Sometimes I find myself talking negatively to myself… things I sometimes say to myself I would never say to another person… ever. Do you ever do this? Look at yourself and see the flaws instead of the beauty? Beat yourself up for going too high on carbs or maybe blowing off your keto plan completely?
Do you play the ‘would-a, could-a, should-a’ game in your head? It might go something like this “why did I have that piece of cake, I have no willpower!” or “why isn’t the scale moving, everyone else seems to be losing weight but me.”
If you could go back in time and tell your pre-keto self the difference between regular dieting and keto… what would you say? Did you go off your pre-keto diets because of lack of willpower or was it because your insulin levels were high, your body was running on glucose and you were addicted to carbs?
If you could say to your old self ‘hey, it was not your fault that you could not lose the weight, stick to it or improve x-health issue’, would you?
If you can come up with some things to say to your pre-keto self, then you can say the same nice things to your current keto self. Those times when you veer off or the scale isn’t moving.
You know how when you meet someone that is mildly interested in ‘this keto thing’ and your face lights up and you have to tell them how great keto is? That is exactly how you need to talk to yourself anytime you are feeling down with regard to your keto plan, weight loss etc…
We need to forgive our pre-keto selves, and we need to forgive and be kind to our CURRENT keto-selves. We are all human and there is no ‘perfect keto’ no matter what some may say. Losing weight and getting healthy is not just a ‘count your macros’ thing… it’s mental and it’s emotional. It’s also never going to feel the same week to week. It also takes experimentation and tweaking to see what works for OUR body, as we are all different.
It’s easy to feel on top of the world when we are rocking our keto (hey, those ketones are euphoric right?), but it’s what we say to ourselves when we are not ‘getting high from our own supply’ that is really going to make the difference between keto being a temporary thing or a lifestyle thing. I have now been keto for 2 years and I know 100% it’s a lifestyle thing for me… keto forever.
But I still say some negative things to myself… everyone does. I am trying VERY hard to be kind to myself though… I am realizing more and more that the negative things I say to myself have a huge impact on my self-esteem and how I think about my health. It’s ok to not be perfect… it really is.
Forgive yourself if you were not perfect then… and especially if you are not perfect now… none of us are.
You got this!
Leta ~ Intentionally Bare
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