Thursday, April 18, 2019

Confessions of a Keto Quitter

So I followed a keto plan for 21 days.. and then I said no more.

The following disclaimer applies - This is my experience - if it works for you go for it. I also am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet.

Things were great - at first - and I had mostly avoided the "keto flu" just a bit of brain fogginess. I was actually enjoying the lack of bloat I had. I had started to think okay wow I can sustain this long term..

Then I started having issues - I was exhausted, the euphoric state that pretty much all keto lovers talked about was not happening. I thought ok this will pass. Only it did not and I started digging further into the keto research - yes I had researched it before I started - but now I started digging deeper. 

I was tired, I was cranky, I peed constantly, and I know TMI but my bladder hurt. Like ached.  The more frequent urination is common - its a sign your body is going into ketosis. It is supposed to subside. Mine did not and has not as of yet. The pain, however, is a not frequently talked about side effect for women. Nothing I read before I started this, none of the video's I watched before even mentioned this little gem in passing, but if you Google keto and bladder pain - bam lots of articles - 99% of those affected are women it has to do with the higher acidity found in this lifestyle due to the dietary exclusions.

I also discovered that the often touted heightened energy levels, while I am sure are true for most people, if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue or Adrenal Failure - which I do of BOTH the OPPOSITE is true. You will become MORE tired the effects of the CFS and AF are multiplied. The two very things I was hoping to keep in better balance with this lifestyle. I truly had hoped I had found a tool in which to manage two chronic illnesses. What I did, was make them worse and give myself some side effects that are taking a while to resolve

I decided to abandon the keto lifestyle last week, I am hoping that once I start to add more alkaline foods back into my diet that the side effects I have experienced will start to diminish and in full disclosure - I freaking missed french fries!!! 



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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

How Big is Your Footprint??

Everyone has Googled themselves, but how in-depth have you looked? You might be surprised.
A few weeks ago I was attempting to establish an online account for my companies benefit portal. You'are thinking easy peasy right - yeah, me too - it was not. A few security questions popped up with a list of people I was supposed to know or be related to - problem, is I was not and have never been. I got locked out and an error that my identity could not be verified I needed to call.

That call was a 20-minute call in which I had various hoops to jump through to prove who I was. Annoying but done with and I thought not much about it. Frankly, in the midst of everything I was trying to accomplish while activating my online account in the portal, I thought for privacy sake the first names of my 'known associates" were perhaps jumbled and I said no to quickly and I wrote off the whole incident.

Fast forward to yesterday when I sat down to do some social media vetting for candidates and I simply Googled the first one to start, just to see where that went and I landed on a website that laid out so much information it was unreal. So I entered my name. What popped up was former addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and that "known associates and relatives" list that was ALL incorrect. The very list that I lost 20 minutes out of a day for to jump through hoops just to prove who I was because I did not know the people a website said I did. EXCUSE ME what?? This is not even a legitimate background check that one would pay for to obtain a security clearance for a job, or even a TSA screen for a precheck pass. Just some damn website some guy decided to put up to data farm intel on people.

I then started the process last night of looking and requesting my private information be taken off websites. Some of them it is very easy just opt out on their form and you're done, others you have to prove it's you wanting your information down, but they will take it down. The site that gave me all the issues - they want you to pay a monthly membership fee to have the privilege of keeping your information yours.

According to them its all public information and they give you a hard time when you request the removal. I'm fighting that one, it is not public information - and 75% of it is wrong. However, for the right price, anyone can pay them to give up your address, your phone number, your email addresses, who your neighbors are. That is information that just should not be up for sale, nor up to anyone else to decide who can have it. There is a safety issue involved here, what is keeping the person who has gotten out of a bad situation safe - when some guy decides to make his fortune off YOUR personal information, he decides your information has a price tag on it - either from you to keep it locked or from the person who wants to know where you are and how to find you.


Check your footprint - check often.

