Things I Just Don’t Understand

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  1. People who don’t use their blinker when turning
  2. People who turn on their blinker 5 blocks before their turn
  3. Straight men with perfectly arched eyebrows
  4. Dallas Cowboy fans
  5. Cherry flavored anything.  ( That’s like Robitussin flavored food)
  6. Guys with their girlfriends in their Tinder picture
  7.  Girls with beauty mark piercings #THOTDots
  8. Tights with stirrups  and why people are still wearing them in 2016
  9. Why Uber can legally hike up the price 300% during peak times
  10. People who purposely spell “what’s up” as “wats up”
  11. Trump supporters
  12. Well done steak
  13. Why Kandi never checks Mama Joyce
  14. Why is it so hard to find the perfect foundation shade
  15. Why don’t I have enough time to read all the book I want to read
  16. Chunky highlights
  17. Why gel manicures cost more than acrylics
  18. Why Mr Right doesn’t just show up at my front door
  19. Colored Contacts
  20. Why bananas ripen so fast

Weekly Weigh-In

I decided to start during a weekly weigh-in. Every Monday (this post is a little late sorry) I’ll share what I lost the week before and how the week went.

This past week  I did a ton of cooking. I attempted to meal prep on Sunday for the week and let’s just say that was a fail. I had this bright idea that I would make a faux shrimp and grits casserole using mashed cauliflower. Think I was so smart I went to Trader Joe’s and bought a bag of their riced cauliflower. I just knew buying an already riced product would speed up my cooking time and make this dish fool proof. Nope not at all. I steamed the riced cauliflower for like a total of 20 mins. Nothing I did made it tender and soft enough to mash. Again me trying to be smart decided to put it in my Nutribullet. No a good idea. Enough though I only pulsed it for 2 seconds I had full fledged cauliflower puree. Plus it  had that  awful cruciferous smell. I thought adding a beaten egg and cream cheese would help thicken it up but that didn’t really work.  It was just flat out nasty. Basically this dish was a waste of overpriced riced cauliflower and a pound of shrimp. No my proudest culinary moment.

However, I also ended up making “Crack Slaw” which is a popular low carb meat and cabbage dish that turned out pretty well. For breakfast I made an Italian sausage, spinach and mozzarella frittata that was a definite win! Be on the look out recipes soon.

Now to the important stuff, my weigh in. I lost a total of 1.2 pounds for a total of 17.2 pounds lost. My goal is 2 pounds a week so I was a little short this week. But I’m glad it was still a loss.

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Ketoketastic

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When planning out my approach to weight loss I knew I wanted to cut sugar and not be a slave to counting calories. I strongly considered becoming a vegetarian. Mainly because I didn’t want to give up potatoes.  However, I noticed that lot of vegetarian food options were laden with sugar and high in carbs. So I decided to research other options. Most plans that I found that were low in sugar were all low carb diets.

I’ve tried low carb before but was never really able to sustain it. I experienced this feeling of always being thirsty and hungry. With further research I found that the thirst and hunger were probably coming from not eating enough fat. That led me to find the ketogenic diet. It focus on low carbs, high fat, and moderate protein. By focusing on healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocado and limiting carbs to only the ones from vegetables many having had great success. So I decided to give this a try.

So far I’ve been on a ketogenic diet for the last 3 weeks and lost 12 pounds. I found the most challenging part is actually getting in enough fat. I’m slowly trying to train myself to reach for a fat to cook with vs using my trusty low calorie PAM spray.  With that said, I’m excited for the journey. I’ve seen quite a few interesting recipes to try.

Have any of you tried a low carb/ high fat diet? Leave any tips in comments!

 

The Weight of It All

Confession time!

I’m fat.

I know surprise of the decade.

I’ve struggled and gone back and forth on whether to ever write about it. As open and transparent as I try to be about my life in reality I’m really closed off. I rarely talk about my true feelings or my life long battle with weight with other people because most don’t truly listen.  Also despite their word of encouragement my twisted mind hears judgement instead.  The independent Sagittarius in me wants to do it on my own and surprise people later. The issue is I’m really bad about self-motivation but worse about allowing other to motivate me. I’ve thought about doing the whole weight loss blog before but honestly the fear of when I fail being know by the masses has deterred me.  How ever,  as I am in my last year of my 20s I feel like there is no better time then now to give it a try.  So let’s get to the nitty gritty. How did I even get here?

