The Cups works!!

My final review of my first use!

So yes, a cup went there! And while hectic at first, I believe I finally got the hang of it and could wander around without mental freaking about the what if’s.

I think it’s so cool that I don’t have to go running after a decent swim. I don’t have to worry about squatting or running or even friggin yoga! Even better is that I’m decreasing my impact on the environment AND decreasing the potential toxins going into my body.

I will say it IS challenging at first! You need to be on high alert and have a backup plan available if you have to abort the attempt. And if you do have to go to your plan B, make sure you have a way to transport plan A. That’s where I screwed up on day 2. And you need to be in a single bathroom – definitely. Don’t try to use a stall restroom and change that sucker out.

Just an FYI, I can only speak to the cup that iiiiiiii purchased. I have no idea about any different ones as I didn’t buy one of each and trial them. I took the test and this one was one of my results. If you’re curious to read about mine, here it is!

 

 

There’s a WHAT…where?!

So..males or people who get uncomfortable, might want to stop reading now.

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Hope you males are gone! A few weeks ago I decided to try some new things. 1) because I want to rid my body of the toxins that it’s exposed to daily. 2) I wanted to reduce waste wherever I can.

Decided to try a cup! Yeeeep…a cup.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about them so I decided to give it a try! You can take a super nifty little test to see which one you should purchase. I had NO idea there were so many options! So I took the quiz and ordered my winner!

So I had to wait a bit to use it because shark week just doesn’t happen because you have new thing to use. Here’s my feedback so far. Day 1 wasn’t terrible, everything seemed to go well. Evening/Day 2 was NOT ok. Apparently day 1 was a fluke and I just got lucky. Sleeping must have shifted some things around so I woke up running. I had some trouble with finding just the right spot and leaking was an issue.

From what I was told from others is that you definitely get to know yourself in ways you never knew. I just couldn’t get it into a good/non-leaking position at the beginning of the day. Thank goodness I had back up in my desk. BUT after going through a SUPER and only have some regulars for the afternoon, I decided to work on positions. Finally got it into a non-leaking one.

The rest of day 2 was pretty decent!! No leaking or craziness! Can’t wait to see what the rest of this does. So after the learning curve of day 1/-2, I think this might be pretty awesome! 

 

Hurricane Party – part 2

So the storm of the century wasn’t that terrible for the continental US. I can continental because she completely shredded the Florida Keys. She also completely annihilated the island of Barbuda to where 90% of the building are gone. This only a mere week after hurricane Harvey flooded the gulf coast of Texas.

We’ve had quite a bit of weather lately. All following a full on solar eclipse. Freaky?! Absolutely.

For a while it looked like Irma might swing our way and I would be riding it out alone. But in the end the other half didn’t have to go away – yet. And we’ve returned to business as usual at the hospital.

I have managed to acquire a wicked sinus infection since leaving work Thursday. So I spent all of my time off sneezing, couching, and blowing my nose.

Nothing too exciting as far as hurricanes here in Pensacola, but that’s how we like it. It’s crazy to watch the rest of the country tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing in regards to a hurricane. Now that social media is so everywhere, people across the country have opinions. No, hurricanes don’t follow the “projected path”. Meteorologists can’t 100% say exactly where a storm is going to go over 7 days. Yes, the 500 mile long and 130 mile wide state will need to evacuate well before a storm because it’s a friggin long ass state with only ONE direction to evacuate.

Fortunately for us, we live in what’s considered “lower Alabama”. We’re usually not even considered Florida.

So we went out on Sunday before the storm and checked out Pensacola Beach. I really wish I would have brought my suit as I would have loved to play in the waves! Literally my favorite.

Tracking Calories

I’m torn on writing this post.

On one had I think it’s crucial to track your caloric intake in order to make adjustments that better align with your goals. On the other hand, I feel if you have any sort of disordered eat, counting calories is actually a hindrance.

What on earth do I mean by that?!

