Hey, Y’all. 🙂
It’s been a while again.
Hope your summer ended on a great note. 🙂
If you’re not following along on Insta we’re all safe and dry here from Hurricane Harvey. We had about 14 inches of rain spread out over 4 days. Friends and family weren’t so lucky. Please continue to keep Houston and the Texas coast in your thoughts and prayers now that the media attention has died down.
Reddit ftw today. #DACA
I mean seriously, y’all take a look around you today at the garbage in your lives who want innocent kids sent to places they’ve never even set foot in…and honestly how many of them are willing to take low paying jobs where they’d actually have to do something? Anything?
GT, doesn’t it seem like you could just roll this quote out every other day now?
Reminder this is my space. If you don’t like it here…don’t let the door hit ya…
Reminder 2: if you’re disgusted today (and every day)…join us. A lot of people are already putting in the hard work RIGHT NOW. Funnel the anger you’re feeling today (and every day) into meaningful action. 🙂
Let’s see…since we last met I’m loving
Blackened Cajun salmon.
Dump nachos with chichies.
Mug cakes and brownies.
ICE CREAM. 🙂 This is called Bubblegum Bliss and it’s from a book called The Keto Ice Cream Scoop by Carrie Brown. It is so unbelievably good. It totally got me thru all the hurricane nerves.
Yeah, Minnesota. Stay in your lane. 😉
A year ago today I quit sugar and all grains cold turkey. Technically the calendar date was Sept 6th but it was the day after Labor Day and today is the day after Labor Day so I’m calling it year one in the books. 🙂
Those first 2 weeks were pure hell. I seriously thought I was going to die. But then the magic kicked in and my head started to clear. I spent the first 7 weeks doing pretty much hard-core keto. I lived on hamburger patties, cheese, chicken wings, blue cheese and mayonnaise.
I took the day off for my birthday in late October and then the next day went back to the way I was eating but removed diary.
I spent the next 60 days dairy free and edged more into paleo style eating.
And that’s when this whole thing got harder. Introducing more foods and allowing maple syrup and potatoes really set me back a little. I started jonesing for the next off day and inhaling every potato I ate.
I kept losing weight just fine but mentally I was out of it. I was just going thru the motions and counting down the days til my next off day.
In total from Sept 6, 2016 – April 16, 2017 I had 8 off plan days…on purpose. I planed for them.
On April 16, 2017 I went back to what I was doing in the beginning…Keto (25 net carbs or less) and haven’t looked back. I haven’t had one off plan lick, bite, taste, etc since then and don’t plan to anytime soon.
Well I stopped making it harder than it needed to be. I like food. I like cheese. I like sweets. I like to cook.
And now I do. For me I think it’s far better to just go make me something safe and on plan (like a mug cake or brownie or ice cream) than to tough it out and then end up inhaling every real sugar sweet in sight on a planned off day.
Since I stopped making it hard…it’s easy. The other people in the house eat carbs all day long. I eat out with other people…and never flinch. It’s honestly just how I eat now. I don’t have to think about it anymore I just do it. And that freedom feels amazing.
I’ve lost 73 (point 4) pounds but even more important than that my iron is up for the first time in YEARS. I have energy for the first time in YEARS.
It still hasn’t helped my lupus / inflammation pain as much as I’d hoped it would and I’m going thru some inflammation stuff right now (why I was getting the MRI the other day) but I’m hopeful that eventually I’ll get those benefits too. Autoimmune stuff is just…hard. 🙁
So here’s the newest before / current pic. Left – shopping for fall 2016 Right – shopping for fall 2017. I didn’t buy the current dress because I don’t pay full price for anything. 😉 I’m having some issues with my vein surgery so that’s why I’m having to wear the black compression stocking again which totally sucks in this heat.
I’m still struggling to see the current me. I still see the left side me a lot of the time.
I’d like to lose 30 more pounds (15 would put me a couple below ‘normal’ and then 15 for a buffer) but if I stay right here I’m just fine with that. I’m going to keep on keeping on and let the weight land where it lands. I don’t plan on restricting my food anymore than I am now so I’m sure things will slow down but I want this to be something I can easily maintain…so I’m not chasing a number or a size. If I get there great if not I’m so far better off now than I was on the left…I’m good. 🙂
Tomorrow is Mama and Papa B’s 48th anniversary. I say this all the time but in the grand parental lottery we hit the super-duper power ball. 🙂 One number to the left or right on either side and…I shudder. We were so lucky to grow up in a home with two PEOPLE who are still head over heals in love with each other today. (Notice I said people there because…love is love, y’all.) More than anything I want to thank them for raising us in a home that taught us kindness, respect and empathy for those with less than us. Mama B’s a saint and Papa B is our comic relief. I love you both more than words on this silly blog could ever express. 🙂
Ok that’s enough for today, y’all. 🙂