Dinner with In-Laws

This evening, we went to the Cafe in Aliquippa. We were going to meet Drew’s parents there. We haven’t been there in forever. I stuck to my keto diet had a hamburger with no bun and a side of coleslaw. I had a couple drinks with my mother-in-law, crown, and soda waters.

At dinner, we talked about all that has been happening in our lives and in their lives. We hadn’t been out to eat together in a long time. She asked about my diet and I told her it is going so well. I really feel better eating this way. She was glad to hear it. We talked about my birthday plants, and dinner at my parents, as well as their vacation to Cape Cod. I am glad I got to see them.

When Drew and I got home, I had another crown and soda, then it was off to bed for this girl.

Finally Friday

I am so happy it is Friday! I had a long week; stress, drama, etc. I am ready for the weekend to get here. We don’t have anything planned tonight. I need to figure out what the hell I am making for dinner. I have not a clue. I will probably end up going to the store and figuring out what to do with this pork chop that is in the fridge. I need to put a glaze over it or something.

Tomorrow, I have some research and writing to do for my first paper in Politics and History of Higher Education. I want to start this paper and get it finalized way before October 1st. I should probably text my tutor at the Writing Center and let her know that I am going to be needing an appointment soon. Let the fun begin! Tomorrow night, I need to go to LensCrafters and get my glasses adjusted.

Has anyone experienced face tingling on the bridge of their nose where their glasses sit?  It is driving me mad, it only happens at night. Also, they are sitting up a little high on the left side. I can’t wait to get them fixed.

More tomorrow!

Lunch with Dad

Around 12pm, my dad came to my office. We were going to lunch at 1pm. My dad is a burger and fries kind of guy. We decided to go to Stacked, it is a burger joint. I was a bit nervous this was my first time eating out on the Keto diet. I knew that I couldn’t have a bun with my burger, and I shouldn’t have a side, but on the menu, I saw they had sweet potato fries. I decided on a piece of grilled chicken, lettuce, avocado, mayo, extra bacon, and cheese with a side of sweet potato fries.

While we were waiting for our food, my dad and I talked about grad school, my classes,  and my internship. He enjoyed hearing about my drama with my group. I am so open with my parents. I tell them everything. My dad is special to me though. I am a genuine daddy’s girl.

When our food arrived, it looked so good and tasted so good. I was hungry, but I didn’t finish all my fries, but I damn sure finished my chicken, veggies, and bacon. I took the rest of the fries to go. I knew Drew would probably want to snack on them.

I said goodbye to my dad and went back to work. It was hard for me to want to go back after having lunch. I wish I had the rest of the day off.

Grad Class

This morning, I was so tired the rain and this dreary weather was wiping me out. I did not want to go to work today, or go to class tonight. For breakfast, I had coffee with just a little bit of creamer, two hard boiled eggs with guacamole. It was good. The guacamole is definitely a bit hotter, than I like, but it was good. Thankfully, I can have coffee and cream. I don’t know if I would be able to do this if I had black coffee. Image may contain: coffee cup and food For lunch, I had my salad like I always do, but I added some peppers, a whole avocado, and some tuna. I also had some spaghetti squash with peppers heated up (could have used some butter). It as good overall.Image may contain: food

After work, I went up to class and I ate my cookie dough Paleo bar.  Also, I drank so much water like 3 yetis full of water. I feel good today. I don’t miss sugar. I don’t miss Starbucks. It feels like I am doing something good for my body.
In class, I was talking to some people in my group about keto before class started. My professor looked up at me, and she said, “I have been doing it for years.” I said, “really?we are going to go have to talk.” She said, “Definitely! I recommend these chocolate and peanut butter fat bombs.” I was glad to hear her advice.

After we discussed Takai, we had a break. We took 15 mins and then went to the bathroom, or stepped outside the classroom to make a phone call etc. I talked to my professor about the keto diet. She was open to sharing recipes and tips. She told me to follow her Instagram for recipes and fitness pointers. I was glad to make that connection. I noticed we vibed in class after that conversation.

After class, I met up with Drew and we walked to the car. We talked about school, keto, work, and our day. I couldn’t wait to get home. Once we got home, I had two pieces of string cheese and then I was done eating for the day.  I feel like I had good day so far of keto day 1. Tomorrow is day 2.

Wake Up Call

This morning, I woke up in the guest bedroom of my in-law’s house. I didn’t sleep that well the bed was not that comfortable and I could feel the dip in the mattress. My hip was a little sore. Outside it was still raining. My productivity was going to be so low today. I could just feel it.
When I went into their guest bathroom, I noticed they had a scale. Typically I avoid scales like the plague. I don’t like to get on them, as soon as I do I obsess about it and it isn’t good, but I decided what the hell I will get on it. I tapped the scale with my foot and waited until it read 0.0. Then I stood on the scale and tried to make sure I was standing tall and even, but I was looking down. I didn’t want to make any noise and drag the scale across the floor. I didn’t want anyone to know I was weighing myself. I hadn’t weighed myself in so long, so maybe I wasn’t standing as even and tall as one should to make my weight distribute properly. The scale read 180.0. I said, there is no way (I did have clothing on.)

