Keto: Day 18-24


I think I must be the most boring eater in the world.  I pretty much eat the same thing day after day.  I have found myself forcing myself to eat because I am not hungry.  I have wondered if this WOE is for me because I cannot get in enough calories and have found myself at a stall for the past several days.

The weather has turned off pretty cold, so I automatically think about comfort food.  Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese are my go-to things for cold weather.  I started researching how to make a Keto Tomato soup.  After all, the canned soup has about 19-22 carbs per serving! Yikes!

I found this amazing creamy tomato soup here.   It tastes a lot like the creamy tomato at Panera Bread (one of my faves!).   I didn’t use a blender, but instead used my handy immersion blender.  All of the seasonings made this roasted roma tomato yumminess one of the best soups I have had.

Grilled cheese.  Yum.   How to do that and be low carb can be a challenge.  I found the 90 second bread and used that.  I wish I hadn’t been so impatient and let it sit in the grill (Panini press) for a little longer, maybe it wouldn’t have tasted so eggy.  It was nice to hold something that seemed like a sandwich, but the flavor was more like an omelet.  😦  Still on the search for a good keto bread.  I love sandwiches and could live off of them.  The hunt is on!


Keto: Day 15-17


Continuing on this WOE, I find myself not really hungry at all.  I don’t eat at all during the day, but I do look forward to eating something good when I get home.  Carb creep is a real thing, so I have to be careful about he veggies I eat.  I am addicted to jalepeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.  I am pretty religious about eating a peanut butter fat bomb and having two cups of coffee with heavy cream and stevia each morning.

I don’t ever have time for lunch.  I know most people probably think that the life of a principal must be pretty easy.  I can tell you that I barely sit down all day.  I am in and out of classrooms making sure that students and teachers feel my presence.  I couldn’t love my job more.  Not sure I am too good at it, but I love it.  I love the smell of the school, the moments when I can tell that a teacher knows that his/her kids got today’s lesson, and that moment when a kid realized he/she got it, too.  I know good teaching when I see it and I am a really fair disciplinarian when necessary.  Middle school is tough.   There is barely enough time to think, let alone eat lunch or even take a sip of water for that matter.

It’s the water, or lack thereof, that is getting me, I feel sure.  I just don’t have time.

Tonight for dinner, I made homemade broccoli cheddar soup.  It was delicious!  I used a recipe from  You can see the recipe here (with step-by-step pictures)!

My weight has stalled.  I am guessing it is from the lack of water and the carb creep.  Hopefully, I will get this under control.  I am also probably not getting in the calories I need.

Until next time:  Keto On!

Keto: Day 14


Well, I made it through the weekend, but not without complications.  My appetite had completely ceased by this past Thursday.  I wondered if it were from being Keto or if something else was going on.  I didn’t feel too well on Friday and still had not appetite.  Pushing through Saturday, I even attended a wedding, but had little to no appetite.  Woke up this morning and felt as if I had been hit by a train.  All kinds of tummy troubles, plus a headache and neck pain that just would not stop.

Found myself at a convenient care by 10 am, only to discover I had a severe sinus infection.  Ugh.  I have been tired.  I had to eat something to get the antibiotics in, so my hubby fixed me a few jalepenos with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon.  I have also had a bacon, cheese, and cream cheese omelet, today, as well.  Other than that, my appetite is just to minimal to eat right now.  Hopefully it will improve with time on this antibiotic.

I have maintained eating correctly, so I am happy with that.  More later…..when I can hold my head up.  Hopefully will feel better soon.

Keto: 9-13


I haven’t done anything extraordinary this week.   I have been eating the following for my meals:


Some days – two eggs, coffee with heavy cream and Stevia;  Other days, I have Bullet Proof Coffee (BPC) and am out the door.  Today is two Peanut Butter Fat Bombs and my coffee with heavy cream.


Most days I forget to eat lunch but continue to drink lots of water during the day.  Other days, I forget everything until the 3pm bell rings.  Yesterday, I did manage to have some pulled pork and cole slaw.


Monday it was left over wings (3); Tuesday, it was a hamburger patty with bacon, mayo and a pickle on it.  Wednesday and Thursday I had about 5 oz of steak cooked in butter with sour cream, salt and pepper.

I totally am not getting in my vegetables.  I really need to work on that.  I am down 8 pounds total, but this week I have only lost about a pound.  No Keto-flu.


A tough week at school.   I am looking forward to the weekend.

Keto: Day 8


It has been a rather uneventful day here on the home front.  I wish I could tell you I tried some amazing recipes, but I didn’t.

Breakfast:  Coffee and heavy cream

Lunch:  Left over Cauliflower Soup – which my husband scalded when he started reheating it.

