"Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand."

Proverbs 19:21

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks have been a blur.  As far as the weight loss goes, I made it down to 10 pounds lost.  Yay.  Then, I gained three pounds back.  Boo.  I'm still there.   Double boo.  

I'm on track again.  Sigh.  Here's what I've had today:  

Breakfast:  turkey bacon and tomato wrapped in Romain lettuce with a little veggie cream cheese.  So delicious.

Lunch:  I had to run errands today and we were out during lunch.  We stopped at Papa's Pizza.  I had the salad bar and the toppings from 3 smallish slices of pizza.  

Snack:  broccoli, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber and a few slices of pepperoni dipped in veggie cream cheese.  

For dinner, I'll probably have another salad.  I bought a TON of Romain lettuce from Sam's last week and we're down to the last "heart".  Isn't that what they're called?  We need to use it before it spoils.  

I really need to step it up with my water.  It's been so cold that it's hard to get it all in.  I'm ready for spring.  

In other news, we got a dog.  This is Max:

Excuse the blurriness.  My phone takes awful pictures, but isn't he the cutest?  He's a Bichon Frise, which I had never heard of before, but all of the ladies at the Bark Park new exactly what he was and went on and on about what great dogs Bichons are.  So far, I agree with him.  He's six years old and hypoallergenic.  He's pretty chill most of the time, unless someone opens the front door, then he's out of here!  He has escaped 4 times.  Augh!  Other than that, he's the perfect dog for us.  

In some more other news, sickness is running rampant everywhere.  I think I had the flu this week.  I never had a fever, but apparently that doesn't matter.  I suffered through a few days by taking Advil round the clock and and doing what I had to do.  By Monday, Advil wouldn't touch my aches and my cough was terrible.  I'm feeling much better now, just need to get rid of this cough.  

I'm so ready for spring.  Too bad the groundhog saw his shadow today.  

Sunday, January 14, 2018

- 8.4 and Chicken Salad

That's right.  I've lost 8.4 pounds in about 2 weeks.  It will be 2 weeks tomorrow, and I weighed yesterday, so I'm going to go ahead and call it.  8.4!

I've cheated several times, but I've also eaten a lot of veggies and drank a ton of water.  Over all, a success.  I haven't had anything un-Keto since Monday, and I feel great.  I have found myself wanting sweets just a few times, and when I do, I have my gummy vitamins or a taste of peanut butter.  

I made a delicious chicken salad the other day.  I was trying to copy the Sassy Scottie from Chicken Salad Chick.  Mine wasn't nearly as good, but I didn't have all of the ingredients I needed.  Plus, my cooking skills are not that great.  

Here's what I did:

I cooked 4 chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika.  When it was tender, I shredded it and added a little mayo, a little sour cream, a little ranch, red onion, celery and garlic.  I didn't have any sharp cheddar cheese or bacon.  :(

The result?  A pretty good chicken salad that we've been eating on for the past few days.  I paired it with green beans, celery, green peppers, whatever veggies I have nearby.    I'll probably try another recipe tomorrow.  I love chicken salad, tuna salad, Garden salad, Cobb salad.... I love salad.  

This week, I plan to experiment with cauliflower.  I want to try a loaded cauliflower mash and a cauliflower mac and cheese.  

Have a good week, everyone!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Keto, Day 12

Day 12, and I still weigh the same as the last time I posted.  I would be upset, but I took a few more days off.  I ate horribly over the weekend, then I ate chips and dip and a slice of pizza and some brownies at my sister's house when we watched the college football championship game.  What a heartbreaker that was!  Anyway, I got back on track on Tuesday and I'm just glad that I didn't gain anything.  

I did go to the movies with Jordan last Friday and said NO to the popcorn, which is my favorite.  That's a positive, but then I just turned around and blew it over the rest of the weekend.  Why?  WHY?!?!

Is Overeaters Anonymous a real thing around here?  Maybe I need to go.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Keto, Morning of Day 5

Okay.  I have done really, really well this week.  I turned down birthday cake and Cheeze Its at church and everything.  I weighed in yesterday and my total weight loss was 5.8 pounds.  Yes, I still know that it's probably just water, but...my stomach seemed smaller and my jeans started falling off again.  They were a perfect fit after Christmas, so SOMETHING is happening.  Plus, I was feeling so much better, after only a few days.  No more stomach issues, more energy, etc.  

I was thrilled with my results and was so proud of myself. 

But, BUT.  There's always a but.

