To celebrate the launch of my newly designed blog and upcoming release of my first book, Simply Keto, I have teamed with with Keto Krate for an awesome giveaway! Four (4) winners will receive 1 signed copy of Simply Keto, as well as a 3 month subscription to Keto Krate!
The day is finally here! My husband, Mick and I have been working hard to bring this new and improved blog to life, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you!
First things first, the new logo! In the past three years the symbolism of the lotus flower has really struck a chord with me. Lotus flowers grow from muddy waters, yet rise above, and blossom. This is a beautiful reminder that regardless of the “muddy” or difficult times in our lives, we all have the ability to grow, rise above and blossom.
With that in mind, I really feel like this is the perfect symbol for the new logo. My hope and dreams for this blog is to help and encourage as many people as possible. To show people that it’s truly never too late to change your life.
What am I going to be writing about?
Keto: I’ll be sharing all of the things I’ve learned over the last three years, in an easy to understand format. Helpful tips, recommendations, articles, and more.
Life: I love to write about life, change, struggles, positivity, and growth. I’ve had my fair share of struggles, but who hasn’t? I think it’s so important that we all talk about the real and raw emotions of life. No one should ever have to feel alone, or struggle in silence. We are all truly more alike than we are different.
Recipes: After writing Simply Keto, I’ve developed a hobby for creating easy and delicious low-carb recipes. Whenever I create a new recipe, I will share it here under the recipe tab, found in the top homepage menu.
YouTube: Although this is technically separate from the blog, I will be posting all of my upcoming YouTube videos here. I plan on filming a variety of videos on things like; keto topics/tips, recipe videos, grocery hauls, weight-loss ups and downs, and more.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the last three years. I feel so honored and humbled by all of your kind words, messages, comments, and encouragement.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about the new logo and blog design!
I hope you love it!
Lots of love,
My goodness where has this week, wait…where has this YEAR gone? Can you guys believe there are only a little over 12 weeks left until 2018?!
I’ve been busy finishing the final edits of my new book, Simply Keto, as well as working on a redesign for this blog (coming VERY soon…), and of course my most important job, raising my beautiful little girl.
Yesterday I had bit of a rough (emotional) day. My daughter’s school had their first field trip, and it was the first time that all of the parents were together for an extended period of time. Although I love to meet new people, I was nervous and full of anxiety. I had this overwhelming feeling that I didn’t fit in, or that I wasn’t good enough, or as “put together” as the other parents.
You see, I always thought that losing weight would make those feelings go away, but the truth is that this is an ongoing battle, with plenty of past hurt and self-doubt to repair. I spent a lot of years walking with my head down, and honestly, for many years I assumed that some people wouldn’t want to get to know me, or would pass judgement on me simply because I was morbidly obese. I’ve come to realize that this is a twofold problem; of course, with half of the problem being me.
While the world can be cruel and some people may pass judgement, my self-doubt and anxiety held me back yesterday just as much as it did when I was obese. Do people treat me differently now, yes…but in some ways, that’s because on most days I’m more outgoing, more present, and I let people in…well let’s just scratch yesterday on that front because well, it doesn’t always work out perfectly.
My point is that losing weight doesn’t solve everything, it’s not the answer to everything you’ve been looking for or feeling…the truth is that you hold the key to the happiness you deserve as you are right now. Self-love is always a work in progress, so don’t put of loving yourself until you reach your “goal” weight. I was sad and disappointed with myself yesterday, but today I’m processing it all and learning from it. Life isn’t always as pretty and put together as it all seem, but you know what…scars and wounds of the past teach us compassion, they have a way of showing us the things in life that truly matter, and reveal an inner beauty that is rarely found in someone who hasn’t faced their fair share of struggles. Use your pain to make you better, not bitter.
Lots of love,
This week I was honored to be featured in an article from Harper’s Bazaar about the ketogenic diet! I’m so thankful to play a small part in spreading the word about this amazing lifestyle! Thank you all so much for your support!
Check out the article here.
I am SO excited to officially announce what I’ve been working on for the last year! I’m writing a book called Simply Keto! A little over two years ago when I started this journey I never would have imagined making this very announcement. I had spent so many years spinning my wheels, only to gain more weight, and lose more hope with each failed “diet” attempt.
