One Week into 2018

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One Week into 2018

Happy Sunday!  I hope this finds you blessed!

I have had many different things bounce around my head (I think I have a touch of ADD) but one thing keeps coming back.  I need to make some goals for my 2018 and where I want to go this year.  I have been flying by the seat of my pants for the last 6 months and I really don’t like to live like that.  So I don’t like to make resolutions, but I will make some goals for myself.

Right now my main goal is to create some income streams that are more reliable than Substitute teaching but give me the flexibility to be off in the summertime for my kids but gives me income then.  Subbing is great, I love the variety and if I get to do repeats in classes, I really get to know those kids and it is nice to see them out and about.  So my first goal is to get consistent and hopefully growing income.  My knitting is part of that, I want to get some consistent orders every month, at least 5 would be my first hurdle, this way I know I have some cash from that and the knitting or crocheting work to keep me entertained while I have down time.

Another goal is to get my health back.  I was diagnosed in my teens with rheumatoid Arthritis and it plagues me through the years.  I know one of the biggest parts of getting my health back is to eat right and for my body it is eating real food and eating low carb.  Carbs and I really don’t blend well, if I eat a lot of breads, sweets, pasta, I notice my weight creeps up and my arthritis is making my life very painful.  About 7 months ago I was introduced to Ketogenic eating.  I started researching this way of eating and to my surprise found that it just might work for me.  Lots of fresh veggies, made a different way then I was used to, but not too hard.  Lots that my family will eat and they love, see this post about sausage egg roll in a bowl, and I enjoy eating this way.  In early November my father fell ill and passed away and that rocked my world.  Unfortunately at that point I stopped my keto eating and just ate what I wanted and gained back the 15 pounds I had lost and my RA came back in full force and for Christmas I was in horrible pain and had a really hard time knitting or crocheting.  So my next goal is getting back to 100% Keto eating.  I started that this week on the 2nd and as of this Morning, I have lost 3 pounds and my RA inflammation has cooled down tremendously.  I am also sleeping over 7 hours a night.  When I was not Keto eating, I was lucky to get 5 hours and that was not enough for me.  There are tons of studies out there that show you need a full night of sleep to help your body lose weight and function at its best.  So this way of eating is a way of life for me now.

One more goal for me is to make time to exercise each day.  I have a ton of DVD’s and a mini trampoline that I could use, but I have chosen not too.  You know all the excuses, but now I have to get serious about it.  Just having my annual physical, I was shocked how badly my body is working and I want to be around for a long time, so exercise has to be part of it.  I got a Fit Bit Alta HR for Christmas, so I can see how lazy I truly am!!  I plan on changing that a little at a time, building movement and weight training into my day.  I know I can do 10 minutes of weights in the AM and I got the Fit Bit Coaching App and it has weight-bearing work that I can do.  I just have to do it.

One thing I know I need to do is plan out my days better.  I tend to get pulled into something and will let other things fall by the way side.  Then the sun sets and I get frustrated.  I have never been good at time management so that is a skill I need to work on.

Well lunch is waiting for me, yummy Spinach,Artichoke and cheese bake.  I might have to write-up that recipe.  I know in a future post I will post my glove pattern for a small child.  My son hated mittens, so I had to come up with a glove pattern that fit his hands.  But that is for another day!!  Off to eat and then finish the poncho!!  So close yet so far!!


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1st Day back at School

Boy am I tired! I try to get as many substitute teaching jobs as I can, but that means I cannot knit as much as I want. Plus tonight I had a Girl Scout meeting and I had forgotten about it!! So I ate dinner really late, had to do some housework, and now I wanted to get some thoughts online. So no knitting today!! I truly hate that, I miss it when I don’;t get to knit anything.

I did want to show off something I learned to make a year ago. It was a new knitting skill, arm knitting, and it is

pretty fun and very easy to do. There is a limit to what you can make, but you can see my cowl I made is very cute and it is pretty warm. There are a ton of You Tube video’s out there that will show you how to do this, I will let you search there for a teacher that appeals to you, but I highly recommend trying this out. It is a very quickly made item and it is a great feeling to get an item made within an hour and be able to use it. It will actually cover my head so it helps to keep me warm in this very very cold weather! I really like it and is one of the few things that I have ever made for myself.

