The Adventure of 2017 Has Begun

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I’d like to give an update on the Keto way of eating before I dig into our adventure of 2017.

My blood work came back very good! Blood sugar numbers were at 100 – down from 140 mgs. No longer in the “diabetic” range which was my goal. My kidney numbers were up. Which was another goal. My blood pressure numbers were normal and so off my medication. Lost 26 pounds and about 30 inches off this ol’ body. We didn’t do cholesterol numbers. Not a biggie with my doctor so I don’t worry about it. But reports from Keto Badass Babes reports those numbers go down after about 6 months on the diet. In all, I’m satisfied with the results. I feel better, have more energy and eat pretty darn well.

Now to the awesome RV trip we are going on. It’s been a week and 4 days since we left home. We are staying at Elks Lodges along the way north. First Keiser near Salem. We got the last space in this tiny park. Our friends, Dana and Tim live in Salem so we were able to spend the afternoon and dinner time with them.

Next stop was a favorite park in St. Helens, Oregon. We spent 2 days there. On our free day we went to Sauvie Island that was 20 miles away from us. We found this island to be agricultural, plenty of wild life and an attraction to the beaches on the Columbia River for people escaping the city. The island is 10 miles long and sits between the Columbia River, the Multnomah Channel and the Willamette River.  Sadly, the wildlife had migrated away from the island.

Osprey were still in the area.
Hydrangea – fields of them. A big supplier of nurseries have a business on the island.
Lot of cattle and horses.
All kinds of boats were docked on the channel.
It was a nice day for the beach.

We were getting hungry after drive first down on side of the island to a dead-end and then back around to another road that dead ended at the beach. We found the pumpkin patch! They had a market, gift shop and a small outdoor cafe. Before leaving the island we had lunch.

Dale after ordering lunch.

It was a great day exploring. Off to Longview!

Life is good, very good. God is still in love with all of us.



Time To Do A Little Crowing

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I’m not usually a self “horn tooter” but at times it just needs to come out!

Back in August I was determined to lose weight because I did not want to go on meds for diabetes. (the year before I had had enough of many things and ate my way through many buffets!)  At my last check up my blood pressure was up and my blood sugars were high and my weight was up 17 pounds. All  a very serious risk to the old ticker. I was determined to healthier.

The first book I picked up for advice and help was “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” by Michael Mosley. This way of eating is only consuming 800 calories a day. I know, for myself, that eating certain foods puts fat on my body; takes my blood sugar up; and generally makes me sluggish. So some of the recipes in this book were not for me. Although, I have seen awesome results for people who follow this plan.

The seconded diet I looked at is called the Ketogenic Diet. This is a low carb, medium protein and high fat diet. What sounded good to me was the fact that when I take my body into ketosis it starts burning the fat in my body instead of glucose. Which means that my liver and pancreas don’t have to work as hard to make glucose.

I chose to keep by carb grams under 30 and have pretty much done that for the last 8 months. I have eliminated fruit and some veggies that have high carb value and are high on the glycemic chart. Of course, no sugar, no pasta’s, no flours (only Almond and Coconut), no rice (only cauliflower rice) and anything high in carbs. It’s amazing how your body fights not having all these carbs but now those carbs only make me sick.

I have found some great tasting recipes that make this way of eating something I want to do forever. Here are some links to the sites I use on the internet.

I’m also on a very encouraging and informational group on Facebook   I’m amazed at the results of this WOE from the photo’s posted to this group.

As we all know, exercise is essential to any “diet.” And this WOE is no different. I haven’t been as active this winter because of the cold and rain and I still lost inches and weight. I am now able to get out and walk more and I am keeping my weight at a steady number.

The result: My blood sugars are back to normal and my blood pressure is back in the normal realm of numbers, without meds. I have lost 21 pound with 10 more to go but they are being stubborn. I have lost a combined total of 20 inches off my tummy and hips. Yay!!!!

With these results this “diet” has become my way of eating for life. There will be no going back (yes I’ve cheated and regretted it). My energy level is awesome now and my body feels so good. Healthier is beautiful.

I write this for anyone who is struggling with weight issues or health issues. If I can do this YOU CAN TOO. I had to get in that sweet spot (or scary spot) in my life to WANT to do this. It takes effort and time (I hate planning dinner etc but it is a must now). It is worth it!

Life is good. I love how God gives us direction in our life. I couldn’t do this without Him guiding me.