Sunday, September 25, 2016

Carb Sensitivty and Dropping My Carb Amount

For the last week, especially the end of it, I paid very careful attention to how I was feeling during and after eating.

When I posted on Thursday I was considering leaving my carb amount at about 100 a day but the more I listened to my body, the more I realized that it was still too much for me and I now totally feel like I have some serious carb sensitivity going on.

At first feeling like I was going to pass out, dizzy, lightheaded and so on was attributed to my messed up sodium but that has been fixed for over a year now and I still had days when I would go up our flight of stairs and have to sit down immediately because I felt like I was going to black out. I was still having dizzy days, nights when my stomach hurt to lay on my right side, days when my body felt heavy and exhausted, so I started to track all that and it really came down to what food I was eating. The more simple carbs I ate the worse I felt.

I could actually feel my body feeling weighed down and heavy as I ate a high carb meal. I was tired, lightheaded, sleepy and the more carbs I ate the hungrier I felt. As I've said before over and over again, the more carbs I eat the more I binge. The less carbs the less binging and I think this week was the last thing I needed to show me that I HAVE to go low carb/keto (under 50 grams a day in total, less for net carbs).

This is what I've done for the last two days and I feel pretty good (outside of the headaches which will also get better with the low carb). Even going moderate carb isn't working well for me because I still feel unwell and like bingeing.

So, now that I know where my carb amounts need to be I need to start working on making sure I'm doing this in a healthy way and that the majority of those carbs are spent on veggies and fruit. I definitely want to experiment with more recipes as well so I don't get bored with the food.

Nothing that I really posted here is new to me or to my readers, I just feel like I finally experimented enough to know how I have to eat from now on. I'm sure I'll miss some high carb foods but I definitely won't miss feeling like crap after eating them!

And the weight I'll lose during this process will absolutely help me feel better about it. Maybe I can actually hit my goal weight in the next year!

Stayed tuned and find out!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Week One Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month One)

Week One Weigh-In:
09/22/2016:            -0.8 pounds
Total lost:               31.4 pounds
Current Weight:     198.6 pounds

Okay, so the scale actually went down by almost a pound. This is a good beginning. I was hoping for more but I need to remember that everything takes time and that my muscles are retaining water from starting a new, tough strength training workout.

I did well with food this week. I had two off days but the rest were tracked carefully and I ended keeping my carbs at about 102 grams a day (less for net). I also ate healthier and more homemade foods.

I'm going to keep going with the same food plan for this coming week and see what happens with the scale. I can always go lower on carbs if I have too but I'm really enjoying things like blueberries and sweet potatoes (and am really craving some watermelon) so unless the scale starts to go up again I'm going to keep going with this moderate/upper level of "low carb."

I am also loving being back at the gym and an actually looking forward to tomorrow's leg day (well, except for the lunges, I'm not looking forward to those lol).

And my 5K is in just over a week. Am I ready? Not at all but all I can do is push myself and do my best.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21st Workout - Pull Day A: Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs Plus Cardio

Sore from yesterday but in a good way. Tomorrow we have a lot of appointments going on including one at DHMC so my next gym day will have to be Friday for Leg Day A.

In a frustrating turn of events the zipper on my amazing, incredibly comfortable and amazingly supportive VS sports bra stopped working. It'll go into the zipper thing fine but won't zip up even when it's laying flat and not on my body.  Luckily I have another kind that I wore today but the support and comfort doesn't even compare and apparently it's fricking impossible to find the size I need online unless I want to pay $75 plus shipping for a $35 bra which I do not! So annoying!

Pull Day A: Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs Plus Cardio - 1 hour, 50 minutes

Warm-Up:
Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.42 miles, incline: 2, speed 2.6 - 2.7

Weights Workout: 1 hour:
Lat Pulldown Machine: 45 lbs - 12 reps, 50 lbs - 10 reps, 55 lbs - 8 reps, 50 lbs - 10 reps, 45 lbs - 12 reps

Bicep Curl Machine: 20 lbs - 12 reps, 22.5 lbs - 10 reps, 25 lbs - 8 reps, 22.5 lbs - 10 reps, 20 lbs - 12 reps

Ab Crunch Machine: 50 lbs - 12 reps, 55 lbs - 10 reps, 60 lbs - 8 reps, 55 lbs - 10 reps, 50 lbs - 12 reps

Standing Cable Row: 40 lbs - 12 reps, 45 lbs - 10 reps, 50 lbs - 8 reps, 45 lbs - 10 reps, 40 lbs - 12
reps

