This was originally going to be about weight loss surgery. Since the qualifications were changed when I switched health insurance, I suddenly qualified for something I had been thinking about for a long time. It is no longer about that since I decided against the major surgery and found something SO much better.
For those of you who haven’t seen a picture of me, I am fat. A doctor would call me morbidly obese. For my entire life, I have always been overweight and In the last few years, It has gotten out of control. I finally reached a point with my weight that I couldn’t continue with that lifestyle.
As I said above, I was seriously considering surgery. I never actually made it to my first appointment, though.
The Turning Point
About a year or so after having my youngest child. I stepped on a scale. Boy, that was a life changer.
Can you believe it? I couldn’t.
I freaked out. I was so depressed that I had passed the 300 mark. My BMI was 50!
After that, I was really low for a while. I didn’t know what to do since we had already switched to a healthier diet, I was pretty much just moping around feeling sorry for myself.
I eventually started researching weight loss surgery. Which I had done once before but because I don’t have any weight-related health issues, I didn’t qualify through insurance. With the new insurance and because of my crazy BMI, I qualified.
I set up the appointment almost immediately. But in the meantime, I had to do whatever I could to get the weight down.
Stumbled into a healthy life
One night, a few months after finding out about my weight, my husband and I were sitting in the living room, after the kids had gone to bed, scouring Netflix for something to listen to while we played video games.
I found a documentary called ‘The Magic Pill’. The Magic Pill is about a way of eating called Ketogenic and how it helps all types of people from diabetic to autistic. My husband and I talked about it during the show. My main selling point was the absence of processed foods. He just kind of went along for the ride.
Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard of keto.
Honestly, I thought it was a fad diet and it would die down soon. I am not one to follow fad diets mainly because almost none of them are actually healthy for you. But this one seemed to have some pretty solid science behind it and still included a lot of my go to’s food wise.
My husband and I had agreed to try it.
About a week later I had donated or given away any food product that was not keto approved. Which turned out to be a lot of the condiments but also included flour, sugar, almost all the canned goods, and chocolate. Anything corn, grain, sugary, or starchy had to go.
It took me that whole week to plan and research and we stocked our house full of leafy greens, healthy fats, and meats.
Oh, how we struggled
The first week was so hard for us. Not just because we were following a new way of eating but that I had to figure out an entire menu for three kids, my husband, and myself. I’m easy to please as long as I don’t have to eat plain cabbage or concord grape, I will shovel in my face. My two older kids are really picky, they will usually eat anything I give them.
My daughter goes throw these weird phases where she won’t eat a certain veggie and a week later she can’t get enough of it.
My oldest son will eat anything and everything. Except for radish. He doesn’t like radish.
My youngest son and my husband are the hard ones.
My husband is terribly picky but he LOVES Little Debbie snacks, cookies, pies, brownies, chips. All the junk food, he loves.
Now my youngest son is a completely different story. He is so picky it would be easier to tell you what he DOES eat.
Chicken, fries, and cheese.
Those are the for-sure things he will eat. Occasionally he will put a veggie in his mouth but it’s really 50-50 if he eats it.
So, on top of not being able to eat my favorite foods (bread and Oreo’s), I was elbow deep in a bunch of recipes that my family may or may not like and could maybe be affordable.
The first week I stuck to a lot of veggies. That worked ok for a few days. Not having something to snack on was hard for both myself and my husband. So the second week we went to a store a little ways away and bought anything we could have. That was very expensive and it didn’t last very long. We even had to buy more before the month was up.
We decided that the alternative foods, the keto approved stuff we buy in place of things like soda and chocolate, should be a once-in-awhile thing.
The other well-known issue that we had during our first few weeks of Keto was the cravings! Oh my gosh, I had never wanted more surgery, bad for me stuff in my life. Fortunately, I had taken everything out of the house, so being home was easy (and I’m always home). This was really hard for my husband since he has always been a snacker and usually chooses really processed junk. The word hangry came up a lot.
The third week
A miracle had happened right around the third week. The cravings stopped, the menus got a little easier and we were no longer hungry! Or hangry.
I noticed that our meals got smaller and more often than not, I was just eating a small snack throughout the day and was good until dinner. My husband was mostly the same, I think a lot of the issue for him was just the habit of eating.
After the third week, we got better at mindful choices and the cravings were gone. It became a way of life for us. It was more normal than anything. We are around the 6-week mark, right now. I still have a little trouble with the menu.
Sometimes I think it would be easier to just wing it but I know if I go shopping I will buy whatever, overspend, and eventually waste. With the help of Pinterest and the books I had purchased during my first weeks, it’s not quite as stressful as it used to be.
Now, to the results so far.
I know you’ve been waiting this whole time while I stammer on about how hard it was.
I won’t make you wait any longer.
Like I said above, I am fat. When I started I weighed in at 318 lbs. The last time I weighed myself, which was today, I was at 298 lbs. My husband was just under 400 lbs he now weighs in at 351 lbs.
Of course, I am slightly jealous that he’s losing faster but he has a relatively laborious job and I just do housework. I am really proud of the progress we have made so far. It hasn’t been as easy as just eating less but it’s very, very worth it.
If you are on the fence about keto or even low carb, I highly suggest it! Though, fair warning, it’s not a diet and requires a lifelong lifestyle change.