How the hell are there so many “perfect’ diets? Which one am I supposed to do?
I imagine if you’re on my website, these are the sort of thoughts running your head. They certainly ran through mine when I first started trying to lose weight. My goal was simple – to lose 50 pounds within 3 months.
And I did it.
Hello & Welcome to PushPedalCrank. I’m Kimmy G.
I’m a 37 year old woman from Connecticut, I have two young kids, and I’m in the middle of a separation. Despite this, I’ve managed to find joy in life – with my children, and with my recent changes in my lifestyle.
I want to be clear here, though. My goal is to help mothers with busy lives lose weight.
Does that mean that only mothers that are busy should visit my website? Not at all. It does, however, mean that I’m speaking from that perspective. If you’re a mother of 2, around middle-aged, and want to lose 50 pounds in 3 months – I can help you because I was there.
Anyone else, I can’t speak for personally. Do I think that you would be able to lose, let’s say, 20 pounds in 1 month following this guide? Absolutely I think it’s possible.
But I refuse to guarantee it.
As I found out while I was looking into diets and workouts, way too many programs try to offer themselves at the “end all, be all” solution to weight loss.
“How to lose 30 pounds in 2 days without changing a single thing you do! Doctors are floored by this trick!”
Yeah, right. Too many false guarantees, too many fake programs. Lucky for me, after days of DIGGING, I was able to figure out how to take the steps necessary to lose fat and get back to my old weight.
A weight loss goal prompted by my husband leaving me.
For a younger/thinner model.
Well – to clarify, he didn’t “leave me” so much as get caught cheating on me. And being the fool that I am, after some time apart, I took him back.
And being the fool that he is, he cheated on me with her…AGAIN. But I don’t make the same mistakes twice.
Fast forward a few months. Now I’m a single (separated in the process of getting divorced) mother, taking care of 2 kids. My self esteem is in the gutter. I look at myself in the mirror and I see what I’ve become, as well as hints of who I used to be.
Does that mean I should just accept things as they are?
I don’t think so. And if you’re here on my website, I hope that you don’t think so either.
I created this website to focus on helping women who are interested in health and exercise, especially women who want to seen leangains and intermittent fasting guides created specifically by a woman, for women. For example, I created a diet plan for women having issues figuring out when to eat, and then created a supplementary guide on what women on intermittent fasting SHOULD eat.
If you fit this demographic, congratulations! You’re right where you need to be :).
I was never an athlete. When I was young, “fun” was curling up and reading fiction until it was time to watch some sitcoms or game-shows with my older brother and parents. I took a few health courses while I was in college, but outside of that..fitness and me didn’t click.
Fast forward twenty-five years.
I’m fine. Or I think I’m fine. In reality, I’m slowly packing on weight and I’m in denial about it. But it’s no big deal.
Until the marriage trouble starts. The suspicions grow. It was around then that I discovered my bad habit of binge eating. I was aware of it, but I had little to no motivation to stop myself. Very quickly, I ballooned up.
But it wasn’t until I finally saw the woman my husband cheated on me with – literally a younger, thinner model of me – that I snapped out of my spiral.
Like you, I found it difficult to make time to hit the gym constantly. I fell for a lot of the classic scams, the programs and diets that offer to help you lose 30 pounds quickly. The last straw was when I spent money on trying to use the 21 Day Fix, and was completely burned. Not to say that program was a bad one, but it certainly wasn’t the one that I needed at the time.
So, I hit the drawing board. I started to Google and research more, up until I learned of a program called Eat Stop Eat – a diet plan that was focused specifically on one thing – Intermittent Fasting.
I purchased the book and read it all in one day, and quickly got started down the route that would lead me to lose 50 pounds in two months! That diet plan, coupled with the Bikini Body Workouts by Jen Feruggia, completely transformed my body.
Outside of Eat Stop Eat and Jen Ferruggia, I also developed a love affair with my favorite thing of all time – exercise bikes. By far my favorite mode of cardio, and being able to go through long sessions without feeling irritated aided immensely in my weight loss journey.
So I figured, if I was going to talk about lean gains and intermittent fasting on this website, I might as well take the time to talk about exercise bikes as well. A complete and total combination of all things fitness that are personal to me. Things I tried, Programs I tried, food I ate, exercises I did.
Why Intermittent Fasting ISN’T Going to work for you..
A lot of people I see start Intermittent Fasting get lured in by the fake headlines. “How to lose weight without changing a single thing about your diet!” It sounds good, right?
But here’s a newsflash.
If your diet was fine, you wouldn’t be trying to lose weight in the first place.
People who have good diets aren’t looking into fasting. They don’t need to keep up with the latest eating trends or the latest workouts. In fact, they don’t even know what’s going on in that realm at all.
Because they’ve already got it down. Whether they eat healthy or regularly exercise, they’re bodies are exactly where they need to be.