Seated Forearm Extension: 3 lbs - 12 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 8 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 3 lbs - 12 reps

Dumbbell Upright Row: 8 lbs - 12 reps, 10 lbs - 10 reps, 12 lbs - 8 reps,  10 lbs - 10 reps, 8 lbs - 12 reps

Standing Hammer Curl: 8 lbs - 12 reps, 10 lbs - 10 reps, 12 lbs - 8 reps,  10 lbs - 10 reps, 8 lbs - 12 reps

Seated Forearm Curl: 3 lbs - 12 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 8 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 3 lbs - 12 reps

Bicycle Crunch: 5 sets x 10 reps

Cardio - 30 Minutes Treadmill

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.29 miles, resistance: 1-2, speed: 2.8-3.0 - calories burned: 251, steps: 3,178

Full Body Stretch

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, September 20th Workout - Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps & Cardio

Wow. I am wiped out exhausted and I just want to go collapse but I need to start a cat portrait tonight and find the energy to actually shower :/

Most of my workout was in a pyramid format but I couldn't go above the lowest weight on the pulley raise so that was done in a pyramid format but at only 10 lbs and then I had to move the last triceps exercise I had planned to Push Day B because by the time I got to it my triceps gave up and were sobbing off in the corner ;)

It would have also been helpful had I not dropped both my phone (that I was using for music) and my water bottle on the floor while in the middle of the elliptical workout but luckily nothing was damaged.

Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps & Cardio - 1 hour, 48  minutes

Warm-Up:
Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.40 miles, incline: 2, speed 2.6

Weights Workout: 1 hour, 7 minutes:
Chest Press Machine: 15 lbs - 12 reps, 20 lbs - 10 reps, 25 lbs - 8 reps, 20 lbs - 10 reps, 15 lbs - 12 reps

Tricep Weight Machine: 40 lbs - 12 reps, 45 lbs - 10 reps, 50 lbs - 8 reps, 45 lbs - 10 reps, 40 lbs - 12 reps

Pulley Raise: 10 lbs - 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps, 10 reps, 12 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press: 5 lbs - 12 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 10 lbs - 8 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 12 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly: 5 lbs - 12 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 10 lbs - 8 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 12
reps

Seated Dumbbell Press: 5 lbs - 12 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 10 lbs - 8 reps, 8 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 12 reps

Seated/Bent Over Raises: 3 lbs - 12 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 5 lbs - 8 reps, 5 lbs - 10 reps, 3 lbs - 12 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Pullover: 8 lbs - 12 reps, 10 lbs - 10 reps, 12 lbs - 8 reps,  10 lbs - 10 reps, 8 lbs - 12 reps

Overhead Seated Tricep Extensions: 8 lbs - 12 reps, 10 lbs - 10 reps, 12 lbs - 8 reps,  10 lbs - 10 reps, 8 lbs - 12 reps

Cardio - 31 Minutes Arc Trainer

Arc Trainer info from Fitbit:
time: 31:23 minutes, distance: 0.58 miles, resistance: between 16 and 20, incline 8 - calories burned: 344, steps: 1,421

Full Body Stretch

Monday, September 19, 2016

Workout Changes

Today was insanely busy and complicated with all sorts of things that seriously frustrated me, none of which have anything to do with weight loss or the gym, so we're going to skip over them and talk about changes to my workout plan.

Basically, I'm going back to a workout I created when I first joined the gym instead of using the website I talked about a week or two back. While I do love her workouts, I'm not sure what's going on there with being charged in order to be able to use the workout plans (it changes depending on when I click on the website) as well as me wanting to stick to the same series of exercises throughout a six-to-eight week period instead of switching them around to be different every day.

Right now my plan is 2 Push, Pull and Leg days a week (plus cardio) with varying exercises on all the days to be repeated for about six to eight weeks and then I'll plan something else. I really like the idea of knowing exactly what exercises I'll be doing week to week and the fact I will know how to do them well plus that's the way I worked out at home.

I have tons of exercises and workouts bookmarked for the future and several books to work from so it's not like I'm likely to get bored but I like routine and I think I'll stick to this better.

So, tomorrow I'm looking at Push Day A (chest, shoulders and triceps) and I'm really hoping to go in the morning because, as of right now, I don't have anything else scheduled but with how my life works, we'll see what happens. Either way, I'll be there tomorrow unless someone is having an emergency or dying!

Motivational Monday