I’ve been really out of sorts because of the pulmonary embolisms, but here are some nice things that have happened this month- lots of birthdays!
First up, Maisie’s 4th birthday was on 10 September! We usually have huge parties, but my health hasn’t been the best, so we just did a family party, with grandparents from both sides and her first cousins from her dad’s side. She received My Little Pony, Spirit Horses, an Ant Farm (her fave, ours too), and the outhouse dollhouse built by my dad (with base and landscaping by us):
Her Norwegian dollhouse hosted the new Spirit horses:
Later in the week, she received macarons from our dear friend and we had a blast doing mundane things- also, my friend brought us wild paw paw fruit, which tastes like mangoes squished with bananas and pineapple! I was able to ripen them by sticking the branch in water for a week.
It’s still been brutally hot out here, so she had a lot of beach time and park time as well:
Then we ended this week with silver and gold henna tattoos- plus I received 2 new Tiffany heart bead bracelets to commemorate surviving the last 2 months since my embolisms ❤
update on wasp sting HERE
So, broke my fast at day 6 and glad I did. I will also be doing a shorter fast tomorrow (1-3 days, depending on how I feel). Maybe I will just do an intermittent 24 hr fast. I am going to wing it.
Unfortunately, was stung on finger by a paper wasp this morning and had a weird reaction.
There should be no way in hell I have 1hr 37 min of cardio, but the fucking wasp sting- even with the Benedryl- elevated my heart rate insanely today. No wonder I am exhausted. My blood pressure is still lower than normal, hours after it happened.
I have less than 5k steps for the day. I slept a lot. I ate a ton today- all keto.
Asparagus, eggs, keto enchiladas. I made keto charsiu bbq pork in the instant pot with pork belly. IDK how it turned out, still cooking as I type.
I also experienced stomach issues, which are not a shocker.
Life goes on- and all in all, quite pleased with how things have progressed- except for the damned wasp issue.
He was a rockstar of the culinary world. Rest easy now, Bourdain.
One of the few idols I had left is dead. I watched his shows religiously. Bourdain’s culinary adventures became my obsession- I was able to travel the world through HIS eyes. His show was my foodie porn. What a masterpiece it was!
A few years back, Bourdain filmed his Filipino episode at my former co-star’s flat in Manila. I was so star struck by this fact and pumped my friend for all the info I could get.
My friend said he seemed tired and overwhelmed- or something to that effect. I don’t doubt that at all. His shooting schedule had to be extremely grueling.
CNN reports that he was found dead by hanging, in an apparent suicide, by his friend Eric Ripert. He left 2 ex-wives, a daughter, and his current girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, to mourn him along with the rest of us.
I don’t understand suicide, I wish I could understand it more. This tragedy brings to mind all of those people who survived loved ones that died in this manner. The families who will weep forever over the loss.
If you are contemplating suicide, I urge you, please rethink it. Get help, there is help available. Don’t let the world mourn what could have been. Don’t let your children grow up without a parent. Don’t let your parents have to bury their child.
When you kill yourself, you kill a bit of everyone around you.
We are all one, connected to each other through our joys and tragedies.
I had a lot of stuff happen since I blogged re the keto.
My son has lost almost 60 lbs since November- he is about 220 from about 280- solely from keto and he does most of his own cooking!
I will post pics of him soon!
I am also finally back to my fighting weight, lost probably 25 lbs since my last update- gained loads of muscle- but I was in Southern CA taking care of a relative who was injured in a motorcycle crash for months. Mostly exercise, fitbit, and keto, IF thrown in.
Unfortunately, am back home now and I will need surgery soon. I see a cancer specialist next week. A MRI diagnosed adenomyosis, which causes a painful and abnormally swollen uterus- lots of bloating and discomfort.
They have to check it for cancer after it is removed. My sister currently has cancer, so I am a bit worried. I am always tired lately.
Below are the newer pics, many after workout. I am so happy with my progress! I will never be thin, but I can be fit and STRONG.
today I rocked a keto chocolate souffle with freshly whipped cream- AND 2 NET CARBS! It tastes like a lava cake married a sponge cake… or a British steamed pudding.
Jess’ Keto Chocolate Souffle
- 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder OR raw cacao powder
- 2-3 tbs powdered erythritol or sweetener of your choice
- 2 tbs heavy cream
- 1 tbs melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4th tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4th-1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix everything well-
Grease ramekin or coffee mug and microwave 1-2 minutes-
Plate with freshly whipped cream.
SOOOO GOOD and sooo easy!
Yesterday, we made mozzarella stuffed meatballs with low carb Marinara- and chocolate keto mug cakes with freshly whipped cream- they were a huge hit!
If anyone is interested in the recipes, post below and I will type them out after I recover from bronchitis.