I was a skinny kid growing up. When I was 20, I weighed 130 pounds soaking wet. I could eat whatever I wanted and never gained a pound.

Me, in the 80s

That all changed when I hit my 30s. I started to get a little pudgy, but if I cut back on eating for a while, the extra pounds would just fall off. In my 40s it got much harder. I had to really work at it, and would always go back to my bad eating choices.

Now I’m in my late 50s, and I’ve come to the point where I have to do something totally different. I have to stop eating the garbage I always have and make better choices. I got as high as 243 pounds, and even 2x shirts were feeling tight on me. I see a fat old man when I look in the mirror. I can’t stop time, but I can get myself back into shape.

We started doing keto a few weeks ago. We weren’t really strict with it at first, but have gotten better at staying in it all of the time now. It’s hard, because there are distractions everywhere, and you can knock yourself out of keto without even realizing it. I find myself looking up foods on my phone all the time now. I’ve given up alcohol until I get back to a normal weight.

I’m down fifteen pounds so far, but I’m still closer to 250 than 200. We got a stepper machine at the house and Fitbit watches to track our calorie intake and burns. There are plenty of frustrations stepping on the scale each day, but overall, I’m heading in to right direction.

How it’s going

I found a recipe for keto fried chicken that turned out really well. Pork rinds and almond flour for the breading and cooked in the air fryer. Keto doesn’t have to be boring and bland!

Where I want to be

I’m sharing this because I need encouragement and accountability. So many times during the course of the day I think about just eating a whole bag of chips. I want to be around for a bit longer. I don’t mind being an old man, but I don’t want to be a fat old man. I don’t think I’ll ever be skinny again, but my immediate goal is to get under 200, and long term be around 160. I don’t want to give up again and go back to bad eating.