Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20th Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio & Stretch

Wow, I had a fantastic workout today! The new plan for sets, reps and tempo made all the difference in how great of workout I got and how hard I worked and what I realized that it wasn't that I was working harder at the gym (which is what I always thought), it's that I was working differently.

In the gym I would go from one exercise to another without repeating them, for example: first the chest press, then triceps, then shoulders but at home I was going back and forth with 2 exercises for the whole workout, example: chest press going back and forth with tricep extensions, then the next two and so on.

This time, because I changed up my sets and reps (from 3 sets x 15 reps to 4 sets x 10 reps) and my tempo was much slower as well as shortening the amount of exercises I was doing, I did one exercise at a time like I was doing at the gym and wow, did I feel them! I feel like I worked a million times harder  even though a lot of my weights went down and the slower temp also made a huge difference!

I can't wait to do Pull Day A tomorrow!!

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 27 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 45 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 80 seconds, 1 x 70 sec, 1 x 60 sec

Anchored Band Tricep Pulldowns - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15-20 lb band

Standing Anchored Band Chest Press w/Bar - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 25-30 lb band + 3 lb bar

Seated Dumbbell Press (Palms Facing Out) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Crossface Tricep Extensions -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Fat Bench Fly-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Anchored Band Lateral Raises -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15-20 lb band

Cardio - 20 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast: 20 Minute Easy Burn”:
Fitbit info: time: 20 minutes, distance: 1.02, steps: 2,404, calories burned: 135

Full body Stretch - 22 Minutes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - October 19th - Nineteen Weeks Low Carb/Keto - Out of the Obese BMI!!!

Thursday Weigh-In - October 19th:
10/19/2017:                  -1.4 pounds
Total lost:                      61.8  pounds
Current Weight:            168.2 pounds

Yes!! Not only am I down another 1.4 lb (down 30.4 lbs in the 19 weeks of low carb/keto with no cheating and 61.8 lbs total since June 2015) but I am officially out of the obese BMI and into the overweight!

This is huge for many reasons, one being that I've been obese for at least 12 years now and I had to work incredibly hard to get to this point!! Plus it's another huge goal that can be checked off!

So this leaves me with 38.2 lbs to go until my original final goal weight and 27.2 lbs to go until I am out of the overweight BMI and into the healthy one (I need to be 141 lbs for that)!

I'm thinking at the rate that the weight loss is going (slower some weeks than others) it may take another 9 months to a year, or maybe more, before I hit my final goal but we'll see. I'm not rushing it, just taking it day by day and pound by pound.

I'll probably retake my measurements for my next weigh in (or the week after, I haven't decided yet) and see where that stands too. Since my clothes are fitting even better now, I'm sure most of them are smaller.

My biggest goal now is to get back to exercise which would be a lot easier if my back would stop hurting all the time. Right now the plan is tomorrow and/or Saturday but I'll see how things go and things with food will keep going the way they have been because that's still going great!

Edited to Add:
Also, I know I keep going back and forth on the home/ gym thing but I think I will stop making any "final decisions" and just work out.

One day may be at home and one day may be in the gym and one day may be an outdoor walk... it doesn't really matter as long as it's something and at the rate I'm going and with how I've been feeling, I'm just going with whatever I can do that week or that day, otherwise I'll never do anything!!!

The next time I need to make a decision will be January 1st when my current gym membership runs out so I have plenty of time until then!

So, basically, the final decision is that there is no final decision and I'm going to try very hard to obsess less and just breathe and be!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Some General Life Updates...

I'm going to break this down to make it easier...

1) My face is almost back to normal and I'm not sure why. I don't know if it was the time, the meds, just a flare up of some kind that finally calmed down or a combination of any of those. The rash is completely gone although the hot, spreading redness still comes and comes and my cheeks still look a little "off." I'm still waiting for a call from the dermatologist but hopefully that will come today.

2) As soon as my face started to improve my back went out. Seriously... I reached for a cup and that was it, something locked up. This hasn't happened in a very long time and I felt like it it hit me out of nowhere. Luckily the pain is almost gone now and I'm hoping to work out again tomorrow.

3) Which leads me to.... I'm going back to the gym. I've had quite a few days to think about it and toss around the thoughts of gym and home and yesterday it just hit me. I was sitting, waiting for my mom's appointment to be done, and all I could think about was how much I missed the gym and how much I wanted to go back to it as soon as I can.

I think that no matter how hard I try to convince myself I’d be happy working out at home, the things I think about when my mind is clear and nothing is distracting me makes it pretty obvious where I truly want to be. So my plan is to go back as soon as my back is better (I'm shooting for tomorrow), and, to be on the safe side, I'm going to wipe equipment down before AND after touching it so that I don't pick up any illnesses.

