Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - March 30th

Thursday Weigh-In - March 30th:
03/30/2017:                  - 2.8 pounds
Total lost:                       35.2 pounds
Current Weight:             194.8 pounds

I had a great weight loss this week! It was actually even lower earlier in the week but it varied a little every day so I went with today's number.

I also worked out almost every day of this past week, I counted calories and my carbs were in the 80's and under net.

I'm taking another look at lower carb/keto because, like I keep saying, I love how I feel on it, and because every time I let my carbs go up closer to 100 grams my protein amounts drop off and with the way I'm working out I really need more protein.

I've been doing some reading on Ketogains.com and I'm finding it fascinating so we'll see what happens. I may go full Keto this week. And I know that I seriously need more protein than what I've been getting. At this point I'm not even hitting my macro goals which is pretty sad.

I'm also dealing with a nasty migraine today which I know is directly related to the storm we're expecting tomorrow. And, thanks to the storm, I'm not really sure what will happen with the gym. If I can't get there then I will work out at home tomorrow and Saturday afternoon is fully booked whether there's snow or not so I may not be back at the gym until Sunday which is horribly depressing. Like I keep saying though, we'll see what happens.

But it was a great week and I'm looking forward to another really good one!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th Workout - Leg Day B - Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs + Cardio

Another great workout today... and I hit 95 seconds on my first plank!!!

I went a little slower on the treadmill because my legs felt like jello after the heavy squats so I did 40 minutes instead of 30-35 to make up for it.

I have to take a rest day tomorrow and it looks like we have a major snow storm coming Friday and into Saturday so I'll figure those days out as I go. If I can't make it to the gym I'll probably do a gentle yoga DVD and some cardio.

Weigh-in day tomorrow and I'm actually looking forward to it!!

Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs + Cardio: 1 hour, 55 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.43 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.8

Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs:  55 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 95 seconds, 1 x 74 sec, 1 x 54 sec 1 x 44 sec, 1 x 32 sec

Seated Calf Raise Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Hip Abductor Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 55 lbs

Hip Adductor Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps, 3 x 55 lbs

Heavy Weighted Squat -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs

Heavy Weighted Glute Bridge -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs (I can definitely go heavier on this)

Triangle Crunch -  3 sets x 15 reps

Standing Side Bends with Dumbbells - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Cardio - 40 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 40 minutes, distance: 1.71 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.8-3.0 - calories burned: 356, steps: 4,208.

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 28th Workout - Pull Day B - Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs + Cardio

Another workout done and I feel great! My plank is still not where it was last week but it's getting closer and I was able to do 14 machine assisted pull ups in a row when I wasn't able to get past 8 in a row before!

I also added another 5 minutes to my cardio workout on the treadmill. Tomorrow is Leg Day B!

Pull Day B - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 51 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.43 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.8

Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs: 55 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 64 seconds, 1 x 49 sec, 1 x 39 sec 1 x 27 sec, 1 x 26 sec

Machine Assisted Pull Up - 1 set x 14 reps, 1 set x 8 reps, 1 set x 8 reps at 150 lbs

Machine Assisted Dips - 1 set x 10 reps, 1 set x 8 reps, 1 set x 6 reps at 150 lbs

Incline Prone Row - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Behind the Back Dumbbell Forearm Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Dumbbell Concentration Bicep Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Bicycle Crunch -  3 set x 15 reps

Ab Side Reaches -  3 set x 15 reps

Cardio - 35 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 35 minutes, distance: 1.52 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.9-3.1 - calories burned: 244, steps: 3,753

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rededicating Myself to Low/Moderate Carb - Edited


EDITED TO ADD: I'm not sure if I'll end up with 50 grams of carbs or go up to a 100 (which of course is not keto but is still low carb). I think it may vary day by day but I especially want to pay attention to sugar more than the carbs themselves. I think it's the way upped sugar that's affecting my body more than the upped carbs.

I've been thinking about this since Friday when I decided to start low carb/keto again and then upped my carbs.

On one hand, I am loving the carbs, it makes food choices easier and the scale is looking good so far this week BUT... I like how I feel on low carb/keto better. For example... high protein breakfasts and I feel great at the gym, today was a high carb breakfast and I could feel myself dragging.

