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Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning 2017

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve. We baked cookies and decorated them, made reindeer food and watched Peppa Pig's Christmas special. They put Santa's cookies that they had just decorated by the fireplace, and then we took the boys outside so they can choose a spot to leave the reindeer food. They quickly chose a spot and then they went nuts over the Christmas lights in the front of our house, running back and forth and in circles, screaming chasing each other and laughing loudly. Then hubby joins them and starts jumping up and down and running around the driveway like a 5 year old.....all the while I'm standing there freezing my behind off and taking pictures of their shenanigans. Kids become amused so easily! 

making christmas cookies for santa toddlers activities

toddlers decorating christmas cookies for santa

christmas cookies for santa toddlers decorate fireplace

reindeer food

They were exhausted and even got to sleep way past their bedtime.....7:30 instead of 7. Then GUESS WHAT you guys......SANTA came!!!!!!! And he left all these presents, because I apparently have good little boys and a girl. 

They woke up on Christmas morning amazed at the site of all those presents. They opened them all and helped baby open hers too....and then it literally looked like Christmas exploded in my house. And then I cried a little just at the thought of cleaning up all that mess.....

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snowman pancakes christmas toddler fun food breakfast

christmas toddler breakfasts fun pancakes

christmas breakfasts pancakes fun toddler food

Six Months of Keto, before and after

It's our 6 month Ketoversary! 

In June 2017 I weighed 220 pounds......and today my weight was....... 174!!!!!!!! I've lost 46 pounds on the Ketogenic diet in a period of 6 months. I went from a size 18 to 12, but now 12 is getting loose on me, and I'm hovering between 10-12. My goal is size 6-8 in the next 6 months. Maybe in two years I'll manage to become a 4? I'll take that! 

Here's just a slightly embarrasing picture of a before and after, the difference is crazy! I mean I know I had a baby and all, but with my previous kids losing weight after a newborn didn't come easy for me as I wasn't able to breastfeed (which apparently makes you lose crazy weight). So I was at a disadvantage there, but the Ketogenic diet saved me and I managed to lose a good amount of baby weight. My goal weight is around the 140's, so I have a good thirty something more to lose. 

keto weight loss before and after 6 months

Honestly losing this weight was only difficult the first three months, when my sugar cravings were sky high. Hubby never had any difficulty with this diet because he doesn't have a sweet tooth like me, and he gets more excited over bacon and cheese than cupcakes. Me, on the other hand, I LOVE MY CUPCAKES! I'm so glad I discovered how to make Keto mug cakes and Keto cookies as they helped with the cravings somewhat. 

I get a lot of questions about my macros, and I'm not sure if the way I diet is considered "lazy keto" but, it does work for me. Personally, I don't keep track of my macros. If you asked me how many grams of carbs I eat per day I wouldn't be able to tell you. I do look on the nutrition labels to make sure that whatever I'm eating is either 5g of carbs or below, and I pour butter on everything. Coconut oil and heavy cream are my best friends. I will never be that person who weighs her broccoli to keep her macros in check. 

A lot of people start this diet due to wanting to become healthy or for some medical reason, like epilepsy, migranes or diabetes. I purely started it to LOOK GOOD and get skinny. Healthwise I could care less. Ya that sounds bad and all but I wanted results and I wanted them fast, and this seemed like the perfect diet for that. 

As I continue to lose weight I feel more and more comfortable in my own skin. That is my ultimate goal- to feel good about myself. Even if I don't ever manage to be in the 140's, it's not a big deal as long as I feel good. It's all about becoming the best versions of ourselves, and that is what I strive for every day. 

Our Thanksgiving 2017

I feel like Thanksgiving is one of the only days of the year where you SHOULD NOT be dieting. So what we did was bought ALL the carbs we have been craving since June, and went nuts for two days (Thanksgiving and the day after.) 

We had a carbsgiving!!!! It was AMAZING.... but afterwards we were in misery. I felt like something was rotting in my stomach. I guess all that sugar gave my body a shock. 

