Crazy Organized

Well here we are its Friday!

Not that that means too much for me, so much fun being a housewife. I am excited to have my husband home so we can get our back yard up and running for this beautiful weather. Speaking of getting things up and running, I’ve been trying to get my command center up and running. I haven’t gotten it 100% the way that I want it yet but at least it’s getting there. And today I will be giving a walk through of what I have now and how I hope to change it.

I suppose the best place to start is by saying I’m not sure it qualifies as a command “center” as I have several things here and there and its not in one place. Though I do hope to change that in the near future. The main bulk is in the kitchen, as I consider this to be the main hub of the household.

Most likely once I do bring it all together it will end up in the dining room because it has the best space for it. Also that’s already where I have my printer and that’s tough to move. Next to the printer I keep my other office type stuff; stapler, 3 hole punch, paper that kind of stuff. Unfortunately with the table I’m currently using I don’t have enough room for my binders, or any additional fun stuff.

Oh yes I use binders and I love them. I have tried doing a bullet journal where everything is together in one self made book, and I did like it but it was too hard for me to keep up with. Also I tend to be a bit OCD and I really like to make templates, where the lines are always straight and I can make everything even. It also makes me really happy that I can just print it out and be ready to go. Then I can still stay organized but it doesn’t take me hours every week to get set up. IMG_20180511_102704449

Moving on, I have 3 binders. I have one for meal planning, one for financial stuff, and a binder to keep my blog organized. I don’t have them all exactly right yet but I’m closer than I’ve ever been its just making small tweaks and finding ways too improve.

For example; in my meal planning binder I want to have try keeping an inventory, though I may hang that right in the cupboard. I am hoping this will help to get our grocery budget under control. Lately its gotten a little crazy, but I am very optimistic that with meal planning and paying attention to what we buy vs what we use we can wrangle it in. My husband is our only income and an army salary is really not much for a family of four so having a solid grocery budget is very important to making paychecks last.

The financial binder has our complete budget, all our bills, extra expenses like gas, and pizza. We don’t really eat out other than ordering pizza on Fridays. Then our (in progress) grocery budget. Also in this binder is a statement for each bill we have. This way if we wonder what were paying its easy to look up. This way we are avoiding surprises and when we need to talk about finances its already together and easy to look at. As of now the budget is completely hand written which isn’t a bad thing but I do hope to make a template for it soon so it will look extra organized and together. I do so love neat and tidy charts.

My blog binder is definitely a work in progress. But its purpose is to keep my ideas organized so I don’t go wild. I need to have a plan otherwise I usually tend to try and do too much. So I planned out what I will be blogging about which days for the whole month. Then I have a worksheet for the current week with a bit more detail. I also have a worksheet for each post to work out ideas and which pictures I should aim to have, also a checklist to make sure all bases are covered. I also have a little notebook I’ve been carrying with me all over, where I can jot down ideas on the fly.IMG_20180511_102709630 IMG_20180511_102724500

Hanging in my kitchen I have: a calendar of appointments, a weekly menu for my family, and a cleaning schedule. The schedule really helps me a lot. I have it broken down to morning and afternoon tasks, also a daily task then monthly tasks. Otherwise I tend to try and do everything all the same day and get burnt out then I don’t do anything the next day. I’m trying to get more evened out so I have a good routine, that not only keeps my house clean but also leaves me time for other things.

Right now it is handwritten and a little messy for my liking so hopefully I will find some time to redo it and pretty it up. As for the tasks it runs quite smoothly when I do follow it. In the last few weeks I have gotten much better, but I don’t pretend to be perfect and I do need to buckle down on getting into the routine. That goes for all my routines, they all need to come together. I don’t think it will be completely perfect because of life, but the closer I get I’m sure the happier I will be. When my house is a mess I’m miserable, and I don’t want to do anything. Not ideal with two crazy, demanding kids.IMG_20180511_102546000.jpg

I also keep a fitness journal. This journal is much like a chunk out of my old bullet journal. I track my daily workouts, my measurements and progress photos which I take monthly, also I try to track my Keto macros, calories burned/ intake. I know that the calories are not 100% accurate but I like to see it all the same.  I track my ketone levels, useing ketostix, they help me to know if I’m in ketosis. Unfortunately they aren’t known for being super accurate if you are in ketosis but its good enough for me. I also have a space for a daily log, for thoughts about my fitness/ eating habits and whatnot.

