What I’ve Learned From Two Months of Keto – Weight Loss Diary #2


I've learned some important lessons about life and weight loss from following the Ketogenic Diet. Here are my key takeaways from two months of Keto. #ketodiet #ketoI’ve learned a lot and shifted my approach to food in a BIG way over the past two months of following the Ketogenic Diet. Here’s my two-months check-in, key takeaways and how I’m shifting my approach to weight loss going forward.

I started following the Keto Diet on January 20th, 2019: the day after our Ukrainian New Year’s celebration where I feasted on perogies and breads and desserts. The next morning I woke up and decided I wasn’t going to wait any longer, so I cooked myself up some bacon and eggs and never looked back. 

From that day forward, I’ve followed the Ketogenic diet pretty strictly (I admit, I have snuck a few tastes of some of my homemade sourdough bread, pancakes and even a couple sourdough brownies too because, in a cruel twist of fate, I also decided to get into sourdough bread-making and baking at the exact same time as I started Keto.

I know, it makes no sense, but it was a skill I wanted to learn. So while I’ve been really good at baking for my family and watching them eat and talk about how yummy it is from across the table while I eat a chicken salad, I will admit I have had a few bites here and there. Full disclosure.

But, over the course of nearly eight weeks, I have otherwise been very good about sticking to this diet. Aside from those two brownies last week, I’ve cut out all added sugar, full stop. And aside from a few bites of homemade bread and half a pancake, I’ve completely cut out all grains and gluten too. I even cut out milk and cream and switched to using coconut milk in my coffee because it’s higher in fat and lower in sugar. 

And here I am, eight weeks later with a negligible amount of weight lost to show for it. 

 

The bumpy road to weight loss

I began this year with a big goal to lose 50 pounds by the end of December, and while I have to admit I’ve not yet worked up the energy and motivation to hit the gym or start running every day (it’s on the list, believe me), I have been very good about sticking to the recommended foods on the Keto diet. And yet, true story, I will sometimes weigh myself at night, and by morning the scale says I’ve gained 5 pounds! Talk about a bummer way to start your day.

Now, I have lost some weight. Overall I’ve lost about 7 pounds and about two inches off my waist and my clothes are fitting better. I’ve had a handful of compliments lately too about how I look thinner and “less puffy” (always a good thing, right?) and even that my skin looks clearer. And I can feel it and see it myself (I think… Although the scale has me questioning my sanity some days.) 

I know I’ve been making at least some progress with the Keto diet. And I know that weight loss and getting healthier in general is definitely about more than just the numbers on the scale. Still, it’s a little disheartening when you’ve been sticking to a diet for two months that many people say they’ve lost TONS of weight on right away, and here I am with a total of about 7 pounds lost out of the 50 that I’m aiming to lose. And to be honest, some days my scale says I haven’t lost an ounce.

 

What gives???

I’ve done a lot of research on Keto and what I’ve read a lot is that if you’ve been doing Keto for more than 5 or 6 weeks and haven’t lost much weight, you may have a thyroid or a hormonal issue. Now, I’m not assuming that’s what I have, but what I do know is that my body changed drastically when I had my daughter, and went through a lot with two more pregnancies last year, both of which ended in loss.

During my first pregnancy I gained about 40 pounds altogether and was actually pretty fit and healthy, but once I had my daughter, the weight seemed to cling on for dear life and just won’t go away. My feet even grew an entire size when I was pregnant and never went back to “normal.” I literally had to get rid of every pair of shoes I owned (even ones that were big on me before) and buy new shoes to fit my new feet!

So while I don’t know for sure whether or not my hormones (or a possible thyroid issue) have anything to do with my struggle to lose the weight, I’m at a point where I’m seriously thinking about getting it checked out.

I’ve also been overwhelmed with stress ever since my husband Ryan lost his job in December. The financial burden of trying to survive AND finish building our rental unit (which we were halfway through when he was let go) has been almost unbearable. And I can feel the stress affecting me physically, so I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow it’s affecting my ability to lose weight efficiently too.

I know I need to get more exercise too, and that’s on me. Our lives have been completely exhausting and overwhelming since this whole job loss debacle, and we’ve been working really hard to keep our heads above water while trying to grow our own businesses AND finish building our rental house all by ourselves (well, mostly Ryan’s been doing that while I try to balance, blogging, homesteading, home management, meal planning and being a mom), but still, no excuses, right? I need to get my butt in gear and make exercise a priority in my life. Because we all have time for what we make time for, this I know for sure.

