My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 297-316

Wow oh wow. It has been so long since I blogged. It’s one of those I’ll get it tomorrow. Then that turns into 3 or 4 weeks later.

Just to update. I am still going Keto strong. I have been participating in my NerdFitness goals still. Though, I haven’t posted there as often as I wanted too as well. I hope to fix this all as well.

I have been struggling still to lose weight, though maybe I might have started breaking that plateau. The basic idea is to make sure I am at a deficit for the day. I am shooting for a >500 calories deficit. Though this week, I had a few more over eating days. Work in progress.

My Birthday

November 2nd was my birthday. I turned 45.

I have been having the feeling of wanting to run for awhile. So for my Birthday, I decided to test how far I can go. It has been a few years since my 5k. I went over to a track, and did a bit of a walk first to warm up, then started off. I went about a half mile before I had to go back to a walk. Farther then I thought I would make it at least. It does give me some idea that I think I can start running again. (My younger self would have never believed I would want to run, ever)

That night, we went to the San Jose Barracuda hockey game. When we walked in, one of the tank patrol asked if my son would want to take part in the Limbo challenge during the first intermission. Of course he said yes! 🙂

Video of his attempt too:

He needs to work on that form! He had a blast. It was really fun getting to be down there for it.

Then next night, it was time for more hockey! This time the San Jose Sharks Star Wars night.

Food Tracking

I’ve felt that tracking my food has always been a big help to me. It is amazing to see how small a serving size it when you are lookign at packaged items. Back in the day, I’d have a Stoffer’s frozen lasagna all to myself. Then see on the back that it is 4 servings per package.  Things like that, let me know I need to track.

Maybe one day, I will feel more comfortable seeing my portions sizes, but I just like weighing things, and tracking them.

I’ve been using MyFitnessPal for a really long time. I have made a switch though. I am now using Chronometer full time. I don’t get to share out my daily food diary though. But it does have some nice features. It has very specific numbers to show things like b vitamins that you get.

Weight Loss Progress

Down to 269.6 lbs. 95.2 lbs gone this year. I pretty much struggled all last month with weight. This week though, I lost 2.7 lbs. I feel like I am making the break through again. So damn close to that 100 lbs lost number. Feels like it is taking so long! haha.

Walking

Past few weeks, I have been stepping up my walking game. With my NerdFitness Challenge, I have been trying to increase step amount each week.

This last week, I was shooting for 7,000 steps per day. I am giving myself one day off.

11/05 – 10349 steps. 60 active minutes.
11/06 – 8960 steps. 78 active minutes.
11/07 – 8752 steps. 69 active minutes.
11/08 – 8302 steps. 43 active minutes.
11/09 – 9453 steps. 85 active minutes.
11/10 – 6172 steps. 44 active minutes.
11/11 – 8345 steps. 77 active minutes.

I almost did the 7,000 steps every day this week. My one day off was still over 6,000. This coming week, I am shooting for 10,000 steps per day. I’m going to have to really work for it!

Workouts

I had some decent start to working out. Mostly body weight, and some dumbbell stuff. Recently though, it has been a fail. The last week, and this coming week, my sin is on minimum days. Parent teachers conference and all that. In an effort to save some money on Gas, I am saying there around the area while my kid is in school. On benefit is I am getting my walking in. One downfall, is that I haven’t been getting any kind of workouts done. I hope to do at least something this week. No school today, but I have been busy.

Holiday times are approaching!

OK, the real challenge for the year is coming. Thanksgiving, and Christmas for me. This time of year seems to be all the holidays though. I’ve decided for myself, that I will remain Keto. This next week, I have a couple of recipes to try for a sweet potato replacement, and possibly a pie. We are going out of town for Thanksgiving, so I might have to bring a few things just for me. Turkey should be fine, I just have to ignore other items.

Then there is Christmas. We do like to have our sweets here too. I am sure we will have a Honey Baked Ham. So there will be sugars there. It just means I need to watch the portions closely. Then I might just need a few keto deserts to hold me over while others have normal cookies and candies.

