Saturday, August 19, 2017

Going Back to the Gym and I Can't Wait Plus a Short Fall Update!


So after today's unfortunate fall (which I think was a combo of me being accident prone as always and maybe my center of gravity changing because I've lost a bunch of weight?) I had a lot of time to sit, ice my back, try not to throw up and think and I decided to rejoin Snap Fitness.

And on the topic of the fall, my head hurts, I feel like throwing up but less than right after and my back feels surprisingly okay outside of some stabbing pain on the left, back part of it that comes and goes as it pleases. That's the part that's getting most of the ice but I'm just really hoping it doesn't end up as a bad injury. My biggest fear right now is waking up tomorrow morning and having the pain/injury kick in then after having a night to just sit.

Anyway, back to the gym thing... now, I absolutely adore my home gym and I love the ease of working out at home but I also absolutely love the gym and have really been missing it. Plus, I may need to take it easy on my back and use machines for a little while just to make sure I keep it safe and, of course, the gym has working treadmills which I really miss. Anyway, I don't see any reason why I can't work out at the gym at times AND work out at home at times AND be able to take a class or two at my trainer's studio (that barre class is seriously calling out to me!)

My brain does this obsessive thing which constantly tells me that I have to choose (pretty sure I've posted about this before). I can't do the gym and home and I can't possibly take a class because how would it fit into my current workout plan and it would mess up my sequence of workout days and blah, blah, blah... it's the whole OCD obsessive thing that really settled down after numerous medications and years of therapy and shrinks but, obviously, parts still remain. I hate it when it does that and I refuse to let it keep controlling me so I'm breaking the obsession.

There's nothing wrong with going to the gym and sometimes working out at home and sometimes taking other classes and everything can still fit. It doesn't have to be "either or" but it's hard for my brain to accept that.

But it will accept it because I'm making it.

Anyway, I'm going back on Monday (as long as my back is okay) but I might spend the first week doing basic upper/lower body splits with the weight machines (plus planks, some abs and the treadmill) before I jump back into a major workout. Once again, it all depends on how my back and head feel.

Anyway, I am super excited and can't wait to go back!! Let's just hope this fall doesn't cause any major issues that will stop me!

Saturday, August 19th Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps and a Big Problem

It felt great to workout and I had almost completed my workout (was on my 1st set of the last 2 exercises) when I sat down on my bench and fell off of it backwards slamming my upper butt area/low back into the floor and the back of my head into the wall. Then I sat there stunned for a bit as it dawned on me just how bad this could be for my back. I haven't had a serious injury in a long time and I don't know if this will lead to one or not. Plus my head hurts and I feel like throwing up :/

So right now I'm icing things and hoping for the best. If my back is affected I have no problem going back to the gym and working on machines that will help protect my back. Actually I have no problem going back to the gym anyway because I love it there and maybe I can work out in both places... who knows (I have a whole post to write on that).

So, I guess we'll see what happens but this is as much of today's workout as I got to do...

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 56 Minutes Total Time (Incomplete due to injury)

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 56 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 61 seconds, 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 60 sec 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 60 sec
going back and forth with
Push Ups (against sink) - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Lateral Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x blue band (4-6 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Tricep Pulldowns - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Seated Dumbbell Press -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Bent Over Raises -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Crossface Tricep Extensions -  1 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks -  1 set x 15 reps:  3 x 8 lbs

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Some New Workout Equipment Additions

So I'm always on the lookout for things to add to my slowly growing home "gym," mostly things I can actually afford and need (I have a Bosu Balance Ball on my wish list but it's out of my price range for now).

Anyway, I wanted to add some things to work with my bands better and make them more comfortable and "gym"-like so I ended up with these things...


I got a Cap Barbell Lat Pull Down Bar which is actually a lot bigger and heavier than I anticipated at 11 pounds (of course had I paid attention to the description at Amazon better I would have known that), a Bionic Body Tri-Grip Handle and a Mind Body Fitness 18" Accessory Bar. The second two can definitely be used with bands but I'm a little concerned about the lat bar being too much for my home anchor. I'll have to try it out on Pull Day A and find out!

I have a full plan to restart my regular workouts tomorrow so some of things will be tested then!

Thursday Weigh-In - August 17th - Ten Weeks Low Carb/Keto - Half Way There!!

Thursday Weigh-In - August 17th:
08/17/2017:                     -2.2 pounds
Total lost:                        51.2 pounds
Current Weight:              178.8 pounds


Finally... I finally hit my 50 pounds loss (and 1.2 pounds over that) which put me in the upper 170s and slightly more than half way to my goal! I haven't been in the 170's since around 2005!

This also means that I have officially lost more than I have left to lose, and that I've lost 19.8 pounds in the 10 weeks that I've been doing low carb/keto without cheating!!

My size 12 jeans are getting looser and looser every day but the 10's don't fit yet so I'm a little stuck there (unless I want to looking for new jeans which I don't because I've worn the same brand and type of jeans for several years now and I love them) so I'm just going to live with the loose jeans for now.

It's almost hard for me to believe that I've stuck with the no cheating things for 10 weeks (actually 70 days today!) but at the same time I feel like I can keep going indefinitely! I basically have one planned cheat for Christmas day (which is still quiet a bit away) and the whole plateau thing is up in the air because I haven't hit that point yet.

As well as sticking to the eating plan this week I've also hit my steps goals on all but 2 days and I've continued to stick with the yoga challenge. Now I just need to start up my serious workouts again (hopefully tomorrow) and get back to work on my current dog commission.

Oh, and I'm only 9 pounds away from being out of the "obese" BMI and into the "overweight" and I can't wait!

This is THE plan for me and I'm not about to change that!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trying to Get Back on the Exercise Track...

...otherwise known as Fibromyalgia SUCKS!

After a great day on Keene on Saturday (not counting when the back pain started early in the day and just got worse and worse) my body was completely out of it on Sunday... severe pain in my back and all my joints, heaviness, exhaustion... etc.

I think it's incredibly unfair that I'm doing all this hard work: I've changed my diet and I'm sticking with it, I work out (excluding last week), I'm losing weight, I'm getting "healthier" but just one freaking day out and my body is out of commission for at least a day if not two.

And, yes, I know, life isn't fair, Fibro isn't fair and no matter how hard I work my illnesses will not magically go away but I'm annoyed, I'm in pain and I'm just venting. I know things could be way, way worse so I should be happy that I AM making progress but when I'm facing day after day of pain, exhaustion and not being able to complete a full workout, it doesn't feel like progress at all.

Anyway, today is better with the joints and exhaustion but my back is still screaming so today's goal is to hit my 10,000 or more steps (I missed my last two days) and I did my yoga poses for the challenge, both yesterday's and today's.

All I really want is to get back on track with everything. Maybe tomorrow?

Motivational Monday

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11th Workout - Planks and Extended Full Body Stretch

I decided to ease back into working out by starting with planks and an extended full body stretch. I've been wanting to add more stretches and today seemed like the perfect day! I'm going to list my full stretch exercises and the additional ones I'm adding on after today. There's more yoga moved involved but I am loving them!

Tomorrow we're out most of the day so I should get a great amount of steps and get back to more serious workouts over this coming weekend!

And I got my longest plank to a minute and 45 seconds!!

