Writing practice with 1st grader.

Living the happiest life possible, means you spend time doing things that truly make your heart smile.  I’m not a hippie and super easy going all of the time, and too serious most of the time, and I recognize I need to have a lot more fun in my life.

Yet, around my kiddos – it’s so easy to have fun!  This morning I was driving my daughter to school, and she says, “Mommy, I love you so much.” She’s honestly the sweetest girl in the world, also the most stubborn, and I love her so much.  I told her that she makes my heart smile, and that’s a really good way to go after life.

Does this make my heart smile?  No.  Okay, not doing that again.

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Does this make my heart smile?  Does this person make my heart smile?  Good.  Let’s do more of that!

Something that brings me a lot of pleasure and happiness to my heart is working with my little son and doing schoolwork with him, after school.  He’s turning seven in a little bit over one month.

It’s not actual school work that he receives from school, but school work I make up for him to do!  He’s in 1st grade, and his kindergarten teacher instilled a great reading habit in us all last year.  We had to write down the name of the book we read each night, and we are still going.  This year, we don’t have to report on the books we read, but each evening, most evenings, he reads before bedtime.  Most weekend mornings, he reads when he gets up.  Unless of course other life things happen – like a football game first thing on a Saturday morning.

Most of the time, after he gets home from school, we do math problems.  We always do six, because he’s six.  When he turns seven, we are moving that number up to seven.

But yesterday I decided to switch it up!  I walked into his room, and told him we’re going to play a game and mommy was going to time him doing some fun things!  I made it a game, even though it’s not a game at all.  He had site words I wrote out on index cards from the previous year, and even though he can read them all, now I want him to be able to spell them all correctly – if I read them out to him.

He took a marker, and went up to the white board.

I started the stopwatch on the iPhone, and said go.  Then I gave him word after word to write out our whiteboard.  There were 100 site words, and he misspelled 14 of them:

which – missed the h

write – forgot the

who – wrote how

been – wrote bin

some – missed the e

use – wrote yse

their – missed the i

people – wrote peopel

said – wrote siad

each – got it wrong

would – wrote woudl

water – wrote watr

called – forgot what he got wrong

were – misspelled the word completely

The good news, is that he was able to get the other 86 right.  It took us exactly 16 minutes to get them on the board.  He loved the timing aspect of this exercise.

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It wasn’t a ridiculous amount of time, but it was a nice to see what he knew and what we needed to work on.  Tomorrow and going forward, we’ll work on the words he missed, and perfect them.

Making this a game, and my son thinking it was a timed activity made him want to participate.  And it was nice to see that it didn’t have to take that long.  We did have to erase the whiteboard several times, so the total time we spent doing this exercise was a bit closer to 20 minutes, but still not too long.

Whenever I’m working with him, the hardest part can be actually getting him to want to do the work with me.  Forcing him to do something is too exhausting for me, but when he’s leading the effort, it’s a win win for us all.  He enjoys he work, he learns, he grows confident, he knows it’s good for him, it breaks up his afternoon a bit, and at the same time, he knows it makes me extra proud and happy.

The longer I am a parent, the more I realize I don’t think any of us know what we are doing.  Each child is so different, and each one reacts differently to the parenting methods.

I want my children to realize they are able to make certain decisions that help them steer their lives in the directions that will make them happiest.  I want them to know that they have to put in work, to get the rewards, and I want them to be able to easily take a different path if another one doesn’t suit them as well.

And this is my WHY for math practice, reading practice and writing practice.  Certainty, I know, after having suffered through math in high school and limited math classes in college, I know that there is nothing I need outside of my iPhone calculator that will make or break me in the business world, BUT my ability to figure out what I need to know is the difference. I know if I don’t know something I can learn it.  I can ask for help, I can research it, I can google it, I can think about it, I can have a positive attitude about it.

That’s what education and knowledge help us do.  They help us help ourselves.  So the fact that my boy is reading each night isn’t about him being able to read, but about being able to eventually solve a lot of his own challenges, problems, and more important pose his own important life questions – and then create his own solutions.

The same way he learns the correct spelling of the 14 words he did not know how to spell yesterday, is the same way he can learn the rules or theories or strategies or terms of whatever business, industry and craft in life he pursues.