Okay, enough explanations and excuses. The question is, where do I go from here? Where do you go when something’s not working the way you expected and you’ve given it an honest effort and a solid amount of time?

 

Knowing when to pivot

Now that I’ve had my pity party (thanks for listening), it’s time to put on my big girl pants and take another good, hard, honest look at where I’m at and decide where to go from here.

I do think a doctor (or naturopath) visit is in the cards because if there is something hormonal going on, I want to know about it. And I know I’ve got to make time for exercise. It has got to become a non-negotiable in my life, plain and simple. But what about the diet? Do I stick to Keto even though we can’t really afford it and any weight loss results have been negligible?

At the beginning of this year, I wrote about how we’re moving forward after a year of setbacks. As we approach the quarter-year mark, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on where we started, where we’re headed and where we are now. Naturally I’ve been doing the same thing with my diet, and I’ve made a decision to change course a little bit.

I’m still determined to lose the weight. My big goal is still to lose 50 pounds, although I’m trying to remind myself that simply getting in better shape will still be worth celebrating, regardless of what the scale says on December 31st. But at a certain point, it’s important to know when to pivot.

As Einstein once famously said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (Although when it comes to stepping on the scale, I have come to expect a different result every time, even within the span of 5 minutes).

It’s time to get really honest and make some changes; Keep what’s working and change what’s not. March is a good time to reassess any goals and resolutions we made for the new year, so I urge you to do the same.

What did you resolve to do? How’s it going? If what you’re doing is working and getting you closer to your goals then keep on keepin’ on! But if not, maybe it’s time for you to pivot too.

Here’s my new plan going forward…

 

What I’ve learned after two months on Keto

After following the Keto Diet for nearly two months now, I’ve come to a few important realizations. Here are my key takeaways.

1. Not every diet works the same for everyone

Every body is different and responds differently to different things. While many people claim they dropped 10 pounds in the first week of Keto without even leaving the couch, others say they could barely function normally and that the Keto Diet made them feel awful. 

I’m somewhere in the middle. I feel pretty good, I love the foods I’m able to eat and don’t miss many of the ones that I can’t eat, and I do feel slimmer and like I have a little more energy. But I definitely have not experienced the “miracle” weight loss that others have. The one week where I did lose 5 pounds, I had to plan out every calorie and gram of fat, protein and carbs I consumed in a day. While this did make sticking to a strict eating plan easier, I’ve realized that this type of meticulous planning just isn’t sustainable for me at this point in my life. 

2. Cutting out sugar and carbs wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be

I expected to really miss things like sugar, bread, pasta and milk, but I really haven’t missed them at all. In fact, due to cutting out all of these added carbs/sugars, I’ve stopped getting food cravings altogether! Now when I’m hungry, it’s because I’m truly hungry and not just because I feel like eating. 

I also don’t experience sugar crashes anymore, nor do I get “hangry” and shaky if I haven’t eaten in a while (something I’ve been notorious for my whole life). I definitely think that I have Keto to thank for this, and low-carb eating is definitely something I want to stick with going forward even if I’m not eating the Keto-recommended amounts (for me that means no more than 20 grams of carbs per day, and trust me, 20 grams can sneak up on you really fast!)

3. Cutting out (or at least cutting back on) refined sugar and processed, carbohydrate-rich foods is NEVER a bad thing, even if it doesn’t lead to major weight loss

The best thing about doing Keto for two months is that I feel like I’ve reset my diet and my palate and I’ve got myself into the habit of eating low-carb and sugar free. In fact, I was accidentally serve a tea with sugar the other day and I physically couldn’t drink it because it was too sweet. 

I plan to keep this aspect of Keto going forward because I know that cutting out refined sugar and carb-heavy foods (especially processed ones) does lead to spikes in blood sugar, sugar crashes, diabetes and yes, weight gain. I also know that healthy fats like coconut oil and avocados are good things to keep in my diet moving forward. But I might scale back on the cheese and bacon.

