This past weekend was a big one for me. Not because there was some huge concert or party I attended, or some life changing event that occurred.
It was simply a fleeting number… “218.8“, flashed up on a digital screen below my feet. It was just a series of numbers that set the tone for the future, and at the same time, seemed to justify the past months actions. This number instantly shed any anxiety that I was harboring as remnants of the past decade of yo-yo weight and self-image issues.
218.8 signified a 50 pound weight loss since I got it in my thick skull that I needed to change myself. While the graph shows an almost 10 month journey, this milestone has been years in the making. I was a “husky” kid and that carried onto my adult years. For most of my adult life, my weight has waxed and waned. I have lost weight doing challenges and such, but always seemed to gain it back. This has happened time and time again.
This past September I had a visit with my doctor and recorded my heaviest weight ever… 268.8lbs. During this visit, I was also place on another medication for reflux and heartburn, which was in addition to my high blood pressure medication. I came home dejected, depressed and very self loathing. This was the lowest that I have ever felt about myself and the very next day, I decided to make a change… I ordered my Fitbit Blaze and started focusing on what I was eating.
It took me a few months of trying different things before I stumbled upon Keto. Just after the first of the year I slowly worked my way into Keto. I still remember the first “swap” I made was swapping potato chips for dill pickle spears. With pickles I still got the salty flavor and crunch that I got from a chip. From here I worked to reduce my carbs first, then worked on increasing my fat intake. It was by no means an overnight transition, however, persistence is key! I just kept working it each day and trying to make the best decision of what to eat whenever I was faced with that question. This is still what I practice today and I feel that is key to why I have been able to lose 50 lbs!
Everyone has heard the question: “How do you eat an elephant?…. One bite at a time.” When transitioning to Keto, small steps, repeated over time is all that is needed. It seems daunting at first and overwhelming to give up what has been a staple in most american diets, but if you do it slowly, over time, it becomes second nature.
With all of that said, I want to thank everyone who has liked, commented on, followed, etc. my journey to today! You will never know how much you all have helped me remain focused and steadfast in my journey…. Thank You!