Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Shoulders, Abs & Cardio Plus Stretch

Great workout today. Since it was supposed to be a short (15 minute) cardio, I didn't do a DVD, I just did a brisk walk back and forth in the house. I can't wait until I can walk outside again!

Tomorrow is leg day and I'm still somewhat sore from last week's leg day so this should be interesting!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Shoulders, Abs & Cardio Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 16 minutes

Shoulders + Abs: 40 minutes

Short Cardio: 15 Minutes: Brisk Indoor Walk: Fitbit info: time: 15 minutes, distance: 0.68, steps: 1,602,

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 21 Minutes

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bring On the Testing - Dermatologist and Skin Issues Update - PHOTOS INCLUDED

I haven't been updating on my skin issues for quite a while because I've had to reschedule my dermatologist visit five or six times so far this winter due to a snow storm or ice conditions every single time I had an appointment. It was very frustrating, especially as things with my skin were getting worse, but I finally made it in today and we have some progress!

But first, here's what's been going on with the heat, redness, swelling and more redness. At first I thought the cream was helping as the skin issues went from every afternoon and evening to four or five times a week but then they started covering new ground and for the last two weeks they've been back to every evening and afternoon again.

The redness has spread from my face, sides of my neck and chest to covering my entire face and ears, all of my neck, even under my chin where it was never red before, a much larger portion of my chest and then to my upper and now middle back, shoulders and most recently, down my upper arms. And.. a whole new place, it now spreads across my toes and top of my feet.

Of course this redness and heat comes and goes. It's always at its worst after 3-4 pm and lasts until after I go to bed. The more I work out, the worse it seems to be. On top of that, the circulation in my fingers and toes has gotten really bad so they're constantly freezing and, in my opinion, all of this is tied to some kind of autoimmune issue.

I already have Renaud's syndrome (which explains the circulation) and fibromyalgia and there's an entire autoimmune umbrella that I could be falling under and now, finally, they are testing me for all this!

My dermatologist agreed that it is most likely an autoimmune issue of some kind and, currently, they are specifically looking for Lupus (I know, I know, it's never lupus ;)) but today they took a tissue sample to biopsy off of my chest to try and figure out what's going on and sent me to get blood taken for numerous other tests as well as making sure my kidney's are in good shape.

I go back in two weeks to see if we have any answers from the testing and I'm hoping that, one way or another, we can figure out what's going on.

I'm including some pictures here, they ARE safe despite the fact that I am not wearing a top in the one that shows the chest redness, it cuts off before too much is shown, but this is basically what I look like every afternoon and evening, sometimes better and sometimes worse. I don't normally share this kind of thing but I wanted to show what I'm dealing with and maybe someone out there has an idea what this is or how I can make it better?

Also, I no longer need the incredibly expensive cream because it's not helping anyway.

I'm just thrilled I'm finally being listened too and that we're moving ahead to either confirm this or rule it out!

Tuesday, February 27th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Cardio Plus Stretch

Yes! Cardio day is done along with a stretch. On the HIIT cardio days I do a longer walking DVD and today's was 40 minutes and I didn't hate it. I didn't love it either but my back is good and I got a great workout so I'm happy.

Shoulders, abs and short cardio tomorrow!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Cardio Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 2 minutes

Cardio: 40 Minutes: “Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: 40 Minute Super Burn”: Fitbit info: time: 40 minutes, distance: 2.09, steps: 4,745,

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 22 Minutes

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday, February 26th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch

Ahhh, another great workout done and I was able to go up on my biceps by 2 extra pounds on one of the exercises. I also didn't have to switch out any exercises today!

I'm really enjoying this workout plan so far. It's challenging but not to the point where I can't do it and I'm definitely feeling like it'll give me results!

Cardio day tomorrow!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 6 minutes

Back + Biceps: 46 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch

Week two of this 12 weeks program is off to a great start! My triceps are jello and my lower body is still sore but more like a normal sore and not the crazy sore that it's been for the last two days.

The only exercise I had to switch out today was the Russian twist again and I went with oblique crunches with my feet on the workout bench in place of it.

Back and biceps tomorrow!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 13 minutes

Chest + Triceps + Abs: 53 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

Today is my official rest day and thank God for that because my legs and butt are more sore than they were yesterday and getting up and down, and especially stairs and sitting, is horrible!

Tomorrow I'm looking at chest, triceps and abs and am looking forward to starting my second week or this plan!

