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Nutritional Strategy while training for a Century

Feb. 26, 2020

No strategy is not a strategy

My strategy thus far has been... everything is pretty much fair game. Coming from a ketogenic/low carb diet, I started allowing refined carbs because I was “burning a lot of calories” during training. That hasn’t served me so well. Swinging between self loathing and self soothing, I’ve decided to craft some intentional guidelines around my training so that when I set out to complete 100 miles on May 2nd, I am confident that I’ve fueled and prepared my body in the most effective way I could.

Macros, the thing I love to hate most

Macros are that necessary evil. I hate tracking every little thing I eat but I also know that when I plan my food according to my macros, I am most successful. Especially versus tracking them as I eat.

Using the averages from several different calculators (insert links here), I have settled on 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g carbs. The only number that will change is fat. On long training ride days it will increase, and on rest days, usually Sunday, it will decrease. I will also adjust it based on my weight, if need be but I don’t anticipate a drastic change there since these numbers reflect a less than 5% deficit. My goal is not weight loss right now. My goal is proper fuel for the century!

To fast, or not to fast

Part of me hates even talking about fasting since it’s become such a buzzword and everyone is doing it or talking about doing. Fasting is a tool. Fasting can also trigger disordered relationships with food. If I am too strict about fasting, my body tends to rebel and starts craving any food, all the food, all at once. Not so healthy. Approaching this sensibly and with a deep understanding of my possible triggers is the key to my success.

To mitigate any potential hunger issues, I plan to consume fat first and save the majority of my protein for my one main meal. Essentially, I’ll be practicing OMAD (one meal a day) with some fat fasting, which isn’t really fasting but that’s a whole other topic. My aim is a 20 hour fast with a 4 hour eating window between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. My first calories of the day are always from half and half or heavy cream in my coffee at 5 a.m. and I will more than likely incorporate a butter and cream tea into my early morning routine around 8 a.m. Whenever I get hungry within my eating window, I will break my “fast” with something easy to digest and then wait up to 60 minutes before consuming my protein heavy meal. Rinse, and repeat.


Disguised Lies aka lying to yourself

Feb. 26, 2020

If I am to live honestly and with integrity, this post screamed to be written. I have not been honest with myself. I have not held myself accountable for the choices I’ve allowed. The excuses and rationalization of poor nutritional choices ends now.

This struggle is universal and never ending. It is a constant battle but such an important one. Our choices have a ripple effect, full stop. My commitment to my overall health is just that, a commitment and just like a human-to-human relationship, it requires care, attention, and nurturing. It can go sour when neglected and the result of that reflects in my physical appearance. The concept of “balance” looks differently for everyone but my key rules of “balance” have been twisted and perverted by my neglect. Again, excuses and rationalization for things that did not fit my rules lead me to feeling uncomfortable and unhappy with my regression.

It’s such a subtle change but I see those changes before anyone else and I refuse to continue down this path. My philosophy on food is that 90% of what I eat should be as wholesome and nutritionally dense as possible. The other 10% can be purely eaten for the joy of it, but must be as “real” as possible and should be savored in moderation. I’ve been allowing every day junk into my mouth; it never satisfies me and makes me feel like literal shit. And the legit 10%, local baked goods or my favorite restaurant foods, have been far more than the 10% they should be.

For the next 66 days (at minimum) I will commit 100% of my nutrition choices to the wholesome and nutritionally dense foods that fuel me and make me feel good. That means focusing on proteins and fats and eating when I’m truly hungry. I don’t anticipate it being easy, at least not at first, while my body and brain get back into the routine but I am confident that this choice is what is best for me at this time.

Stop eating so much damn ultra processed food

Feb. 17, 2020

How much of your daily food consumption comes from ultra processed foods?

How many keto bars, shakes, or snacks do you munch on in the name of “health”?

Are these keto products better than the junk food you used to eat? Marginally better, at best. At worst, they are just as bad, maybe even worse depending on what the actual ingredients are.

Enter the Nova system, the pet project of a dude named Carlos Monteiro (Mr. M), that classifies food according to how processed it is.

