working some fat off! This is me in my school group picture. I cried when I saw it and immediately made a copy, cut out the kids, and kept this in my planner for “inspiration”, I guess you could say. I wasn’t ready to do anything about it then. I was still struggling daily, hourly, it seems, with depression. It took another few months and literally climbing a mountain to finally pull out of that dark place and start living again. The right side is me last night. I feel so much better!
So, what is the secret? I wish I could say that it’s easy.
1. Keto. I cut the sugar completely. My sugar, I mean my daily Coke habit, sweet tea, most fruits, and all other sources like stress jar candy. (yes, it’s a thing. Don’t judge )
2. I am eating/drinking a lot of FAT. Good fat.
3. I do not think or count calories. I just eat protein, vegetables, and fat. I will occasionally add some starchy vegetables like potatoes.
4. I walked a ton and ran a few miles a week. I did not up my running mileage but I did greatly increase my walking.
As an avid Whole 30 and Paleo fan, I’m ashamed to put these pictures out there. I was at my healthiest weight and loving a 2 year journey with those 2 approaches to health. After we lost the baby, I kept thinking the depression would gradually go away and it DID NOT. A year and half later, I finally started to see and feel some changes mentally, emotionally, and physically.
So what’s next? I have a ways to go. These pictures are a great starting point, but I’m not done. The weight fell off so fast with the first weeks of keto and now I’m slowing down to 1-3 lbs a week. I’m also not strict keto because I’m adding more starchy carbs as my half marathon training is ramping up. I also know from experience that training for a race can cause my body to hold on to every calorie. I won’t panic over stalls and plateaus but I’m so glad I’ve now removed 30lbs of weight off my frame.
I’ll share more as I start posting more. I have recipes and book reviews and racing tips and training plans to talk about. I also plan to start the very large September Whole 30 that’s coming up soon! More details soon
Thanks for reading, those who still check in!