I haven’t forgotten about you!

I hope you’re keeping up on your diet and exercise! I am! Though I don’t see much difference yet, it’s only been 9 days. . .

I did fall off the daily updates, and then I thought, I’ll just bank up the information and send you a bundle, and then I thought nah – I’ll just pick it back up.

NOW – I’m getting a little crazy with my nutrition research and what I’d like to do with my diet/eating habits. So – I’m not ready to fill you in just yet.

I have a non-farm post coming as well.

Also – a video will happen, but I have a pool tournament to go to first.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Xoxo

-S

I’ve been thinking. . .

That I want to start filming Youtube videos. And by that I mean I’ve been thinking about this for about 10 years, but I have just never taken any action until now. So why not? Ima do it.

Fill out the poll below and comment to let me know what you’d like to see!

Xoxo

-S

P.S. – I added two options to the poll, but obviously I did it wrong. . .  So the other two were a cooking tutorial and “something about plants”. Someone also asked that I make a video about Calendar organization/Schedule keeping.

 

Chubby Egg Eater

Day 3: Clarification on Diet? Another app?

This one will probably be short.

First of all: allow me to clarify just a little – the eggs on my diet don’t have to be fried. . . that’s just how I prefer them at the moment. I like ’em poached, scrambled, boiled, fried. . . The same deal with the potato, except I pretty much don’t like potatoes (I am Irish, I swear) most other ways and I’m too lazy to mash them.

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Can I do a perfect flip on these three eggs? Read on to find out.

ALSO – I tried to explain this yesterday, but I do ramble – in reference to using your TDEE – in that regard you can literally eat anything you want, just know that your calories at the end of the day are what matters. Granted, if you only eat jellybeans you might not feel that great, but if you only eat 1,800 calories of jelly beans and you should be consuming 2,400 calories a day – you will lose weight. Diet is everything. Nutrition is important and so is exercise, but diet is where it’s at. Keep in mind that these things do not roll over. You can’t just eat less tomorrow and expect that to fix over eating today.

Don’t beat yourself up, though! Accept that it happened and move on, because you can’t change the past, right? Why waste your energy beating yourself up when you can just do better next time!

Tip: If you over-do it on sugar, fiber helps flush. What is recommended (and I can’t for the life of me find the source to back this up, I’m sorry. If I do, I will link it) is the next day after a sugar over load eat a high fiber breakfast such as steel cut oats or granola. Then with every meal that day eat 1/2 of grainy fiber. Also lots and lots of water!

This diet has been pretty satiating, though. . .  I haven’t met my proper intake yet.

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I’m trying to track my water as well, but I don’t think it’s quite accurate because I drink a LOT of water.

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My fitbit [flex] has been lost (but I literally just found it in my center console of my car, go figure) so I hadn’t been tracking my steps, or anything else really. I will get it charged tonight and we can talk about step count tomorrow.

Apps. . .  I really like the fitbit app because I can track basically everything I need in one place. You might even be able to use it without linking a tracker to it, I’m not sure. I AM sure there are other apps out there that are just as good or better, but I don’t know what they are yet. Also, like I said, I really enjoy the convenience of having all of the information in one place.

Another really great app is Samsung Health.

See? Short today. I’m a little mentally worn out. I’ll try to have some good stuff for you tomorrow!

Comment below and tell me your favorite fitness apps! Also comment any dietary questions you may have! (Again I’m not an expert, but I do know a lot – I like to think!)

Xoxo

-S

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Perfect. . .

2 Eggs and a Potato

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Day 2: Let’s talk diet.

First of all every individual person’s dietary needs are completely different, and I am not a doctor. I’ve just done a lot of research and landed on what I believe is the best possible combination for myself as far as what will be nutritionally balanced, filling, and satisfy my taste buds.

As the name suggests, this is what I have decided on for my meals: 2 Eggs and a Potato.

I chose this diet because of the potato diet (shoot, Kevin Smith did it. . .) and the nutritional balance of eggs. Not to mention how satisfying and delicious they are. Now – If I transition to vegan, this will have to be revisited.

HOLD UP!

I will NOT give up my coffee and cream, no-siree! Any other time I have lost weight, that has been the one thing I have been able to have as my little “coping mechanism”. Nothin’ doin’. I’m not giving it up. SUCK IT diet enthusiasts. Srsly.

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Check out nutritionix.com!

Anyway – for the rest of my consumption I will be pretty meticulous. Except when I struggle, and I will, and I just want something else. If I hate my life I won’t stick to my diet. So – I’m allowed to mess up.

Otherwise the meal goes as follows: 2 over-easy eggs over top a baked golden potato seasoned with nutritional yeast and pepper. Did I stutter? I did not say butter. I did not say sour cream. I did not say cheeeeeese. I did not say I fried my eggs in butter, or in bacon grease.

So this meal x 3 plus my coffee (and water, duh, don’t be a dolt. . .) Puts me at 1,097 calories per day. Whoops! That’s no good.

Let’s now discuss TDEE. Total Daily Energy Expenditure. This is what your body uses in calories a day based on your activity level, height, weight, age and gender.  If you take in less than your TDEE you are in what is called a calorie deficit. This is necessary when trying to lose weight. Again, don’t be a dolt. You need to eat enough to have energy. You shouldn’t cut more than ~500 calories per day from your TDEE in order to function healthily.