Simple Workout - Planks and Full Body Stretch: 36 Minutes

Basic Planks - 1 x 105 seconds 1 x 91 seconds, 1 x 78 seconds 1 x 67 seconds, 1 x 63 seconds

Full body Stretch:
Rotating Neck Stretch
Neck Release Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Overhead Shoulder Stretch
Eagle Arms Pose (Shoulder Stretch)
Wrist Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Warrior Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Standing Quad Stretch
Standing Half Forward Bend (holding on to shelf)
Standing Forward Fold
Downward Facing Dog
Low Lunge Pose
Half Split Pose
Cat/Cow Stretch
Thread the Needle Pose
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Rotating Ankle Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch 1
Reclined Glute Stretch 2
Supine Twist
Bridge Pose
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Cross Legged Forward Bend
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Hamstring Stretch
Second Butterfly Stretch

I'll also be adding the following as of my next workout:
Single Knee to Chest Stretch
Downward Dog Alternating Calf Stretch
Standing Side Bend
Triangle Pose

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - August 10th - Nine Weeks Low Carb/Keto Plus Progress Photos!

Thursday Weigh-In - August 10th:
08/10/2017:                     -1.6 pounds
Total lost:                        49 pounds
Current Weight:              181 pounds

Another 1.6 pounds down and I'm only one pound away from a 50 pound loss! This also means that I'm 17.6 pounds down in the last nine weeks of low carb/keto with no cheating. I was really hoping to hit it this week but with the kind of week it's been, I feel happy to be this close!

Now that Gypsy is better (I hope that continues) I can can get back on track with my workouts... tomorrow should be Push Day B if all goes well! And hopefully Saturday Charles and I can go out and have a nice day together (and we actually got our money back from Priceline! Woohoo).

Anyway, I'm going to continue what I've been doing with food and the step and yoga challenges and get my butt back in gear with working out and I should hit that 50 lb next week!

And I finally did my progress photos, both regular clothes and workout clothes and am posting them here and on my progress photos page. It's really great to see the progress but there's a LOT of areas that still need a whole lot of work!

             This is 230 lbs from 06/26/2015 vs. 181 lbs on 08/10/2017 - 49 pound loss!


This is 223.4 lbs from 09/24/2015 vs. 181 lbs on 08/10/2017 - 42.4 pound loss (49 lb loss in total)





There are bigger photo sets, all the way from the beginning, on the progress photos page here!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

This week has been just horrible and I'm so exhausted and worn out from dealing with it that I'm going to break it down into bullet-point short pieces of info instead of long winded explanations...

1) Sunday night Gypsy had to go to the vet as an emergency due to a rectal prolapse (yes, it is as bad as it sounds). She ended up with a surgery to put things back in, on antibiotics for a UTI we didn't know she had and on 2 different medications to help her poop. She had to be sedated and we were warned that this surgery could lead to fecal incontinence, the prolapse could come back, the stitches could get too tight and all of those things were emergencies to look out for. We were also warned to watch out for vomiting and straining and to call them on Monday and let them know how she's doing. So all this was... oh... about $750.00. Thank God for savings accounts.

2) Monday she was mostly okay and acting like herself but we were told to bring her in Tuesday so the vet can take a look at her and found out her stitches won't come out until Thursday afternoon which led to our decision to cancel our early anniversary vacation weekend because she could have a serious emergency at any time during this process and after her stitches come out and since they were not coming out since Thursday and we would leave Friday morning, we felt very unsettled about leaving her plus it would only be Dmitri and Gabriel at home with no car and no way to get her to the emergency vet if something happened.

Plus, at least this way we'd get our money back from the vacation which was supposed to happen this coming weekend and that everything had been booked for since March... in theory, we had until Thursday at noon to get our money back so all we should do is ask Priceline for a refund? Right? Ahahahahaha... NOT this week!

3) As I went to cancel with Priceline the realization struck me that this vacation had been paid for with the debit card from our old bank. The bank that was replaced with a totally different bank and so the card we booked with no longer existed. But we're talking about a big corporation like Priceline so this shouldn't be a problem? Right? Right?

Wrong.

I called the hotel. They said to call Priceline. I called Priceline. They can only refund the money to the original card. I said that no longer existed. They said they couldn't help that and too bad for us. I hang up and call the bank, they say there's nothing they can do. I call Priceline again. They say there's nothing they can do but refund the money to the card THAT NO LONGER EXISTS. I call the bank and ask for a manager. She says there's nothing they can. I call Priceline again. They check with the manager and there's nothing they can do but return the money to the &(^%^^&%#@#$%^& card THAT NO LONGER )(&^$@#* EXISTS!!!

I drive down to the bank and basically demand to speak to the manager. Spend 20-30 minutes with her, she makes some phone calls, finds the old card in the system but there's no way to turn it back on and no way to get that money when they refund it. She offers to send them proof that this is me and that it was my card and this is the new card. Priceline says no.

I go home. I call Priceline AGAIN and demand to speak to someone higher up. 45 minutes later (after a 30 minute hold) they finally transfer me to the finance office who tell me that yes, there is something we can do. They will refund the money to the card that doesn't exist. In three business days I call them and tell them the bank is refusing to put that money into my account. They will then call the bank. Once the bank tells them it's impossible to give us that money, Priceline will cut us a check. I don't necessarily believe all this will actually happen and have very little hopes that we'll actually get the money back but we're talking about $660.00 here, that's a lot of freaking money and I refuse to give up on it right now.

Sorry, I guess that was long-winded after all :/

And, btw, it took all of 10 minutes to get the money back from the dinner train which was also booked with the old bank card. Once we explained the situation they said they would cut us a check right away.

Lesson learned from this... deal with small places, not corporations and never use Priceline again.

4) Tuesday morning Gypsy goes back to the vet. That's another $45.00. She looks pretty good and we take her home. Tuesday evening (after hours of course), she's throwing up and has a chunk of poop stuck in her butt. We're told to bring her back in right away when they finally call us back 45 minutes and 3 phone calls after our first emergency call (I got a huge apology for that). They give her laxatives and send her home. Thanks to poop being everywhere we had to lock her in the basement area (we made her very comfy with all her favorite stuff and felt a little weird that she doesn't complain (Gypsy always complains).

5) This morning... Charles cleans up her up before work, she seems to eat okay and she seems okay. I check on her before I got to work and she seems okay but very, very quiet. Gypsy is not a quiet cat. I get home from work and check on her, there's two piles of vomit (bad), she's lethargic and doesn't even care that she's locked down there. She's just laying on the pillow quietly (really bad) and there's a big chunk of poop stuck in her butt again (really, really bad). I call the vet and have to bring her back in immediately as an emergency.

We go in and by now I'm just crying through the whole appointment because I am emotionally freaking worn out. They take her out back to take out one of the stitches and all I can hear is her screaming. So I'm bawling, she's screaming and I have no idea if she's okay or not. When they brig her back, she's Gypsy again and they said she was only screaming because she was mad, not because she was in pain but I don't think I believe them :/ They took one stitch is out, she pooped tons and she's feeling way, way better. And they gave her a shot to stop the vomiting (at least another $45.00 if not more). I get her home and she actually asks to eat, she eats and now she's outside actually chasing stuff.

I have to call the vet tomorrow and let them know how she's doing in the morning and then bring her in in the afternoon to have the rest of the stitches taken out.

And so now we come to right now. I'm exhausted, I haven't done a real workout since Sunday (still doing the yoga challenge though) and today is the first day since Sunday that I'm actually going to hit over 10,000 steps.

I know I keep mentioning money but, really, I don't care nearly as much about the money as I do about Gypsy being okay so I'm hoping the rest of today will go well.

