Finding Your Inner Strength

February 22, 2018

Photo by Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash
Life can suck.

There I said it. I mean it can SUCK. But it’s not about what happens in life that defines us but how we react to it.  Positivity mindset can sound silly when you are facing problems of your own. I know that, and I would be lying through my teeth if I said I never had those days where I want to throw myself on the floor and have a temper tantrum.
Positive thinking isn’t always just being happy go lucky. It’s more than that. It is having the strength to stand up, dust yourself off and get back on the same horse that just threw you down.  
In my weight loss journey, I haven’t been perfect. I have had days (like this past weekend when I scarfed down an entire cheese nacho by myself) that I wasn’t perfect. But positive thinking is what helped me get through. It was waking up the next day and deciding that I wasn’t going to let one “oops” define the rest of this journey. I wasn’t about to throw in the towel and be done.
That’s the way we must look at life. We can’t just let our fleeting moment of negative thoughts get us down. You must overcome them, and you can.
I’ve said it once, and I will say it again. Having a gratitude journal is something that is so helpful during these times. One it makes you write about what you are thankful for, despite your bad attitude. But it can also be a reminder as you read back through it on what you truly have.  
Sometimes strength isn’t always heavy lifting or picking up a car with your bare hands. Strength can be inner strength too. The strength to carry on. To ignore those who doubt us and to continue the path that we know is right for us. Notice I said for us. Just because it is right for you, doesn’t mean it is someone else’s cup of tea.  Strength is literally just deciding, ya I ate chocolate cake today but tomorrow I will be better!

How are you in finding that inner strength? Do you think it could do some work? Do you have a gratitude journal? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

A Look Into My Weekly Meal Plan

February 18, 2018

At the request of some I decided to start sharing my meal plans.  I want to start by saying that I am not a know all keto person. I am figuring it all out as I go along too. I am a mother and a wife, my family is not following my way of eating so most of my meals are just finding low carb options for food my picky people will eat.

I follow an 18:6 Intermittent Fasting routine as well. So what does this mean? It means I do not eat for 18 hours of the day. Usually means I am skipping breakfast. If this does resonate with you than do what you feel is correct. However, this means that I won't be sharing any fun breakfast recipes haha. I usually have coffee.

For lunches almost every week I purchase: pork skins, pepperonis, variety of cheese, broccoli, cauliflower,tuna and deli meat. I don't plan my lunches but I usually make pepperoni chips or meat and cheese roll ups.

This week however I am making stuffed jalapenos and some deviled eggs to throw in the mix for lunches.

For dinner we are having the following:

  • Bacon & Cheese Hamburgers: For myself I won't have a bun. I just toss my hamburger on a plate, add my cheese and bacon *warm it up, because everything is better if cheese is melted* then add pickles, mayo, avocado and mustard. Instead of fries I am going to fry (in coconut oil, because vegetable oil is a no no) radishes.  Super yummy and delish!
  • Breakfast for Supper: Nothing like a super yummy omelette. I will usually use bacon and pepperonis(or sausage)  with cheese add avocado and sour cream and love how yummy it is.
  • "Shake n Bake" chicken with veggies. Now before you panic, it is not real shake and bake. I coat the chicken in ground up pork skins instead of the actual shake and bake carby stuff! Coat it and throw it in the oven. Super quick. Super simple.
  • Taco Night! Now, I have several variations for taco night (one includes homemade taco cheese shells) but this week I am going to take my taco meat and stuff it into a bell pepper. Add cheese and bake! This will be the first time I am making it, so be sure to watch my instagram feed so you can see how I feel about it.
  • Salad! I love salad nights because it is literally just whatever left over meat we've had! Some of us may have a taco salad, I usually prefer a nice cob salad!
  • Friday night is eat out night. I love to eat out. This week I can tell I am already craving Popeye's Blackened Chicken Tenders! They are all the flavor of Popeyes with out all the guilty carbs. 
I hope hearing some of these ideas can help you find a way to still prepare supper but also be able to easily make substitutions for you to continue on your journey of healthy eating! Do you have some favorite low carb options? I would love to hear them below!! 

Weight Loss Journey & Life Update

February 16, 2018

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Where have I been?
What have I been doing?
Let me tell you all about it.....

I guess you could tell I took a bit of a break from here for much longer than even I expected. I needed to focus on myself (refer to here to learn more about taking time for yourself).

So let me get right down to it.

In August of 2017 my husband and I went on a glorious trip to New Orleans. I loved every moment of it. However, when I got home I realized that I did love the photos that had been taken of me. I wondered when I had gained so much weight without realizing it. I had ignored the signs and continued on as I had for years. I was without energy and honestly, I just wasn't healthy. My weight at the doctor's office that next October was 221. I knew I had been around the 200 mark but I never thought I had reached to over 220. But I had. I knew something had to change.

A friend of mine,Keto_Chola, started on a Keto Journey and I monitored her progress. I loved what she was doing. She was such an inspiration and I started taking note of what I ate. Which was a huge amount of carbs. I thought this is the diet I need to try. I became friends with someone else who had been on the diet and thankfully to V she said she would be my accountability partner.

So without telling anyone (except V) I started it. Every day, every meal I would check in with V and make sure it was keto appropriate and input it into my Carb Manager app.

The first week, I lost a total of 5 pounds and could see the difference. So I decided to keep going.  Little by little I got the hang of it.

I decided to keep going.

I have now been on Keto (with a few cheat days I'll be honest) for a little over two months. I have lost 38 lbs and a whole lot of inches. I  finally have the courage to go to the gym, even though I know I look lost I'm trying. I have enough energy to play with my children (one who is currently sitting on my lap as I type this). I am finding clothes fun again.
Trying on a pair of pants that fit the beginning of December 2017. 

So I write this to say I will start writing more on my weight loss journey but this isn't the end of my good news.

I am also going through training to be a Certified Life Coach. I currently am certified as a Life Purpose Coach through Transformation Academy. I absolutely love that I have accomplished this for myself. I am working on a program now to help everyone live a more positive and purpose filled life. I can't wait for you to join me on this journey and I can't wait to help you start yours!

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