How the hell are there so many “perfect’ diets? Which one am I supposed to do?
This was a thought constantly ran through my head when I started my journey. My goal was simple – to lose 50 pounds within 3 months and reclaim my life before it was too late.
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.
It wasn’t easy. I had to go through a major beginning-life-crisis and really take a hard look at my life. Unfortunately, this included leaving a toxic relationship, which lead me to binge-eating and putting all sorts of crap into my body as I struggled with my self-esteem.
My weight loss goal was 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. It took some time to build up the mental strength, and I talked to my friends and family, but we realized how destructive the relationship was and I called it quits.
And then I began to spiral. Binge-eating, depression, you name it. I was quickly gaining weight as I tried to cope with losing the man I thought was the love of my life.
It wasn’t until one of my kids came home, having made a new friend out in the neighborhood, and specifically told him to avoid me because I’m “a wreck”. I was shocked. Floored that my own son could even say that about me.
And worse, he was right.
I finally realized I needed to SNAP OUT of my funk. It was time to reclaim my health. So I took to the internet…
But, 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.
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.
I created this blog to focus on talking about my own experience rediscovering health and exercise. I’m a woman who was somewhat aware of “intermittent fasting”, “keto”, and “Leangains”, but didn’t see too many guides for and from women. For example, I wanted a completely free diet plan for women having issues figuring out when to eat, and then also wanted supplementary guides on what women on intermittent fasting SHOULD eat.
Why Intermittent Fasting?
Well, 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.
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.
It appealed to me, since it didn’t involve any dietary changes. All I had to do was eat one less meal a day.
Oh, if only I knew…
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.
Don’t get me wrong, I still had some failures to go. But learning about intermittent fasting played a pivotal role in my journey.
But I needed something else, too.
Why Intermittent Fasting DIDN’T Work For Me (At First)…
Like I said, I was partially attracted to Eat Stop Eat and Intermittent Fasting because of how easy it sounded. I could lose weight without changing my diet? Yes, sign me up NOW!
And at first, it worked. I would say for about 2 weeks, I saw a steady weight loss… and then it stalled. My weight maintained. I was down 4 lbs, which was nice, but it wasn’t exactly the “transformation” I had expected. The next week and the week after that, the scale no longer moved.
I was floored. And almost snapped back to my unhealthy eating habits immediately.
My thought was, “If this can’t work for me, what could? Was I supposed to just struggle through a hundred different diets?
I don’t know what happened. But somehow, subconsciously, I think my brain was trying to figure out a solution. Because one day I had an epiphany the moment I woke up.
If my diet was fine, I 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.
But that wasn’t for me.
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. But my first step was admitting it to myself.
There are some concessions I needed to make with me diet, some foods I needed to cut out. But the idea of “revamping my diet” was a tough pill to swallow. It wasn’t simple to go about doing, and I frankly struggled a LOT with it until I found out about a specific diet:
One thing I had never known was that bread 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 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. The biggest epiphany I had was when someone told me to Grab a loaf of bread from my kitchen and look at the ingredients list.
So I did it. And what on earth?!
How much more than just five ingredients does it have? How many times can I multiply five to get the number of ingredients it has?
Here’s a picture of traditional bread:
Looks different, sure. But far from inedible.
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 my body?
All of this made sense to me. It completely changed how I thought about what I was putting in my diet.
I NEEDED TO TRY Keto. I needed to be aware of what I was putting into my body, and I needed to be aware of the alternatives. Not to mention, Keto taught me so much in general about how to make healthy food choices long term.
Once I started learning about Keto, I was able to start making more informed choices. I can go out to a restaurant and guesstimate how many calories are in a meal just by looking at the composition of it.
I never used to be able to do that. Nor would I have even wanted to.
So, the solution that ultimately worked for me – was to combine Intermittent Fasting WITH Keto. I started simple. I follow the Intermittent Fasting Eating Schedule, then broke my fast with keto approved foods.
I gave Keto an honest shot. I looked at as many as five different keto cookbooks and meal plans and figured out which ones were the most useful for me (I still use them daily). I recommend them to my friends now – some of which go for all three and see excellent results. Starting a pinterest was a surprisingly huge part of my journey as well – seeing all those Pinterest-ready Keto pictures made the diet a lot more bearable.
Because HERE IS THE SECRET TO MY WEIGHT LOSS. HERE is what all of those other fake diets, fake workouts, fake fads didnt tell me:
I HAD to LIVE the healthy lifestyle that worked for me! This means making changes and diving in, JUST to test them out. I had to get a feel for them. It’s like driving a car, except instead of getting into a sleek, modern vehicle, I was transforming into a sleek, modern body. It took me time and experimentation to find the fit for me.
And it started with the meals and the ingredients.
I needed to see, smell, touch, and taste what “healthy eating” is like.
Keto is the perfect diet for this, because it made me conscious of what whole foods are, what type of foods have additive sugars, and I could see the effect of inflammation on my body. Trying keto for 2-3 days, then snapping back to eating carbs, was an easy test to see how quickly I bloated up.
So that’s the process I went through to lose 50 pounds in 3 months. It was far from easy. But it was worth it. I feel and look better than ever – even my mental health has improved. My mood is GREAT. And best of all – my son is not at all embarrassed to bring his little friends around to meet mommy :).
It is was not easy to change my lifestyle. But it was worth it.
It was 1000% worth it.
If you want to, you’re welcome to read about other things I wrote down and catalogued about my journey. I’ve written plenty about my experiences with Intermittent Fasting and Keto. I can’t say if it would be good for you to try or not, but I know that for ME, it was exactly what I needed to get my life and diet back under control.