A Peek Inside my Healthy Fridge!

August 16, 2016

I don't know about you, but I love peeking inside of healthy fridges!! Since I have a lot going on this week, I thought I would do a short & sweet post showing you what's inside my fridge. Are you ready?!

 I'm trying to drink less dairy so I stocked up on coconut creamer. Target had it on sale for $1.90 plus I had a $1 off coupon when you buy three. I'm not that great with coupons but I try!




 This cauliflower "rice" has been so amazing to help kick my rice addiction!!




 Publix had the Udis pizza on sale for 2 for $10 this week!


 Grass fed Butter for Bulletproof coffee!


 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs are on sale at Publix this week for $3.99- I bought 3 cartons!






 Organic fruit





All of the grains pictured are for the hubby since he is still eating grains. Sadly, I can't have any of those but honestly, I don't miss them quite as much as I did in the beginning. I also picked up some organic chicken, ground sausage, grass-fed steaks and beef.

Like I mentioned in my last post, I am back on the Ketogenic Diet which makes me feel amazing! What I love about eating this way is that I have tons of energy and also that I don't have to limit what I eat. I'm also seeing results from my HIIT daily workouts. I am on week two and this week, my sister, Becky is now joining me in getting healthy and toned! Right now we are doing mostly burpees, jump squats, planks, high knees, etc. and we are definitely feeling the burn!

We are planning on doing a girl's shopping + Starbucks day once we both get to our goal weight. Shopping is definitely the best way to get me motivated! 

What type of eating plan do you prefer?


Keto Scare + No More Swimming

August 12, 2016

 
Hi lovies! Hope your week is going well! I still can't get over that we have less than 5 months remaining in 2016. It's really made me realize that I need to keep pushing and working hard to get all of my goals accomplished!

So what has been going on with me lately? Well first, I'm back on the Ketogenic diet. I had gotten off of it for about 2 weeks because I kept getting nauseous and dizzy. I thought that maybe that it was the lack of grains in my diet that was causing this so I ended up adding back in brown rice, yogurt and more fruits. I figured out later, that it wasn't my diet but something else entirely different.

Rewinding back to last Saturday, I woke up and nausea and dizziness immediately hit me. I got out of bed anyway, thinking that I could just have an espresso and feel better but when I tried to walk to the kitchen, I couldn't walk straight and literally ran into the dining room table. I felt very out of it and not myself; it was like I was having an out of body experience. I immediately grabbed my activated charcoal from the medicine cabinet and some water and ended up going back to bed to lie down. I got really scared because I felt so dizzy to the point that I couldn't even lift my head up so I asked the hubby to please pray over me, which he did immediately. I ended up sleeping for half the day and once I woke up, I felt like myself again. It scared me so bad that I prayed to God asking him to please heal me and to reveal to me what I was doing or eating that was making me so sick.

The following Monday afternoon, the hubby and I headed to the pool as usual and as soon as I started swimming a few minutes, I started getting dizzy and nauseous and it hit me, it was the chlorine and pool chemicals that was making me so sick!! I told the hubby that I was going to test my theory and not swim for about 1-2 weeks. Today marks almost 2 weeks and I haven't been nauseous or dizzy even one time. I have always known that I am extremely chemically sensitive to the extreme that at home I only use organic cleaners, body washes, toothpaste, laundry detergent. All of our foods are organic as well so I knew it wasn't anything in our house that was causing the problem. I honestly didn't think that the little bit of pool chemicals would bother me, but it did. Lesson learned!

So now instead of swimming, I have started back with my HIIT workouts and speed walking daily. I have been doing jump squats, lunges, regular squats with weights, burpees, mountain climbers, etc. I'm hoping that this will help build my muscle much faster than swimming did. I had issues with muscle weakness when I was swimming which have disappeared since I have been pool-free.

I'm waiting to hit my goal weight and then I plan on going shopping! I skipped both tax-free days in Georgia and Florida because I didn't want to buy clothes for the size I am now. I was really disappointed because I love shopping but I didn't want to buy clothes that I would just get rid of later. It really gave me a kick in the butt, looking at all of the cute clothing that was on sale that I couldn't even enjoy and for what? For me, it's just not worth it to not be in shape and to not feel good about myself. Now that I have figured out that the Keto diet is not harming me, I am excited to get back to it and get in shape!

Are you at your happy size? If not, what is holding you back?



4 1/2 months remaining in 2016!!

August 8, 2016


Happy Monday! I had such an amazing weekend because the hubby and I painted all weekend and I am hoping to finish up by mid-week! We are already planning to visit Lowes this week to pick up supplies to build some nice shutters.

