Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - December 14th - Twenty-Seven Weeks Low Carb/Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - December 14th:
12/14/2017:                  -0.2 pounds
Total lost:                     70.4  pounds
Current Weight:          159.6 pounds

Well, on one hand it's still a loss despite how small it is. One the other hand, it's so small but that's pretty much how my weight loss has been going and last week was a great loss so I'll just be happy with what it is and hope for more next week.

This also means I've lost something for 27 weeks straight and I'm down 39 lbs in those 27 weeks. So it's still progress, just really slow this week. My short-term goal is still 155 lbs.

My back is still bothering me so I'm resting it and waiting to see if my trainer approves my new workout plan. I want to be back to working out by this weekend if possible.

I now have 11 days left until I can have some yummy, carby foods and I'm assuming that week will definitely show a gain but I'm ready for it!

So, now I just keep doing what I have been doing and keep working on this weight loss. I think that's all I have for now.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

And... I Need to Rethink the Workout Plan...

...but I already have a new plan so I'm good!

Here's the issue, today my back hurts very, very badly. Like, I'm not even working out today badly and the only thing I've done differently this week are the video workouts and I didn't pull it or hurt it in any other way.

So, obviously my body can't really handle this many video workouts in a row and that's okay. Live and learn, and here's what I learned...

1) I need more variety with my plans.

2) I need shorter, more basic workout plans that don't require 4 days to compete the full body and have, like, a month's worth of almost daily workouts in one plan.

3) I really like doing the full body or even an upper/lower body split rather than the regular push/pull/leg/abs split right now.

4) I need a break from creating and obsessing over my own workouts.

So, here what's I'm doing... I decided that, for now, I want to do an upper/lower body plan split into 4 day weeks: Upper/Lower/break (or cardio or gentle yoga) then Upper/Lower/Break (or whatever again) plus a rest day if I haven't already taken one.

I also want to do ONE video a week, yoga or pilates probably, not weights, since I'll be doing that on my own. I figure once a week, if I choose the right videos, won't hurt me if I'm careful.

And, of course, I need to do cardio but that can fit in anywhere.

I'm doing a lot of online research and I've already found four upper/lower body routines that are already created and ready to go (I just need to switch out a couple of exercises with stuff I can't do or that require gym machines) so I don't need to worry about creating my own and I can switch workouts every 6-8 (or whatever) weeks or whenever my body is ready for change.

I'm still going to send the workouts plan to my trainer for approval and I'll start this week, once my back feels better, but this seems like a great compromise to me and I'm looking forward to it!

So let's see what happens with this plan!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12th Workout - Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses

Today was definitely a gentle stretch day! I started out with some cardio but my body is super sore and exhausted so I just focused on my regular full body stretch (yoga poses included) and it felt great!

Back to tougher workouts tomorrow though!

Full Body Stretch w/Yoga Moves: 23 Minutes

Rotating Neck Stretch
Neck Release Stretch
Standing Side Bend
Overhead Tricep Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Overhead Shoulder Stretch
Eagle Arms Pose
Wrist Stretch
Wide Arms Stretch (using the doorway)
Tree Pose
Warrior II Pose
Triangle Pose
Standing Calf Stretch
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Standing Quad Stretch
Standing Half Forward Bend (holding on to shelf)
Standing Forward Fold
Downward Dog Pose
Downward Dog Pose with Alternating Calf Stretch
Low Lunge Pose
Half Split Pose
Cat/Cow Pose
Thread the Needle Pose
Cobra Stretch
Child's Pose
Pigeon Stretch Pose
Reclined Butterfly Pose
Knee to Chest Stretch
Rotating Ankle Stretch
Prone Hamstring Stretch with Stretch Band
Reclined Glute Stretch (1 foot on floor)
Reclined Glute Stretch (both feet off floor)
Supine Twist (knees folded for back safety)
Bridge Pose
Seated Butterfly Stretch
Seated Side Bend
Seated Spinal Twist
Cross-Legged Forward Bend
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
2nd Seated Butterfly Stretch

Monday, December 11, 2017

So Let's Talk About This New Workout Plan...