Nova group 1 - Minimally processed foods

This should be a no-brainer. Nova group 1 foods are things like eggs in a carton, slabs of meat, and bags of avocados. You could, in theory, have grown or raised the thing yourself.

Nova group 2 - Processed culinary ingredients

These are things like butter, flour, and salt. Someone had to intervene with a machine, more than likely, to create the thing but when combined with group 1 makes tasty dishes.

Nova group 3 - Processed foods

This group is getting into things like pickles, pasta, cured meats, and canned tomatoes. They are processed to preserve freshness but are still recognizable foods.

Nova group 4 - Ultra processed foods

Group 4 is where the all the real crap foods hang out. These foods can barely be called food and it’s hard to tell where the ingredients originated. Protein bars, cheese puffs, and soda are just some examples of group 4 foods.

Mr. M doesn’t suggest that we completely eliminate UPFs. Instead that we seek to severely limit them in favor of more real foods from level 1 through 3. The real problem with UPFs is that the calories tend to be high and the satisfaction low. I mean, how else can we eat an entire bag of chips and still feel empty and dissatisfied?

I recently posted on IG about this very conundrum, before I even knew it was a thing. I purchased two keto bars at $2.99 each. I also purchased a package of salami wrapped mozzarella sticks at $5.99. I ate the bars first and just found the texture weird and the flavor was meh at best. I finished off my car ride snack with the meat and cheese and enjoyed it SO MUCH MORE than the dumb ass keto bar junk food I wasted money on. I get so frustrated with myself for falling for these marketing ploys when I know better. It saddens me even more to see people reaching for these options under the guise of it being a healthier option.

In anticipation of the inevitable push back of “I don’t have time to cook” or “It keeps me from eating worse food” or any other excuses you come up with to soothe yourself, just remember this; you have a choice in how you spend your time. Put the phone down, turn the tv off, get your family involved, and make the food that will sustain your body. And if you need a grab and go snack, roll some damn meat around some cheese and eat it while you drive.

If you want a long read on UPFs, this article is gold.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/events/events/2013/07/vienna-conference-on-nutrition-and-noncommunicable-diseases/biographies/dr-carlos-a.-monteiro

Hey hey, 2020

Jan. 2, 2020

I've been really quiet on social media here recently. It was intentional and I've enjoyed the break, but I also miss my people, my routine, and enjoy the accountability of posting more often. My goal for the entire "free skinny april" thing is to post more curated photos with attention to the actual photo instead of the caption. The captions may be more love letter focused, but that isn't set in stone.

The holidays have been off and on keto. With my grandmother-in-law passing days before Christmas, family drama, and whole lot of other excuses, I made the decision to eat way off plan at times. Fitness has also fallen off due to illness. I'm feeling better and ready to tackle my fitness goals. I have a century bike tour and a marathon to train for this year!

Tomorrow I travel to PA to see family. Specifically, my father, my youngest brother, and my grandmother. I have not seen my father or brother since I lost weight. I am so excited to see them but I have also identified some apprehension. Apprehension that my food choices will be judged, or that my body will be judged, or that I will have to fend off comments about anything I don't feel like dealing with. I know I am capable of handling whatever comes up, and that my worries are unfounded.

My father, the retired Marine, has never had issues with his weight. He has always eaten whatever he wants and never thought twice. He has expressed concern about keto in the past and said it was too extreme. My brother is just like him but also so young and naturally active that he's never thought about it. But when he first met me he did ask me, "why are you so big" and I think a piece of me dead instantly from shame. I handled it well in the moment but I swear to you that I will never forget that question. Grandma thinks I'm thin enough now and shouldn't lose any more weight. We will see how this goes, haha.

Planning Meals for Deeper State Keto

Dec. 21, 2019

Ok, so before I get a shit ton of questions about how I meal plan, here goes.

Let me begin by saying, I don't normally meal plan this way, at least not this detailed, when I'm not trying to "cut" using a system like DSK. I usually just looked to see what was on sale, or Chris had a specific craving, so we built our plans around that and just cooked a ton of food on Sunday, mainly to make sure Chris had food prepped for the week. I would throw meals together for myself based mainly on prepped protein. It worked well enough except that Chris regained some weight, from eating crap at work.

