Happy Halloween!

Dan came up with a plan for our overloaded trailer. He rented a storage unit and as soon as we get to York, PA and unload him and David are heading back up here to get the rest of the stuff. I tell you I can see that the trailer and truck look like they are sitting better now. Dan said that the tires had rubbed holes in the wheel well and it was going to start throwing mud and snow up into the trailer.

Heather, Dan, Jim and David worked unloading things that we didn’t need right away. The wind was blowing and it started raining on them a little.

While they did that Linda and I had the hard job of taking care of our granddaughters.

Alice just spent the day kicked back.

Linda and I took the girls to the buffet at the hotel. They were so good and ate like big girls. Linda was having trouble with her phone, so we weren’t able to contact the rest of our group. Just as we received a text from Heather David showed up to tell us not to pack up and that we were staying another night. Linda and I finished eating lunch with our little girls, then it was time for their naps.

It was 2 before the rest of the party showed up. Heather was so frozen she had to take a hot bath to warm up. Then Heather and I did a little running around to pick up some apples and bananas which are the girls favorite. We also looked for some Halloween costumes for the little girls. We found some cute bathrobes that worked great, one was a frog and the other one was a bunny.

Before we went to dinner Heather and Dan let the girls go Trick or Treating to the grandparents’ rooms. I am not to sure they knew what was going on but the adults had fun.

We were all ready to have a good meal which we thought should include a steak. We went to the Sawmill which was close enough to walk, since everyone except us had something attached to the back of their vehicle, David ferried Heather and a baby and then Dan and the other baby to the restaurant because the wind was blowing.

Excellent steak and service.

After dinner we all walked back while David took Linda and a baby back to the hotel. It was a nice dinner and a good time with family.

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A Week of Good-Byes

David has lived in Alaska all his life and in Anchorage since 1961, so there were a lot of good byes that had to be said.

It started Tuesday, we had dinner with David’s brothers and their wives. It was a lot of fun. I love to listen to the brothers talking about growing up. Lot of hugs and promises to come see us we said bye.

On Saturday was his last concert with Anchorage Concert Chorus.

http://www.anchorageconcertchorus.org/

David has sung bass for the chorus 27 years. The last concert was the best one I have heard I believe. After some of us went out for a drink and food. We did not get home until 1. It was so nice to get to say good-bye to them.

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Ferrying Away

Well it is time to start heading home. We decided to take the ferry from Port Townsend so the we could avoid Seattle. We kissed and hugged the family bye and off we went on our next adventure.

I was now going to be the driver because David couldn’t open his eye after the accident in Seattle. Now I guess I will not get to do as much looking around and more paying attention to the road. I guess it is David’s turn to enjoy the scenery and navigate.

We had a nice drive to Port Townsend where we were going to catch the ferry to Coupeville. I had made reservations on the ferry but we got there

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Highway 33 to the Pacific Coast Highway

We left our hotel at 8 but we had to gas up first. The gas is definitely more expensive in California than any where else we have been including Alaska. We also found out that it is cheaper if you pay cash, with a card it was $4.29

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Oldest Deli in Texas and Texas Bucket List

Finally the inspector came to inspect the house. There were no major problems, so we decided to go out to eat to celebrate. I was talking to my sister about the inspection and mentioned to her that we were going out. She suggested a few places that we both remembered.

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Day 4 of Our Road Trip

We left Leduc at 8:47 on a beautiful sunny day. By 9:15 we had driven 2057 miles on our trip so far.

Well we finally made it to Calgary where we could pick up our passports. Following the directions I wrote down we went the wrong way. We ended way outside of town. We then thought about going a different way and ended outside of town again. We then stopped and David asked directions. Yes my husband will ask directions. A nice customer got us directions on his phone. He told us we had to drive to the other side of town. After about an hour and a half of circling Calgary we found the Digital Mail which was also FedEx. We now have our passports. Thank you, Lord.

We decide to eat before we head out. We checked out a place called Tim Horton but it was just a fast food and since we are only eating one meal out a day we want something good.

Across the street we see a Fergus and Bix. We decide to eat there. We decide we deserve a beer, so we had a local brew. We ordered gumbo and a sandwich to share. We had keylime pie, which was the greenest one I had ever seen. It was good though and also came with raspberry sorbet.

David dumped 5 gallons of gas in the tank. We then stopped at the gas station and topped off. Away we went at 2:22pm on to Texas.

We arrived at the US border and got across with no problem at 6:03pm. It was great just drove up to the window and off we went.

We gassed up again in Great Falls at 7:46pm. We decided to keep going for awhile before we looked for a hotel.

What we didn’t realize was we were in the middle of ranch country which means miles of nothing. I was starting to think it will be sleeping in the car tonight. Then we came to the little town of Harlowton, Montana right where we changed highways. Right at that corner was the Corral Motel. We pulled into this old motel where David paid $58.85 for our room. It was very small but clean.

There was no wifi at the hotel, so I am writing this on my phone as we travel on. It is taking a while because I can’t type on this thing with my big fingers. Really have you watched how fast these kids can type.

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What is a Plateau?

No I don’t mean high flat ground. What I mean is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. This is what Module 12 is about; troubleshooting.

First off what you should do is retake your measurements because sometimes we may lose inches and not pounds.  You could try on those pants that were just a little tight.

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Beer Tasting

As the day went on our sun started to get covered by clouds.  As the people arrived we were deciding where to have the beer tasting, inside or outside.  We finally decided on eating inside and drinking by the fire pit.

I took my brisket off the pit. It had been smoking for 7 to 8 hours.  It looked beautiful.

 

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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!