I know I have been fairly silent this past week, we’ve had a bit of a distraction at my house.

Last week was a seriously chaotic week for me. 

As you may or may not know, I have been a foster parent for almost 20 years.  As is often the case when fostering, you never know when your home will be needed, and you just need to kind of roll with the punches, and “wing it” so to speak when new kids come into your world.


Such was the case for me last week when I had 2 youngsters delivered to me in the middle of the night.  We’ve been getting emergency beds ready in the middle of the night, then moving bedrooms around to accommodate the two new youngsters and so on.

My main objective and goal has been to make the children feel safe, welcome, and happy.  After that it is necessary to get medical/health checks to ensure they are healthy and then  to find clothes, programs, and schools to give them stability.

As you can well imagine, this is a very scary event for any youngster to go through and kids that come into care are here often because they are coming out of pretty bad situations.  Getting kids to a place where they aren’t scared and missing home, and feeling safe is a really big deal.

Everything else in my world this week has been put on the “back burner” while I have been busy doing the foster mom hustle.

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We have a new school year starting after the long weekend in September and we need to get the children registered and prepared for that.  After the school year is underway, things should start to settle back into the new normal.

I haven’t had school age kids in my home for a couple of years, so it will be challenging and fun getting into the school year schedule.  We will be doing a lot of shopping for clothes, school supplies and things they need for the day to day.

In the midst of this chaos, I have to remember though to Take Care of ME!

I will freely admit that I have let my eating completely suffer this week, and I was a bit angry at myself for that.  When I woke up and got on the scale, I am up 2 full pounds!

Here it is, the month of my two year anniversary for eating a healthy lowcarb keto lifestyle, and I have totally messed it up this past week.

GRRRRRR!!!

I’ve had to sit myself down and give me a talking to. This is kind of the conversation I had in my head:   First of all I am allowed to make mistakes!  BUT I need to recognize the mistake immediately, and move on.  Putting everybody else but myself first in my world is what got me into the unhealthy mess that I was in the first place.

So.  I have had a minor blip on my lowcarb healthy keto lifestyle.  And that ends today.  I am not even waiting for the next 90 Day Low Carb Challenge to get underway in September.  I am back on taking care of me now!

This is a conscious decision and commitment that I have made for myself and to myself to LOVE ME ENOUGH to put me as my number one priority.  I am worth it and I do love myself that much.

I will be working toward finding a bunch of stuff that is for cooking healthy LCHF keto meals that can either be enjoyed by the entire family, or that can be slightly adapted to be enjoyed by the entire family.

The thing is, with a house full of Littles, and working a few businesses on the side, this is going to be one busy home and one extremely busy mama.  It will be important to find things that involve very little prep, and that can be set and forget.  And I am actually very excited about that.

My Slow cooker is going to be a big part of my life this fall.  Speaking of…. my old one broke, so I guess I need to get a new one ordered today.

What I am thankful and grateful for at this moment in time:

  • Thankfully, I am healthy, happy and able to manage this.
  • Thankfully, I have an amazing support system of family and friends that are here to help.
  • Thankfully, I this is NOT my first time at the rodeo, and I know that organization and planning is key.
  • Thankfully,  the coffee in my home is always on, brewed and fresh!
  • Thankfully, I have a pretty cool group of kids to be sharing life with right now!
  • Very thankfully – School starts in a week! 😉

What are your big plans these last few lazy days of August?

I would love to hear what you are doing to prepare for the fall and back to school hustle.

 

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

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When I’m feeling rushed or don’t know what to cook, I will often cook breakfast for supper.

Last night that is what we did.  Mostly because I have set a goal to try new foods and recipes during this last 13 pound sprint to my healthy goal weight.

 

Recently I order some Carbquik Bake Mix as well as some Walden Farms Maple Walnut Syrup, and really wanted to try them.  The recipe was quick and easy straight from the box:

Carbquick Pancakes

  • 2 Cups Carbquick
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1/8 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Water , or as needed to make smooth, pourable batter
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • Vegetable Spray

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix just enough to combine all ingredients.  Do not over-mix.  Ladle portions onto sprayed griddle or frying pan heated to medium high heat.  Flip when bubbles form and edges are cooked.  After removing from heat, brush with butter if desired.