And we'll find out about the Priceline crap on Friday.

If you've read this far... thank you for sticking it out and I'll update more later!

Monday, August 7, 2017

60 Days Low Carb/Keto With No Cheating!

Today I hit sixty days of low carb/keto with no cheating! This means that I've hit my goal of a 2nd thirty days of no cheating and earned a new weapon! This is the one I went with (photo from Amazon):

"Medieval Renaissance Scissors Bodice Dagger Dirk Knife:"

I don't have much more to really say than what I posted when I hit 50 days. It's awesome to get this far into the plan with no cheating and I've found that despite how much emotional crap is going on around me right now (post about some of this coming up tomorrow) I have no desire to run to or turn to junk food. I'm doing okay without it and that's amazing to me!

When I first started this no cheating thing, a part of me planned to stick it it out but another part was just waiting for me to fail like I failed all those other times. What I've found is that by making the commitment to not cheat and actually sticking to it, has made further sticking to it far easier than if I was letting myself have crap carbs and sugar once a week and just prolonging and encouraging my addicting.

Giving up cheating has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am down at least 16 pounds in the last 60 days (slightly more but I'm counting my last weigh-in) and I'm at a loss is a total of 47.4 lbs. I'm also down in inches and getting smaller! I'm moving closer and closer to my 50 pound loss and I can't wait to get there because that puts me half way to my current goal!

I'm doing really well with food and with exercise, really staying on track and I feel amazing. It's not just weight loss and smaller clothes but my skin is clearer, my stomach issues are far, far less (I have IBS), my pain days still exist but on a much, much smaller level and this goes for my headaches as well. I also have way more energy and have basically stopped napping all together and I'm healthier and stronger than I was before I started this!

I have no plans to stop what I'm doing and I have no current plans to cheat at all except maybe if I hit a plateau and that's all still up in the air.

So now I tackle the next 30 and 60 and 90 days and I know I can do it and keep doing it! I think I finally believe in myself and that feels absolutely incredible!!

Motivational Monday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6th Workout - Abs Day A - Upper, Lower and Obliques

Great workout today. The Dead Bug is slowly getting a little easier so I'm stretching my legs and arms out a little more as I go to make it harder. I still can't get through all 15 reps without small breaks but the breaks get shorter each time!

Abs Day A - Upper, Lower and Obliques: 55 Minutes Total Time

Upper, Lower and Oblique Abs: 42 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Triangle Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Dead Bug - 3 sets x 15 reps

Side Reaches - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Six-Inch Hold - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 12 seconds

Opposite Toe Reaches- 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Reaching Obliques-  3 set x 15 reps

Standing Side Bends 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Standing Dumbbell Core Stabilization (done very carefully) - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

Another Post About Clothes!


So, thanks to a power outage, I finished going through all my clothes, organized and hung the nicer things up and tried on everything (including things I thought would be too big and was shocked to find they fit perfectly).

I have one big bag of clothes set aside for friends and two big bags of clothes for donations and I have so many "new" tops that I can wear now, like right now, that are pretty and nice and comfy some of which I've never worn before and some that were old favorites.

The only problem I'm looking at is that I thought my closet had a lot of medium and small size clothing that I could shrink down into but it turns out the majority are large and fit now and there are only a handful of mediums and some larges that don't fit quiet yet. There are no smalls at all. I must have gotten rid of them at some point in time when I thought I'd never drop the weight so I will have to go shopping a lot sooner than planned.

But in the meantime, I am greatly going to enjoy wearing the clothes that have finally become available to me again!

What an awesome feeling this is!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday, August 5th Workout - Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

I had an exhausting and but really good Leg Day A and I absolutely love my new 10 lb (each) ankle weights. They are the most comfortable I've ever used, they didn't slip all over the place and they really worked with the dumbbells I was holding between my feet. I will definitely be buying this brand again and can't wait until I need heavier ankle weights because this brand actually offers 20 lb ones!

Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 22 Minutes Total Time

Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 09 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 62 seconds, 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 65 sec 1 x 62 sec, 1 x 62 sec
going back and forth with
Single Leg Bridge (Leg on Thigh) - 3 sets x 15 reps

Plie Squat w/Dumbbell  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Side Steps - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x orange band (35-40 lbs)

Seated Weighted Quad Extensions - 3 sets with weights held between feet x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lb ankle weights per ankle w/10 lbs dumbbells
going back and forth with
Prone Dumbbell Hamstring Curl - 3 sets with weights held between feet x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lb ankle weights per ankle w/8 lbs dumbbells

Resistance Band Hip Extension- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs) plus green band (10-12 lbs)
going back and forth with
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Single Straight Leg Dumbbell Deadlift - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Single Leg Calf Raise:  3 set x 15 reps

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday, August 3rd Workout - Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Cardio

I had a great workout today (despite the remaining humidity and sweating horribly) and was able to go up on some weights: my forearm exercises weights went from 3 lbs to 5 lbs, the standing hammer curl went from 8 lbs to 10 lbs after the first set and the dumbbell bicep curl went from 8 lbs to 10 lbs as well.

Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms:1 hour, 42  Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 55 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 70 seconds, 1 x 62 sec, 1 x 62 sec 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 61 sec
going back and forth with
Superman Heel & Elbow Squeezes - 3 sets x 15 reps

Band Lat Pulldown on Ball  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x purple band (45-50 lbs) + Exercise Bar (3 lbs)
going back and forth with
Incline Dumbbell Reverse Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Seated Forearm Extensions - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Forearm Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Standing Hammer Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 1 x 8 lbs, 2 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Upright Row -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Shrug - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Bicep Curls-  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Cardio - 35 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Walk at Home: Burn Body Fat & Sculpt Your Arms - 2 Mile Walk”:
Fitbit info: time: 35 minutes, distance: 1.8, steps: 4,208, calories burned: 284.

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Thursday Weigh-In - August 3rd - Eight Weeks Low Carb/Keto Plus Measurements

Thursday Weigh-In - August 3rd:
08/03/2017:                     -1.6 pounds
Total lost:                        47.4 pounds
Current Weight:              182.6 pounds

Eight weeks of low carb/keto with no cheating (56 days today!) and I'm down another 1.6 pounds today for a total loss of 47.4 pounds! I'm only 2.6 pounds away from a 50 pound loss!

I'm just going to keep going with what I've been doing for the past eight weeks and keep working my ass off (literally lol).

And as I've written earlier I'm now in size Large shirts, my size 12 jeans are getting loose and I'm looking and feeling better every day!

I also took my measurements and I'm really happy with them! Since June 29th (5 weeks total) I'm down the following and the full details on the numbers and inches are on my weigh-in and measurements page!

Lost between 6/29 - 8/2:         Total Lost:
Waist: -0.5 inch                         6 inches
Hips: - 1.0 inches                      4 inches
Bust:  - 0.5 inch                         5.5 inches
Chest: -1.0 inches                      8 inches
Right arm: -0 inches                  2 inches
Left arms: -0 inches                   2 inches
Right thigh: -0.5 inch                 4 inches
Left thigh: -0.5 inches                4 inches
Right calf: -0.2 inches                1.3  inches
Left calf: -0.2 inches                  1.8 inches
Jeans Size: none                         4 sizes (but getting looser every day)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

Ahhhhh... Push Day A. The one with sink push ups (that I'm leaving more and more space on and making harder each time I do them) and a lot of my favorite triceps moves! I had originally planned to do cardio too but it's way too hot and humid right now. Luckily I'm making sure to hit 10,000 steps a day so hopefully that will count. I also went up from 3 lbs to 5 lbs on the bent over raises.

