My journey began on the 8th May 2017 and it changed my life forever. When my friend told me she was doing this way of eating I was sceptical. I’d been told all my life that eating high fat was really bad for you so I told her to be careful. Living interstate, it was a couple of months until I saw her again in person, and the difference had me floored. That trip I also spoke to another friend who told me more about the science supporting this way of life and that her doctor was supportive. They were key factors in my decision to start. I reasoned that as it’s based on solid science, has medical backing and I had seen such positive results for myself, then I had to give it a go.
I started at 138.9kg (I’m so embarrassed by this). I had managed to lose 6kg to get to that point, but that had taken me 3 months to do using a traditional diet. Needless to say, the task ahead of me felt impossible, so really I had nothing to lose by giving this a go. Once before, when I was younger, I had lost a significant amount of weight (but nothing compared to this), through eating “healthy” and exercising obsessively. However, eating that way I was starving all of the time, and as soon as I would go out with a friend or treat myself I would have massive setbacks. When a friend came back into my life and we were spending lots of time together, I fell back into old habits and was eating lots of the wrong foods again and my addiction quickly resurfaced. Of course, I ended up right back where I started, and actually in a worse position.
I was super active, dancing and playing basketball multiple days a week, but this had no effect on my weight. I now understand that exercise really doesn’t have much impact on weight loss, despite all of its other health benefits, but back then I didn’t.
I had tried every way under the sun to lose weight and nothing ever worked or was sustainable. Now, having been keto for nearly 14 months, I feel like I know the secret to good health and I wish everyone knew about it.
On my journey, I have learned that sugar is the most addictive substance I have ever had. It wasn’t my lack of willpower that was the issue, it was just that there was no way I could win that fight if I even had a little bit of it. I have learned that I can’t go near it, but also that it isn’t worth it if I do because I won’t enjoy it and my body reacts violently to it now. I look at how I feel now and compare it to how I felt then and I feel the best I have ever felt. Back then though, that was my normal and I had no idea that it wasn’t how I should feel.
During the first 14 months of the rest of my life being keto, I have lost 55kg. I still want to lose more but I am so happy with my progress. Taking photos and looking back at how far I have come is the best thing I could have done.
I have had so many other health benefits, and I was so lucky to see them quickly which was a great motivator. My sleep quality improved quickly. My polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms eased. My blood pressure and heart rate dropped significantly. I get sick less often. Breathing is easier, the pilates classes I was already doing quickly became easier and I can walk at a much faster pace now. I also enjoy finding new recipes and cooking more than I ever thought I would.
End of July 2018
I also suffer chronic back pain as the result of a car accident. This has been the area of my biggest gain on this way of eating. I can’t tell you that it has lessened my pain, although I’ve read other people who say it has for them, but it has given me the mental clarity and strength to handle the pain much better. Before I started it was all I could do to get through a full day of work. There was no chance I could come home and cook a meal or clean or do anything else. Even something as simple as chopping some veggies would induce a flare. On the weekend it would take me a half a day to clean the house because I needed to rest in between every task I did. Now, despite the same pain levels, everything has changed. I can get through work more easily. I can do things other than sitting on the couch after work, such as returning to my beloved dance classes. And cleaning the house now takes me a quarter of the time it used to.
I am just starting to have days where I feel really confident in my appearance. It makes a nice change but I am still learning to wrap my head around this. My mind hasn’t caught up with my body yet. Clothes shopping is fun again.
I have found what works for me and for me this change is for life. I seriously owe everything to finding this way of life. I’m going to be forever grateful to my friends for introducing me to it, and to the admins of this group who work tirelessly to give everyone the support they need. You really make a huge difference. And to every one of you who have ever commented on or liked a picture.