Well it’s been a minute since I’ve posted. 1,958,400 minutes to be exact, but who’s counting? *Laughs nervously and awkwardly*
So much has happened since my last post in September 2014. I’m not sure if I can explain it all. No, there is too much. Lemme sum up.We have:
- Moved to a new house
- Got pregnant with *surprise* baby number 4 “Peanut”
- Had an amazing home/water/hypnobabies birth
- Peanut gets a benign tumor
- Husband gets laid off from work of ten years
- Moved states. From Texas to Colorado to live with family
- House was small for all of us, moved across town to a bigger home
- Peanut has surgery to remove her tumor
- I was in a car wreck
- Husband went to a Developer Bootcamp (would not recommend to anyone!)
- Went back to work after being a SAHM for almost ten years. Worked at Target!
- Moved from my family’s home to our own home
- Had a friend and her two kiddos move in with us for a spell for a safe space to live
- Our oldest, Pumpkin, fell out our second story and broke both arms and his hip
- Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to abruptly move back to Texas to live with my husband’s parents
- My one and only grandparent that was ever involved in my life passed away
- I turned 30
- Spent the last year back as a hermit crab
- Most recently, we finally got back into our own home again. My husband is back at work and I’m back at home with our kiddos and I’m slowly coming back out of my shell!
And that was just the highlights! Let alone all the emotional crap that goes along with all of the big upheavals we’ve experienced non-stop.
All this to say it’s been an emotional roller coaster and life has been really hard and old habits have crept back in and I turned to food to cope with all. Sometimes we just do what we gotta do survive. So I find myself back to how I was (physically) before I started this blog four years ago, with some extra scars to go with it.
We’ve tried doing Whole-30/Paleo type of eating here and there, but it just didn’t seem sustainable for our lives right now. Money having been tight is an understatement, and Paleo isn’t exactly budget-friendly, at least not in my experience. It’s also super heavy on meal prep which can be pretty time-consuming, and once again time is not something we’ve had a lot of here lately. Plus, when you’re living with family/roommates/etc it’s difficult to coordinate times to use the kitchen when everyone is eating differently. So our WOE (way of eating) has been pretty much your SAD (standard american diet) for the past two or three years.
Within the last year or so, I’ve seen countless friends turn to something called The Keto Diet (pronounced KEY-TOE, not KEH-TOE like I wished it was lol). I’ve seen some friends lose 100+ pounds eating this way! I’ve never been one to care too much about how much I weigh. I’ve always tried to gauge my internal ‘health-o-meter’ by how I feel and how I look in the mirror, but I knew looking in the mirror I wasn’t happy with who was staring back at me and my health, physically and mentally, had never been worse.
Now that our lives have settled a bit, I felt more confident about taking charge of our lives again, especially in regards to our diets. My husband was on board, and while I can’t speak for him I’m fairly confident he was feeling similarly as I was physically and mentally. So almost 2 weeks ago we started dipping our toes into eating Keto.
From my *limited* understanding, Keto is basically eating really low-carb, high fat, and moderate protein. Most people seem to be under 25 carbs a day, this includes carbs you would get from fruits and such. To me it feels like Paleo with limited dairy included. I’ll try to get into more detail on the differences later.
There are other blogs out there that you can learn all the scientific specifics from, but basically you’re replacing the carbs/sugar your body uses for energy into Ketones from all the fat you’re eating. Something about allowing your body to go into ketosis which is where the weight loss comes from which rhymes with hypnosis which unimportant but notable.
In 10 days time, I am down ten pounds (my starting weight was 225 lbs) and I’m not bloated anymore! The food is yummy and budget friendly and it makes it easier to include our kids with whatever we are eating. I’m not very hungry here lately, my energy levels are slowly increasing, and my blood sugar is stabilizing again.
I hope to write more often. Last time blogging through my journey was really helpful for me to be successful. Perhaps I’ll post some videos about meal-prep stuff, and how to juggle eating healthy with four kids, budget-friendly meals, etc. What do you need help with in order to eat well in your home? Maybe I can try and help, just post below what you would like to see 🙂
Peace, love, and chicken grease