Tuesday, October 2, 2018

My Keto Journey

Keto Diaries: Follow along at @heidiandseekboutique on Instagram

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Designing clothing for women has always meant that I want women to feel comfortable, stylish and confident in my garments, no matter what size or shape.  I myself struggle with negative body image constantly.  What I like about the body positive movement is that we are encouraged to love ourselves regardless of what other influences tell us, and I am trying to learn to love my body.  

I also think healthy habits play a big part in this, however I don’t believe in food or body shaming, I think the guilt we feel over treating ourselves is a huge factor in a negative body image.  

Photo by Jennifer Burk on Unsplash

My doctor recently suggested I try a Keto diet to help alleviate things like foot pain, uncomfortable bloating and digestion issues, as well as get to a healthier weight for my height.  I was surprised that she suggested a diet since dieting is known to yo-yo and not really help in the long run.  I’ve never been on a diet, I tried a 3 day cleanse once and it went horribly.  I lay on the couch watching movies and cried all weekend, I was so hungry and miserable!  I only lasted 2 days. 

The reason I am agreeing to try a Keto diet is because I know I have an unhealthy relationship with food, I can’t seem to muster up any willpower when sweets are around and although I go to the gym regularly, I feel like I’m only managing to stay where I am physically and not seeing much change for the better in my body due to these eating habits.

Photo by Katie Smith on Unsplash

I’m using the 2 week challenge on dietdoctor.com to jump start this process, which in essence is to turn my body into a fat burning machine.  A Ketogenic diet includes protein, vegetables and LOTS of healthy fats (I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much butter in one day in my whole life).  This is teaching your body how to burn fat instead of sugar which is supposed to be very helpful for weight loss.  Now I’m not so concerned about the number on the scale, I’m more interested in feeling healthier, less bloated, fewer cravings (a high fat diet is supposed to curb your sugar cravings like crazy!), and just feeling more comfortable in my skin.  

If you are interested in following along my Keto journey, I will be posting exclusively in my Instagram Stories on my @heidiandseekboutique Instagram page.  I’m hoping to share with you some of the food in this challenge as well as how its going/how I’m feeling, etc.

Photo by Mel on Unsplash

So raise your cup of bullion (it’s supposed to help with the withdrawal symptoms the first week of the challenge) and let’s cheers to a new adventure in healthy living.

If you are looking for more information on the Keto diet, click HERE

Friday, March 10, 2017

A day off from Disney

Morning views form our deck...

We went on a air boat ride in a swamp to see some crocs!

If you look on the left side middle ish of this photo, you can see a baby one!

Headwaters to the Everglades...

Pirate Mini Golf is a must in Florida

It is possible that I brought joke teeth along to wear in ride photos....:D

These crazies wanted to go on the Sling Shot ride at Old Town.  They are crazy.  Watch them go crazy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Disney World Pt. 3

You guessed it...this is Animal Kingdom Day!  I spotted a crazy animal right from the start:

Then we went on a safari and saw some giraffes!

I found my mouse ears!

Expedition Everest: I've done it twice now, and I did not like the backwards in the dark part any more the second time than I did the first time.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Disney World Pt. 2

Walt Disney World
"Where Dreams Come True"

The Magic Kingdom Castle, always a beautiful view

Two adventurers!

it IS a small world after all!

Another beautiful afternoon view of the Cinderella Castle

Sorry King Tritan...I'm taken.

Welcome to the circus!
(Tank: H&M // Necklace: Etsy // Shorts: Reitmans // Purse: (An indie shop I can't remember)

Just as amazing at night

Friday, March 3, 2017

Disney World Pt.1

In February we travelled to Florida to visit Disney World and Universal Studios with my in-laws.  Here's our first day at Disney Springs!

Most important thing: Find a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.  This one was a contender!

My husband got sick on the plane out to Florida so the first day we decided not to visit a park since he wouldn't want to go on rides or anything.  We instead visited Disney Springs and visited a bunch of shops, bakeries (chocolate covered strawberries anyone?) and restaurants!

We encountered a wee bit of rain, but you can see the rainbow on the left hand top corner of this next photo.

Someone else found a pair of ears, just a bit furrier!

How many pieces of lego do you think it took to make this?

Ma-in-Law's forever favorite, a Christmas Store!

An iconic pair of ears as we drove home after a long day of walking and shopping!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Style Me February: Closet & Instagram Challenge!

I got snagged recently by a Facebook ad for Dean Street Society where Hilary Rushford shared 3 videos on how to simplify your style.  The videos have since been taken down because her class started and it was a little sneak peek.

I signed up for the video emails and also for the February Closet Challenge which I was really excited about!  At this point in the Winter season, I am pretty tired of my clothes and I think this will be a fun way to try new things with what I already have.

Here's my February 1st "Feeling Pretty in Pink" outfit.

I don't really wear pink pink as it is not a color I gravitate towards, so I wore this bright coral shirt to work today and paired it with a fun polka dot blazer-I got a lot of compliments for wearing such a bright color!

Work clothes for me are an obligation.  I generally do not like my work clothes as much as I like my non-work clothes and I like to keep them separated (i.e. I don't wear work clothes when not at work, not even blouses or blazers).

I work at a financial institution where the dress code is business professional.  So I'm usually wearing black dress pants with a blouse and a cardigan or blazer.  I really hate dress pants and I can't stand tight jackets so I prefer cardigans with room to move about and blazers with some stretch.

I picked this top for the challenge and of course the typical black pant and then I wanted to wear something fun so I added this blazer which also cinches in the waist to provide some sense of shape.

WHAT will I WEAR tomorrow for animal spots and FURS?????!  Stay tuned to find out! ;)

For Reference:
Blazer - Modcloth // Blouse - Maurices // Camisole - Maurices // Pants - Reitmans // Shoes - Aldo //

Monday, January 30, 2017

First Outfit: Tie Dye

Hello friends!  So, I am beginning my fashion journey of 2017 today!  Here is an outfit I put together for drinks with a friend and supper with the in-laws.

What I like about this outfit is that it incorporates a lot of cool pieces and makes me feel put together.  I paired this vest over a tye-dye tunic to create some sense of shape to the upper part of my body and then the skinny jeans taper down to the ankle boots.  Overall, very happy with this look, I will absolutely be wearing it again.  So comfortable and makes me happy!

For Reference:
Tunic - Tiny Haven // Vest - Smart Set // Jeans - Joe Fresh // Ankle Boots - Le Chateau //