Also my headaches are coming back pretty badly and my stomach doesn't feel great. My sugar intake is way up and I just don't feel my best at all. All of that stuff improves on low carb.

I'm not sure if enjoying more carbs is worth feeling worse. And, yes, I've been tracking my physical reactions to my food for a while now really carefully.

So, I am dropping it back to low carb but I'm also really making a huge effort on focusing on healthy carbs and building them up around my workouts... for me it seems to work best to do more protein BEFORE the workout and more carbs AFTER and I am slowly starting to learn to listen to my body.

I've also found so many low carb/keto recipes lately that I could easily have keto bread, keto dessert, keto snacks and never get bored with the same recipes because there is SO much out there. Outside of that I have tons of info at my fingertips: lists of low carb vegetables, lists of low carb fruit, lists of the best protein... all the info is out there. I just need to follow it.

I know I can make this work. I just need to stop going back and forth and accept that even if I can lose weight while eating carbs it's not just about my weight. It's about my health and how I feel.

That's really what counts.

Monday, March 27th Workout - Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs Plus Cardio

Yes!! It's Monday afternoon and I already worked out and I feel great!! I am loving the gym so much!!

My plank wasn't as good today but it'll get better over the week so I'm not concerned about that right now.

I'm still playing with my macros and will have a big blog post about that later today.

Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Abs Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 40 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.41 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.7

Chest, Shoulders, Tricep & Abs: 50 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 54 seconds, 1 x 42 sec, 1 x 37 sec 1 x 33 sec, 1 x 29 sec

Superman with Elbow & Heel Squeezes - 5 sets x 10 reps

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

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

Cable Machine Tricep Pushdowns - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 35 lbs

Dumbbell Front Raises -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Lateral Raises -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Skullcrushers - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Basic Crunches With Feet on Bench - 3 set x 15 reps

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.32 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.8-3.1 - calories burned: 267, steps: 3,265

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25th Workout - Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs + Cardio

Leg Day A today... I was at the gym by 8:20 :o I'm not even normally awake by 8:20 unless I have to be (and I had to get Gabriel to the drama festival so I had no excuse not to just go straight to the gym), got home at almost 11 and am exhausted. 76 seconds on my longest plank today though!

Leg Day A - Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs + Cardio: 1 hour, 55 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.39 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.8

Quads, Hamstrings, Calves & Abs: 1 hour, 5 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 76 seconds, 1 x 51 sec, 1 x 45 sec 1 x 34 sec, 1 x 24 sec

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

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

Leg Curl Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps, 3 x 50 lbs

Cable Hip Extension -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lbs

Weighted Dumbbell Plie - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 10 lbs

Dead Bug (Abs) - 7 sets x 5 reps

Weighted Ball Crunch w/4 lb Ball - 3 set x 15 reps

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.37 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.8-2.9 - calories burned: 351, steps: 3,107.

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24th Workout - Planks, Cardio and Full Body Stretch

Well, I didn't make it to the gym because when I left work there was sleet bouncing off the roads and my car and I didn't want to risk it but I did do a great workout at home and plan to be at the gym tomorrow morning!

And I hit 73 seconds on plank #1 and 64 on plank #2!! That's two planks at over a minute! Woohoo!! I love seeing progress!

Home Workout - Planks, Cardio and Full Body Stretch: Total Time: 1 hour, 6 Minutes

5 Basic Planks: 9 Minutes
1 x 73 seconds, 1 x 64 sec, 1 x 52 sec 1 x 48 sec, 1 x 41 sec

Cardio: 46 Minutes
Leslie Sansone "Walk At Home 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk'"

Fitbit info:
time: 55 minutes, steps: 4,943, calories burned: 470

Full body Stretch: 11 Minutes

A New Start With New Measurements - Edited


EDITED TO ADD: I'm not sure if I'll end up with 50 grams of carbs or go up to a 100 (which of course is not keto but is still low carb). I think it may vary day by day but I especially want to pay attention to sugar more than the carbs themselves. I think it's the way upped sugar that's affecting my body more than the upped carbs.