As for yoga it's going great but we've been looking at some extra difficult poses so I've had to modify the last two and will have to modify the next two. Now I need to start picking out a yoga challenge for March!

So here are the yoga poses that I've done for the last seven days (in order of doing them):

Day Eighteen - Warrior II Pose

     Day Nineteen - Modified Side Angle Pose

  Day Twenty - Triangle Pose with Yoga Block

Day Twenty-One - Tree Pose

Day Twenty-Two - Inclined Plane/Upward Plank Pose

Day Twenty-Three - Half Bow Pose instead of regular Bow Pose

 Day Twenty-Four - Modified Camel Pose instead of regular Camel Pose

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23rd Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Cardio Plus Stretch

With today's workout finished I have completed the full week 1A of the workout plan! I can't remember the last time I actually stuck to the workout plan for a whole week and I'm not about to stop now! Tomorrow is my rest day (which I desperately need) and then I start the Optional Beginner Phase Week 2B on Sunday.

I am also insanely sore from yesterday's leg day and I'm loving it and whining about it at the same time, but mostly loving it because I know I did something right!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Cardio Plus Stretch - 52 minutes

Cardio: 30 Minutes: “Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds: 2 Mile Brisk Walk”: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.66, steps: 3,661

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 22 Minutes

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Legs Plus Stretch

Oh. My. God. My thighs and glutes!!! They are absolute jello and I'm not sure I'll be able to walk tomorrow but I feel amazing!

I did great with all the new exercises including the lunges I was worried about although I was ready to collapse by the last set of the walking lunges!

I'm really loving this workout! Tomorrow I have cardio again and then a rest day. I can't believe I actually stuck to the plan for almost the full workout week! Feeling really happy with myself right now!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Legs Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 3 minutes

Legs: 43 minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Thursday Weigh-In - February 22nd - Week Four Strict Keto and 25 Days Cheat Free!

Thursday Weigh-In - February 22nd:         
02/22/2018:                             -0.2 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart    -7.4 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:          65.4 pounds
Current Weight:                        164.6 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                           25 days

So this week saw a very small loss despite doing everything right with food but I have to take into account the fact that I just started working out this past week so there's a good chance that my muscles are retaining water. Plus I'm down 7.4 lbs in 25 days so I'm not complaining and now I'm just 5 pounds away from my pre-Christmas weight.

I'm also at 25 days cheat free today and I'm thrilled! This top is my first 25-day reward and it's super comfy, cute and a size medium!

Not cheating gets easier every day. Even at church this past Sunday (it was Cheesefare) so there was a ton of amazing looking and smelling food that was pretty much carbs and sugar and I didn't have any. Yeah, I kind of wished I could but there was no desperate craving for them at all which was awesome!

My plan for this coming week is pretty much the same. Stick to the plan, keep working out and just keep plugging away at it! My biggest weight loss goal right now is to get back to my pre-Christmas weight and then I can start losing "new" weight after that.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21st Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Shoulders, Abs & Cardio Plus Stretch

Today's workout was shoulders, abs and short cardio plus my stretch and it went well. The cardio didn't aggravate my back to badly and the only exercise I had to switch out was the Russian Twist which was replaced with bicycle crunches.

Tomorrow is Leg Day and I'm a little bit concerned about it because it involves two types on lunges that I've never done before (walking lunges and curtsy lunges) but I'm willing to give it a good try!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Shoulders, Abs & Cardio Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 24 minutes

Shoulders + Abs: 43 minutes

Short Cardio: 20 Minutes: “Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: 20 Minute Easy Burn”: Fitbit info: time: 20 minutes, distance: 1.05, steps: 2,375,

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 21 Minutes

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Cardio Plus Stretch

Today was HIIT cardio day and I did the cardio DVD I had planned and it went as well as it could have. I didn't do the boosted miles or back kicks and I did have to slow it down by the last 10 minutes because of my back but, all in all, it went well!

I think I'll be able to handle these DVD's for cardio as long as I listen to my body and pay attention and once good weather gets here I can walk outside again!

This is the furthest I've gone with this workout before so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow which will be shoulders, abs and short cardio (another DVD but it only needs to be 15-20 minutes along according to the plan so I'll probably go with a basic 20 minute one).

