Get Rid of Tempting Food

Well I finally got time to do Module 4, The Foods of Keto.  It explained in very simple language what you can and shouldn’t eat.  There is a simple food list of staples for your home. Also, it tells you what to get rid of.  The main thing you need to get rid of is any processed food, high carb foods and anything with ingredients that you can’t say.  The hardest part for me is the beer.  It doesn’t recommend beer because of the high sugar content.  They recommend drinking hard alcohol such as; vodka, tequila, whiskey. It you have to mix it choose a no sugar, no carb mixer. Here is a recipe for a margarita:

NorCal Margarita Recipe
The NorCal Margarita recipe can be made in a few simple steps. Make sure you use a 20 ounce glass:
1. Pour 2 shots (3 ounces) of 100% agave tequila.
2. Add juice + pulp from one lime.
3. Add ice and shake.
4. Fill glass with soda water.
5. Garnish with salt, if desired.
Muddled mint also goes well, for a mojito-esque twist.

Wine is another high sugar content product. If you do want to drink wine here is a place to get your Keto friendly wine.

Dry Farm Wines

https://www.dryfarmwines.com/

Robb recommends 1-2 glasses.  He doesn’t say a day or a week but he does tell us that our body is bumped out of Ketosis while you metabolize the booze.  Drink in moderation. If you are strictly dieting to loose weight you may what to get on the wagon for a while.  I have gotten down to only drinking one or two beers a week.  No, I DID NOT GIVE UP BEER! This was probably the hardest part because there is nothing like a cold beer on a hot day after working in the yard.

Rob came up with what he calls his Food Matrix. It is really pretty cool and will really help you understand how to get started eating right. There is a line for protein, vegetables, fats and herbs and spices. What you do is take one out of each line to create a meal. Actually I think you could really have fun with this and come up with more meals than you probably would ever use.

There was a to do list:

  1. The great Keto cleanout – get the cupboards, freezer and ridge empty of bad foods.
  2. Plan your week one meals – I have already been working on the diet for a while and I do plan my meals
  3. Start your shopping list – Yesterday I went to Costco and bought a lot of the staples what I couldn’t find I have ordered from Amazon.

It also tells us we should take a photo of ourselves front, back and side, get measurements, scale weight. I have just been going by weight.  I should at least do the measurements.

There is a list of supplies you should get such as: digital food scale, keto monitor and/or strips, measuring spoons, measuring cups, and glucose strips. I am diabetic, so I had a blood sugar tester and I did not get the keto monitor but found some strip you can use without the monitor on Amazon.  The rest of the stuff I already had which I am sure most of you do too.

Last there are the electrolyte supplies: Natural Calm, No Salt and salt. My sister, Dina, has been using the Natural Calm and highly recommended it to me.  I order some off of Amazon. She also told me that they drink coconut water to help with electrolytes. I used to drink this and am not sure why I quit.

There is a joke in my family that I am becoming the bionic woman because of all the fancy metal I have in my body. Dina sent me a text the other day and she said that she was excited about me working on my health and I really will be indestructible soon.  Of course, she also says I am like a cockroach. You try to kill it and it just won’t die! GOT TO LOVE BABY SISTERS!

Thank You Jen!

I was at the chiropractor today and was talking to Jen.  She asked if I had read what you commented on my post yesterday.  I told her I hadn’t because I had not been online all day.  I was trying complete something I had started.  I was trying not to go round and round.  So Jen and I are talking and she is telling me get a notebook and write down everything you want to do in that day.  As you mark things off you don’t look at what you didn’t get done but what you did.  You start really feeling good about yourself. She had learned that at one of her other jobs and still does it. In fact, the were getting some remodeling done and she was having to do everything  old school.  She was writing everything down she had to do and was happily checking them off as she did them.

When we left we stopped to pick up a few groceries, a file box (for choir music), and a notebook.  I started writing everything down I wanted to accomplish today.  I didn’t get everything done but I did make a dent which made me feel great. This is going to be another one of my life changing moves.  I hope I keep it up because I think it is the best idea I had heard in a long time.  So Thank You, Jen!

For those of you that are falling my diet I just want to say I am still doing good. I still have not minded this Keto diet at all so far.  We will see how I feel in a month, but I will keep you posted.  We are going camping this weekend and I am making cauliflower salad, which is like potato salad but with cauliflower instead of potato.  It is really good.  We can eat that with our sausages cooked over the fire one night.  The next night we will have some nice steaks. I haven’t decided about breakfast but I am sure it will be some kind of eggs, until I can figure out different things to eat.

I am now going to go and check off my blogging on my list!

