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Hey Ketoians and others just following along for the ride. Here is the progress report I promised for my first week of cutting carbs and sugar. It’s been a rough week but well worth the effort. Or at least it will be, so they say. I feel great! ๐Ÿค— (totally being sarcastic) or so they say I will be, right now I’m tired all day, everyday and super grumpy and moody.

I didn’t really have anything new recipe, wise. But most days I had about 2 meals a day, with at least one snack. At work, I get a free meal so I usually take it. Chicken salad is the only thing on the menu that has no sugar in it so I’ve eaten that everyday this week for lunch. I’m sure not everyone could do that, but y’all probably haven’t had our chicken salad. It’s so good. So far it hasn’t gotten old with me. Not much that’s good, does.

My mornings consist of a cup of coffee or two with a few tbsp of heavy whipping cream right before work. (Y’all, this is my only source of energy, otherwise I’m a dragon). ๐Ÿ˜‚

Lunch consisted of chicken salad, (like I said before) and carrot sticks and a pickle spear.

Supper/Dinner (I know that’s a whole debate within itself ๐Ÿ˜‚) :

Monday: Broccoli Cheddar Soup, (sorry a friend made the recipe, I’m just hoping it was Keto friendly, though I doubt it, it was yummy though) and fruit.

Tuesday: Chicken Stew, my in laws who are also doing Keto made this recipe. Super yummy. Basically a chicken vegetable soup. It’s really healthy and helps keep you full when you add cheese and sour cream to it.

Wednesday: I wasn’t feeling well, had a massive migraine do to the Keto flu. So I just snacked.

Thursday: Ham, asparagus and a big salad, with Tesemae’s creamy ranch dressing. Yum!

Friday: Had a bad headache again so I snacked on pepperonis and cheese sticks. When I have a headache or migraine, food is just not on my radar. It makes me feel nauseous so pretty much snacking is all I can handle and lots of water and seltzer water and a long nap.

Saturday. Well naturally it hasn’t happened yet. But I’ll give a report about that next week.

Keto flu is the worst. I don’t remember ever having it this bad but it’s been terribly draining. Thankfully, I haven’t given in.

Exercise has been great this week, I exercised everyday except Wednesday because of my migraine. I even got to go running on Tuesday because we had such beautiful weather. Before the big storm on Wednesday.

In case you’re not familiar, migraines and exercise don’t work. A migraine for me consists of first, blindness. My vision is almost completely gone. It’s the weirdest sensation. There’s no pain at first, just black outs while being coherent, or my peripheral vision is completely gone. Sometimes my vision, head on is gone and my peripheral vision is there. It just depends on the day. Then the vision thing goes away and I get my vision back, that’s when the nausea and pain come. And when that comes, that’s when I have to find a dark place and lay completely flat on my back and just suffer through the pain that feels like my brain is on fire. Light, hurts my eyes, in fact, I dislike it very much when people shine a flashlight into my eyes, even if I don’t have a migraine that can actually start one for some people that get them. (Just a side note to people who do this “for fun”, don’t do it. It’s not fun when you’re the person having to deal with that kind of pain), but light of all kinds makes my eyes feel like their burning. So if you know someone that gets migraines on a regular basis. Try to understand if they have to leave early at a party, or cancel an outing last minute. They are simply inconvenient for everyone present, but mostly to the person having one. It’s not your typical headache. It’s different. Headaches are actually tolerable.

Sorry bunny trail. But that’s been on my mind a lot, sometimes you just got to let it out.

Also, along with being off sugar and cutting my carbs, I haven’t had one diet drink in 7 days! A whole week! That’s huge for me. I didn’t drink a whole lot of them before, just the occasional one here and there. I used to drink them like they were water, years ago. But I think the aspartame finally caught up with me, and migraines are the norm. But they come less and less then they used to. Which I’m thankful for.

This week I lost 4.8 lbs!! Woohoo! I’m pretty excited! We’ll just have to see how many inches if any on Monday.

