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Journey to Keto

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In a few days, I turn 38. It’ll be the first birthday I celebrate since my father passed. A hard milestone for someone that was extremely close to her father.

Before his passing, my father had been “sick” a large chunk of my life. I write, “sick” because he never let his ailments define him. He was such a rock. A huge presence. And always, always, working hard to take care of his family.

His aliments ranged from congestive hart failure, type 2 diabetes, kidney failure, and finally lots of rounds with cancer. Colon and eventually Non-Hopkins lymphoma, which is what proved to be terminal for him.

Hospital visits. Hospital stays. Surgeries. Chemo. Radiation. Have been a part of our lives since I was in high school.

This is all relevant because it’s why I decided I must get healthier. It’s what got me researching the keto diet. Occasionally, a doctor would mention nutrition to my father. Mainly in terms of, “you need to lose weight”, but no one every really counseled him on what sugar does to the body.

During a round of chemo, I found articles that discussed the benefit of Keto and how sugar feeds cancer. It made such a difference. He gave up his soda and even started eating Keto. We didn’t get a miracle. It was far too late by the time I understood.

But, I often wonder, what would have happened if he’d done this 10 years ago? Before the cancer was spreading? Before his body got so worn down.

I’m 38. I weigh 275 pounds. Losing weight isn’t at the top of my priorities. Most days, it doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t stop me from doing things I love. But after watching what my father went through, I have to face the reality that my weight impacts my long-term health. That the food I put into my body either fuels it…or in some ways, without meaning to sound drastic, poisons it.

I must get better. Again, due to my father’s journey, I got into bio-hacking which of course lead me to Keto. I know that a lot of people out there claim that Keto isn’t healthy. But, neither is being 275 on a 5’5” inch frame.

I waited to do Keto, because I’m such a metrics gal. I blame my profession as a business coach. Urine/blood testing is something I knew I wouldn’t keep up. I’ve ate keto here and there, and all these tell tale signs you’re suppose to feel from your body escapes me.

I’m not surprised. If I were my body, I’d be pissed at the person feeding it loads of sugar and wouldn’t be in the mood to communicate! I have to build back the body/mind connection as I change my diet. Which is why, I’m over the moon excited for a device named Keyto. It’s a breath analyzer that’s affordable and I’m told more accurate in measuring states of ketosis.
Mine arrived in Omaha, today. I won’t be there till Friday, but I can’t wait to get started. I can’t wait to have something other than my will power to hold myself accountable to. A scoreboard that gives me hard facts on my results. And a ref, that tells me when I’ve stepped out of bounds.

Keyto, is an indie go-go campaign, so I don’t have a full unserstanding of how the app works. But as a business coach, I understand the importance of having the scoreboard, the ref, and support that will help you measure where you are right not.
Too often, we rely on willpower. My other geeky habit of researching neuroscience and experience working as a coach leads me to understand that willpower is not the answer. It’s fleeting. It makes us feel like a failure when we give-in. And let’s be clear. I will make mistakes. I will indulge occasionally. Probably more in the beginning than as time goes on (for a good reason). And sometimes I’ll eat something not sure if it’ll knock me out of ketosis. This is a journey.

And journeys are not about willpower. They are about changing landscapes. Learning and adapting. That’s how I have to approach my dive into ketosis. It’s a journey. One in which I have a lot to learn. One that will lead to weight-loss, but as one of my favorite songs states:

“But if you're all about the destination, then take a f****** flight.
We're going nowhere slowly, but we're seeing all the sights.” – Frank Turner

I can’t wait to get started on this journey… and looking forward to all the people on here I will meet. Always looking for hacks, recipes, tips, and just stories from fellow travelers.
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  • DWROBERGE
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    404 days ago
  • JENNI-NIKKI
    Taygrl, way to take control of your health! It's scary to go down the diabetic road. We switched my dad keto and hengot off insulin completely after 20+ years. It was crazy
    408 days ago
  • TAYGRL
    Great blog. I can relate. My dad had some similar ailments, no heart failure but some cancer scares. Lastly, I’m the only remaining person in our immediate family of 5 who has NOT been diagnosed with diabetes. Talk about sobering. Not gonna be me.
    409 days ago
  • JENNI-NIKKI
    Cookwithme65, I am sorry for your loss as well. Approaching 9 months on my birthday. Please take care of yourself on this anniversary as well. Thinking of you today!
    409 days ago
  • JENNI-NIKKI
    Thanks Rhook. In this for the long hail. Yes, weight loss will occur but my focus is simply on health first. Got to remember food is fuel.
    409 days ago
  • COOKWITHME65
    Your excitement over keto is wonderful. Just what you need to get thru the passing of your Dad. Please accept my condolences. Sounds like a replay of my Mom's last 20 yes. Today is the anniversary of her passing. Two years today. Be good to yourself
    409 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. And remember you didn't gain the weight overnight and you won't lose it overnight. It takes time, determination, motivation and support. You can get it all right here! If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    410 days ago
  • JENNI-NIKKI
    I am sorry for you lost. It's such a difficult thing to experience. Amplified if you actually take care of someone before you lose them. I relate to your experience so much. It is so hard to maintain your health when in that situation.
    410 days ago
  • LA_BENTANCOURT
    Hope it goes well for you. I lost Mom about 6 months ago. My health went down with her passing. I am bring myself back you to be better. Your post was a rock for me to rest and support myself with.
    410 days ago
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