I guess I forgot to post this one.  Oh well, better late than never like they say.

 

It’s Working

Today was weigh in day and I lost 3 more pounds.  I am so happy.  I have been feeling so much better.  Several people at church yesterday said how good I looked. I didn’t know I looked bad before but it was great to hear. I wore a black outfit that I think made me look slimmer. I was just surprised to hear so many compliments and it made me feel great.

I still have at least 30 pounds to lose to get to where I am more in my zone. I would really like to lose 50 pounds. I know I am 63 years old and will probably never weigh what I did in high school.  In fact, I think that would be too much anyway. I would probably look too thin which I think makes people look sickly.

I am having to start slow on my walking because since over doing it in Italy I have got Plantar Fasciitis. This causes severe heel pain. It is worst when I have been sitting or getting up in the morning. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. I just got up one morning and my heel was killing me.  It is slowly getting better with a lot of stretching and icing.  What I decided to do is up it 1000 steps a week until I get up to 10,000 again. To think I was walking 10 miles a day before my knees finally gave out. After replacing them I started walking again. The next thing I knew I was in the hospital getting my back fused in two places and decompressed in one. I hopefully, will be released next month, since it has been a year. Anyway I put on a lot of weight and have a hard time even reaching 5000 steps a day. I started with 2000 last week which seemed to be easy. I will start with 3000 this week.

I love my new life change!

Star Wars in Flannel

So how was your Sunday? Mine was wonderful.  We went to church this morning.  After church we went to visit my friend, Trevor, at the hospital.  She is the one I told you about in an earlier blog when she went to the ER and got admitted to the hospital.  If you have been following along with my story you will remember that I promised to finish her baby blankets and burp rags. This just meant a bunch of straight lines.  I can whip that up in no time.  I tell Trevor we have to head home so I can sew for her.

I wanted a sewing machine for Christmas two years ago. I was going to start quilting. David got me a very nice one and then for my birthday bought me a sewing table.  I was set, except I didn’t think about two knees being replaced and my back getting fused. Anyway I get home, go grab my machine realizing that I have not used it yet.  Well that is no big deal all machines thread pretty much the same. Why would I need to read instructions? I have it threaded now and one of Trevor’s bobbins in the machine. I get the burp rag under the foot. I am all ready to give the new sewing machine a spin. I put my foot gently on the foot pedal and push.  Off I go! Yeah! No wait why is it going so slow? I have the pedal to the metal.  It should be really pumping that needle up and down. Ok well I can live with this for now. I just want to get this sewing done. Then I run out of bobbin. I went to make a new one and had to get the instructions out. Got that taken care of back to work I go. Then I notice that the machine says quilting machine.  I am now wondering if that is why it goes so slow. Now I think I will break down and watch the DVD that came with it.  I did get all the sewing done.

I bet you have been reading this wondering what does this got to do with Star Wars let alone flannel.  Well if you want to sit a while longer I will tell you. The blankets were two pieces of Star Wars flannel sewed together which was really cute.  Then to make the burp rags she had taken pre-folded diapers on one side she sewed the Star Wars flannel material.  I thought that was a great idea.  She was making them to take with her to Vegas to meet her new-born grandson.  She is supposed to go on Tuesday. We will pray she is well enough to go.

Well I guess it is time to say good-nite.

 

Garage Saleing with Twins

My daughter, Heather, and I have not really had any mother daughter time since I got back from my 5 week vacation.  We love our time together and have really missed it. I am usually available but Heather is always so busy. She is the CEO of the biggest manufacturer in Alaska. Yes there are not many manufacturers in Alaska but I am so proud of her. She has grown the company so much since she has been with them.  Anyway that is a whole other blog at some time but here is their web page if you are interested.

http://www.airframesalaska.com/

Back to the subject the one thing that Heather and I love to do is hit Value Village, a second-hand store, when they have a sale.  Well Saturday was 50% off everything in the store.  Well we had to hit that before we set off for the garage sales. We had given Daddy, Dan, the day off since he is the one that stays home with the girls. When we got there we each grabbed a baby and a basket.  Off we went to do some shopping. I do have to let you know that Heather is a real clothes hound. She has this huge walk in closet while poor Dan has a very small area to hang his clothes and it is almost full. It is so big that right now they have the babies’  bassinets in there and still room to walk around. Anyway back to the story. I didn’t want to look at any clothes because I am losing weight and wanted to wait until I could buy smaller clothes. I did need some small muffin tins to make fat bombs and David asked for me to look for him some new work clothes.  He had only been wearing the some paint clothes for years and I am not sure what color they are any more because of all the different color paint on them.  I wonder if we could start a new thing called paint dyed. I always look at the patterns. I found all that I wanted, so I started looking for little girls clothes.  Heather was wanting the next size up 3 to 6 months and 9 months. While I was doing this Heather was looking for clothes for her. I have seen her on the news here and see what she is wearing thinking I remember her buying that at Value Village. Well I was done and had to wait for mom to finish shopping.  You can see how  interested the girls were

