My Keto diet journey has ended. I didn’t make the six weeks. Life got in the way and I was only able to complete three weeks. Will power for once didn’t take over. The lack of sweets was challenging, don’t get me wrong. This time though, my body said no more.
My Ketogenic Journey:
On August 14th, I had surgery to remove my Lap Band, a surgery I’ve been wanting to have for years. I’ve spoken about my Lap Band challenges here and here. My weight loss journey has definitely been full of trials and tribulations.
Anyway, I figured that I’d have surgery, take a day or two to recover and jump back into Keto eating. Like most well thought plans, things didn’t unfold quite as I’d planned. Instead, I’ve been struggling with stomach issues ever since the 14th. It didn’t matter what I ate, my stomach cramped. The worst culprit was cold water and anything carbonated. I’m not a fan of warm water and unfortunately that’s what I was stuck with while in stomach pain misery.
If that wasn’t enough, the gas pains due to having a laparoscopic surgery were no barrel of laughs. These lovely pains didn’t subside over a couple of days as expected.
Ten miserable days later I had my follow up appointment and my doctor decided it was time to reset my stomach which meant spending a half a day at home clearing my intestines. Unfortunately, with Dan in Tennessee, my kids in school, my oldest home for college scheduled for a colonoscopy, it was going to have to wait until the weekend. In the meantime I managed to eat what I could – basically a modified BRAT diet, most definitely not Keto. Bananas, toast, and crackers were what my stomach could handle with the least amount of cramping.
My exciting Saturday culminated with my lovely cleanse and an incorporation of pill hell. Trying to follow all the rules for each of the three medications are making the next three weeks incredibly challenging.
Yet, the cleanse and the medication are helping!! I can eat a modified diet. The one day I tried to return Keto, my stomach started cramping again. So, for now, I will eat starch with each meal.
I feel better eating a low carb diet. There are few carbs I miss except for my sweets and popcorn at the movies.
I LOVED that eating Keto meant we had to eat at home because at the end of the day, Keto saved us money. Going out to eat while trying to lose weight is such a challenge and I just don’t enjoy the stress involved in trying to figure out how things are prepared and if they fit into my macros. It’s easier to make it myself and know exactly what’s in my food.
I didn’t like how Keto affected my workouts and for that reason alone, I probably will not return to a strict Keto lifestyle. Getting fat adapted takes time but I feel like I can lose these last fifteen pounds without having to be so rigid.
It is clear why some people LOVE this way of eating. For the most part, it’s not too difficult, but when you throw in working out, social outings, and enjoying treats here and there, I realize that this isn’t a way I want to live.
I will continue working on balance, eating healthy, eating at home, and enjoying some foods that fall out of the parameters of healthy every once in a while.