How I lost 36 pounds using the keto diet.. my journey!
I never thought this would have happened on the keto diet…. I have tried so many diets and strategies. They would work for a while, but then I would be overcome with issues and frustrations I would quit. I would blame it on being too busy between my 3 jobs and working on my Doctoral Degree… or not having enough time. It was too easy picking up junk food or making quick and easy meals.
However… I am embarrassed showing the image to the left. The photo to the left was me BEFORE the keto diet. That was me in August 2017. Yes… I was 226 pounds. That was 2 pounds over what I weight the day I had Abigail, my youngest daughter who is now 5. I was completely and utterly embarrassed. Looking back at the last few years, I do not have many photos of me. I didn’t want my kids nor my husband to take photos. I didn’t like the way I looked…. However, I am grateful to have this photo. See, I am a teacher… and this was also my first day of school. My 8-year-old daughter Brianna insisted I take this photo.
It wasn’t until November 2nd, 2017 that I got the push I needed to try, yet again, to lose this weight. I was going to try this keto diet.. I was going to make it work. My husband had gone to drill and called to ask about the military ball that is happening in February. Being a higher enlisted soldier, and having 19 years in service under his belt, he had an obligation to attend. I was thinking I needed to give the keto diet a chance…. I deserved it.
When we got married, we eloped. We didn’t have a big service or a reception after. We got married in the backyard of a Justice of Peace.. it was just the children and us. Later we met with the family at the Texas Roadhouse… but there was no dancing and no music.
How Did It Get This Far?
… back to the phone call…. I had been addicted to Pepsi. I shouldn’t be drinking it, and I know it, however, I got into this habit. I think it had to do with a lot that had happened in 2017. I was going into a downward spiral, and my ADD/ADHD got in the way.
Between working 3 jobs (teaching, piano/vocal lessons, and organist), my kiddos, my Dad died in 2012, my Mom died in 2013, my biological family hating me when my Mom died, and not having any type of forgiveness of my character, and making up lies about me, and a misunderstanding/miscommunication through text messages with my biological siblings and I about my kids being invited / not invited to their wedding…) which ultimately they decided to no longer talk to me.
This all took a toll on me and my character. I don’t like it when people do not like me… I do not like when rumors and horrid things are spread about me that aren’t true. I have done my best me entire life. I may have struggled, however, my conscience is clear when it comes to certain allegations that were tossed around about me.
Why November 2nd?
The phone call on November 2nd changed my life. Since then, I have learned to forgive and forget… and move on. I can’t change people, and I am better off not having people in my life who can’t accept me for who I am.
November 2nd I took a leap in the right directions for taking care of myself. I have always taken care of everyone else… my Dad, when I became, is the legal guardian at the age of 18. My grandmother when she was passing away… my children. I am not complaining in the least bit. I loved them all with my entire heart and would do anything for anybody… even if it means I give up.
I started my keto diet on November 2nd.. I gave up Pepsi and other crap food. I decided not to eat gluten-free food that was full of carbs and sugars.. and focus in on eating proteins and good fats. I decided to get the help I needed with my ADD/ADHD and went on Adderall (which has tremendously helped). I decided to do this for me.
I promised my husband I would give up Pepsi and crap food on November 2nd, and focused on being healthy for our children, he would dance with me at the military ball in February.
So, today, January 1st, 2018, I have lost 36 pounds in 2 months. My hope is to be in the 180s in February for the military ball.
… I guess my husband will have to keep his promise/word and dance with me at the military ball in February!