So, Hayden, What made you decide to make a change in your life?
when I graduated high school I was very overweight and I knew I was becoming increasingly unhealthy. I hated the way I looked. It took me a few years to find out what would be the best way to lose it all without partaking in a super restrictive diet that I wouldn’t stick to. After researching keto and giving it a go, I fell in love with everything about it and it changed my life. I was finally self confident and felt great every single day.
And How has this Impacted your weight loss journey?
I lost over a 100lbs in under a year and felt like a completely new person. I got compliments from everyone and I just felt overwhelmingly pleased with my success.
How do you find the motivation to keep going, even on tough days and who/what are your biggest motivators?
I really enjoy the low carb way of eating and how it makes me feel. I do have some off days, but I always get back on track and I’ve found a balance that really works for me. My family and friends were my biggest motivators and I couldn’t do it without their support!
What are your favorite products (vitamin bounty) that help you stay motivated?
The vitamin bounty “recover on keto” electrolyte capsules help me motor through my regular fasting schedule during the day. They also help me bounce back on track after eating off track on the weekends and other special events.
What are your top three ways of staying on track and staying fit?
My number one will always be believing in myself and my achievements. I never wanna go back to where I came from and that stays in my head constantly.
My number Two is fasting and I usually do about 16-18 hours 5 days of the week. It’s one of my favorite “tools” to stay on point with my calories and start me on the right foot everyday.
Number three is staying active. I usually get that from work alone. My career is physical and I average over 10,000 steps a day plus heavy lifting. I enjoy what I do and never mind the free workout without having to go to the gym.
Do you believe in "cheat days" or steering away from your normal routine?
I do believe there’s a balance. In the beginning I didn’t cheat for over a year, but now after 3 years I do like to enjoy some food and drinks that wouldn’t be considered “healthy.” At the end of the day I believe that if you have an “off” day or two and you can bounce back after, you’re doing it in a mentally healthy way and won’t have to miss out on things that make you feel uncomfortable because of your diet and lifestyle. That’s just my opinion. Do what works for you!
What was your biggest mistake at the beginning of this journey?
My biggest mistake would have to be missing out on things that didn’t make me comfortable because of my new way of eating. It goes directly back to what I stated before. I hadn’t found the balance yet and I found myself alone and cancelling plans more often than I should’ve. It took me awhile to realize that I wouldn’t ruin my progress if I had a bad day here and there.
What words of advice do you have for anyone who is trying to change their lives?
Find what works for YOU. My success is not universal and you have to figure out what makes you happy and what motivates you to continue forward. Don’t get caught up in your head and never give up. Consistency is key, but you also need to enjoy yourself and be happy with what your doing and what you’re trying to achieve
And how can people connect with you after reading this inspiring interview?
Check me out on Instagram @ketocoon to see what I eat, what I buy, how I feel on certain subjects pertaining low carb eating and even a little bit of what I do for a living. Follow me if you like what you see!