My why: At 54 years old I felt like I was 90. I have a demanding job and a home with 5 acres that needs to be handled along with 2 horses, a dog, and 14 chickens! Also, a husband that demands my attention. For YEARS I felt like I couldn’t get out of a paper bag if someone was threatening my life. I was so damned tired.
Went to a yearly physical June 2016. None of them were that great over the last ten years but my constant high blood pressure was 158/90 even medicated! I was obese at 5’6" and 198lbs. And that is so hard for me to say. I was never obese in my 20’s and 30’s. Something had changed and I was so lost. I had no idea what it was and worse yet, when did this happen? How did I let it get this far? My doctor sent me for a sleep study because of how I was feeling. Now I have sleep apnea. GREAT!
I knew something had to change so a friend turned me on to MyFitnessPal. I started tracking my food on August 1st, 2016. I saw some success but I was off. I was starving all the damned time. I ate 1500 calories a day and was STILL hungry. I couldn’t understand it so I started searching for an answer. I ran across dietdoctor.com and immediately dismissed it. Then, one of the threads in the community part of MyFitnessPal mentioned Keto and I had remembered the diet doctor site. Now I really started to dig in and get info. I was like a sponge. I researched keto for a good month every single day trying to find the “gimmick”. I’m not so easily convinced and am extremely critical of any type of “diet”. But, there was a pull there from everything I had read and something was ringing true but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. I went through the usual “I can’t give up bread and pizza and ice cream.” But I knew my body was screaming and mentally I was in horrible shape.
October 3, 2016 I made the switch. I haven’t looked back since! I feel so alive and so awake and I now weigh 140lbs. Which for me, on a medium frame, is just about where I need to be. But the really really cool thing is while I am still on HBP at this time, my doctor is about to take me off. Last BP was 118/64. I do have mitral valve prolapse so he’s watching that carefully for a bit to make sure I can handle being taken off the HBP meds and be ok. My apnea has improved greatly and I have to have another sleep study to see if I still need my machine. My dyslexia and OCD have improved by leaps and bounds and for the first time in years I have a sense of well being and peace.
Keto has turned my life around. While I’m not diabetic I was headed for a very early grave I have no doubt. Now, at 55 years old, I feel like I’m 30 again and can do anything!
That is my why!