I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your head right, in order to succeed with the ketogenic lifestyle. The food is very important, but your thoughts are more important. Thoughts lead to actions and if your thoughts aren’t right, you will justify your detrimental actions and cheat. Cheating will delay your success or derail you permanently.
I daresay that weight loss is not a physical challenge, it is a mental one.
I have been living the ketogenic lifestyle for over a year, and I have had to learn from my mistakes and make corrections along the way. And I know there are more to come. I am learning every day. I know we often need to learn the hard way and experience things for ourselves, but I do wish that my friends, who want to get the weight off and feel better, would learn from my mistakes and believe me when I tell them they can’t cheat or do this half way and succeed.
I have a few friends who are kind of on the Keto train, but they are not strict; they cheat. They cheat and then they whine about how slow their progress is. The answer seems so obvious, but I remember vividly being in the carb fog and mentally not being ready to do what needed to be done, so I am trying to have compassion.
That said, I still want to shake them and say, “Stop cheating!” Cheating is no good! It will hold you back. It will keep you from losing fat, it will keep you from reaching ketosis, and you will not be a healthy, fat-burning machine.
We have no right to get upset about results we are not getting from work we are not doing!
I know from experience that it really takes being in a zone. It almost requires obsession and you must be stubborn about your goals. I know, it is easier to eat that pizza you picked up for your family on the way home from work, it is easier to soothe your stress with ice cream instead of talking to someone about it, it is easier to throw your hands in the air and give up than to tell yourself you can do it.
I chose to tell myself daily, and I still do, that I can do this, that I am doing this, no matter what. I will not cave when someone says, “Oh just take one bite.” and trust me, people in my life have done that. But I won’t take even one bite; no I will not do it. The more you resist, the easier it is to resist the next time.
It’s resistance training of a different sort.
You need to decide, and I mean make a solid decision that you will not waver, you will not cave, you will not compromise your health and your goals for some fleeting moment with food. If you don’t want it enough, you will not achieve it. The mind is a powerful thing and what you tell it, it believes.
If it is important to you, you will find a way, if not, you will find excuses.
Cheating, stopping and starting, will keep you unhealthy. It will keep you fat, tired and frustrated. You must realize that operating that way only hurts yourself and delays your success. I don’t ever want to live another day of my life feeling like I felt when I weighed 260 pounds, or 200 pounds.
I want to feel everyday like I feel now – victorious, successful, inspired, like I can do anything I set my mind to.
Our lives don’t get better by chance, they get better by choice and change.
If you don’t change what you have been doing, then you will not experience something new, you will just keep getting what you have always gotten.
It isn’t easy, but it is WORTH IT.