monday madness

Monday Madness (publication #14)

Welcome back to another publication of Monday Madness. Not much madness here this Monday morning, but it’s another chance to have another great week. Last week was super busy, stressful and dis-heartening. So I have high hopes that this week will not be like that.

I really struggled last week and I am struggling writing this today. I wish that everything was 100% positive all the day and I could just share those moments, but that is not real. Life isn’t perfect and it is not always positive. I have been struggling to get my head above water and find that positivity. I even took a break from social media the majority of the weekend.

One thing that has been effecting me horribly is my sleep. I am just not sleep well at all. When I get stressed and life throws rocks at me my sleep suffers. I have learned that my optimal range of sleep is no less than 7 hours a night. I have not been getting anywhere close to that for the last 2 weeks, and it is taking it’s toll on me. I just feel ran down and tired, and I am almost positive that a big portion of that is due to cortisol spikes.

I have also been struggling with binge eating a lot in the past week. I wanted to find comfort so I turned toward my old friend food. Now I by no means went carb crazy or dove off the deep end, but I did eat way past my satiety level. A couple of times to the point that I gave myself a stomach ache. I am very depressed by the fact that I let this happen, but I also know it will help me heal to share with you and others that my struggles are very real.

It has also been almost a month since I have weighed and measured, and boy do I wish I would not have. I have gained four pounds and 6.25 inches back. That is a hard pill to digest when I was losing quite regularly and still have quiet a bit of a ways to go as far as loss is concerned. Now part of that gain could be muscle which is good. So I had to keep telling myself yesterday that the scale is evil and not to give up, because boy did I want to give up. I am glad to say I didn’t and while I did overeat yesterday, I am 20 hours into a fast today and feeling pretty good about it.

I’m battling a lot of inner demons right now in my personal life and it is just like all the flood gates came open at once and I’m drinking more water than I am treading. I have to take time for myself in the next few weeks and really start to learn how to better deal with my stresses. I also think I need to revisit what I am eating and how I am approaching things. I feel I am venturing too far away from my comfort and what makes me happy, what was working for me. I need to search for my bigger why.

No matter what my inner demons are doing to me I refuse to give up. I will never go back to a high carb lifestyle. I have cured too many things by giving up carbs. I just have to find the right things for me and the right people to keep me motivated toward my goals. Next week will be my one year Keto anniversary, and I plan to celebrate every pound I have lost and every disease I have cured. I promise to give my best self to all of you, but also promise to keep it real and show you there are struggles for all of us along the way. Until next time….Keep Ketoing On!

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Monday Madness (publication #13)

Welcome to another addition of Monday Madness! I hope everyone had a great weekend and had an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women in their lives. I personally had a really nice mother’s day and enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to my crazy week ahead. I am beginning to think I run on chaos and caffeine!

Last week was a true testament to my inner strength. I had stress hitting me from all angles and did not handle it well at all. This just help plant the seed in my head that I really need to work harder on stress management. I need to make time everyday to start de-stressing. So I plan on coming up with a plan and a method and I am going to have stick to it. I have tried meditation in the past, but have not been very successful. My mind kicks into overdrive and usually end up more stressed than when I started. I also want to look at other forms of stress management such as grounding. Check in later for an update.

In addition to last week’s stress I got a message on Sunday while attending a church service that I want to share with everyone because they need to listen to it. “Ladies when you look into the mirror and you see a pinto, you are wrong you are a Lamborghini.” A friend of our family said this and I tell you what nothing has ever rang more true. We all too often don’t see what our true beauty is and we all need to work on changing that! We are all beautiful in our own ways and we all need to start seeing it and accepting it!

My diet continued to be 95% carnivore last week and the majority of the week I did one meal a day. I avoided dairy all week and felt great. I did allow myself some heavy whipping cream over the weekend. I also had a little splurge and made some Texas Twinkies for mother’s day. These are basically jalapeno poppers with brisket added in. All I can say is that they were worth every bite, but unfortunately the cream cheese revolted against my body. I even purchased a new brand with less ingredients. So while it is disappointing I more than likely will keep cream cheese out of my diet. I also discovered that our local Earth Fare grocery store had ground kobe beef this week, and I think I found the holy grail of burgers. This stuff was phenomenal! Generally I don’t partake much in ground beef because I don’t like the flavor. This stuff; however, tasted absolutely amazing. So flavorful and so juicy and all I seasoned it with was some Redmond’s Real Salt. Shockingly it wasn’t that pricey either.

I did not get the opportunity to weigh or measure this week, due to all the activities we had planned. So I am going to do my best to weigh and measure Sunday this week and I will give everyone and update on how it’s going. I am not too worried about what the scale says though because I still feel great and I am noticing my clothes getting bigger and bigger. I think for now I have entered a period of letting my body heal itself, and once that happens I feel more weight will just naturally come off.