It’s just good to start preparing for things like this. I don’t want to be caught in emergency mode of no planning. Much easier to give in that way.

 

My Journey to Healthy Me, Day 296

Tuesday is ending now, and overall, things seem to be going well.

My biggest issue is that I did not workout out yesterday. I did however get my steps in.

Exercise
8,760 step yesterday. My goal this week is to be above 6,000 steps. Bowling helped out some here as well. I did not hit my body weight exercises. I didn’t do any today as well. Tomorrow though, I will get it done!

Sleep

11:42 PM to 7 AM. 6 hrs 45 mins. 16 x awake for 33 mins. I got in my reading, then headed off to bed. Temperature around here is fluctuating. Sometimes warm, but sometimes getting cooler. I have been waking up being too hot, then trying to get back to sleep.

Food
10/22 MyFitnessPal – 1694 Calories, 19 net carbs. I had higher fat then protein, and my remaining calories was 827. So over my >500 mark.

I did polish off 2 quest bars yesterday. I had ordered the new peppermint bark bars. Before they came in, I had gone to a grocery outlet store. I found they were selling Quest bard for $11.99 a box. I found 3 Quest Hero bars for $0.99. I bought those three as well. I paid the price for 3, that I would pay for one at Target haha. Well, I at one Hero bar. Then later the peppermint bark bar came in. I have been waiting to try it, so I decided to go for it.

I did enjoy the peppermint bark bar, but I feel it was a little weak on the flavor. The peppermint flavor was there, but just not enough for me. Plus, when I think of peppermint bark, I feel more like a solid like chocolate. These are chewy. Still, I will enjoy eating them all 😉 Just felt they missed the mark just a bit.

Mental game
I have felt better this past week or so. There are some stresses going on in my life now. So it is in there in my head. I just have to do what I can do. 🙂

Tomorrow
Continue the grind. Get in my steps, and hit my exercise. My kid might be getting sick, so I may not be taking him to school in the morning.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 275-295

I’m back! I’ve really struggle a bit these last few weeks. Some of it mental, some of it frustration.

For over a month, my weight hardly moved. Up and down the same basic area. Now, if I was at my goal weight, then no sweat. I have plenty to lose though. So this really was frustrating me. Checking Fitbit, my weight only moved 3 lbs down. I thought I was doing things properly. I was getting in workouts, and a bit more walking, yet it felt useless.

I looked back at my food tracking, and I was hitting where I thought I should for my calories and macros. Still eating at a deficit etc. The problem is, I don’t think I actually had been.

The light bulb went on

I had the realization that I must not be as active as I assumed. I wasn’t walking that much. The body weight workouts I was doing, were hard, but it wasn’t taking that long.

I looked back, and decided to re evaluate my numbers. This last week, I have not been focused on hitting a certain calorie goal. Instead, I am focused on burned calories. I have been using MyFitnessPal and Chronometer this week to track. I’ve also been walking each morning. My goal this last week, has been to have greater then a 500 calorie deficit. If this meant I didn’t walk, then that meant I couldn’t eat much. I want to eat more, I need to workout more. haha 🙂

It’s working

So this last week, I am down 6.7 lbs. Apparently, this is working for me. I haven’t dropped this much in awhile! So here we go!

down to 272.9 lbs. Moving he correct direction again.

I have been walking each morning after dropping my son off. There was a couple of days I hit up the treadmill in our complex here. A couple of the days last week, I was under my 500 calorie burned mark vs what I ate. Overall though, I did well.

NerdFitness

It is time for a new Nerdfitness 4 week challenge. I have made my thread there. Tateman – It’s my Birthday Challenge!

I setup my goals there to reflect what I have been trying out this last week.

#1 focus on >500 calorie deficit.
#2 Getting in my steps. Also increasing the amount each week.
#3 Get in my workouts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
#4 Make sure I get enough rest.

It seems pretty straight forward. I feel if I am hitting this each week, then I am going to be in a good place.

