Linking up with my girl Kristen for a little check in action. I am tired AF right now. We had some severe storms roll through here last night. Nothing like getting woken up by tornado sirens at 2:30am and being told to take cover in your safe space. Luckily, after looking at the map I realized it was heading right for our old house…and that we were just on the line of it where we are now. The thunder and lightening were insane and it was raining so hard so fast, I know there has to be some flooding in our yard right now. I will know more when the sun comes up. It is hard to go back to sleep after something like that, you know?

Zoe’s daycare is on a 2 hour delay this morning since they follow the school schedule, so I decided it was a great day to work from home! No sense in driving in that crap all the way down to my office when I can do everything right here. In my pajamas. With no shower or makeup. Can I get an amen?!

Reading – I just finished Doctor Dearest from RS Grey last night, it is available to purchase today!!! Such fun banter and a cute story if romantic comedy is your thing. I should also be wrapping up Third Grave Dead Ahead today and starting on Center of Gravity.

Watching – We are catching up with some of our shows since they have started back after the holiday break. We are also still binging New Amsterdam. Do you watch it??? It is so good!!!

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Listening – I have been listening to so much good stuff while I work. I have started listening to Women n Wellness podcast, as well as Jillian Michaels podcast.

Did you know that chamomile is part of the ragweed family?????? I had no clue but it explains so much!!! That stuff is in everything from tea to lotions and potions to face products and everything in between. Thanking Jillian for that discovery. I used to use this all natural bath stuff on Zoe that had it in, and I could never figure out what was causing her skin flare ups. Now I know why that product wasn’t working for us.

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Eating/Health – Today marks the one month mark of doing Intermittent Fasting and Keto. I have lost 14 pounds and gained perspective on how many carbs I was actually consuming before. Is Keto a sustainable lifestyle? No. It comes with some cons for sure, and I don’t plan to stay low carb forever. I don’t think carbs are the devil. I do think that they can trigger lots of cravings though. Let me tell you, before doing Keto, I had massive cravings. For sweet, snacks, savory things, salty things, all the things. I felt hungry all the time. Now that I have been doing IF and Keto, I realize I can go 16 hours without eating and I am totally fine. That I don’t in fact need a snack or something to eat every couple hours. And that I can survive without candy or crackers and be content.

We have been having a lot of black coffee, taco bowls, chicken, meat and cheese trays, asparagus, zucchini, celery, brussel sprouts, etc. When we go out to eat, we mostly order steak with salad and a steamed veggie. It is nice to still be able to enjoy a meal out on this plan. It is totally doable with some modifications.

The things I don’t like on IF and Keto include it messing up my period, still feeling bloated from time to time, and being limited on what I can eat. I feel like I am not getting a balanced diet, and that if I kept it up long term (which was never my intention) my vitamin deficiencies will come back. Also, my skin is dry AF. I have been taking collagen, but it is still really bad.

Researching – I am looking into carb cycling, counting macros, and focusing on whole foods for the long haul. Not sure which way I am going to swing at the moment. It is one of the reasons I have been listening to a lot of health and wellness podcasts lately. I want to live and enjoy my life, and not be obsessed about food all the time. Pretty much my entire adult life, I have been on one diet or another and always fall off the train and then go to extremes to come back. It is a cycle I want to stop for good. I wanted to drop some weight in the beginning to get my motivated, and then find my long term lifestyle to stick with. At the end of the day, eating less and moving more is the answer. No matter how you want to wrap it up. And I know that. And you know that. We all know that.

Working – Chris and I have been doing a lot of work around the house lately. We have been setting up the theater room, and Chris has added some arcade games to it over the last week!!! Cant wait to play those! I have been working on getting my office together, and organizing little areas. I still need to paint my office, and I would like to paint the dining room. I absolutely hate red walls. It doesn’t flow with the rest of our house either. We have nice calming, soothing colors everywhere but there. It has really started coming together and we have even got to enjoy the outdoors last weekend!

My sister took Zoe and my nephew to the park while Chris and I ran some errands and had a lunch date.

Excited – Zoe has a father/daughter Princess Ball this weekend!!! She doesn’t know about it yet, but I know when she finds out…she is going to be so excited!!! They get to dress up like princesses and have dinner and dancing and come home with a goodie bag. I will be curious to see which princess she chooses to be.

