I was blown away that so many of you were interested in joining me in a Keto/Low Carb 30-Day Challenge. I’ve always been pretty lazy keto, as I don’t have the brain space to track macros. I’ve still gotten results, so it has worked for me, but I know that consistency is key and there are steps I can take to get better overall results. In fact, I may have gotten a little too lazy. With summer quickly approaching, I thought it would be beneficial to launch a Keto/Low Carb 30-Day Challenge to get my butt in gear, and I was so excited when hundreds of you wanted to join. Plus, when I am challenged, I tend to work harder. Couple a challenge with group encouragement and you have a recipe for success! There are several areas that many people tend to struggle when following either a Keto or Low Carb Diet so I thought that we would focus on four key areas. It is my goal to keep this challenge as simple and straightforward as possible. In this Challenge we are going to focus on hitting our net carb goal (whatever that is), drink water, exercise consistently at least 10 minutes per day (which will hopefully motivate us to do more), and to take our supplements. Here is the deal, you are the boss of you. Therefore you pick what works best for you whether you want to follow a Ketogenic Diet or low carb. You pick your exercise program and what supplements you prefer. I’ll share what I’m doing, but in the end, you make whatever decisions work best for you. The key to this challenge is sticking with your choices consistently for 30 days then measuring your results.
First, it’s important to choose your net carb goal (or total carb if you prefer). This amount will vary depending on if you are following Keto or Low Carb. I know I have gotten lazy in this area. After eleven months of following a ketogenic diet, I know what foods I can eat and about how many carbs in each. However, over the past couple of months, I quit adding my daily net carbs. As a result, I have noticed that my weight loss has stalled. This is an area that is challenging for me because I don’t want to count and measure everything I put in my mouth. One of my goals is food freedom and keeping up with an app where I log everything I eat would cause me to focus too much on food. I know this works for many people and that is awesome! Do what works for you! For me, I will keep up with net carbs in my head while I add healthy fats to the foods that I eat so that my fat is much higher than my protein.
My goal is to drink half my weight in water. This will be a huge accomplishment for me. Although, I rarely drink “cokes” and by coke, I mean Sprite Zero (can you tell I’m from the south), I know I don’t drink enough water. It is one of those things I’m just going to make myself do whether I like it or not. I have noticed when I drink a lot of water I begin to crave it. When I don’t drink a lot of water, I crave other things like Crystal Light and Sprite Zero, which I know aren’t good choices. So, for the next 30 days, I’m going to be super focused on drinking my water and enjoying the health benefits whether I like the taste of it or not.
I’ve got four kids. Two of my kids are three and under. I homeschool my kids. I work at home. We have at least two baseball games a week. We are very involved at church. I barely have time to shower. I could go on and on with many more reasons why I haven’t made time to exercise. However, the truth is I DO have ten minutes a day. Another reason I haven’t made time to exercise is that I feel weak. So, when I do exercise I don’t feel strong, I get tired easily, and it hurts. Also, I like results, and I like to see them fast. Unfortunately, exercise takes consistent effort over time. Many of you may already be exercising and ten minutes a day sounds ridiculous. If you are in that boat, please set a goal that will challenge you. Here is what I know; if I start exercising 10 minutes a day I’ll begin to feel stronger, and I’ll start to see results which will, in turn, make me want to do it more. So, the 10 minutes a day goal for me is to start a consistent exercise habit.
This one is a biggie. I am doing some research now as I know that supplements are very important when following a ketogenic lifestyle especially. Personally, I am not a supporter of exogenous ketones. I don’t think they are necessary since our bodies produce ketones when we eat properly. But, to each their own. If they work for you, go for it. I am taking a couple of AdvoCare supplements including a probiotic (ProBiotic Restore), OmegaPlex (omega 3 fatty acid), and a supplement that protects my muscles while losing fat called Catalyst. (I do have a distributorship account with AdvoCare so that I can purchase my products at a discount. If you would like to check out what I am taking, you can order from my link or someone you know. However, I am not trying to sell you anything.) Take whatever products you desire that work for you. I am just sharing what I am doing. I am also taking a Magnesium and potassium supplement that I bought at Walmart. I know I need to add collagen, and I am currently looking for a new multi-vitamin as my body cannot process folic acid, so I need one with folate instead. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear. My next goal is to purchase the 23 and me DNA genetic test and have a doctor interpret my results and suggest the best supplements for my personal genetic makeup. I will be honest. I am terrible at remembering to take all my supplements every day. Especially when some require an empty stomach while others suggest taking with a meal. Even if I have to set reminders on my phone, I will be consistent!
How do I get started?
- Go here and join my Easy Keto/Low Carb Recipes Facebook Page if you haven’t already.
- Go here and join our brand new Keto/Low Carb Challenge Group Facebook page where we can share our successes and failures. This is going to be a kind group where we support and respect each other. None of us are the Keto police. My goal is to make this a great community to support each other on this journey.
- Print out your 30-Day Keto/Low Carb Challenge Printable checklist. Fill it out according to your goals, place it in a prominent area where you will see it daily, and get ready to get started! Don’t forget your beginning weight and measurements on the last page. Measurements are so important when you do not see the results you want on the scale.
- I created a super simple basic printable Keto Grocery List to make grocery shopping easy you don’t want to miss.
- Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram. I’ll be adding exercise ideas, recipes, and other helpful tips to both.
- Share with your friends and family who are also doing Keto/Low Carb because a challenge is always more fun with people you know to inspire and encourage you.
- Get ready to feel amazing and see incredible results! We can do this together!
Don’t forget to print your 30-Day Keto/Low Carb Challenge Printable!