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Welcome To My Keto Journey!

Well, hey there! I’m Kristi. You might know me as the blogger from Addicted 2 Decorating. Or maybe not. Either way, this blog isn’t going to be about decorating or home remodeling.

This blog is going to be all about my ketogenic diet journey to health.

Ahhh, the ketogenic diet. For some reason, it’s controversial. But I’m here to tell you that I’m a big fan. Actually, right now, I’m a very big fan. (Yes, pun intended 😀 ) But I’m not as big as I used to be, thanks to keto. But I’ll get to all of those details in later posts.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting this blog to share my own personal journey for a couple of months now, but I just dragged my feet. I have people ask me about my progress quite regularly since I mentioned it on my main blog a couple of times last fall.

But since then, I’ve hesitated to write more about keto over there, not because I was hiding anything, but because that blog is my bread and butter (it literally supports our household), and Google (who sends me 40% of my traffic each day) seems to like my DIY/decorating posts.

So I didn’t want to start watering down my DIY/decorating blog with articles about the ketogenic diet. (The Google monster does not like being confused with off-topic posts, like keto articles on a DIY/decorating blog.) So if I was going to be sharing about keto regularly, it had to be a separate blog, and I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to take on another responsibility. In fact, even just two days ago, I was still debating it.

But then, another blogger used me as her “case study” to deter people from doing the ketogenic diet. Me, personally. A case study. It was essentially a four-post case study about why keto should be avoided.

I shrugged it off for the first three posts, but then came the fourth post — the post where she said I was “blindly following” a certain keto guru, and where she insinuated that I was gullible. And so here we are on my new blog. 🙂

To be clear, I don’t intend for this to turn into a keto recipe blog (although I may share some of my favorites from time to time), and I don’t want to do a blog sharing the science of the ketogenic diet (there are literally thousands of places online where you can find that info).

I just want to share my own journey. That’s it.

Well, first I want to post four rebuttal posts to the case study written about me…

AND THEN, I just want to share my journey. 😀

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48 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie Flanders
    January 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    You go Kristi!!

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    Melissa K
    January 31, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    So if I am subscribed to your original blog will I also be subscribed to this one so I will be notified via email of new posts?

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      Jean
      February 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      I’m pretty sure you will have to sign up for this one above in the Don’t Miss a Thing block.

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    Gayle
    January 31, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t believe the hate the Keto diet gets. I do my own version. I just don’t count macros and all that. I can’t believe people don’t say anything when we eat horrible food but then think we are going to die by eating real food with names we can pronounce. They seem to think we just eat mayonnaise and bacon all day. I can not believe someone used you as a study and referenced you.

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    Carla roy
    January 31, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Kristy. I look forward to reading about your journey. I hope you will post pictures of your beautiful self, from before you started to yourself along the way.

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    Nikki H
    January 31, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I’m so interested in your veto journey! Can’t wait to see some of your favorite recipes.

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    Peggy
    January 31, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    You go girl! Should I be able to find your rebuttal posts? Or are those yet to be written?

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      Kristi
      February 1, 2019 at 12:27 am

      I’ve begun working on them, but they’re not published yet. They’ll appear right here on this blog. I added a “subscribe” area at the bottom of the post for those who want to get new emails sent to their email inbox. This blog is separate from my Addicted 2 Decorating blog, so even if you’re subscribed to that one, you’ll need to subscribe to this one separately to get the new posts on this blog.

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    Nichola
    January 31, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Looking forward to hearing about your journey.

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    Chelle Ellis
    January 31, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    That blogger must be really miserable to target you. Maybe she should do a case study of what all she gets done in a day besides attacking someone who utilizes their time well IRL.

    Whatever the weight, I’d rather be living a life like yours that the one I can thankfully only imagine is hers.

    Some. People.

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      Debi Simons
      February 1, 2019 at 12:17 am

      Hello Chelle–
      Feel free to check me out at the website below to see some of the things I spend my life doing.

