Kay's Keto Journey
Kay first started her Keto journey back in 2014 and recommitted again in 2018. Since then, she has lost over 150 pounds! If that doesn’t inspire you, we don’t know what will! Check her out on social for the motivation, and stay for all of the gorgeous Keto food pics she shares. Kay has everything you need to get you eating great and looking even better! Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @ketokalamazoo, or visit her website at www.ketokalamazoo.com
I started having weight problems around 12 years old. Throughout the years, I’d tried neary every diet and acquired a handful of eating disorders, but nothing worked. I first tried Keto in 2014, found success, and was on and off it for a few years. In 2016, I joined a competition at a local gym where I was advised to add carbs back into my diet. I went off Keto and my weight skyrocketed. I wasn’t eating “a lot,” but I wasn’t eating the right combination of foods. I gained 90lbs in 6 months; 120 total that year.
I never in my life thought I would hit 300lbs, let alone 400lbs. In my head I honestly thought my weight would hit a ceiling. I never dreamed it was possible to gain so much with the food I was eating. I didn’t always eat the healthiest diet, but I couldn’t understand how I gained weight when my granola bars were made with honey, my juices were 100% instead of filled with corn syrup, and I ate my hummus with pretzels. No matter how little I ate or how “healthy,” I was unable to successfully lose until I cut carbs. In 2018, at over 400lbs, I knew low-carb was the only way I would get the weight off. I went back to Keto and this time around, I supplemented coaching support to help me stay on track. And as a psychologist and coach myself, I now use my knowledge and experience to coach and help others!
I start my day with a collagen shake to help my joints, and to help ward off loose skin from my extreme weight loss. For the rest of the day, I keep it simple. Meats, eggs, fats, & cheese across 1-2 meals. After my last meal I’ll have a snack-type treat. Fortunately, there are so many snack options available these days. I can have the best of both worlds — delicious food and a slimmer version of me.
I stay motivated because at 400+lbs, I felt hopeless and frustrated. I do not wish to return. The benefits of Keto have been astounding. In addition to weight loss, an additional benefit is freedom from the pain associated with my autoimmune disease. I’m now off my rheumatoid arthritis medications thanks to ditching carbs!
My advice to others getting started on Keto is to stay hydrated and make sure you’re salting food to keep electrolytes balanced. Also, NEVER STOP TRYING!
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