Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Story of the Size 8 Jeans and New Home Gym Additions...

Yes, size 8 jeans.... eeeeeeeeee!!!!

Now, I've already freaked out all over Facebook and Instagram with this fact but today I was able to get much better photos of the new jeans (from all angles) and I haven't shared the whole story yet so here we go...

Size 8 jeans and size Medium top!

So, as you guys know, I started in jeans size 20 when I began losing weight at 230 lbs in June of 2015. I'm very picky about my jeans and because I didn't want to deal with vanity sizing I have stuck to the exact same brand, type, name and style jeans that I have since the beginning. This way I'm hoping the sizes stay true as I move down in them.

I was able to start wearing size 10 back in October of 2017 and I honestly did not at all expect the 8's to fit right now. I ordered them so I can have a "dream" pair of jeans to work on fitting into (I do this with every pair) and when they came on Thursday I figured, why not try them on and see how far up I can get them.

So I did. They went up my thighs with ease, which didn't surprise me because, honestly, the 10's were getting really loose in the thighs and butt but not in the waist. So I'm like, huh, that was easy, let's see if I can pull them up... huh, that was too easy... maybe I should try to zip them... naaawww, they'll never zip, no way... well, why not try... HOLY CRAAAAAAPPPPPP!!!!!! Not only do they fit but they're super comfy and fit just right!!!

That's basically how the talk with myself went hahahahaha.

So, in total shock, I walk into the kitchen and go "Uh, Charles...." (he knew I was going to see how far I could get them) and he goes. "Oh, no, do they not fit at all?" and I say. "Uh. No. I'm wearing them RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!"

Yeah, I was kind of excited and shocked and elated and shocked and did I mention shocked???

Guys, I wore between a 6 and an 8 in high school and college before kids. I weighed 130-ish then. I still weigh 160 now and they fit! I'm sure there's some vanity sizing involved plus they're ultra stretch jeans, but OMG they fit.

It's like all this hard work, all the dedication, all the uneaten treats and junk, every bead of sweat, every set and rep and hard exercise... all of it is paying off and it's amazing to feel and see the difference! And I'm nowhere near done and not about to stop!!

So, that's the size 8 jeans story lol.

Now, here are the new additions to my home gym (I didn't buy them all at the same time, I just finally gathered them into a photo together)...


Here's what I added in the last month or so...

one pair of 20 lb CAP dumbbells, one pair of 12 pound AmazonBasics dumbbells, Vektor resistance loop bands (I’ve been wanting loop bands for a long time and I’ll be doing a review of these once I have a chance to try them out) and a set of ForNeat microfiber sports towels.

I kind of regret buying the bowflex adjustable weights because, while they do provide a lot of sizing options, the weights themselves are very bulky and uncomfortable to use. 

If I'm doing something one-handed like a shoulder press, I can deal with it, but when it's something that has an adjustable weight in each hand (like a chest fly) then weights are so big and bulky that they get in each other's way and they also get caught on my bench when I'm laying down for something like a prone row. This is why I'm slowly adding heavier and heavier dumbbells as I go. The ones I bought aren't bulky or uncomfortable at all. I'll just need to save up for each additional pair since the bigger they are, the more they cost.

Also, I'm giving the Vektor loop bands a try specifically because they messaged me on Instagram and asked that I try them out. I've been wanting these for a long time anyway and I like supporting small start-up businesses plus they had great reviews so it's win-win the way I see it.

I think that's about all I have for today but.... once again... OMG size 8 jeans!!!

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

I had a great yoga week this week! I was able to take the poses I've done before further than I did last month and had several new poses I had never tried before! Today was also the last day of the March challenge!

I still had to modify and use blocks but I'm thrilled with how well it went and I can't wait to start April's Yoga Challenge tomorrow!

Here are the poses from the last week in order of doing them:

Day Twenty-Five March Yoga Challenge - Modified Bow Pose 

Day Twenty-Six March Yoga Challenge - Modified Camel Pose  

Day Twenty-Seven March Yoga Challenge - Lord of the Dance Pose 

Day Twenty-Eight March Yoga Challenge - Modified Bird of Paradise Pose 

Day Twenty-Nine March Yoga Challenge - Modified Supported Shoulder Stand Pose with Blocks

Day Thirty March Yoga Challenge - Modified Supported Plow Pose with Blocks

Day Thirty-One March Yoga Challenge - Modified Supported Crane Pose with Blocks

Saturday, March 31st Workout - Abs Day F - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch

Abs Day F is done bringing week 4 of my workout plan to an end (5 1/2 weeks total working out) and taking me to the final "G" days! Wooohooo!

Tomorrow starts week 5 on my program with Push Day G and I can't wait!

Abs Day F - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 12 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 52 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Side Plank with Hip Lift - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 16 sec, 8 lifts on both left and right sides, 1 x 13 sec, 6 lifts on both left and right sides, 1 x 12 sec, 5 lifts on both left and right sides, 1 x 9 sec, 4 lifts on both left and right sides

Elbow to Knee Side Plank Crunch (one knee on floor) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Pilates Roll Up - 4 sets x 10 reps

Lifted Butterfly Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Opposite Toe Reaches - 4 sets x 10 reps

Stability Ball Leg Lifts (ball between feet) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Oblique Side Crunch on Stability Ball - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Anchored Band Core Rotation - 4 sets x 10 reps: 20 lb band

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, March 30th Workout - Leg Day F - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Stretch

Great workout today! Leg Day F was tough and it didn't even have any squats or lunges!

Abs Day F tomorrow and then I move into my final 4 days of the program, the "G" days, and then start back at "A!" Plus tomorrow is the last day of workout week 4!