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        Tha
        February 1, 2019 at 1:32 am

        Oh my goodness, Debi Simons! Are u seriously picking random people you dont even personally know off the internet to bad mouth them???? Hahahaha omg! Sounds like you are one of those people that cant be famous for themselves so they try to ride on other people’s success. How pitiful. Grow up and be a decent human being. You wanna prove the keto diet wrong? Fine. Go study and actually conduct a serious study in a professional setting that cannot be questioned for lack of accuracy or evidence. Come back with factual unquestionable data and then maybe people will take you seriously! Pointing fingers at people that have nothing to do with you and are just minding their own business just shows how immature you are.

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        Chelle Ellis
        February 1, 2019 at 2:04 am

        No thanks. I don’t find you the least bit interesting.

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        Emma
        February 5, 2019 at 11:14 pm

        I feel that you could have written about your issues with the diet or unsound nutritional advice without targeting another blog and linking it as a case study. I read your blogs on the subject and the “case study” doesn’t help your overall argument, it detracts.

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    Marion Simmons
    January 31, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I’m glad you are doing this. I wondered about the keto bread you were making for one. I want to try this but so far the recipes I’ve made for me and hubby are not the least bit yummy and it’s going to be really hard to convince him if I don’t find something good for us to eat. I have autoimmune illnesses so I know this could be a good fit.

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    Micki Carter
    January 31, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I would like to try Keto but I am not ready for the cooking. And I would be doing it alone. Hubby not interested. Married 51 years and he has gained 5 pounds – he is now 125, My good cooking NOT. I would reather collect recipes.

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    Brenda Pawloski
    January 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Kristi, followed you here from Addicted2Decorating. I’m just keto-curious so some 101 would be great, even some links. I’ve never really paid any mind to any diet that limits my fresh fruit. Does keto do that? Also, how fatty is it? I follow Kevin MD and a physician posted there warning about high fat on keto. But what draws me is my understanding that it limits or eliminates sucrose/honey any and all added sugar which would be good for me. It seems like the more I avoid added sugar the less I crave it the better I feel. But all it takes is one holiday, one birthday cake and I’m back with the sugar cravings. Added sugar is my kryptonite!

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      Kristi
      February 1, 2019 at 3:01 am

      Sugar was my kryptonite, too. I never thought I’d be able to give it up. But keto actually makes it very easy for me.

      Keto is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. The key is to eat all of those things from the correct sources.

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    HeatherB
    January 31, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Yay!!! Thank you for doing this. I had been hemming and hawing about Keto for a while, and decided to go for it when you posted on A2D. I had really good results, but backed off over the holidays. Am gearing up to start again tomorrow (I am ready…), and this new blog is so timely.

    Can’t wrap my brain around you being someone else’s “case study”…what the wha?! But am looking forward to joining you on the journey 🙂

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    Carol
    January 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I appreciate your openness on your decorating blog. I look forward to that same insight (and fun) on this one.

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    Jacquie Z
    January 31, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for being you, and being open about yourself. We follow a Keto lifestyle also.

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    Leslie
    January 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I am so excited about this. I was actually on your blog last night looking for the app you use to track things. I found Carb Manager. I just need to download it. I am struggling with tracking the 75/20/5 macros. I am hoping this app will help. I started late October and have lost 24 lbs. I am not doing a good job tracking carbs. They keep sneaking into food unexpectedly. It is amazing but I am ok with one meal a day. I’ve been doing it for about a week now. I don’t get hungry much anymore. I like this way of eating. Food taste good again and is filling. New recipes will be fun to have and I am interested in your and Matt’s journey. Two blogs from you, it does not get much better than that.

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      Kristi
      February 1, 2019 at 12:33 am

      I absolutely LOVE eating one meal a day! I never, ever, ever thought those words would come from me. 😀 Matt and I were actually just talking about this — the difference between being full and being satiated. When we were eating a standard American diet (i.e., lots of carbs), I could eat and be completely stuffed, but two hours later I’d be rooting around for food because even though I was full, I wasn’t satisfied. But on keto, I eat one meal, and I’m finally satiated. Completely satisfied. When done right, I don’t even THINK about food until the next day when it’s time to eat again.

