Friday, January 19, 2018

Fitness Friday: The Dreaded Stall

My weight chart with daily weigh-ins
Weight loss isn't linear. I know that. I expect that. However, it seems I've hit a stall. I haven't been logging my food on MyFitnessPal so I don't know if I have been keeping my carbs as low as I should. That's where I think things may have gone wrong. I may have inadvertently eaten too many carbs even though I was sticking to keto friendly foods. Yesterday I added the peanut butter cookies recipe onto MFP. Turns out I was eating about 16 grams of carbs a day in just those cookies. Oops!!! Oh well, I can fix this! I started logging on MFP again yesterday. I did decently keeping my carbs low but still could be a little lower. My protein and fat are slightly out of whack. Today I'll plan better. For accountability, I will be posting my macro pie chart in both the Ketogenics "Anonymous" Facebook group and on my Instagram.

 



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thru The Lens Thursday

For Christmas, my parents got me these really cool lenses that clip onto my phone. Today's post is about them. I got a zoom, macro, wide, and fisheye lens. The macro and zoom are my favorite.

It snowed last night so I tried out the macro lens. Check out those snowflakes!!!



 Today I played around with the zoom lens. I like to bird watch but taking pictures of the birds is tricky. I tend to scare them away trying to get that good shot. Here is a picture through the window in our front door without the zoom. The rest of the pictures are through the same window but with the zoom lens on.










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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's On My Hook Weds: Blanket Update

What's on my hook?


My temperature blanket is coming along really well. I have managed to keep on top of things and have all the squares made. I just need to sew together the last six. We've had some crazy weather lately! Look at all those colors!!

I'm also still working on Lexi's owl. I'm just in love with this color combo!! Oh and check out the scissors I got for Christmas. Aren't they cute!?

One more project to update yall on. I am going to try a pattern for an unicorn hooded scarf. A friend wants it for her daughter. Since yarn was on sale today, I stopped and picked out the yarn for this project. What do you think?




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Monday, January 15, 2018

Suburban Homesteading: New Feathered Friends


It's been quite awhile since I've posted an update on our little suburban homestead. Since then we've lost a few feathered friends and gained some. I'm going to focus on the positive here today. We have a new hen. We hatched her back in June. Her name is Hei Hei. 

 Hei Hei, Zoe, Amelia, Tiny....and of course Sean:

I'm excited to also announce that we have added ducks to our flock! We have been talking about adding ducks but waiting till maybe this spring. Then I found a local that was looking to rehome her ducks before moving. She had 4 Muscovy ducks. Perfect! That was the breed of ducks that I wanted to get. They are known to be a quiet breed. It was like it was meant to be. Three are hens and one is a drake....but regardless of gender we couldn't resist on naming them Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Scrooge. Scrooge is our drake.

When I brought them home I set up the dog house that we have in the run as a place where the ducks could go. I wasn't sure if they would go into the chicken coop since it's off the ground and no longer has a ramp. Then we got a blizzard last week and I found the ducks in the coup.




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Friday, January 12, 2018

Fitness Friday: Finding What Works

I have blogged on this topic many times. When it comes to weight loss you just have to find what works for you. It's different for everyone....heck I think it's different for everyone at different points in your life. I have found something that works for me for now. Right now, that's the Ketogentic Diet, Keto for short. Keto is fairly simple. You keep your carbs under 20g a day. The rest of your diet is mostly fat with moderate protein. That's it! Simple. But Simple doesn't always mean easy. Giving up carbs is tough in this carb rich world we live in. The first week was hell but it has gotten easier....quite a bit easier. I started the Keto diet at the beginning of last November and in those 2 months I have lost 18 pounds and 2+ inches from my waist (plus because I didn’t measure till a month in)!! I'm pretty stoked about that! I have a Facebook group for anyone on the Keto diet or anyone interested in the Keto diet. Come join us if you'd like! Ketogenics "Anonymous"

Top: Nov. 2017 ~ Bottom: Jan. 2018
So, What do I eat??? I have been tracking my food on the You Ate app (the link brings you to my log). Most of the time I keep it simple. The first picture is breakfast recently: bacon, Gouda and coffee (with stevia, heavy whipping cream, and sugar free Starbucks vanilla syrup). Second picture is little smokies wrapped in bacon. Yum!!


As I got use to the diet I started trying recipes that made foods Keto friendly.
Flourless Avocado Brownies: These are just amazing. I added sugar free chocolate chips to mine.
Green Bean Casserole: I changed up the linked recipe. I took out the dried onions and the soy sauce. I added crumbled bacon and used more cheese.

Keto Pancakes: These are so simple and so good! 2 ingredients: egg and cream cheese....that's it!! One of the times I made these I added a splash of vanilla extract and a little ground cinnamon. Butter and Swerve confectioners sweetener is amazing on top!





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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What's On My Hook Weds: Xmas gifts & New Year Project

With the recent holidays I have been busy with crafts. I made quite a few gifts this year. Just a reminder that if you see anything here that you would like feel free to message me about a custom order on my Etsy shop. First one up wasn't a gift but a custom order. Gus Gus from Cinderella. I'm so in love. I couldn't be happier with the way he turned out.

First gifts of the holiday season was for dance teachers. I made them mug/cup cozies and gave them a reusable travel cup and Wawa gift card.


The next couple gifts were a little different.

This is my mother-in-law's gift: Cape Hatteras lighthouse:
 

For my dad I made a storage container for his gazebo. He really likes flamingos.

Back to what was on my hook. Two more gifts. I made a baby Groot for my brother's girl friend. He even has posable arms!! Next is the poncho I made for my mom. I just love how the colors fell from the variegated yarn!
 

Now....What's currently on my hook!? First up is the project I started in the new year: a temperature blanket. I'm making a granny square each day. The middle round it the low temperature for the day, the next row is the high for the day, final round is grey for all of them. To even things out I'm making a special square for each month and then a special square for the end of the year.

My Key
Jan. 1-7
Jan. 8th
 Lastly, my first order of the year: An owl in fall colors:

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