When anybody starts out with a lofty goal like I had, it is easy to get discouraged. In the past, I might have given up, but this time is different. I weighed in at 306 today, which is 18 pounds lighter than when I began this journey on January 9th. All in all, great progress. So some may ask, why would I be discouraged since I am clearly on the right track? The fact of the matter is that a lifestyle change is not easy, and a lifestyle change with a goal to lose 74 pounds is even harder.
After a little over a month, I have been dedicated to the diet. Keto is my go to for a reason and I can honestly say that I am not sick of it. I have had a few cravings, mainly french fries, but I have held strong and avoided carbs for the most part. There have been a few times where I have had some BBQ sauce on ribs, brisket and pork, but that has been minimal. I have not had bread, potatoes, pasta or any other high carb foods in over a month. So how does it feel? Honestly, it feels awesome.
I am not sure how long I will go until I have a cheat meal, but I intent to ride the Keto train as long as it is working, or until I need a change. I have been thinking about how to transition when it is time for a change and I am thinking I will go to a Paleo / Caveman type diet, which will allow a few carbs in my diet, mainly sweet potatoes and fruit. However, I am not sure when I will incorporate those types of foods at this moment.
In addition to the diet, I have been making some progress in the gym. I have stuck to mainly compound lifts such as Squats, Deadlifts, Bench Press and Overhead Press. I have also incorporated some dips and arm exercises to keep it interesting. I also plan to bring some Bent Barbell Rows into the picture in the near future.
So after a month, the train is still rolling. I feel like I am in a good place with the diet and the progress in the gym is picking up. The area that has been lacking the most has been cardio, so I am going to make an effort to get more cardio in this week. Whatever it takes, this train is staying on the tracks - all the way to 250.