6 Months ~ 50.2 Pounds

Hey, y’all. 🙂

It’s been awhile again. 🙁

A bunch of stuff is going on here.

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The business is awesome. 🙂

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I’ve been trying to get some health stuff taken care of before those @ssholes in congress / those of you who put them there condemn those of us with preexisting conditions to certain death. 🙁

(Thanks for the bumper sticker, democrats.org.  As always…love y’all but no not putting anything political (or anything other than the Aggie sticker) on the car.  I will however share it here.  🙂 )

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Two weeks ago I had to have a bunch of blood work and x-rays. Then last week I had to have both legs scanned for possible clots.

They gave me these lovely disposable plastic shorts to wear. Look how baggy they were. 🙂

I’ve always had some circulation issues from the previous clots but it’s gotten really bad over the last year or so and they were looking to see exactly what’s going on.  I won’t know results til next week when the dr gets back from spring break. (If there had been any bad clots they would have let me know immediately…so now it’s just waiting to find out what if anything else they found.)

 

Then Mama B got pneumonia 🙁  (She’s doing much much better today)  🙂  Poor thing was sick on her birthday. 🙁  Happy b-day, best Mom to ever walk the face of the earth. 🙂

I LOVE  this lime mineral water from Whole Foods.  I add a few drops of liquid splenda and it’s like a milder Sprite.

I got my blood work back and some great news…my iron is up. 🙂  The whole reason I started eating keto though was to get my inflammation down and those results were still awful. 🙁  But I’m ecstatic about the iron. Y’all know how I’ve struggled with it for years. I’d tried everything to get it up and now 6 months of eating this way and it’s finally within range. 🙂  I’m feeling it too. I’ve got energy I haven’t had in ages.

Other eating news…I’m back on dairy (cheese / butter / cream) and so super happy. 🙂 I take a digestive enzyme if I have more than a slice of cheese and it’s working great.  I missed it a lot.  It helps make eating like this easier and I’m all about staying on track right now.

So…last Monday was 6 months of no grains or sugar (I also had 3 1/2 months of no dairy mixed in there too).  6 months, y’all. I’m so proud of myself for sticking with this as long as I have…and for continuing to stick with it. 🙂

I was at the dr the next day and…I’ve officially lost 50.2 pounds…with clothes on. 😉

I also happened to go shopping after the dr.

Left pic: before. Other two pics:  last Tuesday.

I’ve been checking the clearance racks for any cheap left over spring-y / summer stuff since I’m still losing and don’t want to waste money on stuff that will only last a month or 2.

I saw this halter jumper and thought it was a halter dress. I didn’t want to get completely undressed so I just put it on over my leggings and then realized it wasn’t a dress.   By summer it will be perfect. 🙂

How did I celebrate -50.2?

Homemade ceaser dressing.

Salmon burger.

Ribeye.

Cherry keto fat bombs (cream cheese / cream / splenda drops / vanilla / cherries).

So, yeah I’m still going strong with this.  I did recently get back to strict 25 carbs or less 5 days a week. 50 grams or less 2 days.

For about 5 weeks I’d been doing more Paleo style eating and even though it was all safe food and I continued to lose weight the higher carbs were making me hungry all.the.time.  A couple days back on strict keto and that went away.

Ok that’s all for now. Y’all have a great week and I’ll see you soon. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Lesson Learned + Cherry Christmas Cake

Hey, y’all. 🙂

Did you have an awesome Christmas / holiday?

Things were kinda blah here.

First, the week leading up to Christmas I had to take Mama B to the ER late one night. It was all kinds of drama that led to us having to leave before she could be seen because the ER Dr at our Podunk hospital wasn’t covered under her insurance. If you know me in real life and live in our town…don’t go to the local hospital unless you’re like 110% sure you’re dying. Drive to SL or V and see some decent nurses / doctors.  There was this one nurse there that must be the sister of Satan (and that’s being nice). And believe me…she’s already been reported.  So anyway thankfully the urgent care at her regular Dr’s office was open super early the next morning. She got seen 1st thing and her temp was 104. The Dr. said if she’d waited any longer it would have been really bad.

