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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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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