Friday, March 16, 2018

That Crazy Keto Thing

 Hi guys! Wow it’s been quite a while since I last updated this silly little blog. Seems to be the trend haha.  Nothing major has changed since my last update, except this crazy diet I’ve been doing for the past month. Okay, it’s not crazy, and it’s not really a diet, it’s more of a lifestyle change... a way of eating. Most people haven’t heard of the Ketogenic diet, but after a few friends told me how awesome it was, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. I’ve never been much into dieting, but I wasn’t very happy with how I looked and felt and decided it was time for something to change. I’ve always been pretty active... I go to the gym a couple times a week, I play hockey at least once a week, and I rarely just lay around unless I’m not feeling good.

 After a lot of research and cleaning out my pantry, I decided to give it a try. I should’ve started blogging this from the very beginning, but I didn’t really think about it until some friends suggested it mainly just to share my recipes on making normal foods keto friendly.  I’ve never really made up a recipe on my own, but I take recipes I find on the internet and tweak them until I’m happy with the outcome.  This also isn’t going to be just about food. Well, I’m definitely going to be talking about food a lot, but also my journey through this lifestyle change, and sticking to my old blogging style roots... talking about adventures, projects, and anything I feel like writing about! :)

 So about this keto thing.  I’m not gonna tell you everything about it, there’s Google for that, but it is a high fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. You also can’t eat sugar, or very minimal sugar. And it works. I started on Feb 7th and as of now I have lost 16 lbs. Not only have I lost a little weight so far, but I also feel a lot better overall. I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and I just feel healthier in general.  Cutting out carbs and sugar hasn’t really been that hard for me, thankfully. Most things that I was eating before, I can eat now but just with a little switch up of ingredients. Instead of normal flour, I use almond or coconut flour. Instead of sugar, I use natural sweeteners like stevia, monkfruit, or erythritol.  There’s a recipe called ‘fathead dough’ that has been my saving grace for my love of bread. You can make pizza crust with it, breadsticks, sandwich bread, biscuits, the possibilities are endless. I’ll share that recipe in a later post. 

I’m also going to Oahu for a week in a few days! It was kind of a last minute, spur of the moment trip to clear my head and relax before the crazy summer tourist season starts.  I’m going to spend A LOT of time surfing.  I took a surf lesson last year when I went to Maui, and it was so fun and exhilarating! I really want to try surfing here in Alaska but I know I need to practice a little more in warmer waters before I tackle these crazy cold Juneau waters (with a wetsuit of course). 

Anyways, happy Friday folks! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Almost 6 months later...

Happy Easter all you awesome peeps!

Once again, I've failed the probably two people that read my blog. It's been WAY too long since my last post.

The winter was fun, but the lack of snow made it not as fun as it could be. Overall it was a pretty good season. I got more involved with the Books2Boards program and met some really awesome kids. Eaglecrest Ski Area closed early again, and thankfully they needed extra help on the bima for my summer job so I was able to start early there.

I'm super pumped for the summer since I'll be a captain this season. It will certainly be a learning experience and I'm stoked to get out on the water with my spirit animal!

I've been busy making jewelry for my Esty shop. I even bought a domain and some business cards! Woah. Things there are going great. I got asked to make a bunch of earrings for a new gift box subscription company specializing in Alaskan made items. I'll post more on that as things progress.
Now, all you gotta do is type in and it takes you right to my Etsy store!

This one is gonna be short and sweet. Gotta get ready for some Easter dinner yumminess in a few!

Until next time, namaste friends. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Summer Shenanigans

Well, it has been a long time since my last post! The summer was amazing in so many ways. I can't begin to describe the awesome wildlife encounters and all the amazing people I met. Now that the summer is over, I'm quite sad. I wish summer could last forever but I'm also excited for what the winter has in store. I've been doing the snow dance for a while, hope it works!

Our plunges have been quite successful so far. Here are a few photos since my last post. 

Out of all those, I would have to say September is our best one yet! 

So far the fall has been great. I'm about a week into my seven week captains course and I've learned so much already. I'm excited for my trip home in November. It's been way too long since I've seen my friends and family back on the East Coast. I miss them all so much and I know two weeks is going to fly by and I wish it could last longer. 

I have also been making jewelry quite often and have sold several things through my Etsy store. Jewelry making is something that I've always enjoyed, and I hope to do more of it! 

Anyways, here are just a few of my favorite photos from the summer.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Plunge Update!

I just realized I haven't posted the last couple months of the 2015 Plunge Challenge photos! Here is March and April! 

Beach Walk...

...with Winter!! She loves going outside but it's dangerous for a cat to run loose here. Next best thing? A harness and a leash and a cat that tolerates it!