This week I added regular cardio, an hour on the elliptical, for five days this week. Yes,on the workdays, I woke at 2:30 am and went to the gym from 3-4, but I did it, goddamn it! And I feel spectacular! And would you just look at what adding cardio has done to the weight loss?
That is a cool 5-pound loss since Monday when I added an hour of cardio. I am also proceeding with extended fast days, and toying around with pre-workout prep, such as, do I eat anything if so, what? I’ve worked out on an empty stomach, which made for an excruciating workout, I’ve had a few bites of protein bars, some with more carbs that the other. Now my serum ketones rose after each workout, but never had as dramatic a rise as I did yesterday:
Look at that number! It’s never been that high before!
Yesterday was a weekend, so I slept in a bit, which for me, means getting up at 4:30 instead of 2:30 lol I also had two cups of coffee with heavy whipping cream and didn’t go to the gym right away. I went later in the morning at 10:00-ish. I’m not certain which is the most important factor there, but I’ll try changing one variable at a time for this week’s workouts and see which yields the greatest rewards.
This week, I will be adding weights to my routine.I’ve ordered Brett Contreras’s Strong Curves workout book, and I really ought to open up the Total Gym and take advantage of that, particularly for my upper body.
I have physical coming up in 3 weeks, and I’d love to be back down to the weight I was at for my physical in 2015, which was 169. So, we shall see! But I feel great – energized, clothes are fitting more loosely. I took measurements yesterday and will do that once a week as well to monitor progress on that front.
I have GOT to get rid of the belly fat around my waist. At 36 inches, I am still just above the range for women (by 1 inch) which has the greatest risk for heart disease. Ugh. No thank you! We are headed into Heart Disease Awareness Month for February. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women in the US, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds, that’s 1 in 3 deaths among women every year! I’ll be wearing red this Friday at work, and I ordered some red lapel pins for my co-workers as a small gift.