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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 #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!

Stress…is it as bad as they say?

Hello fellow readers, hope our having a wonderfully witty Wednesday! I have been hard at studying most of my day and decided I need a break. So here I am sharing with you my opinions and experiences with stress.

Face it we all have stress in many different forms on almost everyday of our lives. Something broke, work is going bad, a kid got in trouble, you forgot a bill, your hair won’t curl, and so on and so on. So many things can be stressful to so many people, and the kicker is it doesn’t have to be major to make your body balance off. That’s right folks stress messes with you body in so many ways that are unhealthy. De-stressing is super important and vital to being healthy.

I’ve listened to doctors and therapist both tell me for a very long time that I needed to reduce my stress. They told me it was impacting my sleep patterns, my hormones, my anxiety and depression, and my weight loss. Even though I was hearing what they were saying I wasn’t really listening as I never really thought that stress in itself would impact my health like they were saying. Well ladies and gentleman I have proof now that for me stress is impacting my health.

Since switching my lifestyle to Keto the changes have been amazing to say the least. One of the biggest changes has been enhancements in better mood and better sleep. As I have many times said before being able to understand my body better has been a blessing as well. So this is how I discovered stress impacts me so negatively. Last week I had some personal matters all hit the fan at once. I found myself with a mountain of personal/financial/work/and life problems all coming to a head at once. The end result was 3 hours of sleep (my average on a good night is 7.5) and a very angry evening that left me emotionally drained and even more stressed than I was. The results… a fasting blood sugar of 110 and blood ketones of 0.5.

Now most of you reading this think big deal those are in the normal range. They are in a normal range but not my normal range. My normal for fasting is a blood sugar of 68 and blood ketones of 2.5. It was very obvious that the stress and lack of sleep impacted my body quite significantly. Both of these factors more than likely spiked my cortisol levels and in turn I got the results that I did. It took me three days to de-stress and recover my numbers and not once did I stray from my diet. So I am now making more of a conscious effort to de-stress before I get to a point like a did before and also have tried to make more time in my schedule for ample sleep.

I’m not sure what else this crazy stress caused my body to go through but I am sure it is even more than I noticed, and more than I had the capability to test. It just shows me that stress really is bad for you and you need to make an active effort to keep it reduced. There are also some recent studies out that show 20-30 minutes in nature can naturally reduce cortisol levels quicker than anything else. So now that the weather is getting nicer, get outdoors and enjoy it. Put your phone away and just relax and enjoy nature at it’s finest. Until next time…Keep Ketoing On!