So a lot of the material as focused in on the good that has came with my choice to switch to a Keto lifestyle, and while I know the importance of positivity you all need to realize it’s not all roses all the time. There are great days, good days, meh days, bad days, and horrible days. You have to be able to mentally prep your self for a roller coaster of emotions throughout the process. You have to remind yourself you are human and you are going to make mistakes. You also most importantly have to understand that your journey is just that yours, not anyone elses!
Yesterday I made a new weekly goal to work on kicking my habit of an afternoon cup of coffee. Well yesterday dealt me a bad hand and I caved and had my coffee. Did the world stop spinning? Nope it kept going and tried to throw me off! So today I will try again. The point is you can’t give up. Once you set the goal you have to stay focused on it and don’t give up even when you fail.
Another key thing for me is to make sure my goals are realistic and I don’t overwhelm myself with them. I have a complete list of goals I want to reach, but I only focus on a couple at a time. Your goals need to be attainable and reachable. Sometimes that means taking a larger goal and breaking it down. Example, I need to lose 100 pounds. That is a large goal. Instead break it down to 10 pounds at a time. That seems much more realistic to reach. You can apply the same to almost every goal you have. The important part of it is making sure you do whatever you can to reach it even if you have a couple missteps along the way.
When I first started Keto if I had a $1 for every mistake I made I would have quite a nice stack of ones right now. As soon as I thought I had it I would try a new recipe and realize it didn’t fit in my macros for the day. I would buy a new ingredient and find out a week later you really shouldn’t eat that. One great example is I thought I was confident in making a Keto Starbucks order. So I went in ordered what I thought was keto and guess what? I blew my entire fat macro for the day at 9AM with one drink, all because I received some bad information. Did I give up that day and quit? Nope I kept going tried to minimize and additional fat for the day and focused in harder the next day. I also didn’t say screw it for the day and jump off the Keto wagon and carb up.
There have been days at work when I have walked by the vending machine ten times thinking just one candy bar wouldn’t hurt. The truth is it would and I knew that deep down and I was able to focus and not give in. I also learned that I needed to avoid the vending machine area when I had a bad day or cravings are strong. If your a recovering alcoholic your not going to go sit in a bar. If you on Keto don’t go sit in a bakery. Try to place yourself in situations that you can handle and you can walk away from. If you do cave though and eat that cookie, shake it off and move on. Remind yourself why you don’t need that cookie and move on. You made a small mistake don’t let it snowball into a larger one. Only you can control what you do not anyone else.
In summary you are human you will make mistakes. We all have good days and bad days. Make your goals realistic and reachable. You are you not anyone else! Until next time Keep Ketoing On!