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Join Me For The 60-Day Keto Challenge!

Well hello there, strangers! I apologize for my absence around here. Life has been pretty busy with house-related projects (i.e. the stuff I share on my other blog), and I just haven’t had time to write on this blog.

And then, somewhere along the way, Matt and I have gotten really off track with our eating. We’ll do keto for a day, then off for two days. Then on for two days, and off for a day. Then we’ll do really good for four days, and off for three.

Let’s just say that that’s a really good way to confuse the heck out of your body. 🙂

Anyway, tomorrow is my birthday, so I’m allowing myself a good meal and some cake. But after that, it’s time to get serious again and lose the rest of the this weight.

I’m going to challenge myself to do 60 days with zero cheating. 60 days of strict keto. 60 days of regular exercise. 60 days of taking back the reigns of control and concentrating on my health. 60 days to get back on track, see some good progress, and be encouraged to continue on until I’ve reached my weight and health goals.

So I want to invite you to join me on my 60-day keto challenge beginning Monday, June 24th!

Have you been curious to see how this would work for you, but just haven’t known where, when or how to start? Well, join me, and let’s see where 60 days will get us!

Why 60 days?

I chose this number kind of arbitrarily, but not wholly without some thought. Here are a few reasons I landed on 60 days…

  • It takes 21 days to start a new habit. So the challenge needed to be a minimum of 21 days.
  • Adjusting to keto can take a few days, or even a couple of weeks for some people. So it’s just nice to give keto a good, long chance after you get through the “keto flu” and the carb cravings.
  • Keto is good not only for weight loss, but for a whole host of other ailments. You can see my non-scale keto victories here. And you can click here to see the non-scale victories reported by others. But those types of changes don’t happen overnight, or even in the first month for most. So longer is better.
  • I feel like you need at least 60 days to see if this is something you want to continue. At the end of the 60 days, the difference should be clear, and the choice should be easy.

So I hope you’ll join me! I’m very excited about this challenge. I’m anxious to get back on board, and to get serious about taking care of my health. I can feel a huge difference in my body when I eat carbs and processed food. I’m tired of feeling tired, inflamed, and achy again. I’ve felt the keto difference, and I’m excited to get back there.

And my hope is that some of you will come along this journey with me so that we can encourage and help each other. If there are enough of you interested, I can even set up a private Facebook page where we can offer encouragement and cheer each other along. But I’ll wait on that and see how this goes. If I’m the only one doing the challenge, obviously I won’t need a Facebook group for just myself. 😀

Over the next three days, I’ll be posting some helpful tips for getting started, as well as some of my favorite keto resources. So if you’re thinking, “I’d like to do the challenge, but I have no idea where to start,” then don’t worry! Hopefully I can get you the information you need to feel comfortable getting started.

But in the meantime, if you have a specific question that you want to be sure I address in my “getting started” posts, please let me know! And let me know if you are planning on joining me on this challenge! I, for one, am VERY excited to get back on track.

Update:

I’m so excited that some of you have decided to join me on this challenge! In order for us to have a place to meet and encourage one another, I’ve set up a private Facebook group, which you can join here:

The challenge starts on Monday, June 24, but I’ll allow new members to join the Facebook group through the following Friday, June 28, after which time membership will be closed. I’m closing membership at that time to give us the best opportunity to get to know each other and form a sense of community and trust with each other. That’s difficult to do if new members are continually being added.

But if you want to do the challenge after that date, there’s nothing stopping you! You can still follow along here on the blog and let us know how you’re doing.

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42 Comments

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    m
    June 21, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I’m on board!

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    Patricia
    June 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I’m in ! By the way , your birthday is the same day our 40th Anniversary . 🤗 Happy day to all of us !

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    Andrea
    June 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I’m on board too! I’ve been off track lately as well and need to refocus!

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    Laurie LaCross-Wright
    June 21, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Yes! We’ll join you! My husband and I faithfully follow your decorating blog and our decision to start a Keto diet back in late October was prompted by your blog post about it. Rusty has lost 109 lbs and I’ve lost about 50 – but we’re stalled at the moment – for the same reasons you describe. On/off days. We travel a lot for our work (we’re musicians) and it’s hard to stay true to eating low-carb when you are too busy to prep food for a cooler or cook a regular meal but I know we can do it. We did it for months. We just need to get back on track. I’m excited about getting back on track with you and Matt.

