Health Progress, Keto Beginner, Open Blog, Uncategorized

1 Year Anniversary

It’s been a year.  Whoa.  I cannot believe I managed to make it this far.  Not because the keto lifestyle is hard or I’m hungry or whatever, but because I have tried and failed so many times and so many ways just to get healthy.

The Starting Point

Let’s talk about where I was when I was finally willing to give Keto a try.  I had just returned to work after a summer vacation of trying to lose weight with traditional diet and exercise, I had been taking the metformin prescribed by my dr to help me control the insulin resistance, PCOS and prediabetes, I had zero hope of getting pregnant, I was wearing dresses that were very forgiving if I gained or list (but you know I was gaining), my anxiety was okay so I was able to get off of my lexapro (until I went back to work, it got crazy and I had to go back on nearly immediately), I kept swelling and turning red with achy joints and didn’t know why (adrenals were shot and I didn’t know it), I wasn’t sleeping very well, I had regular and daily headaches due to stress, sinuses and who knows what else along with migraines that were pretty frequent, regular chronic sinus infections which meant a lot of antibiotics regardless of what I did to try to keep it at bay, regular-ish cycles which really weren’t that regular but I did have them (thank you PCOS), nails that split and broke and peeled which caused concern about the bones I couldn’t see and their health, I was always hungry, had IBS and chronic, daily diarrhea (those pool signs were a joke because I never had diarrhea from being contagiously ill, just from everything else in my life), exhaustion and sometimes I had a hard time focusing and thinking straight…I actually could go on.  But I think you can see here that I was a hot mess!

At that point, 1 year ago, I was 37 years old with no idea how to fix myself.  I knew I was killing myself and had often in recent years simply given up on how to be healthy because everything I did failed so miserably.  If I managed to lose anything, I would gain it back immediately.  I spent a lot of time and money trying new diets, old diets, cleanses, supplements, etc.  I could not figure out what my body needed to even survive.  At 37 I found myself ready to begin desperate measures…surgery.  I actually researched various surgeries.  I had even gone to the classes my insurance company provided to help me learn more about health, lose weight, use their dietary supplements and food replacements (that aren’t actual food), but mostly I went to be held accountable and still failed miserably.

The beginning of Keto was actually early Summer 2017.  My coworkers and I had a weight loss challenge for the summer.  We all put in money, I think like $40-50 and the winner got to keep the entire pot.  This was really what I needed.  Accountability and support.  I lost 17 pounds that summer from recommended diet and exercise.  And then when I got off my anxiety medication I gained 16.  So, all that work and I lost 1 beautiful pound.  I was not happy, to say the least.  I worked really hard.  But, in the end at least I tried and I was also off my meds (lexapro, not metformin).  Then we returned from vacation and we all did our weigh in.  I didn’t think I had won because I only lost 1 pound, but I didn’t think my coworker, Hannah, would just kill it either!  She was already pretty small but wanted to lose a little of what she called “baby weight.”  She looked like a different person and lost something like 35 pounds doing Keto.  HOLY CRAP!!!

Yes, you read that correctly, my friend lost a ton of weight that I didn’t even know she had to lose, won about $700 cash and felt great.  She’d been trying to tell me a little about Keto and what she was doing here and there, but I honestly just thought it was bonkers.  No seriously, how do you lose weight eating fat?  And how in the world and I going to give up all sugar, grains and most fruit and the starchy veggies that I loved the most?  I figured, based on my past experiences that she must have been starving herself, eating foods that tasted terrible and really damaging her health just to lose a few pounds.

I was wrong!

Naturally, I was ready to hear more about Keto and what Hannah had done to lose the weight.  I think I asked her a million questions, many repeated questions, etc.  Honestly, how could she lose weight like that?  It really seemed impossible given my experiences, comparing Keto to the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the FDA’s recommendations that I’ve been told my entire life.  But…Keto does sound like something I should try before I go under the knife and permanently change my body out of desperation.

