“ I went from a plant-based diet to keto and fasted and lost 60 pounds in 7 months ”

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My name is Rosanna Smith (@shrinkingbyfaith) and I am 31 years old. I live in Montgomery, Alabama, and am a church creative director. In early 2020, I made a commitment to a plant-based keto diet and embarked on Peloton and Rebounder workouts to lose 60 pounds.

I gained weight as a teenager after going through my parents’ divorce. I used food as a comfort method to relieve stress. Even as a child, food was a quick substitute for a therapist or a friend for me.

By age 17, my weight had reached 300 pounds. My continued struggle with my weight continued until I started my first weight loss journey. In 2009, I lost 100 pounds. But the weight loss didn’t last and I finally regained the weight in 10 years.

My turning point came during my annual physical exam in January 2020, when I was 30 years old.

I stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office and was back to 300 pounds. I had officially regained the 100 pounds I had lost. I felt both defeated and disappointed in myself. My doctor was alarmed and we had a heart to heart about my need to lose weight.

After the date I sat in my car and cried. I started scrolling through old photos from when I lost those 100 pounds. That day, I decided that hosting a pity party was not going to give the results I was looking for. It was then that I realized I needed to refocus and focus seriously on weight loss.

When I started this journey, I was of plant origin, and have been for over 11 years. Eventually, I switched to a traditional keto diet.

On April 28, 2020, after my own research and the suggestion of several friends, I decided to switch to keto and put meat back into my diet. It was the most effective in helping me achieve my goals. My goal each day is to eat around 30 carbs.

Keto helps me get more satiated than when I was herbal. I also like that I don’t feel like I’m running out of anything. I am capable of “keto-fy” any dish. I have also implemented electrolyte consumption and incorporating intermittent fasting into my daily routine – game changers.

This is what I eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Kerry Gold Butter Cheese and Turkey Bacon

  • Lunch: Lettuce wrap filled with turkey, provolone cheese, lots of vegetables and topped with avocado mayonnaise and mustard

  • Snacks: Pork rind and salsa

  • Having dinner: Salmon and spinach salad

  • Dessert: Strawberries and whipped cream

I had started training as a member of Orangetheory Fitness, then the pandemic hit. I made the transition to home training.

It took a lot of discipline. My home workouts include YouTube HIIT and rebound workouts. I even had the chance to try Peloton, which I really enjoyed. The great thing about home workouts is that I can go at my own pace. My goal lately has been to train 4 times a week.

These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.

  1. I have found responsibility in the weight loss community. I started a keto blog (@shrinkingbyfaith) on Instagram. I am part of an amazing keto / weight loss community, and it has kept me in charge of this new lifestyle. This is particularly significant for my success during this pandemic.

  2. I changed my relationship with food. My trip was successful because I learned that food can’t be how I deal with stress. I give myself permission to eat foods that are good for me both physically and mentally. I am aware of what I eat, but I refuse to blame myself and fight for what I eat.

  3. I worked on acceptance. I have accepted who I am. There is so much more to who I am as a person besides what the scale says. I realized that weight doesn’t define me. Adopting this state of mind allowed me to be really patient in my journey. I appreciate all of my victories, even the smallest ones.

I lost 60 pounds in seven months.

Having my family and friends supporting me has been a blessing on this trip. I am so grateful for all of them. Paying close attention to my portions, adding electrolytes to my water every day, and getting plenty of rest has been helpful.

One of my favorite quotes is, “She doesn’t beg, force, or run. She prays, works, and has faith.” Remember you are a force to be reckoned with. You are not the weight on the scale.

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