Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27th Workout - Upper Body Weight Machine Training

On the plus side, I've already been to the gym and got in a great upper body workout with my weights going up on almost all the machines.

On the down side, my planks were awful today! My abs and legs felt strong but my arms just didn't want to hold me up. From now on I won't take weekends off from the plank, it'll just be part of my day.

I should probably also add some cardio on sometime soon.

Upper Body Weight Machine Training - 1 hour, 5 minutes

Warm-Up:

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.41 miles, incline: 2, speed 2.4-2.5

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 39 seconds, 1 x 22 sec, 1 x 22 sec 1 x 20 sec, 1 x 17 sec

Weight Training: 55 Minutes

Chest Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs

Lat Pulldown Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 45 lbs

Machine 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 8 reps, 1 set x 6 reps, 1 set x 4 reps at 150 lbs

Rear Delt Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 40 lbs, 2 x 25 lbs

Pec Fly Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 55 lbs, 2 x 40 lbs

Bicep Arm Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 25 lbs, 1 x 22.5 lbs, 1 x 20 lbs

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

Full body Stretch - 11 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Motivational Monday

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26th Workout - Long Cardio Day

I decided today needed to be cardio day so I went with a 5-mile WATP indoor walk. It felt really good to be able to do the full DVD and I'm at almost 12,000 steps before 4:00 pm. I'll probably end up hitting 15,000 steps total today.

Back to the gym for upper day weights tomorrow!

Cardio: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Leslie Sansone "Walk At Home 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk'"
Fitbit info:
time: 65 minutes, distance: 3.12 miles, steps: 7,571 calories burned: 525

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Saturday, February 25, 2017

30 Days Low Carb... With One Controlled "Cheat Day"


30 days low carb!! Wooohoo! I can't believe I've stuck it out 30 days!! And I've only had one cheat day in that time so let's talk about that...

I decided yesterday would be the best time for my once a month (if I keep going with once a month) cheat day because it was very close to Thursday (in the future it will be on a Thursday since that's my weigh-in day) and I was on Day 29 low carb. Here's how that went...

To start with, I decided on what I wanted ahead of time and really thought out it. I didn't want to go through the grocery store and grab everything I could have possibly wanted over the last month. Sure, I would have loved to eat everything in sight but I wanted to keep it controlled while still enjoying it so I ended up with a big slice of thin crust frozen pizza and my favorite gelato.

Yeah, I would have loved to also have some cake and some pastries and some of that amazing bakery bread and maybe some Doritos and and some chocolate and some ice cream cones... you guys get the idea, but that did not happen. I made my choices and I stuck with them. And once I was done eating the things I did get, I was done and did not continue on to eat everything else in the house.  Those were the good things.

Here are the "bad" things: I felt horribly, insanely sick after the gelato. Not the kind of sick where you overate so much you want to throw up because you're beyond stuffed. I actually did pretty well with the portions but the kind of sick where you feel lightheaded, dizzy, verging on passing out, totally out of it... basically a sugar coma. Once that freight train on simple carbs and sugars hit my system I was done for the night. I actually had to end my steps by the goal instead of getting to 10,000 and lay down because I thought I was going to pass out. I think I was asleep by 8:00 pm :/

I still have a headache this morning but that could be from the weather changing as well. The scale is up by 3 pounds this morning but obviously the majority of that is water weight and whatever else comes from eating a lot but as long as I end up close to where I weighed in at this past week (or even have a tiny gain) I'll be okay with it because I had already taken that into consideration and decided it as worth it.

Now, here are more of the "good" things: I was able to eat my planned food and stop at that. I didn't keep going nuts on the carbs, I didn't eat anything extra and I have no interest in continuing the simple carb/sugar attack any time soon. Normally, a cheat like that would turn into a binge but it hasn't and it won't which is huge for me. I was able to enjoy my food. I didn't hide it so people didn't know how much I was eating, I didn't have to plan to be home alone for it. I was open and honest about it and I was ale to just sit back, eat it, enjoy it and move on because it was planned for. I wasn't trying to sneak something I shouldn't be having. I planned, talked about it, ate it and moved on.