Leg Day F - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 17 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 57 Minutes

Basic Warm up

1-Leg Seated Bench Anchored Band Quad Extension - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

1-Leg Standing Anchored Band Hamstring Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Resistance Band Side Steps - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Side Lying Hip Circles Forward and Backward - 4 sets x 10 reps Forward plus 4 sets x 10 reps Backward

Donkey Kicks with Ankle Weights - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lb ankle weights per leg

Grasshopper - 4 sets x 10 reps

1-Leg Glute Bridge with Hip Extension Leg Raise - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises on Step Bench (dumbbell held down front against thighs) - Heels Up - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - March 29th - Week Nine Strict Keto Plus Measurements

Thursday Weigh-In - March 29th:                   
03/29/2018:                             -1.2 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart     -12 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:         -70 pounds
Current Weight:                        160 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                        60 days


Yes!! I finally hit my 70 pound loss again and I'm now only 0.4 lbs away from my pre-Christmas weight which, if all goes according to plan, I will hit next week!

I've worked so hard to get back to this point in both diet and exercise and I'm thrilled to be making more progress. I now have 30 pounds left to lose until I hit my original goal weight and then we'll see what happens but, honestly, I'm even more excited about my measurements than I am the scale!

Normally I take my measurements every 6-ish weeks but I've been working so hard with my workouts that I wanted to see where I stood so I only went 4 weeks between measurements and I'm so freaking happy with the results!

In 4 weeks I went down 1 inch on my bust, hips, thighs, waist and chest, 0.5 inches on my arms and 0.2 inches on my calves! That is AWESOME for 4 weeks! No wonder I feel and see the changes in my muscles! I'm going to keep doing the measurements once a month and working away at it.

My plan for food and exercise is basically the same. Stick to the plan and keep doing what I have been doing. And my steps are going great. The days that aren't my rest day (once a week) I'm getting in between 12,500-13,500 steps a day and the last few days I've been adding more and more stairs to my hourly step taking so yesterday I hit 18 floor walked and the day before it was 19 and every day it's over 10. So I'm basically doing just over 5 miles of total walking a day which is awesome!

I feel great and I feel strong and I'm so hooked on the endorphins and getting stronger that I'm not about to stop!

So here are the basic measurements and more complete ones are on my "weigh-ins and measurements" page.

Lost between 03/01 - 03/29        Total Lost:
Waist: - 1.0 inch                         9.5 inches
Hips: - 1.0 inch                            10 inches
Bust: - 1.0 inch                              9 inches
Chest: - 1.0 inch                           11 inches
Right arm: - 0.5 inches                 3 inches
Left arm:  - 0.5 inches                   3 inches
Right thigh: - 1.0 inch                  6.5 inches
Left thigh: - 1.0 inch                    6.5 inches
Right calf: - 0.2 inches                2.5 inches
Left calf:   - 0.2 inches                 2.5 inches
Jeans Size: 1 size                           6 sizes

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28th Workout - Pull Day F - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

Another workout done and done well! Tomorrow might need to be a rest day because one, I have tons to do and two, it's been a week since I had a rest day, but we'll see.

The next workout will be Leg Day F!

Pull Day F: Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 8 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 48 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Back Extension on Stability Ball - 4 sets x 10 reps

1-Arm Incline Bench Dumbbell Reverse Fly - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Behind the Back Dumbbell Shrug - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Dumbbell Isolation Rear Delt - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 8 lbs, 3 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Walnut Crushers - 4 sets x 10 reps: 2 x 5 lbs, 2 x 3 lbs

Resistance Band Bicep Curl to the Front and Sides - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 25-30 lb band

Dumbbell Reverse Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

1-Arm Alternating Seated Bench Dumbbell Forearm Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Workout Space Update and Workout Thoughts

So, I've been wanting to update my workout space a little for a while now. Specifically I wanted to add more anchors to the "anchor" wall so I could have greater variety for my resistance band exercises instead of just having the anchors at three different heights.

There were a few specific exercises that really called for different heights (especially the face pull) so I finally bought four more anchors and yesterday Charles attached them to the wall. They're the same kind that I used before except three of them are blue because the pink kept being out of stock and I got tired of waiting for it and they look great!

The new ones are the three blue and the one pink that's the second from the lowest.


These are heavy duty and can support up to 300 lbs. In fact, I think the wall is more likely to give out before the anchors would hahaha. Charles also stabilized them and made them stronger by using heavy pieces of wood behind them with the wall between the anchors and the wood and everything is very secure. I can't wait to use them!

I want to keep adding to the my home gym as well over time because I really love working out at home and I'm going to stick to the home routine for as long as I can make it work. I do have some pretty big equipment on my wish list: a new workout bench that has more incline options, better dumbbells, eventually a barbell and so on, but these things add up so I'm adding little by little as I go and can afford it!

And my workouts are going so well! I actually started the "F" days, which I've never reached before and once I finish those and complete the "G" days I will have run my entire program once! And once that's done I start fresh with "A" days. I've been touching things up as I go, finding what works and what doesn't and my weight limit keeps increasing which is awesome!

For example, I learned that doing the front shrug with the band on the bionic bar did not work well or challenge me at all so I'm changing that to a large single dumbbell front shrugs (until I can afford a barbell). I'm also modifying exercises as I need to and I love the fact that this is my program and I can change it or add to it as needed!

And when I get bored can either plan more things or just change them up the accessories used, body positions, sets and reps and even days (like do Push A with Pull B and Leg C or something). The possibilities are endless!

And I don't think I need to describe how much I'm loving yoga!!

So, all in all, I love how working out is going and I'm completely hooked on it. It is truly my "me" time!

Tuesday, March 27th Workout - Push Day F - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch

Push Day F is done and it was a tough one, especially on the triceps! I'm really happy that I was able to get my 1-arm shoulder raises to 12.5 lbs for all 4 sets and I was able to do all the sets and reps for the knee pushups even though they could have been lower.

It's all progress though! Pull Day F tomorrow!

