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The Pasta that Keeps On Giving!

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Well good morning everyone and welcome to Friday! Honestly, has a day of the week ever sounded so damn good?lol. I’m a little tired this morning because I had a burst of energy and I was laying in bed with too much on my mind and feeling like I could run a marathon! At first, I was going to just go ahead and hit the gym but my mind was not having it! I just tried and tried to fall off and of course, I did right before I had to get up. Why is that always the way with sleep.lmao? I’m very proud to say I did get a few hours of sleep so I’m good!

 

Today I’m back at it in the gym with back and biceps and a new lower body workout I’m excited about! Typically, I only work my lower body doing cardio or the pool so I’m happy to start doing some stretching and leg routine to my program! To begin I’ll do some squats and lunges with no weights for a few and then start doing some weights and eventually have an entire day for legs and so on. Also, I think it’s time that I start doing a little walking around in the parks and stuff. There are several beautiful parks in my area and as the weather gets better I need to get my lower body moving and more flexible! March is going to be an amazing month!

 

The diet was on point and you all know I had those noodles and they were a total win for me. Not only are they delicious but they have virtually no calories and no carbs! The best thing about them, they made me super full and I was unable to eat anything after that meal last night and that left me with a wonderful caloric deficit! I don’t really track calories but I have a ceiling that I try not to go over which is about 2500. I’ll post a picture of my calories for yesterday they were a lot lower than normal! I broke my fast yesterday with that Keto meal coffee and turkey bacon which I think will start being my mainstay! my mom would be proud this morning I’m drinking plain black coffee and I’m actually getting used to it! It’s a major step in my weight loss journey that I no longer put sugar in my coffee, I’ll take the small victories as well as the big ones ya know!

 

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It’s a new dawn, a new day and you all have an opportunity to be as great as you want! I believe that the beginning of every month brings the chance for change. Maybe everything is going fabulously in your life and you just want to try something different or maybe you want to help someone do something you know means the world to them! Finally, maybe you’re like me and you want to do all you can to change the way you handle the things in your life you struggle with and turn them into something positive it really doesn’t matter what it is as! What’s important is that you feel satisfied with the life you have and empowered to change the things that you struggle with. I will leave you with this; The decision to change is a lonely one because it’s all up to you and only you, however, the road to change is paved with arms that are just begging to pull you up and push you along the way to success! It’s all about you!

 

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Have a wonderful day, a blessed weekend and a phenomenal month of MARCH homies!

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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Miracle Noodles

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Today is the first day of March and that’s fantastic! I have always loved March and the weather changes that will be coming soon! Even though it’s raining really hard today I know that it is supposed to clear up and be another beautiful day full of sun! The best thing about today is my miracle noodles should be coming in. If you haven’t heard about these so-called miracle noodles I’ll leave a picture below. After I have them tonight you all know I’ll let you know if they are any good.

 

Just got back from the gym and the chest workout was fantastic! I felt a lot better doing my fasted lifting today than I felt yesterday and I think it had to do with sleep. I slept amazing last night and because of that, I think my body responded very well to lifting on an empty stomach! I’ll definitely see if it helped when I weigh in on Monday. Today was my 3rd lift of the week so all I need is 1 more and I’m at my goal for the week. I do need to pick it up on the cardio end of things because I have only done 1 cardio day so far. We are going swimming tonight so that’s 2 and then I’ll try to double up tomorrow to get right again. I would just do cardio when I lift but the cardio machines are absolutely covered when I lift during the day. There is a huge population of senior citizens at my gym and they work out a ton during the day. Don’t get me wrong I think that’s fabulous and I pray that I am able to live as long and be as active as some of these folks. Since the cardio machines are mostly taken I just swim at night or come back and do the elliptical. I’m giving myself 2 more weeks with my current routine and then I’ll be going up in weight and adding a few more exercises in. That will be cool!

 

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As I mentioned before I will be making those miracle noodles I ordered from Amazon tonight. While I type this I have them marinating in a delicious sauce so that I can add 2 pieces of chopped up chicken thighs, some sesame seeds and probably some spinach. I’m not too sure yet because I may make a green smoothie in case my noodles taste gross.lol. My fast was broken today with a giant cup of keto meal and coffee a few pieces of turkey bacon and a piece of chicken from the other night. Not only was it delicious but I can honestly say that it certainly filled me up! I’m still trying to figure out if I want to fast 18 hours every day or do 16:8 but as of now, I’m able to fast for 18 hours pretty easily. Just a little tip, If you are eating Keto you will get tired of the same 2 or 3 meals every now and again so it’s very important to keep playing around with different meals that will add variety to your diet. I know from experience that boredom leads to binging because you slip and have just one bad thing and it’s like a chain reaction and before you know it you’ve gained like 5 pounds.lol. Now if you don’t have an addiction to food like myself than nevermind but for me, I know that if I don’t mix it up there will be a problem.lol.

