Videos

Yep! That’s right! Plans, at present, are to create videos of me cooking / preparing the meals that I’m going to be eating for the next year or more. You’ll get to join me on my journey!

Progression

Progression takes a long time. It’s something that should be taken slowly and with care. For the next year or two I will be progressing into a more healthy and happy lifestyle!

A Little More About Me

Hey everybody! The Keto Sensei here. I’m still working on the website, but it will forever be a work in progress. Anything outside of the following text will appear in blog posts. Anyway, with that said I shall begin with a little bit about me and my story so far.

Let’s start with my childhood… Growing up I got into the horrible habit of eating canned chicken noodle soup or chicken and rice. But, the make matters worse I could sit there and eat a whole pack of saltine crackers with it. I can still taste all the salt. Whew! I was always overweight as a child, but it got worse when I was 8 years old.

Just a few months or so after turning 8 years old I had a bicycle wreck and severely broke my left femur (completely in two). I was in the hospital for about 6 weeks and in a cast for about 6 more weeks. During that time I decided I was NEVER going to have another broken bone again. Drinking milk was going to definitely become a daily routine for me. But, the milk I decided to drink was 2% milk and had a load of added sugar in it. Needless to say, I gained even more weight. One of 2 times in my life when I lost a substantial amount of weight happened around my sophomore year in High School. Fen-Phen…

While it did have negative medical implications for a lot of people (discovered after it went into full force) it still did a great job of getting the weight off! Some have even called it “Speed in a Bottle”. It did exactly that. It acted like what I would assume “Speed” would. I was so wired I couldn’t sit still. While on Fen-Phen I lost a MASSIVE amount of weight, and looked/felt absolutely my best ever during that time. I had the occasional nose bleed with it though; one was so bad I thought I was going to bleed to death. At-any-rate… Then came the medical concerns and finally the discontinuation of the drugs (for me).

The weight then began to return and continued to return through my college years and into the years of marriage with my first wife. Through those years I put on the most weight of my life up to that point (weighing in at nearly 400 lbs). That’s also when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and diabetes. This went on for a while, and even got worse after I was told by a super nasty nurse-practitioner at Physician’s Quality Care in Jackson, TN that I was “gonna die.” She said it in such an uncaring and harsh way that I will never forget it. I remember thinking,

“Well, if I’m going to die why bother taking these medications?”

Then the divorce happened. Not long after the divorce I started losing weight again! I contributed it to the idea that I had a bit less stress in my life at that point, and that it was a good thing. Well, I thought wrong. I went from 400 lbs down to almost 290 lbs over the next year or 2. Sounds great, huh? It actually wasn’t great. I was losing massive amounts of weight due to my diabetes. I had stopped taking my medications for everything. My blood sugar levels were sky-rocketing.

I finally realized that I needed to see a doctor about my medial issues. I’m not sure what prompted it, but I started going with my mom and dad to Tupelo, MS to see a specialist. The specialist opened my eyes to the reason I was losing so much weight. My sugar levels had been so high that my body was no longer processing the foods I was ingesting. I could eat ANYTHING without gaining weight. My body was doing this to avoid taking in more sugar than it could handle. As a result I wasn’t get any nutrients. It was only a matter of time before my body started shutting down (organ failure). That scared me into reality.

During this time I had started dating again. I finally met Jennifer! We dated for a while and were eventually married in April 2013. It was the best thing to EVER happen to me!!! But, I still didn’t change my eating habits until a couple of years into the marriage. We started going to the gym together. We both lost weight, and my A1C dropped to 6.7% (the lowest it had been in over 20 years). Then, the gym membership stopped when I pulled or tore something in my back (between my shoulder blades). I lost all interest in going back. We cancelled our memberships. The A1C numbers started going back up.

In May of 2018 I weighed in at 353 lbs with an A1C of 8.7%. During the following 3 months I didn’t change my diet at all. I kept eating the way I always have (or worse); loads and loads of sugar and carbohydrates. A fellow coworker (Heath Stewart) had started the Keto diet back in January 2018. At the time of writing this he has already lost 87 lbs. He has been my role-model in this. I finally owned up to the fact that I was addicted to sugar and carbs. Following his example I started the Keto diet on August 21, 2018.

I had a doctor’s appointment almost a month after I started the Keto diet. I lost only 3 lbs in the first month, but my A1C dropped to 7.0%! I’ve also been able to titrate back on my insulin by 14 units!!!

The rest of my story will continue through blog and vlog posts! So, here we go!!!