4/25 Weightloss Wednesday: Experiment Postponed!

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!   So last week I talked about a work transfer I was excited about that would result in me having less stress and being able to see the sun.  That got postponed for another week so I won’t be able to start that until next Monday so nothing new to report unfortunately.  I am still looking forward to just working 40 hours a week and not having to work over night and what that will do for me.

So this means I didn’t restart my exercise program although my boss has made a concerted effort to get me out of the store in my scheduled 8 hours so I really don’t have an excuse this week other than I’m trying to recuperate.  I really can’t wait until I can start throwing my kettlebell around again!

I was at Walmart yesterday and found Real Good Pizza which is a low carb pizza.  I haven’t had it yet but you should follow me on Instagram and I’ll let you know what I think of it when Dian and I get around to eating them.

I know this is a short one but I don’t have anything new to report really.  How did you do this week?  Let me know in the comments below!

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This Week in Low Carb News: Butter is Healthy and Vegetable Oils are Bad

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

Butter ‘is healthier than the bread you are spreading it on’ – Money quote “The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that butter consumption is only very slightly associated with total mortality, not associated with heart disease, and actually reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes.” Always nice to see this message get out more and more.

World renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell speaks out on what really causes heart disease – Another heart surgeon that figured out what actually causes heart disease.  Love it!

Watch your waist more than weight, say heart experts – It’s the weight around the midsection that causes the issue!

Mikhaila Peterson – I am currently reading Dr Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos so I found this post from his daughter about the Carnivore diet very interesting.

Detection, monitoring, and deleterious health effects of lipid oxidation products generated in culinary oils during thermal stressing episodes – Heating up vegetable oils makes them terrible for your health!

10 Charts to Show You Why You Probably Do Have the Time and Money to Eat Real Food – Thought this was interesting.  Life is pretty good all around!  We need to figure out how to do more with the time and money we have and turn it into better health.

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None of My Friends/Family/Spouse are Supportive of Me Eating Keto.  What Should I Do?

We are continuing our Ketogenic FAQ’s with a question that comes up a lot, “What do I do if I have no support for this way of eating?”  I’m not going to lie, it’s a hard situation for anyone to be in because we are by nature communal people that want to fit in.  Being part of a tribe is something that was ingrained in us from our earliest days as a species so when we don’t feel like we are fitting in to our social group or don’t have the support of a tribe, it bothers us on a very deep level.

When we feel like our friends and family aren’t “with us” on our journey, the temptation to quit can be very strong.  In fact having talked to probably hundreds of people about this way of eating, I can say lack of spousal support is probably the #1 reason people quit, especially women.  If I’m talking to a woman who’s husband is actively resistant to this new way of eating, she will almost always quit after the initial enthusiasm wears off.

So what do you do?  Here’s a few tips to help you out when you don’t feel you are getting the support you need from the ones you love.

Get a New Tribe

I’m certainly not saying to get a new family but you need a place with other like-minded individuals.  You need somewhere you can go to ask for advice, get recipes, vent, cry, laugh, whatever.  This is something new and there is no reason to feel like you are reinventing the wheel every day.  There are people out there who have done this for a long time and had great success, you need to tap into that reservoir of experience and wisdom.

Of course, I recommend my Facebook support group because we have great admins and a ton of videos explaining pretty much every aspect of this way of life.  But if it isn’t your cup of tea, you can just do a search for ketogenic support groups and probably find hundreds if not thousands of places you can join.  The only other ones I spend time on besides my own are the Keto Reddit Forum and the Ketogenic Forums from the guys over at 2 Keto Dudes.  (The Keto Science subreddit is pretty good also if you like the science part of it.)

Discipline is Always Better than Motivation

The problem with motivation is that motivation fades.  Once that initial rush goes away, you find yourself back in the same ruts that got you fat and sick in the first place.  The key here is discipline because where motivation fades, discipline remains.

Discipline is the fine art of separating feelings from action.  If you are relying on emotion to keep you faithful to this way of eating, your commitment fades as soon as your passion does and let me tell you, the first few weeks on keto can be difficult so keeping your level of commitment up is just as difficult.  It’s important to be disciplined and part of that is making daily commitments, removing temptations, and rewarding yourself when you do well.  Having an accountability partner or someone you can check in with is important also, there is a reason why organizations like AA require you to have a sponsor.  Change is hard but change with help is easier.  (Looking for help?  Join one of the support groups mentioned in the first point!)

