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fitbyforty

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  1. My blood pressure was down to 100/78 today. 20 days ago it was 125/93. I only lost 1 lb in that time but I am thrilled with the blood pressure change. I have been concentrating on making better choices with quality and healthfulness of food, now I have to get the cals lowered. I've been doing great with drinking water. I am going to the gym in the morning.
  2. Nothing has gone as planned this week, so just trying to get my footing. I kind of went into survive mode in life. Terrible timing to try to change habits, but hoping I can pull it together. I haven't succeeded with any of my goals. Today is a new day though. I have done well today with eating, water, and stretching, but I didn't go to the gym. I did swim yesterday, so I am getting some exercise. Going to the pool again tomorrow.
  3. I finally made it to weigh in to get a starting point and am finally getting back to normal life a lil. Weight was 261 lbs at the publix scale. (which I'm using from now on) I start back at the gym monday. I'm going to start calorie tracking monday as well.
  4. Heading to the beach in a couple days, so starting this one late on Thursday. I'll weigh in and get a starting point then.
  5. I started off strong in the last challenge, but fizzled after I tweaked my back. I'm gonna give this another go, what do I have to lose? I work at home, I am morbidly obese, and several years ago I injured my back in a wreck. I have some challenges, but I'm addressing my weaknesses and trying to change my daily habits to match the life I want to live. I'll post my stats once I weigh in. Long term goals 1. normal weight by 40 (2 and a half years from now) 2. do a spartan race by 40 Challenge Goals 1. Drink only water and zero calorie sports drinks. 2. No fast food or calorie dense foods. 3. Count calories. 4. Movement daily: gym 2-3 times, plus yoga, stretching, body weight exercises, walking, or geocaching on other days.
  6. going to basically repeat this challenge. I started strong but then fell into old habits.
  7. I haven't been back to the gym, but I did start geocaching again and have been walking a lot the last few days. My oldest graduates this weekend so life should get back to normal after that.
  8. The middle is ok, but the lower has been giving me trouble for a few days. It seems better this morning so it looks like I'll be good to go for the gym next week. I might be able to get a bodyweight workout in today and tomorrow. Thanks for checking up on me, I've been pretty frustrated.
  9. My back was still sore today, so I haven't been back to the gym. If it's feeling ok tomorrow, I'm going to stop by the gym. Fingers crossed.
  10. I injured my back today in a freak thing. It happened in a spot that normally doesn't give me any trouble. I just went to scoot my desk chair (on wheels) up closer to my desk and I got sudden stabby pain in my middle back. I managed to stretch a little and my oldest son helped me on the inversion table and that got the nerve pain to stop. It's sore. I'll see how it feels Wednesday and in the meantime, I'll keep drinking water, stretching, and eating well.
  11. Did this about 1am this morning. (in lbs) stretched  leg press - 270 x 10, 270x10, 320x8, 360x6, 360x6, 360x5 bench press (smiths machine) - 85x 7, 85x6, 85x6 lat pulldown = 3 sets of 75 lbs to failure db shoulder press - 3 sets with 20 lbs dbs to failure seated rows - 3 sets of 42.5 to failure  I;m getting excited about what my body can do now and still recover easily
  12. I just got back from the gym doing my 3rd full body workout this week plus I had that body weight workout this week. (in lbs) stretched leg press - 270 x 10, 270x10, 320x8, 360x6, 360x6, 360x5 bench press (smiths machine) - 85x 7, 85x6, 85x6 lat pulldown = 3 sets of 75 lbs to failure db shoulder press - 3 sets with 20 lbs dbs to failure seated rows - 3 sets of 42.5 to failure I;m getting excited about what my body can do now and still recover easily
  13. Wow, that is an amazing transformation and I would have never guessed it was only 8 weeks.
  14. This morning I stopped by and took my BP and weight at publix using the higi machine. I used it once before on 10/15/2018 and my weight was 230 lbs, my bp was 107/88, and my pulse was 91 bpm This time my bp was better, but pulse was slightly higher and weight was way higher. I have decided to use this as my scale and not my home scale going forward because my scale decided to go haywire this morning and I don't want to be focused on my weight all the time. I don't really want to to "lose" that 15 lb loss, but I think this is better going forward. My weight this morning on the higi machine was 264 lbs (so that means I would have been 279 at the start instead of the 260 I thought.) To make things easier I'm just going to just start taking the higi as my new weight but for my total lbs lost for this challenge I'm counting my 15 lbs , my bp was 107/80, and my pulse was 95 bpm. I was happy to see my blood pressure was better. I hope I continue to see my BP improve and of course my weight.
  15. Weird speed walking around Barnes &Noble for the win! Keep stopping to notice the "small" wins because in the end a bunch of these suckers are not small at all. Sending you good vibes for the gym. If it doesn't feel quite right to start with, just keep at it and it will become a home away from home.
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