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Kim’s 140 Pound Transformation

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This is the story of Kim, one of the very inspirational stories that come across us at Ketogenic Living Facebook Group. Take it away Kim!

I’ve been overweight my entire life.  I can remember “doing” the Atkins diet when I was 5 or 6 years old, back when it first came out in 1972, with my mom.  I spent my whole life either on a “diet”, or all out binging.  I just never found a happy medium where I could maintain my weight loss and change my lifestyle.

In November of 2012, I found out I was hypothyroid, and that I had cervical cancer.  Add that to the fact that I was tipping the scale at 300 pounds, and I really didn’t expect to have a long life.  I was depressed, and extremely out of shape.

At 300 pounds, just walking across the parking lot at Wal-Mart would leave me out of breath.  I had absolutely no physical activity, unless you count going out to dinner every night.    I would spend my day eating all of the most unhealthy things you could imagine.  Breakfast was usually an apple fritter and a breakfast burrito with extra bacon.  During the day, I would snack on junk food (chips, candy bars, cookies, etc) until it was time for dinner.  Pretty much every night we would go out to dinner, and it almost always included fries.  My favorite was a grilled cheese sandwich (double cheese) with French fries and a large side of ranch to dip it all in.  Many nights also included dessert, which was often a full pint of Ben and Jerry’s.  It’s no wonder I was unhealthy and immobile!

On February 22, 2013, I finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to FINALLY get healthy and get my life back.  I started with Atkins 72 induction.  That’s what I was most familiar with.  I had “done” it off and on for a good part of my life, but I had never actually made it a lifestyle.  This time around I knew that I couldn’t keep doing this.  I’m 46 years old.  Enough is enough.  I had to finally, permanently, get it right.

Kim, nearly 140 pounds lighter!

Kim, nearly 140 pounds lighter!

For me, getting it right meant really educating myself.  I immersed myself in information, recipes, and everything I could get my hands on about a low carb lifestyle.  That’s when I stumbled onto the information about a ketogenic lifestyle. To me, it was basically Atkins, but one step further.  And the more I read about a Ketogenic way of eating, the more it made sense to me.

Over the course of a year, I continued to eat the foods that are listed on the Atkins 72 induction list, but I put a focus on eating higher fat, moderate protein, and very low carb and staying in Ketosis.

During the entire year, I didn’t exercise.  While I firmly believe that exercise is great for your overall health, I don’t believe that it’s necessarily conducive to “scale” losses.  I needed the motivation of seeing the scale numbers move down to stay motivated, so I didn’t exercise.  Now that I’m almost to goal, I did start exercising about 6 weeks ago, knowing that it would improve my body and health, but that it probably wouldn’t really move the scale for me.

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All these changes, over the course of a year, worked!  I’m down almost 140 pounds now.  I’d still like to lose about 15 pounds more, but I know that those last pounds will come off more slowly, and I’m okay with that.  My life has changed.  The woman that couldn’t walk across a parking lot is now doing 5k’s and hiking in the desert with her dogs!  Instead of buying the biggest tents I can find to cover my body, I’m actually buying cute clothes that I like for the first time in my entire life.  It amazes me that my body is continuing to change.

A huge difference!

A huge difference!

I’m not hungry, I have no desire to go back to who I used to be and to eat what I used to eat.  I love living a ketogenic lifestyle.  To me, there’s never even the option of eating off plan.  I just don’t want to.  I love my life and I’m thankful for the healthy person that I’ve become.


  1. Sue Kjellgren

    WOW – Kim what an amazing story! Congratulations to you for turning your life around – you must be so proud of yourself☺️ All that hard work has paid off and you look incredible and obviously feel that way as well – it’s obvious from the smile on your face. Your story is inspirational to me and I hope one day to have my photos and story here as well following in your footsteps!

    Good luck on your journey with life xx

    • Kim

      Thank you so much Sue! It’s amazing to feel like I have my life back! This year I’m hoping to go skydiving, which I could never even think about doing at 300 pounds!

  2. Qsuriya

    OHMG! This is soooo inspiring man.
    Kim please please can you post your usual menue? And do you think cheese is ohk to take on atkins? I heard it smalls many.
    Ohmg you are a different person. I feel soo good and motivated after reading it man!
    WOW just WOW!!

    • Kim

      Thank you Qsuriya! I tend to eat the same menu over and over, just because that’s how I like to eat. Even when I wasn’t eating low carb/high fat, I always ate the same things over and over. A typical daily menu for me right now is ~
      Breakfast ~ 4-6 pieces of bacon
      Lunch ~ 2 Eggs smashed in a bowl with some mustard, 2 Tablespoons of Mayo, and 1 Tablespoon of MCT oil
      Snack ~ 1 ounce of Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
      Dinner is almost some type of meat thrown on the grill. Usually Ribeye Steak, or Pork Steak, or some hamburger patties. I always eat all the visible fat off first, and then if I’m still hungry I’ll eat some of the meat.
      That’s it. I keep it pretty simple.

      • Tonya

        Wow! You are such an inspiration, thanks for sharing.

        Did you add veggies to that? I think my weight loss get stalled by veggies.

        Thanks so much

        • Kim

          Hi Tonya! No, I don’t eat any veggies. I do plan on adding them in when I get to my goal, which is 4 pounds away.

  3. Jodie

    Hi, I was so glad to find your post. You look wonderful. I am 70 years old and I want to try the low carb eating. You sample menu gave my hope. One question, do you eat any raw vegs? Have you had the bulletproof coffee? I made it today and it was very good. Is this all I should have breakfast. All the help you can give me would be good. Thank you, Jodie

    • Kim

      Hi Jodie! I don’t drink bulletproof coffee, just because I don’t like coffee. I do use MCT oil every day, and when it’s cold, I’ll add some MCT oil and sugar free DaVincis syrup to a glass of hot water. I think bulletproof coffee is a great way to get your fats in! If you have one for breakfast, and it fills you up, then you really don’t need anything else. If you’re still hungry, go ahead and eat with it. I don’t eat any veggies at this point. I have 4 pounds left to get to goal, and then I’ll start slowly adding veggies back in to see what I can eat and still maintain.

  4. katrina

    Kim, thanks for sharing your story. What an inspiration! I also have about 150 pounds to lose and I’m curious to know if you have a lot of loose skin. This is something that concerns me – but not as much as slowly eating myself to death does.
    Thanks,
    Katrina

    • Kim

      Hi Katrina, Yes, I definitely have a lot of loose skin. I often compare myself to a sharpie! :) But I honestly just figure that’s my price to pay for abusing and neglecting my body for so long. In clothes, you can’t really tell, and I know that I’m so much healthier than I was that I just live with it. Don’t let that discourage you from taking this journey, it’s so worth it!

      • katrina

        Kim, it doesn’t keep me from losing. I just wanted confirmation from someone who’s lost about as much as I have to go. Thanks!

  5. Linda

    Kim, Thanks for your story….Along you way did you ever plateau at a certain weight and if so,did you do anything to different to get through it?


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