Welcome back to Easy Keto with Tasha, and Happy New Year! As we enter into a new year, I wanted to focus on New Year’s resolutions and goal setting as it pertains to your keto journey. Let’s start the year off right! I also have exciting announcements about Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook and our newest community, Ketogasm Friends.
Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook
This year isn’t just going to be amazing because we all get to start fresh in a new decade. It’s also due to the fact that my newest book, Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook, is being released on January 14, 2020! This book isn’t just a regular book, it’s a cool book. It’s a complete reference guide, cookbook, and jam-packed resource suitable for any woman interested in keto!
Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook is currently available for preorder now at your preferred online retailer. Once you’ve read your copy, don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon! Not only do I read every single one, but they also help more people see the book! Share how the book has helped you in your keto journey, and who knows how many people you could help!
My Personal Keto Journey
I am definitely a behind-the-scenes kind of person, but I really wanted to share my story with you as part of my New Year's resolution.
I’m Tasha. I first started eating low-carb and keto back in 2011. Doing keto helped me take charge of my PCOS symptoms and manage my fertility. Keto played a huge part in helping me get pregnant. And up until then, I had a great time following keto.
However, as soon as I got pregnant, it was really difficult to stick to a keto diet. This ended up happening with both of my pregnancies. I had an extreme aversion to certain foods, and I ended up not following keto during my pregnancies.
What I did do was eat for two. Except instead of eating for two, I had a free-for-all. I was also very inactive. I ended up on light-duty and even a brief bed-rest. None of this helped my weight gain; instead, it made it worse.
After back-to-back pregnancies, I went back to eating keto. However, by this point, I was over 250 pounds. I loved being pregnant, but by the end of it, I felt like I had lost control of my body.
Back to Keto
So naturally, I decided to record a video of myself at my heaviest weight. After four months of diligently following my diet, I recorded a video showing the progress I made following keto. I knew keto worked well for me prior to my pregnancies; this time, I wanted to be able to see the proof of my progress.
In those first four months, I lost around 50 pounds. So I decided to post the video on YouTube. While I was initially terrified to put myself out there like that, I ended up receiving so much encouragement and messages from people who were inspired! I wasn’t perfect; I wasn’t a shredded bodybuilder.
Eight months in, I posted my second update video. I had finally reached my goal weight and was excited to share the progress I had made. My goal weight was where I was comfortable in my skin and felt like I had regained control of my body again; I still wasn’t a shredded bodybuilder. Once again, I received a lot of encouragement. But I also received a lot of comments that told me to keep going.
These comments really made me start second-guessing my progress and downplaying my accomplishments. It made me feel like the progress I had made wasn’t good enough, and I shut down. That was the end of my videos and where I decided to stay behind the camera.
Where I Am Now
All these years later, and I still couldn’t stop thinking about the messages of encouragement and inspiration. I realized that I could be helping people so much more if I was putting myself out there like that again. I’ve been scared of the what-ifs. What if people only look at me and see that I’m not shredded, even if that never aligned with my goal? What if people think me not being shredded means that keto doesn’t work?
I’ve been focusing a lot on mindset and body image, and I’ve realized that I need a major mindset makeover myself! Forget the what-ifs; this year, I’m shifting my mindset and putting myself back out there. I know I can help people with their keto journeys, so I’m going for it!
My 2020 New Year’s Resolutions are to put myself out there more, be more visible, be a real person instead of just a website, and do the things that make me uncomfortable.
Ketogasm Friends: 2020 Facebook Group
As part of my own personal New Year’s resolution for 2020, I’ve created a Facebook group called Ketogasm Friends. I’ll be hosting this group for the entire month of January. I’ll be going live daily to provide insights and how-tos, as well as providing a weekly Q&A. My goal for this group is to support your efforts in 2020 and create success for you!
As you can imagine, it’s a little terrifying to decide to put myself out there. But one of my goals is to become more accessible to you. So many of you have followed me through my journey, and I really hope to be able to give back with this group.
