I’ll be honest. It took me three tries to find success with a ketogenic lifestyle.
My first two attempts, about a year apart and each time losing about 40 pounds and getting stuck, I gave up out of frustration and because I had a bad attitude.
On my third try, I knew I had to do something different to stay with it. I knew that attitude was everything, but I was unwilling to work on my attitude the previous two times. This time was going to be different. I was determined, and I decided I would do whatever it took to keep my mind right. I realized that if I wanted to change, I had to be willing to be uncomfortable, do things I hadn’t done before, and give things up that I had previously been unwilling to give up.
Just for reference, my bad attitude was in the form of negative self talk, mentally giving up, fantasizing about all the desserts I was “missing out on”…”for nothing” – even though “nothing” was already a 40-pound loss.
I let the stalls frustrate me, and I refused to acknowledge that the stalls resulted from trying to have my cake and eat it too, literally. I was indulging DAILY in sugar free and no sugar added treats. I couldn’t get rid of the mentality that I needed desserts.
I hear people say they can’t go completely low carb, that they “need” carbs.
No, they don’t, YOU don’t, NEED carbs. You want them more than you want health and you are unwilling to give them up. I have been there done that and I know the truth.
There are three things I do to stay motivated. They may or may not work for you, but you will never know unless you try. I am a firm believer that anything you spend time doing, that you enjoy doing, is never time wasted.
- I enjoy starting my day on a positive note
- I continue to get educated on this way of life, fitness, and food
- My favorite way to stay motivated is to share with others and try to inspire them
I have a morning routine that involves sitting in the dark with my coffee (with heavy whipping cream and coconut oil of course), prayer, quiet reflection and Pinterest. Pinterest you ask? Yes, Pinterest has hundreds of thousands of motivational pictures, quotes and articles and they help me start my day with a right mind. By right mind, I mean I input inspiration and information so that when I walk away from the computer and out in to my day, those things are fresh in my mind and help me to make good decisions throughout the day.
I love looking at before and after pictures, and Pinterest has thousands of them. I also love all the different sayings that give me a kick in the butt. Stuff like this:
I make sure that I read something everyday, whether it is a success story of someone who turned their life around by going Keto or an article on benefits of working out, or even just reading a bunch of recipes. (Of course, Ketovangelist is a great resource for that).
I am not a science person, but I try to read things to help me better understand the science of why the Ketogenic way of eating works for weight loss and improved health. I do this because I don’t ever want to forget, or ever buy in to the lies again. We are daily bombarded with the lies from the experts and those around us who are brainwashed to believe fat is bad and makes us fat. I am living proof that it is not true. 87 pounds so far are gone from my life forever and I ate fat to get it off. It is hard to argue with results like that, yet people try.
I try to find one new recipe a day to add to my collection. I do this because one way I see people deceiving themselves (and what I have done in the past) is make a wrong food choice because they “didn’t know what to eat” or they get bored with their menu. I may not make friends by saying this, but the reasons we eat the wrong foods are just excuses and we make them because we are too lazy to make the right choices or to plan ahead. I speak from experience. When I previously gave up, no matter what I claim are my reasons, they were all just convenient excuses to attempt to mask my laziness and my unwillingness to do what it took to change. The pain of remaining the same wasn’t stronger than the desire to change yet. Chalk it up to I wasn’t ready or whatever, but the bottom line was I was lazy and didn’t want it bad enough. When I got to the point that I wanted results more than I wanted to take the easy way out, I started making the right decisions no matter what.
There is never a situation where you have to say, “I had no choice” to eat something not on plan, unless someone is literally holding a gun to your head. We all have choices. When the pain of being sick, fat, fatigued and bloated gets great enough, the excuses will stop. We all need our rock bottom and for me it was being 260 pounds, exhausted and feeling ugly. I was over it. Some people sadly, may never reach rock bottom, but I hope you do. As ugly as rock bottom is, it is a necessary thing for change to happen.
If I don’t stay on track myself, I can’t help others achieve their dream of health. I get much satisfaction from encouraging others and hopefully helping them believe they can change their life too. I have been there done that and still learning every day and if I can plant a seed of inspiration in someone who struggles daily with all that I have struggled with and overcome, then it is a good day.
In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can. Most of this weight loss/get healthy business is a head thing.
You can’t have a negative mind and get positive results.
So get your head right and do what it takes.
Find what works for you and DO IT.