Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Past Week of the March Yoga Challenge Photos!

This was a great week for yoga poses. There were several poses I hadn't done in a while (knees to chest, half moon and half monkey) and I finally got to do my first outdoor pose of 2019! Looking forward to the last week of the March challenge!

Day Eighteen March Yoga Challenge - Pigeon pose (Kapotasana). 
This pose is an amazing stretch and hip opener. When I first started practicing it years ago, my upper body had to be raised but at this point I can flatten myself to the floor although I am still working on getting my folded leg into the correct bent angle.

Day Nineteen March Yoga Challenge - Extended Side Angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana).
 Done a day late due to a nasty stomach bug. This pose makes for a great stretch! At some point in time I’d like to get the arm that’s across my knee to the floor along the bent leg but I have what I fondly call T-Rex arms which makes things like that slightly difficult 😂

Day Twenty March Yoga Challenge - Revolved Chair pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana).
I’ll be honest here and admit that this is a disliked pose. I don’t feel comfortable in it and I’m constantly feeling like I’m doing something wrong with it.  

Day Twenty-One March Yoga Challenge - Knees to Chest pose (Apanasana).
This pose feels good and helps me stretch my back. Of course my knees don't quite reach my chest but I'm working on it.

Day Twenty-Two March Yoga Challenge - Monkey pose but I did the Half Monkey Pose because I can’t do the full one yet (Ardha Hanumanasana).
I like this pose a lot both for the stretch and the challenge of doing it and include it in my full yoga stretch

Day Twenty-Three March Yoga Challenge - Eagle pose (Garudasana).
I love this pose but I’m still working on getting my bent leg around my standing leg more. Also my fingers are doing a weird split thing here and I’m not sure why. 

Day Twenty-Four March Yoga Challenge - Half Moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana).
This is the first outdoor pose of 2019... yes, I was sinking into the mud, yes, I had to walk on snow and yes, it was worth it! Also, I love this pose because it offers a great balance challenge and I’m still working on being able to do it without using yoga blocks.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Listening to My Body - Saying Goodbye to Keto for Good

...And now I am listening!

I haven't posted about keto since day 5 and there was a good reason for that: every day after day 5 (so 6 days) I felt worse and worse physically and was waiting to see how it would play out. There was a 24-hour stomach bug in there too but that wasn't the issue.

Like I posted on day 5, I was seeing some great effects from doing keto and I was feeling really good in all aspects except for having the strength and energy to work out. Every night I would go to bed convinced that I'd have that strength the next day and can start my workouts again and every day I'd wake up and my body would be telling me "no."

And then I started to feel sick... my energy was gone, I actually had to rest in between yoga pose takes for the daily yoga pose photos which I've never had to do before to the point where Gabriel was asking if I needed to stop and do the pose another time. I felt exhausted, weak, really out of it and really nauseous even before and after the stomach bug. Also, nothing tasted good, even the food I was happily eating the week before tasted like crap to me and I basically had to force it down. My salt was on track so I  knew that wasn't it and my macros, calories and food was on track as well.

Yesterday I finally got desperate because I was feeling worse and worse and I added about 30 extra carbs to my dinner and, honestly, I felt better almost immediately. It was actually pretty amazing how much better I felt so this tells me that I definitely feel better at a higher level of carbs.

And, honestly, I did everything I could this time around. I kept up with my sodium and I tracked everything but I guess my body just won't tolerate keto anymore. It sucks and I will miss it but I can't keep doing this. I had some amazing side effects from keto but they're not worth feeling incredibly sick the rest of the time and I would rather weigh an extra ten pounds and be able to work out six days a week like I was before than be thinner and not have the strength or energy to exercise.

So what's the plan now? Now I go back to healthy low/moderate carb and IIFYM like I was doing when I was able to work out six days a week for over two hours a day and was feeling great (for the most part). I will still have to figure out how to deal with the bloating, acne and headaches but all I can do is keep my meals as healthy as possible 90% of the time and hope for the best.

I know that the water weight I lost will come back over the next few days. I know the bloating will be back and my head will probably hurt but seeing as my head has been hurting for the last week I'll just have to live with it.

