If you’re a regular visitor here, you know that I’ve been on a ketogenic diet for a while, and this past June, I invited people to join me on a 60-day keto challenge.
Well, that challenge went great! We had an amazing group of people who saw all kinds of success — both weight loss as well as non-scale victories. So I wanted to share my own progress, as well as some testimonials from a few others (although I won’t be sharing names or other identifying information), because I have a new 60-day challenge starting this Saturday, and you’re invited to join!
Now I know you’re thinking, “Kristi, why share this here and not on your keto blog?” Well, the main reason is because this blog has an exponentially larger audience, and I believe that this information needs to reach as wide an audience as possible.
And that fact was driven home the other day when one of my favorite keto doctors, Dr. Ken Berry, posted a series of charts on his Instagram account showing the explosion of obesity in America. Just scroll through these and really let this sink in…
I scrolled through those with my mouth hanging open in total shock and disbelief. And of course, the explosion in obesity resulted in an epidemic of Type II diabetes, heart disease, and all other kinds of diseases and health issues.
Y’all, the health care crisis in America today isn’t about who’s going to pay for what. It’s about the exponentially increases costs of health care because of what we’re doing to ourselves by eating a standard American diet filled with sugar, processed carbohydrates and industrially-processed seed oils.
This madness has to stop, so I’m going to use my voice and my platform to reach the largest potential audience possible with this message. And I’m going to continue doing these 60-day challenges and issuing an invitation to anyone who is ready to make a change in their own lives.
So anyway, on to the results of the last 60-day keto challenge:
60-Day Keto Challenge Testimonials
These are a few of the successes the last group saw during the 60-Day Keto Challenge:
…what a life-changing time this has been! I have never stuck with a diet for 2 months before….Seeing the amazing results Kristi had with her Keto journey finally got my attention and motivated me to join in. I feel great, my wedding ring is way too loose, my knees don’t hurt, my blood pressure is down to normal levels, and the NSV’s [non-scale victories] go on and on! Instead of beating myself up for not doing this 20 years ago, I’m just going to Keto on and add more exercise and enjoy feeling good! Kristi, Matt and all of this group, thank you for all the support and for sharing your successes and challenges. Oh, yes, the SV [scale victory] is exciting, too. 21 pounds down from where I started on July 1.”
Kristi thank you for starting this group. Your (and others in the group) sharing of information has taught me so much. So much I did wrong the first time I did Keto on my own. Off of BP meds, sleeping better, hip pain and back pain that I suffered with for 30 years—GONE! Mentally I feel better, the sluggish brain is gone, I am happier and actually feel more content and I have more energy….In these 60 days I have lost 22.5 pounds… Physically the change has been so big in how my body feels that I don’t want to touch the “bad” carbs ever again.
I’m so thankful for this 60 day challenge to get a better handle on my health. Inflammation has decreased and my plantar fasciitis and trigger finger is better. My skin is better with my roscea on my face better and dermatitis. I haven’t been quite as strict about my carbs so my weight has plateaued at 15 pounds lost….All that to say, keto has been life changing for my husband and I. There’s no going back in our household!!!
Thank you Kristi and Matt for running this page!!! I’m looking forward to continuing with everyone! This group has been so helpful in my keto journey!!!
I will continue the gratitude fest – big THANKS to Kristi and Matt! You guys have revolutionized all of our lives. I will be forever grateful and so happy you are going to continue leading our journey….My progress has been terrific! I had lost 27 lbs as of two weeks ago, gained some weight, then lost it all again….I have completely reengaged in my Bikram Yoga practice (5 days a week). My body is changing back to something I recognize, leaner with muscle tone. I had a really nasty, constant nerve pain caused by a herniated disc in my lower back for the last 2 years and I can say its about 80-90% cured. The arthritic pain in my thumbs is pretty much gone. No headaches at all. I sleep better, my stress level is way down, my skin tone has dramatically improved and even my wrinkles have softened (w/o Botox!) Keto + Yoga! Life is good!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you to all my Keto compatriots! Looking forward to even more successes!
Thanks Kristi and Matt for starting the challenge! It was just the push that I needed. I’m down about twenty pounds with maybe fifteen or twenty to go. My husband also decided to try it and has lost twenty-two pounds! We remained committed to the diet changes and plan to continue on.
Kristi and Matt, I am SO grateful for this challenge…In total I lost 17.9 pounds, but wouldn’t have followed through without this group. I want/need to lose more, but I still need you all. I have learned so much and I feel like there is so much more to learn. I realize there are tons of different sites on the internet, but it is so comforting to me to get information from people I trust (this group). Cannot wait to start another challenge. I have never felt better in my life! Thanks to all of you!
I’m thrilled to report that I lost a total of 16 lbs and 17 inches on this Challenge! My journey has been amazing: My lipid panel results are astoundingly good so doc is titrating down my cholesterol AND blood pressure meds; I established a routine workout schedule that I love; I’ve learned how to navigate through the outside world with my new keto lifestyle; I continue to educate myself on health, nutrition, exercise, and biology; I’ve discovered the power of IF [intermittent fasting]; AND–best of all–I’m learning to love myself and my body again. Words can’t fully express my gratitude to everyone here for helping me find the knowledge, motivation, and support I needed to DO THIS! Thanks so much.
Aren’t those testimonials amazing? Yes, a change of diet (and getting rid of sugar, processed carbohydrates and seed oils) helps tremendously, but joining a group of people walking the same road who can hold you accountable is often the key to success for people.
So how did I do?
