Why I'm Thinking of Changing My (Blog) Name

Morning everyone from a very chilly patio today! I was a late riser having had my sleep be broken a few times last night and I’m very slow to get moving this morning. (darn dogs, darn husband) 😉  That being said, it’s time to move on.

I don’t know if I told you guys or not, but I finally started journaling last week. I don’t mean on the computer-like this blog, I mean literally free writing for 10-15 minutes every morning to put my thoughts (however random) down on paper, clear my head, and just make an already good habit of writing something every day even better! It may read like gibberish to anyone else, but that is what all the “experts” on the subject of writing say to do, and I’m here to tell you, it works!

I think I have a bit of good news to report, after a week on the new Keto diet, my test strips showed Friday that I was indeed in ketosis. Now, I’ve heard that this may or may not be the best indication, but if you need another, my breath seems to be changing as well. (one of the more unpleasant side effects) I got on the scale and I weighed 110lbs! Ok, I may have weighed wrong last Monday, or my eyes did not read the scale correctly, there is no darn way I lost 5 lbs in one week. That’s what it said though.

My delicious cauliflower dish I made Friday night
One of my breakfasts last week, scrambled egg, salami slices, and avocado

Ok, the whole name-change thing. I’ve been toying around with the idea of renaming the blog something more solid so everyone knows what I’m about in case I ever want to get serious about this blogging thing. 😉 I was thinking something like Kimmy’s Keto Patio…unless yall have a better idea. Any suggestions are welcome, I will continue discussing anything relevant to alternative health ie; Paleo lifestyle, Keto dieting, recipes for both, essential oils, CBD and its benefits, in addition to PKD, book reviews, music, writing, or anything else that you all want to know about/hear.

We had a nice weekend and got to meet and spend time with my middle son, Joshua’s new girlfriend Chastity. I also got my baby fix while waiting at their apartment for her mother to come pick up her boys-she has a 9-month-old and a nine-year-old! I was trying to help them get organized and packed and he was crying, so I went into the bedroom and played with him, held him, and generally tried to keep him entertained while they did their thing. He is a sweet baby, but what a chunk! I wish I would have taken his picture (I wasn’t thinking) he and his brother are both handsome. His brother is Hayden and he is Westin (Westyn?) not sure how she spells it. I did get a picture of the two of them though.

Joshua and Chastity- better pics next time, I promise!

We also spent time with my Dad and Sean, but never got her (Chastity) over to Claudette’s to be introduced. That’s alright, there will be another opportunity I’m sure. Chris came over for a short visit on Saturday and then we took them home yesterday. Over the weekend Dave and I helped him work up a resume. Will you all join me in praying his application for a new job is accepted and he gets work?! I need all the prayers I can get on this one people. He needs a job badly in this particular situation. Thanks in advance! 🙂

Well, I could talk to you guys all day but I have lots to do, I haven’t done my exercises yet, I got a small gig I need to get going on and the house isn’t going to clean itself. Cooking to do, food prep, oh, and I’m going to talk to TCJC about a couple of writing classes. And if that’s not enough, I need to go to Kohls and JoAnn’s today (maybe that will do for my walking) so I better get busy. (I need new yarn and I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket 🙂 )

One more thing…I got a temporary 2-day job delivering flowers for Brice’s florists for Valentine’s! That will bring in some much-needed, good money (although it will be a long 2 days) and the days I’ll be working are the 13th and 14th of Feb.

The doctor told me on Friday I was good to go, could do anything I felt up to and he would see me in 3 months! Before that visit, I will have x-rays taken to see how well everything is healing up in there, he also wants me to back off my Gabapentin and see if my neck pain is really gone yet. Unfortunately, the numbness in my fingers and my right heel is still there and he said that may take up to a year to resolve! Ugh! Plus, I still get tired really easy when I do a lot, I need to build up my tolerance before that week of the job!

Yall have a wonderful day and I will see you later on the patio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I Crazy for Keto?

…or cuckoo for Coco Puffs? Lol! Just kidding!

Hi everyone, how’s it going on this chilly Tuesday morning?

