Starting her journey back in February, Janet Coller is constantly active in the group, helping others get started on their own roads to success. Having not long reached another milestone of 30kg’s lost so far, she’s proved to be an absolute inspiration, participating in our groups theme days! Congratulations Janet, you are October’s member of the month! Here’s some of what she had to say!
Tell us a bit about your background. What inspired and motivated you to start your Ketogenic journey?
Well to start with, I’ve never been ‘small’. I was large-ish as a teenager, and yo-yoed with my weight through having 3 kids and life in general. I followed weight watchers in my thirties, and got to my “goal weight” (rather, their ‘goal weight’) of 63kgs, but didn’t maintain it. My weight crept up without me really noticing, until I knew I was ‘big’ again.
My major motivators that inspired me – my grandkids, and my husband. I wasn’t able to ‘play’ with the kids – couldn’t run around with them, I couldn’t even get up and down from the floor. My husband Tim was doing some floor tiling and asked for my help in cleaning them – I was in tears and couldn’t move once I was down. I was embarrassed, and felt horrid that I couldn’t help him. That was in early February, and it was the turning point for me. Tim had started following Keto mid-January and was seeing success, and I kept saying to him “I’ll have to do something one day….” I said that a lot…. then “one day” came around, and he said “Why don’t you just start today?” Tim was my big help- pointed me in the right direction, and it was easier because we weren’t then cooking two different meals.
What was your starting weight, and what do you weigh now? Do you have a goal range in mind?
I started at 110.9kg (12 February 2018). Current weight – 78kg. I’m not sure what my goal is – I want it to be realistic, and initially I’d set 80kgs as my goal (because I hadn’t been 80kgs in decades)! I’m thinking probably 75, because I’m a grandma and won’t be wearing a bikini lol. So about 3 to 4 kilos to go, then I’ll re-evaluate and go from there.
How did you feel day to day before you changed your lifestyle? And How do you feel now day to day?
Sluggish, tired, lots of ‘nanna naps’. I also experienced migraine headaches every other week. Now, I’ve got more energy, am usually more alert, and rarely get any kind of headache. Oh, and last week I was being chased by my grandkids, AND I jumped on the trampoline with them!
Sluggish, tired, lots of ‘nanna naps’. I also experienced migraine headaches every other week. Now, I’ve got more energy, am usually more alert, and rarely get any kind of headache. Oh, and last week I was being chased by my grandkids, AND I jumped on the trampoline with
Wow, that’s fantastic! Did you have any hurdles along the way?
I don’t think I’ve encountered many. I had a very stressful time with my mother’s health back in June, and rather than turn to chocolate I made the decision that I just wouldn’t. I had to find a milk that would work with my coffee, because coffee is my one vice (my milk of choice? Vita Soy Almond- Cafe blend). There are times when I almost start down the path of fancifying meals, and have to remember to keep it simple. I always try to find motivators – such as buying a new piece of clothing that might be a tad too tight, and that becomes the carrot that I dangle in front of myself. But really, I couldn’t identify any large hurdles.
Any advice for others wanting to get started?
Don’t make it difficult for yourself – keep your meals simple. Don’t rely on Google, but rely on what the admin and mods on this page advocate. There is so much conflicting information out there, and it is confusing. I couldn’t have had my success to date without the consistency of this group!
Thanks for the kind words Janet, and your contribution to the group! If you’re wanting to get started on your own journey, why not join in the fun? Click here for more information and to see other transformations just like Janet’s!