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Monday Madness (publication #18)

Good Morning fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness. For once I don’t have too much going on Monday morning, but this could be the classic situation of the calm before the storm. I hope everyone had an amazing week last week and that this week is even more amazing! So let’s get to it.

I continued my journey into the world of yoga last week. We ended up taking two more classes. We did an Ashtanga class and then a Yin class. Both are very different from each other and I enjoyed both. Ashtanga was way more challenging and much more active as to where Yin was very relaxing and I got the opportunity to open up my body and expand my flexibility. The Yin class also helped relieve some of the soreness I was experiencing from the Ashtanga class. I also learned that during the Yin class I need to start focusing on ways to get my mind to slow down. It was racing all over the place and I struggled to focus and ground myself. I without a doubt see us continuing on our path with yoga.

I allowed stress to dominate my life last week. I let every little thing get into my head and consume me. I am 100% sure my cortisol was completely out of whack. I let it consume me so much that I couldn’t even sleep. I was averaging 3-4 hours most nights as opposed to my accustomed 7-8. It really had a huge negative impact on everything in and around my life. The sad part of this was most of what had me stressed was completely out of my control. I chose to let it control me instead of me controlling it. I continue on my path of discovering things that will help me focus on more positive things, ground myself and relieve my stress. So much negativity with no positive counter was so detrimental to my health last week and I am still feeling the effects this week.

I also allowed myself more keto type treats last week than I ever would I have. I searched for solace in food. This is typical for me and and a pattern of my binge eating history. Like someone if I eat something that is not perfect I am hurting those who are hurting me, but I know in my heart that I am actually only hurting myself and hindering my progress. Self awareness is the first step in my opinion to figure out how to solve or change any issues. I’m getting a little help with that this week as I decided to participate in a 72 hour fast sponsored by Redmond’s Real Salt. I started last night and will fast until at least Wednesday night but may end up pushing into Thursday morning. During my fast I intend to reflect on my food triggers and what I need to do to keep them out of my life. I also plan to refocus what I am fueling my body with and decide what is best for me to achieve my goals and feel optimal.

Last week I also ordered a copy of Keto for Women by Leanne Vogel. So I plan on diving in this week and seeing what she has to say. I plan on blogging a review once I have covered the material thoroughly so stay tuned for that.

All and all that is about all I have been up to. I look forward to sharing some exciting topics this week with everyone, and this Sunday will also be my monthly weigh and measure so I will be sharing those results next week. Until next time…What’s Your Confession?

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How to Hang In There

Welcome, welcome come on in and enjoy this Thursday with me! I hope you are all having an amazing day and enjoying your life to your fullest. If you not take pause and re-focus yourself on your best you. You are amazing and your life is awesome! Today I want to talk about how you keep going with a goal when you think and/or feel that everyone else is being successful and you seem to be failing.

First and foremost you are not failing if you are trying! You may have not found your clear path or your way to succeed but you are far from failing. You only begin to fail when you give up. You have to work hard for anything worth getting in life. It was all handed over to us we would all be millionaires and super successful. You have to have drive and want to get there. For some that will happen way sooner than others.

It only takes one epic event to change everything. That event can be one action you have taken, a person you met, or an action you completed. All it takes is to get the attention of the right person or the right group of people and you can fill your sails with wind and fly. I honestly believe that with everything. Rather we are talking of personal success, business success, or some other form a success if you pave your way and you keep fueling it eventually you will have enough fuel to fly.

I read tons of information every day by individuals that I look up to and admire. Many of them have been way more successful in every aspect of their lives compared to me. The difference is I am just starting my journey and I don’t have much wind in my sails. I am not giving up though and every single day I keep gaining more and more wind and reaching more and more people. I am sharing my growth with you as I go. I share my successes and my failures because they are both very real. I am very much so defining me and my brand, and you get the privilege of seeing those sails fill up, and I am 100% positive that I will fly when I am ready and my time comes.

