The Day My Life Changed…One Year Later

Watermarked(2018-12-02-0636)My Keto Before and After Photos are shown above so you can see the outward difference that Keto has made in my life.  I want to share a little bit of my journey with y’all for accountability and in the hope that some of y’all might find a little encouragement in the ups and downs of my new way of life.

My sister took the photo below on November 23, 2017 at our family Thanksgiving lunch.  When I saw this photo, I almost cried.  One look and I had one of those “lightbulb” moments – and not in a good way. I realized just how overweight I was that day.  Actually, at my height (5′ 5″), I was actually considered obese.



At this point, I made the decision that I was going to “go on a diet” and lose weight.  I told myself that I would start after the holidays.  I told myself that January 1 sounded like a good start date. Over the next few days, I kept looking at that photo.  It haunted me.  It was all I could think about. Then, I came to a decision – I would not wait until the first of the year.  I would do a little research and decide which diet I was going to do, and start.

I did the Atkins Diet about twelve years before and had great success, so I decided I could do it again. I started doing a little reading to refresh my memory on what was allowed and not allowed on the Atkins Diet. The more I read, I decided that I would just eat “low carb” and call it a day.

The day my life changed forever was December 2, 2017. On this date, I started my new way of eating (WOE). This next bit is a little difficult for me to share – because I am embarrassed for everyone to know just how much I weighed and what my body measurements were. However, I feel that it is important that y’all see where I started.

  • Weight – 198.8 pounds
  • Waist – 41.2 inches
  • Hips – 43.8 inches
  • Clothes size – XXL or 18/20

Looking at those numbers now still makes me shudder. I can’t believe that I let myself get that overweight.

I began following a low carb diet on December 2, 2017.  As I continued reading I learned about Keto and decided that Keto was really what I needed to be doing.  So about two weeks after I began, I made the transition to Keto.

I had a lot to learn and found two great sources of Keto information – Amy Smith and Dr. Ken D. Berry.  I am sure there are many other sources, but these are the two places I head to first.

Amy Smith and her Facebook group Push for your Better has taught me so much.  This group and the admins are very knowledgeable and supportive.  In the beginning, I searched Facebook for Keto groups and pages and I followed them all.  This was not a good idea! A lot of the other Keto groups and pages had members who were not supportive and some even made fun of questions being asked by new members.  I left almost all of the other groups because of this very thing.

Dr. Ken D. Berry is a medical doctor who tells it like it is.  Dr. Berry is a straight talker and is not afraid to go against the flow.  You can find Dr. Berry on Facebook here and on YouTube here.

When I began Keto, I started out eating the basics – meat, eggs, cheese, and certain vegetables.  Then I began to branch out and prowled Pinterest and Facebook for Keto recipes.  Some of the recipes we liked and others not so much.  It took some trial and error but I have a large number of go-to recipes now.  I have even Keto-ized some of our favorite recipes from the past.

Along the way, I made mistakes – like eating things that had what I call “Keto No-No Ingredients” (maltodextrin – I’m looking at YOU!). Here again, I just had to learn from my mistakes and move on.  One year later, I am still learning new things about Keto.

Remember the photo that started it all?  At our family Thanksgiving lunch on November 22, 2018, my sister took another photo.  The top photo is 2018 and the bottom is 2017.  This comparison really shows what Keto has done for me.  As you can see, Keto has worked for my College Girl, too.


These photos only show the outward changes but the most important changes have been on the inside.

  • My health is so much better.
  • My attitude and outlook on life have taken a much-needed change for the better – actually, they are both vastly better than before.
  • I started walking 2.5 miles a day in May 2018 and joined a gym that same month.
  • I am now going to exercise class three days a week.
  • I participated in my first 5K Walk in September 2018 and currently I am at the end of week 6 of Couch to 5K training for my first 5K Run.

As far as the outward changes go, my current weight and measurements are below. I have been in Keto maintenance for about two months.

  • Weight – 127.6 pounds – loss of 72.2 pounds
  • Waist – 26 inches – loss of 15.2 inches
  • Hips – 33 inches – loss of 10.8 inches
  • Clothes size – Small or 4

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As I close out, I want you to know that Keto is my way of eating forever.  I love that I can have great food and not be hungry.  I also want you to know that you can do it too. It does require a little effort to do research and cook, but it is so worth it!