I have started to pick up my activity level quite a bit also. I managed to get over 10,000 steps in at least three days last week. I hope to be able to grow that number to four days a week and then 5 days a week. It amazes me the amount of energy that I get after the walk, and I am also blessed to have a great walking trail right behind my house. I do need to get back on track with lifting to tone up my arms, but I’m not going to rush it.

I am looking forward to another great week and hope that all of you have a great week as well. Check back in this week as I will have some new material coming out. Until next time ….Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #12)

Welcome to another addition of Monday Madness! I hope everyone had a great weekend and your Monday isn’t too crazy. In typical fashion mine is crazy! I’m fairly certain if I ever had a Monday that wasn’t crazy I would think something was wrong. I did have a fairly nice weekend though so that was a plus to kick off this crazy day.

Exciting news for me from the weekend. I took a bold step and got a new summer hair cut and color. I feel like a new women ready to take on the world. I decided to go super short for the summer so things will be easy to manage and that southern Chattanooga heat won’t get to me as much. I also decided to finally buy some flowers for our house. I do not have a green thumb but I do like flowers. So we planted three rose bushes in front of our house. I can’t wait for them to start growing and blooming so I can share some photos with you. We also spent some time at our local market this weekend. I always enjoy seeing all the local vendors and it’s a great way to get in some steps for the day.

Not much has changed in my Keto world. I did sort of fall of the wagon the last couple days, but not like most people do when they say that. I did not consume anything that was carb loaded or a “cheat meal”, but I way over consumed my normal amount of protein and I definitely ate more than what my hunger was. So why did I do that? Stress eating has always been a struggle of mine, as well as binge eating. I let both of those things take a hold of me this week, and I am very disappointed that I let it happen. I let negativity and stress of my life completely take over my body and my routine. So how do I fix it? I simply have to re-focus and re-set. So today I am doing an extended fast to get myself back on track and show myself that food does not control me, I control me! I plan to go at least 24 but ultimately would like to make it to 40. I just want to really focus in on my body and listen to it so we shall see how far I make it. May be less or may be more. Check back later this week on my blog for topics about binge and stress eating.

I did have something quite phenomenal happen this week which reassured me that eating a more carnivore heavy lifestyle is the way for me to be eating. For the first time in 25 years I did not get a hormonal migraine during my monthly cycle. My last two cycles have also been shorter in duration and I have had to take no medication to assist with cramping. This is huge for me as I suffer from endometriosis and functioning during my cycles has always been a challenge. Other than a few chocolate cravings though they have been improved ten fold. As for the craving part most of the time I find it easier just to give in and allow myself some dark chocolate. This also excites me to have an opportunity to see what else eating meat heals in my body.

I hope that everyone has an amazing week. Take some time for yourself and reflect on all the positive vibes you can. Until next time…Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #10)

Good Monday Morning Everyone! I hope everyone that was celebrating the Easter holiday had a blessed weekend among family and/or friends. If you didn’t celebrate Easter I hope you still had an amazing weekend! I have lot’s to share with you from last week and my weekend.

So my April experiment of not eating after 2 PM pretty much was a failure and I decided it was not benefiting my body the way I wanted it to. I found myself even after having a very nice and well balanced lunch wanting to have some small snack in the evening when I got home. Since I am such a big advocate for listening to your body I didn’t deny my body what I wanted. So I think for optimization purposes for myself I need to have a larger meal around lunch and a small meal in the evening. I can say by only having a small snack in the evenings it has been easier to get myself into bed and sleep a little better without an overly full stomach. So my n=1 study at this time is inconclusive. Who knows I may try later in my journey again but I can’t say for certain.

Even though the experiment was a bust I was able to maintain my weight last week and I did lose 3″ in my waist/hip region. I will take inches over pounds any day of the week! I also was able to get into a size 14 dress!!!!! I have not seen a size 14 for over 13 years! So as far as I am concerned the scale can kiss off and I’ll keep adding up those inches lost!

I have been faithful to my 21 day arm sculpting challenge and finished day 21 yesterday. I have started to get a tiny bit of definition in my arms but I still have a very long road to get all the fat off my arms. I am 100% fine with that. So tomorrow I will start another 21 day challenge and up the amount of weight I am lifting as well as the amount of sets I am doing. Slow and steady will get me to where I want to be and I am good with that.

