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Day 39-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- FRUSTRATION

LAST NIGHT:

3 am and I have insomnia. The kiddo has to be up tomorrow for her horse riding lesson since the Pandemic began and she is super excited.

When she went to bed, I finished the owl lamp she wanted so badly. I wasn’t going to pay 250 bucks for a resin one from a bit company. Instead, I picked up a small vintage bisque owl lamp from the 60s or 1970s and spray painted it in a copperish metallic; bought a 20 dollar burgundy shade from the grocery store and painted it with her initials in Gryffindor colors- and put it on her nightstand while she slept. She is going to be shocked when she wakes up!

THIS MORNING:


SO frustrated- not by my weight, even though I’ve stayed around same for a couple of days- but by my COVID RECOVERY. My weight loss and skincare I am super pleased with… my tachycardia is improving, but not fast enough for my liking.

Tonight I made Filipino garlic fried rice with chicken and it was almost EXACTLY spot on- or maybe because it’s been too long since I’ve had rice, idk. Enjoyed food for first time in eons.

Tomorrow I will have shrimp something or other.

I was able to get my steps and cardio in. I need to get my strength training/yoga started… which I keep saying, but have yet to do.

Day 39-

WEIGHT: 162.2

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 STILL, but it went lower tonight when I slept.
13,044 steps
51 min cardio
 yes!

11:10 am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR and coffee
2:15 pm- 2nd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
5 pm- 3rd fueling: OMG THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING IS SOO GOOD!!
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE with laughing cow lite
10 pm- Lean and Green meal: filipino garlic fried cauliflower rice w chicken (SO GOOD)
11:30 pm- 5th fueling:  fell asleep ugh

100 oz of water

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Day 36-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Covid Tachycardia and More Weight Loss

Went down .2 of a pound and thrilled! My tachycardia is still here, but it seems to be lessening since I removed the NyQuil and CoQ10. I will add back the Ubiquinol to see if that wasn’t the culprit once my heart rate goes back to normal.

Been doing a lot of rebounding (albeit gently) on the leapsandrebounds.com rebounder (10% off with purchasing using code MISSMAISIE10). I also started a squat challenge. Getting my cardio done frequently with the rebounder helps my autoimmune problems, gets my FitBit steps in, and keeps me sane… it also lowers my heart rate.

Am in a reels making brush up course, so I made this while rebounding… I didn’t try very hard, but it’s a start LOL

L’BRI skincare at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

NOW, ONTO THE STATS DU JOUR:

Day 36-

WEIGHT: 161.6

RESTING HEART RATE: 80 (praying it is better tomorrow-stopped nyquil and a supplement)
14.263 steps
33 min cardio

10:30 am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR
1:53 pm- 2nd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH LAUGHING COW LITE CHEESE (waffled)
4:00 pm- 3rd fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
7:00 pm- 4th fueling: SPINACH PESTO MAC & CHEESE
10:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: TRUFFLED CHICKEN SALAD WITH GARLIC VINAIGRETTE
10:45 pm- 5th fueling:  couldn’t do it today. Still feeling covid-y and tachycardia-ish

140 oz of water

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Day 35-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- I AM DOWN TO 161 FROM ALMOST 180!! WOOHOOOO!!!

I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES THIS MORNING!! I AM DOWN TO 161!!!! This is INSANE!!
BEST. DIET. EVER.

THE BAD NEWS: my resting heart rate is up to 78, which is what I worked so hard to remedy in the previous month with regular exercise. I added Ubiquinol (COQ10) and COVID to my life this week, so maybe that has something to do with it. I am not going to take the supplement tomorrow morning and see how my heart rate fares. I don’t think it is the Ubiquinol doing it- I think the 2 weeks of Nyquil may be partially to blame. The studies done on vitamin D3 and Ubiquinol as preventative treatments against long-Covid disorders are compelling:

https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/higher-coq10-levels-linked-to-improved-icu-outcomes-1

I will also give up the NyQuil tonight, because it DOES have a history of raising the resting heart rate.

I forced myself on the rebounder throughout the day (and forced myself to eat) because that is usually the best way to lower my heart rate fast… and keep me moving when locked in the house. I also super-hydrated… and washed my face and did a L’BRI facial peel on a FB Live.

