The Daily Six Things I do EVERY DAY…
This is super embarrassing, but I truly feel like this could help. And truth be told The Daily Six before picture is NOT that bad. The embarrassment comes from knowing how lazy and sloppy I had become.
It was time to clean up my act. I needed to “walk the talk” of my keto and fasting lifestyle. Let me tell you…it was THE best fricking thing I’ve ever done.
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The Daily Six
Ok, let’s be honest. You all want to see the before and after pictures of The Daily Six. So, here you go….
BUT, promise you will actually read what the heck I do every day to stay this healthy and fit.
- I’m 50 years old
- Foods are ONLY low carb keto friendly foods (80/20 rule)
- We eat tons of healthy fat (saturated and unsaturated)
- Walking for exercise every day (like I’m late for an appointment)
- I drink an ok amount of water (64 oz-about half my weight)
- No counting/weighing/measuring of anything I eat (I eat until full)
- Do some form of education every day (nutrition, business, motivation)
- Absolutely no cheats, no alcohol & no sweets for 30+ days
Read below what I did & how I did it
What is The Daily Six?
I have been on this keto and fasting journey for over four years with much success. I feel fantastic!
- Only sick once in 4 years
- My energy is boundless
- The food is delicious and filling
- I’m off the diet roller coaster
- Not having huge weight swings
Before The Daily Six
I know all the things I need to do to be effortlessly thin and healthy. Sure I know how to eat well…and do that most of the time. The Daily Six would change that.
Of course I was drinking water, but I’m not really sure how much. Probably should’ve been drinking more. I never track and just kinda drank when thirsty.
Exercise was sporadic, but I was always moving. Does that count? That’s A BIG NO!
My daily intermittent fasting was getting sloppy. I would usually get in the minimum 16:8 daily. However, there was that day or two (or four) that I had an early brunch with girlfriends or ate my keto desserts well after the dinner hour.
The point I’m trying to make is that I got sloppy.
Lazy behavior with my keto/low carb and intermittent fasting lifestyle caught up with me.
I was in a rut
The Daily Six was going to change that. I am great at holding others accountable for their actions and goals. Then the mirror was turned back in my direction…yikes!
Every day my clients have to show up and check in (AND DO) all the things that helped me on my journey to total health and wellness. They set goals and say what they are going to do following MY plan.
My Simple Daily Plan is an awesome plan and I stand by it 1000%. However, in order for a plan to work and be sustainable you have to follow a plan consistently. You do not have to be PERFECT, but I was getting too messy about it.
It was time for me to get honest. 😬
My fellow Accountability Coach mentioned a challenge making its way around the internet called 75Hard. Check it out HERE.
It’s EXTREME. Too extreme for me. If it was too extreme for me, I’m pretty sure it will be too extreme for most people that follow The Kellie Kitchen. 75Hard does have its merit, though.
The daily accountability, the “start over if you miss a day” are key motivators. Also, the daily exercise/water/education/healthy foods are all similar in principle to my program.
The one key factor that stuck with me was you must be accountable to YOURSELF…and only yourself.
Creating The Daily Six
Using #75Hard as my model joined with my 21 day Accountability Coaching Program I came up with The Daily Six. Six things I do every day, day in and day out for 30 days.
I knew I needed to get a little tough on myself. This was supposed to be a challenge after all. I wanted to push myself (and anyone that wanted to follow along) to do these six things every darn day.
SO,HERE YOU GO…
The general rule of thumb in most medical circles is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For me that’s 135lbs = about 64oz.
This requirement for The Daily Six was hard for me. Let’s face it, I’m a 50 year old woman with a small bladder. I enjoy water, but I knew I was not drinking enough. Honestly, I never really wanted to be tied to a restroom all day. #excuse #excuse #excuse
During #75Hard you are required to drink a GALLON of water EVERY DARN DAY. I flat out refuse to do. Literally…I would be doing nothing but running to the restroom all day.
Committing to 64oz of water everyday during The Daily Six was going to be tough. The first 2 weeks I was up 3-4 times per night going to the bathroom. Ugh. I was exhausted and feeling flooded.
