Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Momentum - Eggs Are My Friend

My goal last week was to get to the gym at least twice, it didn't happen.   It was a hectic week, most of which was spent away from home, and going to the gym was the last thing on my mind.   I did however still go to volleyball on Friday night and played for two hours straight, and worked up quite the sweat.

I've found that eggs are truly my friend on this way of eating.      Olivia's been bringing home farm fresh, brown eggs, for us and these are so much better than store bought, aren't they pretty?   The photo really doesn't do justice to the color, they are almost an orange/brown.
I like eggs fried in butter, but since I can't have toast I don't want fried eggs.    Instead, I've gone to having 3 deviled eggs for "brunch" sometime between 10:30am and noon, depending on when I feel hungry.   I don't like refrigerated deviled eggs, so each day I make a batch.
I don't use a "recipe", I just mix some mayo, mustard, sour cream (when I have it), salt, pepper and paprika together and then blend it into the egg yolks.   Once I fill the eggs with the mixture I add more paprika and I'm done.   DELISH!

Even though it was a busy week, and I cheated a bit on Wednesday while I was out all day, I still managed to drop weight and am now at a 46.4 pound loss (started September 10, 2018).   I'm really happy to see the number on the scale going in the right direction once again.

I have a goal for January, I want to be down another pounds by the end of the moth.  The gym looks more likely to fit in the schedule for next week and that should help a lot.

How was you week?  What healthy thing did you add, or unhealthy thing did you remove from your lifestyle?
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up - Gone Most of the Week

This has been one of those weeks where I've been gone a lot and I'm glad that I have independent learners who can get things done in my absence.  Over the weekend I was snacking on almonds and broke a tooth, so Monday I was at the dentist getting it fixed.

Tuesday Olivia worked at the farm from about 9:30 until 2:30.   Lindsey started her second science curriculum of the year.   She currently has a project going on to see which apple solution dehydrates apple slices the most (photo below).  Olivia did her academic work in the evening.
Wednesday morning I was up a 5:30am to make a 2.5 hour trek do pick up a family member and get them to a far off hospital for a major surgery.   I finally got home at a little after 11pm.   The kids took care of the house, dinner and got their work done and were in bed when I got home.  I didn't get to see the husband or kids at all that day.

Thursday I had to catch up on the ballet bookkeeping that I didn't get to on Wednesday.  Then it was off to get groceries.  The girls got their school work done mid day.  We had a quick family dinner and then the girls and I were out the door to go work concession stand at a basketball game (fundraiser for Haiti).

Friday I was back up at 6:30am, and made the long drive north to the hospital to pick up the patient and take her home and get her settled.   The kids once again took care of their school work and the household work.   I did put chicken in the crockpot before I left in the morning, so dinner was partially done for them.   After dinner we all headed off to our volleyball league.  I've gotta tell you all, I'm dragging really badly!

In case you missed it, I shared my first Monday Momentum this week.  Be sure to pop over and take a peek.

Sorry for the late wrap up, but as you's been one of those weeks! 
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Momentum - Here We Go!

Monday Momentum is a new weekly feature I'm adding to the blog, where I will post weekly (hopefully) about my weight loss progress, what's working and what needs to be changed.   I'm hoping the accountability will help keep me on track.   I'll give you a quick rundown of where I am and how I got here in this post.

I started the KETO way of life on September 10, 2018.  I made the mental switch rather easily and never had sugar cravings or withdrawal issues.  (Sugar has been my drug of choice for years.)  From September through December 23 I lost 42 pounds!    My joints, especially my knees and ankles, stopped hurting and walking became easier.  I joined a volleyball league and have been having a wonderful time.  Typically I kept my carbs under 20 net grams per day.

Christmas week I decided I'd not be so strict and allow myself some holiday treats and not be as limited on the types of food I consumed.  Christmas Eve  we had dinner at my in-laws.   I did allow myself to have some mashed potatoes and a roll, and for dessert I had a small piece of pecan pie.   Within about 5 minutes of eating the pie I had a really bad headache and chalked it up to a sugar rush.

Christmas morning I fixed our traditional eggnog French toast with warm cherry pie filling on top.  We had dinner with my family.   This is where the biggest eating train wreck came from.   Other than the turkey, every single dish was nothing but carbs (potatoes, macaroni, dressing, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, rolls)...and the desserts were MUCH better and more abundant.

The day after Christmas I packed up all the left over cookies, candy, cakes and food gifts and put them in the freezer.   I was nauseated most of the day, and the nausea continued for a couple days.  I've found that sugar really doesn't agree with me much anymore.  My joints started to hurt again and my ankles were poofy again.

I didn't check my weight from Christmas Eve through New Year Day.  I also didn't go back to strict KETO because I knew we'd have a NYE get together at church, a family dinner on New Year's Day and  my husband's birthday is January 2 and I wanted to enjoy his birthday cake with him.    Probably not my best move, but that's what I did.

