100 Days of Moods

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Let’s face it. Life without sugar can be a very difficult thing. (Sugar is in literally EVERYTHING) Life without ice cream is just sad, because where money can’t buy happiness, it can buy cows and cows make milk and milk makes ice cream and ice cream makes you happy. 😉😂

But in all honesty. This has been by far the hardest 100 days of no white or cane sugar of my life. Literally. It’s been tough. My mood swings have been through the roof. Just ask my husband…no, on second thought, don’t ask my husband. Please. Just don’t. 😁😭 It hasn’t been pretty on him at all. Poor man he has had to deal with horrible mood swings and just plain childish behaviors. Hopefully I’m past all that, now. 🙄

It’s crazy how much we rely on sugar to “make us happy”. I don’t know what it feels like to “get high” on drugs, or getting off of drugs. But I have watched other people get off of them and some of the symptoms seem similar to what I’ve been through getting off sugar. Yes, I’m probably exaggerating just a wee bit, but maybe not.

I had lots and lots of headaches from withdrawals. I would dream about sugary treats all day and night. Smelling said treats was what helped me stay sane. I gorged myself on other means of junk food so I wouldn’t eat sugar. Which looking back, I would have to ask myself, which is worst? Now that I’m taking gluten out of the picture it’s helping me come to grips with reality, just how much of the world relies on sugar and gluten. It’s in literally everything. Even things that “trick” your mind that say “organic” on the label. Cereals, breads, chocolates, sandwich meats, bacon…yeah, bacon is loaded with sugar, hence the reason it tastes so good. It’s used as a preservative so it has a longer shelf life. Which if you think about it, is rather…um..gross.

I had to kinda laugh out loud the other day when I was browsing on Instagram, an add for Mac & Cheese popped up it said it was gluten free and had bits of cauliflower mixed in the noodles. Then I went on Amazon to look at the nutrition labels and it had over 70 carbs and 40 something sugars in it per serving, which was like 1/4 cup??!!! I was shocked. So just because it says gluten free, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Or any add ins like cauliflower. Not always a good choice. Especially if you’re limiting your carb intake. Always, always, always, read the labels. They are there for a reason. 😁

I know I promised, before and after photos but really there doesn’t seem like a lot of change yet to my body. So I’m gonna have to make a rain check on that. Especially after trying no gluten for 3 months. It can be done y’all. And as always, I love a good challenge. I really don’t want to become a diabetic like the majority of the people on my dad side. I’ve enjoyed sugar for 33 years, it’s time to say goodbye to the addiction and say hello to a healthy lifestyle. ☺️❤️

I saw this on Instagram today which led me to believe why I should wait about posting before and after photos of myself. You all might not see a change, but I most definitely feel it. I’ve lost over 16 inches in my mid (pear shaped) section of my body, (I.e. hips, waist, thighs; the places I’ve tried losing for years!) and I’m finally in a size 6 jeans! Y’all!!! This is huge!! I haven’t been a size 6 since I was in High School! So yeah! I’m pretty well pumped! I didn’t think I would ever make it this far! But thanks to working out everyday and the Keto/low carb life style I’ve made it this far in my journey. It’s taken a whole lot of grace, strength that can only come from my Savior and egging on/cheers from my wonderful husband. It helps when your man is on your side. I couldn’t have done it without him. Though I’m not done yet. I have about 5 other goals I want to meet and trigger.

And a lot of thanks goes to my followers. I didn’t know anyone was even listening out there in the world, so I appreciate the comments and likes from you all. It really means a lot. ♥️

So, with that said. I will write again in a few weeks when I finish my 12 week workout program I’m currently doing. (Mine is actually shorter than 12 weeks, (60 days to be exact, I currently just did day 32) because I workout 7 days a week and the app only allows you to workout 5 days a week. 😜 So naturally mine will be a bit shorter, though I plan to do it all over again on the advanced version when I’m finished with the intermediate. That should be fun.

Sincerely,

Katie♥️

P.S. if you’re looking for a good workout system that actually works and costs a fraction of the price of a one month gym membership (you get a yearlong membership for $49.99!!) Runtastic Results app, is the app for you. You can do them anywhere at anytime, and zero equipment. You don’t even have to use a mat if you don’t want to. You just need the will to train and some water, because you will sweat buckets! 💦💦

I did CrossFit for a short couple months and I didn’t think I would ever sweat like that again. Um, I sweat that much and sometimes more and that’s in air conditioning! So keep yourself hydrated. Drink water before and after your workouts, and small sips during if you can) And you don’t have to go as extreme as me, that’s just what works for me. You can workout as little as 2 days a week or as much as 5 unless you do like me and just do it consistently, daily. 😎

But so far. Y’all. I have abs. I have muscles in my arms, I have only seen on extreme athletes. I never would have thought after 32 days of workouts, I would see this much progress! But I’m only halfway there! What will I look like after this is over?! 😲😱 I’m gonna push myself harder so I can see just how far I can go!! Wanna join me?!

