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
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
Almost another full pound GONE- POOF! Lowest weight since starting 19 days ago AND I SURVIVED THE HOLIDAY FOOD BINGE!
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!
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
I am back in the 160s (barely) but I’ll TAKE IT!! WOOT WOOT! It’s officially 5 lbs lost, but probably closer to double that, because I didn’t weigh in before day 1 and I kinda stepped on the scale a week prior and jumped off out of shock and disbelief.
MY RESTING HEART RATE IS THE BEST PART!! It’s down to 67 now! I suffer from high blood pressure and tachycardia, so this is amazing!
As usual, my morning has been filled with doctors and hospitals calling and family emergency stuff for the 985,670th day in a row.
My mom is confusing the doctors. She is sicker than she acts- if that makes sense. She shouldn’t be doing all the things she has been with the labs she has. They won’t release her until they can sort out what’s going on.
In other news: I have been using the mini-waffle maker a LOT. This thing is so convenient and easy to clean and use. I got the Dash mini waffle maker on Amazon for about 17 bucks. It has rainbows on it because the other colors are back-ordered. So worth it. Rainbows and all.
So the kiddo doesn’t feel left out during my waffled fuelings, I make her waffled non-diet versions.
The great thing about this program is that everything is balanced nutritionally, calorically, and the macros are all spot on. I don’t have to think, just grab and do.
I am thinking also about what weight loss means to me psychologically. In the past, like everyone does, I’ve never been able to see myself through body-positive eyes- even when I was what I would consider thin now. I am working hard on changing my mindset. It is so much more imperative that I come to terms with who I AM and how I look now that I am older… and be gentler about it while pushing myself to be the best I can be.
I am acclimating well to this, but still need to add real workouts in soon. I will take it day by day, because everything changes so quickly lately.
Day 8– Morning Weight: 169.9 (I am SHOCKED, even though it is just a smidge out of the 170s!) 14,075 steps 50 min. cardio 80 oz of water
10:30 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR and two cups of coffee. It was a crazy morning.
12:50 pm– 2nd fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE (I liked this one a lot) 3:45 pm- 3rd fueling: ROASTED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES (waffled) with a pinch of reduced-fat cheddar 6:45pm- 4th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLY PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (almost forgot to eat)
9:20 pm-Lean and Green meal: BBQ CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER BOWL
12:00 am-5th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION STICKS
I know that the initial loss is almost always water weight, but it still makes me super happy-
I find it interesting that I quit daily weigh-ins back in April when I was already upset about my creeping weight.
My initial (small) weight loss goal is 160. My pre-Maisie weight is 133-140, which is my ultimate goal. At that size, I am generally a size 4/6. Any smaller and I look too thin… but I don’t even remember what ‘too thin’ is. I’ve always been a sturdy human, albeit a muscular one.
Until now I’ve just been getting steps by rebounding with a Leaps & Rebounds mini-trampoline. That thing saved my LIFE/our LIVES through Covid and pulmonary embolism and lupus autoimmune disease.
I have a lifetime discount from the company. If you’re interested in one use MISSMAISIE10 to get 10% off your order at leapsandrebounds.com.
Starting tomorrow, I hope to incorporate DDP yoga into the mix. I bought the program years ago, but it’s still a tried and true winner for me. I will also be going back to the gym to hit the weights by 1 January. I haven’t lifted in years and at my age, I need the muscle.
I need to remember to keep setting my alarms for the fuelings. I was late for my second one yesterday and it messed up my eating schedule. Having dinner at 11 pm is not ideal for me.
I am in a group where they told us to write a letter to our younger selves. I would have told myself to quit smoking, start working out daily, take vitamins, DRINK WATER, and WASH MY FACE 2x a day and BEFORE BED WITHOUT FAIL. I would have told myself to get my a** into therapy. I would have told her she was enough and stuff was going to work out AND TO ALWAYS GO FOR IT.
Today, the group asked what our younger selves would have replied. Mine would have been pretty shocked and happy, I think. She’d be a little upset that I got this heavy and had a chronic illness. She’s also be shocked with how I look, which is exactly how I envisioned and hoped I’d look when I was younger. I am almost 53 and didn’t expect to weather this well as a young’un.
I *do* represent the L’BRI company and it’s the secret to my oddly Benjamin Buttoning face. Check it out at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme. I was my face 2x a day and it keeps my head and neck from falling on the ground. Best skincare I’ve ever experienced in my ENTIRE LIFE.
Hell, I didn’t even know how to wash my face properly until my 52nd birthday when I tried it.
Now I want my body to match what’s going on from the neck up.
Wave of fatigue hit me around 9 pm. I am so sleepy, but have one more meal (the Lean and Green) to go. I also have steps that need doing. I think it’s time for a laydown.
OK, NOW FOR MY STATS OF THE DAY:
Day 4– 16,034 steps 1 hour 46 min cardio 80 oz or more of water
10:45 am- 1st fueling: CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIE CRISP BAR (kinda tastes like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie)
1:00 pm– 2nd fueling: DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER BAR (will order again, so far my fave)
4:00 pm- 3rd fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS (still not my fave, kinda like spicy cheetos, but I need to eat them up- won’t order them again. Some people adore them, just not my thing)
6:00 pm- 4th fueling: ROASTED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES waffled with a pinch of reduced fat cheddar- WOW! MY FAVE FUELING SO FAR!! DEFINITELY re-ordering these next month.
8:45 pm- 5th fueling: SPINACH PESTO MAC AND CHEESE (my first time trying this one. Also required microwaving, like the penne.) VERDICT: NOT A FAN, EVEN WITH DOCTORING. I will eat it up, but never again. Gimme the penne every day. This tends to overboil in the microwave. I cook them in pyrex measuring cups, for convenience. I am leaning toward liking the savory hearty things best for flavor and the bars for convenience. I have only tried one of the shakes, mostly because I am sick to death of shakes after trying the 310 program (unsuccessfully).
10:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: Black truffle omelet with salad, avo, mushrooms (I needed to use up the other half of the avocado)
So, yeah, back at it again. I have to keep a journal while on it, so blogging counts. I am an inconsistent blogger and ditto with journaling, but this kills 2 birds with one stone. I also need to keep accountable.
I’ve avoided scales, exercise, moderation since my 52nd birthday last February, when I plunged into a world of “I WORK 16 HOURS A DAY AND DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK ANYMORE-LAND” (albeit from my sofa).
For the last two weeks I’ve been prepping for the day this box arrived (it only took a couple of days after ordering, but I wanted to make sure I had my step/rebounding/exercise habits back by doing 12-17k steps on rebounder a day.)
On day 2 I cooked a ton of chicken breast in the oven for my lean and green meals. One pan was done Filipino Adobo style, the other was done Greek Chicken style. 2 bags of frozen chicken breasts equaled EIGHT Lean and Green meal servings. Way cheaper than buying pre-cooked chicken breasts and I have zero time to cook anymore because I work and homeschool all day from my house.
STARTING WEIGHT: 178.9 (omg this is so embarrassing. I am now 30 lbs. OVER my “I still need to lose the baby weight”, which I could never do in the past. