For starters, this is not a before and after keto, but rather, 9 years ago, and then 4 years ago, before and after an all out hardcore 5 year diet and exercise regime. Just don’t want to mislead anyone.
So 9 years ago, at the age of 45, I was in horrendous shape I was around 300 lbs, my BP and bad cholesterol levels were rediculous high, and my Fibromyalgia symptoms drug my life quality down to about a 2 or 3 out of 10.
I avoided self photos like the plague, hence the reason my before shot was grabbed from a screen shot, and I was wearing a “tent” to hide my huge gut. I was so ashamed of my body.
Then my 5 year extreme makeover. I worked out 6 or 7 days a week, and hiked tons of steep hills, often with a 30 lb pack. My diet was zero processed foods, bread, potatoes, rice, grains, or dairy. (but i did eat oatmeal twice a day) What I did eat was tons of meat, eggs (a dozen a day) veggies, fruit, and nuts, and I mean tons ! I had worked up to 4000 to 5500 call a day ! I was breaking even at about 4200.
I’m 6ft tall, and was weighing 227lbs, at 10-11% body fat. (Funny to me, the BMW index said I was still overweight I’ll let you decide by the pics. I do have really wide shoulders and a 42" chest, so I carry a higher weight well.
So, after all that… I had an ugly back injury Ruptured a disc. 2 weeks in bed, and a year to mostly recover.
5 years of hard core diet and exercise, “mostly” down the drain At least my BP and cholesterol has remained good, and my Fibromyalgia is still probably 80% better.
So here we are, 4 years later. Just like before my heath and fitness flip, I hate to get my picture taken. I don’t look quite as bad as I did 9 years ago, but nothing like 4 years ago either. Maybe somewhere between the shots I’m posting here.
I don’t expect to ever be in the shape I was before the injury… My back is 95% better, most of the time, but will never be 100%. Also, I know the time and effort it took to be in that kind of shape, and I just don’t have that kind of time to devote to it anymore (not single now for one thing)
But I do want to lose about 30 lbs for starters, then I plan to reevaluate. Maybe lose a little more, but I want to really build my legs, heart, and lungs back to where I’m doing hard core uphill hikes, with a 30 lb pack… for hours without having to stop.
Hoping to achieve this on a keto diet.
For myself (with my OCD) the hardest part is “deciding” I want to do something, and taking that first step. But once that happens, I become so obsessed that it’s easy… Although the rest of my life usually falls off to the side. Oh well. We will see what happens on this next chapter of my life
So far, I feel like this keto thing will be… a piece of cake lol …okay… I guess I should just say, no problem