This Week

I just want to focus on getting all I can done. The year is almost up, and I want to be able to look back, and be amazed at what all has happened. 🙂

 

 

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 268-274

Whoa, time sure is flying. It is October already! I am disappointed a bit in myself for not posting all week. Not sure why. I guess I just thought I didn’t have much to say. I will try to get better this week.

Today, I went for a walk after I dropped my son off at school. Nothing major. I parked in one area, then walked around the school and park to get back to my car. Then I got a workout in today as well.

3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 elevated pushups (kitchen counter)
3 x 10 One Arm Dumbbell row 25 lbs each arm.
3 x 60 seconds farmers walk. 25 lbs dumbbell in each hand.

Also, little funny thought I had today. I was doing the farmers walk with these dumbbells. I was thinking, man, this 50 pounds can get heavy quick. Then it hit me. In April, I was 50 lbs heavier. I was carrying this much extra weight around me then, every place I went. Kind of weird thinking it was double that amount on me last year.

Last week summary

Overall, it was a decent week. I did lose a little bit of weight. So that is going the right direction. It is just slower then I want. Though I think it is because I really am not that active, and am eating over what I should. I want to check out where my numbers need to be again, and attempt to be more active this week. I have been getting workouts in, but they are not super high intense or anything yet. They do push me at least.

Weight Loss

1.9 lbs gone this week. 90.4 total since January 1st. I am back within 10 lbs of hitting my first weight loss goal of 100 lbs lost.

Food
09/24 MyFitnessPal – 1758 Calories, 8 net carbs, 115 g Protein, 140 g Fats
09/25 MyFitnessPal – 1750 Calories, 7 net carbs, 126 g Protein, 137 g Fats
09/26 MyFitnessPal – 1663 Calories, 15 net carbs, 105 g Protein, 128 g Fats
09/27 MyFitnessPal – 1677 Calories, 8 net carbs, 137 g Protein, 116 g Fats
09/28 MyFitnessPal – 1857 Calories, 6 net carbs, 152 g Protein, 127 g Fats
09/29 MyFitnessPal – 1862 Calories, 8 net carbs, 145 g Protein, 135 g Fats
09/30 MyFitnessPal – 1796 Calories, 16 net carbs, 127 g Protein, 132 g Fats

I had a couple of higher protein days. I had to finish off some meat we had, so there wasn’t too much choice haha. Overall my numbers were pretty good. I am going to re look at what my numbers should be. I think I am not up to “lightly active” numbers yet. Maybe this week, I can get there.

IF was done each day, though nothing consistent as always eat at 11 am. There were a few days that I went later in the afternoon before eating 1st meal.

Sleep
09/25 – 11:30 PM to 7:00 AM. 7 hrs 2 mins. 13 x awake for 28 mins.
09/26 – 11:49 PM to 6:45 AM. 6 hrs 27 mins. 11 x awake for 29 mins.
09/27 – 12:49 AM to 7:34 AM. 5 hrs 58 mins. 13 x awake for 47 mins.
09/28 – 11:37 PM to 6:59 AM. 6 hrs 40 mins. 14 x awake for 42 mins.
09/29 – 11:38 PM to 7:18 AM. 7 hrs 5 mins. 15 x awake for 35 mins.
09/30 – 11:51 PM to 9:02 AM. 7 hrs 59 mins. 17 x awake for 1 hr 12 mins.
10/01 – 12:06 PM to 7:00 AM. 6 hrs 10 mins. 16 x awake for 44 mins.

Each night, I did read. The 27th, I finished a book. Most nights were OK, but 3 nights I really got to bed too late. I did also have a couple of nights that I didn’t sleep the greatest either. Kids or whatever waking me up early too.

Exercise

Monday exercise was the Boss Battle I did.
21 squats
7-8 good form Knee Push ups.
1 minute front plank
17 seconds left leg, 22 seconds right leg for one leg balance

Wednesday
3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 elevated pushups (kitchen counter)
3 x 10 One Arm Dumbbell row 15 lbs each arm.
3 x 60 seconds farmers walk. 15 lbs dumbbell in each hand.

