Let me tell you about my Keto Journey
Questions from YouTube
On YouTube, many of the people on various Keto YouTube channels have been challenged to answer a list of 20 questions about their Keto Journey. I decided to copy those questions and answer them here on my blog. So, here they are!
When did you make a change in your life?
I started making changes in 2001 after I had a stroke, mostly additional exercise, but not much dietary change. In 2016 I started keto but had a heart attack 3 months later. My doctors told me to stop doing Keto, and I relented. After having a quadruple bypass, I reconsidered, consulted with my wife to get her views, and decided to go full steam ahead with a ketogenic diet.
What food triggered you before keto?
Carbs! I was a carb addict. I ate so many potato chips, candy and everything else bad that you could imagine! I am so happy that those days are behind me.
Were you an emotional/comfort/binge eater before keto?
For sure! Not so much a binge eater, although you could say I just binged all the time. I was a grazer. I ate constantly, and I ate junk most of the time.
What stores do you go to to buy groceries?
Well, this question is more designed for US people. Here in the Philippines, I shop at SM, Gaisano Mall, and a lot at S&R. Also, the public market has a good selection of things like fresh vegetables.
Do you think that Keto is expensive?
It can be, but not so bad. Especially if you are also doing fasting with keto, then you can spend big on the meals you do eat, and you are still saving money.
What are some of your favorite keto foods?
Salads, eggs, cheese, nuts (but I tend to go overboard when I have nuts available), chicharron with lots of fat on it.
Have you exercised while doing keto?
Yes, absolutely. I do some swimming, I also do some weightlifting. But, my go-to exercise is walking. I usually try to walk 10k steps per day or more.
Has your clothing style changed since starting keto?
To some extent, yes. I would say the style not so much, but the quality. It used to be hard to find clothing my size so I would have simple things made. Now I can walk into a store, even here in the Philippines and buy things off the rack, and they are nicer better quality.
How has keto changed your life other than weight loss?
Well, I am still alive, and I was close to no longer being alive. I am happier. I have a better outlook on life.
Describe how keto makes you feel.
It makes me feel great. And, as I gain more and more expertise about it, others are coming to me to ask me to help them, and that makes me feel so good. People always tell me I am inspirational, and I can tell you, in terms of weight, never before in my life could I be considered an inspiration!
Do you feel like you had to give up anything for this lifestyle?
In the short term, I thought so. I mean I gave up chips, candy, potatoes and all of that, but after a short time, I didn’t even miss those things. So, in the long run, I feel that I gave up nothing that I would really want anyway.
What are your goals?
It is hard to say because I have been obese all of my life. In my mind right now, I am thinking 180 lb is my weight goal. Really, though, my overall goal is to be healthy and live a long life!
Have you gained more confidence while doing Keto?
Absolutely. I have always been a confident person, but not in terms of health, appearance and such. Now, though, I am gaining a lot of confidence in those areas.
What support have you had?
My family has been very supportive. Many friends are super supportive too, especially after seeing the results so far. That said, there are also others that I considered friends who showed themselves to be more or fewer haters, and have ridiculed me. Drop those losers, keep the positive relationships and enjoy life!
Does your family do keto with you?
My wife, Feyma, got started doing keto a few months into my journey. Feyma was never much overweight, she wanted to lose a little, but she had high blood pressure and some other creeping health issues. She has turned all of that around now through keto. We have a son who is mentally retarded, he is 26 years old, and we are starting to move him over to a keto diet to see if it will help him. Yes, much of my family is doing keto and loving it!
How many clothes sizes have you gone down?
When I started I could wear a 4x shirt, but barely. I had to stretch it out a bit to get it on. Now, I am into 2x shirts, and it won’t be long I will be wearing an XL. Pants are even more of a change. I can now wear a 36 waist pair of blue jeans!
Are you going to consider keto when you reach your goal?
I will do keto for the rest of my life, that is what I think now. Things can always change, but I don’t see that happening.
Have you cheated on keto?
Not really. Sometimes I overeat, everybody does, but when I eat too much it is keto food. I really have not gone off the reservation and loaded up on carbs or anything. Oh, there was a time that I ate some fruit with friends, but I don’t consider that a cheat unless I were to make a habit out of it.
Do you meal plan or track?
Not really. I have been doing keto for long enough that I know what to eat and in what kinds of ratios with other food. I usually just play it by ear, and it works for me.
What is your favorite keto website?
Favorite Keto website: DietDoctor
OK, those are my answers to these questions that have been being passed around on YouTube Keto Channels. How about you, can you answer some of these?