Back from My Hiatus

I had a house guest this past week, so I basically took a week off from blogging and surfing the net. I did well with eating keto over for the first half of the visit – we did a fair amount of cooking together; it’s wonderful having someone in the kitchen with me who loves to cook as much as  I do! I also threw in a couple of cheat days, and I have no regrets because I cheated wisely, not gluttonously. We went out for some excellent Indian food on our Date Night, and the next day I cooked more Indian food to go with the leftovers. I am looking forward to getting back to some strict keto ratios and also going back to the gym now that my guest has left for home.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to obsess about scale numbers either. Continue reading Back from My Hiatus

God, I Hate the Scale

[RANT] On a whim, I stepped on the scale today and it read EXACTLY the same number as my last weigh-in. Now, I know that it is impossible that I have not lost weight. I have stringently kept to my calorie goal of between 1,050 – 1,250 per day except for a few days when I worked out and ate back some of the calories, but I never reached 1,500 on those days.

Over the past few days I have had that heavy, water-logged feeling about my midsection, so I’m sure that there is some crazy water retention going on. My cycles are still weirdly in flux due to the hormones in the Mirena, and I am pretty sure that I’ve developed more ovarian cysts. I go in for another ultrasound next week, so we’ll see what’s what there. In the meantime, I’ll drink the Fat Flush cranwater to help flush out the excess fluids. Continue reading God, I Hate the Scale

Food For Motivation

From 30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like). –Hanne Blank

  1. Working out is an immune-system booster, which is great since no one actually enjoys being a mobile snot fountain.
  2. Exercise builds ferociously sturdy little old ladies (and men): it’s fantastic for your bones, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, and improves balance and coordination.
  3. Exercise reduces symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Organic, legal DIY mellowness is a pretty sweet side effect.
  4. Working out helps regulate your blood pressure, reducing the effects of things like traffic jams and not being allowed to strangle that one coworker who really, really needs it.
  5. Exercising makes you smarter: research shows that exercise incorporating complex movement, especially, makes people learn better and faster.
  6. Working out hath charms to soothe the savage metabolic system, encouraging insulin sensitivity and Continue reading Food For Motivation

Doing Great

It’s been a great week. I’ve consistently hit my calorie goal or below, except for three days when I ate back some of my calories from exercising. Even then, I only ate back about 100 – 200 calories.

My carb cravings are gone entirely – no more longing for potatoes and rice, or lusting after bread and pizza. I had a couple of light cheat days when I indulged in some pineapple and had a small bit of chicken Schnitzel which had some breading on it. On that day my carb count only reached 38 grams because I planned for it, so being thoughtful about meals helps a great deal.

My daughter and I have been to the gym together three times, and Continue reading Doing Great

We Did It!

Yesterday morning, bright and early, I rousted my – willing – teenager from bed at the ungodly hour of 5:30 am to go to the gym. She got up without complaint and kicked some righteous ass on the elliptical. She is excited about going back with me and working toward getting back in the same shape she used to be when she ran cross-country and did track. I am so happy and proud of her.

I did a good 45 minutes on the elliptical, yes, it was a slowish pace, but I’ve been out of shape. I know that it won’t be long before I’m back to doing the hills programs on the machine and giving my legs and lungs a great workout. I’d like to start adding weight training this week, too, though I’m uncertain whether I’m going to start with the machines at the gym, or just use the dumbbells and kettlebell I have here.

But what a great start!