New Life

The Mean, Green, 2018!

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Welcome everyone to the New Year!

I know its a little behind. And there are always excuses for this. But I am honestly going to work on a more regular schedule for this blogging. We shall see where that goes.

To Recap: 2017 was both awesome and crazy of a year. Our kiddo turn 1 in August and he had many first events including giggling, crawling, walking and running. Yep-we’ve got a toddler folks! He’s still adorable as ever. Now he just makes your heart jump out of your chest as he runs down the hallway or tries to climb the sofa or recliner. Slow down kid!

2017 was also the beginning of me finally getting a chance to address my health. As previous posts have indicated… I have PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a hormonal disorder where my ovary look like they have theese “cysts” (and some women can have actually cysts) causing me to not release an egg each month (aka not ovluating.) This is why conceiving was so hard and emotional for me.  It is also what causes my excessive hair growth, my overweight-ness despite working out a lot in previous years, trying the “nth” number diet only to lose little weight. BUT this year i actually lost 56lbs following my OBGYN’s suggestions to give up gluten, sugar and now going ketogenic. I’m meeting with her right before Lent to suggest some of the things I am going to talk about now.

So — for 2018 here are my goals (not resolutions, but going to accomplish things)

  1. get out of Debt: Shawn and I have a plan for this and prefer to keep that between us as much as possible. I admit I have spending problems but lets face it… one of the FEW girly things I enjoy is shopping and the thrill of something new and fun
  2. Get On with PCOS — while I have been doing a lot, I want to keep this momentum going. mostly because if Shawn and I want to consider any future children (which is a discussion best kept between us as well), I will need to be healthy and have a better grasp on my PCOS issues. I know things now, have a lost enough to make a differnce. My specific goal is to lose the additional 60 pounds to reach my “ideal weight” and go more gluten free/dairy free/unprocessed as much as possible. I don’t want to be on anyone’s “high risk” any longer. WHY? – for the sake of my son. I want to be here when he’s 30 or 35 or whenever. I want the most out of life with him and Shawn. Managing my PCOS also includes emotional health, physical health and pyschological health. While pregnant, I played the “pregnancy” card for a long time. Because I couldn’t get a grasp on myself. It made me bitter…and that sucked. I want more than that.
  3. Get going on work goals — I prefer not to discuss too many of these details either. But I have some very specific things I want to reach at work. Since I worked hard to bring myself up from being out on leave last year. I want 2018 to only look 10x better than 2017.

 

What are your goals? Do you get specific, general, or don’t even plan? Share with others about goals you have met and goals you are struggling with. Reach for it!

 

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The struggle is real: keto diet

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So in efforts to both struggle and enjoy my ketogenic diet, I thought I would spend a blog entry venting a little about some of the things I miss now that I can’t eat them.

Ketogenic diet  with nutrition diagram written on a note.

So one of the biggest things I miss is bread. Not pasta; not soy sauce. Fluffy white or crispy toasted bread.  I absolutely love the smell of pretzels, of cinnamon rolls and sugar. Of cupcakes. Yep–even plain fresh baking bread. It just drives me nuts. If for just one day– I would devour all the bread I could eat. But yeah–that would probably damage me for life. I can dream, right? And ironically every time It think about having a little…I get worried i’m going to have a night in the bathroom or be sick. And I don’t want that. I prefer just not eating it.

That being said–the second thing I do miss is copious amounts of sugar. As in i would eat icing out of the can regularly beforehand. Cookies. Candy. Yum Yum. I could even be gluten free and still enjoy a ton of sugar. But again, I think of how my body can’t process it and how much damage I did eating straight sugar so I am okay living this one on the side. The only thing I get frustrated is learning all the things that have high levels of sugar that I didn’t expect. Like BBQ sauce. Or even coleslaw. Fraps and smoothies and Jamba juice. Tons and tons of sugar. ::sigh::  I’ll be alright. I’ve learned to let it go.

Finally–if I could give up these two things. I would probably want to be able to enjoy rice. When i was in college I used to cook rice in a rice cooker and cover it in butter and pepper for dinner. As I got older– I added spices and sauces but whenever I was depressed, a good big bowl of white jasmine rice and butter.

