An Interesting Keto Side Effect

Blog posts on this site may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive commissions if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). Read my full disclosure and privacy policy here // Since September, I’ve been eating the Keto way. It’s been really helpful in that I’m shedding the pounds and am oh-so-close to pre-twin weight. Yesterday shed some light on a pretty interesting Keto side effect – best to warn anyone else eating this way that the same could happen to you if you’re not careful!

The Keto Lifestyle

Before I share my secret, if you’re not familiar, the Keto way of eating is high protein, higher fat, and low carb. It puts your body into ketosis where it burns fat as fuel. I’m not a medical professional, so any medical info you see here on this blog should be fact-checked with your own doctor before you take my word to heart! If you’d like to get more info, check out this book for more details.

An Interesting Keto Side Effect

So I get home from work and as Greg is headed out the door he tells me we have a problem. He guides me to the kitchen where I immediately see two sinks full of dishes. Before I can think of an apology for making all the foods as of late and not getting to the dishes, he tells me the dishes aren’t the issue. It’s the water backed up into our double sink that’s the issue. Yuck.

Of course, I didn’t listen when he told me to leave it alone while he went to work. I got under the sink and tried a few things with no luck. This morning, he texted me to tell me the good news. He sorted the issue. It was the interesting Keto side effect. And it’s disgusting.


This (that white stuff) is grease that was stuck in our sink pipes. Disgusting, right? But yet at the same time cool – I mean look at that pipe mold! For real though, this is a side effect of changing your eating habits that you should know about – and a good reminder to never drain grease down your sink.

Lesson learned. Oops.

Tell me that we’re not the only ones who’ve done silly things that could have cost them a lot of money! What is something you’ve done that was a lesson learned? 

2018 Word of the Year: Worthy

Blog posts on this site may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive commissions if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). Read my full disclosure and privacy policy here  Every year for the past few years, instead of making resolutions, I’ve set a word of the year to put some intentions around my choices. This year is no different, other than the fact it probably was the toughest year to come up with a word.

2018 Word of the Year: Worthy

This year, I gravitated toward worthy as my word of the year. As in, “I am worthy of my dreams”. If I can grasp that feeling, I feel like I could be unstoppable in so many aspects of my life.

To truly embrace this word, I’m going to have to think through my decisions and determine is each one worthy of my time, space, and energy? Before I hit publish. Before I hit send. Before I go for that run. Before I add another weight. Before I say yes. Because for me to know that I am worthy of the blessings God has in store for me this year, I need to feel that my choices are in line with what matters most in my life.

Even taking that picture, I was had to wonder if it was worthy of adding to my online presence. Did I print it just right? Was the lighting okay? Was it going to make me feel like my dreams were in reach? Yes.

Why Do I Need to Feel Worthy?

If you know me, you might wonder how on earth I could feel like I am not good enough. You see the good job, the house, the marriage, the kids. What you don’t see are the feelings I have about being uninvited, unaccepted, an imposter. Yes, I feel these things way more often than I let on.

Even though the Bible tells me “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God” (2 Thessalonians 1:5), I still sometimes don’t feel like I am just quite worthy. Crazy, right? Time to put my listening cap on and let this sink in.

That I am worthy of being blessed with four kids to take care of. That I am worthy of a marriage to a man who truly loves me even though I still carry hurt and pain from my past. That I am worthy of a job with a company that doesn’t make me feel like a number. That I am worthy of the debt-free life we can see on the horizon. That I am worthy of blessings from my Thirty-One business. That I am worthy of the medals that hang in my living room and the changes my body is making as I get stronger every day. I am worthy. 

I feel like if I can embrace that, then looking at each decision as it comes my way and asking myself, “is this worthy of my time, space, and energy” will keep me on a path to continue accepting the trials and blessings God has in store for 2018.

Have you set a word of the year for 2018? What is it and have you posted about it? Please share with me below! 

A Fresh Start

Hello, 2018! My hope and prayer for this year is that I will be able to have a fresh start with my writing and perhaps narrow down the site where you originally know (and hopefully LOVE) me from.


A Fresh Start

I’ve been thinking for awhile that it was time to move my first successful blog, lil Burghers, to be more niche and focused on all things kiddo / Pittsburgh related. There is going to be some transition time as I work to establish myself here on this page, so I ask that you stick with me on both to help as I learn and grow.

This fresh start will allow me to bring you more of ME. You’ll still hear about the kids and Greg from time to time, but this is really going to become my outlet. There are so many things I want to get out of this blog – mostly I want people to know that they can be a busy mom and not just survive but thrive. This will be a place I can unashamedly share my stories of fitness and faith and maybe even some food. Family and fun will still have their time here, don’t you worry. But this place will be more me and it’s what I need to roll with as we start this year. A fresh start!

About Me

So maybe you’ve stumbled on this site by accident or don’t really know me that well. Let’s start off this blog with a short intro. I’m a Pittsburgh suburb mom of four (including a set of twin tornadoes) who works full-time as a Salesforce Administrator during the day then becomes a Stay-At-Home mom when my husband heads out the door to work in the evenings. We’re slashing our debt the Dave Ramsey way, with gazelle intensity. You’ll notice me talking about “life in the 40%” every so often – that’s because I’m the primary breadwinner (though this is changing up a bit recently), making us in the 40% of US homes where the woman is the breadwinner.

In the evenings, between wrangling getting the four kids to and from activities and keeping the craziness to a minimum, I find time for myself with CrossFit, blogging, and running three small businesses (all of which are linked in the menu!). I can’t forget my running – I’m a distance runner who has only been running for the last five years but has done two Half Marathons, a double leg of the Marathon Relay, two 10-Milers, two Mud on the Mountains, and several other 5k races. I’d love to be an inspiration for those of you “back of packers” – you totally got this! And finally, I keep tabs on my eating, too. In 2011, I was nearly 300 pounds and was able to lose 131 of that before getting pregnant with the twins. I’m almost back there thanks to Whole30, Ketosis, and CrossFit/Running.

I was raised a Preacher’s Kid in the United Methodist Church and still am active in church (although now I’m active with the Assembly of God). You’re going to hear about my faith journey (there’s a lot of hills and valleys that brought me here) and hopefully, we’ll get a chance to do some Bible Journaling together, too.

It feels so great to kick the year off with a fresh start, doesn’t it? Check out tomorrow’s post to see what my intentions for 2018 (my word of the year) will be, then keep coming back to hear more about how I keep busy while thriving.



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