Two weeks ago, on 10/25/15, I weighed 346.6lbs. The highest weight I’ve ever seen in my life. If you know me, or have read anything here, you know the last year, well, really couple of years have been, well: a struggle, to put it lightly. When I saw this number, something clicked. I had finally gotten tired enough to really change things.
I prioritized sleep ahead of everything else, and set aside 7 hours a day (at the same time, everyday) to be in bed. If I sleep or not, I’m in bed, not doing anything else. This took about a week to “work”. I spent most of the first week exhausted and barely able to sleep. Part of this may have been that I started Keto at the same time. Like, legitimate, all in, no quitting keto. I’ve tried to commit to it probably 50 times in the last 3 years, and I usually make it to day 4 and give in. The last time I made it past day 5 (2010), I stayed keto for about 18 months.
Day 3, 4, and 5 were literally some of the hardest days I can remember in my life. Breaking my sugar addiction was not well tolerated. But I knew that I had to stop poisoning myself, and I know that I’m extremely carbohydrate sensitive. If I eat any amout of carbs over about 30g/day, I gain fat. I don’t know why I’m this way. I’ve always been a little predisposed to weight gain from carbohydrate, but I will say that it has worsened over the years. I have been unable to lose any significant amount of weight in the last few years.
This video helped a lot when I wanted to quit. I mean, a lot:
That first week was really hard. Then things let up, and I started to feel relaxed, even well. I’m not exhausted, for the first time in a long time. I went to crossfit once that first week, which resulted in about 6 days of complete soreness. I’m going to try to increase that to a few times a week coming up. But my main focus is sleep, diet, and reducing stress for right now. If I put too much effort in physically, I’m going to wind up too tired. It’s a delicate balance. I’ve also been doing a little bit of lower weight / form work in the garage with a friend. I plan on doing a little bit of sprinting a few times a week. I’ve done this all before, and a little bit of traction is bringing back all of the memories on how I lost the fat in the past. If you’re reading this, and you’re overweight, there are answers. I’m going to link a quick little guide I found on reddit just last night, that sums up almost everything about how to change it if you’re overweight. This guy knows what he’s talking about: Uncovering You – Chris Krause. He should be charging for this, but he isn’t. So if you use it, maybe consider sending him a little scratch.
So, the good news. As of this morning, following 13 days of keto and sleep, I’ve lost 11.6lbs. 335lbs. It has been a long long time since I’ve been able to move that number downward.
More progress to come…