Now my most important piece. I have a wonderful planner that I use to tie it all together. Because looking through all these binders for info is not very efficient. I do find the binders to be very helpful to work everything out and get it organized then the finished products go into my planner.IMG_20180612_230038835.jpg

My planner is new and it has completely changed my organization game. I also use it to schedule things to do for myself like doing my nails or hair masks. Otherwise I tend to ignore myself. If I have it scheduled I’m definitely more likely to do it. I also have a lot of fun adding stickers and motivational quotes.

Well there is all is many pieces of a household puzzle, that help me to at least pretend to be sane, and help me get through each day. I definitely have work to do and I’m kind of excited to put it together and make a amazing looking official command center. I’m happy with my progress so far even if its not completely fine tuned. It’s quite hard to control the crazy. So I’m figuring out how to live with it.

How do you keep organized? Would you like a deeper look into my organization? Please let me know what you think, and Click Follow, as this crazy band marches on. Happy Friday all! See you Monday for more Keto!

Working on my Fitness

Ahh Wednesday we meet again.

Today I am going to tell you about my fitness: what I do now, why I do and how I will improve soon. Fitness is great, and terrible. Its super hard to get myself to do it most the time then after I’m happy I did, but that doesn’t mean I want to do it again tomorrow. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing it was a lot easier to get the body we want. Its, well its not really hard but its definitely a lot of time. I’m not trying to say either that you need to spend hours a day to get the body you want. True that would help make it faster to see results, but it’s not necessary.

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Many days I don’t get much more than ten minutes in day. I always want to do more but I just don’t make enough time for it. It’s definitely something I really want and need to work on. While I’m very happy I’ve been losing weight I haven’t been doing enough to shape my body how I want it to be. That isn’t good because its going to make everything take longer. Not only am I missing out on calories burnt, but I’d be delusional to think that losing weight alone will give me the body I want. I am fully aware that I need to do the work. Well alright enough guilt moving on.
So on a average day I only get about a ten minute workout in. Its really not much but its something at least. I’m most consistent with core. To work my core I do mostly crunches. I use time not reps. I do one minute basic crunches, one minute per side of oblique crunch. I do these by having my back flat on the ground and both knees bent and off to one side. While I am doing the crunches I’m picturing touching my elbow to my hip. After those I keep my knees bent and move them from one side to the other in a windshield wiper motion. This works the lower abs, especially ones that had gotten weak from having children. To make this harder you simply extend your legs. For the fifth minute I use my weight ball sometimes I do Russian twists, other times I do a full sit-up with a reach and engage the triceps, then lower myself slowly back down.(Images soon)
There is my 5 minute core routine. On a perfect workout day I would do this routine twice, leap frogging it with either a 5 minute leg or arm routine.

Lets look at the leg routine.

For each leg, while on my hands and knees, I do a minute of both fire hydrants and heel to ceiling donkey kicks. When I started doing the fire hydrants I had to start with 30 seconds on each side. A full minute is still a bit challenging, but a good challenging. The final minute I do weighted squats. I actually tend to do 30 seconds basic sumo squats then 30 seconds squats with side leg raise after each squat. Sometimes I will do a full minute of each but not always. On those days I usually also do a minute per side of weighted lunges. Making it just about a ten minute leg routine on good days. And 10 minute core 20 minute leg on great days.

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Fire Hydrants

Alright now arms

If I’m being honest I avoid arm day like many others avoid leg day. My arms are weak, and I know it. Goals. Well anywhoo when I do arms after core I will do a minute of push-ups, modified and with my elbows close to my body. I then stand and do shoulder press. I don’t use a barbell I use 2 8lb( sometimes I only manage 5lb ones). I start with my arms bent in front of me at 90 degree angles palms facing each other, then I push them towards the ceiling and when my arms are almost extended I rotate my hands forward. This helps to target the rotator cuff muscles. And its quite hard! Okay so after a minute of that I do a minute on each side of triceps extensions. I prefer to lean forward while doing these and I make an effort to really squeeze/ flex my triceps once my arm is fully extended. After that I do a minute of bicep curls. Lastly I do small arm circles sometimes with no weight sometimes with 3lb hand weights. 30 seconds forward and 30 back. This may sound simple but its actually a bit challenging, for me anyway.

