Last full day 1st family vacay

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The last full day on our cruise was another full day of sea. We started practicing our crawl-a-thon that in the end being apart from mommie was more powering than crawling

Thursday we also went swimming. Well-splashing. But Austin had an awesome time playing in the water.

We also met the captain and went shopping-including Austin who picked out his first Disney shirt. And you think I’m lying–I tell you he went back many times to the same shirt, shaking it and giggling.

Disney is always fun and it was great to get back on a cruise near to home!

Till next time!

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Keto Day 10

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Wow. Feels so weird. And I can’t believe this is feeling as good as it has. I’m am currently avg 60-65% fat intake with avg 25-30% protein and avg 10% carbs.

I started my Keto journey Nov 6th and since then I have lost not only 5-7 lbs but probably shrunk in measurements too (something I’m not tracking.) I know this has worked before as I did a no carb diet for 14 days and really did drop the 14 pounds but I didn’t keep it up. But this ketogenic diet leaves so much room for imagination with cooking it makes it fun for me. And for some reason I really enjoy having food to eat (we have gone out once since then too….to chipotle for lunch.)

To give everyone an idea of how drastic this is…in January 2 last year I weighed 265.4. Heaviest I’ve been without baby. But I began seeing this new doctor who has not only guided me thru treating my pcos but helped me change how I live my life. Since then I’ve gone gluten free…something I never thought I’d do but considered for sake of my allergies (not to gluten) and sugar free. Keto is more than that. It’s low carb/mod protein/high fat intake. And I have managed to keep it under my calorie count too for the most part (I’m not restrictive.)

Now I am at the lowest I’ve been in the last 4 years. My lose it app recorded dec 2013 I was 217. I’m 4 lbs LESS than that. Right now my mini goal is to reach 197. This is the lowest I have been in the last 15+ years. I know because my doctor used it as an excuse that I could lose weight if I I my tried. He failed to mention st this point I was so ill and had not eaten real food in days. But it’s in the books. Crazy to think here I am only 16 lbs away.

Is I know the scale doesn’t always reflect everything And honestly–I’m so happy right now I could stop and still be happy with myself. But my real goal is to lower my blood work numbers and that doesn’t happen/read until February 13th. And as a reward for meeting that goal?–Shawn and I are going to keep our tradition of heart-shaped pizza on Valentine’s Day. I’m having a splurge day.

So these pictures show how much a difference this diet has made. The one on the left is taken on New Year’s Day. Grant it I’m sitting down…but it reflects the worst picture of my overweight issue. The picture st the zoo was taken last weekend and I’m turned away from the camera with kiddo on me. Everything is beginning to thin out.

The only thing I worry about is the negative comments about this diet. It’s minor…but I feel confident that for my body/blood type and issues, this is truly the best for me. I even expressed my concerns to my doctor and she said while my concerns were valid there was not anything to be concerned about. And if it doesn’t work, we try something else. I can tell you working out 6x a week with 3 softball games and eating pseudo healthy sis not work for me. Neither did weight watchers (long term) or any other fad diet. I simple went to my doctor and based on her recommendations along with my immunologist went forward with this diet. With only one hiccup–a party I had fun at and enjoyed a homemade margarita… and the fact Shawn does most of this with me on this diet…I think I’m sticking with this.

So here’s to more time Keto days.

1st Family vacation Day 4

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Day 4 we were in Cabo! Finally a new and exciting place. But boy was it hot!!!

Cabo is interesting since you have to park the ship and take a smaller boat in. I was terrified because I had Austin on my chest asleep and wanted to make sure I had him secure.

That day we had fun because it was Halloween on the High Seas! We went a little trick or treating around as well as Broke out the Star Wars costumes!

This picture above is probably one of my favorite. Someone said I look truly happy in this moment. And I agree! My kid is smiling, I’m with my family and I’m playing around in a fun zone of Mickey, Goofy and Donald! Perfect moment!!

That night we saw a lot of characters. And I was thrilled that Austin wasn’t scared!

Day 3 Keto

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Welcome to day three!

Things aren’t going too bad. I am glad I had the pizza muffins made on Sunday cause I know that at least I have that going for me. And Shawn and I went shopping so we have tons of food. It’s just getting it all baked so we don’t waste anything. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be hard because of rehearsal and trying to work out when to eat, etc. I will probably not be fasting in the morning. But at least yesterday even though I didn’t fast…I kept my basic eating schedule and didn’t eat right before bed. Small goals, right?

