My name is Kyla (@thegalaxxygoddess) and I am 30 years old. I am from Saskatchewan, Canada, and I work in office administration. After realizing that my weight was holding me back, I started on a keto diet and intermittent fasting, and over time I lost 105 pounds.
I started to gain weight quickly after moving to a new city and starting college. I was not making balanced decisions with food and gradually started to eat worse and worse over the years. I have also lived a sedentary life. I indulged in fast food and sugar the most, and made worse food choices when stressed.
At 24, I reached my heaviest weight of 308 pounds. I was starting to feel stiff and tired, which wasn’t normal for me. But since I gained weight over time, it wasn’t obvious to me that my weight was the reason I wasn’t feeling well. I was also starting to have knee pain quite regularly. It really got my attention to my weight and I knew I had to start working on my health and leading a less sedentary life.
Then, while on vacation in September 2014, I had issues with the amount of walking we were doing. Had to take breaks while we were sightseeing – it was not the way I wanted to live. So I took my first stab in my weight loss journey and lost 50 pounds in 2015. However, my weight loss didn’t hold up.
My * real * turning point came this year in July 2020.
At 30, I was fed up with my own excuses. The pandemic really made me look at how I was living and what I wanted to change.
In July 2020, I chose to go the keto and intermittent fasting path after doing a lot of research. For me, this combination worked pretty seamlessly.
I never intended to go keto long term (couldn’t do without bananas!). However, it did help quell my sugar cravings, which was my main problem. Now I am sugar free, in addition to the natural sugars in the fruit.
I have now adjusted the way I eat from the keto diet to just focusing on eating whole foods. It’s a better long term eating way for me because I don’t want to go without some healthy fruits and grains, but I’m so thankful for keto because it kickstarted my weight loss.
Fasting has really helped me have a routine with food and allows me to be less restrictive when I eat.
The meal window I usually stick to is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Food has less of a hold on me now. It really is correct food, neither good nor bad. I’m not obsessed with it anymore.
This is what I eat in a day now.
Breakfast: Fasting (water and coffee only)
- Lunch: Chicken or eggs with garlic butter and cauliflower rice
- Snacks: Pistachios, almonds or berries
- Having dinner: Taco salad (ground beef, cheese and vegetables)
- Dessert: Almond milk coconut or a mug cake
For exercise, I started walking a lot at the start of the week and continued for most of my weight loss journey.
I also added in the Bowflex Treadclimber machine a few times a week. Now, I am starting to do weight training more regularly since my nutrition has gone down.
I have never been super regimented with an exercise program. But now I am focusing on moving more in my daily life whenever possible and resting when necessary.
These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.
- I added a lot more water to my daily routine. I’m pretty sure I was chronically dehydrated for a few years – I really got worse because I wasn’t drinking enough water. So now I try to have two coffees, two 30-ounce waters, and two or three green teas each day. It seems like the perfect amount for me. Staying well hydrated naturally made me a little less hungry.
- I started to track my food in a journal. I started tracking my food in a journal when I started keto. It helped me figure out how much food I was eating per serving until I learned how much was right for me. It was such a useful tool in the beginning because it made me feel more responsible for myself and my goals.
- I changed one thing at a time. For me, it was easier to make small changes that ended up coming together like a puzzle. It took me years longer than many, but the changes were significant and taught me so much. When losing weight, it is easy to be extremely overwhelmed with all the new information and changes. But if you take it apart and learn it piece by piece, it’s less intimidating. For example, if you drink a lot of soda, try cutting it out for a few weeks, then move on to the next change. They all add up.
Overall, I lost 105 pounds. It took me about five years of trial and error.
I had to keep winning and losing to really understand what worked for me. But I feel like I’ve found the balance I need. I really feel amazing coming into my thirties. I feel more like myself, which has been the greatest gift of weight loss.
This weight loss journey has honestly been a rebirth for me. It changes my life in more than one way, and I’m thrilled to be living my life to the fullest now before I even know I wasn’t. I just existed. I was ruled by my emotions and my food. It really doesn’t have to be that way. Now I know that I am in control of my life path more than I thought and I will not let go.
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