 

I pray that today was good for you and tonight even better! Thank you so very much for reading and I appreciate you all as usual. By the way, I will have updates on the plants I’m growing next week I promise! See Ya!

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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V-Day

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Good morning everyone it’s Wednesday and I would like to say happy valentines day to all who follow the tradition! I hope this morning finds you getting spoiled with all sorts of flowers and candy or other things that put a smile on your face! I myself am not big on valentines day but I will say this, any opportunity I get to do something awesome for my girl I try to take advantage of for sure! If you didn’t get anything special today or don’t have anyone to celebrate with than I wish you a big box of candy and your favorite stuffed animal today.lol.

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I took yesterday off from working out but it wasn’t a scheduled day off. I just wasn’t feeling the gym yesterday so I shut it down and counted it as a day off. I will be attending both workout sessions today both lifting and swimming! I had to catch up on sleep yesterday and it seemed no matter how much I rested I still needed more sleep! I took 2 naps and I still could have slept more, damn I’m getting old haha! For some reason when we go swimming late at night I have trouble going to sleep. I find it weird because my body is absolutely ready for rest but my mind and soul are wide awake and I lay there just gazing into darkness! This doesn’t seem to bother my fiance’ at all because as soon as her head hits the pillow from the pool it’s a wrap! Then again she could sleep during an airshow with no earplugs while on her jammies were on fire for real! Anyway, I’ll figure this out and try to get more rest after the water workouts!

 

I’ve noticed a trend that since I have been tracking my calories I have been eating a little more. I’m not eating bad foods at all but I seem to be consuming bigger portions of late. The fact that I am working out more may play a part in it but it seems like I am extra hungry lately! I’ve been concentrating on getting in my healthy fats more often which usually makes me less hungry so I’m puzzled as to why I’m closer to my calories than normal. Usually, I end the week with a substantial calorie deficit but this week so far it’s fairly small. Oh well, I guess this means I just have to keep playing around with it and see what works for me.

 

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I have to tell you all that the scale bug has caught me! Since I have gotten this thing I went from weighing in once a month to weighing once a week to wanting to weigh every day! The way I see it as long as I remember that weight fluctuations happen all the time than I should be good. typically I don’t have a weight goal I am shooting for just want to lose a certain amount of fat a month! Like about 20 pounds a month would be great! I’m an obese guy and I could have this whole weight thing under control by this time next year.lol. The cool thing is I kinda like seeing how my body reacts to certain things that I have been doing. Did you all know that when someone says that you will be heavier because your lifting weights it’s actually not true? According to several studies I’ve been researching even though muscle weighs more than fat it also burns fat! Since the amount of time for the exchange is slow acting there is little evidence that supports the scale being higher because of your lifting. I was blown away because I was told by trainers that you will gain several pounds on the scale once you start lifting weights, then it will start burning the fat and the scale will go down. I just thought that was very interesting research!

 

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Like I wrote before I really feel like I am becoming obsessed with getting healthier. Not to the point that I’m allowing unrealistic expectation onto myself but obsessed indeed. It’s fun finding out that I have this hunger inside me that doesn’t just need cheeseburgers to fuel it. In my core, I can feel myself listening and understanding my body more than ever before! I’ve vowed to treat it better and love it more and more each day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Our Fear Is Not………

Man, I must admit that it has been a really long while since I have had this happen! It is now 1:43 a.m. here in the great state of Kentucky and I can’t sleep to save a baby’s butt! my sleep has been absolutely superb lately so I guess I can’t complain too much. The funny thing is I’m not thinking about anything too much or worried about anything in particular. I’m not overly excited about anything either so it’s baffling that despite my best efforts I’m up and at em’! Oh well, there must be a reason for this so I’m just going to roll with it. Hell, I really don’t have a choice in the matter anyway so I figured I would make the most of this time!

 

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Thursday’s workout was fantastic and despite the gym being rather busy I blew thru my workout and had plenty of energy to run over to Rite-aid and grab some body wash! I mean I can’t be stinking up the house just because I’m hitting the gym hard so I stocked up with some leftover bonus cash I accumulated couponing last weekend.Sorry I’m getting off topic but I mean did I mention it’s damn near 2 in the morning? lol. Back and biceps are really starting to get more doable now so I think I’ll be upping my weight a few pounds. I’m still sore but it’s not lasting as long and I know in my chest I can go up without hurting myself. I do however need to get a stretching routine because I absolutely never stretch and as the weight increases I could injure myself if I don’t develop a stretching regiment! The cardio had to be done at home because all the machines were pretty busy but it’s all good because I will be starting swimming this weekend so I’ll get the majority of my cardio doing that. I can’t wait to swim and even though I’m a little nervous because it’s been awhile I know I just need to start!

