Thursday, August 17, 2017

Golden Eggs (or Scrambled Egg in the Shell)





I ran into this on the internet.  I want to make this and give it to my husband.  He peels his eggs for his lunch the next day at home the night before.  I think I'll try it next week when he goes back to work.  He'll either think the egg is defective or I've lost my marbles.  LOL




Only in a Wal-Mart ......


....can you find a Rabbit driving a handi-cap cart.
LOL

Thigh Me To The Moon - Again & Again

Wanted to share something other than food for a change so I thought I'd share underwear.
Not just any underwear, mind you.  These are very special and oh so wonderful.  Made by a company called "Thigh Society" they are the most comfortable, soft, and amazing underwear you will even put on your lovely derriere. 



In the beginning, before I started the Keto diet, I found I was having trouble with chafing of the inner thighs when the weather got hot.   This would not do!  So I scoured the internet sites for something that would help with this problem and found Thigh Society.

My first pair arrived in about a month (so popular they were back ordered).  The moment I slipped into that first pair I was hooked.  The inner panel is cool and the flat seems do not hurt my legs.  I had already had irritation around my legs from the edges of panties and the pressure from sitting.  Mind you, I do have the most delicate skin and get irritation from things others have never heard of.  I am like the Princess in the story "The Princess and the Pea."



So thrilled with this product, I promptly sent off my review......

This is the review I left:

Thigh Me To The Moon
I'm in heaven, or at least over the moon in love with my Mid Rise Anti-chafing Slip Short. The most comfortable thing I've put on my lovely arse in ages. Able to sit in a car for 5 hrs. without any irritation from panty seams, wrinkling fabric and such. And as I am losing weight, these babies are still fitting me perfectly. Thigh me to the moon!

This is the reply by Thigh Society Inc:

Love it! 'Thigh me to the moon' - ❤️
Thanks,
Thigh Society Inc.



I ordered a pair in the black and have been just as pleased with the second pair.  So, now months later.............. I reordered, but a size smaller and they fit just as wonderfully.  Time to order more.  A bit pricey at about $43.00 a pair (they offer $10. off your first pair if you sign up), which includes shipping but, OH SO WORTH IT!  Yes, you are.....................

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day!
Carol

Disclaimer:  I receive nothing for promoting this product.  This blog post is purely to pass along some information to those who might have an interest in comfort.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Satisfying the Need to Crunch

Well, I do love to crunch!  I had heard about these cheese crisps, but found them too expensive online (you have to purchase them in a box of 12 packs).  I wasn't going to spend almost $50. to try them either.  But, during the weekend trip to Owl's Head, there they were on a store shelf for only $2.98 a package.  (Guess who went back and picked up 4 more packages.)  




As for the serving size of 23 crisps; no, no, no...... I couldn't eat 1/2 of that in a sitting. They were extremely filling and satisfying.  Especially if you put a little peanut butter on them.  Reminded me of those peanut butter cheese crackers we had as children; called Toasted Cheese Peanut Butter Sandwiches.



Now, what I would do with these crisps is put 23 in a bowl to snack on throughout the day. That could work. Also, a great replacement for potato chips or crackers.

Thanks for visiting today.  
Crunch On!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekend Get-Away: Owl's Head Transportation Museum & Lighthouse Museum Weekend

We went to Owl's Head, ME for two days.  One day to travel and relax, and the next to preview the vehicles that will be coming up for auction on this coming Saturday.  The two we decided would be best for us are this Ford F-150 truck,





or, this 1966 Ford Mustang


both which would most likely come in under under $10,000. (if we were lucky).

I had to get in on a few of the pictures because I'm usually the one behind the camera.



It was a great opportunity to interview for a "Price Is Right" spokes-model position, don't you think?


Hmmm, actually it looks like that purse is too heavy and pulling me down to the right... 
We decided that we wouldn't go back for the actual auction because it was quite far to go if there were only two cars that we "might" be able to bid on depending on how much competition there was.

We did meet a man from SWEDEN, yes the real country of Sweden and not Sweden, Maine.  It's always strange running into someone who says they are from someplace like sweden, denmark, mexico, etc. because like the majority of our towns in northern and western Maine are named after other countries.  But, he was from SWEDEN.... here to check out vehicles his hired bidder would bid on for him on Saturday and have them shipped to him overseas.  He was such a wonderful guy to talk with.

Anyway, we had a great time.
Stayed overnight at our favorite Hampton by Hilton in Thomaston, ME.

I was able to put together a great Keto-style breakfast in the morning which included some hot-buttered coffee, a western omelet topped with almonds, maple sausage, cream cheese and peanut butter.  It kept me satiated for over 5 hours.