So, all in all things went well excluding how absolutely horrible I felt. I think this one a month thing might actually work out but next time I will either choose one food instead of two or go with smaller portions. I don't want to feel that horribly sick again but I want to have occasions where I can enjoy off-plan foods so I'll try and figure it out this coming month.

And it feels amazing to not only be seeing progress but also feeling it in all the aspects of my life including the "cheat" foods. I now know I can enjoy something decadent like that, I just need to figure out how to do it without feeling like crap.

Of course if I continue feeling like crap next month when I try it I'll have to reconsider but, all in all, cheat day #1 went really well psychologically and not so great physically.

So... here's to the last 30 days and to the next 30 as well!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24th Workout - Lower Body Weight Machine Training & Abs

I did it... I did it!! I finally hit 1 minute on the plank!!!

I've been working towards this (obviously on and off) for over a year and it feels amazing to finally get there. I'm going to keep working on getting all my planks to that time and keep working on time but... wooohoooo!!!!

The rest of the workout went great as well. Once again, bringing everything to work and going directly to the gym worked perfectly. Tomorrow I want to go back in the morning for upper body again and I want to add in some cardio as well.

Lower Body Weight Machine Training & Abs - 1 hour, 26 minutes

Warm-Up:

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.4 miles, incline: 2, speed 2.5-2.6

Leg Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 60 seconds, 1 x 50 sec, 1 x 42 sec 1 x 38 sec, 1 x 27 sec

Weight Training & Abs: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Leg Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 80 lbs

Leg Extension Machine -3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 30 lbs

Leg Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 45 lbs

Ab Crunch Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 60 lbs, 2 x 50 lbs

Hip Abduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Hip Adduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Seated Calf Raise Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 26 lb bar plus 5 lbs weight on each side

Weighted Ball Crunch with 4 lb ball - 6 sets x 8 reps

Oblique Crunch - 6 sets x 8 reps

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Week Four Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month One) and More Carb Plan Info

Week Four Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
02/23/2017:            -1.8 pounds
Total lost:                  34.8 pounds
Current Weight:      195.2 pounds

Yes! A great week and a great loss! I worked hard for this and it's great to see and feel it paying off.

My current short-term goal was 195 pounds and I missed it by sooo little so I'm hoping to be be past it next week. The next short term goal after 195 is 190 and then, once I get past 189.8, I'll be hitting weight I haven't seen in many, many years! I can't wait!

I am changing the modified plan I made the other day. I think 100 grams of carbs is too much for me to jump up to right now and, while my trainer said to go ahead with the oatmeal, it's ONLY for before a weights workout and then protein after that.

So right now my plan is to go up to 60 grams of carbs (total) as needed on days where I seriously work with weights and weight machines and stick with much lower carb on days I don't.

While I do need more energy before working out I don't want to lose out on all the positive changes I've felt and seen during low carb. This past week I was mostly in the 40's for net carbs (56 yesterday as my highest) and I did great with the scale and I felt great when I wasn't horribly hungry.

To beat the ravenous hunger, yesterday I tried more carbs before the workout and some serious protein afterwards, plus some extra calories and I wasn't hungry at all by the time it was time for bed and I kept it under 60 grams and felt really good, so that's the current plan.

I also want to make sure I'm eating the highest amount of my carbs about two hours before my workout and then really hitting the protein after. I think I actually have to up my protein amounts so that's something else I'll work on.

So I'm still doing low carb, I'm just not doing keto and I feel okay about that right now.

Today is a day off from the gym because my body is exhausted but I do plan on doing 10,000 steps and maybe even getting in a walk outside because it's gorgeous out there!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd Workout - Upper Body Weight Machine Training

Great day at the gym! I'm making progress on my plank and on several other things and bringing my gym bag to work with me and going straight to the gym afterward worked great!

I'm super sore today but going back for the lower body workout tomorrow!

Upper Body Weight Machine Training - 1 hour, 18 minutes

Warm-Up:

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.41 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.5

Band Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 45 seconds, 1 x 34 sec, 1 x 30 sec 1 x 30 sec, 1 x 23 sec

Weight Training: 57 Minutes

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

Lat Pulldown Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Machine Assisted Pullup - 1 set x 7 reps, 1 set x 5 reps, 1 set x 4 reps at 150 lbs

Assisted Dips - 1 set x 8 reps, 1 set x 5 reps, 1 set x 5 reps at 150 lbs

Rear Delt Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Pec Fly Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Bicep Arm Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs

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

Full body Stretch - 11 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Big Decision... Going Up to Moderate Carb...


