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Keto, Intermittent Fasting, And Tae Bo Helped Me Lose 135 Lbs.

My name is Mayra Arias (), and I’m a 35-year-old mom and self-employed businesswoman based in Laguna Beach, California. After battling my weight for years, to a consistent workout routine and the keto lifestyle. I’ve lost over 100 pounds and kept it off.

I never thought about my weight when I was growing up. I was surrounded by family and friends who accepted me for who I was. I was a happy kid and ate whatever I wanted, which included lots of highly processed foods and munchies.

It wasn’t until my 17th birthday that I really noticed my weight in an impactful way. When I developed photos from my camera from that day, I was utterly shocked by my size. At that exact moment, I decided to change. I got a gym membership and started working out every day.

Change isn’t easy, but it’s worth it . Don’t give up no matter how bad you mess up! Get back up and give it another go . Small changes will one day equal big results . [?] . No es facil pero vale la pena . No se den por vendidos! . Cambios pequenos se convierten en resultados grandes

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But looking back, I made some less-than-healthy choices to slim down as fast as possibleduring that time.I overdid it with my workouts and ate an overly restrictive diet. Yes, I lost weight, but my approaches were not safe or sustainable.

I maintained my weight until I got pregnant at the age of 24 in January 2010. During my pregnancy, I stayed active, walked every day, hit the gym three times a week, and watched what I ate. Still, I gained 100 pounds. At the peak of my pregnancy, I weighed 278 pounds. After I gave birth to my daughter on November 13, 2010, I lost 40 pounds naturally as a result of breastfeeding, taking care of my daughter, and recovering from my pregnancy. But I was still overweight and ready to see lasting change.

Just a little reminder that change is possible 310lbs – 185lbs Make the decision to change, stay consistent and don’t stop until you’re proud #yougotthis I’ve been on my journey for over 15 year. How long have you been on yours? . ————– . Nomas recordandoles que cambio es posible 310 libras – 185 libras Hagan la decision de perder peso, tienen que ser consistente y no paren hasta que lleguen a su meta y esten orgullosas Yo he logrado estos resultados en los ultimos 15 anos. . . #ketoresults #ketotransformation #ketoweightloss #dietacetogenica #weightlosstransformations

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Two months later, in January 2011, I started my *second* major attempt at weight loss. This time, it stuck.

I began working out at home five days a week, as I needed to be home to take care of my daughter. My workouts consisted of cardio, squats, and lots of crunches. For cardio sessions, I did old-school (and fan-favorite!) Tae Bo workouts (think: a mix of martial arts, boxing, and dance), as well as hot yoga and weight training.

Midweek workout [?] done . I almost skipped out on my workout today… it’s not a secret, I don’t like working out. I do it because weight training helps sculpt my body and well… goals . I prefer hot yoga [?] even though yoga kicks my butt too, I enjoy the workout. . I think it’s important to find some type of physical activity that you like… and don’t say none find something! . Even if it’s dancing, power walking, taking the kids to the park and running after them, whatever works. Just stay consistent. . Every day counts. Take small steps and make small changes daily. . Happy Wednesday . Tag a friend that needs a little workout motivation [?]

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I also started a low-carb, high-protein diet and figured out my calorie deficit.

I knew I needed to start eating fewer calories than my body required to maintain my current weight. And, tbh, losing weight after my pregnancy required a ton of focus and , so I also got rid of to help me stay on track. For example, I threw out all of my junk food, sweets, chips, soda, and bread.

My diet consisted of healthy protein sources like chicken, steak, salmon, tuna, and eggs, salads and veggies, cheese and plain yogurt, olive oil, some fruit, and protein shakes for on-the-go nutrition.

By June 2011, five months into my weight-loss journey, I had lost over 100 pounds. For the next five years, I worked out at the gym every day to maintain my weight and stay fit. This was, as you can imagine, a lot of work. But it was worth it.

Transformation Tuesday . Photo on the left was after Nati was born. I gained 100lbs from my pregnancy (278lbs) . I was so scared of keeping the weight on. I remember getting the ok to start working out from my doctor and from that day forward I started working out religiously. By the time Nati was 6months old I had dropped down to 165lbs (which is my goal weight now). I’ve yo-yo’d along the way which is why I still have about 15lbs to lose. . The photo on the far right is about 5lbs away from goal weight. I’ll be there soon enough Here are some photos to help you see that hard work does pay off. . This is helping me stay motivated as well! I’m so focused! I know it’s just a number but can’t wait to reach my goal weight . Stay focused and most importantly… stay consistent . Tag a friend that need to see it’s possible even after having a baby[?] ———————————- ***Espanol*** . La foto a la izquierda fue despues de que Nati naciera. Aumente 100 libras de mi embarazo (278 libras) . Tenia tanto miedo de mantener el peso. Recuerdo que cuando mi doctor me dijo que podia empezar a ser ejercicio, me fui el gimnasio y desde ese dia no pare. Cuando Nati cumpleo 6 meses de edad, habia bajado a 165 libras (que ahora es mi meta de peso). He subido y bajado de peso y por eso todavia tengo 15 libras que perder. La foto a la derecha estaba 5lbs de mi meta. Estoy super motivada y espero llegar a mi meta pronto. Aqui estan unas fotos para que miren que echandole ganas agarramos resultados! Mirando estas fotos me mantienen motivada!Sigan adelante y acuerdense que la consistencia es la clave magica . #weightlossmotivation #weightlossbeforeandafter #weightlossinspiration #ketoweightlossjourney

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In August 2014, one of my friends mentioned the keto diet, and I was intrigued.

