General Chatty Intro:
Good morning! I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in my routine and paying enough attention to BeckDoes. Not to worry, I was still following the Keto lifestyle and I’m still feeling decent =) It’s been the year of change so far and I am ready to re-settle.
In the last 5 months we decided to sell our home, which meant I had to pack and store a majority of our belongings, clean and repair things, hire painters to make it look better, etc. The sale went through after a buyer quit at the last minute in the most dramatic of fashions. Fortunately, the home sold and we were able to move forward after being stuck in this limbo state for just about 3 months. 3 months with the bare essentials kind of gives a new perspective…and I kind of liked it after getting used to it.
Anyway, we were choosing to rent for a while, so I had to do a lot of research and hunting to find the perfect rental to meet the needs of my family. We decided on a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment near my husband’s new job…did I mention the attention it takes to help your husband prepare for a new job? At least I was able to resign from my teaching job and have more time to focus on family after summer school ended. My family consists of my husband and I, our 2 small doggies and my father (who doesn’t do Keto and really needs to). We have so many needs between all of us I really didn’t think I’d find a home that would meet it all within our budget. PTL we did.
The long and short of it is that I’ll be able to focus more on Keto, Beck Does and helping others, which is really what I love to do the most. I think that’s why I enjoyed teaching for 20 years. I get to volunteer again for an after-school Bible study co-teaching position at a local Elementary school with a good friend, have a more routine schedule for cooking, cleaning, planning, resting, other housewife type duties (making appointments, managing the budget and paying bills, etc.) and helping family as needed.
In addition to the above, I’m now more available to anyone who needs help with Keto. This is particularly exciting to me because Keto has changed my life in such a dramatic fashion in the past year that my husband and I have serious hope of getting pregnant, are no longer pre-diabetic, have more energy and mental clarity, look and feel better, etc. I could go on. I also really have fun with Keto. I get to be creative, which in addition to helping others, I really like trying new recipes and trying to be creative.
Blog Plan: BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You!
I have scheduled on my calendar that I will be posting 2-3 blogs per week, which include recipes, encouragements, important information about Keto and health, and sharing of my story/thoughts. Just so you know, I don’t really think I’m that special. I’m a normal person, with normal problems just like everyone else. But what I think it different is that I’m willing to share what’s been going on in hopes that others can identify and perhaps benefit from my experiences.
The blogs can be found at http://www.beckdoes.com (which you probably already know, since you’re there reading this blog). If you want to get updates when these blogs are posted, be sure to subscribe or “follow” and you’ll get the notification. You can always change your mind later, if they become uninteresting or unhelpful.
Video Plan: Beck Does
In addition to the blogs, I’m about to set up the camera equipment and begin filming again. Most of the videos will be recipes, but I will occasionally do a vlog (similar to a blog but in video format). I also really want to go to the store and bring you along with me, similar to what Matt & Magha do. I’ve found that friends and family really benefit from me going to the grocery store with them and really point out what is okay, not okay and why. It’s like hands-on training. Besides, I need to go to the store anyway because we eat food and that’s where they sell it!
I would imagine it might be up to a week before I begin posting regular videos on YouTube. It takes a fair amount of work to create, edit and post a video…which should get easier as I practice, but you never know.
Another type of video I like the idea of doing is interviews. It’s not good to only hear information from me when there are a large amount of other resources and experiences out there for you to benefit from. If you’d like to be interviewed or want me to interview a particular person, make a certain recipe, or talk about certain topics related to Keto and/or health, please let me know because I’m trying to help 😉
The videos are posted on YouTube at BeckDoes at this ugly URL – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQUejExqyrU0qSU6YoupWfQ. You can view the videos, share them, add comments, questions and suggestions, etc. You can also share them with people you think may enjoy or need the information. And, if you want to make sure you know about new videos as they’re posted, be sure to click on the Subscribe button so you don’t miss out on any new content.
Social Media: BeckDoes Keto on Facebook
There is also a Facebook group that I created called BeckDoes Keto. This group was created to provide and share Keto information, encouragement, support and help answer questions as a community. In addition, we share updates of our successes, recipes, valuable resources and the occasional Keto joke or pun. I love a good joke and a great pun, so it just wouldn’t be right not to include them when I find them!
If you’d like to check out the group, you’ll have to request to join. Once approved you can view everything posted, ask questions ad even participate in get togethers. Many in the group live in the Southern California area, so the gathers are usually around here. There is a question when you want to join, you don’t have to answer it if you do not wish to. It’s really to confirm you’re a human…because who wants a bot in the Keto group?
To check out the BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You Facebook group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/beckdoesketo. You can participate and share, or just passively view the content…it’s up to you! At this point, I really don’t know how to make the content shareable with the Share button, but I am working on it.
Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far. This blog is a bit longer than I was planning. I think the coffee is kicking in! WAHOO
I’m going to wrap this up with a quick update and preview of what is to come:
- This week I am focusing on Back to Basics, which is good if you’re new to Keto or if you’ve been following this for a while and maybe aren’t so strict any more
- I’ve officially had my 1 year Keto-versary and am pleased with the progress but wish I was magically perfectly healthy already
- Calculating Macros is super important and will be covered in the Back to Basics this week. How do you know when you’ve had enough fat? Too much protein? Or been indulging in too many carbohydrates to be successful?
Stay Tuned for upcoming blogs, videos and Facebook posts all about
Keto: Back to Basics!