 

Then we finally got out of there and off we went to garage sales. Moving from garage sale to garage sale Heather would pump. She has this great pump that runs on batteries. She puts in on under her bra and can just keep going. She can pump while driving. Of course, she looks like Dolly Parton with them on. She used to be so worried about things like that now it is like who cares. I think she has turned into a Mommy. We went to lunch and while we were there woke the girls up so they could eat and get their bottoms changed. We hit a sale that was $5 for a grocery bag of baby clothes. The girls got even more clothes. Grandma was looking for some toys and car seats for her house. I found a few little things. I used to have tons and car seats but since I have not had new babies in the family for 6 years I had got rid of it all.  Well it was getting to be late afternoon and we decided to call it a day.

Heather asked if I wanted to go to Target with her to help with the girls.  I told her fine. It is really funny to watch this short, little Mom try to get a car seat in the seat of a shopping cart. She almost has to lift it up over her head.  Anyway, Kate started to fuss so Heather tried something new.img_20180804_155626-382977610.jpg

She loved this and spent the whole time looking at her formula.  Heather tries to mostly breastfeed but she does have a hard time trying to pump while at work which is making her milk production drop some.

The girls are five and half months old but being 7 week early they are a little small for their age.  They don’t do things as fast as a normal baby because of being early but they are catching up fast.

Well we had a wonderful girls day out and Dad got to work in his garage on cars which he loves.  He did say he sure missed his girls.

Can’t wait for our next girls day!

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Not for Everyone

In Module 3 is Keto for Everyone Robb says that it is not for everyone.  That is the first time that I have heard a diet claim like that.  All the diets that I have ever heard of tell you that they are the only one that will work for you.  Which we all know is a bunch of bologna! Every person is different and what works for one person doesn’t work for another.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you have to make sure that you are eating enough because keto will make you feel not hunger.  You need to keep that milk supply up. High stressed people may not find it works for them right now or maybe need to make a slow move into ketosis. For super workout people you may need more carbs than what the diet says is normal.  You just have to learn what your body is telling you.

Another thing this one talked about was electrolytes. It is saying the FDA recommendations are far less than what you need daily.  This is what Robb recommends, but he does say try to shoot for the higher end.

• 5000-7000 mg/day sodium

• 300-500 mg/day magnesium

• 1000-3500 mg/day potassium

I always thought that just athletes were the ones that needed all those electrolytes. You learn something new everyday.

He also said we should taking the minerals in a form that is easiest for our body to absorb. He recommends these:

• Sodium: sodium chloride

• Magnesium: choose magnesium citrate, glycinate or threonate. ***Avoid magnesium oxide—it’s been known to upset stomachs and cause frequent bathroom trips.

• Potassium: Potassium chloride or potassium citrate

He gave a couple of recipes to make your own electrolyte drinks that you can sip on all day.  He also said you can get them from things like; pickle juice, bone broth with extra salt, bouillon and add a magnesium pill or salt stick vitassium. I will give a couple of these a try to let you know how they work out for me.

Also in the module what things might occur when going into Ketosis. In the beginning it could be rough the first few days as your body learns to burn fat instead of sugar. After this things start getting better. You start feeling better. Long term you body adjust to running on fat and life is good.

It also talked about rapid water loss.  Yes, you will pee a lot. I may lose weight fat at first but just don’t get depressed when this stops because it was just the water.  You will still loose weight but it might be at a slower rate.

The module also talked about problem and solutions to the diet. Most of the problems can be easily solved by adding more electrolytes to your day or drinking enough water.

It was an interesting module and I learned some new stuff.  Let’s see what the next module teaches us.

Talk to you soon.

 

Looking at the Things Checked

I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.

My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots.  We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church.  We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked.  I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them.  Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER.  She has been sick for a while and finally went in.  So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her.  We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid.  He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home.  Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital.  We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days.  She is starting to stress,  we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it.  We tell her she needs to just worry about herself.  We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house.  She was going to send her daughter $100.  We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.

Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account.  The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash.  Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash.  The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering.  I am sorry but I had to laugh.

Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40.  Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food.  Now we have to find the leashes.  They are supposed to be in a hall closet.  We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes.  She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August.  OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries.  Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them.  They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok.  I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again.  Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”

Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.