Does all this mean that since my time is not yet I should just give up? Absolutely NOT! My time will never come if I give up. Not only that but I am happy with where I am at and how I am growing on a daily basis. I am proud of my determination and happy with the people I am reaching. I AM HAPPY! That is what makes all the difference. If you are miserable in trying to reach your goal then maybe you need to rethink your goal. I could write every single day of my life and know that absolutely no one read my material and I would still be happy. How is that possible you ask? Because my happy place is when my mind is free to write and put my thoughts and emotion into print. While I hope individuals read it and find something in it and enjoy it, I did this as much for myself as I do for others.

Instead of dwelling on the failures you need to align yourself to figure out what factor needs to change to start succeeding. If you are trying to remove weight and you all of a sudden stall out do you just give up? No you sit down and see what you need to adjust to continue on the path forward. If you washing machine blows up do you just give up and start wearing dirty clothes, or do you sit down and come up with a game plan too fix it or replace it? There are always two options, one leads to permanent failure and the other eventually will lead you to success. Just because someone else figured out a quicker path to that success doesn’t mean you can’t do it too. You have to start doing things and living for yourself instead of others.

Now with that being said there is nothing wrong with having people in your life that inspire you. Just make sure though that you have them there for inspiration and not for motivation through envy. Surround yourself with positivity and all that it can bring you. Jealousy will chew you up, spit you out, and chew you again if you allow it. Instead of seeing someone as having more than you look at them from a different angle. Look at what they do in their life that drives them.Learn from them and let them inspire you and guide you. If you find yourself constantly envying that person then you need to move on and remove that person from your life because you are just hurting yourself.

You can do anything you want to you just have to really I mean really put your mind to it and you can’t be afraid that you will fail. Become the best you you can be and enjoy life to it’s fullest. You will notice that once you find your own happiness more and more things will fall into place for you. I believe in you and you should believe in you even more. Until next time …. What’s Your Confession?

Monday Madness (publication#16)

Happy Monday fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness! I am ready for my crazy week as usual, and I think it’s going to be a great one. I have a lot of things on my plate this week but plan to tackle it head on.

So last week I did WOBO, which stands for week of beef only. I did great and not once did I go off course. I did a ratio of 1:1.5 meaning for every gram of protein I consumed I consumed 1.5 grams of fat. I did this for the sole purpose of trying to determine at what ration of fat to protein I feel the best. In conclusion I am inconclusive at this point. I felt fine all week but I did not see any amazing results. There were a couple days that I even found myself feeling a little hungry. I also was completely tired of ground beef by the end of the week. Which I found a little odd as I can have steak everyday and never get tired of it. I also did not see any change in the scale. I maintained my weight all week, and I chose not to measure. I was focusing more on how I was feeling and less on what I was removing from my body. That was not an easy task for me but I’m glad I did it.

This week I will be pretty much returning to my normal keto/carnivore diet. I don’t plan on focusing on my ratios but just focusing on my satiation. The new thing this week will be adding in exogenous ketones from pruvit. I am doing this for the purpose of evaluating my mental clarity and mood. I am not doing it for weight loss or so I can have a “cheat” day. I simply want to see what kind of mental support they can provide. I am hoping to see reduced anxiety, less depressive thoughts, and increased focus and clarity. I will update everyone next week on if a week of them is enough to see a change.

I’m really focusing on trying to figure out how to live things I want in life forward. I’m still searching for my why. I am working on building a planning portfolio that will help me focus and figure out these things. I am also continuing to build the positive people I need in my life to help me reach those goals. It literally does take a village, with a constant reminder that it’s up to me to make it happen.

In unrelated keto news I made the decision last week to move forward in home schooling my youngest two children. The more I researched it the more I realized it was the right choice for all of us. The political influence of public school where I live is very detrimental to what my kids are actually learning and I feel they are being set up for failure instead of success. So if any of my readers also home school and you have any pointers or tips please feel free to share them with me.