In regards to missing actions. I think the biggest thing I miss is being able to go out and get anything to eat. Taco Bell, Del Taco, Jack in the Box, you name it. Drinking milkshakes, eating french fries and tacos. Yep–i wish I could do it all. But then I think about how that always made me feel and I back away from it very quickly. My only small goal is if I have a good doctor’s report in February- Shawn and I are going to enjoy a heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day. And maybe a milkshake in the morning and taco bell for lunch. For One day.

 

Meal Prep Keto Style

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So I am on day “ugh I don’t know” on my Keto diet. Just thought I’d pop in, comment on how I’m doing and let y’all in on some secrets/tips helping me out.

So starting this last week I noticed my body finally fighting back to this new diet. All the books and writings tell you to expect this in the 2-3 week so I was prepared a little. But not in the way I reacted. Dieters of getting Keto “sick” as they call it, I got Keto emotional. Seriously. I cried over commercials, got snappy and no, it wasn’t THAT time of the month. And no baby either so don’t go getting ideas 😝 I know my body well enough that “three” is the magic number for my hormones to check themselves into and out of things. 3 months after Austin was born, 3 months when I went off birth control. 3 weeks for Keto. It all fits with my body chemistry which is fun to know.

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s–I was meal prepping late last night and thought there are a lot of tips and tricks I use to keep on this. We can not talk about the huevos rancheros I ate Sunday night but at least I stayed busy cooking afterwards and I walked 14k+ steps so hopefully that will help.

Tip #1: plan!

Keto doesn't work without planning. Every time I don't think ahead about what I'm eating…I'm eating boring bland food or something super expensive. Neither of which I like doing. The weeks I did great I planned. It just works better. I lucked out the two books I've been using have 30 day or 4 week challenges to keep you Keto. One with pictures and how to use leftovers. I'll let you know those at the end. This week since I slipped a little, I decided working on writing down everything I knew I needed to factor in. I scanned the books, kept things the way I liked them from last week and wrote out on a sticky note and pasted it to the fridge. Helps Shawn and I are working to eat at home more.

Tip#2 : No Distractions

I know–I'm crazy asking this. But for this momma it's more a safety as well as a separation anxiety issue because my kid is a distraction. But I highly recommend doing this after kiddos go to bed or if no kids, blocking out time so you can focus. The times I do meal prep if I don't have any distractions, I get it done faster. And yes that does mean minor sleepless nights sometimes but hey-it's the only time I've got and in the end it's fine.

Tip#3 : your tools

My meal prep time has been seriously affected by what tools I have. This is why planning Is important. If you plan, you can shop Friday/Saturday or whatever day your goods. Then you plan a prep day. Plan small at first (3-m days or all family dinners for a week) and eventually you can move to two meals or the whole day plus snacks!

Also make sure you have the kitchen hardware. Currently I have a Hamilton beach smoothie " bullet" type blender. I currently love making protein shakes for my morning meals. I even have sugar free s'mores and other syrup flavors making the shake world exciting.

Last night I used my cast iron and I would highly recommend using this if you're cleaning as you go, then going from one recipe to another is a snap. I made my dish of no tortilla breakfast burritos, rinsed and oiled and went right into a pseudo "pasta" dish. It's so simple, easy to clean and quicker than the dishwasher.

Tip#4

Find help!–honestly A quick and easy guide to ketogenic diet cookbook and The Wicked good Ketogenic cookbook. Have made foods easy/quick and simple to understand how it fits the diet.

Here are the links:

Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight https://www.amazon.com/dp/1628601000/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zL9gAbFC1XCBZ

The Wicked Good Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Easy, Whole Food Keto Recipes for Any Budget https://www.amazon.com/dp/162315734X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bM9gAb8QY6GXY

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.

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

AANNDD… We’re Back, Right?

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Hello everyone!

Yeah, I know. It’s been a while. Don’t worry. Stuff is happening.