I know, you guys are probably wondering what is going on that I would switch from my usual way of eating (Paleo) to something new (Keto), but that is what it is going to take to drop the 10-15 pounds I have gained over the last 6 months! Basically, I’m having to re-set by detoxing from all the sugar I’ve been (mostly drinking) consuming and the cheating that has gotten so out of hand.

I have been scouring the internet for instruction, recipes, and support groups and I’m happy to say, I found everything I needed to get going. I feel inspired! I know I can do it because I did it before when I first started with the paleo diet 2  and a half years ago. So I have the basics down, I know how to eat for good health, I just have to put my mind to it.

Getting away from sugar is like trying to kick heroin…not that I would know-I’m just saying, it’s HARD! Once you let the Devil in (I’ve written about this so many times), it is extremely hard to kick those cravings. My advice (for myself as well as others) is to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind.

  • Have something to look forward to, like new clothes or in my case another cruise!
  • Think of how healthy you will be when you drop the weight
  • Look forward to the possibility of reducing the need for medication (some people get off their blood pressure medication once they lose weight)

How Keto Differs From Paleo

The Paleo lifestyle is all about getting the gut healthy and eating quality foods that support digestive health. In turn, this helps some people lose weight, balances blood sugar, and is therapeutic for autoimmune conditions.

The Keto diet, however, is more about rapid weight loss but it also improves health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

They are similar in that the emphasis is on healthy fats, no grains, no legumes and no refined sugars.

The differences are that the Paleo diet is not exactly low carb, high-fat. Since starchy vegetables and natural sweeteners like honey, 100 % pure maple syrup, and coconut nectar are allowed, your body will continue burning glucose as energy unless you really restrict your carbs to a low enough percentage to enter ketosis. (around 5%)

On the Keto diet, you are not allowed many fruits at all (mostly berries) and no veggies like squash or sweet potatoes! (I’m gonna die) The focus is on lots of healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and butter (I’ll stick to my Kerrygold). Full-fat dairy is also allowed on the Keto plan, (hello cream cheese :)), and less protein is encouraged. So where my old breakfast might have included an egg cup and half an orange with my bulletproof coffee, today I omitted the orange and added half an avocado. So really, I can be Paleo and enter ketosis (by eating a Keto diet) at the same time!

Egg cup (egg, shredded cheese, broccoli, tomato, diced ham, spices) + 1/2 avocado for the fat needed

This is all one needs to do:

  1. Don’t eat any dairy except grass-fed butter and/or ghee (and cream cheese for me :))
  2. Track your macros to stay within the range that will allow your body to enter ketosis
  3. Choose grass-fed or pasture raised animal products whenever possible (I never did that anyway, too expensive for me and my budget)
  4. Pick no-calorie all-natural sweeteners like Stevia

{I can even have the occasional adult beverage as long as I stick to Vodka (0 carbs) and zero calorie mixers. You have to be careful with that and not overdo it once your body adjusts to being in ketosis, some people report getting drunk faster and hangovers being worse. So take it slow and easy if you choose to drink.}

Personally, I will probably do Keto whole hog for at least three weeks and see how it affects my waistline before I go back to my (stricter version) Paleo lifestyle. My challenge will be adjusting my macros (around 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs) and eliminating the sugar. I joined a Keto challenge site (late so I can’t win a prize but that’s ok) so follow my progress on Instagram as I post pictures. I also started pinning a bunch of Keto recipes on my Pinterest board (I stupidly removed all my Paleo pins, ugh!) so you can find some there if you are interested.

If anyone wants to make the change to Keto with me, or you have any questions I can answer, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to get you the info. I’m going to go ahead and wish you and myself luck and tell you my weight-loss goal so you can help keep me accountable. I want to get back down to 105-100 lbs and maintain a size 2. That is where I feel the most comfortable since I am only 4′ 9″ any extra weight really shows on me. As of this morning,  I weighed in at 115lbs.

Here are some references for those curious about Keto:

Keto Diet Challenge 

Keto Shopping List

Yummy Inspirations

One other point, I (you) will have to purchase some Ketosticks so I can tell when my body gets in (and stays) in ketosis. I looked and they cost around $10.  More study will need to be done before I understand how often to check my urine, how to plan the perfect meals, etc. but I will find out the answers so I can  keep yall informed. 🙂

Again, good luck and keep me posted on your journey if you decide to take one!