I hope that each and every one of you reading this have an amazing week. As always feel free to ask questions and share this blog with anyone you feel would benefit. Until Next Time…..Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #15)

Happy Monday fellow readers! I hope everyone is ready to start another amazing week. I’m ready to jump into my normal chaos head first and I am looking forward to what challenges this week will bring.

So before we jump into this week full steam ahead let’s talk about last week a little. Last week was my one year anniversary since starting my keto journey. While I would love to say I did something amazing I didn’t. I basically took the week to really breath in everything that I have accomplished and think deeply about where I am wanting to go. I don’t have all the answers to those questions yet but I am working on it. I also promise to share them with you when I know what they are. All I do know is I don’t feel that the weight is my primary goal anymore even though I have more to lose. My goals and prospective’s are shifting.

Besides looking back on the the last year, I spend a lot of time looking into how I want to grow and change in my diet. I know I never want to go back to sugar and carbs. I do however want to find the protein and fat ratio that lead me to feel my very best. I have been researching how to better improve my mental health and well being through my diet. I have already improved so much in my health that this is the next step for me. A lot of that research has came from podcasts centered around the carnivore lifestyle and the impact of how meat can heal.

The other main focus in my life right now is finding something positive in everything I do. I have had some days in the last few weeks in my personal life that I just really wanted to give up. I just didn’t want to try anymore. That is simply not acceptable though. I woke up today, I am living my best life, I am chasing my dreams and goals, someone out there does not have that same privilege. Someone out there didn’t even have the opportunity to wake up today. So no matter how bad my day is or how much I want to give up I just keep finding positive people and positive messages to keep pushing me forward. I refuse to allow negativity to control my life any longer.

So this week I want to spend more time on my new goals and my new why. I really need to work on my focus. In addition to that I will be doing WOBO this week. What is WOBO? It is a week of beef only. I will be eating ground beef with some fat added if necessary and about 1 ounce of liver a day. I am doing this because it will be the easiest way for me to see what ratios my body feels best with. This is also a great idea for anyone wanting to try an elimination protocol to figure out some food sensitivities. I am actually using a grass fed ground kobe beef that has an almost perfect ration. So I will be able to add in fat to see where my body responds the best. My fat of choice will be ghee, but may include some grass fed butter as well. The first few days I am looking at trying a 1:1.5 ratio, as in 1 being my protein and the 1.5 being my fat. The reason for the addition of liver is simply for vitamin content and I generally eat 1-2 ounces per day anyway. I will also be salting everything generously to taste with redmonds salt.

I hope all of you have an amazing week and remind yourself to find the positivity in your life and thrive for the best you possible. Until next time…Keep Ketoing On!

Never Give Up

Hello fellow readers! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Today I want to talk to you about the importance of never giving up. I don’t care what we are talking about you simply have to keep going.

Yesterday was my one year keto anniversary and I could have easily gave up today and been happy with where I am at. I chose to keep going though because I know I can still achieve more and I know I will. I don’t want to give up. Giving up would mean I am giving up on myself and my achievements. I don’t want that.

We all have goals, dreams, ambitious, and things we want to accomplish. Well if you get frustrated and give up you will never accomplish it. I want to be a successful blogger, writer, and painter. I know that I can’t accomplish all that over night, and I know there will be people who disagree or hate what I am doing. The difference is that I am not giving up and I am going to keep on giving it my all. The way I look at is the day I decide to give up could be the day that success knocks on my door. So I won’t give up and I will keep doing what I love. I am doing this for me no one else and that is what really matters.

You need to take the time to realize your goals and surround yourself by positive people that will encourage you to keep driving toward those goals. Find where your support is and embrace it. For every negative that tries to knock you off course create a new positive to take it’s place. You will never make very one happy, there will always be a critic. Just don’t allow that critic to stop you and make you give up. Use their criticism as fuel to prove them wrong and succeed.

