Sunday, May 3, 2020

How I Stayed Committed to the Ketogenic Way of Eating

How I stayed committed to the Keto Way of Eating
My One Year Keto Anniversary is May 4, 2020

On March 8th of this year, I wrote in detail about my progress as well as a little about Keto itself. I've lost approximately 60lbs in one year. I'm currently 59 years old, and for my 60th birthday in August, my goal is to be down another 15 pounds or so. However, if my body doesn't want to lose any more weight, then so be it.

For this review of my annual weight loss progress, I want to speak to how I've mentally been able to keep-on-keeping-on.

Down approximately 60lbs - 11 months on Keto in
this photo - Me 59 years old, and still dreaming
As I mentioned in my previous article, Keto is not for everyone. Weight loss is an incredibly personal journey and what works for one person might not work for another. However, in case your body or personality is a bit like mine, perhaps you'll find some common ground and useful tips in the points featured below.

How I Got Started

2019 was a tough year. We had a lot going on - sickness, death and other complications - it was rough. But now 2020 is like, 'hold my beer.'

I wasn't planning a diet, nope. It all happened by chance when a family member visiting was explaining how she had lost so much weight. I had been resigned to the fact that I would never lose weight again - until she started to explain Keto.

The first step for me was to learn about food. Decades ago I had lost weight after pregnancies via Weight Watchers, however, I really didn't understand Carbs - oh I thought I knew! But, nope, I sure the heck didn't. So, I'd start with learning about Carbs and the body. Here's a website with good information.

After reading about Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet, and trying that way of eating, I discovered that it agreed with my body. In fact, just by changing my eating, I lost 20lbs in the first month. So I would suggest learning about Ketosis. I'll let you google that and do your own research. There's a ton of it!

My Personal Mind Over Body Battle And How I Stayed Committed to the Ketogenic Way of Eating
  1. I absolutely couldn't succeed without the Carb Manager App on my phone. It auto-populates your food entries regarding protein, fat, carbs, and calories. It does much more; be sure to check it out.
  2. On tough days I drink a lot - of water (lol) - actually, Sparkling Water with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon is my go-to filler.
  3. I drink tea with cinnamon and Stevia or Truvia sugar substitutes in the evening when cravings might hit.
  4. Since the weight fell off very quickly in that first month, that kept me going.
  5. Seeing my Carb-Face disappear was a real motivator to keep going!
  6. I have RA (an auto-immune disease) and after losing the first 20lbs my health started to improve. I was in a bad way a few years ago, and today I feel 20 years younger.
  7. An auto-immune disease triggers flare-ups (inflammation - bad, horrendous inflammation) and excess weight keeps us in a low constant state of inflammation. Since my weight is under control, inflammation is under control. My last flare-up was October 2019 and that was because I got cocky and reduced my RA medication - dumb move. Since I'm taking the correct amount again, no more flare-ups ... knock on wood. I feel the combination of weight loss and my meds have helped me to improve by a country mile.
  8. One of my goals was to shock my Rheumatologist with how healthy I was. My most recent visit was January 2020 and she was very impressed, yep, and shocked! When she weighed me, her mouth dropped to the floor, lol. My blood work was good as well. I told her, that I had decided to take control of my own life, since ultimately that's the only thing we have control over.
  9. Feeling better, bit by bit, kept me on track. I absolutely didn't want to go back to feeling immobile, and to struggle to get up and down from the couch.
  10. It no longer became a diet but rather a way of eating. Since I now have an extended education on food, I'm careful about everything I choose to eat.
  11. Yep, other than the odd recipe for Keto bread made with almond flour, I haven't had regular bread, rice, pasta, regular sugar, or regular desserts since the day I made the big change one year ago.
  12. Since Keto requires eating a certain amount of Protein, my body now gets protein! I didn't eat enough of it before, and instead ate too many carbs! I was never a big eater, even before Keto, I was just eating the wrong food combinations for my body.
  13. I had forgotten what it was like to feel 'small' - Now that my weight is down, I feel like I did in my 20s and 30s. By that I mean, I feel light. That feeling motivates me every single day.
  14. I have two big-girl clothes bags in my closet and every time I shrink out of something, I add it to the bag. Once I hit my goal weight I'll be giving the bag(s) to the GoodWill. Adding my big-girl clothes to the bags for a year has been the best! In fact, I added two more pieces I shrunk out of a few days ago. That's the best feeling! To date, I have two large stuffed garbage bags with clothes that are now too big. I'm motivated to add more.
  15. With Keto, my tummy shrunk, and wowza, there's a feeling that keeps me motivated.
  16. Mostly I compete with myself to keep going. And I don't want to go backward, ever again
  17. Keto has become a way of eating now, it's not a diet. Keto dictates my food choices.
  18. My go-to snacks are about 15 to 20 Almonds with a teaspoon of peanut butter.
  19. Keto foods are my fave; Chicken, eggs, cheese, fish, lettuce, pickles, olives, cauliflower, measured veggies, salad dressing, nuts, cream, dips, what's not to love.
  20. Since sugar is no longer a part of my life, I don't have cravings. 
  21. When I was first diagnosed with RA in 2016 (at 56 years old), I was in terrible health and couldn't walk a Mall, or the Grocery Store without a cart. The other day, for the first time in four years, I was able to walk around our park without holding onto anything.
  22. My go-to exercise is my stationary bike, and my outside bicycle - doing that daily keeps me motivated to keep active.
  23. Since 2019 was 'Body' and every year has been 'Mind' - I decided that 2020 would be 'Mind, Body, and Spirit.'
So there it is, one year ago at this time of writing, I weighed 60 pounds more than I do today. 