If you want to work with your own kiddos, or want to better yourself, take the same approach.  Figure out what they/you do know, what you want to know, what you don’t know yet, and get to it.  Practice, and slowly elevate.  By teaching my children that there is always more to learn, and learning is an active activity that takes practice, I am learning the same lessons for myself.  Each day, I have the ability to set goals, and pursue them.  I don’t know it all.  I haven’t figured it all out yet, and I know I never will.  BUT, when I focus and get excited about the learning, happiness grows.

Cheers to you, and your children, and learning, and living the absolute best life, one day at a time!

 

 

 

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240 Daily Workouts – so far in 2018!

240 days of morning workouts, and we are still going stronger.  Maybe stronger than day 1.

December 31, 2017, I decided to wake up on my birthday, just as I had every birthday since I can remember, and go out for a run.  Since it was my 35th birthday, I went out and ran for 35 minutes.  It felt great to get moving, and I knew it would feel great to move each and every morning, first thing in the morning, every day of 2018.

Since that day, I haven’t missed a workout.  At first, I just ran.  Then I added the Schwinn bike rides, and biked in my garage many mornings.  Then I added weight training, and some circuit sessions, then walking, then biking on a real bike – outside, then even yoga, and many times the elliptical in my bedroom, and I even timed myself scrubbing my floors as a workout session one morning. 20 minutes at least, and usually not much longer than that!

I haven’t stopped, and I won’t stop.  It’s certainty a part of my daily routine, and it’s not anything that is difficult for me to do anymore.  Instead, it’s just a way to wake up, get my body moving, and a way to say THANK YOU to my bod and mind for being able to move easily, without pain, and with purpose.  I also haven’t missed a single shower this year.  Because there is nothing more rewarding then getting a shower when one is sweaty and has put in some body work!

I started off this workout streak because I wanted to get fit, and stay fit, and now it’s just LIFE.  It’s a way to stay strong, stay healthy, age well, and get stronger each day.  Fitness comes and goes, and some days I can sprint for 20 minutes, and other days, a walk with walking lunges gets my heart pumping harder than required, but so what!  I’m out there for mental health and mental happiness!

I can’t even begin to put into words what a nice way it is to start off each day when you move your body!  It’s freeing to wake up, breath heavy, and enjoy these 20 minutes of alone time.  I sometimes take the dog for a run, and when it’s the weekend, I most certainly go for a walk with my daughter and husband, or we do a lot of heavy lifting together.  She lifts the cans, and I lift the 25 pound dumbbells.

At first, I was extremely particular about my exercise, about not missing my alarm clock, about being exact in my 20 minutes, about getting it down right.  Now, I’m cool, calm and collected.

The other day I completely overslept, and I took a quick shower, went to a work conference, came home, took my daughter to a soccer clinic, and then while she played in the park, I timed myself walking fast around the playground.  If it was January, I would have been a mess, not knowing what to do with myself, completely thrown off by an obstacle.  But now, 240 days in, and 2/3rds of the year behind us – I trust myself, I trust my time, and my schedule, and my desire to move myself – and know I will get it all done, regardless of any hiccups.

Every Monday morning, I always get up at 5am.  If my alarm has it’s way, it’s 5am.  If my own body clock wakes me up it’s 430am.  Today, it was 431am, and I read my novel until 531am, and then I biked hard for 20 minutes.  I took a hot shower, made lunches, watched the news and I took my baby girl to school — and I just loved my morning.

Exercise, and getting it done with grace and coolness, and without anxiety and worry and stress and pressure – has allowed me to feel like my life is abundant af. It has allowed me to trust myself a lot more. It has allowed me to enjoy the beauty of every morning, the time we have with those we love, and allowed me to integrate everything together.  For a while, I kept my working out separate from life.

Not anymore. It’s all one!

If I’m running alone or with my dog, working out solo or doing a circuit session with my neighbors, pushing the stroller on the weekend, or sprinting down the beach with my kids – exercise is life. It’s an easy way to ENJOY, APPRECIATE and VALUE the time we have here on earth, because we are able to see and feel a lot – when we are heavy breathing!  Our emotional states are awakened, and it feels good to be alive!  It’s good to FEEL and it’s good to feel good – and that’s what exercise allows us to do.

I track my workouts, partly because I’m super proud of them, regardless of the intensity, but also because of the commitment.  It really does feel like self-care when you do something that is good for your mind, your body, your family, and your life.

