Hey friends! Happy, happy Friday!! I am very happy that the weekend is here. It’s been a long week, actually a long few weeks to be honest! Ben is on a very long stretch of mandatory 12 to 13 hour shifts and it has not been fun!
In other news, I wanted to give you guys an update on my keto journey! I decided back in December to start the keto way of eating. In fact, I decided to start on Christmas day. Crazy, I know, but I just felt like there was no good time or day to start and I had been already eating like a crazy person for months. I actually started 2020 off really well and then midway through the year I would say I just sort of lost my way.
I get discouraged because I have tried many diets before and have been successful, but gained the weight back after some time. Back in 2018, I did a diet called Opatvia and I looked incredible, lost 30 pounds, felt great but was not able to maintain the diet and keep the weight off. Some of my really good friends continue to have success with this diet, but I felt like long-term it wasn’t for me.
Over some time, I heard a lot of people, including my mom, have a lot of long-term success with keto and so I decided I’m going to give it a shot. My mom has been doing the keto diet for two years and has kept off her weight and also felt really good. We are all high risk for diabetes and hypertension, so getting our diets and our weight under control is of extreme importance.
The simple breakdown of the keto diet is that you are cutting your carbs and your sugar. They encourage you to keep your carbohydrates at 20g per day to lose weight. Over the past month I would say my carbs were between 20 to 50g per day. In full transparency I was not perfect, there were days where I had wine, there were days where I wanted a few gummy snacks, which are my Achilles’ heel LOL! All in all however, I did make a big change. I cut my carbs, I increased my water and I definitely have been moving more.
The hardest part about 2020 was that I was actually working out a lot. I would work out anywhere from 5 to 6 times per week, but was not losing any weight! In my before pictures I was doing high intensity interval training and cycle classes, but look how bloated I was! I’ve learned that the way you look is 80% what you eat. Truly, I feel that I’m just getting started and I have big goals. I’ve lost a lot of inches, but I haven’t really weighed myself a ton. I feel like the scale can be extremely discouraging. I just want to be healthy and at a healthy weight! Here’s to the beginning! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! So much love to you guys!
Started on December 25th.