Monday, October 31, 2016

Motivational Monday


I went a little (okay, a lot) crazy with junk this weekend and now the scale has skyrocketed up so high I'm terrified of even getting on it again this week.

I guess I'm starting all over again but this time ALL cheat foods are being banned including any kind of cheat snack or treat or anything. I obviously can't handle them at all since one treat turns into 4 days of binging.

Yes, I knew all this before but today I feel like I'm actually ready to face it and just end all the treats altogether.

But this really sucks.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28th Workout - Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps and Abs Plus Stretch

I feel great!

I think I'm finally past the detox part of low carbing and I'm starting to remember why I loved it so much. I'm also not craving carbs or junk and I haven't even touched the tons of Halloween candy that's in the house!

I'm also thrilled to be working out again! I'm going with the plan I created several week ago except a couple exercises have been added and/or moved to different days.

I think my current plan will be Push Day A, Pull Day A and Leg Day A, then relaxing yoga and then Push/Pull/Leg Days B plus cardio but I may change my mind about where I put the yoga. I'll have to see how it goes.

Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps and Abs Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 11 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Workout: - 61 Minutes
Push Ups (against sink) - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Lateral Raise with  Blue Band (4-6 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Bench Press -3 sets of 15 reps at 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Behind the Head Dumbbell Tricep Extension - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs

Seated Bent Over Dumbbell Raise- 3 sets of 15 reps at 3 lbs
going back and forth with
Tricep Band Pull Down with green band (10-12 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps

Weighted 4 lb Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Oblique Bench Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Cool Down: 10 minutes
full body stretch

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Check-In

Thursday Weigh-In:
10/27/2016:            - 2.0 pounds
Total lost:                32.8 pounds
Current Weight:      197.2 pounds

Two pounds down! It's less than I hoped for because I heard so much about losing a lot of weight the first week of low carb due to water weight loss that I was really hoping for it, but two pounds is two pounds and I'll take it!

I've also got a week of low carb under my belt and I'm finally starting to feel better physically as the detox from simple carbs and sugars comes to an end. Yesterday wasn't too bad and today is even better. Oh, and as you can see I've restarted my weekly and monthly low carb count in my titles just because I wanted too lol.

I worked very, very hard this week to stay on track with low carb. I counted, tracked, weighed and measured everything that went into my mouth. I planned ahead to make sure I was making the best choices and there were some days where I had to leave off or replace some foods because they just didn't fit the macros. There were nights I went to bed hungry and there were a couple of instances on massive, insane carb cravings but those are definitely improving and I plan to work just as hard on low carb this week. I have food stocked and two recipes picked out that should work really well.

I didn't get any working out done (outside of the walking challenge which I'm totally on track for) because of how cruddy I felt physically but I plan to start my weight training workouts again tomorrow and am shooting for 4 days of great exercise this week.

My short-term goal at this time is to hit 189.8 lbs which has been my lowest weight so far this year (back at the end of June) and also my lowest weight since March of 2007! Once I get to that goal I'll start keeping my short-term weight loss goals to 5 pound loss increments.

So, I have a strict week planned and I'm actually looking forward to it. Let's make this happen!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Five Days In...

Okay, so... I've stuck to strict low carb/keto for 5 days now (counting today). I think this is the longest I've stayed on plan for months now and it definitely hasn't been easy.

On Sunday I actually had such a massive craving for Dunkin Donuts apple pie (if you've never had it it is sooooooo good) that I actually drove to the Dunkin Donuts and forced myself to just get something low carb instead at the last minute in the drive through. I felt pretty proud of myself for not getting the pie but, wow, did I want it. I could almost taste the damn thing!

The cravings have actually settled down a little bit right now. Yesterday I had to stop by the grocery store and despite them having lots of great, yummy (ie... bad for me) stuff, including things they haven't stocked for months, I did NOT buy any which is huge for me!

I am still dealing with carb/sugar withdrawal symptoms which is one of the reasons I haven't worked out this week outside of the step challenge (I'm totally on track with that). I figure I'll give myself a few more days to get past the exhausted, lightheaded, slow brain feeling and then kick my workouts back into gear. But I still feel way better than I do when I eat lots of carbs.

The scale is moving down but it's moving pretty slowly. I was honestly expecting a bigger loss but I do still have 2 more days to go and if I can lose a total of 2 pounds I'll be satisfied.

I think that's it for now.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Upcoming Goals!

So I've been working on some food and workout goals and here's what I've come up with so far...

1) One day at a time. Don't obsess about tomorrow, plan for it and keep it in mind but don't got crazy.

2) I have appointments with my shrink and my therapist next week and I'll be talking about the binging issues with both of them. Hopefully they can give me some good ideas on how to deal with it.

3) Preplan my daily meals, calories and macros early in the day so I don't end up caught of guard and end up just grabbing something unhealthy because I didn't plan.

