The subscription box saga.

    I love trying new things. I also love spending money and buying things that I don’t necessarily need, so naturally, when I heard that I could try a few new things every month for a flat fee I got excited.  I try my hardest to be interested in makeup, I really do but honestly, I’m not coordinated enough to even put on eyeshadow let alone artfully create a full look that I’m supposed to confidently walk around wearing all day. Since I enjoy trying new things, the first subscription box I tried was Ipsy. They send you five sample size products in a cute little makeup bag that changed month to month all for $10. The first few months I absolutely loved it. I received some high-end products and who doesn’t love makeup bags to keep everything in but the next couple months steadily went downhill. I received more nail polish and hair static sheets in 3 months than anyone needs. They were showing hair oils, expensive lip gloss and shadow pallets I would have gone gaga over. Needless to say that I was fed up with not getting the good stuff so I canceled my subscription. Onto the next subscription fad that I wanted to try was Birchbox. 

After doing a quick Instagram search of Birchbox it showed that they offered high-quality products and it actually seemed that they were bigger than Ipsy offered but instead of coming with a makeup bag this subscription came with a cute reusable box, so I signed up. My first box came and I have to admit that it was worth the $10. I received the regular items in the box as well as a cute compact mirror to keep in my bag. The next box was a little lackluster but I used the products and enjoyed them just as well. This month however, I was super unimpressed with the selection. The only thing that I will actually use in the box is this cute waterproof shimmery eyeshadow sick. I decided to cancel my subscription after feeling that I did not get what I paid for.

Now, the point of this whole post is the subscription I currently have…Scentbird. This subscription is awesome. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE smelling good. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who when people walk by, they wonder what I’m wearing because I smell so good. This site sends you a sample bottle of designer perfume (that you get to choose) every month for $14.95. The first month they send you your scent of choice with a cool holding container that is reusable, just pull one vile of and stick your new one in. They sell other cases for 12.95 in a wide variety of metallic colors. These are absolutely perfect for throwing in your purse or handbag to freshen up during the day (which we all need).

Are there any subscription boxes you guys are interested in or think I should try? If so leave me a comment so I can check them out! 

If you would like to subscribe to Scentbird, you can use my link to get a free perfume when you sign up! Just visit here.

   

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The Dangers of Sugar Addiction

Ladies and gentlemen, this post has been a long time coming. If you know me personally, you know that I have been struggling with food addiction for quite a long time…ten years to be exact and every day it takes all the strength I can muster to not stop on my way to work to buy a family size bag of chips or a couple candy bars that I will hide until I’m alone and quickly devour. Even though I tell myself I have a handle on the situation, there are times when I see a favorite snack of mine and don’t even think twice before grabbing and eating it. This happened to me twice this week and it’s only Tuesday. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m human and making mistakes is natural and that I can’t be on guard 24/7, but personally, I find this unacceptable, It takes my body quite a long time to enter ketosis, and that brownie or chocolate bar I just ate was certainly not worth the thirty seconds of satisfaction that my snack has provided me. Why do I do this? I certainly know better by now and when I think of how much money I spend on sugar-free and low carb products, it seems rather absurd. My body is so conditioned to the flood of dopamine that comes from sugary foods that I crave it just like an addict. Food addiction is unfortunately much more common than we all think it is. The pleasure that eating gives us is no different than the pleasure we receive from exercise and sex, but abusing food is much like abusing a drug in search of satisfaction. For a long time, I was in search of anything that made me feel good and unfortunately,  food was my drug of choice. I should know by now that I need to keep my kitchen stocked with foods that are on my diet plan. Pork rinds, Atkins bars, peanuts and sugar-free chocolate are my favorites and keep me on track. If you’re like me and can’t pass up a chocolate bar, a bagel in the morning or potato chips, keep your head high. There’s light at the end of the tunnel…you just have to stay focused to see it. 

P.S. If you do switch to sugar-free chocolate, Russel Stover has little chocolate covered coconut bars that are seriously to die for. Check them out here

 

 

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Dinner tonight…leftover Keto meatloaf!

I have to say that I am absolutely starving…and all I could think about all afternoon was my leftover keto meatloaf in my fridge at home. I brought lunch to work today, which is always a step in the right direction. I finally found Carb Balance Mission Tortillas which are phenomenal. They make great wraps and if you cut them up on a cookie sheet and bake them for a couple minutes, they make great low carb chips! Each wrap is 4 grams of net carbs and is well worth it if you’re seriously craving bread. Anyway, I had a wrap with a little smear of Dukes mayo, 2 pieces of lunch meat ham and a slice of provolone and it was absolute heaven. Pair that with a few salt and pepper almonds and a cheese stick and it was the absolute perfect lunch. Considering I also ate an Atkins meal bar and a cup of coffee with no sugar for breakfast, I would say I did pretty well sticking to my newer, more strict diet plan and I feel super accomplished. So, back to my meatloaf that I am currently trying to digest. If possible, it was even better today than when I had made it yesterday. The bacon was present, it was still moist and cheesy and super filling. I’m not even sure I’m going to be hungry for breakfast tomorrow, it was that satisfying. I encourage you to try the meatloaf for yourself so you can understand just how satisfied I currently am. The Mission Tortillas are also worth a try, I found mine at Target for around $5. As far as low carb products go, that’s not a terrible price to pay for a little carby comfort. 🙃

I’ve had a pretty long day at work but I still rode 5 miles on my trusty stationary bike when I got home (just as I promised I would). See, this blog is working already. Have a good night my loves, off to dreamland.