4. Restricting my carb intake so much that I can’t even enjoy certain fruits and vegetables is just too restrictive for me

Aside from feeling stalled in my weight-loss efforts, the hardest thing for me about Keto is not being able to enjoy certain fruits and vegetables. Most fruits are completely restricted on Keto because of their naturally-occurring sugars. I don’t think I’ve ever salivated over a jar of applesauce the way I did on Keto! Likewise, I enjoy certain carb-rich veggies like carrots and beets, and I don’t want to feel like I can NEVER eat these things because my diet is too restrictive.

As we head into gardening season, I can’t bear the thought of not being able to eat half of the fresh fruits and veggies from our own home garden!

Also, while I plan to stay away from refined sugar, breads and pasta, etc. as I continue moving forward on my weight-loss journey, I don’t want to feel so restricted that I feel guilty for tasting a slice of my own sourdough bread or enjoying a bowl of homemade split pea soup (because yep, peas have too many carbs for Keto too). And ya know what? If I want to eat a sourdough brownie every once in a blue moon, it’s not the end of the world.

5. Eating strictly Keto can get really expensive

In another cruel twist of fate, I decided to start Keto at the same time as we were buckling down trying to live as frugally as possible because of Ryan’s job loss. Before I started Keto, I compiled a list of frugal recipes to help you stay on budget. As you’ll notice, most of them are carb-heavy, and for good reason. The fact is, carbohydrate-rich foods cost less, and naturally, the opposite is true for high-fat, protein-rich, low-carb foods.

Our food bill has noticeably gone up quite a bit since starting Keto, although I haven’t kept track enough to know exactly how much. But let’s just say that being restricted to fresh meat, eggs and vegetables has cost a lot more than eating home-baked bread, rice and beans and oatmeal for breakfast.

This is especially true because it’s the end of winter when nothing is in season yet and we’re almost out of home-preserved veggies and haven’t added chickens or other livestock to our homestead yet. Oh ya, and we’re dead broke. 

The expense has been one of the most difficult challenges of sticking to Keto and sometimes I find myself skipping meals altogether because we’re out of Keto-friendly food and we can’t afford another trip to the grocery store.

 

Moving forward on my weight-loss journey

I want to make one thing clear: I am NOT giving up on this lofty goal of mine. But I know it’s time to take a slightly different approach to my weight loss. Here are the key things I will be doing to stay on track as I move forward…

1. Start exercising regularly

I’ve said it already, but this is the next best thing I can do for my physical body (and mental wellness too) aside from changing my diet. I HATE exercise. Like, a lot. But I always feel better after a workout. I need to find a way to make it a non-negotiable going forward. End of story.

2. Continue eating low-carb and low-sugar

As I said, cutting way back on sugar and carbs can only be a good thing for overall health, so I’ll be sticking to a fairly low-carb and mostly sugar-free diet going forward. But if I slip up and have a cookie or a piece of bread every now and then, or I have to eat rice and beans because that’s all we can afford, I’m not gonna beat myself up about it. 

3. Visit my doctor

I’ve been meaning to talk to my doctor about how my pregnancies have affected my body and hormones, and now that I’ve done Keto for two months without significant results, I feel like it’s a good time to investigate if there might be something else going on. I’d love to see a Naturopath, but since Ryan lost his job (along with his benefits) I don’t think we’re covered for “alternative medicine” anymore. Luckily in Canada our healthcare is at least free so I can still “afford” to visit our family doctor.

That’s it for now. Usually I would write a laundry list of goals and things I’m going to do. But then I get overwhelmed and have a hard time focusing on any one thing. (Sound familiar?)

This time I’m going to keep my actionable steps short, sweet and attainable. 

While I did hope that my second weight-loss check-in would read a little differently (more along the lines of “woohoo! I lost 20 pounds in 2 months all thanks to eating bacon!”), the most important thing to me is that I remain honest and authentic and, dare I say, human. So that’s the honest truth.

And even if my honest truth at the end of December is that I didn’t lose an ounce, I know that as long as I’m trying and always working toward better health and wellness for myself and my family, I should be proud of my efforts. 

I hope that wherever you are now, that you don’t get too hung up on the end result either. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, save money or pay off debts, learn a new skill or anything else, please don’t be too discouraged if you’re not seeing the results you expected as quickly as you hoped. Know when to pivot, but don’t give up. And always hold your head high and be proud of yourself for working toward a better life, whatever that looks like for you.