4) No more than 50 grams of carbs gross (less net).

5) Work on getting 10,000 steps a day starting tomorrow by using the 30-day training plan I've used in the past.

6) Get back to working out with weights 4 days this coming week (more if possible).

7) Blog and keep up with Facebook and Instagram for motivation.

8) Start making coffee at home again and cut way back on Dunkin Donuts (yes, again).

9) Track, count, weigh and measure all food before eating.

10) NO CHEAT DAYS!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20th - Thursday Weigh-In

October 20th - Thursday Weigh-In
10/20/2016:            +1.2 pounds
Total lost:                30.8 pounds
Current Weight:      199.2 pounds

Well, the scale did go up like I knew it would thanks to our anniversary weekend but at least I'm still under 200 pounds and I've been back on track for a couple of days now so I fully expect it to go back down next week.

I haven't been feeling great so the workouts have been on hold for now but I'm hoping (and planning) to get back to them this weekend along with getting back to work on the cat portrait I'm working on.

My plan for this week is simple, track and count everything, workout and no cheat days. Let's see if I can do it!

Head is hurting pretty badly so this is it for now.

Monday, October 17, 2016

What a Great Trip and Anniversary!

We had an awesome anniversary and trip! There's a lot of photos and updates on Facebook so I'm not going to put them all here. Basically it was great and we're thinking of going back next year and doing stuff we couldn't do this year.

We started out early on Friday morning and headed to Connecticut where our first major stop (after driving around lost for about 40 minutes) was the mall which was my plan. And I was thrilled to find a workout bra in my size at the Victoria's Secret there! That pretty much made my whole day lol. After the mall and lunch we got to the hotel and basically relaxed. AMC (man, I really miss cable sometimes) had their FrightFest on 24/7 so it all horror movies all the time (and you guys know me and horror movies!).

Saturday morning was spent wandering around Essex, CT; the town (which was the cutest little town ever), the Connecticut River Museum, all the little shops and water areas and then the train and riverboat later that day. After the train/riverboat we went to a great restaurant (note for future reference... make reservations!) and we headed home on Sunday after more photos at the train station.

It was so great to actually spend time together, just the two of us, and to check out new places and do stuff as a couple and I'm almost sure we're going back next year!

We really want to check out Gillette Castle (which we saw from the riverboat) and according to the website it closes on Labor Day so we'd need to plan an earlier visit and there's a couple more train trips we'd like to do. We did the basic train/riverboat trip this time but we want to do the dinner train and the full day train (not all on the same weekend of course) but the all-day train doesn't start until after Gillette Castle closes for the season so we'd have to choose one or the other. We can hike around Gillette Castle at any time but we want to actually visit the inside of it which has to be earlier in the year.

I did not stick to low carb though and just generally enjoyed some great food (and some mediocre food) without binging and with following decent portions but the scale definitely went up by several pounds. Tomorrow I restart strict low carb and get back to working out (still at home) and there's nothing coming up for the next 4 weeks that will set me off track so I should be back to close to my last lowest weight by then.

In four weeks we're going to Sarah's for the weekend for Gabriel's birthday for a weekend like we do every year but I can easily eat low carb at her house so I really have no major events going on that will cause me to mess up my plan.  And once I have those weeks under my belt it will be way easier to actually stay on plan for when major events take place.

I feel like I'm totally ready to do this again and I'm looking forward to actually watching the scale go down and my body get stronger and firmer.

And here's my favorite shot us from this weekend!

Motivational Monday

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 13th - Thursday Weigh-In

October 13th - Thursday Weigh-In
10/13/2016:            -0.2 pounds
Total lost:                32 pounds
Current Weight:      198 pounds

Well, as you can see, I barely lost anything but I don't consider this week to be a failure for several reasons...

1) I got my exercise on track, worked out three days in a row, then took a rest day and have Push Day B planned for today. Working out again is huge for me and I consider this to be great progress.

2) While not every day was perfect with counting and tracking, several days were and that's progress as well. I'm also still learning, the hard way, how horrible simple carbs and sugars make me feel. 

Yesterday, in my ultimate wisdom (aahahahahahaha NOT) I ate a bunch if simple carbs and I can not even describe how absolutely sick I felt: hot all over, dizzy, lightheaded, stomach ache, feeling like throwing up and passing out... every time I do this I feel worse.

I keep saying I want to be able to eat anything in moderation but my body is refusing to cooperate. Maybe I need to look at it with the idea that I am allergic to simple carbs and just suck it up and do what needs to be done. This sucks but it is what it is.

So, basically, I think that's what it comes down to. Simple carbs and sugars make me feel horribly sick even if I only have them occasionally so they need to go away for good. I'm still working on that but I am definitely having more good days than bad!

