In 2016, I weighed 336. It wasn’t even my highest weight. Through our insurance, we participated in a program called “Real Appeal”. I did learn a lot and had some success, but I only kept off about 6 lbs. The next year, I tried another plan through our insurance called “Naturally Slim”. I lost more doing this program, but it is hard to gauge since toward the end of the program I decided I needed to take more of an active eating plan since I had diabetes and I began to try other diets. But in that year, August 2017- August 2018 I lost 30 lbs.
I have been dealing with weight loss and cravings all my life. I have tried so many times to kick the habit of overeating, to overcome health issues. Eating whatever I wanted, but wishing I could lose weight. Or being on a program, maybe even losing weight, but wishing I could just break down and eat something. Food was more than food. It was comfort, entertainment, ritual. It was my answer to a lot of questions.
In April of 2018, I tried the ketogenic diet for the first time. I was reluctant to try it since I really believed in the Naturally Slim program and the idea that it was all about the amount you ate and only eating when hungry.
But I jumped in and promptly lost 15 pounds in 6 weeks. After the initial adjustment of realizing I couldn’t run and pick up fast food, and now my snacks were limited, it was pretty smooth sailing overall. I could probably pull up My fitness pal and see how poorly I was actually following the diet. BUT when you have a lot of weight to lose, anything helps!
Until about week 6. It was probably the Keto flu. I felt drained of energy and just sick. I hated the Keto diet and wished I had never gotten my hopes up. “The keto flu is totally preventable” became the most despicable thing I had ever heard!
At the time I was babysitting my 2-year-old grandson 4 days a week. I didn’t feel like I could despair of life AND give him the care he deserved 😉 I eventually just fizzled out doing the keto diet.
I would google “I hate the keto diet”. And I began researching other healthy ways of eating. I settled on testing out the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. Lo and behold, there is a “flu” or detox, associated with adjusting to that lifestyle as well!! I cheated often. I often wished I was back doing keto(which I said I hated, but was losing steadily).