If you’re here, that probably isn’t you.
And that’s okay.
I know that feeling, I lived that feeling, and I managed to beat that feeling – losing 50 pounds in a little under 3 months. And, if you’re willing, I’m going to try and help you do the same. But the first step is admitting.
There are some concessions you need to make with your diet, some foods you need to cut out. But the idea of “revamping your diet” is a tough pill to swallow for a lot of people, and it’s also not the easiest thing to go about. So I’ll make it simple:
Did you know that the bread we eat today is engineered?
In the 1960s, modern wheat was gradually changed to a higher yield variety. It shared some similarities with previous strains that occurred naturally, but this modern wheat had lower nutrient content and an entirely different protein structure. We altered the makeup of wheat on a microscopic, chemical level. Just to try and get more of it.
That is the DEFINITION of corporate greed.
Now this modern bread (which is what we have today) is many times more inflammatory than it once used to be.
But the modifications don’t stop there!
Bread used to be simple: flour, water, yeast, salt, then maybe herbs and spices.
Now, for this next point – I need a volunteer. Ah yes, how about you, reading this?
Grab a loaf of bread from your kitchen. Look at that ingredients list.
How much more than just five ingredients does it have? How many times can you multiply five to get the number of ingredients it has?
Here’s a picture of traditional bread:
Looks different, sure. But does it look inedible? Would you gasp if someone served this to you at a restaurant or dinner party?
So, what exactly was being added to bread then? All of these added preservatives, the artificial flavors, the stabilizers, the enhancers. If bread was fine back then, what was the reason to add this?
To sell more bread and keep it “good” longer.
But if all these added chemicals can have so much impact, that they change the structure of proteins in bread, and yet they provide no additional nutritional value…
How could they possibly have a positive impact in our bodies?
NOW! I’m not saying everyone should get on and stay on Keto. If you get past the “adjustment period” and still are not a fan, swap to something that fits your lifestyle and your needs better.
But what I AM saying is that everyone needs to TRY keto, to learn about keto. You should be aware of what you’re putting in your body, and you should be aware of the alternatives. Not to mention that Keto in general teaches you all you need to know about making healthy food choices long term.
Ever go to a restaurant while on a diet, flip open the menu, and be confronted with 50 items you don’t know anything about? Start feeling guilty, wonder what would be OK to eat, what would set back your progress 2 weeks, or contemplate quitting your diet altogether right there?
Once you start learning about Keto, you can start making more informed choices. You’ll be able to estimate how many carbs and calories are in that Admiral’s Feast dinner. How much protein is in that sampler appetizer?
So, my solution – combine Intermittent Fasting WITH Keto. Start simple. Follow the Intermittent Fasting Eating Schedule, then break your fast with keto approved foods.
Give Keto an honest shot. There’s a Keto Cookbook which was Bestseller, and it’s COMPLETELY free. I use it daily. Get it, then see how you feel about the diet options. Once you start seeing those delicious, Pinterest ready pictures, you might open up to the idea a bit more.
Because HERE IS THE SECRET TO WEIGHT LOSS. HERE is what all of those other fake diets, fake workouts, fake fads won’t tell you:
You HAVE to LIVE the healthy lifestyle that works for you! This means making changes and diving in, JUST to test them out. You have to get a feel for them. It’s like driving a car, except instead of getting into a sleek, modern vehicle, you are transforming into a sleek, modern body. It takes time and experimentation to find the fit for you.
And it starts with the meals and the ingredients.
You need to see, smell, touch, and taste what “healthy eating” is like.
Keto is the perfect place for this, because it makes you conscious of what whole foods are, what type of foods have additive sugars, and you can see the effect of inflammation on your body. Try keto for 2-3 days, then snap back to eating carbs, and watch how quickly you bloat up. Then get back to Keto.
This is a process we’ve all been through. And it’s necessary. It is not easy to change your lifestyle. But it is worth it.
It is 1000% worth it.
So Why My Blog?
Because you’re here.
Hah! No, I don’t really know. I can’t sit here and try and sell my blog to you – if you don’t want to hear about intermittent fasting or exercise bikes, of course this isn’t going to be your favorite place to read. But if you line up with those things, or are a woman who is looking to cut through the nonsense of scammy workouts and find out what really works (knowledge) – then I think you’ll enjoy reading this blog.
I’m dedicated to making it as easy as possible for you to see exactly how I accomplished my journey, and I want as many of you to come along with me as possible.
I also want to be a sort of inspiration for other women in my situation -women who are desperate to lose weight, who are feeling self-conscious about their weight, who have been counted out by the world. Because only we can count ourselves out. No one gets to make that decision for us.
If that all sounds good to you, consider me your crash test dummy. Reading my blog will be your guide, as I show you what worked for me, what didn’t work, and you can pick and choose from there. My failures (and successes) can become your successes.