 

 

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So yesterday was the first day that I was actually close to eating 3k calories! I started off with a delicious bulletproof coffee. Since I know add MCT oil it’s boosted my calories and healthy fat macros. So far I can’t really say that I have more energy since using the oil but I’m hoping it isn’t the reason for tonight’s insomnia! Damn That!!! For lunch, I finished off the rest of the pork chops I made the other night along with a huge salad bowl. I think I had a cup of pistachios as well so I got plenty of healthy fats. Dinner saw me eating a bag of sunflower seeds, some little smokies sausage and a bowl of soup. Not just any soup mind you but Campbells Philly cheese steak soup! I highly recommend this soup! Now you will take a hit on the carbs(30) but I promise you it is truly hearty and delicious. If you don’t want as many carbs then you can eat half the can but I warn you that may not be possible when you taste that bad boy! The eating window ended with me eating more pistachios because they are yummy. Now for those of you who do Keto you probably shouldn’t eat as many nuts as I had tonight. My carb intake was about 111g which is way to high for the average person. Hell, to tell you the truth it’s too high for me but I’m a bigger man and my carb intake can be a little higher every now and then. Needless to say, I will certainly not be eating that many carbs again for a long while. Plus you have to understand, I don’t do the whole net carb thing by subtracting fiber, so I may have not consumed as much as someone who does subtract fiber. Finally all my beverages today were water or coffee and maybe one Powerade zero. Since doing keto I can honestly say that I simply don’t crave soda or juice the way I did in the past, thank god!

 

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It is now February and we all get a new month to get things in line! Although most people make resolutions that start in January it is my belief that the most important month is February! The reason being is that most people decide to either sink or swim this month. If you’re not serious about changing whatever it is you set out to change then this is the month that those resolutions drift away from your radar! Change takes time and dedication but I believe the most important of all is it takes consistency! I’ll take a consistent lifestyle change that minimal over a fast change that has a short existence any day of the week. You can conqueror this February! It’s time to re-up and reaffirm the direction you are taking your life! If you stay consistent and you get past February statistics tell us you have a 90 percent chance of success. That makes sense right because we all know what we want and what we have to do to get there! I believe we all have what it takes to live the life that we choose! We all have the power to manufacture the greatest version of ourselves so why not now? Why not recommit to those resolutions and goals you sat down and composed? It’s your life, it only requires that you live it! You can do it! You were built for greatness beyond your wildest expectations! I’ll see you all when we win! Have a fabulous weekend! Oh and before you go…

 

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Just a little reminder if you need help or an accountability partner I’m available. It is fact that I would not have gotten this far without all the help and support I have received from others and I feel duty bound to pass on the blessing! Facebook page for support and info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Grace

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Happy Saturday everyone I hope this post finds everyone in good health and spirits! Ya boi got to sleep in today and wake up fresh and rested! The snow is melting as the warmer temperatures are taking over so it seems like things are getting back to normal!

 

I hit the gym Thursday and worked chest and triceps along with my customary 30-minute cardio session! The routine is starting to come together nicely. I still need to start a leg routine so that I can hurt like everyone else I see walking around like they are about to fall over.lol. The gym has been super busy for the last couple of times I have gone so I am still working on which times are the best for me. My goal is 4 times a week but in order to get to the gym that much I need to workout a couple of times during the day, so I’m still trying to figure it out! My music playlist has been on fire and the workouts are really getting to be fun because the music just transforms me into another world while I’m working out!

 

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My diet has been going bananas lately! I’ve been trying all kinds of keto recipes to add to the routine and they are not all winners but boy is it fun to see what my mind wants to do! I came up with my version of keto pigs n a blanket and it was a total failure. Don’t get me wrong they tasted amazing but I had a little issue with my dough and I didn’t let it cool on parchment paper so I was scrapping dough off of stuff and it just wasn’t so hot.lol, It was a lot of fun but I ended up making this big ass pig pocket thing that has no kinda resemblance to a damn blanket but the family ate it all up so at least it wasn’t in vain. My two meals have been staying keto and since I’m no longer counting calories I find it so much easier to just make what I love to eat and listen to my body! On the intermittent fasting front, I have been doing great! I been breaking my fast at about 2 p.m every day or so and rotating my fasting windows up and down and it’s really starting to be fun. The biggest challenge for me lately is water intake. For some strange reason, I have not been very thirsty lately and that’s just not like me! Oh well, I’ll figure it out I guess!

