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Keto Journey – Distractions

When I quit smoking, it wasn’t the “Not Smoking” part that I had trouble with, it was all the dang “Free Time” I now had on my hands that was a bitch!

So what did I do?


I hot glued all kinds of things to make wreaths for Every Single door in our house. I made easy sew baby blankets, painted tshirts, read books and whatever else I could think of.

So fast forward, if you’ve been following my blog you might have noticed my many different interests. LOL

Theres a reason for that, I spend alot less time eating and worrying about my next trough appointment, I am able to do those things I always wanted to have time to do.

Do you have anything you always wanted time to do?

Keto Journey – Homo Sapiens

For me, I grew up in a family (and I’ll bet its alot like yours) that every family event revolved around the table.

If there was a Holiday, Death, Birth, Marriage, Divorce and etc we needed Grannys magic pudding, Auntie Zeldas miracle fluff and Uncle Cookies alcohol concoction. This set us all up for lots of health issues in our future.

Intermittent fasting and Keto is touted as helping us to eat like our ancestors. When I say ancestors, I mean our Stone Age ancestors. Let’s think about that for a minute…

Presumably, our Stone Age brethren didn’t have 3 squares and snacks like we do today. What!

Because I am older than cellphones, I think I can relate to having to grow and nurture plants and critters for actual food or consumption. I went to Ma & Granddaddy’s farm to pick corn, grapes, Blackberries, okra, squash; collect eggs; slop the hogs…then once everything was washed, we shucked, squished, peeled and cut up everything for “putting up” and dinner.

What I am getting at here is because food is so readily available, we are fatter and lazier then our ancestors.

The way I imagine a day in the life of our predecessors is basically this: Wake up, go look for food, eat whatever you can find, repeat…maybe all George could find was a squirrel and so that’s what he ate for the day. Maybe all Lucy could find was green leaves with a few berries and so that’s what she ate for the day. At the end of the day, they found something to put in their belly.

The bottom line for me here is: food is fuel not a Family pig out session.

I have battled this my whole life and when I had bariatric surgery it allowed me to really think about what was really important and it wasn’t about granny’s magic pudding.

Comedian Michael McIntyre hits it

Keto Journey – Craving Sugar

Oh Man was this week was challenging!

So technically this is my 3rd week attempting Intermittent fasting and Keto. But it’s the first week without having sugar.

I almost broke weak; chocolate was calling to me! Someone gave me a giant slab of chocolate for Christmas.

Being a former smoker (almost 20 years ago), I wanted to approach this endeavor like I did with quitting smoking: Cold Turkey!

Sugar & Carbs are a Keto killer, which means if your body is dealing with the sugar it’s not dealing with burning fat. The main premise of Keto is retraining your body to burn fat for energy.

One of the biggest discussion topics I see is about sugar and substitutes. Bottom line, IF you need a sweetener the general consensus is use Stevia.

The way I understand it, Stevia has the lowest insulin response in the body. Unlike Splenda which causes the same type of response that real sugar does.

The idea is, is to keep your insulin or blood sugar on an even keel. It’s the insulin spikes that causes damage and eventually insulin resistance.

For instance, it was explained that Cancer cells like sugar and when you eat high carbs and sugars you are basically feeding those cells. So if we dont feed them so much, the less chance they will grow.

This resonates with me because I’ve had kidney cancer and I dont want to go through that again.

Beginning the Keto Journey

Hi There, this is probably the wrong time of year to start watching what I eat, but “there’s no time like the present”, right? πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ‰

Well heres my thoughts on that.

First, I seem to gravitate towards doing things the hard way. LOL Know anyone else like that? 😁

Second, (cliche alert!) Nothing Easy is Worth Doing! πŸ’ͺ

And least but not last, I’ve gained 20lbs and its freaking me out! πŸ™€

You see, I’ve had bariatric surgery and lost 123lbs as a result. To say this was a new lease on life is an understatement. That was 6 years ago.

I’ve gained weight for a couple reasons: 1. I got fooled into thinking I could eat anything I wanted; total LIE! and 2. Mother Nature is a Bitch; Hello Menopause! βš–πŸ₯΅

So I’ve come around to Intermittent Fasting (IF) and the Keto diet. I’ve done alot of reading and searching to find what can work with my unique situation. These 2 things allow me to change it up to fit my lifestyle.

Let me say right here, THIS is my personal journey. I am NOT being sponsored or gifted anything. I am just journaling and sharing my ups and downs.

I am going to do atleast a weekly check in post, so please feel free to join me.