Anyway, I learned a lot during my first 2 attempts at DSK and each week I do this, I get a little bit better so I will update this post as necessary.

first, take an inventory

When I sit down to meal plan, I take an inventory or two key pieces of information.

  1. What are my macros and calories for the WEEK and the DAY?
  2. What food do I currently have?

With that information I can move on to...

food tracking

Using Cronometer, my favorite food tracker, I start inputing the food I currently have to see how that will play into my weekly macros. Starting with weekly macro numbers helps me see the bigger picture in what protein I may be missing and is the first macro I focus on. Filling out my fat macro is the easiest, just add butter! 😂

In addition to adding the food I already I have, I consult a list of recipes I have saved, or think about favorite meals that can be made, and start adding those ingredients or recipes to see how it plays out with the weekly macros.

Once I'm happy with my weekly amounts, I started breaking out the daily amounts, sometimes every day is a random assortment of food (like week 2 was a mess honestly) but I aim to have 2-3 main meals rotated out with 2-3 sides and 1-2 desserts since Chris has an awful sweet tooth.

creating the shopping list

For me, the shopping list was the hardest part. Trying to figure out the total amounts of each ingredient was a pain in my ass. So for week 3 I figured out I could create a spreadsheet with a list of all the ingredients and then the amounts for each recipe, and then sum that shit up and viola! When I'm scanning my list I make a mental note of how many recipes or meals I'm using that ingredient and then multiplying the total weekly amount by 2 since I'm prepping for two people. This works for us since I'm more active than Chris even though he is taller and heavier. It would not be so easy for other people with vastly different nutritional needs.

that's all folks

And that is how I meal plan! Trust me, meal prep is more of a pain and takes way more time.

DSK Onboarding

February 9, 2019

I am currently on day 2 of my onboarding phase where I'm ramping up my calories to build a good runway to cut from. For the first week I'll be eating 2498 calories, 222 grams of fat, 115 grams of protein, and 10 grams of total carbs. The pie chart from the DSK spreadsheet is below so you can see I'm at 80% fat right now. Until March 1, I'll be slowly upping my calories and then I'll start phase 1 to find my ideal fat to protein ratio. More on Phase 1 to come!

Why DSK and is it right for you

February 8, 2019

Why DSK

I am using DSK to help me shed these last ~30 lbs to reach my goal weight of 155 lbs.


Is it right for you?

Although I chose this tool to help me with my goals I want to re-iterate that Keto is free and always will be. Don’t ever let me, or anyone else that you follow, pressure you into feeling like you have to purchase something to be successful. I want to share how I’m doing on the program though to help others make informed decisions on whether it is worth it for them.

The program requires a lot of very careful tracking and it is a pricey initial investment of $197 as of today. It may also trigger disordered, unhealthy behavior in people who have not healed their relationship with food. The tracking that is required on this program is borderline obsessive but with the understanding that it’s only for 90 days, not for life.

The point of the program is to cut body fat in the quickest, safest, most efficient way possible without damaging your metabolism. It's done in a cyclic fashion based off the bodybuilding protocols cutting and bulking. The course takes you through the "cutting" phase as a bulking phase isn't really needed if you are a fat-adapted keto-er. People can, and do, build muscle while cutting and eating to maintain ketosis.

All that said, if you fit one of the following scenarios below, this program probably isn't for you (right now):

    • Have 100+ lbs to lose
    • Are brand new to the ketogenic way of eating
    • Have mental health problems
    • Have food triggers
    • Stress about tracking food intake
    • Aren't ready to go zero carb (less than 10 TOTAL carbs)
    • Don't care about body recomposition

It might be good for you to consider if:

    • You have less than 40 lbs to lose
    • Care about body recomposition more than what the scale says
    • Have a healthy relationship with food
    • Eat mostly whole foods already
    • Track most/all of your food already
    • Have time to dedicate to the program and your nutrition
    • Are ok with giving up most sweeteners, keto products, and connivence foods
    • Are concerned with nutrition and ingredients

Becoming Skinny April // The "why" behind losing 138 pounds in less than 1 year


November 17, 2018

For as long as I can remember I have felt like a skinny girl trapped in a fat body, destined to be fat forever. In 4th grade, I began rapidly expanding, and by 5th grade, I’m sure I was considered morbidly obese. Before my childhood weight gain, I was a sassy carefree free-spirited child that didn’t notice and didn’t have time to care about the size of her little body.