Well, if you truly don’t know how much you’re eating or just how many carbs you’re actually taking in; you might want to track your caloric intake – without making adjustments – for a week or so to determine you’re regular eating pattern. Once you do that, if you cannot find an area where adjustments are needed, bring your results to ME or another Registered Dietitian.  An RD can take a deeper look at your intake and help you make a few adjustments.

Do you need to track caloric intake forever? No, not really. Honestly, once you get the hang of a new Way of Eating and you’re consistence with the weight loss or strength gain you desired, you can stop tracking. Some people might say to continue tracking – even I would have said that if you asked me that a few months ago – but honestly, it doesn’t do much good. I’ve been tracking my intake for 325 days and it’s just stressed me out.

Tracking can actually promote disordered eating. Yes, that’s right. I know you’re wondering how…but let me tell you. Let’s say you want to lose a pound a week and you plug in your information and you eat your recommended amount of calories and lose weight. What if that gets “too easy” and you’re confident you could “do better”? All you have to do is open that app and say you want to lose 2 pounds a week OR adjust your daily requirements to a lower amount of calories. I know because I did that.

So my recommendation is to track for maybe a month or so – probably 4-6 months tops. And then just Let. It. Go! (Unless you’re a completive athlete working with a coach who needs to see your info at all times)

Hurricane party – Part 1

Hey hey Irma..it would be really great if you could take yourself AWAY from the US. Kthxbye!

Yes, here we sit with the aftermath of Harvey still happening and thousands without homes. We Floridians are preparing just in case our number is called by Irma. Having lived through Katrina and her destruction, I know a thing or two about a thing or two.

For those of you without a clue as to what I’m talking about. Irma was bumped up to a CAT4  while she’s still DAYS away from the US. But people are on high alert due to the recent Harvey escalation. Understandable.

So I took my ass to Target tonight to gather some supplies before the crazies took everything. Here’s my haul. Yep. That’s 4 gallons of water, 10 packs of tuna, beef jerky, and Larabars. For those of you not familiar with hurricane procedure, you’re basically on your own for the first 24-72 hours. So you need to at least have enough supplies to get your household through that time. Relief services come in and set up distribution areas as they can. Then word gets out and you travel to the distribution centers as you need them. We would go daily to get ice, water, and MREs.

The man is on shift today so they actually went off to Home Depot to gather some things. A few extra gas cans and extension cords for our generator, batteries for all our flashlights, and battery powered radio.

For those interested, FEMA puts out a really great list of the things you need to have on hand during hurricane prep. You can find it here. Also, just another thing to think about is having your vehicles based and ready to move out in bumper to bumper traffic if need by. Cash is always good to have. And if you have the means – yard tools, yard trash bags, chainsaws. Even if the storm isn’t a direct hit, you can get a LOT of yard debris. Go ahead and start cleaning it while you don’t have power.

I’ll keep you guys updated on the crazy of hurricanes in Florida!

Fathead Pizza Dough

For all you pizza lovers gone low carb/keto. Here’s a great cheesy crust to replace that doughy deliciousness! You can also use this recipe to make “bread”sticks or crackers too!

  • 170g / 6oz / 1 3/4cups pre shredded/grated cheese mozzarella 
  • 85g / 3oz / 3/4cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt to taste
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other flavors (optional)
  • your choice of toppings

Directions:

  1. Mix the shredded/grated cheese and almond flour/meal in a microwaveable bowl. Add the cream cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  2. Stir then microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the egg, salt, rosemary and any other flavourings, mix gently.
  4. Place in between 2 pieces of baking parchment/paper and roll into a circular pizza shape. Remove the top baking paper/parchment. If the mixture hardens and becomes difficult to work with, pop it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften again but not too long or you will cook the egg.
  5. Make fork holes all over the pizza base to ensure it cooks evenly.
  6. Slide the baking paper/parchment with the pizza base, on a baking tray or pizza stone, and bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes, or until brown.
  7. To make the base really crispy and sturdy, flip the pizza over (onto baking paper/parchment) once the top has browned.
  8. Once cooked, remove from the oven and add all the toppings you like. Make sure any meat is already cooked as this time it goes back into the oven just to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese. Bake again at 425F for 5 minutes.

