I gained 1.3 pounds.

But, I lost a percentage point in body fat! 
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3.19.17

So, I’m not mad about that. Just goes to show that muscle really does weigh more than fat and if you look at that, I gained 3 pounds of muscle and only gained 1.3 pounds means I definitely lost fat. So! I’m motivated. I’m ready. I am about to work out but I have to wait for my phone to charge.
Today was good, ate out for both meals because we went to see animals today! Don’t worry, I stuck to my diet.
All in all, today was fun. Yay for good days!
Here’s a bald eagle, because this is america for fuck’s sake. 

(Disclaimer: I’m not actually a patriotic ass.)

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I haven’t blogged in TWO WHOLE DAYS

I have just been so damn BUSY.
Quick version of the past two days: fitbit is wonderful, my lungs feel better, and I’m down to a 38″ waist. I started out at 46″. 
Long version:
Omg. I fucking love my fitbit. I’m only posting my stats from today and yesterday, because the first day I had it I didnt have my fitbit on until 2pm. Swear this thing is so motivational. Everyone should get one, and be my friend on there! My name on fitbit is “Flo Mack”. Idk if that’s how you become my friend, but hopefully so.

Also, I’ve downloaded the partner app, fitstar, and I paid for the premium version. Let me just say HELL FUCK YEAH. They do a fitness test and then place you at levels for different areas of exercise and you rate how hard/easy each exercise is as you do it. I really like it. And having a personal trainer in my phone for 40 bucks a year is the best. I am straight up considering dropping my curves membership.
Also, I have walked 10+ miles in the past two days, and will hopefully turn that into 15+ tomorrow. 

Fitbit:

Fitstar:

Also, I’ve been playing around with different foods. Here are some of my meals from the past few days:

And here are some pics of me, just because!

I am so in love with my new lifestyle. I have never been more confident, more excited, or more proud of myself.

Thanks for being a part of it.

My fuckin lungs are trying to kill me.

I’m sick, I think. My chest is not keeping up with me. I could only work out for 12 minutes before I had to stop and breathe. I decided to take a break for a couple days and give myself breathing treatments  (I have asthma). 
Tomorrow I get my fitbit, so I will walk, but probably a moderate paced walk through my neighborhood. I’ll try to get some good steps in.
I’m disappointed in my body for doing this but we all need a break day and today can be mine. I’m proud of myself for trying to push through for 12 minutes and I’m proud of myself for knowing when to stop before I hurt myself.
I had a super boring salad for dinner, and a chick fil a grilled sandwich for lunch (no bun), and dry cereal with an orange for breakfast, so no recipes for today. But here’s a tip! Olive Garden light Italian dressing has 30 calories, 2 grams of fat (no trans, sat, poly, or mono fats), 5 mg of cholesterol, 440 mg of sodium, and 2 grams of protein per serving. You can buy it in stores and not feel guilty about putting a little too much on your otherwise portioned and nutrition-conscious salad.
Also, I took another progress photo so you can really see the difference between my start date and today. 

It was cold as fuck today.

So, I worked and didn’t walk, nor did I go to the gym today. I know you’re about to say “Flo, you’re messing up”, but, I’m not. I did a 30 minute full body work out video by a fitness YouTuber.

It. Busted. My. Ass.

I haven’t done a push up in so long, and my shoulders are burning. Planking is hard. I modified basically every exercise, and I was dripping sweat by the time I was done. But, nevertheless, she persisted.

Today showed me that I need to do some upper body work outs. I think I’m going to do the same workout I did tonight until I can do all of the exercises without modifying them. 

Also, I bought a fitbit today! 


And I had chick fil a for lunch (grilled sandwich no bun + honey roasted bbq sauce – 200-250 cal)! And I had chicken burritos for dinner (4oz chicken, 3oz mushrooms, 1 cup green peppers, 2tbsp salsa, shredded lettuce, 1 tortilla – 250 cal)!
I did well today, and I will do well tomorrow.

My fitbit will be here in 2 days, be prepared for blog posts listing all possible daily data available.

The Curves Circuit

I go to curves gym. Yes, that gym for women that seems like some kind of weird scam. Strangely, they aren’t a scam, it’s super affordable, and there’s no judgment. I promise I get no money from them for saying that, it’s just the first gym I’ve had a positive experience with.
Now every curves gym is different, but the one I go to, the circuit starts with running in place, and you then move to a machine, switching between running in place and the machines every 30 seconds.