Let’s do this!

Here’s to a new day❣

Camera Clicks – Speed light

My Hubs got me a speed light (Nikon SB-300) for my birthday. I was so excited even though I had no idea how to use it correctly. So off to YouTube I went. I watched a few different videos by a few different channels like: Sean Tucker, Tony and Chelsea; The Photography Academy and etc.

THIS just upped my Love for photographyβ£πŸ“ΈπŸ˜

It’s amazing to have the ability to warm up a scene by just redirecting some light.

Before the speed light:

I love the pictures above but here’s some with the speed light at different angles.

Where Pickles come from – From the Lady Cave

Where do pickles come from? Do you know? Oddly to me, there are more than a few people who don’t know. In fact, they think pickles are grown as pickles…yes, you read that right.

They honestly think pickles in all their crunchy, salty, sour goodness are grown just like that.

I find it hard to believe and had I not had a completely honest discussion with a 30 year old fella, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Pickles are Cucumbers. A pickle is made by putting cucumbers in a jar or barrel with water, vinegar and spices. Then it sits for a time until the desired taste is achieved.

Here is a video I found, there are dozens more so please Educate yourself: How to make pickles

The next couple of post topics came from my discussion with this young man…he really didn’t know pickles were cucumbers.

Please educate yourselves…

From the Lady Cave: over 50 and Feeling it

This meme REALLY hit the nail on the head…………..

Anyone else out there who can relate to this?

I was just talking to my sister about the things you get happy about when you’re in your 50s. Like when all your doctors are all in the same location or town.

And what the heck, we’ve now become capable of pronouncing all the doctor/specialists area of expertise with ease, like Hematologist, gastroenterologist, or the one you go to for thyroid issues….um yeah that one! Haha my mind went blank…

Speaking of, the frickin memory issues…its right on the edge of your tongue AND it’s gone WTH! Until roughly 324AM! when BAM you remember! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Seriously what happened to my ass? I just caught a glimpse of it in the bathroom mirror…I have an old ladies Ass!!!

It’s like the elasticity of my skin had an expiration date. Although, I’ve looked for that date stamp (trust me!) and I can’t find it anywhere! Now this reminds me of that Brad Paisley song “Ticks” where he sings “I want to check you for ticks” or something to that nature…I’ll have to Google it now! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Damn, what was I talking about? I seem to have gotten lost in the woods…🌴🌳🌲

If life hasn’t taught you anything up to this point, its taught you to roll with it and laugh, alot!

My photos taken at a local nature Preserve…

From the Lady Cave: Empty Nest

I saw this topic on a fellow bloggers page: debbiehipster which gave me this idea of the “From the Lady Cave” topic.

So this is the first of several posts that I’d like to share. I also think this will help bring my blog together and may warrant a blog name change. I’d love to hear your thoughts…

My personal picture taken at a local nature Preserve

My blogger friend is new empty nester and we have been empty nesters for about 5 years.

We are loving it! It has been a huge adjustment. When your universe develops a void, like the sun is missing, your orbit gets wonky, you have to learn to adjust and that takes time.

It’s like being newlyweds again! But we are “Older and Wiser and have better insurance ” (that’s a movie reference, want to guess?) So we can watch whatever we want, go out to dinner, walk naked through the house and “Do” whatever else wherever we feel like it! 😁

Don’t get me wrong, We Love hanging out and talking on the phone with our kids, we miss them immensely. But, it’s time for them to be grownups and make their own decisions; good bad or otherwise.

Boy am I enjoying watching them. They are both married with children now. Yep, we have 2 granddaughters and a boy on the way! Gosh, grandkids are the best. But you know what the really best part is? When our adult children ask for our help or advice in general.

I have often referred to my life experiences as a Wife and Mother to that of a Combat Veteran! There are occasions that a smell or a tone of voice will make me have a flashback that invokes all kinds of emotions; good and not so great. But man, what a journey its been.

So being an empty nester is the opening of a new chapter in your book of life. So enjoy it, make it count! Do all those things you set aside for various reasons: money, time, for the good of the family.

I’ve done alot of thinking about that young teenager who had the world by the balls and didn’t know it, who wanted to do and go and experience all kinds of things. Some of those ideas were dumb as hell, some weren’t. But life steers you in directions you never even considered. My favorite saying to my kids has been “Go where the road takes you, you just never know where you’ll end up”

In our experience, Life is too damn short, LIVE IT!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and by all means if you’d like to chat anytime please reach out❣