I didn’t notice how different my body really was until one day on the playground. A few girls and boys had started a fun little game I call “catch and kiss” where the goal is for the boys to catch an evading girl and give her a kiss. These games popped up all the time and as random and sporadic as they were, I was never invited to play. But before I knew it, there was a cute boy barrelling towards me as I stood dumbstruck on the blacktop. I regained my sense and turned to run away squealing. I glanced back and stopped when I saw him deadpan staring at me. I gave him a confused look, and he sneered, “who would want to kiss you?” He turned on his heel and ran away to catch some other girl. Shock rapidly turned to devastation, and I ran away to a corner of the playground and cried. And with that one little phrase, I knew how different I was.

More bullying and body shaming ensued throughout those formative years. My step-father found joy in calling me Miss Piggy. Classmates just came right out and called me fat. I didn’t start dating until I was 16. My first relationship, my first love, was plagued by insecurity and anxiety over my appearance. I doubted his interest in me. I told myself that an ugly fat tomboy could never be loved. My internal dialogue was a stream of insults aimed squarely at my body. Somewhere around this time, I started exploring my body through photography. I wanted to see if the camera captured what I saw; if it would confirm my inner hate-fueled dialogue. Instead, I found myself appreciating the parts of my whole. Amazed at what the camera captured I began the long, uphill journey towards loving my verbally beaten body.

The last time I attempted to “get fit! eat right! be healthy!” started Feb. 2015 and I went from about 330 lbs to 288 lbs in 4 months. 288 is my first goal on keto, obvs. (More on goals later) That was using the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet approach meaning healthy carbs lots of fruits and vegetables and low fat. My husband even did it with me and lost about the same as I did! I also worked out, doing HITT, walking a lot, running, biking, and jumping around my damn living room like a fool. TLDR; I worked my ass off for that weight loss.

I was so proud though because the last time I weighed less than 300 (barely) was because I stopped eating solid food as I mourned my first marriage. Not exactly the healthiest way to lose weight and it was effortless tossing it right back on. But then summer hit and the humidity made me lazy so I didn’t exercise anymore but I did manage to maintain my high 200s weight until this summer. I was fired from my first “real” job, and that’s all she wrote. As a recovering bulimic I binged on my feelings, and the weight quickly jumped back up to 330 lbs by the time I found employment again in October.

Unsatisfied with my pudgier body, I circled back to keto. It wasn’t a new concept for me. I don’t remember when exactly I learned of this low carb high-fat miracle, but at the time my sugar addiction controlled my decision to skip that WOE. After watching the Fathead documentary, I was convinced. Thanksgiving was fast approaching, so I hemmed and hawed about when I would start. After Thanksgiving, and the subsequent bloat, I quietly did a soft start to eating keto friendly foods. The next day, in a moment of hungry weakness due to being unprepared, I hit McD’s on the way home and gorged myself. I felt disgusting, but it was just the push I needed to commit wholeheartedly on November 30.

For the first couple of months, I focused on eliminating foods that did not fit the ketogenic guidelines and switching my body into fat-burning mode. Fortunately, I did not experience the keto flu, or carb/sugar withdrawal as I call it, like a lot of people suffer from in the beginning. Eating a ketogenic diet has always felt super easy for me. It came naturally, and my body responded surprisingly well. When people ask how I stay motivated or resist temptation, I don’t have a good answer. Ketogenic foods just make me feel better, so I don’t have to think twice about eating anything else.

After losing about 40 lbs, on Feb. 4, 2018, I made the decision to really buckle down on my fitness (ha!) and purchased Nerd Fitness. One of the “quests” is to write down your why. Well, I had a whole long list of why. When I sat down to write this list, it flowed effortlessly. It was as natural as breathing. Reading what I had come up with was a self-reflection I had not expected.

