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?


My First Yoga Experience

Happy Tuesday fellow readers. I hope that everyone is having a marvelous day! If you are not take a minute for yourself and remind yourself of all the good in your life and that you are here another day, find your positivity and let it grow! Today I want to share with you my first yoga experience.

I have been wanting to try yoga for several months and I really wanted my spouse to go with me. Let me tell you that convincing a 6’3″ good ol’ Texas boy that he can go bend in various poses and learn to breath is not an easy selling point. I did not let that stop my determination. So I decided to google search for couples yoga in my area, well I found my golden ticket and it wasn’t even for couples. Enter stage left…. Brewga! What is Brewga you ask it was a yoga class being offered at a local studio that at the end of the class you also got to try some local craft beer….SOLD! My husband enjoys beer this was my chance. I made the call, baited him in and ta da yoga class scheduled.

So our yoga experience was scheduled at a local studio here in Chattanooga TN by the name of Thrive Yoga and Wellness. Located in East Brainerd it is a small quaint studio that is super welcoming. From the moment we walked through the door owner and instructor Jennifer Dixon made sure we felt welcome. Her spouse gave us a tour of the facility before the class began. They have very spacious and comfy yoga rooms, lockers for your personal belongings, and even a small store in the front with some various products. I was excited to see such a variety of individuals there for the special event and the fact that my husband and I were not the only first timers. A bonus note there was more than one guy in attendance! This particular class had a guest instructor. His name is Johnny Martin and he has a yoga group for children called the Young Yogaletts. He has a very unique teaching style and believe in core works importance in developing the rest of your body.

I had yoga completely wrong in my head. I was thinking peaceful and relaxing with stretches, and while I am new to the art I am sure there are types out there that this statement pertains to. This class was far from that and in more ways than one I am glad it was. This class centered around a ton of core work. I was soaked from working so hard within 15 minutes. The most awesome thing I learned was I can plank for way longer than I thought I could and with minimal effort. There were a few things that I struggles with, but the majority of it I hung in with those way more skilled than me. Johnny really pushed your body and I liked that about the class. It taught me something about myself. He also brought an ease to the room and did a great job of keeping us all focused in on our breathing in conjunction with our movements. It was very controlled and relaxing yet intense at the same time.

While I was enjoying the challenge I couldn’t help but think that my husband had done checked himself out and moved on. I would never get him back in a yoga class again. I am proud to say I was very wrong about that! Even though he thought he was going to die he really enjoyed how the class challenged him. He talked about it all weekend long and shockingly I have convinced him we need to do more yoga.

Post yoga experience we all got to gather in the lobby and enjoy some beer from local beer crafter Sigler’s Craft Beer. They had a few different options and I would like to say the pale ale I sampled was quite delightful. Our class ended at 7:30 and it was almost 8:30 before we left the studio. We had great conversations with all those in attendance as well as the instructor and owner. I have never been good at speaking with strangers but this was a great experience and I found it to be so easy to talk to all of them. The studio, the owner, and everything else about that night was great. I felt like I had been attending the studio for years even though it was only a few short hours.

The next morning I figured I would not be able to move from all the hard work, and while I was a touch sore I felt wonderful. I felt revived and awake and that my body actually enjoyed what it has experienced. So tonight my husband and I are off to our second class. This one won’t be as extreme as the last, but I am quite certain that it will be as exhilarating. Tonight we will be focusing more on getting our bodies in balance and our breathing. I am very curious to compare the two and I really want to experience all the different forms of yoga. We are also discussing attending one of the yoga with hit classes as well.

So I encourage you if you have been questioning doing yoga to try it! I really think you will enjoy it and if you live in the Chattanooga area I highly recommend Thrive Yoga and Wellness to be a part of your yoga family. Until next time….What is 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 #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!