In perspective of diet and keto, no one is perfect. We all have a day where we ate something that we shouldn’t have or tried something that didn’t quite fit in. It doesn’t matter because tomorrow is a new day and you just do better tomorrow. You don’t give up and cave in and eat a bag of chips and pint of ice cream, all that is going to do is allow you to give up. Instead admit your fault pick yourself up and strive on to be better the next day.

Determination is the key to so many things in our lives. The minute we give up we are letting ourselves done. You are worthy of what you want you just have to work hard and be determined to get it. I know I will never give up and I will achieve my goal, if anything for myself! Until next time…Keep Ketoing On!

One Year…and counting!

Happy Wednesday fellow readers! Today is a momentous day for me and I wanted to share my story of progress, change, and failure over the last year of my life. Why now? Simply put today is exactly one year since I decided to embark on my Keto Journey.

Disclaimer….this is my journey. This is what has worked, what has not worked, what challenged me, and what guided me. Please keep in mind that everyone’s journey is their own and there is no such thing as right or wrong. Also, none of the information herein is intended to be any form of medical or psychological advice, it is simply my opinion and experiences in writing. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, I am always glad to have a conversation about anything with anyone.

To fully understand the impacts of my Keto journey I need to back up a few months. In September 2017 I was spiraling out of control not only with my weight gain but more importantly with my depression and anxiety. After I was given incorrect information from my doctors nurse I landed myself in an emergency room suffering from extreme withdrawal symptoms due to a sudden change in medication that was doctor authorized. I decided that day that it was time to shop around for a doctor and find one that had my best interest in heart and not just a prescription pad. Someone that truly listened to what I was telling them and wanted to help me.

In October 2017 I found my current health care provider, Dr. Jacqueline Gentry, and my life and health has moved mountains since that day. She has an amazing approach at medical care and is very open minded in how she treats her patients. She actually listens to everything I tell her and spends the time with me that she feels we need together. I was at my heaviest weight I have ever been of 266 pounds, and was on 6 prescription medications of which 1/2 were related to digestion disorders. At the age of 35 I had already had two upper scopes, a radioactive digestion study, my gallbladder removed, and a colonoscopy. I can’t even tell you the amount of medication I was put through to find a “combination” that worked for me. I had settled for the fact that this would be my life and I would always be on medication in order to eat without pain. I felt the same sort of impending doom on any hope of ever beating my depression or anxiety. Medication after medication failed for me and when we finally found one that worked the dose was so high that it can cause major problems when discontinuing use. In conjunction with these problems I was also suffering from anywhere from 4-6 migraines a month. On top of this I was (and still struggle with) a closet binge eater.

At the age of 35 all I wanted to do was stay in my bed and sleep or stare at the wall. I didn’t want to do anything and I didn’t think there was a way to get better or get the help I needed. If I wasn’t sleeping I was eating and I was eating all the wrong things most of them in secret. I am so glad now to say that I was wrong. Before finding Keto my new doctor recommended I try something called a flexitarian diet. So I did I gave it my all and it was very hard for me to follow. I was preparing multiple meals to ensure everyone in my house had food, and at the same time I was feeling deprived because I could see the food they were enjoying and I wasn’t allowed to have. After three months of that I lost ten pounds but then I stopped. It was like my body just didn’t want to lose the weight anymore. Chances are my body did want to lose more but was I loading it with carbs and sugar and was still hiding the fact that I was binge eating things every time I could get alone time. So her next step to me was a recommendation to read up on fasting as it was coming out in a lot of current research that it was useful in weight loss. So I purchased The Complete Guide To Fasting by Jason Fung, MD with Jimmy Moore. I solely credit this book for turning my life around. I was reading for the point of learning how to fast and how it could help and they kept mentioning how well a ketogenic diet worked in conjunction with intermittent fasting. In typical fashion as soon as I finished this book I decided I needed to know what Keto was and how one did it, and if I myself could yet again follow another diet.

