Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

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A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

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He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

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So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

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So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

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Laser Lipo, Did it Work?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always said, “one of these days, I am going to have liposuction”. The idea of sucking fat out of certain areas on my body for it to be gone forever, is very intriguing to me. But I’ll be honest, the idea of surgery, drain tubes and the recovery needed are all reasons I haven’t done more than think about it. Thankfully for me and everyone with my similar thought process, there are other options out there that require ZERO down time! One of those options is Laser Lipo! About a month and a half ago, I started my journey with laser lipo. Now that it’s over, I bet you’re wondering…did it work?

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*I received Laser Lipo and Venus Legacy for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

About Laser Lipo

What exactly is laser lipo and where can you get it done? I visited a LightRx Face & Body location near me. Basically laser lipo is a truly painless procedure that uses low level lasers to target the fat in a particular area. That targeted fat breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol.

Where does the fat go?

That was one of my main questions. I didn’t want to have this treatment and then spend the rest of the day in the bathroom getting rid of all that fat! No worries…that’s now how it happens! The fat is transported to various tissues to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. So basically, laser lipo is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

At the first appointment, we went over what treatment would be like and what I could expect each week. We then took pictures (I do not have access to those pictures) and measurements. Since I was having the dreaded “saddlebag” area treated (my gosh I hate that word), we measured at the top of my thigh, the middle and the bottom.

My Measurements to Start

Right Leg

  • 30 1/2″
  • 30″
  • 29″

Left Leg

  • 29″
  • 28″
  • 27″

As you can see, one side is much worse than the other. Apparently that is normal (or…well, at least I would like to let myself believe it’s normal)! After 10 treatments of laser lipo and eight treatments of Venus Legacy (this tightens the skin and helps reduce cellulite), I have lost an inch on my upper and middle part of my thigh on my right leg and an inch on all three parts of my left leg!! Because of the difference between how my right and left leg look, I still need more treatments, which I fully plan on signing up for in the next couple of months!

I am very pleased with the transformation! At first I wasn’t sure if there were any changes. However, as I started going shopping, I began noticing that pants were fitting me differently. To me, that was huge. If you are someone that has to deal with saddlebags, you know that how clothes fit, due to your lovely baggage, is really important.

Would I Recommend Laser Lipo?

You bet I would recommend it. In fact, not only do I want to repeat the same area, I also would like to have my stomach treated. After having two children via c-section, no matter how much weight I lose, parts of my stomach will never change. The place I went to, LightRx Face & Body has locations in various states throughout the United States. Definitely check their site out, research laser lipo and see if it is the solution for you!

Lifestyle Changes – A Mom’s Journey

About a month before my 35th birthday, something happened. I was sitting here writing, like I do most days, and it hit me. I was turning 35 soon. Not too many years later, I will be hitting 40. While getting older has never ever bothered me (the white hairs I randomly get on my head and in my eyebrows–what’s up with that–are definitely something I could do without), the idea of getting older and not making the necessary changes I need to make to lose all this excess weight, is something that has bothered me. Lifestyle changes were definitely needed in my life.

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Here I am, five years ago, at my heaviest weight I’ve ever been…250 lbs. I hate even typing that number, but it’s true. I started my weight loss journey at 250 lbs. I knew I had to make some changes and make them quick. Not only was a severely overweight, but I had tested Type 2 Diabetic. I made some changes, lost some weight, and managed to no longer test in the diabetic range. However, my weight started creeping back up and I knew it was only a matter of time before I became Diabetic again. I was not about to let that happen.

Serious Lifestyle Changes Needed!

Fast forward to just about my 35th birthday…a friend of mine had been talking a lot about the Keto diet. I saw her transformation, but was really scared to take the plunge. You see, with the Keto diet, you eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. While I know that a very low carb diet works well for me, I was terrified to eat fat! I mean, it’s drilled into our heads over and over again, “low-fat, low-fat, low-fat”. However, I decided to jump in and give it a try. What I didn’t understand at the beginning was that with the Keto diet, you are essentially training your body to use fat as an energy source, instead of carbs. This is huge to understand. You see, since you are not constantly eating fat all day long, your body needs to have energy somehow, so it begins burning your fat stores. It truly is as great as it sounds!

I’ve been doing this diet since January 23rd of this year and I am currently 0.4 lbs away from losing 70 lbs. I look and feel amazing! A little bit of that weight loss is from before starting Keto. See the transformation for yourself…

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Yes…I did just use a Snapchat selfie…no judging! It was just my most recent picture of myself and, well, what can I say…I just love the gold butterflies in my hair! Despite the fact that it is a Snapchat selfie, you can see how my face has transformed. I still have some weight to lose, but I’ll get there!

While making lifestyle changes has been the key to my success, there are a few areas of my body that, no matter how much I lose, they don’t change. Those areas would be my saddlebags. I absolutely hate that word, but it’s true. I have them and I hate them. I made a comment to my husband that the only way I would be able to get rid of them is with liposuction. As I was looking around online, I came across an ad for Light Rx Face & Body for Laser Liposuction. I was instantly intrigued! One of the biggest things I noticed was that it required absolutely zero recovery time! That was huge for me. With a husband that travels for work, having something that required recovery time was kind of out of the question.

About Laser Liposuction

This painless procedure utilizes low level lasers that target the fat in a particular area and breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol. The fat content is then transported to various tissues, ready to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. Basically, the laser liposuction is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?!? I totally thought so! Currently I am partnering with LightRx Face & Body and I am in the process of completing ten complimentary Laser Liposuction treatments and eight Venus Legacy treatments. The Venus Legacy treatments help to get the fat content moving out of my lymphatic system faster, as well as, it helps to tighten the skin area being treated!

