Day 1: Starting the Ketogenic Diet - Introduction

Hey, my name's Eris and I'm fat. Really fat. About 300 pounds. I say about because I don't have a scale yet and I'm using my best guesstimate. I last weighed myself approximately a month ago and I was 283. At the time, I was doing my best to follow a high carb vegetarian diet. Needless to say, that didnt last.

I eventually found myself ordering Dominos and Chinese food like it was going out of style. I just couldn't control myself. Actually, up until yesterday, I was ordering from Dominos EVERY SINGLE DAY.  So, I know that I've regained the almost 20 pounds I lost being vegetarian(starting weight in August was 305)....and probably a little more. I will get a scale soon to track my progress.

I've watched a lot of videos on Youtube about the ketogenic diet and the Paleo diet. While the Paleo diet never interested me much, something about the keto diet stuck with me. I've done low carb before on the Atkins diet, but eating so much meat all the time got old really quick for me. After a couple weeks, I was dying to eat something that wasn't brown or beige.

But the Keto diet seemed different to me because it placed more importance on eating vegetables and moderate protein. The concept of eating a high fat diet seemed sketchy to me at first until I watched some videos from doctors and experts on Youtube who support Keto. the video series I watched the most is called Low Carb Down Under. It apparently is a yearly event at which various low carb experts go to speak and present their research. I find it all fascinating.

So after months of learning about keto, I finally decided to give it a try for myself. Funny thing is, I have an appointment at a bariatric surgery clinic on Oct. 27. Perhaps this way of life could make that surgery unnecessary for me. We'll just have to see. For now, I'm keeping my appointment as scheduled.

I technically started the keto diet yesterday. I prepped all the food I'd need for a week after coming up with an eating plan using CRONOMETER.  I wanted to make sure I got as many nutrients as I could while still eating low carb. I was able to come up with a plan that had about 21 net carbs. The one thing I had and still have a problem getting enough of is potassium. The reason I count today as my official day 1 is because I changed my eating plan after using the keto calculator I found here: https://www.ruled.me/keto-calculator. They seem to know what they're talking about regarding keto, so I made some adjustments to my plan to fit more closely to their suggestions.

Here's what I ate yesterday (click to see full size image):

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According to the Keto Calculator, I had too little calories and fat, too many carbs and too much protein. Here's what I plan to eat today (click to see full size image):

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I still wasn't quite able to meet the amount of fat grams they suggested, which was 137 grams, but everything else looks good to me. I even managed to get my potassium level to a decent 87 percent. It is really hard to get enough potassium on a low carb diet. If I hadn't discovered that beet greens were so high in it, I'd still be struggling with getting enough. I do actually have to buy whole beets just to get the greens, but that's just a necessary part of what I have to do for now. I throw the beets outside for the various animals that habitate my backyard.

In addition to starting this blog, I also created an Instagram page where I will also post pics of my progress, meals and food diaries. Just look up SimpleKetoWeightLoss on Instagram or you can use  the link: https://www.instagram.com/simpleketoweightloss

So far, I feel pretty good and energetic. I work third shift, so it's currently 6:38am eastern time. I start work at midnight and get off at 8am.  When I got here, I made some tea (Yogi positive energy, peppermint and 1 tblspn Brain Octane oil). I think that's why I feel so full of energy. I live a mile from my job and I usually ride my electric scooter and walk here and back. There are some parts of the way that I cannot ride the scooter, so I have to do a little walking.

But I plan to do even more by getting out my trusty Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. I used them 4 years ago when I lost 80 pounds. They were my main form of exercise. I suffer from social anxiety, so I dont like going to gyms or exercising where a lot of people can see me. I like to stay to myself. I did notice back when I lost those 80 pounds that I was a lot more outgoing and people were more open to me. I hope to experience that again one day and I definitely want to start dating. My dream is to get married and have at least 2 kids. I turned 33 years old in August, so I don't have much time left to accomplish that. I've wasted so much of my life being fat, nervous and alone.

Well, to end on a positive note, I'm pleased so far. I'm full of energy, I don't feel hungry and I'm excited to be starting something new. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

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