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!
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.
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
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
NOW, ONTO THE STATS DU JOUR:
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
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:
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…
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
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.
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.
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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
Today was our 2nd live in a four-week series to Living A Beautiful Life. Click on the image below 👇👇 & watch the replayI am SOOO excited about our special guest. She is truly an amazing Linktr.ee/missmaisieandme for yours!
Covid has been hard on my heart… my heart rate jumped this week:
RESTING HEART RATE: 12,007 steps 44 min cardio
10:20 am- 1st fueling: CREAMY CHOCOLATE SHAKE 12:30 pm- 2nd fueling: DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR 3:00 pm- 3rd fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE 6:30 pm- 4th fueling: BBQ CRUNCHERS 8:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: 2 chicken thighs. I couldn’t do much else. 10:00 pm- 5th fueling: ugh missed it
So, yeah, WOW. I AM SHOCKED by my pics and results. It is painful to post these, but in the interest of sheer honesty, it has to be done. I love this program and if you want to try it, too, msg me. I will hook you up with my coach.
Maisie woke us up this morning complaining of a sore throat and feeling worse. Gave her meds and tucked her back in with some hot peach tea and local raw honey. Poor baby.
R is also still feeling poorly, but his covid swab today was also negative. He can’t stop sleeping. Lots of mucus. I have no probs with the mucus, but everything else is wonky.
We left the house for prescriptions and supplies, but the pharmacy closed early. My blood thinners are gone and this is no bueno. I have to be at the drugstore at 9 am to pick them up tomorrow. It is dangerous for people like me with blood clotting disorders (Factor V Leiden in my case) and a history of pulmonary embolism to be off them. I am a lifer. I wore a mask.
I also did the 10 year challenge thingie on FB. I haven’t aged much, except for the white hair and extra 20 lbs left, thanks to L’BRI. I sell the stuff as well as use it and have since my 52nd birthday last year. It WORKS and bejamin buttons your face back in time. Get yours at linktr.ee/missmaisieandmewhile the January skincare sale is on. It is the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin and I’ve done A LOT. This actually WORKS.
Got some makeup on, just eyes and lips. I don’t wear makeup on my face anymore. I used to- I refuse to now. SOMEONE got some cute glam pics of me standing in dog pee. No, I didn’t eat the yellow snow.
Dinner was Ethiopian collards and cottage cheese, very spicy- but I am losing a bit of my sense of smell and some of my taste, I noticed tonight. Tests keep coming back negative, but this doesn’t bode well.
RESTING HEART RATE:71 (again, still sick. I am so frustrated X2) 13,021 steps 43 min cardio
10:30 am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR with a big cup of coffee 1:50 pm- 2nd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR (OK, was late for my fueling ughhh) 4:30pm- 3rd fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR 6:30pm- 4th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (R grabbed a bar for me when we went to the store) 8:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: Ethiopian Ayib Be Gomen– Spicy collards with cottage cheese. SUPER filling. I missed the injera that would go with it (flat bread), but the spice helped my chills. 10:45 pm-5th fueling: coffee and couldn’t eat anything.
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.
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.
Woke with a HORRIFIC headache- it felt like someone was trying to remove my eyeballs with teaspoons. Maisie had a fever of 100F last night at bedtime. Probably Omicron OR maybe it’s the stupid solar flares. Wouldn’t be shocked. Stores are plum outta rapid tests around here. It’s like I have a hangover, without the benefit of drinking last night. Seems rather unfair, if you ask me.
Hot mess photo without makeup below:
Gained a bit of weight from naughty good luck NYE eating, but not worried. I am back on my horse today, firmly in the saddle with no guilt. That is so odd for me. I live for binge guilt and though I didn’t binge (I just had a meal), it is all the same thing in my twisted psyche.
Jumping back into this diet was SO EASY. I love it. Period.
Got my 12k steps on the rebounder and am planning Maisie’s Harry Potter surprise bedroom redo. I found some interesting pieces on Facebook Marketplace that I will be picking up soon:
Rowan the corgi is 6 mos old this week and spoiled rotten.
WEIGHT: 168.6 (you play, you pay… but I will be back down tomorrow)
RESTING HEART RATE:68 12,017 steps 42 min cardio
1:45 pm- 1st fueling: HOMESTYLE CHICKEN AND VEG FLAVORED SOUP (yeah, woke up super late) 3:45 pm- 2nd fueling: CINNAMON SWIRL CREAM CHEESE CAKE 5:45 pm- 3rd fueling: CHEESY BUTTERMILK MAC (doctored within an inch of its life, coz it is not my fave) 7:45 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE 9:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: Garlic rainbow cauliflower and paleo chicken sausages 11:45 pm-5th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE OVER 100 OZ OF WATER
Ooooh- my friend came by to see me for the first time since this diet began and said I look A TON THINNER. I snapped a pic before my shower and I am amazed at how tight the skin is on my body and how my belly fat is just *POOF* gone!
I am feeling this weight loss thing. I feel like I am getting BACK TO ME again…
tonight’s anthem kicks off my evening-
Cooking Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice), collard greens, cornbread tonight for NYE. Stayed on plan all day and am ok with this. I don’t plan on drinking more than a toast of bubbly at midnight, so I am good.
I was horrified to discover Betty White didn’t even make it to her own 100th birthday. This must be the Harbinger of the Apocalypse if there ever was one. So sad. This doesn’t bode well for 2022.
More pics of our evening- I didn’t drink. It was a nice, chill night with fam. Wore makeup for the first time in eons.
RESTING HEART RATE:67 (had a bit of fever last night, so that explains the slight spike) 9,226 steps 20 min cardio
NOON- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BROWNIE 2:30 pm- 2nd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE 5:00 pm- 3rd fueling: Garlic black truffle cheesy potato cakes (waffled and hacked recipe I invented) 7:30 pm- 4th fueling: collard greens 9:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE 11:45 pm-5th fueling: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE OVER 100 OZ OF WATER