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My Story


Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a little bit about me. I'm Kerri, a wife and mom of 4 originally from rural Colorado. I'm a fan of semi-colons, ellipses, and Oxford commas. I love good strong coffee and hanging out on Instagram and Twitter. Things like self-sufficiency, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture fascinate me. I'm passionate about strength, fitness, real food, relentless positivity, and debt-free living. I believe in a life lived on purpose. My life is a mindfully cultivated hodge-podge of bliss. I am a blogger, recipe creator, sentence maker, homeschooler, wanna-be farmer, rabid reader, distressed denim aficionado, SAHM, baker and candlestick-maker. Ok, I don't really make candlesticks... but I might try it someday. 

My motto is: "Always Learning. Always growing."

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My fitness and weight loss journey has been a bit long and winding, but I don't regret a moment of it. I am who I am because of what I've faced in life. I have been overweight most of my adult life, with brief successes off and on. 

Long story short, I went from this:
My highest weight (16 years ago)--245 pounds, Size 22

To this:
150 size 8

And blogged all along the way. I found running, lifting weights, and low carb paleo (life changing). I did the tough mental work that weight loss takes. I was transformed. My blog was a huge success; I was a weight loss success story...

Right here is where SURPRISE, I found out I was pregnant with Baby #4. I gained less than my previous pregnancies but still gained about 40 pounds. Here we went again...

195 - 3 weeks postpartum - July 15, 2013

I went in circles post-baby. In fact, I gained 27 additional pounds. 
I was shocked at how my mental state slid back to where it was years before. I was feeling shame about my body and having the urge to binge and emotionally eat again. It was like being physically transported to my pre-weight loss body transported me mentally and emotionally as well. I had a lot to work through, AGAIN.

I had some major life changes. Like moving from Colorado to Idaho (2015) and later to Kansas (2019) and back to Colorado (2020) and then back to Kansas (2020). We left farm life and started fixing up old houses hoping to eventually get back to farm life debt free. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's. I battled with seasonal depression and fell back into old unhealthy patterns. I was 222 January 2017. That number pretty much scared me silly. I had managed to nearly get back to where I was at the very beginning.

Then, the worst happened. My older brother was killed in October of 2017. 

I was destroyed. 

Sometimes life knocks you down and sometimes life KNOCKS YOU FLAT. I don't know if you so much get over things like this as you simply live through them somehow. 

What I now know for sure is that life is too short to spend one more second doing or being anything I don't want. Likewise, life is too short to spend one more second not being and doing everything I want.


I realized keto (aka low carb paleo) was what works for me and went keto paleo (simply very low carb paleo for me) for good. Previously, I hadn't connected that whenever I went higher carb for very long (even strictly paleo), I gained weight like crazy.

keto success story

For 2019, I mostly maintained. There was another move and one more on the horizon. I had a slight regain, but refocused in October and ended the year roughly where I'd began it.

For 2020 I wanted to focus on consistent action. Consistent workouts, consistent keto (low carb paleo), and consistent accountability. I wanted to focus very hard on getting my mindset right. I had definitely been avoiding the mental stuff, which I think is 99% of it really. 

I started the year off with a 75 Hard challenge.

And then, well....2020 was a thing.

The second my 75 Hard ended the world lit on fire. Covid hit, and immediately during the quarantine my husband's elderly parents were in a bad car wreck and he went to care for them while the kids and I struggled along alone, and then... we moved again. Face. Palm.


I can't control the world, but there is a lot I can control about my life. 2021 was about doing exactly that.

2022 has me no longer running circles and chasing my tail as in all of the above. Everything has shifted and fallen into place for me (and no, that doesn't mean perfection but peace). Currently I have created my own plan from all of my past experience of trial and error (you can read about it here) I call it Low Carb Protein-Centric or LCPC. I've started a PODCAST to help, motivate, encourage, and inspire others along their health and wellness journey and am generally loving life and pursuing my health and fitness with a whole new mindset (you can read about that here). Life is good! Health and fitness are a journey not a destination. 
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Side note: People think I am keto for the weight loss, but that's actually not true. Yes, that's what I blog about, but it's far bigger than that for me. I know how to tweak keto for weight loss or for maintenance, but I'm keto for the health benefits. My grandmother died of ALS and my mother has Parkinson's. My family history is filled with diabetes and cancer. I've had some health issues personally. All of that considered, my experience and research points to keto (for me, a paleo version) as the best approach for me. I'm not going down but swinging! I currently do 20-30 grams of TOTAL carbs. I don't mess around with counting net carbs. This is a long-term lifestyle for me, for health reasons, not a fad diet.

No photoshopped journey here. I'm a real person. I struggle. But I'm not giving up. I fall down, I get back up; I fall down, I get back up. I. Will. Get there. And frankly, I'm going to enjoy myself all along the way. :)

keto before and after
245 to 200
Not done yet...

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