And my new smaller tank tops came and they fit! They're a little tight but since I just work out in them, they'll do!

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 18 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 5 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 94 seconds, 1 x 71 sec, 1 x 62 sec 1 x 62 sec, 1 x 61 sec
going back and forth with
Push Ups (against sink) - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Lateral Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x green band (10-12 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Tricep Pulldowns - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Seated Dumbbell Press -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Bent Over Raises -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Crossface Tricep Extensions -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks -  3 sets x 15 reps:  3 x 8 lbs

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Clothing Sizes and "Shopping" in My Closet

For  a while now, maybe a few weeks, I noticed that my clothes were getting looser and bigger (and obviously I've been losing weight and working out) so today I decided to sort through all of my clothes (excluding most pants and skirts because by the time I was done with the tops and a couple of dresses my back killed).

Anyway, I tried on all of my "X-Large" and I was shocked to find that almost all were now too big for me including all of the newish shirts that I bought at the end of May/start of June and was wearing in July. The more I tried on, from deep inside the closet, the more I found just hung on me and my size Large clothes? The size I haven't worn in TEN years? They fit!! Not only do they fit but they look really good. I even re-ordered some of my favorites in the newish shirts in a smaller size (they came today) and they fit wonderfully.

All in all I ended up with 37... THIRTY-SEVEN pieces of clothing that are now too big for me so some of my friends are about to hit the jackpot because I'm spreading the wealth and giving them to my friends who have said they could use them.

I just feel so weird. 10 years of wearing XL or XXL or 2X and XLargeW and all of that. 10 years of looking longingly at the clothes that didn't fit anymore. 10 years of hoping I could someday wear them again. And now I can (most of the brands anyway) and I'm not even half-way to my goal yet (but sooooo close to half-way that I can taste it!) so what will I end up with in the end? Medium? Small? I can't wait to find out!!

So thanks to all of this I will definitely be retaking my measurements this week and posting them on my weigh-in day. It kind of sucks to have to give away stuff I bought less than 2 months ago but being able to fit into the smaller sizes makes me feel a little bit better about it, plus I like good deals so it's not like it cost me tons of money.

So, I guess that's my official NSV for this week! Wooohoo!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Challenge Plans for August

The July 30-day step challenge is complete and I hit my goals nearly every day! And the days I had to rest, I took the official rest days and used them to catch up so I'm very happy with how that went.

So we have two challenges planned for August at the request of the rest of the people in our Facebook health group who wanted to continue the step challenge into August so that's going to be the 2nd challenge. We're probably still going to use the same one as July but that's not fully decided yet.

The main challenge is going to be one we haven't tried before... a daily yoga pose challenge that we're getting from this site... 31-Day Yoga Challenge and not only do they explain the poses but they give a video for each one as well.

My goal for the steps is to continue to hit 10,000 steps on as many days as possible and I'm really looking forward to learning some new yoga poses!

Monday, July 31st Workout - Abs Day C - Upper, Lower and Obliques Plus Cardio

I had a great abs workout today (and SO feeling yesterday's leg day!) but I had to slightly modify the V-Sit Twists because they were too hard on my back so I stayed in the "V-Sit" instead of going back down after each one and did obliques while I was up there so... I guess I'm calling to call it "V-Sit Obliques?"

And then I had to massively modify the Leslie Sansone DVD that I did today. It was one of the new ones and three of the miles has boosted sections. Normally boosted sections in the DVDs are low to the ground jogging, kicking and knee lifts but this one had a lot of jumping/hopping and twisting and all of that is out for me. It was a good but not the best for me. Still, even with modifications, I got a great workout!

Abs Day C - Upper, Lower and Obliques Plus Cardio: 1 Hour, 47 Minutes Total Time

Upper, Lower and Oblique Abs: 35 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Oblique Crunches on Swiss Ball - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Plank Leg Side Tap- 3 sets x 8 reps per leg

Crunch Pulses - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Criss-Cross Abs - 3 sets x 10 reps

V-Sit Obliques - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Double Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Leg Pull-In- 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Side Oblique Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Cardio - 60 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Just Walk: 4 Mile Power Walk”:
Fitbit info: time: 60 minutes, distance: 3.4, steps: 7,467, calories burned: 497

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 30th Workout - Leg Day C - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

Wow... this leg day was hard! You wouldn't think a workout that called for almost no weights or resistance bands would be this hard but it kicked my butt and I am going to hurt tomorrow! Woohoo lol!

Next time I am also going to go up on the dumbbells for the lunges and possibly add ankle weights to a lot of the other exercises.

Leg Day C - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 30 Minutes Total Time

Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 18 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 65 seconds, 1 x 62 sec, 1 x 64 sec 1 x 64 sec, 1 x 62 sec
going back and forth with
Glute Bridge with Weighted Ball Squeeze - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 4 lbs

Lunge w/Dumbbells & 5 lb ankle weights- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Standing Leg Kickbacks with 5 lb ankle weights- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs

Squat with Side Leg Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Plie Calf Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps

Floor Glute/Hip Extension - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Fire Hydrant - 3 sets x 15 reps

Single Leg Glute Bridge w/Hip Extension - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Standing Calf Raise on Step Bench - 3 sets x 15 reps

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday, July 29th Workout - Gentle Yoga Day - "Candlelight Yoga" DVD

As I stated in my last blog post, I'm going to incorporate gentle yoga into my weekly workout plans and this DVD will be my go-to workout for sure!

Gentle Yoga Day: Total Time: 43 Minutes

"Crunch: Candlelight Yoga" - 43 minutes

Saturday, Fibro, Yoga and Tank Tops...

I started out the day in a great amount of pain due to fibromyalgia to the point where I tried to do my first 1,000 steps and my right hip almost felt dislocated (usually it's my left hip that does that). I was afraid and upset that I would have to take another rest day when my trainer suggested gentle yoga so I pulled out my "Candlelight Yoga" DVD and did that and I actually feel better!

I always forget how much I love this DVD until I do it and I think I'm going to incorporate it into my weekly workout. Maybe something like: A days, then yoga, then moving on to"B" days plus yoga and then C days plus yoga.

I'm also going to still get up every hour and try to do the 1,000 steps an hour I normally do but I have to go slowly because the pain is lesser but still there, but, doing something is better than doing nothing!

And I am beyond thrilled that my Princess Bride quote tank-top that I bought last June (and was too tight last June) fits perfectly now!!

Here is is in a comparison photo of 223 lbs (7 lbs down from my highest weight of 230) vs 184 lbs (39 lbs down between photos and 46 lbs down total)!


I still have a long way to go but seeing great progress like this feels amazing!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday, July 28th Workout - Pull Day C - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Cardio

Another great workout today! I really liked the new Leslie Sansone DVD I tried, especially the new and combined moves and I would have gone the whole 3 miles instead of 2 if my back wasn't bothering me! I'm also going up to 10 lbs from 8 lbs on the Bent Over Row next time around.