Okay, so I am seriously contemplating (with memories of advice from my trainer) upping my carbs a little... but ONLY healthy complex carbs: veggies like sweet potato, more fruit choices, oatmeal (oatmeal before a weights workout used to work really well for me).

I'm going to bed hungry most nights and yesterday, after the workout, I went to bed starving and woke up that way and while I did eat a quick breakfast (okay, it was a protein bar) I was absolutely ravenous by the time leg day was done.

This does not mean any simple carbs or sugars will be allowed in at all. NO. Not at all!

There will still be no cheat days, no bread, no pasta, no pastries, no junk, no takeout etc... just complex carbs. It's the simple carbs and sugars that I am addicted too and I'm going to continue being accountable here and on my blog and Instagram.

I'm not even looking at high carb right now, more like moderate and healthy and some days will still be low. I'll be shooting for under 100 total grams of carbs a day. I think I'll be okay if I stay away from the simple carbs and sugars.

I'm a little scared of the scale going up because that always happens after upping carbs but it will just be water weight and won't hang on long and right now I'll be retaining water weight anyway because of working my muscles this hard.

So, that's my plan but if complex carbs lead me to inhale the simple ones again I will rethink what I'm doing. But what would happen in the past is that I would make a plan to eat the "good" carbs and immediately start eating the "bad" ones without giving it a second though. This time I have a solid plan and I am sticking to it no matter what and I actually feel really confidant in being able to stick to the healthy stuff considering how well I've done for the last month.

Let's see what happens!

Tuesday, February 21st Workout - Lower Body Weight Machine Training & Abs

Gym day two went great! I am definitely feeling yesterday's upper body workout and I know I'll be hurting tomorrow from today's workout but it's worth it.

The only change in tomorrow will be that I have to go after work but I think I'll just bring my gym bag to work with me so I have no excuses to go home first and find some reason to procrastinate on going.

I did forget to time the plank and basic leg warm-up on my fitbit so the workout seems a little shorter but I timed everything else so it's good.

Lower Body Weight Machine Training & Abs - 1 hour, 12 minutes

Warm-Up:

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.41 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.4

Band Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 30 seconds, 1 x 18 sec, 1 x 14 sec 1 x 14 sec, 1 x 11 sec

Weight Training & Abs: 52 Minutes

Leg Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 80 lbs

Leg Extension Machine -3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 30 lbs, 2 x 25 lbs

Leg Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 45 lbs, 2 x 40 lbs

Ab Crunch Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 50 lbs

Hip Abduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Hip Adduction Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Seated Calf Raise Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 26 lb bar plus 5 lbs weight on each side

6 Inch Hold - 5 sets x 10 seconds

Bicycle Crunch - 1 set x 8 reps, 1 set x 6 reps, 3 sets x 4 reps

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Monday, February 20, 2017

25 Days Low Carb!!

Today I am at 25 days low carb!!

Wow... I don't know if I've ever gone 25 days with a serious cheat before. I have stuck to under 45 carbs a day, landing around the 30's for net quiet a bit. I have had not had any big cheat or binge days and, in fact, my one and only "cheat" day was more of a cheat snack where I did not go over my calorie range and only went over my carb range by a bit.

The scale is moving down very nicely and I have no massively craved carbs in a while. Yes, I do miss them, especially when they're staring me in the face like the homemade blini my mom made and sent over for Charles and the boys before lent starts, but I am holding firm.

I feel pretty good (the two massive pain days I had have nothing to do with carbs, it was all about the weather changes), my skin looks good, my clothes are fitting better and the number on the scale is dropping!

Officially I'm still down 5.8 pounds in 25 days but unofficially (since I don't weigh in until Thursday) it's a good pound and a little more than that!

I'm actually making sure I get healthy food in every day (usually berries and veggies) and I'm not relying on protein bars and shakes nearly as much as I used to.