Before we left the coast, we headed over to the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, ME.






Back home now, ahhhhhhh!  It is fun to travel, but always so great to be back home.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I wish you all a beautiful day.
Hugs,
Carol 







Friday, August 11, 2017

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew (and update on doctor's visit)

I bet you thought this was another diet post.  Nope, it's about ART.  I wanted, in the worst way,  to paint some hummingbirds in my garden.  And, I'm afraid that's just what I did (painted them in the worst way LOL).

I started the painting back in May, and I guess and thought I'd work on it today after weeks of looking at it and shaking my head.  You see, it wasn't going in the direction I had thought it would and I guess that's really my own fault.  Probably should have done a smaller painting with one hummingbird and one flower. I always seem to "bite off more than I can chew", with art, that is.   I know I haven't posted a painting in probably a year, so hear goes.


Just wanted to let those of you know, who were following me because we chat about art, that I'm still painting, occasionally.  When  am not fixing the piano, photographing the critters in the yard, or posting about Ketogenic dieting, there will be a painting or story about art from time to time.  I think I'll try painting a different subject next time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I just got a call from the doctor's office and he can see me today at 3 p.m. to do OMT on my back again.  How wonderful.  I just wish hubby had the day off to drive me because driving after a treatment is not a good idea, it can undo the adjustment with one wrong move.  Wish me luck!

Hugs,
Carol

Update on doctor's visit -   I drove cautiously both ways, especially after the OMT treatment.  The doc said I had 3 vertebrae misaligned and he had to do a lot more work than usual to get my right hip in place.  Now I usually get zonked for a few days as the treatment is a shock to the system.  Probably be in bed early, I am pretty exhausted right now.

Our new electric recliners arrived about a couple of hours before I left for the doctor's office and they are nice and comfy.  No more reaching over the side and pulling the handle to recline which often hurt my back.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you could try out my new chair.  I'm gonna love it.
Have a great day.
Carol

Why Animals Don't Smoke

I was cleaning out some files a while ago, of things I had saved during my career as a Registered Nurse.  One favorite brochure was from the American Lung Association called "Why Animals Don't Smoke" and was meant to share with children to teach them the dangers and pitfalls of smoking.

I just had to share these cute animal comments with you today.  Something a bit different.
I hope you enjoy the post.








My favorites are -
The frog says, "No one would want t kiss me if I smoked."
The giraffe says, "Smoking would give me a sore throat."
The goat says, "The smoke might hurt my kids."

I just love how they played on the characteristics of the individual animals.  What a creative team.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. 
It's raining here today, just like the weatherman said it would.  Can you imagine that?
I will be resting up and not doing much of anything.

I popped out my right hip last night while getting up off the couch to go get myself a glass of water.  I had a very bad night, with very little sleep and lots of discomfort.
Also, set off a Fibromyalgia flare-up.  Both weather changes and injuries can do that.
I'm hoping I can get in to see the doc on Monday so he can work his magic on this hip anyway.  Can't do anything but ride out the flare-up.  

I was hoping I could show that a Ketogenic diet would help prevent Fibro flare-ups but I guess not.  At least it works for weight loss.  Tipping the scale at 133 for the last two days. 

My new recliner comes some time today.  At least I will be able to sit comfortable and maybe catch some zzzzzzz's too.

I wish you all a beautiful day, where ever it takes you.
Carol

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Popeye Would Be Proud

Yup, I'm eating spinach again!  As Popeye (a 1950's cartoon character, for anyone who does not know) would say, "I loves me some spinach."

Today's lunch is 2 cups of fresh spinach wilted in 1 tablespoon of Kerry Gold butter topped with 8 large shrimp (peeled and deveined) that were also cooked in the remaining Kerry Gold.  With a twist of lemon on the side.


295 calories
13 grams fat
34 grams protein
3 grams carbs

I could eat this everyday!  I need to double the spinach.................

Thanks for visiting.
Enjoy your day,
Carol

A Most Thoughtful Gift

My hubby came home last week from his semi-monthly massage session with a local massage therapist. He started getting a massage every few weeks when I suggested it about two years ago after he had hurt his shoulder and was having a difficult time driving the bus, which he does for work.  He tried to stop going after his surgery for a rotator cuff tear but I insisted he continue to go as long as he is still working.  He has been grateful I convinced him to continue.

This time he came home with a most thoughtful gift for me.  There was this book in the waiting room which he picked up and he told me that when he opened it and read, he thought of me.

The book was -



What he read was -

 

While waiting, he read a bit and thought "she'd like this."  So, when his massage was finished he went to the book store and bought me a copy of my very own.

