Say what? 20lbs?! Yes I did! I started this journey in the last week of July and by mid September I was down 20lbs.
I’ve been up and down with my weight for quite sometime but in the last 2 years I really packed it on. I was 30lbs over what I felt was a comfortable weight for me and one day I decided to do something about it! Here’s what I did to drop the weight.
Make Up Your Mind
First things first… get serious and make up your mind! You really can’t work towards your goals(any goals) if your not in the right head space and if you’re not serious about what you want to achieve.
This is probably the most important step when it comes to my weight-loss journey. And when I say get moving I don’t mean spend 2-3 hours at the gym. I literally mean GET MOVING… move your body more! The day I made up my mind to seriously drop some pounds, I chose to wake up and take my dog for a walk, that day we walked for about 1.5 miles. To be honest I didn’t think I could do it. We walked from my house to a nearby park and the distance seemed so out of my league but once I decided to just DO IT, it was easy. I went from walking 1.5 miles to speed walking/jogging 2.5 miles Mondays thru Fridays.
- On top of walking in the morning, I also started walking during my breaks at work.
- And I cannot forget to mention that I also got a fitbit and the weekly challenges really helped me to “step up” to the challenge and move even more.
Getting Keto Friendly
I really did my research… I looked for meals and diet plans that would blend well with my lifestyle and Keto seemed doable. (Of course when dieting it is always advised to consult with your doctor.) Keto works for me because it allows me to include foods that I love in my daily meals(cheese, bacon, chicken wings), plus I found that this diet made it a little easier to discipline myself with the restrictions/limitations that come with a keto-friendly diet.
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Stay Focused – Take It One Day at a Time
I’ve plateaued multiple times, I’ve allowed myself to eat and drink outside of my keto guidelines but I’ve never given up. Its important to understand that lifestyle changes like weight loss will take time if it is to be sustained.
I’ve been been able to maintain my weight loss even after visiting my home country Belize and eating everything in site and coming back to Chicago and having what I call “an adjustment” week. I think a lot of it has to do with my metabolism (due to being more active) and being more in tuned with my body, knowing when I need to eat versus eating because I’m bored. I started this journey one month after my trip to Guadeloupe, at the time I thought I was only 30lbs too heavy but when I got serious and started the process of tracking my weight, turns out I was 40lbs past my comfortable weight. Even though I’m 20lbs down I still have 20lbs more to go.
Like I’ve said in my bio, I created this platform to share any tips I come across that could help someone else enhance their own beauty-filled life, so with that being said this is the first blog in my new blog series “Keeping it Keto”. I’ll share as much information, as much tips, as much meal ideas and replacements that I can.