Life has definitely changed in the last year. Friday, Shawn and I will be celebrating our son Austin’s first birthday. Its exciting and yet scary. The last year has been filled with learning new guidelines, new games, new sleeping schedules and new diets. But its all worth it… to hear a giggle or see a smile from this little guy. Lots has changed and its all for the good.

Family Photo1

That moves me onto my next topic.  Finally this year I found an OBGYN in Fallbrook, CA (about an hour away) that has really been working with me to help me be overall healthier in addition to help me address my PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome.)  And for once… its working. But not without sacrifice.  To date,  I have lost 35 lbs. Yes–gone is the baby weight and i’m slowly moving towards my wedding weight (which is about 5-7 lbs away.) Having these little goals has helped me feel like i’m really achieving something. After I reach my pre-wedding weight… my next goal is to make it to the lowest weight i have been in the last 10 years. Its only 25 lbs less and totally doable but if I actually reach this… I think i’ll cry a little. After the lowest, i’m going down in about 20-25lbs each increment until I reach my ultimate goal weight.  Now this one is actually difficult…but if I can get back on getting some exercise/walking (something hard to make time when all you want to do is get home to your son,) I might actually make it. Which is a nice thought.

As I mentioned–the weight loss is not without sacrifice. I have made changes in what I eat. First–i am trying to give up all sugar…both artificial and regular. Regular sugar I have so rarely that when I decided i’m going for it with a smoothie or ice cream cone…it knocks me out. I do drink a lot of diet (yeah, I know peanut gallery) but it has forced me to choose alternatives to what i used to eat. My second sacrifice was gluten. Yep-gluten. Gone is the bread, the pasta, the heavy laden carb plates I was stuff myself with. You see–when my doctor ran my blood work, she discovered I had elevated levels indicating I have what’s called a “Leaky gut.” It doesn’t mean I have a celiac issue, but that my digestive tract does not thank me when I decide to eat something with gluten in it. Now–i don’t recommend this unless guided by a doctor as it is not easy nor is it meant for everyone. But for me it has work tremendously–I don’t feel so overwhelmed and bloated and actually my body is burning calories. I use the Lose It! app to help me monitor what I eat and I was thinking for the first time… I’m several weeks into a diet (been monitoring at least 90 days) and I don’t feel like i’m starving or suffering. I actually get some days where I don’t even eat all my calories.

So hopefully as this next week, there will be more travel blogs, more details of the attack on PCOS and maybe an interesting note or two about academics, baby stuff or just plan ol’ geeky-nerdy items 😀

Eating “Normal”

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WARNGING: FOOD VENT

 

At the beginning of Lent– I began a new journey towards better health. In going to a new OBGYN, I received new supplements, vitamins and a new diet.  The supplements and vitamins were not a shock to me, but the new diet was definitely going to be a change. A sugar free wheat free diet (no gluten.)

So just to give you an idea of what people on restricted go through when going out, here is how my thought process went:

“Ok– let’s see what we got here…. hmmm…. i’m hungry for a hamburger.

Oh, wait no bun. Eh, ok, i really don’t want a lettuc burger. They’re messy. Everything falls out and plus I wanted something like a bacon cheeseburger which is hard. Well… how about something from the Mexican menu. Oh, wait, all burritos. Any corn options? No-nothing. Dang. What about fries? well I can’t just have fried for dinner… I really want protein. In fact, I prefer no salad if possible (scans the ENTIRE menu, thru breakfast that’s only good until a certain time of which it is not…)

Dang it… salad it is. With beef. And no croutons. And i guess the tomato and hard boiled egg can go to shawn. Ugh. Not what I wanted. I hate this but i want to do this.”

I found out I had a new appreciation for people who had limited diet options. Seriously America–your fast food needs to get better. I don’t mean switch all bread to gluten-free…but just providing all things with flour less a salad is not the greatest option. The scenario I mentioned above was at a local place–luckily at places like Applebee’s and such I can order a steak with green beans and potatoes. But I can’t imagine if I was, let’s say, a vegatarian with this restricted diet. I’d be eating a ton of beans, rice and cheese.  Or a lot of (as one friend put it) “Rabbit food.”

 

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