keto : transformation tuesday - joni

I have always been heavy set. Even as a child. My parents and grandparents were heavier as they aged. By the time I was in high school I was over 200 pounds. I graduated at 265 pounds in 1994. By the time I had my son in 1999 I was 320 pounds. (And only put on 14 pounds during pregnancy, and had a 10 pound baby.)

I tried several diets throughout the years. Low fat, low carb, low calorie, egg fasts, vegetarian.... you name it. At one point I was hired to photograph a wedding in the Bahamas. I was scared to death I wouldn't fit in the seat or I'd have to buy two tickets. So I went on a very low fat/low calorie diet. I worked out 5 days a week for about 8 months and lost 82 pounds, down to 287. Not bad!

But when I got back and no longer had a goal to reach, I couldn't maintain that diet. My weight started to creep back up. Two months later I broke my left kneecap. I was unable to move much for two and a half months. My weight shot up and my energy level plummeted. In the following 3 years my lack of energy and soaring weight left me almost home bound. Just walking around the grocery store had me pouring sweat, leaning over the cart just to ease my back pain, and eventually sending my son in with my card to pick stuff up while I waited in the car.

Then January 24th of 2017 I had a massive gallbladder attack. I seriously thought I was having a heart attack. I weighed in that night at 393.6 pounds!! Less than 7 pounds from 400!! The hospital wanted to do surgery, but due to my size and the fact that they have to tilt you back to do the surgery, they were no equipped to do it. They were afraid the pressure would suffocate me. I had to go to a couple of different specialists trying to find someone who felt they could safely remove my gallbladder. This took over four months and I had three more bad attacks during this time.

I was finally able to have it removed June 6th, 2017. I had to have a team of specialists in the room at all times ready to revive me if something went bad. They had to give me so much anesthesia to go under and stay under, that it took 4 hours to get me awake. I had to spend the night in the hospital on Oxygen because every time I'd start to fall asleep my pulse oxygen dropped into the 60s.

During the surgery, my doctor took pictures of my liver, which was very fatty and starting to regenerate. He told me that I was only about 10 years from needing a liver transplant, and at my size I wouldn't be a candidate. Scared the hell out of me. At my follow up appointment on Jube 16th he suggested a low carb diet and to try and see if I could get gastric bypass surgery.

I began eating low carb and started on Sunday the 19th. By the 21st I was so over it. I asked on Facebook for any suggestions and someone told me about Keto. I started to really research Keto and decided to give it a try. The first two weeks were a little crazy for me... mood swings and feeling a little sick. And boy was I grumpy!

But then something clicked! I started to feel better. I went back to my doctor's office about 10 days later and asked to be weighed. I was stunned to see I'd lost 16 pounds already! That was it for me I never looked back after that. I joined the YMCA to start walking in the water. At first I had a hard time even making it into the building. After a few months of walking in the water I was finally able to walk again! I started to enjoy going to the stores and out to places and events I had been bypassing for years.

I have been living the Keto life for just under 10 months now. (April 21st will be 10 months.) I have lost a total of 143.4 pounds. As of today I weigh 250.2 pounds! Still a ways to go, but so excited to get there! Just today I went out and walked over 2 miles just because it's a pretty day and I can! Keto has not only changed my life, it has probably saved it as well. I am off all of my blood pressure, hormonal, and pain meds. I no longer show signs of PCOS and at 43 years old, an in better health than I have been in a very long time. I love this Keto Life and I will NEVER quit!

My favorite quick, easy and cheap meal to make is Chicken Broccoli Alfredo bake. It is just 1 pound of chicken breast cubed and cooked in a skillet with virgin olive oil, a bag of steamed broccoli, 8 ounces of jarred or homemade alfredo sauce, a cup of fresh shredded mozzarella cheese, about 4 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled. Mix it all and bake at 300 for 10 minutes. Makes a great main or side dish!