So, here’s the deal. I’ve been actively trying to lose weight since I’ve been in high school. As a fellow human being reading this, I don’t have to tell you how hard it is when you have a couple extra pounds to lose. I’ve tried every diet trend and fad out there, from weight watchers to random diet pills. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but every time no matter if weight was lost or not, life tends to get in the way and I fall back into my old junk food loving habits. Using the 21 day fix worked quite well for me last summer sticking to a fully plant based diet limiting carbs and trans fat while drinking the incredibly delicious but budget busting Shakeology. I lost a total 32 pounds before heading off for my last year of grad school only to gain it all back plus some when it was all said and done.
After graduation in May, I knew I had to get back into the swing of things and get back to healthy eating habits and working out, but this time things seemed different…something was just off. Now, here we are the last day of August and i’m barely hanging on to the 20 pounds lost mark. Not feeling satisfied with the things i’ve been eating, i’ve strayed back to junk food (mostly gummy candy, a serious weakness of mine).
Asking around and considering my options, the ketogenic diet seems to be the hot diet on the block right now. Seeing other’s results on instagram and tumblr has made me seriously consider this high fat low carb lifestyle. Not only are complete strangers raving about this lifestyle, a member of my own family as seen insane results sticking to this plan. My brother has lost 85 pounds since December 11th (yay Drew) and is such an incredible inspiration. Asking for his advice and getting some help from a Keto app and a few other friends, I feel like i’m ready to start this big shift in my diet and lifestyle. I plan on keeping everyone updated and blogging when I have success and bad days and hopefully I can include some shopping lists and recipes that are helping me stay on track. Now I have to go throw away my stash of sour patch kids and swedish fish 😳
I 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.
This blog has been a long time coming. It’s been 71 days since I graduated grad school and I am just settling into a part-time job. I’m looking forward to working. I’ve been sitting at home for so long, it will be nice to get out even just for a couple of hours every 2 weeks. I’m hoping that getting some experience as a receptionist will boost my resume and make me more attractive to potential employers in my field.
I’ve started looking at apartments in the city, trying to get a feel for what I can expect in my price range and I have been pleasantly surprised although I have to keep myself from getting too engaged since it’s so early in the money-saving process to even begin to wrap my head around the idea of being on my own again. I’m really hoping this blog gives me the outlet I am currently in desperate need of. I will be writing about my time at work, my writing and any ideas I have been thinking about, and when I can’t think of anything else, most likely a couple product reviews. I may also use this to complain from time to time about not being able to spend money…it’s been kind of a problem for me in the past. At least I’m saving up for something bigger than the random junk I normally buy. 🙃