Well that about wraps it up. Next week’s challenge is to start meal prepping some of my suppers. And I’m gonna continue to lay off sweeteners. I have been dragging but that’s ok. Any diet you try, the beginning your body is changing and trying to adjust the shock it’s feeling especially when you completely go cold turkey, so I’m assuming that’s what my body is going through right now. It will pass soon, but Just have to get past the hard part first. Almost there. So far, I haven’t really wanted anything sugary except an occasional coke. (I love cold cokes, I grew up loving them so naturally I crave them the most). But maybe someday someone will make a great “substitute” for a healthy coca-cola, but I doubt it. Not much can replace that yumminess. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Until next time.

Sincerely,

Katie

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This Crazy Wonderful Life!

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Hey y’all!

It’s been a little while since my last post. I just got done organizing my art room. A project sorely neglected for a long time. But I said, before I start painting a ton of new paintings again, I’m going to first organize my art room so it’s decent for painting in. I think I’ll be putting up my jewelry stuff for awhile and focus on just a few things I want to get done, those things on my vision board.

First thing is first:

1.) Spend more time with Hubby. And those I love.

I love a LOT of people, mostly the ones I spend a lot of time talking to, over the phone, texting and in the everyday. And now that I have a job, time with my tribe is limited. Saturdays are pretty much my tribe time and Sundays are my church tribe and my family time. But I’m thankful more and more for each moment. Thanks to this job, I really am starting to appreciate every moment I spend with everyone I possibly can. And having a new church family, is such a blessing. Each person in our church we’ve grown so close in such a short time. Love it. โค๏ธ

2.) This one may seem silly to some of you, but I have had this project going on now for about 15 years maybe more. I have an obsession of patches, you know the patches you buy for ironing on shirts and jackets and such? Well I have collected them for about 15ish years now and have cumulated quite a few in my travels. Just about every park I have visited I bought a patch. Every national park I’ve visited, unique restaurant that sell them, etc. I’ve always been fascinated with the old 1800’s-1900’s fashion of putting stickers on your luggage/trunks of places you’ve been, and wonder why they don’t do that anymore? So I decided I would buy a patch every place I went that was unique and if they sold them. I’ve had friends buy some for me, and have given me some. Which I find funny. They must think I’m crazy. But I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜Ž The patches will be added to a bag I made in middle school, that I have saved for years and years. ๐Ÿ˜‹ I would like to get all the ones I currently have onto the bag, asap. So I can continue my collecting without feeling too overwhelmed with how many I need to sew on.

3.) I would like to do more photography. Some of just my own inventions and pleasure. Not necessarily paid ones. More practice. Which I just started lessons with my new Pastor who is an excellent photographer so I think I’m in good hands. I’ve had two lessons so far and have really come to appreciate it even more.

4.) I would also like to try to paint at least 10 more paintings before the new year. I have one landscape I hope to start on in the morning now that my art room is fairly organized. I just need to make a list of all the ones I want to try and do. I’ll elaborate more on those later.

5.) I have a plethora of photos I would like to turn into another scrapbook before the new year. In a perfect world I will crank out 3 in a year. But we’ll see if next year will hold more true to that.

6.) I just started bullet Journaling and absolutely love it! Well I did until I got a job, and that went out of the window for now. So I have to figure out how to keep that in line and keep at it. We’ll see how it goes.

7.) I really want to squeeze my workouts back into my schedule even if it’s just for a short 10min. Or what have you. I can tell I get tired easily and feeling a little flabby. So I need to get back into it. I would like to get back into running but it may just be a once a week thing again, which would be fine with me.

8.) I know, I’m a nut, but I’be been keeping my eyes open for a Star Wars phone case. I had an R2-D2 phone case with my old iPhone 4s, I have an iPhone SE and have been on the lookout for something Star Wars. Because I’m a nerd like that. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜œ

9.) I have about two or three paintings I really need to finish, but haven’t. So they maybe part of the ten I do, they maybe extra. We’ll see.

10.) Like always I plan to blog more. Probably FB less because frankly, too much drama lately. No offense but there really is. And I miss writing. So I’m gonna try and do more blogging and less FB.

