I am constantly reflecting on my WHY I share a piece of my life online; whether that be social media like instagram, facebook, or here on my blog, is so that I can inspire someone to live the life they imagined, or to think differently about their health. My bottom line, my why, is to inspire change to create a healthier generation. If we can inspire one mom to dive deeper into her education about healthy choices, scratch-cooked meals, and physical activity, we can then inspire her to share it with her children. If we have a whole child approach to health, we can shape our nation’s future. I dream of a day that obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in YOUTH is not in the news. I dream that we live in a place that health, fresh food, access to care, and physical activity is not based on privilege. I dream of a place where health education is put on the forefront of our youth. Where we are not living in fear of health but in the inspiration of it. While fear may drive some consumers and while aspirational messages may make someone buy something (“6 steps to abs” or this DVD will get you the weight loss you desire, only INSPIRATION can get someone to go to to the gym 3 times a week, or drastically change their lifestyle at the hopes of living healthier and a bit more free.
“The most important thing is to try to inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do”- Kobe Bryant
Mondays with Mom is a segment devoted to the woman who inspires me, clothed me, bathed me, and makes me want to be a better person daily. She has made her health a priority this year and her journey has been rather incredible. She has inspired several friends and family members to put their health first this holiday season.
This week, we are going to WEIGH IN on her WEIGHT LOSS.
Hey Mom, what got you started on your weight loss journey?
In January of 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I promptly started a keto diet to “starve” the breast cancer from sugar. My oncologist told me I needed to lose weight. He was going to just give me a “diet pill” I decided that I had had it. I promptly started the keto diet, a diet that is high in fat, moderate in protein and very low carb. Cancer doesn’t like carbs or sugar.
You started the “Keto” lifestyle in January, what was it like first starting out?
First starting out was on the difficult side because I liked to eat candy and cookies. It taught me how to read ingredients. I had to learn what carbs were and what they were not. I had to learn that wine coolers had sugars, fruits were made from fructose, and which vegetables I could have more of and which vegetables I needed to limit. Why and how would I know that I needed to limit carrots? Aren’t carrots healthy? But I had to learn that too many carrots would turn into too many sugars.
I love pasta. I found it so interesting that regular white pasta had the same carbs as whole wheat and organic had the same amount of protein as others. I thought it was very interesting. I never found a pasta I could eat.
Did you have any bumps in the roads?
My biggest bump in the road was when my daughter (Amanda) told me I couldn’t have any more wine coolers.
When did you realize the keto diet really was working for you?
I knew it was really working for me when I lost 6lbs the first week. I thought I would be doing okay and all of a sudden I would lose three more. This is the first diet I have ever lost this much weight. I have tried cabbage diets, Atkins, the blood type diet (where you eat according to your blood type, not where you eat just blood.) In actuality, it is very easy. What is the best part of the hamburger? The meat or the bread. Obviously the meat! The bread has no flavor, you don’t enjoy the spaghetti, the noodles have no flavor, it is the sauce. Instead of taco shells, I put all the goodies in a bowl and it is just as good.
The hard part is going past cookies every time. I make my husband fresh cookies all the time. I never cheated and had a cookie, I knew if I didn’t I would stall my weight loss. I am very mentally tough, and this just made me tougher.
There was a time you were burned Out on Keto, Mom, tell us more about that.
There was a point in time, I really wanted a juicy full hamburger, bun and all. Food was treated as a treat each week growing up. We had a “candy day” where we could eat candy ALL DAY on Sunday. When my husband was diagnosed with stage three cancer it was extremely difficult. I found food was just BLEH! Everything I ate was just boring and I didn’t even want eggs in the morning. When I felt burned out with Keto, I got on Pinterest and started trying different recipes. It really expanded my culinary expertise.
I found brownies and desserts that fit the keto style which I could have if I needed a little sweet treat. It was helpful to have small tricks like a quest bar, or Power Crunch bars, which are sweet but not overloaded with carbs. I found high fiber/low-carb taco shells with only 6 net carbs. I also love the Real Good Pizza, which has only 4 carbs.
What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is when someone has not seen me in a while, and they say WOW you look great. Not to mention, I filled three trash bags full of clothes for Good WIll and have to go shopping again. I have dropped 6 pant sizes.
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
Breakfast: Coffee, Vitamins, Two Eggs
Snack: string cheese, rolled up roast beef with cream cheese inside
Lunch: Chicken legs and thighs, Brussel sprouts with butter and salt
Dinner: Hamburger rolled in a lettuce leaf
or spaghetti squash with meat sauce
or taco bowls (ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, sour cream)
What are your current goals?
Currently, my goals are to get down to 140lbs. When I get to a good starting point I will slowly add some healthier carbs, like fruit, back into my diet.
At 64, how do you battle the “I am too old, I am too young, I am too fat, I am too this or that to do this sort of lifestyle change?
This is the first time I have ever been this successful. I love this way of eating because you can eat REAL FOOD. You go to weight watchers or weight places and you have to eat their prepacked foods. What happens when you quit? Did you learn anything? You put ALL the weight back on because you don’t know what you are supposed to eat and what you are not supposed to eat. it does not TEACH you anything. If I can do it, anyone can.
Anything else you want to share?
Yes, I miss wine. (oh mom, you are too funny.) I did try a “non-sugar” wine. I dumped most of them out after having one sip. Unless you HAVE TO HAVE IT, you won’t miss it. The one thing I have to remember is that the healthier I am, the better chance I have of keeping myself cancer free.
Cheers to you mom! Tune in next week.