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  1. It sure does! Glad I can get back into the swing of things. Always, good to re-evaluate and re-plan if something isn't working.
  2. Onwards to today.... Morning weigh in: 152 FOOD Breakfast: Sausage biscuit with cheese 36 carbs Lunch: Left over chicken salad (see previous post) 15 carbs Snack: Jerky, Kind bar- dark chocolate almond sea salt 15 carbs Dinner: handful of nuts, slice of cheese, and glass of iced black tea 5 carbs TOTAL Carbs: 71 EXERCISE Weight training at a lower intensity level. I think I can do this now as long as I'm careful Yoga
  3. Sunday, Sunday.... Sunday........ I felt much much much better, so I did some necessary housework. Morning weigh in: 152 FOOD Breakfast: Unintentionally skipped as I was working around the house Lunch: One roasted chicken breast Dinner: 1 1/2 cups of homemade Chicken salad -- grapes, celery, snow peas, onions, kale, mixed roasted nuts (brazil, cashews, almonds, filberts, pecans), Parmesan cheese, mayo, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, cloves EXERCISE Short evening bike ride- less than 5 miles (didn't want to push my neck/shoulder) Helped Keven haul 16' wire panels as part of our plan to redo the fence Housework To simplify things and remove stress for now...... I am thinking the no coffee/drink green tea thing is going to be for a later date. For me, coffee really helps curb those awful cravings for fast food and eat like a pig. As far as the roll out of bed at 6:30am, that is also going to wait, probably until I'm 70. I don't care what time I go to bed, it is JUST NOT A THING FOR ME. I will be a night owl and so be it. Are these failures? NO! I'm adjusting my plan based on the premise that to implement them is far too difficult for me right now and I don't need that added stress of worrying about it so much. So I've stopped worrying about making that a thing. I will sleep in another half hour. Crazy how that extra half hour makes such a difference on how I feel! Akin to a 20 minute power nap I suppose.
  4. My bike ride yesterday evening was a relative success albeit I had to improvise. The portion of the trail by the river was blocked off due to run off season in the Rockies. Somehow it didn't register in my brain that yes, it is that time of year where the river is flooding and that the trail would be blocked off. Anyway, I stopped and considered riding past the barricade to the point where potentially the river was engulfing the trail, but decided against it. I met my 10k goal by winding through the neighborhood on the way back home, however, I did have to stop at four stop signs for traffic to go by. Not sure I can count that as meeting the official quest. Don't think it does, so next time, think I'll head up the highway towards the mountains where I don't have to stop for six miles. Maybe by then I'll have my road bike fixed. I did not eat after my bike ride yesterday evening. A practice in intermittent fasting. Morning Weigh In: 152.2 (Sweet!) 1.6 lbs down from yesterday for a total 2.2 lb weight loss for the week! Cardio exercise is amazing FOOD THUS FAR Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries, agave syrup, butter, cream, and walnuts. A little treat for a job well done this week. FOOD CONTINUED..... Lunch: Taco Bell, Keven and I set a calorie limit, and I ordered a chalupa and pintos and cheese. Dinner: Nothing No exercise because my neck and shoulder were spasming so bad I could hardly move. Laid in bed, did as little as humanly possibly and let the pain killers do their magic. (ibuprofen)
  5. Morning Weigh In: 153.8 (woohoo!) FOOD THUS FAR TODAY! Breakfast: Sausage patty w/ cheese 2 carbs Lunch: Roast Beef, green leaf lettuce, tomato slices, cheddar cheese, cucumber and caesar dressing 5 carbs Snack: Coca Noir Cold Brew Coffee with almond milk, jerky 26 carbs Tonight I'm planning a bike ride down the path near the Gunnison river. It is about a 5k non-stop loop and I am seriously considering biking it twice to meet the "Bike for 10km nonstop" quest. hmmmmm.... get out there and just do it!
  6. Sounds like you're well on your way to a healthy life as you envision it! Love it! Wishing you all the best. woot! woot! Found NerdFitness a few months ago and really enjoy it.