Maisie is feeling better, thank goodness, even if she looks feral in the next photo. My friend sent her a Laura Ingalls Wilder book via post and Maisie was over the moon.

Here is a pic of me from 2009 when I was 40- it is my new fridge goal pic. I want this body back and I will get it…

Day 35-

WEIGHT: 161.8

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 (THIS IS NOT GOOD- COVID IS STUPID)
12,160 steps
54 min cardio

11:14am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR
1:53 pm- 2nd fueling: SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE POTATO CAKES waffled w reduced-fat cheddar
4:00 pm- 3rd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD STICKS
6:30 pm- 4th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
8:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: chicken and veggies
10:45 pm- 5th fueling:  CREAMY CHOCOLATE SHAKE

140 oz of water

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Day 34-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Covid Recovery Mode & What I’ve Learned From a Month of New Eating

Up .2 of a pound this morning, but I am in covid recovery and this doesn’t even bother me. In the past, it might have sent me into a downward spiral, but no more.

This new eating program has changed so much about how gentle I am with myself and perceptions about weight loss- much in the same way L’BRI skincare changed my ideas about getting older and aging skin.


👉🏻👉🏻linktr.ee/missmaisieandme for to get your youth on👈🏻👈🏻👈🏻👈🏻


I feel very blessed to have both of these programs in my life now. I am SO grateful, beyond words!!

That being said, my heart rate is now 78 today- Covid has done some ugly things with my heart and tachycardia during my 3 bouts. It’s frustrating, but the only solution I have is to do more rebounding on my Leaps & Rebounds mini-trampoline. Cardio helps loads with reducing the resting heart rate and I try to get on EVERY HOUR for a few minutes. I use my FitBit to monitor my vitals and steps. 12k of steps is always my goal (for now). Lately, I have been barely getting 9k, so this must change.

If you want to get a rebounder from leapsandrebounds.com I have a lifetime 10 percent discount MISSMAISIE10 you can use. This company SAVED MY LIFE after my pulmonary embolism and previous Covid bouts and I cannot thank them enough.

OMGOSH, WATCH THIS!! MAISIE IS IN THEIR VIDEO!


Day 34-

WEIGHT: 163.6

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 (noooooo!!)
11,307 steps
55 min cardio

12:00 pm- 1st fueling: CREAMY VANILLA SHAKE
4:00 pm- 2nd fueling: DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR (sooo late)
7:20 pm- 3rd fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE (again, so late)
9:51 pm- 4th fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
11:50 pm- 5th fueling: fell asleep, work and illness kicking my butt

80 oz of water



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Day 28-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Harry Potter Bedroom Decorating Again…

I felt well enough to start working on Maisie’s bedroom again. The bed and most of it is in there, still need the lamp and furniture brought in, plus the closet cleaned.

Highlights/progress from the bedroom…


I am having the worst time trying to sort out how to drape the canopy hanging. It’s really difficult to do and I am not pleased with it at all. I will have R help me tomorrow.

I pushed myself way too hard today, got winded a lot. I am on the upswing, knock wood.

Weight loss stayed the same. I am not too concerned about it, as it’s been a tough week healthwise for us all. Covid test was negative, which was shocking considering the tons of covid-positive people we’ve been exposed to, knock wood. The molecular test came back tonight. I will be able to leave the house for shopping tomorrow (albeit with a mask). I need to finish up her bedroom.



Day 28-

WEIGHT: 166.2 

RESTING HEART RATE: 69
12,357 steps
44 min cardio
 *BUT 201 ZONE MINUTES!!*

11:45 am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR
2:00 pm- 2nd fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
4:20 pm- 3rd fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
6:40 pm- 4th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
9:00 pm- Lean and Green meal: Rotisserie Chicken and asparagus
11:00 pm-5th fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE

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Day 27-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Covid Test Day and More Lethargy…

I was the only one to find a molecular test in my fam and had it today- now to wait 1-2 days until the results are in. I feel marginally better but SO TIRED. Sleeping off and on and rebounding is nearly impossible.

