I had been "watching" what I was eating - but nothing was happening. I thought I was eating healthier but for some reason- nothing seemed to change. I was frustrated. I was tired. I was angry at who I saw in the mirror.
I started by cutting out some of the obvious carbs I knew I was overconsuming. Pasta, bread and the like. I also stopped nibbling off the kids plates when they were done eating. I know I am not the only mom who does it but it was definitely not helping my end goal.The scale would not budge from the 206 lb mark. I was the heaviest I had ever been outside of pregnancy.
I started to see some weight coming off when I stepped on the scale but it was slow and I knew I still needed to change some things. I started reading the fitness subreddit on Reddit. I stumbled upon the r/keto subreddit. I was curious - this was something I'd never heard of before. There were so many progress pictures, success stories and the like that I started getting excited.
However, I knew that it could just be hype and maybe these people ballooned back up when they finished the diet. That's when I found out that keto is a way of life. You don't just drop the weight and go back to eating all the carbs you want. Nobody will keep the weight off if they go back to eating the way that caused the weight gain.
I decided to give it a try. No pasta, no grains, no potatoes, no proccessed junk, limited fruit,etc. At first, I thought it was going to be super hard. With all of that gone- what could I still eat? The answer? Bacon, Eggs, meat of all kinds, butter, etc. Low Carb/High fat is definitely the yummiest "diet" I've ever tried.
I'll be honest though- the first few days were super hard- my body was used to eating lots of carbs- A LOT. I have succumbed on 2 instances to having something I shouldn't have (more on that in a bit). However, the difference is evident. I'm down to 183 pounds. My clothes are fitting better. I'm only a few pounds from my first goal and my big goal is eventually to get to 137. I'm eating better portion sizes, I am satiated and my energy level is better. My milk supply has not suffered.
Grocery shopping is easier. The cart is filled with meat, healthy fats, and low carb veggies. I do still buy things the kids and my husband like but for me- shopping is simple. When I reach my goal weight I will do some fruit but until then- I'm staying on track.
My daily goal is <20 carbs. At first that was really hard to achieve but now I am almost always under 20 carbs. I do a lot of cheese (block cheese- shredded usually has stuff added to prevent clumping), meat, etc. I am staying hydrated and as of today have started the 30 day Shred.
For the most part- I don't miss carbs. There are a lot of recipes out there to make carby foods keto friendly. Pinterest is FULL of LCHF recipes that taste like their carb laden counterparts but actually have very minimal carbs. I have cheated twice and ended up regretting it (real talk time!) . Once we went out to a burger place and I didn't want to drink tap water so I tried diet coke (which is technically keto friendly- it has no carbs) but I ended up bloated and my weight stalled for a few days. Then we had a date night and I ended up eating some tiramisu. I should have resisted but I'm human.
However, I learned that its not worth it.
I want to be healthier for my kids.
I want to be healthier for me.
I want to be healthier so I can enjoy growing old with my husband.
The big bonus?
My meals are yummy and look amazing!
(The meal pictured was zucchini noodles, with sauce and chicken)