What Does it Take to Get Started?

Have you ever made a decision one day to do something the next? Like get started on a low carb keto lifestyle? or maybe you want to write a book? or maybe you want to start saving for a new car?

Do you know what it takes to get started?

Most of us think that we have to be motivated to start or have everything lined up perfectly so we can assure we will be successful. Did you know all you have to do is START! Take one step toward whatever your goal is.

According to Mel Robbins – Motivation is Garbage – we are just one step away from being successful or having the perfect body or getting that new car!!!!

If you have issues with starting – just do what Mel does and 5-4-3-2-1 GO. With living a Low Carb Keto Lifestyle – that may be just going to the pantry and donating all the high carb items you find there. What a way to start! Now you will be forced to eat fresh foods!

Before you go out to dinner – take a look at the menu of the restaurant you are going to and decide ahead of time what you will get to eat and then don’t even look at the menu when you get there.

Take one small step at a time. It didn’t take you 5 minutes to put on all the extra pounds so don’t get frustrated when it takes more than 5 minutes to take them off.

Also you can think how your new body will look! And think about that instead of the negative side of being on a diet. That is why we call this a lifestyle. We want everything to be positive.

Set small goals – lower the number of carbs you eat in a meal. Maybe get rid of the pasta first, then the next day get rid of the potatoes. Or maybe it is easier for you to get rid of the sweets first. JUST DO SOMETHING!!!!

Stop being a procrastinator which is a habit – by the way – you cannot be labeled a procrastinator – you just have that habit. So stop that habit. 5-4-3-2-1 whatever you want to do and JUST DO IT!

Attitude of Gratitude!

As we start out 2020 we have discussed setting Goals. One of the biggest things for me is to have an Attitude of Gratitude!!!!

Did you know you are what you think? But to get to where you want to go, you first have to be grateful for what you already have. In relationship to health, you must first be thankful for the current health you have. This allows you to then see where it is you want to go.

Do you want to lose 25 lbs or 100 lbs. First be grateful for where you are right now and say “Thank You”. Then see in your mind or pull out a picture of where you were 20 years ago weight wise and pin it to your mirror so you see it everyday. Then after you say “Thank You” for where you are today, look at the picture of where you want to be and believe that you will get there.

I believe that I am the perfect weight. That takes all the negative connotations out of the picture. I don’t weigh my perfect weight yet, but I can see myself there. Also who is it that says what your perfect weight is? It makes life a lot easier when you aren’t constantly kicking yourself for what you ate!

That is why this is a LIFESTYLE not a Diet! So be thankful for where you are and then see and believe where you want to get to. I do a keto lifestyle to help me get there. I add exogenous ketones to my daily intake as a supplementation so I don’t ever stress about what I eat. Life is too short to always be looking at things in the negative.

You are what you think!

GOALS 2020

Let’s be honest. How did you do over the holidays at sticking to your new lifestyle? I am coming clean – I ate lots of carbs over the last 3 weeks!

When I got back to town though, the first thing I did was eliminate all the junk food in my house that was left over from the holidays. Cookies went to work with me and all the rest of the items got thrown away – pretzels, chips, candy, etc.

So on New Years Day I started with weaning myself off the carbs. I don’t do cold turkey because I get headaches. For breakfast I had a keto apple cider donut and I had pork chops, sauerkraut and half a baked potato for dinner.

Next day was back to work and that made it easier to get back into my routine, but I still had some carbs because I had the other half of my baked potato with leftovers. Normally I don’t eat potatos, pasta or regular sugar.

A few days have gone by now and I’m back to my low carb keto lifestyle. I have sat down and renewed my goals. First one being that I AM happy with where I am in my journey. If I should lose a few more pounds that will be great, but one of the things that I have been figuring out over the last week is that if you aren’t happy with where you are – you will continue to be unhappy with where you are. It’s the “what you think is what is you get” syndrome.

I’ve been listening to the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. It is helping me to change how I think on a permanent basis! I would recommend it to everyone.

I recommend everyone sit down and do some goal setting for the year. Maybe you want to maintain where you are or maybe you have 100 pounds to lose. Remember write it down and commit it to paper and read it every day. We did a whole blog a while back on goal setting. https://low-carb-keto-lifestyle.com/2019/11/04/goals/ You can reference back to that if you are confused as to how to set goals.

Some of my goals for this year.

