Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obvious Changes

In the past few weeks, since I've been on the keto diet, my body has tightened up quite a bit. The changes are fun for me to see, as every day, I discover something new:

  • "Oh look! The veins in my arms show all the time now!"
  • "Hmmm ... my leg didn't used to dip there before."
  • "Can't believe I have a 6-pack for the first time in my life!"

This, for me, is one of the most rewarding parts of prep. I can literally watch my body change as a direct result of my hard work. How empowering.

Apparently, I'm not the only one noticing my body changing. People have been commenting and asking more questions than usual lately. Here's a sample of what I've been hearing:

"You're looking good!"

"Do you work out?"

"I should follow YOUR diet! Ha ha! You should hear what I ate today: chocolate cake!"

"Keep up the great work!"

"Ever since you quit bodybuilding, you got smaller." (Huh?!)

"Are you also competing in that show that everyone around here's doing?"

"Look at you! You're so tiny now!"

The comments are mostly positive, which I'm grateful for (negative comments just make the mental battle during prep even worse). My usual response is simply, "Thank you." Other times, I just smile and walk away with a puzzled expression on my face. I realize that this sport is still far from mainstream, and I'm looked upon as an oddity at times. I've come to terms with that and have embraced it. Besides, who wants to be normal anyway?!


  1. I've always wanted to try a keto diet...but not too sure. Do you like the diet?

    1. I don't mind the diet at all! It's very basic, but effective. It's not for everyone, though; it's inherently strict and there's a process to follow when coming out of keto.

  2. Hello,
    I have a question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

  3. I have to agree...Who wants to be Normal anyway. I want to be more than normal!!

  4. Is a keto diet similar to atkins? You're the Kari type of normal. F the other types! I'm so excited for you and all the changes you're seeing in your body. (at 7 days post partum I'm NOT liking the changes I'm seeing in mine hahahha) It's great that others are noticing too. I know it feels good to hear. Except for the negative nellies which is just dum dums showing their dum dum ness. Don't let it stress you or get your head out of the game.

    Tell us more about Keto! Once I heal from my section and get cleared from my doc I want to get back to working out (not like you killa!) and find a diet that'll work well for me.

    1. Yes the concept of keto is similar to Atkins, except it's healthier. Atkins allows all kinds of fat, which I'd rather not put in my body. I use healthy fats like olive oil, walnuts, and almonds. There are different approaches concerning re-feeds. Some programs advocate a complete day of junk food, others just a high carb meal once a week. Depends on which protocol you follow. Mine is a hybrid that Jerry designed for me.

      Also - I'm so excited bout your new lil guy!!! :)

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    1. Of course I have progress pictures! I'm just not going to post them. ;) I'll post some pics after the show next weekend.

  6. I LOVE keto!! it's how I lost my initial 60 lbs 2.5 yrs ago and it's how I'm prepping now. That ish works! ;-)

    1. Congrats on your weight loss! Keto is definitely effective for many people!