I looked back over the last 8 weeks and the first 4 weeks that were strict low carb and strict calorie counting without cheating I lost weight every single week. It's time to suck it up and get back to it! I know I can do this! I just need to... well, just to do it already and I am ready!

I have a plan - low carb every day most days, NO cheat days (special occasion will taken on an occasion to occasion basis) and counting calories while tracking macros for protein, carbs, far, fiber and sugar with least 2 vegetables and 1 fruit/berries a day. I also want to try one new recipe a week and post it to my blog. My exercise plans are to work out 6 days a week whether it be at the gym, home or outdoors when it finally gets warm again and following a specific workout plan for the gym.

Today is my start date and my goals are not to cheat at all and if I had to pick a weight loss goal (which I'm not crazy about because you don't lose weight every single week, it varies) I would say that I would like to drop 5 pounds a month. I plan to take progress photos every 4-6 weeks, have a weekly weigh-in and take my measurements once a month at the start of every month. And, to go along with that, I have finally retaken all of my measurements and added the "chest" measurement to it since I used to just do "bust."

I had to go back in my old Amazon orders for bras to try and figure out what my chest measurements have been in the past and I found 3 of them so I can sort of cobble together the dates when they changed with the dates I have for all my other measurements. I just don't have exact matching ones but it's close.

Here is my measurement line-up from when I first started on April 1, 2014 until today, March 24th, 2016. Also, I can wear my size 12 jeans but I am more comfortable in the 14's so that's the size I'm posting.

Body Parts: 04/01/14    11/12/15   01/21/16   04/07/16    3/24/17   Total Lost
Waist:            44.5 in.    42.5 in       41 in          39 in          39 in        5.5 in
Hips:              47 in.       46.5 in      45.5 in        43 in          44 in        3 in
Bust:              48 in.       46 in          44 in          42.5 in       43.5 in     4.5 in
Chest:            44 in.        -----           42 in           38 in         37.5 in     6.5 in
Right Arm:     15 in.        14 in         12.7 in         12 in          13 in        2 in
Left Arm:       15 in.        14 in         12.5 in         12 in          13 in        2 in
Right Thigh:   29.5 in.     28.5 in      26.5 in         24 in          26 in        3.5 in
Left Thigh:     28.5 in.     27.5 in      25.5 in         23.5 in       25.5 in      3 in
Right Calf:      17.5 in.    17.5 in      16.5 in         15.5 in        16.5 in     1 in
Left Calf:        18 in.       18 in          16.5 in        15.5 in        16.5 in      1.5 in
Jeans:              20            16               14               12               14        3 sizes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 23rd Workout - Planks and Full Body Stretch

My back was acting up a little so I took a day off from the gym but I wanted to do something so I went with planks and a full body stretch at home. Back to the gym tomorrow for Leg Day A!

Simple Workout - Planks and Full Body Stretch: 19 Minutes

8 Basic Planks - 1 x 60 seconds, 1 x 50 sec, 1 x 43 sec 1 x 33 sec, 1 x 33 sec,  1 x 31 sec 1 x 26 sec,
                           1 x 23 sec

Full body Stretch:
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

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

Week Eight Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
03/23/2017:                  + 2.0 pounds
Total lost:                      32.4 pounds
Current Weight:             197.6 pounds

So I'm back up to 197.6 pounds. This doesn't come as a surprise because for a few days things were totally out of hand with cheating.

On the plus side I did start at the gym but on the downside, I basically need to admit that I am addicted to simple carbs and sugars and I need to go back to low/healthy carb/possible keto.

You all know this, I know all this and I've known all this for the last year a half so why am I still messing around with macros? You want an honest answer? It's because it's really, really, really hard to give up all those yummy, "bad," simple carbs once I let them back in.

Is it the best thing for me, my health, my weight and everything else?

Yes.

Is it going to be easy?

No.

Is it going to be worth it?

Absolutely.

And from all the reading I'm doing, it's fine to do low carb while strength training and doing other exercise as long as I get a lot of protein. Plus, if I plan ahead I can fit in a lot of healthy carbs in 50 - 100 and under net grams. I just need to plan very, very carefully.

I can't just get home after a workout, when I'm starving, and hope to find high protein, low carb, filling, healthy food just laying around. I need to make it ahead of time.