With any holiday comes temptations of non-Keto foods. I am proud to say that I did not stray from my carnivore diet this weekend as tempting as some of those sweets looked. I just kept telling myself that I choose not to put that into my body and I choose not to have the negative side effects of what it would do to me. I did indulge in a couple low carb beers and I am fine with that. I feel fine this morning and I will make sure that I hydrate well all day. I should add that in addition to a couple of those beers I also had over 100 ounces of water yesterday. It was also great to enjoy the holiday with friends that respected our diet choices and accommodated them so well. All in all I would consider my weekend another day of success in my journey.

I was also excited that over the weekend I got in my new business cards. I now have a card that I can leave in local shops to spread my blog and various other social media pages. If it helps me reach even one person it is worth it. My husband was also gracious enough to allow me to plaster a Charming Confessions bumper sticker to his car. I am working hard to share my messages and grow my brand.

This week I will have some added in stressors at work, but I am prepared to take them on. I have already came up with an after work meditation routine to relax myself and help keep my cortisol levels down. I am fairly new to meditating and I am trying to expand what works best for me and how I want to utilize it. Stress has been a huge factor of negativity in my life and I trying to turn that around and flood my life with as much positivity as possible. I even took the weekend off away from my blog and most of my social media and just tried to enjoy life and what was around me for a change. It was definitely worth it.

I plan to be adding a couple new pages to the site in the upcoming weeks as well. Some of you may know and others not but in addition to writing I’m a painter. I have decided to start sharing my art work on my site as it is special to me and a piece of me I want to share with everyone. I also am working on some coaching plans and meal plans that I will be offering in the near future. It’s a pleasure to be able to grown in the presence of my readers.

That is about it for my crazy week last week, and a little peak into my upcoming week. So until next time….Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #9)

Happy Monday fellow readers! Welcome to another edition of Monday Madness. Today is a little rough around the edges for me. Due to some family matters I was up way past my bedtime, so I’m in slow motion at the moment.

First things first I have been working very diligently the past couple weeks in re-branding myself. Now that I have been at this for a few months I know more of who I am and what I want. I had the pleasure of working with a great designer Chrissy Schram https://www.facebook.com/chrissyschramdesign
, she did an awesome job and I now have the logo I have always wanted. I also took it upon myself to make an official Monday Madness Icon as well. It is pretty much me in a nut shell, coffee and crazy!

So I tried really hard last week to continue on with the whole no eating after 2pm, sadly life happened and I was not successful. While I didn’t eat a large meal after 2pm I found myself wanting to snack in the evening when I got home. I am fairly certain it was stress eating for me. I did eat Keto approved items, but it did have an impact on me as I did gain 2 pounds last week. Not a big deal really I just need to get back up and keep moving forward. I also think the fact that one of my snacks was homemade nut butter it was impacting me as well. As much as I have enjoyed making the nut butter and snacking on it I am finding nuts have a very negative impact on me. So no more nut butters for this lady! I am currently doing a couple day bone broth fast to reset myself. Please know that this technically is not a true fast as I am consuming calories and protein both. It is more of an elimination and it is also giving my gut a chance to rest and heal itself.

I also had this idea that I would be partaking in more Keto foods (hence the nut butter) but all I have found myself really wanting outside the carnivore way of eating was pickles. I have not craved a single Keto food I just want my steak and eggs. So that is what I have been giving my body. The meat makes me feel the best so I am continuing on my carnivore path as that is what my body seems to be wanting right now. I’m not saying I will ever be a strict carnivore though and if I want a pickle I am going to have and enjoy a pickle. Speaking of eggs I tried something new this weekend….turkey eggs. I was very pleased in them. They are much larger than a chicken egg and I found the yolk to be more dense and a touch more richer, but not as rich as a duck egg. The shell was also super hard compared to a chicken egg. I enjoyed my turkey eggs and hope to have more in the future.

I continued working with weights on my arms this past week and I am a little over 1/2 way through the 21 day program. It has been a little challenging, but I actually have enjoyed it. I also have lost about a 1/4″ off my arms which is great! I will be continuing those this week and I plan to up my weight after the 21 days and repeat the process.

This upcoming week I don’t have anything specifically planned out. I have a few things I have to do and I plan on bringing forth some good topics this week. I hope all of you have a wonderful week and Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #8)

Good Monday afternoon fellow readers! I hope everyone had a chance to get a little de-stressing in over the weekend. My Monday is already off to a crazy start and I am in hopes that it isn’t a clue as to how the rest of my week is going to go. I woke up feeling very ran down and tired this morning which is not a good way for me to start any day let alone a Monday. Pollen counts are horrible in Chattanooga and everything is yellow. So I continue to struggle with my allergies, but doing my best to keep trucking along.