Ketogasm Friends will be a small, intimate group. It will feature peer support for your New Year's resolutions (we’re all in this together!), and you get to pick my brain as your keto-heart sees fit.
To get the private invite, head over to https://ketogasm.com/Facebook. I’ll also provide a link in the newsletter. Let’s hit this January hard, together!
Keto-Related New Year’s Resolutions
Because it’s not always easy to identify a specific goal, I’ve taken this opportunity to create some sample New Year’s resolutions for you! Ultimately, the most important thing you can do when creating a New Year’s resolution is to choose something that is meaningful to you. This will differ from person to person, but it is your best chance for success. Self-improvement is never a bad thing.
Suggested Resolutions for the New Year
- Start keto. If you’re on the fence or haven’t made that final leap, then there’s no time like the present to start! Luckily, we offer a plethora of resources for people brand-new to keto. You are not alone!
- Practice self-love. Start out your new year focusing on loving yourself. Maybe your self-love is a weekly pedicure or cutting out negative self-talk. Whatever it is, make self-love a priority in 2020!
- Change your mindset. Shift your thoughts and feelings, and you’ll start breaking down barriers that are holding you back from taking action.
- More movement. Don’t just settle for the typical resolution of “exercise more”. Find the movement that is meaningful to you. Avoid setting yourself up for failure by committing to something you hate; instead, opt for something you enjoy and find fun.
- Limit meals that are eaten out. There’s nothing wrong with eating out at restaurants, but it can become overkill. Set aside time to prepare fresh, healthy meals at home. Get creative in the kitchen, or go back to the basics so you gain kitchen confidence. You’ll be helping your health and probably saving some money as well!
- Be more social. While this doesn’t seem entirely keto-related, it’s still important! It can be easy to put social life on the backburner when life gets busy, but support from friends is vital. Who knows, you might even gain a new keto buddy.
- Chill out. Focus on reducing your stress levels. As you recall from last week’s episode, chronically elevated stress has major negative impacts on your health and body composition. Work on why certain things stress you out.
- Get some sleep. Good sleep is so underrated, but it is so important for optimizing our health. If you struggle with sleep, work on intentionally. No screen time an hour before bed, no caffeine after a certain time, use blue light glasses after dark. Whatever you have to do, get that good sleep!
- Read more books. Again, this one might not seem keto-related. But it is health-related. If you’re a reader, set aside the time to let yourself get lost in a book. Even if you don’t consider yourself a reader, there are books out there that will pique your interest! Let your mind escape into the pages of a book once in a while.
Whether you use one of the New Year’s resolution suggestions or you create one of your own, try to really focus while you’re setting your goals. Think about why and how you’re setting your goals up. A lot of New Year’s resolutions fail because they aren’t realistic; they aren’t necessarily bad goals, but they aren’t very good either.
Good goals are SMART goals. And SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. SMART goals are exactly what you need for your New Year's Resolutions.
Get specific in your planning this year's resolutions. Break it down and create the specifics of each goal. This will help you focus your efforts on what you truly want to accomplish.
Create goals that are measurable. These will be the metrics you use to see your progress in relation to your goal.
Choose something that is achievable. This may be the most important thing you can do. Set smaller, realistic goals that you can actually achieve. This will help inspire motivation, and it will stop you from setting yourself up for failure.
Pick something relevant. Don’t waste your time setting goals that are irrelevant to what you actually want. Keep it relevant, so you can support your bigger goals.
Finally, be timely with your goals. Set a realistic timeframe in which you want to accomplish your goals rather than leaving them completely open-ended. Use this timeframe to gain momentum and keep your motivation going.
0:00 - Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook
3:44 - New Year’s Resolutions
4:26 - My Personal Keto Journey
13:02 - My Personal New Year’s Resolution
13:20 - Ketogasm Friends: 2020 Facebook Group
16:17 - Keto-Related New Year’s Resolutions
23:01 - Goal Setting
23:13 - SMART Goals
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Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published author dedicated to helping people thrive and succeed using low carb and keto dietary patterns.