The first

The first

There is no better way to start a new adventure than to just dive in, right?

This is about as awkward as filling out the “about me” section of a dating site, but here goes nothing…

My name is Samantha, I am 28 years old. Born and raised in Maryland. I have 2 son’s my oldest, R, is 12 and my youngest, M, is 9 and both of them have ADHD, my oldest also had a plethora of other diagnoses that we will talk about more later. I had my boys very young (15 & 18) and was a teen mother. And NO, I do not plan on ever having more children. I am currently happliy married to “G”. I have also been married before and got a divorce. I have a dog, his name is Bullet. He is an Australian cattle dog (blue heeler)/border collie mix. He is a rescue we adopted from a local shelter. I have a cat named Pepperoni. He showed up on our front porch after his previous owners abandoned him during a move and we took him in. I also have 2 leopard geckos, Sid and Nancy. I am a hairdresser, and have been doing hair for 10 years. I am the manager at a well known chain salon. I love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. But this blog is not to promote myself as a hairdresser.

I am forever trying to better myself and my life and the lives of those I care about. I am all about trying to be as natural as possible (hence the hippie bit in my blog name). I care what goes into and on my body and my children’s bodies. I am always trying to be more conscious of what we use and consume everyday. I am also trying to eat better and be more active in an effort to be healthier, along with quitting smoking, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and taking care if my mental health. I do struggle with anxiety/depression/and ADHD, I chose not to medicate and in an effort to better my mental health I am seeking help from a therapist. I am also working on managing and coping with my stress better. And of course any parent knows that as a parent you are forever trying to parent better, and being married I am constantly working on bettering my relationship with G (this marriage is gunna stick).

So there will be lots and lots to blog about, I am in no shortage of ideas and hopefully sharing my life and putting my story out there will be helpful for some and entertaining for most.

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New addition

New addition

We have adopted another fur baby!

I am so excited! As I think I have mentioned in a previous post I have 2 leopard geckos, 1 cat, and an Australian cattle dog (blue heeler)/ border collie mix. ALL of my animals are rescues and our newest addition is as well.

We went to the shelter 2 weeks ago on Saturday to look around and unfortunately we can not adopt any “pit bulls or pit bull mixes” per our lease so we had no luck. We went back last Saturday and a beautiful black and white husky caught my eye. As soon as I saw her I just knew that we were going to be her furever family. So we put in an application that day, Monday I brought Bullet (my acd) to meet her, things didn’t go so well and I was super bummed, but they told me to come back the next day. Bright and early Tuesday I take Bullet to the shelter to meet his (hopefully) new sister, it went MUCH better. It wasn’t perfect but if we are being honest, my Bullet doesn’t have the best manners, he isn’t aggressive in any way he is just too excited; and Crystal had not been socialized, so for the fact that they both have some.training ahead everything went a-ok.

Now we were just waiting for my landlord to call the shelter and give them the green light which took FOREVER (3 days is forever when you are excited). Soy landlord calls and the shelter calls me and says now they have to “go through all the applications” and I am again bummed because I can’t help but think there was some family out there that they were going to decide was better for Crystal than my family.

On to Thursday, I am at work and I happen to be in the break room when I get a call from.an unknown number. Normally I don’t pick up but that day I did. It was the shelter asking me if I still wanted Crystal and if I could come in for an interview. So of course I said absolutely. I even rearranged my work schedule to be off early to make it to this interview. I also drug my husband out when he got off work to go to the pet store and get all of her necessities and to get Bullet a bath.

Here it is, Frisay, and I COULD NOT WAIT to get off work and go get my dog. And OF COURSE, as they always seem to do, everything was wonky. I had a co worker leave her purse and ask me to drop it off to them on my way home (adding 15-20 minutes to my drive) and then it got busy and I had to take customers up until I was scheduled off (1pm in this case) so I don’t get out of work until 1:20ish and I still have to take this purse out of the way to my co-worker… So, I call the shelter and thankfully they had no problem pushing my interview appointment an hour later.

I get to the shelter and have the longest interview ever and FINALLY get to take home my beautiful new baby!

