Keeping Keto

As the days of Fall Break speed by, we had one last chance for a sunny day lunch excursion.  It seems like I have been doing nothing but eating this entire week, but when I hopped onto the scale this morning, I was actually down 2 pounds.  Go me!  So with a positive attitude, we headed south into Mississippi.  It was a toss up between Holly Springs and Olive Branch, and as I had heard so much about O.B., the Mini Cooper led the way.  I was so excited to find this quaint and beautifully coiffed old-fashioned Town Square, chock full of antique stores, one-of-a-kind cafes and all sorts of artsy shoppes.  It was so hard to choose where to eat, and as we only had a short window of time, we flipped a coin and headed towards an eclectic little coffee house.  I would imagine that parking could be a challenge during peak times, but as luck would have it, the mighty Mini squeezed right in!  Pink’s Coffee House was not hard to find with it’s hot pink door  completely decorated with irresistible Halloween cuteness.   I just had to check it out.

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Pink’s did not disappoint. The place smelled like heaven and there was so much cool stuff to look at, it took a minute to figure out what the hell was happening!  The front room with it’s mismatched cafe tables and chairs had piles board games and there was artwork from local artists, funky statues, and signs about everything covering the walls. There was even a pile of stuffed fish net stocking LEGS, with leopard print shoes hanging out of a basket.  No sure what that was all about, but sooo whimsical!

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Along with the books and board games, each table had a large empty can with a roll of paper towel stuck in it and a pair of stripped witch legs showing off high heeled Red Shoes.  I knew I was in the right place!

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The menu was vast covering all kinds of breakfast goodies as well as sandwiches galore!  I started looking for my Keto selection, but didn’t have to look far.  This restaurant was all about it’s low carb customers and was ready with some amazing menu items.

First on the list was some scrumptious looking crust-less quiches.  I saw broccoli, mushrooms, bacon etc..  FABULOUS!!  I also snapped a pic of the quiches WITH crusts, just so you could compare how good it all looked!

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I finally decided on egg salad with olives (which should have been called Egg & Olive Branch, haha!).  It was served on a couple of lettuce leaves with a homemade pickle.  I LOVE  olives, so this was a big treat.  I hadn’t had that combination in years.  Wow!

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There was also pimento cheese, spicy and non-spicy, tuna and chicken salad and some mighty BLT’s to name a few, but here is the BEST part!  You can have your “sandwich” ingredients served on bread of all kinds, croissants, rolls etc..  but for Keto lovers, you could have it all served on a salad…

OR on two giant rounds of crispy bacon that serve as the “bread” that holds it all together.

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I recommend this Coffee House with a Red Shoe Life thumbs up!  Thanks, Pink,  for keeping it Keto!

Be sure to look for an extensive interview with Pink and her other Keto recipes in my upcoming eBook full of dining-out options!  In the meantime, check out her extensive coffee and tea offerings and enjoy it in their outdoor seating area.  She has it all!

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What’s Up Doc?

Living a Red Shoe Life means living it to it’s fullest.  One very important way, is to take care of your body.  I can honestly say it has been years since I’ve been to see some of my doctors, but it always seems to come in line after everything else.

For example, there is no tellin how long it’s been since my last eye exam.  If it wasn’t for Dollar Tree cheaters, I probably wouldn’t be able to BLOG at all!

So, with my Red Shoe Life in mind, I have started making some appts. and with that came the big decision to have surgery on my frozen toe joints.  RA is a tough customer, but with my Red Shoe plans, there is no room for foot pain.  So, yesterday off I went at 5:15 a.m. and then this happened….

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So after a little joint reconstruction , a bit of bone grafting and a weirdo cyst taken out of my bone, I’m good as new!

I got my new knee scooter today, which is not as easy to use as I thought it would be, but I’ll be back at Tango lessons in a few weeks!

So this week while I have a little free time, I’m going to be making some long overdue calls and get it over with.  Seriously gang, taking care of your body is important.  I know it can be pricey and time consuming, but the price of ignoring your health is even higher. Not only does it cost you in dollars, but it could cost you living your Red Shoe Life!

As I go forward with my transformation, it becomes clearer and clearer how important it is to be cognizant of every facet of my life.  Your health is a big one, so make sure seeing your doctors are on the TOP of the list.  Suffering from a preventable issue is inexcusable.  I’ve got places to go and a Red Shoe Life to live, so off I go to seize the day before the day seizes me!