I've only gotten Dunkin Donuts once in, I think, 2.5 weeks, and that was only because I messed up while making my coffee and had no time to remake it and I just started working out again as well as hitting 10,000 steps a day 5-6 days a week at this time!

So, basically, low carb is going awesome for me so I'm going to keep going with everything I've been doing and just continue on!

I can't wait to see what the next 25 days bring!

Monday, February 20th Workout - Upper Body Weight Machine Training

Day 1 at the gym was awesome!!

I worked incredibly hard, I was soaked in sweat and I feel amazing (yet utterly exhausted). I didn't have energy for cardio yet but I will be hitting my 10,000 steps again today so that counts.

Tomorrow I go back for leg day and abs!

Upper Body Weight Machine Training - 1 hour, 20 minutes

Warm-Up:

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.4 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.4

Band Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 29 seconds, 1 x 23 sec, 1 x 16 sec 1 x 14 sec, 1 x 10 sec

Weight Training: 1 hour

Chest Press Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 15 lbs, 2 x 10 lbs

Lat Pulldown Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Machine Assisted Pullup - 1 set x 6 reps, 1 set x 4 reps, 1 set x 3 reps at 150 lbs

Assisted Dips - 1 set x 6 reps, 1 set x 4 reps, 1 set x 3 reps at 150 lbs

Rear Delt Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Pec Fly Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lbs

Bicep Arm Curl Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs

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

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes:
Neck Stretch
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Wide Arm Chest Stretch Using Door Frame
Tree Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Warrior Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Cat/Cow Stretch
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch
Reclined Butterfly
Prone Hamstring Stretch
Reclined Glute Stretch
Bridge Pose
Supine Twist
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend Stretch
Seated Spinal Twist (done very, very carefully)
Outer Thigh Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Another Butterfly Stretch

Motivational Monday

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

Week Three Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
02/16/2017:            -0.4 pounds
Total lost:                  33 pounds
Current Weight:      197 pounds

Okay, so the scale went down so I should be happy about that. It didn't go down by much but I lost a lot last week so I'm okay with this.

Today is Day 21 low carb and I'm down a total of 5.8 pounds in that time so I think that's pretty good! It's also 21 days of no cheat days and no binging! Woohoo!!

I have to admit that I did have a slightly difficult time buying groceries today because the bakery had cherry turnovers and those are, like, one of my favorite pastries and they haven't had them in over a year but I knew that if I bought them I not only would eat the entire box of four but I would also lose all control and binge like crazy so I walked away from them.

Maybe I am making some headway here!

Also, after a lot of back and forth in my head I decided to rejoin the gym. I'm just not accomplishing much at home right now (outside of the step challenge which is going awesome) and I really want to go to the gym. I am going to handle things a little differently this time though.

I have this bad habit of being very black and white... the last time I joined the gym my brain told me... if you join you can ONLY work out at the gym. You can't work out at home and you should stop your outdoor walks. Now, after that med change a couple of months ago and my brain chemistry actually behaving properly, I know that I can do the gym and I can work out at home and I can go on the long walks and I can take some classes at my trainer's new studio (barre class I am coming for you soon)!

I don't just have to do one thing just because I'm obsessive and that has been a really interesting way to look at things.

Plus, I'm saving a lot of money by fully giving up Dunkin Donuts (I've been making my own coffee and bringing breakfast and lunch for work) and now that I have a car to myself my schedule is way, way more open.

In any case, I'm going to continue with the low carb with no cheating or binging and keep it healthy, I'm going to keep going with the step challenge and I will, hopefully, be at the gym by this weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thoughts On a Very Snowy Sunday

So... I feel like I'm doing really well outside of starting a formal workout (which will happen this week... my plan is for tomorrow but we'll see what happens).

I'm sticking with the low carb plan like I have for the last two weeks and it's working really well for me. I did have a higher carb day on last Thursday as I planned but I wouldn't consider it a cheat day and it definitely wasn't a binge day. In fact, there has been no binging or cheating since I restarted low carb 17 days ago and I can thank low carb for that because, as I say over and over again, it turns off that binging switch in my head.

