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EP 39: How I Finally Lost 25 Pounds this Year (After Failing Every Other Year)

Jan 7, 2019

EP 39: How I Finally Lost 25 Pounds this Year (After Failing Every Other Year)

Welcome to Do It Scared™ podcast! In every episode of this podcast, we’ll talk about how to face your fears, overcome obstacles, and create a life you love! This is a really personal episode. I’ll share more about my own weight loss journey, and reveal how I was finally able to accomplish a goal that has eluded me for half a decade.

Can you believe it’s already 2019?! I’m thrilled to have you joining me for this first episode of the new year. And in honor of one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, we’re going to talk weight loss. While this might seem like an unusual topic for this podcast, I’ve learned that the way we feel about ourselves affects everything that we do. Losing weight boosts confidence and helps us feel more courageous!

Last New Year’s, I set a goal to lose 25 pounds and get into the best shape of my life. For the first few months of the year, I was on fire! But then I ended up with a stress fracture. One thing led to another, and the weight crept back on. In August, I got serious again! I ended up starting the keto diet, and you guys, it seriously changed my life. My husband joined me on the diet, and lost so much weight that he’s at the lowest weight he’s been since we’ve known each other.

I’ve been getting a ton of questions about it, so I want to take this episode to dive into some of the essential steps to getting started with keto, and to clear up some of the confusion around it. The first step is to get clear about what keto means, and how it works! I’ll explain the basics of ketosis, and talk about the transition period (which can be pretty miserable).

Once you’ve gotten through the transition period, it takes five to six weeks for your body to become fat-adapted. This feels incredible! Once I became fat-adapted, I had tons of energy and felt amazing. Best of all, at this stage it’s often possible to add more carbs, so I can have some wine or dark chocolate again.

Tune into this episode to learn more! I’ll talk about how to get started with keto, some great recommendations for resources, whether my kids are also on a keto diet, what we eat over the course of a typical week, and much more. If you want to lose weight, change your diet, and find more energy, this is the episode for you!



[01:34] – Ruth welcomes listeners to the episode, and introduces today’s topic.
[05:10] – To keep up with Ruth, follow her on Instagram! This is the only social media account that she handles personally.
[05:43] – Ruth talks about her struggles with weight, her resolution, her streak of success, and then her problems with re-gaining the weight she had lost.
[08:56] – After regaining the weight, Ruth was unhappy but also encouraged, because she knew she was able to lose weight.
[12:01] – Ruth explains step 1: getting clear about what keto means and how it works.
[14:18] – We learn about how to get started with keto.
[18:08] – Ruth talks about what to expect after you get through the transition period, and how it feels to become fat-adapted.
[21:16] – We hear some of Ruth’s recommended resources for understanding keto.
[22:14] – Step 2 is to figure out what you can eat, and then make a plan!
[25:50] – Ruth addresses the question of whether her kids are also on a keto diet.
[27:37] – We learn that Ruth does most of the cooking for dinner, which is a big shift for her family, and why they’ve made this choice.
[29:23] – Ruth lists some of the typical dishes that her family might eat over the course of a week.
[31:11] – Step 3 is to make keto work for you and your lifestyle, Ruth explains.
[37:21] – Ruth recaps the three steps you need to take when it comes to getting into keto.