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Check out one of my first Red Shoe Life appearances at the Women’s Expo!  My kids were at the show and said “Mom! Those people kept talking when you were talking!”

I said, “Hell, you guys have been doing that for years!”

 

Hay There!

It’s Saturday, so you know that means “Woman vs Wild” home improvement projects are hot on the menu!   The twins and I were out planting Fall stuff in the raised garden this morning and decided to clear some crap out the barn.  We ran into a bunch of freakin’ wasps, but otherwise it was a great yard day.  Kellen shot this weirdo video and it cut off before I finished, or he “accidentally” deleted me…  he’s 17, I’m sure he’d rather be doing just about anything else today besides videoing his mother.  Enjoy the clip, but know, we eventually got the old hay outta there and spread it around in the garden between the beds for weed control.

I often wonder, if anyone else is wondering, what the hell does organizing my house have to do with my quest to lose 100 pounds.  Well, my quest is not really just about weight loss and getting fit. Although I have promised my ladies at work that I will buy a leopard print cat suit for Happy Hour when I reach my goal, there is a bigger picture.  This entire year has been slated for me to give my absolute best to becoming my absolute best.  My quest is about relationship improvement, intellectual stimulation, career goals, getting a grip on my finances, creativity, getting outside of my little box and many other facets of my life.  With that said, the whole re-organization of my house and obtaining power over all of the home repairs from hell is necessary to get control over all of the other areas. For example:  It would be easier to work on the relationship with friends and family, if I had more confidence in inviting them over.   I usually end up in a tizzy trying to fill a dumpster before anyone can sit down.  Sure my real friends don’t mind a mess, but I would rather spend all of my attention on my friends than worrying about knitting a sweater with the dog hair on the couch.  In my opinion, I won’t be completely “transformed” until my days are stress-free and I can exert my energies in the above categories in a focused and productive way without flinging myself on the floor in a New York tantrum.  So, could I lose 100 pounds and still not be able to find two matching socks anywhere in the house?  Yes, but I would probably gain it all back because I’d still be the same old unorganized woman with moldy hay in her barn and messy closets!  In order to lose 100 pounds and keep the weight off, I have to change all the things that caused me to gain it in the first place.  So until that time, the “Woman vs Wild” will continue.

So Red Shoe Lifers, it’s time to make your list of projects, organize your goals, plan to have your own “Hay Day” and  stop “forkin’ around”.  (ok city friends, I’m referring to my pitch fork”

BTW, if you need help with all of the above, I’d be glad to get you started.  Email: Redshoelifetransformation.com.

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Moo For a New You!

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It seems like I will go to any lengths to provide comedic relief for my more serious posts.  I have been wanting to talk about Collagen for a while now, but it is so damn boring, I just had to spice it up.  So, some of you know that I live in a rural area and these lovely ladies live next door.  They are fun to “moo” to, have great cow pies for my garden and I can set my clock by their nightly return to their barn.

Well, on my walk over the weekend, I got the brilliant idea that I should take a picture and post it with my info. about Collagen.  Apparently they have been reading my BLOG, because then THIS HAPPENED…

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and the only thing between me and this guy was those two little strings of barbwire.  Needless to say,  my lovely walk turned into a speedy exit and I promised that if they spared my life, I wouldn’t mention that the best source of Collagen is bovine!

Ok, so Collagen, I thought it was just an ingredient for wrinkles in face cream.  Apparently, I was only hitting the surface and didn’t know the big picture.  I’m going to simplify our chat and if you have more questions, please GOOGLE it, because there is really a lot of evidence with scientific explanations…. and uh… just look it up.

I have explained in previous posts, my frustration with doctors when you have to go around in circles to get information.  When there is something as great as Collagen, why don’t they just freakin’ tell people?  So, it turns out that Collagen is really good for your joints.  It is recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as all kinds of arthritis and other joint issues.  It improves everything from circulation to recovery from athletics.  You can think of Collagen as a type of elastic that holds us together and comes from the Greek word meaning “glue”  It holds up our falling faces, reduces the look of cellulite, reduces inflammation, heals your leaky gut, builds strong bones, tightens loose skin from weight loss, speeds wound healing, and everything else from dental to healthy hair.