Now I need to worry abut this coming up weekend (our big anniversary weekend trip) but it's not hard to do low carb when eating out. I won't be able to weigh or measure my food and most of the restaurants in the area are local so no calorie counts but as long as I keep it low carb I should be okay.

And, finally, I decided to get rid of the week and month counts when I track my weight. I have this thing in my brain that when my week doesn't go perfectly with food (and when is anything ever perfect) that I feel this need to start the week count over again and I'm sick of dealing with those thoughts. And since it's not like I'll stop being healthy (once I get there) a count isn't really necessary.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, October 11th Workout - Leg Day A: Quads, Hamstrings, Calves and Abs

I survived my first leg day at home in a long time and I didn't even dread it! This is three days working out in a row...woohoo! I also wanted to do some cardio but didn't have the energy for much so I spent 30 minutes walking somewhat quickly around the house; hey, it's better than nothing!

Tomorrow I'm going for Push Day B, then Pull Day B and then we leave for our anniversary weekend trip so the major workouts will pick up again next Monday, but I do plan on stretching and lots of walking over the weekend!

Leg Day A: Quads, Hamstrings, Calves and Abs - 1 hour, 40 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Workout: - 60 Minutes
Dumbbell Swings - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Monster Walk (23 steps each way) using red band (25-30 lbs) - 3 sets back and forth

Seated Weighted Quad Extensions with 10 lb ankle weights (per ankle, total weight 20 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps with weights held between feet at 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Incline Prone Dumbbell Hamstring Curl with 10 lb ankle weights (per ankle, total weight 20 lbs) -
3 sets of 15 reps with weights held between feet at 5 lbs

Resistance Band Hip Extension using red band (25-30 lbs) - 3 sets of 15
going back and forth with
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise- 3 sets of 15 holding 15 lbs

Single Leg Bridge (Leg on Thigh) - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Bench Crunches - 3 sets of 15

Abs Side Reaches - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Opposite Toe Reach - 3 sets of 15

Cardio: 30 minutes

Basic Indoor Walking Fitbit info:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.07 miles, steps: 2,646 calories burned: 175

Cool Down: 10 minutes
full body stretch

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 10th Workout - Pull Day A: Back, Traps, Biceps and Balance

Yes! Two days working out in a row and tomorrow is Leg Day A! I did start some cardio but my ankle was feeling iffy so I stopped it for today and will try again tomorrow.

Pull Day A: Back, Traps, Biceps and Balance- 58 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Workout: - 48 Minutes
Resistance Band Lat Pulldown on Ball with Red Band (25-30 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Prone Row - 3 sets of 15 reps at 10 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Upright Row - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs

Forearm In Front Extensions - 3 sets of 15 at 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Dumbbell Hammer Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs

Forearm In Front Curls - 3 sets of 15 at 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Heel to Toe Slow Walk Across the Living Room - 3 sets back and forth (31 steps each way)

Basic Plank - 1x33 seconds, 1x28 sec, 1x24 sec 1x28 sec, 1x28 sec
going back and forth with
Superman with Heel and Elbow Squeezes - 4 sets x 10 reps

Cool Down: 10 minutes
full body stretch

Motivational Monday


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday, October 9th Workout - Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps and Abs Plus Cardio

I have to tell you guys, I loved working out at home so much that I think I think I'm pretty much going to stick with that now but I'm really glad I tried the gym. It helped me find what I really love and gave me a lot of ideas of exercises I can add into my home routine!

My current plan is Push Day A, Pull Day A and Leg Day A, then relaxing yoga and then Push/Pull/Leg Days B plus cardio.

And I can't wait to start doing our outdoor walks again while the weather holds!

Push Day A: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps and Abs Plus Cardio- 1 hour, 33 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Workout: - 53 Minutes
Push Ups (against sink) - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Lateral Raise with  Blue Band (4-6 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press -1 set x 15 reps at 10 lbs, 2 sets x 15 reps at 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Bench Press -3 sets of 15 reps at 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Pullover - 3 sets of 15 reps at 10 lbs

Behind the Head Dumbbell Tricep Extension - 3 sets of 15 reps at 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Bent Over Dumbbell Raise- 3 sets of 15 reps at 3 lbs

Tricep Band Pull Down with green band (10-12 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
going back and forth with
Weighted 4 lb Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Cardio: 30 minutes

"Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast Big Burn:"

Fitbit info:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.85 miles, steps: 3,775 calories burned: 302

Cool Down: 10 minutes
full body stretch

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday, October 8th Workout - Full Body Stretch and Plank

I feel like utter crap but I wanted to do something for a workout so I went with a stretch and the plank. Tomorrow I'm planning for Push/Pull Day A or another workout from that website I've mentioned several times, still planning!