I am more proud of the fact I haven’t overdone it, than anything else.  I’m not out here to set or break personal records, or impress anyone or myself – I’m just out here, taking 20 minutes per day and dedicating it to moving.  Because those short minutes, make the day.  They set the tone, they allow me to deal with the challenges and frustrations in a better manner than I would have, if I didn’t lift heavy weights that morning.  Those 20 minutes also allow the good times to shine.

I can appreciate an awesome day, and I certainty realize that REGARDLESS of what happens or doesn’t happen – it was already a pretty – rad – amazing and super day – because I’m here, breathing in fresh air, and just living and moving.  Exercise also shows me that I choose how my day goes, how I feel about it, and how I frame any and all events.

Schwinn Monday 240 8/27/2018
Walk Sunday 239 8/26/2018
Walk Saturday 238 8/25/2018
Bike Friday 237 8/24/2018
WT Thursday 236 8/23/2018
WT Wednesday 235 8/22/2018
Walk Tuesday 234 8/21/2018
Schwinn Monday 233 8/20/2018
Walk Sunday 232 8/19/2018
Walk Saturday 231 8/18/2018
Run+ Friday 230 8/17/2018
WT Thursday 229 8/16/2018
Walk/Run Wednesday 228 8/15/2018
WT + Bike Tuesday 227 8/14/2018
Schwinn Monday 226 8/13/2018
Walk Sunday 225 8/12/2018
WT Saturday 224 8/11/2018
Cleaning Friday 223 8/10/2018
Run Thursday 222 8/9/2018
WT Wednesday 221 8/8/2018
Cleaning Tuesday 220 8/7/2018
Elliptical Monday 219 8/6/2018
Walk Sunday 218 8/5/2018
Walk Saturday 217 8/4/2018
Walk Friday 216 8/3/2018
Walk Thursday 215 8/2/2018
WT Wednesday 214 8/1/2018
Floors Tuesday 213 7/31/2018
Elliptical Monday 212 7/30/2018
WT Sunday 211 7/29/2018
Walk Saturday 210 7/28/2018
WT Friday 209 7/27/2018
Run Thursday 208 7/26/2018
Walk Wednesday 207 7/25/2018
WT Tuesday 206 7/24/2018
Schwinn Monday 205 7/23/2018
Elliptical Sunday 204 7/22/2018
Bike Saturday 203 7/21/2018
Bike Friday 202 7/20/2018
WT Thursday 201 7/19/2018
Run Wednesday 200 7/18/2018
Bike Tuesday 199 7/17/2018
Schwinn Monday 198 7/16/2018
WT Sunday 197 7/15/2018
Bike Saturday 196 7/14/2018
Schwinn Friday 195 7/13/2018
Bike Thursday 194 7/12/2018
Circuit Wednesday 193 7/11/2018
Yoga Tuesday 192 7/10/2018
Elliptical Monday 191 7/9/2018
Elliptical/WT Sunday 190 7/8/2018
WT Saturday 189 7/7/2018
Bike Friday 188 7/6/2018
Schwinn Thursday 187 7/5/2018
Run/W Wednesday 186 7/4/2018
Bike Tuesday 185 7/3/2018
Schwinn Monday 184 7/2/2018
Elliptical Sunday 183 7/1/2018
Elliptical Saturday 182 6/30/2018
Bike Friday 181 6/29/2018
Schwinn Thursday 180 6/28/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 179 6/27/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 178 6/26/2018
Schwinn Monday 177 6/25/2018
Elliptical Sunday 176 6/24/2018
Elliptical Saturday 175 6/23/2018
Bike Friday 174 6/22/2018
Schwinn Thursday 173 6/21/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 172 6/20/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 171 6/19/2018
Schwinn Monday 170 6/18/2018
Circuit Sunday 169 6/17/2018
Run/W Saturday 168 6/16/2018
Bike Friday 167 6/15/2018
WT Thursday 166 6/14/2018
Run Wednesday 165 6/13/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 164 6/12/2018
Schwinn Monday 163 6/11/2018
Elliptical Sunday 162 6/10/2018
Elliptical Saturday 161 6/9/2010
WT Friday 160 6/8/2018
Schwinn Thursday 159 6/7/2018
Elliptical Wednesday 158 6/6/2018
WT Tuesday 157 6/5/2018
Schwinn Monday 156 6/4/2018
Run Sunday 155 6/3/2018
Bike Saturday 154 6/2/2018
Elliptical Friday 153 6/1/2018
Run Thursday 152 5/31/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 151 5/30/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 150 5/29/2018
Bike Monday 149 5/28/2018
Elliptical Sunday 148 5/27/2018
Bike Saturday 147 5/26/2018
Bike Friday 146 5/25/2018
WT Thursday 145 5/24/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 144 5/23/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 143 5/22/2018
Schwinn Monday 142 5/21/2018
Walk Sunday 141 5/20/2018
Walk Saturday 140 5/18/2018
Run Friday 139 5/18/2018
Schwinn Thursday 138 5/17/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 137 5/16/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 136 5/15/2018
Schwinn Monday 135 5/14/2018
Schwinn Sunday 134 5/13/2018
Walk Saturday 133 5/12/2018
Schwinn Friday 132 5/11/2018