I mentioned that there is Collagen in some skin creams, but for real benefits, you have to start on the inside.  There are tablets and powders and even bone broth that can be made by buying grass fed beef bones from Whole Foods and stewing them in a crock pot to make a wonderful soup.  Go to Wellnessmama.com for a great recipe.  Bone broth can be also made with organic chicken bones, pork bones or even fish. With that said, I just don’t want to mess with it and I went for Collagen supplements.

I have been trying out a Collagen powder that I  put into my bullet proof coffee in the morning and off I go.  It has no taste, but it does have a few carbs.  It is made by Zint and I ordered it from Amazon.

Check it out, try it out.  I think it is really helping me.  I just wish someone had told me about Collagen years ago.  Yeah, I still put that crap on my face, but since beauty is only skin deep, I’m going for the good stuff…. not just good.. it’s “Moo-velous!”

Happy Labor Day?

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Happy Labor Day??? Aside from some bodacious BBQ action that I have in store for today, I’m not so sure I want to go so far as to celebrate work!  In fact, I think it should be renamed, No-Labor Day!

My 2 mile walk yesterday has me feelin’ fortified, and as this is the last day to put a beat down on my “Woman vs Wild” home improvement projects, I better get crack-a-lackin’.

Last week’s joyous jubilee of the reincarnation of my swimming pool was tragically short lived.  After the sixth pool company took their turn (and more of my money), I awoke to a pool whose 30 foot liner looked as flat as the celebratory balloons.  OMG I am so $%^$$## sick of this freakin’ pool and the people who keep declaring it fixed.

So, with outdoor chores hot on the list, the renovation projects will be set aside until this afternoon when the REAL LABOR will begin.  Today’s project involves the jungle in my sun-room.   Stay tuned for some updated photos of me, my machete and my collection of plants.

Until next time, enjoy this holiday and I’ll be back this week with some new recipes, updates on my 30 day Posture Challenge and some pics of me, my shotgun and the pool men. 🙂

Deb

 

What a Week!

Holy Crap!  This week has been a freakin’ doozy!  Besides a tornado, a flood and an audit, I had one of the worst flare ups of rheumatoid arthritis that I can remember.  As you can imagine between the storm and the stress of the apocalypse, it was only a matter of time before things got crazy.  Fortunately or not, the best remedy for weeks like this is to “just keep swimming”.   Dory had it right all along…  just keep going and you will get there!  So even though I had what felt like lightening bolts shooting out of my feet, I went to Tai Chi class, fed my vacationing friend’s farm animals, gave a massage, corralled dozens of people to a tornado shelter AND started my month of Posture Challenge.  What did I get for my efforts???  I feel better!!!

So, today is Saturday, and you all know that means the war of “Woman vs Wild” home improvement was full on.  After the exorcism, I did manage to vacuum the spiral stairwell,  drop a potted plant down the spiral stairwell, re-vacuum the stairwell,  clear  a bookcase of cookbooks, and take another load of oddball shit to Goodwill.  It is still early but my shoulders are screaming from yesterday’s Posture Challenge and I am cringing at the thought of today’s workout.   There are still a lot of hours left in this day, but I have to make sure I use them wisely.   I have intentions of making a run for the At Home store, work on my book, and, of course, there is always LAUNDRY.  Amazingly, there is no end to the FUN I will be having!  (sarcasm is my middle name).

Since this is a 3 day weekend, I hope to get a lot of things done from my long “To Do” list, but sometimes it feels a little hopeless, especially when things like storms tear up your trees and trash your yard.  Yeah, my improvement project might get a little delayed while I haul stuff to the burn pile, but in the overall scheme of things, I feel damn lucky compared to my friends and co-workers in Texas.  Yes, I felt a little terror as I had to engage the snorkel on the Mini Cooper, but I sure as hell wasn’t being swept away in a river.  I had cold cuts for dinner, but I had food, and even though I had to call every single person in my family to make sure they were OK, I found them all and they were “Fine mom (eye roll) duh!”

With everything that happened this week, I think my Red Shoe Life message today is to be persistent.  Although there can be set backs and obstacles, chip away at your goals a little bit every day.  Your goals are finite and with every inch that you progress,  it is inevitable that you will reach the finish line.  So, no matter how far you need to go, how much you gotta do or how big a pain in the ass it’s going to be to get ‘er done…  in the wise words of a little fish “Just keep swimming!”