Keto diet success should always be shared. Here at Mad Creations we love to share success stories of all our members and fellow keto friends. Personally I find weight loss success stories very motivating especially of the keto variety.
Today’s keto weight loss and health success story comes from Kerri Nicol. Kerri has begun to improve her quality of life and health since changing to the ketogenic diet to deal with Type 2 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Stage 4 Endometriosis. From her story I am sure many of you will also share similar struggles in life and health and can draw motivation from Kerri’s story.
Thanks you Kerri for taking the time to have this interview.
Tell me a little about how you began the Ketogenic Diet?
Where do you first hear about the keto lifestyle?
My boss had been trying to get me to try it for a couple of years.
What did you think about eating fat to lose weight?
I thought it sounded ridiculous at first but the more I read and watched videos the more it made sense. So I was willing to give it a shot when nothing else was working.
Tell me a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health and change to a keto lifestyle?
At 48 years old I have struggled with my weight all my life, trying every diet under the sun. Diagnosed with PCOS in my early 20’s and then in my 40’s diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. I don’t have kids, I’ve not been able to fall pregnant. In 2012 I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes and managed it through diet quite well until 2017.
At what point did you finally decide it was time to start losing weight and getting healthier?
My mum died in 2016, I had been her full time carer for 5 years and she went into care in 2015. I had lost 15 kg for my wedding in 2015 and then quit smoking and ate my weight in chocolate. I was wanting to get healthier and quitting smoking was the start.
Then mum died and my life just fell apart! Grief, guilt and stress just ate me up and my health just went down hill. I ballooned to about 111kg and my diabetes was out of control and even medication wasn’t helping. By the end of 2017 I was so unwell, in pain from a degenerative back disease. Two days before NYE I decided I’d had enough and I didn’t want to live like this and I wanted to be fifty and fabulous! So I started Keto on 1st January 2018!
What have been your biggest hurdles and wins?
What types of struggles have you dealt with while trying to lose weight? What have been your greatest obstacles?
My weight loss has been slow. Sometimes, seemingly painfully slow with stalls and gains. I have a slow metabolism and with endometriosis, PCOS and some of the meds I am on it makes it all the harder. But I’ve never given up!
What goals did you achieve this past year?
My biggest goal was to reverse my T2 diabetes which I did within the first 3 months and was off the meds within 4 months. Then I got off all the pain meds for my back within 8 months. My blood pressure meds have also been halved.
My keto diet success has seen me lose 24kg so far and Ive gone from a size 20 to a size 14. Still a way to go but I’m happy with my progress.
What struggles have you had this past year?
I haven’t had too many stalls, but I just kept with my eating plan of <20g carbs per day and kept faith that it would start moving again.
When I say stall, the numbers on the scales weren’t moving BUT I discovered that I was still losing centimetres.
My biggest stall was January and into Feb, I put on a couple of kilograms in December… just so many events! LOL! Nothing was changing so I tried Mad Creations Egg Fast.
I followed the Egg Fast Plan for 5 days and lost almost 4kg! Since then the weight is still coming off slowly BUT again losing more in centimetres. Measuring myself with a measuring tape gives me a truer picture of what is really happening than the scales ever will.
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What changes have you had to make to your diet and at home?
Personally I eat a very low carb diet and I try to stay well under 20 grams per day.
I don’t track my macros. All that counting is unsustainable, for me. Occasionally, if I stall I will track for a week to see where I might be going wrong. Eating keto should not be complicated or expensive. Every now and then I enjoy making something different and delicious, but mostly I keep it within my budget. The one thing I have missed was the convenience of bread. It was so easy to just make a sandwich for lunch or to have with soup…. now I can have that! I have discovered Mad Creations Good For The Soul Bread AND the Hemp Share Bread, so now I am spoilt for choice!
How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
Quite easily, it’s just hubby and me and he’s so fussy I’ve always made my own meals and he’s had his limited menu lol. He’s always been supportive and encourages me. Which is so great!
What is your regular meal plan? Does it include intermittent fasting?
I fast from around 7 pm to 12:30 pm the following day, every day. Sometimes I do one meal a day, but I have to watch that I don’t go into a low.
I have T2 diabetes which I’ve got well under control. Previously, I tried 3 days in a row of OMAD and my blood glucose level dropped really low. It wasn’t dangerously low so I ended up in hospital, but I felt unwell with blurred vision and dizziness. I’ve decided that I need to only do one of those OMAD days at a time… interspersed with normal intermittent fasting. I tend to keep my meals very simple and basic.
My hubby is very fussy so rather than make two meals every night we stick to mostly what he eats. I just add a few changes to stay on my macros. So we eat * bacon and eggs a lot* bun-less burgers, * chicken wings* sausages and eggs.
For my lunches I sometimes make up a batch of something on a Sunday and freeze for the rest of the week, e.g. keto lasagne or soup (which I’ll be making more of in winter). I eat lots of eggs though!
An omelette with mushrooms and cheese and baby spinach is a personal favourite.
I make an easy mayo with 5 ingredients which I eat off the spoon its so good LOL (not my recipe) but I tend to add a good dollop of that to almost everything lol
Follow Kerri at Real Keto Reviews
Is it just you, you and your partner, or you and your family that follow this lifestyle? Have your family struggled to accept your new lifestyle?
My husband started his own version of LCHF about 4 months after I started keto and I’m so proud of him. He’s lost 20kg as well and is maintaining that. He’s gone from drinking 2 L of coke per day to none! And he doesn’t eat bread any more. He’s very fussy, so has to do it his way and within what he eats.
What do you want other people who are struggling to lose weight to know?
To NEVER give up! That it can and will happen. To find what works for them and just stick with it and not to stop when it gets tough.
What motivates you to continue with the keto lifestyle?
I don’t want to die from something that can simply be controlled with diet. Also, I don’t want to be an old person who goes blind or loses a limb from diabetes.
If you could impart some words of wisdom on anyone starting out today what would it be?
Start simple and eat real food. It is not a complicated way to eat. Learn as much as you can about how and why it works. If it’s too much going full Keto all at once, start slow by eliminating one thing a week and work your way up to it. It all helps.
You can follow Kerri on her website and Facebook Real Keto Reviews http://realketoreviews.com
KETO DIET SUCCESS UPDATE- KERRI NICOL
Recently we caught up with Kerri to see how she was getting on.
Here is her most recent photo this month and a little update on her keto journey.
22 months in and I’m well over 30kg lost (I don’t weigh myself very often, I prefer to go on measurements and clothing and progress photos).
Size 20 to size 12.
I have kicked T2 diabetes ass and am off all diabetic medications.
I no longer require 6 monthly diabetic assessments AND my GP actually unchecked the box on my medical file that classes me as T2 diabetic.
PLUS my risk of heart disease is listed as 2… they say anything under 10 is good… I am 2.
I am off all blood pressure medications, reflux medications, off nerve blockers and anti inflammatories for facet joint degeneration in my back.
I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life.
Today I am so thankful that I was introduced to the ketogenic way of eating and I will be keto for life!
Keto has literally saved my life and made me the happiest girl in the world.
Thanks Kerri for sharing your story with Mad Creations and our readers.
If any of our readers would also like to share their keto journey then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview and post.