Not feeling it today

I woke up, stood up, and fell right back into bed with a dizzy spell like you wouldn’t believe! I’m not sick but my goodness I am dizzy!

I have an appointment with a dermatologist today to look at skin tags and moles. My, my, how fun, right? She is great though and is not charging me an arm and a leg to remove one. Thank goodness for that!

I am then going to go get some Propel Zero to mix with water because the only thing I can think of is that my electrolytes are low. Don’t know what that is? Potassium, magnesium, and calcium as well as chloride and phosphates. I’m trying that first. I would love to just eat a banana and be done but there are WAY too many carbs in a banana! If I’m still dizzy in a couple of days, then I promise to go see a doctor. Of course it could be that it’s about to be “that time of the month” as well. Guess we will find out!

I drink my water, I take my vitamins, and I exercise. I eat pretty well too and I don’t want to add any more pills as my vitamins are 7 pills a day already! So we shall see if this works. I’m not ready to think it’s anything bad like vertigo.

Obviously I am not cooking today either. I put the meat in the freezer so it won’t go bad and I am just dealing with leftovers which is fine!

I wanted to catch up on blogs and let y’all know what’s going on but now I’m getting off here because trying to look at it and read is not helping me any. Hugs!

It’s only 7:45am???

Yesterday my son asked if he could go to his friends house, the one with the Dad that spoils his children rotten. I said that’s fine. He told me he will be home by Thursday. I told him to be home on Wednesday because he missed karate last night (he overslept) and he has to go on Wednesday. He wasn’t happy but said he will.

Guys, I did it. I woke up at 5:30, only half an hour after what I planned. I left the house at 6:30 to walk the dog. I brought her back inside and then went on a walk. I really thought it would be 3 miles the way I went. I mean, I went a LONG way in my opinion!!! It ended up being 2.8 miles so I guess I have to find a different direction next time. I am so sweaty walking in 77 degrees too!

I didn’t exercise at all yesterday which is why it was so important for me to get up and out today. So I’m happy with myself. I had planned on doing something but kept putting it off. I always smile, even if I’m tired and sweaty, because I don’t like how I look any other way.

I watched more Grey’s Anatomy yesterday which was good. I had one job and today I have one job. I am taking Cranky to her doctor. She does not want to go but she said she will.

I didn’t feel like doing any cooking and that’s okay. I will have to soon so my meat doesn’t go bad. Maybe later tonight, who knows. I planned on making these keto sausage balls and the keto biscuits that I really enjoy plus some taco meat. I tried to go on Amazon yesterday for prime day to get some more macadamia nuts and keto Melba toast but their system was down so I just went on the Carbolicious website and got my Melba toast and some Strawberry muffins. YUMMY! I can’t wait to try those. Only 2 carbs per muffin? Yes please!

I’ll have to make my own next time because $12 for 6 muffins is like going to the gas station for a muffin. I want to try them though so I splurged a little.

Okay. I don’t have to be at work until 11 so I am going to relax before I get in the shower and get ready to drive. Oh! Have you noticed I’m not driving for Lyft or Uber lately? I wanted to tell you why! In addition to them keeping too much money (making $3 for a drive that takes 15 minutes is not enough), gas prices here are $2.87 a gallon and it’s so hot to be in the car in the afternoon!

A couple of motivational quotes I found on Instagram:

There you have it. I’m broke but happy. My bills are paid, I have food, and a roof over my head. I am in pretty good shape and I am at a healthy weight. I am not complaining!

Keto food options

Are you concerned about not having options while living the keto lifestyle?

I found a website that gives you a list of what you should and shouldn’t eat. If you are thinking of trying to live like I do, you should check with your doctor and if approved, check out this site. All of these foods in the pictures are perfectly fine on this plan.

https://www.nutritionadvance.com/ketogenic-diet-ultimate-guide-to-keto/

These are pictures from the site giving you foods that a person living the keto life can have.

Don’t let your brain control what you eat.

There are worries about keto acidosis versus keto, getting enough fiber to keep you regular, keto flu, hypoglycemia, losing muscle, and even cramping or dizziness while doing this life. All of these are basic questions and I am happy to answer anything you may wonder!

Take advantage! If I end up getting a job or busy with school, I may not have the time to answer as quickly as you would like and I want to help everyone I can.

Please remember, I’m here to help!

Whew!

Yesterday turned out to be alright. I didn’t get any cooking done so no new video. That’s something I need to figure out. I found some apps that you can pause video but they cost money plus they have some AWFUL reviews! I may just make a 2 part video.