And I need to give up cheating for good.

It would probably help me to come up with some non-food rewards so I'll be working on that.

But enough talk already. It's time to make this happen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22nd Workout - Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs + Cardio

I had another great day at the gym and I'm nicely sore from yesterday! Tomorrow is Leg Day A and I'm actually looking forward to it and I hit 61 seconds on my first plank (I do 5 a day). Woohoo!

Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs + Cardio: 1 hour, 41 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.40 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.5-2.6

Back, Traps, Biceps & Abs: 51 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 61 seconds, 1 x 46 sec, 1 x 34 sec 1 x 27 sec, 1 x 24 sec

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

Bicep Curl Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 25 lbs

Ab Crunch Machine - 3 sets x 15 reps, 3 x 60 lbs

Dumbbell Upright Row -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Forearm Extension - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Standing Dumbbell Hammer Curl -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Forearm Curl - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Oblique Crunches With Feet on Bench - 3 set x 15 reps

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.32 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.9-3.0 - calories burned: 221, steps: 3,252

Full body Stretch - 10 Minutes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21st Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio

I am back at Snap Fitness and I'm thrilled to be there. I really missed it and after carefully going over our budget we decided that it's affordable to keep going.

My back and healing incision did fine. I just need to buy some large bandaids to put over it because my sports bra and tank top doesn't cover it and I don't want it rubbing against the machines and benches without something over it because that's just gross.

I'm also really happy with my new workout. Right now the plan is Push Day A, Pull Day A, Leg Day A, Push Day B, Pull Day B and Leg Day B (and gentle yoga in there somewhere).

Each day consists of a mix of exercises on the weight machines, dumbbells, cable machines, body weight and stretching. I plan on doing this particular workout for 6-8 weeks and then I'm probably going to stick to the same kind of line up but switch out the non-machine exercises to work different parts of the muscles. There are so many exercises out there and combos of exercises that I could work out for ages and not repeat the exact same workout twice.

I was also pretty happy with today's cardio: 30 minutes on the treadmill. I'm not a huge cardio fan but I know it's important so I'm going to make sure it's done several times a week.

Also, I do the same stretch every day so I'm posting all the stretches today but from here on out I'll just write down "full-body stretch" because it takes up a lot of space.

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio: 1 hour, 38 Minutes Total Time

Warm-Up: 10 Minutes

Treadmill - 10 minutes, distance: 0.39 miles, incline: 1, speed 2.6

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 48 Minutes

Basic Warmup

Basic Plank - 1 x 48 seconds, 1 x 37 sec, 1 x 27 sec 1 x 24 sec, 1 x 22 sec

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

Tricep Extension Machine - 3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 45 lbs

Single Arm Cable Machine Lateral / Side Raise - 1 set x 6 reps, 4 sets x 4 reps: 5 x 10 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Press -  3 set x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Overhead Seated Tricep Extensions - 3 set x 15 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 2 x 8 lbs

6-Inch Hold (abs) - 5 sets x 6 seconds

Cardio - 30 Minutes:

Treadmill info from Fitbit:
time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.32 miles, resistance: 1, speed: 2.8-3.0 - calories burned: 257, steps: 3,258

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday in the Kitchen - "Fat Head Pizza" - Low Carb

I've been wanting to try this recipe out for a long time and I haven't done a recipe post in a good year and a half so it was time.

I got the recipe from this website www.ditchthecarbs.com and followed the FAT HEAD PIZZA – THE HOLY GRAIL instructions for the pizza crust. The toppings were pretty much stuff I used on our original pizzas so that was my own thing. I also changed a few things around as I went so here is how I made it (with pictures and everything).


Ingredients for Pizza Crust:
1 3/4 cup shredded/grated cheese. (The website says to use mozzarella as the best choice but I kind of missed that part when I was making a list for the store and bought shredded/grated Parmesan cheese but it still tasted great so I was good).
3/4 cup almond flour/meal
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 egg
pinch of Salt
sprinkle of Garlic Powder
sprinkle of Italian Seasoning

Ingredients for Pizza Toppings:
1 tbsp 5-cheese spaghetti sauce (in the photo I have a white pizza sauce picked out but I hated the taste of it so I switched over to the spaghetti sauce which added a couple of unexpected carbs)
2 Cups Italian style 6-cheese shredded cheese
1 medium orange pepper
25 slices pepperoni

For the crust:

1) Preheat the over to 425. Combine the shredded/grated cheese and almond flour in a microwave safe bowl, add cream cheese and microwave on high for 1 minute.

2) Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds.

3) Add egg, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and stir gently until it's all mixed together.


4) Place the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. I put the paper directly on the pizza cooking sheet so I wouldn't have to to move it later.


5) Roll the dough out (I used a rolling pin) between the two parchment sheets until it's in a circular (I kind of got that), thin, crust.


6) Remove the top parchment sheet and make fork holes all over the dough to make sure it cooks evenly.

7) Slide into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until brown.


8) At some point in time chop the sweet pepper into whatever size you want. I like them chopped really small and I did that while the dough was baking.


9) Once the pizza is out of the oven, cover it in the sauce, sprinkle on part of the shredded cheese, add peppers and mix together with the cheese and sauce (it tastes better that way in my opinion. Add more cheese and pepperoni (I put the pepperoni on half the pizza in case Gabriel or Andy wanted any - note: they did not). Cover with the remaining cheese (I used a lot of cheese obviously).


10) Bake for about 5 minutes until cheese is all melted.


11) Let cool a little, slice and enjoy!!


This makes six servings and I was actually surprised by how good it was! The crust was very thin and crispy and I think I would have liked it more if it were a little more melted but, in general, it was really good and not too hard to make!

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 370 calories, 28 g fat, 794 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 sugar, 26 g protein.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fifty Day Tracking On My Fitness Pal and Some Other Stuff...Edited


Edited to add: I really don't like how I felt last night and this morning after more carbs vs how I feel after less. I'm going to keep playing with carb amounts for a while so today will be under 50 grams net and we'll see how it goes. I may take it day by day for a while.

Today I hit 50 days of logging/tracking on My Fitness Pal! 90% of those days were low carb with 5 total cheat days and, maybe, 10 total were moderate carb.

They weren't all perfect days but this is the first time I've hit 50 in a row in a very, very long time. I lost a total of 7.2 pounds and I think it would have been a lot more if it weren't for the cheat days.

My goal for the next 50 days is to have way less cheat days (working on 30 days cheat free at the moment - on day 2 today) and to find my way to more "normal" healthy eating.

I've definitely made a huge amount of progress with not binging anymore and with being able to control portions of foods that were uncontrollable to me before. Like being able to eat a slice of bread or some kind of high carb/simple carb food and put the rest away. Also, 5 days of cheating out of 50 days is way better than I was doing before. I definitely need to improve on that number but it is an improvement on it's own.

I'm also going to allow my carbs to get up to 100 grams a day (less net) instead of under 50. It's still considered low carb (but not keto... been reading a lot about it), low enough to lose weight but high enough to allow more fruits and veggies and oatmeal and to be a lot more useful for me when I work out.

Some people actually consider that amount to be "nutritional magic" as long as they're the good, complex carbs and not crap. The goal, for me, is to get rid of crap in general anyway, not find ways to let it back in.

I will drop them back to under 50 every day if I see myself gaining weight on this though and depending on how I feel.

And, of course, I want too (I NEED TO) start working out again. My plan to start yesterday had a wrench thrown in it when the doctor took out my stitches but said I'm not ready for any exercises that will pull on my back (so pretty much chest and back) because he doesn't want me to open the incision back up so I need to wait "several" more days before I can start Phase 2. I'm really annoyed by this but I guess I can focus on cardio for a few days and then see how my back is doing.

So... I'm in a good place, the last 50 days have taught me a lot and hopefully the next 50 will teach me even more and I'll see a nice weight loss in that time!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

Week Seven Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
03/16/2017:                  -1.4 pounds
Total lost:                     34.4 pounds
Current Weight:          195.6 pounds

Yay for a weight loss this week despite yesterday's cheat day (delicious yet damning lol). Now that I've picked something to stick with I will hopefully continue to see losses for a while. I have a number of things going on and plans for this coming week so it'll be easier to split them up into sections.