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Meatloaf for dinner…keto style

      We bought a stationary bike around Christmas time and he and I became well acquainted  after it was purchased. Over the past month or two, it turned less into a great workout machine and more into a clothes rack. The realization that not moving enough was one of the reasons my weight loss was stalling forced me into cleaning off the bike and hopping on for a ride. Four miles in and I felt wonderful, ready to take on the world…until i stepped off. Here’s a written reminder to myself to take things slow and always work up to going for the gold. Regardless, after a shower and a cup of tea I was recovered enough to make dinner. The real struggle for me with sticking with a meal plan is meal planning, so I grab whatever I can find…which leads to eating crap. Tonight, I had a plan in mind and that plan was meatloaf. Eating on the keto diet is simple, all you have to remember is no carbs so instead of bread crumbs I added the holy grail of low carb snack food…PORK RINDS. Let me tell you, these things are so versatile. I dip them in cheese, sour cream and spinach dip. The best ones are Mac’s BBQ…I would buy stock in them if I could. Below i’m going to add my recipe for my meatloaf that you should totally try because its just amazingly good. Ending my night with a low carb ice cream bar and a little Modern Family sounds like a great plan to me. 🙃

Keto Meatloaf: 

  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan (green can kind)
  • 1/2 small white onion 
  • 1 tsp minced onion 
  •  2 tbsp bacon bits   
  • 7-8 bbq pork rinds 
  •  1/2 cup of cheddar cheese cut into cubes

Add ground beef to a mixing bowl. Add egg, parmesan, chopped onion, minced onion, bacon and crushed pork rinds to bowl. Mix thoroughly with hands. Once mixed, divide mixture in half, placing half in a greased casserole dish. Place cheese cubes evenly and add remaining mixture on top of cheese. Top with sugar free ketchup, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until kitchen thermometer reads 180. 

Look how beautiful this is. Oh, and spoiler…it was fantastic 🤤

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A low carb girl living in a carb filled world

Beginning a new diet is a struggle for anyone who is attempting to lose a considerable amount of weight. The unexpected struggle for me has been the stalling of progress after losing 43 pounds since last May. Keto has been an unbelievable program for me to follow, I mean who doesn’t want to eat bacon, beef, eggs and use butter and heavy cream daily. When i first started the diet, my cravings for sugar and chips were ridiculous but they subsided when I found low carb alternatives to fulfill my inner fat girl. With many almost missteps along the way, I finally gave into my cravings and went off track, and I mean really off track. Gaining almost 7 pounds back, i’ve decided that enough is enough. From this point on, I am strictly no carb/no sugar while working out 3-4 times a week. If you see me out somewhere and I have a sugary fruity drink/shots in front of me or eating pretzels that someone (ahem, Marc) put in front of me at the bar you have my permission to slap it out of my hand (or at least call me out on it) i’m a big girl, I can take it 🙃. Like most of you, I am much more inclined to follow through with something when other people know, it holds me accountable and less likely to eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting. Furthermore, this is my public acknowledgement that I am 100% percent committed to continuing to change my life for the better. I plan on documenting my journey daily with my accomplishments as well as my mistakes and filling you in with recipes and my progress as I work towards my goal. 

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Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee…

IMG_2841.JPGI can honestly say that I can not go a single day without caffeine..it’s an addiction really. The migraines that develop from lack of this wonderful warm liquid are enough to keep me bed ridden for days. I had been a committed drip coffee lover since I was young, but I decided out of sheer boredom to look into different methods of brewing grounds. A friend had given me a small French Press for Christmas a few years back, so I decided to give that a try since it was already somewhere in my house. The next morning I boiled my water, placed a few spoonfuls of coffee in the glass press and inhaled deeply as the steaming water began steeping in the muddy grounds. As I plunged the press down, watching in wonder and awe as my coffee was prepared, I was excited to try my first cup. As I filled my cup to the top, quite a few grounds floated around making it slightly unappealing. Since this was a more interesting way to get my fix I continued using this method for my morning cup of joe for a few months. I went back and researched more brewing methods and stumbled upon the pour over coffee maker. I was curious and a little skeptical as to how pouring steaming water over grounds for a few seconds could result in a smooth, silky cup of coffee. Sick of drinking grounds at the bottom of my cup every morning, I decided to head over to amazon.com to look for the perfect brewer. I stumbled upon the Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker and fell in love.  For my birthday, I asked for this maker and when it arrived in 2 days (thanks to Prime shipping) I couldn’t wait to make my first cup. The method is essentially the same as the French Press only after pouring the hot, steamy water over the grounds, it’s ready to drink. Let me tell you, this is the most enjoyable cup of coffee I’ve ever made. It’s been nearly a month using my Coffee Gator daily and it is just as enjoyable as the first day I used it. If you are in the mood for a new, relaxing way to make your morning cup of joy I highly recommend checking out this little maker. I’ll post the product link to Amazon at the bottom of the post.

Why do we love coffee so much? It is scientifically proven that the smell of coffee can make you less stressed and drinking it has been linked to lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s and could reduce the risk of certain cancers. I have friends that do not enjoy coffee and I just can’t understand why. It is my morning cup of happiness, my warm hug when I’m feeling down and a bonding experience between friends both old and new.

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