Truth is I’ve always been here. Being the fat girl has always been about of my identity. But on top of that I have poor eating habits. I cant tell you a day I have ever eaten three balanced meals. I am big girl that doesn’t really eat, believe it or not. Ever since high school I usually only eat once a day, maybe twice. Both meals are never balanced. I am not a breakfast eater, at all ,never have been. Its not that I don’t like typical breakfast foods, its just I’ve never forced myself to eat in the morning. In high school I hardly ate lunch (I was usually finishing homework, talking to friends, etc). If I did eat, it was usually something like maybe a quick bag of chips, an apple, or tuna & crackers from the school store. Since I was really involved in high school, despite my shyness, I didn’t get home till around 8pm. By that time I was starving, so even if I ate something healthy, I am sure I ate way too much of it. This was a cycle that has never been broken. It stuck with me all the way across country to college. Having classes during the lunch hours, busy with group projects, movie & wine nights, vodka shots, staying up till 4am, and tons of other serious bad habits that kept me from breaking this crazy cycle.

My problem isn’t that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I do. It isn’t that I don’t like healthy foods, I do like them. My problem is eat properly in a convenient way. Foods that are often convenient usually aren’t the healthiest choices. Also I lacked motivation to do anything about my problem. I was just coping through life and became complacent with who I was. Not that that’s a good excuse but its the truth.

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Becoming The Person I Want To Be

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As my 29th birthday is approaching my brain and emotions have been all over the place. The excitement and fear for the big 3.0 are starting to creep in. Soon I will no longer be in my 20s. I can no longer blame mistakes on my age. As some would say, “I’m good and grown” now.  But as I approach this next decade of life I can’t help but think about the person I want to be. The person I have always dreamed of being.

I want to healthy and happy.

I want to live life free of limits

I want to travel and go on great adventures

I want to explore my creativity

I want to be more forgiving

I want to love myself and others

I want to be the best me I can be

My Psychic Told Me I Should Get Back To Blogging

 

 

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For my birthday I wanted to try something new and different so I chose to get my palm read. My expectations were extremely low. I was expecting to hear her say that I would get a promotion tomorrow, marry a millionaire and a bunch of other crazy tales, instead my psychic told me I should get back to blogging.

It took me completely by surprise when she told me that I need to get back to writing. I was kind of shocked that she would know that I write. It’s not often that I consider myself a writer in the first place. In my mind true writers have so much to say and don’t deal with the extreme block that I face. I admit I had great expectations for this blog I have so much I want to share but honestly I’m scared. I’ve never been a very open person and I’m not sure what people would be interested in reading. Recently, I thought about shutting the site down but now I’m thinking maybe I should give it another try.

So that brings me to my next question what do you all want to read about? I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts!

Where I Am vs Where I Thought I Would Be

As a kid reaching age 27 seemed like light-years away. I had all these ideas on what being 27 would be like. I can remember playing with my imaginary friends (#onlychildproblems) pretending to be a grown up who was slowing approaching 30. At the time, I thought this age would be magical. And honestly I must say its really not THAT bad, but its far from what I imagined.

You see 10 year old me thought:

I’d be a famous singer
Reality: I work for an insurance company
 
I’d be married
Reality: Not even close
 
I’d have 2 kids
Reality: (see above)
 
I’d own a 2 story home
Reality: I live in a house (Does that count?)
 
I’d live in Florida (Don’t judge me, I wanted to live close to the Backstreet Boys and Disney World)
Reality: I live in Tennessee (PS You couldn’t pay me to live Florida.. no offense Floridians)
 
I’d drive a Camaro
Reality: I drive a Kia
 
I’d have great friends
Reality: Well I guess some things do come true!
 
As a kid, where did you think you’d be at your current age?