My Fitness Journal

Good morning!

Today I’m going to give you a full look into my fitness journal. I’m currently in my second month of using it so I’m sure I will be making more changes here and there, but overall I’m pretty happy with it. I actually got the idea from when I tried to take on bullet journaling. For those of you who haven’t heard of a bullet journal, think of it as a hand drawn planner/ habit tracker/ meal planner/ endless possibility journal.

Even though it was and fun, it was too much for me to keep up with and draw out every week. But I really liked the tracking aspect of it, so I made my own version. I made my fitness Journal to keep track of my fitness/ weight-loss/ keto journey. Now that my keto diet is pretty regular I may not track my macros next month. If I hit a stall then it would have been too soon, and I will start tracking again. I guess we’ll see!IMG_20180511_101557561

As of right now I take monthly progress pictures and measurements, so far I haven’t seen much of an inches difference, its been more of a weight difference. Definitely not complaining though! It feels really good to see the numbers go down. Especially after two years of trying with little to no progress. Keto was really a game changer for me.

My fitness routine is about the same as it has been for the last 2 years, with some slight adjust adjustments. The main adjustments have been to add more arm workouts. I’m hoping that soon I can get to the gym more regularly, but currently my efforts are at home. Not that I wouldn’t like to go to the gym its just not entirely possible for now.

Being an army wife is not always great. There are many things about the army that are very nice but it’s definitely give and take. Anyway my wonderful husband did recently get me a recumbent bike and some free weights so that has been helping. Having a few options has been a really nice change. We also have a punching bag in the garage that I want to start using more.

So why do I keep a fitness journal?

It helps to keep me motivated and it helps me hold myself accountable. It feels great to fill in more than one box per day in my workout tracker, and it also bums me out when I don’t. I think its also important to do the monthly check in to also keep me motivated to really make a difference so I can see progress. That’s what this is all about anyway right? Seeing results and gaining confidence in yourself. I’m quite proud of myself that I have moved beyond obsessing about the number I see on the scale.

Yes I track it and I have a goal but I more so want to wear the clothes I want to wear. And be able to look at myself in the mirror and be like damn, yes that’s me. I don’t know if anyone else feels like this, but right now when I look at myself in the mirror I can’t help but thinking that’s just not how I’m meant to be.

In my workout tracker I have a column for the day and then I have column for each of my most done workouts: core, arms, legs, bike, and miscellaneous, for things like walks or an occasional run, of if I actually do use the punching bag. Then of course total minutes. Lately its definitely been a sad sight. I’ve been more focused on getting into a more productive cleaning routine. Which is important, but I can’t neglect my fitness goals.

I also ended up taking a couple days off because I believe I pinched a nerve in my arm. And doing just about anything made it hurt, and feel super weird.For my Keto tracker I track macro percentages; fat, protein and carbs, also my total calorie intake, as well as my calories burned. Calories burned I get from my FitBit. I do not believe that it is completely accurate but I like to think its close enough to help me keep an eye on my deficit.

Most often I seem to intake around 1300 calories and I burn at least 2400 a day some days higher with only here and there being lower. Making my deficit 1000+ calories a day, definitely a good place to be. I also track my ketone levels to try and see if in ketosis. I use Ketostix which aren’t the most accurate but when you’re starting it can help some. They aren’t very accurate because they track the overflow of ketones in your system. Ketostix test your urine for ketone levels.

So at first when your body is still training to become a fat burner ketones will show in the urine test. Once your body is fully fat burning adapted ketones wont really show up in your urine. I check twice a day and the amount I have will be gone by the end of my third month, after that I don’t think I will be getting more. The most accurate is blood testing. Much like a insulin blood test.

For me its more listening to my body to know if I’m in ketosis. If I feel alert and my mind is clear, and I’m not really craving snacks then I’m usually in ketosis.The last thing I have in my Fitness journal is a space for a daily log. The first month I used this almost everyday. This month I haven’t used it much. I do believe that I should log more in there. So that I can check in and see where I was when. That would be a good tracker of my journey, and a more raw account, not just bare numbers and facts. Because as I’ve said before I’m not doing this for the numbers it’s for how it makes me feel. IMG_20180516_110700590

There you have it! My fitness journal.

A work in progress to be sure but a helpful tool for my journey. Do any of you keep any type of fitness journal? How do you track your progress? Don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss the never ending battle of me and the craziness of life! Check back in Friday I’ll be sharing my DIY Hair mask! Lots of messy fun to be had there. Have a great day!