Oh, and my back is feeling muscle soreness (in a good way) in places it's never felt before so I'm thrilled about that!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Cardio Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 3 minutes

Cardio: 45 Minutes: “Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home: 5K With a Twist”: Fitbit info: time: 45 minutes, distance: 2.24, steps: 5,304, calories burned: 290

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 18 Minutes

Monday, February 19, 2018

Some Macro Changes and Thoughts... (Edited Post)

EDIT NOTE: when I first posted this I had a plan to pretty change almost every macro by a good amount, I've reconsidered since then because I think I'm taking on too much at a time and I'm going to break it down into more doable steps and keep the changes small and sustainable for the long run!

So, when I first started no cheat keto back in June of 2017, I was doing keto/low carb because my macros for carbs were higher than 20 net grams a day. At that time I allowed myself to have up to 46-48 or so net grams of carbs and got high fat and moderate protein and I was happy with this. It gave me enough carbs to satisfy me while still allowing me to lose weight nearly every week (the only weeks I did not lose weight between June 2017-December 2017 was in the last 2 weeks of December).

Then I took my one feast day off for Christmas Eve and you all know how that went (I binged on sugar and carbs on and off for a month and regain a bunch of weight).

So, in my infinite wisdom (hahahaha) I decided that when I would restart low carb/keto after the binging was over, I would keep my net carbs at 25 and under and I've done that for the last 22 days. Before that I managed to sneak in a 9-day binge-free time where my net carbs were 15-18 net grams of carbs and my fat and protein were way, way higher than before Christmas.

What I discovered was that keep my net carbs under 20 left me unsatisfied and made the skin on my neck and chest react far more than normal, so I upped them to 25 net which is what I've been doing since my January 29th "real" cheat-free restart. Plus I upped my protein even more and somewhat upped my fat on the advice of many keto people and keto calculators. And, honestly I've been pretty happy with this carb amount but I haven't been happy with how I'm handling my food choices.

Now, granted, I did lose a lot of of weight the first three weeks of that restart at least half of which I'm counting as mostly the water weight that I needed to drop from the post-Christmas binge but I'm not happy with several things and my skin is getting worse again. Of course my skin is in bad shape all the time (will see the derm again on the 27th after 3 months of having to reschedule due to horrible weather EVERY SINGLE TIME that I had an appointment scheduled since November!!). But, I've noticed it gets worse under certain conditions such as when my carbs are under 18 net grams or so.

I also feel like I am overdoing it slightly on protein and basically driving myself crazy constantly messing with (and researching) macros, so, like I often do, I went back in my blog and on My Fitness Pal and tracked backwards to June to see how I was doing on the months that I lost well and felt well and on the months that were very bad for weight loss, mood and general blog posts and here's what I found...

My calories definitely need to go down. I can't eat the same amount of calories that I was eating to lose at 230 lbs as I have been to lose at 165 lbs because that's a huge difference in body size! I also noticed that I was losing better when my protein wasn't as high as I had been making it during the really low carb days (under 20 net grams). I know people's body's react different to ketosis with different amounts of protein and I think I'm taking in too much for MY body at this time. I'm going to keep playing with those macros every few weeks and see how it goes.

I'm also far less satisfied with my food and my meals than I was when I was allowing myself more "real" food. I've been cutting out foods that are higher in carbs (including things that are good for me like baby carrots) and having less fresh food and more protein shakes made from actual protein powder (instead of the Atkins shakes I used to drink). Yes, these shakes are a Godsend for getting in all my protein on the days I need them but not to the point where I should replace fresh veggies with them.

So after hours of rereading info and comparing numbers, macros, weight and health I am upping my carbs by, maybe 5 more net grams a day (so 30 and under net) but that has to be from the veggie/berry/healthy carbs, dropping my protein back by about 10 or so grams a day and basically letting the fat fall where it will within the calories while not going over a certain amount. And maybe I'll discover that it wasn't the extra protein messing me up but the calories but that will take some time to figure out.

I am NOT stopping the no-cheating plan and I'm not throwing in the extra carbs in the form of candy or bakery items or sugar or any of that crap. I'm looking at healthier carbs that still fit the low carb/keto guidelines. I'm also dropping my calories down by about 50 a day and approaching them very carefully.