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

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps:  1 hour

Basic Warm up

Knee Pushups -  4 sets x 10 reps

Dumbbell Flat Bench Pullover - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 15 lbs, 3 x 12.5 lbs

Dumbbell Chest Criss-Cross - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

1-Arm Seated Bench Overhead Dumbbell Shoulder Press (palms facing in)-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 12.5 lbs

Resistance Band Alternating Lateral/Front Shoulder Raises w/small handles -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 4-6 lb band

Resistance Band with Bionic Bar Overhead Tricep Extension  - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lb bar + 4-6 lb band

1-Arm Anchored Band Tricep Kickcbacks w/small handles (palms up) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 4-6 lb band

Dumbbell Tricep Rollbacks on Floor - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26th Workout - Abs Day E - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch

And with today's workout the "E" days are done and I start "F" days tomorrow with Push Day F!

Great workout today! I have a lot of work to do on the side plank but I'm fine with that!

I'm also redoing my daily stretch with yoga poses and turning it into 99% yoga poses that will have me stretch and work on a lot of new poses and get better at them! I'll post that once it's done, probably in a few days! I have a friend helping me plan it who's sequencing it for me and I'm so thankful for her help!

Abs Day E - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 6 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 46 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Side Plank - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 12 sec left side, 12 sec right side,  2 x 10 sec left side, 10 sec right side, 1 x 13 sec left side, 10 sec right side,

Elbow Side Plank Crunch (one knee on floor) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Pilates Hundred - 4 sets x 10 reps

Scissors - 4 sets x 10 reps

Heel Drops/Taps - 4 sets x 10 reps

Stability Ball Crunch Pulses - 4 sets x 10 reps

Stability Ball Oblique Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Pilates Saw - 4 sets x 10 reps

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25th Workout - Leg Day E - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Stretch

Leg Day E is done and it was a really tough one!

I kept muttering about what evil creature planned such a hard leg day just to realize it was me hahahaha. I did it though!

A lot of these exercise (Bulgarian Split Squat, Bench Hip Thrusts, Clams) will eventually be done with dumbbells and added weights or bands but since so many of them were new to me, I stuck with the basics for today to make sure I could manage them.

And today was the first day of Week 4 of my workouts! Tomorrow I have Abs Day E and then it'll be time to move on to "F" days.

Leg Day E - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 13 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 53 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Squat with Side Kick (holding on to chair)  -  4 sets x 10 reps

Bulgarian Split Squat  (holding on to chair) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Dumbbell Curtsy Lunges (dumbbell held at center of chest) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Bench Hip Thrusts - 4 sets x 10 reps

Fire Hydrant - 4 sets x 10 reps

Side Lying Alternating Pilates Heel/Toe taps- 4 sets x 10 reps

Clams - 4 sets x 10 reps

1-Leg Standing Calf Raises - 4 sets x 10 reps

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

Another week in the March Yoga Challenge done!

Here are the poses in order of doing them:

Day Nineteen March Yoga Challenge - Bridge Pose

Day Twenty March Yoga Challenge - Tree Pose 

Day Twenty-One March Yoga Challenge - Locust Pose  

Day Twenty-Two March Yoga Challenge - Warrior III Pose  

Day Twenty-Three March Yoga Challenge - Upward Plank or Incline Plane Pose 

Day Twenty-Four March Yoga Challenge - Half Lotus Pose 

Saturday, March 24th Workout - Pull Day E - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

Pull Day E went really well. I tried a couple of new exercise and really liked them! Tomorrow I have Leg Day E and tomorrow starts my 4th week working out on my plan and my 5th working out in total!

Also, my steps are going really well. I'm getting between 12,000 and 13,000 a day and averaging about 5 miles walked a day which is great!

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

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 50 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Pilates Swimmer - 4 sets x 10 reps

Anchored Band Close Grip Lat Pulldown with Small Handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 50 lb band

Band with Bionic Bar Front Shrug - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lb bar + 50 lb band

Dumbbell Seated Bench Bent Over Raises - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Band with Bionic Bar Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lb bar + 20 lb band

Cross-Chest Dumbbell Hammer Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Flat Bench Lying Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

1-Arm Alternating Seated Bench Dumbbell Forearm Extension - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23rd Workout - Push Day E - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch

"E" days are off to a great start with Push Day E! I found it interesting that I could actually feel the hardness in my triceps against the bench in one of the exercises instead of them just sinking into the bench softly like before. Progress!

Tomorrow is a slightly crazy day with a trip into Rutland but I will make sure to make time for Pull Day E and a stretch plus my steps!

Push Day E - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 12 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 52 Minutes

Basic Warm up

1-Arm Incline Bench Alternating Dumbbell Chest Press (palms facing out and away from face) -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Anchored Band Chest Fly w/small handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Single Chest Press Pulses - 4 sets x 10 rep

1-Arm Seated Bench Overhead Dumbbell Shoulder Press (palms facing out)-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Dumbbell Chicken Wing Lateral Shoulder Raise -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell Prone External Shoulder Rotation - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Anchored Band Tricep Pulldown Pulses w/small handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Dumbbell Skull Crushers - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 8 lbs, 3 x 5 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - March 22nd - Week Eight Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - March 22nd:           
03/22/2018:                             -0.4 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart  -10.8 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:      -68.8 pounds
Current Weight:                     161.2 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                        53 days

This was a really good week in terms of exercise and food. I stuck to the plan, I did over 12,000 steps a day on the three days I did steps this week and I feel great!

I knew this would be a smaller loss week because that's the pattern I seem to be in and I'm fine with that. Next week should be a bigger one and since I'm only 1.6 lbs away from my pre-Christmas weight I should hit that within the next two weeks and then keep going!

My yoga practice is going well and I'm really starting to feel (and see) some decent muscle firming and development which is just as good (if not better) as watching the scale go down. And, honestly, since I stopped obsessing over my protein and dealing with protein powder, my scale obsession has also majorly let go and it's wonderful.