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      designdreamer
      June 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      WOW!!!!! 109 lbs since late October?!?!? That’s fantastic!!! And I thought I had done good losing 20-25. 50 lbs is darn good also!!! Yes, I agree KEEPING the weight off is the hardest part. I’ve been doing an on again off again thing since early March (when dd married and what prompted me to get the weight off to begin with) I agree I fee a LOT better on Keto, but I have to contend with my sweet tooth 🙁

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      Andrea
      June 27, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Great job. It is so hard keeping with keto when you have to travel and eat out a lot. To me it seems so easy when I am planning my own meals and cooking at home. I feel like there are so many options but when I try to eat out, everything has carbs or added sugars. What the heck is up with that! Good luck and congrats on the great progress.

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    Joan Hornung
    June 21, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I’m IN Kristi – although I hate Facebook. I might go back on at least for a short time if that is how you are doing this. I am working right now to do better with my choices, but I really don’t know much about the Keto lifestyle. (I ALMOST used that dreaded word…diet.) So, let’s hope there are lots of others that want to try 60 days of a new habit! (that could go on much longer!) Thanks, Joan (PS) I am addicted 2 Addicted 2 Decorating.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY! Enjoy it all.

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    VICKI
    June 21, 2019 at 11:06 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRISTI!!!

    I’m a vegetarian and hoping to go full vegan, so I’m trying to find a way to make keto work. Planning to join your challenge!

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      designdreamer
      June 22, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      I doubt Keto could work for you . . . . ESPECIALLY if you want to go Vegan. MAYBE vegetarian. . . .

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    Bonnie Leighton
    June 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Yep, I’m in. I’ve lost 30#, 21 of those through Keto but I’m doing just what you’re doing and while I’m not gaining, I’m ont losing. When do we start?

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    Gayle
    June 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I’m in!!

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    suzanne
    June 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Yes! I need a good kick in the butt. Thanks you and happy birthday.

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    Terri
    June 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Yep. I’m in.

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    Leslie
    June 21, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I’m in until August 3rd when I take my 3 week dream vacation to Kenya to safari. I started Keto because of you and have lost 39 lbs, 31 to go, so I am a little over half way there. I tend to do dirty keto, the macro thing makes me crazy. But like you have been cheating a little and want to be back in the saddle. Looking forward to it. This is a great idea. Thanks

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    Grace
    June 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Count me in! But I’m not on Facebook. Any other options for participating?

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    Lydia Cology
    June 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I’d be interested also but my problem is trying to figure out the meal plans and then sticking to it

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    Valerie
    June 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Oh this is awesome ! I’m hoping that I can learn how to eat something other than bacon and eggs and avocados – LOL !

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    Rose
    June 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Count me in! Hubby and I have been doing Keto since Sept 2018. He has never strayed, but I’m definitely stuck like you, Kristi. I’ve lost 40, but have 30 more to go. I like the idea of a FB group for discussions and encouragement. Thanks for the challenge!

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    Christy
    June 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I’m in but can’t tolerate dairy. Been Paleo for a few years but would love to take this next step. Hopefully Keto is doable being dairy free.

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    Vicky Henson
    June 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I’m in! My only problem is I hate vegetables. I’m IN though! Happy birthday sweet girl!

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    Erin
    June 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I’m in and happy birthday!

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    Vicki Baumer
    June 21, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!!! I’m in!

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    Diana
    June 21, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Kristi.

    Count me in! I have been procrastinating about starting this diet. Have wanted to for a long time but just haven’t been able to get started.

    This is it

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    Melissa
    June 21, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I’m in. Been doing Keto since February and am down 29 lbs. Want to lose 6 more pounds than evaluate. Maybe 5-10 more after the six.

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    Lisa
    June 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Count me in too! I have been doing keto for the last four years. I did great losing and maintaining…until my daughter spent most of the last year in the hospital. I gained 20 lbs. I have been back on keto, but haven’t been losing. I need this challenge to step up my exercise and increase my water consumption. Thanks for the “push!”

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    Kathy
    June 22, 2019 at 7:10 am

    This sounds like the motivation I need to get disciplined about my eating and exercising again. I’m generally pretty good but find lots of excuses to cheat. Please include packable meals for those of us that must take lunch or dinner to work. Also, will you be doing the intermittent fasting ? My husband has done great with that but my work schedule makes that extremely difficult.

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    Melissa
    June 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Count me in! Please post a Facebook link when you have one.

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    Debi Simons
    June 24, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I know that no one wants to hear this, but the foregoing, both the original post and the comments I’ve read, bears out what I’ve said about the keto diet and other fad diets: they are too extreme to be sustainable. Yes, you can indeed lose an impressive amount of weight as has been noted both by Kristi and by some of the commenters, and my hat is off to you! The question is, are you able to keep the weight off? Does your eating plan work with real life situations or against them? May I suggest that the 60-day challenge would be much better spent developing lasting, sustainable eating habits: three meals a day, minimal snacks and junk food, front-loading the day, no eating in the evenings, etc. Start today with eating in a way you can maintain for the rest of your life.

