Whole30 in June

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So I’ve been pretty out of control with my sugar intake lately so I decided to try another round of Whole30 next month. It’s very similar to the Ketogenic diet so I know I can be successful. My last attempt was back in January 2016 and that one ended on January 15th after my disastrous Carlsbad half marathon. I don’t have any races scheduled for June so I don’t have to worry about having enough fuel for the race 😃. I have recruited some friends to do this with me as well as my sister-in-law. I want to be successful but I know it will be tough. Either way, something needs to be done because I’ve gained back the weight I previously lost! Haha, I frustrate myself.

Anyway, just wanted to type up this quick post. Happy hump day!

Review: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a divorced, single mother, meets David in a bar and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, it turns out David is married and her new boss. By some odd chance, Louise becomes friends with David’s wife, Adele. The affair with David continues but little does Louise know how far Adele will go to keep her husband. 

Wow, what a book! This whole story was full of mind games and I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook. I have this weird fascination with accents and the British accents in this story were just lovely. If you like suspense mixed with a large dose of crazy, this book is for you. 

Struggling but still trying

Hellooo!

It’s pretty late right now but I’m awake and not quite ready to go to sleep so I figured I’d come write up a blog post. It’s been a while but I’m still here! I’ve been really struggling with my Keto diet big time since the Winter holidays. I am pretty good at staying away from bread and stuff but man, that sugar demon keeps taking over! Even though it’s been hard to stick with my macros lately, I know I can do this. Instead of focusing on my large goal, I’m going to set mini daily goals so I can at least feel I’m working towards something. I’ve been losing and gaining the same 5lbs for the last two months.

Anyway, today was National Pet Day and I showed Roco my appreciation by taking him to the vet to get a shot. Lol, it was necessary but I hate how nervous he gets at the vet. All went well and we were out of there in an hour. 

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Exercise-wise I’m still working out but no longer doing the Strong Curves program. I made it to week 9 and then decided to switch to this workout . I was enjoying the Strong Curves program but schedule wise, it just wasn’t working for me. I get off work most days during the week at 8pm and by the time I get to the gym it is 8:30 and then I still have to change clothes. In addition to that, I hate having to wait for certain machines so instead of doing that I can do my KB workout at home. I’m in the process of trying to get back to just one job so maybe once that happens, I’ll be able to go to the gym before work versus going after work. I’ve only been doing the KB program for about a week and while I have yet to do 500 swings during one workout, I can feel myself getting stronger. I’m currently using an 18lb KB but may switch to my 26lb KB towards once I hit 5,000 swings, or somewhere around that number.

I finished C25K back in March and have started on C210K. I could have started at week 9 since I just finished C25K but I’m starting from the beginning just because I want to easy runs to look forward to. Lazy, I know. I signed up for the Big Sur Half Marathon again so after C210K, I may try and do the half marathon version. I have never fully trained properly for a half marathon and I’d like to. It comes down to me setting a schedule and sticking to it. I would also have to plan some outside runs because I can only do so many miles on my treadmill.

Anyway, I’m off to bed now. Goodnight!

My Book Jar and Review of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp

I am terrible about reading ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) in a timely manner. I usually get them at library conferences and have accumulated way too many over the last few years. This year I decided to make a book jar. I wrote down all of the ARC titles plus all of my unread Kindle books on small pieces of paper and put them all in a jar. I made the jar because I wanted to just pull titles randomly. I normally read more than one book at a time and this year I’m making sure to make a dent in the unread books I actually own.


First title I chose was Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life, by Shannon Kopp. I remember originally picking up this book at a library conference in either 2014 or 2015 because of the animal connection. I am a huge dog person but usually avoid books about animals since I usually start crying when an animal character dies. Sounds silly but that’s just me.


Anyway, once I started the book I was hooked. Shannon talked about how her struggle with Bulimia started and how it affected her life both personally and professionally. What really touched me were the stories she told about specific dogs who helped her see what she was doing to herself. I’ve never battled an eating disorder but I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to recover. Even though I did have some crying moments, I really enjoyed this book.  

Prepping for another week (old post, oops)

I mistakenly set this post as a blog page, lol. It’s from either end of January or early February, I don’t even remember. Anyway, here it is!

Hello there…

I figured I’d type up a quick blog post before I went to the grocery store. My motivation to blog has been absent lately. Part of it I can probably blame on laziness, but I do feel I should blog at least once a week. Hopefully I will do better next month.