At about the 2nd week I wised up. I started to get my 64oz in by 2pm daily. I got used to this task over my 30 days. Now look forward to drinking my daily water allotment.
Plus, my skin is thanking me!
Water-The Daily Six 30 Day Challenge is to drink a minimum 64oz of plain water per day.
2.Foods-NO Cheats, NO Sweets, NO Alcohol
I already eat foods from my Low Carb/Keto Foods List….most of the time. If I were really being honest, though, I’d say that I was slipping from my usual 90/10 rule.
Normally I eat keto foods 90% of the time. I do have an allowance of 10% of the time to eat a few extra carbs here or there. As I mentioned above, I was getting sloppy. The Daily Six changed that!
Keto desserts all the time, adding quinoa to a salad, extra nut butter by the spoonful were all factors in my carb creep. My food choices were always justified as “it’s only a little” or “it’s not Oreos or Doritos or Margueritas”.
If I was going to clean up my act for The Daily Six I needed to set a timeline of 30 days. There would be NO deviations from my Keto Foods List. 30 days was going to be a challenge, but totally doable for anyone.
It’s never helpful for me to say I can NEVER have ((insert food item)) ever again. However, a break from my messy and sloppy ways was in order during The Daily Six to clean up my act.
The Food-The Daily Six 30 day Challenge only foods from the Keto/Low Carb Food List. There are NO CHEATS, NO SWEETS and NO ALCOHOL. (Food List suggestions are included)
3. Intermittent Fasting
If you don’t already know this about me you will know now…I’m a faster. I have intermittent fasted every day for basically the past 4 years. Fasting has been the cornerstone of my healing journey.
The baseline of my intermittent fasting has always been a bare minimum of 16:8. That’s 16 hours of fasting through the night and an 8 hour eating window through the day.
This is a challenge though so we are dialing it up just a tad. 18:6. Thats 18 hours fasted and 6 hours eating window per day. We are not getting too crazy, but we want this to be a little harder than every day lifestyle keto and fasting.
Fasting-The Daily Six 30 Day Challenge is to do a 18:6 fasting schedule per day. That is 18 hours of fasting and a maximum 6 hour eating window.
Almost every client fights me on this piece of my Accountability Coaching. I truly believe that investing in yourself and in this lifestyle with just a little bit of education makes a world of difference.
There is no singular way to get healthy and lose weight, etc. All the experts in the field of keto and low carb may basically agree on the principles of this lifestyle. However, there is no singular and definitive way to do keto and fasting.
It is up to us to learn a little bit every day about these subjects to figure out for yourself what works and what does not work FOR YOU.
Education-The Daily Six 30 Day Challenge is to spend at least 10 minutes per day of education on this lifestyle. You chose….at least 10 minutes of reading, listening or researching the topic of the ketogenic, Low Carb and Fasting Lifestyle. (Education suggestions are included)
I’m a former athlete and I have always been pretty active. However, I would not say I’m a gym rat. Regularly I let work life and home schedules take the place of a regular workout routine.
The daily workout regime (whatever you deem purposeful exercise) is an element of this challenge that has as much to do with building muscle as for mental health. Pick something that is purposeful to YOU.
If you never workout then going for a walk everyday for one hour will be purposeful to you. If you’re a hard core peloton cyclist then do that every darn day for an hour.
Exercise-The Daily Six 30 Day Challenge is to do one full hour of meaningful exercise every day.
6. Daily Picture
I don’t really want to embarrass anyone. The purpose of the daily picture is two fold. I want you to be held accountable to what you see in the mirror. There is no denying what you see with your own two eye.
REAL change can happen in 30 days. The second reason for taking the daily picture is for you to see the unbelievable transformation that will take place when you commit to doing something every darn day for 30 days.
You do NOT have to share your pictures with anyone. These pictures are private (unless you want to share them).
Picture-The Daily Six 30 Challenge is to take a full body picture of yourself everyday for private use only.
Here’s a ReCap…
The Daily Six
- 64 oz or more of water daily
- Keto/Low Carb Foods only
- Intermittent Fast 18:6
- Education 10 minutes daily
- Exercise one hour (Purposefully move) daily
- Picture of your cute body (private use only)
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.