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      Kristi
      June 24, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      No, Debi, quite frankly I don’t want to hear it, and I hope no one else does either. My problem is that I’m addicted to sugar. Sugar is DEADLY. I keep going back to it, but I need to stop completely because it destroys health.

      If I were a heroin addict and trying to break the addiction, but having trouble with dumping the addiction completely, would you tell me, “Well, that’s because your goal is too extreme! Just focus on portion size. Load up in the morning, and don’t have any in the evevnings.” OF COURSE NOT! You’d tell me to never stop trying until I break the addiction completely.

      Well, the same is true with sugar and all the rest of the crappy carbs that you seem to believe are healthy (and even necessary) for a balanced diet. THEY’RE NOT HEALTHY. Processed carbs DESTROY BRAIN HEALTH (along with many other systems in the body). Read Dr. David Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain, and STOP PROMOTING UNHEALTHY FOODS…especially here on my blog.

      And again, I’ll refer you back to this post: http://addicted2keto.com/non-scale-keto-diet-victories/

      ALL of those things I experienced before keto were a result of a carb-filled diet, and not just sugar. ALL processed carbs (bread, pasta, sugar, and all the rest) turn to glucose in your body and causes inflammation and a whole host of other health problems.

      And I’m not the only one. Don’t forget these people: http://addicted2keto.com/a-rebuttal-part-2-fad-diets-food-addiction/

      And those are just a tiny drop in the ocean of the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who lives are being TRANSFORMED by keto.

      I have to tell you, I wasn’t angry about your “case study” that you wrote about me, although I thought it was ridiculous. But this? Yes. This angers me. It angers me that you come here to try to dissuade people from trying keto when there are so many PROVEN health benefits that extend far beyond simple weight loss. People are REGAINING THEIR HEALTH from this diet. Doctors are literally using it to REVERSE Type 2 diabetes, to help Type 1 diabetics live more normally, to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in patients when the disease is caught early enough, and on, and on, and on. It baffles me why you would dissuade people from trying. Your views are based on ignorance and a refusal to look at the science, and I sincerely hope that people who need it will give it a try, despite people like you trying to convince them otherwise.

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      Bonnie Leighton
      June 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      I have a degree in Nutrition and I’m well aware that your suggestion is the main stream feeling. However, it doesn’t work for all people. Keto works for me – there are times I fall off the wagon but I don’t typically put on much weight and it comes off again. There are many people who have been on Keo for years and love it. The challenge is learning to cook differently and learning what to order if you eat out. I do know that with the Keto diet I don’t have the mental fog, I feel better and my blood sugar drops to normal. This is NOT an unhealthy way to eat as shown by current research. It also reduces the feeling of being hungry. This way of eating works for me when nothing else has been long lasting either.

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      Erin
      June 24, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      There is an extraordinary amount of peer-reviewed, scholarly research that supports the keto and/or low-fat diet.

      “Very low-carb diet effective for glycemic control of type 1 diabetes in children, adults” Source: Thiel, B. (2018). Very low-carb diet effective for glycemic control of type 1 diabetes in children, adults. Infectious Diseases in Children, 31(6), 14-14

      “A low-carb diet kills tumor cells with a mutant p53 tumor suppressor gene” Source: Edward L. LaGory, Amato J. Giaccia. (2013) A low-carb diet kills tumor cells with a mutant p53 tumor suppressor gene. Cell Cycle 12:5, pages 718-719

      “Low calorie and low carb diets for weight loss in primary care” Source: Feinmann, J. (2018). Low calorie and low carb diets for weight loss in primary care. Bmj, 360, k1122. doi:10.1136/bmj.k1122

      “Efficacy and Safety of Low-Carb Diet of 50g/Day and 120g/Day in Obese Patients” Source: KIKUCHI, T. (2019). 768-P: Efficacy and safety of low-carb diet of 50g/Day and 120g/Day in obese patients. Diabetes, 68(Supplement 1), 768. doi:10.2337/db19-768-P

      The list of research (again, peer-reviewed scholarly research) is almost endless. One of the studies referenced above found that more than 25% of participants were able to achieve complete remission from type 2 diabetes.

      I can respect that you also have a lifestyle/nutrition blog, but just like politics, there is always more than one way to approach a situation. Further, one of your suggestions above (“front-loading the day, no eating in the evenings”) can be refuted by peer-reviewed, scholarly research (Source: Kinsey, A. W., & Ormsbee, M. J. (2015). The health impact of nighttime eating: old and new perspectives. Nutrients, 7(4), 2648–2662. doi:10.3390/nu7042648).

