Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

keto diet update

A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

keto diet update

He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

Be kind! Share this post with others so they can learn about the Keto diet too!Click To Tweet

So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

keto diet update

So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItWhy We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItGrain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent KillersGrain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent KillersSmackfat Ketone Strips - Perfect for Ketogenic Diet and Diabetics - Precise Ketone Measurement and Supports Ketone Adaptation, 100 StripsSmackfat Ketone Strips – Perfect for Ketogenic Diet and Diabetics – Precise Ketone Measurement and Supports Ketone Adaptation, 100 StripsBacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet CookbookBacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet CookbookKetogenic Fat Bomb Recipes: A Ketogenic Cookbook with 20 Paleo Ketogenic Recipes For Fast Weight LossKetogenic Fat Bomb Recipes: A Ketogenic Cookbook with 20 Paleo Ketogenic Recipes For Fast Weight Loss365 Days of Ketogenic Diet Recipes: (Ketogenic, Ketogenic Diet, Ketogenic Cookbook, Keto, For Beginners, Kitchen, Cooking, Diet Plan, Cleanse, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo, Meals, Whole Food, Weight Loss)365 Days of Ketogenic Diet Recipes: (Ketogenic, Ketogenic Diet, Ketogenic Cookbook, Keto, For Beginners, Kitchen, Cooking, Diet Plan, Cleanse, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo, Meals, Whole Food, Weight Loss)Ketolabs Keto Core Daily Multivitamin with Minerals and Probiotics - Supplement for Low Carb, Atkins, Paleo, Ketogenic (Keto) and Other Weight-Loss Diets - 90 Capsules - 100% Money Back Guarantee.Ketolabs Keto Core Daily Multivitamin with Minerals and Probiotics – Supplement for Low Carb, Atkins, Paleo, Ketogenic (Keto) and Other Weight-Loss Diets – 90 Capsules – 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Do Not Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I decided to redo our family room. It’s the room in the house that we spend the most amount of time in, so as you can imagine, the carpet, walls and furniture has taken a beating over the last 13 years. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted new carpet, the walls repainted, new furniture and a wood wall. Yep…a wood wall. I had pinned a bunch of ideas and googled where we could get the reclaimed wood from (Home Depot) and we got started. While I will be showing you the amazing transformation of our family room, the main focus on this post will be to tell you why you do NOT want to use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

Why Shouldn’t You Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint?

When we bought our house, 13 years ago, we painted every room the same color with the most inexpensive Behr paint that we could buy. I’m not joking. We bought 5 gallon jugs of it. It did the job and got us in our house quickly. If you could have seen what the house looked like when we bought it. Holy cow…it was stuck somewhere in the 70’s.

This time around, however, everyone told us to use Sherwin-Williams paint. We went to the Sherwin-Williams store near us and talked to the manager. She told us that we definitely wanted to use the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint. She told us that it was expensive, but worth it with the great coverage and how the finished product looked. So we did it. We bit the bullet, paid the expensive price tag and used the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

Guess what? It’s so not worth the money AT ALL. Look at what happened to our walls…

Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

See those bubbles? The Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint began bubbling like that on all the walls we painted. As if that wasn’t bad enough, check out what started happening next…

Sherwin-williams emerald paint

All that hard work we put into priming and painting the walls was for nothing. The paint bubbled and then peeled off the walls. When we went back to the store, the manager tried telling us it was an issue with our walls. It’s not. After this happened, I began Googling “Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint” and there are entire websites and messages boards devoted to why people should not use this paint. Wish I would have thought to Google the paint before we did all the work.

Did Sherwin-Williams Work with Us?

Thankfully the store was willing to work with us. We told them the paint we wanted to use and then refunded the difference back to us since the paint we wanted to use to fix the walls was A LOT cheaper. This just goes to show that just because something is more expensive and labeled “the best”, it doesn’t mean it is the best. Not to mention, the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint, according to the manager, is supposed to have a very low odor. So not the case. This was the worst smelling paint I ever used.

If this ever happens to you, do not hesitate to go back to the store with the cans of paint and pictures of what happened. Sherwin-Williams will work with you, as well as Lowes and Home Depot. Despite our struggles with getting this room done, it is now finished and one of my favorite rooms in the house! I highly recommend, if you like that reclaimed wood look, to check out the reclaimed wood at Home Depot. It’s such an easy DIY project!

sherwin-williams emerald paint


Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her!

Shopping for a significant other for Valentine’s Day or other holidays can be pretty stressful. I don’t know about you, but I always want to make sure I get the perfect gift for that person. My husband is the same way. He is always saying how hard I am to shop for…mainly because I really don’t want anything. With his work schedule keeping him from home a lot, the main thing I ever want is time…more time with him (awww…I know. How sweet!). To help him and you guys out, I have put together a list of great Valentine’s Day gifts you can pick up for that special lady in your life. Most can be to you in two days with Amazon Prime! Bonus!

