Week 1 summary
- Starting the keto diet from scratch
- Loosing 3 kg
- One hell of a keto flu
- 10 hours of crossfit
Why am I doing this?
As a 25 years old with obese tendencies, over 40% body fat, food disorder and distorted body image, I think this is the most important chapter to share, with all the struggles as your mind rewires itself into new habits. A round of applause for all of those who reached their target weight. The rest of us, the fluffy ones, admire them but don’t necessarily relate to the “after” image. We are all the shy “befores”, looking for inspiration and it’s the “befores” who pave the road for all the rewards the “after” us will collect. So let’s walk through this together.
All these thoughts are shared with humbleness and they describe a long term, mentally and physically challenging process. Ego, narcissistic behaviour and false sense of importance are nowhere to be found here.
Although I’ve educated myself into the keto diet, 6 months after giving up on it, reeducating myself was imperative.
Besides my truly supportive trainers and nutritionist, I found Thomas DeLauer to be very informative and very pleasant to listen to. I’m very uneducated when it comes to medical terms. However, I adore researching, drawing a conclusion for myself, checking it with experts and closing the subject. Once I’ve made up my mind it’s hard for me to explain things back to you, so by all means, I won’t talk beyond my understanding.
Starting the keto diet made me realise once again how much I hate cooking. As you can tell, I adore eating, but when it comes to cooking, I should have a fire extinguisher by my side and some anxiety medication. This is my excuse for not planning on sharing food photos. If anything, I will put you off diet food.
Unlike 8 months ago when I first started the keto diet, this time keto flu has been a nasty b***h. It’s a discomfort I never felt before. You pretty much feel useless, lack energy, feel nauseous and lack of clarity. I’m in my 5th day as we speak and I’m not sure when it will go away, but it’s not constantly intense, it has more of a wave form. Sleep water, sodium potassium and magnesium help me go though it better.
Is it worth it? Of course! If anything, this is my body’s chance to punish me for all the abuse I made it go though. When I was 2 months into strict keto and I started eating carbs and junk again, I felt a pain much worse than the keto flu. Understanding that this is the body’s reaction whilst transitioning into a better phase is something to always keep in mind.
For every 1 gram of carbohydrate you hold over 3 grams of water. Which brings me to the 3 lost kg…. of water! Before being in ketosis, the body prepares itself by consuming the stored carbohydrates. Once they are gone, so is the water and electrolytes, creating an imbalance in your body. Help your body with sodium, potassium and magnesium supplements.
I’m telling you some things as I learn them and as I go thorough them (feel free to add or even contradict me if I’m wrong). I could easily be the person to falsely promote the diet as: loose 3kg in a week but that would create very false expectations, as the weight loss speed isn’t constant.This brings me to the last point of today’s post.
Crossfit and Negative Body Image
I read about the Distorted Body Image on Eating Disorder Hope where I found out that: “Body image refers to how people see themselves. Distorted body image (also called negative body image) refers to an unrealistic view of how someone sees their body. ”
Researching more about the Negative Body Image, I realise I stand on the confident side. As a result my confidence shadows my understanding of the current situation. I always thought I have an accurate reading of my body, including the extra kilograms, remaining confident on my strength and resistance. I gained 23 kg since I stopped keto and immersed myself into emotional, unhealthy habits.
My Crossfit community provides me with such a high quality training as well as constant mental support, it almost feels like it’s tailored to my needs. I enjoy training heavily and being the weakest one in the gym. It’s the place where feeling weak in the gym makes you feel stronger in real life. However I can’t help but notice how much of a distorted body image I have. There’s a massive gap between what I think I can do (basics) and what I end up doing. Even though I’m in no rush, it’s a weird realisation to think you start from zero and realising maybe in a week or 2 you can actually start from zero. It’s an unsettling feeling and I encourage you to read more about it and test yourself to see where you stand.