Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Past Week of the September Yoga Challenge Photos!

This was a great week for yoga poses. There were a some of my favorites like the upward plank and the dolphin pose, I made really good progress with my monkey (half split) pose and only one pose had to be done indoors due to weather. Can't wait to try out the ones in this coming week!

Day Seventeen September Yoga Challenge - Cow Face Pose with Eagle Arms (Gomukhasana with eagle arms).

Day Eighteen September Yoga Challenge - Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana)

Day Nineteen September Yoga Challenge - Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) 

Day Twenty September Yoga Challenge - Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana)

Day Twenty-One September Yoga Challenge - Head-to-Knee Pose (Janu Sirsasana) 

Day Twenty-Two September Yoga Challenge - Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana)

Day Twenty-Three September Yoga Challenge - Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

100 Days of Keto Challenge - Day Ten - Weigh-In One!

Yes! I'm down 3.2 lbs in the first 10 days of the 100-Day Keto Challenge and a total of 6.25 inches from all over that I'm really shocked about because I didn't expect that all!

I also took the body fat % out for now because the numbers on the machine are varying wildly and don't make sense at all. I may look at that every few months just to get an idea of where I stand but we'll see.

Anyway, the first 10 days are done and I feel firmly on track. The first 5-7 days were pretty rough with a lot of carb and sugar cravings but I held firm and it paid off! There wasn't even a hint of cheating this time and I can definitely see myself sticking this out for the whole 100 days. It does help that I have Christmas Eve and Day to look forward to but I'm trying not to focus too much on that :/

I did have a hard time staying off the scale by about Day 7. I couldn't tell if I was losing weight or not (although I did feel way, way less bloated) so it was driving me crazy to stay off the scale and not know for sure but I think that this is a really good mental challenge for my scale obsessions and I'm going to keep going with it!

Now I have to go another 10 days before weighing in again and I'm really, really hoping to be out of the 170's by then but that would require a 2.8 lbs loss so we'll see what happens. I'll be satisfied as long as there's a loss of some kind.

My other goal for the next 10 days (beside staying on track) is to start working out again. My schedule is insane right now with training my mom, doing the internship and the CES program, working, kids and life general but I NEED to work out so I'm going to make it happen!

100-Days of Keto Challenge 1st 10-Day Check-In Numbers:

172.8 lbs

Total Weight Lost in 1st 10 Days of Challenge:
-3.4 lbs

Measurements:              Change from 9/10/2018 
Waist: 36.5 inches                   (- 1.0 inches)
Hips: 40.25 inches                   (- 0.25 inches)
Bust: 39.5 inches                      (-1.0 inches)
Chest: 34 inches                        (- 0.5 inches)
Right arm: 12.25 inches             (-1.0 inches)
Left arm:  12.25 inches               (-1.0 inches)        
Right thigh: 22.25 inches           (- 0.75 inches)
Left thigh: - 23.25 inches           (- 0.75 inches)
Right calf: 15.5 inches                  (no change)
Left calf:   15.5 inches                   (no change)
Jeans Size: size 8                           (no change)

Total Inches Lost in 1st 10 days of Challenge:
-6.25 inches

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Sixteen Days of the September Yoga Challenge Photos So Far!

This post is long overdue as it has been almost a month since I posted my yoga challenge photos on my blog due to, well, a number of excuses. But I wanted to get it going again and get it back to weekly posts and this is a great way to start!

Day One September Yoga Challenge - Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

Day Two September Yoga Challenge - Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)

Day Three September Yoga Challenge - Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Day Four September Yoga Challenge - Standing Forward Bend/Fold Pose (Uttanasana)

Day Five September Yoga Challenge - Extended Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) 

Day Six September Yoga Challenge - Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana)

Day Seven September Yoga Challenge - Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

Day Eight September Yoga Challenge - Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Day Nine September Yoga Challenge - Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I)

Day Ten September Yoga Challenge - Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Day Eleven September Yoga Challenge - Wide-Legged Forward Bend/Fold Pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)

Day Twelve September Yoga Challenge - Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)

Day Thirteen September Yoga Challenge - Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Day Fourteen September Yoga Challenge - Crow Pose (Bakasana) - Modified

Day Fifteen September Yoga Challenge - Camel Pose (Ustrasana) - Modified

Day Sixteen September Yoga Challenge - High Lunge Pose (Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Where "Were You When the World Stopped Turning..." (9/11 Post Reposted From Last Year)

Reposted from last year...

I was at home with the kids. The ex had moved out only a few weeks before so I was dealing with that, with finding out that that my marriage was nothing that I thought it was but still hoping to make it work. Don't ask me why. It's not what this post is about.