Pull Day C - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 44 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps & Biceps: 61 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 72 seconds, 1 x 70 sec, 1 x 62 sec 1 x 63 sec, 1 x 63 sec
going back and forth with
Pilates Swimmer - 3 sets x 10 reps

Back Extension on Swiss Ball  - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Dumbbell One-Arm Bent Over Row - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Bicep Resistance Band Curl - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs) + Exercise Bar (3 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Face Pulls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Dumbbell Front Shrugs - 3 sets x 15 reps: 1 x 15 lbs, 2 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Lateral Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Behind the Back Shrugs - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Cross Chest Hammer Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Just Walk: 2 Different Miles”:
Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.5, steps: 3,483 calories burned: 218

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

50 Days Low Carb/Keto With No Cheating!!

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Wow... I am on day 50 of low carb/keto with no cheating. Day 50!! I'm not sure if I knew I would get here. I think a part of me knew while another part kept preparing for failure and being surprised when that failure didn't happen since it has so many times in the past.

So what was it that changed? What was it that flipped that obsessive switch in my head and I went from cheating and going back and forth on my plans to sticking with one plan for this long?

The first thing that started the process was actually months and months ago, if you guys can believe that, it just didn't fully stick until the second thing and here they are.

I was watching an early season 5 episode of "My 600-Pound Life" and the woman's son was interviewed towards the beginning and what struck me was exactly what he said... "I've caught my mom sneaking food but she says it's her cheat day... but it seems like every day is her cheat day." and I went "Oh. My. God. That is me only 500 lbs lighter." 

I even yelled out to Dmitri (who, I think along with everyone else in the house was sick and tired of me making promises and making plans and then breaking them all) and I told him the quote and he said, "Yeah, that's exactly what you do." And that realization just hit me so hard. I knew I was letting my kids down and they didn't trust the things I said anymore when it came to myself and food. So not only was I harming my body and my mental state but I was actively harming my family without even realizing it.

That was the first thing. I did cut down on "cheat days" after that but they still remained and grew and grew until they were out of control again. And then came the second thing.

Now, you would think the second thing would have been my size 14's getting tighter and tighter. Or the scale inching up closer and closer to 200 lbs again. Or my constant cravings for sugar, carbs and crap food. Or the fact that I wasn't working out the way I wanted, was sleeping too much, was exhausted with headaches and chronic pain and all these things that I KNEW low carb and keto made better.

But, no. It was none of those things. It was a magazine article I stumbled across while on Facebook and I really wish I had a link to it.

It was about a woman who had lost 125 lbs on keto in 18 months (or something like that) and what struck me was the last few lines which said that in the entire time she has been on this diet, she has not had one cheat day.

Not one cheat day.

And instead of thinking that I would never have the willpower to do that, or that I could never accomplish that or feeling jealous of her or any of those things, my first thought was... if she can do it so can I.

Why did I suddenly sound so convinced to myself that I could  this after failing time after time after time? I don't know but I told Gabriel and Charles that this was what I was doing and, you know, they went along with it but I honestly think that no one really expected me to stick to it. Except me. Somehow I knew that this time would be different.

It's as if something changed with that thought of me succeeding. Like a switch was flipped. One day I'm floundering back and forth and back and forth like I had been for over a year and the next day I am ready and willing to face this challenge and beat it.

What flipped that switch? What made me suddenly, actually believe in myself? Maybe that was the moment I was truly ready? I don't know but something in that thought of being capable just worked and obviously has been working because I am doing it. 

Today is day 50. Before this try I never went past day 30 without cheating. Now "cheating" doesn't exist for me and I have no intention of stopping. Of course I'm nowhere near 18 months but I am doing this and I am sticking to this and I like to think that my kids are proud of me for the hard work that I'm doing and for actually keeping my word like I said I would. They might be a little more shocked than proud but I know there's some pride in there somewhere.

So... that's it so far. 50 days have gone by and I will keep going with my plan in all day to come, be they 50 or 500.

There is no going back now. There is only forward and I'm ready for it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday, July 27th Workout - Forty Minute Stretching DVD

Okay, so today was a slightly crazy day and my body was really tired so I had to modify my workout to something basic. I decided to finally try out my Karen Voight "Pure and Simple Stretch" DVD. It was very obviously set in the 80's and while it was okay, I really prefer "Candlelight Yoga" for the way it runs, the instructor, music and for the stretches so I don't think I"ll be doing this one very often.

I'm also going to hit 10,000 steps again today and should be back on Pull Day "C" and cardio tomorrow! I can't wait to give another "C" day a try!

Long DVD Stretch: 40 Minutes Total Time

Thursday Weigh-In - July 27th - Seven Weeks Low Carb/Keto!

Thursday Weigh-In - July 27th:
07/27/2017:                     -1.4 pounds
Total lost:                        45.8 pounds
Current Weight:              184.2 pounds

Yes!! Another 1.4 pounds down and I passed my short-term goal of 185 lbs! My new short-term goal is to hit 180 pounds and when I hit that I will have lost 50 pounds and be half way to my goal!!

This also means that I've lost a total of 45.8 pounds and a total of 14.4 pound since I started low carb/keto with no cheating seven weeks ago!

As you can tell from my entries, I've been working very hard on both my eating and my exercise and I've hit 10,000 steps a day or more (over 12,000 yesterday) for the last six days in a row! It's so great to see all this hard work paying off and I feel and look better and better every day.

Actually, some of my newer t-shirts are getting too big for me and I only got to wear them for about two months. Luckily I have a lot of older clothes that I never got rid of in smaller sizes that I can wear now which is great because I don't want to keep buying clothes that I will shrink out of in eight or so weeks.

My plan for this week is to continue as I have been. Tomorrow is day 50 of low carb/keto without cheating and I see no cheating in my future any time soon. I'm even sticking to the plan on our vacation (back to Essex, CT for the steam train and stuff) in just over two weeks and I'm okay with that. A small part of me would love to just eat whatever that weekend but I now that 1) it would cost me weeks of weight loss and 2) I would feel incredibly sick all weekend and ruin the whole trip.

I do have one cheat meal sort of planned but that's not "scheduled" to happen until I hit my first plateau just to shock my body and even then, I'm not quiet sure I want to do it. It's just a thought that I'm tossing around but I'm hoping I have another few months before I have to deal with that!

I think that covers it for now!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Leslie Sansone "Just Walk" Workout DVDs

I went ahead and added four more Leslie Sansone walking cardio DVDs to my collection. This way I can keep from being bored with my cardio which makes me more likely to keep doing it!


I'm also really excited that all of these DVDs have more than one workout one them!

The "5 Boosted Miles" can be split up into the miles is I want to do that day, the "3 Different Miles" obviously has three workouts, the "4 Mile Power Walk" has three workout options and the "Burn to the Beat" has three different walks on it as well, plus I can always mix and match what I want and I have all the others I already own.

I'm actually looking forward to cardio now! Woohoo!

Tuesday, July 25th Workout - Push Day C - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio

Today I started my new Day "C" workouts and it felt great! I worked really hard and I think I hit the spots that I may be missing in the "A" and "B" days. I also did one of the walking DVDs for cardio and have several new ones coming today so I can keep doing cardio almost every day and not get bored with it!

Push Day C - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 52 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 70 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 70 seconds, 1 x 63 sec, 1 x 61 sec 1 x 53 sec, 1 x 53 sec
going back and forth with
Anchored Resistance Band Chest Press - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x orange band (35-40 lbs) + Exercise Bar (3 lbs)

Anchored One Arm Band Raise  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Weighted Plate Front Raise- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Single Arm Alternating Chest Press/Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
One Arm Overhead Tricep Extension- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Standing Dumbbell Chest Squeeze - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Triceps Punch Out - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Alternating Arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Tricep Kickback Pulses - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast 30 Minutes Big Burn”:
Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.57, steps: 3,638 calories burned: 225

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24th Workout - Abs Day B - Upper, Lower and Obliques

Got the workout done early today because I'm doing various things this afternoon. Tomorrow I'm moving right into Push Day C!