 

If you have nothing to feel thankful for then please think about how many people have to be dealing with all this extreme weather while being homeless! I just can’t imagine how people have the strength to deal with all of life’s challenges and on top of it all not have an idea where their next meal or their roof will be from day to day. I pray to the lord above that I am blessed to have all that I have and the amazing people he has placed in my life! I truly appreciate each and every person that has crossed my path! My blessing is truly overflowing and I am humbled by his grace! Have a magnificent day everyone!

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Posted by on January 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Making Progress

 

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It’s hump day yall and it’s great to be back blogging after a few days off! I have just been chilling and trying to deal with this cold weather system we have had blow thru the southeast the last week or so. Kids are still not in school because of the snow accumulation and freezing rain here in Kentucky but it looks like a safe bet they will have school tomorrow! Let’s hope! I can’t front, I’m loving the snow and all it brings minus the accidents and all. I love a good winter wonderland!

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I haven’t been to the gym this week but I have been getting plenty of sleep this week and I feel amazing! I typically don’t have a problem sleeping but I know I don’t get anywhere near the recommended amount of minimal sleep per night! It’s been like 8 or 9 hours a night and I’ll admit it really does help; definitely feeling refreshed. As you know the other day I was running from pizza, but today I can honestly say that I have been eating pretty good and I have intermittently fasted every day for the last 10 days in a row so I’m getting a fine handle on that front! The kitchen was bare yesterday and we had zero produce but I went and grabbed some at Krogers last night and stocked up so I’m good to go this morning! I’m thinking of making a batch of keto brownies today that I’m really excited about because I have never made any that weren’t made the old fashion way with lots of sugar and chocolate! If it turns out good or bad you all know that I will post it on my next blog! While I won’t be I.F. today I will be keeping it keto as normal with a monster salad and some B.P.C! Then I’ll focus on the deserts of brownies and maybe some keto shortcake for my second meal, I’ll figure it out.lol

 

This past week I have had some mental battles with myself about fat loss. It seems like there are days when it doesn’t feel like I’m losing fast enough! My mind knows it’s all a process but the spoiled man in me wants all the results now, you know the perfect body overnight.ha ha ha. The same mind that pushes me to get up when I fall and to stay positive is the same mind that manufactures my doubts. It’s funny how that works but I know it happens to all of us. Sometimes you have to battle with your own team(mind) ain’t that a bitch! Usually, when this happens I watch a movie or I check to see how far I have come, anything to get my head right! This process isn’t always easy but it’s definitely apart of the journey and all I can say is we just have days we have to fight and fight no matter what!

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Great news homies since November 11th till now I have lost another 3 inches on my waist! I feel really great about this because I have so much to lose and it helps to see progress, especially since I don’t have my scale in from Amazon yet. O.k I know we shouldn’t be obsessed with weight but I have to at least know that I’m making progress on days I feel like I’m not, so I had to order one.lol. Did I mention I’m excited about the measurements? I lost size in my chest and other areas as well but my waist is my biggest area of concern for now so I’m super focused on my midsection! I just measured in the middle of making this post because I’m supposed to do it monthly and it totally slipped my mind. With this new planner, it’s hard not to write everything down because it’s staring at me every day, all day.lol

Enjoy your hump day and be safe on those crazy streets!

 

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Snow Love

 

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What is it about snow days that make the sleep so much better than normal? Man, I slept like a champ last night and when we woke up this morning there was a good amount of snow on the ground! As we get older we start seeing snow different than we did as kids but not I. I have and will always love snow! The conditions to drive certain places can get a little dicey I admit but I just love how snow makes even nasty looking places look pleasant! So when I woke up to snow this morning, I was as happy as a previous me would have loved to wake up to pancakes.lol. O.k who am I kidding, waking up to pancakes is still heavenly but since I try to stay away from bread and the like it’s whatever.

 

The workout will take place at home today since the gym has been closed due to the snow and I’m fine with that. I can get 10k steps around the house and do my best version of setups and pushups to get my heart rate up. Hey, I have a question does anyone reading do interval cardio? You know where you do 40 seconds at a normal pace and then 20 seconds as hard as you can? I was just curious how effective that is because I have seen videos where people say they only do 10 to 15 minutes of cardio that way and they get really great results and I was thinking of trying it! Please let me know if you do a similar cardio workout. Today I’m going to do 2 workouts so that I’ll have my 6 that I needed because tomorrow is Sunday and that starts the new week so wish me luck.