Attach a Bigger “Why” to Your Health Journey

Why are you making this change?  This is the most important question you need to answer and it needs to be crystal clear.  The “Why” is the bedrock of your change and what keeps you faithful when you feel like the ones you love the most are against you.  Your “Why” is the lighthouse that guides you when you feel like you are in a storm and about to be dashed on the rocks of your old eating habits.  This needs to be written down and said out loud clearly and often.

Some examples of good Whys:  “I need to get rid of this diabetes.”  “My family has a strong history of (fill in metabolic disease here) and I don’t want to get that.”  “I’m too fat and need to lose 50 lbs”  “I don’t feel comfortable with my body and need to be happier with who I am.”  “I have done what feels good in the moment for too long, I need to prove I have the discipline to make this change.”

Whatever your why is, make sure it is big enough and important enough to give you the discipline to finish this race strong.

Convert Your Existing Tribe

This one may take a while but as you continue doing this and start seeing the changes that can happen when you fix your diet, there is the possibility that your friends and family will want to do what you are doing.  It took years but now I’m seeing my son in law lose weight, my granddaughter lose weight, my daughter, my son, so many people that I love that are making important changes to their diet based on what Dian and I have done over the last 4 years or so.

It’s exciting when it happens but takes lots of time and it might not ever happen.  You can’t control other people but you can be a good example they can look to when they realize they need to make a change.  You just keep being the best you you can be and let the chips fall where they may.

Do you have any other tips or stories of how you succeeded with little support?  I’d love to hear them!  Leave them in the comments below.

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None of My Friends/Family/Spouse are Supportive of Me Eating Keto.  What Should I Do?

4/18 Weightloss Wednesday: My Upcoming Experiment

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  For new readers (and there are a ton of you!  Almost a million page views in the last 12 months!  That’s unbelievable and thank you so much for finding me! Enough with the exclamation points already!) this is where historically I wrote about my long journey from 400 to 200 lbs.  Now that I’ve met my goal, it’s pretty much where I talk about other things I’m doing with my health.

One of the things that troubled me is that I’ve gained about 20 lbs in the last few months with my weight hovering right around 220 lbs and nothing that I was doing was making it budge.  I knew what the issue was.  Earlier this year I accepted a promotion at work that I thought was going to kill me.  I didn’t really know it at the time but I accepted a job that was going to required 60+ hours of work per week and there still wasn’t enough getting done.  Pretty much all my work earned me was the right to be yelled at by my boss about everything that didn’t get done.  I was pulling my hair out in frustration and it was affecting every other part of my life.

2 things really stood out to me as I looked back over the last few months.  #1 I was unable to find the time or energy to exercise.  If I wasn’t asleep, I was cooking food or staring at the TV but mostly I was asleep.  For instance last night was my night off.  I got home at 10 (which was REALLY early compared to when I have normally gotten home) and slept from 11ish to 8ish.  Got up and cooked dinner and then could not keep my eyes open.  Went back to sleep at midnight and got up at 4:30.  That’s about 13 hours of sleep in about 17 hours.  I shouldn’t be able to sleep that much!

#2 The stress was affecting me in other weird ways.  For instance, I sleep with a sleep mask on and one day I had a nightmare that the mask was at first a large spider on my face that turned into a bunch of smaller spiders crawling around on my face.  In sheer terror I grabbed the mask in my sleep and threw it across the room and woke up to a bleeding face with huge scratch marks across it from my nails.  I have NEVER had a nightmare in my life but the stress I was feeling kept popping up in these weird ways.

So I stepped down from my position as night manager and starting next week, I’m going to a daytime support position.  This will accomplish 2 things. #1 No one will be able to yell at me about work not getting done. (I hope) and #2 I will actually be able to see the sun and maybe live a life a little more in tune with my natural circadian rhythms.  It is my firm hope that these improvements will result in a life where I can more easily reach my health goals.

So as of right now, I’m at 217.4 lbs.  My goal is to get back down to 200, then 190 but in the short term my goal is to survive the rest of this week and then just see what happens when this work stress is removed from my life.  Hopefully my energy comes back to the point where I can return to my exercise routine and have time for the other things I want to do in my life and on this site.

One side effect of stepping down is that my pay rate will be decreased as well.  I would like to remind those of you reading this blog that you can help support me and the work I do by going to MySugarFreeJourney.com/Amazon before you do any shopping at Amazon.  It won’t cost you any more and I get a small percentage of what you buy.  Or you can get a subscription to Butcher Box by going to MySugarFreeJourney.com/ButcherBox or order your vitamins from MySugarFreeJourney.com/PVC.  Any of those will help out in a small way.

How are you doing this week?  Let me know in the comments below!

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