Monday, July 1, 2019

Did Blogging Die?

Goodness, goodness- it has been more than a hot minute since I have been here.  I could say I am busy, which is slightly true, but truthfully I have hit an uninspired ditch.  It is just easier to let my 8-5 job and social obligations take over than it is to come around these parts.

Not that I don't love these parts, because I do!  Oh so much.

But as all things in life change, my attitude changed and blogging was thrown out of the window.  It isn't just me either, I am starting to see a trend of bloggers doing stories on their Instgrams instead of blogging which made me ask "Did blogging die overnight?"

I certainly hope it didn't.  I promise to be back here and not just back, but more present in a community of online strangers who opened their arms and welcomed me more than 6 years ago.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Falling Off The Keto Wagon

In March I fell off the Keto wagon hardcore, BUT I haven't gained anything back that I have lost.  That is a HUGE win in my opinion.  As much as I love Keto, it has been hell trying to get back to it, but alas I will be back to it.

I just have to remember simplicity is key as is following inspiring accounts on Twitter and Instagram.  Facebook offers a wide variety of "support" ( I use that term very lightly) groups.  Just be aware that some people aren't as nice in the delivery of their advice, while some people are so off base they may as well be living on Mars.

If you are thinking of Keto, please watch "The Magic Pill" on Netflix first.  Talk with your doctors and keep track of everything you are eating.  For me, the benefits were immense and the only side affect was the Keto flu for about 12 hours which was cured with bone broth, It Works Keto energy powder, and a nap.

Are you Keto or thinking of going Keto?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Festival Season

It is here... Music festival season is HERE!

I am no stranger to festivals where the temps can be around 100+ degrees just as I am no stranger to events where the temperatures can plummet faster than the rise and fall of Britney's 55 hour marriage.

The key to any successful festival is preparation and education.  I know, I know, it sounds like I am about to give you the lecture a dad would give, but truthfully good prep and smarts makes things a whole lot easier when it comes time for the event.

Know your event- Get a map, screenshot it, know your exits, know your taxi lines/ parking lots, medical tents, water stations and of course, the bars!

Weather- Weather moves in and out fast.  It is important to check your weather the day you are heading out to the festival.  You could have sunny and hot conditions all day, but the night may expect rain.  Dress appropriately, including a baseball hat/ cowboy hat, a flannel, and layers.

Water- Ok, ok, ok... I know, we all like to go and have a good time getting a little tipsy here and there, BUT one lesson I have learned the hard way is that dehydration is no joke.  Bathroom lines are annoying and porta potties are gross, but nothing is worse than being dehydrated.  Most festivals allow you to being in an empty resuable water bottle and water stations for free.  Use these!  Or break down and purchase the $5 Dasanis they sell.

Battery Back Up-  Between snapping pictures, streaming videos, updating your status and texting everyone and their mother, your phone is going to die.  Some venues offer up charging port areas but that tie you to that location for a bit of time.  This portable charger has changed my life and everyone needs.  You can charge your phone several times and it will still have more life left to charge.  Besides you may have to get that cute boys number or there could be an emergency.

Money- Obviously the times of "trade" over so money is a no brainer, BUT keep in mind some booths won't accept cash while others won't accept cards.  Personally I always bring $100 cash and a card that way I am covered... Speaking of covered- don't forget your ID at home!!!!

Random shit I typically bring in a backpack- baby wipes (porta potties run out of TP regularly), sunscreen, baseball hat, lip balm with sunscreen, spray bottle fan, bandanna (here is looking at you Coachella and Stagecoach), hair ties, deodorant, and small snacks.

FUN- Whatever you do or don't bring, be sure to have fun! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Letting the Negative Go

Do you feel that? 

It is you breathing for the first time in a long time.  Or it could be you if you let go of the negativity that is hanging around your neck like an albatross.

I didn't realize how much energy negativity and negative people can suck out of a person until a negative person left my life.  A weight was instantaneously lifted from my shoulders and I could take deep breaths and not feel stress bunching up the muscles in my back.  Suddenly I felt carefree and free again.