Some strict ketoers won't agree with this but it's what's worked best for me in the past. A lot of people say that keto is whatever number of carbs your body can handle and still be in ketosis. A lot of others say it's only "true keto" if you stay under 20 net grams, others say it's keto if you're under 50 grams of carbs. Some say you need more protein than fat, some say the opposite, some say they should be the same. I've read and listened to many, many opinions over the last I don't know how many months and I've decided to trust myself with this but take it in small steps. Change protein and carbs by about 10 grams or under, drop calories and see where that goes, then reevaluate when needed.

So... here's what all that comes down to... lower calories, possibly higher net carbs, lower protein, fat wherever it falls, more fresh veggies, less protein powder and shakes, more real food, less stuff I eat just because it's keto. And absolutely NO cheat days (on Day 22 cheat free today!).

I will run with this for now and then reevaluate over time depending on how things go. If I see them going badly by how I feel physically and mentally, how my clothes fit and what the scale says, I'll change things again and if they go okay, then... great!

So let's do this thing!

Monday, February 19th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch

I had another great workout and I loved it! I'm also nicely sore from yesterday and will definitely be sore tomorrow from today's workout! The only exercise I had to switch out today was the dead lift and I replaced it with a prone row with dumbbells.

Tomorrow I'm looking at cardio. It's supposed to be HIIT cardio but I would kill my back and knees with the planned workout so I'm going with one of the longer (45 minutes or more) Walk Away the Pounds DVDs and just making sure I don't do the back kicks or the boosted miles. It should still be a great cardio workout even though I'm replacing those things.

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Back + Biceps Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 14 minutes

Back + Biceps: 54 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18th Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch

I absolutely loved today's workout and I was definitely way more challenged than I am with my own so I'm going to stick it out this time!

Once again, I can't give major workout details because this isn't one of my own programs but my 3 forearm plank times were 100 seconds, 80 seconds and 70 seconds so I'm very happy with that! I also switched out both ab exercises for ones that were safer on my back but everything else went according to the plan!

I also decided to give the Walk Away the Pounds DVDs another try (when it's cardio day) and just not do the turbo boosted miles. I think that's what was hurting my back last time and, basically, my back hurts no matter what I do so I may as well to find a way to work with it instead of avoiding things, while still watching out for the things that I know will make it worse.

I'm really looking forward to Back and Biceps tomorrow!

Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 1A: Chest + Triceps + Abs Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 20 minutes

Chest + Triceps + Abs: 1 hour, 2 Minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 18 Minutes

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Some Workout Plan Changes and the Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

After the last two days of running my own workout plan I decided to go back to the Lauren Gleisberg plan starting tomorrow.

I'm comparing how I felt between the two different workouts and I sweated more, burned more calories and was way, way, way more sore (during and after) using the LG workout rather than my own.

So despite how I may feel about some of the harder exercises (which I probably shouldn't be avoiding anyway just because they're hard), I think the LG one was better for my body because I could feel it during the workouts and I'm not feeling it nearly as much with mine. I am somewhat sore, but nothing like how I felt with the LG workout.

Plus I figure if I really want some pilates and barre moves I can do separate workouts for those in between the LG ones... like, finish the 1st LG one (12 weeks) then do a week or two of pilates/barre whatever, then move on to the next LG one or mix it in throughout the weeks or something.

I'll still need to modify her plan to work with my back but I think it's better than my plan in terms of getting in shape so that's what I'm going to do.

And here are the yoga poses that I've done for the last seven days (in order of doing them):

Day Eleven - Cobra Pose 

Day Twelve - Downward Facing Dog Pose 

Day Thirteen - One-Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose

Day Fourteen - Standing Forward Bend Pose

Day Fifteen - High Lunge Pose 

Day Sixteen - Low Lunge/Low Warrior Pose

Day Seventeen - Warrior III Pose

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16th Workout - - Pull Day A - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

I got in another great workout! I'm keeping my weights pretty low for the first run of A days because I'm just starting out again so I'm testing what I can do and I'm not as strong as I was before, but I'll definitely be able to raise them soon, possibly by the B days. Tomorrow I have Leg Day A to look forward to.

Charles is also going to attach another anchor to the wall, this time as high as the wall allows, because right now my "high" anchor is up somewhat high (I need a chair to be able to put a band through it) but it's not high enough to where I don't have to wind the band around numerous times to get the equipment to hang at the correct height so we'll add the higher anchor when it comes on Monday.

Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 10 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Bicep & Forearms: 50 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Bird Dog - 3 sets x 10 reps

Wide Grip Anchored Band Lat Pulldown w/Lat Bar - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 40 lb band + 8 lb bar

Anchored Band Bicep Curl- 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lb band

Chest Supported Dumbbell Row -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 8 lbs

Dumbbell Standing Hammer Bicep Curl -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Anchored Band Shrug -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 30 lb band

Anchored Band Forward High Bicep Curl - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15-20 lb band

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

Full body Stretch - 20 Minutes

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15th Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch

Finally!! I finally started working out again and it was a good one!

I started my Push/Pull/Legs/Abs A-G Plan with the added pilates exercises and each day basically has a couple of new exercises in it.

One of today's new ones was the Side Lying Tricep Press and.... Oh. My. God. I don't think I've ever done a harder tricep exercise but I loved it and I know I'll be feeling it tomorrow!

I also had to drop the weight amounts I was using because it's been so long since I've actually worked out but that just gives me more goals to work toward! Pull Day A tomorrow!

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 20 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 60 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Standing Anchored Band Chest Press w/Bar - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 30 lb band + 3 lb bar

Side Lying Tricep Press - 3 sets x 15 reps

Dumbbell Fat Bench Fly-  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Press (Palms Facing Out) - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Anchored Band Tricep Pushdowns - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 20 lb band

Anchored Band Lateral Raises -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 15-20 lb band

Crossface Tricep Extensions -  3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 5 lbs

Scarecrow - 3 sets x 15 reps: 3 x 3 lbs

Full body Stretch - 20 Minutes

Thursday Weigh-In - February 15th - Week Three Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - February 15th:_____   
02/15/2018:                             -3.2 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart    -7.2 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:          65.2 pounds
Current Weight:                        164.8 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                        18 days

Yes!! Down another 3.2 pounds and only 5.2 lbs away from my pre-Christmas weight! I have been working my butt off with my calories, macros and food and it shows!

I'm also handling things with food much better. It hasn't been the best week but I didn't turn to comfort eating at all. Truth be told if I had been on day 1 or 2 of no cheating, hell yeah, I would have have comforted myself with sugar and carbs (we did our taxes and it was not good... enough said on that for now) but being 18 days into it (16 at the time of taxes) I was able to easily ignore the thought of comfort eating and just went on with my plan.

Now that the food part is under control I really do have to get back to working out. I had planned to start last week but I spent most of the week feeling like crap with a really bad headache and finally narrowed down the culprit to mold in my water bottle :O. That's under control now and I've been feeling a lot better so I should be able to start this week!

My yoga challenge is continuing to go really well and I'll definitely keep doing monthly challenges because I like having one specific pose to focus on a day.

So the plan is to keep doing what I've been doing with added exercise and hopefully the weight will keep coming off!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Check-In and Yoga Challenge Photos!

So far this week is going great! I'm sticking with all my calories and macros (I haven't gone over 23 net carbs in the 13 days that I've been back on track), the scale is moving down nicely and I'm doing great with the yoga challenge (even though I HATED today's pose because of how hard it was for me).

I'm not doing the poses perfectly but I'm doing my best, reading and following directions, looking at photos and watching videos to make sure I get them as close to correct as possible. Plus Charles walks me through what body part I need to move where based on looking at a photo of the pose on the days that he takes the pictures.

I definitely want to keep going with more yoga poses and yoga challenges so even though a lot of poses will repeat throughout the various monthly challenges, every time I do one is another time to get closer to doing it better!

I'm also starting working out tomorrow. My workout plan is ready, updated, printed and ready to go and I'm really looking forward to working with weights and bands again! I'm not going to worry about cardio right now because the cardio DVDs hurt my back but once the weather warms up I'll definitely be walking outside to get my cardio in. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on strength training, yoga and stretching.

Here are the poses that I've done for the last ten days (in order of doing them) and I'm looking forward to the next ones!

Day One - Easy Pose

Day Two - Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose 

Day Three - Half-Lord-Of-the-Fishes (hals spinal twist) Pose

Day Four - Table Pose

Day Five - Cat Pose 

Day Six - Cow Pose

Day Seven - Sunbird Pose 

Day Eight - Child's Pose

Day Nine - Plank Pose 

Day Ten - Eight-Limbed or Caterpillar Pose

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - February 8th - Week Two Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - February 8th:_______
02/08/2018:                             -2.8 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart    -4.0 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:          62  pounds
Current Weight:                        168 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                        11 days

Yes! I had a great loss and I'm back down in the 160's! I'm now 8.4 lbs away from my pre-Christmas weight. The only thing I'm slightly disappointed about is that the scale was lower by two more pounds at the start of the week but it's normal for the weight to go up and down so I'm going to try and get over that.