First off, every, single part of me is sore and I love it!! It even hurts my abs to laugh and I can't wait to see how I feel tomorrow after all the work I put in today!

Second, I'm totally loving this plan right now. I have over 200 online DVDs to choose from with the Amazon channel I signed up for and there's other channels available with tougher workouts whenever I get ready for that. So I can do whatever workout I want and feel like doing that particular day and I can't see myself getting bored with it anytime soon!

I was afraid the DVDs might be to easy for me with all the work I've done in the past year or so but even though there's less reps and my weights are lower, I'm still getting a fantastic workout, at least with the ones I've tried so far!

I'm also working differently since I'm not only working certain muscles groups per day right now. I'm just doing whatever the instructor tells me too and I'm doing a lot more combo type work (example: squats & biceps together), especially since I work the full body every other day. This really changes my approach to exercise and my body is loving it!

It also make it easier if I have to miss a day due to illness or emergency because once the full body is done I'm good to go! Right now the plan is full body one day of whatever... yoga, pilates, barre, weights, a combo of all... whatever I feel like trying and cardio the next.

And I'm looking forward to working out again and that feels amazing!! I don't have to worry about setting things up, planning my workouts, printing my workouts,  etc. I just decide what I want to do that day, grab some basic equipment and I'm good to go!

All in all, I'm thrilled that I decided to try this and I can't wait to see what this will do for my body and my fitness levels!!

Monday, December 11th Workout - Denise Austin's Personal Training System Customized Workout

Today was full body day again so I decided to hit it hard with a strength training workout.


I went with Denise Austin's Personal Training System because I've done it in the past and liked it (excluding the cardio segments) and by putting together all of the strength training and stretch, I got a fantastic workout that challenged me!

In fact, I couldn't even finish out all the reps in the hardest, final high intensity segments for upper body and lower body but I loved it and my body is now Jello lol. And my abs still kill from the Pilates workout the day before yesterday!

I'm thinking of making sure this particular workout and the way I did it should be in my rotation weekly but we'll see!

Full Body Workout Day - 1 hour, 25 Minutes

"Denise Austin's Personal Training System:" 

One 10-Minute Abs Workout

Three 10-Minute Upper Body Workouts (low, medium and high intensity) using 3 lb, 5 lb, 8 lb and 10 lb dumbbells going back and forth with...

Three 10-Minute Lower Body Workouts (low, medium and high intensity)

One 10-Minute Full Body Stretch

Motivational Monday

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10th Workout - Walk Away The Pounds: 4 Mile Super Challenge

I had a great cardio workout today and I'm very nicely sore from yesterday's pilates! I'm also looking forward to tomorrow's full body workout, I just haven't fully decided what it will be yet but I have a lot of choices.

I think I may do this full body one day/cardio the next thing for a while. This makes it a lot easier to plan and I'm not missing a body part if I have to miss a workout for some reason. It simplifies things and it's a huge change for me that I'm liking right now.


Cardio Day - 60 Minutes

“Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds: 4 Mile Super Challenge”:
Fitbit info: time: 60 minutes, distance: 3.11, steps: 6,879, calories burned: 416

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9th Workout - 10 Minute Solution Pilates DVD - All Five Segments

I started the day with a high pain day and ended feeling amazing from today's workout!

Full Body Workout Day - 52 Minutes

"10 Minute Solution: Pilates:" 
Pilates for Abs
Pilates for Buns & Thighs
Pilates for Flexibility
Sculpting Pilates
Pilates Burn

I did the entire 52 minute 10 Minute Solution Pilates DVD (all five segments) and I LOVED every minute of it! I've never, ever (and this DVD used to be my favorite) been able to do the entire 52 minutes before and I was able to to do every exercise!

I sweated like crazy, my legs feel like jello and the most important thing is that I loved every minute of it.

Maybe this whole time the problem was that I was getting burnt out on the same type of strength training that I've been doing for, what, two years now, and I just needed a huge change and that's why my workouts kept stalling and fizzling out?

Anyway, cardio tomorrow and then I have, like, 166 other DVDs to choose from on the Amazon channel I found the workout on. My biggest fear this whole time was that the DVD's moved too fast for me but after all the weight I've lost, they're not too fast anymore!