I was having a stressful morning with the kids yesterday and it was Thursday, which is grocery day, so we had to go out for lunch.  Our usual go-to is Papa's Pizza.  When I'm eating right, I just order the salad bar and it's enough.  But not yesterday.  I convinced myself that I deserved a slice of my favorite pizza, which is pineapple and banana pepper on pan crust.  I had 2 slices and a Diet Mountain Dew.  I went to the grocery store and bought Keto friendly, delicious food for my family, then went to work at 6:00.  I found those little cheese crisp things at Kroger, which I had for my snack at work, instead of the Cheeze It's that we gave the kids.  Then I came home, and was so frustrated.  The kids were crabby, it was SO cold outside, my husband had to work late.  I came home and had a cheese sandwich for dinner.  At 10:00 at night.  Then a bowl of Violet's "berry" flavored cereal with milk.  It's organic, but still full of sugar.  

I felt miserable last night.  Bloated.  Stomach cramps.  And so dehydrated!  It's just not worth it.  

The really frustrating thing is that I had plenty of the right food to choose from last night.  I wasn't even that hungry.  I should have had some cucumber slices with a little ranch dip and went to sleep.  

I had gained 3 pounds this morning.  I knew it before I even stepped on the scale.  I don't know why I sabotage myself this way.  I have mixed emotions about weighing myself so often.  On the one hand, it keeps me accountable.  On the other, I see every success and an excuse for a treat, and that's  not good. 

So, it's a new day.  It's 11:22 am.  I'm just now getting hungry, so I'm about to make a Greek salad for lunch.  I have buffalo chicken dip in the crock pot for dinner, which we will eat on a salad or with some celery.  I'm going to the movies with Jordan later, and I'll take my cheese crisp things to crunch on instead of popcorn.  And I probably will not weigh myself again until Monday.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Keto, Day 2

Not much to report today, except that I lost over two pounds.  I know that it's just water weight, but at least I wasn't up two pounds.  

Today I've eaten:

Salad with fresh spinach, a few slices of salami, bell peppers, and ranch dressing.  

String cheese and salami

Hamburger steak with slaw. 


This is too much cheese and I need to not eat so much salami, but I'm pretty pleased with this.

I went back to the gym, today.  After I finished the elliptical, I couldn't breathe!  I was fine for the 30 minutes I was on it, not sure what happened when I got off.  I literally couldn't breathe.... everything was going black.  I had gotten Violet out to the car when it got really  bad and I thought I was going to have to go back inside and bed the YMCA employees to help.  I made it home with God's help and took a few drags of my inhaler.  Feeling much better now, just tired and perplexed.  This has never happened to me before.  Ever.  I won't make the mistake of leaving my inhaler at home again. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Keto, Day 1

Happy New Year!

I spent the day with my family.  We slept late, watched a lot of football, and burned a lot of calories cheering for our Dawgs!  Seriously, what a game!

Foodwise, today was good.  Great, really.  I didn't cheat.  Didn't even want to.  I'm already feeling better.  

We slept until lunchtime, so that took care of breakfast.  

Lunch was a Keto-friendly chili.  Basically, I used my regular chili recipe and just left the beans out.  I thought it was pretty good, especially topped with cheese and sour cream.  Chris ate it and asked for seconds, so I guess he liked it, too.  I didn't even miss the tortilla chips that I usually cover my chili with.  

I had 2 slices of salami wrapped around a string cheese for snack. Actually, I had it twice.  

I was stressing about dinner, because we went to my mom's for New Years Dinner.  Peas and greens!  I wasn't worried about the collards, and I'm not overly impressed with black eyed peas, either.  My Granny's Mexican corn bread was cause for concern, though.  So were the mashed potatoes.  I didn't even have a taste of either one, so dinner was a success.   I didn't have dessert or sweet tea, either.  

Here's my plate.  I made some slaw to take, so Chris and I would have something else to fill our plates.  Ham, slaw, collards.  I did have seconds, but this food has practically zero carbs and I ate my veggies.  

We watched the Georgia game while we ate and got a little excited.  My brother-in-law Facebook Lived our antics.  I was absolutely mortified to be in this video.  I am so huge.  Plus, I was sitting down, and I know that's not ever a flattering angle, but good night!  

Looking forward.  Looking forward.  The past is in the past. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My "Before" Face

So, Christmas has come and gone.  We had a good one this year, filled with family and food.  Lots of food.  I broke my promise to myself and didn't start back doing Keto before Christmas.  Thankfully, this year only has about 45 minutes left.  A new year is right around the corner.  

Tomorrow, January 1, it's Keto Time.

The Hubs and I both have a goal to lose 100 pounds this year.  I'm not brave enough to post my weight on this public blog, no matter how little of an audience I have.  I will, however, post how much I lose each week along with some progress pictures.  And, if I can find my tape measure, my measurements.  

Here's a "before" shot of my face, taken today with my friend Jennifer during lunch today.   I'm the one in the glasses with the huge face.  I'm looking forward to a thinner face next month!