People ask me all the time, why do you eat Ketogenic? Why did you start Keto?
Here’s the simple answer, I was overweight. My body was NOT meant to be at the weight it was at. Yes, I may be 5’6”, but my frame is small/medium and at this point I was busting out of the medium frame. My body was maxed! I was lethargic, anxiety ridden (ok, I still am), and heavy. By heavy I mean I was out of breath walking up my stairs, my body felt too heavy to get out of bed some days, just to get off the couch I had to use extra strength to push those extra pounds up. Now, many of you saw me in my makeup tutorials and write me telling me I was not big. I know we all come in different shapes and sizes, but for my body, personally, I was too big. I was unhealthy. I started and stopped many different diets that I did not love or I had gained more weight from, which took me to the peak of the scale. That day I decided to have a very serious conversation with myself. NOBODY else is going to make me healthy, fit or HAPPY. It’s 100% up to me and I have failed myself. Every time I ate chips, I failed myself. Every time I devoured a bag of candy, I failed myself. Every time I had a glass (or two) of wine, I feel myself. What does it come down to? I was uneducated. I was unaware. I told myself, the only person responsible for my happiness is me, and I was doing NOTHING to better myself. No wonder I wasn’t “me”. I was digging my own depression grave.
Let me backtrack for a minute and tell you my past. I am not a committed person. Every diet I have tried I failed. Everything I do in my life I give up or I do not finish. I have great ideas and put 100% of my effort into them for a very short period of time. I love something, take food for instance, and will eat it for a week or two and then never want to eat it again. Two years ago, 2016, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to better the physical appearance of my face, my acne. I took every step needed to demand better skin (if you have read my skin care portion of this blog, I am sure you are very well aware of that journey). December 17, 2016 I completed that journey and stuck with it for seven months and every day forward I have kept that commitment to better my skin (after all it is put out there for the world to see)! 2017 I committed to getting my mental health under control. I made a promise to myself that I would not go into 2018 medicated. Now, let me make this very clear, this was my own personal journey and I was able to get off my medication. That does not mean that is for everyone and I am a firm believer on staying on medication if needed. It’s not a bad thing and nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. This commitment was one of the hardest ones yet. It was more than just doctors appointments and medication, it was therapy, understanding how my brain works, watching and reading Dr. Amen religiously and how to change my thoughts. The brain is very powerful and let me tell you it is not easy to change your thoughts and persuade your brain in the opposite direction. This took daily work and I committed to putting in those hours. On New Year’s Eve, I took my last antidepressant and woke up in 2018 with a new life. That was one of the hardest years of my life because as you can imagine raising two kids, my husband being deployed for seven months, and me, trying to get my brain straight was not the easiest task. In 2018 on New Year’s Day I made one resolution and that was to start bettering my body from the inside out. I would start not only a small weight loss journey, but also a journey to get ME BACK!
In January I was physically pained trying to get out of bed. I would have to take Tylenol (off my nightstand) just to roll over. I went to the chiropractor and started treatment that day. My posture is like a 90 year old ladies and my spine replicated a snake on the move! I knew this adjustments would help, but I also knew my weight was a huge factor!
April 4, 2018, I begin my research on how food affects my body and what my body needs. I knew I would never be able to commit to working out, it’s something I do not enjoy and it was unrealistic to tell myself I would do that knowing I would fail myself yet again. So how could changing my diet alone better my health? I discovered “Keto” and thought this may work. The worst thing that was going to happen was I would have to move onto another diet (which was my normal at this point). My longest “diet” had lasted about eight weeks.
Moving into the second week of April, I have researched and finally feel ready to dive into the Ketogenic lifestyle. I went grocery shopping, found recipes, and made a commitment to my mind & body that together we will be stronger, healthier, and happier. The first few days were the hardest. No sugar/no carbs! That’s all I ate prior to April 2018! How was I going to survive? Hour by hour, that’s how. Every hour I chose to not reach for a bag of chips or a candy bar. Hour by hour I chose water, flavored water, and tea (with no honey). My body then detoxed from sugar and I was now committed day by day. Tracking everything I ate, hitting my macros, and reminding my mind that it cannot fail my body. I then got into a routine of waking up and drinking bulletproof coffee, having a salad with chicken or steak for lunch and having a juicy lettuce wrapped hamburger for dinner. At this point, I wasn’t even thinking about snacks because I was staying full longer. My meals consist of fat and protein not carbs and sugar. I was not having blood sugar dips/spikes because my blood sugar was finally stable! (Did I mention I was hypoglycemic prior to eating keto? Not any more!)
Yes, some days are still hard, holidays are the worst to stay on track and learning what to eat when you’re out and about is tricky, BUT it’s all doable and seeing results makes the commitment that much easier!
Here is what I want you to take away from this post. It does not have to be about dieting, you can apply this strategy to anything in your life. You need to stay committed and always remember you are the only one responsible for your own happiness. If you feel stuck, remind yourself you are not a tree! You can move. Get out of your own way, get out of your own head, and tackle one thing at a time! Today is the beginning of your successful journey.
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