I'm also not going to try keto again. I tried and tried and tried and it's just not for me anymore. My body has been really clear about this and it's time I started to listen before I end up back in the ER.
And I can't wait until I can work out again! I'm hoping that whatever is going on will even out over the next few days and then I can pick up my weights again!

It's time to focus more on my health than my weight loss (although that's still huge for me). I'm still getting on the scale once a month and I'm fully expecting to see a gain this month but I am considering March as the month of experimentation so it is what it is.

I also think the biggest thing that messed me up when I was doing low/moderate carb last time was the "off" days that kept creeping in and turning into "off" weeks so that will be reigned in. There will be allowances for special occasions but 90% of the time my diet will be healthy food with a lot of protein and veggies and very, very little simple carbs and sugars. I think that will make a huge difference!

So now it's to get healthy and strong again... let's do this!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Past Week of the March Yoga Challenge Photos!

This was a really good week for yoga poses. There were no new poses but I did get to practice more with some older poses and I feel like I making some decent progress with some of them, especially the reverse table top pose!

Day Eleven March Yoga Challenge - Reverse Table Top Pose (Ardha Purvottanasana). 
I don’t do this pose very often but I’m starting to like it more as it comes up in the challenges. It makes me feels like I have really strong arms! 

Day Twelve March Yoga Challenge - Seated Side Bend Pose (Parsva Sukhasana). 
This pose is part of my daily stretch because of the great stretch it provides!  

Day Thirteen March Yoga Challenge -  Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana). 
This is a pose I only do when it comes up during challenges and I’m still learning how low to squat during it and how to make my legs even.

Day Fourteen March Yoga Challenge - Half Lord of the Fishes Pose Variation (Ardha Matsyendrasana). 
This is my second time doing this variation and I still needed help being told which way to turn correctly. For some reason this particular pose confuses me and makes me turn the wrong way while I end up twisting myself into a pretzel 😳 

Day Fifteen March Yoga Challenge - Wide-Legged Forward Bend/Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana). 
I love the stretch of this pose! When I have me legs wider my head can touch the floor but today I didn’t have them as wide because I wanted to feel a greater stretch in my hamstrings!  

Day Sixteen March Yoga Challenge - Low Lunge pose (Anjaneyasana). 
While I like the stretch and the strength of this pose, it always hurts my knees to do it (even when I put something under them) so I prefer the high lunge in its place! 

Day Seventeen March Yoga Challenge - Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana). 
This is a great pose not just for the stretch but for strength as well and it’s part of my daily stretch. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

5 Days on Keto and Feeling Great!

Today is Day 5 of my keto restart and it's going great! There has been no lightheadedness or dizziness at all so my salt must be on track. I'm so glad I gave this another try because I love how I'm feeling!

My headache is almost gone to the point where I only need Advil once a day if, at all, the water weight is flying off, the fibromyalgia pain has settled down and I have energy to spare! I'm also not craving carbs and sugar at all which feels great! Yeah, I'd love some just because they taste good but they're no longer on my plan so I'm good with not having them at this time.

I'm making sure that I still have berries with my breakfast and two veggies with dinner and I'm meal prepping some keto foods this weekend: a double batch of keto lemon blueberry muffins, keto fathead bagels and keto cheesy sausage puffs.

My carbs have been in the low 30's for net and they haven't gone above 55 for total carbs which is the area where I feel my best and make my best progress. I also don't plan on any cheat days because they're useless to me. I still plan taking Christmas Eve to New Year's Eve off from keto but that is a long, long way away and I could easily change my mind about it by then.

Tomorrow I start working out again because I wanted my body to have a chance to adjust to doing keto again and I can't wait to get going on that!

So, basically, things are going great and I'm working hard to make sure they stay that way!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Keto Lifestyle Change - March Weigh-In

I decided that since I was starting fresh with keto (and I've gained back a chunk of weight) that it was only fair to do a day 1 weigh-in and measurements to have an honest beginning.

These were taken today but I started yesterday so that's the date I'm going with. I'm still going to continue to weigh-in once a month on the first so the first "month" of keto will be cut by 11 days so I can stick the weigh-in plan.

