Oh keto, where do I start!? I can not even express how much keto has changed my life.
I have been obese for as long as I can remember, even earning the title of "super morbidly obese" at 395.8lbs. That is when it really hit me! I suffer from depression, anxiety and PCOS, so food was always my comfort. But in the end, what is comforting about eating myself into an unhealthy state? I have tried so many products, diets, exercises..you name it, I bet I tried it. I was about to give up when my best friend, who had also tried multiple diets, started keto. I did my research and watched her start to melt away, so that was it. On July 19, 2016 I decided to jump in cold turkey and start my new way of eating. It was the BEST choice I have ever made! 21 months later and I am down 144lbs! I’ve had some major trials along the way, starting with losing my grandmother just 10 days after jumping on the wagon. I then lost my brother and grandfather in September of that same year. It was so hard, I made some bad eating choices to “comfort” me, but I found my way back because I knew I had to keep pushing!
Some amazing things have happened along the way as well though! I have met some people I will call friends for life. I am lucky enough to have started a support group on Facebook with some of those friends called ‘Doing It Low Carb/Keto Style’ filled with men and women sharing their journeys, recipes and success! It’s an amazing thing to see. Along the way, I have also come across many companies that have "keto" products, but when you get down to it, ingredients matter. I was SO excited to find Keto Fridge and Leopard Spotted Hippo! Ingredients are on point and best of all? THEY TASTE AMAZING!
I could go on and on about how keto has changed my life, the struggles and life curveballs I've had along my journey, but nothing changes the fact that I am healthier, happier and the lowest weight I have been in nearly 13 years. I’m still a work in progress, but my life is forever changed in many ways!
- Ashley, @ketoqueen_af