Valentine's day gifts

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her!

If your significant other likes to read, then the best gift you could ever get her is a Kindle. They are affordable and come in a few different options. I personally have the Kindle PaperwhiteValentine's day gifts. I love it. It stays charged for weeks and I use it for a few hours every single day!

Kindle also has the Kindle VoyageValentine's day gifts that is supposed to stay charged even longer than the Paperwhite! Pretty cool! If you get a Kindle, you need to sign up for Kindle Unlimited. It is, by far, the best thing I’ve ever signed up for. It’s well worth the monthly charge.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free TrialValentine's day gifts
If you are more of a traditionalist and want to get your loved one jewelry for Valentine’s Day, then these diamond stud earrings with screw backs (a must…trust me…a must) are beautiful and a great deal! My husband got me a pair two Christmas’s ago and they are my most favorite piece of jewelry, besides my wedding rings!

Chocolate! Valentine’s Day gifts have to include chocolate! Whether you get Chocolate Dipped Oreo CookiesValentine's Day gifts or a box of chocolates, your significant other will absolutely love it! If you really want to wow her on Valentine’s Day, then you need to get her this 2′ x 3′ box of chocolates!!

If you’re still stumped on what to get, then think about her favorite stores. Gift cards are always a favorite gift of mine! I don’t like to spend money on myself, but if I have a gift card, that’s a different story!

What gift idea would you add to this list?


10 Keto Game Day Recipes

If you are a football fan…even if you aren’t a football fan, you know that this weekend is the biggest game of the year…the Super Bowl! Whether you are going to watch the game, hang out with friends, or watch the commercials, one thing stays the same…the food! Don’t let one day derail you from your diet plan. I’ve been following the Keto diet for a little over a year now and I plan on enjoying this weekend and all the food, but still stay well within my plan. You can too! Below you will find yummy Keto game day recipes that won’t make you feel like you are missing out on anything!

Keto Game Day Recipes

Keto game day

With any diet, planning is key. Like I said, I’ve been on the Keto diet for an entire year. In that time, I have lost over 80 lbs. I wouldn’t have lost that weight if I didn’t plan. I also never had a “cheat day” because with the Keto diet, you don’t need a cheat day! I’ve put together a round-up of recipes that you will love (and so will your non-Keto friends) that are perfect for your Game Day party!

Most Super Bowl watching parties that I’ve been to over the years have had chili. On any low carb diet, Keto included, chili is not exactly on plan. But that’s OK! This Chorizo Chicken Soup recipe will knock the socks off all your guests and no one will miss the chili!

keto game day

Sharing is caring! Share these Keto Game Day recipes with your friends and family!Click To Tweet

Many times, Super Bowl watching parties have a lot of finger foods. These Keto game day recipes are perfect finger foods for you to make for your party!

5 Layer Keto Dip

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Spicy Poppin’ Meatballs

Pepperoni Chips (great to dip in the 5 layer dip above)

Cheese Crisps (another great option to dip in the 5 layer dip…just make the 5 layer dip!)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Hatch Green Chile Marinated Drumsticks

Spicy Chicken Thighs

We all know there will be bowls of candy out. Don’t fret! I got you covered there! Make these super easy homemade gummy bears and you can have your candy too! Don’t forget to pick up your gummy bear molds like this 3 Pack Gummy Bear Moldsketo game day from Amazon!


Which team are you hoping will win this weekend?

10 Amazing Keto Recipes

Early on in 2016, I made one heck of a lifestyle change. I decided to drastically change the way I was eating. Going from eating WAY too many carbs and sugar to eating very low carb and zero sugar was difficult at first. Obviously any drastic change in a person’s diet would be difficult, but once I got over the hump, following the Keto diet was the best decision I ever made. Over the course of the past year, I have come across a lot of really great Keto recipes. Below are the top 10 Keto recipes!

10 Amazing Keto Recipes

keto recipes

If you aren’t familiar with what the Keto diet is, it’s a way of eating that is high fat, moderate protein and very low carbs. For instance, I only eat 20 total carbs a day. Like any new lifestyle change, it’s a little stressful in the beginning trying to figure out to eat. Well stress no more! I put together the following list must try keto recipes!

These recipes I have made myself and love. Especially the Chorizo Chicken soup. You have to make that!

The following recipes are Keto recipes that I can’t wait to try! If you try them before me, you have to let me know what you think! They sound delicious to me!

Don’t these Keto recipes sound amazing?!? If you have any questions about starting this amazing lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send me a quick email. I’d love to answer your questions, if I can or point you in the right direction!

Oh shoot…I forgot to add one of my other favorite recipes! Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears! Yes…gummy bears! Just pick up one of the adorable molds below, follow the recipe and you have a yummy, guilt free treat!