monday madness

Monday Madness (publication #19)

Happy Monday fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness. No major madness in the works this week, and I am actually excited as I have a short week this week as far as my normal job goes. So I will have a few busy days followed by a long weekend with more work but it is the work I enjoy. I don’t have any major party plans for the 4th of July holiday, but I do plan to relax and enjoy de-stressing as much as possible.

So last week I attempted my first longer duration fast. The goal was to reach 72 hours (3 days). I was really focused and thought it would be a walk in the park. Well it was not! I ended up making it 48 hours and then I chose to stop and have some food. I just felt off and that I wasn’t in a good head space to continue on. I was consuming my water and my electrolytes but I was not experiencing the boosts of energy that everyone else in the fasting challenge. While I am disappointed that I didn’t make it, I am proud of what I did accomplish. I will attempt a longer fast again at some point and while I may not make it 72 hours anytime soon I am more confident in my abilities. I don’t know if I lost any weight as that was not the point of doing the challenge.

I had an amazing day fishing at the lake with my husband and both my daughters this weekend. We really didn’t catch much but the time together was priceless. I have always found peace when I am near the water. So if anything it is one day I had that my stress was not through the roof and I got a chance to forget about all my problems. I also got some much needed grounding and vitamin D from the source. I hope I have opportunities in the future to have more days like this.

I also learned last week that I am spending way too much time obsessing how to perfect my keto/carnivore lifestyle. I need to stop that and just get back to what I know and what was working for me. I think I do better with stability and less experimentation. I’m not saying I won’t be partaking in future experiments, all I am in saying is I need to step back a little and focus on what works for me and make it happen. I am 1/2 way through 2019 and now it is time to focus and make the most of the next 6 months.

I plan on also upping my research on the APOE 4 gene. I have this gene and I am learning what impacts it has on my cholesterol as well as looking into the impact that gene can have on an individual developing Alzheimer. These are both things that are important to me on my path of achieving better mental health. I really want to figure out how to improve that even more so than dropping the weight I have left to remove. In my opinion the better my mental health becomes the quicker my weight removal will resolve itself.

I am hoping to bring you more topics this week as I am actually on top of my game and feel that I can give you the content you need this week. I don’t have any crazy experiments in line for this week. Just focusing on me and enjoying life. Until next time…What’s Your Confession?

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Monday Madness (publication #18)

Good Morning fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness. For once I don’t have too much going on Monday morning, but this could be the classic situation of the calm before the storm. I hope everyone had an amazing week last week and that this week is even more amazing! So let’s get to it.

I continued my journey into the world of yoga last week. We ended up taking two more classes. We did an Ashtanga class and then a Yin class. Both are very different from each other and I enjoyed both. Ashtanga was way more challenging and much more active as to where Yin was very relaxing and I got the opportunity to open up my body and expand my flexibility. The Yin class also helped relieve some of the soreness I was experiencing from the Ashtanga class. I also learned that during the Yin class I need to start focusing on ways to get my mind to slow down. It was racing all over the place and I struggled to focus and ground myself. I without a doubt see us continuing on our path with yoga.

I allowed stress to dominate my life last week. I let every little thing get into my head and consume me. I am 100% sure my cortisol was completely out of whack. I let it consume me so much that I couldn’t even sleep. I was averaging 3-4 hours most nights as opposed to my accustomed 7-8. It really had a huge negative impact on everything in and around my life. The sad part of this was most of what had me stressed was completely out of my control. I chose to let it control me instead of me controlling it. I continue on my path of discovering things that will help me focus on more positive things, ground myself and relieve my stress. So much negativity with no positive counter was so detrimental to my health last week and I am still feeling the effects this week.

I also allowed myself more keto type treats last week than I ever would I have. I searched for solace in food. This is typical for me and and a pattern of my binge eating history. Like someone if I eat something that is not perfect I am hurting those who are hurting me, but I know in my heart that I am actually only hurting myself and hindering my progress. Self awareness is the first step in my opinion to figure out how to solve or change any issues. I’m getting a little help with that this week as I decided to participate in a 72 hour fast sponsored by Redmond’s Real Salt. I started last night and will fast until at least Wednesday night but may end up pushing into Thursday morning. During my fast I intend to reflect on my food triggers and what I need to do to keep them out of my life. I also plan to refocus what I am fueling my body with and decide what is best for me to achieve my goals and feel optimal.

Last week I also ordered a copy of Keto for Women by Leanne Vogel. So I plan on diving in this week and seeing what she has to say. I plan on blogging a review once I have covered the material thoroughly so stay tuned for that.

All and all that is about all I have been up to. I look forward to sharing some exciting topics this week with everyone, and this Sunday will also be my monthly weigh and measure so I will be sharing those results next week. Until next time…What’s Your Confession?

Monday Madness (publication #17)

Welcome readers to another publication of Monday Madness. I hope everyone had a great week last week, and I hope you even have a better one this week. I tried a new N=1 experiment last week and I am looking forward to telling you all about it.