Now I don't read much, only because it makes me fall asleep.  An old habit from when I used to put grandchildren to bed at night.  I would read to them and yawn, which in turn would make them yawn and fall asleep.  Well, I don't know if it still works for them but it still works for me after all these years.

It has taken me over a week, so far, and I'm still not finished with 113 pages.  But every time I see the book, on the table beside my chair, it makes me smile and feel loved all over again.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope this day is a beautiful gift to you.

Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift
that's why we call it the present.

Unknown Author

Blessings,
Carol




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sometimes A Painting Inspires A Poem

Many years ago I had a blog friend named Bonnie Heather.  We lost track after my computer crashed and I never found her blog again.  One day she had posted a painting of a scene that must have been a landscape with a road of some sort because I penned this poem and believe I sent it to her, at least I hope I did.

See if it reminds you of a road you once traveled.  I know it does for me.

THE ROAD
for Bonnie Heather 11-6-10

Although we see the road
as having many twists
and turns
it often leads us
straight
to where we need to be.


Are you where you need to be today? Or, is there a road before you, that beckons?


Thanks for visiting today.
Carol

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Importance of Keeping a Food Diary in Weight Loss Efforts

For those of you on a quest to improve your health, return to a more comfortable weight, or other reason, and you've embarked on the weight loss journey, I want to share why I feel it is important to keep a food diary during your weight loss efforts. But first I'll share a bit of background information.

I actually started going low carb back in May just before hubby and I took a trip to California to visit relatives.  At that time I weighed in at 154 lbs. and was not happy with having to buy larger size clothing, clothing with elastic waists, and things in general with my appearance.  At 5'2" tall I was feeling pretty lethargic and drab.



Mike and me standing inside a giant Redwood tree.

After returning from our trip, which was fantastic.  I decided to get serious and lose some of the weight I had accumulated which got me to this condition.  I had already begun cutting out bread in any form. So I then started eating smaller portions of rice, pasta, and potatoes. 

Not really getting much results from that, I then cut out rice and pasta from my diet.
OK, now something is moving.  Started feeling lighter, less bloated, and the mood lift was great too.  So I decided to cut out potatoes too.  Oh no, no more french fries???

It wasn't until I listened to a Podcast by John Tesh, "Intelligence for your Life", that I got wind of the Ketogenic way of eating.  Check this link to listen to the podcast, it's quite an eyeopener.   The Ketogenic Diet 101

I began doing online research about Ketogenic diet and learned about high fat low carb eating.  I cleaned out my pantry and replaced the canola oil with coconut oil and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.  Replaced the butter with canola oil for Kerry Gold butter from grass-fed cows.  Removed flour and sugar and replaced them with Almond meal, flax and coconut flour.  I hadn't had sugar for some time but got some Truvia for use in recipes that needed a touch of sweetness.  Over time I've researched new high fat low carb recipes and learned to make things like almond buns for those times you just want a bread-type accompaniment to a meal.  

So when does keeping a food diary help?  When suddenly your weight plateaus and you stop losing, or else you fluctuate up or down a pound and just can't seem to move on, that's when you turn to the food diary for answers.

Go back to see what you were eating when everything was working smoothly and the weight was coming off.  Sometimes it's that you've stopped having so much of a food and have added something in it's place for variety.  Try eliminating something for a week or two to see if that jump starts your weight loss again.  For me it was Monterey Jack cheese and I noticed I hadn't been eating as much bacon, and I couldn't get a decent avocado for weeks. 

Sometimes it's your macros (macronutrients - fat, protein & carbs) are off because once you lose weight you need to recalculate them and change distribution of fat, protein and carbohydrates.  It is a diet that is constantly recalculating to fit the needs of your body at the present time.  It requires diligence and some creativity to make interesting meals and snacks that keep you satisfied. A strict Ketogenic diet uses the macros of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates with whatever amount of calories you need to lose weight.  So for example calorie-wise on a 1,000 calorie diet you would eat 750 cal. of fat, 200 cal. of protein and 50 cal. of carbohydrates.  Here is a link to the macro calculator I use that you can try to see what your macros would be.  Keto Calculator

I am happy to say that after stalling at 137/138 for way too long, I  modified a few things and after a few days I got on the scale and this happened - 134 pounds. 


So why is keeping a food diary important?

  • it keeps you accountable for calories and macros
  • it tracks changes in your intake
  • it lets you revisit what was working before you plateaued or stalled
  • it's evidence for when your physician questions what you've done to lose weight so effectively
There are online tracking sites that let you enter in your intake and calculate your macros but personally I am a hands-on kind of person and like the old fashioned "hard copy".  It might be residual thinking from my years as a registered nurse because we were told "if it's not documented it didn't happen."  I like charts and graphs, too.  