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        Julia
        February 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm

        I plan on giving keto a whirl. I’ve done some reading on it but I haven’t seen the “ one meal a day “ plan. Which meal do you eat and what?

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          Kristi
          February 17, 2019 at 4:06 pm

          We eat around noon every day. We have about a 1.5 to 2-hour eating window, and then fast the rest of the day. I’ll write more about it soon.

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    Linda
    January 31, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Now you’re a case study? Lol you go girl! You actually, are the only one I follow. I’m not much on Keto, I’m what I call myself is a partial vegetarian, if there’s such a thing! Yes, I still eat chicken! Mostly baked. Nothing fried and not vegan. I can’t do that yet. My grandson went vegan years ago and he’s happy with it. His mom and dad stopped eating meat and my sons cholesterol numbers have improved so much he’s off his veteran doctors scary heart trouble list. Keep up the great work on both posts. Help me see if Keto is right for me. Although I don’t know how you do all that you do! Oh to be 20 years younger!

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    Ivna
    January 31, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I just started keto, hope to read more from you. greetings from Croatia

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    Darlene Faye Ray
    January 31, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I have been on the Keto diet and lost about 23lbs. I am following my Dr’s advice as he was so please with what I have accomplished. Blood pressure dropped tremendously and might come off of some blood pressure medicine. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.

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      Kristi
      February 1, 2019 at 12:29 am

      That’s excellent! My blood pressure had gotten scary high. It’s now normal. Blood sugar…same. I’m going to do a post about all of the non-weight changes I’ve had as a result of keto. It’s pretty remarkable. And I still have about 90 pounds to lose! I can’t even imagine what I’ll feel like when I reach that goal weight! There will be no stopping me! 😀

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    Debi Simons
    January 31, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Great–I’ll look forward to your rebuttals. (You left out the part where I said how much I respect you and love your blog, and where I encouraged people to subscribe.) And it sounds like my “case study” posts were the final push to get you to start this blog, so it can’t be all bad, right? I stand by everything I said, and I’m sorry you seem to be offended, but hey! I’m just glad you read it.

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      Kristi
      January 31, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Your posts didn’t anger or offend me, Debi. 🙂 (Well, I do take exception to being called “blind” and “gullible”, but I’ll straighten that out in my posts.) And I told my mom just this morning that if that’s the kick in the pants that I needed to finally start this blog, then I’m glad for it. But I do think you’re misinformed and uneducated on the topic of the keto diet, ketosis, gluconeogenesis, ketone bodies, insulin, and a host of other topics. And since you used me as your case study, I thought it only right that I have the opportunity to respond. 🙂

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        Marilyn Canaday
        February 1, 2019 at 1:34 am

        I just read her case study on you. The only reason I can come up with for her to name you is to try to get all your readers to subscribe to her blog. There was no reason to name you, I don’t care if it is legal or not, it was not nice! I would never subscribe to her blog!

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    Debi Simons
    January 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Wow–I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you responded. As I said originally, I wish you the very best. Maybe you’ll be part of the 5% who find a very restrictive diet such as this one to be successful–remember, I referenced Gretchen Rubin and her “lightning bolt” conversion to hard-core low carb. (Not nec. the same as keto, but in the same ballpark.) I’ll keep reading your posts but will keep my responses to a minimum. (I’ll be writing later on the intermittent fasting phenom.)

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    M. Mason-Leskowitz
    January 31, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Yay!

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    Melanie
    February 1, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Wow! Cool Kristi I am so excited you decided to make this blog!
    I’m Keto too and we all have our own ways of doing it and I would love
    to hear about your tips and success!

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    Beverly Herman
    February 1, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Your wonderful decorating blog and now Keto. I’m in heaven. Started Keto Jan 1st and not losing much but hanging in there. I think doing low carb off and on before has slowed my progress.

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    Linda
    February 1, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Well, I’m interested in your journey, so here I am. Also interested in personal experience with recipes you found good and helpful.