So I have a couple books I have using to make some fun meals. One is “Quick and East Ketogenic Cookbook” and the other “The Wicked Good Ketogenic Cookbook.” Both provide a little insight into what the Keto diet is, suggestions and how to start as well as the plethora of recipes.

The pizza muffins were really easy to make. I also made s’mores fat bombs (basically candy with no calorie all natural sweetener), macadamias crusted pork chops and cooked several vegetables ( probably enough to save my life.). Finally I did gummies for the first time. They came out a little powerful and it’s mostly from me not working with boiling water and it having worked with gelatin before. But st least they looked like gummies

Day One Keto

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So here we are. Day one of my ketogenic diet. I actually am excited to start this. And that’s why I’m glad I waited until today versus last Wednesday. I was able to cook and bake some items so I am prepared to keep this diet going. It also kicked in my curiosity because several of the recipes have unique flavors and twists on things I know and love. I thought I would give a low-down on what’s going to happen:

My goal: to keep this diet up for 90 days. Or at least until my blood work for my doctor (3 months from now.) my doctor wants to see me keep this diet for 3 months and see how it affects my levels. I know personally I just want to be able to keep it up and get my body working for me Instead of against me.

Here is what my daily schedule is going to look like:

1) Limit WHEN I eat.

So on the Keto diet, it is suggested that one work on a schedule of intermittent fasting. This means you only eat for a restricted amount of hours, at least 3 hours before bed and only consume water or tea otherwise. It has many benefits like boosting your metabolism and keeping away the issue of eating on the couch right before bed. Both of these I have problems with…along with chips (which I’ll get to later.). So I have figured during the week and most Saturdays I can do this then on Sundays I can enjoy a nice breakfast or relax. Also it’s the one day Shawn and I spend as a family so the likelihood of me doing it is low. Better to make attainable small goals, right?

I’ll mostly be eating at noon, 2p, 5p and 8p as that is the time my schedule fits. Let’s see how it sticks.

2) limit WHAT I eat.

Since the 1st–I have been making a conscience effort to be aware of what I eat. On a ketogenic diet you can only have up to 20 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) a day. To give you an idea of how hard this can be, 20 could be one chip or price of candy or even 2 tortillas, small size. So I will not be eating bread (don’t anyways cause I’m gluten free), fries, potatoes in general, corn anything or any fruit. Almost like a dog “grain free” diet. Best news? Whey chocolate protein shakes are on the menu! With my coconut unsweetened milk and seasoning for “Mexican got chocolate.” See what I mean by creative menu items?!

Speaking of which–that is what I had for breakfast. It was tasty and filling all at the same time. For lunch I had pizza egg bits, only equating to maybe 9 carbs total (considering the light spoonful of tomato sauce) adding up to only 11net carbs so far. I have a broccoli cheese snack for later and tonight it’s either chicken and peppers on lettuce or walnut crusted pork chops.

I really don’t see any major down side to this diet…other than having to prepare and cook almost all I eat. It’s a huge change for Shawn and I but at least he’s supporting me on this (HUGE KEY FACTOR) and willing to eat what I eat at home. In fact I made key lime popsicles with key lime cues and he had a few bits.

Well Keto, here goes nothing!(ignore the peppers and such…it’s only high carb veggies :-P)

1st Family Vacation day 3

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So this may be mixed up a little… it today was our first full day at see.

Austin was doing awesome considering being a one year old kid on a ship.

We had plan to go to Palo (the adult only restaurant) but ended up changing and going to our normal dining. Not only did we love the staff so much but we just didn’t feel like leaving Austin again in day care.

Here are some of our adventures. I also forgot to mention that we had pirate night and the fancy dinner night. It’s always fun to dress up:

November moving to Keto

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So here it is…November 1st.

Today was the day I had planned to move to my ketogenic diet which incorporates high fat, moderate protein and low carb. This meant no chips, fries, rice or tortillas.

However–I couldn’t have picked a worse day to start

Not only is it in the middle of the week but it is also a day I have a morning meeting with my MOPS group, haven’t prepared anything cause last night was Halloween and I had to take a second shower since we had a fire pit going. Work has also offered me some prizes that I can have now not later (like a Jamba Juice drink) and Shawn and I also talked a little bit about what this diet means and how much he is participating (he will eat what I eat at home, not drink soda, etc. but not so gluten free and be responsible for his own not safe snacks.)

So instead…I will be starting this new lifestyle Monday, November 6th.