Dinner:  Wings with Ranch Dressing.

Snack:  About 6 little squares of cheese.

I can’t believe we are just days before Halloween.  It seems like yesterday school was starting and I was starting a new job.  I have been having trouble getting on a schedule.  I just seem to be drained when I get home from work.  I have felt pretty good this weekend and accomplished more than I thought I would.

Tonight we had a small group at our house.  My church runs small groups a couple of times a year.  We just finished 7 weeks of small group with tonight being the last.  We hosted the college and career class at our home.  I love opening my home to others.  I have folks that call my house:  “Grammy’s Bed & Breakfast” or “Chez Gardner.”  Although it is a joke among friends and family, they know anyone is welcome to stay here.

Tomorrow after work I have a show.  The elementary school behind me has asked me and my “friend,” Tony, to be guest readers during their Fall Festival.  They are promoting literacy through their festival and everyone that attends the reading session will get a free book.  I am looking forward to it but have been trying to figure out how I will turn pages, hold a book, and perform.  I think I might need an extra hand or two.  Maybe I will call on someone from the audience to assist.

I hope you all have an amazing week.



Time for action, not excuses!  


This message is for me, for sure! Thanks, Don Sims! I needed to read this. I can totally relate.


Today has been another in ineffective day off up to this point. I accomplished some things that I had planned, but I have a bad habit of procrastinating. I am good at accomplishing tasks that are both important and time sensitive. But if there is something that I feel can be put off until tomorrow, I have a habit of doing just that. This blog is just as much for me as it is for those reading it.

You need to accept what has happened and commit to taking action right away. As soon as I publish this post, I am going to get up and get to work. No excuses! Just like exercising, being committed enough to do what is needed, even though you don’t want to, is the key to real success.

Never stop believing in yourself. Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

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Keto: Day 7


Saturday Morning:

I weighed in this morning.  I have lost 6.4 pounds and 1.5 inches off my waist.  I am pretty stoked.  Granted, I wish I could blink my eyes and be a size 8 again.  It seems like it was just a blink of an eye from the time I was thin to now.  I know it didn’t happen over night.  I am striving to have more self-esteem (people find this funny if I speak it out loud because, outwardly, most would think I am a bundle of self-esteem.  In reality, I am not.) Hopefully, at some point, I will feel comfortable sharing a before and after picture.  Right now, I am not.

So, I am sitting here enjoying some coffee and Hallmark Movies.  I am already getting into the Christmas Spirit! 🙂  As I sit here thinking of how badly I look forward to this wonderful season, I am finding myself trying to figure out what I want for brunch, too.  So far this morning, I have had my coffee and heavy cream.  I haven’t been very hungry which is a nice thing and I need to get busy around the house.   I am thinking I need a little something to jump start my movement.

I know that I have some strawberries in the freezer and a ton of cream cheese.  Cream cheese pancaked sound like a winner.  The recipe I will use is here; homemade strawberry sauce for the topping.  For the sauce, strawberries reduced in a sauce pan, with a little Stevia should be just perfect.  I will take a picture before I devour them.    🙂


Yep, they were pretty yummy!  Seriously….really yummy!!!

I don’t know how many pancakes they are supposed to make, but my first one was pretty thin.  The “batter” is VERY thin.  I added all ingredients into a blender to mix them well. I recommend splitting the recipe into two pancakes and using a pan that is about the size you want the pancake to be.  The second pancake was much thicker due to the fact I used the rest of the “batter” for the second pancake and that made it much thicker.  I probably should have cooked some bacon to go along with this brunch.  I hope the strawberries won’t keep me from stalling, but if they do, it was worth it.  I believe it was two cups of whole strawberries reduced to about a cup.  I used half of them on these pancakes.  Note:  There are about 11 grams of carbs in one cup of strawberries, so only eat them on occasion.


Well, I would never have believed it, but I loved this dish.  Tonight I made Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Soup.  You can get the recipe here and this site includes pictures.  I am really quite surprised at how yummy this was.  I did not have the aged cheddar, so I just used what I had on hand.  I also used beef stock instead of chicken stock, so I bet it would have been even better with the mild taste of chicken stock.  The beef stock did give it a rich depth of flavor with the garlic and thyme.  The more I ate of my serving, the better it got, too.  I think I was just so skeptic about the idea of cauliflower soup.

I am most certain I have gone way over my carbs for the day.  In fact, according to My Fitness Pal, I am sitting at 30 carbs.  That is 10 over where I want to be.  Carb creep is a real thing, y’all!  I also snacked on some bacon, cream cheese and had an iced coffee today.

My calories are 1,074, 71% Fat, 10% Protein, 10% Carbs.

I will do better tomorrow.  Weekends are tough!