(MY WHY) I want to…

  • find myself attractive again
  • fit in an airplane seat comfortably and without needing an extender (no spillage onto the next seat, with the armrest down and NOT digging into my flesh, maybe even with *gasp* room to spare on the seat!)
  • fit on any rollercoaster in the world
  • sit in any chair without worrying about my damn hips fitting
  • walk briskly uphill without getting winded
  • run a 5k, then a half-marathon, then a marathon
  • bike 100 miles in a single day
  • bike up a steep hill without needing to stop
  • walk into any women’s clothing store and find things that fit my body
  • wear boots that aren’t wide calf
  • be light enough that my husband can easily pick me up and carry me a few feet
  • be able to cross my legs while sitting
  • see my collarbones again
  • be able to wrap a standard size towel around my body without any gapping
  • remove FAT as a descriptor of my body
  • live a long and healthy life
  • solve world hunger

Although I did not stick to the fitness plan, because I kinda suck at sticking to plans period, I’m glad I purchased NF for the “why” exercise if nothing else. I really appreciate that they promote whole foods, low-carb nutrition and make the information accessible to people on so many different levels. As far as fitness is concerned, I make a considerable effort to close my Apple Watch rings (stand, exercise, and move) every day but I also don’t freak out of I don’t. I understand that sometimes I just need rest. Weather permitting, and sunlight permitting, I take brisk walks on my lunch hour, and walk the dogs in the evening. This past spring I ran several times a week until the weather became unbearable. I also enjoy road biking and hiking, weather permitting. If you haven’t noticed a theme here, the theme is that I am a fair-weather gal. When the weather is nice, I like to be outside; otherwise I’m hanging out where it’s warm, cool, or dry. Most recently my fitness plan has been a 12-15 minute strength circuit done 4-5 times a week, but that routine has been thrown off due to special events, so all bets are off when it comes to me starting that back up after the holidays.

In the almost year since I started keto I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what I eat, if I fast, how long I fast, what my macros are, etc, etc. I can say with 100% confidence that I do and eat what is best for me. And I wholeheartedly believe that what is best for me probably doesn’t work for you.

How I eat now is very different from when I first started and looks different from what I was doing 3 months ago. I’m continually re-evaluating and experimenting with eating patterns and calorie intake. After tracking my weight almost every day for nearly a year, I can say one thing with certainty. I know nothing about how or when the body decides to show a loss on the scale.

Here’s a rundown of what I did in first 9 months or so of keto. I started by tracking everything I ate and stayed within my macros (which I calculated using an average of several highly recommended keto calculators) as much as possible. Once my body started becoming fat adapted I was able to incorporate Intermittent and extended fasting which helped me a lot when I had a lot of weight to lose. The longest extended fast I did was 60 hours, but my average was 36 hours. If I was not doing an extended fast, I ate on either an OMAD (one meal a day) schedule or a 16/8 schedule where I ate my meals in an eight-hour window. I recalculated my macros every so often but not nearly as much as I probably should have. After a few months, I stopped tracking except sporadically for a few days at a time to make sure I wasn’t going over on calories. I’m the type of person that finds long-term tracking super stressful. As far as eating off plan, sometimes I ate french fries or onion rings, but for the most part, I stayed away from my old favorite foods. My weight loss slowed dramatically when I hit the 210s in August 2018, 9 months into keto.

