Thanksgiving is temptation taken to a whole new level… Did I go into a Carb Coma?

So it’s been awhile since I did a keto monthly update. So much has happened. It’s been almost 2 whole months. It seems so much longer, honestly. So let’s recap on what’s been going on and how did I do with the ultimate Carb holiday: Thanksgiving. Which also happens to be my favorite holiday.

I hadn’t planned on setting a specific weight goal for myself. Instead I was going to try to go down from 190’s to the 180’s and maintain that. Then I was going to go to the 170’s and maintain that. Did it happen? Nope. But there was a weird thing that happened. I’m in the 180’s but my clothing is fitting so much better than ever. That happens every now and then. I tell my husband, who’s also doing keto, not to go by the scale because it will destroy you when the scale goes up. Especially if you feel like you’ve been doing so GOOD! I tell him to go by his clothes. Eventually the scale will catch up. He didn’t believe me until after about a month of being “stuck” at a certain weight. His clothes fit better, he looked amazing. So many people were commenting on his weight loss but that dang scale was still stuck and he was so defeated. Then..WHOOSH… the scale recorded a 15 lb weigh loss. Just like that. That mind game the scale likes to play is vicious. But it encouraged him to keep at it. So I’m not discouraged by the scale not really moving, as long as my clothes fit better, I know I’m on the right track. I know my “WHOOSH” is coming.

I may have or may not have touched on my stress eating. There is something in my life that is setting off my stress eating. Not really going to go into details here because it’s not my story to tell, but one of the most important people in my life is fighting a battle. I’m the support system but her life is my life in a way.  I’m trying to stay strong and not give into temptation but it’s hard. Carbs soothe the soul, in a way.

Which brings me to Thanksgiving. I was pretty good leading up to it. I work retail so it throws off the holiday for me. We celebrate it the weekend after everyone else. I had a very small portion of mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie. Unfortunately, I had 4 slices of bread. Have I mentioned that gluten makes me sick? Yup, an hour after we ate, I was soooo sick. I haven’t been that sick in ages and it motivated me to get my gluten intolerant butt back up on that wagon. I haven’t cheated since. So at least something good came out of that horrible experience.

So that’s it in a nutshell. I linked the YouTube video talking about my December Keto update. Check it out. I also have a whole keto series on it included a new series (within a series) called “Can I Keto Cook It?”. Subscribe and you can be notified when I upload new videos.

If you’re also on this keto journey, how did you do? Comment and say a little prayer that we get through this holiday season.


Can I Keto Cook It? New series on Keto Cooking!!

…so I’ve been wanting to start a new series (yes within a series) on my YouTube channel regarding my keto journey. I see all these recipes for keto meals and thought “are they actually good?”.  Because, as we all know, it’s not always true just because it’s up on the internet. I have made quite a few things only to realize that it tastes horrible.

So I am using myself and my family as guinea pigs. I’m going to try out the recipes and review them. Hopefully I’ll find some good ones!! I’m also going to try keto foods that I find in the stores. I already did one about keto snack bars but I see there’s a bunch of new frozen foods options in regular grocery stores. I’m currently editing one about frozen pizza so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can see when it goes live.

I’m not really going to be doing the sweet stuff like cookies/cakes/etc. Those have the fake sugars and my body hates that stuff. So unless it can be sweetened another way, I’m going to keep those videos to a minimum.

So the first one I made was a version of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. It only had an ingredient list, no instructions. However, just throwing everything together worked! And let me tell you….YUM!! My kids really like them so big success. Check out my video and leave a comment on what you’d like to see me try out next time.

And don’t forget to subscribe/like/share. You know the routine. Thanks for the support!!

NSV: Non Scale Victory

NSV. I see these posted all the time on the Keto FB page I belong to. Non Scale Victories. Whenever we do something that we couldn’t do while overweight, but now can because of the weight loss, we celebrate it and share our NSV. One of the first ones was bending over and tying my shoe without feeling like I was going to pass out. No, really, that was a huge one for me because you do feel like passing out while doing a simple thing like tying your shoe.

So onto today’s NSV. I ran. I ran so fast and hard.

Backstory: I used to love to run. I was a really fast runner. Loved short distance running. Then I blew out my knees, gained weight and running became something I didn’t do anymore. I didn’t even attempt it anymore. Why? Well, my legs would hurt. Sometimes the muscles would hurt so much that it would take days to recover. I actually pulled both my calf muscles once while trying to run. But the worst part was the “lonja”. That’s Spanish for the stomach fat. You know, when you’re so overweight that your stomach hangs. The “overhang” is what I’ve heard it’s also called. So when you’re so fat, when you try to run, the “lonja” slaps against you. First time I felt that, it was so mortifying. Embarrassing. As a former athlete, I was like “what did I do to myself?!”. So I didn’t run anymore. If for some reason, I had to run, I would hold onto my lonja so it would be supported and wouldn’t slap against me. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence out. But yes, it was a reality…an ugly reality.

So today I realized something at work and took off in a mad sprint to stop someone from doing something. I was down the hall and around the corner when it hit me: OMG I’m running. I felt like Forrest Gump. “And I was RUNNING!”. It was great. I haven’t run that fast in ages! And then it hit me….no lonja hitting against the top of my thighs. Oh wow. I got to my destination and was so dang proud of myself.  I ran. Fast. And while I was winded (hey I hauled butt!), I wasn’t overly winded and I wasn’t in pain.

