Four weeks ago, I took the leap to try the Keto diet. I did research for about 2 months in advance to try to understand how it worked, why it worked, and what I could do to best succeed. I was nervous. It didn’t make sense to me how a diet high in fat would actually make me LOSE fat. But I kept seeing friends succeeding, and I figured if I didn’t try, I wouldn’t know. Four weeks later, there is 16 pounds less of me. That included a birthday week (and yes, I celebrate all week!) small gain, but my losses far exceeded my gain to show for some major progress in this first month!
I’ve been able to lose weight time and time again in the past, but then I gain it back. Typically the reason for gaining it back is using food to cope with uncomfortable times or emotions. I recognize this, but despite recognizing it, I’ve never been able to stick to healthy coping mechanisms in tough times. I’m trying to do some work on my personal mental health now too, in preparation for being mentally strong if hard times come (because they will, that’s just life!). I’m also recognizing that there are going to be special occasions where I decide to have a special meal or drink, and that is also part of life. It doesn’t mean that I need to do that daily or weekly, or that just because I do it once it means that I’m “off the wagon”. I just have to keep trucking.
The only exercise I’ve ever enjoyed was Zumba. Otherwise, I freaking HATE exercise. So maybe I need to get back into doing some Zumba, at least at home for the time being. I guess I do also like riding my pink beach cruiser. I suppose I could bundle up now that it’s colder and ride that big beast around the neighborhood. Plus I’m sure the dogs would appreciate being walked more often, so that’s an idea for exercise too.
For now though, my eating changes have proven successful on their own, so I know if I add in exercise I will only see even more progress! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next month brings!