New year, new me and I wanted to share with you all the beginnings of my weight loss journey. In a way, it’s accountability, because if after six months I still look the same, I’ll look like Boo Boo the Fool.
Hopefully that won’t happen, but either way, I’m still sharing what I’m doing to lose the weight. A few months ago, I wrote a post on Keto recipes titled, 21 of the Best Keto Recipes for Weight Loss, needless to say, I didn’t know much about this type of diet. In fact, after I wrote the post, I didn’t even give it a second thought.
Why? Who knows? It’s not as if I couldn’t benefit from losing a few (a lot) extra pounds. I think it had to do with the thought that the Keto weight loss diet was too restrictive. Yeah, you could lose weight, but you weren’t going to eat anything good.
I won’t go into many details here, but Keto is simply a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb way of eating. The fat keeps you full and the limited carb forces your body to use fat as fuel. This puts your body in a state of ketosis.
Fast forward a few months and I’m writing about Keto from a different standpoint, an actual follower of the diet. As the new year approached, I realize that I did not like what I was seeing in the mirror.
Why I Decided to Go on a Diet
I found extra chins and my loose baggy clothes were now fitting like a too small latex glove. I once cried when I brought a rack of clothes with me on a trip only to find that I couldn’t fit half of them or that I looked like a bloated whale in the other half.
Unfortunately, that didn’t do too much to encourage me to start working out or dieting.
The turning point was actually quite vain, but I’m not embarrassed.
Here’s the story…
…One night my friend and I were going to get something to eat. I really didn’t want anything and I thought I would just ride with him. I did not expect to get out of the car.
Which is probably why I left the house with a scarf on my head looking a hot mess.
Anyhow, he convinced me to go to another place and said he would pay for me to get something to eat (I mean who turns down free food)? Well as we arrived at this carryout joint we looked over the menu to figure out what we wanted to order. At that moment, a man came in behind us and as I was about to tell him to go ahead because we weren’t ready, I noticed a familiar face.
The man ended up being a former co-worker and friend of mine. I was very excited to see him and we briefly caught up. After we said our goodbye’s my happiness quickly turned into dread.
Not only did I look a hot mess (I don’t even think I was wearing socks), I realized I was probably 40 or more pounds heavier than when we saw each other last. I quickly thought of what he was probably thinking how I let myself go and visions of what he would go back and tell our mutual coworkers danced in my head.
I was not happy with myself.
And at that moment, I was determined I had to lose this weight. Not just to look good, but to actually face the fact I didn’t look good at this weight. Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages including not having to see people. So not facing people, made me ignore the fact I was not looking my best self.
Why a Keto Weight Loss Diet
I began looking into ways to lose weight while being able to still eat food. I mean, I love to eat. Starving myself was not an option and I knew that I wouldn’t last two seconds doing it.
I didn’t want to have weight loss surgery, even though I was starting to be a little envious of the countless number of women who lost an enormous amount of weight (seemingly) without effort.
I’m not knocking weight loss surgery, however, I felt I would have been a sellout if I didn’t at least try to lose weight on my own first. Saying I was going on a diet, but never actually doing it was not the same thing.
During a conversation with one of my good friends, she spoke on how great Keto was to lose weight. She stated the weight practically just melts off of your body.
Not totally convinced about the high-fat part, especially when I wanted to lose fat not gain it. But, once I realized that the high fat meant healthy fat – and not donuts – I was able to jump on board.
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A Typical Day
In the beginning, I would eat breakfast with eggs (which I thought I was allergic to), bacon, avocado, and coffee. I would eat a salad with meat for lunch and usually my regular dinner, with substitutions (which I’ll discuss in a later post). And considering that I cook for other people who don’t have a weight problem and frown at anything that sounds like it’s too healthy to taste good; I’m just not willing to cook two different meals.
Nobody has time for that.
So, if I cook a chicken stir-fry, I will fix myself cauliflower rice and the others regular white or brown rice, and just load up on the veggies.
Nowadays, I’ve included intermittent fasting where I fast for 16 hours and eat during an 8-hour window. This has been pretty easy for me. I usually drink a cup coffee, forgo breakfast altogether or just have a light one at 12 PM. Having a cut-off time keeps me from snacking at night in front of the television, so that is an added bonus.
Progress Thus Far
After 5 weeks, I’ve been doing fairly well on the diet. There have been times that I goofed and didn’t realize that one of my favorite smoothies took all of my fat for the day (and week). I ate a piece of cake at a birthday party and I ate the biscuit in a chicken box (I was soooooo hungry, I couldn’t resist).
Overall, I’ve done my best.
Now have I been perfect? No, and I’m not going to beat up myself about it.
So far, I’ve lost 7.5 pounds. Which is amazing, considering I haven’t seen movement on the scale in over a year. I also don’t exercise (I exercised once to a Beachbody video, which was actually fun, but I haven’t done anything since). I walk my dog daily, but I definitely don’t meet my daily step goal.
What Has Worked
Even though I’m not perfect, I have given up bread, sugar, alcohol, and starchy vegetables. I even stopped eating bananas (which are my favorite). I don’t even eat candy, especially when I found out my favorite peppermints had a lot of carbs – yikes.
I don’t eat outside of my 8-hour window. If I get hungry, I will drink some green tea and that usually helps. There has only been a couple of times where I went to bed actually hungry.
If I have a taste for something with a lot of carbs, I just think of myself at my goal weight and how eating it will put a dent in my progress. In addition, tracking my food has been helpful as I’m able to use their calculator to see how well I’m staying low carb.
Is a Keto weight loss diet easy? Hell no.
Especially not for someone who likes me love a good biscuit. Does it work? Yes.
Staying low-carb is great for people who are looking to lose weight and haven’t had much success before. Will I stay on it for long? I’m not quite sure.
I may switch to a high protein, moderate fat, and low carb diet – but, I’m not sure yet. I’m still at an early stage in my weight loss journey. I want to lose 10 pounds every month, so there are a few things I need to do to meet those goals.
Going forward, I plan to exercise more. I would walk longer, but it’s so cold here in Maryland. I will have to wait until it gets a little warmer to venture out further. I get bored easily, so I will have to switch things up. I do plan, however, to add more strength training and worry about cardio later.
My diet is great, I am looking into more recipes so I won’t get bored eating the same things over and over.
What About Water?
As with any program, you’ll see the most results if you drink a lot of water. I’m not a fan of water, but I have forced myself to drink more of it.
I’m an admitted Diet Dr. Pepper addict, but surprisingly I have not had a soda, diet or regular, while on this program. I no longer crave for it, so it was a lot easier than I thought. I just have to work on drinking more water during the day.
As I stated above, I only lost 7.5 pounds in the last 5 weeks. When you take into consideration that I was not as strict on the diet as I could’ve been, I’m still pleased. I haven’t reached my goal yet, which is at least 10 pounds lost each month.
I’ll readjust this in May or June.
I didn’t take my measurements but can feel a difference in clothes such as my jeans. I purchased a new pair and after about a week, they were very loose I can no longer wear them without a belt.
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