I hope that you all are having a great start to February!

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  • Reply Heather February 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

    The father/daughter princess ball sounds sooo fun! Can’t wait to see pics of the two of them together. Finding a sustainable meal plan is hard for many reasons, but I’m glad to hear it’s working out well. I am always amazed when I do a fast how long I can go without eating when my mindset is there, but I had a weird reaction the last time I fasted for 23 hours so I’m not sure I’ll do that long again. Keep up the effort and you’ll find something that works!

  • Reply Confuzzled Bev February 6, 2020 at 9:25 am

    I knew camomchamomile is in the daisy family but I haven’t actually heard of ragweed.
    I can only drink coffee if it’s mostly milk. Black coffee is way too bitter for me. But I’m currently trying to avoid coffee anyway.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag February 6, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Omg, that daddy/daughter princess ball sounds adorable! My niece has a daddy/daughter dance this week too. 🙂 I’m glad you’re doing well on your current diet and lost some weight. Hopefully you’ll find something that can be long lasting! I’m working on that myself. LOL It’s a work in progress for sure.


  • Reply Danielle February 6, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I have always wanted to count macros and really try to get super fit, but then life and a family gets in the way. So way to go for you!! I will check out your book recommendations.

  • Reply Lauren @ The Pizza Monster Mama February 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Father/Daughter Princess Ball???? That sounds AMAZING!!!!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer February 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Hope you didn’t get too much damage but glad you get to work from home today! Thanks for opening my eyes to the chamomile stuff yesterday – I threw my tea out as soon as I got home!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent February 6, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    A PRINCESS BALL???? OH MY GOSH – take lots of pictures. She’s going to be on cloud 9
    Good for you hanging in there with this new eating habit. Carbs ARE the devil -for sure!!!!
    I need to check out that podcast – I love ones about fitness & better health

  • Reply Carly February 6, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    The flexibility with your job sounds so awesome– especially having a little one! I can’t wait to see hear how excited she is for the princess ball, so sweet! All your meals look so good and I’ll be interested to hear what you decide. I’ve been hungry alllll the time, I think it’s partly being at home so much with constant access to our pantry, but also probably not eating enough protein. Great job sticking to your diet and with the weight loss!

  • Reply kristen February 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    oh gosh, tornado sirens waking you up? that is the absolute worst!
    yay third grave dead! that’s on my list to get to soon, i love that you’re enjoying the series (i mean, i assume so as you’re continuing lol)
    congrats on the weight loss and working hard girl, high five! you are so right about the eating less and moving more, we all know that is what it boils down to. that and eating good foods and occasionally eating fun foods and living your life. like you said, a lifestyle!
    oh my gosh, a princess ball?! that sounds amazing. hope she has a ball! ha, i crack myself up.

  • Reply Kristin February 7, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Ugh, I hate tornado sirens. We don’t have them here, but we’ve had them in past locations.

    The weight loss is awesome, even if keeping up with keto/IF isn’t. My friend does carb cycling and she always has other health issues that pop up because of the lack of carbs :/

  • Reply StephTheBookworm February 7, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Congrats on the awesome weight loss! I am a fellow carb lover and have AWFUL sugar cravings. I think you’re right that most of these diets are not sustainable long term, so it’s important to do that research and see what WILL work long term!

  • Reply laura February 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I cannot wait to see the pictures from the princess ball – I expect multiple pictures missy!! And gross to the sirens and all these weird emergency alerts we’ve had this week, seriously, WTF.

    You’ll have to let me know about this carb cycling and such – it sounds interesting!

  • Reply Julie February 7, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Well done on the weight loss!! I’ve gone on my own lifestyle change and I’ve actually lost 7 pounds in a month (not as many pounds as you!) and I’m actually eating more carbs than before as I’ve cut out meat from my diet and am trying to eventually be on a WFPB diet at least 90% of the time. I was massively craving sugar before this, so am quite pleased that the sugar cravings are gone and I’m not indulging in a slice of cake every day!! 😉

  • Reply Kate February 10, 2020 at 10:08 am

    So sorry to hear about the tornado scare, but glad you guys are safe and all hail to mighty work from home days. All that food looks amazing, and now I’m totally craving pickles! Cheers to a fabulous week <3

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