This guide helped me to remove a lot of my info, I used the tips for doing it myself. I just clicked each of the websites and read the information they have complied. I found most useful is that they had the opt-out links right there whereas the sites bury them  - the one site that gave me a hard time and refuses to take my info off, I filed an FTC complaint about and one with my states Attorney General

Safe Shepherd



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Monday, April 08, 2019

Currently




Finally its SPRING!!!

I am so thrilled it finally fricken warmer. One of these days I will live on the beach again!  Things are blooming here in St Louis and one of my favorite trees started to bloom this weekend.




I love magnolia's and was so excited to see them bloom this weekend. I can't wait until both trees have fully bloomed and it's just an explosion of pink and white.

I have dipped my toes back into keto meals in an effort to feel better and reverse some health issues, the bonus will be the weight loss for a summer vacation planned to Colorado. So far so good with things. I picked up a whole slew of supplements this weekend to get through and hopefully dramatically lessen the effects of "keto flu". I also grabbed a new water cup - keeps things cold for 24 hours. Staying hydrated is key.




Its been a while since I have been back to my hometown in Colorado and last time I was there, nothing I wanted to do was on the agenda so I am looking forward to being back and being able to see old friends and do a few activities.  There is a jeep tour of Pikes Peak and a White Water rafting trip that are booked. White Water rafting will be a new thing for me. Is it June yet??? I kid, I am trying to not rush my life away.  One thing we all to is ask is it ________ yet, which means we are truly never really in the present moment. I am very guilty of this myself and with the exception of asking every year is it Spring yet I am now trying to be very conscious of this habit and to stop it.  We only have so many minutes in this life that are allocated to us - don't wish them away!


A few other things I am trying to get back into is yoga and reading. Two things I enjoy doing but the past few years, yes years I have done less and less of both of them. I find myself on social media just mindlessly scrolling. Even when watching tv, the phone is in hand and I am scrolling. My goal for this Spring is to cut down, way down on the mindless scrolling, do more reading, more yoga, being more present.

What are y'all up to?? Do you have any Spring goals??



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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ever Notice How

Some birthdays you're just like meh ok and others your are like WHOA slow the eff down.. This one's a slow the eff down. This morning I realized this is my last day in my early 40's tomorrow I will be considered mid-forties like what the actual fuck man... How did this happen - I truly remember being a teenager and thinking OMG I will NEVER be 21 like come on already! Remember that feeling?

Now it all just feels like a fast moving train. You just wake up and think, wait wasn't I just  25 and dancing at the bar on ladies night last week? Now I sleep "wrong" and end up at the Chiropractor twice a week. My favorite song comes on the radio and I am bopping along singing my heart out like a feature at the Bon Jovi concert when the DJ does his little DJ thing at the end and firmly says its "Classic vinyl" RUDE!!

Somethings have changed for the better as you get older there is less trivial things that bother you. You are more apt to chuck those in the "fuck it bucket" than to pick them apart and analyze the hell out of it. In your forties, you're more "this is me" than trying to be what someone wants you to be. Thus if you get to this point and you find you are not who you know yourself to be you are more confident in saying "No, this isn't working for me".

This past year was a huge learning year for me. It was the first time I'd truly ever lived alone. It was a very empowering year, to be frank about it. I learned A LOT about me and what I, as a person on her own, is able to accomplish.  I still have some learning and growing to do, we all do. The day you stop learning and growing is the day you die and I am not ready to curl up and go sit in a pasture somewhere soaking up the sun.. Now the beach............

I see you 45, lets do this!





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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What's Up Wednesday - A Link up


The end of February...WOOT. Bring on SPRING!!! I am tired of being cold and in bulky coats with frozen fingers and toes. I am OVER the winter weather advisories, slick roads, and forced heat.  Please bring sunshine, warm breezes and flowers!!!  Yes, I HATE winter - anyone who knows me will tell you that I am flat out pissy about months of shitty weather!! So I am thrilled when February is here then GONE..

So what is new??? Valentines Day was awesome. First one in a very long time that was.  I did end up sick a few days later - hence the blog silence - I had a migraine for 2 days then an infection woohoo good times.. * I still need the sarcasm font *!

