Monday, May 22, 2017

Trying Something Different


Yeah, basically the above is the plan!

I decided I'm not done playing with carbs. Between rereading the book my trainer suggested to me "The Renaissance Diet for Women" and watching (And now wanting to read) "In Defense of Food" and just not being happy with low carb no matter how I try... I'm just not done.

I need to find a different way... but without cheating and binging. No lectures please, I have to sort this thing out on my own. I've been in this pattern for way too long because I just haven't wanted to do what I'm doing so I have to break out of the pattern and just sticking with low carb isn't going to do for me anymore (I've been thinking about this a LOT... I just haven't been constantly posting about it).

I want to eat real food. Good, homemade, healthy, filling, real food. And if it has more carbs than I eat now so be it. And if some days have less so be it as well. I need to find a lifestyle I can live with and I am hating this one and have been for quiet a while. I'm deleted my last blog post about low carb and will write a new one soon talking more about this.

I know I mentioned consistency but I'm sick of feeling like this and I don't want to keep forcing it right now.

Plus, I think I have more willpower than I give myself credit for... I just don't use it as I should but it's time to bring out the big guns and put it into play!

Oh and while I did not do a full workout for several reasons, I did stretch and that's a start!

Motivational Monday

I have been doing horribly with working out so I figured a simple, basic, motivational image with ideas would really help me so these are my new rules!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - May 18th

Thursday Weigh-In - May 18th:
05/11/2017:                    -2 pounds
Total lost:                       33 pounds
Current Weight:             197 pounds

Okay, two pounds down. It was actually more earlier in the week but my couple of "off" days with high carbs and calories messed me up. I'm not complaining about the two pounds mind you, I'm just saying I could have done better.

I'm really happy with the plan right now and I'm finding myself fitting in a lot more healthy foods now that I'm planning better and I feel like I have "permission" to eat them, if that makes any sense.

I'm staying within my calorie and my macro amounts but still getting in veggies and some fruit and the weight loss should keep happening as long as I stick with the plan.

I actually need to drop about five more pounds to even be able to wear any of my short comfortably, even the ones that were comfy last summer, so I really need to kick things in high gear. I'm happy I've added my workouts back in and am really looking forward to Pull Day B today this afternoon.

I have a new drawing chair coming today that's supposed to be much, much better quality than the one I have now (that's been killing my back) and it has lumbar support so I should be able to get back to work on the boxer portrait as soon as that's put together.

My goals are very basic for this coming week: finish the boxer portrait, stick to the healthy low carb plan and work out 5 days out of 7.

That should be it for now!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th Workout - Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs Plus Cardio

I'm finally working out again and my back handled it very well! I picked up where I left off last time so there weren't many abs today but there will be tomorrow!

I'll definitely be working out at home for the next foreseeable future as our expenses suddenly went up thanks to sewer issues, water heater issues, car issues, etc, so the gym is on hold for now.

I also, finally, started walking outside for this season. I started out with a walk around Elm Hill school but had to switch to it walking around the outside of our house due to a lot of people suddenly driving up and then I only lasted 16 minutes because I'm not used to my outdoor sneakers anymore and my feet and calves were cramping really badly. If we can get into the habit of walking every day (or close to it) like we did last summer, my feet will get used to it quickly, plus we need to start preparing for the hike around Gillette castle in Connecticut this August!

Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 30 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs - 63 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 66 seconds, 1 x 51 sec, 1 x 37 sec 1 x 38 sec, 1 x 34 sec

Incline Dumbbell Press - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Incline Dumbbell Fly - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Tricep Kickbacks- 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x green band (10-12 lbs)

Isolation Rear Delt - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Dumbbell Front Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Lateral Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Anchored Resistance Band Chest Press - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x Black band (15-20 lbs)

Skull Crushers - 3 set x 15 reps:  3 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Flat Bench Pullover - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

6-inch Lift : 5 set x 15 seconds

Outdoor Walk: 16 Minutes

Fitbit info:
time: 16 minutes, distance: .58 miles, steps: 1,471, calories burned: 140

Full body Stretch - 11 Minutes

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Feeling Renewed Hope for Low Carb/Keto and My Health


I was given the link to this plan today and after checking it out I definitely have renewed hope for being able to stick to low carb/keto and be healthy about it.

As I've mentioned before, I have the worst time fitting in veggies and fruit into my plan but this plan gives me not only carb breakdowns for meals but also lists of all the things I can eat and how to fit them in. I don't know how I missed this site in the last year and a half of doing low carb but there are so many options on it that I thought were just closed to me (mostly fruit). And I get 50 net carbs, not 40 which opens it up a little more for more choices than this plan shows.

I never really paid attention to Atkins but I am loving what this plan offers and for the first time in a long time I actually feel like I can be healthy on this plan and still feel good and continue to lose weight.

I've been going back and forth a lot mostly because I felt stuck and limited in my food. I had no idea I could open that limit up but still keep it low carb/keto and I'm really excited to put this plan into effect!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Thoughts...


... and what got me there was overeating crappy, carby, sugary food. It's hard to admit that I can't control myself but it's also true. I attempted more carbs for two days this week so far. The first day went well because I kept it low carb until dinner and then had mostly veggies. The second day was out of control and I'm back to low carb/keto and pretty much have to admit to myself that I HAVE to stay there. I don't need to experiment anymore, I know what works and I know what I need to do. It's just so hard to admit that I truly can not handle the simple carbs and sugars.

For example... There were 3 blueberry streusel "bites" in the house (my 2nd favorite after cherry). We're not going to talk about where the rest of them went yesterday. Anyway, they're 70 calories and 8 grams of carbs each. I knew and I mean KNEW that if I had said, "yeah, I'm doing moderate carb right now," that I would have gone and eaten every one of those three, but when I said, "no, my limit is low carb," that I wouldn't touch them and I didn't (Charles finished them for me).

I guess I desperately NEED that limit although I feel kind of pathetic knowing I need something like that and still can't control myself around "junk" or high carb foods. There's something in me that's so addicted that as soon as I relax the reigns a little it all goes to hell.

And that's exactly what it is. It is a true addiction and I have to look at it that way in order to break it. I can NOT have simple sugars and carbs, I get out of control no matter how hard I try. I need to accept it and do what works for me and just stop trying to do something different. I have to do this.
Maybe someday I will be able to control it but I need to stop messing around with it because "someday" is definitely not now.

I also decided to change the way I view this last year of, basically, weight-loss stalling. I was thinking about this on Friday and I had an interesting realization... I spent the last year kind of going up and down between the same 5 or 6 pounds and I keep saying that I wasted a whole year but if I change the way I look at it, I didn't waste the year, I kept off the 22-30-some-odd pounds for that year that I've lost so far. Obviously I still have a ton to lose but still. It's something.

Maybe if I start to look at that as a positive instead of a negative I'll get more positivity going!

Also, tomorrow I'll be back at the gym doing weight machine workouts because my back has really been acting up and hurting with all the drawing I've been doing (my hand isn't feeling too great either) and machines will protect my back better than an at-home free weight workout would. And I'm really looking forward to it too!

I think that's all I have for now and I hope you all have a great Mother's day!