I ended up taking a rest day today although I didn't plan on one originally because my body was really tired when I woke up this morning but then I looked over my notes and realized that I'd worked out six days in a row so it makes sense why I needed a rest day. Tomorrow I'll start "E" days with Push Day E!

I'll also be taking measurements for next week's weigh-in day and really hope to see some changes!!

Other than that I'm going to keep going the way I have been with a few extra veggies added to my lunch. It feels good to be craving veggies instead of crap!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21st Workout - Abs Day C - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch

Yes! "D" days are done! I got a great abs workout and I have a new exercise I really hate and it's called the Oblique V-Up! I couldn't even do the full version and I still hate it! That thing is hard and hurts (in a good way)!

I also did great on steps and floors today despite being at work. I decided to walk the work stairs which was going up and down from the first floor to the third floor every hour which kept me on track for the day! Too bad I won't be able to do the same Friday because there will be a group in the church but I'll find some solution.

For the last two days I've done over 12,000 steps, 14 floors and 5 miles of walking a day and today should be even better! I'm loving breaking down my cardio this way. I'm getting in tons of steps and way more mileage than I was with a 30-minute cardio DVD and the best part is my back is handling it just fine! At this rate I'll be more than ready for our long outdoor walks this summer and the planned hike in the fall up Mt. Ascutney!

Tomorrow I start "E" days with Push Day E!

Abs Day D - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 19 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 57 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Forearm  Plank with Side Tap - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 51 sec (14 side taps), 1 x 42 sec (12 side taps), 1 x 37 sec (10 side taps), 1 x 31 sec (8 side taps)

Weighted Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb Barbell Plate

Pilates Scissors - 4 sets x 10 reps

Butterfly Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Bicycle Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Reaching Oblique Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Oblique V-Ups - 4 sets x 10 reps

Dumbbell Windmill - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 22 Minutes

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20th Workout - Leg Day D - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Stretch

Tough workout today but I loved it, even the lunges lol. My thighs are so shaky right now but I still have a lot of steps to take so hopefully they'll hold out okay, especially for the stairs!

Yesterday I ended up with a total of 12,447 steps, 14 floors and 5.01 miles walked which was an awesome start to my "walking daily in place of cardio" plan and as long as I can hit at least 10,000 most days I'll be happy!

Tomorrow I have Abs Day D and then I start "E" week!

Leg Day D - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 15 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 55 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Dumbbell Back Squat (dumbbells held on shoulders)  -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Dumbbell Lunges (dumbbells held down by sides) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Dumbbell Plie Squat Pulses (dumbbell held down in center) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Floor Hip Extension - 4 sets x 10 reps

Pilates Leg Side Series - 4 sets x 10 reps

Frog Glute Bridge- 4 sets x 10 reps

Single Leg Wall Glute Bridge (Leg on Thigh) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Seated Bench Dumbbell Calf Raise (large dumbbell across thighs) - Toe Raise - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 25 lb

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Monday, March 19, 2018

50 Days Cheat Free!

Woooo!! I finally hit 50 days cheat free and I feel great!

I'm down a total of 10.4 pounds in those 50 days and I'm working out 6 out of 7 days a week but this is still all Christmas binge weight that I'm re-losing so I'm greatly looking forward to getting past the Christmas Eve weight point!

I have no current plans to cheat at all and just plan to keep going the way I have been for the last 50 days. I am a little bummed about having to skip Pascha food this year (our Easter), especially the foods we only have once a year, but it's just too close to my last binge and I'm not willing to risk it. I can just look forward to eating and enjoying those foods next year!!

Below is my 50-Day reward (it came just in time) and I love it! It's exactly what I wanted (even though Dmitri says I look like an "edgy teen" in it hahaha).  The next reward will be on day 75 so I can start counting down to that!

So, bring on the next 50 days because I'm ready for them!

 

Monday, March 19th Workout - Pull Day D - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

Pull Day D went great! I did inverted rows for the first time using the progression pull up bar and it felt really good, I felt strong! I'm slowly building my way up to doing a pull up.

I also got my concentration curl to 12.5 lbs for one set of reps, 10 lbs for the rest. Slowly and steady progressive!

And getting up every hour and getting in the steps I need is going really well and my back is okay with it!

Leg Day D tomorrow!

Pull Day D: Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 15 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 55 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Inverted Row using Progression Pull Up Bar - 4 sets x 10 reps

Anchored Band Straight Arm Pulldown with Small Handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Anchored Band Face Pulls with Triceps Double Rope -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Standing 1-Arm Anchored Band Row with Small Handle - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Anchored Band Upright Row with Large Handle - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Concentration Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 12.5 lbs, 3 x 10 lbs

Standing 1-Arm Anchored Band Bicep Curl with Small Handle - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10-12 lb band

Standing Behind the Back Dumbbell Forearm Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos (One Day Late)

Oh, ooops... I totally forgot to do my Saturday Yoga poses for the week post yesterday so here it is today with an extra pose included for today!

Here they are in order of doing them:

Day Eleven March Yoga Challenge - Warrior II Pose

Day Twelve March Yoga Challenge - Extended Side Angle Pose

Day Thirteen March Yoga Challenge - Extended Triangle Pose

Day Fourteen March Yoga Challenge - Half Moon Pose with Yoga Block 

Day Fifteen March Yoga Challenge - Hero Pose

Day Sixteen March Yoga Challenge - Wide-Legged Forward Bend/FoldPose

Day Seventeen March Yoga Challenge - Staff Pose
  
Day Eighteen March Yoga Challenge - Boat Pose

Why I'm Done With Protein Powder...

Even after doing keto for over two years I'm still learning things about my body and how it reacts to certain foods.

There came a point back in February where I realized I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet so I decided to add an actual protein shake to my food plan instead of the Atkins shake I'd normally have. I went with Isopure protein powder after many recommendations and I loved how it tasted and how much protein I was getting but I wasn't happy with how my body was doing in the 5 weeks of using it, I just didn't realize, at first, that it was the problem.

