How is Keto Working for Others???
This W I L L be long. I have to purge and have no other place in which to do so. I am 43F, 5'9", 238lbs. I have been fat for as long as I can remember. Looking back at young adult me I wasn't fat, but was compared to my friends. The pregnancy/birth of my second child (2002) and beyond I ballooned to my heaviest, 245lbs. The untimely, unexpected death of a loved one is what finally motivated me enough to get my life together. The extra weight and stress were killing me. Literally. In early 2010 went on a diet. "The diet for heart surgery patients who were too heavy to undergo surgery". I worked out diligently. Started yoga. It was slow, but after a year I went from my highest known weight of 245 to 200. I hovered around 200 for a long time. It wasn't until my gallbladder went bad in 2015 that I hit 180. 180!!! I threw away all my fat clothes. "I don't need them. I'm never going back!" But I went back and more. I had a back surgery. My mental health went down the toilet. Mental health meds made me balloon. Depression killed my Give a Damn. It was a long road to where I am now. Two years ago I got a Total Gym. Used for a very short while and quit. It was always in the back of my head that I was utterly unhealthy. That I have the tools to get my health and fitness back. I couldn't. Cue the mental battle...I've always known about Atkins/Keto, but despite it being logical it flew in the face of everything is been taught. I kept revisiting Keto and learning more. A few months ago it just clicked. Let's get back in shape. I want to get married and wear a swimsuit again and not look like a sausage. No offense to sausages. I slowly began transitioning to Keto and it was really easy for me. I love Keto more than I thought. I don't feel deprived, especially giving up fruits that held me back from doing Keto. It took several weeks to see any sort of weight loss. I kept reminding myself that some folks take a while to become fat adapted. On July 21 I weighed 236. I asked my husband to get on the scale as I thought it was wrong. Then on July 24 I was 228. 228lbs!! *🎶You can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a man's woman. No time to talk🎶* Yeah, I had a strut in my step. Pulled old clothes I couldn't wear and washed them. Getting ready for the day I could. I was on cloud 9. Life's good. Cue the brakes squeaking. My weight started creeping up...And up...And up. As of today I'm 238. I haven't cheated. I don't go over my macros. I don't even get close to my NET carbs. My macro targets* are as follows:
*Using the macro calculator on the keto subreddit
I drink around 100 oz water/day.
Four Fridays ago I began fasting from midnight Friday to 8 am Saturday. Sometimes later as it depends when my husband comes home from work and we go to breakfast. AKA Satur-dates..get it?? Even then I eat smart. 2 strips of bacon and 2 scrambled eggs. I have been playing with sweeteners as well. I was a Splenda users for many many years. And have since used liquid Splenda, liquid Truvia, Splenda Monk fruit w Erythritol and am currently using liquid Pyure (stevia).
I use a tiny, wee squirt in my coffee and have switched to HWC instead of half and half for my coffee. The fastings have greatly curbed my need for things to be as sweet as I used to.
I also work out 3 days a week on my Total Gym, 39 min total body workout.
2 Mondays ago I also began another fast. Midnight Monday till 4pm Tues.
I chose to not fast today, Fri July 30 as I am on my period.
Additionally I am currently day 4 of my period.
It's always been hard for me to lose weight as if my body has a death grip on the fat. Is this weird biology, am I using a sweetener that's causing the weight gain? Am I bloated, Is it because I'm short on my macros??
Am I doomed to be a sausage the rest of my life??
I am so frustrated....
Thanks for reading. And thanks for any advice/tips...