Abs Day B - Upper, Lower and Obliques: 51 Minutes Total Time

Upper, Lower and Oblique Abs: 38 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Plank Leg Lift - 3 sets x 12 reps per leg
going back and forth with
Flutter Kicks - 3 sets x 20 reps

Swiss Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Bicycle Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Basic Crunch w/Feet on Bench - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Oblique Crunches on Bench - 3 sets x 15 reps

Weighted Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 4 lb ball
going back and forth with
Butterfly Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23rd Workout - Leg Day B - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Cardio

So I was having a fantastic interval treadmill workout and 23 minutes into the the treadmill died. I know we bought it used but we were really hoping to get more than two days out of it :/ Of course, we were offered a full refund (which we're taking) and they will come take it away next week but it's still disappointing especially since I only got 23 minutes into it. I guess it's back to savings for a new one and doing the walking DVDs in the meantime!

Also, I upped the resistance bands on the hip adductors and abductors from just a red band to the green and red band combined! Everything else stayed the same.

Leg Day B - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 35 Minutes Total Time

Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 60 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 52 seconds, 1 x 42 sec, 1 x 43 sec 1 x 50 sec, 1 x 4 sec
going back and forth with
Heavy Weighted Glute Bridge - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Dumbbell Swings - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Mini Plie Pulses w/Dumbbell  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs

Resistance Band Hip Abductor- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs) plus green band (10-12 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Hip Adductor- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs) plus green band (10-12 lbs)

Heavy Weighted Squat with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs
going back and forth with
Donkey Kicks with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Toe Calf Raises with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs across thighs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Heel Calf Raises with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs across thighs

Cardio - 23 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
Time: 23 minutes, distance: 0.99 miles, resistance: 0, speed: 4 minutes at 2.9, 2 minutes at 3.2 - repeat, calories burned: 158, steps: 2,478

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Workout and Fitness Updates

I am doing so great with my workouts and I am loving them. Yes, they're hard and some exercises aren't my favorite but I love the general workout plan that I have and totally love strength training.

What I did need was some cardio that I didn't hate. I'm not a fan of cardio in general (unless it's walking/hiking outside) and it's been way too hot and humid for that plus I never end up breaking a sweat except for the aforementioned humidity, so I've been wanting to get a treadmill for a while now but knew it would have to be a used one and, once again as they have many times in the past, Great Northern Liquidation came through!

(We need to clean it up and please excuse the mess, it's in the basement where we store stuff and things are really piled up right now due to plumbing work and making room to get the treadmill in).

Not only did we get a very affordable treadmill that I am loving so far (it got here this morning) but they delivered the treadmill and set it up in one fell swoop. Now I just need to hope it lasts for a while because I did 35 minutes on it today and loved it. This is definitely a form of cardio I can do every day!

On top of that, despite loving my current work out, there were several exercises I wanted to add (but not make each workout day even longer than it already is) and several I knew I should add instead of avoiding them (like lunges) so after giving it some consideration, I decided to add a "C" day to the mix... Push/Pull/Legs and Abs Day "C" with the same amount of exercise I do on the "A" and "B" days.

I worked very hard on these plans and the exercise choices and I'm really happy with what I came up with. I will be challenged but not overdoing it at the same time and it'll give me more variety. And when things become boring I can rearrange the days and exercises, move things around and end up with  a whole new basic plan.

So, as soon I'm done with the "B" days this week I'll be moving right into the "C" days. Woohoo for updating the plan!

Saturday, July 22nd Workout - Pull Day B - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Cardio

I had a great work out today! I love our "new" treadmill and the 35 minutes on it in addition to Pull Day B just flew by. I can easily see myself using it almost every day! Let's hope it holds out for a while!

Pull Day B - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 1 hour, 48 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 61 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 71 seconds, 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 51 sec 1 x 51 sec, 1 x 47 sec
going back and forth with
Bird Dog - 3 sets x 10 reps

Standing Resistance Band Row  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Alternate Incline Bicep Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Incline Chest Supported Row - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Bicep Resistance Band Curl Front & Sides - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Dumbbell Shrugs to the Side - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs
going back and forth with
Concentration Bicep Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Behind the Back Forearm Extensions - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs
going back and forth with
Behind the Back Forearm Curls - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Cardio - 35 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 35 minutes, distance: 1.51 miles, resistance: 0, speed: 2.8-3.0 - calories burned: 251, steps: 3,712

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21st Workout - Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

Ahhhhh....I needed this workout really badly! Two rest days (even if one did include almost 11,000 steps) if just too many.

My plank time was great today and I tried to go up on my incline dumbbell press but 10 lbs was just too much so I had to scale it back to 8 lbs and everything else stayed the same.

Tomorrow we're getting our "new to us" treadmill and I can not wait to add cardio to every day and actually enjoy it!!

Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 15 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 62 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 97 seconds, 1 x 82 sec, 1 x 74 sec 1 x 71 sec, 1 x 63 sec
going back and forth with
Isolation Rear Delt - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Incline Dumbbell Press  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 2 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Incline Dumbbell Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Dumbbell Front Raises - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Lateral Raises - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Resistance Band Tricep Kickbacks - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)
going back and forth with
Overhead Tricep Extension -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Dumbbell Cross Face Pullover - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs
going back and forth with
Skull Crushers-  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - July 20th - Six Weeks Low Carb/Keto!

Thursday Weigh-In - July 20th:
07/20/2017:                     -2.2 pounds
Total lost:                        44.4 pounds
Current Weight:              185.6 pounds

Six weeks low carb/keto with no cheating and I am down to my lowest weight since April of 2006!

In these last six weeks I've lost 13 pounds, worked harder than I have in the last year at both diet and exercise and it's paying off!

I know I have weeks coming up when I'll stall or lose nothing for a while but I feel more ready to handle that than I was last week. In fact, the scale did not move at all this week until 2 days ago and I handled it very well and diplomatically but I am enjoying the weight loss while I can!

I'm now only 0.6 lbs away from my short-term goal of 185 pounds and then the next short term will be 180 lbs which will equal a 50 pound loss :O I can't wait!

I've done well with food this week although I did stick to a lot of the same things so I'm branching out into more recipes this week: I plan to try to make cloud bread, eat the taco salad I found buried in the downstairs freezer and Charles is going to make a keto garlic Parmesan shrimp recipe.

I'm also handling the cravings well. I have some keto pizza coming tomorrow (can only order it online here and I've heard some amazing things about it), tried some new low carb/keto chocolate today and am basically finding substitutions for the things I crave that I can have and not ruin my plan.

And I'm doing great with exercise. There are days when I have to take off two days in a row and days where I can work out 4 or 5 days in a row so I'm taking it as it comes and also sticking to the walking challenge.

I also saw my doctor this week and he is thrilled with my progress and agreed to halve my cholesterol meds, take blood in 3 months and see if I can control my cholesterol with diet and exercise! One of my main goals was to get rid of as many of my non-psych meds as possible so this is step one!!

Now let's see what I can accomplish this coming week!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday, July 18th Workout - Abs Day A - Upper, Lower and Obliques

Another great workout day. It's too hot and humid for cardio right now but I am planning on hitting 10,000 steps again today like yesterday.