Friday (night)
3 x 5 (each leg) Assisted Bodyweight Lunge. (held onto my counter)
3 x 5 Inch worms (much harder then I expected toward the end ;) )
3 x 10 Wall Slides (also deceptive in how hard this is to do)
3 x 20 second side planks (I could not do the full side plank. Had to do from my knees)

Sunday Night
I went out for a walk with our dog. Took him all around the area. Mostly getting steps and active time in. The dog has to stop too much to make good time. 😉

This Week

OK, I need to make sure my sleep is on point. I want to continue building on my exercises. I hope to get out for more cardio. I know a couple of days this week will be packed busy. I hope to tackle those well.

 

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 267

It’s time for a new week! Monday is here. Let’s get out there and take the week by storm! 🙂

Time for a good old week in review.

Weight Loss

I am 276.2 lbs this morning. 88.6 lbs total since January 1st. While I am disappointed to not see more results here, but I just have to stick with the progress. I know that I had one really horrible over eating day last week, and a few, I over ate. I was sick a bit. I have also been doing more exercise this week, adding to body stress. My hope, is that by next week, I will really have that whoosh moment, and everything is clicking again.

This is making those weight loss goals of mine a lot harder to get before the end of the year. Still, I am going for all I can do on it!

Food
09/17 MyFitnessPal – 1728 Calories, 8 net carbs, 112 g Protein, 129 g Fats
09/18 MyFitnessPal – 1813 Calories, 7 net carbs, 85 g Protein, 146 g Fats
09/19 MyFitnessPal – 1916 Calories, 8 net carbs, 91 g Protein, 154 g Fats
09/20 MyFitnessPal – 1704 Calories, 8 net carbs, 102 g Protein, 134 g Fats
09/21 MyFitnessPal – 1715 Calories, 4 net carbs, 144 g Protein, 117 g Fats
09/22 MyFitnessPal – 1543 Calories, 9 net carbs, 99 g Protein, 113 g Fats
09/23 MyFitnessPal – 1815 Calories, 4 net carbs, 184 g Protein, 111 g Fats

I did have a couple of days that my IF was not done on my normal times. Like one night I at some pork the wife made at 7:30 pm. I just made sure the next day I ate later. I actually had a couple of days I didn’t eat until noon. I also made some progress of trying to have higher fats then protein. It is much harder to do when there isn’t many options left to choose from here at home. Still, I am doing what I can.

Exercise
I did in fact get in all 3 workouts this weekend, and had my walk yesterday as well. Not bad. I had skipped some bowling because I was feeling sick, but still got the workouts done.

Monday:
3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 Elevated pushups (done at my kitchen counter)
3 x 10 Doorway bodyweight rows
3 x 30 secs farmers walk. I used 15lb dumbbells in each hand, and just walked the circle around my kitchen and living room area.

Wednesday:
3 x 10 sets “Good Morning”
3 x 5 sets “Standing Wall Walk”
3 x 5 seconds each leg “One Leg Balance”
3 x 20 seconds “Planks”

Friday:
3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 Elevated pushups (done at my kitchen counter)
3 x 10 Doorway bodyweight rows
3 x 30 secs farmers walk. I used 15lb dumbbells in each hand

Sunday:
Went for a bit of a walk. Over 5k steps on fitbit

This may seem small right now, but it is a big step int he right direction for me. I completed the “Boss Battle with General Doms” on the NerdFitness Academy today. So I am moving up to level 2 workouts now.

