Hi Everyone! A few months ago I embarked on a 100-day trial of a ketogenic diet, tracking my progress along the way. The results: I lost 22 pounds, my BMI went from 28.4 to 24.6, and my body fat percentage dropped from 41.6% to 34.7%. I also experienced greater mental clarity, I felt more satiated after meals, my quality of sleep improved, and I felt that I had more energy. After a visit to my doctor for some blood work, we found that my inflammation markers were in the optimal range as were my numbers related to how well my body was managing glucose.
Then… I experienced a huge bout of stress in my life, which led to illness, which led to more stress. I’m a single mom with two kids, and I’m also a full time, 4.0 (so far!) college student in my third year of college studying biochemistry. My apartment lease was up in the middle of the term, and we needed to move closer to my kids’ high school and the university I will be transferring to this fall. Sooo…the month leading up to the move I caught a really bad respiratory infection. It caused me to miss a lot of classes, and delay packing my house. Then, on top of that I got the flu the day before the movers were coming. Then, another cold a week later. Then laryngitis. Long story short, I survived! But was completely eating off my “plan” and gained some of the weight back, and was of course nowhere near ketosis for a month or two.
And now I’m back, embarking on round two, with some modifications that I had planned on doing after the first 100 days. I wrote about my 100 day trial on my blog (which has the same name as my username here), if you’re interested in the details. I’ll be posting updates there, too, on my next go-around. Those of you that are long term keto peeps, are you eating keto 100% of the time, or are there days that you allow a glass of wine or carbs that pull you out of ketosis? I read people’s posts saying they’ve “been keto for 6 months” and such, and I wonder; is that 100% of the time?