Circuit Thursday 131 5/10/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 130 5/9/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 129 5/8/2018
Schwinn Monday 128 5/7/2018
Run Sunday 127 5/6/2018
Schwinn Saturday 126 5/5/2018
Circuit Friday 125 5/4/2018
Schwinn Thursday 124 5/3/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 123 5/2/2018
Run Tuesday 122 5/1/2018
Schwinn Monday 121 4/30/2018
Schwinn Sunday 120 4/29/2018
Schwinn Saturday 119 4/28/2018
Circuit Friday 118 4/27/2018
Schwinn Thursday 117 4/26/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 116 4/25/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 115 4/24/2018
Schwinn Monday 114 4/23/2018
Run Sunday 113 4/22/2018
Schwinn Saturday 112 4/21/2018
Schwinn Friday 111 4/20/2018
Circuit Thursday 110 4/19/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 109 4/18/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 108 4/17/2018
Schwinn Monday 107 4/16/2018
Circuit Sunday 106 4/15/2018
Run Saturday 105 4/14/2018
Schwinn Friday 104 4/13/2018
Schwinn Thursday 103 4/12/2018
Run Wednesday 102 4/11/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 101 4/10/2018
Schwinn Monday 100 4/9/2018
Schwinn Sunday 99 4/8/2018
Schwinn Saturday 98 4/7/2018
Schwinn Friday 97 4/6/2018
Schwinn Thursday 96 4/5/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 95 4/4/2018
Run Tuesday 94 4/3/2018
Schwinn Monday 93 4/2/2018
Run Sunday 92 4/1/2018
Schwinn Saturday 91 3/31/2018
Schwinn Friday 90 3/30/2018
Schwinn Thursday 89 3/29/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 88 3/28/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 87 3/27/2018
Schwinn Monday 86 3/26/2018
Schwinn Sunday 85 3/25/2018
Schwinn Saturday 84 3/24/2018
Treadmill Friday 83 3/23/2018
Schwinn Thursday 82 3/22/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 81 3/21/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 80 3/20/2018
Schwinn Monday 79 3/19/2018
Run Sunday 78 3/18/2018
Schwinn Saturday 77 3/17/2018
Schwinn Friday 76 3/16/2018
Schwinn Thursday 75 3/15/2018
Treadmill Wednesday 74 3/14/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 73 3/13/2018
Elliptical Monday 72 3/12/2018
Walk Sunday 71 3/11/2018
Run Sunday 71 3/11/2018
Elliptical Saturday 70 3/10/2018
Schwinn Friday 69 3/9/2018
Elliptical Thursday 68 3/8/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 67 3/7/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 66 3/6/2018
Schwinn Monday 65 3/5/2018
Schwinn Sunday 64 3/4/2018
Run Saturday 63 3/3/2018
Schwinn Friday 62 3/2/2018
Elliptical Thursday 61 3/1/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 60 2/28/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 59 2/27/2018
Elliptical Monday 58 2/26/2018
Elliptical Sunday 57 2/25/2018
Elliptical Saturday 56 2/24/2018
Schwinn Friday 55 2/23/2018
Schwinn Thursday 54 2/22/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 53 2/21/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 52 2/20/2018
Schwinn Monday 51 2/19/2018
Schwinn Sunday 50 2/18/2018
Schwinn Saturday 49 2/17/2018
Schwinn Friday 48 2/16/2018
Schwinn Thursday 47 2/15/2018
Elliptical Wednesday 46 2/14/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 45 2/13/2018
Schwinn Monday 44 2/12/2018
Schwinn Sunday 43 2/11/2018
Schwinn Saturday 42 2/10/2018
Schwinn Friday 41 2/9/2018
Run Thursday 40 2/8/2018
Run Wednesday 39 2/7/2018
Run Tuesday 38 2/6/2018
Run Monday 37 2/5/2018
Run Sunday 36 2/4/2018
Run Sunday 29 1/28/2018
Run Monday 30 1/29/2018
Run Tuesday 31 1/30/2018
Run Wednesday 32 1/31/2018
Run Thursday 33 2/1/2018
Run Friday 34 2/2/2018
Run Saturday 35 2/3/2018
Run Sunday 22 1/21/2018
Run Monday 23 1/22/2018
Run Tuesday 24 1/23/2018
Run Wednesday 25 1/24/2018
Run Thursday 26 1/25/2018
Run Friday 27 1/26/2018
Run Saturday 28 1/27/2018
Run Sunday 15 1/14/2018
Run Monday 16 1/15/2018
Run Tuesday 17 1/16/2018
Run Wednesday 18 1/17/2018
Run Thursday 19 1/18/2018
Run Friday 20 1/19/2018
Run Saturday 21 1/20/2018
Run Sunday 8 1/7/2018
Run Monday 9 1/8/2018
Run Tuesday 10 1/9/2018
Run Wednesday 11 1/10/2018
Run Thursday 12 1/11/2018
Run Friday 13 1/12/2018
Run Saturday 14 1/13/2018
Run Sunday 1 12/31/2017
Run Monday 2 1/1/2018
Run Tuesday 3 1/2/2018
Run Wednesday 4 1/3/2018
Run Thursday 5 1/4/2018
Run Friday 6 1/5/2018
Run Saturday 7 1/6/2018