Sleep
09/18 – 11:36 PM to 7:00 AM. 6 hrs 54 mins. 15 x awake for 30 mins.
09/19 – 11:37 PM to 6:59 AM. 6 hrs 53 mins. 14 x awake for 29 mins.
09/20 – 11:36 PM to 6:59 AM. 6 hrs 46 mins. 14 x awake for 37 mins.
09/21 – 11:35 PM to 6:51 AM. 6 hrs 48 mins. 10 x awake for 28 mins.
09/22 – 11:39 PM to 7:26 AM. 6 hrs 59 mins. 14 x awake for 48 mins.
09/23 – 11:58 PM to 8:52 AM. 8 hrs. 19 x awake for 54 mins.
09/24 – 11:29 PM to 6:45 AM. 6 hrs 25 mins. 14 x awake for 51 mins

Each night, I did get in my reading before heading to bed. Only the one night I decided to finish the chapter out. So I lose points. Last night was a really rough sleep, or lack of sleep. A couple of warmer nights had me moving around a bit too much too. Overall though, I feel like my sleep has improved.

I am toying around with the idea to move my sleep up 30 minutes. It is mostly in my head that feel like I shouldn’t go to bed that early. My body just might appreciate that extra time for sleep though.

This Week

More of the same this week. My exercise will increase in difficulty. I want to try getting out for more walking. I may need to get some fat bombs made to help keep my numbers were I want them.

 

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 265 & 266

I didn’t get in to blog yesterday. I just ran a bit late.

Today, I did get out for a walk this morning/afternoon. I live near buy some stores. Just about 20 minutes to walk over there. So I went to Gamestop, and did some Pokemon Go stuff during my walk. I had a bit of fun going out for my walk. It felt really good, even with it being a bit warmer this week. Next week, I should try to get more walking in.

After my walk, I tackled the wing making! I tried out two different flavors, but they are both pretty similar. I saw that Ketoconnect.net uses baking powder for their wings. This helps to make them crispy in the oven. It worked pretty well. I think I cooked mine just a few minutes too long I think. Not burnt, but some got a little close. 😉 I’ll be finishing them off in the next couple days.

I got to sleep a little later then I should have last night. I did get in 8 hours of sleep though. It wasn’t a solid sleep. I woke up a few times. Mind was also racing a lot, and it took awhile to actually get to sleep.

Keto Resets

Recently, it seems like there are a lot of people getting back into Keto. A few youtube people have started up their Keto Resets.

Headbanger’s Kitchen

Highfalutin’ Low Carb

Dot2Trot

I for one, and really glad that they are willing to share their stories with us. I know that I have followed quite a few people in their journeys. I have gotten some amazing recipes to try for these folks. I think it really just helps people to know, that life happens. We are humans.

I have done really well myself, sticking to this keto journey. Though I too went off when I went to New York. I was perfectly OK with it though. I knew I was going to be on a great vacation, and wanted to sample all the foods I could get. 🙂

So for whatever reason that you might have fallen off Keto, you can get back on. I have done it. Sahil from Headbanger’s Kitchen has done it a few times I believe.

One day at a time guys. You can do this. We can all do this!

Tomorrow

Alright, tomorrow is summary day. Back to the grind. I will take my kid to school, workout, and probably figure out more things to get done around here. I need to get some Almond flour and butter. I am missing my KetoConnect 90 second mug bread! 🙂

 

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 264

Friday is here! Well, it is almost over now. I was able to get in my workout this morning. I did it in a fasted state as well.

I didn’t get chicken wings made. We did go get a few little things tonight. I need to hit up the store soon. I need to restock all my keto goods. 😉

Yesterday

Food:
09/20 MyFitnessPal – 1704 Calories, 8 net carbs, 102 g Protein, 134 g Fats. Hit my numbers pretty well. Fat is higher then protein. Calories were not too high.

Exercise:
No extra exercise. Just my normal Thursday bowling.

Sleep:

11:35 PM to 6:51 AM. 6 hrs 48 mins. 10 x awake for 28 mins. Not bad on my sleep. I am getting in my reading, and I can feel these extra few minutes of sleep I am getting. No more 12:30 am bed times for me. At least, not while I am taking my kid to school. haha.

Tomorrow

Pokemon Community Day is happening tomorrow. I plan on getting out there with my older son at least. We might also head out to a hockey game, but will have to wait and see. Otherwise, just more stuff around the house to get done, and need to get to the stores to pick up some items.