I’ve poured my heart and soul into this book with every detail of my weight loss journey, helpful information, advice, tips, and over 100 easy recipes. Simply Keto will release in early December, but is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound. I’ll be sure to share more soon, but I’m beyond excited to share the cover with you all today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the best support system I could have ever asked for.
Cover Photo by: Jennifer Skog Photography
Cover Design by: Peony Printshop
“Simply Keto isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a portal into Suzanne’s life and dieting success—how she accomplished the incredible feat of losing almost 40 percent of her total body weight, got in shape, and regained confidence in her appearance. In this book she shares her ups and downs and, more importantly, her tips for how others can achieve the same positive results.
A low-carb, high-fat diet is remarkably effective at transforming people’s bodies, helping them shed pounds and find relief from common health conditions. No one knows this better than Suzanne Ryan. After struggling with weight gain from middle school and finally reached a peak of 289 pounds, she stumbled onto the keto diet and decided to give it a shot. In just a year, she lost more than 100 pounds and in the process reclaimed control over her health.
For the past two years, Ryan has shared every detail of her story, from the very first days of starting keto to her most recent successes, on her popular blog, Keto Karma, as well as on her YouTube channel and Instagram page. Now she’s reaching out to a wider audience by publishing her first book.
Simply Keto not only explains Ryan’s transformation but also gives readers everything they need to follow in her footsteps. This book includes structured meal plans, exercise tips, advice on dealing with sugar withdrawal, and 100-plus mouthwatering recipes—all the knowledge and tools necessary to tackle the keto diet and lose weight. Simply Keto is all you need to change your life for the better!”
Pre-Order Simply Keto
Hey there! Two weeks post op, and feeling better every day!
Loose Skin Removal: 10 Days Post-Op
Blackhawk Plastic Surgery- Dr. Ronan
Hey everyone! Thank you all so much for your sweet messages, thoughts, prayers, etc! I have filmed most of my recovery, and now will be releasing them, as well as current updates! As always, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for current updates!
Below is my surgery day vlog, and I’ll be posting more very soon!
My Surgeon: Dr. Ronan – Blackhawk Plastic Surgery (SF bay area)
Surgery day/Skin removed photos can be found here!
Surgery date and total operation time: 10/5/16 4 hours 15 mins
Procedures: Lower body lift, tummy tuck with muscle repair, liposuction to the thighs and flanks, breast lift, fat grafting (from lipo) to breast. (400 CC each)
Total removed: 7.7 lbs of skin/tissue.
Hey guys! My surgery day is now one day away, and I’m SO excited for this next step! Here is my latest video talking about my upcoming surgery! Thank you all for your endless support!
Surgery Date: 10.5.16
Surgery Plan: Lower body lift, tummy tuck with muscle repair, breast lift, liposuction, fat grafting (from lips) to breast for breast fullness without implants.
Surgery Time: 6:00AM
Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Ronan (Danville, California)
Hey guys! If you follow me on social media then you know that I’ve announced that I will be having some of my loose skin removed on October 5th, 2016. After losing 110 lbs, I feel so much better, and now this is just the next step for me. I did A LOT of research, and met with several surgeons before deciding. Ultimately, with the help of my plastic surgeon, I decided to have a lower body lift, tummy tuck, breast lift, liposuction, and fat grafting (from the liposuction) to my breast (instead of getting implants). I’m not against implants, it’s just that I still have quite a bit of breast tissue, and really don’t think it’s needed at this time.
My surgeon is Dr. Stephen Ronan from Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, in Danville, CA. (San Francisco Bay Area). Dr. Ronan has an impressive reputation, a fully accredited, state-of-the-art, on-site surgery center, and I just instantly felt comfortable and confident in his opinion. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery, has great reviews, and makes you feel comfortable. Having surgery is a major decision, and come surgery day you need to feel confident and safe with your surgeon. I recommend checking out Real Self for plastic surgery reviews!
I will be filming several videos to document my surgical journey/progress, and will share any helpful information with all of you! Even though this is difficult to share, I feel like it may help others facing the same issue, so here I am! You all have been the most incredible support system, and I can’t thank you enough!
I will be updating with before and after photos, but for now, here are some pre-surgical photos of my loose skin.