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21 Day Fixer Upper

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Ok so that was seriously a play on two famous titles. But seriously starting tomorrow I have 21 days until my deadline ends! That’s right Saturday will be 70 days total of the 90 days of no sugar and sweeteners, and with that, I must finish strong and I mean, literally. I’m going to kick myself to the max, workout everyday for 21 days, including Sundays because let’s face it, it’s only 21 days?! And I mean full 20-40min of working out. I really do need to stop being lazy and actually work hard to achieve the goals I set out for. I tried finding some apps for my phone to help me with a good solid workout plan but they all pretty much had either sad reviews or they didn’t work for my extremely slow data since we don’t have internet at home (I know we are so old school). But I’m having to make do with what I have and for that I will have a new workout everyday so it doesn’t get boring since I have a plethora of workout DVD’s, I am certain I have enough for 21 days worth.

And my nutrition is pretty much going to be lean chicken or chicken or fish. 😆 I need to stay away from red meats for this 21 day fixer upper. And snack on the Keto fruits and veggies I’m allowed to eat. Basically eating rabbit food and my Keto low carb coconut protein shake. You can find that here. I found this shake for half the price at my favorite place to shop here in Decatur, at Bargain Hunt. They always seem to have great finds (cast offs/returns from Target and Amazon). And of course all the coffee I need to stay awake at work.

I’m gonna write up my meal plan for the next 21 days, today as well as my workout plan. I hope to run at least once possibly twice a week. I’ll be sure to share my before and after photos of my 90 day challenge as well as the 21 day fixer upper. 😉

I think that’s about it. Here’s a great quote I try to live by, by Ben Franklin:

Failure to plan, is planning to fail.”

So if you too, have some great goals of your own, make up your plan and go out and conquer them! You can do it! What are some goals you hope to achieve in 2018? Let me know in the comments.

Sincerely,

Katie❤️

Never say, never!

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Hey everyone! Sorry it’s taken me this long for an update on how the no sugar/no sweetener challenge is going. Life has been crazy. It seems since we joined the little church (last year) we are currently attending, life just got INSANE, but of course in a good way.

We of course, go to church on Sundays, we have two bible studies a week (back to back, Wednesday and Thursday nights) Tuesday’s at Hubby’s Family for supper, my family on Sundays, and once a month, the ladies at church get together on the first Monday’s of the month to eat and fellowship and play Bunco (not bingo.. totally different 😉) so we have very little time at home to ourselves. Our grocery bill did get significantly smaller which has been a blessing but I still cook on occasion for me. Since I have no clue ahead a time if I’m gonna be able to eat whatever they are eating. Plus, working everyday at the little cafe, and trying to juggle housework and spending a little time encouraging the other women in our church and outside church friends. It’s hard to juggle it all and still eat healthy and exercise and have time to work on artwork. And organizing my house (which lately has been a project category all to itself).

But I am still eating no sugar or sweeteners, and officially have reached 48 days, today! Monday will be 50 days total! Woohoo! Honestly I have had very little time to weigh and measure myself. Coffee is honestly the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and how much I feel it would be easier just to hook me up to an iv filled with strong coffee. 😜 I am tired and grumpy all the time, which probably has something to do with not having energy. A little bit of sugar I’m starting to find out is really not that bad for you. Obviously don’t be one of the statistics of 150lbs of sugar a year consumers in America, eat. But eating 5-6Tbsp a week is not a bad deal. And very doable. Preferably the “good” sugar, monk fruit, Swerve, honey, coconut sugar, even organic cane sugar. I stay away from Stevia because it gives me migraines (smelling it is pretty much deadly to me, in that regard) and is also known to cause miscarriages, so I steer clear of anything that even remotely says anything of that nature. True or not? I don’t really wish to find out. Never say, never.

But when I do get back to it in 42 days, I plan to stick with Swerve and possibly Erythritol, its also a yummy substitute.

But for now, watermelon, green tipped bananas and Granny Smith apples and berries hold the “sugar” for me.

When I’m eating those, life seems to be better. So in spite of the grumpy morning blues, and the constant need for coffee, I’m feeling a lot thinner. Whether I’ve lost a little or a lot. I do feel “better” or thinner. And the fact that I fit into my honeymoon jeans, my 8’s! my first goal! Yep! Pretty happy with that!

My second goal is the 6’s in my drawer! Just waiting for me. My third are the art jeans, the 4’s I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a 4, maybe when in junior high school? But they have my artwork all over them, so naturally it would be cool to wear them someday. Never say, never!

