And I’m still fat. Not quite as fat as I was a year ago but not much slimmer.
31st August 2017 – I started Slimming World at 17st 4lbs, and exactly a year later I’m sitting at 16st 7lbs. 11lbs in a year – it’s a loss, yes, but it’s been an awful year diet wise.
I’ve developed some really bad habits – bingeing, starving – and I’m walking proof that most diets don’t work.
I’m also in a lot more pain than I was this time last year; possibly due to the progression of Ankylosing Spondylitis, also possibly due to the constant abuse of my poor body through yo-yo dieting.
Back in March, a nurse suggested I look into a ‘keto‘ diet – I had no idea what it was or what it entailed; however, she told me she had a form of arthritis and eliminating carbs and eating higher fat had helped her enormously.
In all honesty, I shrugged it off – my whole life I’ve been told that fat is bad for you; the shops are full of low-fat products, it’s all I’ve ever known.
I attended an appointment with a GP in June; he asked me if I’d thought about a ketogenic diet. I told him my concerns and he explained it’s not for everyone but won’t hurt to try. Again I wasn’t sure. And then last week a different nurse suggested keto and I thought I’d look into it.
I have some experience of ketosis – back in 2012 I did a VLCD shake diet, 800 calories a day and I lost four stone in two months – and it tipped my borderline thyroid into being completely underactive. So I’m nervous for good reason. I’ve been told it was the massive caloric deficit that caused the problem and not the ketosis – it’s still scary though.
I’ve spent the best part of two weeks researching a ketogenic diet; which for anyone not in the know is a high-fat and low-carb diet, usually under 35g carbs a day which puts your body into a ketogenic state where it effectively burns fat.
There are mixed reviews – many people with chronic illness report amazing results and the same with thyroid conditions. It’s obviously quite restrictive and a totally different way of eating – and it does seem scary.
But what have I got to lose? Reduced inflammation, increased energy, weight loss… it has to be worth a go.
So I start tomorrow, Monday 3rd September 2018. I’ve planned my meals, ordered my shopping and learned the basic rules. It’s all very complicated – I’d suggest doing your own research rather than me posting links as it’s something I thought long and hard about.
I feel it’s only right to set some goals(or rules):
- Walk daily. I’ve bought some new walking shoes today; after walking a minimum of 7 miles a day for the last five days I really want to continue. I love walking; it’s great exercise and easy on my back and hips.
- Drink lots. It’s crucial that I drink plenty of water – dehydration is a huge issue for me.
- Have more energy. After the first week I *should* find I have more energy – and I’m looking forward to it.
- Join a class. I love dance-type fitness classes, and I want to join one once I’m well into things.
- Plan ahead. I know I fail if I don’t plan. Even if I only plan a day at a time, I need to plan plan PLAN.
- Bin the scales. None of this daily weighing shit. Once a week, if that. And I’m going to take my measurements – sometimes the inches show when the pounds don’t.
- Take time for me. Stress is a huge issue for most people – and I don’t make enough time to relax and chill out. I became a huge fan of meditation back in 2012 after my thyroid nosedived, I want to set aside ten minutes a day for this.
- Keep it fucking simple. No complicated ingredients and expensive food bollocks. I’ll post my basic meal plan in the next post; but I’ll be keeping it simple and eating the same things daily, to begin with.
I should disclose at this point that I have checked that I’m okay to go for it with a doctor; I’d recommend anyone with existing medical conditions to do the same…