On May 29, 2018 after a couple months of research and youtube videos from a wonderful lady by the name of Ashley Salvatori. I decided I would at least give Keto a go for a month and see if I had any results. I knew wanting to do it wasn’t enough for me though. I needed a strong support system to help me through. Ashley offered tons of videos and web information and also hosts a private FB group that I joined. Hearing others experiences and input became vital for me, I started to build up a group of people and groups that were doing what I wanted to do. I wanted to see their successes and their struggles. I knew one sure way for me not to give up was to get my husband, Tanner, to go on the journey with me. After a few weeks of explaining and throwing in the word bacon a lot he said he would give it a try too. So we started together and he became a bigger rock for me than I ever have been for him. He held me accountable and even managed to keep my binge eating in check because we were sharing food logs and doing everything together. I became his teacher and as the teacher I couldn’t let my student down.

The first 7 days of keto for me were the worst 7 days I have ever experienced. You hear of the keto flu, this was ten times worst than the keto flu. This was true withdrawal from an awful chemical called sugar! Let me tell you sugar addiction is real and stopping it cold turkey is no joke. I had a migraine for four days straight, I felt light headed, my temperature was all over the place, and I was probably the most crankiest person ever. I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to sleep, I physically hurt! I wanted to cave by day three but my husband wouldn’t let me. I hated him for that, but now I am grateful for him making me stick with it. After about 7 days I finally started to feel better and I noticed past the pain that I was starting to get energy and my mental status was changing. For the first time in months I actually didn’t want to stay in bed. I actually have moments today where I have so much energy that I go stir crazy because I don’t want to sit down and just relax.

One week after starting my keto journey I went from 263.2 pounds down to 252.0 pounds. A loss of 11.2 pounds! I was through the roof excited, and that was my first mistake! I formed an obsession with wanting to be on that scale every single day and if the number didn’t move I became depressed and I would have to fight to stick with it. No weight loss in a day would make me want to quit and dive into a barrel of ice cream. Also, 11 pounds is awesome what you don’t realize that those 11 pounds came off so quickly because it was inflammation and water weight loss not fat loss. It was my body adapting to it’s new lifestyle even before I realized it was. Thanks to Tanner I kept though and he encouraged me to stop touching the scale. I didn’t listen! I did eventually slow down with the scale. I went from weighing daily, to weekly and then monthly. So I currently weigh once a month and I don’t let it impact like I use to. It is just a number and nothing more. By the end of June I was down to 249.2 pounds a monthly loss of 14 pounds. So I chose to continue on beyond the thirty days I had promised myself with nothing but weight loss in my sites. It was like I had blinders on and all that mattered was weight.

Each day I continued on I found keto easier and easier to follow and I found myself no longer craving things I normally would have. I did make a conscious effort to avoid any place that would tempt me. I wanted to succeed so bad for the first time in a long time. Still I focused so much on the weight loss I wasn’t seeing the big picture in front of me. Three months in and I was down to 229.4 pounds a total loss of 33.8 pounds. That meant in three months I averaged a loss of 11 pounds a month. At the same time pounds were dropping inches were dropping as well. In three months a total of 46 inches taken off my body. In three months this was the first time I could look at pictures or in the mirror and see that my body was changing. When I started to notice that change I also started to notice there were other things happening that I wasn’t paying attention to. Things far more important than any amount of weight loss.

I have said this numerous times and I still say it today, but Keto is NOT a weight loss diet. In the beginning I thought that was what it was, but I was so completely wrong. It took me three months to start to see that and understand it has benefits way outside of weight loss that mean so much more. I started to realize I wasn’t in pain when I ate anymore. I have had a combination of acid reflux, IBS, and gastroparesis since I was 16. I have always struggled with food and digestion and for the first time I had zero symptoms. So my doctor allowed me to start reducing my digestion meds. Six month into my keto journey I no longer was on any of those medications and was feeling better gut health and benefits than I ever was. Six months in and my migraines were also down to 1-2 migraines a month and was officially released from neurologist for continued monitoring under my primary care with medication only as needed. I also started to see how much better my mood and mental disposition was and we started the process to gradually step me down on my anxiety medication. In addition to this my urge to binge was lessening. All these positives in my health, plus the benefit of weight loss added in, in my head it felt like a miracle in the making.

