13 months on Keto …

I started my journey to become healthier back in 2015 by joining the Fit Fatties group and completing a dozen different challenges, including doing a 5K, a 10K, taking the stairs, and more.  My highest weight, back in April of 2013, was 230 lbs.  It gags me to put this out there, but here is a photo of my at that time:

Gwen Lake Tahoe

Just awful.

By April 2016, I was just over being fat, miserable, unattractive …. I read about the Ketogenic diet on Facebook, then did further research online, and decided that THIS way of life (WOL) was doable.  So, I toned down my alcohol consumption to 1 glass of wine per evening, gave up sweets, and dialed down my carb intake to less than 20 grams per day.  Per day.  I went through my pantry, fridge, and freezer, and either threw stuff out or gave it away.  No sugar.  No flour.  No potatoes, bread, frozen meals, pasta, rice, fruit, or vegetable oil.  I bought coconut oil.  I bought fresh vegetables and avocados.  Upped my water consumption.  Walked a bit.

By July 23, 2016, I was in “Onderland” at 199.8 lbs.  Here’s a photo of me in the same shirt as above on that date:

gwen july 2016

About 30 pounds gone.

Since July, I’ve gone off plan — I went on vacation to Colorado and ate stuff I had avoided for 4 months, like beer, pizza, and sweets.  It’s been difficult to get back into the Keto WOL, but I’ve made a concerted effort, in the last month, to, again, lay off the liquor, stop the sweets, and watch what I eat.  I had gotten down to 195.2 just this past April 23, 2017, which isn’t a lot more than where I was back in July 2016, but this is the very same shirt today, May 04, 2017:
gwen may 2017

I didn’t think I’d really lost many inches, but definitely there has been changes.  The bust area is definitely smaller, and the shirttail can hang free and not touch my lower abdomen.  Unbelievable.

It’s tough to do, at times, because bread, my Kryptonite, is always at the table at nice restaurants, and my Mom still cooks the same meals.  That said, I’m more likely than not able to avoid the breads, chips, and sweets and make better choices.

My Dad keeps asking me if I’m still on my “diet.”  I finally said, “Dad, I’m never stopping this way of eating (WOE).  It’s my lifestyle.”  Keto works.

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