Yes, I tried Keto out of desperation.  All else failed.  So, I gave it a go.

There are few things you should know about me, in case you don’t already…

  • I grew up being taught to question everything (Thanks dad)
  • I grew up taking supplements (Thanks mom and dad)
  • I grew up and never knew why I was so sick…we were doing what we thought was right and my body didn’t respond like it was supposed to
  • I often have what can be considered weird ideas and beliefs because it can go against popular ideas and experiences, but eventually got tired and sometimes just went along with the “program”…I’m more of a think outside of the box kind of person
  • I knew I could heal my body but didn’t know how
  • As I got older, I saw more and more people, especially women, having similar issues as myself…I was no longer that uncommon, but it seemed that no one had the answer
  • At church, they did the Daniel Plan…I was curious but not interested in another failure at the time, so I passed.  From what I gather, you eat foods that God made, so no processed, store bought foods.  Is that right?  ( I honestly don’t know, sorry.)
  • The medications were making me sicker but I also needed them
  • I needed a miracle.

So, along comes Keto.  Did I already know that Low-Carb was good for me?  Yes.  Did I like it?  No.  Did it work when I did Atkin’s a long time ago?  Yes, until I stopped…but I was always hungry, the food wasn’t that great and I really wasn’t cooking that much, so I probably wasn’t really doing Atkin’s as it should be done with real food.  Low carb has a ring of truth for me.

Moderate protein?  Well, I like protein and have never had an issue with it.  I guess I could try.  At least keep track and see where I’m at.  I wasn’t sure if I was getting enough or too much.  But, could you have too much protein?  I didn’t think so back then.

High fat?  Now you’ve lost your dang mind!  Now this is where I struggled the most.  Does it taste good?  YES.  Did I already know that going in?  YES.  But every bone in my body and cell in my brain was trained to think fat was bad, very bad.  VERY BAD.  Eating fat makes you fat.  Obviously.  Except it doesn’t.

To be honest, the biggest struggle I had doing Keto wasn’t giving up the carbs, which was hard because I was totally addicted to carbs of all kinds, especially sugar and flour).  My biggest struggle was mentally dealing with the fact that I could, and should, eat fat.  I should enjoy it.  Fat doesn’t make you fat.  Fat helps your body operate appropriately and is the best fuel source for your body.  Carbs make you fat.

I used to feel so guilty when I ate things like a whole avocado, bacon, butter, the fat from a delicious steak, etc.  Oh my goodness.  I really struggled with this.  I wanted to limit this so badly.  But when you do, you get hungry and mean and tired and crabby and hungry.  Did I repeat myself?

When an idea or information is so ingrained into who you are (and it’s a popular viewpoint), it is a true challenge to go against it.  Taking time to think about what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and why you’re doing it is a key to success here with Keto.  You can be successful if someone just tells you what to do and you blindly follow it, but it’s better if you are making these decisions for yourself.

D-Day of Keto:

Once I decided to give Keto a try I made a plan.  Cold turkey?  NOPE.  That doesn’t work for me.  Besides, going low carb in the past has given me headaches (I know, I already had headaches, right?  I told you I was a mess.)

The plan was to reduce carbs as much as I could as I tried to learn more and prepare for Keto.  At this point I really didn’t know much except I needed to look into macros and start tracking.  I got an app on my phone and began the logging.  I had no idea how many carbs were in food I thought was healthy!  It was a big shock.  One day I stopped at Del Taco on my way to work and got a cup of beans and cheese.  It’s delicious, I’m not going to lie to you.  I loved beans and always thought they were healthy for me.  I got to the parking lot at work and logged my meal into the app…and then I discovered this tiny cup was literally 18 grams of carbohydrates.  I blew my entire day practically doing what I thought was the right thing.  BTW, that was the day that I learned legumes are not keto-friendly.