I am extremely excited about this phase in my life. Not only are my lifestyle changes working for me, but, with the help of LightRx Face & Body, I am able to work on those stubborn areas of my body, as well! I am only just starting my treatments with LightRx Face & Body, but I will be sure to update in a couple months about my treatments and how they went!

Keto Diet Plan – Taking Charge of My Health

On January 23, 2016, I decided that I was done being fat. I had gotten comfortable. I knew my husband loved me for me and didn’t care one bit about my size. While that is a great feeling to have and not have to worry about what the one person I care what they think, thinks about me, it led me to just give up and not care about my own health and well being. Maybe not intentionally, but that’s what happened. A friend of mine (shout-out to Summer at The Dirty Floor Diaries) had been talking about the Keto Diet Plan for quite some time…I finally decided to give it a try. Rather than do it by myself, I talked my husband into giving the diet a try with me. Strength in numbers and all. What has happened over the last 4+ months has been amazing.

keto diet plan

After having my kids, and over the next several years, I hit my highest weight ever. I also was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic. It was a real game changer when my doctor told me I as diabetic. Shit was getting real, as they say. I had just turned 30 years old. I wish I could say that I handled the news well those first few weeks, but I didn’t. I cried. I cried about the thought of having to give up all the food I liked. I cried because I thought something was going to happen to my feet (Google told me so). I cried because I didn’t want to put in the work that I needed to with this new diagnosis. And then I woke up. I went to a nutritionist. I learned how to eat so that my sugar would stop spiking and my body would start producing and using the correct amount of insulin. In like 9 or 10 months, I lost 50 lbs. I felt amazing! The best part is, after losing that weight and eating like the nutritionist told me, I haven’t tested Type 2 Diabetic since. I had completely reversed things on my own. But then the weight started creeping back up. I started to eat poorly again. While I was still able to stay out of the diabetic range on all my blood tests, I was not eating healthy at all. For the most part, I was a carbaholic. I ate all the things I knew I shouldn’t eat. And then I became fat again. I stayed that way for years.

Shortly after this last Christmas, I saw a picture of myself. I was mortified. I thought I looked good…but I didn’t. I was one of those, “well…at least she has a pretty face”. You know, the phrase every fat girl hates to hear. I started messaging Summer on Facebook and asking more questions about the Keto Diet Plan and finally on January 23, 2016, I was ready to jump in and give it a try.

This is a picture of me at my heaviest weight. To be honest, looking at it is really difficult.

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What is the Keto Diet Plan?

Basically, it’s a diet where you eat high fat, moderate protein, and very low-carb. Your body stops using carbs to fuel it and switches to fat. In doing this, you start burning your fat stores. The weight starts melting off! I use My Fitness Pal to track everything. I pay for the premium service because I want my macros to be exact. A few sites I recommend checking out for more information and to figure out what your macros are…

So…I bet you are wondering how much weight I’ve lost…

As of today, I am down just over 57 lbs!! I look and feel amazing. I am down four pant sizes and five shirt sizes! Shopping is fun again! It’s so nice to be able to try anything and everything on at pretty much ANY store! The other day I was shopping for dresses for a wedding I have in July. You can see the progress I’ve made…

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Don’t mind the crazy tan lines! We had my daughters soccer tournament all weekend long! Never in a million years would I ever try a dress on like this OR even consider getting it. I felt comfortable in the dress and I think I look pretty good!

Is the Keto Diet Plan Right for You?

My advice…do your research. Know what you are getting yourself into. I will tell you, it’s not as hard as it seems. Give yourself a couple weeks to get used to it. When you get into Dietary Ketosis (do NOT confuse this with Ketoacidosis…they are not the same thing), you will go through something referred to as the “Keto Flu”. Power through. Once in Ketosis…stay in it. You can check whether you are in Ketosis by using these Ketone Test Stripsketo diet plan I picked up on Amazon.

If you have any questions about the Keto Diet Plan, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will gladly help you!

Working Out with the Fitbit Charge HR

This winter, I really slacked off at the gym. I just didn’t make it a priority and I didn’t really feel motivated to go. That all changed when I learned about the Fitbit Charge HR. When the Fitbit Flex came out, I got one. I loved it, but there were several things I didn’t like about it. I didn’t like that since they tell you to wear it on your non-dominate hand, it made it difficult to wear a watch. I also didn’t like the clasp. I was always paranoid that it would fall off. And then…I learned about the Fitbit Charge HR.

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For Mother’s Day, my husband and kids got me the Fitbit Charge HR. If you have’t seen it yet, this is what it looks like:

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Why I Like Mine

First off, it’s pretty! I love the plum color. But what I like the most is the fact that all I need to do is tap it twice and it tells me what time it is! A few other features:

  • Counts your steps
  • Monitors your heart rate
  • Tells you how many miles you’ve walked
  • The calories you’ve burned throughout the day
  • How many flights you’ve climbed
  • Monitors your sleep activity
  • Caller ID

There are other features, but that’s the gist of it! But what I really like is that it motivates me to get more steps than I did the day before. I may or may not be known to run in place at night while I watch T.V. just so I get more steps! With the Fitbit products, you have the ability to connect with your friends that also have a Fitbit and basically keep each other motivate and try to walk more steps than your friends!!

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