We can't all be filled with sunshine all the time, but we can choose to be positive; we can choose to laugh; to be grateful; to be fulfilled by everyday occurrences and when you choose not to see the joy and only the misery, well you are just being a turd to yourself and everyone around you.

Don't be a turd, be happy and grateful and try to be a ray of sunshine.  I promise the life around around you is warm and inviting when you become warm and inviting.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Women Celebrating Women

In case the world of social media has not let you know, I will, today is International Women's Day.  A day where the world celebrates the strengths, sacrifices, loves, educations, passions, successes and opportunities of women across the planet.  It is a day where we join together and push other women to be great.  Even though most women push others to succeed every day, it is nice to have an entire day of inspiration.

I have been blessed in my life with amazing women.  From a strong, intelligent mother to two stubborn and willful sisters, a boss and an aunt breaking through and making it in a man's world to an amazing tribe of supporting women; I am beyond blessed.  These women have shown me, anything is possible, we just have to believe in ourselves the way those we love believe in us.

We may not all become Rachel Hollis or Oprah (gosh, do I love Oprah), but we can push and cheer our girls on each step of the way just as we can call each other out for not being our best selves.  I know every person has a shining light they dim down for fear of outshining, outdoing, or putting themselves on display, BUT if we were more ourselves and less of what society expects, we will do amazing things.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Life Isn't Fair Nor Is The Pain

Life isn't fair- the losses we are dealt are devastating and leave us asking "why".

I don't have answers.  And as of today, I am not buying the "God knows what he is doing..." cop out.

It is true, things happen for reasons.  Sometimes the reason is there is a psychopath looking to hurt someone, sometimes it is a weakened immune system, an accident, a disease brought on by genetics or exposure, but one thing is certain- we all die and we don't know when our time is up.

I am saddened and angry by the news delivered to me Friday morning.  A friend, a wife, a mother, an aunt, a daughter and one of the sweetest souls I have ever met passed on...  I don't know details or particulars, but she is gone and it has left an immense ache within my soul.

Why her?

Why not some POS who hurts people? 

The answer is stupid, but it boils down to, it was her time...  Which is the hardest pill to swallow. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Krista's Keto Chronicles- Restaurant Cheats

One of the hardest things about the Keto way of life is getting familiar with things you can and cannot eat.  I cannot tell you how many posts I see daily about going out to eat and what to order.  Clearly you want to go with a salad, but honestly sometimes another salad is one too many.

Obvious choices are burgers without buns, no ketchup, no noodles, nothing deep fried with breading, no tortillas, but lets dive deeper-  *Side note, this is mostly for dirty/ lazy keto.*

Subway- here all you can pretty much do is another salad.  Turn any of your favorite subs into a salad.  Watch the tuna salad, tomatoes, onions and some the dressings.

McDonald's- Yes I know McDonald's is the least healthy thing, but truthfully, when you are in a bind you have to do what you have to do  They have salads which is great- be sure to go with grilled chicken.  You can do a grilled chicken sandwich with no bun or any burger with no bun. 

In 'N Out- Protein style- enough said.  Also stay away from the sauce and ketchup, opting for mustard.

Mexican Restaurants- Fajitas with extra guac please, hold the beans, rice and tortillas!

Italian- I avoid Italian due to the mass amounts of pasta and how much I love it.  One good thing is the antipasto salad and truthfully I make that at home quite often.  Also, crustless pizza is a life saver.

Japanese- I also avoid sushi restaurants, but Benihana teppanyaki grill is a great choice, just avoid the rice!

Chinese- A lot of Chinese ( and Asian) restaurants rely on cornstarch, but if you can get a side of veggies and a sauce-less protein you will be golden.

The key about eating out and being Keto is to use your brain and not fall for excuses.  I am guilty of thinking, "well it is only one taco" or "I can restart tomorrw when I am not cheating", but those are lazy excuses.  Keto is a lifestyle change, not a diet and the sooner you treat it as such, the sooner you will see your results.