I'm not sure what's happening with tomorrow's workout because I don't know how long the plumbers will be here for (I'm guessing most of the day) so we'll see.

Abs Day A - Upper, Lower and Obliques: 59 Minutes Total Time

Upper, Lower and Oblique Abs: 47 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Triangle Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Dead Bug - 3 sets x 15 reps

Side Reaches - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Six-Inch Hold - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 12 seconds

Opposite Toe Reaches- 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Reaching Obliques-  3 set x 15 reps

Standing Side Bends 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Standing Dumbbell Core Stabilization (done very carefully) - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

40 Days Low Carb/Keto With No Cheating!


40 days low carb/keto with no cheating!!

I have never gotten past 30 days of no cheating before so I'm thrilled with that! The thing I'm not thrilled with is that the cravings and the want for carbs is getting worse and worse. I fight it every day because I'm not about to mess this up but it's hard and I honestly expected it to get easier, not harder as time went on.

I know trying out some new keto recipes and foods will help and I've been working on that and have some plans for that after grocery shopping on Thursday.

It's also frustrating that the scale hasn't moved all week despite me doing everything right but I'm not freaking out about it this time. I need to face the facts that the scale won't move every week and I've been really lucky to have it go down every week so far in the last five weeks.

Weight loss is not linear and there's hundreds of things that could be affecting it right now from the weather, to female things, water retention, to bathroom issues, to eating more or less and more. It's hard because cravings are so much easier to deal with when the scale just keeps going down and down but it is what it is. Plus, I still have 2 days but if I don't lose this week then I don't lose.

My plan now is just to keep going with it all like I have been and just make sure I keep trying new foods, recipes or combinations of those so I don't get bored with the same thing.

I've come this far with no cheating and I'm not about to stop now!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday, July 17th Workout - Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

Today was a good workout day. I was able to hit 70 seconds or more on every plank and I went up from 10 lbs to 12.5 on two our of three sets pf the prone hamstring curl. NO cardio still but I am hitting my step goals for the challenge and plan to do cardio tomorrow with Ab Day A.

Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 24 Minutes Total Time

Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 12 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 82 seconds, 1 x 73 sec, 1 x 73 sec 1 x 70 sec, 1 x 72 sec
going back and forth with
Single Leg Bridge (Leg on Thigh) - 3 sets x 15 reps

Plie Squat w/Dumbbell  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Side Steps - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x orange band (35-40 lbs)

Seated Weighted Quad Extensions - 3 sets with weights held between feet x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lb ankle weights per ankle w/15 lbs dumbbells
going back and forth with
Prone Dumbbell Hamstring Curl - 3 sets with weights held between feet x 15 reps: 1 x 5 lb ankle weights per ankle w/10 lbs dumbbells, 2 x 5 lb ankle weights per ankle w/12.5 lb dumbbells

Resistance Band Hip Extension- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs) plus green band (10-12 lbs)
going back and forth with
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Single Straight Leg Dumbbell Deadlift - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Single Leg Calf Raise:  3 set x 15 reps

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16th Workout - Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms

Today is better but still not great. I did okay with my regular workout but I was only able to handle 5 minutes of cardio because my legs still felt exhausted and weighed down and I knew that tomorrow was leg day. Hopefully I can do cardio tomorrow but in the meantime I'm going to make sure to hit my step goal for the day.

I added the exercise bar to my lat pulldown and it made a huge difference in how the exercise worked and how much more it was like the machine at the gym with the bar. Definitely one of my better ideas!

Also I went up from a black band to a red band on the band shrug and I tried to go up to 8 lbs from 5 on the reverse fly but couldn't hold my form correctly so I went back to 5's. Everything else stayed the same but I will definitely be going up on the lat pulldown band next time!

Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 1 hour, 06 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 53 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 75 seconds, 1 x 56 sec, 1 x 53 sec 1 x 50 sec, 1 x 61 sec
going back and forth with
Superman Heel & Elbow Squeezes - 3 sets x 15 reps

Band Lat Pulldown on Ball  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x purple band (45-50 lbs) + Exercise Bar (3 lbs)
going back and forth with
Incline Dumbbell Reverse Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 1 x 8 lbs, 2 x 5 lbs

Seated Forearm Extensions - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Forearm Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Standing Hammer Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Upright Row -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Shrug - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Bicep Curls-  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fibro, Exhaustion, Pain and Cravings...


Today kind of sucks.

It's a high pain day out of nowhere. They have become fewer and much more far between since doing keto but it's not like I can get rid of them.

Today they cost me the church picnic, my workout, my step challenge goal and any time spent with Charles (we had walks planned at the picnic and everything). But, I did exactly what the above states. I knew if I didn't get that rest today that tomorrow would be even worse. Now I'm hoping tomorrow will let me function like I normally do!

And it's not just pain today. It's a deep ache, with complete exhaustion but with the inability to sleep it off. I feel like I'm weighed down by sandbags and I'm annoyed with it on top of everything. I want to do my workout damn it!

And to add to the fun, the carb desire is eating away at me. I can't exactly call them cravings because they don't feel like cravings. And, no, I will not be giving in and cheating but the want is there and it's growing. Pizza, pasta, takeout, pastries, donuts, bread, cake, pie... anything and everything I stopped eating is dancing through my mind and calling out to me.

It's sort of weird that it's coming now when I've gone 5 weeks with almost no cravings. I think it started with grocery shopping on Thursday because they were baking fresh chocolate chip cookies in the store and the smell was just so freaking amazing, but definitely not amazing enough for me to eat them.

I have come too far and made too much progress to screw it up now. At 5 weeks in I should be past just ketosis, I should actually be in, or very close to, the fat adaptive/keto adaptive metabolic state and I'm not giving that up for some cravings but the fact that cravings and desires still exist should be shared.

Most of the last five weeks of blog posts have been super positive and exciting about how great I feel and how great I'm doing on low carb/keto. I'm not going to avoid sharing when I struggle and feel not so great. Right now I feel like I could easily down a medium takeout pizza, or a huge, unhealthy meal with lots of carbs from McDonald's or even a cheesecake or two and I don't even eat those crazy amounts of food anymore but my brain is calling for them.

It's not going to happen but occasionally I wish it would just for the taste and the satisfaction of it all.

So, anyway, I'm going to spend the rest of today resting and recovering and hope for a much better and more productive day tomorrow!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14th Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps


I hit a 90 second plank today! Woohoo!! Also, all 5 of today's planks were 60 seconds or higher and, yeah, the last two were killer to hit the 60 seconds but I did it!

I also went up on a lot of my weights and adding the tricep rope that I recently bought made all the difference in the tricep pulldowns exercise! The workout took longer than usual because I was working a lot harder but it was definitely worth it! I went from 8 lbs to 10 lbs on the flat bench press, from 5 lbs to 8 lbs on the bench fly, from a blue band to a green band on the lateral raise, green band to black band on tricep pulldowns, and from 5 lbs to 8 lbs on both the crossface extensions and the tricep kickbacks. The seated dumbbell press and bent over raises stayed the same. I did attempt to go up to 5 lbs from 3 on the bent over raises but my body just wasn't ready to do that and to keep good form so I went back to 3's.

