Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 17th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: HIIT Cardio Plus Stretch

I am insanely sore and I'm loving it!

I wasn't sure I would have the energy to do cardio today but once I got home from work I just decided to do it and now I'm really glad I did.

I ended up going with a Walk At Home DVD that had boosted miles to make it more like HIIT cardio and feel like I got a really great workout.

Shoulders, abs and short cardio tomorrow!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: HIIT Cardio Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 5 minutes

HIIT Cardio: 45 Minutes: “Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home: 5K With a Twist”:
Fitbit info: time: 45 minutes, distance: 2.31, steps: 5,291, calories burned: 328

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 16th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch

Another workout day and I feel great! I'm super sore (especially my triceps and chest from yesterday), not sure I'll be able to lift my arms tomorrow and I'm loving it!

Tomorrow will be cardio day but I can't currently do the planned cardio due to my back and knees so I'll be doing a Walk Away the Pounds DVD but I'm going to make sure I pick one that has "boosted" miles because tomorrow is supposed to be HIIT cardio and the boosted miles is the closest thing I can think of for that.

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 8 minutes

Back + Biceps: 48 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch

Yes! I finally picked the plan I want and actually followed through and worked out and I feel amazing! What a great workout and my triceps feels like jello!

I ended up modifying both of the abs moves for my back but I was able to do everything else and I was shocked to actually hold my first plank (out of 3) for 95 seconds (the 2nd plank as 85 seconds and the 3rd was 80 seconds) after not working out for quiet a few weeks!

But, due to the fact that these workouts are created by someone other than me and they have to be purchased (for an really low and great price btw) I can't post all the details on my blog or Instagram like I normally do so I'll just include the basics.

And I'm really looking forward to working out again tomorrow!

Also, the reason the workout took so long this time is because I had a hard time figuring out what weight resistance band to use for one tricep exercise and how to position it correctly. I got it by the end but messing with the bands and having to constantly stop and readjust what I was doing added at least an extra 10 minutes to the plan!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 30 minutes

Chest + Triceps + Abs: 1 hour, 10 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day Four Keto and Workout Plan Thoughts


I made it to Day 4 keto and so far so good!

The last three days my net carbs have been under under 20 grams (15, 15, and 18) and today is planned for 15. My fat intake has also been way up (to actually reach my macros) and that's helping to keep me feeling really full. Even my sugar macros are down, from about 14-17 grams a day to 7-8!

Of course yesterday was Day 3 which, as always, was awful, but I prevailed! I think the things making the biggest difference right now is planning all my meals out the night before so I know exactly what I'll be eating when and taking my protein bars out of the menu lineup all together. I plan on still having them sometimes but more of a treat or a back up emergency if I absolutely can't get to any other food.

Now that that I have food mostly under control it's time to face working out. For several weeks now I've been waffling back and forth on what I want to follow for a program. I really love the Lauren Gleisberg workouts (I've talked about them before) and I fully planned on following them as of yesterday but the more I look them over, the more I see things I would have to modify due to my back and my knees, so I think I changed my mind and will stick to my self-created Push/Pull/Legs/Abs A-G workout for several rotations and see what happens.

But I may still change my mind and go with the Lauren Gleisberg ones when I'm done researching all the moves that concern me so nothing is decided yet.

I really wanted to start today but my head hurts very badly so we'll see as I go.

Basically, like the quote above states, I need to start with a plan I know I can stick with and I'm still trying to figure out what that is.

Anyway, the point is, as long as I'm doing something, I'll be good because I've been doing nothing for weeks and I'm sick of it!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - January 11th - Thirty-One Weeks Low Carb/Keto With Cheat Days

Thursday Weigh-In - January 11th:
01/04/2018:                  -1.0 pounds
Total lost:                     65.6  pounds
Current Weight:          164.4 pounds

I'm down a pound and I'll happily take it! This is also 34.2 lbs down since officially restarting in June of 2017. My short-term goal is still 160 lbs.

Now, today was supposed to be day 5 cheat free and, in a way, it would be but I got incredibly hungry last night after I was done logging in for the night so I ended up having an additional protein bar and a piece of chocolate and some other stuff, so while they weren't actually cheat foods I did end up with my net carbs at 62 which is way, way, way higher than my plan so I'm restarting my day 1 cheat free count today just because that's what feels right to me. It wasn't a cheat day but it also wasn't on plan and I'd rather count the on-plan days.

I'm also NOT restarting everything over or stopping my count from June like I talked about in the previous blog. I'm just restarting the "cheat-free" count. I hope that makes sense.

My other really big plan for this week is that I want to drop my daily carb amounts by about 10 net grams for each day which basically means replacing a protein bar with something "real" like meat, cheese, veggies, some fat, etc. I want to go from mostly net carbs of mid-30's every day to mid 20's-lower 20's and see what happens with my weight and my headaches (which don't want to go away).