Today's plans are that my stitches are finally coming out at 1:00 pm which will allow me to work out again! I'll be working out at home and I'll be starting with Phase 2, Plan A (I currently have three, 6- week Phase 2 plans). I'm not sure if I'm starting today or not though because I desperately need to get work done on the current dog portrait so I may do the portrait today and then start the workout tomorrow. We'll see.

As for the rest of this week I plan to stick with low carb. Today also starts 30 days being cheat free which will be really good for me.

I've decided to try one new recipe a week and this week's recipe will be "Fathead Dough Low-Carb Pizza." I've heard great things about this pizza and can't wait to give it a try! I'm going to be posting my "Sunday in the Kitchen" posts with the new recipes every week (I hope.)

I also want to retake my measurements this week. I haven't taken my measurements since April 7th of 2016 so that's almost a year now. I'm sure they have gone up since I was smaller then and working out a lot but I'm still going to take them (maybe later today) and accept whatever they show. It's time for that to be done.

I think that covers it for now!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Low Carb Thoughts...


So... you know what happens when I make carbs "unforbidden?" I don't really want them anymore :/

I guess it's not really the carbs I was missing, it was the junk because as soon as I allowed carbs back in (and had some for 2 days... one day not too many and the second day a lot more and today is going to be a low carb day), my brain instantly started trying to convince myself to eat the crap carbs and I don't want to to do that.

I thought about what I could eat  yesterday and I wasn't leaning toward fruit or veggies... I was immediately leaning toward gelato (I did not have any). So I went over some things I could eat that day... did I want pasta? No, not worth the carbs to me. Did I want a sandwich with good bread? Naaahhh, not really. Did I want pizza? No, once again not worth the carbs, so what does that leave me thinking?

It makes me think that I wasn't necessarily missing those carbs but that I was "missing" them because they weren't allowed. Frankly, for the most part, I'm very happy with low carb when I'm not detoxing. It's the constant detoxing that makes me feel sick and angry and I don't want to open the door to gelato and crap just because I can. But I also absolutely love how I feel and look (and lose weight) on low carb when I'm sticking with it and following it for weeks with no cheating.

I am doing a lot more research on low carb fruits and veggies (recipes, best ways to cook them, lowest carb choices, etc) because I desperately need those in my daily diet but I don't get them even when I'm on high carb. I'm just really bad with healthy food and I've always been bad with it. I can't blame low carb on that.

I also want to start trying one new recipe a week and resurrect my "Sunday in the Kitchen" blog posts. I actually have two recipes picked for this week and will fully decide on one (or maybe both, I don't know) before I go grocery shopping tomorrow.

I'm still hoping to see a weight loss this week because a lot of last week and this week was low carb with only a couple of days of high carb but we'll see.

I may go a little higher on my carbs on days that I really crave fruit or starches like sweet potatoes but I can have those and control them at the same time. I'm leaving that "healthy higher carb" window open for now but for the most part, I think low carb will be my thing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thoughts, Decisions and Plans...


So I'm still playing around with different foods and carb amounts. I think I may do that for a while, with carbs higher some days and lower the next... I'm not sure.

I'm not really happy with what I'm eating but I don't want to go too high with the carbs so I'm going to just experiment, take it one meal/day/week at a time and see what happens and what ends up working best for me in the long run.

I'm still going to track calories and macros and weigh and measure everything. I think the amounts will just depend on the day and what my body is craving (as long as it's healthy cravings and not crap) and how I am feeling physically and mentally. I'm not putting any timelines on this, no "give this 4 weeks" or "stick with that forever" or "I'm definitely following this plan for the rest of my life."
There are no definites and I'm tired of constantly picking a plan convinced I will stick with it and then want to experiment some more and feel bad about changing my mind because I feel like I'm letting people down or changing my mind too much and annoying people.

Some days I will eat more fruit. Some days I will eat more protein. Some days I will eat more fat. Some days I will hit a moderate/high amount of carbs and some days they will be low.

I no longer feel like I have to pick one plan and just do it. I feel like variety can work for me as long as I keep my health at the forefront of how I do things and leave out the cheat days, junk food and takeout (all of which I am capable of doing).