Cheers to you.  Cheers to your own movement – regardless of your how and why.  Cheers to feeling really good, really strong!  Extra cheers to moving that hot bod each and every day!  Sizzle out there, but not only because of the humidity, but because you are fire!

Keto, Carnivore Diet, Intermittent Fasting

It’s been so many months since I last posted a blog post, and even longer since I wrote about diet or my diet.   Many times I found a diet or “lifestyle change” that made my cravings go away, and then weeks would go by, and I felt amazing and fine, and sometimes even months, and then boom, slowly, old bad habits, and old bad cravings would creep back in and bring me back to the same and uncomfortable starting line.

BACK STORY & BINGE EATING

I’m here to say, that I haven’t found the holy grail to a perfect diet, or a perfect way of eating that is without error but I have spent the last several months (and years…) learning more about what is best for me.

I always found it extremely tough and frustrating to KNOW that I need to eat WELL to feel well, and be physically, mentally, emotionally UNABLE to do it.  I found myself starting a “healthy” diet over and over and over again every Monday or every first day of the month, only to find myself getting a bit lax on my “diet rules” and then falling off, and then just digging so deep in the hole of shitty eating that eventually that Monday or 1st of the month would roll back around, and I felt hopeful again.

Only to find myself repeat this cycle over and over again, again.

CRON

My first success came with CRON, or calorie restriction optional nutrition.  In 2009-2010 the goal was to EAT LESS, but ONLY quality foods – lots of greens, raw foods, low calorie but nutritionally dense food. This was pretty awesome.  And it makes sense.  When you eat REAL FOOD, WHOLE FOODS, you get full, you stay full, because your nutrient requirements are filled and it leaves little room for your body and mind wanting more!  (Almost like a love tank, when your love partner fills up your tank, it’s almost impossible to have or want a wondering eye.)

ADIPEX

Laters, for a few weeks I used a pill called Adipex which suppresses appetite.  And that thing worked.  It worked quickly.  It was truly amazing to NOT feel hunger, or not feel cravings.  I was totally in awe of the feeling of satisfaction!  But, your hear rate speeds up and it’s almost impossible to sleep.  Today, I would never take a pill, but back then (about 6 years ago), I did because perhaps I wasn’t the brightest bulb on the porch but as soon as I couldn’t sleep a full night a few nights in a row, I was OUT!  I knew better than to think this was a long term (or even a short term) way to weight loss.

WHOLE30

Then I did really well with the Whole30.  Again, a diet that is full of real foods, whole foods, foods that are not meant to spike insulin and therefore prevented food cravings and such.   I’m not sure why I stopped following the Whole30, but I did.  Perhaps I got bored, or perhaps the holidays came, and eating Christmas cookies was much more important to me than feeling well.