Netflix:

I watched 2 movies. I watched Mamma Mia. While I’m not a big musical fan, I actually wanted to see this. I didn’t realize how many really famous people were in it! It was good, I knew a lot of the songs too since most were from the 70’s. I told my mom I watched it and she asked if I watched the original. Is there another one? This had Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnon. I enjoyed it immensely!

I watched Pirates of the Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales as well. I have loved Johnny Depp since I was young and he was in Freddy Krueger and Edward Scissorhands. It was alright, I really just wanted to see what all the fuss was over these Pirate movies.

I also watched The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes which was really cool and 5 episodes of the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. So yes, I watched a LOT of Netflix.

I babysat these neighbor kids, one of whom plays with my son all the time. I did it as a favor to my friend, their mom, and she gave me $45 for 4 1/2 hours. That was nice even though she really didn’t have to pay me. She wanted someone there to make sure her boys didn’t fight. 13 and 9 years old so I guess they could have. They did their own thing and I watched Netflix. Why not? I also had a piece of birthday cake while I was there. So I had 80 carbs yesterday but that’s okay because I’m right back on track!

I got home around 4:30pm and sat around for a while. I guess I could have cooked…I was watching a movie though. At 7:30, I decided to get off my arse and go for a walk. The gym was already closed (my gym has very short weekend hours which sucks). I ended up walking the streets (god that sounds bad) and went almost 3 miles! I was so tired when I got home because of the heat and going so far so I just watched more Netflix.

I wanted to hit 3 miles but didn’t although I was close! I had planned on waking up at 5am this morning and walking again. That didn’t happen. My alarm went off and I just turned it off at 5 and 5:30. At 5:58, my son comes in here and says “Mom, what time did you want to be up by?” I said 5 and he replied, “Sorry, it’s 6. Good morning! I’m going to go play my game.” My child – sweet, isn’t he? πŸ™„

Today I have Ms. Forgets going to therapy. That will take about 2 hours out of my day. That leaves me plenty of time to exercise, watch Netflix, and maybe cook a little.

I got out of bed to use the bathroom this morning and Oliver the cat followed me in there. He loves to rub under your legs while you are trying to pee. So I had to let him while I finished and washed my hands. Then I picked him up, rubbed on him for a minute, walked into my bedroom and gently put him down outside while simultaneously closing my bedroom door to keep him out. Gotta love allergies, I had to use my hand sanitizer in my room after that. I got a picture of him in the window yesterday when I was walking the dog. He’s just so cute!

So that’s it. It’s now 7 and I need to get moving. Y’all have a great Monday!

Hopefully a good Sunday

But let me tell you about yesterday first. I made a YouTube video! It is of what keto food stuff I have in my house right now. My son had a friend over and my mom had gone to a party so I was able to make the video with no issues, the cats weren’t even bugging me!

I am going to try to do more of them too, like when I am cooking. I found this great app that will take your videos and cut them so you can put them on Instagram as well called Cut Story. It was free so I took my video and cut it and posted it to Instagram too! It ended up being 32 15 second clips πŸ˜‚

I had ordered the new Fat Snax lemon cookies and made a short video of opening the package and eating one. They are amazing! I have chatted with the owner of the company on Instagram, he is very nice and he loves that I posted the pictures and video! @eatfatsnax is his company Instagram. https://juliehcares.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/img_6389.mov

So I changed my personal story on Instagram because I want to get freebies if I can. I see so many people getting stuff in the mail from companies and people so why not! Especially if I am going to be showing people what I’m eating. I guess I need to get a P.O. Box if I am going to do that though so maybe not yet. I probably need more than 280 followers on there too!

Hi. My name is Julie and I am a snacker. I will usually eat a real breakfast and real dinner but lunch is usually snacks. I’m either watching Netflix, driving, or don’t feel like going downstairs to deal with my mother so I have snacks for lunch. It works for me.

I did not go walking yesterday but I did do 30 minutes of yoga. It kicked my butt too!

Since my arm is still sore from lifting weights the other day, maybe today I will walk. I guess we’ll see! If I could get myself moving before 9 am, I could walk outside in the morning before it gets so hot. I just can’t seem to do it! Like now. It’s 7:20am and it’s already 80 degrees outside. I would have to go at like 6. Yeah right! πŸ˜‚

My son watched me do the yoga and said he does a lot of the same positions in karate so I asked if he wanted to do it with me and I got a funny look in return. He played video games with his friend for 3 hours. The mom didn’t even knock on the door to pick his friend up, just called him to come out. Umm, okay. Whatever. They had fun and want to play more often. That’s fine with me! Both of their dads are tow truck drivers so I feel like they have a lot in common.

