Keto Challenge Week 1 Check-In: What Are Your Non-Scale Victories?

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You’ve made it through Week 1 of the Keto Challenge! 👊

So how are you feeling? Energized? Invigorated? Or are you perhaps not feeling so hot from the keto flu 🤕? While many people typically use the number on the scale as their reason to celebrate, we’re here to tell you that your weekly wins can come in many forms.

Maybe you’ve noticed you’re less bloated, or your mental clarity has improved, or you’re simply more excited for dinner time. Whatever the reason, you should take pride in making it through this first week of the 30-Day Keto Challenge and celebrate with some non-scale victories! 💃

This week, we heard some awesome feedback from our 30-Day Keto Challenge Facebook Group!

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“The less bloating is my number one thing this week. When I follow this way of eating my feet hurt way less too. I usually wake up with bad pain in my feet – but not anymore. That stopped after three days of eating this way— Alycia

” I feel the best I have felt in years!!!! — Gattes

“So far it has been easier than I was thinking, I am not super diligent and can fall off easily, but I am finding that if I am prepared it is not hard for me to stay at it. Also, it is really eye opening to track my macros and see the difference in foods when planning what to eat” — Brandy

“My Apple Watch is now down another watchband notch, from 5th to 6th notch (next to smallest!). When I started keto in May, my watchband was at the 2nd notch.” — Laura

“I’m not as hungry and my pants are feeling loose!!!” —  Heather

Even our Hip2Keto team had some Non-Scale Victories of their own!

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“So it’s crazy, and totally not something I expected but my knee pain has gone down drastically. I’m not sure if keto has anything to do with it or if it’s a coincidence, but it’s been years since I’ve felt this little of pain. My heartburn has also been almost nonexistent. I also did the Hip2Save Water Challenge and have been drinking more water which has made me feel less bloated!” — Jessica

“I think my biggest victory for week one is that I actually feel full! I am a snacker, I snack between meals and pretty much all day until I fall asleep at night. I haven’t had to do that lately. The high fats and proteins I get to eat with the keto diet actually fill me up!

I did have a bit of the keto flu, it was a lot like morning sickness for me with a dull headache.

Another benefit I found is that I don’t feel like my blood sugar is up and down all day. I was always eating carbs, especially on a busy day to keep from feeling run down and dizzy. I haven’t had to do that!” — Jenna

” I would sip on five-hour energy through most of my day and also have a time during the afternoon that I wanted to nod off because I was so tired. When I hit three days in, I realized I hadn’t had my five-hour energy and I was still wide awake! I have been doing this for YEARS people! YEARS! That is huge for me. So not only am I awake without caffeine, now I can save money! It was a HUGE surprise to me.— Jennifer

“I quit diet soda… and that is a BIG deal for me!” — Angie

Fun, non-food ways to celebrate your victories:

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1. Sign up for a boutique workout class.

Maybe you’ve managed to save money by getting a budget-friendly gym membership, or you’ve been watching free workouts at home. Enjoy your newfound energy by splurging on that studio class and give a fun workout a try. You never know—it may just become your new favorite way to sweat!

2. Build on momentum.

Carve out some time for yourself (that means no commitments or lingering to-do lists) and curl up this weekend with a cup of Bulletproof coffee and a good keto read. There are tons of posts on that dive into more advanced keto topics that you’ll find even more interesting having lived the experience for a week. You can also check out these top-rated keto books on Amazon or download a podcast if mindful listening is more your style.

3. Try out a new keto recipe.

Budget yourself some extra time to chef up a yummy keto recipe. You can even go a step further by adding extra padding to your grocery budget and pick up a luscious ribeye steak or decadent block of cheese for the meal.

What are your keto victories and how are you celebrating?

Let us know in the comments!

Are you part of the Hip2Keto Facebook Group yet? Join our community of over 9,000 keto eaters sharing their success, struggles, and keto diet tips!

About the writer:

Angela graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and has 25+ years of experience as a writer and photographer with her work being featured in US Weekly Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and more.

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Comments 33

  1. Crystal A Hotham

    I’m on week 2 actually, I lost 2 lbs but gained 1 back😫 why is the weight not moving??!! Only thing I’ve noticed is I’m fuller quicker and not as hungry. My migraines have been more frequent too? Should I see my doctor?

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi there Crystal! I’m sorry that you are a bit discouraged 💔 However it does take a little time for your body to adjust. Considering there could be many reasons for weight gain including excess water I wouldn’t be discouraged by just a 1 lb. There are so many variables like maybe it wasn’t the same time of day each time you weighed, or what you ate that day, etc.(higher sodium content that day? ) The migraines/headaches can be a normal part of the process. Sugars & carbs are an addiction & can cause symptoms of withdrawals. However, whenever you are in doubt don’t hesitate to see your physician. Especially if the migraines get worse or even more frequent. We also have a lot of free resources on our site. Here are some reasons why people have weight gain. I hope this helps❤ Be proud of yourself for being so deligent. I’m certain your hard work will pay off!

  2. Helen

    I am on week 1, feeling great, not as tired as I was before. Clothes are loose. Weight is down 6 pounds. Best of all my blood sugars are finally down down down. Yeah

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Helen! Wow, this is fantastic results ❤ I’m so happy for you!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Deb

    I have been doing Keto since May 2019, but needed a nudge to get this last 20 lbs off so I joined the 30 day challenge! Drinking more water is my biggest goal – printed the water challenge sheet and am using that! Love trying the new menus since I used the grocery list and had all the items on hand – huge help! Thx!!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Deb! That’s super awesome! I have 20 lbs to loose myself. It seems that has been the hardest part for me too! We got this💪. I love when you end up having everything you need in the pantry! The lists definitely are a big help! Thanks for the awesome feedback❣ It’s all about the journey, not the destination! Right?☺

  4. lauravandermate

    Started Keto December 23. I am looking for daily motivation every day so that I don’t quit. That is why I joined this challenge. My goal is to get healthy and loose 90 lbs. So far I am down 14lbs. My non scale victories are my blood pressure has returned to normal and I have lost a total of 4 inches in my waist.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Laura! This is fantastic! We are looking for NSV🥰 could you email me your contact information & these wonderful results? My email is 🥰 Are you also a part of our Facebook community page? I’m so happy for you!! You got this!