ISAGENIX

Then I found Isagenix.  It was and still is an incredible meal replacement program.  It’s a network marketing company – and more of a lifestyle company.  I learned soooooo much with Isa, and I would still recommend it to everyone and anyone who wants to get healthy, quickly.  Some of the concepts and beliefs Isa puts in their products (like intermittent fasting, and great amount of quality animal protein) are things I still believe today more than ever – even though I wasn’t awed by them when I first learned about Isa.  It’s a company that is truly ahead of it’s time!  I’m no longer involved with Isa as a consultant, but I am a customer.  My kids drink the shakes, and I personally love their 1 carb whey protein.  I’m waiting on their free shipping day to order a boat load! 🙂 🙂 🙂

KETO

Last September (so almost a year ago), I was on YouTube, and feeling quite lost.  Why do my food cravings always come back?  Why do I binge eat?  Why is this my way of life?  Why can’t I just eat normal?

Several different videos kept popping up about keto.  I have briefly heard about keto before, but I always thought it was impossible to do, and also unhealthy to do.  But this time, because perhaps I was so lost and would give anything and everything a try, I learned more.  Keto is about eating a larger amount of real fat, along with a moderate amount of protein, and less than 20 net carbs per day.  So high fat, high protein, low carb.  When insulin isn’t spiked because you don’t ingest a high amount of carbs/sugar, hunger and food cravings go away or don’t appear.

I gave it a try, and fo sure.  It’s a diet that is full of real foods – and it works.  Some people get extremely technical with it – measuring out their macros and calories, and tracking it all, and other people just count their carbs (and stay below 20-30 net carbs), and others just eat foods that don’t have high carb counts.

Lots of doctors when they talk about keto, talk about how keto helps to regulate hormones, and I had a inkling that my hormones (and the fact that they were mostly unregulated) had a lot to do with it.  Two things brought me to this conclusion:

1 – When I was pregnant with both of my pregnancies, I felt great.  I had no cravings or binge eating episodes.  I was able to eat “normal” and felt great.  I gained 30 and 35 pounds with each pregnancy and as soon as the pregnancies ended, I lost the pregnancy weight because of breast feeding, but my binge eating and cravings came back.  And supposedly, when the bod is growing a baby, hormones do most of the work, and therefore have to be at almost perfection for this type of hustle.

2 – When not pregnant, my cycles were always extra long, and especially extra long when I wasn’t eating “low carb.”  I have tracked my cycle for years, and 56 days, 75 days, 49 days was the norm, which is neither normal or healthy.  When I started Whole30, my cycles went to 36 days, 39 days, 34 days.  For the first time in my life I was like WOAH!  This is what my body likes!  My bod likes a diet of little or no sugar!  As soon as I stopped with Whole30, they went back to being 50-70 days apart.  When I started keto, my cycles kept shortening, and my best cycle in my adult life so far has been 31 days, which is like Victory Royale to me!!!

Keto is great for me, but it was hard for me to consistently stay on it.  If a party came up, or another event arose, it was easy for me to jump off, indulge in sweets, and then it would take me a week or so of shitty eating to get back on keto.  I knew this cycle very well, and just didn’t love it!

I always felt like I was working so hard to eat well, do well, feel well, and then boom, I would tumble backwards, and all of my success and results went with the tumble, only to start back at the starting point again.

HOPE

Yet, I was hopeful for the first time in my life.  I liked a lot of things about this “diet” or lifestyle of eating.  First, it was just real foods and foods I really loved.  Organic grass fed ground beef, chicken, eggs, cheese, most veggies, salads – everything delicious.  There was nothing offensive, or nothing that disagreed with my body about keto.  I was never bloated or uncomfortable, I stopped eating when I was almost full, it was almost like my bod and I were well in tune with one another – perhaps for one of the first and few times in my life (outside of the months I was preggo.)

Yet, the challenge I had with keto, was – how do I always stay on keto? I don’t want to jump off and on the keto wagon!

CARNIVORE DIET

And the answer came in the form of the carnivore diet.  People are transforming their bods, and health, by simply eating steak.  Of course some people just eat steak, and other people eat eggs, all red meat, all white meat, cheeses – and a various of zero carb foods, or a combo of any of the above.

