farmers and local businesses instead of big corporations, and about the importance of voting with your dollars.

And I preach the importance of community, and why it's so important to support each other and find support in your community, whether in your local community or online. Because self-sufficiency is about more than each individual person or family; It's about empowering entire communities of people to rise up and take control of their own food supply and basic needs, and break free from the cycle of dependency on the system that most of us are born into.

To me, homesteading is about so much more than the act of growing and preparing food, or DIY-ing your own soap or candles or toothpaste. Quite honestly, it's a way for everyday people to take back control over their own lives and throw a proverbial middle finger to "the system" and the status quo.

(Continued in comments...)
...

One of my favourite ways to use rhubarb in the spring is to turn it into a delicious rhubarb juice concentrate to mix with soda water, juice or cocktails for a refreshing bevvies all summer long.

This is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and even includes canning instructions so you can put some up to enjoy all year long! I’ve been sharing it on social media every spring for years now, but all of a sudden Facebook won’t let me post it because apparently it “goes against their community standards,” and Instagram let me post the photo, but when I added the link to the caption they just deleted the entire caption without warning.

A reader of mine who tried to share this recipe a couple weeks ago suspects that it’s because the word “shooting” appeared in the post, when I talked about our rhubarb stalks “shooting” out of the ground. I’ve since changed that sentence and appealed to the FB gods, but so far to no avail.

Luckily, however, I was able to share the recipe in my IG link, so make sure to head over there now to get the recipe before it’s too late! Maybe even print it for future reference. After all, you just never know when the Internet is gonna “disappear” your favourite recipes forever 😜

Link in bio (for now anyway) @thehouseandhomestead
...

Every year without fail, I wait until the last possible moment to harvest and preserve everything out of our garden, including our herbs.

Not only does this leave me stressed and overwhelmed and wanting to pull my hair out come summer and fall, but herbs are actually best when harvested in the springtime anyway, when they're still young and tender. So this year I'm getting a head start on preserving season by preserving our first batch of herbs in the spring, well before any of the summer fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking.

Join me in the herb garden and then follow me into the kitchen where I'll show you a few of my favourite ways to preserve fresh herbs at home to enjoy all year round. Be sure to stick along til the end and enjoy a garden fresh mojito with me (wherever you are, it’s 5:00 somewhere, right ;)

Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://youtu.be/Qr11BK5J5aU to watch the full video and get all my favourite herb preserving recipes!
...

So this is 34...

(1/3) When I look back on my 34 tours around the sun, all I can say is WOW! How incredibly blessed I’ve been.

In my younger years, I had the privilege of travelling around the world and living abroad 3 times, long before borders closed and travelling became more of a nightmare than a dream.

When I returned home to my roots, I completed my second degree in education (my first degree is in journalism) and I married the love of my life. During these years of schooling and settling into domestic life in Vancouver, we started learning more about where our food comes from and how reconnecting with nature could help relieve much of the crippling anxiety that I felt living in the city, so we set a goal to move to Vancouver Island where we could afford more land and start farming and gardening once we were married and I was done school. With laser focus and intention placed on this goal, the stars aligned and we made our move 6 years ago now. We’ve never looked back.

While our initial move brought heartache when we had a major accident on the way to our new home and lost a beloved family pet, I was soon comforted when I learned I was pregnant with our first child.

I also stumbled into the perfect teaching job at a beautiful little school with an ocean view, where I worked until I gave birth. But I didn’t feel truly fulfilled as a teacher. I’ve always wanted to write and create content to share with the world, but I didn’t know exactly how I would do this or what form it would take.

Then, while on maternity leave, I learned about the world of blogging, and that there were many people who have made a very lucrative career out of creating and sharing online content with the world. The lightbulb went off and I knew immediately that this was my calling. I also knew exactly what I wanted to write about and share: I wanted to share my passion for growing, cooking and preserving real food, and living a more sustainable life. I wanted to teach and inspire others to pursue their own homesteading dreams like we had, and show them that if we could do it, so could they.

Continued in comments...
...

I have a confession to make...

I don’t like radishes. But I love to grow them, which has created quite a dilemma in the past. That is, until I discovered ROASTED RADISHES!

Talk about a game changer! Roasting radishes completely takes the bite out of radishes (ya know, that spiciness that fresh radishes are known for). Plus, the addition of honey butter elevates even the most boring side dish of radishes to a dish you’re gonna wanna lick clean! Not that I’ve done that or anything 😳

My favourite radishes to grow are an heirloom variety called French Breakfast radishes (pictured here). They’re long and cylindrical rather than round and they’re an absolute beauty in the garden and on a plate!

But any radishes will work for this recipe. And if you’ve got some fresh thyme growing in your herb garden, toss in a few sprigs to compliment the flavours in this dish.

I’ve gone from disliking radishes to literally salivating over this dish, so much so that I had to share the recipe!

Whether or not you love radishes fresh, these roasted radishes are a total game changer and a sure crowd pleaser. But don’t take my word for it. Do yourself a favour and try ‘em for yourself:)

Recipe link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/roasted-radishes-with-honey-butter/
.
.
.
#radishes #roastedradishes #radishrecipes #farmtotable #gardentotable #humanswhogrowfood #growfoodnotlawns #homesteadkitchen #nomnom #droolclub
...

🕷 There was a time in my life when finding a nest of spiders on my garden gate, VERY close to the handle, would have easily been considered one of my worst nightmares.

Seriously... Growing up I HATED spiders and was so terrified of them. One time there was a single spider on my grandma’s car window and I said “look Nanny, it’s Arachnophobia!” Anybody remember that movie? Let’s just say that it haunted me for many years of my life!

But when I started gardening and reconnecting with nature, suddenly spiders went from being something I was afraid of to something I welcomed on our property.

In the spring, I love seeing the garden spiders (I have no clue what they’re actually called) running around close to my fingers as I plant out seeds, many of them carrying large egg sacs on their back.

In the fall I love watching orb spiders spin their webs that capture the last of the summer rays and the first of the fall raindrops on their silky threads.

Even in the bathroom (why do spiders gravitate to the bathroom??) I always try not to kill the spiders that I find, but relocate them to the garden instead. A healthy garden is teeming with spiders and worms and butterflies and bees. A healthy garden is full of healthy life, and just like good bacteria helps ward off bad bacteria in our bodies, so too do the “good bugs” help to control the bad bugs in the garden, and spiders are one of the most beneficial bugs when it comes to that!

It’s amazing how much living close to the land changes you and gives you a greater respect for all life. As much as I’m still not ready to put my hands out and hold a spider (I literally passed out when I was a kid and tried to hold someone’s pet tarantula), I am learning to coexist with all things, and appreciate the unique purpose that every living thing serves here on Earth.

As much as it may seem like we have nothing in common, if you take a moment to just observe nature or sit in stillness by your garden gate, you’re sure to realize we all have more in common than most people might think.
...

© The House & Homestead | All Rights Reserved | Legal

Crafted with ♥ by Inscape Designs