My TDEE is 2,664 currently. So if I only consume 1,097 that puts me at a deficit of 1,567 calories per day. I like round numbers so my goal is likely to be 2,000 calories a day. Yes that breaks my rule but only slightly. Enh do as I say not as I do? So at my deficit based on the amount of calories planned for the day that leaves me 903 calories. GREAT! Because ya’ll know there’s no way I’m only drinking 5 cups of coffee. Plus I love to snack. . . Especially at night.

That is part of me and I’m not going to fight it. Right? I want to enjoy my diet so I stick to it. Plus I need to add lots of green veggies to my diet which I don’t have listed.

As long as I track my caloric intake I will be fine. So I have to make sure I eat enough and not too much.

What is the icing on the cake, you ask? Well let me tell you it’s that you get to eat your dang cake AND lose weight. Just fit it into your TDEE goal. Eat the stupid cake, brah!

*Disclaimer! Always, always, ALWAYS wash and thoroughly cook your potatoes. This is where botulism comes from (not only, but one of the biggest risks). Botulism is not your standard food poisoning. It will kill you dead. Right now. Well kinda slowly. So few cases have survived contraction that there is very very little medical science to protect you in this aspect. – Don’t be a dolt!

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I would have tracked my food intake to post here (which I will start tomorrow) but freaking Safeway was out of my POTATOES and I got all discombobulated.

So! Tell me what you think? Am I being ridiculous? What is your diet like? What would you like to try? Post your TDEE down below! I use this app.

Xoxo

-S

You guys! You gotta give this a listen. . .

Shakey Graves. Just get into him anyway!

This song gets super super good at about 4:10, but is TOTALLY worth a listen to the entire thing.

His voice, though! Seriously. Also, there is something that just moves my soul about a kick-drum.

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I got this picture from this website.

I don’t normally comment or even form an opinion on the attractiveness of another person, because, I don’t really know, I’m either not wired that way or I am EXTREMELY particular. Aside from my dude, I find two men attractive and that, I believe is more because of a perception of artistic whatevers-blah-blah-blah than physical appearance.

Shakey Graves is one of them. Pretty sure because of his beautiful, sultry voice and his intense music.

The other is Tom Hardy, and really just to look at him I wouldn’t think that, but when The Dark Knight Rises came out I was absolutely fascinated by the voice of Bane, and really their all around portrayal of the character, so I had to find out what made that happen. It’s really a great process; and the King of the Gypsies? Oh my! Then of course his character in Lawless is the man I always thought I’d marry. What a bad ass!

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So handsome. ❤

Go down that rat-hole and click those links. There’s cool information there!

Hope you love it all as much as I do!

Xoxo

-S

The Non-Farm – or – how to fix your Keurig in 10 easy steps.

Yep. That’s what I’m going to call it.

I’m not a farm – I’m raising nothing for the purpose of profit

I’m not a homestead – I’m not running my home in such a way as to be self sufficient. I’m not even part way there! I’m just implementing practices I grew up with and delving into a few hobbies. And fixing stuff for myself like a danged adult.

Which is exactly what I did this weekend.

Okay now let us back up a little bit. Long story short: Many long eons ago we had a perfectly good, hand-me-down, original, basic Keurig. It was great. I used to hell out of it. Then one day out of the blue, my dude, who didn’t drink coffee at the time, up and decided to purchase a Keurig Vue from some rando off  of a Facebook trading post. Ugh. Why? Doesn’t he know I don’t like change?

Any normal Keurig uses a K-cup, which I quickly bought a $4 refillable cup and started using my own grind (because people love to love me and my beautiful sister would always bring me Starbucks beans!!!) because it’s far cheaper. Why am I explaining this to you? You live on planet Earth. You know what this is all about.

A Keurig Vue uses a fancy pod that isn’t like a K-cup. It was SO irritating! Also it took me a LONG time to find an adapter – therefore I hated that confounded thing! *Sigh* It is pretty cool. It’s all digital and has many options and I use it constantly.

Friday I made a cup of coffee. I’m now on to Dazbog KGB Blend, by the way, took a fancy picture for Instagram, pressed the power button, and promptly smashed that sucker down into the machine.

What the hhhhheeelllllll? As if I have the money to fix something like this. GROWL. Saho does not approve.

So, taking a queue from my childhood curiosity, I took the damned thing apart to figure out what makes it tick. Tutorial as follows:

1.) Break your Keurig

2.) Panic.

3.) Access the Keurig website.

4.) E-mail them asking about any advice; wait a grueling 15-20 seconds for a reply and resume panicking when no response is received within that very reasonable amount of time.

5.) Head to the garage and dig out the screwdrivers.

6.) Spend 45 minutes gingerly (haha, see what I did there?) taking the mother effer apart.

7.) Finally get the power device-a-ma-jigger and find out that it’s bracket is busted.

8.) Remember that you saw some electrical tape the other day, where was that? The counter by the microwave! Go get that.

9.) Pull the power device-a-ma-jigger through to the outside of the Keurig and craft a very high end fastener out of the electrical tape for the power. . . device-a-ma-jigger.

10.) Put it back together and then ask your mom for her old coffee pot. (it did work, by the way. Both things.) Who needs a Ninja Coffee Bar? Hah! I do want one. . .

Let me know if you’d like to see any tutorials in the future! I sure loved making this one for you!

Xoxo

-S