Keto Diet

Rediscovering Myself: How The Keto Diet Helped Me Lose Weight And Improve My Mental Health

Hi, I’m Susan. Just over a year ago, I wasn’t happy with who I had become…

I’d look back at old pictures of myself and see a beautiful young woman who was beaming with light. 

Photos of me hiking. The day I ran my first 10k. My friends and I, on trips. Back in the 90s, we even trekked across Idaho and Oregon to get to the ocean! 

Unforgettable moments, really. Yet, looking back at them made tears well up in my eyes.

I used to think I could take over the world. But three decades later… I realized I hadn’t felt this spark for a long, long time.

Thankfully, after much soul-searching, I found a way to care for myself and overcome these feelings in the process.

And even if my driver’s license says otherwise… I’m now younger than I had been in years.

Confession time…

Years and years of domestic routines and raising three kids didn’t do my body any good.

I got used to sacrificing my needs (and personal time) left and right, as it is common for mothers and wives to do…

After some time, I had completely forgotten how to care for my well-being. And I don’t mean getting my hair done. 

While I was stuck in a loop running never-ending errands, diet and exercise took a back seat. Forever waiting for a ‘better moment’ to start again… 

What I didn’t know back then was how important to my mental health these things actually were.

So, it’s no surprise that when my 50th birthday rolled around, I wasn’t in great shape, neither mentally nor physically.

I’d been feeling older, weaker, heavier, lonelier, more boring, and more bored over the years.

Actually, I was at the heaviest I’d ever been in my entire life.

It might seem vain, but this fact depressed me even further. Three decades passed me by, and I was staring at a stranger in the mirror.

I couldn’t believe this chubby, middle-aged woman was me.

Even as little as walking up and down the stairs had become a chore. I used to love being active – what had happened to me?

I felt like I’d run out of goals, or anything to look forward to, for that matter.

Melissa, a neighbor of mine, must have sensed the turmoil and tension in my soul. She confronted me about looking like the saddest little thing at my own birthday party.

I told her about everything.

About the resentment I felt.

About how I had lost my sense of self. And how I hated looking in the mirror.

About how I had an entire closet full of clothes I loved but couldn’t bear to donate, even though I knew none of them would ever fit me anymore.

I confessed to her that I hadn’t been on a run or a hike in nearly a decade and felt like I’d never be able to again.

I even told her about how lonely I’d been feeling for years… I had wasted so much of my time watching life pass me by that I eventually lost touch with most of my friends.

She listened to me talking away about my problems. At first, she had a loving, concerned look in her eyes, but as I went on, I saw a twinkle. 

It seemed like the sadder, more deep-rooted the issues I was talking about, the more optimistic and confident her smile got, yet she still let me ramble on.

When I finally finished giving her the most detailed speech about my life, she gave me a little smile and said:

“I know you feel very comfortable feeling sorry for yourself right now, but I’ve actually got a solution that will change your life.”

She told me she had a clear, straightforward way could help me fall back in love with myself.

Melissa told me I had a way to be happier, feel more comfortable and beautiful in my own skin, and be more confident. 

She also added that I had a way to regain control of my life, have the support network I need and deserve, fit into that dress at the back of my closet, and go on that run I’d been dying to go on.

At first, I was skeptical. In the half a century I’ve been on this beautiful earth, I’ve tried a lot of things that were meant to change my life.

I’ve tried heaps of different diets that either wore me out and made me tired, were too complicated, didn’t fit in with my preferences, or I couldn’t find the ingredients for… And I could never stick to them for too long.

I’ve tried workout regimens that were either too easy or too demanding – never in that sweet spot that would get me excited to move.

None of it ever felt like it really fit me.

But I trusted Melissa and her experience.

At the end of the day, I didn’t have anything to lose by trying just one more thing.

And let me tell you,

I’m so glad I did.

Now, I’d known Melissa had been following the keto diet for years now. We’re the same age, but she looked 10 years younger than I did. She had so much energy and so much care for everyone around her.

And I’m glad I trusted her then because now I get to tell the story of keto-ing my way back into loving life!

Since I started the Keto diet, things have turned around.

I’ve been on my keto journey for about a year now. The first couple of weeks weren’t the easiest…

My head hurt, and I was dizzy for a few days. Thankfully, Melissa’s keto community helped me through it! 

I got valuable advice on how to feel better (for example, how to balance out my electrolytes), and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Of course, starting keto was ultimately a positive experience for me, otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this.

So, I want to share the upsides and how this keto journey improved my mental state.

I lost weight and got my confidence back.

I didn’t expect it, but my body responded really well to keto. 

After the initial bump in the road with the flu, I started dropping sizes quite fast…

My first major breakthrough happened a couple of months in, when I fit back into the dress I had bought for my 40th, and had never worn since.

And I don’t mean that the dress barely zipped up… No, it fit!

Don’t get me wrong… it’s not just about being able to fit into my old clothes (although that feels great). 

It’s about getting my confidence back… Feeling more like my young self again.

Slowly but surely, the mirror stopped being my biggest enemy – in total, I lost 40 pounds!

I rediscovered how to care for myself after years of neglect.

Over the years I had forgotten the things that made me feel alive – running, hiking, travel… The foods I ate just contributed to the feelings of heaviness and sluggishness.

With keto, I was finally able to step back and recognize how important diet and exercise really were to my physical and mental health. 

And I loved the app that Melissa suggested because it made easing back into these things as simple as possible.

I didn’t have to sacrifice precious family time to find some for myself.

No aimless internet scouring for easy recipes that would taste good and help me lose weight. 

Keeping track of my meals was simple… After losing some weight, I even started doing at-home workouts that the app provided.
With KetoCycle, all I needed was nicely packaged up in a neat little program, which made this journey so much easier for me.

After reconnecting with myself, I joined an amazing community.

With newly-found confidence and a sense of self, I realized there’s still so much to give! My relationships improved because of that.

I didn’t only reconnect with the friends I’d lost over my long emotional slump… I even made new ones through the keto community!

Trust me when I say… These people support me through the highs and the lows of expecting more of myself every day.

There’s no space for loneliness in my life – my heart is full of love for myself and for others.

And, most importantly, I regained control over my life.

I finally have a plan. I can now see how I’m doing in the grand scheme of things, and I once again feel like I’m the one living my life, the way I want to live it!

And without the help of KetoCycle… It would’ve been much harder.

It was there for me from the very beginning – I got a Keto Beginners guide to help me get into the keto world and advice along the way.

Keto Cycle gives me thousands of recipes to choose from, and I can swap out ingredients based on what’s in the fridge.

I can find everything I need at my local grocery store, and the meals only take 15-20 minutes to make.

I can adjust my plan based on my progress. It takes the pain out of counting calories myself, and gives me balanced daily plans – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks included!

The food I eat finally makes me feel alive and energized…

The workouts helped me gain enough muscle and confidence to start running again!

Most importantly, there’s always a community to support you.

Keto Cycle members love sharing their successes, concerns, the recipes they love, and all the support anyone would ever need to thrive.

I couldn’t be more thankful to Melissa for handing me the key to loving life, feeling happy, healthy, beautiful.

I’d love to spread that love further and be your very own Melissa.

Try it for yourself by taking the simple quiz below!

For safety reasons, we recommend everyone to consult with their doctor before starting any diet.

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