So she was sick and then Sister B got sick and wasn’t able to come home. We ended up meeting her for lunch on Christmas Monday but she’s still not feeling all that great.  Feel better soon, SB.  🙂

We still celebrated Christmas.  It just wasn’t the same as if everyone had been healthy.

Made the real kolaches and pigs for the rest of the fam.

Used the roll dough I wrote about in this post to make me some celiac / paleo safe pigs and prune kolaches. These actually turned out really well. And they held up in the icebox too. I’m so impressed with this recipe.

Usual Christmas Tex-Mex meal. (Tamales / Enchiladas / cheese rice / beans).

So are y’all starting to practice y’all’s Russian. 😉

About that cherry rum cake.

Unreal.

I made my regular rum cake recipe using gf Jules of course (you can use any rum cake recipe) and for all of the water (just the water) in the cake and drizzling sauce I subbed cherry juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.  I drained the cherries really well and pulsed them in the food processor then dried them even more on paper towels and added them to the mix. I left everything else the same.  Mama B said this was the best cake I’ve ever made. 🙂

Amen.

My fav Christmas presents (so far)…a Rubik’s cube and a Salt Life sign / decoration for the back fence (it needs to be dropped down a little bit).  We’re starting to decorate the back fence with old vintage and cute signs.  When Rubik’s cubes were first a thing I got one for Christmas and played with it for hours on end. They had all those retro toys out for Christmas this year and it was one of them.  My other fav won’t come until sometime next week.  I’ll share when it gets here.  🙂

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A progress pic. Left pic was Christmas 2004 (in the middle of a 4 year lupus flare) and right pic was the day after Christmas this year. White bar across chest = no bra. Also…while my stomach is in no way flat that is not a bulge it’s the way the white shirt bunched up.

So…about the title of this post.  I took 4 days off plan for the holidays and while it was worth it in some ways it was horrible in others. In about 48 hours my pain level went from around a 4 to a 24.  My face bloated up.  I was itching like crazy.  It was awful. I had planned to stay off plan thru Monday (because we were meeting SB for lunch that day and it was a road trip) but I went right back on plan after Christmas day lunch.  It took a good full 3 days for my pain level to get back to somewhat manageable.

Lesson learned.  I just cannot jump on and off from no sugar / grains (even with celiac safe ones).  I have to find ways to make this livable.  And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to figure out ways to make things I like so maybe I won’t miss them as much.  I did it when I had to go gluten – free.  I’ll do it with this too.  And of course I’ll share along the way. 🙂

Had to go out for lunch on Tuesday.  Saltgrass.  Caesar and Prime Rib. Forgot to take a pic of the steak but I cleaned the plate so you know it was delish.  This was a perfect back on plan meal. 🙂

Normally I wouldn’t post something with that many curse words in two sentences but I saw this and it is just so fitting right now.

Ok. That’s all for now. Y’all have a great / safe New Year’s Eve / Day weekend and I’ll see you soon.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

Hey, y’all. 🙂

How are y’all doing this week?

As y’all know things were rough for me last week.  I got to participate in a conference call with HRC (along with other campaign volunteers) though and am doing much better.

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Yeah. The #calexit won’t happen. But I mean…did we ever in our wildest dreams imagine we’d have an illiterate openly racist / misogynistic  dude as our president?  So just incase it does happen…I bought the domain for just a cali girl and her blog. 😉  Sister B wants to go to Canada.  I can’t commit to that but I think we all know I could commit to a California beach and an avocado tree in the backyard. 🙂

I almost had a heart attack last night. This thing was crawling on the wall right next to where I was sitting. It’s some kind of gross hairy spider with shiny green eyes and white spots. When it spread all the way out it was the size of a quarter. I f…uh…reeked. (But then caught it in a glass and let it outside…being a child of Charlotte’s Web and all…).

So we had breakfast for supper a few times (in a row…but who’s counting) 😉

120g Almond Flour, 70g Arrowroot, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 1 Egg, 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Cashew Milk, 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Sugar equivalent (I used Splenda),  1 tsp Lemon Juice, 2 tbsp Blueberry Preserves.