My Go-to Keto-tastic Menu

Hey all! Welcome Back!

I’m off to a slow start but a good one none the less. Today I’m going to tell you about what I eat in a day, on keto. If that wasn’t already obvious from the title…. Anyway I’m sure some are curious about this keto lifestyle and what it means for your taste buds. Well I’m here to tell you it’s a party for your mouth. Having a diet high in fat means that its also high in flavor. True you really don’t eat as much when you’re fat adapted, but what you do eat is delicious.

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So of course I start with my coffee. Yum! And with my coffee I have scrambled eggs with spinach. I start with a couple handfuls of fresh put into a hot pan. I don’t use any oil or butter in the pan at this point because the spinach doesn’t need it. While that’s cooking I mix up two large eggs. After the spinach cooks down it usually ends up being about one ounce. I prefer to mix the spinach into the eggs before adding it all to the pan. Before adding the spinach/ egg mixture I put one tablespoon of butter into the pan. When that’s melted I add the eggs and cook it all up.

They didn’t come out super pretty, so sorry, the butter browned on me before I got the eggs in the pan. Crazy kids…There’s breakfast, so tasty! The breakdown of this breakfast, coffee included: 474 Calories, 1g Net Carbs, 47g Fat, 14g Protein.Spinach and eggs

Onto Lunch!

Normally I don’t need a snack between breakfast and lunch I just drink lots of water. My favorite lunch as of late is a mess bowl. I call it that because the first time I made it I just threw things I had into a bowl. Well it ended up being so tasty I’m having it for the second week in a row. Though I don’t think I’ll do it a third because I know there’s better lower calorie options.

I found pre made uncured pulled pork at Walmart and I thought how perfect! This will simplify meal prep a whole lot, it has 5 servings per pack and 0 Carbs in a serving. I’m thinking next ill try some seasoned chicken or turkey. Anyway a serving is 3 ounces of pork. To that I add 2 ounces of steamed broccoli and .5 ounce of shredded cheddar cheese. I warm it all up in the microwave then its pulled pork deliciousness ready to go in about a minute to a minute and a half. Meal prep is so amazing. The breakdown for Lunch is: 219 Calories, 2g Net Carbs, 11g Fat, 24g Protein.IMG_20180508_131602_893

Most afternoons I have another coffee, though my afternoon coffee is different than my morning coffee its still delicious frothy and a helpful fat boost. Which also means energy boost. Usually for my afternoon coffee I use a single cup pour over filter, it’s a bit faster then the French press and still tasty. Occasionally I will use, instant espresso, but its hard to find so I don’t use it all the time. The breakdown for my afternoon coffee/snack: 209 Calories, 0 Carbs, 24g Fat, 0 Protein.

I am very happy to share this dinner with you as its one of my absolute favorites. It was burger night at the Harris household, which meant bacon and blue cheese burger for me. This is so tasty. I do usually buy the premade non-frozen burger patties because they keep their shape much better than my attempts.  Maybe if I had a fancy burger press it’d be different. Anyway I cook my burger medium well. I haven’t tried any of the low carb hamburger buns yet. Instead I put .5ounce of fresh spinach on my plate then the burger, then blue cheese dressing (2 tablespoons is a serving), and one slice of bacon crumbled on top.Blue cheese and bacon burger

I usually also have another slice of bacon on the side. Because well its bacon. This may not seem like a big dinner but its actually quite filling. The breakdown for dinner is: 403 Calories, 2g Net Carbs, 32g Fat, 25g Protein.

 

Well there it is my go to daily menu on the keto diet.

My overall breakdown for the day is: 1309 Calories, 6g Net Carbs, 114g Fat, 64g Protein. Percent’s being: 70% Fat, 20% Protein, 2% Carbs. This is actually a pretty spot on day of keto. Of course there are some slight differences day to day. Sometimes ill change my afternoon coffee to lower the fat so I can have an ounce of cheese snack or I’ll lower my dinner protein so I can have a small bowl of pork rinds and an evening show with my hubby.

As with any way of eating it takes some adjustment until you can find out what works for you. At first it will probably be quite different, until your body is more used to burning fat.  What do you guys think? Does this sound tasty to you? Any other Keto-ers out there how does your daily menu differ? Please let me know what you think and don’t forget to hit the follow button! See you guys Wednesday!

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.

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