I’ve started cleaning out my closet and other parts of my room. On my last post, I was reminded about Marie Kondo’s book, The Art of Tidying Up. I read it back in 2015 and never actually tried her methods. Fast forward to now, her folding method is a total game changer. I love that my drawers are so organized now! I still have much more to do but it’s a great start. Thanks for the reminder Sunnie! So far I’ve donated three bags of clothes to Goodwill and will donate more soon.

As far as health and weight loss goes, after a couple weeks of struggling, I’m finally back on track with my Keto diet. After indulging during the holidays, it was extremely difficult for me to get back on track. It’s so easy to snack on foods you’re not supposed to eat. I think if I had never cheated back in November, this wouldn’t have been a problem. I need to learn that holidays aren’t an excuse to fall off the wagon.

I’ve been running a lot, and will soon be starting another strength training program, Strong Curves, with my sister-in-law. We were supposed to start tomorrow buuut I am still reading the book so my start date may be pushed back until next Monday.

Anyway, I need to get to the store so I can meal prep for the week. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Happy New Year 


Happy 2017!

I went back to work yesterday after being off for 8 days and my goodness it was rough waking up. 

My nephews and sister-in-law were with us for the holidays and it was a lot of fun hanging out with them. They’re both growing fast and while I love capturing them in pictures and photos, I need to remember to enjoy the moments. Not everything has to be photographed. The boys were a handful and kept me on my toes. 

The end of the year wasn’t too busy for me but it did allow me to reflect on the past year. I didn’t reach all my goals but that won’t stop me from setting more in 2017. 

Goals for 2017
* Weight loss — yes this is a goal for me every year but I feel this will be the year I make significant progress. The Ketogenic way of eating has been a life changer for me and I’m excited to see what I can do in a full year. 

* Work towards saving for a down payment for a condo. This will probably take longer than a year but I plan on saving diligently this year. I’ll have to stop my impulse buying (It’s a pretty big habit of mine)

* Clean closet — this is a huge task since I have a ton of crap in my closet, not just clothes. Whenever I try and work on cleaning it, I get overwhelmed and quit. If I break it up into small tasks it might be a more manageable project. 

As far as reading goes, I didn’t reach 100 books but I was pretty close, ended up finishing 95 books. My 2017 goal is 75 books so we shall see how that goes. 

I started re-reading the Harry Potter series and plan on watching the movies too. I received the 8-disc set for Christmas so I can watch anytime I want. 

Anyway, it’s time for lunch and I’m starving. Enjoy your Wednesday!

I’m still here :)

I haven’t posted in a month and I can’t even say it’s because I’ve been crazy busy. I just didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to write about. 

The last several weeks haven’t been too exciting. I had a birthday on 11/19 and while I had to work that day, after work I went to Red Robin and had a non-Keto meal. I’d been debating on if I wanted to do a cheat meal or not and I figured since it was my birthday, I could splurge a little. I ended up getting a burger, fries (their fries are amazing), and a shake. My burger was bunless so my carbs came from the fries and shake. I’m not going to lie, it was absolutely delicious. But, even though it tasted really good, I wish I’d just stuck with a Keto style meal. Ever since that day, I’ve been struggling to get back into Ketosis. The birthday cheat meal led to me allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and pretty much every day since. 

I’m  disappointed in myself since I’d been doing well and then messed up. That cheat meal turned into a downward spiral. It also doesn’t help that this is the time of year for treats galore. I’m still trying to get back on track and some days I’ll be good during work hours and then I fall apart in the evening. Getting back into low carb is much harder the second time around. I’m seeing that now. 

Anyway, I have gained a few pounds back and I’m going to try and get rid of them again, but my goal for the rest of this month is to try and at least maintain my current weight. I’ve been working out at least three times a week for the last few weeks and that paired with drinking more water, I think it’s a feasible goal. 

2017 is 16 days away! One thing I love the most about the start of a new year is you can start fresh with any aspect of your life. I always have fitness oriented goals but I’m also going to set some personal goals. As far as fitness goes, I won’t be using the Happy Planner Fitness planner this year. Instead I picked up one of their mini planners and I will use that to track exercise, weight, steps, etc. I don’t need to write down food since I already use My Fitness Pal. 

I bought a bunch of fitness stickers from Sweet Kawaii Design on Etsy and I think I’m going to get the MAMBI fitness sticker pack from Michael’s sometime this weekend (they always have coupons) and then I will be all set. Using sticker to motivate myself may sound silly but I love it. 

I plan on doing another six month diet bet in January and since I don’t like losing money, I know I’ll do my best with that. All I can do it keep at it. 

Happy Friday 😀