Who am I?
I am Megan, and I created this site as a way to share my journey with others out there that may be in a similar situation as I was. I want to serve as a beacon of light for others so they do not hit the same rocks I did when I was starting.
When I was starting out I had food, nutrition and exercise all wrong. Like many, I thought I was doing it right by eating healthy whole grains and eating less was my bible and working out until exhaustion was my religion. I use that analogy because it can be easy to become as dogmatic about our nutritional beliefs. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I started to become a heretic that I started to look, feel and perform better than I ever have.
Whats my Story?
I was never obese, but I was overweight. I had never really thought about weight until it became a source of my shame. I was in the 5th grade when the guy I had a huge crush on started calling me “fatty four eyes,” that is when I started to think that I was overweight. At that time, I was about 5”3’ and 165 lbs. At 11 years old I didn’t understand why I was so heavy. I tried to take little steps to get into shape, I eat less and exercised more, it helped me get some weight off.
As I got older, I would ride my bike instead of walking to burn more calories. I would eat low-fat foods and drink canned lemonade instead of sodas. I grew to 5”5’ and stayed about the same weight, I must be doing something right.
Fast forward to high school I joined JROTC, which is an elective that introduces you into the military and its values. All throughout high school I kept eating the healthy 12-grain bread, low-fat foods and sugary sweet drinks, that my pop said we’re healthy for me. I was also constantly drilling or running with JROTC while still riding my bike or skateboarded 3 miles to school I saw improvements in my waistline. Since I was so young and active I was able to out work my diet. I had a 6-pack and I was proud of my body. I had muscle definition from the workouts we did, I went from a 1 push up max to over 30 without stopping. However, come junior I had a boyfriend that would pick me up and drive me to school. Slowly, a layer of fluff slightly masked my 6-pack. I was no longer proud of my body. I tried the vegetarian approach to curb my weight gain. I ended up eating more processed junk, like veggie burgers, breakfast burritos, and pizza. I did that for a year or so and saw no difference. I was still around 150-155, still not huge, but not Ideal.
I maintained that until I moved to Texas. I moved in with my brother and found P90X, I also started eat less processed junk. I copied what my brother ate since he was a moderately lean guy while still being really strong. He ate high protein, moderate carbs, and fat. I was drinking and eating full-fat dairy and fatty meats, but we still had a ton of whole grains. With my workout schedule and diet change I got down to 135-140, I was happy with myself again.
This worked as long as I kept working out. Once I got into a long term relationship and got comfortable, I stopped making time to workout. My diet stayed the same, and the weight started to creep back. When we finally noticed our weight gain, I was back at 150 and she was at her highest weight too. So we decided to make a dietary change, she started weight watchers and I downloaded a food tracker app to help me. After moving in together I started looking into better ways of eating. At first, I took out most of the processed crap, but I still consumed bread, pizza, and soda. Pizza is my kryptonite. Getting rid of the hot pockets, TV dinners and pop tarts, helped me feel and look a little better, but I still wasn’t to my JROTC body.
Over time I found “4-hour body” by Tim Ferriss and I started implementing little “slow-carb” changes. I never followed his mandatory cheat day, however. This helped me have more mental clarity, but I still felt like something was missing. My girlfriend turned fiancee and I decided to start moving around more, so we started at an MMA gym which we both fell in love with. We would also go to the university gym to do some rock climbing and racquetball. The MMA and rock climbing helped me gain some muscle, without losing weight which was good, but I would still feel sluggish after meals. I started listening to history podcasts and figured there should be ones that focus on health too. I stumbled onto Tim’s podcast, then I also found Abel James and his podcast.
After listening to Abel’s podcast and hearing his awesome guests I started to drink the paleo Kool-Aid, so to speak and I started to understand the importance of what you ate and how it affected you. I started to change from slow-carb to paleo. It made me feel a little better. I felt like I was killing it in the gym and my mental fog and ADHD symptoms would come and go. The only question left for me was: “Why did these symptoms return from time to time?”
Like many other Paleo folks, I baked the occasional honey sweetened treat and other such goodies. What was that harm in that, right? That’s how I felt until I heard Vinnie Tortorich on Abel’s podcast and I was suddenly hooked on his message, it was so simple, “No sugars, No grains.” I ran with it. My inflammation and ADD symptoms are gone, but the energy remains. It was a while until I really understood and learned about Ketones and their benefits and effects on our brain and body. That’s when I also added Ketovangelist and later KetoSavage to my regular rotation. Now, I am a better version of myself because I looked at my approach to diet and nutrition and I tweaked it to fit my needs. Having the freedom to know how different foods will fuel your body is an awesome feeling that I want to bring to everyone.
Keto and Beyond.
The diet I ended up thriving on is high fat, moderate protein, and low carbs. This may not work for everyone, but it has worked wonders for me. I feel better when using ketones and fat to fuel my awesomeness. This may all seem like a lot to take in, but we will talk about these topics in future posts.
Being 100% open, I have had a lot of ups and downs through my journey. These are just the main points. On occasion, I indulge in crap foods, which leads to effects on my ADHD or other less than desirable side effects, but that is being human. We are not infallible or perfect, I just strive to be better than the sum of my parts. When I fall into self-defeating actions I want to have the respect for myself to dust off, tell myself it’s okay and I continue down this path. It all starts with knowing why we embarked on our journey and having positive self-talk when you do not live up to your own expectations.
This will be a journey that takes a lifetime so, have fun, play hard, and eat real foods.
Thank you for sticking with me this far, I hope we will have many more discussions like this in the future.
Until then, tell me a little about you and your journey in the comment section or reach out directly at Thrivingonfat@gmail.com