As most of you know by now, My name is Claire, I am a 33-year-old mum of nine children under 12 years of age which include 8 girls and 1 boy. I am married to an amazing man called Mark aged 37. He is incredible and supports me in everything I do. We live in regional NSW and have home-schooled our children for 5 years. I feel very blessed to have a big beautiful and healthy family. We work hard and do everything we can to maintain a happy household. Life is pretty amazing!
This time 20 months ago I was on holiday in the New South Wales south coast with my family, We were having such a wonderful time away and were making such amazing memories together. We had days out at the beach and we ate out at our favourite restaurants. Everything was going great but I knew something wasn’t right within myself! I wasn’t depressed but I always felt tired, down and sluggish. I also felt very unmotivated but still got on with my daily routines. At that time I weighed 107 kilos and I realized that I had to drastically change something in my life. I was scared but I wanted to be the best I could be for my family.
About 8 weeks after the birth of our 9th child Michael, I decided I needed to change my eating habits and lose some weight and so my husband did some research and came across the Keto diet! “What was this I said to myself? I felt very intrigued but I was also very skeptical on whether it would actually work because I’ve tried so many diets in the past so why was this one any different?
The keto diet is a high-fat, high- protein, low-carbohydrate diet The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than the carbohydrates! As soon as I read that I had to cut out the carbohydrates I got a little worried! I was definitely a fan of eating carbohydrates because they satisfied my cravings fast and made me feel good but the downside was I crashed quickly after eating.
The first week of the diet was hard because I had cut everything that was high in carbohydrates out of my diet and I felt quite tired and I also had a mild case of the “keto flu” But I pushed through it. Soon after I started running for 30 minutes every day. At the end of week one, I was down almost 2 kilos which felt amazing! By the end of month one, I was down 8 kilos! I was shocked! This diet was actually working and I was enjoying it too! I felt really good and had so much more energy. I was already seeing BIG results!
After 3 months I had lost 15 kilos and people were noticing and telling me how well I looked. By the 6th month, I had lost 20 kilos which was a huge milestone for me! I felt so proud of myself for losing the weight and sticking to the diet! Not only was I busy mum of nine, I was also kicking goals with my weight loss too! It just goes to show that anyone can do this! By the end of month 12, I had lost 25 kilos and was feeling so much more motivated and happy. When I compared side by side pictures of myself I realized how much weight I had actually lost
After 20 months of strict Keto, I have lost 32 kilos altogether and I am feeling fantastic! I never thought I could do it but I did! I’m now back to the weight I was before I had any of my children which is pretty incredible! I know I will never be skinny and that is okay because I don’t want to be either. It’s great to feel healthy and still
have those curves! After losing the bulk of the weight, the weight loss has a been a bit slower but that’s healthy and to be expected.
I still have some weight to lose and I know I can do it!. I am so thankful to have the Keto diet because it has changed my life and my whole mindset on food has changed too. I don’t miss pasta or rice anymore! When you start Keto and learn more about it you realize there are so many yummy alternatives to the foods you were eating before and it allows you to be more creative when it comes to cooking. Some favourite dishes in our house are “Keto chicken and bacon curry” and a “Keto Sheppard’s pie” *just swap the potato for cauliflower mash*. Both dishes taste incredible! I also make my own Keto bread and it tastes really good!
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