I know I’m really bad about updating my social media accounts. I started this blog and I created my Facebook page months ago but you may have noticed that I’ve kind of neglected them. The real reason for this is that my job drains me. I’m a teacher. Title 1 high school. Every day I get home from work and can barely stand to do anything besides resting and cooking dinner. On Saturdays, I spend time on my videos and running errands and on Sundays I try to just prepare (mentally and lesson-wise) for the upcoming week.
However, it is summertime now!!! I FINALLY have time to dedicate to everything Keto in my life! That means I’m planning on updating this blog much more and that I will be able to interact with folks via Facebook and Instagram much more! Yay! I’ve been looking forward to actually being able to dedicate all of my time to this. I’m considering it my summer job and I plan on working on it every day.
However, with this free time, I’m a little worried about my waistline. You probably have this issue, too: free time means bored eating.
There’s time to cook now, which means I want to make these delicious lunches (during the school year, I usually just eat a few slices of meat or a sausage – something easy, ya know?). I want to drink wine and enjoy these warm summer nights out on the balcony. I want to go out with friends and The Muscle and create amazing memories. I want to enjoy family time – which usually revolves around food. I’m moving less because I’m not on my feet for six hours each day teaching to the kiddos.
All of this means that I need to be super diligent about my food intake. It means counting calories and carbs every single day. It means continuing to stay motivated. It means trying to make sure I move more. It means life needs to go on as usual.
And that brings me to my main point: no matter what way of eating you choose for yourself, the most important factor is that it is sustainable. Your way of eating should be malleable. You should be able to adapt it to fit your changing lifestyle and schedule. It needs to be something that you can maintain for the long term, because if you go back to your old habits, you will most likely gain back the weight that you have already lost.
The second most important factor for any weight loss is that you can maintain motivation. Major goals are important, but you also need to include mini goals for the short term. Think of anything you could be excited about – getting a smaller dress size, looking great at your cousin’s wedding, going down a notch on your belt…You need these mini goals to keep you going ESPECIALLY after you have reached your major goals. Always look forward. Always try to improve yourself day-to-day. Because there is no end goal, only growth.
For me, I need to adapt. Sure, I’ll eat more “fun” foods for lunch now that I have time to actually prepare a real meal. I’ll enjoy more breezy evenings with my guy. I’ll see some family and we’ll all go out to eat. It’ll be okay, though, because I have my motivation to stay on track. Keto is malleable to my changing summer lifestyle.
I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about gaining weight this summer, but the true plan is to Keep Calm and Keto On.