Thursday, April 18, 2019

Healthy Low Carb Lifestyle Weigh-In - April 18 - Week Zero

As I posted yesterday today I start my no-cheat healthy low carb lifestyle. I'm actually looking forward to this to see how well I can do and because I don't need to worry about cheat foods since I can't have them and it feels easier to just "forbid" those foods instead of worrying about how to fit them in and not binge.

I've officially regained 38.6 lbs since my lowest weight last May and I refuse to gain anymore. It's time to start losing again and to keep losing so I'm going to keep my goal in mind and work hard! I'm also going to start my workouts this coming Saturday along with the daily yoga poses and the 10,000 steps a day. I'm still somewhat sick and now dealing with back pain but it is slowly improving so that's progress!

Here are my starting number for this plan and I'll be weighing in on Thursdays, as I used to do, and taking measurements and body fat % once a month. I also plan to do my 25-day rewards and I've got two reward tank tops sitting in my room just waiting to be awarded because the rule is if I don't earn them I can't wear them!

Healthy Low Carb Lifestyle Starting Numbers:

196 lbs

Body Fat

Measurements:              Change from 12/26/2018
Waist: 39.5 inches                     (+0.5 inches)
Hips: 42.5 inches                       (-2.0 inches)
Bust: 42.5 inches                       (-0.5 inches)
Chest: 35.5 inches                     (-0.0 inches)
Right arm: 13.5 inches               (-0.0 inches)
Left arm:  13.5 inches                (-0.0 inches)     
Right thigh: 26.5 inches             (-0.0 inches)
Left thigh:  25.5 inches               (-0.0 inches)
Right calf: 16.5 inches                (-0.0 inches)
Left calf:   16.5 inches                 (-0.0 inches)
Jeans Size: size 12                       (no change)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Whole New Start...

... and the plan is definitely not working so it's time to suck it up, admit that I am a carb and sugar addict no matter how hard I try to fight it yet again and start fresh with a whole new plan!

My goal, as it has been all this time, is to get to a healthy weight and be fit, healthy and strong but doing low carb and "if it fits your macros" is not working. To be precise, the low carb would work just fine on it's own if I were to actually keep it to healthy low carb, it's the IIFYM that's throwing me off because I keep trying to convince myself that I can handle one slice of bread or one cookie or one whatever and... spoiler alert... I can't!

One piece of bread turns into half a loaf, one cookie turns into a dozen and basically I end doing what I've always done... overeating, binging and convincing myself that I can do better tomorrow. And then tomorrow comes and the whole thing starts all over again because I am a simple carb and sugar addict and I always will be.

On top of that I've been really sick so I decided to eat whatever made my throat feel okay which basically consisted of bakery items and ice cream so at this point in time I am totally and completely of track and I can't keep going this way. I'm sick and tired of losing the gaining the same 6-8 lbs since December. I'm sick and tired of nonstop headaches (which I'm convinced are coming from the white sugar and carbs). I'm sick and tired of none of my clothes fitting and being completely out of shape and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! It's time for a huge change and it all starts tomorrow with a new weigh-in, new measurements and a new plan.

So here it is: I'm going back to a "cheat free" diet plan/lifestyle change. I'm not going to do keto because I can't but I am going to do cheat-free low carb. I know I said I don't want to look at food as "good foods" and "bad foods" but at this point in time I have to.

The plan is to do this just like I did the cheat-free keto but keep it 40-100 carbs higher with those carbs only coming from veggies and fruit. No more bread, no more pasta, no more pizza; basically no more simple white carbs and sugars. I just can't handle them in any shape or form.

I'm still going to track calories and protein, fat, carbs, fiber and sodium. I'm still going to measure and weigh my food and I'm still going to use a lot of my keto recipes. I'll just be able to have things like sweet potatoes with my dinner. My goal is to get back to 3-4 veggies a day with high protein and I plan to keep this going until Christmas.

I've done this before with keto so I know I can do it again. I just need to detox from the simple carbs and sugars again but that will be good for me. Maybe someday I can work on incorporating some of those foods back into my life but right now I can't and I'm okay with this.

