I Don’t Want to Wait Anymore

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Waiting to find an agent, waiting to find a publisher, waiting….waiting…waiting. I am so sick of waiting. Why am I a waiting? Because it’s the traditional way to accomplish my goals? Why am I putting my goals in someone else’s hands to deny?

No, I don’t want to wait anymore. I want to move forward. I stare at this mountain of work before me as I realize that I don’t want to wait for someone to hand me my dreams. It’s a mountain, like an Everest size mountain. Good thing I recently started rock climbing, I GOT THIS!

I want to self publish my book series. I don’t want to wait for an agent, or a publisher, or anyone but the work it will take me to complete this task. And lordy is it going to take some work. I have the time though, and I am willing to put in the effort. Today I started on Chapter 1 of Book 2. The story is in the works! There is no reason not to start the process of getting Book 1 out into the ether!

More than any else I want to share this story. I want you to see what I have been talking about for all these years. It’s been many years of working, waiting, hoping, fingers-crossed, and many many denials and rejections. At this point….too many to count. I don’t want to give up, I won’t, I can’t. Instead, I am going to choose a different path. I am going to take it upon myself to get my book out there.

I can do this. I know I can! And I hope you are willing to share in this journey with me as I adventure into the unknown. Let’s do this friends……. to SELF PUBLISHING!!!!!!!!


You put WHAT in your Pancakes!?!

A good portion of my family is from Texas and Minnesota. I always associated pork rinds with living on a farm land or living in the center of cowboy-ville. I’m not really sure why though because I never actually saw any of my family members eating any pork rinds….so maybe a cliche book reference?

In the last three months of really trying to get into the full swing of a keto kitchen I have stumbled upon the amazing uses of pork rinds. From replacing crackers and any dip conduit to putting in my mac n cheese and then to top it off, IN MY PANCAKES! Yes, that’s right, this morning I made pancakes out of pork rinds. Is your mind exploding to!?

I saw the recipe in my keto book and laughed. I already very much love pork rinds now having found the delightfully almost tasteless crunchy product a treat. I have even found it in multiple flavors! But putting them in my pancakes seems a bit weird…right? I thought so too. However, I am determined to stick to this food plan, so I went ahead and made them. I won’t lie, I was full of doubt.

I opened my handy keto book and saw the list of ingredients and I laughed out loud. “I’m supposed to make pancakes with PORK RINDS!?!” I laughed, shook my head, and then tossed my fate up to the keto gods and said, “Alright. Let’s do this!”

First you grind up the pork rinds, add in the cinnamon, and the baking powder. This is your base of dry ingredients.

Second, you mix your eggs, coconut milk, swerve granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.

Mix it all together and you have a very thick pancake mix. Yes, at this point I was still VERY SKEPTICAL. But I will admit, I was starting to get really hungry and this mix is delightfully sweet smelling.

Adding some coconut oil to the pan, I added in a 1/2 cup of the mixture into a pan and hoped that this would turn out better than the pumpkin pancakes I forced the kids to eat a couple of weeks ago. 20180816_102324

Once of my biggest annoyances when making healthier pancakes is that the batter doesn’t hold together very well when you flip them over. That was not the case with these pancakes!! They were solid and bubbled up perfectly.

After cooking up the batch of pancakes I made the topping. Again, I was skeptical! The topping for these little cakes is a mixture of almond butter and coconut oil. Now I love almond butter, but I wasn’t sure how the mixture with the pork rinds would taste.

I have never been more pleasantly surprised as I was after making this recipe. Check out the beautiful finished product!


I added a bit of cinnomon on top for additional flair ๐Ÿ™‚ But the best part, check out this CRUMB SHOT!!!!


These little cakes were delightfully fluffy and full of flavor. They have a hearty oat taste to them actually. Mix that with the cinnamon and the almond butter and it was a more than surprising fantastic breakfast. The overall nutritional details on these cakes are also impressive!

Serving size: 2 cakes
Cals: 885
total fat: 71.3 g
carbs: 8.1g
sugars: 2.2g
protein: 52.8g

Now I couldn’t possibly take credit for this recipe as it’s not mine ๐Ÿ™‚ I merely review the recipes I find most incredible. If there are any other recipes you are afraid to try or haven’t been able to find a great recipe for something I am happy to be the guinea pig! If you want to get the full details of this recipe and how to make it check out a book called THE KETO DIET: The complete guide to a high fat diet
By: Leanne Vogel

I bought this book on Amazon, but you can get it almost anywhere.
#theketodiet #leannevogel #keto #ketolover #ketofoodreview #ketokitchen

The Wonders of High Fat

This is a quick on, but something I think worth sharing. Yesterday after only eating my Flaxseed muffins and a cold brew coffee with a splash of half n’ half, I was set for the day! I didn’t eat dinner until 7pm and I have to admit…I wasn’t really all that hungry. I was no where NEAR hangry like I would normally be.

So far, I haven’t yet stepped into Keto flu, which I am very much hoping to avoid. I have been out of keto for over a month, so I do believe the flu will strike. Fingers crossed that it won’t hit as hard as it did last time.