This is my life and my health and I will keep at it in different ways at different times. That just makes the most sense to me right now.

Motivational Monday

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Week Six Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month Two) - Edited

Week Six Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
03/09/2017:                  +1.8 pounds
Total lost:                        33 pounds
Current Weight:            197 pounds

Edited to say:
I'm going to stick it out with low carb because I'm not doing this for 4 weeks. The more carbs I eat the worse my head hurts and this happens every time, it's nothing new, and I'm not willing to spend all this time fighting with daily migraines.

On low carb I get occasional migraines and headaches when the barometric pressure changes and can somewhat control them if I catch them in time, with higher carbs I get them all the time and it's much, much harder to get rid of them!

I'm just going to focus extra on veggies and berries and low carb fruit and plan things out ahead better. So, yes, I'm already giving up but it's not like I'm giving up something healthy, I'm just going with what helps me hurt the least.

Anyway, this week saw a weight gain thanks to the two cheat days that I had (controlled or not, they were still too much) but I'm doing well without them right now, even with added carbs, and not planning on any more cheat days any time soon.

I'm going to work extra hard this coming week to drop weight this week and hopefully will see that as well as focusing a lot more on healthy foods and a lot more veggies.

My cyst removal area is doing well. It doesn't really hurt anymore and just burns a little and itches. I know itching means it's healing but it's really annoying!! I still can't work out until the stitches come out in a week but I have been hitting 10,000 steps (or more) for the last two days and plan on doing that daily.

I'm not planning on going back and forth with the low carb thing again. I'm going to stick with it and work away on my health. I just have to keep taking it one day at a time (and sometimes one meal at a time), do what I can with my steps and just keep at it!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Forty Days Low Carb And Going Up to Moderate Carb


So I'm at forty days low carb with three cheat days and I want to officially up it to moderate carb. I've wanted to do this before but I either changed my mind or ended up overdoing it and running back to the safety of low carb.

I'm at a point right now where I feel like I won't overdo it and that I want to give it four weeks and see what happens (Thursday to Thursday) which will put me at April 6th to look over my progress and decide how I want to go from there.

I want to give it the full four weeks before making any decisions because one or two weeks with cheat days thrown in isn't a good enough experiment. And, yes, I want to avoid the cheat days and focus on healthy, complex carbs (hence the comic).

I'm going to continue with everything else I've been doing; calorie counting, weighing and measuring food, watching portions, I'm just going up the carbs and drop the fat into a different ratio of macros but the macros remain very important.

If I end up gaining weight or if my weight remains the same I'll have to change something again but right now is the best time to do this. I'm not in ketosis rat the moment and my workouts are limited to walking for over a week so my muscles won't be retaining water.

I would love to not be on a low-carb diet in the long run so this experiment is the best way for me to figure out if I can make it work for me and still lose weight and feel really good.

Four weeks... no excuses. Let's do this!

Monday, March 6, 2017

All Sorts of Things...


So... what can't I do? I can not workout with weights or bands for a week a half thanks to the cyst I had taken off my back this morning (more coming up on that in a moment).

But what can I do? I can walk... I can walk as much as I want so as as of tomorrow, I am absolutely back to 10,000 (or more) steps a day. I never should have stopped but I did when I got sick (and then the challenge ended).

Was there a reason to stop just because the challenge was over? No, of course not but for some reason I did and I honestly don't know why but I am back to it tomorrow. Just because there's no challenge, there's no reason why I need to stop taking the steps!

But... back to the cyst. This thing turned out a lot bigger than the doctor expected. It was about 2 1/2 inches around and at least an inch deep. They numbed all around it but once they started cutting they had to numb an additional two places because of how far out it went and I could feel the cutting. Also, the sound of the scissors just cutting away at my skin will stay with me for a while :/

It still doesn't hurt, but the muscle going down the side of my back on the right side does when I move or laugh... weird. Tomorrow I can shower and then I can start working out "normally" once the stitches come out next Thursday. In the meantime it'll be all about walking!