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    Patricia
    February 1, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I’m so glad you’re doing this . Only those of us who understand how excess sugar and carbs make us feel – never satiated , out of control , and just plain unhappy can comprehend the appeal of a keto or low carb way of eating. I watched The Real Skinny on Fat and it was very informative . This way of eating has come a long way from the Atkins high meat , processed low carb food diet .
    Kristi, think of this as one of your room renovations – you see a vision , you make a plan, you tweak it when needed, and the results are perfectly you . This is what you’re doing with the temple God gave you . I’m doing my own ‘renovation ‘ right along with you . 🧡

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    CathyR
    February 1, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Can’t wait to follow along

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    Darla
    February 1, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Hi Kristi!
    Following you from your decorating blog. I’ve been Keto since Aug. 2018. We started after my husband suffered a heart attack. We are both doing well in this woe and feeling better. I have Autoimmune disease so I have several reasons to be following Keto:). I’m looking forward to following your progress here:)

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    beth
    February 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Excited to see your new site, love your decorating blog.

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    Laura Leigh Stroud
    February 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Again…WOW…what can’t you do? Another blog from you…yah!!! I have been debating whether the Keto diet is a fit for me or not. In April of 2015, the doctors told me I had 6 heart attacks over 2 days. I had a stent put in on a major artery….and went through cardiac rehabilitation. I spoke to my Cardiologist about the Keto diet and all he said was…”Moderation…excessive…balance”……Those were his only words to me…besides a little chuckle now and again. So I still sit hesitant about doing it. I am NOT a big eater; I could go 2 days without even eating…don’t really crave sugar. So this once a day eating REALLY appeals to me. I am really looking forward to this blog. I hate cooking! Recipes is what I need help with mostly…I cook for one!
    THANK YOU for all you do for us out here in the REAL world….we appreciate YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW !

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    Rose Kasper
    February 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Hubby and I started Keto last September. He’s diabetic. AIC dropped from over 13 to 6.2! Dr. took him off his diabetes meds. Both his internist and his cardiologist approve whole-heartedly. Also, his acute psoriasis has improved by more than 50%. I’ve lost 30 pounds and no longer have sleep apnea. It’s hard to dispute results. We love keto! Thank you for starting this new blog!

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    Erin
    February 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Following! I’m also Keto-curious. I have a special needs child and he runs the risk of a seizure disorder. I also have friends who are losing weight/feeling great! I love your decorating blog (I 💙 green & blue), and I’m so excited that you have started a new blog. I also appreciate the respectful replies/convo you’ve had with the “inspiration” blog. Yaaay, you!!!
    Look forward to following your journey! 💙💚

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    Vee
    February 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve started this blog – I’ve been following you for years at A2D and am interested in learning more about Keto!
    I’m so sorry you were trolled by someone else. I’m not even going to bother going to her site to read her “case study”. If she doesn’t know you personally and isn’t your medical doctor, where does she get off using you as a “study”?. It’s ridiculous and I think she’s just looking for ways to drive visitors to increase her viewing numbers. I’m not helping her.

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    Linda
    February 8, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! It takes all kinds. People who can’t make it on their own having to ride the coat-tails of someone else is the most immature thing I’ve seen on here. All a person can do is feel sorry for her. Doubtful she is a Dr or an expert at anything except running her mouth.
    I’ve read many books by Drs who do believe in the keto regimen, and although I’m not on it myself, I do,do the daily fasting, meaning all my eating is within a 6 hour time frame.
    I refuse to give her the time of day to check her out for any reason!

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    Rebecca
    February 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I attempted KETO about two weeks ago. I was doing ok for the first week, but the lack of planning, time and confusion on what to eat got the better of me. I will be trying again (thanks to your post and a general desire to find success) and look forward to hearing more about your experiences.

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    Andrea
    February 14, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Wow can’t wait to read about your journey. I’m so amazed by your decorating blog, and what you do yourself. I didn’t realize until I read the drill post that you were doing all the work. That is very inspiring.

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