7 Things That Derail My Keto Journey Every Time

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I hope I am not the only one that struggles with this.

Not long ago I was sitting here frustrated by the fact that so much of my hard work with weight loss is down the drain.

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I know I can lose it almost as fast as I put it on. I can gain and lose rather quickly…but I tend to hit a certain weight and the sabotage myself.

Yes, this is me being brutally honest.

I do it to myself.

7 Things That Derail My Keto Journey Every Time

Here’s the thing I’ve come to realize, its not just one thing. Its a bunch of little things. Sometimes a combination of things that derail me.

And once I am derailed, its really hard to get back on.

But I love Keto.

  • I love how I feel when I am in ketosis.
  • I love not being bloated all of the time, and not having heartburn.
  • I love how clear-headed I am.

There are a million reasons why I love Keto.

But reversing decades of bad eating is hard.

Really hard.

So here are the things I do to derail myself – and maybe putting them down on paper will help me remember to stop sabotaging myself!

And maybe you’ll discover your moment of derailment, too.

1. Not having a plan

Seriously though. If I don’t have a menu and food prepped and ready to eat, I will reach for easy-to-grab foods.

And there are no legitimately Keto foods that fit that category.

At least, not my category. I’m more of a whole foods-type of Ketonian. I like a lot of fresh veg, good, healthy meats…not packaged foods.

2. Not tracking my food

Okay, here we go.

When I very first derailed is when I listened to a podcaster devalue food tracking.

I get why she said it, because of her own past struggle with food issues. But there are those of us out there who have different issues for which food tracking is exactly what we should do.

For her it was freedom not to track food. For me it was a trap.

Tracking keeps me accountable.

3. Thinking that”one bite” of that non-keto food wont hurt.

Here’s the truth: Yes it does.

If nothing else, it goes right to my all-or-nothing personality.

But, physiologically speaking, that one bite causes a reaction in my brain that says “More! More!”and I can’t stop at just one bite.

4. Making anything for my family that involves tortillas…or donuts

Okay, I know you think I’m being funny, but it’s true.

I love my tacos, burritos, quesadillas….or basically anything involving a tortilla. And I know there are recipes for Keto taco shells, but I have yet to find one I like.

Or that doesn’t split open on me and cause a big mess.

And don’t get me started on the donuts.

When my husband works graveyard, he’ll often stop by the bakery on the way home and get a huge bag of jelly-filled donuts.

And there are few things that can pull the rug from under my Ketofied feet than donuts…..and Oreos.

Serious derailment happens here.

5. Trying too many new things at once

Early on in my Keto journey I fell into this trap.

And I’ve fallen into this same trap a few times. I get to doing too many new things with Keto, get distracted or discouraged and then get derailed.

This usually happens if I’m listening to too many podcasts that tell you “try this”, “do that”, “eat this”, “don’t eat that”.

I get so caught up in all the little details, I miss the big picture and get frustrated.

I know what works for me now, and that’s what I am working hard to stick to.

6. Going on vacation or to my in-laws

This is exactly what happened this past summer. We were on vacation and I didn’t have Keto options available to me – and it took months to get back on.

The only answer to this problem is discipline when we get back home, because I can’t control what I don’t have access to.

9. Holidays

Can I get an Amen?

I mean, who hasn’t been derailed by a holiday named Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Especially Christmas.

When you’re the only Ketonian in the family, you face a special level of temptation and potential for derailment.

But this journey doesn’t just transform you on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Building discipline.

So, hopefully the next time the Oreo or donut calls my name….the next time I’m out and don’t have keto options available to me….or the tempting thought of “just one bite” teases my brain I will remember this post.

And choose discipline instead!

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