I’m an office manager for a law firm. I live with three roommates I adore and my mom is my best friend & biggest supporter!
I have psoriatic arthritis and my insurance started denying my medication. So I looked into alternatives for controlling my PsA, and stumbled upon keto. I saw the crazy weight loss people were experiencing and read many claims of people with the same disease doing really well. They all attributed it to keto. I decided to give it a try, really not expecting much, but have been so pleasantly surprised!
I try my best to not cheat intentionally. But that being said, everyone is human and will slip up. I use the spoons theory with my PsA (you only get so many spoons a day), and kind of view keto the same way. If I know I want to go out with a friend for beers or a certain food, I use my carbs when they matter. It’s all about planning your day to make it work for you. But if I go over my carbs a one day, I don’t beat myself up for mismanaging my carb intake, because again, everyone is human. It’s what you do the next day that matters.
I can’t start off slowly. I’m one of those people who has to jump in head first to make things stick. When I quit smoking, I had to just go cold turkey. Same with carbs. I will fast (water only) when I really feel it’s necessary, mainly to break a bad stall.
I track my weight using Happy Scale and my macros with MyFitnessPal. Happy Scale makes my weight loss less intimidating by breaking it up into milestones for me/ MFP is great for keeping track of my macros, which keeps me on target.
I was pretty hush-hush about it when I first started, but as I started telling people and as the weight started coming off, I was amazed at the support I got. My mom and roommates especially!!
Everyone will stall. It’s natural and it happens. The first few times I panicked and was convinced I was doing something wrong. Now I know that I just need to be patient and it will start moving again. When it does stall though, I make sure I’m drinking enough water. That’s usually the reason. So if it’s a bad stall (i.e more than two weeks), I do a short 24 hour water fast, which has always gotten things moving again.
The main other benefit I can talk about is how much better my joints feel and how much my skin has cleared up because of keto. I used to get awful psoriasis outbreaks, especially on my scalp and face. It’s easily 90% better from nothing but keto.
My biggest obstacle is coming up. I’m going to Disneyland in November, and I don’t know how strong I’ll be surrounded by so much amazing food!
I had my gallbladder taken out a few years ago. So when I first started keto, the increase in fat made me suffer from awful diarrhea. But after a few weeks, my body settled in and now that’s rarely a problem. The biggest thing I can stress is to have patience and to trust that your body will figure itself out.
I usually drink a protein shake for breakfast around 7:30AM. I’m a fan of the Premier Protein Banana & Cream from Costco. Lunch is usually around 1PM if I’m eating. I skip it a lot in place of a bigger dinner. It usually consists of a lunch meat/cheese combination, maybe some nuts if I’m especially hungry. As for dinner, it’s a toss up. My roommates are super supportive and usually keep my diet in mind when planning dinner. But when it doesn’t work out, I have Saag’s hot links on hand for emergencies.
Green Chili Chicken Bake. This stuff is so good! I know it’s served over rice in the pictures, but I eat it alone with a salad and I’m a happy camper. I don’t add the cumin because I’m not a fan, but that’s my personal choice.
I hate to admit this, but it’s probably a Chipotle burrito bowl. I usually have at least one a week. I like 1⁄2 chicken, 1⁄2 steak with cheese, lettuce, hot salsa, and now queso if my macros allow it. It’s fast and delicious!
Bread was the hardest thing for me to give up. And sauces. I love trying sauces at different restaurants, but I’m never sure what’s in them anymore, so it’s easier to just avoid them.
You CAN do this. Trust me, if I can, you can. Before keto, I was shy and quiet and never really stood up for myself. Now, I smile in public and talk to people. Keto will change your life for the better, if you let it. It’s work, but it’s work you owe to yourself.