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On a perfect day I would also add at least 20 minutes on my recumbent bike to a core and either a leg or arm routine. Which would put my workout approximately at 40 to 50 minutes. I hope to very soon at least do two reps of core and of arms or legs. Then start adding bike where I can. The best option for me may be to bike as soon as I get up, but we’ll see.

My ultimate goal Is to have this as a 7 day plan: Days one, three and five core+ arms, Days two, four and six core +legs, and Day seven would be yoga, with either a run or biking days one through six.
There you have it my fitness routine what I do now and what I hope for it to become. Any tips on staying motivated or not giving up? What are somethings that you do? Please let me know in a comments and click follow so I can know if you want me to keep writing, and adding a little crazy to your day!

Keto: What it is and Why it’s for me

Hey all!

I am quite excited for this post. Today I will be telling you all about the Ketogenic diet what it is,  why I started, how long I’ve been into it and why it is perfect for me. Although I would really like to start by saying I’m not a huge fan of the word diet. That word has almost become a red flag.no-dieting_l

Oh no this person is on a diet, I wonder how long that lasts. It makes it seem like a fad, a temporary solution, but this is more of a lifestyle. Yes some people use it as a quick solution for fast weight loss but funny story once you stop you gain it back. In many cases though not everyone does. Lifestyle not temporary solution. Alright rant over moving on.

What is the Ketogenic diet (lifestyle)?

Well I think the best way to describe it is as a macro based diet. Macros or macronutrients: Fat, Carbohydrates and Protein. With the keto diet you are focused on your macros, and keeping them in the ideal range to put your body into ketosis. Ketosis is when instead of using glucose for energy your liver is breaking down fat cells into fatty acids and ketones, which the body can then use for energy.

This is very efficient because the ketones do not effect the blood glucose level so insulin, the hormone that not only regulates blood sugar levels but can also tell the body to store fat, levels are kept low. When blood glucose and insulin levels are kept low there isn’t a rolling hunger that you go through. If you eat something high in carbs or processed sugars it spikes your blood glucose so insulin comes in and get rid of the access glucose, then you feel hungry (or hAngry) all over again. With ketones you stay more level.

What could be better then that?

Consistent energy and burning fat stores, yes please! The generic ideal macro levels are roughly 70% Fat, 25% protein and 5% Carbs. If you are aiming for weight/fat loss you generally want to stay at or below 20 grams of carbs of day. This is a very good way to keep blood glucose low and to encourage your body to be in ketosis. When you aim to maintain the amounts are slightly different. There are many calculators out there to find the ideal macro percentages for individuals.keto pyramid

Why I started

I had been trying to lose weight for two years, or after I gave birth to my second son. Nothing seemed to work, I ate “healthy”, I cut calories, I exercised I kept in motion. But unfortunately I remained at the same weight. On a trip to see my doctor I talked to him about my troubles and how discouraged and upset I was about them. He suggested Keto. It’s the lifestyle he chooses so he was very passionate about it.

At first I was unsure. How could so much fat be ok? How can making these small changes make such a big difference? So of course I went home and I did some research, I saw many keto success stories and before and after photos so I thought why not? I’ve tried many other things maybe this will work. I then did some more research made some lists, decided on a rough meal plan and found an app to track my macros. For the first week or so it was a bit hard I couldn’t seem to get enough fat in and I was always going over calories and eating too much protein. So more research.2018-05-07_09.59.24

I found Keto coffee, or bulletproof coffee or butter coffee whatever you want to call it. Now my morning coffee just about solved my low fat problem, and made my mornings better. Also I started actually using my kitchen scale and weighing my portions. I’m still learning and still trying different things but its gotten a lot easier. I’ve also decided that I will remain keto it’s not a temporary solution but MY chosen lifestyle.

I’ve been Keto for over a month now and it’s the best I’ve felt in a long time. My head feels clear, my hunger is under control. I don’t feel randomly hungry which has been great because then I’m not snacking here and there. This has helped bring my calorie count down a lot.

True I do have to still pay close attention to what I eat and make adjustments here and there. I still have many things to try and ways to find to improve or have foods that I want in a way that doesn’t throw off my body. It’s quite exciting for me to think about. I’m still early on in my journey to a better me, but the important parts is that I’m on the journey.

When I started I was 170 pounds, as of my last weigh in I am 156. I still have 16 pounds to go to reach my goal but it really has become much more than the number. I have a lot of shaping and work to do but I am excited to finally be moving forward.