I'm also getting back to working out starting this weekend (I hope because I'm still sick). The gym isn't going to work so I'm going to focus on my home workout A-G plan and get going with that again plus start up the daily yoga poses and then 10,000 steps a day. I just need to get over this bug that doesn't seem to want to leave.

I honestly feel ready to do this now and I can't wait until I'm feeling better from both the illness going away and from finally eating the right foods and I definitely think it'll be worth it!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Letting My Body Rest...

At this point in time I am so sick that everything but resting and getting better is going on hold from dieting (because I'm eating whatever my throat and stomach can handle right now), to exercising to daily yoga poses.

I'm going to focus on getting better and getting done the general life things that need to get done and I'll get back on track with everything once I'm better. Hopefully this bug will be gone by the end of this coming week but Charles is headed into Week 2 of coughing and is even considering seeing a  doctor so we'll see.

Once I'm better I'll start the weight loss plan over again fresh along with adding the gym into it and at least this illness gives me plenty of time to finalize how I want to handle my food and edit my gym workout plan.

I'll updated more once things improve!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Healthy Low Carb/IIFYM Lifestyle Weigh-In - April 4th - Week Two

I pretty much broke even on weight loss this week. I didn't really lose (well, 0.2 lbs but that's really nothing) but I didn't gain either and I'm okay with this. There were two days in the past week where I went really off track and just ate whatever sounded good and went way, way over my calories so, honestly, I'm just happy to not have gained.

I also did one fast this past week, did at least 10,000 steps for 5 out of the last 7 days and did stay on track for the other 5 days so I didn't do too badly. I'm still dealing with constant headaches and not feeling well but I'm at the point where I need to find a way to live my life with those issues because they don't seem to be getting better right now.

I plan to be much more on track with food in this coming week, continue with the 10,000 steps and get back to working out. The good news on the workouts is that I'm going back to the gym and I can't wait! I really needed a big change to kick myself back into gear and this is definitely a change plus I've been feeling really disconnected from the local fitness community and this is exactly what I need to be around other fitness people plus the gym makes me work hard!

I should be able to start next week and I have my A-G gym workout almost ready to go, it just needs a little bit of editing and then it's all set. Now I just need to drop this cold I picked up from Charles and I'll be good to go!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Past Week of the April Yoga Challenge Photos!

The April yoga challenge is off to a great start! I'm able to do more poses outside thanks to the weather and there were only two pose I couldn't fully do this week: the crow pose which I modified using blocks and standing on my toes and the one-legged side plank pose which I modified to a plain side plank pose. I'm looking forward to this coming week despite the fact that there are some really tough poses coming up.

Day One April Yoga Challenge - Extended Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).

Day Two April Yoga Challenge - Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana).

Day Three April Yoga Challenge - Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I).

Day Four April Yoga Challenge - Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II).

Day Five April Yoga Challenge - Crow Pose (Bakasana) modified with toes on blocks.

Day Six April Yoga Challenge - One-Legged Side Plank Pose but I wasn’t able to do that so I settled for a regular Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana).

Day Seven April Yoga Challenge - Standing Forward Bend/Fold Pose (Uttanasana). 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Healthy Low Carb/IIFYM Lifestyle Weigh-In - April 4th - Week One

Week One went really well for weight loss and for my 10,000 steps a day! It was a short week since I officially started on a Saturday but I'm very happy with the amount of weight lost (obviously some of it was water weight) and with how the week went in general.

I stayed within my calories and macro guidelines, I ate healthy food and I was satisfied with my portions. I had one day where I went up all the way to the top of my calorie and macro limits but that was planned and tracked and it didn't make me binge so I consider that progress.

I also did a minimum of 10,000 steps every day since Saturday (11,000 on one of those days) which was great. It made me get up and move and made me feel like I'm ready to pick up with my workouts again this week. Today I'm dealing with a headache verging on a migraine so it may be my first day not at my step amount but not every day will be great and I can deal with that.

I plan to continue what I've been doing for this coming week and add in my workouts and hopefully the scale will keep going down well!