So this is a hard thing for me to do…
I’ve been going back and forth with myself whether or not to publish my story to the world and start this blog with everything I’ve learned from the amazing benefits of the keto diet.
I’m not here to brag or show off. This is not an ego project.
I’m simply here to share my story in hopes that it resonates with you.
Since starting this site I would have been beyond ecstatic if I helped just one person improve their life.
Luckily, that number is in the hundreds. Maybe you’ll be next?
Here’s my story
Before keto I was morbidly obese. The kind that you see on TV. I didn’t know my exact weight because no normal scale you could buy was able to tell me. I was too fat for it.
Getting around for me was a struggle. Standing for long periods of time was not only exhausting, but made my whole body ache.
It seemed like every second of the day I was sweating and extremely hot.
I still can’t believe I let myself get that way. I let myself go terribly.
When people see how I look now compared to how fat I was, they say I look great.
In the back of my mind, I’m still embarrassed with how I used to look and how much of a mess my life was.
My turning point
I was on a vacation with my family (one I completely ruined by the way) for me to tell myself, “No. More.”
My family and I took a vacation down to Florida. I LOVED the Harry Potter books and have wanted to go to the area in Universal Studios so bad. It was at the top of my bucket list.
When we finally got there, things got bad…
I could barely get anywhere. For me, walking around was nearly impossible.
I would have to plan ahead and see where the next rest stops were like benches and shady areas before starting to move in any direction.
It was just embarrassing.
I only was able to see a tiny amount of the Harry Potter area. I was more concerned with getting in areas where there was AC then exploring the amazing part of Universal Studios I’ve always dreamed of seeing.
Being fat stole a lot from me. I wish I could say that once I got home I immediately started my diet and my life is now a happy ending.
The truth is, it took almost another full year before I decided this was the time for me to step up before I wasn’t around for my family anymore.
That shift has to happen within all of us. A shift that enough is enough and that you are fed up living the way you have been. It’s a mindset that nothing will stop you. A burning desire to succeed.
For most people this would be hard to do, but my burning desire to get my life under control was greater.
I immediately started eating only one meal a day and following guidelines recommended for the ketogenic diet.
My daily calories would range from 1,000-1,500 a day. Looking back, this wasn’t the healthiest choice, but it’s what I did.
It was hard, but I desperately needed to do it. I read a study about a man who fasted for 382 straight days. That was enough for me to know our bodies are capable of so much more than we give it credit for.
I quickly got into a routine and never looked back since the day I started.
I’ve refused to have cheat meals or days too. I promised myself and my family that I wouldn’t fall off the rails. I would succeed if it killed me. It actually did the opposite… it gave me my life back.
I would weigh myself about once a month. I let the mirror and my clothes tell me whether or not I was going in the right direction.
I’ve since lost hundreds of pounds and I feel and look the best I can remember.
I started wearing 7-8XL shirts and 4XL pants. I’m proud to say that today I fit comfortably in XL shirts and L pants.
Yes, there is a LOT of hanging skin. They’re a reminder of how far I’ve come.
When I think about where I started on this beautiful weight loss journey, I think of a specific line from the movie, Apollo 13.
“From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle. We just decided to go.”
Thankfully, that’s just what I did. I decided to go.
I hope you will too.
Much, much love. Thanks for reading.