I'm up very early, with a clear mind. My shorts feel lose, I bet I lost weight last night. I'm considering a long morning ride on the bike. I've got a list of "to-do's". I'm drinking the one of only 2 cups of coffee I will drink today.
Energized, balanced, at peace with food. Control and Execution right at my finger tips. This is Ketosis in my world. This is how it feels. I rise early, in a good mood, and I accomplish. This time last month I was carrying around a tiredness and I was always hungry. I was sitting on the couch for entire weekends, and passing on bike rides. I munched on food all the time because I was always craving. I was feeling out of control, and couldn't seem to get it back. I had pockets of total control and focus but no consistency.
I KNEW WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS!
I was out of CONSISTENT-KETOSIS. Being in and consistently there is HOW I lost the original 85lbs. It's how I LIVED. In maintenance, though I never cheated, I let up and lost my CONSISTENCY. I can get into ketosis easily but I'd lost the DRIVE and VISION to make myself stay there. Weight gain wasn't even bothering me...I'd let too many little carbs creep back up and kick me right out of ketosis. Sugar Free sweeteners traveling through all sorts of medium were taking over. This was my daily cycle: COFFEE too much coffee with a sweetener in it. CRAVINGS BY MID MORNING use SF gum to curb the cravings. TIREDNESS so MORE coffee and diet soda when I just needed it. BOREDOM because I was too tired to do too much again! MORE COFFEE. After dinner munching and SF treats...2nd helping if I couldn't fight it off. EXHAUSTED AND EARLY TO BED. I know this is how america lives, and I was slowly rejoining this rat race of adding all this stimulating crap back to my life to prop me up and energize me...Between the coffee and Diet cokes I was living on processed stimulants like a druggie all over again! Food was not quiet it was a roaring lion!
This was NOT a 24/7 occurance, I was also constantly working to lower carbs, stop the SF desserts, and utilizing fasting. I did very good at these things too, but I could not achieve consistency. So I was in ketosis and out, but never fully reaping the keto-benefits I knew kept me together before.
I brought back what worked before: A Diet Buddy and became accountable.
I am 13 days in and just now am feeling Consistency again. I've been in ketosis for certain 11 days. My hunger is so suppressed I forget to eat. My energy is dramatically improved I'm up early and not foggy or groggy. I quietly hum along at a much higher productive level. I'm able to accomplish so much more with such little stress. My mood is calm and my eyes are starting to sparkle again.
A client of mine said, "Last month I looked at you, Jess and I could tell you were not right"...
I am back to my consistent ways. Recording food, checking in with a diet buddy daily. Closing the kitchen down at 7:30p and no treats of any kind and only 2 cups of coffee a day.