Norma’s Keto in a Coulee & A Book: Week Five Wrap Up! Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #travelingsistersread #ketodiet #BookBloggers

Norma’s Keto in a Coulee Progress

Hello Week Five! So I am still loving my keto lifestyle, and I am so happy to blog my progress to share with all of you. It definitely helps me with accountability issues as well as helping me to stay motivated.  I don’t want to disappoint myself when I am doing so well and this really helps me to stay centered and focused on being a better version of healthy me!

My current read is Watching You by Lisa Jewell and I also thought I would share some book mail that I received yesterday.  I received Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward and I am absolutely in love with that cover.  That cover alone definitely piqued my interest and yup since I’m a cover girl it is definitely one that I need to read!

A few of you already know that I very rarely ever read the book blurb and love to go into my reads blind.  For me it is all about those covers and they are what attracts my attention.  Covers definitely call my name and this one is definitely calling out to me!

Highlight of my week – Today (Saturday) I had the pleasure of spending most of the day with my mom! We went into the city and did some grocery shopping and then went to Michaels to pick up some crafty items. I am wanting to make some handmade bookmarks and bookish mugs. I am not all that crafty but I’m going to give it a whirl and see how it turns out.


Goodreads Description – Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Publishing Date:  March 19, 2019


Goodreads Description – Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam.

Expected Publishing Date:  December 26, 2018

I am not too far in the book yet but already I am intrigued and there is just something about Lisa Jewell’s writing style that I find so appealing.  Her writing alone is enough to grab my attention and hold my interest.  The book starts off with quite the bang and immediately questions have popped into my mind.  I have a feeling this is going to be another quick read and I am really looking forward to reading on to find out all of those answers to my questions.

Is this book on your TBR?

Norma’s Dinner Journal

I know that my photos aren’t the most appetizing to look at but it does show that I am actually baking & cooking! LOL

I eat my breakfast and a lunch, which usually consists of the same thing everyday so I thought I would only include my dinners in my food journal below.

Sunday – Swiss Chalet Quarter Chicken Dinner with Caesar Salad.  We went out for dinner with our son and his girlfriend this evening.  We had such a nice visit with our son and his girlfriend.  This was another memorable & highlight for me this week.

Monday – Loaded Deviled Eggs with a side of veggies. Our family rating 10/10 (Simply Keto cookbook). I haven’t prepared deviled eggs in quite a while and this recipe definitely made my mouth water and they were extremely tasty too. I forgot to snap a pic of these but it was probably more like I didn’t think that they looked all that pretty.

Tuesday –  Garlic Butter-Basted Rib-Eye with Caesar Salad. Our family rating 10/10 (Simply Keto cookbook). Oh my goodness these steaks were simply amazing and they were a huge hit with my hubby. I don’t normally pan-fry steaks because I am not a huge fan – I much prefer to grill them but I must say that these were pretty darn tasty. Definitely a make again recipe.

Wednesday – I had a migraine headache today and didn’t feel like cooking so I prepared a quick meal of cold cuts and cheese with half an avocado.

Thursday – Herb-crusted Pork Chops with mashed cauliflower. Our family rating 7.5/10 (The Keto Diet cookbook). These were pretty good and probably would make again. (photo above)

Friday – Quick and Easy Personal Pizza. Family rating 5/10 (Simply Keto cookbook). I don’t know there is just something about pizza that needs to have that tasty crust. The crust and cheese is probably the best part for me when it comes to pizza so this recipe really didn’t do anything for me other than fill me up. LOL (photo above)

Mini Cheesecakes. Family rating 9/10 (Simply Keto cookbook).  These were pretty tasty and would definitely make again.  My favourite dessert is cheesecake! (photo above)

Saturday – Brought home KFC for supper.

So I still have managed to get up a little earlier everyday this past week to prepare my Rocket Fuel Latte every morning to take to work with me.

Here is the recipe for the Rocket Fuel Latte that I prepare.  I have tweaked it a tiny bit from the original recipe by adding cream.

1 3/4 cups brewed coffee – 1 tbsp. MCT Oil – 1 tbsp. cacao butter (sometimes I use coconut butter & coconut oil) – 1 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds – 1/4 tsp vanilla extract – pinch ground cinnamon – 1 tbsp. collagen peptides – 3 tbsp. heavy cream.  I blend together at high-speed in my blender for about a minute.

Grilled Parmesan Garlic Wings (This was a requested recipe from my food journal from last week.)

1 to 1 1/4 pounds chicken wings – 1 tbsp. avocado oil – salt & pepper


3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted – 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese – 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning – 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice – 1 small garlic, minced

I cooked the chicken in the oven and once they were cooked I tossed with the sauce and served.

img_6744 Norma’s Stats:

  • Weight: ⬇️0.6 lb
  • Start Date: October 20, 2018
  • Sleep: What’s sleep?!? LOL
  • Energy Level: My energy level is about the same.  I definitely think it would even be better if I was able to get a good nights rest.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy as long as I plan and prepare as well as have all ingredients handy.
  • Affirmation: I am sleep.  (Thank you Tiffany for this affirmation!)

Random Thoughts: I am so proud of myself for sticking to this keto lifestyle and for not getting at all discouraged.  I definitely think that my mindset is in the right place and that has a lot to do with me staying on task and plan.  Also, I allow myself to just be and accept that I might not always make the best choices.  Doesn’t mean that those choices are necessarily bad though.  I don’t have to beat myself up and think that it is all or nothing any longer. That is the way I used to think but not anymore and I am so happy about that.  I have lost 6 lbs in 5 weeks – not bad.  I’m happy with that!  20 more to go!

Please feel free to join me or send me some encouraging words!  All comments are welcome!

11 thoughts on “Norma’s Keto in a Coulee & A Book: Week Five Wrap Up! Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #travelingsistersread #ketodiet #BookBloggers”

  1. Wow that latte sounds good!!! Congrats on sticking with your diet, Norma! I didn’t get Beautiful Bad which I’m bummed about, but I’m excited for reviews to come in—sounds great!!! And oh does the new Lisa Jewell look good! 💕

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  2. I’m proud of you Norma! Thanks for sharing your progress and recipes!
    I’m super excited to start the Lisa Jewell book this week! ❤️

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  3. Congrats on the weight loss! I like that the recipes seem to be for things I’d eat anyway so I might have to give the keto lifestyle another look. After waiting 5 months, a copy of Then She Was Gone is finally on its way to my branch library for me so I better put Watching You on hold now if I want to read it any time soon … and I do! Also a copy of Beautiful Bad has been ordered for the branch. Both sound right up my alley!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! That is what I was so impressed with…..that the recipes are all so easy and ones that I would actually want to eat. I’m so glad to hear that Then She Was Gone is on its way for you and I hope that you enjoy it. I’m halfway in on Watching You and I am quite enjoying it. There is so much happening and I don’t know who to trust. LOL Beautiful Bad does sound so good and it is one that I am really looking forward to. You will have to let me know what you thought of Then She Was Gone.

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  4. I hope to start the LIsa Jewell book soon. So great to spend time with your mother. I wish I had taken advantage of spending more time with her, but we always think we will have forever. I am not sure about the latte, but those chicken wings sound really good. I am going to try that recipe when the kids come for dinner. Thanks for posting it.

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    1. Oh, I hope that you really enjoy Watching You too….I thought it was really good. That is so true Carla and my thoughts are with you. It is really important to me to spend as much time that I can with my parents and they are good company too! I consider my mom my best friend next to hubby. You are so very welcome, Carla and I hope that you enjoy those chicken wings too.

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