Charles thinks the issue was the whey part of it (Atkins has some whey in it too but at a much lower amount) but now that I stopped using the protein powder things started changing for the better.

As I blogged in previous posts over the month of February and early March, I was trying all sorts of things to get the scale to behave and to feel better. I tried getting rid of the Atkins shakes, I tried lowering my calories, I tried more calories on workout days, I tried less carbs, I tried less fat and more protein... I tried all sorts of stuff but my body just wasn't behaving the way I as used to when I do strict keto and power of deduction and reasoning led to the Isopure protein powder.

The scale skyrocketing is what set me off taking out the protein powder in the first place because I eventually narrowed it down to that being the only "new" thing I was still doing.

Now that I've cut it out from my diet completely, I'm finally feeling the way I normally do on keto! My bloating (which seemed to come out of nowhere and just hang out) and other stomach issues are gone again like they were before I started using it (I have IBS but it's a thousand times better on keto) and the scale isn't skyrocketing up and down like crazy anymore. I'm also less hungry (go figure) and just feel better all around.

I'm also working really hard to get protein from actual foods like chicken, shrimp, salads with meat, spinach, etc but I've finally stopped obsessing over protein and it just feels right.

I also have issues with sugar alcohols (which I've also blogged about before) which is annoying. I have a growing list of foods that my body just doesn't handle well. I'm happy for people who can handle it but I'm just not one of those people!

Anyway, I just wanted to share this in case anyone else is having digestive issues and scale issues and isn't sure why!

Sunday, March 18th Workout - Push Day D - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch

Week three working out on my plan and "D" days have begun and I feel great (all except my back).

I was able to handle 5 minutes of cardio before my back started acting up so I'm changing the plan. I'm going to focus on at least 10,000 steps a day for a while, until my back gets stronger, plus outdoor walks and hiking when the weather gets good.

And it's just the cardio that does it but I can handle it in small portions so I'll go back to getting up every hour and doing about 1,000 steps an hour plus add in a flight of stairs up and down during each hourly walk.

It might not be the same as 30 minutes of cardio but it's better than nothing!

Pull Day D tomorrow!

Push Day D - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 12 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 52 Minutes

Basic Warm up

1-Arm Anchored Band Chest Press w/small handle (handle held vertically) -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Stability Ball Dumbbell Chest Fly (dumbbells facing in and toward face) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

Standing Elbow Chest Curls - 4 sets x 10 rep

Seated Bench Overhead Dumbbell Press (palms facing in)-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Chest Supported Incline Bench Single Dumbbell Front Shoulder Raise -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Dumbbell Standing V-Raise - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Anchored Band Overhead Tricep Extension w/large handle - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10-12 lb band

Dumbbell Triceps Kickbacks (palms facing up) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17th Workout - Abs Day C - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch

Abs Day C is done! I start the "D" days tomorrow which means I'm done with Week 2 of my workout plan and tomorrow begins Week 3! And I've never gotten to the "D" days before so this feels great!

I did have an almost impossible time doing today's plank which included a leg and arm lift at the same time and my body is just not ready for that. I did manage a few reps but they were mediocre and not done correctly to say the least. I did fine with the plank leg lift last week so I think this one should be just an arm lift until I'm stronger so that's what I'm trying next time around.

Also, no cardio today due to my back still being iffy.

Abs Day C - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Stretch - 1 hour, 8 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 48 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Forearm  Plank with Arm & Leg Lift - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 20 sec (4 arm/leg lifts), 1 x 14 sec (3 arm/leg lifts, 1 x 13 sec (3 arm/leg lifts), 1 x 16 sec (4 arm/leg lifts)

Modified Plank Roll Out on Stability Ball (knees on floor) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Weighted Ball Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 4 lb Weighted Ball

Leg Pull-Ins - 4 sets x 10 reps

Pilates Single Leg Circles - 4 sets x 10 reps

Crunch with Feet on Bench - 4 sets x 10 reps

Oblique Crunch with Feet on Bench - 4 sets x 10 reps

Oblique Side Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16th Workout - Leg Day C - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Cardio & Stretch

Wow. Today's leg day was hard and my thighs feel like jello but I love it! That's actually one of the two reasons why cardio was only 20 minutes today instead of my usual 30 and why I went slower than normal: my thighs were jello and my lower back really started to act up towards the end so I thought it would be smarter to stop before I pushed it too far.

Tomorrow I have Abs Day C and then I start "D" week and my third week working out on my plan!

As for the gym, I will get there if I can, we'll see what happens with the weather and my schedule, but I love having the option of it for now!

Leg Day C - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 37 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 57 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Dumbbell Close Stance Squat (dumbbell held at center of chest)  -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Single Leg Squat (holding on to chair) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Alternating Side Lunge (holding on to chair) - 4 sets x 10 rep

1-Leg Seated Weighted Quad Extensions - 4 x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb ankle weights plus 5 lb ankle weights per Leg

1-Leg Prone Dumbbell Hamstring Curl - 4 x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb ankle weights plus 5 lb ankle weights per Leg

Anchored Band Hip Extension- 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Inner Thigh Leg Lift - 4 sets x 10 reps

Plie Calf Raise- 4 sets x 10 reps

Cardio: 20 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast - 20 Minute Easy Burn”: Fitbit info: time: 20 minutes, distance: 1.09, steps: 2,335 steps

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - March 15th - Week Seven Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - March 15th:           
03/15/2018:                             -1.4 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart  -10.4 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:      -68.4 pounds
Current Weight:                     161.6 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                        46 days

I'll be honest here, I was very happy to see the scale go down by a good amount this week because for most of the week it was up by several pounds for no reason that I could find and I was starting to get really discouraged. It seems like I'm back in the same cycle I was in before Christmas: one week I have a big loss, the next a small one, then big again and then small again. I can live with this as long as it keeps generally moving in the downward direction.

