Welcome to my Keto Journey! I've been following the ketogentic lifestyle for about a 2 years now and I've lost 55 lbs since I started!! That got my pregnancy weight off and then some. I still have 20 lbs to reach my goal weight (I'll talk more about why I chose this goal later), so I thought I'd invite you all to join me while I accomplish my goal, then transition to a maintenance Keto lifestyle.
Why I Originally started The Keto Diet
After a few years of IVF I had gained a few lbs by the time I got pregnant with Ashlyn (I weighed 173# at that time). Then I gained a whopping 50# during my pregnancy. And much to my chagrin, I did not lose most of that weight after the birth of the 8# baby and what I thought would weight a lot more than it did, the water. 2 months after she was born I was still up 40lbs from the day I got pregnant. And up 60-70 lbs from my ideal weight/comfort zone.
This hit me hard. I was not able to find clothing in regular stores because their biggest sizes didn't fit me. I started having pain in my knees & ankles that I had never experienced before. The pain was all a result of carrying so much extra weight that my body had not had time to prepare for. It started putting so much pressure on my lower limbs & just the process of standing up was painful.
Then I couldn't shake the feeling that I was just about to turn 40. That in itself didn't bother me (age is just a number, right?). It was that I was a new mom at 40. I would think to myself, my own mom is a very young 63-very physically active, active in her career, travels, etc... When Ashlyn is my age, I will be 80. That is a big difference and if I don't stay as healthy & active as I can, I won't be able to be that mom for her when she is my age. I fear that I will instead become a burden on her. Someone that she needs to take care of. I don't want that. I am going to make a change! I am going to be around & be my best for her, for as long as I can!
Getting Going-Trial & Error
I started the Keto lifestyle for the first time in January of 2017. I am not going to lie, it was hard at first. I got into ketosis fairIy quickly but I also definitely got the "keto flu" (feeling crummy as you enter ketosis). Luckily it only lasted for a few days and was usually just for a few hours a day. But...I was losing weight like crazy!!! I lost 16 lbs in my first month! That got me back under 200# and I was ecstatic!! But my aches & pains weren't gone yet. So on I go!
Within a few weeks of starting, we took our first trip on the road. We decided to "reward" ourselves with some "regular" food while we weren't home. This was a huge mistake!! First of all, in hindsight, if I want to make a change to my LIFESTYLE then I also need to change my views on what is a REWARD. Erasing all of my hard work & walking backwards is no-ones reward. And I certainly paid for it! It took me 3 months to get back into ketosis. I hadn't lost an ounce of weight & I was frustrated. But I pushed on.
Over the course of the next 12 months I was finally back into ketosis, losing weight consistently & the aches and pains were gone!! Down 55 lbs & I felt great! And the keto lifestyle was getting easier and easier! I was getting used to how many carbs/fat/protein were in most things that we ate so I wasn't relying on apps as much and we had a pretty good routine down!
Getting Off Track
Now, don't get me wrong! 2018 was one of the best years for us as a family! We bought our RV, travelled to new places, met so many new friends & just had a wonderful year as a family! But, again, when we were on the road we would "take a break" from the keto lifestyle because we enjoyed eating at certain restaurants, etc...
This became an easier and easier excuse to make because at this point I was able to get back into ketosis within a day or so after returning home! Here's where it got out of control-the "breaks" started getting longer & longer and more frequent & more frequent! At first I would "take a break" for the week we were gone. Then I'd rationalize that I should just continue my "break" until the next time we head out on the road because it wasn't worth going back and forth. Then, before I knew it, I was off keto for 2 months!! My weight would YoYo up about 7lbs each time then I'd spend the entire time between breaks trying to work those lbs off again. I'd finally get back to losing weight, back to my 163#, when we would head back out again and so on and so on. Fast forward to now and I have been off the keto diet for over 2 months, haven't worked out in at least 6 months, I'm up to 171 lbs and started having aches and pains again. I can't bend over to pick something up or try to sit down without my sciatic causing my leg to give out. My right knee hurts every time I try to climb into bed or sit on the floor to play with Ashlyn. Im not ok with any of it and its time for me to get my priorities back on track!
So now what?
I've made a commitment to myself (& to all of you!!!) that I am going to get back into a keto lifestyle and workout routine & find a way to maintain it-even on the road. No more "breaks". No more YoYo. No more aches & pains. No more excuses! And I hope sharing with you will help you get over some hurdles yourself and make the full time change to a keto lifestyle!!
Check out my next post for my first week and a half progress! I'll be sharing my meal plans with recipes, how my workouts have gone & how I'm feeling overall. And please comment with your experiences-frustrations-advice for me, etc... If you have read through all this it means we are in this together!! Lets go!!
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I am 2 years into my keto lifestyle! Lost a total of 55 lbs since I started-!! Will be sharing my ups & downs, recipes that work, grocery shopping tips as well as weekly workout schedule! Check back every Monday for an update & kick start to your week!