The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


Today begins the start of a journey. A journey on my path to becoming bulletproof.

I’ve been following a ketogenic diet for nearly five years. I lost weight, felt much healthier, and really embraced the keto lifestyle. All was good. As a former chunker and junk food junkie, I had totally transformed my lifestyle and health. And it. Was. Awesome.

Fast forward.

I recently competed in my first bodybuilding figure competition which led to me getting in the best shape of my life. It also led to some very destructive bingeing behavior surrounding food and majorly interrupted my former love for exercise. That was several months ago and finding my former groove as far as eating healthy and working out like I did for so many years had suddenly become much more difficult than I remembered.

Eating pizza literally every night of our trip to DC.

The past several weeks my husband and I have taken a “diet break” from tracking calories, counting carbs, or any real strict plan when it came to our diets. In theory, taking breaks from dieting (even for “diets” that you follow for health benefits like we were doing with keto) can be a great idea. It provides a psychological break and can help stoke the fires of your metabolism if you’ve been dieting for any period of time.

Well…it backfired for us. It led to a spiral of regular bingeing on junk like pizza and wine… on an almost nightly basis. I was bloated and retaining water like crazy. My joints hurt and I had zero energy or motivation. On top of it all I was experiencing depressive episodes and extreme fatigue. I felt gross and unhealthy. It was a far cry from where I had been.

Date night. While fun, filled with too much wine and too much pasta.

I’ve decided I plain and simple need to recommit to why I changed my eating habits all those years ago. At 32 I’m far too young to be feeling this crappy, and thankfully I know how good I *can* feel when I focus on eating in a way that fuels my body.

I plan to follow Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof 30 day plan, although this is a lifelong thing for our family- not just 30 days. But an easy to follow plan might be what we need to get out of our bad funk. And honestly, in the last 5 years, one setback isn’t all that terrible when it comes to diet and exercise. I know we’ll get back to it. We just need to re-establish those good habits again and lose the bad ones we redeveloped.

For those of you interested in trying this journey along with me, you can check out the plan here:

I will be modifying the exercise part of the program to instead incorporate my Stronglifts 5×5 program and jump rope hiit (more on all of this in a different post).

My starting weight as of today is 146 (although about 8-10 lbs of that is water weight…ugh!). I will regularly be posting how I feel with each day on this journey and I hope it maybe inspires some of you to take your own journey into health as well.

Let’s gooooooo! ??

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