I got off the scale and then went downstairs. My husband was sipping coffee on the couch with his dad watching the News. I was so in my head. I made some coffee and then went to go sit on the other couch. Drew smiled at me and I smiled back. In my head, I was obsessing about the scale.

When his mom woke up, she made some coffee and was in the kitchen. I asked her how accurate the scale is in the upstairs bathroom. She said it is pretty accurate, why? I said, well then I am in trouble. It says that I weigh 180 pounds. She said, oh wow. I said I know. We started talking about the Keto Diet. My mother-in-law has been doing it for three years now and has lost weight and is in much better shape than she was. I looked through her recipe book and I was determined to try it. I needed to do it. I needed to make a change. She said, “No more Starbucks.” (She knows me so well). She said, “When you go to Starbucks, get a coffee with espresso and cream. No fancy drinks.” I nodded. She is right. I need to cut out sugar.

For breakfast, his dad made us omelets with eggs, cheese, ham, and veggies. I looked at his mom and said, “can I eat this?” She said, “Yes you can.” She toasted me a piece of her Keto bread. It was a little softer than real bread and not as crunchy. It was going to be an adjustment, but I needed to do something. I needed to change. I forced down the bread and enjoyed the omelet.

Today was going to be the day that I start the Keto lifestyle. My mother-in-law packed up some leftovers for us, and something to help me start the Keto process. She printed out her cream sauce recipe that is Keto friendly, that she used on all her meats in order to keep it from getting boring.  I can do this. It is just going to require some meal prep and effort.

On the way home, I stopped at Lens Crafters and picked up my glasses. They needed adjusted a bit, and I was good to go. When we got home, we brought the stuff in the house from his parents, and I went downstairs to fold laundry from the dryer. While I am downstairs folding laundry, I have my new glasses on, and I am stacking the folded laundry on the dryer.

All of the sudden I see something scurry out of the pile of plastic paint tarp that Drew left in the basement, this thing made it’s way to the center of the basement, where the sewage drain is that drains the water. It took me a minute for my brain to register that it was a mouse. I screamed and then yelled for Drew. He ran down to the basement and saw the mouse. I grabbed a bucket and put it over him, but he crawled right out of the bucket. Drew grabbed the laundry board and pushed him back into the center of the basement. He said, “Babe, we need something that is airtight. Something he won’t slip out from under.” I looked around and grabbed one of my half-burned Yankee Candle jars and put it over the mouse. He was trapped now.

Please don’t judge me for this post and what I am about to tell you. Once we got him trapped, Drew and I looked at each other. I said, “We have a mouse.” He said, “Yup.” I said, “I am glad we caught him now, instead of at 9pm at night.” This mouse just came out in the light and moseyed on over to the drain, like no big deal. Typically they come out at night, or when the light is not on. “Who do we call?” Drew said, ” I don’t know.” I called Dave my parents handyman. He came over within 10-15 mins.  When he came over, he came into our basement. I said, “Please watch your step.” He looked down at the glass container and saw the mouse. He said, “That’s good you guys have him trapped.” He took a paint can out and put it on top of the glass candle jar. Dave said, “Do you guys just want to put something under the glass container and take him outside?” I said, “No then he will find his way back in. When he dies, we will take him out to the trash.” I know it is cruel, but we were going to wait until he suffocated. I know this is wrong. It is so sad to suffocate an animal. I wouldn’t want someone doing that to me, but it was the only way to ensure that he wouldn’t find his way back in.
When Dave left, Drew and I cleaned up the basement. We swept up and he took the paint tarp out of the basement and was going to take to the garage. I was so over this day already and I had some reading to do for the class to stay on top of things a little bit. Eventually, Jasper, the mouse passed away. I asked Drew if we should say a few words. He said, “Do you want to?” I said my Catholic prayers and asked that God take him to heaven and forgive us for what we did. I looked back at Drew and I said, “Anything you want to say?” He looked at me then at Jasper in the glass container and said, “Thank you for messing up my day.” Drew went over to the glass container and shook the mouse from side to side. He didn’t move and was stiff. I grabbed some gloves and a garbage bag. Drew grabbed a flat tool to place under the glass container. We dropped the glass container and Jasper into the garbage bag and Drew walked Jasper to the garbage.
While he was disposing of the mouse, I got on my hands and knees with a brush and some bleach water and cleaned up the area where Jasper died. I felt a little like shit about all this, but it was what it was I guess. After the mouse fiasco, Drew went to the gym and I got a long hot shower, and put on some relaxing clothes and did some reading. I am loving these glasses!
For dinner, I heated up the leftovers. We split a sweet potato, but I had butter and cinnamon on mine because butter is Keto friendly! I had some veggies and some steak. After dinner, we cleaned up, and then watched Smallville. As I was laying on the couch, I could feel myself craving something like chips or a Reeses’ cup. I laid there and fought the craving. Drew felt a little bad for me but supported me and talked me through my sugar craving. I felt strong enough to do this.  I have this app on my phone it is called carb manager. It breaks down my carbs, fat, and protein, etc. I ate a total of 25 net carbs today. This is the maximum that I can have. I am definitely going to try this for a while. I am excited about the results.

Also, that evening we laid down mousetraps, in the corners and along the wall on the floor. Hopefully, we do not have any more mice!