He was coming over that morning to take his computer that I'd been using so I was waiting for him to show up.

Sometime after 9 am my Mom called me and told me to turn on the TV. She said a plane had hit one of the towers.

As I turned on the TV I was thinking it was a little plane, maybe a 2-seater. Someone had made a flying mistake and I hoped there wouldn't be too many causalities.

Even as I first saw the news I was thinking it was an accident. I think a lot of people thought that. Probably hoped for that.

And then everything changed as I watched the world we knew disintegrate before my eyes.

I watched the second plane hit. I watched as people fell from the building, the screaming, crying, blood covered faces, then suddenly it switched from New York to D.C, and I watched the smoke and destruction at the Pentagon and then it went back and I watched the towers collapse...and somewhere in there flight 93 hit the ground.

It was like watching a movie.

Like being in a dream.

It couldn't be real.

It could. not. be real.

But it was.

At some point in time the ex showed up and all I could think was, we're at war. We're under attack. How insignificant are our marriage issues when the world is coming to an end. Of course, they were significant enough to end the marriage but, once again, this is not about that.

I remember him unhooking his computer and refusing to hook my old one back up because he was busy. I even asked him because I had all of my online friends to help me get through this marriage thing...Cis, Tree, guys know who you are and I needed you.

But he refused.

And somehow I got it back together, the TV still blaring scenes of death and destruction. Again and again and again.

It was unbelievable. I still remember the fear, the sadness...everything mixed up between the loss of my marriage and the loss of everything that was collapsing around us.

For months afterwards I read the stories and looked at the photos and videos that were repeated over and over again.

CNN had this thing where they posted a profile for every person lost. I read each one, refusing to miss any. I had to know more and more about the lost. Maybe because it was the only thing, the last thing, I could do for them.

I read about the married couple, 7 months pregnant who probably tried to get out together and never made it. Years later the husband was identified through DNA, I don't know if the wife ever was.

I read about the New York cities police officers and firefighters to rushed to their deaths believing that they could save someone and being lost in the process.

I read about those who were there on their first day of work, those who were there for their last, those who were late and missed the attack and those who were covering some one's shift and were killed. The final phone calls goodbye, the heroes of flight 93 and the heroes that have never been truly acknowledged.

The parking lots still filled with cars that will never be picked up by their owners again. The pregnant wives waiting at home for some shred of hope. The funerals, the pain, the young and the old and all those in between. They all, and so many, many more, were with me. And still remain with me.

Somewhere in a desk I have an issue of Newsweek with photos and articles that came out that week. I don't want to read it right now. I don't know when or if I will ever read it again but something compelled me to buy it. Maybe someday when the kids are older and have more questions I will pull it out and have them read it. I don't know. I guess we'll see.

I remember exactly what I was doing that day. I remember what I was feeling and what the world was watching along with me.

And I will never, never forget.

Monday, September 10, 2018

100 Days of Keto Challenge - Day One - The Beginning!

Today is Day 1 of the 100-Days of Keto Challenge and while I meant to post all of this this morning, I didn't have time until now so I'm happy to say Day 1 went great!

Here are all my starting stats including weight, measurements and  body fat %. I'm not in a great place right since my weight is at the highest it's been in almost exactly a year and my measurements and body fat % went up again but I'm going to use this information to encourage and motivate myself to get and stay on track instead of letting it get me down!

Also, since I'm following to the keto challenge I'm only going to be weighing-in every 10 days instead of every Thursday and I'll also be doing my measurements and body fat % on those 10 days as well. And I decided that I will NOT get on the scale every day but only on every 10 days which will be a huge mental challenge for me but one I really need to work on!

I'm also going to continue to do rewards every 25 days so I should earn four rewards during this time!

100-Days of Keto Challenge Starting Numbers:

176.2 lbs lbs

Body Fat

Measurements:              Change from 7/19/2018
Waist: 37.5 inches                   (+ 1.0 inches)
Hips: 40.5 inches                     (+ 1.0 inches)
Bust: 40.5 inches                     (+ 1.0 inches)
Chest: 34.5 inches                    (no change)
Right arm: 13.2 inches             (+ 0.2 inches)
Left arm:  13.2 inches               (+ 0.2 inches)           
Right thigh: 25 inches               (+ 0.5 inches)
Left thigh: - 24 inches               (+ 0.5 inches)
Right calf: 15.5 inches               (+ 0.5 inches)
Left calf:   15.5 inches               (+ 0.5 inches)
Jeans Size: size 8                            (1 size)

Motivational Monday