Bullet is in love with his new friend, Crystal is still getting used to things but so far she is great. The two of them aren’t hanging out in close quarters but they tolerate one another outside on walks so I have faith that they will become better friends. Training for both starts today so we can have 2 well behaved dogs and take them to the dog park while others are there and go on hikes and to dog friendly events and places.

Long story short, it was a pain in the butt and I was a nervous mess this past week, and we have some work ahead of us but all the headache is so worth it. It may take a little extra time and effort to adopt from a shelter or a rescue than to buy a dog from a breeder and it may take some extra time and hard work to train a dog that is no longer a puppy or even a puppy you adopt from a shelter or a rescue but it is 100% worth every minute and frustrating moment. So if you are thinking of getting a furry friend please take a look at your local shelters and rescues before looking for a breeder. Save a life and give one of the sweet sweet babies that are in danger of being put down a good home.

PS, Bullet is technically a “designer breed” (Border Heeler) and Crystal is PURE BRED Siberian husky. She has her papers and everything. So, if you are looking for a specific breed you can find them, just keep your options open and take the time to look.

Here are pictures of my wonderful babies.

MIA

MIA

Did you miss me? Of course you did! What have I been up to this whole time? Well I’m going to tell you.

So first things first, I have been following the ketogenic way of eating, I bought “The Keto Diet” by Leanne Vogle and started off just kind of willy nilly, not really following a meal plan or anything just avoiding foods to be avoided and eating foods I could eat. Unfortunately I was struggling with horrible cravings and caved a few times. Then I got a stomach bug and all I could stomach was saltine crackers and gingerale. So for 3 days I lived off if crackers and soda (not very keto). After getting better I fell off the wagon and was eating poorly again. But I pulled myself together and decided to actually follow one of the meal plans in the wonderful book I had bought. So for the last week I have been strictly following the classic keto meal plan and I feel WONDERFUL! I can tell I wasn’t doing keto properly the first several times I have tried it and that is probably why I failed. Along with not the best support system but I’ll get to that. So I am feeling better overall, sleeping better, it is easier to wake up and start my day (I have never been a morning person but here I am waking up at 5am), I’m in a better mood, I have more energy, my skin looks FANTASTIC, and I have lost 17lbs since this all started. This is the very first time I have EVER lost double digits so I am over the moon.

Now back to that support system. My friends and family are actually supportive this time which is a HUGE help. My husband is following the same meal plan as I am. My friends are my cheerleaders. My parents are wanting me to succeed instead of expecting me to fail, which is a huge motivator for me. But even more important, I am taking care of me and I believe in myself. I am practicing yoga and meditating, practicing mindfulness, making sure I’m in a good headspace before I really start my day. I am also taking time to make myself feel better, doing my hair and makeup every day to help boost my confidence and my mood, dressing a little nicer and more my style vs frumpy and comfy (nothing wrong with that, still love my sweats and jammie pants but they are for home and working out, well the sweats at least). I think focusing more on self care and being my own cheerleader had made the biggest difference. It is nice that everyone else is supportive but I am learning you can’t expect that from anyone. You have to be there for you, you can’t rely on others to be there when you need them or how you need them.

Last thing, I have also been trying to be more active. Nothing crazy, I didn’t join a gym and I’m not running. But I am taking my dog on longer walks every day and taking him.to the dog park. We are hiking or going to events on days off where we are out and about and moving around and active. The best part about getting out and active isn’t the weightloss or the health benefits though, it is the time I spend with my kids, my husband, my animals, and interacting with other people instead of being a potato in my house. I love being outside, especially in nature and I was making far too many excuses not to be outside and enjoying all of the things I love.

So the benefit if weight loss is great but I am getting so much more from.this journey than just a smaller body. My body is healthier and my mind is happier and I am better because of those things. I plan to keep moving forward and keep bettering myself. I am now a more fulfilled person in so many aspects of life and I refuse to go back.

Dirty lazy keto

Dirty lazy keto

So I have done this before and was quite successful but a cheat meal turned into a cheat day, that day turned into a week, the week spilled over into the month and I lost all the progress I had made and gave up.

This way of eating also wasn’t really agreeing with me 100%, I had massive mood swings and more often than not o was angry. I didn’t like that so it was my excuse for why I gave up. Not a real or valid excuse but one that people agreed with and sounded better than admitting had cheated and decided to binge.

