Topsail Island

Vacation has come and gone…. all too fast! Here are some pics. I mostly kept to my eating plan. Didn’t lose weight, but didn’t gain, either!


Horses on the beach


Sunset over the sound


South end of the island


Island time!




Davey chillin’


South end at low tide


South end


Our balcony




Raliegh NC

Wow, we made it to Raleigh!. The weather was fine until we hit NC around Winston Salem, then we knew we were in a hurricane! The winds weren’t that bad, but the rain was torrential. I kept expecting to see the road closed ahead, but we were lucky and made it all the way to our hotel in Raleigh. I understand that I40 is closed just south of here, hope they have it open later in the day. We’re not sure yet if the roads are passable to Topsail, or even if our hotel on Topsail is open. Will call later and find out.

In the meantime, here is a blurry pic of dinner last night.


We ate at a pretty nice place near our hotel called Page Road Grill, which advertised itself as Southern cuisine with an international flair. I had a delicious smoked brisket with sweet potato hash, grilled broccoli, barbeque demi and mustard sauce. I’m sure there was sugar in the sauce, but the sweet potatoes had no added sugar (why do people sweeten already sweet things? I don’t get it), so I think I did well. David had shrimp and grits – I tasted them and they were heavenly.  I also had a half glass of cabernet, couldn’t drink the whole thing. 


Topsail island pier yesterday

Vacationing With a Hurricane Is No Fun


Whew, crazy week at work with typical work drama and trying to get ready for vacation. Of course, Hurricane Matthew is planning to visit the east coast at the same time I am. Is my vacation ruined? The current models for the storm show it missing North Carolina entirely. Fingers crossed!

Here’s our plan. We’re leaving tomorrow (Saturday) as planned. We have a reservation at a motel near the Raleigh-Durham airport for Saturday night and  plan to have a nice dinner in Durham. There are so many great restaurants in that city, not sure where we’ll end up.

Sunday we will play it by ear. The manager at our motel on Topsail says they’re staying open. So, if the roads are passable on Sunday, we’re going to the beach. It may be raining like mad, I don’t care. If I can get there, I’m going! If all goes well, we’ll have a lovely 5 days at Topsail, then we’ll head for Greensboro where we’ll spend the night near the greyhound adoption kennel and visit my old friends there (I used to work/volunteer at GFNC, long story for another post.)

OK, so what does all this have to do with my eating plan? Nothing! I still plan to have 1 meal a day, with an evening snack and a morning bulletproof coffee.

Oh, and by the way…. I’m another lb down!!!

Hurricane Matthew 1 hour ago!

Countdown To The Coast



One week from today, I’ll be on the road with David, heading for one of my favorite places in the world – Topsail Island, North Carolina! Love going to the coast off-season… fewer people, cool weather perfect for marathon beach walks, cheaper lodging rates. This will be our first real vacation together in well over ten years, and I just can’t wait! Thanks, Ward and family for staying at our house to care for our menagerie. We couldn’t do it without you!

There’s only one fly in the sunscreen, so to speak: How on earth am I going to stay ketosis while on vacation??? We all know that everybody goes off their diet and gains weight on vacation, right? Well, I’m determined to be the exception to the rule. How? Here’s my plan…



Intermittent Fasting!!!

Yes, I’m planning to eat only one meal a day. OK, I’ll be honest, I don’t think that’s going to be possible. More realistically, I will probably have one meal and one snack. I have no problem skipping breakfast, and for the past few weeks I’ve also been skipping lunch a couple/three days a week as well. It’s been surprisingly easy now that I’m securely in keto. So that leaves a big, fat-heavy, nutrient-dense, moderate-protein dinner at a nice restaurant every night. Since restaurants normally serve too-large portions, I can box up some leftovers for a bedtime snack (or breakfast/lunch/snack the next day). I also plan to bring fixin’s for bulletproof coffee (pastured butter, coconut oil) for mornings when I might feel a little hungry. Will I be able to stick to this plan? We’ll soon find out!

To get us in the mood, here are a few pictures I took the last time I was there, about 3 and a half years ago. (BTW, I’m sad to say that in the picture of me below, I was about 10 lbs lighter than I am now. Sigh.)



Sunrise on the Beach


Bailey the Diva  Dobie and Me


Surf City Pier


Storm Coming



Storm Here!


Sunset On The Sound Side