Quick Life Update | #Writing is on FIRE!

Helloooooooo!

So it’s been a minute since I’ve really posted any decent content but I’m about to start rectifying that!

I took a long hiatus to work on the real world problems we all face, including my health and well being. I know I posted last year about KETO not being for me but in January of this year, I decided to give it another try.

IT WORKS!

Since January 9, 2019, I’ve lost 44lbs and passed my first goal!

Not only has the weight loss been significant (although I still have a ways to go) how I feel, look and the internal health benefits have been amazing. No more plantars fasciitis, no more joint pain, healthy gut and numerous other improvements. Did I mention the energy level and clear mind?!

Here is a side by side of me. The photo on the left is me in September 2018. The one on the right is me in Late May 2019.

If you want to follow along on this journey, just follow me on instagram @ author_p.s.bartlett

Now, thanks to the clear mind and healthy energy, my creative brain cells are in overdrive! I’ve been writing like a mad woman for three months but three weeks ago, I embarked on book 6 in the Razor’s Adventure Series!

I’ve already hit over 41K words in three weeks of evenings (YES, unfortunately I still have to work full time so buy my books so I can write full time instead!) :)) and I’m obsessed with this story and writing it is like breathing again!

Part I of the book is nearly complete, although a rough first draft but it feels so wonderful to be back in my lane and flying down the highway!

I believe I’m currently on pace to finish this book by August 31st and take it to publishing by Christmas, which is also when I hope to meet my ultimate goal weight!

Here is the link to my books on Amazon in case you haven’t read them and want to catch up. https://www.amazon.com/P.S.-Bartlett/e/B00CP4PF4U

Thank you for hanging in there with me and following my blog. I promise there will be some interesting content in the near future and consistently to boot!

I’m looking forward to setting sail again with Ivory and her crew this fall/winter and I hope you join us!

Love and respect!

P.S. Bartlett

I gave #Keto a Veto and Other Stupid Ramblings

Eight whole days…almost nine!

No bread. No pasta. No to a whole bunch of things actually.

Somehow, for the past eight days, I’ve managed quite easily to live with less than 50 carbs a day. I figured I’ve tried a lot of diets in my adult life post children and the only thing that ever worked was less calories. This was something I hadn’t tried yet so I figured what the heck?

In a world where I can step out of the shower and ten minutes later be standing in a pool of my own sweat in a 70 degree house, and just gaze into the creamy deliciousness of a gelati and gain five pounds…you get the picture, just cutting calories wasn’t cutting anymore.

menopause

I try to stay active but since my daughter and granddaughters moved out a year ago, I’ve gained thirty pounds. THIRTY POUNDS.

I still look pretty good and it’s not as if my 5’6″ frame can’t handle it but I’m feeling the effects of the weight more and more now. My knee hurts more, I get winded more easily and although I know this new waistline is par for the menopausal course, that doesn’t mean I have to live with it for the rest of my life.

Back to the Keto…

I was doing great. I wasn’t even craving carbs at all! Every day I could see them fading in my rear view mirror…that was until last night. As I headed up to bed, I felt woosy and light headed and yet noticed a headache coming all at once. I hurried into bed and fell asleep but not before experiencing a bit of heart palpitations that I’ll admit, scared me a bit.

Then this morning, it hit. There’s this thing they call the Keto flu. Basically, your body feels like you have the flu. I had a headache, body aches and all over lethargic feeling. I hurriedly Googled the side effects of Keto and bam, there it was.

According to the article I linked above, symptoms can last about a week or more. So now I need to ask myself if this is worth seeing through. I’m taking into account my age, menopause and the fear that I may be one of the unlucky folks who takes a lot longer to detox from carbohydrates. I’m not sure what to do yet but so far, in just eight days my body has already started going through a transition that I like aesthetically if not physiologically. I’ll wait and see and if this keeps up, I’m back to calorie counting. I’ll still keep my carbs low but not like I have been. I’m not trying to injure myself to lose that 30lbs.

Next rambling…so, if you haven’t read any of my Ancestry blogs, Here’s a link to one. I had such incredible success with my maternal grandfather’s side that I was spoiled for the real hard stuff. I also decided I want to dig deeper into the DNA history so I sent of a test to Geno 2.0. It’s a much more in depth test and will even give you your Neanderthal percentage if you have any. Since 99% of my DNA comes from Europe, I’m fairly certain I have some Neanderthal. Did you know it is pronounced Ne-an-der-tal? It is indeed.

So, with my maternal grandfather Russ’ pedigree being so major, and all the incredible ancestors I have on that side, it still hurts and shocks me that his kids and grandchildren etc. who know I exist, still want nothing to do with me. Every time I check my DNA matches, there’s my uncle Jack and my cousin Jackie who obviously want no parts of me. I mean, what’s not to love? I’m smart, kind, successful and not half bad looking…even with the extra 30lbs…but seriously. What makes people act like this?

I know my grandfather was this big famous band leader, musician and writer, and never legally acknowledged my mother…his love child…but that was 95 years ago! They’ve denied it all my life and now, even when presented with actual DNA evidence, they still reject any contact with me or my family. I could see if I was like Trailer Trash Tammy or something but we’re good, honest, decent, down to earth people. I definitely don’t want anything from them and neither does the rest of my family. I guess some people prefer living a comfortable lie than an inconvenient truth.

Their loss…but it still hurts and probably always will. 

Maybe someday I’ll write a book about it all…

I still want a cat.

My thirteen year old kitty passed back in March. I think I’m over the grieving process for him (gone too soon) because recently I’ve been obsessing over searching for a new best friend. He was so beautiful and sweet I’m afraid I’ll fall in love with some kitty and I’ll end up on that TV show My Cat From Hell. My husband isn’t ready yet. He keeps telling me no way but yes way. It’s going to happen. A house is not a home to me without a fur baby in it.

My Kitty

Well that’s about it for tonight. The evil Keto Flu is kicking my butt.

Nighty Night…zzzzz

Peg