Nutrients – Calories: 203  Fat: 17gm  Carbohydrates: 4gm Protein: 11gm

 

Cloud Bread

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese or Greek yogurt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C.

2. Separate the eggs into two bowls.

3. Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and whip into stiff peaks.

4. Add the cream cheese or yogurt into the yolks and mix until combined.

5. Fold half of the egg whites into the yolks until just combined. Add the rest and fold again until incorporated.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place six dollops of the mixture on the tray (about ½ cup each).

7. Spread out the circles with a spatula to about ½ inch thick.

8. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

9. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.

10. Enjoy with your favorite toppings! Feel free to change it up, add some garlic or other spices. Get creative and top it with cheeses!

Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini

  •  4 – 5 small/medium zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Zest of 1 small lemon (1 tsp)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut zucchini into thick wedges or halves

In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, lemon zest and garlic.

Space spears evenly apart & brush olive oil mixture over tops of zucchini

Sprinkle tops with parmesan cheese and season lightly with salt and pepper

Bake in preheated oven 11 – 13 minutes then, adjust oven rack near top of oven and broil for several minutes until parmesan is golden brown. Serve warm.

 

Confession: I am a slave to the scale

Yep, I am.

I think I would handle it better if the image I saw in the mirror was a toned, defined body as opposed to a fluffy body with cottage cheese thighs. (it’s ok to laugh at that description, I’m not saying it for sympathy). They say we are our own worst critic and I am definitely out to tear myself down.

There’s always someone prettier, better, smarter, faster, the list goes on. And it’s true. As long as you keep comparing yourself to everyone there will always be someone better than you in every aspect – except being you.

I’m not sure when it began, probably long ago in those early years. I was always a fluffier kid. I was active sure, but I’m betting my diet was crap. As long as I can remember I’ve had an affinity for carbs – specifically sweets. I probably should have gone into competitive eating because a pack of oreos or chewy chips ahoy were no match for juvenile Kim.

So each day I battle the addiction to eat sweets and the addiction to be thinner – most days the carbs win. And then I hate myself. I’m sabotaging my own goals and I can’t for the life of me understand why. Don’t I desire to be in shape? Then why do I keep wrenching my goals away from myself? I can workout until I’m red in the face, until every fiber of my body feels broken, until I can’t lift another bar – and then I’ll do it all again the next day. I have NO problem doing that. So why can’t I let go of the carbs?

Is it because I am obsessed with the scale? Am I scared of what I’ll become once I DO reach a goal weight? Will it not be good enough for me? Will I keep reaching for a smaller number? Or will I actually be satisfied, relieved, actually ENJOY life? I guess there’s only one way to find out. This week will be consumed with the planning stage and slowly integrating better eating. Next week – it’s ON! I’ve got to tighten these reigns and see what happens when goals are reached!!

Louisiana Quarter & Half Marathon Weekend

I’m slacking on my race report!!

So here it is, forever and a day late. I arrived in Baton Rouge Friday evening. Thankfully my fabulous friend was working the expo and picked up all my race paraphernalia for me because I was NOT making it in town before the expo shut down. (Technically I did make it to the hotel, but I would not have made it by closing walking from the hotel to the expo).

Dinner with friends was at an Italian place within walking distance and the name has escaped me. But seriously?! Italian when we know I’m doing the keto diet?! It’s ok though, I can’t force everyone to go keto friendly places. I have to learn to make adjustments. I had an ahi tuna salad – delicious!!

