"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands". Prov.14:1 (NASB)

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Simple Woman {June 2021}

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For Today: 6/7/21
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Looking out my window
It’s a nice day outside. Today’s high is 82 degrees. We had rain all weekend and supposed to have rain all this week.

I am thinking
About my 45th birthday coming up next month.

I am thankful
To be the keeper of our home. I love making our home a haven for my family to be able to relax and enjoy themselves.

One of my favorite things
I love a good cup of Cappuccino over drinking coffee. I so love that creamy feel. But, when I do drink coffee, I love the Hazelnut flavor most. YUM :)

I am creating
Nothing at the moment.

I am wearing
A yellow blouse and white capris.

I am reading
I have been reading “Fault Lines” by Voddie Baucham Jr. with my hubby. It's a great read and very eye-opening, to say the least. We are learning a lot.

I’m watching
My hubby has been binge-watching Leverage episodes. I sit in on some episodes when I get a chance. His favorite character is Hardison. Hubby is in IT...need I explain more ;)

I am hoping
To get to the Farmer’s Market every other weekend for the next 5 months.

I am learning
I learned so much in the online ladies' Bible study of the book of Ruth. It seems strange that 8 weeks have already come and gone.

In my kitchen
I’m still trying out new Keto meals in my weekly meal preps. I/we have been enjoying them so far. This one is a picture of Keto Lasagna Stuffed Peppers.

Post Script
  Last week I posted a year update of my health/fitness journey. If you haven’t checked it out, I hope you get a chance to read it and see how things are going.

Shared Quote
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
~Romans 5:8

A moment from my day
Today's hair spa day so I'm giving my head of curls some TLC!

Closing Notes
I hope you enjoyed reading my Simple Woman Daybook post. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to leave me a comment. I do read and respond to each one. Just know that I do block spammers and don’t allow disrespectful comments to go through. Before you go don't forget to visit and read other ladies Simple Woman Journal posts that are linked up through our gracious host Peggie.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

My health journey 1 Year later…

Hello again. I’m back to share some updates from my year of being on a new health journey. I started my health journey last year in June. What a year it was with the coronavirus, getting used to a new norm, and attending back-to-back funerals of close friends (thankfully not COVID related). After getting back home from the last funeral I decided I wanted to do something to get my body back in shape and feel better all over.

I started out just exercising at home 5 days a week along with doing weekend meal prep. The meal prep really helped me since I had been wanting to start portion controlling my meals. I’ll admit it was tough at first, but it didn’t take long for me to get in the hang of it. I remember one time (after a month of portion control) I could not eat all the food I had on my plate when we got take out. That let me know it was working. Heck, my clothes started getting looser and looser as the months passed by. I continued with this way of eating all the way through the end of the year. I was surprised at how easy it was for me to NOT overeat during the holidays. I would feel like I had to throw up if I tried to push past my limit.

At one point I hit a weight plateau. That was discouraging but I was determined to find a way to push past it. In years past I would stop trying when I hit these plateaus. I didn’t know what to do about it. Thankfully I started seeing videos on YouTube about Intermittent Fasting (IF) as well as learning more about Keto (low carb/high fat) diet. I learned things about Insulin Resistance that I had never even heard before. Another thing that stuck with me is learning that weight loss is not linear and even when the scale isn’t budging your body composition could be changing. Now I know I just needed to do something to up the ante (shock the body) to get into more fat burning. If I had understood that in the past, maybe I would have kept trying. This is why I’ve been making lots of changes to my regimen lately.

I’m glad I decided to try IF because I have seen some great benefits from it. Not only did I push past my weight stall, but I have given up sugar, and I no longer have to do portion control. Don’t get me wrong I did benefit from portion control and still do. I just think I’m naturally controlling when and how much I eat now so it’s hard for me to overeat anything these days. I also love that since doing IF I feel more energetic throughout the day. 

The photos I shared here show my size when I first started in June 2020 to my size as of the end of May 2021. I’m nowhere near my goal weight. I have a long way to go. I'll say that I’m happy with my progress so far and will continue on now that I have better knowledge of the process. Throughout the year I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of doing to get fit and healthy. I’ll come back in about 6-9 months with more photos and talk about where I’m at in my weight loss and health journey.


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Monday, May 31, 2021

June 2021 Weekly Meal Plans

Hi everyone. Today we celebrated Memorial Day here in the United States. I hope all who took part had a blessed one. We’re having lots of nice weather most days. In a few weeks, we’ll say goodbye to Spring and hello to Summer.

Things are going well with my health and fitness. I’m so glad I added Intermittent Fasting (IF) to my weekly health regimen. Next month will be a year since I started this new lifestyle. Be sure to stay tuned. My next post will be me sharing photos and thoughts on my progress.

I did start doing the 20/4 IF method. I only eat 2 meals a day. This is known in the fasting and fitness world as 2MAD. If you noticed, I have incorporated a lot of Keto meals into my meal plans the last few months. It has really helped me get past a weight loss plateau. It also helped me get fat adapted so that I’m able to go longer periods of time without getting hungry. I’ll talk about all that in my next post. A lot is changing in the way we eat so I’m just going to make the upcoming menu short and simple.