After 2 weeks of lowering my carbs and keeping track I realized I didn’t eat carbs that day.  That was my first day of Keto.  September 1, 2017.  I was jumping for joy that day when I realized what I hadn’t done.  I was telling my husband, who I didn’t really think would consider Keto, and he was somewhat interested.  Then I went to bed and woke up the next morning to find that my husband was up all night watching YouTube videos about Keto and doing research.  The first thing he said to me was that he’s going to do Keto to!  What?!?  I didn’t expect him to do this with me and was happy to have coworkers to have support…but what a huge blessing this has been on our whole family.

(If you’re interested, my husband created a folder of saved YouTube videos to help organize helpful information.  You can check it out by clicking here.)

Even after the official start of Keto, I continued to learn a lot and make changes.  I would do something I thought was healthy and later realize it probably wasn’t the best idea, so then I would make modifications.  It’s important to forgive yourself because you won’t be perfect and that’s okay.  You’re relearning how to be healthy and it is not always obvious.  Be kind to yourself!

Healthy Update:

I have some serious improvements.  I am not done healing.  Some changes are obvious and some are not so obvious.

I followed Keto for a year with just modifying my intake and not exercising.  Every time I exercise I have serious inflammation issues, though it is getting much better and recovery is faster than it was before Keto.  So, basically I changed my diet but not my exercise.  The only thing I’ve changed in regards to exercising is that I have more energy and feel like moving more, so I walk more and feel more like doing fun, active activities than I did before.

To date, I have lost about 65-70 pounds, am no longer taking metformin, have regular cycles, have longer breaks between needing antibiotics for my sinus infections, have improved adrenals with a quicker recovery to inflammation, have regular BMs daily and diarrhea is rare, have improved mental health which include trying again to get off of my anxiety medication (don’t worry, I have dr support and I’m weening very slowly) and fewer panic attacks, stronger nails and hair that grow so fast it borders on annoying, I can think more clearly.  The list goes on.  My blood work is amazing.  My blood pressure is perfect now.  I have hope of having a child of my own with my husband now.  Real hope.  While I’ve plateaud for the past 7-8 months, I have still lost inches and am still healing my body internally.  I went from a size 26 (I’m not totally sure, I was buying 24 and squeezing myself into extra forgiving dresses and leggings with baggy shirts with lots of stretch) to now I wear a size 20 (for real).  The hump on the lower neck, upper back area is significantly smaller.

I feel free.  I feel like I have been healing and am confident that I can easily continue healing.  I feel really good.

I went to a party yesterday with family and friends, many of whom I don’t see often.  I got a lot of great compliments, even from people who saw me after my initial big weight drop…so it made me feel good that the weight plateau didn’t mean I wasn’t improving.  Whew!

I intended on taking updated pictures in the same outfit as a year ago.  I apologize for it not being ready, but I will do my best to get to it.  Life is crazy and I have a gnarly sinus infection at the moment…one day I will just have a busy life and no illness (I hope anyway!)  I’ll work on the before and after pictures.  I definitely want to share them, but I think I need to see them.  I often look in the mirror and just see me, not the slightly smaller me.

Going Forward:

I need to tighten up my eating.  I haven’t been keeping track of my macros and I’m curious to see how far off I’ve been.  I suspect I generally am lower than 50 grams of carbs but need to lower it back closer to 20 grams.  I’ll begin journalling and keeping track of my consumption in my app again very soon…probably after I finish this blog posting.  I’ve also been eating dirty and would like to focus on being more strict more often.

In addition to the consumption, I have begun including exercise into my health improvement plan.  My choices are swimming, going to the gym and walking on the treadmill or elliptical (though, the elliptical still kind of intimidates me), going for a walk outsides, riding my bike, and playing a game…like tennis or basketball.  I plan to do this 2 days a week for a while and then boost to a minimum of 3 days per week.  I think the fact that I’ve been moving my body more has helped.  But adding actual exercise for at least 30 minutes 2-3 times a week should help and I expect to see some improvements.