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        Kristi
        June 25, 2019 at 12:25 am

        Did you mean to say keto and/or low-carb? 🙂

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          Erin
          June 25, 2019 at 7:23 am

          Ugh. Yes. I can’t find any research that supports low-fat. Low CARB. 🙄

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    Rose
    June 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Frankly, Debi, I don’t know why you would try to dissuade people from a way of eating that has already proven to be beneficial. My type II diabetic husband’s A1C has dropped from over 15 to 6.5. He off his diabetes med. Both his internist and his cardiologist are very happy with his efforts, the results, and the health benefits he is experiencing. You can follow your way of eating. That is your choice. Others will follow the advice of their doctors. We’ll do the latter.

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    Diana E.
    June 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I want to try this! I don’t have lots of weight to lose but I have so much inflammation in my body due to extreme allergies. Maybe if I can do this with some alterations (i.e. nuts are a no go with my allergies), my body will feel a whole lot better!

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      Bonnie Leighton
      June 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      My allergies used to be so bad I would take Zyrtec in the morning and sometimes a Sudafed middle of the day and then possibly benedryl at bedtime. I also took Metformin for blood sugar and Prilosec for heartburn. When I started on the keto lifestyle, I didn’t need my allergy meds, the Prilosec and I’ve stopped the metformin. I struggle with keeping my blood sugar down when I cheat but it drops as soon as I start doing my keto again. Right now our cottonwoods are in full bloom, sending seeds everywhere and I have started taking the Zyrtec when I need it but it amazes me that just changing my diet makes such a huge change in my health!

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    Vicki
    June 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I’m in!

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    Andrea
    June 27, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I have been doing keto for a while and as I’ve reached my goal weight, I started “cheating” a little bit. I would recommend if you are finding it super hard to stick with it, pick a “cheat day” to have a little fun. The next day, you will regret it so much and it will put you right back on the right track again. Every time I have a cheat day it reminds me of exactly why I do keto and how much better I feel. The stomach cramps I have the next day are never worth it! It you are cheating a little here and there though, you may not experience such a drastic difference in the way you feel so I highly suggest just getting all the cheating in during one day. Good luck to everyone doing the challenge.

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      Bonnie Leighton
      June 27, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Love this input!

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    Laura Leigh Stroud
    July 9, 2019 at 9:46 am

    I AM IN! I have been waiting for something like this to PUSH ME to finally do it. I have been wanting to try it to see IF it will help me with some of my health problems….and I have quite a few…..bad back; with chronic pain…and taking lots of pain medication. I have NO large intestines which just leads to many issues (as you can imagine, I won’t go into details here…haha). I have fibromyalgia which is just another whole chronic pain issue I deal with. I have had 6 heart attacks and on medication for that. And on that ‘note’ I was concerned about what I heard about Keto not being good for your heart. But I talked to my Cardiologists and he said; “Everything in moderation”. And of coarse, I can afford to loose some weight. So I am JUMPING in. But I am afraid of the ‘macros’…but with Facebook Friends…I am sure I will figure it out. The hardest part about the challenge for me is: I HATE cooking; I HATE eating….I can go a couple of days without eating anything….so WISH ME LUCK…. Thank YOU Kristi…for doing something AGAIN…that your readers love…you once again ROCK!

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    Laura Leigh Stroud
    July 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

    OK…..so I am SO STUPID!!!!! I did NOT even realize the dates on this..OMG. I am just SO stupid! I read….but it did NOT register…I apologize to you Kristi. I only go on my computer maybe once a week or so…saw your comment about the 60 day challenge, got all excited…jumped over to the other site…never really paid attention to the dates etc…. So I guess I am not JUMPING In….haha…. Hope you all do great !!!!! (Not playing with a ‘full deck’ over here I guess…haven’t gotten back to my normal after the suicide I guess)

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    Carla from Kansas
    July 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Kristi,

    I just read your rebuttal posts, then i read Debi Simons original posts. Can’t figure out why she wasted her time writing them. They say very little and definitely do not convince me not to follow a ketogenic diet or Berg. They have no science behind them. And sugar is addictive. Anyway, just felt the need to say that. I have recently started Intermittent Fasting. Have not yet started a ketogenic diet but i want to. I love IF. Ifind it so easy to do as compared to a diet of counting calories or carbs or anything else. Have viewed several of Dr. Fung’s videos on IF. Am still trying to wrap my head around a diet that is so heavy in fats. It’s not that i have an issue with healthy fats, it’s just that the % seems so high it makes me wonder what i will have to eat to consume that much. Would love to posts of what you and others eat on a ketogenic diet to help me out. Thanks.

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