I did have some chocolate on Thursday as my higher carb treat. It was one Lindt stick, not an entire bar or anything, it was delicious and satisfying and I was able to get right back to low carb with no problems and no desire to binge which shows me that I can handle on small treat. I'm sure that if I'd chosen to have a pint of ice cream things would have ended very badly so it's good to know that I'm finding some control while still being able to fit in a small extra bit of something higher carb.

I'm not going to keep adding more treats though. I know that I can't handle a lot of carbs in one sitting or in one day and cheat days just don't exist for me anymore. A cheat-treat is a good possibility once a week as long as I decide on what it is carefully and make sure I only have a small amount available to me but no more cheat days or cheat meals or any of that. They're just not worth it.

The other thing I'm doing great on is my step challenge. The lowest amount of steps I've done this past week was 4,600 steps on Thursday and since then I've done just over 10,000 (over 11,000 on Friday) for 3 days and plan on hitting 10,000 steps as often as I can. I'm getting up every hour and doing 1,000 steps an hour specifically for the challenge. This doesn't count any steps I take throughout the day just doing whatever.

So, basically my biggest new goal for this week is to start my regular Phase 2 workout again. I've been meaning to start it for weeks now but I just need to get it together and get it done. Other than that I'm doing well and hopefully the scale will keep showing that. It hasn't moved since Thursday but I have until this coming Thursday before I have to weigh in again and I just have to believe that it will move!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

Week Two Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
02/09/2017:            -3.6 pounds
Total lost:                32.6 pounds
Current Weight:      197.4 pounds

Woohoo! 3.6 pounds down this week and I worked hard for every ounce of it!

I stuck to strict low carb with some healthy food every day and I went above and beyond the step challenge goals every day actually hitting 10,000 steps on one of the days! I know I won't have this big of a loss every often but it's awesome when it happens!

So for this coming week my plan is pretty much the same. Continue with the strict low carb and the steps as well as adding in the phase 2 workout. I want to start phase 2 today but my back in acting up so we'll see. I plan to continue with the same foods because they're yummy, filling and are working for me right now. I think the other thing that helped a lot was having blueberries or some cheese instead of a Lindt chocolate every day. I'm definitely making better food choices as I go along which is great!

I've also noticed that my 14's jeans are getting looser again and I can't wait to be back in my 12's. My next short-term goal is to get to 195 and then 190. The lowest I've been so far this go-around was 189.8 on June 30th and after that I'll be hitting weights that I haven't hit since 2006/2007 and I can't wait!

I truly feel like I'm back on track with sustainable goals and a sustainable plan so bring on the week!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some Sunday Updates...

So... today is day 10 low carb and I'm doing well with it. I'm disliking it less than I was when I posted last Wednesday, probably because the good feelings I have while doing it are finally kicking in, and the scale is moving down nicely so I believe I'll be sticking with low carb and not upping the  carbs any higher right now.

I'm actually back under 200 pounds today but it's not official until Thursday and I'm not getting too excited because I've gone under 200 lbs twice now since mid-October, so the goal now is to stay under it and to keep it moving down.

I'm still doing well with food, getting in at least two healthy foods a day. It needs to be more but I'm working on that and I'll get there.

The step challenge is going really well! Today is day 4 of it and I've gone over my daily step goal on every day! I'm trying to get up every hour and walk back and forth in the house (I can't wait until Spring so I can walk outside!!) for at least five minutes and doing that really gets the steps to add up and gets me off my butt. I'm also walking during phone calls and taking more time in stores just to go up and down extra aisles just to get more steps. Once again, the goal here is to stick it out!

I was having horrible carb cravings yesterday and if I hadn't made the deal with the boys about paying them for cheat days I would have totally binged and I'm not sure why. Detox is over now (and I love how that feels) but I guess the cravings will come and go. I got through the day with no cheating at all and am not having those cravings today so it's a little easier.

I also started my newest dog portrait and plan to begin my actual workouts this week so, all in all, things are going well! Let's hope they continue this way!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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

Week One Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
02/02/2017:            -1.8 pounds
Total lost:                 29 pounds
Current Weight:      201 pounds

So, I'm down 1.8 pounds this week and I'm slightly editing the carb plan made yesterday. Instead of jumping up to 100 grams of carbs I'm going to go up to 50 net and see what happens.