I’m still focusing on improving my adrenal glands and keeping my blood sugar stable while also preparing for pregnancy.  I kind of feel like I’m still a bit unhealthy to be able to get and maintain a pregnancy, but I’m not sure I’m too far off.  I’m going to try now and see how it goes.  After all, I’m not getting any younger and will eventually run out of eggs to even try to cook.

In Closing:

Keto isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  The struggles, after you get beyond the adaption phase, are really mentally accepting what is okay and how it conflicts with what you’ve always been taught and “known” to be true.

I’m happy.  I’m successful.  I could do this forever, and actually plan to do this forever.  It’s working and it’s not hard.  I’m not hungry.  I’m actually getting healthy.  I’m getting healthier every single day and it isn’t hard.  I’m able to get off my medications that hurt my body while trying to help it.

If you’d like more information about Keto, check out my blog about Keto Basics and Getting Started.  For a Keto support group, check out BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You! on Facebook.  And, if you’re looking to watch some of my videos, though there aren’t many right now, check out BeckDoes Keto on YouTube.

Don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow to get up to date access to resources as they’re posted.

Keto is a good thing for me.  I hope that you find what you’re looking for to help your health.  It’s worth giving Keto a try, if you haven’t already.

Keto Beginner, Uncategorized

Preparing for Keto

So, you’ve decided to try Keto…Excellent!

You’ve made the right decision to try Keto to improve your health, lose weight, etc…. for whatever your reasoning, congratulations on your decision.  But where to begin and how to prepare to put your decision into action?

I’m going to tell you right now that, like all big decisions and changes in life, it may not be an easy road at the beginning.  With proper preparation and support you can get through easier and more successful.  And trust me, it is worth any trouble you may go through.

I don’t mean to scare you away from Keto.  I simply mean to inform you that there will be effort required on your part, some potential for challenges and possibly some short term ill feelings.  Most will not tell you about this until you find yourself smack in the middle of feeling crummy.  This is called the Keto-Flu.  Not to worry, you can prepare for an easier transition, ease the symptoms and feel great quickly.

Preparation #1: Weaning yourself from carbs

Living in the world of processed foods, delicious treats and convenience has our bodies trained to turn carbohydrates into glucose and used for instant energy.  Any excess glucose turns into fat and is stored.  Any fat consumed and not used also is stored for later use.  Which we know well and good will never arrive.

If the goal is a maximum of 20 net carbs daily on Keto then you need to do yourself and begin weaning from your current eating habits towards this goal.  Did you know the SAD consists of 350 grams of carbohydrates a day?  Holy cow!  This includes natural and not-so-natural sugars, flours, and high carbohydrate foods such as beans and potatoes.  Yes, beans and potatoes are bad for you.  Rice is also off limits.  As is corn.

Plan to wean yourself over a period of about 2 weeks.  During this time, be forgiving when you accidentally go over your daily count or eat something you later realize is not keto.  Check the labels and ingredient lists of foods you purchase for those surprises and track your consumption in a journal or food app.

What happens when you don’t wean off the carbs and go cold turkey?  Pain and discomfort.  Your body will go through withdraw and you will feel terrible.  You can do this, many do, but I do not recommend this.

Preparation #2: Learn more about Keto, macros and restrictions

What is Keto?  Keto, short for Ketogenic Diet/Lifestyle, is a method of consumption with high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrates, also referred to as macros.  A macro calculator can help you to set your goals and identify your macros to achieve your goals.

Most people who follow Keto mostly track their carbs and aim for no more than 20 net grams of carbs daily.  To figure out the net carbs, simply take the total carbs and subtract fiber and sugar alcohols.