I adapted this from Brittany Angell’s Waffle recipe in Every Last Crumb.

Almost 2 years ago now I went to a book reading / signing that featured Brittany plus some other Paleo / gluten – free people.  At the time I was going to give Paleo a try and then instead spent pretty much the entire year of 2015 feeling like death with one health crisis after another.

Since I’m mixing in some Paleo ideas right now I decided to pull out those books.

She describes this waffle as crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. It was.  I loved it and can’t wait to make them again. She doesn’t use blueberries in her recipe but those are my favorites and I had some of those cooked down blueberries left from before so I added them.

One note from my own personal observations: The first two waffles were not crispy at all straight out of the waffle iron (they did crisp up in the toaster oven). The rest were perfect though. So plan on the first two to be a little more floppy til the iron gets supper hot.

I loved these so much and even though I’m about 2 years post purchase these alone were worth the cost of the book.

She says you can cook these straight from the freezer like regular waffles. I had 2 left over so I’ll let y’all know how that goes.

Related to the eating…went shopping for a little retail therapy this weekend. I’d tried this top on about 4 weeks ago (left) and it was on the clearance rack this weekend. Tried it on to check progress. I didn’t buy it because I’m going thru sizes so quickly I didn’t think it was worth it even on clearance.

Hope y’all have a great week and I’ll see you soon. 🙂

 

 

Hey There

Hi, y’all. 🙂

It’s been a while.

I spent the last couple months making some changes and just couldn’t worry about the blog right then.

I’m also running the business and doing volunteer work for the election.

Y’all know I’d been going thru a bunch of health stuff for well over a year.  On top of all of that my pain level was just off the charts. Because of my blood thinner and an allergy I’m limited in what I can take for pain. What I can take wasn’t working. At. All.  It was time to try something different.  It was time to try a little swap…

This grain / dairy / sugar loving girl has gone keto with a little Paleo mixed in for variety.

Yeah.

It was about as rough as you’d expect in the beginning. I honestly just wanted to go ahead and die for about 2 weeks.

But now I’m all in.  I won’t even pretend to profess this is gonna be a forever thing but right now I’m in.

My meals have looked like a lot of this…

Hamburger / guac / hot sauce (this pic has cheese and sour cream but I’ve since removed all dairy too)

and this…

BBQ plate from my fav local place (I didn’t eat all that at one time…and that’s homemade bbq sauce Mama B made me…it’s a de-sugared version of our family sauce so I can’t share the recipe)

and this…

‘Chili bowl’  aka hamburger meat / spices / broth / topped with guac.

And this…

Paleo almond flour pancakes / sausage / egg  / xylitol based syrup (plus a couple of spoons of cooked down blueberries…that’s where the Paleo comes in).

And a lot of chicken wings (don’t have any pics).

For the first month I ate the same thing over and over…hamburger patties / cheese / may0 / guac.

Then I started branching out and getting a little more creative.

Honestly let me tell y’all…after those first two weeks I was doing great…until I removed the dairy (specifically cheese) and then I wanted to kill somebody.  Anybody.  I thought giving up the sugar would be the worst thing ever but I’m finding it harder to stay out of the cheese than the candy right now.

I’m working on a solution to that and if it works out I’ll blog about it.

Let me add here that I’m just doing my own thing and not following a specific plan or book or whatever.  I don’t want a bunch of email telling me something I post isn’t this or that. You do you and don’t worry about me.

I’m using alternative sweeteners (splenda in my tea and stevia / eryth in baked goods).  My only rule is to stay under 20 net carbs.  Most days I’m way way below that but I have to have a little variety a couple of times a week.

I’m on day 61 today.

The black and white dress pic was on day 50

before-and-current-dresses-copy

The red dress was last year. I’d already lost some weight between red dress and starting in Sept but I forgot to take a pic the day I started.

So anyway…that’s what’s going on here.

I’m starting to feel like trying new recipes and ideas (I made some keto brownies today but haven’t tried them yet) and will share the more interesting ones but it’s really all kind of boring.

Ok that’s all for today.

(y’all vote if you haven’t already)

Hope y’all are doing well. See you soon.  🙂

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