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Keto Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Hey, all! Well, it’s been a while since I posted about my keto journey.

To be honest, I really didn’t know where to take this blog. I had vision, purpose, and sheer determination for my first few posts, but after that, I had no idea what to post.

I didn’t want to turn this into some information blog about keto. You can get information about keto in a thousand other places, so the internet doesn’t need me regurgitating the same info those other thousand people are sharing.

I also didn’t want to turn this into a recipe blog. I don’t have the time or interest in developing my own recipes, writing up those recipes, shooting the perfect pictures of my beautifully prepared and styled plates of food, etc. I’ll leave that to the people who really enjoy that stuff as my as I enjoy writing my DIY blog.

But I also didn’t want to abandon this blog after just a few posts. So after giving it some thought, I think I’ve come up with an idea that will be both fun for me, and will hopefully be helpful for some of you who want to start your own keto journey.

But more on that in a second. First, I’ll share how my keto diet has been going.

My keto journey these last few weeks…

Well, I’ve been holding steady at my 40-pound weight loss. The last month or so has been quite busy for us, and for about three weeks, I had people working in my house every week day, all day long. And the first few days, as they were working on the electrical wiring in my studio, I had to be right there with them since I’m the one who drew up the details of how I wanted the room wired. That meant that there was no time for me to stop and cook lunch for us each day. And that meant that we resorted to our old standby — the Mexican restaurant very near our house.

Even after the electrical was done, and they started on the drywall, taping, and mudding (none of which they needed my help with), it was still hectic and distracting and disruptive to our regular schedule to have people in our house all day every day, and I always find it difficult to cook every day and eat healthy when such disruptions occur.

We didn’t eat horribly every single day. We’d eat healthy for a couple of days, and then eat out for a day. Then we’d get back to keto the next day, and then the next we’d eat out. So it was a real roller coaster for those weeks, and needless to say, I haven’t lost any weight during that time. But the good news is that I also didn’t gain a whole lot (a couple of pounds), and we’re now back on track.

I’ve just come to realize that keto is a marathon, and not a sprint. It’s an overall lifestyle change, and not a temporary fix. I’ve known these things, of course, but the last few weeks have reinforced this. While doing other “diets,” if I had fallen off the wagon for three weeks, I would have just given up and kept on making unhealthy eating choices. But with keto, I have no desire to give up. I feel so much better when I cut out the carbs, and as soon as life settled down and the workers finished up and cleared out, I was anxious to get back to keto.

So what direction do I want to take this blog?

Obviously, I’ll share any weight loss or health milestones if and when I reach them, but I’ve been trying to figure out what to do in the interim. As I said before, I have no desire to write an informational article-filled blog, and I have no desire to become a recipe blogger.

But it dawned on me. One of the questions I get asked the most is, “What do you eat?” Especially when people find out that Matt and I only eat one meal a day, and we do intermittent fasting between our one meal a day. It’s hard for people to wrap their head around eating one meal a day and NOT starving.

But we do it every day, and we love it.

I really enjoy trying out other people’s recipes, putting meals together, making my own little personal tweaks to recipes here and there, etc.

So until I have a weight loss or other health milestone to share, I’ve decided that I’ll start sharing what we eat every day.

I’ll share with you the meals I put together, the sources for the recipes I try, my thoughts on how the recipes turned out, any changes I made to the recipes, etc. I’ll also share the calorie count, as well as the macros (fat, protein and net carbs) for each meal.

Just so you can manage your expectations, I want to really drive home the point that I’m not a food blogger, and I have no desire or time to set up photo shoots to take gorgeous pictures of beautifully-styled, Pinterest-worthy food. I’ll happily share photos, but my pictures will be of the actual food that I just finished making for our lunch, and that we’ll be eating the minute after I snap the picture. 🙂

But my goals are to (1) try out recipes and give you my honest opinions, (2) put together meals so you can see what one meal a day looks like, and (3) hopefully give some of you the encouragement you need to start on your own keto journey.

I may not have a meal worthy of sharing every single day, but I’ll share as often as I can!

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathie
    March 20, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Thank you for posting again. You have an encouraging voice so I am interested in your journey towards better health. Keep being you!

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    Ellen Bryant
    March 20, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Looking forward to your posts. I’m very much interested in starting the Keto lifestyle and I think your blog might show me the daily nitty gritty of it and what one has to put into it to be successful. Thanks for being willing to share this part of your life with us.