For example:  1 Avocado = 322 calories, 29g fat, 17g carbs, 4g protein, 13g fiber

  • 322 calories is not so important, even though we’re used to counting calories, this is less important
  • 29 grams of fat seems high, but according to your macros you may be allowed 100+ grams of fat daily to stay within your macros, will be very filling and is a great sources of potassium
  • 4 grams of protein is fairly low and should be tracked for your daily consumption as excess will act as a carb
  • 17 grams of carbohydrates is fairly high considering 20 grams in your total for the day, but if you subtract the fiber and sugar alcohols (17-13-0=4) then it is only 4 net carbs

There are so many great, valuable resources available to you free of charge (my favorite price).  Review Preparation #3 for some helpful resources and support.

Restrictions:  There are so many foods that I thought were healthy, even though I knew my body wasn’t processing them quite right.  I thought beans, rice, corn and soy were great for me.  Well, chemicals, GMOs and the estrogen distruptors were of concern, but I thought in general they were healthy.  Turns out they are not at all healthy!  These foods were high in carbohydrates creating huge insulin responses, creating quick spikes and even quicker crashes.  It doesn’t end there.  Most fruits, all grains, honey and agave, and even potatoes are a big no-no on Keto.

Check out the Ketogenic Diet Food List: Everything you need to know by Ruled.me for some great ideas on what you can eat and a few more ideas about what to avoid.

When shopping, take your time to learn about the food you’re buying.  Check the labels for nutritional information and read the list of ingredients for hidden flours and sugars.  When in doubt, eat real meat and vegetables…a steak cooked in butter and broccoli with hollandaise drizzled over, pan roasted salmon and brussel sprouts with home made bacon bits all cooked in bacon grease, bacon wrapped pork chops with mashed cauliflower and salad, a favorite breakfast for dinner of scrambled cheesy eggs with bacon, zucchini and avocado.

There are a few places to find a macro calculator, but so far my favorite has been the Keto Calculator on Ruled.me.  It’s easy to use and seems fairly accurate to leading me to great results.  If you use Carb Manager, a phone app, you can adjust their calculator to Keto macros (5% fat, etc.) and get good information…but you have to pay monthly for the subscription.  If I had known about the Keto Calculator on Ruled.me I think I would have used MyFitnessPal or another free app as I was learning about how to eat and what my macros look like on a day-to-day.

Preparation #3: Find support and resources

Keto Recipes:

I haven’t always had the best of luck with complicated dishes or desserts.  The best meals have been simple and easy and taste like the food they are with simple elevations to enhance it’s natural taste.  I also haven’t had much luck with cookbooks or random recipes on the Internet.

I have had great success with recipes that are simple and shared by people who have already made them!  I find these in Keto recipe groups on Facebook and from friends.  I also have learned to slightly modify some regular recipes to suit my Keto needs.

Here are a few places where I have found great recipes posted on Facebook groups:

I also share recipes on this site here in the Recipes section and in the BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You! Facebook group.  Check them out and be sure to add links to your favorite recipes in the comments to help others find good recipes.

Keto Guides:

If you’ve found a guide that would be helpful for beginners, please share in the comments.

Keto Support Groups & a Keto-Buddy:

You will need support.  I find the support and encouragement with my husband, mom, coworkers and friends.  I used to have to do diets and healthy stuff on my own and it was tremendously difficult.  One time my husband joined me for a weight loss group provided through our health care system.  It was nice that he was there but he was a real downer and I ended up getting discouraged and not wanting to go.  You need support and encouragement for those days that you just are falling off the track or need some ideas, share food and complaints with.  I mean, I even went online and asked women in a Keto for PCOS group if their breasts were tender!  I can’t ask my husband that.  My body was changing and I needed to know if I was the only one and should go to the doctor or if it was normal.  BTW, it’s totally normal for breast tenderness and PMS to occur and it does calm down a bit as your body adjusts to being healthier.

Bottom line, get yourself some support.  Get yourself a Keto-Buddy!  A lot of people are doing Keto now, so if you post a question about anyone following Keto in your neighborhood’s Facebook page I bet you’d find at least one to be Keto-buddies with.  Someone you can chat with, go on walks with, share recipes and laugh about recipe disasters with.  Yes, you’ll have recipe disasters and it’s funnier when someone can relate.

  • BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You!
  • Keto for PCOS (I have PCOS)
  • Browse around Facebook.  You can find Keto for Woman, Vegan Keto Made Simple, Keto for Beginners, and so many more!  And if a group just isn’t for you, find another.  You can join as many groups as you’d like.  Facebook is great!

I started a local Keto group on Facebook and recently met someone looking for a Keto-Buddy.  She’s really nice and I look forward to meeting with her tomorrow after work to go for a walk.  I’m super excited!  I hope to make a difference for her, and I’m sure she’ll have some ideas and thoughts that I just haven’t considered…not to mention she will be holding me accountable to get out and move my body in the fresh air.

Keto Medical Professionals:

  • Dr. Ken Barry
  • Dr. Eric Berg
  • You can check out Keto Clinician Finder to find a medical professional near you to support your new lifestyle.  I will say though, many medical professionals are not just coming around to “allow” their patients to do Keto, but they are encouraging Keto and doing it themselves.  So before you find a new Dr, ask your current doc about Keto and see what happens.

Helpful Videos:

Preparation #4: Dealing with the Keto-flu and becoming Feto-adapted

The Keto-flu isn’t really a flu but it isn’t enjoyable.  When your body adjusts to using fat (consumed and stored) for energy instead of carbs it goes through a lot of changes.  Your body has been using the easiest source for energy most (or probably all) of your life and making the change is difficult mentally and physically. 

You can expect to have some withdraw symptoms, such as headaches, cravings and feeling bad for a few days.  To ease the symptoms remember that you’re doing this for a good reason, increase your electrolytes, get plenty of good rest and if you’re hungry eat keto-approved food.  I would eat as much as I want and not worry about tracking too much other than carbs during this time.  Drink plenty of fluid, and increase your potassium, sodium and magnesium.  You can do this by drinking pickle juice, olive juice or supplementing with vitamins or other electrolyte mixes.

You will likely notice an immediate weight loss and even excess energy during this time.  Your body doesn’t have the carbs to hold on to the water and will be flushing out of your system.  With that water goes your electrolytes, which is why it’s so important to replenish.  That weight loss can be huge.  It won’t come back unless you stop following Keto.  Your body is no longer retaining water.

Your body may take 2-3 weeks to be fully Fat-Adapted…that means your body is efficient at using fat for energy now.  It also means that if you don’t consume enough fat to keep up with the energy needs your body will use the stored fat for energy.  This will help your weight loss further and will continue until you reach your goal and you find you’re in what is commonly referred to as “Maintenance.”

If you’re close to your goal weight you will get to Maintenance much quicker than others.  While I’ve lost over 65 pounds to date, I have about 100 to go until I’m able to add more carbs (healthy carbs) and fat to create a balance of intake to meet the needs of my body on a daily basis.  I don’t worry about this now.  But I have a good friend who is in Maintenance and she’s added more fat and increased her carbs a bit…she’s even has sweet potatoes on occasion.

Anyhow, once you’re fat-adapted you will want to really pay attention to your body, add exercise and supplement, if necessary.  I have personally found exercise to be difficult for me because I’ve got an underlying Adrenal issue that I am also dealing with.  When I exercise I have plenty of energy and feel pretty darn good.  But when I’m done my adrenals act up and I have extreme inflammation, feel tired, get migraines and other “great” things.  It helps to identify which body type you are by taking the Body Type Quiz for free from Dr. Berg on his website.  The information helps you to modify the diet, exercise, address specific issues that may be hindering your success with Keto as other health issues need attention, like your thyroid or hormones.

My day to day includes moderate exercise achieved at work walking around.  I stay Keto but have modified to include less fat and more protein.  I also do my best to stay under 20g net carbs daily…unless I’m about the start my cycle and then I eat as much as I want as long as it’s Keto (including extra steaks and chocolate).  I do my best to limit my stress and I take supplements to fill in nutritional gaps, address my adrenal fatigue, allergies and PCOS.  I’m a hot mess…but I’m dealing with it and still easily seeing success.

