Feeling Better

Since starting the ketogenic lifestyle changes I feel better. Not just in mind and spirit, but in body. I feel more limber? Is that weird? My back pain has not gone away and neither has my fibromyalgia and migraines but I feel the pain from them less than I did say a month ago. In mind and spirit I just feel more like myself. I don’t know if that makes sense to you but it does to me. I consider myself to be sassy and sweet with a wicked intelligence and sarcasm. I feel more like myself than I have in a really long time. I don’t feel the weight of depression and anxiety drowning me every second of every day.

I see a new Neurologist tomorrow, I hope I like him. I love the one I see already but he doesn’t work at Ohio State and I really just want to transfer all of my care to one provider and I like Ohio State so far and all they’ve done for me. My spine/pain clinic doctor recommended this neurologist and I’m excited about the possible switch, tomorrow is more like an interview to see if I like him and if he continue to give me the same level of care my current neurologist does.

I also have appointments with the Throat Disorders Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, and Gastroenterology at OSU in the coming months. I’m happy they are so pressed to get my issues taken care of and get me on the right track to being the healthiest I can be.

I want to give a real update on Ernie our new doggy Boxweiler. I know I post pics of he and the boys but I wanted to actually document how things are going. Things are going great. I can’t believe how easily he has assimilated into our lifestyles. He and our two boys who are bonded really do fit like 3 peas in a pod. We have had no major issues on any front since bringing him home. I am so happy he has fit like a missing puzzle piece in our lives. He is incredibly sweet and polite it’s hilarious. I’m used to my boys being rude and pushy and he’s learning bad habits from them but it’s cute.

I think Steve and I are going swimming today so I’m super excited about that. Basically all I need to do now to get ready for the renovations beginning on Monday is clean off the front porch. I have two huge concrete planters out there that I think I’m going to have to throw away which is almost heartbreaking for me because Zach and Britani painted them for me when they were little kids. I have cherished them as I would any other thing they had given me. Shoot, I still have all of Zach’s high school pottery projects in my new curio/hutch in the spare bedroom. I still have a burlap sack banner project Britani made for me at summer camp when she was 11. I guess I may have hoarded a few things but they are special. So back to the planters, one is actually broken, Steve backed into it with his truck several years ago. It’s still standing though even with a huge crack down the side. I should probably just throw them away and say fuck it, I have so much from the kids already, these two planters shouldn’t cause me so much mental strain.

My biggest issue right now is where am I going to put my mailbox for the next two weeks? I actually can’t wait to throw it away. It’s this janky old mailbox that came with the house 20 years ago. I cant wait to get rid of it, two more weeks! In the meantime the mailman said to nail it to a post and plant the post in the front yard so he can get to it. WTF, how am I supposed to get a post in the yard and where?! I mean I don’t know yet how much space is going to be used up for the renovations. I may just put it at the corner of the drive way but I’ll have to be careful so my packages and mail doesn’t get wet if it rains. The mailbox is under our covered side of the porch right now and it won’t be come Monday. I hate wet mail. I really do. It should be right up there with wearing wet shoes, or eating bland pasta. Wet mail, blah.

Okay, I’ve gone on and on enough. Oh one last thing, if you are watching Sharp Objects on HBO with Amy Adams, may I suggest you read the book first, or also. The book is great and it’s by the same author as Gone Girl. Pretty great stuff.

Have a lovely week people. I certainly will.

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Weight Loss

I’ve lost a total of 6 lbs in about 3 weeks. I know I could be more strict on the Ketogenic way of life but I can recognize that 6 lbs in 3 weeks is very good. My doctor told me that this is ideal for where I want to be in a year. So I’m happy and the happier I am, the more I’ll work towards my goals. Even my husband has noticed a weight loss, a change in the way his clothes fit. I’m ecstatic that he’s decided to change the way he eats with me. And hey, it’s not so bad. He gets to eat eggs and bacon every morning and fruit and cheese for lunch.

We are gearing up for our renovations, everything starts in 1 week and I’m relieved and excited that it’s going to happen finally. My firm wish is for everything to go smoothly and quickly and that we can have it done in a week in a half to two weeks as planned. My hope is that I love it and that I never want to change it again. I’m most excited about the possibility of moving the washer and dryer to the newly expanded spot in the laundry room. Where they are right now is just not viable in the future. Anyway, I’m excited to get started. It’s a lot of money but I think the house will look amazing.

It’s been hot as Hades outside. Steve is looking at gazebos to possibly place on the deck or in the back yard so I can sit in the shade with my pups while the work is going on. I can’t have them in the house every day.

That’s it, that’s me for the next few weeks. I’ll take before and after pictures of the work being done and post them so you all can see what changes we’re making. I hope you’re all doing lovely and having a super flaming hot summer, like we are.

Move Along

Keep moving until you find your happiness. I’m happy. It’s a double-edged sword for me. When I’m happy I feel like I have trouble creating. I can’t write like I normally do. When I’m not happy I turn out some pretty amazing stuff. I prefer to be happy.

