Before I begin to go into the details on low carbohydrate diets, let me talk a little about my personal experience, where I came from and why. To be honest I was a little unsure about sharing too much information but I think it’s important to be upfront and honest about where I came from on this journey, where I am now and where I want to go. I know that I’m not the first and I won’t be the last person to go through this. If we aren’t open and honest about our weight and our health we can never be fully accountable for our actions so here we go.
I have always been overweight, for as long as I can remember. I’ve always struggled to buy clothes that fit, even as a teenager I never wanted to think about fashion and I’ve spent most of my life trying to shift the focus as far away from myself as possible. As time goes on and you get older, have children and gain more weight (especially with pregnancy) it’s easier to allow yourself to be caught up in fulfilling everyone else’s needs and push aside thinking about yourself. Everyone else comes first all the time and it’s easy to lose yourself in the day to day routine. This was how I lived for years and when I was finally ready to really look at myself straight in the eye and acknowledge ultimately what I had done to myself, the reality was shocking. I had put myself in the position where I was suffering serious health issues and was on the brink of adding a number of new medical issues to the list. I realised that I couldn’t continue the way I was going. It was absolutely unsustainable and if I was going to be there for my children and my family in the long term I was going to have to take full responsibility and accountability for my actions from that day forward.
This photo of me was taken in October 2016. When I saw this photo in October this year (2017) I was so shocked. I had no idea I was that bloated and overweight. Here I was thinking I looked good that day. The worst part was that I ended up putting on another 6kg after this before I decided enough was enough. I had spent so long avoiding looking in the mirror when I finally did I didn’t even recognise who was looking back. At my heaviest I weighed 101.8kg. I couldn’t believe it. I was so disappointed with myself that I’d let myself get so out of control. Some of the medical issues I was having at this weight included reflux, high blood pressure, carpel tunnel in both wrists, heart palpitations, stomach problems, sore ankles, the shakes if I didn’t eat regularly and when coming down off a sugar binge, unable to sleep, stressed, constantly fatigued plus all the other mental health issues such as low self-esteem, low self-worth and being constantly racked with guilt over my poor food choices and my weight.
This photo was taken in November of 2017 when I had reached 82kg. What a difference 11 months makes. I no longer suffer from carpel tunnel, reflux, my heart beat is normal, my stomach has settled, my blood sugar is stable, blood pressure has dropped. I don’t think about food constantly, when I sleep I sleep soundly, when I’m awake I feel awake and alert. I feel 1000% better so my self-esteem is high, I can actually walk into a shop and purchase clothing without going straight to the extra-large section. I don’t look for food, in fact when I’m in Ketosis I only eat 3 meals a day, no need to snack. I feel so much better and I wish I had realised this earlier. My goal for 2018 is to get down to 75kg and I look forward to reaching this goal with you all.
As with any diet, healthy eating or weight loss program you need to make peace with the fact that this change that you are embarking on is not going to happen instantly. The weight didn’t creep on overnight and it is going to take some time to come off. Indeed, it’s best to take your weight loss slowly and let your body stabilise as you decrease in weight. The slower you lose the weight the less likely you will put it all back on. I did find that when I was in full Ketosis all week I was losing around 1kg a week. The graph below shows my weight loss over the 10 months. As you can see it’s a gradual process and some weeks will be better than others. If you believe in yourself, find your inner strength and stay strong during the hard times you will be successful in achieving your goals. If I could do it, anyone can!!
During this period when I was in Ketosis, I didn’t join a gym or start a walking program due to time constraints. I lost weight purely by controlling the food and beverage products I put in my mouth. I do highly recommend exercising when you can as you need to maintain the muscle tone of your body as you lose weight. A simple walk around the block to get some fresh air can really help to clear your head, help you to refocus your goals and will also aid in faster weight loss.
My next page will cover a list of the low carbohydrate foods that I included in my diet. These foods will form the basis for the recipes that I will also be sharing. Please share your own experience with weight loss on a low carbohydrate diet. I would really love to hear your success stories.
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