My appetite is gone, but plugging away with the fuelings. I lost .2 of a pound and that was nice.

R and Maisie were able to assemble the bookshelf. The bed arrived as well, but no energy to complete that task.

Best surprise was an Art Deco ring I designed and custom-made as a gift to me a month or so ago. It is 14k white gold, 2 ct center stone (H), and sapphires for Maisie’s birthstone. My mom wore a similar one all my life, but it was stolen along with her jewelry box full of family heirlooms when she went into nursing care. I am now making my own heirlooms to pass down to my daughter.

I had it made to look like an eye symbol, for good luck. Maisie wore it for a bit. I love it so much. I usually don’t splurge for myself (my mom always did, she lived at her jeweler’s), but I had a gut reaction regarding this ring. I am glad I did.

I am a little disappointed that I don’t even feel well enough to move a bit. I haven’t worked in a while and that is not my norm. I can barely focus on anything with the headaches that keep coming and going. Queasiness hit about 7 pm and I couldn’t think of anything I’d want to eat for my lean and green meal.

I eventually had a garlic soup with kale and sausages, which seemed to calm my tum down. I didn’t get the 5th fueling in.

Day 27-

WEIGHT: 166.2 

RESTING HEART RATE: 69
6,079 steps
12 min cardio
(today was a bad day for moving)

1:00 pm- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR with an accidental cup of black tea (I didn’t look at which Keurig pod I grabbed)
3:00 pm- 2nd fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
5:20 pm- 3rd fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE BLENDED WITH COFFEE- nommmm
7:00 pm- 4th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
9:00 pm- Lean and Green meal: Garlic kale soup with sausage, saffron, and egg
11:00 pm-5th fueling: I couldn’t eat.

80 oz of water

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Day 19-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary-RESTING HEART RATE DOWN ALMOST 15 OR MORE POINTS!!

Almost another full pound GONE- POOF!
Lowest weight since starting 19 days ago AND I SURVIVED THE HOLIDAY FOOD BINGE!

(No shame in this game ^^)


The countdown to year 53 of my life begins… same age as JLo, but not yet as fit. I am still super pleased with my progress!!

Between my L’BRI skincare and this weight loss program I WILL BE A HOT MAMA BY MY 53RD BIRTHDAY IN FEBRUARY! The weight (knock wood) is just melting off.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART (insert drumroll)…

MY RESTING HEART RATE IS 65!! That is down from over 70 (and 78 a month prior)!! I suffer from tachycardia, high blood pressure, and a host of autoimmune issues and blood clotting issues.
Staying alive is my ultimate goal.

I am noticing a huge decline in belly fat on this diet, even though I haven’t yet done more than rebounding for exercise.

Cravings simply DO NOT EXIST. I eat too often for hunger. This is like magic- the easiest diet I’ve ever been on!

Day 19-

WEIGHT: 168.1

RESTING HEART RATE: 65
 12,106 steps
34 min cardio

11:30 am- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH CHEESECAKE FILLING (waffled as usual)
2 pm- 2nd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
5 pm- 3rd fueling: SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE POTATOES WAFFLED
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
9:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: BEEF SIRLOIN PHO WITH MIRACLE NOODLES
11:45 pm-5th fueling: BUTTERMILK MAC
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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DAY 17- the day after Xmas Aftermath

What happens at Xmas stays at Xmas, but I didn’t successfully keep to plan. I ended up sick as a result and today is the day of reckoning and relaxation and self-forgiveness.

I have to be gentle with myself and move forward positively.

Spent the day enjoying the aftermath of the holiday and just chilling with fam. Maisie sang the Sorting Hat song from the Harry Potter audiobooks.

My house currently looks like Harry Potter threw up in it. The kiddo is OBSESSED. I am doing a surprise redecorating of her bedroom. Bought almost everything on here today (from Pottery Barn’s site).

Her bedroom is not as big as this in the little house, so we will do what we can… At my other house, this would be doable, but it’s currently being used as an office by family members staying there and working remotely. I like this little house so much. It’s so cozy.

Tonight’s lean and green consisted of sous vide grass-fed sirloin, veggies, and eggplant rollatini leftovers from Xmas eve at R’s parents.