This time around I researched a lot more and tried to get to know my body better. I am taking extra measures to keep my mood stable as well. I meditate and do yoga in the mornings and I meditate before bed in the evenings. I plan to add a nice walk with my dog in the morning as well as an after dinner walk with my family and an evening yoga routine. I am also cutting negativity out of my life, which is crazy difficult but that’s a whole other blog post. But all in all the steps I am taking are really helping and I haven’t seen my mood shift the way it did before.

I also decided to have a new approach to this whole thing. I am much less restrictive. I do try to keep track of macros and calories but I try not to let it take over. So I am relaxed about tracking. I also dont stress over exact measurements. I just eyeball things the best I can. And if I am out to eat I will order the most keto friendly thing possible but if I go to breakfast and my meal come with grits I’ll probably eat them or if dinner comes with a piece of cornbread I’ll treat myself because I refuse to be miserable or make myself feel bad about what I eat. I still go to fast food but I get burgers with no bun and side salads instead of fries and an unsweetened tea instead if sweet tea or soda. So I’m doing what is considered lazy keto (not tracking) or dirty keto (eating out, especially fast food).

I would love to one day he able to meal prep and make everything home.made and buy everything from the farmers market or co-op, bit for now it isn’t really realistic with my life. I am on the go A LOT. I work a full time job, have a special needs son who takes a lot of my time and energy with appointments and school stuff and just in general, have animals to care for, a house to keep up with, a husband to spend time wwith, and I refuse to give up my self care practices/me time. So with all of that I just don’t have the time to eat perfectly clean keto.

I guess I’m saying that I think I have a handle on it this time around and it is doable for everyone to make changes and for me I have to make small changes here and there and create new habits one at a time and that is okay. It is okay if it takes you linger that others to get where you’re going, just keep working at it. It is better to slowly push forward than to give up and backslide.

All natural deodorant…

All natural deodorant…

So I never used deodorant regularly up until recently, like maybe a year ago. I never had to. Something changed though because my poor armpits started emitting the worst smell. Like out if no where, overnight, I became shrek-like. So I started with normal deodorant and it wouldn’t last. Then I switched to a natural deodorant, I tried wipes, sprays, and the crystal deodorant; nothing worked. I even tried using them together. I read articles and tried all of the tips (masks, lemon, running alcohol, essential oils, you name it I tried it) and I am still struggling. They say at first it gets worse because you are “detoxing” which seems legit and reasonable, but I feel like it has been long enough and things aren’t looking (or smelling) pretty in the pit department. So as much as I want to use a natural alternative it looks like I’m stuck with traditional deodorant for the foreseeable future because let’s face it, no one wants to smell bad.

Treat yo self

Treat yo self

Self care is super important to me. When I don’t take care of myself I get into a bit of a slump. Today, after what feels like forever, I got my nails done. I feel human again!

I was avoiding getting my nails done for several reasons the main 3 being lack of time, trying to save money, and trying to be more natural and use more natural products.

Finally had the time and money and honestly I just don’t feel myself without my claws and after trying to grow out my natural nails and having them break constantly I broke down and got my nails done. A liquid gel full set and a delux spa pedicure.

It’s crazy how something so simple can make you feel so much better about yourself. I feel so much more confident. Just polished and put together.

Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while. Don’t forget to do something that makes you happy and take time to relax and take care of yourself, whatever that means to you 😊

Chug-a-lug

Chug-a-lug

I never realized how much I drink until I switched to only drinking water. Yesterday was day #1 of drinking no other fluids except water. I went through 4 bottles of water at work which doesn’t sound like a lot, but usually I would just get my starbucks and be good to go or a large soda from the little cafe next door. I forgot to check my weight yesterday before I started so I’ll hop on the scale this morning and just do Saturday morning weigh ins this month.

On the wagon again

On the wagon again

Jumping back on the wagon on Friday (Dec 1st) December will be a month with ONLY water to drink. Everything else will stay the same. No more soda, tea, juice, milk, coffee, etc. Each month I will be cutting out one bad thing. I can’t do a complete lifestyle overhaul. I fail every single time. Got the husband on board too domin won’t be doing this alone 😊