But the results for whatever carnivore diet you follow – are pretty amazing.  Depression, anxiety, fat, cravings – can all melt away.  What’s pretty cool is that following a carnivore diet, has actually helped me eat keto consistently!  I had to actually commit to carnivore, to eat keto well!  Funny how that works, but it’s almost like the saying: “If you reach for the moon, you’ll grab a star.”  Reach for carnivore and you keto hard!

And this has made me feel like a rock star.  I was telling my husband that THIS is what everyone else must feel like when they aren’t always overeating and feeling like crap and under-eating and feeling better, and then overeating and feeling like crap and under-eating to feel better, and re-cycle.  It feels pretty rad to just feel normal because I’m eating “normal”.

I’m not saying that my diet is perfect, and that I got a 100% perfect hold on eating well all the time, but I’m getting there.  It’s certainly a journey, and a journey I refuse to quit.  It’s much better than being on a roller coaster, and it doesn’t feel like I’m on a tightrope anymore.   I feel solid, I feel like I’m on solid foundation.  I feel like I’m not holding my breath anymore.

For many years, and now for probably two decades I always wondered WHY.  Why the heck am I the one who has to deal with these food cravings, while everyone else doesn’t!  Why did binge eating and overeating have to affect me, and why am I the one who has to grapple and suffer with this?  It was and is exhausting and frustrating and my best attempts at eating well would never last. Whyyyy meeee???

But now, I take a lot more breaths, and am starting to get thankful and grateful for this “issue”.  I am learning so much about health, and food and nutrition, and the amount of science behind the carnivore and keto foods, lifestyle and nutrition is pretty amazing.  I’m not a scientist, and no need for me to attempt to share the info that is out there, because there are a ton of people on YouTube (High Intensity Health) and Instagram (Shawn Baker) who do an incredible job at that!  But the science + real life results mean a ton. It’s fun to eat food, and feel good and go after the exact results you want, and then boom – actually get the results you want.

The idea and shared science behind eating a carnivore diet is that you fill your body with real fat, real protein that fills up your cells with everything that your body needs and craves and little waste.  It’s perhaps one of the least complicated diets out there.

INTERMITTENT FASTING

Intermittent Fasting is a result of eating a low carb diet.  When low carb or no carb, your body starts using fat (your own bodyfat and the fat you eat) as fuel.  And when you do use fat for fuel, you are a lot less hungry – and can go longer between meals.  I eat my last meal around dinner time, and then don’t eat usually until 11 or 12 the next day.

Low carb or not, the amount of science behind giving our bods that 14-16 hours of food rest is amazing.  It gives our bodies a chance to use up what’s already in our system for fuel and energy, instead of waking up first thing in the morning and stuffing it up again.  This though, works best when you do eat low carb.

If you have a pasta meal or a mixed meal (carbs, fat, protein) for din din, and then wake up, you will be hungry pretty quickly.

But if you have a steak din din and avocado as your last meal, you will wake up and not be as hungry as if you ate the carbs the night before.

And you can also use Intermittent Fasting if you did party the day before.  Perhaps you had a birthday or your child did, and you had a good time ALL DAY LONG.  Eating and overeating, drinking, a high sugar and high fat, and high carb day.  Well, when you wake up, skip breakfast.  Give your body a chance to use up all that grub from the day before as energy, and as a way to clear out what you did ingest, instead of loading it up with more calories.

I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a scientist.  I don’t publish scientific articles, but I do love to learn about everything, and especially nutrition, and the science behind it all and then test it out on myself.  One doctor I listen to, says it best when he says:

“Our bodies are like a fridge & freezer.  The food we eat daily goes into the fridge, and it’s full of food.  We also have a freezer full of food, food we ate before and stored.  If we never empty out the fridge, we will never get to the freezer, we will always have a full freezer and be full of fat.”

But intermittent fasting allows us to get to that freezer, so we can start using that stored up grub as fuel!

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

If you have gotten to the end of this post, I wish you the absolute best in your food journey.  Perhaps you too struggle, perhaps you too are curious how you can improve your mood, and health, and body and life.  Know that the answers are out there, and we don’t have to settle for being sick or feeling unwell.  We don’t have to have a miserable mind, an unhappy mind full of erratic emotions only because we’re on the wrong diet plan.

Stay strong, and keep pushing forward, and do well for yourself!