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11:39 pm: A New Lease
I haven't talked about this much here or really anywhere online because it seems that every time in the past that I've talked about trying to change something in my life (especially my weight and health) I end up going back into my old habits almost immediately, making a lie out of everything I've just written. I've always posted in the past about how I'm going to try something new and I'm going to change my life and do all new things. I talk about what I want to do at the beginning and where it's going.

I'd like to talk about where I've been.

For almost exactly two months now I have been following a ketogenic style of eating: low-carbs, high fat, medium protein. I'm not debating the merits and I'm also not espousing it as something that everyone else should be doing. I'm just here to say that it's working for me and I'm very happy with it. I don't know that I'll ever go off of this but at the same time I'm not telling other people that they're "doing it wrong." What works for me may not work for you, or Bob. Whoever Bob is.

Since coming to Virginia I've had a problem: Back pain. I would wake up in the morning and take 10 minutes to get out of bed because every movement hurt. It felt like every joint in my back had cemented together and I had to break up that cement in order to stand. Oh, and that cement was full of nerve endings. This also, as I'm sure you can imagine, made sleeping at night difficult since I tend to toss and turn. Every movement sent shock-waves of pain through my body.

Seriously, it really was that bad. It was making me absolutely miserable and completely unhappy. I was at my wit's end and my doctor had absolutely no solutions for me. I even suggested that, maybe I hurt because I was so fat? He laughed and said he'd never heard of that. I called him dumb. Secretly. In my head.

Having had enough I decided that I needed to lose weight. I studied my options, found what would work best for me, and started eating a ketogenic diet.

Within two days the pain was gone. I would wake up stiff but not sore. No pain. Not even a little bit.

Even if I hadn't lost a pound of fat that would have been enough to keep me off carbs. Every time that I've had a "cheat day" (twice), I've felt miserable and the pain has come back. Carbs and I do not get along in even the littlest of ways.

I feel better. I'd even go so far as to say I feel good. "Keto" is for me!

Oh, and I've also lost over 40 lbs in 2 months. So that's kind of cool.

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From:sacramentalist
Date:October 16th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
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That's great you found something that worked so well with you. I can't imagine how great it must feel to get rid if that pain, and get that spring in your step again.
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From:jfargo
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Combined with all the other things I'm doing (the testosterone patch, re-removal of caffeine from my diet, and taking vitamins daily) I'm feeling pretty amazing. Probably better than I have in years.
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From:conscience
Date:October 17th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
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I have had very similar experiences.
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From:sarin_girl
Date:October 17th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
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congrats! that's amazing work! : )
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From:xhollydayx
Date:October 20th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
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out of curiosity, what do you eat? (i highly doubt that it would work for me, just b/c [1] I do love carbs and they don't bother me and [2] most similar type diets are too high in meat for my liking)
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From:jfargo
Date:October 21st, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, I do love carbs too but the benefits of me not eating them makes it worth leaving out of my diet. I miss them though, honestly.

As far as what I eat, well, I usually have a salad or two every day with a good amount of dressing (something fatty like Ranch or Oil and Vinegar since it's a high fat diet) and then I honestly have a lot of protein. I just really like my meats.

I know some people are vegetarian and eat keto-style but it's probably harder for them. I've never really looked into it.

I have no more than 30g carbs, 94g Protein, 117g of fat per day when I'm eating properly.
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