That’s basically how they are all set up, between each machine you run in place on those boards, called “recovery boards”. Their purpose is to keep your heart rate up your entire circuit.
There’s machines that work your legs, your arms, your core. There’s a machine where you do a weighted squat, one where you’re rowing, and one where you’re doing resistance strength building.
The point of the circuit is to get a low impact, full body workout while keeping an elevated heart rate to burn fat and build lean muscle.

I, personally, love the curves circuit. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me. That’s what counts.

I did not want to do shit today.

I woke up tired, I woke up lazy, I woke up ready to go back to bed. But, today I proved to myself even if I hate everything I’m doing, I can still get it done. 

I went to curves this morning, went around the circuit twice. If you don’t know what the circuit is, I’m going to make a blog post about it after this, so I can link to it in the future. So, fear not, those who have never quite figured out what curves is, I will help you. Anyway, I really enjoy the work out. It’s low impact, focused on cardio, and still gets to every muscle. Tonight, I did an interval walk: walking normally for 5 minutes as a warm up, as the workout I repeated switching from a moderate pace for 3 minutes to a brisk pace for 1 minute for 25 minutes, then I did a normal paced cool down for 5 minutes (well, I had to pee really badly so I actually did a 3 minute cool down but shhhh). 

I’m so proud of myself for working out twice today while feeling like I didn’t want to do a thing. I was so tired all day, I was sore tonight doing my walk after working out this morning, I was mentally exhausted due to work and cleaning my house and the never ending pile of dishes in my sink. My son started his new daycare today so I was worried about that. But nevertheless, she persisted. I think that’s my new mantra, it encompasses everything I’m going through right now. Eventually, I will write a blog post about the passing of my youngest son, Jonah, in October. He was 11 days old. I think I’m using that pain to push forward, which is good for me.

It’s weird, I’ve never been so able to diet, work out, stick to something like this. It hasn’t been easy, I’ve had moments where I just wanted to quit and order a burger, but I’m almost 5 weeks into this and I am starting to see that I can do this.


Dinner:

  • 4 oz chicken (100 calories)
  • Half cup of sweet peas (80 calories)
  • 10 stalks of asparagus (30 calories)
  • 3 oz of mushrooms (20 calories)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (40 calories)

I sauteed the mushrooms, pan seared the asparagus, pan cooked the chicken, and the peas were out of a can.  I allowed myself some ketchup for a treat, and my calories were low. It was a good dinner!
All in all, today I learned that on my worst days I can do my best.

Well, it’s morning.

And I lost a pound. Finally. My first pound down in a whole week! My current weight is 188 lbs. That is a loss of 26 pounds total! And I’m on track to my next mini goal which is 164 lbs by April 10th. 

My son starts his new daycare today, so I will be a mess ALL day worrying about how he’s adjusting and everything. But! I get to go to the gym without stressing over childcare. And I’ll go every day this week! Hopefully that will make up for what I’ve been slacking on the past couple weeks. All I know is I want to be 180 by next Wednesday, because that’s when my next weight loss doctor appointment is. That’s a week and a half. I got this! It’s only 8 measly pounds. I want to go in that doctors office and be able to tell them that I’ve lost 34 pounds, and I really think with hardwork the next week and a half, I’ll do it. 
It isn’t easy, but it will be so worth it. 

Excuses.

“I just don’t have enough time to exercise”

“I don’t have enough money to buy a gym membership/healthy foods”

“I’ll start after (insert special occasion here)”

I get it. I really, really, really do. But that’s bullshit. 

I know, I sound like an asshole, but just hear me out. I’m a single mom to a toddler, I work full time, I always used to have the same excuse about how I’ll start after thanksgiving or Christmas or whatever was coming up where I got to eat. The thing is, every excuse I used to make was bullshit. I make the time, I buy off brand, I force myself to stay motivated because if I don’t, I’ll never make progress.

Seriously, I just got done walking up and down my driveway for 30 minutes at 10 pm while my son is sleeping. I have to be up at 6 tomorrow morning. It’s 40 degrees outside for fuck’s sake. But, I did it. Why? Because I chose to. I didn’t make any excuses about it being too late, me being too tired, or any other millions of reasons I could have skipped walking tonight. I just did it.

Before you say “but Flo, I have medical issues”.

I do too.

I have psoriatic arthritis in my knees, hips, and ankles. I have asthma. I’m fuckin obese! I still do it.
You will never make changes if you don’t do it, so shut up and do it.