My keto progress…
During the 60-day challenge, I lost a total of 22.5 pounds! Since the challenge ended, I’ve lost a few more.
But the most amazing difference I’ve noticed is in my skin. Matt and I did more of a keto carnivore diet, rather than a standard keto diet, which means we focused on eating more animal products. I’ll share more about our reasoning and experience with that over on the keto blog in the future. (You can find my keto blog here.)
Before the 60-day challenge started, I had been eating a mostly-ketogenic diet for about year. And while I had seen success on it and had lost weight, I just felt like my face and my skin were looking so old. My skin was splotchy with rough patches and discoloration, I had droopy jowls, my skin had an almost gray undertone to it, my pores were getting larger with each passing day, etc. I was certain that a facelift was in my future.
So I focused on eating a more animal protein-heavy diet loaded with bioavailable amino acids, natural collagen, and healthy fat and cholesterol (yes, saturated fat and cholesterol ARE actually healthy — this is the type of stuff I’ll cover in the 60-day challenge group as well as on the other blog).
Here’s the difference I saw after eating a keto carnivore diet since June 24th.
Now let me explain these pictures before any naysayers start picking them apart. 🙂 First, these are pictures that I take for myself, for my own reference. I don’t retouch them because that would be stupid and would defeat the purpose of using them for my personal reference to see my progress. I take these pictures about every other day, always in my car, always with my phone propped up on the steering wheel. I generally (but not always) take them when I’m sitting at Sonic waiting for my iced tea to be delivered. And I never take the with the intent of sharing them. Again, these are just for my own personal reference, and I just keep them in my phone so that I can refer back to them when I need to be encouraged, or if I’m starting to feel down about a weight loss plateau.
So I take them at different times of the day, which is why the lighting is very different in all three. That first picture was late afternoon. The second picture was early evening. The last picture was early morning.
Also, I almost never have makeup on when taking those pictures because I’m generally working on projects and taking a break for my Sonic iced tea run. In the first picture, I have no makeup on. In the second picture, I have no makeup on except for the lip gloss that’s on my lips. In the third picture, I have on some foundation and powder on my face, as well as lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. And obviously, I have contacts instead of glasses. That picture was taken right before I walked into church. I also have a slight smile on my face, because for the first time in ages, the image I saw reflected back at me on my phone actually made me smile rather than cringe.
But here’s the thing. You can see the huge difference in my complexion in the first and second pictures. That’s a very big difference, and it’s only gotten better since then. And that third picture? Well, let’s just say that the woman you see in that first picture never could have looked like the woman in that last picture, no matter how much makeup she piled on that droopy and rough skin, or how much she smiled. I know, because I have photographic evidence of her trying, and the results weren’t impressive.
But, just for “fair” comparison, I took another picture. In this second picture, I had just rolled out of bed, brushed my hair, and put my hair back in a headband (same as the first pic). I don’t have any makeup on, with the exception of the lip gloss. I reached for my glasses instead of contacts. I didn’t smile, just like in the first picture. And the lighting is more comparable to the first picture.
My mom even told me this past Wednesday how amazed she is at my complexion now. She said that she had been very concerned at how my skin was looking before, and how large my pores were starting to look. She’s amazed at the difference.
For the first time in years (no, DECADES!), I’m getting in-person compliments on my complexion. That used to happen to me all the time when I was in my teens and early 20s, but it hasn’t happened in two decades. But now, I’m getting compliments again. That’s an amazing feeling!
Anyway, all of that to say that keto and keto carnivore diets are changing people’s lives, including my own. And we’re talking about both weight loss victories as well as non-scale victories. You can read my whole list of non-scale victories that I experienced right here. And for the first time in my adult life, I actually feel like I WILL reach my goal. I’m so motivated, and it’s all the more fun and encouraging traveling this road with friends who are on the same journey.
So I’m opening up this invitation to all of you. If you want to join us for the next 60-Day Keto Challenge, you’re welcome to come! Please note that this is a group for active participants only. I don’t want a group filled with a bunch of wallflowers and casual observers. If you’re going to join, please participate. We have weekly check-ins where we share our progress, our frustrations, and ask any questions we have so that we can cheer each other along and help each other out.
If you know nothing about the ketogenic diet, you can click here to read my quick start guide.
And if you want to join the next 60-day Keto Challenge beginning this Saturday, click here to join our group.
Here are the dates to remember.
- Saturday, September 21 — First day of the 60-Day Keto Challenge
EDIT: Oops!! Matt and I BOTH counted the days, and we BOTH got it wrong! 😀 The actual 60 days won’t start until September 28th, so we’re calling this first week our “soft start,” for people to ask questions, learn about keto, clean out their pantries, do their grocery shopping, and get prepared for the real start of the challenge next Saturday.
- Tuesday, November 26th — The last day of the challenge
- Wednesday, November 27th — Final check in day for the challenge
- Thursday, November 28th — Thanksgiving (for us Americans) 🙂
So this is the perfect opportunity to get serious about eating right so you can look and feel your best before the holiday season!
PLEASE NOTE that membership in the group has a cutoff date of Wednesday, October 2nd. I won’t be adding new members after that date because I want this group to be a safe place where people can get to know each other and share openly. That’s hard to do when people are continually coming and going. So please don’t be offended if you try to join after that date and your membership is denied. You can always join us for a future 60-day challenge! 🙂
(UPDATE: Enrollment for this current challenge is closed, but if you want to join the next challenge, it will begin after the holidays in January 2020! Mark your calendar and prepare to join us!