  • Attend a leadership class with my company
  • Trip to Greece with my daughter and granddaugther
  • 100 new customers in my company
  • Lose 5 more pounds
  • Help other people with their health
  • Rank up in my company

These are just a few. Some of them are very personal as well. I challenge you to sit down right now and write out 10 goals for 2020.

Have an awesome and fabulous day!

As a woman have you stalled on Keto?

I’ve been doing modified Keto now for 3 years. I initially lost 27 lbs in 3 months and have been able to keep off most of that over the last 3 years. Lately though, I have noticed that even though my weight hasn’t really fluctuated up more than 3 lbs, my measurements have gone up. Not much but a little.

I read this article the other day about keto specifically for women because our hormones always play a role in our weight loss that men don’t seem to have a problem with. That hormone is estrogen. Experts say all keto’s dietary fat spurs extra production of the hormone, and it fights to keep up padded with a protective layer of flab – even after menopause. A study led by University of Iowa’s E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD confirms estrogen counteracts some keto magic.

So all you have to do to counteract this issue is to add more fiber. “Fiber binds to and eliminates excess estrogen” explains Radical Metabolism author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD. “It also feeds gut bacteria shown to speed weight loss.”

So if you have stalled or just can’t get rid of that last layer of flab – maybe try this fix by adding a little extra fiber. Check out high fiber cheat sheet below.

More Efficient Energy Source?

“Ketones are a cleaner, more efficient energy source.” Dr. Angela Poff

Dr. Angela is a Research Associate in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Her research focuses on the development and characterization of metabolic-based, non-toxic therapies for cancer and neurological disorders.

She is part of a team of scientists that study how exogenous ketones affect the brain, cancer, etc.

I personally have taken Pruvit Exogenous Ketones for the last 3 years now. I initially did it to lose weight. I lost 27 lbs in 3 months. I slowly incorporated a Keto diet into the mix and have maintained my weight for the last 3 years by living a keto lifestyle.

Scientists like Dr. Poff continue to study the affects of ketones on our bodies especially our brains. They have shown that exogenous ketones feed the brain when the brain can no longer take in glucose. There are many studies out there showing how they work.

As we move into the new year of 2020 – I ask that you might think about what you want? Do you want to feel better? Do you want more energy? Do you want to sleep better at night? Do you need more mental focus during the day? Do you want to especially lose weight?

I invite you to come along with me on a “10 Day Drink Ketones Challenge” It is designed to get you into burning fat for fuel in the most expeditious way possible. This is also the easiest thing I have ever done. As we age, these ketones help me keep my energy up so that most days I feel like I’m 30 instead of 60. I sleep like a baby at night and my brain doesn’t have near as many issues as it did before with remembering the things I need to remember. Also don’t forget the fat loss!!!

Just hit the “10 Day Drink Ketones Challenge” above and it will link you to the site to join me on this run for 2020. What better way to start to get healthy. There is coaching, a Facebook group and support all along the 10 day journey. Come join me.

Is it our Genes?

“Our genes only determine 25% of our health outcomes, 75% by our choices.” Dr. Andi Campitelli

Dr. Andi is a leading North American Naturopathic Dr, media expert and educator. She believes that education is the key to empowering individuals to take an active role in our own health and well-being. I firmly believe that we can do this at any time in our lives. I’d love for all of you to not wait til you’re almost 60 before you take control of your health.

Are you one of those that has always said “I come from big stock” or “My whole family is large, it must be in my genes”. Let’s think about this for a minute. According to Dr. Andi that is a big excuse and a lack of education to realize that all of our lives we have choices. The only time we probably don’t have a choice is when we are little and we eat what our mothers put in front of us or we eat junk food instead of what our mothers or fathers prepare for us.

Let’s think about what we need to do. We need to make a conscious effort to set a goal and write it down. Figure out what kind of plan you are going to do – low carb or Keto, and let’s get started.

Moving into the New Year I hope to have a 10 day meal plan and we will always have a 10 day Drink Ketone Challenge going on.

So as we get ready to move into the New Year – let’s see how easy we can make this choice. I want to see all of you successful as we move into 2020. Let’s decide today as Dr. Andi tells us “Stop blaming what’s wrong with you on your genes”. Science backs this and we need to just make choices to be BETTER and to have BETTER HEALTH.

So I challenge you to think about this through the holidays and come join me on this journey to continued BETTER HEALTH.