Now that I’m within 40 lbs of my goal weight, I find it much harder to do extended, day-long fasts all the time. I still incorporate them on occasion (maybe once a month), but if I get hungry, I eat. Right now I eat two or three meals a day, but sometimes it’s a meal and a snack. I’m still learning, but I try to practice intuitive eating as much as possible. Sometimes I track my food if I want to gauge how I’m doing but 90% of the time I track nothing. I’m not strict with my carbs or calories since I know my body is fat adapted and I have some metabolic flexibility. If there is free food at work, and it’s something I would enjoy, I’ll eat it but fast for my other meals or have a small keto snack to supplement calories. Being so close to my goal I’m slowly preparing myself for maintenance by allowing for some off plan foods on occasion if they make sense. For me, enjoying a small serving of artisan handmade ice cream, or one of grandma’s Christmas cookies, is entirely different from my old habits of bingeing on a gallon of cheap vanilla ice cream or a whole bag of pepperidge farm cookies. My goal in losing this weight, besides losing the weight, was to gain food freedom. Before keto, I felt controlled my food, by my hunger, my cravings, my insatiable desires, and I wanted so badly to break that hold. Now that I have, I would never want to jeopardize that freedom, or my energy, or my newfound health, by going back to the Standard American Diet.

I still have so much to learn. And this new body is still changing, a little more slowly than before, but she’s still in metamorphosis, waiting to burst forth at the right moment. If I had one piece of advice to give someone, because that’s always asked for, it’s to figure out your why and then commit. Commit to finding what works for you. Commit to the experimentation. Commit to your health, your goals, your WHY. Commit, follow through, and believe in your power to change. Amazing things will happen.

How I Survive Special Occasions

With so many things happening right now and in the upcoming months, I thought I would address the biggest question on everyone’s mind. How do I survive ________? Whether it’s a birthday, a holiday, an anniversary, or just a regular old party, there can be constant challenges thrown your way that you have to figure out how to navigate. There will be two parts to my recommendations, one for complete beginners and one for everyone else. These recommendations come with the stipulation that this is what works for ME and my husband. It may not work for YOU. Make decisions that feel right for YOU always. Don’t take my word as the gospel truth cause lord knows I am far from perfect.

FOR BEGINNERS

When I first started a ketogenic diet immediately following Thanksgiving 2017, I had to deal with navigating Christmas, then Valentine’s Day and my husband’s birthday. We have traditions of baking Christmas cookies and for my husband’s birthday, I make macaroni and cheese and a red wine chocolate cake. Neither of those fit into a ketogenic diet in their traditional forms. I sought help and the suggestion to find ways to celebrate without food came up several times. That was not an option for us, and I’d wager it’s not an option for many people. So I searched the ole Google and found a cookie recipe that used almond flour and sugar substitutes so that I could make cookies that fit my new way of eating (WOE). For the macaroni and cheese and red wine cake, I did the same thing. I found low carb pasta that although we do not eat every day or every month, we save for special occasions. I ended up settling on a red wine brownie instead of cake using Gooddee’s brownie mix and Chris loved every bite. We found ways to incorporate our favorite traditional foods without compromising our health. There are so many low-carb versions of your favorite foods if you just google them! (But at the same time, don’t feel obligated to try everything, or go broke buying all the special ingredients or products. When in doubt, eat some steak and butter.) This was key to our success in the beginning while we were still becoming fat adapted. Which brings me to my advice for everyone else…

FOR EVERYONE ELSE (FAT-ADAPTED)

As we approach our health anniversary, Chris and I have evolved our approach to handling special occasions. Now we are intentional about our choices to eat things that are not promoted on a ketogenic diet. We are able to do this because we are fat-adapted, broke our addiction to sugar, and are mentally able to say NO to food. Basically, we are in control or what goes into our mouth, and that was not the case a year ago. So now, when presented with free food at a party, or during work events, etc, I by and large choose options that fit into a ketogenic diet. But I also don’t fret when I have something that doesn’t. I don’t make it a habit to eat those foods every day or week or even month. If I don’t want the food, I bring my own, or I abstain. It took me several months to get to the point where I felt I could handle it though. You have to figure that out for yourself. For our anniversary trip recently we ate so many carbs. But each meal was intentional. And we stretched our time between meals into intermittent fasts to account for the extra carbs and calories. Being fat adapted, that was easy for us to do. As I enter my birthday festivities, I’ve indulged in carbs because they were free and I was hungry. But I stopped when I was full and recognized that I was full even though my brain was telling me to eat more. I was in control. You may never get that control. Some people never develop it. But if you can get to that point, you’ve achieved food freedom. Beyond free food, when I pay for carbs, it’s extremely important to me to choose wisely. Over our anniversary weekend, we ate ice cream and desserts that were local and homemade. It was an artisan experience that couldn’t be enjoyed any time we wanted. This weekend I’ll enjoy a sourdough donut made in front of me by a local Mennonite family. It’s not Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme.