Quarter Marathon Day

So yes, I chose to run not 1 but 2 races this weekend. Mainly because I’m marathon training and I needed a 20 mile run so I ran 2 races. The Louisiana Marathon weekend has so many races – 5k and Quarter marathon on Saturday and the half and full marathons on Sunday. I chose the Quarter for Saturday and the Half for Sunday.

I felt good going into the race – slept well, ate fine, hydrated and salted (you need a little more salt
and electrolytes on a very low carb diet). The race starts and I feel ok. It’s a little more humid and warmer than I would like but nothing I haven’t experienced before. Around mile 3 I felt some tightness in my left quad and my legs slowly started to feel really heavy. This was my first attempt at running a race keto-conditioned so I didn’t take any gels or carbs before or during the race. With the pain and the knowledge that I had to run 13.1 miles the following morning, I slowed to my intervals and finished the race with not my best time, but a nice training pace. We had a lovely bridge at mile 1 and 5.5 in the race…that was fun and I suspected I would see it again on Saturday (spoiler, I was right). After the race I got to collect my BeachBayou medal for running a race in the MS Gulf Coast race weekend and the LA marathon weekend. Yay Bling!

I couldn’t tell if I bottomed out because I wasn’t in ketosis or if I felt bad due to the humidity and higher temperatures. Later in the day I went to the expo, scheduled a massage at a local place (seriously across the hotel parking lot – best hotel location ever!!) to get my leg worked on, started to feel nauseous and napped the evening away, took myself out of any ketosis I might be in by eating tortilla chips and an ice cream cookie sammich because I desperately needed calories and energy for the day.

Half Marathon Day!

Race starts at 7, I wake up at 545, leave my hotel room by 630. My best advice is get a room close to the start/finish, much less stress than waking early and driving/parking. I feel ok for this race because I’m going back to my running with chews. Bag check was too easy and I make my way into the corral. The race starts and off we go – I see a few of my Swim, Bike, Run, Mimosas folks as they pass me by. By mile 2.5 my leg is angry and I drop to my intervals (this was not going to be a fun race). I decide at that point to slow it down a notch, take it as a training race and just enjoy the scenery. The course was so beautiful! (with exception of that whole running through LSU’s campus, teehee! Actually it was pretty nice). The water stops were exciting – some themed – and much needed moral boost! I would run this course any day over the NOLA RocknRoll (yes I said it).

I continued with my intervals for the remainder of the race, somewhere around mile 8-9 two more SBRM marathon ladies caught up to me so it was nice to see familiar faces. Around mile 10/11 our cheer squad was right at the corner where I was able to steal some OJ and have a nice stroll. I ended up walking most of the last 3-4 miles due to the excruciating pain in my leg. Not a great finish for me by any means, but I finished. I immediately headed to the post race massage tent and got my legs worked on and ice on my leg. I had to tell the guy how to wrap my leg to get the ice to stay in place, Athletic Training habits never die!  I went to the festival and collected my goods, started to not feel well AGAIN so I decided to head back to the hotel to shower and nap since I had a 1pm check out time. 

Race Review

For my first time running this race, I can’t believe I haven’t run it sooner! It’s a fantastic expo, race course, and finish festival. There are so many options to run – even a kids race on Saturday to get the whole family involved.

Finish festival food is anything but ordinary which is good and bad. I seriously just wanted a cookie and a coke zero and most of the finish food was pretty rich or or too hot for the weather or heavy (even with the small portions).

The bling is great! Medal is a bottle opener. And living in the south this tray will come in handy at my parent’s next seafood boil.

Definitely add this to your race list! There are package deals for the MS Gulf Coast race weekend + the LA Marathon weekend. And each of those races have a 2 day challenge so you could walk away with a lot of bling in 2 weekends. A downfall of this race is that is a January race in the south – weather is completely unpredictable. It could be freezing, raining, hot and humid; Weather is complete gamble but that’s why we train right?!

Not really feeling this half marathon today

Happy to be done with the Quarter Marathon!