And I'm now only 2 lbs away from my pre-Christmas weight. Honestly, I can't wait to hit that number again just so I can start losing "fresh" weight!

My plan for food remains mostly the same for this upcoming week except that I'm trying to get the majority of my protein from regular food instead of protein shakes now and that's actually going really well. I focused on my "epic" salads this past week and I have lots of veggies, chicken and shrimp planned for this coming week!

I'm also decided to give the gym another shot but combine it with home, sign up for a month or so and see if I end up going. If I do I'll keep the membership as I go and if I just don't make it in and end up just staying at home (depending on schedule, weather, etc) then I'll stick to what I know works for now.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 14th Workout - Pull Day C - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

I had a decent Pull day workout (even though I started doing two of the exercises incorrectly). Good thing I actually stopped and double checked how to to them when I realized they didn't feel right so I did do them correctly in the end.

I also took a pass on cardio today. I actually started it but my body was just exhausted and I realized that I haven't had a full rest day in six days so tomorrow I rest (plus I have a really busy day so it works out).

Tomorrow is also my weigh-in day and I'm hoping for the best (since I've been doing everything right) but the way the scale has been moving this week isn't really encouraging. I have a lot to say about feeling discouraged but that's a whole other post and will come later this week.

Pull Day C: Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 13 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 52 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Superman with Heel and Elbow Squeezes - 4 sets x 10 reps

Seated Bench 1-Arm Anchored Band Lat Pulldown with Small Handle- 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Standing 1-Arm Dumbbell Upright Row - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 12.5 lbs

Front Dumbbell Shrug -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Incline Bench Dumbbell Alternating Bicep Curl-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Anchored Band Hammer Bicep Curl with Small Handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Seated Bench Dumbbell High Forward Hammer Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 8 lbs, 3 x 5 lbs

Standing Behind the Back Dumbbell Forearm Extension - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 21 Minutes

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13th Workout - Push Day C - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio & Stretch

The "C" days are off to a great start with Push Day C (which took more than an hour and ended with me sweating like crazy so I call that a good workout lol). I'm pretty excited to be starting the "C" days but I've rarely gotten to this point in my workout plan before!

Tomorrow I have Pull Day C and and more cardio.

Push Day C - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 56 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 4 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Incline Push Ups Using the Kitchen Sink - 4 sets x 10 reps

1-Arm Dumbbell Flat Bench Alternating Chest Press/Chest Fly (palms facing out and away from face) -  4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Chest Fly (palms facing out) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

1-Arm Anchored Band Shoulder Front Raise w/small handle -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

1-Arm Incline Bench Dumbbell Lateral Raise -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Dumbbell 90-Degree Shoulder Pulses (dumbbells facing together and in) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

1-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension Seated on Bench (dumbbells to the side of head) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Dumbbell Triceps Punchout -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Cardio: 30 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast - 30 Minute Big Burn”: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.65, steps: 3,569

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 22 Minutes

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12th Workout - Abs Day B - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Cardio & Stretch

Abs day B is done! I start the "C" days tomorrow and I'm in Week 2 of my A-G Workout Plan.

Abs Day B - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Cardio & Stretch - 1 hour, 35 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 45 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Forearm  Plank with Leg Lift - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 55 sec (15 leg lifts), 1 x 46 sec (12 leg lifts), 1 x 36 sec (10 leg lifts), 1 x 30 sec (8 leg lifts),

Flutter Kicks - 4 sets x 10 reps

Stability Ball Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Wall Toe Reaches - 4 sets x 10 reps

Lever Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Cross-Body Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Dumbbell Side Bend - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Standing Dumbbell Core Stabilization - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Cardio: 30 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds: 2 Mile Brisk Walk”: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.70, steps: 3,675

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11th Workout - Leg Day B - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Stretch

I had a great workout but I'm really tired so no cardio today. And my biceps are so sore from yesterday!

Abs Day B tomorrow!

Leg Day B - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 15 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 55 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Heavy Weighted Dumbbell Squat (dumbbell held at center of chest)  -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Single Leg Dumbbell Deadlift - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Heavy Weighted Dumbbell Glute Bridge - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 25 lbs

Reverse Clam Shell with Thigh Squeeze (3 decorative pillows between thighs) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Anchored Band Hip Adduction - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Anchored Band Hip Abduction - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Standing Step Bench Calf Raise - 4 sets x 10 reps

Seated Bench Dumbbell Calf Raise (large dumbbell across thighs) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 25 lb

Full body Stretch - 20 Minutes

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

I'm loving the March Yoga Pose Challenge this week! I even got to do some poses I haven't done in a long time like the Chair Pose and the Crescent (high lunge) Pose!

Here they are in order of doing them:

   Day Four March Yoga Challenge - Seated Spinal Twist/Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

   Day Five March Yoga Challenge - Cobra Pose 

Day Six March Yoga Challenge - Downward Facing Dog Pose

Day Seven March Yoga Challenge - Standing Forward Bend/Fold Pose

Day Eight March Yoga Challenge - Chair Pose

Day Nine March Yoga Challenge - Crescent (high Lunge) Pose

Day Ten March Yoga Challenge - Warrior I Pose

Saturday, March 10th Workout - Pull Day B - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Cardio & Stretch

Another great workout! I'm up to 10 lbs dumbbells from 8 lbs on my biceps, got my shrug up to 15 lb dumbbells from 10 lbs and I'm up to a 40 lb band up from 30 lbs on the seated row!

Tomorrow I have Leg Day B!

