Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - August 31st - Twelve Weeks Low Carb/Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - August 31st:
08/31/2017:                      -1.2 pounds
Total lost:                         53.4 pounds
Current Weight:              176.6 pounds

Down another 1.2 pounds for a total loss of 53.4 pounds and a loss of 22 pounds in the 12 weeks I've done low carb/keto with no cheating!

This is 12 weeks in a row of weight loss! My size 12 jeans are getting looser and looser by the day but the 10's are still too tight in the waist and stomach (but perfect in the butt and thighs, go figure).

I'm also at 84 days cheat free as of today so in 6 more days I get another weapon! I have it all picked out (going with something Steampunk this time around) but won't be posting photos until it's actually in my hands.

But I want carbs :/ It's not a craving but just a deep want. I want pastries and take out pizza and Chinese food and pie and donuts and bread... OMG bread.... and, basically, I can keep going here but I'm going to stop lol. It's not going to happen. There will NOT be any cheat days because 1) they'll mess up my weight loss 2) they'll kick me out of ketosis and 3) they'll make me incredibly sick and bloated but that doesn't stop me from wanting them.

My short-term goal is still 175 lbs and I should be there in two weeks if I keep losing the way I am now.

In other news, the concussion is a lot better and I plan to definitely be in the gym on Saturday. I'm having some serious pain issues with my right knee for no known reason but I'm hoping some ice will take are of that.

I'm really looking forward to working out again and can't wait to go!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Healing, Planning and More...


I'm finally recovering from the concussion and I'm starting to feel better but in the meantime, like the above quote says, I've been using this recovery time as an opportunity to rethink my eating and plan for my workout comeback (and, okay, to whine and complain about being hurt but I kept that to a minimum lol).

I'm making great progress in the food department. My carbs are healthier and there's less of them with most of carby junk being eaten once a week or in tiny portions and just one of something a day if any.

I've also gone back and forth on my workout plans, looked them over several times and actually changed my mind about how I want to tackle the gym

First, I'm planning on being back at the gym either Friday or Saturday depending on how I feel and, second, I've reconsidered the workout I'm starting with. I decided that I want a slightly shorter workout with more options than just upper/low body machines switch would offer me so I'm going to go with my Push/Pull/Leg/Abs days that are divided into 4 sections: A days, B days, C days and D days. In that way I will only have 8 exercises a day instead of 10-11 (6 instead of 8 on ab days) which will make my workouts shorter and easier and give me a total of 12 days of working out without a fully repeating workout. It would also shorten my strength training time giving me more time for cardio and stretching.

This exercise set combines weight machines, free weights, cable/bands and body weight exercises and they're all I know my body can handle. I'm also going to use lighter weights than I normally do and just hold each rep a little longer.

As for cardio, that will be added on days that I feel up to it (for about a week or so then it'll just be added in because I need to do it) so the focus will start with strength training and I feel confident that this is the plan I should be starting off with. I can't wait to try it out!

Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I'll post more about my weekly plans then!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Some Healing Progress... Finally!

Today was the first day since getting the concussion (last Saturday so today was day 8 of healing) that I don't feel in danger of throwing up! I'm considering this great progress. I'm also less foggy although I'm still forgetting what I was saying and have to pause in the middle of talking to try to remember the correct word that I need or just ask someone for the name I'm looking for.

I'm not sure when I can work out again (hopefully soon) but I'll definitely be starting slow. I actually have three or four separate plans ready to go at the gym starting with the most basic with is upper body one day and lower the next just on the machines plus planks, abs and cardio (cardio may take a little longer to happen than the machines).

After that I'll move on to the days where it's split into push/pull/legs and abs and where I use machines, free weights and cables/bands. And there's like 3 versions of that one I can build up to so I have a lot of plans that I'll be happy doing, I'm just not sure when I can start.

Gabriel will also be starting school on Thursday (Junior year!!) so tomorrow we're making a trip to Wal-Mart (ye-ha lol) to get him some clothes and some other things. I should be okay with the drive by now but, of course, it will depend on how I feel when I wake up and throughout the day.

I guess I'm finally beginning to heal but it's really strange to me how long it's taking. And so far my back has been completely okay which is a little foreign to me but I'll take it!

I'm also doing much better with food this week! I made a new recipe today that I absolutely LOVED (low carb flat bread crust pizza), made more keto muffins and have only had my ice cream on Thursday as I said I would. I'm also making sure to only have one small piece of chocolate if I can fit it into my macros and I've cut way back on the junky low carb food.

So, things are starting to look up! Let's hope they continue this way!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - August 24th - Eleven Weeks Low Carb/Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - August 24th:
08/24/2017:                     -1.0 pounds
Total lost:                        52.2 pounds
Current Weight:              177.8 pounds

So I'm down another pound this week which is great because the scale seemed stuck for most of this week seeing as I went from 10,000 and more steps a day to, maybe, 2-3,000 steps and I won't keep losing weight every week so I'm going to enjoy it while I can.

Anyway, this means that's 11 weeks in a row of losing weight since I started the "no cheating" thing, 20.8 pounds lost in those 11 weeks and 52.2 pounds lost in total!

