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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.

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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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Day 3 Texas Thoughts

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Let’s just say this was the morning I slept in. I was absolutely exhausted from yesterday and staring at houses along with trying to mentally take in the idea of us moving here or not.  For our last day our goals were to visit Daley Plaza and the Book Depository along with a Scouting Museum and some of the areas we had not considered yesterday in our tour of the DFW area. We only made it to Daley Plaza and the Book Depository.  Mostly because they take so much time. I highly recommend them both!

The Actual Grassy Knoll
I’m pointing at the window supposedly where Lee Harvey Oswald made the final shot
HistoricL landmark-they are all over here
The final road: Elm Street. If you look closely where the gentleman is crossing…”x” in the ground are the shot locations

 

So overall the trip was a success. But in he end (as I conclude these in March)…were taking it slow and probably not moving for a bit. 

Day 2 Texas Thoughts

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Welcome to the second day of our experience of looking at Dallas, TX as a viable living place. 

We woke up around 9am to notice no change in the visibility. Yep, you got it–heavy heavy fog. But luckily as the day went by, the fog cleared up and changed to just general rain. We first met up with our real estate agent at a local place called the Old West Cafe. Boy was it tasty! I enjoy Tex Mex food and this had an egg included 🙂

Afterwards we went house looking. It was a lot of fun. The first home was huge inside but on a small lot. However, the view of the creak was adorable. The second house we tried was closed (with wasps so that was out) and the third house had spiders in the tube. 

The final house we looked at was a brand new community. Grant it it was a good 35-45 minutes outside of town…it was so new that we would be able to pick our countertops, colors of paint and details from the ground up. Crazy, right? Ther’s NO WAY we’d be able to do that in CA. 


I absolutely loved this community and was about to sign on the dotted line. But there’s still a lot to consider — especially because CA has a lot of friends and family close by where as in TX we’d be forming a new network.   Value here is so important and it’s starting to increase because of all the businesses moving out this way for cheaper work costs. 

On our way back–we finally stopped at a Texas BBQ place during the Dallas/Green Bay game. It’s called Hard Eight BBQ. It was amazing because you walk in, pick out your meat by the pound and then add your sides. We had brisket, sausage, ribs, corn and a potato. Shared cornbread and some crazy sides (the beans are free here!) It was tasty and WAY too much food. But when you’re in TX, go big or go home. 🙂


So since our arrival, the weather of TX has been crazy. There was fog, then there was rain, then it cleared up for a little bit before it decided to rain again. Eventually the wind and rain got so bad, tornado warnings were issued and we had to stay inside during our originally planned trip to see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse ( a location where they kick you out for taking during a movie–huzzah!) It was kind of a wild moment because we were hanging in the lobby when a single mother and her two girls rushed in, soaking wet and the kids were screaming because it was just plain ol’ scary. So I pulled out my phone and froze it on the kiddo game I had originally downloaded for Austin and the little girl(Jopline was her name) managed to stay focused while mom was trying to pull herself together and find a room to stay in because it was practically raining sideways.  Luckily someone game up their extra room for them because the hotel was full. Good people–it’s always good to see that. 

Eventually we made it out for food once the winds died sown. Grab a bite to eat and came back to go to bed. Such a crazy day. But anything can happen while you’re in TX. 

Texas Thoughts

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Over the past few years (despite moving in 2014 to Rancho Cucamonga) – Shawn and I have considered moving out of state.  Since my job has a few locations–we decided to take a look at the most available spot-Dallas, Texas. So we hopped on a plane over the MLK holiday to check out not only the area but also some available houses and what it would be like to live in TX

Our journey started off at 7am from our house to LAX. We took an airline I had never flown but heard plenty of negative thoughts about: Spirit. To be honest — it wasn’t half bad. Since we were only coming out for two days we were able to bring a small backpack and not pay for any luggage. When we landed, we picked up our rental and began our journey.

First: the FOG! It’s so bad here that you can barely see 500 yards in front of you. So there’s little room for seeing things on the side of the freeway. We had plenty of time to check in– so we went in search of local interests. The main being food.  Luckily, in Dallas there is a location for my favorite restaurant-Moe’s Southwest Grill. It’s very much like Qdoba or Chipotle–but has the white quest sauce and tastes amazing.  Especially the steak. They have nice thick cuts instead of small little chunks with no flavor.Then we drove around (getting lost) downtown and while deciding to head out to the AAA Texas building (where I would possibly work), we accidentally ended up traveling onto the grass knoll taking the same path as Kennedy’s car. Oops and cool at the same time. 

Our third stop was at a mall. Now-you may be thinking why a mall but there was a distinct purpose to this. There was a ThinkGeek store inside.  We purchased some items (mostly t-shirts), but it was amazing to be actually able to pick up the things we had seen online and ponder purchase in our heads.  We left the mall with only a few goodies but overal productive approach to our geekiness.

Finally we headed to the hotel, checked in and turned around to head out to dinner. (Yes-shopping took some time so by the time we checked in it was 9:30pm.) So we decided to try a local “treasure” and head to a Whataburger

I’d show you a picture but its really not all that exciting.

While I did not feel it was anything special-it was interesting to have a bbq chicken strip sandwich with Texas toast.  Very much like Sonic or Wendy’s. Nothing like In&Out-sorry Texans. However, there was a Steak & Shake next door and because I was craving onion rings, we stopped and picked up a shake to share with some good ol’ fried rings to go.

The first day was quit an experience. Today (day 2) , we are heading out with a real estate agent to look around the different communities and. At houses about living here. There is one community I am excited about because it was be a brand new house. Brand new kitchen, brand new garage. Everything. There would be no worries about dated walls or furniture–just our own nostalgia that we would bring to living there. Well–off we go!