So last week I started my day fasting experiment. It was actually more challenging than I thought it would be, but I was successful 6 out of the 7 days. On Thursday I found myself to be more hungry than I had been all week, and I am 90% sure it was do to my hormones and monthly cycle. So rather than fight the feeling of hunger I gave my body what it needed and enjoyed a second meal for the day. My body thanked me and I felt amazing afterwards. It is so important to realize what your body needs and when it needs it. I fast because I enjoy the benefits but I also listen to my body and if I can’t I simply don’t. With the exception of that one day I managed to basically eat OMAD (one meal a day) and stayed within my macros.

I haven’t noticed a specific change in my sleep patterns with this yet, but I do notice I have a little more energy in the later evening hours. I do find that I get a little tired about an hour after I eat my one meal, but I am sure it is because my body is working hard to digest that one meal. As far as body changes, I did drop 2.4 pounds this week and also lost a total of 2″ off my body. So I found that to be quite a beneficial side effect. I also added in some weights for my arms and I’m surprised that for the first time ever I have no pain following the program I am following and I am attributing that to the amount of protein that I am consuming and that body has what it needs to repair itself on the rest days. No significant results as of yet with the weights but hey Rome wasn’t built in a day and my bat wings aren’t going away in a day either.

I took on the challenge this weekend of attempting to make my own pecan nut butter. Results….OMG this stuff is amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I don’t consume nut butter everyday, but on occasion I allow myself a tablespoon as a treat, and it keeps my carbs in check as well as I am still staying under 10 total carbs a day. I haven’t felt the need to add in any veggies other than some pickles. So I may have a few pickle chips each day, but 95% of my diet is still carnivore based. That is what my body wants so that is what I am giving it. I absolutely love that food doesn’t control my life anymore and that I don’t spend so much time worrying about what to fix.

This week will be plain and simple. I am going to keep going with my OMAD and daily fasting and see how it goes. I will also continue my arm weights this week I will increase my reps by two more per set. I am also looking to start incorporating some yoga into my life a couple days a week. If anyone ever has any questions, wants to chat, needs advice/coaching or anything else please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can also find me on Instagram at @charming.confessions. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #7)

Monday MadnessGood Monday Morning! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and is looking forward to a great week! I am jumping into April full force, and have decided to refocus and re-center myself. I will be kicking off today by starting my all new experiment that I announced last week. So with that in mind let me tell you a little bit about last week and then a quick look ahead for this week.

I normally don’t weigh or measure except once a month as it stresses me out and depresses me when I don’t see a result that I want to. I did jump back on the scale this weekend though so I would have numbers to start my experiment with. I did not lose any weight in a week but I did lose 3 inches, so I will consider that a success. During the upcoming challenge I will be weighing and measuring weekly to share my results with you.

I finished up my carnivore experiment last week. While I didn’t see major weight loss changes I did see an overall improvement in sleep and energy which is more important to me than actual weight loss. So this weekend I incorporated a few keto items in my diet and lucky me I had no bad effects from it. That will all change this week with my new experiment. Even though I may be adding in some Keto things I still plan to stay away from heavy amounts of dairy, sweeteners, and any type of nuts/nut flours. I am doing this because I feel at my best when I don’t have those things in my body. They are completely allowed and do-able on Keto though.

Other things from last week was I was fighting some vicious allergies still. Chattanooga and pollen are horrible this time of year. So I have been on a combo of allergy meds to be able to function and didn’t have a voice most of the week. I also managed to get bit by a spider…which is ironic because I absolutely hate spiders. So I am also on a week-long course of antibiotics to prevent infection. So for me I am hoping this week is a little better and stronger in the health area of my life. I also made another batch of Ghee over the weekend and even though it takes forever the reward is so worth it…Liquid Gold!

So what is coming up this week with my new experiment! The goal of the experiment is to see if eating earlier in my day and fasting a little longer, as well as tracking my macros again will make a difference. I am looking for results in fat loss, body mass, and increase in sleep patterns as a result of this. I will also be starting to add in some dumbbell workouts to start working on the bat wings on my arms. Which terrifies me as I have not much knowledge when it comes to weights. I plan to take it slow and see where it goes.  I will be providing weekly updates as well as some video commentary on my Instagram account as well. If you want to follow me on Instagram you can find me @charming.confessions.

As far as what I will be eating, I will be doing more of a Keto Carnivore method now. So I will be staying below 10 total carbs a day and focusing on meeting my fat and protein macros. I will be doing 75% fat and 20% protein for the first week. Today will be day number 1 and I actually have planned out a day of zero carbs and only fat and protein, and I plan on not eating after 1 PM today.

I’m very excited to see what comes from this experiment and see if it works better for me than other things I have tried. I really just want to try to keep things as simple as possible and focus on basics. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!