 

 

The diet was amazing and it was because I got a carb day yall and I actually got to have mashed potatoes. I honestly haven’t had mashed potatoes for at least 6 months and they tasted great. There were even a few delicious potato chips that I got to have and they were o.k but not as great as I remember. The only problem was because I don’t consume carbs that aren’t from veggies anymore my tummy wasn’t very happy with me so I spent the remainder of the day stranded on the porcelain and it was no fun. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the food but I think I should have had maybe a little less of it, but oh well lesson learned. Folks, be sure to give yourself days or meals where you eat the foods you no longer eat anymore, it’s important not only to help with cravings but also to stay realistic about your diet. This is a lifestyle, not a temporary thing and if you think that you will never ever eat another food that has a few too many sugars in them you’re not being realistic. Think about it you will never have another piece of cake for the rest of your natural life? That may work for some of you but I know it will never ever work for me. Now I realize that people use almond and coconut flours to may cakes and other baked goods and that’s great, but I have yet to taste one that’s even close to the taste of white flour. I just take the hit every so often and then fast the next day for as long as it takes to get that garbage out of my system and I get back. Please don’t misunderstand me, if you having a carb day and it turns into 5 days, then maybe you shouldn’t do it, but after awhile doing keto, you will be able to quickly have a few guilty calories and be o.k every now and again! It ain’t gon’ hurt nobody right Kid and Play?

 

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Today I will enjoy the snow and sip some amazing coffee and enjoy the day. Tomorrow is never promised and if every day is a blessing than shouldn’t we embrace the blessing and be happy? I wish everyone a fun and enjoyable day and that your moments are filled with fond and delightful events that make your heart sing! Peace!

 

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Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Cold, Fast,Avocado

 

Good morning everyone and welcome to another glorious Friday! As you know the weather is ridiculously cold and frosty this time of year and here in Kentucky, we are getting hit pretty hard with very cold temperatures. Wherever you are I wish you comfort, heat, and relaxation today!

 

Jumping right into it; yesterday was a very good day and I was able to get a lot of things accomplished. I hit the gym at my usual o’dark thirty time and had a great cardio and strength training session. Yesterday was back and bicep day and my body is feeling pretty great and not as sore as it had been while doing the same workout. The gym was an absolute ghost town and Rick Ross had me pumped while I hustled through my hour-long routine.  I felt like I was on fire at the gym and I think it had something to do with me working out in a fasted state. In fact, I ended up fasting for 34 hours which is a personal best for me. I typically don’t fast longer than 24 hours but as you know I decided to pig out on junk food the other day so I needed a restart. Folks if you ever feel like you had a bit of a struggle or you had one too many meals in a day, fasting can really help you to even the scales. It allows your body to burn through all the stored glucose in your body and switch to using stored fat for fuel. Another awesome benefit is that if you’re a calorie counter you can simply break your overeating up over 2 days if you fast for 24 hours and you won’t feel bad that you had more than you should. Fasting is just another tool and I like to use as many as possible because this is a lifestyle and there will be times you suck at staying on track.lol.

 

When I did break my fast I had my usual baked chicken with a few pork rinds but get this I actually tried something new and I must admit it was great. I made a green smoothie using frozen avocado cubes and it was really delicious. I’m not a fan of these fruits at all however they are fantastic for you and are a source of healthy fat I never use. I mixed it in with my frozen collards, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a few frozen pineapple chunks for sweetness and it was the bomb! I didn’t even taste the avocado but it gave the smoothie a better consistency that I really love. I bought like 8 because they were on sale at Krogers for 69 cents and you just can’t beat that price! For the next 8 days or so I’ll be having my greens in smoothie form instead of my huge salads and I think it will do me some good because I’ll be forced to drink more liquids, which I need to be better at.

 

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Today if it’s possible I would like to talk about sleep. Has anyone else noticed that with the increased workouts that they sleep less? If you do, please let me know what you have found to work. For the last few days, I’m so wired when I hit the mat that I can barely get any sleep and I lay there restless. I realize how vitally important sleep is and I really need to have better rest but I really don’t want to take a sleeping aid if I don’t have to. Any advice on this would be appreciated.

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Lastly, thank you to everyone who has gone to my facebook page Alexx’s Keto Avenue, liked it and spent time looking around. I really appreciate it and I want to know if there is anything anyone is looking for that I may need to put on there. It certainly doesn’t have to be keto related but anything about a healthy lifestyle anyone wants to get together about let me know and I’ll do my best to respond. Have a fabulous Friday and go enjoy a glorious weekend everyone!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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