  7. Success! Ran a mile and pushed myself. Really pushed myself. Felt good. Had a surprise when I came home. Keven made me dinner! Dinner Chicken wings Snow peas a pickle two roasted mushrooms
  8. Now back to our regularly scheduled program................. TODAY Again, all carbs are net (total carbs minus fiber) Morning weigh in: 154.6 lbs FOOD: Breakfast: Sausage patty w/ cheese without the biscuit 2 carbs Lunch: Tuna salad (white albacore tuna, mayonnaise, celery, pickles, onions, kale, garlic salt, pepper, curry powder) 4 carbs Snack: Jerky 6 carbs Dinner of the not so distant future: Chicken breast grilled in olive oil 0 carbs Beverages: Water, iced tea, homemade mocha (1 TBS of hot chocolate mix, 1 TBS hazelnut creamer, 12 oz regular brewed coffee) 19 carbs TOTAL (when all is said and done): 31 carbs EXERCISE: Running until I can't Yoga stretching Deep breathing right.... shoulder...really...hurts today! grrr!!!
  9. Ummm... blankness ensues. Off track again this week. My energy and happy mood are low. I'm sure it has something to do with the reasonably low carb diet I've been eating, so I am probably am suffering from carb flu. Watched American Ninja Warrior last night---- always an added motivation piece to my day. Soooo, I hung by my hands on a beam in the stairwell, I suppose that would be in some way an urban version of "cutting-loose" in climbing jargon, legs swinging and all. I did about 5 sets of this trying to hang on longer and longer each time. No callouses on my hands makes hanging on longer harder, but I will keep working at it. Hope to help strengthen my grip and eventually, be able to do a pull up, then two, then three and so on and so forth. What is today? THURSDAY already! Eepers... My running day. There is a great trail by the University. Going to run that today after work. It isn't too hot today, so shouldn't be an issue for me. No particular goal other than to run until I can't and back again with a few sprints in between, hmmmmm...... a little yoga stretching afterwards, THEN, eat some chicken, drink some water and keep that self discipline thing going. Making it up as I go. Definitely, no consistency yet on my journey of self discovery. Wednesday's food intake: (note: carbs are net) Morning Weigh-In: 154.4 lbs Breakfast: Kind Bar - Dark Chocolate, Almonds, Sea Salt 13 carbs Lunch: Jerky, and 3 left over bbq dry rub ribs (no bbq sauce) 6 carbs Snacks: Handful of pistachios, stevia sweetened blue raspberry koolaid snow cone in a mug that Keven made, yum; 5.2 carbs Dinner: Small Kale salad consisting of: kale, mushrooms, blueberries, almonds, walnuts, celery and a caesar dressing 25 carbs TOTAL: 49.2 (phew! just under my goal of 50 or less. yes!) Today (later)
  10. sounds like fun times to me! I am a sprinter by nature, so long distance running is taking extra special long for me to get a grip on. Hope to run a 5k soon!Today will be double workout day for me as well! Four days off, and I'm motivated to hit the bag, lift and run and bike all at once! ha! I even rode my bike to work today. Think I might take the long way home too. hmmmm... Have fun and just keep running!
  11. I agree! Time to get to work! Hello Copper Rabbit, I wish you all the best in reaching your fitness and health goals. I'll be routing for you!