That way it's only a small raise up and things should stay under control but it will allow me to bring in an extra piece of fruit or complex carb veggie and have a little more leeway and options with my healthy food.

It's still considered low carb but it's definitely not keto and I'm okay with that. If you look at my long-term weight-loss from last year day by day I was doing mostly low carb and keto only on occasional days.

My head is starting to feel even better which is a plus and I decided to do (again) the My Fitness Pal 30-Day step challenge because I'm just not getting anywhere with my steps on my own. Today is Day 1 at 2,000 steps.

I'm going to do my absolute best to do all 30 days this time around!

My Fitness Pal 30-Day Step Challenge Link

I general, I'm definitely okay with the idea of raising carbs up by a much smaller amount. I'm hoping that still gives me the effects of low carb while letting in more food choices and, once again, I will reevaluate in a week and see how I'm doing.

Edited to add: I'm glad I made the decision to stick with 50 grams of net carbs a day before I went grocery shopping because there's no way I wouldn't have gone carb crazy in the store if I knew my carbs were at 100 grams... why does the bakery section have to smell soooooo amazing???

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Still Working On Finding My Path...

So I've done a week of low carb now and I've done well. I weigh in tomorrow, I haven't cheated or binged and I've had something healthy every day but I'm still not happy with what I'm doing.

I want more options. I want more fruit and I want to be able to have, for example, blueberries and sweet potato on the same day if that's what I want.

I don't want ice cream or pastries or bread... well, I mean I do, but I'm not craving them and I'm okay with not having them. This week my net carbs have pretty much been under 40 net all week so I'm not doing keto (which is more like under 20 net) but just low carb. I've been very good about tracking all my calories and macros and being where I need to be but I'm seriously thinking about upping the carbs to let in more (but under 100 total) just to have more options open to me.

I don't want to go back to cheating or binging and I'm not planning any cheats at all, I just want... I don't know... I want more options. I'd love to have a banana. I seriously think it's been well over a year since I've had banana or apples and I'm starting to really miss them.

Like I posted in my "moderation" post, I want that. I want things to be in moderation but I don't want to eat junk or crap. I want real food. Real meat, fruit, veggies... just, you know, normal real, healthy food. If I can stay away from the simple carbs and sugars I should be okay and I think I can stay away from them.

I know I go back and forth a lot but, like I also keep saying, I'm still finding what works best for myself and my body. I definitely know that the simple carbs and sugars... pastries, ice cream, chips, potatoes, bread, pasta, fast food... all those things don't work for me.  Not right now anyway but maybe I can add in more options and choices while still keeping away from the simple carbs.

I definitely, absolutely need to moderate and watch my carbs carefully but I think I may be able to handle a higher amount if they are the right kind of carbs. But I won't find what those numbers and amounts are without trying out different things, foods and amounts and tracking how I look and feel.

And, frankly, I've felt awful all week. Most of it has been from the sugar and simple carb detox and my headaches are finally settling down from that (still here bit not piercingly horrible as of yesterday) but I still feel nauseous, tired and annoyed.

So, I'm thinking that this coming week I may up my total carbs to 100 and under and focus on adding in more vegetables. Maybe a fruit with breakfast and veggies with lunch and/or dinner. This past week I managed blueberries most mornings and one veggie with dinner and I really want to to add some raw veggies into my lunch.

I'm still far too reliant on protein bars and shakes so that's still something to seriously work on but I am definitely making progress.

I don't have a plan set 100% in stone. I think the only way I'll find the path that's right for me is to tweak the plan and keep it fluid as I go, but these rules still stand:

1) track, weight and measure all food
2) stay within planned calories and macros
3) NO CHEATING (I'm up to $30 for one cheat day and, honestly, I don't have a spare $30 lol)
4) at least 1 fruit and 2 veggies a day
5) stay under 100 grams of healthy complex carbs (preferably net this week)
6) reevaluate next week

I think if I approach this carefully and reasonable, with a solid plan in place, I will eventually find  a way to lose this weight and get healthy in a way that makes me feel happy and positive.

Also, this is not coming from a place of lack of sleep or anger or annoyance or hunger or anything like that. It's coming from my thoughts over this past week. I'll have more in tomorrow's weigh-in post so I think that's it for now.