Preparation #5: Exercise, setting goals & tracking

If you’re already exercising, you may want to take it a little easy the first few days (not stop, but maybe not run a marathon) until you’re through the keto-flu and on your way to becoming fat-adapted.  If you don’t exercise, I’d wait until you feel the energy to do so.  Trust me, you will feel it.  I don’t exercise much but I sure do see the house getting cleaner and I’m cooking a whole lot more than I used to!

Depending upon the needs of your body, you might want to ease into exercise.  As mentioned in the section prior, according to Dr. Berg’s Body Type the Adrenal Body requires a slow re-entry into exercise and it’s not the same as the other body types.  I have friends who I wish I could keep up with.  Their body types are very different from my own, not to mention I have let my damage fester for much longer, but they are running and doing all kinds of great exercises and just having a fun outdoor life.

As for setting goals, using the macros you’ve calculated and the identified body type, now you can set reasonable goals for yourself.  I like a long-term goal with some benchmarks.  For instance, my long term goal is to weight 165 lbs with my benchmarks at 250, 225 and 200.  Realistically, I can’t see myself less than 200 lbs and figured I will reassess when I get there.  Now that its been a successful 7 months, I think I could easily get there in the next year or so without too many issues.  My adrenals are improving, as is my inflammation, mental health and migraines.

Weight is NOT the only way to measure success.  In fact, tracking your weight isn’t the best way to measure success.  It’s ideal to measure yourself in various areas of your body, such as your head, neck, chest, waist, hips and thighs.  Keeping track of the inches lost around your body is a much better indicator of your success than the scale.  In addition, you can keep track of your clothing size and how loose they are becoming, as well as, how you feel, how often you need certain medications, etc.  I can’t help but to track my weight, so I do that.  But I also keep track of how I feel, the medications I’m able to remove or lower, and the clothes I’m donating to the local women’s shelter.  If you’re looking for a great Smart Scale with all the bells and whistles but not the high price tag, check out this post I wrote about the new scale we bought (it measures BMI and all sorts of things!).  Of course, don’t forget to keep track of your internals by taking blood tests from your doctor, if possible.

What to keep track of:

  • Inches
  • Clothing sizes
  • Feelings/Moods
  • Medication needs and changes
  • Blood workup: hormones, cholesterol, a1c, etc.
  • Weight

Keto journals and tracking apps:

If you have a favorite, please mention it in the comments so others can discover more options available to them on their Keto journey.

Preparation #6: Be prepared for success!

The weirdest part about Keto is that it works.  I know you’re thinking, “Duh!  That’s why you’re reading this because it’s supposed to work.”  But after many decades of failed diet and exercise attempts, I wasn’t really feeling like Keto would work.  I thought it would be like all the others…ultimate failure.  And then…it wasn’t!

It’s been over 7 months and my husband and I are still doing well, still losing weight, still feeling great, still have increased energy overall, still have better mental clarity and have hope!  I now have hope I could get healthy enough to get pregnant.  I now have hope that I won’t have to shop in the Plus size section of the department stores with limited options.  I now have hope that I can feel better and get off my medication.  I now have hope that I can return to work and succeed.  I have so much hope I cannot believe it!  I personally feel like Keto is a godsend and I’m excited to share it with anyone who is interested.

My advice: Give Keto a try.  Cut out the carbs and you won’t die.  You can still have keto-approved snacks and foods that are delicious (yes, soda and chocolate).  Get yourself plugged into a facebook group with recipes and support, even if it’s not BeckDoes.  Get yourself someone to go through this with to provide one another with ideas, support and encouragement.  Give yourself a chance to be successful and have hope again!

If there is anything you’d like to share for anyone looking to begin Keto, please add it in the comments.  We are a community of support and I love sharing our experiences, hopes, dreams, recipes, failed experiments, and successes.

Remember: Sharing is Caring!!