I even managed to make it through my first keto Thanksgiving and Christmas without cheating and de-railing my progress. I found keto friendly recipes and made those in place of the usual junk and treats that I would have usually prepared. Let me assure you though those six months were the hardest six months to stay on track and keep moving forward. There were days when I truly screwed up and ate way outside of my required macros. Then I would beat myself up for days until I reminded myself I am human. I am going to make mistakes what matters is if I keep going or if I just give up. I never gave up I just reset the next day and kept going. There were days when I had a rough day at worked and I missed the fact that I couldn’t just order a pizza for dinner. Meal prepping was frustrating to me and so complicated with my busy schedule, yet I found a way to make it work and I learned how to start simplifying things. I learned it really is okay to eat the same thing more than one day and meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated. I started to find my groove and started to realize this was easier than anything I have ever tried to accomplish when it came to my diet.

Six months in an I met a major milestone for me, 50.2 pounds loss! I never imagined this journey would bring me to this amount of loss. Eight months in and I finally found “onederland”. What is “onederland” you ask? I finally dropped below 200 pounds and was now at 197.4 pounds, a total loss of 65.8 pounds since my journey started. At this point I also had been able to reduce my anxiety meds by 75 mgs. That may not seem like much but it was a big deal for me. It symbolized to me that there is hope that I may get off all of my medication at some point. At this point in my journey I also saw two more significant changes: 1.) Sleep 2.) Heart Rate. I went from sleeping and average of 3-4 hours a night to 7-8 hours a night. I actually sleep all night and feel rested in the morning. I wake up before my alarm clock most mornings. My resting heart rate has dropped 88-89 beats per minute down to 77-79 beats per minute. That means I am saving my heart 11-13 beats per minute or 5,781,600-6,832,800 beats per year, that is amazing!

Nine months into this journey and I chose to even cut my keto lifestyle a little more and try a more keto-carnivore path. Keto-carnivore is the majority of your diet coming from animal products but you allow a limited amount of keto friendly items. For me those items are mostly dill pickles and some occasional keto friendly sweeteners. I wanted to see what my body would do in the absence of carbs. Would I lose even more weight, would I feel even better, what if any benefit would I see? I did a lot of research and one thing I didn’t like the idea of was that I could actually gain weight by increasing my protein until my body healed and could utilize it properly. So did I gain? Not at first I actually lost a pound. So while I did lose it was a much slower pace than with just keto. Then in turn I ended up dropping down to 192.2 pounds. So was the switch worth it and am I strict with it? Yes the switch was worth it because for the first time in my entire life I have been migraine free for 2 months! And while that stupid scale has slowed down I still continue to lose inches and notice changes in my body composition. I also have noticed changes in my skin and hair quality. I have less outbreaks on my skin. I also have way less cravings and I don’t find myself being controlled by food as often anymore. There are days when I still struggle with wanting to binge, the difference now is the binge would be with something like steak and not a little debbie cake. I am 85% more conscious of what and why I am eating what I am and that makes a huge difference. I now know what triggers me to want to binge and I am learning what to do to deal with that in a positive way that is not food associated.

Welcome to one year! Today is the day I choose to celebrate my life and my health and how far I have came. Today is not the end but the start of a whole new focus and list of goals. Today is the first day of forever. Forever shall my lifestyle be keto/keto-carnivore driven. This all started as a weight loss attempt and has turned into one of the single most life changing event I have ever experienced and been through. I find inspiration and new changes daily in my life. I see what a year has done for me I can’t even begin to imagine what two, three, four or five years will be like. I can’t even begin to list all the awesome people I have met since I have started this journey. They have all had some sort of influence on me and have gave me so much great information, a few even inspired me to start this blog and share my story with others. A few that I have found the most influential are as follows or have been mentioned previously: Dr.Ken Berry, Neisha Sallas-Berry, R.N., Dr. Ryan Lowery, Josh Perry, Logan Delgado a.k.a. Goody Beats, and Keto Coach Lauren.

