Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Week One Recap

 Not sure if this will be a weekly post or not...its for me to remember what I ate...progress and such as it comes to my training.  Snacks are a must right now.  I am lifting so heavy! One of my goto's is salami and cheese~

 For the most part I am keto, but very half assed and not a food photographer!  I am always too hungry and midway through remember I should have snapped a photo.  This was oh so good and everyone loved it.  Jalapeno Popper Chicken.  I didn't stuff the chicken, just layered it and it was amazing! We had this with steamed broccoli.

 This was to DIE for! Creamy Tuscan Chicken over zoodles.  I doubled the sauce but it could have been tripled and I will add a dash of cayenne and artichoke hearts to it next time. Everyone loved it!

 David makes the best whole chickens.  This one was a BBQ seasoned one baked in the oven.  I used the bbq seasoning form Costco.  Served with one of our favorites, Brussels sprouts with garlic, evoo and Salt and pepper.

 Willow wanted some cinnamon rolls and of course I forgot to take a pic of the pan.  They are yummy! Basically fat head dough with some brown monkfruit/butter/cinnamon filling~

 Snacks! Those are almond flour crackers.  They are about 1 carb a cracker but I need crunch on occasion that isn't cheese flavored like the whisps~ I love the spinach and artichoke dip from costco and I pick up a cheese platter and salami platter from there also.  I also love to have blackberries and whip cream as a treat now and then.

This is definitely a new favorite.  Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.  Oh so good! Served this with Spicy Lime chicken,  ( chicken cooked in evoo or coconut oil with salt, pepper. all purpose seasoning, cayenne and a squeeze of lime.  Super easy and Delicious.

We also had steak and Brussels sprouts on night and went out one night for Date Night at Market Street Grill.  (I made Willow a fathead dough pizza for diner that night.) We had shrimp cocktail and shared a steak/veggies/mashed potatoes.  (Yes I had a slice of bread with butter, wine and I had a few bites of the potatoes oh, and we shared a Sabayon)

Basically I start my day with BPC (Bullet Proof Coffee) and fast until I get hungry...it is typically 16:8 or 14:10...but I add collagen peptides, monkfruit, SF vanilla and heavy whipping cream. I may have 1-3 cups of coffee but only the 1st has collagen and one of the coffees may be from Starbucks :) Yes, I like my coffee.

I then at some point have Larginine powder.  I may or may not have a Bang energy drink at some point and I always drink 80 plus oz of water per day.


I didn't capture any of my lifting this week.  I need to get better about that~

This week I lifted on the 2nd, the 4th and the 6th.  I got deloaded from 235 squats to 210 because I just couldn't do 5 sets of 5 at that weight in good form ( and failed it 3 times).  I tend to hold myself back at a certain weight for a while if I feel like my form is lacking.  I ended the week at 215 squats and feeling very strong at that weight.

My overhead press is coming along but oh so slow.  I am at 88 lbs and I am rally hoping to get to 90 lbs by the end of January.

My deadlifts are killer! I ended the week at 240 but only could do 3.  I think I could have done 5 but I uses wrist straps that started to slip and I lost my grip.  I have such a weak grip!

My Pendlay Rows are getting better.  I finally got the form down and now I'm working on building weight.  I ended the week at 130.

My bench press is awesome! I ended the week at 137lbs! I only got 4 the last set so I will start back there but I am so impressed with myself!


Random thoughts....
I had planned to start back with the cardio but honestly the lifting is enough right now.

 I have learned that I need a 2 day recovery after the deadlifts so it is altering my schedule just a bit but I think I will be better off in the long run.  I have to be careful with hashimotos and not do to much exercise to make it worse. I also notice ater a heavy lifting session that I need carbs.  Not everyone does but  I feel a million times better if I eat some after my workout. I am also trying to build muscle and being fat adapted was not doing that for me.  I think everyone is different.

I have asked for a personal trainer for my upcoming birthday.  Lets see if that manifests~


I think that's it for the week.  All in all it was a good week.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Scary Movie

When you want to watch a scary movie (Big Ass Spider) but it is just too much to handle!

These two crack me up!


Epic playdates are always the best!

Kiwi Crate January: Pendulum Power


 This was a super fun crate! He made a pendulum powered game and a pecking bird toy.


 Gustav was so interested in the painting process~





Always fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Back to School Playdate

Back to school after the winter break and no one wanted the fun to end! So a 3 hour play date ensued and they all had a blast~

 They all loved my keto dinner!


Fun times~


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Tribute to an Amazing Woman




After a long and beautiful life, Jannie Bell Irene King Vinson went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 30 at the age of 87. Born 2 April 1931, as the eldest of eight children to Dossie and Rosa King (nee Evans), Irene will be lovingly remembered by her friends and family for her huge heart, playful demeanor, and many talents. Her love of life and people was evident and she could light up any room with her smile, stories, and laughter. She attended Toone School and later in life completed her high school courses by correspondence. She grew up in the farm life and knew hard work from just about everything on the farm - even “gee hawing” a mule. As a young mother, she pulled an eight foot cotton sack, often with one of her children laying on the tail end of it. In the home, she was blessed with remarkable creative talents as she lovingly sewed and crocheted many works of art. Her baby shower gifts were often handmade bonnets or booties and she ensured her grandchildren and great grandchildren each had a handmade quilt especially crafted for them. She loved to cook and no one left her table hungry and no church dinner was complete without her made-from-scratch banana pudding or coconut pie. Her pancakes, biscuits, fried chicken, and fried chocolate pies were some family favorites. She sang, danced, played guitar and piano and would often say, “I have music in my bones!” In her later years, she sang with “The Golden Sounds” and volunteered her time to sing with the residents of Pine Meadows Nursing Home where she was once named “Volunteer of the Year”. Irene shared the love of Jesus Christ with others through her words and deeds. She spent many years playing piano and singing in the church choir and taught many Sunday School classes. A charter member of Cloverport Baptist; she was, most recently, the eldest member of Maple Springs Baptist Church near Mercer, Tenn where she was an inspiration with her faithful attendance. Irene is survived by two sisters, Emogene Walton of Bolivar, Tenn., Margie Arnold of Paris, Tenn.; one son, Kenneth Douglas Vinson (Sonia) of Cloverport, Tenn.; two granddaughters Teri Jo Read (David) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Wendy Vinson Ray (Chris) of Mamaroneck, NY; and six great grandchildren Aspen, Joshua, Mara, Willow, Rowan and Jacob. She will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Wallace Woodrow Vinson and son, Dennis Woodrow Vinson. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Smith’s South Chapel in Jackson, with burial in Maple Springs Cemetary. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation or Maple Springs Baptist Church.


 There are no words for how much I miss this woman.  She was incredible.  Here is the LINK to to Obituary, but I am not sure how long they leave it up~








 Little Aspen and Joshua...I was 22 in this picture~


























 Me!









 I love this picture so much~


















Rest Rene, we love you so much~



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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and 2 partners and married to my best friend and love of my life for 28 years now! We co-habitate with 2 cats, Asha and Gustav, 1 dog, Juniper Wren, and 2 Chinchillas, Ozwald and Turbo. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 15 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint, travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!