How I Lost 100 Pounds In 3 Years With the Keto Diet
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
In the fall of 2017, I was in a college town with my best friend enjoying some good old-fashioned I-O-W-A tailgating. We started early and ran around all day, enjoying life in any direction the wind would take us. In keeping my story short, I reached a point in my day where I couldn’t go on any longer. I HAD to sit because I was out of breath, then I had to take off my shoes because my feet and ankles had swollen to an unimaginable size. Looking back, I wonder if I started my journey to health at just the right time… Something was very much NOT OK.
My best friend sat with me and tears filled her eyes. She was worried too. She had always known me as a big girl and loved me at any size, but she and I both knew that I was not healthy and the life I was living wasn’t really living at all. A few months later, after being in denial and scared to actually do something about my weight and health, I joined a program to help hold me accountable. I ultimately switched to a full keto-based diet about 2 years ago because it allowed me to eat, gave me energy, and controlled my inflammation. I have stuck to keto and never plan on looking back!
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
In the beginning, I didn’t work out! I had to focus on one thing at a time. Changing my diet was a massive undertaking and I felt like I was saying goodbye to my closest friends as I eliminated cookies and cakes from my cupboard. I don’t regret my decision to hold off on working out either. So many individuals get overwhelmed because they take on everything at once. I started with food and worked up to the gym.
I started with just walking. Not fast and no incline, but a movement that I wasn’t getting enough of. In the beginning, my heart rate would sit at 160+ and all I was doing was walking! Eventually, I started using some arm and leg machines and at my lowest weight, when I had the honor of standing at my best friend’s wedding, I would do free weights once or twice a week.
I continue to primarily walk (much faster now and with an incline) and once or twice a week do arms and legs on the machines. I don’t do anything that scares or intimidates me…Again, I keep my routine to something that will not burn me out or overwhelm me.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
The original program that I got started on was low carb, low fat, moderate protein, and came with a massive price tag. I ate packets and met with a consultant once a week. Yes, I lost weight very quickly, but I was miserable and burnt out after a year and I couldn’t stick to the plan. I later learned that not many people can.
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I did lots and lots of research and eased myself into a ketogenic diet. I found a keto calculator and used the chronometer app to track my macros. I got a ketone and glucose monitor started my Instagram account and found myself sleeping better, eating more veggies, having more energy, and not missing anything that held me back in my past life.
I don’t just eat butter, bacon, and guac either. I eat loads of veggies, whole foods, nutritious meats and I have a blast trying new keto-friendly products. Some weeks are a little more “dirty keto” with a few processed goodies in the mix and other weeks I’m eating meat and veggies. Both ways work because I make them work.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I once read a quote about the motivation that really stuck with me. It said something along the lines of not waiting for motivation to strike because you could end up waiting forever. Instead, get started now and be motivated to keep going. That’s pretty much how it went for me. I didn’t WANT to start but I knew I NEEDED to. Once I got the ball rolling, I was nearly unstoppable.
As far as slip-ups go, you better believe I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. Food addiction is extremely difficult to manage because we HAVE to eat every day. I’ve gained and lost weight over and over again. I will likely always struggle a bit. But I will always choose to enjoy the holiday season and occasionally indulge in my favorite Indian food or pizza with my daughter. Life is all about balance after all. I will never be perfect, but I will do my best to find the balance that works for me!
When did you start to notice progress?
In the beginning, I noticed a serious change in about 2 months. When you’re a bigger person, it can take a minute for things to really start to shift and change. Now that I know my body really well, I can see subtle changes in my face, waist, thighs, and hips when I gain or when I lose.
I also have Hashimoto’s (thyroid disease) so change, especially on the scale, comes very, very slowly for me. It’s something that I’m aware of and therefore I don’t beat myself up about it.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I regularly use a FitBit, FitBit scale, and when I’m tracking things closely, I use the Cronometer app. RuledMe also has a great keto calculator along with several other keto influencers. I continue to occasionally check on my macros and make sure that I’m aware of any big changes.
Are there any other fitness products that you used frequently?
I use a HydroJug for getting in my water at the office. It’s 73 ounces or a half-gallon and my goal is to have it gone by the end of the day. I like to use it on the weekends too, otherwise, I might go two full days without so much as a glass of water!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Just start. Start slow…. Lower carbs, toss out temptations, find alternatives to your favorite foods, learn how to cook, google every question you have, reach out to your favorite Instagram accounts if you have questions (don’t be afraid) and most of all, trust yourself and trust the process.
Eat when you’re hungry but aim for better snacks. Learn how to go out to eat and stay on your plan, whatever that may be. Talk to your friends and family so they know you are making changes. If they don’t believe in the changes you’re making, don’t spill your guts to them about every detail, just make them aware that you’re taking back control of your life.
And lastly, there WILL be naysayers and tons of articles that push against everything you’re wanting to believe in. Keep your mind straight, focus on what you know, and keep on keeping on!
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I love to cook and eat so I love the blog, All Day I Dream About Food (@FoodDreamer on Instagram). She can turn ANYTHING into something low carb. It’s truly incredible! I also love Instagram and love following Coach Jonathan Shane, FNTP (theketoroad), Regina and Vy (theketodashians) Chelsey (@ketohalfasser, Coach Lauren Berryhill (@keto_coach_lauren) and so, so, so many others. I watch YouTube and even jump on Reddit from time to time. I also watch videos on veganism, carnivore, WW, and more. I love to learn about ALL things food because everyone has something good to share about their lifestyle!
Where can we find more about you?
Instagram! @Erin_Eats_The_Keto I really only post pictures at the moment because I’m massively in my head about my voice and making videos. I’ve tried and I feel so awkward but I’m working on it! LOL Stay tuned as they say!
I also have an Amazon storefront that contains all my favorite things from food, snacks, and workout gear. No one’s used it yet but hey, maybe one day! I personally love having everything in one place, easy to find, and have shipped right to my door.
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