11.) So, thanks to family members, I finally found an OB-GYN that is not only a Christian but also one who really CARES! Yes!! He really, really does! When we went last month for my consultation he continued to say how sorry he was for our losses! And how he acknowledges God created our bodies to do amazing things just confirmed that I knew I was in good hands. That he acknowledged that our babies were babies and REAL LOSSES, not just an “oh well,” thing that happened like our last doctor put it. I had been praying so very much that we would find a doctor who really, genuinely cared, and I believe he does!

Anyway he told me, my issue was indeed an incompetent cervix and noticed my cervix opening was a lot smaller than most. He also said, there is a very promising procedure I can have done, a TAC (Trans Abdominal Cerclage). There are only two doctors in the US that perform this surgery and the one I will be going to, is in Chicago and has an individual success rate of 99%, as oppose to all the others (95%!). So we are extremely hopeful! We went from having a 50/50 chance of being able to have a full term baby to a 99% chance! Isn’t God good? How amazing is that? His plans are ALWAYS perfect. We are very hopeful and know He knows best, whatever the outcome.

And lastly,

12.) I would love it, if I had the surgery next month (November) and Lord willing get pregnant in December. I think that would be so cool! Either get pregnant around Christmas or New Years! Either way, it would be a great gift!

Anyway, I’ll write soon about our upcoming trip as I find out more details! Hopefully I’ll know more next week sometime.

Sincerely,

Katie

The Homestead Artist

Totality is in the Air!

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Can you believe it’s been over a year since I wrote a blog post? Wow! How time flies! This year. Has been crazy. Will talk about life as I know it later. For now, let’s talk about exciting new things!

So we all know this great phenomenon is about to take place tomorrow, August 21st, 2017!

Here’s a little info on Eclipses and how often they occur. The last great Solar Eclipse to be seen in North America was 99 years ago in the year 1918!! Who would’ve thought I would live to see this! I’m so thankful I get to witness it! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

“During the 21st century, there will be 224 solar eclipses of which 77 will be partial, 72 will be annular, 68 will be total and 7 will be hybrids between total and annular eclipses. In the 21st century the greatest number of eclipses in one year is four, in 2011, 2029, 2047, 2065, 2076, and 2094. These predictions given here are by NASA.” — Wikipedia

A whole lotta Eclipses. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒž

So tomorrow is the day! I can’t wait! Where will you be tomorrow for the Eclipse? Do you have the proper eyewear protection? I hope to be outside of Nashville, TN. And my dad has lent me his pair, he plans to wear his welding helmet which I think is absolutely clever. My hubby thought of it first, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ll talk again tomorrow. Promise.

Sincerely,

Katie

P.S. I won’t be taking any pictures of the actual eclipse because I don’t want to hurt my phone. Supposedly you can fry the camera in your phone. I don’t want to risk it with a new iPhone. ๐Ÿ˜–

5 Reasons I deactivated my Facebook accountย 

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Hi my fellow fans! I’m sorry its been awhile since I’ve written. I have been super busy doing my annual “spring cleaning” but at the beginning of fall {Autumn}. 

  

I try do a thorough job every six months, simply because it takes awhile usually a couple weeks to throw away stuff we dont use or we bought for whatever reason, we still are unsure of? Lol! So I apologize on my lack of writing. 

This week, hubby is starting new work hours and will have to work Saturdays, so our planned wedding anniversary trip to the mountains looks like it wont happen. Sadly. I was looking forward to it, but we may go hunting together down in south Alabama instead, which if I get a deer this year, will be extra-ordinary! It’s kinda on my bucket list to get one! I almost got an 8 point last year but his rear was in my scope view, so that wouldn’t have made a very clean cut, but at least I could have said I got one! ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m hoping this year to actually get one, and save the antlers for a project. 
But anyway, enough about hunting. Many of  my friends asked me why I chose to deactivate my Facebook account. There are several reasons why, but I will just share five. 

  
1. It’s become an obsession or an idol.

When I get involved in stuff, if I don’t watch it enough it later becomes an obsession for me. This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing, depending on its purpose. 

If it has to do with your health, obviously its a good thing to be obsessed with wanting to stay healthy, after all our bodies are God’s temples, we should strive to take care of them. But having a Facebook is not always healthy. Especially if it hinders you from spending time with the one who created you. 