Everything else was blogged about in yesterday's post so here are the starting numbers:

Healthy Keto Lifestyle Starting Numbers:

195.6 lbs

Body Fat

Measurements:              Change from 12/26/2018
Waist: 38.5 inches                     (-0.5 inches)
Hips: 42.5 inches                       (-2.0 inches)
Bust: 42 inches                          (-1.0 inches)
Chest: 35.5 inches                     (-0.5 inches)
Right arm: 13.5 inches               (-0.0 inches)
Left arm:  13.5 inches                (-0.0 inches)     
Right thigh: 26 inches                 (-0.5 inches)
Left thigh:  25 inches                  (-0.5 inches)
Right calf: 16.5 inches                (-0.5 inches)
Left calf:   16.5 inches                (-0.5 inches)
Jeans Size: size 12                       (no change)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Returning to Keto - It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle!

So, I have been off of keto since the end of January due to hyponatremia (low sodium) and I hate how I feel and how I look. It's not even about just weight (even though that's a huge part of it) but so much more is being affected by being off of it that I'm kind of shocked at the changes in my body. Here's what's I've noticed so far...

1) the bloating is awful, especially in my stomach but I can also see it in my face and it's making me look years older than I am.

2) my face won't stop breaking out. It's gotten really bad and I can't remember the last time it was like this.

3) My head won't stop hurting. I'm pretty much living with a nonstop headache at this point in time and swallowing down Advil like it's candy. I go to bed with a headache, I wake up with a headache, I work out with a headache and I do what needs to be done with a headache and I want it to stop already!

4) The fibromyalgia pain is pretty bad. My joints hurt, my skin hurts and I'm generally in pain all day every day.

5) This is weird but my hair is noticeably thinner and breaking off much easier. I didn't realize my hair was being affected at all.

6) I can NOT control myself around simple carbs and sugars. There haven't been any massive binges where I've eaten to the point of feeling sick but there have been many, many days of eating whatever I want, whenever I want with most of it being carbs and sugar. This has to stop!!

7) I have way less energy than I do when I'm doing keto and my sleep is a lot worse. I'm tired a lot and just not really with it.

8) The scale keeps skyrocketing up and down depending on how much and what kind of foods I stuff myself.

9) my.... um.... female time :/ is totally messed up.

10) I'm hungry all the time no matter what I'm eating and my intermittent fasting has gone out the window.

So, with my doctor's permission I am attempting keto again and this time is has to become a lifestyle and not a diet because restarting and the first 2 weeks is when my sodium levels are at their worst and when I end up needing a doctor or the ER.

I know I've done almost 200 days with no cheating in the past and didn't end up in the hospital a single time so I know it's possible for me to do this and be healthy and I have a solid plan in place for dealing with the low sodium issue.

First, I now know that I need to take in 3-4 times the amount of sodium that I have in the past when doing keto and that will be covered by sodium supplements, beef broth, Himalayan salt, Celtic salt and various other salts that will be added to my coffee, water and just eaten when needed. I'm basically measuring and tracking every mg of salt that I take it and I will take in more if I start feeling lightheaded or like passing out again.

I'm also on a new medication (and now it's had time to kick in because it's been a couple of months since I've been on it) that is supposed to lower the level of hyponatremia or as it was explained to me... it causes hyponatremia 50% less than my previous medication did and at a lower level.

Also, if all that sodium doesn't help and I continue to feel ill then I will start upping my carb amounts by 5-10 grams a day until I feel better.

There are several other rules as well: I have to continue eating vegetables. The rule is 2-3 veggies at dinner and berries with breakfast and I'll work on more as time goes by. I'm also using shakes and bars a lot less and focusing on actual food for protein like shrimp, rotisserie chicken, lobster meat, etc and I've actually been doing this and not just thinking and talking about it.

So that's the plan. I'm starting today but I'm not doing a new weigh-in and measurements because I want to continue to weigh and measure once a month so I'm just picking up from here and moving forward.

I really hope this works because I hate how I feel and I want all those great feelings back!