This is one of the hardest posts I’ve written. While we have been blogging for a few years now, it’s the first time a post has been personal. It’s the first time I’ve really opened myself up to criticism and other people’s opinions. I mean sure, people can disagree with a dress I recommend for a wedding guest, I won’t take that personally, but when it comes to a judgment on what I look like and how I am living my life, well that’s another story.
While we have looked at fitness on the blog before (Kate’s post on running here), we haven’t gone near diets. In fact, we once turned down money to promote weight loss diet pills. We are huge believers that women should feel happy and confident in themselves and that brides should never feel the NEED to diet to fit into a dress size they feel society thinks they should be in on their big day. However, if you WANT to lose weight and you WANT to embrace a new lifestyle then that’s a different matter. Which is why I thought long and hard about whether to document my diet journey on the blog.
Before embarking on the diet plan I looked to blogs for inspiration. I know people want to find someone they relate to and see how it works for them, so I thought I too would take you on a journey with me.
My weight has always fluctuated a bit but I guess it was probably around 4 years ago that I first started to really put on weight. Unbeknown to me I was suffering from Endometriosis which went undiagnosed for years. After literally collapsing in pain in the office I was finally referred for a scan where they found an ovarian cyst the size of a 24-week pregnancy. And that’s where my issues with my weight started.
This is a long story in itself but essentially there were complications with the procedures to remove it. I was off work and pretty much bed ridden for close to 4 months without the ability or the willpower to exercise. I am an emotional eater and took comfort in cakes, chocolates and pizza. I then found out as a result of this I needed to go through IVF. Cue around 2 years of, “Fu*k it, may as well eat a cake I could be pregnant by the end of the month” . Coupled that with comfort from carbs following bad news and it’s a recipe to piling on the pounds.
After I had my baby girl it was, “hello sleepless nights and living off convenience food and takeaway because we’re too bloody knackered to cook!”. Which is how I ended up at my low point. Like most people it was a shock of a photo that had been taken of me that stopped me in my tracks and reduced me to tears. I have never looked more bloated and, well, let’s not beat around the bush, fat. I knew something had to be done. My ‘baby’ was coming up for two so the baby weight excuse could no longer wash!
I initially started to be more considered with my eating and from the end of May to now I have lost 5lbs by giving deserts and takeaways the swerve (well almost… I still indulge more than I should!). I’ve seen a few bloggers and YouTubers undertake the Keto Diet with great results and read up on it and decided that I too would give it a go.
At the time of writing this, I am now on Day 4 and have lost 4lbs. I am 5’7 and despite my 9lb total weight loss since May, I have around 20lbs more to go to reach my goal weight. (It’s early days folks!)
I will be checking in from time to time on the blog with updates, recipes and yes – before and after photos – but a lot of the content will be on Instagram under our ‘Feel Good’ tab in our Story highlights. I hope that you find it useful and please do let me know if any of you have tried or are living a Keto lifestyle. I’d love to get inspiration and advice from you guys too.
We can do this!
Questions I have been asked by you already:
Have you had Keto Flu?
You mean that light-headed, foggy feeling from lack of energy? It’s only Day 4 but so far I can say “No”. It hasn’t been too hard. I did wake up today feeling really irritable and hangry – but nothing my Overnight Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding didn’t fix! I felt a bit tired on Day 2 by the afternoon and maybe a little slow – but it’s passed. I read that loss of electrolytes can be the cause so I have made sure to drink Coconut Water to replenish them.
Are you just eating fried breakfast food at every meal?
Nope. If anything I am eating more vegetables than ever. My diet has featured lots of salad (especially greek style with full-fat Feta cheese!); Kale; Brocolli and lots of lean proteins like chicken and salmon. I’m snacking on nuts, cheese and the occasional Fat Bomb (way more delicious than it sounds!)
Any side effecs?
Weight loss 😉 I am also very thirsty which means I drink lots of water (but have to get up in the middle of the night for a pee which is a bit annoying!)