Today we’re celebrating the non-scale victories. Those moments you stop and think, wow, go me! Non-scale victories can be small things like fitting into your jeans better.
They can be big things, like beating a personal best at the gym. Non-scale victories can also be very profound and improve the way you experience life.
This week, we’re looking at some of the exciting non-scale victories we’ve achieved so far on keto.
Alex’s 3 Non-Scale Victories
1. I’m Losing Inches Left, Right, And Center
Measuring your waist is a good way to check you’re not carrying too much fat around your internal organs. We call this type of fat “visceral fat”.
If you have too much visceral fat, you raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. It’s important to measure visceral fat because you could have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) and still be at risk.
Since I set out to get my blood lipids under control with the ketogenic lifestyle, I’ve lost 3 inches off my waist. That’s 3 inches of fatty adipose tissue no longer pressing up against my vital organs!
We made a graph so you can track how many inches we’ve lost along with us. As you can see, there’s a clear link between my time on keto, my weight decreasing and my waist shrinking.
2. People Are Noticing I’ve Slimmed Down
A co-worker of mine did a double-take in the coffee room when he didn’t recognize me at first. I sat down next to him on the sofa and it took him a good few seconds to realize who I was!
He said I looked very “streamlined”, which I’m almost certain was a compliment.
3. My Work Performance Has Increased
Sitting down and starting my workday has never been so easy. It’s surreal. I’m replying to emails and crumpling up sticky notes before I’ve even finished my first cup of coffee.
I suppose you could say I’m a better multi-tasker these days. I’m able to sit and tackle a task to completion without getting fidgety or anxious.
Tell me in the comments if you’ve experienced any non-scale victories on keto!
Chelsea’s 3 Non-Scale Victories
1. Learning To Never Give Up
It sucks to put on weight. I would know, I’m very good at it. It especially sucks to put on weight while following an eating plan designed for fat loss!
But, as I evangelized in my last post, no human woman can gain 8 lbs. in a week on excess calories alone.
No, it was the estrogen that got me. Or rather, it was my estrogen PILLS that got me. I have to put it out there that every aspect of my being was affected – not just my weight.
My emotions ran rampant, my skin started freaking out and my cycle was less than cyclical, to say the least.
But I decided to push through and keto on – and boy am I glad I did. What the graph shows is that once my body had a chance to get used to the new meds I’m on, I stopped gaining weight.
Because I never gave up eating low-carb, I lost almost all the hormone weight within a week.
If I had given up, where would I be?
2. My Clothes Fit So Much Better
I’ve been avoiding trying any of my “skinnier Chelsea” clothes on – those I’ve gotten too big for years ago but won’t let go of. I did so because
I don’t want to get my hopes up, try on a cute dress and feel like a lardy failure. Yesterday, however, I decided to break the seal.
I pulled on a pair of jeans that I’d found stuffed in the back of my cupboard, and to my utter amazement … they fit like a dream. I wore them triumphantly to the store later just because I could.
3. Strong and Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
Full discloser, this is not my first tango with ketosis. I probably tried getting into the keto lifestyle 2 or 3 times before Alex and I embarked on this 28-week journey.
I gave up because I was ill-informed, impatient and a bit lazy to be honest.
I was so excited to make it this far into keto, and observe these results again. I wanted to test my theory that I would see a drastic improvement in my hair, skin, and nails after a few weeks in ketosis.
One thing I can tell you for a fact is that my nails become unbreakable on keto, and this time is no different. I can get away with looking like I spent $200 on acrylics with nothing but a nail-file and a quick swipe of polish.
What non-scale victories didn’t we mention? We’d love to hear what you have to say. Let us know in the comments!