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Weight and Measurements

Weight 161

Bust 37″

Chest 33.5″

Waist 29.5″

Hips 47″ (!!!)

Stomach 36″

Thigh 28.5″

Calf 14″

Neck 12″

R forearm 9.5″

R bicep 12.5″

L forearm 9″

L bicep 12″

R knee 17″

L knee 17.5″

Making Progress

I am on my way to becoming the fiercest 50 year old out there! I have started fasting again.. hard but necessary. When I am eating I am much more mindful of what goes in my mouth. I have given up wheat, sugar and alcohol for Lent and am almost 100% compliant. Today I weighed in at 163 and will redo my measurements this weekend.Gym workouts start next week. I need to get into shape because I have planned a birthday weekend in Vegas and I plan to be there in my bikini!!

Wow, it’s March 6th

And I am nowhere near fierce. But, I have planned a vacation in June to celebrate my birthday so I am officially back on track! I did one fast this week and it was a bit of a challenge and never did the second one but I am ready mentally to get back to doing 2 a week. It’s Lent so I am already not doing sugar, wheat or alcohol. I am also eating less dairy (mainly cheese). I feel better but I don’t think the weight has budged, hence adding in 5:2. Last time I did it (last summer) I lost a lot of weight right away. In all I think it was 14 pounds in less than two months. It just fell of with 5:2 and it works well if I want to date, etc. so I am happy to be back on. It is basically a lifestyle choice as I learned when I went off it and subsequently gained back all I had lost and then some. But my birthday celebration is taking place June 27th so I have about 3.5 months to get it together! It can be done. It will be done. I can’t embarrass myself at the pool and I’m not going into 50 looking broke down. No! I will enter the next decade looking FIERCE!

Jan. 1, 2015

I turn 50 in less than six months. It’s on!

Okay, Make that 167!

OMG. Seriously, who gains 17 pounds in two months?! What am I, prepping for a movie role? No, I am not. I just have NO moderation. That is the bad news. The good news is I went to the doctor and I am basically healthy!!! Yes, I have massive joint pain and I am exhausted BUT it is not due to anything that she can pinpoint-like RA or something equally awful. That means, that it’s pretty freaking likely that I can get rid of this through diet and lifestyle changes (less stress, more exercise, more sleep, supplements, etc.)

I celebrated by going to Chipotle. And ordered chips and lemonade to go with my salad. Don’t ask me why. Wtf? I have been given a second lease on life basically and I am not showing how incredibly grateful I am!

But I am. I said a prayer of thanks and I know I can change this. Let me repeat that: I KNOW I CAN CHANGE THIS. I KNOW I CAN FEEL ENERGETIC AND PAINFREE. I KNOW THIS! I know this. I know this. I know this..

What Happened Here?

Hi there. Remember me? Yeah, it’s been a long time. What have I been up to? Eating. You? Yes, sadly, I am back up to 164 pounds. I kid you not. I went to Mexico for a week and gained over five pounds there alone. It was an all-inclusive and the food was off-the-chain-amazing!!! I didn’t hold back (clearly). And sadly that got me derailed and it’s been all downhill since then. Boo.

Meanwhile, I feel awful. I went to the doctor last week and had a bunch of tests run. Tomorrow I go in for the results. Reumatoid arthritis? Diabetes? Lupus? Something autoimmune for sure because my muscles and joints are in PAIN and I am exhausted.

I am so fed up and so disappointed in myself. Hopefully tomorrow’s news won’t be too awful but just awful enough to scare me straight as it’s only 7 months left until I turn 50.

Whole 30 Anyone?

Are you familiar with Whole 30?  Whole 30 is a 30 day program to reboot your eating and relationship with food. Thirty days don’t sound long and then on the other hand they sound really, really long. In short, for thirty days you abstain from the following:

-sweeteners of any kind
-alcohol
-dairy
-grains
-legumes

Yep, I’m going to try it til the end of July or maybe until we leave for Mexico. Yes, that looming trip to Mexico sure is a motivating factor. I had my daughter photograph me in my swimsuit yesterday and it was shocking! I looked awful! I will post those pictures after I see some results. Right now I am just too horrified and embarrassed for anyone else to see how terrible I look! It sounds really hard so I am modifying it slightly. I bought some ghee but if I hate it I will do butter occasionally. They say no to all grains and I will do no wheat/gluten but honestly I may do rice or oatmeal from time to time. I’m going to try not to of course, but I may. No chips or snacking foods like tortilla chips but if I am on a date at a Thai restaurant I may have a bit of rice under my chicken curry. 🙂 I’m just being honest. Oh, and as far as sweeteners? They say none at all. I might put a bit of raw honey in a tea. It’s better than a chocolate Sunday and I am afraid of being so strict that I veer off completely. So, though I’m not trying to make allowances for myself (well, maybe I am) I believe it’s in my best interest to do it this way psychologically and in all honesty if a few cups of rice and some tea with honey are the only slip ups I make, I will be thrilled with myself.

Knowing I was going to start Whole 30 I figured why not have a last hurrah and have some ice cream or cookies or candy. I figured Monday was a good day to start so why not? But then I noticed as I walked around the grocery store that nothing looked appealing so I decided to go ahead and make yesterday day 1. “Yay,” I thought to myself, “I am halfway through day one. Here is what I ate:

Breakfast: nothing
Lunch: grass-fed ground beef, sweet potatoes and onions sautéed in coconut oil with cumin and sea salt and a fried egg (look at it ~ it was delicious!!)

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Snack: organic grapes
Dinner: raisins and almonds, more grapes.. and then a salad

I drank tons of water. Wasn’t hungry at all… (updated)  until 9:30 pm. Suddenly I was ravenous so I made a salad. I was so hungry and whipped together my favorite salad (romaine, avocado, raisins, almonds and goat cheese) and gobbled it down. It sure hit the spot. I think it’s the mix of tangy from the balsamic dressing with the sweet from the raisins and the crunch from the fresh romaine and almonds with the creaminess of the avocado and goat cheese. The only missing ingredient was the freshly chopped basil which I must put on my grocery list. I enjoyed it immensely and then realized..

Oops, goat cheese! Totally forgot I am not supposed to be eating dairy so I guess I am starting today instead!! Kind of bummed that I can’t count yesterday as day one but, really, I shouldn’t and I won’t beat myself up over a sprinkling of goat cheese over my salad! 🙂

In other news, Amazon Prime said my Fitbit is arriving on Monday and I found Groupons for Bikram yoga. C’mon July, bring it! I’m ready!!