Writing on this blog seems harder then working out and for good reason. Working out takes me max 25 minutes. Writing on this blog takes well over an hour.
Have I kept up with my workouts??!
YES! Without a doubt!. I have done so well with my workouts I upgraded my 5lb dumbbells to 15lb dumbbells. Now that is 30lbs I am lifting and granted when I say 30lbs it sounds so small. It is!! But this win feels huge for me. I easily see myself upgrading to the 20lb dumbbells very soon.
After mastering 20lb dumbbells I will invest in a bench a bar and much heavier weights.
What has kept me going?
I am a Florida girl and we moved farther up north 2 years ago right before covid hit. Literally days before covid hit. Being quarantined and out of Florida really killed my tanning vibe.
I decided months ago to invest in a stand up tanning bed. It’s one of those canopy beds. Now please stay calm… Before everyone has a fit… Yes I know tanning is bad for you. Yes I choose to still tan.
Anyway. I made a little hideaway corner with my tanning bed by putting up a black out curtain. I took my fitness posters and hung them on the walls.
While I tan I get the most awesome killer 20 minute lifting workout in.
I’ve stuck with this because omg it feels good! I get tan, plus complete my workout in 20 minutes flat. Sometimes I mix it up and add in a 6 minute cardio blast, plus a 5 minute pilates bar core routine before I head to my corner. Then I go tan and lift. It is bliss. It’s quiet, away from the kids but still in the privacy of my own home… Pure bliss.
I feel so good and strong and this works for me.
I want to tan, I want to workout… So I just do it!
I never have a moment when I start to tell myself I’m too tired to workout or tan. Seeing the changes in my tan helps me focus on the strength I am building and even if the scale is not moving I still feel accomplished.
I have big plans!
I wish I could say working out has made me drop 10lbs but I would be lying. I started at 185lbs. By my first mid week I was 188lbs. Every night before bed I weigh 184lbs. Every morning I weigh 181lbs.
I think it is safe to say I have lost 4lbs but my water weight still fluctuates each night.
I will be adding in some apple cider vinegar to my diet and I realized I have not been drinking water. I’ve been drinking tea sweetened with sucralose and pectin. I have a feeling this is holding me back and keeping the water weight on me.
I bought lemons and I will be drinking water with a splash of either lemon or apple cider vinegar. Kicking the caffeine habit is gonna be hard so I will start out slow.
I think this will finally shed the water.
Keto is a no go!
Lifting means I need food. Currently my food is limited and I will be making some tweaks. For breakfast I have 2 eggs scrambled, sausage links and sometimes bacon. For lunch I’ve been cooking 2 small potatoes, covering them in cheese, cottage cheese, butter and salt and pepper.
Dinner has been being skipped.
Here is what I’ve learned. The potatoes keep me full all day. I never feel fatigued or weak.
I might be over doing it with the cheese, sometimes sour cream etc.
I will continue the potatoes because I have energy while working out and do not feel like I’ll crash anytime soon.
Instead of loaded toppings I might add a splash of Italian dressing or apple cider vinegar.
I will do a calorie count and determine.
I plan on adding some more veggies to my plates soon.
I have realized that keto crashes me out. My body needs fuel and even if this means my results might take longer I’m just happy I am getting stronger and healthier each day.
I am excited and motivated
I am not getting instant results like I did with keto. But I know in my heart I am 100% on the right track. It is so tempting to want instant results. But getting those instant results do not build lifestyle changes. My being overweight came from a mindset. One that I have to work each day to reset. I would much rather take an entire year to get the body I want.. then get it in 3 months but never be able to substain the changes.
Remember I said I want to be STRONG. That means strong in heart, strong in mind, strong in staying consistent. Strong in my patience.
I want these changes to carry me out to the rest of my life. If that means I need to dedicate myself to making that happen. Then I am all in!
Till next time, baby steps are better then no steps and restarting just means you are still working at it!