Four Months – Down 32.4lbs and 30.25in
I’ve got to be honest, I have actually been dreading today. Last month, I was on an all-time keto high. I had lost a ton of weight, the inches were falling off, and my before and after shots showed some real, tangible progress in the weight loss department. I was feeling pretty dang good about myself. Better than I had in a long time, actually. So of course, I’ve known coming into this weigh-in that I’d have a pretty tough time beating last month.
While I still lost some over the last 30 days, I feel slightly disappointed in my progress. This feeling is all too familiar, being a pro yo-yo dieter and all. Some of you may be able to relate. When you feel like progress has slowed, things get harder. You don’t want to eat as “healthy”, work out as much, or be as positive about your progress because inside it feels like your body is starting to fail you. Losing weight is fun when you’re actually losing. It’s not as fun when it slows down and starts to level out.
Normally, this is where I’d bail. I’d throw in the towel, drive to Taco Bell and order the biggest Baja Blast and an extra side of tacos. Why? Because I need weight loss to be easy. I don’t like the work and the dedication it takes to lose the weight. It’s hard! So every day this last month, I had to get on that scale and take a deep breath in. Some days, I’d get to celebrate that I lost. Other days, I would have to talk myself out of quitting keto because I had gained. It was a really. Tough. Month.
Aside from my weight leveling off, my cravings were pretty bad. The longer I’m around carb-ivores, the harder it is to stay keto 100% of the time. I don’t miss many of the foods I once ate, actually. What I do miss is not thinking about what I was eating and what it could do to my body. I miss the care free attitude I had about food. Granted, that care free attitude got me to 255 pounds, so… there’s that. But I guess the blissful ignorance was easier. Keto is hard. Really hard. I realize that and nearly every day, I have to accept that.
Why I’m still keto
Although cooking every meal from scratch adds more to my to do list, more dishes to my sink, and more shopping in my week, I’m still here. Although watching everyone eat the donuts at church is annoying and having the cantaloupe in the refrigerator is tempting, I’m still here. I’m still here because this month, I didn’t gain. This month, I lost 6.5 inches and 4.4 pounds. This month, I’ve been able to share in keto with several of my family and friends and have heard success stories greater than the scale. So, while keto is hard, I know that my body is healing daily. While the scale may remain the same and my shorts may still fit a bit snug, I know that I am on the right track. My story is still being written. And I’m still keto because I want to help write your story, too. We’re in this together. And because of you, and because of me, I’m still keto.
See you next month, friend. Keto on.