The Lord tells us to tear such things from our view, these idols that take over our lives. Like my first Instagram picture on my Instagram account, the very first one I ever posted said something like, “if it takes you away from God, then it needs to go.” That is so true. Anything that takes you away from your duties as a Christian, then it needs to go. And Facebook has become a hinderance from things that are true and real. Things that are simply important. 

  
2. I’ve become lazy.

Ever since the loss of our second son, Isaac, I have noticed I’ve become lazy in most areas where I should be growing. 

Along with growth in grace and daily devotions, I have been shirking my duties of being a “keeper of the home”. I have grown lazy in keeping up my house. Women of old, regardless of times of the day, their husbands would bring visitors over for supper or what have you and since they were keepers of the home, their houses were in entertaining mode, always. 

I remember a quote I read by Elisabeth Elliot once, that said, “Always leave your home, as if it were your last time to see it.” That is so convicting. Never leave your home looking like a pigsty, it maybe the last time you see it. You dont want your neighbors coming in after you’re gone seeing the state its in, how embarrassing that would be! What would they think of you then? These are things I have been neglecting as a wife, Facebook isnt helping me grow, but hindering me. 

  
3. Seasons of Life are changing for everyone. 

One of my best friends awhile back told me before either of us were married, she said, “Katie, my grandmother told me, there will come a day when it seems engagements and weddings are the fashion. Then everyone will be getting pregnant. Then, busy homeschooling or raising their kids. Then, the day will come the kids are grown and hobbies and traveling will be the trend and then, you’ll hear of your friends dying… Thats the hardest of all.” Not to be morbid or grim, but she has such a good point. Dont waste time dreaming of what could be, do what only needs to be done now. Take time to enjoy life and its wonderful pleasures. Whatever season of life you are in, just know the God who sees and knows all things, has a great plan for you! Just wait! You’ll see. 

I used to use Facebook as a means to keep up with everyone in my life. But since the death of our boys, its starting to get harder for me to look on Facebook when countless others are sharing the joys of the plus signs on their pregnancy tests. I am more than happy for each one of them, every child is a blessing and should be celebrated, but when you’ve lost two in childbirth it really gets hard to stay focused on the positive. It’s hard to keep your hurting heart and thoughts bottled up inside, without spilling them out for all the world to see. Especially, when the whole world is rejoicing over that plus sign. I am aquainted with that thrill, too, followed by twice in sorrow. So its hard to stay focused on things that are true and real. Simply, good. 

Facebook served its purpose in bringing hubby and I together, its time to move on because the crying fests after every posts that I read, its only going to get harder. 

I need more time to heal. And hubby does, too.

  
4. Lost communication…

People {including myself} rely far too much on fb for communication purposes. I am a guilty resident of this known factor. There was a day and age when people wrote letters to communicate, then there was phone calls… Now its the FB age. 
Maybe I’m just old school but I still enjoy talking on the phone. I love hearing peoples voices. I don’t understand why this is becoming a dead trend with many of my own friends. Its so sad, everything has to be in text. I do like the Facetime feature thats now on my phone. I have never actually done it but I would love to someday!  
Meeting with people is almost impossible now a days. Everyone is so busy. But I reckon, thats everyones life these days. But then again, I wonder if people unplugged more, how busy would they actually be? Hmmm? Might be a good challenge for us all. 

   
5. I miss my blog. 

I have been having major blogging withdrawals. I miss it. And if I have too, then my phone will become my avenue, my source. From which all juices flow. Normally, I write from my computer but in order to get this post up, {in which I posted too soon, one other reason I hate doing it from my phone}, I used my phone, because I didn’t think i could let another day go by without posting. I’m loosing sleep over it, but like a dear friend used to say, you can sleep when you’re dead. ๐Ÿ˜œ 

I miss my encouraging fans, and hearing from you all! 

I believe that about wraps it up! 

From my phone to yours!

Goodnight! 
Katie

{P.S. I may get back on Facebook someday, never say never, but for now, I’m actually enjoying my freedom and getting so much done!} โค๏ธ