My name is Katie Hopkins, and I am 24 years old. I am from Tallahassee, Florida, and I am an operations consultant for the state. I did keto for a year and then switched to a more standard way of eating and lost 135 pounds in less than two years.
I grew up being a super active person. I played sports all year round and never really had to worry about what I ate or how I was going to get my exercise for the day. But once I got to college and no longer had the daily exercise from sports, I started to put on weight.
I kept the same eating habits even though I was not doing anything to burn those calories anymore. And before I started my weight loss journey, my biggest issues were with portion control and not being able to truly commit to losing weight.
From 2013 to 2018, I gained about 100 pounds. At my heaviest weight was 333 pounds, and I was 22 at the time.
My turning point was when I moved to Tallahassee from Fort Myers in July of 2018.
I moved to be closer to family, but I also moved because I felt like I was stuck in a rut where I was. I felt like the change of scenery would really give me the push I needed to start my weight loss journey. I knew I needed to take control of my health, and this was the perfect way to do so.
I was tired of feeling tired all the time, wishing I looked different, and always feeling defeated. Once I made the move to Tallahassee, I had a complete mindset reset and said to myself, “This is the time you actually do this. No quitting, no excuses. The only one keeping you from your goals is you.”
At the beginning of my weight loss journey, I chose to follow the keto diet. I chose it because I had seen so many success stories and people losing huge amounts of weight. I felt like it was the best choice for me at the time because it gave me a way to really focus on what I was putting into my body, and most of the foods that are keto-friendly, I already really liked.
I turned to YouTube for most of my keto info. I followed keto YouTubers for food ideas, reviews, and just support in general. I lost my first 100 pounds on keto.
I switched to a more standard diet about six months ago.
I felt like I got as much as I could out of keto and I was ready for a new challenge and way of eating. I now eat a higher-carb diet, as opposed to keto, which is high-fat and low-carb. I enjoy eating this way now because I don’t feel quite as limited, especially going out to eat, as I did on keto. I have so many more healthy foods I can eat now.
Here’s what typical day of eating looks like for me during the work week.
- Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich (one egg, three egg whites, two slices of sprouted wheat bread, a slice of cheese, two slices turkey bacon) and coffee with almond milk creamer
- Lunch: 6 oz. chicken breast, ¼ cup rice, a cup of broccoli, feta cheese
- Snacks: Some sort of protein bar
- Dinner: Turkey burger, whole-wheat bun, slice of cheese, spinach salad with fat-free vinaigrette dressing, feta cheese
- Dessert: Chocolate protein powder with almond milk