So maybe I won't be building serious muscle right now but as long as I'm doing something and actually enjoying myself, that's what counts, right? And eventually I'll be back at the serious stuff but right now I need a break from it. And I have pilates, yoga, weights, dance, cardio, barre and all sorts of other DVD's to choose from to keep me from getting bored!

I am so pumped and excited and I actually can't wait to work out again!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday Weigh-In - December 7th - Twenty-Six Weeks Low Carb/Keto Plus Measurements

Thursday Weigh-In - December 7th:
12/07/2017:                  -2.2 pounds
Total lost:                     70.2  pounds
Current Weight:          159.8 pounds

Holy crap, I'm in the 150's!!!!! Today is 6-months (26 weeks) of low carb/keto with no cheating and I'm down 70.2 lbs since June 2015 and 38.8 lbs down in that 26 weeks! I have 29.8 lbs to go until I hit my goal weight... less than 30 pounds away and I hit my short-term goal is 160 so my new short-term goal is 155 lbs!

This is what my My Fitness Pal weigh-in's for the last six months have looked like...


...which is really awesome! I've lost weight every week for the last six months! Yes, it has slowed down and it'll start getting even slower soon but I'm okay with this.

My biggest goal right now, outside of sticking with what I've been doing, is to get back to working out. I really, really need to create some muscles here to offset the sagging skin and because I freaking love working out lol.

I'm guessing I'll probably be in the 150's for a good two months (if not more) because that's how long it took to get out of the 160's and I'm not really worried about it. I'd love to be done but I'm doing this in such a way that the weight will stay off. There's no reason to rush it.

I also did my measurements and I lost on everything but upper arms and jean size! The most recent will be posted here and the total amounts will be on my "weigh-in and measurements" page.

Lost between 10/26-12/07        Total Lost:
Waist: -0.5 inch                         9.5 inches
Hips: - 1.0 inch                        10.0 inches
Bust:  - 1.0 inch                         9.0 inches
Chest: - 0.5 inches                     11 inches
Right arm: -0 inches                  2.8 inches
Left arms: -0 inches                   2.8 inches
Right thigh:-0.5 inch                  6.5 inches
Left thigh: - 0.5 inch                  6.5 inches
Right calf: - 0.2 inches               2.5  inches
Left calf:   - 0.2 inches               3.0 inches
Jeans Size: no change                 5 sizes

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

180 days Low Carb/Keto Cheat Free!!!


So, today is 180 days cheat free low carb/keto and my next 30 days of being cheat free which earned me my favorite tank top to date! I think I was originally going to post this at 175 days but I forgot.

Also, I had to get a replacement tank top because this one was a little too big at the bottom and I know that it'll be way too big in a matter of months which is actually really cool!

The last 30 days have been the same as the several 30 day cycles before them in terms of food, calories and macros and I'm still working on getting my exercise back on track. The only things that's changing is how fast the weight is coming off because it's definitely slowing down but that's normal and I'm still at some kind of weekly weight loss so I'm not complaining (too much anyway lol).

I'm still within all my numbers (I haven't gone over 46 net grams of carbs in 180 days and I've lost 36.6 lbs in that time). I'm still losing inches and sizes (as shown by the huge trash bag of clothes I gave away that are too big for me now). I'm still not binging, cheating or craving cheating but I'm also tired. I want a day where I can just eat whatever and not think about it or plan for it or worry or track or any of that but that's what Christmas is for and that's only 20 days away.

And, speaking of Christmas, here is where things change just a little. The next no cheat cycle is only going for 20 days because Christmas falls on Day 200 and that's my feast day. 

I think that at this point I will start the 30-day count over again the day after Christmas and once 30 days pass from then I get another tank top but I'm not sure because I will have that last 20 days under my belt already so I'm still figuring that out.

Other than that the total daily count is staying the same but now it'll be posted and talked about as "200 days low carb/keto, 1 cheat day" versus "200 days low carb/keto cheat free." I hope that makes sense lol.

So my main goals right now are to get into the 150's within this month (getting closer and closer to that every week), get back to regular working out and just keep working hard!

And here's my new tank top in a size Large... I have a Medium on it's way to me in the mail!