I now have 47.8 lbs left until my original goal of losing 100 pounds and hitting my goal of 130 lbs. That goal or may not change depending on what happens when I get closer to that goal. It may go up or it may go down but I'm not going to worry about it right now. In the meantime my short-term goal is 175 pounds.

My goals for this week are simple. Stick to the food plan and focus on more veggies and real meals and less on junky low carb food and reintroduce stretching into my day. I'm not ready to work out yet (still seriously feeling the effects of the concussion) but I can at least start stretching again.

I realized the other day that the step challenge and most likely the yoga challenge have ended for me for this month thanks to the concussion but in several more days to a week I'll be able to start working out again and I can't wait!

But for now, I focus on food, rest and getting better!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

75 Days Low Carb/Keto With No Cheating!!

Today I am at 75 days low carb/keto with no cheating! 75 days is huge! Here's what I accomplished in that time...

- lost 20.6 pounds (total lost is currently 52 pounds... numbers based on right now but can change by Thursday's weigh-in)

-stopped eating all foods that are not low carb/keto... this means no bakery items outside of keto ones I make myself, no regular ice cream or gelato, no potatoes, no pasta, no take out unless it's a bun less burger or, once again, something low carb, no bread, no pizza, no Chinese, etc.

-tracked my calories and macros every day and posted my net carbs on my Facebook fitness board daily

-added exercise back into my life (until the concussion and some breaks)

-completed almost 2 months of step challenges and almost a month of the yoga challenge

-dropped inches and sizes in all clothing

-earned two new weapons and am on my way to a third

-lost weight every single week since the start of the 75 days

-dropped into the 170's that I haven't been in since 2005

-stopped craving sugar and carbs for the majority of time (although the time between week's 5 and 6 was pretty hard with cravings)

-starting feeling a million times better about how I feel, how I look and the fact that I am actually sticking with something I said I would do

-Set up a great workout area and made plans to rejoin the gym (as soon as I'm allowed to work out again)

- have not binged or eaten emotionally at all despite everything that's been going on in my life which, before this no-cheating plan, would have led me straight into the arms of sugar, carbs and binging

-probably started to make my kids proud as they see me doing what I said I would and succeeding

I'm sure there's more I may be forgetting to mention but those are the biggest ones! I get another weapon when I hit 90 days and I plan a big blog post when I hit 100!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Concussions, Rest Days and All Sorts Of Food Fun


Yeah, so I did end up seeing my doctor (for those who missed it, on Saturday I fell backwards off of my workout bench and landed in a V shape slamming my butt/lower back into the floor and the back of my head into the wall) and I do have a concussion. I figured I did so it was nice to have that validated (it was also nice to show my doctor that I had lost 10 lbs since the last time he saw me)!

Anyway, now I need to rest and take it easy for 7-10 days which means no gym according to my doctor, no strenuous workouts, being careful and just resting. Have I mentioned how much I hate resting these days, especially when I just rejoined the gym?

I'm hoping to at least be able to do daily stretches and maybe get back to my steps slowly over time. In the meantime my focus will go back to food.

And while we're on the topic of food, let's talk about it. Now, I'm still on track with my food if you look at the numbers. I'm still doing low carb/Keto, I'm still not cheating, I'm still within my calories and macros, still losing weight BUT over the last several weeks I've found myself relying more and more on low carb junk, chocolate, ice cream and snacks and less and less on actually healthy food and veggies and this needs to change, like, now.

I'm pretty sure its been over a week since I had any veggies at all and that's not good. My once a week low carb ice cream bar has turned into a daily ice cream bar plus some low carb chocolate, plus some low carb snacks and so on and that's not healthy or good. Yes, it's still in my macros and and it's still low carb but it's no longer healthy and my goal isn't just to lose weight but to get healthy as well. Plus all the fake sugar and sugar alcohols are really not good for me at all!

So right now the plan is cut the low carb ice cream bars to one treat a week, add veggies and berries to every day, stop buying various pre-made low carb/keto foods for now (especially since I rarely end up liking them) and go back to trying new, healthy recipes that include plenty of veggies.

Unfortunately, thanks to the concussion, I can't really stomach most solid foods right now, (I can handle soft things like the aforementioned ice cream, yogurt, jello, protein shakes, etc) but anything heavier I just can't eat right now but that won't last forever and I can add in some soft veggies for the time being.

Anyway, if I choose to look on the bright side, and I've really been working hard on that, since I can't focus on major workouts right now I can definitely focus on my food and getting that back on track so by the time I can go to the gym I should have the food all set!

Motivational Monday


This is how I need to look at this week and this injury. Yes, my back hurts worse and worse every day. Yes, I am out of it and my head hurts and I don't quiet feel like me. Yes I'm in pain and injured, can't work out like I want and I have to rest, but, this too will pass.  And that attitude will help me keep going!

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                        6.5 inches
Hips: - 1.0 inches                      5 inches
Bust:  - 0.5 inch                         6 inches
Chest: -1.0 inches                      9 inches
Right arm: -0 inches                  2 inches
Left arms: -0 inches                   2 inches
Right thigh: -0.5 inch                 5 inches
Left thigh: -0.5 inches                5 inches
Right calf: -0.2 inches                1.6  inches
Left calf: -0.2 inches                   2 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!!