After two years I am finally seeing results from my efforts. So far I am all about keto. I am bonkers for the coffee, I like it several different ways. I really like the foods I’ve been eating. To be honest some of the things are things that I should not eat as much of and I’m slowly working on replacing things. Sausage for instance. It is super tasty and easy but it has too much fat and is too processed there are many better options.

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Also sometimes cheese is just too tasty. I’ve cut back on that quite a bit though. There are many things that would make Keto seem like it would be hard to maintain, such as the counting carbs and no processed sugars. Really thought, once you get rolling you don’t really miss those things.

Which being out the other side is pretty great. I don’t feel like I want to eat pizza and bread by the loaf or anything like that. I don’t constantly feel like I want sweets. Its wonderful when someone offers you something and you can genuinely say no, without feeling like you’re punishing yourself.

All of this together is why keto is perfect for me I love the food and how I feel and of course the progress I’ve been seeing. Nothing makes people happier than getting results for their efforts. Yes many of us want instant results, but unfortunately that’s not how most of life works especially when trying to lose weight and change your body or lifestyle. But there is something that will work for everybody and its true that Keto is not the end all be all for everyone, nor am I trying to say it is. All I know is that it works for me, and it’s something that I am excited for and passionate about.

I would love to know your thoughts! Have you tried keto? Have you heard about it but have questions? If you have tried Keto I’d love to know your favorite recipe or dish. Also I hope that you will click follow and keep up to date on all things crazy.

A Day of Crazy

Welcome back!

Today I’m going to give you a typical walk through of a Friday at my house. Keep in mind that this is of course the ideal play through of my day and the actual instance of everything going according to plan is just about never. But the important stuff gets done, at some point or another.

I have been working on trying to stick to my schedule more, when I do my day does tend to go a lot better. Also there is some change day to day, I use a cleaning schedule for sanity reasons. Trying to wing it is generally not for me because I either do nothing or I go nuts and do way too much. Alright lets start the day!

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Weekdays begin at 5:30am, I get up and make breakfast and lunch for my husband before he goes to work at 6. I do prefer to have at least some of it prepped to make my morning easier. I usually make him a breakfast sandwich and his lunch is generally a salad with a few snacks. After he is taken care of I make my coffee.

This is a few step process as I prefer to drink bulletproof coffee, but I find it to be completely worth it. Not only is it delicious but I get to drink a frothy coffee every morning. Its really all about the little things. I use a French press, so while I’m letting the coffee sit I put the clean dishes away. Its nice to get it done this early because then its open for filling through out the day. IMG_20180506_124949179

Coffee in hand I sit and get out my tablet to write. To be honest this is a newer morning routine but I really like it, and when I don’t stay up after getting my husbands food ready my day isn’t as good. I feel sluggish for a lot longer.

Alright moving on. On a perfect day the boys sleep until 8, or later, but that that doesn’t always happen. After they get up they get to watch a some TV and have a drink and some breakfast. When 9 rolls around if they aren’t already playing the TV goes off and the toys come out. This is also the time I usually have Jake, my 4 year old, work on “school work” or kindergarten prep stuff. Ranging from writing to matching and puzzles or follow the directions worksheets. Jonathan, my 2 year old, sometimes plays during this or we draw or match colored toys.

Then its just play time until about 12 if its nice we head outside. In a perfect day while they are having their play time is when I do my daily cleaning task, and a daily workout. Today is Friday so that’s cleaning the bathrooms and doing laundry. My workout can range from 5 to 40 minuets, it really depends on the day, how its going, and those small rascally type children. Between 12 and 1 is lunch followed by one of my favorite times of the day:

Quiet Time! Woohoo!

My boys almost never nap this is the closest time I get to me time through out the day. This is when I like to read usually, or just sit and have a cup of coffee and log my food in for the day. Ahhh I can just picture it and trust me its quite nice.

After quiet time usually around 2, its more playing and if I haven’t done my cleaning now is when I get it done. And yes most days this is when I actually do my cleaning. My workout generally has priority over cleaning in the morning. If were heading outside I also tend to do a shorter routine, but I at least do a 5 minute core routine everyday. In a perfect day I would do a 5 minuet routine when I wake up and another 20-30 minuet workout about 9-10am. Goals! I’m sure I can get there, and I have had a couple “perfect” days already so I know its possible.