My pancakes didn’t turn out light and fluffy, but it was my own fault.  I added too much water, so they were more like crepes than pancakes.  They were very hard to flip because they were too runny. 

Even though I don’t know how to follow a recipe (really how hard could it have been, lol) they did brown up nicely and the flavor was pretty good.

My daughter on the other hand, took one bite and said “Mom, you can go from this to that  (pointing at her full carb cakes that she made for her and the littles) and expect me to eat it”, but she generally is pretty picky about new things.

I do think these Carbquick pancakes will be a nice substitute to having the full carb pancakes.  That is assuming of course that I can pass Cooking 101:  Follow the Recipe!

I am quite eager to try them again, and I also want to try using the mix to make some biscuits, and a few other treats.  I will of course let you know how those turn out.

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I poured some Walden Farms Maple Wanlnut Syrup (I’m Canadian) on top of the pancakes.  The Walden Farms Syrup has 0 Carbs, 0 Sugar and 0 Calories.  This really made me wonder what they actually use to make this product.  But hey, I’m up for something that has 0 of anything bad for me in it!

The initial taste wasn’t bad for something that has Zero Carbs, Zero Calories, Zero Anything in it.  However after I finished eating the pancakes and syrup, I had a distinct taste in my mouth.

I am normally a person that can take almost any kind of artificial sweetener and they don’t bother me one bit (I’m kind of lucky that way).   In fact a much prefer a “diet soda” to a regular full sugar soda because this is what I have used forever.  This was not the case at all. Even as much as two hours after I had the syrup, I couldn’t seem to get rid of the after taste in my mouth.

I have heard that many of the products from Walden Farms are really good.  So, to be fair I gave the pancakes and syrup a second try.  Last night when I had the syrup, I didn’t use any butter or anything on top of the pancakes, just straight syrup.  Today when I had the pancakes, I used some peanut butter on top of the pancakes and then poured the syrup on top of that.

It was actually much better.  Maybe the syrup alone was just too sweet tasting.  There still was an aftertaste, but it was not nearly as strong as last night with the syrup alone.

I do think that if you are the type that doesn’t like any kind of artificial sweetener, then this may not be something that you would enjoy.  But if you are okay with other artificial sweetener products than this Walden farms syrup may just be for you.

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I will let you know how the biscuits turn out! 😉

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

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It was 2 years ago today that I started on a journey to lose a few pounds.  Over the last 2 years, it has really turned into a lot more than that for me, here is a few snaps I took along the way…

Although this journey has been one of choosing to save my own health, it has become so much more in the process.

When I talk about a journey to becoming my better half, that is exactly what I am talking about.  Losing half of my body weight is a huge accomplishment, and something that I never actually thought I would be able to achieve.  It is also about nurturing myself into become the person that I need to be to maintain that healthiness.

Let’s face it, I didn’t get to weigh well over 300 pounds because I was healthy emotionally.  😉

For so many years I used food to push down my emotions and not deal with them. [click to continue…]

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I have been bored with many of my favorites standby low carb meals.  I have made a commitment to try new recipes, and new healthy LCHF snacks.

I have also committed (after listening in to Lynn Terry’s Low Carb Class on Saturday) to 7 days of logging in My Fitness Pal, and 15 minutes on my recumbent bike to get me back on track. [click to continue…]

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Can I tell you something?

I’m lazy!!

I’ve never been a person to go out and do a bunch of physical activity, sign up for a sport or anything like that.

Confession Time:

  • Gym classes in school were something I got out of as soon as I could.
  • My mother lives 2 blocks away from me and most often I drive rather than walk
  • Any THOUGHT of doing something physical would send me screaming toward a bag of potato chips!
  • I’m the kind of person that will circle a parking lot 3 times to get a closer spot
  • I would (and have) get someone to do my shopping for me.  Walking up and down a shopping mall seems entirely pointless to me and  a huge waste of time

I’m talking REALLY lazy!! [click to continue…]

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