10-Minute Full Body Stretch

Plank:
1x31 seconds, 1x28 seconds, 1x24 seconds, 1x19 seconds, 1x17 seconds, 1x18 seconds

Making a Big Change...

So I decided to go back to working out at home for now for several reasons, the biggest being that I really miss it and that I've barely worked out since joining the gym, when I was working out at home almost daily before that.

The way my schedule is right now along with headaches and stomach issues, it's just easier for me to plan a workout at home along with going back to taking long outdoor nature walks.

This is nothing against the gym. That place is awesome and I'm not quiet giving up my membership, I'm just changing things up a bit and I may end up going back and forth for a while depending on the day.

I am really looking forward to having a horror movie playing while i work out, being able to get photos taken for Instagram and for having a bathroom right there in case of IBS emergencies :/

I'm going to start with the Phase 2 workout I was doing, update it with the free weight amounts and exercises I used at the gym and go from there and I'm starting this afternoon! Woohoo!!

I'm pretty excited about this!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Week Zero (the Beginning) Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month One) - A Brand New Start - Edited

Week Zero (The Beginning) Weigh-In:
10/06/2016:            +1.4 pounds
Total lost:                31.8 pounds
Current Weight:     198.2 pounds

So after much though, much, much reading and even more thought I decided that it's time to suck it up and go back to low carb and healthy eating with homemade food when possible and that I wanted to start my count over again.

The scale went up this time because of my cheat days so the next decision was to eliminate those because I can not handle them at all.

I'm going to back to how I was doing things when I first started low carb a year ago. I'm rereading my menu and food plans, my old blogs, how I ate and what I ate and repeating it. Plus Charles is going to help me try out some low carb recipes and more healthy foods so I'm not stuck eating the same stuff over and over again.

The major thing I'm doing differently is adding in more veggies and focusing on healthier, more natural foods instead of processed crap.

It's time to get to work and stop experimenting because that just seems to lead to more and more cheat days until they turn into cheat weeks and that's just not working for me.

So what makes this time different from all the other times I talked about this? I don't know. I just know it is.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3rd Workout - Full Body Weight Training

I'm finally done being sick so I was able to go back to the gym and I loved it! I've really missed it.

I decided that this week (and maybe next) I'm going to do a full body weight machine workout every other day with cardio on the off days. It makes for a very long day during the weight machine days but it's a great way to get myself back into the groove of things.

I might change my mind for next week and plan out a different workout (well, actually go back to what I was doing before, the push day/pull day/leg day combo) but I'll decide that as I go.

I also plan on doing the plank again tomorrow. By the time I got to it today I was completely wiped out.

Full Body Weight Training - 1 hour,  54 minutes

Warm-Up:
Arc Trainer - time:10 minutes - distance: 0.18 miles, incline: level 8 resistance: level 18 calories burned: 88

Weight Training: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Leg Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 100 lbs

Leg Extension Machine -3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Leg Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 50 lbs

Chest Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Lat Pulldown Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 55 lbs, 2 x 50 lbs

Rear Delt Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Pec Fly Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 55 lbs

Chin Assisted Pullup - 1 set x 8 reps, 1 set x 6 reps, 1 set x 4 reps at 150 lbs

Assisted Dips - 1 set x 5 reps, 2 sets x 4 reps at 150 lbs

Hip Abduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 55 lbs

Hip Adduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 55 lbs

Bicep Arm Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Tricep Extension Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 50 lbs

Seated Calf Raise Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 26 lb bar plus 10 lbs weight on each side

Ab Crunch Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 60 lbs

Plank - 1 x 31 seconds

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Motivational Monday


I really, really needed this today!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

All Sorts of Things

So I had to miss the 5K Color Gauntlet this past Saturday because I was still sick which really sucked. Hopefully I'll be able to do it next year.

I am finally starting to feel better but my back feels a little "off" so I'm being really careful with it.

On the plus side, the workout website I wrote about a few weeks ago, Fitness Food Diva, is, once again, letting me into the workouts without charging me. I'm not really sure what's going on with the charging. I really loved the workouts the last time I looked at them and I would have kept going with them if it hadn't started to try and charge me so I guess that I'm going to get all the ideas and plans from it while I can (and while it's free) and go from there.

I think I'm going to pick one of the simpler workouts from there and use that one for a while but I'm also considering doing some full-body weight machine workouts for a couple of weeks until my body is back on track. I want to see what my trainer thinks before I jump into anything.

I'm also still playing with carbs. I may end up dropping them again. Tomorrow will actually be the one year anniversary of when I started low carb but things sort of fell apart in May and haven't been the same since them for weight loss of for how I was feeling. I may end up going back to the MFP info from a year ago and repeating what I was doing then because I'm still not feeling my best as I am when I'm being very strict with low carb.

Basically, right now is a time for experimentation and finding exactly what works for me and I'm okay with that.