HAPPY 18 MONTHS TO ME!!!
So, today marks 18 MONTHS since I first said "OH WHAT THE HECK WHY NOT" and went vegan keto!
That's right! May 16, 2016 to November 16, 2017 (AND STILL GOING!!!! ... STRONGish!!!!!)
I know I have lost somewhere *around* 30-35 pounds on my journey, but since I didn't weigh myself at the VERY beginning (I know I was just 148 or higher) and I haven't weighed myself recently (no need, really, I feel), I can't tell you FOR SURE, but I know enough to know that I am ROCKING THIS LIFE!!!!
I have DEFINITELY had some ups and downs along the way... recently more downs than ups, but overall I feel pretty happy and satisfied with this decision! My brain fog is gone on vegan keto... I don't need to sleep a thousand a twelve hours a day... my hunger is down and my energy is up... not bad for LCHF!!!
HOWEVER, no amount of dieting is going to fix my STUPID FREAKING BACK...
Long story short, they are pretty confident I have "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" which is where you have compression in the nerves and/or artery/vein that runs between your muscle and your clavicle... either from having an extra rib/skeletal anomaly or trauma... I think mine must be the former, because the only trauma I had prior to my symptoms was working out (only half kidding)... though it could be that...
So, in 18 DAYS I have my vascular surgeon appointment to tell me
I am SO SICK OF THIS PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Physical therapy/massage therapy/trigger point injections/ etc. never made anything feel BETTER necessarily, but now I am seeing that they kept the pain pretty leveled out... NOW, on the other hand.... HOLY COW am I in pain!!!!!!!!
It hurts in my arm.... my neck... my back... my hand.... It's waking me up in the middle of the night now... It makes it hard to do just about ANYTHING... I can't raise my arm above my head or all the bloodflow stops (due to compression) and my hand turns ice cold... My grip is limited... my feeling is limited....
Long story short: I'm a hot mess.
The DOWNSIDE of the particular surgery I might need is when it is on the left side (which mine is), you have to go on a LOW FAT DIET for 1-3 weeks following the surgery due to potential complications...
After eating LCHF for 18 months that will sure be interesting! Oatmeal...? Ummm... Beans and Rice???
I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it... :(
I almost forgot (it was hard to hear my thoughts over all the moping I was doing in that pity party...)
I started a TWITCH ACCOUNT! If you are unfamiliar with Twitch, it's PRIMARILY video game streaming, though they added an IRL (in real life) section to the site, in which people do real life things.....
So far, I have only done one video, though I have plans for a few others already! (Just REAL life has been getting in the way of my VEGAN KETO life, which I think is RUDE....)
But you can sign up and get notifications when I go live by visiting twitch.tv/veganketomadi! You can WATCH without making an account, but you can only chat/comment/etc with an account. So it might be worth it to make one! You can also rewatch the video I have up there, though I will warn you it's a test video to the max LOL. I made walnut taco "meat" bowls with cauliflower "cheese" sauce!
Future video/recipe ideas...
And some others I can't think of right now (add any suggestions to the comments below!!!!)
VEGAN KETO GOODIES (Mugs/Shirts)
Oh! I almost forgot TIMES TWO!
WE HAVE OFFICIAL VEGAN KETO MUGS AND SHIRTS FOR ORDER!!!!
My AMAZING friend/owner of www.brittanygarnerdesign.com/ designed a VEGAN KETO UNICORN design for us and is hosting the selling of SHIRTS and MUGS for us!!!!!
CHECK. THESE. BAD. BOYS. OUT!!!
ARE THESE NOT THE MOST FABULOUS THINGS YOU'VE EVER LAID YOUR VEGAN KETO UNICORN EYES ON?!?!?!
Spoiler alert... the shirts/tanks come in BLACK, too!!!!!!!!
(For the record, I am not making ANY MONEY of the sale of ANY OF THESE ITEMS! I don't even get any for free LOL. I just saw the demand for the product and I reached out to Brittany to make them and she came through in a BIG WAY!!!!! THANKS BRITTANY!)
Anyway, if you want to order, visit:
Check out her other products, too! They make AWESOME gifts! (to others, or... you know... to yourself...)
Okay, gotta goooooo!
I should probably go and do something productive with my life now... Like maybe read the book I have to present on at a conference in March..... Ehhhhhhhh.... I have until MARCH...
And if I'm out 8-12 weeks post-surgery... I will have PLENTY of time to read!!! ALSO Plenty of time to lose my mind and go stir crazy but WHO IS KEEPING TRACK, AMIRITE?!!!!
Okay I love you byeeeeeeeeeeee
Vegan Keto Madi
I have been carb-loving vegan for over a decade, but carbs stopped loving me as I approached 30...