It sounded like something I could incorporate into my lifestyle, so I tried it for a week. In just that one week, I lost six pounds–and I was sold. It’s been my way of eating ever since. For me, it’s less a so-called diet and more a lifestyle. I also started intermittent fasting in January 2018. Generally, my eating window is about six to eight hours (so I often skip breakfast).

I eat keto-friendly foods about 90 percent of the time. The other 10 percent of the time, I eat outside of keto rules so that I can enjoy special and different cuisines around the world as I travel with my family.

Over the last two years, I’ to sharing my weight-loss journey and the tips I’ve learned with friends and followers. It’s my personal to transform as many lives as I can by sharing my story, as well as simple recipes and alternatives to high-carb, less-healthy foods on my Instagram. I enjoy experimenting with baking low-carb, sugar-free desserts like cupcakes, cookies, bread, cinnamon rolls, danishes, brownies, ice cream, and more. I’m also big on keto-friendly drinks like shakes, smoothies, teas, and coffee drinks.

No more food restrictions! It’s time to heal [?][?] I’m just sitting here thinking about how much dieting and restricting food over 15 years has affected me in more ways than I thought. Over the last week I’ve come to realize that I can’t keep living my life wanting to be model skinny anymore. Health is one thing, but telling myself I want to be healthy and deep down inside knowing that skinny is what I’m after is just wrong.[?][?] [?][?] I’m opening up to you guys about this because I too was dragged into this way of thinking/believing all of my adult life. I’m strong minded, strong willed, determined, confident, stubborn as hell, I could keep going but the point is that even then I fell victim of diet culture. I’ve never opened up about this before, but I’m ready.[?][?] [?][?] To be honest I never knew diet culture was a thing. I do however know I never felt thin enough. I always wanted to look “better” but never sat down to process why I was never satisfied with my looks. Until recently, I started learning more and more about why we have major insecurities with our bodies.[?][?] It’s sad. [?][?] Have you ever asked yourself why you feel the way you do about your body? Like actually asked yourself “why don’t I like my legs/stomach/arms/back/etc?” I never did until recently and when I did all I could think of were those perfectly flawless legs I used to see in magazines when I was growing up. It makes me sick to think that there’s a multi billion dollar industry that stands behind it all! [?][?] [?][?] I’m starting here, but have so much to say it’s almost overwhelming to write my thoughts without being too much too soon. I will let you guys into my real journey as I get more comfortable talking about it. How do you guys feel about this topic? I will start opening up little by little and would love for you guys to do the same with me. This needs to be addressed. I know this will help me, but I also want to be able to help others along the way. Let me know your thoughts. Love you guys [?] . Desliza para espanol via google [?] [?]

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The most helpful changes I made were simple swaps.

Some examples (trust me, you can do these, too!): I replaced my go-to pasta with zoodles, swapped rice for cauliflower rice, and ditched my go-to desserts for homemade keto I also swapped soda for sparkling water and replaced high-sugar drinks with homemade, sugar-free that were keto-friendly.

Happy National Keto Day[?][?] [?][?] A weight loss journey doesn’t leave you with a perfect body but it leaves you with a healthier one [?][?] [?][?] I still have stretch marks, scars, uneven skin tone, cellulite and other things that come with the territory of losing weight.[?][?] [?][?] Yes, I lost 135lbs through diet and exercise. I’m so proud of my own transformation, but I’m even more proud of being able to help my family and so many of you change your health for the better.[?][?] [?][?] Losing weight to feel better and to get rid of extra weight is perfectly fine but always keep a healthy mental and emotional perspective.[?][?] [?][?] Keep health as your focus and any weight your body needs to shed will follow.[?][?] [?][?] I say keep health in mind because think about it- if you want to be the healthiest version of yourself, you’re not going to sit down with a box of donuts or a full bag of chips and finish them all, right? You would have 1 serving and move on with your life (this goes for any way of eating).[?][?] [?][?] We need to find that balance! Balance is the key to sustaining a long term healthy way of eating and also for maintaining your weight.[?][?] [?][?] Yo-yo dieting comes from restricting food. So keep that in mind. Balance is the answer. [?][?] [?][?] Lastly, I haven’t been talking much about being body positive because I feel like I was confusing people about my page. I want to know how you guys feel about it and if it’s something you guys would like for me to continue opening up about. I feel like there’s so much healing to be done amongst us all but I also want to make sure you guys want it. So let me know either way.[?][?] [?][?] I love you guys [?][?] [?] _________________[?] [?] Espanol- Desliza [?][?] [?][?] [?][?] #keto #ketodiet #ketosis #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #ketolife

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Here’s what I eat in a typical day:

Breakfast:A cup of coffee with a splash of heavy cream.

Lunch:Chicken or beef with veggies (plus butter and salt), salad, and healthy fats (like dressings, sauces, avocado, grilled cheese, or spicy mayo).

Dinner:Chicken, steak, or salmon and veggies.

Keto Haul . Some food ideas for you guys . These are some of the foods I buy every month. Others I buy once in a while. . You don’t need to shop at Costco. You can buy most items at a local grocery store too . Swipe to see another one of my hauls . Do you guys buy any of these products? If so, which are you faves? . Tag a friend that is new to keto and needs keto tips and ideas[?] . #costcohaul #healthyfoods

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I’ve now lost about 135 pounds. As someone who’s had ups and downs with her weight, my biggest advice is to remember that weight loss is a journey, and it’s okay to go at your own pace. Having lost weight *too* fast the first time, I’d advise anyone to make a healthy plan to lose weight over a realistic time Find a lifestyle you can stick with long-term. For me, that was keto, but it’s important to find something that works for you and your body.

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