The keto diet: “On this journey I have found my own inner strength”

Kimberly has lost an impressive 131 lbs (59 kg) on the keto diet! But that is far from the only benefit she has reaped from starting the weight-loss journey.

Along the way she has healed her relationship with food and her body, and has, as she puts it, “taken her life back”:

Good evening!

My name is Kimberly, I’m a 33-year old stay-at-home mom from Arizona (loving_lessofme_more on IG). I’ve lost 131 lbs (59 kg) with keto since September 2016 and wanted to share my story with you. Thank you so much for your time!

My entire life I hated my body. I searched for ways to change it and to hide it, all along not realizing that the only way I was ever going to be happy is if I loved it. As I ventured along my weight-loss journey I began thinking about my daughters (I have twin three-year olds and an 11 year old) and how ashamed they must be of their “fat” mom.

I noticed them looking up to me… figuring out how they should feel about their bodies… wondering what value they added to the world… and basing that conclusion on how I felt about my body. It hit me like a ton of bricks. The problem wasn’t with my body… it was my poor self esteem and lack of self confidence. There’s nothing shameful about the size of a body. I knew losing the weight without loving myself would never be the answer. So, I ended the war with my body.Keto fit so naturally into my lifestyle. Unlike other low-carb diets I felt satisfied…

I concentrated on creating sustainable, easily maintained habits. Keto fit so naturally into my lifestyle. Unlike other low-carb diets I felt satisfied and the cravings only returned when I fell off track.

I adjusted this way of eating as I went and made it work for me and my family. When tracking macros became overwhelming, I switched to lazy keto paired with intuitive eating. Through that combination I was able to end my destructive habit of binge eating and develop a healthy relationship with food.On this journey, I have found my own inner strength… I have taken my life back.

When I began this journey on Sept 12, 2016, I would have told you that losing 131 lbs (59 kg) and 12 pant sizes with keto would be my greatest achievement. I would have been wrong. On this journey, I have found my own inner strength. I have overcome debilitating anxiety and severe mood swings. I’ve discovered a passion for hiking and exploring. I have taken my life back.

I am not chasing a fad diet nor am I on a mission to have a six pack. I am on a journey to fuel my body with healthy foods and to move it in ways that make me feel genuinely happy and comfortable in my own skin. And to show my girls that their worth in this world will never be defined by the size of their body.

Kimberly’s Instagram: loving_lessofme_more

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Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story, Kimberly! I really like your words of wisdom about self esteem and body image, it is such an important part which we don’t talk about enough in the keto community.

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