  12. I've been a lazy tard this past week. Both Keven and I fell out of our workout routine for a few days. Getting back into it this week, for sure! It astounds me how quickly the body, for lack of a better term, deteriorates, when you take a few days off, okay 4 days in this case. I'm anxious to get back into it again this week starting today! At this stage, I'm looking at more how I physically feel, my mental state, and how my clothes fit, vs. my weight reading every morning. I'm finding that number doesn't reflect the awesome results of feeling good and looking good that I've found from a great consistent workout regime. Onward and upward here I climb! This week's goals: Roll out of bed at 6:30am instead of the usual 7:10. 10 minute morning yoga workout at least two times this week. Drink Green Tea instead of coffee - still trying to get this one down Ride bike to work everyday, this time take the long way around which involves a short steep climb around the school. 1.32 mi vs .69 mi Get out my Primal Blueprint cookbook and try a new recipe Finish a 5x7 drawing for a friend mail out my bridesmaid's invites and presents
  13. I find I don't much care for weightlifting either. I do hope you find something that is fun and motivational. Knowing the importance of it and experiencing first hand the reasonably quick results of consistently adhering to a weightlifting schedule, really helped me get into it a little better. The things that have helped me are one, my fiance is a volleyball coach specializing in exercise science, so he designed our simple little workout regime; two, we've rearranged one of our rooms as a small make shift gym for the summer, (something I ordinarily wouldn't do on my own); and three, he has a generic version of Chuck Norris' Total Gym, a punching bag and a collection of free weights (also things I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase); The main goal has been strengthening our joint LIGAMENTS before jumping into anything intense. This allows the inner workings of the joints to gain strength to handle the load of stronger muscles. He explained that most injuries occur because muscles get stronger before ligaments do. In his 25+ years of volleyball coaching he's never had his team members fall to injury during his programs or seasons. In summary, if it wasn't for Keven, I wouldn't be weightlifting at all. Instead, I'd be trying to do my best with yoga/pilates, walking, hiking and mountain biking. Completely unexpectedly, I'm finding I enjoy boxing. I love sparring with Keven and hitting the punching bag as hard and as fast I can. It is such a stress relief. Never in a million years did I think it would be a thing for me --- this shy quiet meek little girl! It is one of the greatest workouts, too. It doesn't take much to feel like you did something and it made me respect the stamina it takes to go a few rounds. Good Lord!
  14. I just started throwing pebbles in the ocean of life to see how far the ripples reach inside my soul. I have an idea of where I'd like to be, but don't really have a clue or care how I get there. I am a blank slate. Deconstructed and abstract. My stats: 5'2" Female Medium build 155lbs No major known detrimental health problems/limitations No prescriptions Time wasting at work. Summer is so quiet. Quite nice. Let's me think and focus on me. The days are as slow as molasses but I don't care. Let's me practice living in the present and be alone with my thoughts except for the occasional beggar. DAY ONE of logging my pebble ripple journey thing at least here. I've been doing lots of logging elsewhere, but this will be way more personal. Way more public. Way more uncomfortable. I have been calorie counting for a couple of months now. Only finding it is more difficult and way less healthy and less effective than the low carb way of eating I've experimented with. I am never satiated and always grumpy and obsessing over the scale. I found if I eat more than 900 calories, I gain weight. Definitely going back to low carb ---- meats and veggie---- this coming week. Oooh Assasin's Creed theme music is playing on my Pandora. Will I play the game tonight? Maybe, maybe not. I have too much to do to get sucked into 18th century France again forever eating away at my life and the summer's waning days. Sorry, squirrel moment. Today, I had a sausage biscuit with cheese at McDonald's. Damn little things are too addicting to be real. It may not be my last but will certainly be for the next month at least if not more unless by some magical pill the very thought of them makes me sick. I had half a serving of Noosa mango yogurt for lunch. Yumm Just finished half a serving of Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale Shake. I have not eaten enough today obviously, and yes I'm feeling the effects. Emotionally down and weak and mushy brain. It is my work out day. I'll eat a nice piece of chicken breast and drink some hot green jasmine tea after my workout. That will help. My workout will consist of the following: Chuck Norris' Total Gym Machine Thingy 3 sets 12 repetitions seated bicep curls seated chest presses Body and Free Weights 3 sets and 12 repetitions squats with two 25lb dumbbells good mornings with one 25lb weight Boxing 4 -45 second rounds punching the punching bag and walk/run on the treadmill to the highest intensity possible Outside Walk around the neighborhood with the dog (1/2 a mile maybe??? not sure, never measured). My fiancé and I do this together and alternate our sets in our little makeshift gym at home listening to the loudest angriest music to keep motivated and going strong throughout the entire workout. Definitely going to have to add a little something to the routine next week, as I am no longer sore after the workout. Still feels good though. I'll let my fiancé do the planning. He is the coach after all with the exercise science degree. I don't have a clue what to do next. Suggestions welcome! Well, that be all for now. I'll see to it that I track my day again tomorrow. A practice - in self-discipline.