I decided last week to re-incorporate exogenous ketones back into my daily routine. I did this to see if I noticed a difference in my mentally clarity and mood. I did not do it for weight removal purposes or eating a cheat meal. So what did I determine. In all honesty I determined that five days wasn’t enough for me to draw a great conclusion. Overall within ten – fifteen minutes after consuming the ketones I did feel more alert and had better focus. I would like to take the test to the next level and try a full 30 days and see what happens. I really am looking for improvements with depression and anxiety. I used ketones by pruvit for the first round test, but I am also looking at ketones made by Perfect Keto. Both companies carry quality products it will simply come down to who I see results with for my own body.

I had another week of no scale change, and I wanted to measure over the weekend but I refuse to allow myself to obsess over it. So I will wait until the last Sunday of the month like I always do. I found that I am way more productive if I allow myself to avoid the scale and measurements too frequently. When I don’t see the progress I want to see I back slide and that is not good. I am glad to say though that my backslides involve keto treats instead of other treats.

I also tried a yoga class for the first time this week. It was so profound to me and I have so much to say about it I will be writing an entire blog about the experience this week. So stay tuned to hear about it and what my future plans if there are any with continuing yoga.

Nothing new or exciting to report in my diet. I continue to be keto/carnivore. I did not track this week as I did work more on paying attention to if I am hungry or if I am eating enough. I want to recenter where I am at in my diet and make sure I am getting the most out of it. I incorporate a very limited number of veggies. The majority of the time its pickles and/or avocado that make there way back in. I also have allowed myself an occasional treat with sugar alcohols in it, which has been nice but I think I need to go back to eliminating it. I notice when I add them back in I crave them more and more and then a hunger cycle kicks in and all I want to do is snack. I also feel that I need to find a way to eliminate heavy cream from my diet again. I really enjoy having it in my coffee on the weekends, but I also think it may be stalling me out. It is one of my last crutches and I just need to focus to get past it. I want you all to realize that even though I have been at this for over a year I still have struggles and I have to constantly work for what I want. The important part is not giving up and continuing to follow what is making you feel the best. I look forward to sharing more great info with you all this week….until next time…What’s Your Confession?

Monday Madness (publication#16)

Happy Monday fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness! I am ready for my crazy week as usual, and I think it’s going to be a great one. I have a lot of things on my plate this week but plan to tackle it head on.

So last week I did WOBO, which stands for week of beef only. I did great and not once did I go off course. I did a ratio of 1:1.5 meaning for every gram of protein I consumed I consumed 1.5 grams of fat. I did this for the sole purpose of trying to determine at what ration of fat to protein I feel the best. In conclusion I am inconclusive at this point. I felt fine all week but I did not see any amazing results. There were a couple days that I even found myself feeling a little hungry. I also was completely tired of ground beef by the end of the week. Which I found a little odd as I can have steak everyday and never get tired of it. I also did not see any change in the scale. I maintained my weight all week, and I chose not to measure. I was focusing more on how I was feeling and less on what I was removing from my body. That was not an easy task for me but I’m glad I did it.

This week I will be pretty much returning to my normal keto/carnivore diet. I don’t plan on focusing on my ratios but just focusing on my satiation. The new thing this week will be adding in exogenous ketones from pruvit. I am doing this for the purpose of evaluating my mental clarity and mood. I am not doing it for weight loss or so I can have a “cheat” day. I simply want to see what kind of mental support they can provide. I am hoping to see reduced anxiety, less depressive thoughts, and increased focus and clarity. I will update everyone next week on if a week of them is enough to see a change.

I’m really focusing on trying to figure out how to live things I want in life forward. I’m still searching for my why. I am working on building a planning portfolio that will help me focus and figure out these things. I am also continuing to build the positive people I need in my life to help me reach those goals. It literally does take a village, with a constant reminder that it’s up to me to make it happen.

In unrelated keto news I made the decision last week to move forward in home schooling my youngest two children. The more I researched it the more I realized it was the right choice for all of us. The political influence of public school where I live is very detrimental to what my kids are actually learning and I feel they are being set up for failure instead of success. So if any of my readers also home school and you have any pointers or tips please feel free to share them with me.

I hope that each and every one of you reading this have an amazing week. As always feel free to ask questions and share this blog with anyone you feel would benefit. Until Next Time…..Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #15)

Happy Monday fellow readers! I hope everyone is ready to start another amazing week. I’m ready to jump into my normal chaos head first and I am looking forward to what challenges this week will bring.

So before we jump into this week full steam ahead let’s talk about last week a little. Last week was my one year anniversary since starting my keto journey. While I would love to say I did something amazing I didn’t. I basically took the week to really breath in everything that I have accomplished and think deeply about where I am wanting to go. I don’t have all the answers to those questions yet but I am working on it. I also promise to share them with you when I know what they are. All I do know is I don’t feel that the weight is my primary goal anymore even though I have more to lose. My goals and prospective’s are shifting.

