So it begins…

Holy toledo! What a week! There is so much to share so I’m just gonna jump right in and get on with it! The week was jam-packed with activities! There was a small Mother’s Day get together, we moved more of my belongings from storage into mine and Manny’s apartment, Manny and I started Keto, and I hurt my foot.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? On Sunday we had my parents and my brother’s family over for Mother’s Day, my sister and her family couldn’t make it. We had an amazing day celebrating my mom and sister-in-law. Manny and I live in an old school building that’s been converted over into apartments and my dad, who hadn’t seen our apartment before, was enamored with the chalkboards. Between him and my nieces we have quite a few new works of art to enjoy. Eventually we’ll erase them so more can be made but we’re going to enjoy them for a while first. The girls also ran around exploring the place and waging nerf-war on anyone who didn’t scold them for shooting them.

For dinner we made stir fry to order. We had cabbage, onion, mushrooms, baby corn, water chestnuts, broccoli, carrots, rice, rice noodles, tempeh, pork, and beef for everyone to choose from. Manny and I had fun flexing in the kitchen. We had a little bit of the “dance” going on as we worked around each other, both of us rocking a pan on the stove to cook up everyone’s orders. My got to try tempeh for the first time and she loved it. Pretty sure we’ll have to have another get-together soon and make a tempeh centric dish just for her.

Before dinner my family all pitched in to help move a bunch of my belongings which had been in storage at my sister’s house over to Manny’s and My apartment which was a huge help. Unfortunately I still have a ton of stuff there but it put a good dent in it and that helps more than I can say. Plus, we were able to get my table and chairs so now our place feels a lot more homey. I think the day was a raging success if I do say so myself.

On Monday Manny and I started keto and so far, it too has been a raging success. We weighed in on Saturday, which we’ll do every Saturday. Then on Sunday we had the family over but on Monday we got down to business. One very expensive shopping trip later, we’re stocked and ready to go! Together Manny and I went through the cupboards removing anything we won’t eat, rearranging, and restocking with the keto-friendly supplies we stocked up on. We both are starting to experience a little bit of keto-flu but we are so motivated that even unpleasant initial side effects won’t put us off.

I don’t actually know my weight or Manny’s. Because I’ve struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food and body image in the past we are opting to have Manny be the keeper of the measurements. Each week after we weigh in he’ll tell me the percentage of my body weight that I’ve lost which will give me encouragement to keep going when I can’t see or feel the progress but won’t be triggering for potentially unhealthy behaviors on my part. We also measured ourselves around the neck, arm, chest, waist, hips, and thigh because we want as many ways to measure success as possible. And last but not least we took some “before” pictures. And of course, since we have huge chalkboards, we plan to have a little fun with it.

We’ve been tag-teaming dinners a lot. Tuesday when we both went back to work I put a pork roast in the crock pot before we left the house. I added chili, cayenne, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. By the time we got home we had a delicious bbq to chomp. And then Manny took the lead frying up a mixture of cabbage and kale with more of the same spices, a little bacon, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. It was an absolutely scrumptious meal! And we sat for probably an hour after we were done eating, planning our meals for the rest of the week. Tonight’s menu is a sort of stir-fry kimchi beef creation.

And as if I needed more motivation, I hurt my foot yesterday at work. I have had plantar fasciitis in my left foot for a long time and as I’ve gained weight in the last year it has gotten really bad, especially after I went back to work at the nursing home where I’m up on my feet for my whole shift running to take care of my residents. Last night I was rushing to take care of one particularly feisty resident who is fond of taking off his shoes and going for jogs in the hallway. I was trying to make sure he wouldn’t fall because in this particular instance he had kicked off his tennies and created an obstacle course of pillows in his doorway and the hallway and then was proceeding to do an odd kick-hop through the whole thing. Talk about a heart attack for me! So rush rush rush I go and pop! I felt something pop in the arch of my foot. The pain of it nearly knocked me over but I managed to keep upright, help my resident pick up, and put shoes on. I also managed the rest of my shift which I’m not entirely sure was the smartest thing to do. A little investigation with Dr. Google and the best I can figure I probably tore my plantar facia a little bit. But I can’t go to the doctor because my insurance through work doesn’t kick in for another couple weeks. So back to Dr. Google it is. Best care? Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Well cool, I can do all of that. And the best way to prevent moving forward? Loose weight, wear supportive shoes, and reasonably stretch the tendon… Well, it won’t happen overnight but I’m working on all of those.

If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this novel of a post I thank you. Leave a comment if the desire should strike you. I hope you are well and as always, take care and God bless!