Day 17-

Resting Heart Rate: 71 (alcohol made it jump up A LOT… won’t be doing that for a long while)
Morning Weight: IDK
2,932 steps
2 min cardio

96 oz of water

12:00 pm- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR AND COFFEE

2:45 pm– 2nd fueling: CHOCOLATE MINT CRISP BAR
6 pm- 3rd fueling: HOMESTYLE CHICKEN FLAVORED SOUP
8:00 pm- 4th fueling:  ROASTED GARLIC POTATOES (WAFFLED)

10:15 pm- Lean and Green meal:  Eggplant roulettes, sirloin beef

11:15 am- 5th fueling:  forgot, fell asleep

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Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary Day 12- Lupus/Autoimmune Flare Less Today

When I woke up I felt like crud today, too. Headache in front of the head, but less severe than yesterday. General lethargy (again, less than yesterday). I will do a covid swab today. I have the home tests on my shelf. I just need the energy to get to the shelf. I am not usually prone to headaches or migraines.

I do notice a tickle in my throat, no other cold symptoms. I snore, so scratchy throats in the morning aren’t a bit deal.

I’ve been pushing through with rebounding and steps, but just the minimum to keep the aches and pains away. It also helps my breathing immensely. My body pain is the only thing that has gone away so far, which leads me to continue to believe that this was just an immune system freakout. I have covid long hauler stuff on top of it, so who knows?

UPDATES:

As the day wore on, my symptoms went away and my swab was NEGATIVE!

I had a lot of work to catch up on, so my workouts suffered, but I still got my steps in. I am pretty happy with this diet so far… so much so that I will be probably leaving my coach’s link (when I can find it) on this blog from now on, apparently I get some sort of referral credits. I am not quite sure how that works yet.

Dinner was an easy chicken pho style soup with Miracle Noodles and herbs and avocado as garnish.
Sometimes a proper soup is all a body needs when you’re feeling off-kilter.

OK, NOW FOR MY STATS OF THE DAY:

Day 12

Resting Heart Rate: 68
Morning Weight: not weighing today. I felt yucky and tired. Had to eat first and I only weigh first thing in the morning before weigh-in usually.
12,328 steps
35 min cardio

90 oz or more of water

11:00 am- 1st fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION STICKS AND COFFEE

1:00 pm– 2nd fueling: CREAMY VANILLA SHAKE
3:45 pm- 3rd fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
6:00 pm- 4th fueling:  RUSTIC TOMATO HERB PENNE

9:11 pm- 5th fueling: CAMPFIRE SMORES BAR

11:15 pm- Lean and Green meal: Miracle Noodle Chicken Pho with basil and herbs and sriracha and avocado

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Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary Day 11- Recovery from Massive Autoimmune Flare Day

I was shocked that I only weighed .1 of a pound over my previous weight this morning.


I was in such pain and headache misery from my autoimmune flares, I pressed through with the rebounding/steps/hydration/eating on plan and it helped so much.

I was reminded today by someone that I need to start training in the gym again.

I am also thinking seriously about removing my 20 year old saline breast implants. They may be a factor in why my autoimmune has been worsening.

Everything felt better after my lean and green meal…

Here are some holiday gifts we received from friends the other day that I forgot to post- they’re so amazing!



I am busy working on sending out my L’BRI team gifts from November that need to be out before Xmas. The first batch went out a couple days ago. Everything has been delayed due to my family illnesses or work commitments. I need to get it all on track and start the New Year right.

Day 11–
Resting Heart rate: 169
Morning Weight: 171.1 creeping up due to bad food choices and lack of exercise, but inexplicably lost more inches!
12,100 steps
1 hour 1 min cardio

80 oz of water

11:30 am- 1st fueling: CAMPFIRE S’MORES BAR and a big cup of coffee

2:40 pm– 2nd fueling: CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE SWIRL CAKE (waffled)
5:20 pm- 3rd fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS
7:20 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
8 pm- snack:  Dill Pickle

9:40 pm-Lean and Green meal: Dijon Chicken with baby lettuce and garlic cauliflower and coffee

11:45 pm-5th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (my fave)