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 29 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 76 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 90 seconds, 1 x 72 sec, 1 x 67 sec 1 x 62 sec, 1 x 60 sec
going back and forth with
Push Ups (against sink) - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Resistance Band Lateral Raises - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x green band (10-12 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Tricep Pulldowns - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Seated Dumbbell Press -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Seated Bent Over Raises -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Crossface Tricep Extensions -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks -  3 sets x 15 reps:  3 x 8 lbs

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13th Workout - Abs Day B - Upper, Lower and Obliques Plus Cardio

Week 2 of this workout routine complete!

There wasn't much to go up on but I did slightly increase my reps for the plank leg lift and the flutter kicks. And, thanks to the long cardio, I am over 10,000 steps for the day!

Week 3 begins tomorrow with Push Day A!

Abs Day B - Upper, Lower and Obliques Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 57 Minutes Total Time

Upper, Lower and Oblique Abs: 40 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Plank Leg Lift - 1 set x 10 reps per leg, 1 set x 8 reps per leg & 1 set x 10 reps per leg
going back and forth with
Flutter Kicks - 1 set x 20 reps, 1 set x 18 reps & 1 set x 16 reps

Swiss Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Bicycle Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Basic Crunch w/Feet on Bench - 3 sets x 15 reps
going back and forth with
Oblique Crunches on Bench - 3 sets x 15 reps

Weighted Ball Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 4 lb ball
going back and forth with
Butterfly Crunch - 3 sets x 15 reps

Cardio - 65 Minutes:

“Leslie Sansone Walk at Home: 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk”:
Fitbit info: time: 65 minutes, distance: 3,28, steps: 7,789, calories burned: 542

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Thursday Weigh-In - July 13th - Five Weeks Low Carb/Keto!

Thursday Weigh-In - July 13th:
07/13/2017:                     -1.2 pounds
Total lost:                        42.2 pounds
Current Weight:              187.8 pounds

Another 1.2 pounds down!! I was a little worried about weight loss this past week due to being away for several days and a lot less working out but I stuck with the plan and it paid off!

It's been five weeks of low carb/keto and I've lost weight in every week so far. I know this won't go on forever, that things will slow down, there may be some gains and there will be plateaus but I am going to keep going to matter what and enjoy the losses as they come!

My plan for the week is basically the same as last week except I'll be able to work out more since I'll be home. The only day I may need to take a big break is Wednesday because thats' when the plumbers are coming and they will be here all day (so no water or bathroom) and I'd rather not work out in front of them.

Saturday is the church picnic but I'm not too worried about it. I'm going to eat meat, cheese and low carb veggies and ignore the rest of the goodies that are bound to be there.

I do have to say that grocery shopping was a little harder today. The bakery section looked and smelled amazing but I held strong and got what I needed and not what my nose was telling me I need. Sometimes it does get hard but I'll be okay as long as I don't give in!

I am proud of the fact that I've really upped my veggies and berries this past week and I definitely plan to keep doing that because they're yummy and good for me. I'm also teaching myself to eat veggies without dressing. Granted, when I do use use dressing it's low carb and maybe 1/2 to 1 tbsp total but I still want to really focus on tasting the veggie and not the dressing.

Abs Day B coming up later today with long cardio (if my legs hold out, they're exhausted from yesterday) and I think that about covers it for now!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12th Workout - Leg Day B - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

Leg Day B is done! I seriously think this workout is harder than Leg Day A and I'm not sure if I've sweated that much in a long, long time but I feel great. Abs Day B tomorrow and long cardio!

I upped several things in the workout today. My heavy weighted glute bridge went from 20 lbs to 25 lbs, mini plie pulses from 10 lbs to 15 lbs, the heavy weighted squat went from 20 lbs to 25 lbs and I added 5 pound ankle weights to that and to the donkey kick, but they were added to the heavy weighted squat just because it was easier than taking them on and off between the two different exercises, and then I added a 15 lbs dumbbell across my thighs to both the toe calf raises and heel calf raises (I forgot to add the dumbbell last time :/ ). I kept the adductor and abductor at the red band but I may raise it next time around, I'm not sure.

Leg Day B - Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 1 hour, 14 Minutes Total Time

Quads, Hamstrings and Calves: 61 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 73 seconds, 1 x 61 sec, 1 x 62 sec 1 x 60 sec, 1 x 52 sec
going back and forth with
Heavy Weighted Glute Bridge - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Dumbbell Swings - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs
going back and forth with
Mini Plie Pulses w/Dumbbell  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs

Resistance Band Hip Abductor- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Resistance Band Hip Adductor- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)

Heavy Weighted Squat with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs
going back and forth with
Donkey Kicks with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Toe Calf Raises with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs across thighs
going back and forth with
Dumbbell Heel Calf Raises with 5 lb ankle weights - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs across thighs

Full body Stretch - 13 Minutes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 11th Workout - Pull Day B - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms

It feels so great to be back to my regular workouts! I did try and start cardio but within a minute I knew my legs and back were not ready for it so I'll try again tomorrow.

I was able to go up on weights and bands on several things so I'm happy about that! I went from a black band to a red band on the standing band row, from 5 lbs to 8 lbs on the incline bicep curls, 5 to 8 lbs on the chest supported row, green to black band on the bicep front and side curls,  from 10 to 15 lbs on the dumbbell shrugs and 8 to 10 lbs on the concentration curl.

Tomorrow is Leg day B and hopefully cardio!

Pull Day B - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 1 hour, 12 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 60 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Basic Plank - 1 x 60 seconds, 1 x 53 sec, 1 x 36 sec 1 x 32 sec, 1 x 31 sec
going back and forth with
Bird Dog - 3 sets x 6 reps

Standing Resistance Band Row  - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x red band (25-30 lbs)
going back and forth with
Alternate Incline Bicep Curls - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Incline Chest Supported Row - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs
going back and forth with
Bicep Resistance Band Curl Front & Sides - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x black band (15-20 lbs)

Dumbbell Shrugs - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15 lbs
going back and forth with
Concentration Bicep Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Behind the Back Forearm Extensions - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs
going back and forth with
Behind the Back Forearm Curls - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Full body Stretch - 12 Minutes

Back to Normal...

We're back after a great weekend (well, we were back yesterday) and now I'm ready to get back to my workouts!

Yesterday was a horrendous pain day, the worst I've had in a very long time. Between my back radiating pain from one spot (the same one I pulled during the Fire Fighters thing) with every movement and every step I took, to my neck and hip feeling completely off and over to my right forearm that felt like a knife was going through it every time I flexed it, lifted something, squeezed something or used it in any way (let me tell you, driving home was so, so, so bad pain-wise) I was out for the count for most of the day.

Forget working out, I could barely move, so I iced things, rested and slept. I think it was a combo of driving, walking more and sleeping on the couch that did me in. What I should have done was ice my back the moment we got to Sarah's house Friday evening instead of waiting for Saturday afternoon so lesson learned!

We have a much longer driving trip coming up in mid-August but Charles will be driving for that one and now I know when to ice so hopefully I can stay on top of the pain on that trip, plus I'll be sleeping in a bed.

Obviously the fibromyalgia noticed I was doing well and decided to mess with me :/

Anyway, today is 1,000 times better and the only thing that hurts is my left wrist (which didn't even hurt yesterday) kind of like I sprained it, only I didn't do anything to it. Go figure.

On the plus side I stuck with my low carb/keto plan all weekend and didn't cheat a single time despite some amazing desserts being around and I'm pretty proud of that!

So today I get back on track with working out and I can't wait!

Today's plan is Pull Day B and, depending on how I feel at the end of that, a cardio DVD. I'll be posting a workout post once that's done!