I hope I am not the only one that struggles with this.
I am sitting here frustrated by the fact that so much of my hard work with weight loss is down the drain.
I know I lose it almost as fast as I put it on. I can gain and lose rather quickly...but I tend to hit a certain weight and the sabotage myself.
Yes, this is me being brutally honest.
I do it myself.
7 Things That Derail My Keto Journey Everytime
Here's the thing I've come to realize, its not just one thing. Its a bunch of little things. Sometimes a combination of things that derail me.
And once I am derailed, its really hard to get back on.
But I love Keto.
- I love how I feel when I am in ketosis.
- I love not being bloated all of the time, and not having heartburn.
- I love how clear-headed I am.
There are a million reasons why I love Keto.
But reversing decades of bad eating is hard.
1. Not having a plan
Seriously though. If I don't have a menu and food prepped and ready to eat, I will reach for easy-to-grab foods.
And there are no legitimately Keto foods that fit that category.
At least, not my category. I'm more of a whole foods-type of Ketonian. I like a lot of fresh veg, good, healthy meats...not packaged foods.
2. Not tracking my food
Okay, here we go.
When I very first derailed is when I listened to a podcaster devalue food tracking.
I get why she said it, because of her own past struggle with food issues.
But there are those of us out there who have different issues for which food tracking is exactly what we should do.
For her it was freedom not to track food. For me it was a trap.
Tracking keeps me accountable.
3. Thinking that"one bite" wont hurt.
Here's the truth: Yes it does.
If nothing else, it goes right to my all-or-nothing personality.
But, physiologically speaking, that one bite causes a reaction in my brain that says "More! More!"and I can't stop at just one bite.
4. Making anything for my family that involves tortillas...or donuts
Okay, I know you think I'm being funny, but it's true.
I love my tacos, burritos, quesadillas....or basically anything involving a tortilla. And I know there are recipes for Keto taco shells, but I have yet to find one I like.
Or that doesn't split open on me and cause a big mess.
And don't get me started on the donuts.
When my husband works graveyard, he'll often stop by the bakery on the way home and get a huge bag of jelly-filled donuts.
And there are few things that can pull the rug from under my Ketofied feet than donuts.....and Oreos.
Serious derailment happens here.
5. Trying too many new things at once
Early on in my Keto journey I fell into this trap.
And I've fallen into this same trap a few times. I get to doing too many new things with Keto, get distracted or discouraged and then get derailed.
This usually happens if I'm listening to too many podcasts that tell you "try this", "do that", "eat this", "don't eat that".
I get so caught up in all the little details, I miss the big picture and get frustrated.
I know what works for me now, and that's what I am working hard to stick to.
6. Going on vacation/to my in-laws
This is my current situation of derailment. We were on vacation and I didn't have Keto options available to me - and I've not gotten back on since.
The only answer to this problem is discipline when we get back home, because I can't control what I don't have access to.
Can I get an Amen?
I mean, who hasn't been derailed by a holiday named Thanksgiving or Christmas.
I'm still recovering from Christmas.....and it's July.
When you're the only Ketonian in the family, you face a special level of temptation and potential for derailment.
But this journey doesn't just transform you on the outside, but on the inside as well.
So, here I sit at my table, determined to get back on tomorrow!
And to stay on for a good long while!