It all began when I weighed 238 lbs. yep, you read that right! But I had tried every diet in the world and then some. I always had success losing weight, but better success in gaining it back plus a few pounds. On top of that, I was born with a bone disease and have had 13 surgeries. I'm in constant pain, can't move normally, can't run or walk for long distances, and have trouble just getting around. And I have a diagnosis of clinical depression and OCD that I am now managing very well with proper medication.
I spent Christmas 2014 with my oldest daughter and her family and it was great but when I got home and uploaded pictures to my laptop from my digital camera....YIKES, I was a COW!!! But again, diets didn't work and I got desperate, especially after I began having trouble with my blood pressure, which I had never had trouble with before. Out of that desperation, I went to a surgeon and scheduled a gastric sleeve procedure, and in August 2015, I had the surgery. The weight loss was incredible. By Christmas 2015 I had lost 100 lbs! My doctor said I would gain some back because every body has an ideal weight and it will balance itself to that weight. He also advised I stop eating carbs and eat only protein.
To me, that meant eggs and chicken for the rest of my life... and I wasn't looking forward to that, so I began investigating low carb diets. Of course, the first thing I came across was the Atkins diet, which I did use for several months but I got bored with the lack of variety. I also tried the Paleo diet, which worked fine but had a lot of allowable carbs. Eventually, I came across the Keto diet and began working on that plan. It was difficult to say the least, and became very expensive with all the different Keto variety ingredients that went into recipes. It's enough to make you give up and pop an Oreo in your mouth!
So I began looking at what I really like to eat, what my husband like to eat (meat and potatoes with bacon and cheese!), and how I could adapt the things we both like into food that was low carb, moderate protein and healthy fats. I am still working on that part of it every day, but I also love to cook, to it's a great project for me and I have now maintained my "ideal" weight for nearly 5 years.
My advice to those who want to lose weight and try Keto but think it's too complicated and expensive, is don't go all in the first day. Go easy on yourself. I love bread, potatoes, carrots and other high carb foods and I missed those things so much. And probably more so because they were now forbidden foods! So, instead of going all in, dip your toe first, then your foot, ankle, shin, knee, etc. If you can't bear the thought of not eating bread, instead of cutting it out all at once, cut down to once or twice a week for the first month, then down to a couple of time a month, and then once every couple of months until you don't feel as if you're being deprived. If you're a potato and gravy eater, do it the same way, cut down slowly until you are comfortable not eating that food. Now, if you're a cake and ice cream eater, sorry, but you're gonna have to go cold turkey on those types of foods. That includes candy, cereal, potato chips, sugar, soda pop and most other junk and snack foods. Even if you're not going Keto, those foods aren't good for you and not only hinder weight loss, they cause weight gain.
There are some foods I recommend getting that will make your transition easier, and if you buy them from the links on this page, I do get a few pennies for the advertising space, and yes, these are the actual products I use all the time. I also recommend recipes from LowCarbYum and Wholesome Yum. Also, I recommend you try the Egg Fast Diet for 3-5 days to get you ready for your new way of eating and living.
I use the Bella Waffle Maker almost every morning! I love waffles and pancakes and bread and really missed them until I discovered a recipe for waffles. Unfortunately, they were dry and tasted more like air than a waffle. So, I dinked around with some ingredients until I found a way to make a soft, fluffy waffle with about 2 grams net carbs and 12 grams protein!
Whisk 2 eggs in small bowl, add 1 T. sour cream, whisk till smooth, add little pinch baking powder, and 1 T. coconut flour, whisk together and let sit a minute. Coconut flour absorbs liquid, so stir it about a minute and see how thick it is, if too thick to pour add a little water to make pourable, and pour onto center of hot waffle iron. Bake to desired brownness. Add real butter for fat and ChocZero Syrup (this stuff is so good, you'll feel like you're cheating!)
The Jordan's Skinny Syrup is good for flavoring and sweetening a lot of different recipes but I make coffee creamer from it for guests. (I drink my coffee black). You can also use it for the egg shakes when you're on an Egg Fast, and for Bullet Proof Coffee. If you want to use it for creamer, just add heavy whipping cream and a couple of tablespoons of Jordan's, mix and heat in microwave, then add to coffee.