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Meet Katheryn, aka @caffeine_n_keto from Oklahoma, USA. She is a mother of two, a wife , a Starbucks lover (just like that T-swift song) and a successful keto-er! She talks about evaluating her habits to get to where she is now, her biggest inspirations and guilty pleasures! Check out her fitness journey below!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you began your fitness journey? And, how you got to where you are now with keto?
A: My name is Katheryn. I am so many things, but first I am a wife, mother of two teenage boys and I'm enjoying my thirties. I started my fitness journey after taking a hard look at blood work results I got from my yearly exam. Not only was I overweight for my height, my blood glucose was in the pre-diabetic stage and my overall cholesterol was in the high marker. My doctor mentioned in the past how I gained weight, but I breezed over it. I was actually upset that he mentioned it when I just finished a half-marathon. I thought how on earth is this man bringing up my weight when I've been training like a beast? But the truth was, I wasn't taking proper care of what I was putting in my mouth. I had made up so many excuses and lied to myself too many times on the amount of food I was consuming. I started tracking my food and was surprised at how much I really did eat. I took it a step further and evaluated the quality of foods and how it was fueling my body. Almost everything I was consuming was artificial this or some other shit-storm concoction. I've tried low-carb in the past, but only sustained it temporarily. Within the low-carb community, "Keto" kept popping up. My physician is super fit and an athlete. When he mentioned Ketogenic diet, the two slices of information collided and I knew it was something I had to try.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you -- meals, exercise, downtime, etc.?
A: A typical day for me in the weight loss phase is intermittent fasting until lunch time. Wow- what a concept for me to learn and realize you don't have to eat breakfast! Most days I wake up not wanting anything, but a cup of coffee. After reading, "The Complete Guide to Fasting: How to Heal Your Body" by Jason Fung I was amazed by how much I was able to adapt in my own lifestyle. I follow a 16 hour fasting and 8 hour fed protocol on a typical day. If I want to eat breakfast, I eat breakfast and forget the "schedule." My favorite exercise is the 21-Day Fix for overall toning. I most enjoy hot yoga for mental clarity, overall strengthening, and for pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Anytime I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I enjoy taking time away from social media and going for a walk and talk with my husband. Walking and talking to someone you love for me is therapeutic.
Q: What does the term "embrace your journey" mean to you?
A: Embracing your journey for me is an expression of the human experience. It's not blaming or judging yourself, but instead embracing each day as another chance to feed yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically. I don't like focusing on "getting off track" or being bad at Keto because it makes me feel like less of a person. Instead, I try to focus on breaking bad patterns, educating myself on the why behind the things I do, and ways to improve my decision making skills. I try to do things a certain way, but we are humans and we are going to screw shit up!
Q: Who/what are your biggest inspirations and why?
A: My biggest inspirations are the Keto-community and other contributors in the weigh loss communities. I started my Instagram account for accountability and to share my journey. I had NO idea it would turn into what it has become. For me its a place to be encouraged when you feel like you don't have it right, friendships, and the feeling of belonging to something greater than yourself.
Q: What are your guilty pleasures: food, music, fave workout?
A: My favorite food is sushi and Chicken Pad Thai. I could hoard all my macros and feast on either of those any time of the day. I have the worst time picking one favorite genre of music because I am a music junkie. I love going to concerts and feel like it's lifeblood. The last concert I attended was Coldplay'sHead Full of Dreams Tour- hands down the best concert I've been to. When I workout to my 21 Day Fix program, I almost always have AC/DC playing or some type of gansta' rap. Those are totally opposite styles, but it amps me up either way.
Q: What is your process for tackling a challenge and the hard days and what challenge have you recently overcome?
A: When I start cutting myself a break, that doesn't mean I'm weak. It means I acknowledge this is a process. The biggest challenge I've had to face on this journey is not allowing myself to feel enough. The pattern or cycle I am actively breaking is when I feel not good enough. I over perform at work by taking on multiple tasks or committees, I feel bogged down; therefore, I try to find something to make me feel better. I grab the wrong foods in efforts to soothe these feelings and I mindlessly eat. I've learned to say, "No." I've learned to take a step back to ask myself how is this benefiting me financially, spiritually, or adding to my family in some way. If it doesn't benefit me and only the outside person, it's not a fit or partnership. I keep it moving. Some days are easier than others, and when it's a challenging day I just remind myself of all the things I am doing right.
Q: A piece of advice you'd like to give others on their fitness journey?
A: Educating yourself on diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes need to be a big part of your journey. If you see or hear someone trying something, get the facts first before trying it or forming a negative opinion. So many things can be cleared up by researching it through your own lenses. Things are going to work for you and somethings aren't. Find the balance.
Start incorporating things to your lifestyle at a pace your are comfortable with. Sometimes too many good things can be overwhelming and set you up for failure if you try to do them all at once. Also, find a great community that both feeds and takes from you. If you are taking from a community, give that much of yourself back to them.
Q: Shoutout to anyone on Instagram? who are your MUST follows?
A: I love humorous people, so I was immediately drawn to Nia Chang @kimchi.and.collards. She has a way of saying all sorts of naughty things in a hilarious tone. She is sugar and spice without the carbs! I love her friendship and the sisterhood she brings to the keto community. There are so many others killing the keto game, but here are a few of my must follows: @under20carbs, @codefitforlife, @100ketodays, @ketotrack, and @diaryofashrinkingmommy all are the real deal. We share ideas, heartaches, successes and a friendship beyond the computer screen. I am sure I left someone out, but they know I love them too!
We are so inspired the Keto community on Instagram! We are not on the Keto diet, but are so interested in learning more about it and thrilled that so many have found success following it! If you would like to share your story with us, or become a guest blogger send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!