I'm also going to use this "spare" time to work on the dog commissions which have been lagging for a variety of reasons. I have several hours set aside tomorrow specifically for the Rottweiler I started last week and unless I'm dealing with a migraine, I WILL be working on him tomorrow!!

I'm also back on track with food. I ended up with two (controlled) cheat days which sucked but that's still three total out of 39 days so it's still progress. I'm trying to look at the positives here. I could beat myself up for my poor choices or I can move forward so I'm going with "forward."

And even if I don't lose weight this week, I know I will next week and I want to not cheat for a long time to come. Right now I'm back to craving carbs and simple sugars but I know I'll feel better in just a few days. In the meantime I'm on low calorie/low, low carb days to make up for the cheating and even the playing field. We'll see what happens on weigh-in day but either way, it's back to strict low carb from here on out!

Let's make the rest of this week count!!

Motivational Monday


I am back on track... I am back on track... I am back on track...
(I'll just keep repeating this until it sticks!)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

37 Days Low Carb, Now with TWO Cheat Days

So... I had another cheat day. It was controlled and it did NOT include any ice cream or gelato. Why did I have? Especially a few days after my weigh-in?

Honestly? Because I was having a bad day and I wanted it. I also decided to eat that food, enjoy it and move on. I'm not going to spend days and days feeling bad about it, it's done, it was delicious and I don't feel nearly as sick as last time (probably because I took in a lot less sugar).

I probably won't lose weight this week thanks to that but I'll accept the consequences of my choices.

So right now I am at 37 days low carb with 2 cheat days which is still way better than I used to do.

So what's going on with the bad day? Here's a bulleted list...

1) I lose my extra prescription coverage thanks to the change in the way Charles gets paid. This must have kicked in last month because my prescriptions have been getting more and more expensive and I was dreading my most expensive (and, of course, most important ones). I picked one of these up today... I used to pay $1.20. Today it was $64.00 and that's for the smaller, monthly dosage. The bigger one will be even more.

2) This led to me having to put the gym on hold until I figure this out. Yes, I love working out at home and, yes, it's a great option for me but I was really liking the gym. So... it's back to home for now because expenses keep rising

3) And speaking on working out I have to have a cyst removed off of my back Monday morning (I've had it removed about 12 years ago but it's back and getting bigger) and I don't know how that will affect my workouts. I may have to do take a few days off and/or not do any where I rest my back against anything for a while. I'll find out Monday.

4) General crap going on with general things.

All in all, nothing massive is happening. It just all added up, put me in a horrible mood and the food make made me feel better. Also, it did not turn into a binge and I feel done with it now.

I'm going to try going another month before the next cheat day but we'll see what happens.

That's all I have right now.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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

Week Five Low Carb Thursday Weigh-In:
03/02/2017:                  -0 pounds
Total lost:                  34.8 pounds
Current Weight:      195.2 pounds

Well, this hasn't been the best week. I didn't lose any additional weight thanks to that one freaking cheat day. I guess I'll have to figure out if a once a month cheat day is worth losing out on a week's worth of weight loss but I'll decide that later. Maybe eating different food choices (i.e: no gelato which made me feel wicked sick) would have made a difference.

Anyway, I'm counting myself lucky that I didn't have a gain and I've been back on track since Saturday so I should see a loss next week. Plus that one cheat did NOT lead to more cheating or binging or anything so that's huge for me!

Unfortunately, I'm also sick (started running a fever yesterday and feel like I may throw up along with head hurting very badly) and feeling miserable so my gym days and my step days have gotten all screwed up. Lucky for me there's only 2 days left in the step challenge but it looks like I won't be finishing them off. On the plus side though, I stuck it out until the last three days and I went above and beyond what the step challenge called nearly every day of the challenge for so I'm considering it a success.

For the month of March we're working on a basic exercise/choose a healthy food challenge. Everyone is picking their own types of foods and exercise. Mine is to exercise daily, even if just a stretch and get in two fruit/berries/veggies a day. Yesterday was a huge fail because of how I felt and I'm not sure today will be better so my official starting day may be tomorrow.

So for this coming week I'm going to keep focusing on low carb with healthy food, bring back the exercise as soon as I can and will, hopefully, see a decent loss next week!