Until next time,

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5 Comments

  1. Vera

    I loved this blog.

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  2. Sandra

    I do Keto with intermittent fasting and calorie restriction. I know some doctors recommend just one meal for those with weight that is very stubborn. Keto does seem to allow that more than any other options. I absolutely cannot lose weight without keeping track of my macros and calories. I also find that checking my ketones often is a really good reinforcer for me. It keeps me o. The straight and narrow.

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  3. Free Spirit

    I have also been doing fairly strict keto for 2 months and have lost (MAYBE) 4 lbs tops. I have not weighed myself I’m going by how my clothes fit. I had planned to weigh myself when my “skinny” jeans became looser in the waist and legs. That never happened. On the flip side of the coin, my husband, who also needed to lose around 30lbs same as me, started keto with me and has even cheated and at candy and corn on the cob a few times and the fat is falling off him. He has lost at least 20 lbs so far and his clothes are hanging on him. Meanwhile I still look like the Pillsbury Dough Girl 8:/……My daughter’s boyfriend’s 20th bday was yesterday and she got him a huge chocolate cake. It was sitting on the counter of my kitchen and at first, I covered it with a towel because chocolate plus cake for me is like crack for a crack addict. The cake finally won after I looked in the mirror at my manly looking protruding belly and huge 41″ lower circumference that refuses to budge. My waist used to be tiny, I could not believe how small my tops and pants were after cleaning out a closet a few months ago. My 20 year old daughter thought they were the clothes of a young girl. Too small even for her and is skinny. And this was when I was in my 30s!! I believe they are putting chemicals in the food to make us have metabolic disorder so that the fat on our body takes on a life of it’s own and puts out hormones that prevent weight loss. It seems to effect mostly women because of our lack of testosterone or muscle. Anyhoo, I ate the DAMN CAKE!! I felt rebellious and GOOD doing it too!! Not losing weight after all that effort makes the cake look all the better! I mean why not? It’s like i’m just spinning my wheels for nothing,…..I thought by now (March) I’d be back in my size 12 jeans and shorts (size 10 is my goal and I’m talking Old School size 10, not today’s vanity size nonsense). I’m gonna keep trying because my only other option is to go back to eating their purposely poisoned Franken food. Now I know why the elite like to use the phrase “Let them Eat Cake”…..Bastards.

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      Haha! I totally hear you. I definitely think it’s harder for women (especially women who have had babies) to lose weight. My husband eats whatever he wants whenever he wants and doesn’t gain an ounce. It’s so unfair. I’ve switched my mentality from losing weight to simply staying in good health. I eat well (but no longer restrict carbs) and I workout (I was boxing 3 times a week before this coronavirus pandemic hit a week ago and closed all the gyms). Now I have to motivate myself to go running or something. Always a twist! But in the end, there’s cake. And thank god for that:)

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  4. Aleksandra

    Thanks for sharing your story. It seems that not everyone can afford to stick with keto diet. But what about supplements ? I am interested in one of them. https://easystuffhere.com/keto-advanced-weight-loss/
    I saw a lot off good reviews about this supplement. It seems that it can help to reach ketosis stade and then burn fat for energy. I am interested to buy. Maybe you know something about it ?
    Thanks one more time.

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This hits close to home for me because I too have been through the medical system and had my concerns dismissed, was misdiagnosed and given wrong information, and was treated with obvious contempt when I got a second opinion.

In this day and age of rampant medical coercion and the erosion of bodily autonomy over our own bodies and over those of our children, this story highlights the dangers of the very slippery slope we’re on.

As parents who only have the best interests of our children at heart, this could happen to any one of us. We can’t let this be normalized. Remember “first they came for (fill in the blank), and I said nothing. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Check out my stories for the full video that the mom, Wiloh made explaining the details of what happened or check out the comments for links to learn more & support this family.
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I’ve hesitated about posting this reel over and over because I know I’ll probably get backlash, hate and vitriol from some people in return. But I wouldn’t be being true to myself if I didn’t speak the truth that’s on my heart and mind…

If you haven’t noticed, there are currently thousands of Canadians sharing their stories and using the hashtag #trudeaumustgo on their social media posts right now in response to the divisive rhetoric and actions of our prime minister over the past few months. But our media has downplayed the issue and has attributed most of the hashtags to “bot” accounts and foreigners trying to influence our politics.

