11 December, 2017 15:19

Be somebody nobody thought you could be! – Unknown

THIS is when the training starts! Chrissie Wellington

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”– Ross Perot



Tonight, I ran my first race in 15 years, since the first of 3 hip surgeries, since my son was born, since fibro, since arthritis and migraines, and since starting Keto.
I am happy and grateful to be here experiencing this moment. I’m a bit sad too, because none of my friends or family could be here, and I could not have gotten here without their love and support. I would have loved to share this moment with them.

Catching up

"As beautiful and unique as the trees produced from, "Live Edge" refers to the unfinished natural edge of the wood under the bark after it is cut"

This graph represents my "Live Edge". It doesn’t tell the whole story, but it does reflect the many ups and downs on this journey so far.

Getting healthy is not a fluid journey, it’s full of challenges, but those challenges make us stronger, more able to meet the next.

Cheesecake Recipe

It’s not mine, I got it off the net and modified it for my taste. I put it here cause It’s easy for me to get to. Enjoy.

The Crust

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter

1/4 cup xylitol (I use Ideal Sweetener)

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Mix all above ingredients together.

Butter a 9-inch springform pan and press mixture into the springform pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes

Cheesecake Filling

(It is easier to first soften the ingredients. You can bring them to room temperature, or warm them in a microwave)

1 cup of xylitol

3 large eggs

3 packages of full-fat cream cheese

16 oz full-fat sour cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


Beat the eggs and xylitol together.

Add cream cheese and mix with a mixer until smooth.

Add the sour cream and vanilla, mix again until smooth.

Add this mixture to the pie crust.

Bake the cake

Bake your cheesecake at 375 degrees for just 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn off your oven and leave your cheesecake in the oven for one hour (don’t peek)

Remove and refrigerate.

Motivational speech

I gave a motivational speech to a stranger today.

I hope she hears me. Here it is in case you need to hear me.

Just get to work.

No gimmicks, no fancy products, just work.

Quit sugar, all types (yes I mean fruit too) and grain (yes, I mean all grain) and buckle down. Make it your main focus.

Don’t flirt with bad or processed food.

Don’t entertain thoughts of skipping a workout, dig your heels in and work.

Don’t make any excuses. “I have to make my child’s lunch, I can’t cut all that fruit without eating any”, “I have to have something sweet or I get migraines”…those were just some of my excuses. Many more of my excuses revolved around my disabilities and how I managed them (or how I failed to manage).

Remember, a healthy body is made in the kitchen. Strict eating will pay for itself with more energy!!! Yep, it’s not unusual to feel deprived and crappy the first two weeks, but after that, you will feel better and stronger, and better able to stay strong. I have been on my perfect diet since July 6th. I have cheated, yes I have, twice. I’ve learned my lesson and moved on.

Is it hard? YES. Am I tougher that it is hard? You bet your ass I am.

It has taken strict food management, medication management, hard exercise and pushing the limits of my disabilities to begin to get better, healthier and stronger.

I expect I will always have to work this hard. That’s ok, the alternative is simply not acceptable.

Go kick some ass!


Quick Run Stats

I am currently averaging a pace of 17. I have to get down to 15 to be able to finish in 7 hours, this marathon’s cut off for a finisher medal.

I walk 5 plus miles a day 4 days a week and long walks on Saturdays.

Tomorrow’s long walk is 9 miles. My pace improves greatly on my Saturday walks with a big training group, but I still struggle after 5 miles.

I went from sedentary to training for this, and have been sedentary since my last hip 5 years ago, so I have a LOT of strength to build in short order!

More soon,


Heart, Lungs, Gallbladder or Esophagus – Roulette, medical style!

I was prompted to do this update by a nice lady named Kelley in my Keto Facebook group:

I had a gallbladder ultrasound yesterday, and a gut bacteria test (the one that causes ulcers. Not the test, the bacteria lol).

I will have a nuclear scan (Hida Scan) on Friday of the gallbladder function and Chest CT to check my lungs. I thinks the lung scan is mostly because I am a former smoker. Also seeing a cardiologist on Monday for an ekg and whatever he dreams up.

We are not yet convinced it’s my gut, so trying to rule everything out. The chest pain has been going on long before I started keto. I had an ultrasound 2 years ago on the gallbladder. At the time, the PA told me the results were fine. The Doctor looking at those 2 year old tests yesterday said that there actually was a problem with my gallbladder 2 years ago..it was spongy (google won’t explain that to me).

All of my symptoms, GERD, chest pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and pain under the right rib cage have been going on long before keto.
I made yesterday’s appointment 9 months ago. Took this long to see my gastroenterologist. My fibro doctor saw me last week, said it wasn’t costochondritis, suggested to see a cardiologist and gastro (I had already had the gastro appointment set)

Hopefully by this time next week I will know what’s going on. Knowing me, it will be one giant gas bubble and I will feel better when I burp! (with a fibro history, I’m used to doctors shrugging their shoulders and going, “Hmm, must be fibro”)


The doctor is trying to figure out what’s going on. Current players are heart, esophagus or gallbladder. Symptoms these past 2 weeks have been very painful, so I have been taking it easy and pushing when I can. Plus exams and tests are wearing me out. Missed most of work today because of it. And, I got a flu shot this morning that is so sore ai cannot lift my left arm.