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    Tami
    March 20, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I never miss a post of your diy blog and you have peaked my interest in your keto journey. I’m looking forward to following along! Thank you for all the information you provide on both fronts!😊

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    Tess
    March 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I’m with you on the lifestyle change and I understand why you have no desire to go back to eating carbs. I feel the same way and so much better. Even physically i can tell the inflammation is way down. When we go out to eat I manage to find something on the menu that I can make at least half-assed Keto by asking them to sub green beans for potatoes or leave the bun off the burger. I’m losing slowly (30 pounds in six months) but that’s ok because I have all the time in the world. I only need to lose another 15 to hit my goal and I realize I will be making these better choices for the rest of my life. I’m enjoying hearing about your journey too so keep writing!

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    Diana
    March 20, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Kristi, like you I have tried many diets over the years and have been most successful at losing weight on a low carb diet. But then the diet’s over and I gain back the weight. I never have been able to get on those diets maintenance plans.

    So here are the questions I hope you will address in your blog. I love that you will share what you eat and the process of figuring that out. That is the biggest thing that is holding me back from following this diet.

    Next, what about the Keto flu? What did you do initially to counter act it and is it an issue when you take a bit of time off from the diet, how do you address it?

    It sounds like this is Keto for life and actually I would be fine with that if I could occasionally eat like others do.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog, I am very much looking forward to your journey on Keto.

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      Kristi
      March 20, 2019 at 2:34 am

      HI, Diana! So regarding the keto flu, I never experienced that. Not in the very beginning, and not when I’ve cheated and then started back on keto. BUT, I have done some reading on it, and it seems that it’s just caused by dehydration. Carbohydrates are inflammatory and cause your body to retain lots of water, which is why at the beginning of keto, most people lose a lot of water weight the first few days. This flush of water can cause dehydration, and lead to symptoms. One doctor (Dr. Boz on YouTube) suggests keeping a few pieces of large sea salt (the rock kind that you put in your salt grinder) in your pocket, and any time during the day when you start to feel bad in any way, just pop one of those in your mouth and suck on it. She says that will help get rid of the symptoms very quickly.

      As far as occasional eating what others eat (presumably a carb-filled standard American diet type of meal), my only suggestion would be to give keto a good three months or so before you do any kind of cheat meal. You can do it. Three months. Ninety days. That just gives your body a chance to adjust to burning ketones (fat) instead of glucose for fuel and become fat-adapted. That way a cheat meal will have less of a negative impact on you, and your body will be able to get back into ketone-burning mode much quicker. The longer you give your body to adjust to ketone-burning, the less of an impact a cheat meal will have on you, and the faster you’ll get back into ketosis when you start again.

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      Dawn DeRoo
      April 2, 2019 at 7:58 am

      When I started the Keto lifestyle I experienced the full-blown Keto flu for four days. For me, it was like having the flu without the vomiting. It was not pretty. It wasn’t until the fourth day that I read that It’s more manageable if you consume salt. So I alternated between drinking bone broth and regular broth with plenty of salt.

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    janice dinse
    March 20, 2019 at 2:19 am

    That would help a lot.

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    Vicky Henson
    March 20, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Kristi, thank you! I have been checking off and on wondering if I missed a posting. I am so excited. I want to learn from you about anything you have to offer on Keto. Yes, you can find all types of info online, but most are assuming i already understand much more than I do. Thank you so much!

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    Monique Thomsen
    March 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    One meal a day how convienient and easy please share more details!

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    Phyllis E
    March 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Kristi,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences in this blog! I am looking forward to seeing what you eat as just today— I think it will be helpful to see what a “real, hardworking woman who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking” ( like me!) eats on Keto!
    I came here to research Keto ( already a A2D fan) as I am seriously considering going on the diet myself. One of my biggest worries, though, is that I have heard that when your body is in Ketosis it gives you bad breath! I can’t risk that in my business where I work with lots of clients everyday. Have you noticed that since you’ve been on the diet? If so, have you discovered if there any way too combat that successfully?
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

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      De
      March 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Phyllis,

      I have experienced some of the bad breath issues. I make sure I brush my teeth and tongue often. I also use TheraBreath lozenges. They are dentist-recommended for dry mouth and they do have 2g carbs each, so you have to make sure that you include them in your carb count.

      I’m approaching 60 and keto has been the only way I’ve found to lose some weight, but to me, the greatest benefit is how much better I feel not eating sugar and carbs.

      I hope this helps some.

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    Chantal
    April 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    After eating lchf for a while, I noticed that some days I didn’t want to eat until later, so I looked up intermittent fasting to make sure I wasn’t doing something damaging. I found some fascinating information from Dr. Mindy Pelz on YouTube. She has many videos on fasting, based on scientific research. Particularly fascinating to me was her video on 7 different types of fasting.

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