Four years ago, I started this blog to share my food and fitness journey as I navigated chronic pain no one could identify and a correlating weight gain I just couldn’t shake. My goal was to share my recipes and workouts so anyone wanting to follow along could do so. About halfway through grad school, I lost my way. I was swamped with school, working full-time, and giving myself very little space for self-care. This past September I finally got a name for my muscle pain (for those following along, that’s over six years since my pain started) and despite a concrete diagnosis and an excellent support system in The Boyfriend, I still never really got my shit together. I guess what I’m trying to say is yes, I lost my purpose for a while, but I’m on a mission to find it again and finally make some longterm progress. I’m back and I’m here to stay.
Stick around for lots of new slow carb and paleo recipes and some of my workout routines as I try to gain back the strength my disease has tried to wrangle away from me. Be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat for weekly meal plans, workouts, and cooking demos plus updates on my adventures with Glycogen Storage Disease Type VII.
Oh boy, I’m a little nervous to post these pictures as I haven’t really done a side-by-side comparison yet. I started the Slow Carb Diet at nearly 190lbs with an average blood pressure of 145/90 and a size 14 pant that I still couldn’t get comfortable in. Despite all these things, despite battling a muscular disorder (fibromyalgia), I have had endless support from The Boyfriend and with his patience and help, I am coming up on eight months of being nicotine-free and about five months of serious dedication to the slow carb lifestyle. I am also (of course) reading the book, Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body which you can buy here. For more tips, tricks, news, and updates on my personal progress, follow me on Instagram here and like my Facebook page here.
I’ve lost about 2″ on my waist, possibly more now but I’ve been too scared to check, 2% body fat (I started measuring BF about 2 months ago), and can comfortably fit into most size 12 pants now. I still have a long way to go, but I didn’t gain 60 pounds in one week, I’m not going to lose it in one week. As of last week, my blood pressure was near-textbook perfect at 120/86.
Hellooo lovely readers. I know I’ve been slow on posting original slow-carb recipes lately, but you try living with your grandma for the summer and see if it doesn’t cramp your style!
While I haven’t been posting new and exciting recipes as often as I’d like to, I HAVE been posting a lot of other great health and slow carb diet related articles on my FACEBOOK PAGE. So if you miss me during my MIA brainstorming time, come check out my page here and “like”/subscribe for daily updates on the newest Slow Carb Diet information and other interesting articles about health, nutrition, and fitness.
In addition to my Facebook page, I am constantly updating Twitter and Instagram so don’t forget to follow me there too! You can tweet @slowcarbsnacks and follow me on Instagram @slowcarbsnacktime where I am constantly posting my food choices for sticking to the slow carb lifestyle in the middle of a busy work day and other photos of my weight loss/fitness progress and living life with fibromyalgia.
Hope you guys are loving my stuff so far, please subscribe to my blog ’cause I have some super exciting new recipes in the works (and have fine-tuned a few others)!
Tonight I am going to try making scrambled eggs in a muffin pan so I have breakfast up and ready to go in the mornings, and a second, better attempt at my ribs from a few weeks ago. I also am currently defrosting a RABBIT so tomorrow’s dinner should be really interesting!
Thank you for all your love and support and I wish you the best with your Slow Carb journey – or whatever mission you are on, be it fat loss, muscle gain, or just a general desire to be healthier and stronger ❤
In some super exciting news, here is my most recent progress picture that I can’t stop staring at – if you had told me three months ago that I could do 30 push-ups now, I would have laughed in your face.
Due to various excuses I have, like my new job and The Boyfriend moving across the country, I’ve been eating like crap for the last few weeks and oh boy do I feel it. I am determined to resume my workout schedule in the morning and get back on track. I want last year’s summer clothes to fit even better this year! So, to help myself and other people who have slipped up recently, here are some happy thoughts: