So, when I decided to do keto I told myself I would give it three months to see how it worked and how it could fit into my lifestyle.  That three month mark is quickly coming up over the horizon.  The date, December 17th!  I have to decide what I want to do.  Do I continue on Keto for another three months?  Do I just go into a calorie deficit and work out?  Do I just go into a calorie deficit and not work out (which is more like me)?  What do I do!?

Being on Keto has allowed me to loose almost 30 pounds in two months.  Most of that weight was put on during COVID and being home however, so to the outside world who is seeing me just thinks I look like I've always looked-but I really have lost weight (you just didn't know I gained before that lol).

One thing I have learned though doing Keto is that what is really the most important thing when trying to loose weight is that diets really don't work.  Fads or paid programs-not necessary.  What really works is cutting down on your calories to loose weight.  And of course, working out-which is not my thing.

I feel like a broken record.  I know people are sick of listening to me.  I can feel it and see it in their faces.  I mention the word "keto" and certain people laugh or give me a side glance because of what they have heard from someone else.  Which is fine, we all make assumptions about people based on what we have heard, and if you say you never have-well then you are a liar sir.  That is a fact.  Plus I find it ironic that people judge other people for how they eat, when they never want to be judged themselves about how they eat.  I find it ironic that someone would scoff at someone for "trying" to get or be healthier or loose weight, especially if they themselves are over weight and also not healthy.

I didn't really write this post to say good or bad things about keto or the people who love or hate it, it was mostly to try to work out in my mind how I would proceed with my journey after my three months are over.

I want to keep moving forward with my weight loss and I really do want to do low-carb/keto still-but not so strict with the macro counting.  I can't keep up with that shit my entire life.  Plus I love potatoes & popcorn!  I can have them sure, but if you have something like that on keto you have to lay off the other carbs that are like in your veggies-so you miss out on other things instead.

I understand that water is key as well, and you have to drink enough of it as you are loosing weight.  I have struggled with this most certainly!

(got to get to work-will update more later)




 So little known fact, I have loved everything bagels for about 29 years......which is when I had my very first one which I bought while working at a hospital in the town near me (years and years ago).  It was the best thing I ever had, and I became pretty obsessed with it (had it every day for breakfast).

I had to learn how to make it myself, so I could eat bagels on the weekends with cream cheese and sprinkle the stuff on top.  I love that you can buy it already made up these days, how amazing is that.

I still love my own, because I like to add in extra sea salt and extra dried onions.....mmmmm, it is EVERYTHING....

Anyway, it's super easy to make, here is my basic ingredients (add equal parts/or add in more of your fav of the following:

Sea Salt
Minced Dried Onions
Minced Dried Garlic
Poppy Seeds
Sesame Seeds (I use white)

Store in a jar of choice :) 

Enjoy one EVERYTHING you want to be awesome.

As you can see here, I used cute little Mason jars I found at Wal-Mart

As you can see here, I am enjoying it on some cream cheese with my breakfast :)

xoxo, Lela


 Y'all-I cannot even with these cookies, the are so dang good!  I won't write to much because I just want to share......the recipe!  I even typed it up if you want to download it and print it.

What you'll need:

1 ½ cup fine almond flour
¾ cup erythritol
1 stick melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips of choice

What you'll do:

Beat melted butter with sugar until well combined, add in egg and vanilla and beat for 15 seconds.  Add in all the dry ingredients and beat again until well combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Scoop out onto lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 12-15 mins depending on oven.  Let cookies cool on cookie sheet until firmed up.  Store in airtight container.

How easy is that?  (click here to download the recipe)



So hands down my favorite snack!  Keto Bread Sticks.  They are honestly the best thing I've had in a very long time.  They are salty, a little crunch-from the crust as it cooks in the skillet-and cheesy!  I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack!

I even made some the last time Xander's girlfriend was over, and when she came in from outside she asked "What is that smell!?" I said, "Cheese" she came to look and seemed intrigued so I offered her some and she said it was amazing, 10 out of 10!  That is a great compliment from a teenager :) and I do not disagree with her at all!  It's that good!

What you'll need:

1 package of La Chona Panela Cheese
Spray Oil
Marinara
Garlic Salt (I use Lawry's)

What you'll do:

Heat non-stick skillet medium heat.  Slice cheese about 1/4 inch thick, or as thick as you want.  Spray pan with some oil and lay slices of cheese into the skillet-sprinkle with some garlic salt and let brown, flip and brown some more-about 4-5 mins per side depending on how hot your skillet is.

Serve with marinara of choice if you want.

Top Notch Baby!






Well, it happened!  I need to buy a new bra, I need to replace one that is now to big.  The one that is to big is my favorite bra though, and I've had it for years.  It doesn't adjust in the band-as it is a snap closure-so the fit can't be made smaller (unless I sew it I guess-but not willing to go that far).

So I ran to my online store that I like to get my bras and hoped for the best, hoped they had one similar - or if I was lucky the same one that I could get in a smaller band size.

Guess what?

THEY DID!


I'm just going to drop the link here so you can get your own, it's on sale right now for $32.17 ($49.50 regular price)

Like most other people on this planet, I have been working from home since March 2020 due to COVID-19.  I am in a great routine now, but I am still pressed for time when making breakfast.  I try to come up with easy and quick meals that are also keto friendly.

This morning I made a pretty darn good omelet.

What you'll need:

2 frozen slices of Steak-Umm's
1 oz of grated cheese of choice (I used Swiss)
2 tbs spinach (I used thawed and drained frozen)
2 large eggs
1/2 tbs of butter
little Lawry's Garlic Salt (on steak)

What you'll do:

Place 2 steak sections into your cast iron pre-heated skillet, continue to cook on med heat chopping as it starts to thaw and cook.  Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside (I like to drain the grease).

Add butter to skillet, whisk eggs and pour into skillet, as eggs start to set add in your cheese and whatever veggies you want that are cooked and ready to go and the cooked steak.  Flip one side of the omelet on to the other, to make a half moon.....cook until egg is set and cheese is melted.  ENJOY!

This is about 0 carbs lol :) 


 90 Second Mug Bread

Well, here is a recipe for some quick bread for breakfast if you're interested....it literally was so easy & so quick.  The texture was what you'd expect from anything made with almond flour - but toasted up it was really yummy and a great alternative for some toast in the morning-if you're missing it and don't have a lot of time.

What you'll need:

1/3 cup almond flour (I used blanched/fine)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 tbs butter

What you'll do:

Put your butter into a mug or ramkin and microwave until melted (about 15-20 seconds), mix in the rest of the ingredients into melted butter (in mug) until well combined.  Microwave mixture for 90 seconds.  Let stand for 2 mins before slicing.  Mine made four slices of bread, perfect for breakfast sandwiches.

ENJOY!



I don't have a specific person to credit for this recipe, as it is literally all over TikTok and the internet.  I basically only post any recipes to share what I like....and then how to make it.  Sometimes it is exact, sometimes it is totally different.  I think I will try this with just egg whites and see what I get, and I think I'll also try it with some flaxseed and some coconut flour....just giving them all a good "test".  This entire journey and blogging what I find is for me only really-so I can come back and see what works for me and keep track.  If you find something you like in the meantime-WONDERFUL!

Yesterday, during my lunch break I took some time to grab a few things I needed from the grocery store.  In my county it is still mandatory to wear face masks while food shopping in almost all the stores-which is fine, except I feel like I can not breath in them most of the time.  That makes me anxious, and I am already anxious by being in the store in the first place.  I hate going to the grocery store-I hate the way people treat each other, no one is ever nice.  People act like you're in their way all the time, people take up the entire isles instead of sharing the walk space, I just leave most of the time really stressed out.

So my shopping experience started to take a downward spiral when I was looking at the chicken breasts and I catch an older lady standing with her cart pointed right towards mine, really close.  I look over at her, and she clearly wants to be right where I am at and she is staring me down, and I can still see the scowl even through her mask.  I look back at the chicken and she inches closer-I look again, and she is scowling and staring.  I mouth the words "FUCK YOU LADY", in a silent whisper, and it hit me-I can do this to all the assholes that are rude.

By the time I was in the check out line, I had told about a half dozen people off and my mood was lighter, I was laughing-behind my mask.

Good job Lela, GOOD JOB!



 Well, I am always looking for something the family can all enjoy, without the side glances and the questions..."is this keto?" to which I always reply "why yes darling, and it's just food"....because let's face it Keto is basically just eating meat and veggies on the daily!  It's not about just eggs, cheese and bacon-though you can have those too.....

So last night, I decided to make some chicken breasts......easy right?  Here is what I did.....

What you'll need:

6 chicken breasts (3 split) for quicker cooking
1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
1 jar of marinara of choice
Lawry's Garlic Season Salt (to taste)
2-3 tablespoons of butter

What you'll do:

Pre-heat oven to 375.  In a 9x12 casserole dish-put in about 1/4 cup of the marinara, spread it around to coat the bottom.

Heat a skillet with a tablespoon of butter (while that heats up, sprinkle your chicken breasts with a little bit of Garlic Salt, put in chicken breasts in batches-cooking 2 at a time about 5-8 mins per side depending on thickness.

Put chicken into casserole dish as they finish in the skillet.  When you get them all cooked, pour over the rest of the marinara.  Top with cheese.  Bake in the oven for about 15-20 mins.  You could even cut this down if your chicken is pretty much cooked through from the pan frying, or increase if you prefer not to cook the chicken prior to baking it.  If your chicken is more done, you could simply broil the dish to melt the cheese.

Note: for the photos, I cooked these in two different dishes this time-so I could add mushrooms to mine-my husband is not a fan and didn't want them to get "mixed"  into the main dish!  I am such a good wife, dang.

The family rated this a 10 out of 10.  We will for sure have this again!

xoxo, Lela




Oh and the fried breadstick looking things, well that's just cheese!  YES!  Get yourself some grilling cheese, slice it up and fry it in a skillet.  The one I used for this, I got at Winn-Dixie and it's called La Chona, Panela Mexican Style Part Skim Milk Cheese.  It is AMAZING!  Hands down probably the best thing I've had since being on KETO so far!


Okay, so here are a few things I found at my local Wal-Mart that I totally love!

La Banderita Carb Counter Tortillas (4 net carbs) - $2.98

International Delight Zero Sugar Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer (1 net carb) - $2.94

Great Value Berry Medley (3 net carb for 1/4 cup) $1.98
This is great to have on hand for smoothies-or making sugar free jam

Marketside Spinach and Artichoke Dip (1 net carb) $4.76 


Mac's Chicharrones (0 net carbs) $5.88



Baken-Ets Chicharrones (0 net carbs) $2.00



La Chona Panela Mexican Style Part Skim Milk Cheese (2 net cabs) $4.98




Two Good Vanilla Yogurt (3 net carbs) $1.24

Bake Believe Dark Chocolate Chips (5 net carbs) $3.98 a bag and they have semi sweet, white chocolate, and milk to pick from

Corona Hard Seltzer (0 net carbs) $14.98 (those I got these on sale last time at Winn-Dixie for $13


Favorite Sweeteners:

  • Swerve Brown Sugar
  • Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener

& of course you have your stand by items such as:

  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Uncured meats
  • Coffee (or course)
  • Vodka (zero carbs)
  • Sparking Waters (yummy)

Also, while we are at it-here is a list of things I want to try!

  • Tyson's Blacked Chicken Strips
  • Corona Hard Seltzer (0 carbs)
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