Cee Kay´s sixth week with KetOntrack
Completed the six-week program, what an experience! I´m really happy to have marked this milestone. Summarizing the step by step approach of the previous weeks in one sentence: A very rewarding and change in a lifetime self-exploration.
Having pushed the boundaries in fasting, learning a lot about nutrition and digestion, and picking up on getting fit again, was unexpecting a very smooth ride. This was exceptionally possible through the KetOntrack principles and the 6-weeks program. It´s not that you don´t have access to the knowledge, knowing what is good for you, i.e. less carbs, more rich in nutrients food, focused workout, having the right level of hydration and so on, but it´s the special way of KetOntrack having taught me and my body, to become metabolically flexible. This was a physical and psychological learning curve and has had so far, a big impact on my lifestyle.
Check my before and after pictures!
Needless to state that I am now since two weeks in keto, justified and measured via the Keto-Mojo meter, whereby in week 5 it was as desired a slight ketosis, then this week, with 18/6 intermittent fasting and usually two rich meals, as well as a good level of activity, I´m fully ‘ketonised’ 🙂
I´m now much more energetic and I have written this in my previous posts, but what does it actually mean? For me it means, that I´m much more focused on my energy levels. I have achieved to be more awake and productive during the day. I have the feeling as if someone switched on an additional battery. Even when there was some hick up´s, as posted previously, with some sickness, I was able to recover quickly, my body and mind demanding to continue on the chosen path. This is simply fantastic.
Positive (side) effects I have noticed and which definitely need to be mentioned:
a.) Better Skin, cleaner, rosier look, less skin irritations
b.) Improved taste, food tastes richer and pure.
c.) Better sleep, more efficient recuperation.
d.) More relaxed, day to day approach to life.
e.) Down one and a half clothes sizes from my original size 6 weeks ago.
f.) All the gathered knowledge is very useful going forward.
g.) Picked up on autogenic training more frequently again.
Since one of my passions is cooking, for me it was a won challenge to cook keto compatible meals. I have amended a lot of my recipes to be keto friendly, derived from the nutritional awareness achieved with KetOntrack. Some of my recipes are already online here, and there are yet more to come. It was so far a fulfilling experience, with some slight challenges, where I needed to prep some side dishes for the family from time to time, to be equipped with the right level of needed carbs (I have a son of 1 year, he needs it).
Being a regular Sauna guest, especially in these nice Spa´s, I´m convinced that a Sauna visit can remarkably soothe your body and soul and I think everyone should do it frequently. I´m now going every week once, at least in the winter months, so I stay fit and focused on staying healthy.
My three key take ways in week 6:
- Time flew by, and now I feel like a new human being. Really remarkable.
- Positive attitude comes from achieving set targets, as well as the overall improvements with KetOntrack, visible and inner strength. A foundation, which I trust to continue on the same path.
- Twelve (12)!! Kilo´s down in 6 weeks. An achievement, but yet more to come and as the next steps, to increase muscle strength, resulting in more weight balance as a result.
In the weeks to come the focus is on trying to improve sleep length and quality. I will need to strengthen further my fitness and drive muscle growth in my back and hip and of course get the belly even more reduced. What´s life without proper targets? All in all, I am eager to continue the given path and am happy to receive my KetOntrack Practitioner certificate, aiming to go the full path and become a Trainer at some point.
I´m happy to have achieved all this and thanks to Panagiotis for gathering all the information and his consultancy and his mentoring on his true passion, being KetOntrack.
Congratulations Cee Kay! What an amazing achievement! You look great and the advantages you describe are brilliant! In your 6 weeks, what was your hardest challenge and how did the program help? I understand the program is designed to sidestep typical criticism about ketogenic nutrition and become metabolic flexible instead?
Hey & Thanks!
I think the hardest challenge was to convince myself at the beginning, that I do not need carbohydrates / sugar. Quickly resolving to the bright moment, that the fasting schedule paired with slight amendments of the meals I anyways cook, conforming perfectly with the nutritious guidelines.
You name it precisely, metabolic flexibility is the overarching goal, whereby the focus is exactly on a healthy diet, being less religious about keto in general, but following a holistic and healthy approach, concentrating not only on the nutritious area, but also on fitness and mind & sleep. I think these facts make KetOntrack´s program fantastic, taking small steps towards the first step of metabolic flexibility as the closure of the first 6-weeks program and this differentiates it compared to a pure max carb of X amount ketogenic approach in my opinion.
Congratulations from me too Cee Kay.
Your input is thorough and detailed and it is very helpful.
As with many diets, you can follow a ketogenic approach but not reach your health goals if you dont introduce the right quality to the foods you eat. Try local, seasonal and whole foods!