Breakfast-
Smoothie Packs- (Still having these once or twice a week)
Scotch Eggs (without the bread crumbs)
Keto Chorizo Quiche
Sausage Egg Muffins
Breakfast Deviled Eggs with Liver Pate

Lunch-
Keto Salmon Patties
Chicken Salad
Keto Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
Keto Taco Pie (with salsa and sour cream)

Dinner-
Carnitas (with Cojita cheese, salsa, and sour cream)
Brisket
Rosemary Lamb
Baked Chicken


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Almost Wordless Wednesday~ 5/12/20

My Mother's Day gifts

What's in the picture?

Fresh cut roses from someone’s garden

Gray Fashion Tote/Handbag (4 piece) set

Engraved Walnut Chopping Block

3 Renpure Body Washes

Love & Nature Body Mists: “hey, sugar” and “sugar magnolia”


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

May 2021 Weekly Meal Plans

Hi everyone. Seems like April just came and flew by with the blink of an eye. We have had some really nice weather outside of some rainy days. Things are going well on the Homefront as well as with meal planning and my health goals.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I mentioned I added Intermittent Fasting (IF) to my weekly health regimen. It has made a huge difference and wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be in the beginning. My hubby has been watching my progress and has been a great encouragement. He has now decided to start his own IF regimen by first cutting out the daily snacking like I did back in January.

I successfully did the 18/6 method all this month (daily fast for 18 hours and eat within a 6-hour window). I’ve noticed a big (but beneficial) change in my appetite. I have way more control and I have decided to start doing the 20/4 method. I know it seems like I’ve been making lots of adjustments lately. All of these changes are leading up to a bigger goal I have, but I will talk about that later on. What all that being said, let's move on and see what’s on the menu:

Breakfast-
Smoothie Packs- still having these twice a week but only using berries with some protein powder.

* List of other breakfast meals that will be eaten 3 times during each week.
Week 1: Brussels Sprouts Hash (served with a piece of fresh fruit)
Week 2: Keto Omelet Chaffles (will serve with salsa and fresh fruit)
Week 3: Bacon and Egg cups (served with some Applesauce)
Week 4: Breakfast Deviled Eggs (served with homemade sausage)

* List of lunch meals that will be eaten 5 times during each week.
Lunch-
Week 1: Keto Cincinnati Chili (will serve over Zoodles)
Week 2: Keto Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Casserole with Keto Cheddar biscuits
Week 3: Hibachi Steak and fried rice 
Week 4: Keto Lasagna

* List of dinner meals that will be eaten 4 times during each week.
Dinner-
1. Nicoise Salad (will be served with tuna and/or crabmeat)
2. Nicoise Salad (will be served with baked dill salmon)
3. Nicoise Salad (will be served with chicken)
4. Nicoise Salad (will be served with tuna and/or boneless salmon)

* Snacks- No longer prepping these. My son is the only one here who has snacks whenever he feels the need to. He just buys/chooses his own snacks.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

The Simple Woman {April 2021}

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For Today: 4/5/21
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Looking out my window
It’s a pretty day outside. Today’s high is 77 degrees. According to our local forecast, it looks like it will be a pretty week.

I am thinking
How I had mentioned last time that I should start a Tip Tuesday to share things I've learned about meal prepping. I haven’t gotten around to that yet, but it’s still in the back of my mind.

I am thankful
To have celebrated our Lord and Savior’s Resurrection yesterday :-) I know it was a much better one for many when looking back at how COVID affected everything last year.

One of my favorite things
  The smell of Lemon and Lavender Essential oils when blended together.

I am creating
Just rearranging some sections in my Happy Planners.

I am wearing
A pink shirt with maroon pants and comfy house shoes.

I am reading/listening to
I have been learning so much about Intermittent Fasting on YouTube. Some of my favorite speakers on the topic are Dr. Eric Berg, Dr. Jason Fung, and Dr. Sten Ekberg.

I’m watching
Recently I watched Voddie B. speak about Biblical Justice vs. Social Justice. It was worth the watch with all that’s going on in our world these days.

I am hoping
Dollar Tree gets more supplies in the store. The shelves are not as stocked as they used to be before COVID.

I am learning
To really enjoy the colors of Spring. Especially flowers and pastel colors.

In my kitchen
I have been trying out some Keto meals in my weekly meal preps. I have been enjoying them so far. This one is a picture of two different types of Nicoise salads we are enjoying.

More Of Value
  It is important that every believer understands Racial Reconciliation through God’s Word. The world around us wants everyone to view it one way, but God’s way is best.

Post Script
My hubby has been talking about CRT lately. I didn’t know what that was until I saw Michelle Lesley sharing the 6 part Critical Race Theory series on her blog.

Shared Quote
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
~Romans 1:16-17

A moment from my day
Enjoying some leftover Easter Dinner. We had:
Ham (with pineapple)
Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke casserole
Green beans (with red onion and bacon)
Skillet Corn (I had none on my plate)
Keto Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Lemon Cookies and Brownies

Closing Notes
I didn’t do a Simple Woman Daybook post last month because I’m doing one every other month for now. Thank you to all who stop by to read and leave comments. I really appreciate you. Before you go don't forget to visit and read other ladies Simple Woman Journal posts that are linked up through our gracious host Peggie.
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