I hope you do listen to John Tesh's podcast and subscribe to "Intelligence for your Life."
If you've gone low carb or full-blown Keto please let me know so we can share the journey together.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Blessings,
Carol 




Sunday, August 6, 2017

The New Balance Auto Show (yearly event)

I'm sure many of you have heard of New Balance running shoes.  Well, New Balance is a very well-known and generous neighbor here in Norway, Maine USA.  Not only do they manufacture their products in a factory here, but they have this wonderful factory outlet store in nearby Oxford, Maine.  New Balance supports the community by contributing to many causes, the most well-known is the building of safe playgrounds for our children both at local parks and at the lake.  At the lake there is also a Par Course for the exercise enthusiast.

Every year, right after their big Tent Sale where you can get really great bargains, they put on the annual auto show.  Mike and I attended today and here are some pics I took.





















There was something for everyone.........
I was totally coveting that 67' Camaro convertible (I had one that was hard top).

Thanks for stopping by.  Wish you were here to cookout with us and have some good conversation and laughter.

Carol


Friday, August 4, 2017

Tea Time

Well, I just wanted to share something different today so, for those of you who like zero calorie drinks, and no caffeine, I thought I'd share some Chai Rooibos Tea.  A delightful blend of organic herbs (Rooibos leaf, Cardamom pods, Cinnamon bark, Ginger root, Clove bud, and  Stevia leaf. A warming, spicy-sweet  and soothing mix for any time of the day.  Just as good over ice, too.  I enjoy the Chai Rooibos as a break from my usual Chamomile tea.  



And, each tea bag has a little saying for the day.



Thanks for visiting today.
I wish you were here for tea time.
Carol

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Snack Time Reach for Duke's

Just wanted to share another little tid bit I found out about and have tried to my delight......yum!









Duke's are awesome dried beef sticks that are very filling.  That 120 calories is for 2 sticks but I only eat one; so divide the calories and macros (fat, protein, carbs) in half.   Wal-mart stores carry these, so does Hannaford Supermarkets.  I would expect Shaw's Supermarket to have them too, but I don't know for sure.
Don't have a Shaws near me, only the other two I mentioned.  Wal-mart is about $.48 cheaper for the same package here. 

I hope you'll give Duke's a try.  Hey, these companies should be paying me to promote their products, don't you think? 

Have a great day. Thanks for visiting.
Carol 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lap Desk - SOLD


I've been meaning to tell you all that the lap desk I cleaned and polished finally sold for $75.00 on Ebay.
I didn't replace the broken hinge inside either.



I haven't received any feedback from the buyer yet so I guess they are pleased with it.  If they weren't, I would have heard from them the same day they received it.  

Thanks for stopping by.
Carol

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


The Many Ways I Can Sprain or Strain My Back -
.turning my head to look both ways at a STOP sign
.pouring myself a cup of coffee
.pulling the shower curtain closed
.picking up a pair of shoes
.sitting on a too soft couch
.rolling over in bed
.sliding open the closet door
.reaching into the closet for a shirt
.riding in a car on a bumpy road
or, as I did yesterday
putting on a sports bra.

And, that's jut what I did yesterday, I was putting on a sports bra to go take a walk with my Hubby and ...... BAM!  I've been out of commission since.  

Things you can't do when you have a back strain or sprain - 
.blow your nose
.lift a cup 
.wipe yourself in the bathroom
.lift a towel
.lift the TV remote
.take a deep breath
.sit, stand, or lay down comfortably
.pull up your pants
.put anything on over your head
.drive
.cough or sneeze
.blink (yes, I said blink, LOL)

Ok, just kidding with the "blink" but it's almost true.  Thank goodness for the internet and the distraction.  Hubby was a very big help; tending to all my needs.  He always stayed within ear shot in case I needed to call for help.  Unfortunately he has gone to work today so I am on my own.

I couldn't get in to see my D.O. for some OMT but they are working on getting me in to see another doctor for Thursday morning.  That's when Hubby doesn't have to be at work until 1 p.m. and can drive me there. Even if this clears up I know I will still need a treatment. 

This will certainly set me back with the progress I've made walking 2 miles every other day but on the bright side, I ate so little yesterday I've managed to stay at 135 lbs.    I reached 135 two days ago but didn't say anything in case it was a fluke and I bounced back up again.  But it's a legitimate weight loss.  Yay!


Thanks for stopping by.  If you read this entire post,  I am impressed.  I promise to have a more interesting post next time.  That may take awhile.  LOL  Oh, don't make me laugh.

Have a beautiful day, friends.
Carol