This is my first post in a series of interviews with people that are following a ketogenic lifestyle to improve physical and mental health. I am not sure about you but I am always strongly motivated by reading REAL peoples stories of struggles and success and seeing the before and after pictures as well.
I remember many years ago when I tried Weight Watchers and would always buy the magazines, flip straight to the back read all the success stories, and then read the featured “loser” haha. This really did inspire me a great deal. Even now as a member of a LOT of keto FB groups and pages I am always motivated and love seeing how the keto diet has changed so many lives.
So this brings me to our first interview with Bekah Anne. I have to tell you a funny but true story. A week ago I posted my before and after and asked others to post theirs. Then I contacted those who shared to see if they would be interested in sharing. I then sent the interview questions and got replies but as you know I am always working at warp speed and only briefly looked at what was sent in messenger to me. Well boy did I get a shock when I started to put this interview post together and realised Bekah is my neighbour. I mean quite literally living opposite me. I think it is crazy and funny at the same time.
Anyway, lets get to some sharing of relatable lives that many of us will recognise our own battles and wins within.
Introducing Bekah Anne.
Tell me a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health and change to a keto lifestyle?
I was first diagnosed back in 2006 at age 14 with a hormonal disorder called PCOS ( Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Early this year I also got diagnosed with Endometriosis.
For the last 12 years I have not only battled with this horrible condition but I have battled with my mental illness and my constant weight gain, the two go together.
A few years ago after a rough patch in my life I picked myself up after seeing a full body picture of myself and decided enough was enough I was severely overweight, unhappy, unhealthy, tired and sore all the time so I joined a gym. I hated it. I hate gyms, but I had to do it, for myself. I stuck it out, worked hard and walked everyday and watched what I ate with the help of my amazing dietician and self determination I managed to lose approximately 45kgs.
At what point did you finally decide it was time to start losing weight and getting healthier?
During my pregnancy I put on a lot of weight and afterwards I didn’t seem to lose the baby belly like everyone I seen had instead it kept getting bigger and bigger. This started my depression and comfort eating a lot of bad foods again. I then started to pile on the weight as well.
I’d seen a photo of myself with my son while on holidays and then stood on the scales, it was then that I realised I had to do something now about my health.
What types of struggles have you dealt with while trying to lose weight? What have been your greatest obstacles?
My mind is my greatest struggle.
Unless I get in the right mindset to go out and put effort in it just won’t happen. It is constant struggle that I need to work on.
It’s also really really hard to lose weight with PCOS but not impossible, I’ve done it before and I know I will do it again.
What goals did you achieve this past year?
I got off my butt and decided to start my weight loss journey again. That was goal 1. I’m yet to complete goal 2 and that’s to be under 100kg but I will make it happen.
What struggles have you had this past year?
I have an almost 2 year old boy who’s had sleeping problems since birth. He doesn’t sleep well or alone so we get next to no sleep most nights leaving me unmotivated to do anything. I’ve also gone through two pretty big surgeries this year. February I had a large cyst removed from my left ovary that was causing a lot of pain and discomfort (that’s when I was diagnosed with Endometriosis). Just after I recovered from that I had my tonsils removed in April. I would definitely not recommend this to any adult it’s excruciating, I thought I was going to die!
Do you take any supplements?
I’ve started taking Fat Blaster shakes of a morning to help kick start my weight loss.
What specific changes have you made that are working for you?
I have cut out sugar from my diet which I’m addicted to and fast food takeaways. I’ve also started walking 5kms a day everyday.
How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
We’re still working on that one! It’s hard with a toddler and a “meat only” man.
What is your regular meal plan? Does it include intermittent fasting?
I usually have a shake around 8:30 am. Then I usually won’t eat anything until lunch time, followed by dinner at 5pm.
I have started trying to fast from 6:30pm to roughly 8:30 – 9:00am (I used to snack through the night).
Is it just you, you and your partner, or you and your family that follow this lifestyle? Have your family struggled to accept your new lifestyle?
Family are accepting of my new lifestyle it’s just hard with meal times trying not to cook multiple meals for everyone.
What do you want other people who are struggling to lose weight to know?
That it is doable if you want it to be! Nobody can make you do it and nobody can do it for you, it’s all up to you!
What motivates you to continue with this lifestyle?
My son. I want to be able to run around with him and not have to sit down and be unable to play with him the way I want. I want to be here for him in years to come, happy and healthy.
If you could impart some words of wisdom on anyone starting out today what would it be?
Everything’s hard at first. You are learning something new and so is your body.
Once both your mind and body get used to your new routine the easier it will be.
Afterward by Megan
Polycystic ovary syndrome (or polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS) is a hormonal condition. ‘Polycystic’ literally translates as ‘many cysts’.
Women with PCOS commonly have high levels of insulin, and/or male hormones known as ‘androgens’. The cause of this is unclear, but insulin resistance is thought to be the key problem driving this syndrome.
Symptoms of PCOS
- irregular menstrual cycles
- amenorrhoea (no periods) – some women with PCOS do not menstruate, in some cases for many years
- excessive facial or body hair growth (or both)
- scalp hair loss
- reduced fertility
- at higher risk of anxiety and depression
- sleep apnoea
Endometriosis is when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs and grows outside of the womb and causes pain and/or infertility. Obesity, and associated insulin resistance, may contribute to endometriosis.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Pain on or around ovulation
Pain during sex
Pain when urinating
Pain in your pelvic region and lower back
Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding
Both of these have heavy links to insulin resistance and obesity. A ketogenic lifestyle can help with both of these diseases. As an endometriosis sufferer myself, and early onset menopause I would recommend anyone suffering a combination of the above symptoms to seek medical help. Many IBS sufferers are often misdiagnosed endometriosis sufferers.
I would like to thank Bekah Anne for her story, and would love to update as your journey continues. I can see how you are going after all lol.