Sincerely,

Katie ♥️

I scream, Ice Cream!

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I haven’t forgotten to post, just been super busy. But crazy enough I’m on week four and have lost a total of 9lbs and 13 inches! 💥 I’m pretty excited. Now if I can add exercises into my routine again, just think how much I could lose this month? I was hoping to lose up to 10lbs per month. I almost made that last month, but it’s ok, just one pound to go. Maybe I’ll lose 11 pounds this month. We’ll see.

Still no sugar or sweeteners which is awesome! One month under my belt and two more to go. I do feel a lot more energetic and my memory is so much better than it was. It’s amazing what artificial sweeteners do to your body, even just white sugar. Artificial sweeteners seem to trigger my migraines and sugar just makes me feel bloated and miserable all the time. Artificial sweeteners also make me have memory loss and I’m easier to forget things at the drop of a hat. So I’m thankful I’m doing this and after the 90 days I plan to stick to a no sugar diet, from now on. Only eating natural sweeteners like Swerve or Monk Fruit. But my white sugar days are forever over. I don’t plan to eat it again. I can always substitute anything I would like with the natural sweeteners.

I do crave things quite a bit, but I don’t give in. The one thing I crave the most is ice cream. I think about it almost daily. I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to Keto food and it probably has 100 different recipes for ice cream. Peanut butter cup and coffee ice cream as well as strawberry cheesecake ice cream are probably going to go in my ice cream maker first. I can’t wait till July! It can’t come soon enough.

I found this pouch the other day at a vintage market in Hsv, AL. I couldn’t not get it. As much as I love ice cream. I could probably live off of it. Especially Gelato. So creamy and smooth. ❤️

Okay, enough about sugar.

I did make a very yummy simple meal the other night, I thought I might share with you.

Steak tips with Mushroom sauce.

Pan fry your steak tips at a low temperature, after they are done set aside.

Slice 1 whole small onion, in half then slice longwise and break or divided each slither and sauté in coconut oil or olive oil. Sauté until transparent. Chop up 2 cups mushrooms and sauté with onions until soft. Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and seasonings to taste. Cook until bubbly for about 10min. Or until it gets thick like a gravy. Pour over your steak tips and serve with green beans or favorite side, (we had carrots and peas).

It was so yummy! I hope you enjoy!

Until next week,

Sincerely,

Katie 😉

Ketosisssss

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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! 🤗 (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). 😂

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 😂) :

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. 😜

Until next time.

Sincerely,

Katie

Patching Things Up

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So I made a vision board (my last blog post) of all the things I want to accomplish before the new year. It’s kind of like making a New Years resolution list, but since I’m a short term goal list maker, I do better with short term goals. Several of my goals have lasted for years some even my whole life, (i.e. Being a good wife, and a mama to earthly children), but short term goals, (painting landscapes and architecture for a change) or (photographing birds for the blog post I promised a few people a year or so ago…) are easier to accomplish for me, since having kids isn’t really something I can accomplish right now. Maybe someday, though. 🤗

It’s good for me to have short term goals because it makes me less idle. Like it’s something I really, really have to get done. Not that it would be the end of the world if I didn’t, but it would be disappointing. And I don’t wish to disappoint my readers. Though at this moment of blogging I doubt I have very many readers. Since I’ve pretty much put it on the back burner for nearly a year now.

Oh well. No matter. Moving on.

So here is my collection of patches, I thought you all might enjoy seeing. I may or may not be missing one or two. When I buy them I’ve gotten into a bad habit of just laying them anywhere instead of putting them in the box I keep all the ones that aren’t sewn on. Yes, I sew and iron them on. Because I’m paranoid that they are going to fall off. And I hate it when they curl at the edges when they have been on for a long time.

Here are some of the current ones that need sewing on and some that already are:

< img src=”https://anartistinthehomestead84.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/img_2307.jpg&#8221; height=”4032″ class=”wp-image-629″ width=”3024″>Jackson Hole is still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived, and visited.

The Grand Canyon Boot is still one of my favorite patches.

And the North American Hunting Club sent me a free huge patch nearly the size of my hand. 😜

I think I have a total of 46 patches, possibly 47-48? Not sure? I know I’m missing at least one. Just can’t find it. But I’m determined to find the missing patch. May have to take my house apart in the process but I will find it. 😂🤗

And that’s more elaborations on my patches goal/collection.

I’ll post my painting lists next. I hope you all have great week! My boss is on vacation until Wednesday and I’m gonna be working the front (cash register) Monday and Tuesday, so it should be interesting. Hopefully I won’t goof up too badly.

Sincerely,

Katie

The Homestead Artist

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. ❤️

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. 😎 The patches will be added to a bag I made in middle school, that I have saved for years and years. 😋 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. 🤓😜

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