My Story: 365 day blog challenge Day 59 Pizza

365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
Day 59
229. What do you like on your pizza?

After the events of this week, I am very grateful for this rather “easy” topic for today.

My favorite pizza is thin crusted, light sauce, ground beef, black olive and pineapple.  YES, I am one of those people that likes pineapple on her pizza.
Although this is my favorite pizza, being that we are trying to eat a keto diet, I can no longer have pineapple on my pizza.  Oh, wait a minute… on a keto diet I cannot have pizza at all because of the crust (shhhh… don’t tell, but we’ve had “real” pizza a few times since we started eating keto.  I did order it without pineapple though.. not that this really helps much with the carb count, but it made me feel better about eating it).

20190223_074353.jpgI have actually never been a big pizza person.  When I was younger and through my teenage years, I didn’t even really like pizza.  Crazy huh?  What teenager doesn’t like pizza??  Anyway, over the years, I grew to like it, but it is not something that I crave or desire on a regular basis.  But let me tell you, when you are “not allowed” something in your diet, for some reason all of a sudden you crave it regardless of how much you really like it.  I guess it’s a mental thing… you know, one of those “we always want what we can’t have” type of deals.

So, I had to figure out a way that we could eat pizza while still staying low carb and stay on our keto eating plan.  After doing some investigation and watching MANY keto eating YouTube videos, I found the fathead dough recipe.  BINGO!!  This was going to be great.  Now we could eat pizza and still stay on plan.  So, let me first say that you have to keep in mind when eating this that it is NOT real dough.  If you go into this thinking it is going to taste like actual pizza crust, you will be disappointed.  For us however, having gone months and months without any type of bread or crust, this ended up being AMAZING!

Fathead pizza dough is made of just cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg and almond flour.  That’s it.  You melt, mix and combined until it has the texture of dough.  Then you bake it, add your toppings and put it back in the oven until the cheese is nice and melted and the toppings are hot and ta-da!  It’s not pizza night.

I still don’t get my pineapple, but I have made both pepperoni and ground beef and olive “keto” pizza and it was pretty fabulous if I don’t say so myself.  🙂

 

 

My Story: 365 day blog challenge Day 14

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365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
Day 14
368. What is your worst habit?

So this made me chuckle.  What is your worst habit?  It makes the assumption that I just have one!  I have many “worst” habits that are all equally as bad.  I was able to narrow it down to what I believe are my top 3 worst habits.

Impulse buying
I have a terrible habit of shopping on impulse.  I don’t usually take the time to think through a purchase.  If I want something, I just buy it.  Or should I say charge it.  I’m not a “large ticket” purchaser, but believe me, the little things add up just as quickly.  When I was in my twenties, I honestly think that I spent more time at the mall then I did at home.  I would buy bags and bags of clothes and shoes.  Half of which would hang in my closet and never be worn and eventually would end up in a charity bag with the tags still on them.  I also have a tendency to get interested in some type of hobby and have to buy not just the staple supplies to get started, but end up buying way more then needed.  These items would most often then not, end up in a box because I would either be to busy or would have lost interest in doing the specific hobby.  So just like the cloths, the majority of what I purchased would either be given away or thrown away.
This bad habit has had many adverse consequences.  First, it has kept me in a constant state of debt, which I am working on reducing in 2019.  Second, it has been a huge factor in the overwhelming amount of clutter and items that I am now trying to de-clutter from my home and life.

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Stress eating
Stress eating is a bad habit that I am having a difficult time overcoming.  Work is where I seem to have the hardest time with this.  There are two obvious reasons for this.  One is that work is where I usually encounter my greatest amount of stress.  Between the pressures of work load and the stresses of regular work “drama”, I often find myself having the hardest time keeping away from all the junk food that is always around.  There is an open area table at my work where people are always putting food out.  Snack type food.  Nothing healthy of course.  I have to walk by this table every time I need to go to the printer.  When I’m having an exceptionally stressful day, this is torture!  I just want to grab all the candy or cookies and shove them all in my mouth.

