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Keto Works

I started my journey into KETO about two and a half months ago.  So far I have lost over 20 lbs. of pure fat.  What's so good about that is, although fat weight loss is measureable when it comes to clothes and size.  Fat weighs less than muscle.  If I were gaining muscle while losing fat, the weightloss wouldn't be as significant pound per pound... but the change in size would.

What am I doing?  I'm using a product called Ketologie and I'm maintaining a very strict keto way of living.  I don't follow a plan, I just plan to eat meat, green veggies and real foods.  No tricks or anything.  I also use supplements such as Ketologie (especially collagen) to help with maintaining healthy skin and hair while losing.

As you can see, in my face... there is a significant change in my appearance.  I have taken before body shots.  However, I am not yet ready to post those.  When I do, my weight loss will be very apparent.

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I've been doing KETO for almost two months now.  I have lost a cummulative amount of 15 pounds.  Next week I will incorporate running and exercise!  Hoping to see some significant benefits from both the KETO and the exercise so I can post pictures.

This is my journey... wonder where it will take me?????

What if ... What NOW?

There have been many times in my past 20 years, and maybe longer that I have thought about, "What if".  I've asked myself numerous times "What if I had spoken to him?", "What if I told him how I felt?", "What if I made this decision, instead of that one?".  Regardless of how many times I asked myself these types of questions, the outcome has always been the same.  I'm here now.  I can't go back and change it.
With the introduction of social media, many of us reconnect with people who have almost completely vanished from our lives.  I hear numerous stories how people find old friends, old loves, make new friends and leave current loves.  It never fails to amaze me how one can walk away from the now to revisit the past, thus bringing it forward into the present.  They fix regrets, say what they have to say, do what they meant to do and attempt to leave all past hurts behind.  Does it fix it?  
I'm not sure if anything is ever fixe…

F8 - What It Means

In an earlier post I said I'd tell you all about it later, so here I am explaining what my "F8" means.  F8 is symbolic.  And here's a list of ALL the things my F8 symbolizes.

F8 = On your computer you will find the F8 key.  If you are familiar with a computer, you know the F8 key helps you access the Windows recovery system, as well as takes you to the Windows startup menu.
In my journey, F8 is symbolic of many things.  Number one, I'm on my way to 'recovery' and I am 'starting up' now.

F represents the word FIVE.  I chose "F" to symbolize the five stages one goes through to make lasting changes in their life.
The stages of change are:
Precontemplation (Not yet acknowledging that there is a problem behavior that needs to be changed)  Contemplation (Acknowledging that there is a problem but not yet ready or sure of wanting to make a change)  Preparation/Determination (Getting ready to change) Action/Willpower (Changing behavior)  Maintenance …

Welcome 2018

I gladly welcome 2018. Not that this past year was particularly horrible, it was, however, extremely stressful.  My children kept my physical being busy, while the rest of the time my mind was preoccupied with stressful thoughts and situations.  Over the summer, the only grandparent my children interacted with passed away and Christmas wasn't the same without her.

LIFE, the stress, and sadness I felt this past year are on the way to being behind me.  I am elated to say I am happy to be moving forward.  Not too long ago I was a lonely, secluded, stay-at-home homeschooling mom, child care provider, and wife.  I didn't have an outlet, and rarely ever did I have adult interaction or outings with friends.  Well... that's not entirely true.  I had one really, a truly good friend who listened to me.  Although I didn't always know they were listening, they were.

Last night, New Year's Eve, I was in bed by 9:30 pm.  I haven't been to any or had any New Year celebrations…

Comfort Food - Venison Vegetable Soup

Today is one of those days I wish I could crawl into bed and hide.  My heart is aching from being hurt by a dear friend, it's cold and dreary outside, and I have been up since 4:30 this morning.  Hoping to find relaxation in cooking a hot pot of Venison Vegetable Soup, and that eating it will be good for my soul.

For starters, this has been a good hunting season for my husband and son.  They brought in 5 deer, one each weekend, since the first day of deer season.  I was elated!  Anticipating the meat, I decided on what cuts I needed and have been cooking with it ever since.  Ground venison is my favorite because it can be used in various dishes.

This Venison Vegetable Soup is so easy and inexpensive to make.  I normally buy the mixed soup vegetables frozen.  Because I was unprepared for grocery shopping today, and it was a last minute decision, I knew I wouldn't find frozen soup vegetables at the store I was shopping in so I picked up two 29 oz. cans of Veg-all.  This is a to…


In lieu of the upcoming Valentine's Day, I wanted to share.

Let's be reminded... some of us need reminding of what love really is.  

💔💛💙💚  LOVE... 💜💗💋👄 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Reading about love this morning. I honestly believe love is not a necessity but a necessary component for humanistic fulfillment.
Love is NOT... I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine. Love is ... I'll scratch your back because I know you like it, I know you need it, I know you want it, I know it's comforting... and I love doing this for you because it fills a physical/psychological need for YOU. I'm not expecting it back in return, but getting something back in doing it. I'm rejoicing inside because I can selflessly fulfill a need for you, that you cannot fulfill yourself... I love you. I am affectionately showing you LOVE.
Example statements: "I don't have a lot of money... I see you are in need. I will pay the rest of your bill."
"My coat isn't thick... yet yo…