Like so many women, I found myself over weight. Living by the typical american diet did me no favors and the food pyramid just seemed to set me up for more failure. Like so many, I tried all the suggested diets and found they either […]
60 Days ago I jumped into the Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting at the same time. I had no idea on day 6, my hardest day of Keto Flu, that I would lose this amount of weight in this amount of time. I am not […]
I want to thank this wonderful person for letting me share her keto diet weight loss success inspiration here on this new little blog. She shared her story in a facebook support group I am a part of and I knew I wanted to make sure I could find it again when a bit of uplifting hope is needed!
Hello Keto Friends,
This is my first time posting, Please accept my apologies in advance for how long this ended up being!
Like many of you, I have struggled with weight issues pretty much my whole life. Up and down, never TOO big, but always bigger than I wanted to be. After going thru a very painful divorce, followed by years of neglecting myself, I had ballooned up to 330lbs. Every year following my divorce I told myself, “THIS is the year I take care of ME”, and every year I failed myself.
Making the decision to stop the madness came later than I may have liked, but it finally came, and on June 5th 2016 it was finally time for ME.
I had done the “low carb thing” after I had my daughter in ’98 and it worked. At that time I was 30 and I lost 55lbs pretty quickly. It was a bit of a struggle, and I treated it like a diet other than a way of life.
This time is SO different. I started low carb and moved to Keto pretty quickly. It has been ridiculously, surprisingly, easy thanks to WONDERFUL Groups like this, and a huge amount of online resources. My kids have supported me 100%. From the start my 14-yr old son would help calculate the amount of carbs so I wouldn’t go over. My daughter consistently tells me how great I am doing and how beautiful I am. My kids are fit, and even tho they don’t need to lose any weight, they now look at every label and are amazed at the amount of sugars and carbs that are in the foods that they like to eat. Oftentimes they make a different choice. My kids are THE reason I live and breathe, so their support means everything to me.
I can honestly say, with the WOE I have not felt deprived at all. I resist unhealthy foods easily, and I am able to modify any meal, anywhere.
Quite by accident, Intermittent Fasting has become a regular thing for me the past few months. As my body has become used to this WOE I find myself less and less hungry. During the work week, I have bullet proof coffee in the morning, and then I usually don’t eat until dinner. I do not deny myself, if I am hungry during the day at work, I just buy a few cheese sticks from the honor bar. I usually eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends.
I DO NOT use a scale.
The scale cannot measure how good you feel every day
The scale cannot measure your new found confidence
The only way I know my starting weight is from a Dr. Appt I had in March 2016 before I began this WOE.
For some, the scale works, but for me, if I get on the scale and I am not happy with the number, I am fearful that I will somehow lose confidence. As long as I feel good, and I am eating healthy keto foods, then I rely on faith, not a number.
I pledged I would only get on a scale after a year, and not before, which brings us to Monday, June 5th which was my 1-Year Keto-versary!
I got on the scale at work (we don’t have one at home!) and as of Monday I have lost 84lbs
I am not where I want/need to be yet, but that is OK. I am proud of where I am. This is a marathon, a fresh, new beginning for me. And it is no longer just about weight loss, it is about health and energy and it is quite simply the way I will eat for the rest of my life.
My only problem with this WOE is that I can’t keep my kids away from my bacon, avocados and fat bombs!
I want to THANK YOU ALL for sharing all your beautiful pictures, your incredible inspiring stories and your delicious recipes.
I am so GRATEFUL to have this forum. Without all of you, I would be lost!
For those just starting or struggling, don’t give up! I know it sounds cliché, but if I can do it, you can too!
I may not have not lost the most pounds in a year of this group, but I have lost consistently and I am 1000 times happier and healthier.
Keep the faith, and if you fall, get back up!
Take Care, Be Well, and KETO ON!
— Debi Smithwick
Science tells us that social support is important for many things, this includes losing weight and getting healthy. A very nice lady posted about her 100 lb loss and just how she got there with the Keto diet. I have found her journey to be […]
A frustrated woman with thyroid issues was in a keto group venting about she has stalled for 3 months and just sick of the diet. As helpful suggestions and support poured in I noticed she was reluctant to really hear it. I think frustration can do that to us sometime.
Some of the ideas:
Fasting – She said she couldn’t because she is a type 2 diabetic. This is a myth that people with diabetes can’t fast! Great link on Intermittent Fasting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a2Fsfa8e4I&feature=youtu.be this video is helpful too: https://youtu.be/9A7aZ1NEGsU
Ask her Doctor to up her Thyroid medication – She says is in normal range, though others explained that medicating this health issue to the symptoms rather than the number is important but most doctors have not caught up to that science yet.
Heal Her Gut – This is such a big deal but she didn’t reply to the suggestion
Thyroid medication isn’t enough – Great site was suggested to explain why medication is not enough when dealing with Thyroid issues: stopthethyroidmadness.com
Try Armour thyroid
Have Estrogen tested – It can stall weight loss.
Try High Intensity short interval workouts or Weight Training. – She says she walks, but is open to this!
SLEEP! People who don’t get at least 8 hours have 50% more insulin resistance!
She didn’t mention how she feels doing Keto. Just that she doesn’t look good at 177lbs. My heart hurts for her. She is suffering and clearly working hard but something needs to change. I am glad she got to vent.
This though was my comment in the light of her saying she doesn’t see the point of keeping going with Keto when she can take her diabetic medication and eat to her meter.
We have diabetes…. the sugar in carbs WILL rot us from the inside out. I see Keto as the only solution, weight loss or not. A neighbor had her legs amputated a few years back and she just died a few days ago. (she ate to her meter!) Bless her soul. I will NOT be her. I will not rot. Even eating to the meter can be too many carbs and most diabetic medication make the numbers LOOK good, because they are shoving the sugar into cells, cells full of sugar for so long just ROT. The medication doesn’t actually flush the sugars out of your blood, they forcefully shove it into already bloated sick cells to get it out of you blood. It isn’t ok either! It is just a slower death and one might argue more painful! Anyway, I love all the ideas that people have shared, it sounds like you can make a list of them and go from there to figure out what to do in addition to keto to break the stall. I know you are frustrated, vent away, you haven’t lost this battle, you just need to add to the strategy a bit!
I wanted to blog this because I have only been on the Ketosis Diet and Intermittent Fasting for 25 days! There will come a day when the weight stops melting away and I will have to change something. I will need this advice too! There will come a day when I might well be this woman who has tried so hard and just hit a wall. Maybe you are like her and need this advice! Save this post, come back to it if you need it!