Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ketogenic Diet-I Made it Through Day One!

Yesterday was my first day on the Ketogenic Diet!  I started to start on the 1st, you know; new year new me?  But, I had a migraine and didn't really prep; by prep I mean binging on carbs!  Because, that day I was like but I didn't drink a cup of milk yesterday and what about these crackers I got from Trader Joe's.  So, I postponed it until I felt better.

Having watched my husband on this diet for the past month or so makes it a bit easier.  I kind of know what it takes, but that doesn't make my willpower any stronger.   I have a really difficult time not snacking on chips, cookies, and other junk food.  Plus, the prospect of not eating dessert is a little frightening.  Haha.  I LOVE dessert!  But, with a family history of diabetes I need to get passed that.  I can do it, right?

I have found that snacking on macadamia nuts and peanuts works to curb my snacking tendencies, but I can't eat more than one serving at a time.  In fact, not more than a couple a day; depending on how many other carbs I have had.

What about you?  Are you trying to improve your health this year?  Are you on a Ketogenic Diet?  Another diet?  Let me know in the comments, I would love for you to share!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

I know a lot of people have been complaining about how bad of a year 2016 has been.  For the most part I have to agree.  The low part of the year for my family was when my husband went on strike for more than 40 days.  We lost our healthcare during that time and had no income.  We, still haven't fully recovered.  Last month my mom ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and some other issues (at one point I was worried she might not make it.)  Thankfully, she is doing better,  though not 100% yet.  But, there were also highlights; my oldest daughter graduated high school and started college, my son got accepted to and is attending a gifted middle school, and my youngest daughter (that is selective mute) said "trick or treat" to each person that gave her candy, she even said "thank you" or "Happy Halloween."  This is the first year she has ever done that!  Talk about proud!  She still isn't talking at school, but I will take the small victories.

So, there is a lot of hope that 2017 will be a better year.  I don't generally make New Year's resolutions, and don't have much willpower to keep up with them.  However, there are two things that I would like to do this year.

First, I saw on Facebook a really great idea: you take an empty jar and each week write down something good that happened and put it in the jar.  On New Years Eve read them all to look back on all of the good things that happened.  This has the making of an awesome tradition that I would love for my kids to continue when they are older!  I picked up my jar today along with a pack of half sized index cards and Sharpie pens, for writing down all of my family's good moments throughout the year!

And: Be healthier!  I talk about this all of the time, but never really do anything to change.  I have a family history of diabetes.  I am overweight and have high blood pressure since giving birth to my youngest daughter (8 and a half years ago.)  Really, 8 years?!  What am I waiting for?  A problem I have is that I don't see myself as overweight.  I was always 'skinny' growing up and could eat anything.  I never got back to that size since having my oldest, almost 19 years ago.  But, this is the heaviest I've been.  So, I need to move more and eat less junk food!  I want to be healthier for myself, my husband, but most of all for my kids.  My youngest is super active and loves running, all of the time.  I want to be able to run around with her, she deserves it!  My son is overweight.  He deserves seeing that it is possible to turn your health around. I don't want him going into his teen years with serious health issues that are sure to come if we don't change.

My husband has recently started a ketogenic diet.  He's eating very little carbs and filling up with protein and fats.  The reason he began that diet is because he discovered that he had reactive hypoglycemia.  After eating things like pasta or rice he would get very tired and out of it.  I never thought he would be able to survive without carbs, but he is doing it!  He hasn't had much weight loss yet, which is discouraging him.  I remind him that the reason he started the diet was because of how he felt after eating carbs.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do as far as my diet, but I do know that moving more is the key to being healthier.  My husband has given me courage that I can do this because if he can stop eating carbs then I can stop eating junk!

Do you have a New Years Resolution?  Share with me in the comments below!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Bathroom Makeover in Day of the Dead

It all started with a shower curtain.  I was shopping around at Home Goods and saw this pretty flowered shower curtain.  I bought it.  At the time I had the idea to do a mini make over in my bathroom, but wasn't sure what type.  The shower curtain was affordable and brightly colored.  It wasn't until I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night after putting my new shower curtain up that I realized something.  It resembled the flowers on the Sugar Skulls from Dia De Los Muertos (at least to my sleepy self.)  Then, the next day my eight year old daughter told me the same thing!
The shower curtain that started it all.

Thats when I realized I could decorate my bathroom in Dia De Los Muertos!  It is the perfect time of year for it, since the event happens in the beginning of November.  I might have gone a little nuts too.  I went EVERYWHERE to find things that would compliment my decor; Michaels, AC Moore, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Five Below, Kroger, Party City.... I'm sure there are others that I can't recall right now.

It was fun, but also time consuming.  Each of the places that I went to had some Day of the Dead stuff, but often it wasn't what I was looking for.  Eventually though, I ended up with quite a nice collection of stuff to use in my bathroom.  The only thing I'm missing is a rug of some sort.  Kohl's is the only place that I know of that had one, but it is sold out!  I have been contemplating making one, but I wouldn't know where to start.


I bought the trash cans from the Dollar Tree and  I decorated these along with the colorful containers with napkins and Mod Podge (I think its the craftiest thing I did.)  You might wonder why I would do that to my cabinet?  Well, there were sea life stickers on it from years ago and they wouldn't come off, so Mod Podge to the rescue!
This is behind the toilet and we use it as a night light.

Do you think I went overboard?  Before this I was really drawn to the Day of the Dead decorations, my husband and I even talked about how much we liked it when we were at AC Moore.  I had no idea at that point I would be able to do my bathroom in it.  This really brightened up our bathroom!

If you want to know where I got something, just ask and I will be happy to let you know.  Have a suggestion about where I can get a Day of the Dead rug or how to make one?  Let me know in the comments!  

Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  

This is not a sponsored post, I received no compensation, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.