Like most women, figuring out the right lifestyle for our specific bodies can be daunting and downright frustrating.
One month, we feel as though we hit our stride and reach our pivotal breakthrough of increased fat loss, energy boost, clarity and stamina. However, as quickly as the success comes, life throws a curve ball and hit a plateau or a stumbling block.
As humans, we are naturally complex creatures with genetic makeups, hormones, imbalances and external factors that cause us to carry a permanent “results may vary” label over our heads.
Events such as weddings, birthdays, cottage life, travelling and work can lead to poor eating and fitness routine and trying to mitigate stress while finding balance.
I get it. I’m with you on this. So here’s my story…
I have been practicing the ketogenic lifestyle for nearly a year and a half. I started out primarily for health reasons after having had and eradicated (yay!) thyroid cancer in 2013, but I also found improvements with my physical fitness performance which was outstanding to measure given that I am a personal trainer and this is my field of practice.
I’m a different cat seeing that I have to regulate my hormones synthetically after having my thyroidectomy. This has caused me to assess and re-evaluate my keto diet consistently to find MY normal and what works for me.
My weight and my results fluctuated slightly as I adjusted my dosage but I never lost faith in the lifestyle given my level of knowledge and the intrinsic benefits. If I’m going to do this, I am going to work at it until I find my flow and enjoy the journey.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein
After five weddings, two bachelorette weekends, international trips, a few stressors and running multiple businesses, I found myself at a crossroads. Continue down this path of inconsistency, “winging it”, and sporadic implementation of intermittent fasting, or set out a goal and achieve it.
I have respect for those who are authentic and as such I am not ashamed to say that these deviations lead to suboptimal results and weight gain. My normal was shattered and I needed a catalyst to kickstart on the right path to a committed and clean keto living.
STEP 1: Set a timeline
I chose to setup a photoshoot for a month away to focus on drilling down my goals, create accountability and check-ins for my journey. Once you set up a partner or a target, it is easier to see the value in putting forth the work.
STEP 2: Strategy
Fitness and nutrition alone can have some effects, but when paired will lead you to the health results you desire. I implemented my strict fitness regiment, scaled back my nutritional deviations and decided to set aside my short comings from the weeks before of spotty eating and focus on the NOW!
STEP 3: Kickstart to Success
When I have a bad weekend or day, I often do a Monday practice of intermittent fasting between 24-40 hrs. This reset at the mitochondrial level allows for autophagy of the cells and repairing any destructive pathways.
This time around, I decided to try something NEW!
The Guinea Pig that I am, I do not endorse anything that I do not practice myself first. I had heard about this Keto Egg Fast but never gave it much thought until a client asked me about it again.
Off I went to learn once more and found out the correlation