Everything else is going well. I'm hitting my macros and staying in my calories like I should be, I'm doing the yoga challenge, I have no plans to cheat at all and I plan on starting my workout this weekend. Hopefully I can keep losing at a good rate for a while.

I don't really have much to add to today since I did the 10-day cheat free post yesterday and updated everything then but here's to sticking to the plan and more weight loss!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ten Days Cheat Free and Workout Plans!!

Yes! I hit 10 days cheat free which puts me at my longest streak since Christmas Eve when the cheat days started. The next streak to beat will be 199 days!

I'm still doing great with the plan and still not cravings carbs. I'm also loving my new protein powder and it is definitely going to replace my Atkins shakes because it's way healthier and has less stuff in it and I've figured out exactly how I like to make it too.

Actually hitting my protein macros should really help when I start working out again and, with that lead in....

I just finished a huge (for me) workout plan project! I put in many hours last night and today and it's done except for what weights and bands I'll need!

Basically, I realized that the reason I was avoiding working out is because while I really like the Lauren Gleisberg set up and plan in theory, I don't want to do it. It would be really hard on my back and knees, I can't do the suggested cardio at this time and if I have to modify it that much anyway then why not just actually do my own where I control what moves I'm doing and make sure to go with one that will protect and strengthen my back and core.

So I went back to my A-G Push/Pull/Leg/Abs plan but I also knew that I wanted to incorporate some pilates and barre into it along with some of the moves that I really loved from the LG plan. I spent hours and hours researching pilates/barre movements for each of those body parts and added 2 extra exercises to each workout day, putting me at 8 exercises a day which isn't bad at all.

I then had to go through and figure out which days each exercise belonged on and make sure there wasn't too much overlap (like 4 chest exercise but only 2 shoulders or something).

And now it's done and I am SO looking forward to doing it! The plan is to start in the next 2 days and I will run the entire program once and see what, if anything, needs to be changed!

I'm finally excited about working out again!! Wooohooo!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

7 Days Cheat-Free Strict Keto!

Woohoo! I finally hit a full week of strict keto with no cheating and it feels great (outside of the really, really bad headache/migraine which I'm blaming on the weather).

I'm not cravings carbs at all, not any real cravings anyway. Yeah, I'd love to have some but I'm not going too and it feels really great to be away from that non-stop carb and sugar cravings that I dealt with for almost all of January!

I'm doing really well with food and working hard on upping my protein so I can at least hit my recommended protein macros. I even have some protein whey powder coming today that I'm going to try out. I normally don't do too well with powdered stuff (it always tastes "off") but this one came highly recommended so I'll try it and see what happens.

The scale is also moving down quiet nicely and I should see a really great loss this week!

Now the plan is to just keep going and hopefully hit my goal weight this year!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - February 1st - Week One Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - February1st:_______
02/01/2018:                            -1.2 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart   -1.2 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:      59.2  pounds
Current Weight:                    170.8 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                         4 days

Yes! I'm on Day 4 of no cheating and I'm down 1.2 lbs! I will happily take that! I'm hoping to see an even bigger loss next week since I'll have an entire week of losing under my belt but we'll see what happens. At this point I will take any loss!

These last 4 days have actually gone by (and are going) really well. I'm not feeling any massive cravings. I do still want to eat carbs and sugar but it's just a want and not an actual "Oh my God, I have to have this now!!" kind of thing and I am able to control it well.

In fact, I bought donuts for our work meeting yesterday morning and brought the remains home to the boys and didn't even want to have one which is huge for me right now.

Whatever that little switch is that got flipped in June and kept me going until Christmas Eve has definitely flipped again and I'm so happy to finally be on my way back on track!

My plan for this coming week is pretty simple. Stick with my calories and macros, keep going with no cheating, food prep keto muffins and taco salad, start the yoga challenge (pose #1 starts today) and try to get rid of this migraine from hell.

I also need to do a lot of work on the dog portrait I'm working on but the headache has to go away for that to happen and I'm really hoping that once I'm done detoxing (and maybe as the barometric pressure quits swinging like a pendulum), it will finally get better!

I think that covers things for now!