While we are on our weekend vacay the other weekend, I was able to do some thinking about the things that keep me stressed and I came to the conclusion that it's the fact that our house is not finished. So I have decided to put my business on hold for right now and do minimal client work so that I can help the hubby get everything finished. When you work a full time job, it's just not fun to come home and have such a long to-do list so I want to help take the stress off of both of us.

Here is what we accomplished this past week:

>> Sanded & Painted deck stair boards
>> Painted bottom trim around house
>> Hubby built another trim header for one of the interior doors
>> Sanded, pressure washed and painted 95% of house
>> Finish painting last 2 windows
>> Touch up paint at the very end
>> Cleaned out walk in closet & have 2 huge bags of fall clothing to consign
>> Cleaned out garage and donated to Goodwill
>> Sold some more on Swap and Shop
>> Deep-cleaned fridge & freezer
>> Bleached all bed covers
>> Cleaned Garage Doors
>> Cleaned cob-webs from underneath deck (we live in the woods so we have tons of spiders!)

And my dishwasher is currently running as I type :) I love having a clean house!

My sister and I had previously talked about meeting one day to help each other get things done, so she came over the other week and helped me on the garage. We had the best time and hanging out together really helped us get our bond back. We have been through some rough times the past 2 years and I honestly thought we would never be close again but now it's like old times! I am so excited about what our future holds and being able to hang out more!

Today, I am working on painting the last side of the house and I plan on getting a nice walk in before it rains here. The main things that we have left to do are the interior trim, paint last 2 windows, last touch ups and shutters. Once we get those things done, we plan on getting the concrete poured for our garage and also our well house. Our biggest project this year will be the well house, so we're saving it for last. We are also hoping to get our crepe myrtle trees planted along the drive and gravel poured. I really want us to go into 2017 having our home pretty much completed! We only have 4 1/2 months left in 2016-how crazy is that?!

On a side note, the hubby and I just had our 17 year Wedding Anniversary! We are making plans to go out of town in the next weekend or two to celebrate it officially. I am so in love with my husband and am so excited for what is in store for our future together!

So that's it for today- I'm headed back out to finish painting and I'll be back later on this week. Hope you are all having a fabulous Monday!!

What goals have you accomplished for 2016?

St. Augustine Trip: Day 2

August 2, 2016

The next morning we got out early and did some walking around historic downtown. It was nice to be up and about early without so many people on the streets- it gave me a chance to take some great photos! 


 

 We missed out on the St. Augustine Distillery on our last visit so we made sure to fit it in this time!




 It was interesting to hear and see how their Rum, Gin, Bourbon and Vodka is processed. It's definitely a lot of steps to create!

 After our tour, we were given the chance tot try samples of their drinks with their specialty liqueurs which was my favorite part! 


We  visited the San Sebastian Winery next. Every time we visit St. Augustine, we make sure to visit San Sebastian to do the wine tasting and purchase some wine to take home.








After finishing up our St. Augustine trip, we packed up our things and headed back home. We made a couple of Starbucks stops on the ride back home. It was a fun trip and we plan on visiting again this fall!

Day 1 St. Augustine Trip!

August 1, 2016

   
 We stayed at the Bella Bay Inn which was right across from the Marina and O.C. White's Seafood Restaurant. It was perfect because it was right in the middle of everything!



 Another Inn that we may try out another time

 

We ate here at Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille and really enjoyed it.

We always order a seafood platter when vacationing in Florida!

 The hubby ordered the seafood platter which was amazing! I ordered the she crab soup. The only problem was that the bowl was way too much and I barely put a dent in it because it was so rich. The hubby helped me finish it.









We purchased tickets to visit the Lightner Museuem
 








 We watched the music show where the lady played these old music players - so amazing! Definitely a must if you visit St. Augustine!






 This is where I would like to stay next time we visit St. Augustine- The Casa Monica Resort & Spa


 This is the restaurant where we ate the last time we visited. A little expensive, but a really great restaurant! We really enjoyed the mojitos :)

      
 We went to both St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach- both amazing! We brought our Angry Orchard Beer with us & enjoyed some tanning.

For lunch we went to Stir it up right off the beach and had some healthy quesadillas and burritos


 

  We had to try the Kookaburra since I heard so many great things about it! We ordered the fair trade drip coffee which wasn't that great. I think an espresso would have been a better choice. I'll try it next time we visit.


This was the spot that we ate breakfast at during our trip. 



  We ordered the gluten free egg, cheese and bacon sandwich.




 We stopped in at the St. Photios Shrine- it's a quick tour but interesting, and it was nice to cool off for a minute (St. Augustine is so hot in the summer!)








 We had dinner at A1A Aleworks and it was so romantic in the evening. Hubby had the shrimp & I ordered the salad and the she crab soup. This is a very popular spot in St. Augustine- it's crowded every time we visit! The food is so delicious and we will definitely be back again!