This is going to be a very short blog today, again, I am extremely tired. Having to get up early after 2 weeks of not doing it is really hard on this old body!! Plus I walked almost 7000 steps today, about twice what I have done since Christmas and having restarted my Keto Diet and knowing I am dealing with the Keto Flu (here is a link describing it), I am super tired! It will get better next week as I adjust to fueling my body with Fat instead of carbs, but tonight, I am just going to crash early and try to get a big night of sleep!! If I get up early, I will knit then after I do my Bible and devotional reading.

I want to sign off and send you Blessings!! Be good!!

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Wednesday Musings

I have been busy knitting on this last day before School goes back.  I have sub jobs for the next few days, so I can’t knit during the day.  Bummed but I have to earn some cash!!  I am almost done with the main poncho, here is a picture of where I am right now.

I hope to get it knit tonight and I will knit the turtle neck on tomorrow and sew the buttons on and then my daughter can wear it as it has been super cold here in Atlanta!  Once I get this all finished I will get a picture of her wearing it and then set it up on my Etsy site to be sold as a finished product.  I custom make all the items on my site so that my customers can pick what ever color they want for the item except for a couple of items with are set with colors.

Since I was knitting all day, it was a laundry day and I had to find a really simple dinner to make.  Can’t take time from the knitting now can I!!  Since I am back eating a Keto Diet, I needed to pull out a favorite of my family, Egg Roll in a Bowl!  This is the best dinner, I can get it done in about 20 minutes and unless I make a double batch, and with a 14-year-old growing boy I have to, there are no leftovers.  I find these recipes all over the web and this is my favorite version of this.  We loving call it crack slaw because I really could eat it every day!!   Give it a try, my son likes it with rice to make it more filling.  Not that you can fill up a 14-year-old boy!!

I love Wednesday nights, normally we have church and my kids go to the youth group and I have a bible study class (grow group) at our church.  The kids get dinner there for 3 bucks a head and my group brings dinner and we share the meal before we dive into the study.  With the holidays we have not had it, we resume next week.  So my week has been weird not seeing that group of people in a few weeks.  Our church is going to have family dinners on Wednesday nights again in Mid January, I love those for the same reason.  I don’t have to cook.  One night a week I don’t have to deal with it.  A blessing!  Plus it is a way to reset myself with some time with God.  I have started to read Jesus Calling every morning to center myself and then I can start to knit or what ever I need to do that day.  I love that centering time, I am trying hard to do more listening instead of talking in my prayer time then, but that is so very hard!!

Well it is getting late and I need to get that poncho finished!  I really want to get it done quickly as I have a cardigan to make for myself!  I don’t ever make anything for myself, so this will be lots of fun!!

Until we meet again, Be Blessed!!


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Back to Reality

January 2nd.  For most people it is the back to reality day.  I know a lot of people who will take the week between Christmas and New Years off but January 2nd they have to come back to reality.  I know that is how I normally feel.  Until today I had all these ideas and dreams about the coming year and then January 2nd dawns and it is a day like any other.

Well I wanted to change my mind about this whole thing so today I am not living life like that.  I think I have to plan my days better and I am centering around God much more and I am going to take charge of my life.  This blog is part of it.  It will help me think out what is going on in my life.

So today I have a doctor appointment to go over my recent Physical results.  I am also going back to a Ketogenic Diet.  I did it over the late Summer and early fall and I lost 15 pounds and I felt great!  My Rheumatoid arthritis was non-existent and I slept better than I had in years!

I love this couple and use a bunch of their recipes.  They have a lot of great information on the Ketogenic Diet, so if you are interested in learning more, check them out.

It is a pretty easy thing to do, you can google it to find so many articles and advice on it.  It is basically when your body burns fat instead of using sugar.  I eat a ton of fresh veggies, high quality proteins, and good Fats.  Bacon, Butter, coconut oil.   I try and keep to 20 grams of carbs a day.  My carbs come from lots of fresh veggies.  When I want to have rice, I use riced cauliflower.  I make my bread and rolls with Almond or Coconut flour.  I have found that my life is not really changed eating this way, when I cook for my family, I eat the same protein but I change out the pasta or starch for more veggies.  It is so easy to do and I find that I am not super hungry, I have tons of energy and I get through my days so much easier.  My joints do not ache, my migraines are gone and I can knit for hours on end without stopping like I have to now.  I have about 50 pounds to lose to be back in my normal weight range, as the months go on I will try and update you on that.

So January 2nd is not a go back to my regular life.  It is going to be my start my new life.  No resolutions, just change that is easy to do for me.  And knitting and crocheting.  Always!  I love that too much not to do it.  My kids expect me to have something being made and they ask me what is wrong if I am not working on something!!


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