I am looking to start my closet purge - there are so many things in there that for some reason I can't seem to donate - yet I have NOT worn them at all.. I also have about 50 black tank tops - I should pare them down.. no promises though, black tanks and jeans or a maxi dress are pretty much my standard.  I do love a good cargo pant and tank as well. The jeans I do not wear however are going - there is no reason to keep them, regardless of how much they were- someone else can enjoy them.

I did replace my sneakers over the weekend. I got a pair of Nike Air Max Torch 4's. They are super comfortable.. And yes they are the hot pink and black ones!






I also bought a new sheet set and comforter - shocker they are NOT pink, but a gorgeous gray paisley print.




I have been looking and researching new coffee makers - my Keurig has started giving me issues after 2 years. I am not sure I want another Keurig though. I have been looking at the Ninja Coffee Bar I have heard that thing beats Keurig hands down.  

That's pretty much what's new here - how about y'all?? Have a freaking awesome Wednesday! 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Thoughts on Couples Goals

Its Valentine's Eve and my mind keeps coming back to a popular hashtag. Couples Goals. Spend any time at all on social media and you will run into this - either as a phrase or a picture tagged as such. For a while now that phrase has bothered me, greatly bothered me. Especially when that is attached to a couple you honestly have NO other knowledge of other than what's presented online.

What is forgotten is that you as the public are shown exactly what they and or their publicist want you to see. They cultivate your opinion of that couple, and frankly, they are manipulating your views on who those people are. Certainly, the same can be said for non-celeb couple as well. The thing people forget is that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - they are all highlight reels.

What you see, what you are determining are "couple goals" is a few seconds in a snapshot that sometimes takes longer to edit than it took to pose the pic. From that its determined their life is perfect, and they are the perfect couple and others should strive to be them.  When in all honesty, that couple may not even like each other anymore, they are just keeping up appearances. Both sick of the other and their quirks.

I think the true couple goals are the longtime couples you personally know. Maybe it is the older couple down the street who have 30 plus years of marriage under their belt and you can tell by looking at them year after year despite the crap life throws at them they genuinely care, love and respect each other. Those are the people I want to know more about, know their secrets of life and love.

That is the relationship to me that you should aspire to cultivate. Not the one on Instagram where all you see is the perfect picture posed just so, which makes the world think they have it made and perhaps whats just out of the frame is 3 piles of laundry, the past due bills, the screaming toddler whos teething and the dog whos dumped the trash can for the third time that week.     



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Monday, February 11, 2019

Weekending

Why is Monday so close to Friday yet Friday is so far away from Monday?? I could totally support permanent 3 day weekends!! I hope y'all had good weekends..

I did go to the indoor shooting range Saturday alas I did not shoot. I did watch, I can appreciate that for some it's their thing and they blow off steam and even relax this way. I just can't seem to shake the nope I don't wanna hold it I don't wanna shoot it I don't want to do anything more than observe, oh and jump despite ear protection every single time it goes off, and I am okay with that.

After we grabbed brunch at a new diner that had opened up near a friends house - He had gone shooting with us and we decided to stop there on the way back to drop him off at his house. It was meh. I am not used to ordering a breakfast skillet and the sausage in it being pizza sausage and not breakfast sausage. So the entire thing was just "off" for me. 

The rest of the afternoon and pretty much the weekend was spent relaxing watching movies and finishing Game of Thrones season 7 - yes I was late to the party and just over the last 6 months started watching - I am all caught up now and can only say helloooo is it April yet??? I NEED to know what's up with Jon and Dany!!!

Sunday found St Louis waking up to ice everywhere so just chilling and watching TV was perfect. That afternoon I did venture out and grabbed lunch and a few essentials then right back to the warmth and cozy. I am so ready for warmer weather now. I as a rule am not a Winter person anyhow and I am over the coats, boots, frozen fingers and toes.

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Confessions of a Keto Quitter

So I followed a keto plan for 21 days.. and then I said no more. The following disclaimer applies - This is my experience - if it works fo...