Today however being my third day back in it, I am already at a 1.0 mL reading on my ketones reader. That is GREAT! I am already back in the swing in just a couple of days of eating right. I will keep you updated on my progress, but for the moment things are really looking GOOD!

Now, you might be thinking….Jess, when did you get all into talking about your health and what you are eating? Well, I decided that my life isn’t just about my book and what I am working on, it’s also about my ups and downs and struggles to maintain the lifestyle we all want. A healthy lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to get there, and I am going to show you the easier path so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

Step #1, alcohol will kill even the best intentions of maintaining a healthy diet. It sucks but it’s true.

Time for me to prep for lunch and then off to do some bouldering.

#livingthelife #ohgoclimbarock #bouldering #girlstheclimb


When You Have Time….You Keto

When you give a woman with a desire to make things time off from work, what does she do?! She MAKES THINGS!! And GETS SHIAT DONE! She also makes the time to eat right, and that means that I am going 100% full force back into eating Keto.

What an amazing thing time is, and when you have it to do what you want. I am now not only able to focus on my fitness, but I am also able to actually MAKE my breakfast. This is a novel concept as I haven’t been able to make a fresh breakfast, outside of my microwave omelette, in a VERY long time. Being a Keto eater is HARD when you don’t have time to prep food. And I know what most people would say, “Prep on Sunday.” I have to say, by the time I get to Wednesday, the food I made Sunday is limp, slimy and turning. And I’m a hot food, fresh sides kind of breakfast eater.

Today I am making Flaxseed Cinnamon Muffins! They are SUPER tasty with a pat of butter on them, and they are insanely dense. I recently got this book from Leanne Vogle, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO A HIGH FAT DIET.ย  I have to say, this girl really knows her stuff, but also she really understands the difficulty of transitioning your lifestyle to be a high fat diet.

I came across some amazing facts in her book that I feel should be shouted from the roof top. As I sit here and eat my keto cinnamon muffin, I think about the people I have come across that looked at me with skeptic eyes when I said that a high fat diet is good for you and the cholesterol is NOT the enemy. So in the mindset of Keto Pay-it-Forward I will give you some snippets of keto enlightenment!

  1. MYTH: Fat makes you fat. There is something very simple to note with this amazing myth. Body fat is created when excess carbohydrates need to be stored. Also, by eating more dietary fat you can actually help your body lose weight. You eat less when you feel full, and let me tell you, eating a full fat diet you eat less quantity because the food is dense. Fat keeps you satiated, no more 3pm hunger pangs because the limp salad of greens and low fat dressing didn’t do diddly squat to satiate your hunger. The best part of eating high fat is is that is allows for a better balance of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.
  2. MYTH: Cholesterol is bad for you. Sorry but this is so very wrong. It isn’t the Cholestrol that is the problem. I would first ask (because I actually didn’t know myself) what cholesterol does for your body and do we need it. Cholesterol is actually essential for many bodily functions. It’s needed to make sex hormones, and it repairs damaged cells and maintains the integrity of the cell to extend cell life. It transfers nutrients to the brain to protect from dementia and it maintains the the integrity of the intestinal tract. Main point, cholesterol is very important. Without it we would die. Interesting fact about cholesterol, most of what we eat can’t be absorbed. About 25% of the cholesterol in our body comes from what we eat and 75% is synthesized by the body. Eating more dietary cholesterol has little effect on our cholesterol levels.

These muffins are delightful…with a side of Cold Brew with half ‘n half…PERFECTION. I got the recipe and fun myth facts from Leanne Vogel in her book The Keto Diet. I’ll be back with more fun facts and keto tips soon!



Open Your Own Door

There have been several times in my life where I have felt stuck. I was stuck in a crappy job with no upward trajectory. I was stuck in a horrible relationship with a man who treated me like I was a nuisance while he emotionally pushed me around like a rag doll. All of the difficult moments in my life where I felt stuck all had one thing in common; I had to wait for a door to open in order to escape.

For the first time in my life I opened my own door to a better future. I didn’t just open the door, I ran to it full speed and kicked it down with every ounce of strength I had. I was stuck in a very emotionally draining job and it took way more from me than I was willing to give. I know most of us would hear the advice of, “Don’t give up, keep pushing harder until you get what you want.” Or, “Don’t let them see how much it bothers you, keep your head down and just keep going. It will get better.” But I have to say, I disagree with this 100%.

I worked at a company that overall is a great company, but I found it to be the most emotionally draining position I have ever been in. The work wasn’t harder or worse than any other job I have done, it was more about the day to day struggle to accomplish the load of work piled before me. It’s not ok when you feel like you not only can never succeed but are also always feeling as though you are being thrown under the bus. I would never say anything negative about the people I worked with because in truth they are all incredible people. But when it’s not working for you and you know the role is not the right fit, you have to move onward.

Two weeks ago I submitted my two weeks notice with every intention to leave my current job without any job to move on to. It was a rough final two weeks, but the decision to move on without anything to secure me an incomeย  was the best decision I could have made. I didn’t wait for the changes to come my way, I didn’t hope that someone could save me or make it better. I made the move to make my life better, I created my own change.

I can’t wait for what my future holds, there are so many possibilities. The world is now at my fingertips and I GET TO CHOOSE the path I will take. Looking forward to the next adventure!