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My inability to say NO!
I have a terrible habit of not being able to say no!  When it comes to social situations or work tasks, I have a really hard time saying no to anything that is asked of me.  I tend to hold an extreme amount of guilt when/if I actually do say no to anything.  Which is why I just find it easier to say yes all of the time.
At work, my workload is already over the top.  I am always behind and yet when someone needs something done, I always agree to do it.  I usually end up cursing myself later, but in the moment, I automatically say “Oh sure.  No problem!”.  WHAT?  Of course it’s a problem.  I could probably work 24 hours a day for 6 months straight and still not get done with all the work that is already backlogged on my desk.  Yet, there I go again… taking on more.
Social situations tend to be tough for me as well.  Sometimes I am just exhausted and really need a break.  Yet, I am always saying yes to going places and doing things.  Even if inside I’m beating myself up because I really just want to stay in my PJs and lay on the couch all day and recompress.

Breaking bad habits can be incredibly challenging.  All three of the habits I mentioned here are ones that I am really trying hard to reduce if not eliminate in 2019.  Being accountable and conscious of our bad habits is the first step in trying to break them.

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us.  We become what we repeatedly do”.  -Sean Covey

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Weight Loss in Progress

Let’s face it…. for most, losing weight is a challenge.  Myself included.  I guess I can say that I was fortunate in a way, because I did not start experiencing weight issues until I was in my mid-twenties.  It was at that time that I became very sick.  After almost 6 months of doctors not being able to diagnose what was happening, I FINALLY found a specialist that tested me for Ulcerative Colitis.  BINGO!!  That was what it was.   For the 6 months prior to being diagnosed, I was pretty much on a liquid diet. Eating any type of solid food was just painful and not worth it.  So to have a diagnoses and to know that that I was finally going to get some relief from the pain and discomfort was amazing news (even if it meant having a chronic intestinal disease that I would have to deal with the rest of my life).  By this time, the U.C. was so sever that they had to put me on large doses of medication.  I was taking 20 Prednisone (steroids) a day, as well as 15 Sulfasalazine pills.  After just a few days, I was finally feeling like I could tolerate food again.  And boy, did I tolerate it.  After 6 months of broth and Jello, I shoveled food in my mouth as fast as my hand could get it there.   I gained 20 pounds in less then 2 months.  Between the weight gain associated with the medication, and my overeating, I spiraled from 115 to 135 quickly.  For years my weight just continued to climb and at one point in time, I topped out at 180 pounds.

For years, I tried just about every diet and exercise fade I could get my hands on to try and lose the weight.  When my husband and I got together back in 2003 I was down to 150 pounds.  You know how that goes….. happiness overcame desire to watch the weight and for the next 14 years, both my husband and I would gain and lose and gain and lose together.  Together we tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and various other “eating” plans with no real results.  A few pound lose here and there, but that was it.  We married last year and prior to that, decided to get a personal trainer to do X-FIT.  We worked hard.  Yet had little movement on the scale.  We definitely were gaining stamina and noticed some small body changes, but frustration really set in when we would be working out 4 or more times a week with the personal trainer (spending a great deal of money, not to mention effort), only to drop just a few pounds.

Which leads us to where we are at today.  In August we decided to start eating Keto (Lazy Keto to be accurate).  Within just a month of eating a Keto diet, we both experienced more weight loss then we had in the months of working out hard and cutting our eating significantly.  Understanding that the first month or so is mostly water loss, we have stuck with it and are so happy with our progress.  We just completed week 12 and I am down 17 pounds and Don is down 15.  Above is a picture that was taken of us back in April.  To the right is a picture of us from this past weekend.  I am finally starting to physically see a difference in the roundness of my face.  I have also dropped a pant size which is very exciting.  It is so motivating when you see results and the Keto way of eating is doing it for us.  Not to mention the fact that you get to eat all sorts of wonderful food.  Keto is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb way of eating, so I get to eat things like butter, meat, cheese, heavy cream and eggs.  We are trying to focus our minds on what we CAN have, verse what we CAN’T have, which has helped.  Changing our way of eating has also allowed me to try new recipes, which I love doing.  We have found so many things that we really enjoy to replace things that we can’t have.  Of course, it’s not all perfect.  I will discuss what we have found to the be the PROs and the CONs of Keto in a future blog.  For now, I am just going to enjoy eating my bacon and eggs with avocado for breakfast!  🙂

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