The biggest thing I need right now is to work off this stress with exercise and the gym is MY place to do that. It's my therapy, my hobby, my relaxation and my place to push myself harder with every workout! I need it.

5) I joined another spoonie yoga challenge on Instagram and it starts today so I'll at least do a yoga pose today if nothing else. I'd rather give my back more time now to heal and rest than re-injure it and have to miss even more days in the long-run.

6) I'm seeing my therapist today and am looking forward to that. At least I'll just be able to get everything out of my head!

7) Things with food and weight loss are still going great so there's not much to say about that except that nothing tastes good and I keep running out of food that I can imagine eating. I know this is connected to being depressed but it's pretty annoying to start eating something and realize I really don't want it or like it anymore after two bites.

I think that's it for now!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Doctor's Visit Updates and Plans... Long With Lots of Info!

Okay, I saw my doctor and went over my face issues, my labs and all sorts of stuff so there's some good news and some not so good news...

Good news first...

1) My iron count is great so I can cut my iron pill in half!

2) My cholesterol is even better than it was before the cholesterol med was cut in half so I can stop taking it altogether which was a HUGE goal for me with losing weight!!

Guys, this is so big and incredible to me! I've been on these meds for many, many years and wanting to get off tthem for a long time and this feels like such a huge step that I never would have reached without low carb and weight loss!!

3) He's insanely proud of my weight loss and no cheating and told me one feast day at Christmas won't hurt me! He knows I'll get all the way to goal weight and he is just super proud of me!!

Now the not so good news....

1) My sodium is low again... like, not good low, so I need to cut back more on my water and go over the lab results with my shrink the day I see him (over a week) because 2 of my meds could be contributing to this but this would also explain why I felt like passing out a bunch of mornings last week.

I have to watch it carefully to make sure I don't end up getting really sick and in the ER again with hyponatremia because that would be really, really bad. He also said I can try adding electrolytes to the water I am allowed to drink or to add sodium "vitamins" but he can't guarantee that will help.

2) He doesn't know what's on my face. At first he thought Rosacea but after seeing all my pics from the times it looks a million times worse than it did today, is sending me to the first dermatologist on his list who can fit me in the soonest so either Claremont or DHMC. Someone will call me on Monday.

3) He said my brain should not still be behaving the way it has been since the concussion (lots of forgetting things, missing words and sometimes sentences when typing, driving in the wrong direction than where you're supposed to going and a lot of other small things that are really starting to add up) and he may end up sending me to a neurologist but he wants me to talk to my shrink first to see if this could be because of the depression or my meds and to deal with the skin issue.

4) I do need to finish out the prednisone but he said I could cut it in half (I HATE how it's making me feel!!).

5) And here' a big one... because we're not sure what's happening with my immunity and my issues and my system right now, it's been suggested that it could better that I work out at home for now instead of risking going to the gym and possibly getting sick.

Which, I can live with that, because I have so much equipment and plans for working out at home, plus it gives me a chance to try and fall back in love with it again because if I can cut the gym out in the end, I might have to due to major financial reasons.

If I desperately miss the gym and can find a way to pay for I'll definitely keep it and go back as soon as I can but if I can love being at home then I may stay there. I'm not making any big decisions on it right now, just need to focus on one home workout at a time until we figure out what's going on with me!

So, that covers it for now, I think. I may end posting pics of what's been happening to my face, neck and chest later but it's basically half a spreading rash and half brightly red, quickly spreading... well... red, all across my face and down my neck into my chest. It's at its worst in the later afternoons and evenings and sometimes looks like my entire face has just suffered a severe sunburn and feels insanely hot and other time just looks like a rash. It's pretty bad.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - October 12th - Eighteen Weeks Low Carb/Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - October 12th:
10/12/2017:                  -2.4 pounds
Total lost:                      60.4  pounds
Current Weight:            169.6 pounds

Wooohooo!! I am down 60 lbs and out of the 170's!! 60 lbs is the equivalent of these guys...'s also the weight on an elephants penis but I'm not looking up pics of that!! ROFL!!

I'm SO excited! I've been working on getting out of the 170's since mid-August and these last 10 lbs have taken me longer to lose than any of the other ones but I know that's normal and things will continue to slow down as I get closer and closer to my target goal weight. And, speaking of that, I am now only 39.6 lbs away from my current goal weight!! This is also a loss of 29 lbs in the 18 weeks of no cheating on low carb/keto.