I read something online this week that said "It's not about what you eat from Christmas to New Year's, it's about what you eat from New Year's to Christmas."    I think that's a pretty accurate statement and I don't begrudge myself having enjoyed holiday foods.

So here we are, January 7 and I weighed this morning and I'm at exactly the 40 pound lost mark.  Yep, I'm up 2 pounds.   My fingers are really swollen this morning, and I need to add more fiber to my diet (ahem) those two issues combined could be the cause of the 2 pound gain, or it could just be that hey, I ate stuff I shouldn't and gained a bit.  Either way, there will be a difference on the scale next week.

What's working for me? Skinny Syrup  and Skinny Foam for my coffee is working.   These come in all kinds of delicious flavors, have no carbs and make coffee a tasty treat.  I also add MCT oil to my coffee, and the syrup helps me ignore the oily feeling in my mouth.   You can order the syrup online, but you can also find it at stores like Tuesday Morning, Ross and TJMaxx if you have any of those in your area.

This week my goal is to get to the gym at least twice and drink a LOT more water. 

How did your weight loss week go?  What's working for you?

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up - Welcome 2019

We finished up our last Christmas celebration over the weekend with my best friend and her husband.   We always meet half way between our cities (we live about 2 hours apart), have lunch and then find mischief to get into.  This year we spotted a cute little place to do some photos with the Peanuts gang.  Too much fun ya'll.
New Year's Eve we went to our the New Year's Eve service at our church.   Service started at 7pm, and we were home by 9pm.  We came home and watched It's a Wonderful Life and then toasted in the New Year with some sparkling cider at midnight, and promptly went to bed.   It's a wild life ya'll.

New Year Day was pretty low key.  Olivia worked at the farm and I got caught up on some ballet bookkeeping.  We went to the in-laws for a last minute dinner....thank goodness there were no black eyed peas this year.

We started back to school on Wednesday, and Tom went back to work after being off for 11 days.   It was good to get back to routine.   We covered all of our subjects, except science.   We are way ahead there, and I just figured we'd wait add that back in next week.     After school we headed out to a Chinese restaurant for Tom's birthday dinner.

Thursday was our monthly chiropractor appointment, and then I dropped Olivia off to work at the farm.  We're trying to get a doable schedule worked out now that school is back in full swing.

Friday we wrapped up our lessons relatively early and we worked on getting the house cleaned and back in order after the holidays.   Lindsey is on hiatus with the museum from January through March.  In the evening we were off to our co-ed volleyball league.

In case you missed it, I posted this week about Upcoming Changes here on the blog.    One thing I didn't have listed there was that I'm going to add a weekly post called "Monday Momentum" where I'll tell you what is and isn't working for my weight loss journey.  The first post will be on January 7.

Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 - Upcoming Changes

Happy New Year!!!  

The title sounds ominous, like there's something bad in the works.  Don't worry, it's all good.   2019 is going to be the best year yet, and I hope you enjoy reading about our academic journey this year.

The biggest change you'll see is that I won't be doing product reviews for the Homeschool Review Crew.  We've been doing reviews for them for years, and I've been able to learn about lots of new products, and have been able to point others to products they needed.  However, this past year I've been getting more and more reviews that I said we didn't want/need and few of the ones that we requested as being beneficial to where we are.  While I love reviewing, the whole purpose for me was to be able to review items that would help my girls academically.  Instead, we were reviewing things that truthfully cost the girls, especially when we were being given several math programs back to back or overlapping.    And truthfully, I don't like getting in "trouble" from the powers that be for writing an honest review that doesn't gush over a product that I feel is a total misrepresentation.  If I've ever said I like a product, I do....and if I don't like a product, I let my readers know that.  It's called integrity folks.

Another big change is already in place, my readers just don't know about it yet.   In September I made the mental switch to get my weight problem dealt with.    I went to a mostly Keto lifestyle, and have lost over 40 pounds.  I haven't mentioned it on my blog up until now, but my plan is to start sharing some recipes and updates on my progress.

Academically, we'll finish out the year with the Curriculum Picks that we started off with.  However, after visiting colleges and listening to Olivia more, I'm seeing that I need to make some overall changes for her.   I truly don't think she'd be happy or satisfied in college (at least not right away).   She'll be working as an apprentice on a working cattle and horse farm.   This will allow her to get vast amounts of hands on knowledge, as well as work with several older folks who can share the wealth of knowledge they've amassed over the years.   I'm not sure how this whole thing will play out, but I know that for the first time in a long time, she's excited about learning again, not just choking on facts and books.
I will continue to do my Weekly Wrap Up, and hopefully even get some creative posts up.   Now that then kids are teens we do less crafty things, but I need to come up with some better hands on things to make the learning more fun, and the reading of the week less boring.

 Here's to a wonderful year for us all!
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