Pull Day B: Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 44 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 53 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Superman Hold - 4 sets x Failure: 4 x 15 seconds

Modified Dumbbell Renegade Row (on knees) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Seated Anchored Band Row - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 40 lb band

Incline Chest Supported Dumbbell Reverse Fly -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Standing Side Dumbbell Shrug-  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

1-Arm Standing Dumbbell Bicep Curl Over Incline Bench - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Twist Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Forearm Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Cardio: 30 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walking off the Pounds: 3 Different Miles” - Miles 1 & 2: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.67, steps: 3,587

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 21 Minutes

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9th Workout - Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Cardio & Stretch

The "B" days are off to a great start with Push Day B. I was able to go up from 10 lbs to 12.5 lbs on the chest press and got my overhead tricep press to 10 lbs from 8 lbs. Plus the cardio and stretch. I feel strong but tired.

Tomorrow I have Pull Day B and cardio.

Push Day B - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 53 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 3 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Dumbbell Flat Bench Chest Press - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 12.5 lbs

Dumbbell Incline Bench Chest Fly (palms facing in) -  4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Arnold Press - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Anchored Band Shoulder Front Raise w/large handle -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Anchored Band Internal Shoulder Rotation w/small handle -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Seated Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension on Bench - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

1-Arm Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks on Bench - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Dumbbell Pilates Boxer -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Cardio: 30 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast - 30 Minute Big Burn”: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.67, steps: 3,587

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 20 Minutes

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday Weigh-In - March 8th - Week Six Strict Keto

Thursday Weigh-In - March 8th:             
03/08/2018:                             -0.4 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart       -9 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:         -67 pounds
Current Weight:                        163 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                       39 days

This week was a good one despite having lost less than half a pound. I stuck to the plan, I worked out and I feel good (and I'm starting to look good again). And I need to replace one of my tank tops and my workout shorts because they're both too big so it's progress. I just wish I could hit that pre-Christmas weight again already!

I'm going to keep doing the same thing this upcoming week with both food and exercise, with the addition of cardio to five days a week, and just keep going.

I know the weight loss is going to get slower and slower as I lose more and I'm getting closer to being mostly okay with that :/

I think that's all I have for today.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th Workout - Abs Day A - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Cardio & Stretch

Abs Day A is done and it felt great! It was a tough one with some new exercises but I got a great workout and I added in cardio.

I'm not sure if tomorrow will be a rest day, a restorative day with maybe the gentle yoga DVD or a regular workout day. We'll see how I feel because right now my body is tired!

Also, I definitely need to order a smaller pair of workout pants as they are practically falling off of me and I didn't realize until I checked my order history that I bought them almost a year (and 30 lbs) ago! No wonder they're falling off of me!

Abs Day A - Upper, Lower & Obliques Plus Cardio & Stretch - 1 hour, 38 minutes

Upper, Lower & Obliques: 48 Minutes

Basic Warm Up

Forearm  Plank - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 110 sec, 1 x 100 sec, 1 x 80 sec, 1 x 70 sec

Up-Down Plank (forearm to full and back) - 4 sets x Failure: 2 x 20 sec (6 reps up and down), 2 x 14 sec (4 reps up and down)

Basic Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps

6-Inch Hold - 4 sets x Failure: 2 x 10 seconds, 1 x 8 seconds, 1 x 6 seconds

V-Crunch - 4 sets x Failure: 1 x 6 reps, 3 x 4 reps

Dead Bug - 4 sets x 10 reps

Prone Side Reaches - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Anchored Band Oblique Crunch - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 30 lb band

Cardio: 30 Minutes: 
“Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds: 2 Mile Brisk Walk”: Fitbit info: time: 30 minutes, distance: 1.77, steps: 3,750

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6th Workout - Leg Day A - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves Plus Stretch

Wow... what a great workout! I am going to be massively feeling this tomorrow and I'm definitely sore from the last two days!

Tomorrow I also start to add cardio back in which, I'm not thrilled about, but I know it's good for me and I need it!

Abs Day A tomorrow as well!

Leg Day A - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 16 Minutes Total Time

Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings & Calves: 56 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Dumbbell Plie Squat (dumbbell down in center)  -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 15 lbs

Dumbbell Walking Lunges (dumbbell down at sides) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 8 lbs

Seated Weighted Quad Extensions - 4 sets with weights held between feet x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb ankle weights per ankle w/8 lbs dumbbells

Prone Dumbbell Hamstring Curl - 4 sets with weights held between feet x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb ankle weights per ankle w/5 lbs dumbbells

Side Lying Hip Abduction - 4 sets x 10 reps

Single Leg Glute Bridge (Leg on Thigh) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Wall Glute Bridge with Flex Disc Squeeze (flex disc between thighs) - 4 sets x 10 reps

Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise (dumbbell down at sides) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lb

Full body Stretch - 20 Minutes

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday, March 5th Workout - Pull Day A - Back, Traps & Biceps Plus Stretch

I loved my workout today and I worked hard! I was able to raise my weights/resistance band amounts on my lat pulldown, resistance band shrug, dumbbell hammer curl and resistance band high bicep curl!

I'm also nicely sore from yesterday and am positive I'll be sore from this workout tomorrow.

Plus tomorrow I have Leg Day A and it's going to be a tough one but I can do it!

Pull Day A - Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 14 Minutes Total Time

Back, Traps, Biceps & Forearms: 52 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Bird Dog - 4 sets x 10 reps

Wide Grip Anchored Band Lat Pulldown w/handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 50 lb band

Chest Supported Dumbbell Row -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Anchored Band Shrug w/accessory bar -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 40 lb band

Anchored Band Bicep Curl w/handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Anchored Band Forward High Bicep Curl - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Dumbbell Standing Hammer Bicep Curl -  4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Forearm Extension - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 3 lbs

Full body Stretch - 22 Minutes

Motivational Monday

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4th Workout - Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch

Today I started the week with my own workout as I had planned and I feel amazing. I rearranged it to work the way the LG workout did (with the order of exercises) and I was actually able to go up on weight and resistance band amounts on almost every exercise for at least one set if not more!