Friday morning I ate a donut and immediately afterwards felt SO sick, like I was going to throw up and pass out. All that sugar first thing in the morning made my body go wack! 

Anyways, on Thursday we had brunch and then in the evening we loaded up with more carbs and ended the evening having mommy and daddy date night at home and finished a bottle of wine and watched Netflix until midnight. The next day we celebrated with my parents and sister and continued stuffing our face with carbs. 

 It was fantastic! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all! 

family thanksgiving brunch

thanksgiving brunch

family thanksgiving photo

thanksgiving brunch lunch

persephone rahmanian

family christmas photo

costco pumpkin pie thanksgiving

thanksgiving table for toddlers

thanksgiving cupcake turkey

dariush wine

Fifth Month of Keto

This is our 5th month Ketoversary, and I think I've lost quite a bit, but we forgot to weigh ourselves again this month! I don't know exactly how much we have lost, but I can tell I've lost some weight this past month because the pants that were a bit too tight on me a few weeks ago suddenly feel loose!!!! (HAPPY DANCE!!!!!) Hubby's pants are literally falling off, even with his belt on the tightest notch! I'm so excited about our clothes getting looser that I don't know what to do with myself. 

Next month, for our 6 month Ketoversary I'll maybe put up some before and after pictures and give you a better idea of my weight and how much was lost. 

Here are most all the foods we ate on our fifth month:

halibut fine dining

keto fine dining restaurant steak ketogenic dinner

cafe renaissance vienna va fine dining

cafe renaissance vienna va fine dining

I also baked some treats! A Keto mug cake, Keto brownie cookies, Parmesan crisps, and Keto cheesecake pumpkin pie, which to me tasted ALMOST like a real (crustless) pumpkin pie. 

low carb pumpkin pie crustless cheesecake

keto pumpkin pie crustless low carb

keto brownie cookie low carb

keto mug cake low carb chocolate frosting

low carb parmesan crisps keto

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keto lunch ideas

keto dinner ideas

keto low carb parmesan crisps

keto low carb dinner ideas meals

keto lunch ideas low carb

taco beef with salad low carb

broccoli salad hearts of palm low carb

broccoli shrimp stir fry low carb

Third & Fourth Month of Keto

I am currently on month #5 of the Ketogenic diet. Me and hubby have been weighing ourselves monthly to track our weight loss, and I honestly cannot be more proud of our progress:

1st month of Keto: 14 pounds lost

2nd month of Keto: 10 pounds lost

3rd month of Keto: We forgot to weigh ourselves!!!!

4th month of Keto: 10 pounds lost

So overall, since starting the Ketogenic in the summer, I am down THIRTY FOUR POUNDS! Hubby is down TWENTY-TWO pounds! 

*Does happy dance*

We forgot to weigh ourselves during the third month because we were vacationing in California. All throughout our vacation we stuck to the diet, except for one day at a relatives house, who insisted we eat pancakes and I mean, it's just rude not to, so I ate like 2 huge pancakes and was in heaven for a good 10 minutes. 

It was surprisingly easy to maintain the diet while vacationing. Our hotel had breakfast every morning so we would fill up with eggs and sausage/bacon. All other meals were some kind of meat and salad. We had a lot of bunless cheeseburgers with bacon, a lot of kabobs, and a lot of chicken salads. And we would still have our morning coffee.....a KETO coffee from Starbucks (an ice grande skinny vanilla latte with heavy cream)  SO GOOD! 

So here's all what I have ate the past two months:

I was adventurous and for the first time made Keto cookies and Keto pizza (with a cauliuflower crust and minimal tomato sauce)

VITAMINS!!!!......I take them every night with dinner. They are: prenatal, DHA, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, Echinacea and I really need to start taking potassium too. 

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keto cookies

keto cookies

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cauliflower mac n cheese keto

keto mug cake

keto mug cake chocolate sauce

keto brownie