Besides looking back on the the last year, I spend a lot of time looking into how I want to grow and change in my diet. I know I never want to go back to sugar and carbs. I do however want to find the protein and fat ratio that lead me to feel my very best. I have been researching how to better improve my mental health and well being through my diet. I have already improved so much in my health that this is the next step for me. A lot of that research has came from podcasts centered around the carnivore lifestyle and the impact of how meat can heal.

The other main focus in my life right now is finding something positive in everything I do. I have had some days in the last few weeks in my personal life that I just really wanted to give up. I just didn’t want to try anymore. That is simply not acceptable though. I woke up today, I am living my best life, I am chasing my dreams and goals, someone out there does not have that same privilege. Someone out there didn’t even have the opportunity to wake up today. So no matter how bad my day is or how much I want to give up I just keep finding positive people and positive messages to keep pushing me forward. I refuse to allow negativity to control my life any longer.

So this week I want to spend more time on my new goals and my new why. I really need to work on my focus. In addition to that I will be doing WOBO this week. What is WOBO? It is a week of beef only. I will be eating ground beef with some fat added if necessary and about 1 ounce of liver a day. I am doing this because it will be the easiest way for me to see what ratios my body feels best with. This is also a great idea for anyone wanting to try an elimination protocol to figure out some food sensitivities. I am actually using a grass fed ground kobe beef that has an almost perfect ration. So I will be able to add in fat to see where my body responds the best. My fat of choice will be ghee, but may include some grass fed butter as well. The first few days I am looking at trying a 1:1.5 ratio, as in 1 being my protein and the 1.5 being my fat. The reason for the addition of liver is simply for vitamin content and I generally eat 1-2 ounces per day anyway. I will also be salting everything generously to taste with redmonds salt.

I hope all of you have an amazing week and remind yourself to find the positivity in your life and thrive for the best you possible. Until next time…Keep Ketoing On!

Monday Madness (publication #14)

Good Morning fellow readers and welcome to another publication of Monday Madness! First and foremost I want to take a moment on this Memorial Day to remind everyone to remember those who have sacrificed so much in their lives so that we may have the freedoms we do, may their families and loved ones find peace in their memories and that fact that they are true heroes.

Last week I went back to tracking my macros. While I am still eating pretty much a zero carb diet I felt like I was somewhat stalled out and not feeling as well I was previously. So I paid close attention to my fat to protein ratio was. I didn’t set hard limits for myself but used at as more of a guide. I also did four days of 24 hour fasting with one meal a day. Surprisingly I saw a big increase back in my energy level and how well I was sleeping. I am slowly figuring out what works best for my body and where I feel optimal.

I had an amazing opportunity last week and it really started to put a lot of things in perspective. Through a contest on instagram I won an opportunity to have a phone consult with motivational speaker, keto coach and BMX professional Josh Perry. If you have an instagram I encourage you to follow him @joshperrybmx, if you don’t check out his website at www.joshperrybmx.com. It was one of the most empowering and knowledge filled conversations I have had. Not only relating to keto, but more importantly relating to mind set. He is one of the most down to earth and helpful people that I have ever spoken with. He is truly genuine and that means so much to me when I talk to someone. I have so many notes and I have some actions coming out of that call that I will tell you about next.

My number one action coming out of that call is to identify what are my current goals and why. I obviously am not at my ideal weight yet, but in the grand scheme of things I need to decide if the weight really is my goal. In my own mind I think I have more important goals that I need to be focusing on. Those goals include things like increased positivity, mental function and stability, reduced anxiety and depression. These things in the end will ultimately lead me to weight loss. So I plan on starting to really prioritize and think through those goals and start making changes that will benefit me and make me happy.

The second thing that I plan on doing as soon as possible is adding back in the use of exogenous ketones. I used to use these when I first started keto, but after hearing so much negative feedback about how I was wasting my money I stopped. After seeing some recent research done by Josh and talking to him about the mental benefits of them I think it is beneficial for me to try them again. For those who are curious I will be using pruvit brand because they in my opinion really are the best on the market. I ordered a few packets over the weekend and should get them in a few weeks. Once I do start them again I will let everyone know if I see changes. For me I am hoping that they will help with my mental clarity and cognitive actions. I have no plan nor do I think that you can eat what you want take a pack of ketones and be good the next day. I am using these for mental benefit nothing more and I will be maintaining my keto carnivore diet and have no plans to cheat.

Third thing is I plan to stay in touch with Josh in the future. I have realized how important it is to include and talk to others who share your desired mindset. It’s important to find the positive people to surround yourself by and allow them to drive your positivity in your efforts.

Also, look forward this week to a pretty important blog. I am fastly approaching my one year anniversary on the keto lifestyle. After speaking with Josh I want to share what a year journey looks like with you all. Not just the good parts but also the bad parts. I hope each and everyone of you have an amazing week, and until next time….Keep Ketoing On!

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!