I'm also putting all the protein bars in the downstairs freezer so it would be harder for me to get to them. This week I'm replacing one bar a day, next week I'll tackle something else (or keep working on the one bar depending on how it goes). I need to take this thing step by step!

I think that's pretty much it for today but I'm really looking forward to seeing what a lower carb plan will bring to my health and weight!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rethinking My Tracking Days and More


Okay, so I've been thinking a lot about this and about how long I've been on the low carb/keto plan and how I kept restarting to Day One in January, and here's what I've come up with.

I am going back to my original tracking day of 215 days in a row (which I have tracked, more or less, even when cheating) instead of starting over with Day 1 because I cheated several times. I will also continue to track the days I don't cheat in a row and include them in the blog count.

I am doing this because this is a journey and a marathon and it's part of my life and just because I had cheat days and faltered doesn't mean I have to start over and over and over again. Sometimes there will be mistakes, sometimes (not that I have any planned because I don't) there will be an occasional cheat day, sometimes there will be exercise and sometimes I'll be a slug, but none that means that I have to restart the tracking count each and every time.

This is my life. This is how things are. Nothing will ever be perfect and it just makes more sense to me to blog about it and talk about it rather than recounting the days because it is what it is and the journey won't always be perfect.

So, I'm going to pick up from here and probably rework my previous blog posts to have them make more sense.

As of today this puts me at 215 days logging on My Fitness Pal and currently 3 days cheat free!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Emotional Eating, Cheat Days and Starting Fresh Again!


So... yesterday was a complete and total failure. I can't get into details as to why at this time but, like I posted yesterday, I medicated with carbs and it was a bad, bad idea.

It didn't help the way I hoped it would (and the way it used to about a year ago) and it made me very, very sick. Of course no one is actually surprised by that turnout but it is what it is.

The only thing that was okay from the whole event is that, somehow, my weight did not go up and I'm not longer craving carbs and sugar at this time. In fact, the thought of them is making me feel like throwing up :/

So I decided to start over with Day 1 today. I considered not starting over and just continuing to count days but I know me and I know my brain and I know that if I have the precedent of "I already had one cheat day" that it would lead to "Oh, I had one, I can have another one..." the next time I have a hard time and I don't want to do that.

I really want to (and need to) get back to no cheating at all so, once again, that's the plan from here on out and if I have to start over again today to make it happen then so be it.

The big thing working on my favor is that in the past week I had already started to say that even though I had a 6-day free for all after my Christmas cheat, it sill felt worth it so maybe I could do it again next Christmas (not a good idea no matter what angle you look at it from), but yesterday made me feel so freaking sick that I can honestly say it was NOT worth it and I really don't want to repeat it again.

For the way I think, that's great and that's what's likely to stop me the next time the urge hits!

I did go back and reread my blog for several weeks after I started no cheating in June and it looks like I'll have it under control by about Day 10. Day 3 will be the worst (it always is) but the cravings may hang around a bit longer but, back in June, by day 10 I was doing awesome and not craving the carbs at all!

The other thing I changed is that, right now, an award every 30 days is too far away, so, instead, I'm going to do a small reward every 5 days until I feel like I can stretch it better. The plan now is that for every 5 days I don't cheat I will put $5 into the envelope for "new clothes to buy when I hit my goal weight." That's basically what I'll need when I get to that point anyway lol.

Tomorrow is my birthday and we'll be making a keto dessert for it... wooohoo.

So here's to Day 1! Let's make it happen!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Medicating With Carbs


Today I'm medicating with carbs. I know it's not a good idea but it is what it is, I can't really get into the details of "why" and I really don't want to talk about it.

But tomorrow is a new day and a brand new start and that's how I'm going to look at it.

Once of these days it's bound to stick like it did in June and I know I'll get there again. I just need to keep trying.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - January 4th - Thirty Weeks Low Carb/Keto With Cheat Days

EDITED TO MATCH UPDATED TRACKING PLAN: 

Thursday Weigh-In - January 4th:
01/04/2018:                  +1.8 pounds
Total lost:                     64.6  pounds
Current Weight:          165.4 pounds

So, today is Day 4 of no cheating and it's going pretty well. I'm still up over last week's weight from my cheat break but I have no plans on cheating at all any time soon. I don't want to say I'll never eat food with a lot of sugar and simple carbs but definitely not for a very, very, very long time.

Yesterday was difficult, especially yesterday afternoon because Day 3 is always the worst but I'm past it now and it should hopefully get easier from here on out.

My goals now are to continue with my weight loss and to start working out again this week. I have several different plans I am considering following and one of these days I'll actually pick one but I'm not sure which one, we'll see! As long as I'm following someone for a while, I think I'll be okay!

My other big goal is to add actual, homemade food back into my plan (especially veggies) and cut way back on the protein bars and protein shakes. It'll take some planning but I know I can do it!

I also have a day long Yoga, nutrition and Eastern medicine thing that I'm attending on Sunday so that should be really good too.

So, basically, I'm back on track with food and happy to be there!