Fitness guru and dieting expert - yea right!
In 2017, I saw my whole life crumble before me. I was a complete wreck but I managed to turn my life around and I owe it to renewing my faith, expanding my circle, the never-ending support of my husband and of course… discovering the Keto Lifestyle(diet) and starting Kat Does Keto!
A little background on myself: I am 31 years old, married to my High School sweetheart, and I have 3 beautiful daughters (ages 7, 4, & 2).
For over a decade I struggled with my weight and overall health (mental and physical). After High School it seemed that no matter how hard I tried I could not reach a healthy weight. In addition to issues with my weight, my mental and overall physical health declined. I was in my early 20s and suffered from extreme upper back pain and serious mental health issues.
Repeatedly I was diagnosed with having Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder which later escalated to Severe Anxiety with occasional Panic Attacks. My mental health issues became so severe that even with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Talk Therapy, and Medication, my daily functioning was significantly impaired. I recall moments where I felt paralyzed, unable to perform simple tasks such as sitting in a bathtub and wanting to add hot water to my cold bath water but I simply could not move. I could not look at or hear my phone without it causing me great distress. I would go weeks without checking my e-mails. As my mental health declined, it began to manifest in physical symptoms such as extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, twitches, constantly feeling I was being choked, and gastrointestinal issues such as severe heart burn and nausea. It was a very scary time for me. I felt hopeless. I often wondered how could I be so unlucky when it came to my health and I literally feared a day would come where I would need to be held in a mental health facility as I struggled to care for myself.
Shortly after graduating High School my upper back pain became so severe that all I would want to do is lay flat on my back. The pain was so extreme it would bring me to tears. For over 10 years I was in and out of doctor appointments. I tried EVERYTHING; over the counter pain relievers, ice packs, lidocaine patches, lidocaine/trigger point injections, chiropractic, acupuncture, massages, muscle relaxers, and eventually when my depression became so severe, narcotics.
There came a point where my pain and mental state became so severe that I believed I would never be able to live without medication and a pain-free life.
I was 5’0” and weighed 160lbs. I was envious of any mother that was able to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight because I believed I surely never could or would. After having children, I was never able to go anything lower than 140lbs. This weight would sky rocket right back up to 160lbs the moment I stopped whatever diet I was on. I tried various low calorie diets. I tried Jenny Craig (twice), I tried Shakeology, but the most successful diet I ever tried was a diet from MedArts weight loss, which looking back on – was Low Carb. Out of desperation, I went to a weight loss center in Downtown San Diego after hearing about B12 injections. In addition to the B12 injections and appetite suppressants they prescribed, they provided a structured diet which eliminated breads, pasta and the like. I had the most success with this low carb diet but it wasn’t keto, it was very restrictive. The lowest I got was 140lbs. Because of how restrictive this diet felt (limiting salt, amount of whole eggs I could have, and fat), it wasn’t long before I gave up this diet too. My weight crept back up and it wasn’t until years later that I would discover the Keto lifestyle.
In October 2017, I picked up a stomach bug which caused me to lose 10lbs. I strangely had no desire to eat items such as bread, pasta, and rice during this stomach flu. This weight loss created motivation and caused me to evaluate why I had lost so much weight in a short period of time. I realized that during my illness I was naturally eating low carb without knowing it. This prompted me to research the Keto diet which I had heard of through my husband who had a co-worker that did Keto to help his diabetic father. He had been living a Keto lifestyle for years. So, I did some research and dove right in to the Keto lifestyle. It was very new to me so at first I would eat the same meals over and over. For the first few weeks I would eat breakfast items for both breakfast and lunch. The rules of the Keto diet were fairly simple, limit carbs based on your current height/weight and applying a deficit (aka follow your macros). I began realizing there was a ridiculous amount of carbs in just about everything I previously ate. My goal was to consume no more than 40 net carbs per day. The weight started flying right off. In addition to weight loss I noticed my overall health was improving dramatically, I had a significant amount of more energy, and my memory and ability to focus improved.
This was no longer a “diet” for me, it became a way of life. As I researched more, the more it became apparent how much food affects our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that those on a Keto diet have less risk for developing high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and certain cancers (many of these conditions which run in my family). Now feeling the way I do and knowing the health benefits of Keto, there is no turning back. I now weigh 119lbs, back to what I weighed Senior year of High School. I am pain free and 100% medication free. Keto has been a life changer for me. I will never return to eating the traditional American diet. When I have eaten an item filled with carbs (like eating 2 small slices of pizza in January 2018), I felt horrible and I don’t mean guilty. I felt bloated and extremely tired.
Keto is my life now and I decided share my journey to hopefully inspire others. If I can do it, so can you! So drop the carbs and sugars and find out for yourself just what amazing benefits the Keto diet can do for you!