Day 30 is here! Here’s what I learned & what I lost

image of body loveDay 30, nice to see you!

Today marks:
30 days of eating Keto.
30 days of no alcohol.
30 days of Intermittent Fasting.
30 days of personal development.
30 days of no Mexican food.
30 days of living my best life.
30 days of believing in myself, being disciplined, showing up, AND (the most important in my mind) keeping a promise to myself.

That’s right – I set a goal and accomplished it. I didn’t cheat. I didn’t lose focus. I didn’t give up on myself. I freakin’ nailed it so good!!

(As a complete side note, I’ve had the image above saved since August 25, 2018. It spoke to me in a way that I wanted to feel so unbelievably connected to the words, but I wasn’t there yet at that time. Today I scrolled through my photos on my phone until I found it. I am there. It’s taken such a long time, but I want to be friends with my body and treat it in a manner that shows that completely.)

How much weight can you lose by doing Keto?

I ended up losing 15.4 lbs in 30 days by following the Keto diet and doing Intermittent Fasting. Isn’t that so crazy amazing? So much weight in such a short amount of time! I am such an instant gratification kind of girl (working towards not being), so seeing that much weight fall off in such a little amount of time was really awesome for me. It definitely kept me going and helped with the motivation no doubt. As I noticed, the weight fell off a lot faster in the first 11-days. After that, it was about the “healthy” 1.5-2 pounds per week.

image of Keto shrimp tacosI never felt deprived or like I was on a diet. Keto is so easy for me because the foods that I love and crave are all Keto-friendly foods and meals. I’ve found each meal to be very filling and the snacks help in the middle of the day. I cook just about every night now, which is something entirely new, but I really enjoy finding new recipes and trying them out.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting is a time approach to when you eat food. You eat during a defined window and fast (only allowed water, tea, and/or black coffee). You don’t restrict calories and it’s not really a diet. 16:8 is the most common intermittent fasting. It involves eating only during an eight-hour window during the day and fasting for the remaining 16 hours in a 24 hour day. Research has shown that intermittent fasting may support weight loss, improve blood sugar, boost brain function, & increase longevity.

My fasting window has been 11am – 7pm. I followed the 16:8 and found it to be pretty easy (after the first few days). I think it was quite a shock to my body initially, but then my body adjusted to it perfectly. My normal day starts with me waking up around 5am and having black coffee until I eat lunch at 11am. For the first couple of weeks, I drank black coffee and that is tough, y’all. I never got used to it and I sure did miss my one stevia that I used to put in my coffee. I switched over to Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate and my morning coffee got increasingly better! It’s smooth (bye-bye bitter black coffee) and you can enjoy it cold or hot! I’ve gotten used to drinking it cold every morning and love the taste! Try it out if you’re looking for something new (the reviews on Amazon are the best out there!).

Between lunch and dinner, I usually have some raw almonds, a scoop of Justin’s peanut butter, cheddar cheese Whisps, an avocado, or beef jerky as a snack. Around 6pm I eat dinner and then I am finished eating by 7pm. So far I haven’t felt hungry late night or early in the morning, which is something I worried about with intermittent fasting.

My 30 day goals:
On my Day 1 of the “living my best life”, I wrote in my journal what I wanted to do daily and what place I wanted to be in on my Day 30. Here’s what I wrote:

In 30 days:
1. I want to lose 10 pounds.
2. I want to blog at least every other day.
3. I want to be consistent with my leadership skills.
4. I want to feel more comfortable in my skin.
5. I want to add 6 new presenters to my Younique team and really focus on them making money.
6. I want to learn how to get a literary agent.
7. I want to take a bikini picture to see the difference from Day 1’s bikini picture.
8. I want to be proud of myself for not giving up.

To be honest, I did just about everything except the literary agent part, but I am proud of myself and that’s the most exciting! Feeling comfortable in my own skin again is such an amazing feeling! Although I’m not quite ready to post my bikini pictures, I know I will be soon enough. The best part though? I didn’t lose any focus, especially with food or alcohol. I adjusted, planned accordingly, and never once felt like I was doing something really hard or that I didn’t want to do. Whether it was a tough day or it was a friend’s birthday, I never deviated. Not even one time. I honestly don’t even know that I can say that about much in my past, so this is a huge victory for me!

image of self loveIn order to feel comfortable in my own skin, I’ve taken more time for myself. There has been a huge amount of personal development, podcasts, documentaries, and just overall self-love poured into me over the past month. I’ve found that walking or riding my bike (even for just 30-minutes a day) helps me to get in that good headspace and allows time for a podcast. While I’ve noticed a difference in my clothes and appearance, the inside has gone through a massive change too. I notice that I practice more patience in my every day life and with the people closest to me. I remind myself every day to let the real me out and show up because I’ve learned that’s how courage works. You have to be vulnerable regardless of how the outcome goes. This is definitely something challenging for me and one that I need more time for, but it’s getting there. We are all works in progress, right?!

March 25, 2019 to Present Day and what I’ve learned

I feel like I’m on the greatest discovery of my entire life. I’m growing, learning, becoming a better person (inside and out), and not giving up on myself. I’ve learned to trust myself just a little more since I’m not giving up on what I want to do anymore. I’ve learned that I will fall and fail many times, but that I am strong enough to get back up and keep on going. I think the best lesson thus far though, is that I’ve learned that I am worth every single bit of happiness and just all the good vibes that come my way. I deserve it. I want to live this life making a difference, not just sitting back and letting the time pass.

If anything I’ve said resonates with you, I hope that you will believe that you too are worth a change. You are worth believing in yourself. You are worth reaching new and greater heights. You are worth growing. You are worth going after your dreams, no matter how many times you’ve failed in the past. You are worthy. You matter. You are worth all the magnificent things this life has to offer.

 

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