As the three month mark for Keto comes up I have made a realization. With every month that passes I talk about how many inches I’ve lost and how many pounds. Now that is absolutely amazing and I’m still losing and that makes me super happy. But I didn’t start keto to lose weight. I started keto because my hormones were out of whack and I wanted to fix the damage I had done to my body.
So as I look back on this last month, and all three months for that matter, I won’t be listing arbitrary numbers. I won’t list my inches and pounds lost because while that still makes me smile every day its the things I’ve gained, not lost, that make me the most excited.
After losing three babies to miscarriages I knew I couldn’t ignore what my body was telling me any longer. Something was wrong. My dr and I ran all the tests we could and the results came back. I had a blood clotting disorder.
Now that might seem like no big deal, but it was a big deal. Because this wasn’t something I’ve had my whole life. I have had three perfectly healthy and normal pregnancies before this, so this was new. This was something that was going wrong and I immediately knew why.
You don’t get as big as I did without abusing your body. I fell into a pattern of drinking soda and grabbing junk to eat because it was easy and I was tired. Three kids are super fun, but they’re super tiring too. And after each kid, I wasn’t losing the baby weight. I started my first pregnancy around 130 lbs, my 2nd at 185 and my 3rd at 212! And then I gained even more with each miscarriage.
I was basically mainlining sugar on a daily basis. My meals consisted entirely of candy and soda and that was it. I prepared healthier meals for my kids but I didn’t usually eat what I made them, and even if I did healthier than a candy bar and soda doesn’t actually mean it was healthy!
So, after I got the results from the tests I was crushed but determined to fix the damage. The easiest thing to point the finger at was my weight. The weight wasn’t the cause of the problem though, it was merely another symptom. I did a TON of research and the ketogenic lifestyle was what seemed to be the best fit for me.
I started slow and I was surprised at how easy the transition for me really was. Within days I was free from the fever that I had for months. For almost 3 months before I started I had a constant fever of over 100 degrees and I wasn’t sick. The fact that I could take my temp and it was reading a normal temp was amazing to me!
As the first month passed I realized I could wear jeans again. You see, when my size 18 jeans became too tight I refused to buy bigger ones. I wore stretchy pants all the time and tried to ignore the fact that I was too big for real clothes. No matter what my scale reads in the morning I can wake up and button a pair of jeans and feel good as I leave the house for the day.
I don’t want to stay in bed and sleep all day any more. I love planning fun activities with my girls and taking them to the park, or even just playing outside with them. We spend entire days riding our bikes in front of the house, where before I would plop down on the couch and tell them to play in the back yard because I didn’t feel good enough to go out with them.
Another HUGE thing keto has given me is freedom from food. I eat when I’m hungry but it’s not like it was before. I don’t wake up starving, I don’t have to prep snacks when I’m leaving the house and I don’t feel compelled to stop at fast food restaurants every time I leave the house. I was stopping every single day to get a snack if I had to run errands.
When I started keto I made sure I had a healthy snack in my car when I left because I wasn’t used to the idea of not being hungry. I keep a thing of almonds in the car but I rarely dip into it. I can get my kids snacks or quick meals and not want to eat everything in sight. I don’t constantly think about food anymore which allows me to think about other things that really matter.
Possibly the most amazing thing keto has done isn’t so much for me as it is for my husband. He HATES veggies and yet when I try new recipes he’s super supportive and he tries things. He actually has found a few veggies he actually likes and even told me he has lost a few pounds because I don’t keep as much junk in the house for him to snack on.
It has also helped my marriage because I cook bacon a whole lot more. I’m laughing as I type this but apparently this is my husbands favorite part of me eating keto. And I don’t just cook any bacon but the most amazing bacon because if I’m going to eat it all the time it’s got to be the best!
There are a million little things that just make me so much happier each and every day but these are the things that come to mind immediately when I think of all I’ve gained with keto. Heading into month four I’m excited to see what other happy changes are on their way!