Ernie has wagged his way right into our pack. He has been accepted by our bonded pair and they have ear licking sessions every morning and night, no really, they do. Jesse is happy because he now has someone he can chase around the yard when he gets the zoomies. Prime is happy because he now has someone who just likes to flab out on the couch.

I don’t want to get too political here today because I’m in a great mood, but let me just say I told you so. All my conservative acquaintances who think they have something to say about the immigrant children interment camps, go fuck yourself. I don’t want to hear your opinions and I don’t care about your opinions. You’re all a bunch of fuckwits who will be judged justly. Remember this moment. Remember the faces of human children corralled behind fences with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a silver foil blanket to keep them warm without their siblings and parents. Remember that this administration has somehow lost 5,000 of these children in CPS. How the fuck do you lose 5,000 children in CPS? Remember you voted for someone who doesn’t understand the difference between someone seeking asylum and someone illegally crossing a border. Go fuck yourselves.

On another happier note, we have made our decision about a contractor and he is working on our contract right now, we should be starting soon. This is both stressful and exciting and I can’t wait! On a negative note, our air condition has been diagnosed as taking a dump slowly on us and we could replace now or have it go out when it’s 104 degrees outside and an emergency call to get a new one in. So we decided to replace it now. They were supposed to be here with our bigger and better air conditioner at 8 am. This morning but of course, things go sideways and they won’t be here until noon. I have Shawn over to do a small paver patio under the new one. Steve will hopefully finish the patio later this month. It’s all coming together and I’m so happy. We oiled my butcher block island this morning and it looks amazing! Mitchell did a beautiful job. It’s been top 5 best gift ever from my husband. He knows me like the back of his hand and I couldn’t love him more for that.

That’s it, that’s me, oh wait, I lost 4 lbs last week. I haven’t weighed myself this week but I feel better. I have more energy, I don’t feel sluggish. I wake up at 5 am. Every morning and I’m pretty much asleep every night by midnight. I can tell my clothes are beginning to fit me differently and I’m so happy my A1C was a little high. I don’t think I’d have made this kind of lifestyle change if it hadn’t happened. Because that’s what it is, a lifestyle change, not a diet.

I hope you all are having an amazing week and enjoy the summer solstice tomorrow!

Puppies

As many of you already know, we adopted a puppy this week, and yes even though he looks like a miniature horse, he is a puppy at 1.5 years old. His name is Ernie and he came from southern Ohio. A family there had thought he was displaying the prey instinct and couldn’t handle it. They needed a new home for him and fast. We didn’t want him to go to a shelter or to someone who wouldn’t do what is best for him so even though we were perfectly happy with just Prime and Jesse, we decided to take him on and he’s been a dream.

Our boys get along great with the new addition and he’s even met my son’s two dogs Blaze and Rex. It’s all been positive so far. He seems to want to give as much affection as he receives. He’s very laid back so he’s just fit right in.

In other news this week, I’ve lost 4 lbs. You don’t even know how happy that makes me. I don’t officially weigh in until Monday but I’m telling you, I feel so good about this already. I don’t even consider it a diet, it’s more like a change of living. I don’t crave anything and I don’t miss anything. I’m happy.

I took this week off of my appointments so I could be here with the dogs and I’m glad I did. I needed a break from driving back and forth to Columbus to be poked and prodded every single day. Like I said, I’m happy bur more importantly, I feel good.

Goals

I’m turning 41 today and last week I got some potentially seriously bad news. My A1C tested high. Now it wasn’t over the top high, just a fractionally small amount high but it was enough to scare the pants off of me.

I’ve learned so much about diabetes and Type 1 versus Type 2 in the last week. My doctor put me on Metformin because I need desperately to lose weight. Not a little weight either. I need to lose like a whole person and not a thin person. My doc also asked me to start using my exercise bike for 30 minutes a day and to change the way I eat. I’m looking forward to the exercise bike. Learning how to eat differently will be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.

You see, I come from a “clean your plate” generation. You know the one, most of you are from the same generation. Our parents made our plates and always put too much food on them. Our parents also decreed that we would eat every bite or “sit there”. This stressed to us at a young age that we have to eat and we have to eat a lot. It carried over with us as adults and now it’s no wonder our nation has like a 70% diabetes rate and a 90% pre-diabetes rate. My sugar has never been considered high no matter my weight until now. I’m not considered pre-diabetes but if I don’t fix this, if I don’t change, I will be.

My doctor asked me to try the Keto Diet. My husband and I did some research and both agreed to do it together. He has always been an amazing source of support for me and I hope I have been for him. We will do this. We have to. We start today and I’m excited.

My goals for the next 90 days.

  1. Do not stray from the diet.
  2. Do not buy any new clothing.
  3. Take my medications as directed.
  4. Don’t make excuses.
  5. Only weight myself once a week.
  6. Diligently wear my fitness tracker.
  7. Exercise twice a day three times a week and once a day four times a week.
  8. Share my journey and be held accountable.