  5. Terri Meckes

    Just finished week 1, feeling good. Having a difficult time getting enough water… But I’ll keep trying. I’m down 2 lbs, and much less hungry!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Terri! You should be so proud 😁 I’m so glad you joined us in this challenge 🥰 You definitely got this! Are you part of our wonderful Facebook community page as well?

  6. Julie

    I made it through week 1. Very disappointed came down with the Flu Wednesday!! The real Flu not keto Flu. Can’t drink as much with bad cough.
    At this point I’m not sure what to do. Still not feeling well.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I am so sorry you are sick, Julie! Check out this recipe for a Keto Medicin Ball Tea to give you a little relief! Hope you are better really soon!

  7. cindybroussard

    Starting week 2 , feeling great. Doing intermediate fasting along with these wonderful recipes . Not getting back on the Scale until we reach the end of this challenge . Good luck everyone…

  8. janice

    it’s hard when you begin but it’s now a little easier I lost 13 lbs so far this month I started last novemeber and did not lost a single lb, when I isaw this challenge why not I need more help so here i’am and it’s going not to bad don’t get discourage you have to keep it up and also I’ve lost 9 inches

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad you joined up, janice! You’ve made great progress!

  9. Bill Griswold

    Week 1 down. Feeling less bloated, more energized and sleeping better. And all I wanted to do was loose weight. Loving the side effects!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Woohoo! That’s great to hear, Bill! 🙌 Thanks for sharing your victories with us!

  10. joydelgado

    Week one hasn’t been very good for me. The one thing I can say positive is that except for Valentine’s Day dinner, all the foods I ate were keto approved. Other than that, lots of bloating (I think it’s because I don’t have a gallbladder) and I didn’t lose any weight. (I think I need to cut out snacking and fat bombs.) I’m using a tracker now, my fitness pal, and even though it’s a pain to enter everything in it, I think it’s a good idea for me. I’m working on doing more things to increase bile flow and production (digestive bitters, HCI tablets and ACV). I’m going to stick with it because I know eventually I’ll get it right for me and then I’ll feel better and lose some weight.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Joy! I’m so sorry to hear! I too have no gall bladder❤ It’s still very possible to lose weight & remain keto! You got this! I know for me I have to go easy on dairy products. Everyone is different though! You will find what works for you❤

  11. jeanette shanahan

    I did the Hip2Keto5dayfast challenge along with this first week and have had amazing results!!! I’ve been fasting for a few months but I hit a wall recently and nothing was changing so I decided to give Keto a try. The bloating is gone. I can feel it across my middle area. I have more energy and just all around good mood. I do have a touch of Keto flu but I’m sure that’ll pass soon.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Super happy to hear about your fasting success, Jeanette! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with us! Here are some tips on the Keto flu that might be helpful!

  12. Maria

    Just finished my first week and yes I am feeling better and a little more energized.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s great news! Thank you for sharing, Maria! Keep it up!

  13. Brenda Kee

    I am having more energy an wake up ready to start the day. Lost 3 lbs this on my first week. Find that I feel full an eat less .

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for letting us know! These are all great signs!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Wow! That’s SO cool to hear, Jeanne! You’re most welcome! Thank YOU for such amazing feedback. Super glad to hear how well your friend is doing on keto and that she could share about us with you. 🥰 Happy to have had you as a follower on hip2save and now over here at hip2keto too! Welcome!🤗

  14. Denise

    My non scale victory this week!!!! I have not CHEATED!!!!!! I have been attempting to get back on Keto for months but could never make it a week without cheating then turning that into months of regular food eating… This week I have turned down going to a dinner where I know I wouldnt eat foods not on Keto. I DID not eat 1 bite of Chocolate turtle torte!!!! or ice cream for my hubby’s birthday. I bought the cake too… I knew if I bought a fruit tart I would eat it I stood and looked at it for like 5 minutes in the store and decided to buy one thing I would not eat. I feel pretty damned good!!! Having the emails daily in this challenge has really helped keep me motivated!!!!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Denise, this is fantastic! Great job on making it without cheating! You’ve overcome a HUGE challenge! Thank you for sharing it with us!🥰🥰

  15. Charlotte

    Today I weighed in and lost 5lbs. I made a meal plan for two weeks so it was easier to stay on track. Hoping to keep that going. The one problem I have is I am only 1 so trying to meal plan is difficult. Wish there was an easier way to plan meals for 1. So I am not eating the same things all the time afraid of getting bored of eating the same stuff and falling off the (wagon).

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so proud of you Charlotte! 😍 Thank you so much for checking in. I understand meal planning for 1 is difficult. Are you part of our wonderful Facebook community page? We have so many readers in the same boat and you can ask questions. I bet they would have some great suggestions. You can join by clicking here.

  16. Joan Trabucco

    I’m on day 7 today. Day 3 and 6 were rough as far as hunger. I also am battling fatigue. Have a little more energy today. I’m down 3 lbs. My biggest achievement, there is a box of doughnuts and homemade Chocolate chip cookies on the counter. I haven’t cheated once! Drinking more water is also a challenge. Here is to one day at a time, one pound at a time.

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