I started the new me and it’s exciting. #Keto

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So I’m 22 days into the keto diet.

Over the years, I’ve tried to lose weight. For a bit, I was successful. Like in 2012 when I lost close to 30lbs and started running. I felt wonderful then. I enjoyed running so much. It was internal therapy to push all my negative feelings into getting my feet moving. I could think and yell and be mad but after a run, I felt resolved. If I was having a particularly hard depression/self hate time, I could beat myself up healthily with a run.

I’ve missed it desperately. I really have. Being the weight I am now, it’s been difficult to move beyond day-to-day life. Lincoln died. And then the twins surprised us. We moved. My marriage has hit a pretty hard rough spot. There is excuse after excuse why I haven’t been able to get it going. But I’m done with that shit. I’m ready to get back to my therapy. I’m ready to not be so tired I can’t function. I’m ready to be able to keep up with my kids.

See, when the boys were born, I gained about 35 lbs and when you’re already 300 lbs at 5’3″ that is no good. I’ve struggled so much with my body image as of late as well as always just feeling miserable. Every time I would attempt to control my eating habits, as soon as I started seeing the scale move, I would self sabotage and eat everything terrible for me. When I gave up diet coke, I really feel like that was a major starting point for me. It’s been a habit for me for close to 8 years and to finally kick it after saying time and time again that I would, felt amazing. It made me feel like I could for real accomplish something after years and years of being a quitter when it came to tough stuff.

Then in September, I felt like I was screwed in the health department. I was never gonna do it. Never lose weight and probably die young of a heart attack because I wasn’t taking care of my body. I looked into surgery and honestly it’s just something I can’t justify to my brain because I feel like I can do it without. I know how well some do with it but I wasn’t ready for potential complications. Also I’m terrified of anesthesia. If ever something cosmetic comes up, I’m reallyyyyy going to have to want it to overcome that hurdle.

So here I am, 22 days into Keto. I’m down to 319 even after starting at 336.2 lbs with my next official weigh in on Sunday. I did not much in the way of exercise today but that okay, because I’m working on it. I’m excited to see what future me becomes!

Getting Run Ready

Earlier this year, I signed up for one of the Disney runs that will be happening in February 2018. There were three races that one could sign up for and a challenge. A 5k, 10k and half marathon with the challenge consists of doing all three over a three day period. And although I don’t have the list at the moment, a Disney Run was on my before 30 bucket list so it’s time to get run ready.

I signed myself up for the 5K and 10K. While I’ve done a 5k before, it’s been about 4 years since I’ve actually trained for any type of run. I’m currently 30 pounds heavier than I was last time I started so my first step has been to eat better. I haven’t been incredible successful but I am really proud to say I have completely cut out diet coke from my diet! It’s been 30 days since my last diet coke and honestly, I’m so glad I was finally able to be free from it. I know some people will wonder how it can be so difficult to quit pop but it was. Every time I tried, it would be like I quit cigarettes because I would turn into a monster. Thanks to my friend streptococcus making my throat feel like glass for days on end, it was easier not to go back.

With 178 days or roughly 25 weeks until my runs, it’s time to get my butt in gear because with the weight I’ve gained, I can’t just start safely running. Right now this will be my schedule. I have the first 13 or so weeks put together. In there I’ll have to fit working on my pace because the Disney Runs require a 16 minute/mile pace but I’m hoping to get myself up to 15 to be on the safe side!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 (8/28-9/3) Walk .5 mile Walk 1 mile Walk .5 mile Walk 1 mile Walk .5 mile Walk 1 mile Walk .5 mile
Week 2 (9/4-9/10) Walk 1 mile Walk 1.5 miles Walk 1 mile Walk 1.5 miles Walk 1 mile Walk 1.5 miles Walk 1 mile
Week 3 (9/11-9/17) walk 1.5 miles Walk 2 miles Walk 1.5 miles Walk 2 miles Walk 1.5 miles Walk 2 miles Walk 1.5 miles
Week 4 (9/18-24) Walk 2 miles Walk 2.5 miles Walk 2 miles Walk 2.5 miles Walk 2 miles Walk 2.5 miles Walk 2 miles
Week 5 (9/25-10/1) Walk 2.5 miles Walk 3 miles Walk 2.5 miles Walk 3 miles Walk 2.5 miles Walk 3 miles Walk 2.5

I missed my walk yesterday due to dental appointments for all of the kiddies but I’m making up for it with the extra half mile on my walk today!

Cilantro-lime shrimp for healthy eats

Cilantro-lime shrimp is something I’ve often seen on pinterest and wanted to try. This week my husband and I decided to take the plunge into healthier eating and while look for meals, a lot of them had shrimp. So this was it. This was my chance to finally grab everything I needed and dive straight into this delicious looking creation.

After I got started on prep, it wasn’t too hard to feel like I was moving in the right direction. The scent going through the house was even so appetizing that even my picky eater asked to sample this dish!


I was worried at first that it was going to suck. I mean even with the house smelling good enough to eat, I really don’t have a hugely successful track record when it comes to cooking. I can bake but asking me to cook is like committing taste bud suicide. Most times, my creations tend to be bland. Even when I follow directions, I fail. This time though, I think these yummy little shellfish came out perfect!

I loved that this dish is healthy but it’s also simple. There were few steps for prep and it really took me less than 10 minutes. My only suggestion is to devein the shrimp beforehand. Most people would be smart and do this but in my excitement to try cilantro-lime shrimp, I waited until my pan was completely heated to even get started on it!


When I finished, these bad boys were booming with flavor. I decided they would work really well in tacos with a slice of avocado. These little shrimp were scrumptious and the perfect entree to kick off our healthy eating! Below you can find the recipe and how to to prepare them! I know these will become a new favorite lunch, especially for someone like me who can appreciate ease when cooking. I hope that if you try these, you enjoy them as much as I did.

Yields 2

Serves 8-10 Shrimp

Cilantro-lime shrimp

a delicious and healthy meal with a few simple ingredients.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • ½ lb. 40/50 Count of Shrimp(I think this is medium sized) deveined
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ⅛-1/4 TSP Chili Powder
  • 2 cloves of fresh Garlic
  • ¼ Cup White Onion
  • 1-2 Limes
  • Cilantro


  1. Devine shrimp if they aren't already.
  2. Using medium heat, add olive oil to pan to warm up.
  3. Cut up garlic and onion. Add to pan.
  4. Add Chili powder and saute garlic and onion.
  5. Once garlic and onion start to lightly brown, add shrimp, a few leaves of cilantro and a squeeze or two of lime juice.
  6. Cooke 1-3 minutes on each side until shrimp turns pink.
  7. Remove shrimp to bowl or plate.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and a few small squeezes of lime juice.