2018 has been an interesting year, one in which I faced challenges, some struggles, open doors, closed doors, and lots of growth.

Don’t you wish growth came without frustrations and challenges?  I sure do, but it doesn’t.  But over the years I’ve learned that the growth that comes through facing and dealing with challenges is amazing, and is totally worth it although it sucks while it’s happening.

When this year began, I was aniticipating some great new things in my life, including becoming a coach with Ketovangelist and launching my own coaching business.  Things were looking great, but then I began facing some personal difficulties that took over my life, and I had to set aside the idea of coaching while I took care of those.

During that time, I learned a lot about how stress and lack of sleep could affect my health, and I regained about 20 pounds and my blood sugars began creeping up.  I also stopped extended fasting, and while I didn’t cheat, I indulged in too many nut based keto foods and fell back into the habit of stress eating.  I was only sleeping about 6 hours a night, and had a hard time staying positive.

As it got closer to the end of this year, things in my personal life finally began looking up and I was feeling more like my normal self, but now I had to face the aftermath of all of that with the weight gain and higher blood sugars, as well as people noticing I’d gained some weight.

It’s hard as a coach to admit that I don’t have it all together, that I’m not perfectly fit and athletic, that I struggle, too, but I do.  And over the last few months I’ve realized that this makes me a coach that you can identify with, and hopefully not intimidating.  No, I’m not quite there yet, I’m on the same journey of healing as all of you, and I truly understand what you’re feeling and going through!

I’m grateful that this gives me more compassion and understanding when helping and coaching my clients and potential clients, family, friends…basically, everyone I meet!  It’s easy to be judgemental, but also destructive, and I don’t want to be ‘that coach’.

I’m looking forward to 2019!  I have my goals and hopes, and am working towards them, and I realize there will be more challenges, but as much as I dislike them, I’m looking forward to growing through them.

I’m launching my personal coaching business this year, and am also an admin in Carrie Brown’s new Facebook group, The Keto Kitchen with Carrie Brown, which is one of the most helpful and kind places you’ll find.  It’s not just focused on recipes, we have daily themed posts where you can share non-food items.

As for my health, I’m getting back on track with fasting, which I mentioned in my last blog post.  As of this posting, I’m almost 88 hours in.  I’m also confident that I’ll easily continue the fast until January 1st, when I’ll break it by joining in World Carnivore Month.

My blood sugars are back to normal now.  This morning’s fasting blood sugar was 79!  It only took 3 days of fasting to get it back below 100, which is good.  My previous fasting blood sugar readings wouldn’t be considered high by a standard doctor, but for me anything over 100 is not good news, especially when it’s consistent.  They were usually between 105 and 125.

I haven’t weighed or measured myself, but I’ll be doing that on the morning of January 1st, and then will do it again on January 31st.  I’ll be posting daily images of my meals on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there by clicking the Instagram button on the top right hand of my blog, or look for Keto_Kimberly on Instagram.

2019 is going to be awesome!

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