Things are not always sunshine and roses in the keto-sphere. Sometimes, it’s good to take a step back and rethink your motivations for the sake of sanity.
For Alex, this means letting go of compulsive weigh-ins and the frustration that comes with it. For Chelsea, it means looking back and remembering why she abandoned the high-carb lifestyle in the first place.
Hey keto-crew! So this week’s post is a little different to the others. I’m going to tell you a story that takes a lot for me to share. It’s a story everyone should hear. Let’s turn back the clock to Week 1…
The Darker Side Of Watching Your Weight
When I first started this keto mission, I had 1 primary goal: to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Notice I said “healthier” instead of “skinnier”. We all know that one of the greatest benefits of following keto is losing excess body fat.
It’s also true that actively trying to drop pounds can become stressful, frustrating and downright depressing sometimes. Although my mission was geared towards health, I still found myself spiraling into obsessive thoughts about my weight.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone from checking my weight occasionally to stepping on the scale several times a day. Any increase, be it a few pounds or even a couple of grams, would leave me disappointed in myself.
Feeling increasingly worse with every weigh-in, it was only a matter of time before I snapped. And I did, this Saturday.
I Destroyed My Scale In A Fit Of Rage And It Was Awesome
Yes, I did wreck my scale on purpose. It happened after a binge that was no-doubt triggered by my frazzled mental state. At that moment, all the negative emotions I had bottled up, all the guilt, all the shame and all the misery were let loose.
With every crack of plastic, I felt more liberated, more empowered and more like myself. I was literally chipping away at my resentment for the number on the scale.
After the thing had been properly annihilated, I took a good long while to reflect on my outburst – why it happened, what it meant and how to move forward.
What Saturday’s Scale Destruction Has Taught Me
- My weight is not my identity, nor is it a reflection of my worth as a person.
- The terms “healthy” and “thin” are in no way synonymous.
- We need to learn to forgive ourselves and cherish our bodies as they are.
- Losing fat is NOT the journey itself, but a single part of it amongst many other equally important ones.
This is not to say that I’m bailing on keto, in fact, I’m more geared up to live the keto lifestyle than ever before. That is, now that I’ve made peace with myself and taken out my anguish on the scale.
I’ll only be weighing myself for health’s sake now, and it’ll be each month instead of each week (once I find a hardier scale!).
Have you ever felt this way about your body? How did you cope with the stress of feeling not good enough? We’re interested in your own stories.
Let me know in the comments how you’ve experienced weight-related disappointment.
Today, Alex and I are both feeling reflective. I want to chat about things I don’t miss now that I’m in ketosis.
So often I read people’s comments on Instagram or Reddit lamenting about how much they miss carbs, and they have every right to!
However, I choose to take a different approach. Here are 5 things I definitely don’t miss about eating a high-carb, low-fat diet.
1. Sugar Cravings and Constant Hunger
This one is probably the most obvious, but it makes a world of difference to me. Before starting keto, I was pretty much hungry 24/7. I’d eat 2 – 3 meals a day and drink sugary sodas like water.
After dinner, I’d end up snacking my way to bed with a pack of cookies on the nightstand.
Today though, after 9 weeks eating low-carb and prioritizing omega 3s, I can proudly say that everything has changed. I feel ZERO sugar cravings ever and barely fantasize about starchy foods anymore.
2. Painful Bloating
There was a time where I was so bloated I could literally not put my shoes on without moaning in pain. I am gluten intolerant, so any pasta, wheat flour, bread or cake makes me poof up like a balloon with a tummy ache.
Keto forces me to respect my stomach and gut, and boy, am I benefiting from it.
3. Skin Breakouts
The softness and smoothness of my skin go down the drain when I eat badly. I get acne on my face, dryness on my legs and zombie-like complexion. I chalk this up to 2 reasons.
Firstly, during keto, you are encouraged to each high-quality, grass-fed meat and dairy, as well as lots of leafy greens. These foods have an abundance of vitamins and minerals essential for protein synthesis, so your cells have all the resources they need to heal and grow.
Secondly, sugar affects your skin from the inside out. Sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation.
Sugary food spikes your blood sugar, triggering hormones that stimulate oil production. This can lead to acne, oily skin, and dryness.
4. Acid Reflux
On keto, I find it much easier to stop eating once I’m full. Hunger hormones like leptin and ghrelin are well controlled using ketones as fuel, so I don’t overeat.
Overeating causes heart-burn and in my case, full-blown acid reflux.
5. Hauling 25 lbs of Body Fat Around
So far I’ve lost just over 25 lbs on keto. That’s more than my sheepdog weighs! Apart from changing the way I look, I’m on a mission to change the way I feel in my body.
I can jog up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. I can have a bath without my hips squishing against the sides. My thighs don’t chafe nearly as much as they used to. Everything fits better, and I’m dang proud of that.
Do you think ditching carbs is worth it? Everyone is different, so I’d love to hear readers’ perspectives on this. Let me know what you think in the comments!