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Back in the Saddle Again

I started this post about a month ago and then life got nuts. So I am trying again. LOL

I took a month off from doing the keto diet. I honestly just COULD NOT deal with it while we in the middle of buying a house/moving, etc. It was so overwhelming I couldn’t mentally handle it.

Keto is a lot of work. I mean, once you get a handle on it and have a rotation of meals and snacks, you don’t really have to think about it TOO much but you still have to track everything and check everything to make sure your macros are correct and you are eating the correct amount of fat and low carb counts. So it takes a lot of mental energy. And I just couldn’t do it while I was doing everything else.

So I took a break. For about a month. (Honestly, back in the day when I lost 100+ pounds originally and just counted my calories, that was A LOT easier, you could eat whatever you wanted and just counted your calories, didn’t take a lot of mental energy or thought.) I ate whatever I want, not much different but I did eat carbs. And I enjoyed the hell outta ’em!

And my pants were tight.

So here I go again. I am back doing it and I won’t be taking a break (as far as I plan right now). We are going to Hawaii for my birthday and I’d love to lose some weight before our trip! That is my goal. I have 5 months! Let’s do this.

I recently found this Kombucha that is lower in carbs and sugar:

It’s about half of what a normal kombucha is. Awesome! So still not ideal but a treat once in awhile.

So at the end of July, I got back on the keto diet. I didn’t weigh myself but I knew I was back up. I’ve since weighed and I estimate that I’d gained about 4-6 pounds eating all the carbs. Maybe it was bloat? Who knows. But after a month or so back at it, my pants aren’t tight anymore. I will be weighing myself in a week to see if I’ve made some progress.

I definitely feel better when I do keto, even though it’s harder than just counting calories. Not eating a lot of sugar and carbs makes my body feel better. So even if I eventually go back to doing some kind of modified diet, it will be limiting the carbs and sugar.

This week I went to a naturopath doctor. I’ve been curious about it for awhile but didn’t want to spend the money. I know a lot of people that have had great experiences and even though I have no major complaints about my health care/doctor, I do feel dismissed about a lot of issues. For a few years now, I’ve felt really tired and worn down. I feel dismissed when I talk to my doctor about it. She says “Well, you’re almost 40” or “you have a toddler” or “you have a history of depression and anxiety”–none of which is A DIAGNOSIS. And I always leave feeling unheard, angry and lost. Blood tests are always in the “normal” range. Thyroid seems “fine.”

The good thing about a naturopath was that I felt HEARD. The appointment was over an hour (not 10 minutes or less like my doctor) and she listened to my history and complaints. She had some ideas and did a bunch of blood work (most was covered by my insurance thankfully because if it wasn’t I would not have afforded the visit! Naturalistic medicine is pricey!). I’ll have results in two weeks and a follow-up.

She said she was concerned about my insulin levels. And she said that some of my symptoms pointed to PCOS. So we will see what the tests show. I’m not 100% on board with the naturopathic way yet. We will see. But I’m willing to give it a TRY. I just want some answers, I want to try some things and see if anything works.

In the meantime, I am continuing keto. I will be re-evaluating some of my medications to see if they are necessary still (like my acne meds) and I think I might try going off some of them to see how I feel. (And see if I lose some weight as a result.)

Roarin’ 20’s

Our new house is a 1925 Bunaglow. But it’s unique because there’s definitely been some updates and remodeling. I really want to find the original house plans and the permits for the remodel. I wonder how do to that. City Hall records maybe? I’d love to see what the floor plan used to be and what it changed to compared to what it is now. I’m assuming there have been a few updates since 1925.

First, one of Michael’s friends has a house almost identical to ours except it’s only the main floor (2 bedroom, one bathroom). Our house was remodeled at some point for the attic to be converted to a second floor. The second floor has the humongous master bedroom/bathroom (bathroom has a jacuzzi tub!), a bedroom (which is Logan’s room right now until he’s a little older then maybe it will be the office), a nook that we are using as a playroom/music room for Michael and a half bath.

(The jacuzzi tub is kind of my favorite part of the new house. As a not tiny person, I’ve never comfortably enjoyed a luxurious bath in small bathtubs, which is the norm for apartments and house built in the 70’s and 80’s so this tub is definitely an upgrade!)

Second, the first part of the house, the living room and hallways, are the original part of the house for sure. They are lath and plaster walls. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically skinny wood and plaster instead of drywall, here are some examples:

That’s how old house in that time period were built. Then drywall became the norm. I’m not sure why they didn’t remodel the living room and hallway because they definitely remodeled the bathroom, bedroom (which we are using as a guestroom) and the room we are using as an office on the mainfloor. Those rooms aren’t lath and plaster, they are drywall.

But they did keep some of the cool features of the original house, besides the plaster walls in the living room. They kept this:

I’m guessing it works still. It’s kinda cool! Also, the bathrooms have these old lights:

I’m not sure if they are replicas or original to the house but they are cool. The bathroom on the mainfloor also has built in cabinets/shelving, which I love. I love built-in everything!

Plus the windows in the front living room are original. Meaning actually original to the 1920’s. Which aesthetically is amazing but economically and energy-wise not so much. They are still on a pulley-system. Which is kind of scary when you have a toddler. It would be easy to smash fingers. We have to be extra careful. Apparently they stopped making the windows that way after the 1950’s.

We will see how cold and drafty these old windows are this winter!! I know that there are specialty window people that can upgrade your windows so that they are double paned and energy efficient but still look like the time period. I just need to research it, and I’m sure it’s pretty expensive!

I want to show pictures of the finished house but we are still unpacking a few things and getting organized. We haven’t really hung any of our art yet and are still figuring out where stuff goes. But most of the major stuff it done.

Finally, one of my favorite things in the old house: the original doorknobs.

How awesome are those? 🙂 So those are some of the details in our old new house.