I hope this has been helpful and answers some questions you have about getting through special occasions. If I missed anything or you want me to expand on something, please let me know!

Skinny April Dreams

Being FAT sucks. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve lived in a fat body since I hit puberty roughly 15 years ago and I love my body. It’s done amazing things, even with the extra person I’ve been carrying around. But there are things I can’t do anymore that I want to do again. So I made a list of all the reasons I need to free Skinny April (the girl trapped inside of me).

I want to…

  • find myself attractive again (this is loaded but won’t be unpacked today)
  • fit in an airplane seat comfortably and without needing an extender (no spillage onto the next seat, with the armrest down and NOT digging into my flesh, maybe even with *gasp* room to spare on the seat!)
  • fit on any rollercoaster in the world
  • sit in any chair without worrying about my damn hips fitting
  • walk briskly uphill without getting winded
  • run a 5k, then a half-marathon, then a marathon
  • bike 100 miles in a single day
  • bike up a steep hill without needing to stop
  • walk into any women’s clothing store and find things that fit my body
  • wear boots that aren’t wide calf
  • be light enough that my husband can easily pick me up and carry me a few feet
  • be able to cross my legs while sitting
  • see my collarbones again
  • be able to wrap a standard size towel around my body without any gapping
  • remove FAT as a descriptor of my body
  • live a long and healthy life
  • solve world hunger

NBD.

Fighting Fat with Fat

{ Important Dates to Remember }

  • Keto soft start @ 327.8 lbs - Nov 27
  • McD Breakdown - Nov 28
  • Committed - Nov 30
  • 302 lbs - Dec 27

This past month has been fucking amazing. Why? Because KETO is FUCKING amazing. If you noticed the important dates listed above, you’d see that I’ve lost 25.8 pounds in 30 days. With no exercise. I call that efficient. If you don’t know what keto is, stop living under a rock and google it! Or go to r/keto. I’m not here to school you although I may write about my food choices at a later point.

I’m creating this blog and writing this post because I have all the feels and I need to get them down and birth them into the universe. There is magnificent power in sending your energy into the unknown, and I want this all to stick. It’s on the internet which means it will last forever! I’ll try to make it all organized but forgive me if I’m all over.

Walking down memory lane…

So cliche.

The last time I attempted to “get fit! eat right! be healthy!” during February of 2015, I went from about 330 lbs to 288 lbs in 4 months. 288 is my first goal on keto, obvs. (More on goals later) That was using the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet approach meaning healthy carbs lots of fruits and vegetables and low fat. My husband even did it with me and lost about the same as I did! I also worked out, doing HITT, walking a lot, running, biking, and jumping around in my damn living room like a fool. TLDR; I worked my ass off for that weight loss.

I was so proud though because the last time I weighed less than 300 (barely) was because I stopped eating solid food as I mourned through my divorce. Not exactly the healthiest way to lose weight and it was extremely easy to toss it right back on. But then summer hit and the humidity made me lazy so I didn’t exercise anymore but I did manage to maintain my high 200s weight until this summer. I was fired from my first “real” job, and that’s all she wrote. As a recovering bulimic I binged on my feelings, and the weight quickly jumped back up to 330 lbs by the time I found employment again in October.

Unsatisfied with my pudgier body, I circled back to keto. It wasn’t a new concept for me. I don’t remember when exactly I learned of this low carb high-fat miracle, but at the time my sugar addiction controlled my decision to skip that WOE. After watching the Fathead documentary, I was convinced. Thanksgiving was fast approaching, so I hemmed and hawed about when I would start. After Thanksgiving, and the subsequent bloat, I quietly did a soft start to eating keto friendly foods. The next day, in a moment of hungry weakness due to being unprepared, I hit McD’s on the way home and gorged myself. I felt disgusting, but it was just the push I needed to commit wholeheartedly on November 30.

I’m never looking back!