So there’s my NSV. I actually enjoyed it so much that I’m thinking of taking up running again. Last time I remember running for enjoyment, I was pushing my son in a stroller while jogging. My son is now 21 so it’s definitely been a while…actually a couple of decades, when I think about it.

Wonder what NSV I’ll have next?

Excuses, excuses aka lying to myself…

For years, I lied to myself. I convinced myself that I was happy with the way I was. I was ok with being overweight. I was big boned. I was busy. I was….(fill in the blank). Now that I’ve lost so much weight, I realize that I was just making excuses and lying to myself.

And that was an eyeopening moment for myself. I hear people telling themselves the same thing and I have to bite my tongue to not go off on them. I want to say “there is a better way! Invest in yourself and you can do it!” .  But we all have to get to that point ourselves. I just tell them that when they’re ready, that I’m here for them and will help them get started on their own journey. Ultimately, it’s our OWN journey.

Here’s my excuses…well, a small list of my excuses. It could go on for days if you get me talking.

How did I do Keto-wise in August?

Well…. good…and not good. The beginning was hard but it got better after my fall off the keto wagon. Pick myself up, dust off the carbs and back at it!!!

So no more actual pound goal. Now I have a weight area to hit. Check out my update to hear about it. Any tips for me if you have been doing keto long term?

…so this is how I did keto-wise in July

I had a goal for the month of July. Did I hit it? Did I fail? Success?  Breakdown?

A little of everything. I posted on YouTube my August keto update. The video is down below. It helps that my husband is doing keto with me. I actually did finish the month out strong. I started July horribly but it shows that you can turn things around.

I have 10 days left in August and can’t wait to see how it ends. I had a couple of lows but I do feel like I’m getting a good foothold on this journey!


5 things I wish I knew starting keto…

Keto. Ketogenic. Lifestyle change.

It’s a huge undertaking. Not going to lie about that. But this is the best thing I could have done for my health. I am healthier. I have mental clarity. I added more years to my life. I get to spend more time with my husband, kids and future grandchildren.

Looking back on my journey, I realized that there are things I wish I knew from the beginning. And not just about the food part of keto, I’m talking about the mental game it plays with you. Everything changes and it messes with you. For some it’s becoming a new person they never knew. I know someone who lost so much weight that they didn’t recognize the person in the mirror because they never knew themselves as thin. They only knew the overweight version of themselves. For me it was the opposite. When i was heavy, I would think “OMG is that me?!”. Now that I’m losing weight, I can see the “old” version of myself coming back and I think “there you are!! I knew you were in there!”.

I made a video on the 5 things I wish I knew starting keto. I hope it can help give some advice and insight to those who are on this journey. We are a pretty big community and helping each other is a good thing. If you have any other things to add, comment down below, either in this post or in the comment section of the video. I’m thinking of doing an update to this video and any suggestions would be more than welcome. Also, don’t forget to like and subscribe. That would be greatly appreciated.

And as I say, you got this!!!


My Loot Crate is filled with reptiles!!

I’m a huge geek. Sci fi, comic, any thing geeky I love. Therefore I love geek culture. I’m a sucker for it. So naturally we subscribe to Loot Crate. It’s an amazing subscription box and we get it pretty much every month. I do unboxings on my YouTube channel of them. I just uploaded our July Loot Crate box and it’s primarily Jurassic Park and Godzilla…oh and the Hulk makes an appearance too!


Check it out and like and subscribe if you can! Let me know what item you liked best:

Walmart has a Beauty Box. No…really, they do.

So…in addition to keto, I am obsessed with beauty and geek culture. So much so that I signed up for a few subscription boxes in those areas.  I’m going to post my unboxings on my blog so here goes the one I just got.

I discovered a while back that Walmart has a beauty box. Let that sink in. In the world of all these subscription boxes, Walmart joined the game. Funny thing is that I actually really like them.

Basically they say it’s free and that you only pay $5 for shipping. You get multiple trial sizes and they usually throw in a full size in the box. Plus you get coupons sometimes too. I’ve actually have discovered some new favorites from the WM Boxes. They’re a seasonal box so you get them every 3 months (although it seems like they’re coming more rapidly, which I don’t mind).

I’ve actually have gotten a few friends hook on this box. If beauty isn’t your thing, they also have a mens box and a baby box.  If you look on the website, it varies but they’ll list them on there. It’s a great way to try out new things for a really inexpensive price. Plus you do get some full size stuff every now and then.  I once got a Roc Serum that was worth $20 in my box!!

Check out the video and see if you’d like something like this. But be warned, subscription boxes are amazing and once you get one, you get another and next thing…BAM… you’re hooked too.

All the links to the box and items are in the description box of the video. And don’t forget to subscribe and feel free to share!

So you wanna start keto…

So it seems that Keto is everywhere! It’s the new “fad diet”. Which I hate hearing that because this really is about changing your eating habits for life. It’s not something that I’m going to do for awhile and then go back to my unhealthy ways. First of all, I was big because of all the carbs. I can get down weight-wise where I am loving my body (for the first time in ages!!) but if I start the carbs again, I’m going to go back to that unhealthy version of myself. Why do all this hard work to just go back?

So I get asked “how do I start Keto?”. I put a “Starting out with Keto” video on my YouTube channel where I address this. Check it out and subscribe if you liked it and want to see more keto videos. I have a whole Keto Series going on there.