In response, real Canadians are making videos and sharing their stories to show that we are not bots, but real people who have been negatively affected by the words and actions of our leaders, particularly our leader at the top.

I used to consider myself a lifelong leftist and have supported the liberal government and Trudeau over the years, but after what I’ve witnessed over the past few months; After how he has spoken about Canadians who have made a different medical choice or who have protested mandates (which have done nothing to stop the spread of you-know-what anyway); After the hate and division that has trickled down from the top and infiltrated our communities, I can no longer stand silently by.

While I am 💉, a few months ago when I voiced my support for those who stood up against mandates and against the division being pushed on us by our leadership, I suddenly found myself among what our prime minister called the “small fringe minority” of citizens with “unacceptable views.”

I lost followers, friends and even a couple family members. I was told I’d been “radicalized,” although my views have never changed.

So today I’m adding my voice to the chorus of real, everyday Canadians who are taking a stand against tyranny and division in this country. As the saying goes, if we do not stand for something, we’ll fall for anything. I stand for freedom & autonomy, and against division & tyranny.

#trudeaumustgo

(Special thanks to fellow 🇨🇦 homesteader @meggarlandd for inspiring me & giving me the courage to post this:)
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What would you do if the grid went down?

Imagine not just the lights going out, but all power, all digital communication and information. Would you be prepared?

A lot of us THINK we’re prepared for a grid down situation, but unless you’re already living off grid, you might not realize how dependent on technology we really are!

In the fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, contributor Ashley Constance of @dirtypawshomestead and @alittleselfreliant shares her experience voluntarily going without power for the day, and what she and her husband, Shawn learned from their grid down experiment.

You might be surprised at the things they discovered and missed on their prep list, and it might prompt you to reevaluate whether you’re ready in case the grid goes down, or even just Google 😱

Check out the full story in the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

Link in bio @anna.sakawsky or visit www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com

#modernhomesteadingmagazine #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteading #modernhomesteading #prepping #nationalpreparednessmonth
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The other day when I had a few minutes to spare, I was out in the garden doing a little work when my neighbour said hi over the fence.

I lamented to her about how busy we’ve been and how hard it’s been to keep on top of this year. Very sincerely, she replied “wait until you have another one,” referring to our baby on the way.

“You’ll be moving back to the suburbs so quick, mark my words,” she said.

Now, I don’t for a second think there was any ill intent behind her statement, but still, it took me aback.

“We’ll never move back to the city or the suburbs,” I replied with a laugh. “This may be hard work but we love it.”

She then repeated her statement and followed it up with “just you wait and see.”

I decided not to continue the back and forth. After all, I told myself, it doesn’t matter if she or anyone else knows what’s truly in your heart. It doesn’t matter if she understands that there’s no amount of difficulty that would make me run back to the suburbs and leave this life behind. In fact, our dream is to upgrade to a bigger property someday where we can grow an even bigger garden and add more livestock to our homestead!

Likewise, I visited the city last weekend for a family event and as always, I had at least a couple people ask me “so when are you moving back to the city?”

Seven years later, and still we have friends and family members who think this is just a phase we’re going through, and eventually we’ll come to our senses and move back.

I used to get offended by these questions because I felt unseen; I felt like nobody took this life that I’m so passionate about seriously, and thought it was “cute” that I was “playing farmer” for a bit, but eventually I had to grow up and become part of the “real world” once again.

Now I just smile and reply “never:)”

Can you relate? How do you (politely) respond when someone questions your lifestyle choices or implies that you’ll eventually come to your senses and come back to “reality”?

Let me know below 👇
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The fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine just dropped!

In this issue you’ll find:

• Preparedness tips, tricks and advice to help you be ready for anything on the homestead (and in life!)
•The ultimate guide to growing garlic at home and it as both food and medicine
• Drool-worthy recipes that feature garlic as the star!
• Expert advice from A Farmgirl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott on what to look for (and look out for) when buying or selling a homestead property
• Advice on how to learn and grow from perceived homesteading “failures”

And more!!!

Go to modernhomesteadingmagazine.com or click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or login to the library and read the latest issue if you’re already subscribed!
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