I'm now a half pound away from being out of the obese BMI and into the overweight which hasn't happened for a good 15-16 years now!

I'm going to continue with my plan the way I have been and with breaking things down into 5 lbs segments which gives me little, attainable goals to focus on so my next short-term goal is 165 lbs.

In other news I ended up in Urgent Care yesterday evening because the rash on my face that I mentioned yesterday started spreading and itching like crazy. In fact, it moved a good 3 inches in the time I was in the urgent care office. I'm now on 3 meds including 2 antihistamines and an oral steroid (which is making me feel really sick) but it stopped the itching and things seem to looking slightly better right now but it's always worse in the afternoons and evenings so we'll see what happens tonight.

They know it's not viral or bacterial so I'm not contagious, but they don't know what it is. They're thinking maybe it's my body's reaction to the insane stress of this past week and it looks really bad. I still had plans to work out until the Prednisone started making me feel like crap and now I'm not so sure I can so I'm going to focus on getting better and get to the gym when I feel up to it.

I'm seeing my regular doctor tomorrow to go over everything and see if I'm on the right course of meds and hopefully we'll be able to see how my iron and cholesterol levels are doing after 6 months of cutting my cholesterol med in half and taking iron. I'm hoping I can get rid of the cholesterol one altogether!

I think that's it for today but I am psyched by this weigh-in!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

125 days Low Carb/Keto Cheat Free!!!

Wow... 125 days low carb/keto cheat free! And there I was thinking I may not make it past day 30! But I did and I think I surprised everyone, including myself!

I can honestly say that it has gotten easier. There are still hard days, of course, this has been a really bad week so far so many reasons some of which include the awful depression (seeing therapist next week and shrink in a week and a half), my car needing a new alternator (weeee... watch the money drain from the savings account), something weird and awful going on with my face (we're currently suspecting rosacea and I'm going to spare you all the sight and not post pics here) that is progressively getting worse and worse (seeing my doctor on Tuesday) and makes me feel like all my beautiful, clear skin from the no cheating is gone forever into this mess of bumps, hives, dryness, redness and just... ick. Not being able to find time and energy for the gym (absolutely going tomorrow all else be damned!!) And.... some other stuff.

Anyway, all I've wanted to do this week (besides try and stop randomly bursting into tears) is eat carbs. Not just any carbs... ALL THE CARBS... I wanted to go and buy out the bakery section of the store, get warm, crusty bread, order a huge pizza and just eat until I felt better. Ahhhhh.... the memories. 

But did I? NO! And will I? Absolutely not! I know it's not the carbs that I actually want and it's not hunger, it's the memories of binging until I felt better, until my body and mind went numb from the carb and sugar rush and for a while, nothing else mattered.

But if I do that I'll be right back in the grasp of the carb and sugar addiction and I will not let that happen again. Not again and not anymore. There are other ways to deal with all this crap. I have a lot of them lined up as posted above and I know hitting the gym tomorrow will help me a tremendous amount. I just need to hold on until the gym, until I can get some decent sleep (was awake at 3am this morning and couldn't get back to sleep), until I can talk to my therapist, until the med change I ( know is coming... but, okay, this has veered of course so let's back up).

125 days. In that time I have not had more than 46 net grams of carbs on any one day and usually a whole lot less. I've lost a total of 26.6 lbs (based on last weeks' weigh-in and I'm expecting a good weigh-in tomorrow) and a total loss of 58 lbs. I'm down numerous sizes and inches. I've now hit 4 30-day goal days the last one of which was a sports tank top for working out instead of a weapon (which is what I'm doing for the next 100 days or more) as seen here...

(yes, yes, pj's and cat socks... I have no shame lol).

I have not binged a single time. Not once, no matter how badly it may have called out to me. I have lost weight every week for the past 17 weeks (and like I said, I expect a good loss tomorrow and, also, yes, I love parentheses lol). I have counted every last calorie and measured and weighed everything that I have eaten. Planned and re-planned and then re-planned some more, my meals and food for every day so I'm prepared. I prepped keto muffins and really need to go back to prepping other foods but I'll get there. I always knew how many calories, carbs, net carbs, fat, protein and fiber was in everything before it went in my mouth. Yes, that may seem obsessive but it works for me and I'm sticking with what works!

I have no current plans to stop at this time (although I do have a feast day planned for Christmas day... not a binge and eat all carbs day but just a day to eat the yummy Chinese takeout that the family eats, have one small dessert and be done). I'm also 58% of the way to my final goal!

The next 25 days should bring more success and, hopefully, some good changes with them and I'm actually looking forward to them!

Now bring on the gym because I NEED it!!