I talked to my friends teenage daughter about getting my dad’s car out of here as management is asking me when it will be gone. She is struggling on minimum wage but wants the car. I told her to pay when she can, she just needs to get it. Her mom is my friend so I’m not worried about getting paid. I also watched the latest Starwars on Netflix. It was sad to remember that Carrie Fisher died while making this. They did a good job finishing the movie even without her!

Today, I have church this morning (my son wants to go at 8 but he’s asleep so I’m waking him up for the 9:30) and then no plans. How nice is that? I’m thinking of cooking on YouTube this afternoon since my mom will be at work. Maybe keto cheese sausage balls? It’s a recipe from kaseytrenum.com and they do taste good! How can I make a video where I cut from putting them in the oven until they’re done? That will be my next thing to figure out. Ooh! Maybe the keto biscuits! Those are the best and it’s like having biscuits in the morning! There’s even a gravy keto recipe so you can have biscuits and gravy. Yummy!

I almost forgot to mention that my cousin said he is coming to Houston in August! His wife “dragged” him to Cabo this week with their friends. He says it’s not his favorite thing but he went. Must be nice! I hope everyone has a great day. If you know how to do the video, let me know, otherwise I will be googling it!

What I do when I wake up

I am so not a morning person! My body is awake by 7am every day (that’s the latest my body wakes up) no matter what but my brain, eyes, and the rest of me isn’t.

Photo from bestdailyquotes.com

I start off by going to the bathroom and some days, check the scale. I keep the lights off but use a flashlight if I’m checking my weight (maybe once or twice a week).

Photo from 2 weeks ago.

I come into my room, grab a sugar free, carb free, energy drink (called Bang) and get back into bed. I grab a pack of vitamins, my allergy pill, and my B complex and take my medicine with the Bang.

After I have taken these, I play on my phone and scratch Amber for up to an hour. I usually blog during this time and read your blogs as well.

Then I MIGHT be ready to get up. If I do get up, I get in the shower and then walk Amber (who has usually been begging me to go out this entire time). My son is usually asleep every morning if there’s no school because he likes to stay up until 4-5am. I don’t usually eat breakfast until around 10am if I’m at home and if I’m working that morning, I may not eat until lunchtime because I’m never hungry in the morning and why would I force myself to eat when I’m not hungry? Then I’m off to work and if I don’t have any jobs, I go back to playing on my phone. This is seriously how I start each and every morning. No joking! Any questions?

I promised….

I made the brisket and OMG it is so good! My mother and I both ate it for dinner. She really upset me though when she poured out all the fat that I could have used to bake with! She doesn’t ask and she doesn’t care that I bought it, cooked it, and it’s on MY lifestyle plan, she just cut all the fat off the meat and poured out the juices. I mean, come on woman! I was going to USE that! I promised you guys pictures so here ya go!I am ,8 pounds down this week at 168.6. This week I was trying to eat a little more to slow down the weight loss. I’m very close to a maintenance weight and I wanted to see if I could do it. I lost but not the 2 pounds a week I was. That’s good! I also finally did get some exercise yesterday, I did arm strengthening exercises for 30 minutes. I emptied out a grocery sack for my mother and Oliver decided he wanted in it so I picked him up and my mom took a picture. That silly cat! I was able to put both cats collars on with their name tags so now I feel safer about if they get outside too.I weighed Amber and I am a bit worried. She’s been on this diet from the vet yet she gained .8 pounds in a month. She was 12 pounds in June and yesterday was 13. May not seem like a big deal but when you only are supposed to weigh 10 pounds, 3 pounds is a lot! She’s been having 220 kcal a day and I haven’t been giving her any table food. I feel bad for her and worried about that. I’m going to have to walk her more and see if that helps (we already walk her 3 to 4 times a day).My son spent the night at a friends house and another friend is coming here today. It’s summer so that’s okay with me. I was supposed to go to this romance party last night (one of those parties when they sell you toys and stuff) but totally forgot and got undressed at 7pm. Her party started at 6. Oops! Oh well. I’m not interested anyway!Today I am taking my son to therapy, going for a walk, and going to try to avoid my mother. I am glad I have a mini fridge upstairs so I don’t have to go down there for everything. I really need to get a mini microwave too but where would I put it?