So here you have the final results of my year of keto:

Starting Weight – 263.2 Current Weight – 194.8 Total Weight Lost – 68.4

Starting Total Inches – 489.5 Current Inches – 385.25 Total Inches Lost – 104.25

Previous Prescription Meds – 6 Current Prescription Meds – 1

Previous Migraines – 3/4 month Current Migraines – 0 (2 months and counting)

Previous Sleep Pattern – 3/4 hours a night Current Sleep Pattern – 7/8 hours a night

Previous Resting Heart Rate – 88/89 BMP Current Resting Heart Rate – 77/79 BMP

I am proud of how far I have came in my journey and I am looking forward to see what the future brings. As always I am an open book and want to share with all of you all the good and the bad. I want to be able to answer your questions and offer you guidance just as others in the keto community have gave me guidance. Just remember it is your journey you own it and you can make it to your goals. Take it a day at a time and never give up… and until next time…Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #14)

Good Morning fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness! First and foremost I want to take a moment on this Memorial Day to remind everyone to remember those who have sacrificed so much in their lives so that we may have the freedoms we do, may their families and loved ones find peace in their memories and that fact that they are true heroes.

Last week I went back to tracking my macros. While I am still eating pretty much a zero carb diet I felt like I was somewhat stalled out and not feeling as well I was previously. So I paid close attention to my fat to protein ratio was. I didn’t set hard limits for myself but used at as more of a guide. I also did four days of 24 hour fasting with one meal a day. Surprisingly I saw a big increase back in my energy level and how well I was sleeping. I am slowly figuring out what works best for my body and where I feel optimal.

I had an amazing opportunity last week and it really started to put a lot of things in perspective. Through a contest on instagram I won an opportunity to have a phone consult with motivational speaker, keto coach and BMX professional Josh Perry. If you have an instagram I encourage you to follow him @joshperrybmx, if you don’t check out his website at www.joshperrybmx.com. It was one of the most empowering and knowledge filled conversations I have had. Not only relating to keto, but more importantly relating to mind set. He is one of the most down to earth and helpful people that I have ever spoken with. He is truly genuine and that means so much to me when I talk to someone. I have so many notes and I have some actions coming out of that call that I will tell you about next.

My number one action coming out of that call is to identify what are my current goals and why. I obviously am not at my ideal weight yet, but in the grand scheme of things I need to decide if the weight really is my goal. In my own mind I think I have more important goals that I need to be focusing on. Those goals include things like increased positivity, mental function and stability, reduced anxiety and depression. These things in the end will ultimately lead me to weight loss. So I plan on starting to really prioritize and think through those goals and start making changes that will benefit me and make me happy.

The second thing that I plan on doing as soon as possible is adding back in the use of exogenous ketones. I used to use these when I first started keto, but after hearing so much negative feedback about how I was wasting my money I stopped. After seeing some recent research done by Josh and talking to him about the mental benefits of them I think it is beneficial for me to try them again. For those who are curious I will be using pruvit brand because they in my opinion really are the best on the market. I ordered a few packets over the weekend and should get them in a few weeks. Once I do start them again I will let everyone know if I see changes. For me I am hoping that they will help with my mental clarity and cognitive actions. I have no plan nor do I think that you can eat what you want take a pack of ketones and be good the next day. I am using these for mental benefit nothing more and I will be maintaining my keto carnivore diet and have no plans to cheat.

Third thing is I plan to stay in touch with Josh in the future. I have realized how important it is to include and talk to others who share your desired mindset. It’s important to find the positive people to surround yourself by and allow them to drive your positivity in your efforts.

Also, look forward this week to a pretty important blog. I am fastly approaching my one year anniversary on the keto lifestyle. After speaking with Josh I want to share what a year journey looks like with you all. Not just the good parts but also the bad parts. I hope each and everyone of you have an amazing week, and until next time….Keep Ketoing On!