BlackCatMagic

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  1. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 17: I was supposed to go to hot yoga tonight, but I was so so tired and not feeling well. I had A LOT of carbs yesterday and I think that messed up my whole day today. I haven't been getting my steps either. It's OK though - I am going to treat this as a REST week.
  2. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 16: A quick triceps / chest / shoulders workout tonight before trivia.
  3. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 15: Should have been shoulder / chest / triceps day, but mowed the lawn instead. The hill out front was a major workout! May try to squeeze in a quick session before trivia tomorrow night.
  4. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 14: Spent the day clearing out our spare room to make a nice mediation space. Looking forward to using it!
  5. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    Day 28: Rest day. I feel like I kind of fizzled the last week of the challenge, but it was still pretty successful overall. 10,000 steps five days a week: 3/4 for this goal. The last week I did not walk as much as I wanted. This was simply because I was working on an extra juicy project at work and just didn't get up enough. I plan to repeat this goal in the next challenge. Weight training: 4/4 for this goal. I started out with a too aggressive training plan. It took me most of the month to dial in just what I needed to do. I now have a great four-day split. I will be including another weight training related goal in the next challenge. Hot yoga one day a week: Nailed it! 4/4. Starting to really notice a difference an well. LOVE hot yoga! Daily meditation: 1/4. I collapsed into bed most nights this month, and my mediation practice really suffered. HOWEVER, I spent this last weekend clearing out our spare room and making a lovely meditation space! I am very excited to adjust and repeat this goal next month. Overall, I feel like this was a pretty good start to my fitness journey. I am really enjoying weight training, and I am starting to see a difference in my body and in my strength. See ya'll next challenge!
  6. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    I am definitely trying to up my fats. I am vegan-ish, so I am getting most of my fat from avocados and nuts. I am weight training four days a week, for about 45 minutes to an hour. I have had a lot of DOMS with the weight training. I am still fiddling with my macros, as I have been struggling with some fatigue. I am eating pretty cleanly these days, but I am pretty sure that my constant fatigue is diet related. Since I am vegan-ish, most of my protein comes from Amazing Grass protein superfood, peanut flour, tempeh (which I love!), and my current favorite meal - vegan bacon and avocado sandwiches. My goal for this week is to add more leafy greens.
  7. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 13: Leg and glutes day: 3 x 10 goblet squats, 10kg 3 x 5 single leg kettlebell RDL, 8kg 3 x 10 kettlebell swings, 12kg 3 x 10 barbell RDL, 30lb + bar 3 x 10 barbell back squats, 10lb + bar 3 x 12 barbell hip thrusts, 10lb + bar 3 x 10 kettlebell calf raises, 10kg each side 3 30 second planks
  8. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    Day 27: Leg and Glutes day! Worked out with hubby. Lots of good sweat! I also went to the playground with my 17-year-old daughter, to see if I could do a pull-up. I can not! Not even a little. But my daughter and I swang on the swing and talked. It was really nice.
  9. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    Thank you for your response. I actually was wrong - my TDEE is just over 2300, so 1800 is a 500 calories deficit. I think I just need to give it some more time. I think my body is just surprised by all the sudden changes.
  10. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    So today is my one month check-in for Nerd Fitness. I took my 1 month photos and measurements, and honestly, I am little disappointed. There is not a whole lot of change, except my waistline. I have lost 1.5 inches in my waist, which is wonderful, but everything else has pretty much stayed the same. The weight and body fat on my scale is not really moving either. But don't worry - I am not giving up! I figure with weight training, I will need at least 8-12 weeks to really start seeing the changes. I think the main problem that I am having is my diet. I am eating well, eating clean, not eating a lot of sugar or junk. But I am just super-confused about how much I SHOULD be eating. Currently, I am shooting for around 1800 calories a day. I get around 10,000 steps five days a week, have a sedentary job, weight train for 45 minutes 4 days a week, and do hot yoga once a week. According to my scale, my body fat is around 35%(!) and my fat-free body weight is 115.6. Since I started weight training, I have been trying to eat a lot more protein. I am getting between 70 - 100 g a day, which I think is OK for my body mass. I am trying to reduce carbs, because I have found that my gut happiness is improved with fewer carbs. I would like to get more protein, but I am vegan-ish - no meat, the only dairy I eat is cheese occasionally, though I don't worry about dairy in products that much. I plugged my numbers and goals into My Fitness Pal, and it starts me at about 1450 calories a day, and then add calories as I add steps and training throughout the day. I generally end up around 2000 calories as my "goal" in MFP. Then I read somewhere that you shouldn't eat your exercise calories. So I calculated my TDEE, which takes into account exercise, and that put me at 1813 a day. I am so confused! Any advice?
  11. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    Day 26: Back and biceps day! Didn't get many steps today - my back and leg were really hurting. I think I am going to have to break down and go to the doctor. I did meditate for a little while, but of course dozed off. Luckily, one of the kitties woke me up so that I could do my workout. I've been feeling a little under the weather since yesterday. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!
  12. BlackCatMagic

    I am up for the challenge!

    Day 25: Rest day
  13. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 12: Back and biceps day 4 x 10 halos, 6kg 3 x 12 kettlebell RDL, 12kg 3 x 10 kettlebell swings, 12kg 3 x 10 one-arm kettlebell row, 8kg 3 x 5 kettlebell hammer curl, 6kg 3 x 10 barbell standing curl, 10lb + bar 3 x 10 barbell upright rows, 10lb + bar
  14. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 11: Rest day. Meditated.
  15. BlackCatMagic

    BlackCatMagic: The Power Within

    April 10: Hot yoga. Gloriously sunny and warm day outside.