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When 4pm comes around I have an alarm that goes off to remind me to stop what I’m doing and start dinner. But! It’s Friday! That means its pizza night and I just have to order and relax. I am a huge fan of pizza night because then I only have to worry about what I’m going to eat, instead of making potentially 3 separate dinners. Not the easiest while I’m keto, my husband is not, and my children are picky. Meal planning and prep is key, I wouldn’t survive without it.

After dinner at 5 is usually when we pick up our toys, if we haven’t already. I vacuum then baths, after we’ll watch a movie and generally have a snack. The boys don’t always sit nicely for the movie and I generally don’t force them. There is a no ultra crazy policy that is in effect at movie time but if they want to play with toys I don’t stop them. They know after the movie is over,  even if they didn’t watch it its time for bed.

We aim for 8-8:30. I love reading stories to the boys but I do try to limit it to 3 or 4 stories or 20 minuets of story time whichever happens first. Something I definitely need to work on is having my boys fall asleep by themselves. As it stands now I lay down with them until they fall asleep. This can sometimes take quite a long time.

I know it was my own doing, and I love them and laying in their beds with them is quite cozy but its not always a good thing. Especially when I want to spend time with my husband or If I end up falling asleep (this has happened MANY times). So more goals! I’ll get there eventually.

Once the boys (and hopefully not myself) are asleep then comes me time! A mental party is thrown and I go see what my love is up to. If he’s free we talk and watch Game of Thrones. If he’s decided to play games for the night I will usually  opt to read, journal, or sleep, after I’ve checked my logs and filled in my fitness journal.

There you have it! A full day of Crazy.

Obviously there are a million variations of this. And sometimes I do other things, but there’s no time to list all the variables/ I don’t want to. So many things can happen in a day but I definitely believe that having a routine is key to making it through the day. How about the other crazies out there? What gets you through your day? Do you a routine or goals for a routine? Please let me know! And don’t forget to subscribe to keep your backstage pass to the crazy show.

Let’s Embrace the Crazy

Well here we are!

I’m finally taking the leap. Blogging is something I’ve thought about doing probably since I heard about blogging. Why you ask? That is a simple, yet complicated question to answer. I definitely feel like a Jill of all trades, master of none. I love to try new things and find new ways of doing things. I also want to blog because I love to write, I used to all the time. I’m not sure when I stopped but I know that I miss it.Screenshot_20180501-204956

I also love to give advice and inspire ideas, but I’m also extremely comfortable being very introverted. Everything considered I don’t know why I haven’t started before now. I get my thoughts and ideas out there but I don’t have to talk in front of a group. All I hope is that I can help someone either; make their life easier or see that they aren’t alone. As the Cheshire Cat once said “We’re all mad here.” So just remember no one is perfect and no one knows exactly what you’re going through, there are a trillion shades of crazy.

I hope that by doing this I can push myself to not only find better ways to help my family through the day to day, but to get a little time back for myself. This brings us to another reason why I want to blog. Any one who has small children or a busy work life probably is over familiar with the fact that you start to lose yourself. Your family, your job, your home are your first priority and you are last. But this can literally drive you crazy.

Well this blog is for me!

For me to keep myself motivated to move forward, to encourage myself to actually finish projects, and to rediscover myself and hopefully become a better me. And I hope you come along for the ride!IMG_20180323_100706311_BURST000_COVER_TOP-ANIMATION

I think the why is well covered now I’m going to tell you what I have planned for this blog. Bare with me as this is very new to me so there may be changes along the way. But for now I’m aiming for three days of crazy. Mondays will be about the Ketogenic diet. I have been on this diet for a little over a month now and I absolutely love it. Wednesdays will be a wildcard, there will be probably a lot of fitness/ Keto Wednesdays, some crafts or activities that I do or try with my two crazy little boys, and maybe an advice post here and there. Which brings us to Friday! Fridays are DIY project days ranging from, furniture makeovers to home office organization, to homemade beauty products, with some other little crafts in between.

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I do believe so. Will it be to much to keep up with? I don’t think so I’m ready to Live Crazed to the fullest so I hope you are ready to embrace the crazy with me and enjoy all this life has to give. Lets make things simpler, more fun, healthier, and why not a little more crazy.  I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to let me know any ideas you’d like to see, and I am always open for questions. Also don’t forget to subscribe so you can be front row for the crazy show.IMG_20180502_114944492