Note: I'm not a doctor (a duh, lol) - I'm not advising anyone to go on a Ketogenic diet, rather just sharing my experience. If you're planning a diet, you know what they say, talk to your doctor first.



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19 comments:

  1. I love that this has worked so beautifully for you. Your body, mind, and spirit are working together in a new thrive pattern that is serving you well. I'm so happy for you, my friend. Please know that I admire what you are accomplishing. Respect, sister! Stay mighty! Live strong.

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  2. Very happy to hear that the Keto diet has worked well for you and that you have met your health-goal. You look marvelous. Thanks for sharing your story. Your determination and success are an encouragement to anyone who plans to commit to a health-goal. Well done, Barbara.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated. I guess we all get to where we need to or are suppose to be in our own time - looks like 2019 was my tipping point or something lol

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  3. I am very impressed with your results and inspired by your commitment and determination. I can easily understand how those bags of clothes encourage you to persevere. You are right that we each have to find a diet that works best for us, and our family. If everyone in your household is not basically on the same diet, it makes it a lot harder. After all, none of us wish to cook double meals each day. Losing 60lbs in one year is totally amazing and quite impressive! You look marvelous Darling!!!

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    1. Hey girl, thank you. I'm also fortunate that my sons do a lot of their own cooking, and they're all into healthy eating - makes it easier for sure. I love baking things though just so I can watch them eat it! hahaha!

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  4. I am so happy this has worked out so good for you. It's not easy finding a plan that works. You should be very proud of hw far you have come.

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    1. Brenda thank you - and to think I tripped on this completely by accident and wasn't even planning to diet - I guess it was destiny :)

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  5. It really is amazing how much easier it is to manage RA when you lose weight, I can totally relate to that and that light feeling that keeps you going. I am so happy that you've found a program that works for you and that you can continue for life.

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  6. Sounds like something I should try. Getting control is the hardest part, but the most necessary. I could stand to loose that much and a bit more. Thanks for putting this way of life out there for me to try. I hope I get the same results. Congratulations on your milestones, they are to be applauded.

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    1. Thanks Olivia - understanding food and how it affected me was the biggest first step - it's not easy at first, but as time goes by you go through so many changes that who you were and the difficulties in the beginning fade

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  7. I'm so glad to hear such good news and how happy you are. I agree with your thinking, It's not a diet, it's a way of life. That first month of losing 20 is really impressive. The whole year is impressive. Keep it going!!!

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  8. Whew, your journey to wellness is inspiring for sure! Thanks for the details.

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  9. You are an inspiration with your weight loss. Congratulations.

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  10. Barbara, I couldn't be any more proud of you if I tried! You look spectacular, you've got more energy and drive than the Energizer Bunny, and your RA is no longer keeping you from enjoying each day to the fullest. As you know, you were one of the people who inspired me to begin this journey as well, and living 52 pounds lighter, 4 clothing sizes smaller, and free of my chronic lower back, foot and knee pain feels amazing. I will always be deeply grateful to you for your inspiration and encouragement. You really are amazing!

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    1. Thank you, you're an incredible soul yourself girl. You've really accomplished big things with Keto! 52 pounds lighter, WOW, you must feel like a new person. It seems our bodies respond to the Keto way of eating. Really glad to read that your health has improved so much. That alone makes it worth it. Hugs to you my friend.

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