keto : transformation tuesday - hannah b

I started Keto back in June of 2017 after countless attempts at failing diets. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into and had briefly read an article about it a week or two before I started. After seeing so many success stories, I decided to give it a try. I researched A TON about it and made sure to prepare myself as best as I could. I think that is truly what helped me be so successful. In the past I skipped this step and ultimately led myself to relapsing. So with as much research as I could find about this way of eating, I went into my pantry and got rid of EVERYTHING that wasn't on the keto food lists. I wanted to get rid of all the temptations and have the most basic foods to get me started. After doing that, I kept it simple the first few weeks. I tracked everything I ate and prepared food everyday. I started going to the gym at least 3-4 times a week (Crossfit is my workout of choice) and started seeing results slowly, but surely.

Getting started is the hardest part, but do your research. Educate yourself on the pros and cons of this way of living and be prepared! Preparation is the key to success in my opinion. I saw the biggest results in the first few months. I even went to Greece for 2 weeks and ate some carbs while I was there because I was in GREECE! I didn't gain anything and ended up losing a couple pounds because I didn't overdo it and stayed active. Once I got back, I jumped right back into it and lost another 30lbs. Then came my next trip, this time to Asia, at the end of December. I was there for a total of 3 weeks and there were few keto options, leadings me to go wayyyy off track. I could feel how the carbs were impacting my activity and mood levels and I HATED it. I couldn't wait to get back and start back on my way of eating. I immediately launched into it again when I got back in mid-January, but I didn't start back with strict keto and wasn't tracking as frequently as I should have. What ended up happening was me going over my carb limits, even if it was only 10g, and not working out like I should have. I didn't gain any weight, but I also wasn't losing at the rate that I had in the past.

Plateaus happen.

They happen in most weight loss journeys and it's taking me a while to get over it. I'm still in the process of adjusting my macros and seeing what really works, but I'm not letting this get me off track. Sure, there are days when I want to throw in the towel and eat a slice or two of pizza. But I don't. I don't because 1) I've worked too damn hard to throw it all away, 2) my mind is stronger than my actions, and 3) I have surrounded myself with such supportive people who constantly remind me to keep pushing. There will be days when you don't think it's worth it. There will be days when you look at yourself in the mirror and think, I've done so much but I see so little progress. Listen to me when I say that whether you started 1 year ago or 1 hour ago, you are taking a step towards progress. Progress is not just measured on the scale. While it's cool and all to see the scale drop, progress, to me, is so much more. It's the way you feel when you wake up in the morning. It's the way your clothes start to feel at bit looser. It's the way your friends start to notice your results. It's the confidence you start to feel in yourself. It's so much more than numbers and you will start to discover new things about yourself that you never thought you had.

So, right now I have lost a total of 50lbs and I've been steady with that number for a couple of months now. I'm currently in graduate school, working, and own my own photography company, so I've definitely been both busy and stressed. The stress has impacted my working out, but I haven't let it impact my eating habits. Don't let a stressful day take over your actions. Take a deep breath. Think about all that you have accomplished. Go for a run/walk or take a relaxing bath. There are so many other ways to cope with stress that don't involve eating, you just have to find the one that works for you. I want you all to know that you can do this. Take that first step and do your research. Prepare yourself and the results will follow.

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