I went with the planned reps and sets I chose last time: 4 sets x 10 reps, going slowly and pausing at each contraction and, wow, did I feel it! I'm also including information on the position of the moves and what attachment I used with the bands because most of these movements can be done multiple ways with multiple different attachments and I'll be playing with all of that over time as I work out.

Tomorrow I have Pull Day A and I can't wait!

Push Day A - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Plus Stretch: 1 hour, 32 Minutes Total Time

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 1 hour, 10 Minutes

Basic Warm up

Standing Anchored Band Chest Press w/handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 40 lb band

Dumbbell Fat Bench Fly (palms facing out) -  4 sets x 10 reps: 1 x 10 lbs, 3 x 8 lbs

Seated Dumbbell Press (Palms Facing Out) - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 10 lbs

Anchored Band Lateral Raises w/small handles -  4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Standing Dumbbell Scarecrow - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 5 lbs

Side Lying Tricep Press - 4 sets x 10 reps

Anchored Band Tricep Pushdowns w/small handles - 4 sets x 10 reps: 4 x 20 lb band

Dumbbell Crossface Tricep Extensions -  4 sets x 10 reps: 2 x 8 lbs lbs, 2 x 5 lbs

Full Body Stretch with Yoga Poses - 22 Minutes

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Past Week of Yoga Challenge Photos!

This past week I finished the February Yoga Challenge and started the March Yoga Challenge (taking one day off in between) so here is the a combo of the two challenges this week (in order of doing them):

 Day Twenty-Five February Yoga Challenge - Modified Half Shoulder Stand Pose with Blocks

   Day Twenty-Six February Yoga Challenge - Modified Plough Pose with Blocks

  Day Twenty-Seven February Yoga Challenge - Corpse Pose

   Day One March Yoga Challenge - Mountain Pose

    Day Two March Yoga Challenge - Child's Pose

   Day Three March Yoga Challenge - Cat to Cow Pose

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workout Plan Change!

First, I tweaked something in my left shoulder yesterday (or slept funny, I don't know) but it hurts to move it, to turn my head to the right and now the right side of my back is acting up so I'm taking a rest day today with just the yoga pose.

I also decided to change my workout plan back to my Push/Pull/Legs/Abs A-G plan. Now, I have absolutely loved the Lauren Gleisberg workouts that I've done so far, I learned some great new exercises and I now have a way better concept of how to organize my exercises so that I get a really great burn and really feel it the next day.

The reason I'm switching back to mine is that I miss the mix that I had of body weight, dumbbell, resistance band and pilates moves rather than mostly dumbbells and bands which is what the LG Workout is (plus a little body weight). I also want to add in more cardio because I feel like I need it and I definitely want more ab work. I love variety and now I have a much better idea of how to combine what I love to do with what works for my body.

Of course, I knew a lot of this before (all the tons of stuff I learned from my trainer) but after doing the LG workout and following that plan, I know exactly how I want to approach my own plan.

This is not to say I won't go back to the LG plan at some point in time but I want to give mine a try again with a new setup and see what happens.

Tomorrow may end up being another rest day depending on how my shoulder and neck are feeling so we'll see, but, no matter which way I end up going, I'm going to keep working out 6 days a week like I have been because I absolutely love it!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1st Workout - Lauren Gleisberg Optional Beginner Phase: Week 2B: Legs Plus Stretch

Holy crap... my thighs! Today was a great workout! It didn't hurt as much as last week's leg day because there were no lunges (but there were lots of other "fun" things) but no fear, the one from last week gets repeated next week lol. And it was still a great workout!

Tomorrow I have cardio and then a rest day and I will have completed two weeks on the program! Woohoo!

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

Legs: 42 minutes

Full body Stretch with Yoga Moves - 20 Minutes

Thursday Weigh-In - March 1st - Week Five Strict Keto Plus Measurements

Thursday Weigh-In - March 1st:                
03/01/2018:                             -1.2 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart    -8.6 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15:       -66.6 pounds
Current Weight:                     163.4 pounds
Days Cheat-Free:                       32 days

I'm so happy to have lost a decent amount of weight! This means that I lost a total of 7.4 lbs in February which is great even though some was water weight. I'm guessing that the weight loss will continue to be slow from here on out but I'll take it anyway. Slow is fine. And now there's only 3.8 lbs to go until my pre-Christmas weight!

This week has gone well. I made a few small changes in my eating plan that seem to be helping the scale move better and leave me feeling better. I went back up slightly on protein because I need more now that I'm working out with weights 4-5 days a week and cardio for 3 days a week but I got rid of the Atkins shakes completely and now drink the homemade protein shakes. The interesting thing is that as soon as I stopped the Atkins shakes the scale started to move down again. Maybe it's a coincidence or maybe there was something in those shakes that slowed me down. Whatever it is, I'm done with them and I get way more protein with the ones I make myself anyway.

I also finally took my measurements and, as expected, they went up :(. Obviously they were going to go up some thanks to the post-Christmas binge but every large body part went up by an inch and calves and arms went up by 0.2 and 0.3 inches. It's frustrating but it should get better from here. I want to go back to taking the measurements every month again so that's the plan whether or not the scale moves.

Here are the basic ones and more complete ones are on my "weigh-ins and measurements" page.

Gained between 12/07 - 03/01    Total Lost:
Waist: + 1.0 inch                         8.5 inches
Hips: + 1.0 inch                           9.0 inches
Bust: + 1.0 inch                           8.0 inches
Chest: + 1.0 inch                           10 inches
Right arm: + 0.3 inches               2.5 inches
Left arm: + 0.3 inches                 2.5 inches
Right thigh: + 1.0 inch                  5.5 inches
Left thigh: + 1.0 inch                     5.5 inches
Right calf: + 0.2 inches                 2.3  inches
Left calf:   + 0.2 inches                 2.3 inches
Jeans Size: no change                     5 sizes

My plan for this coming week is pretty much the same as it has been. Stick to the food plan, stick to the workout plan and just keep working away at my weight and health.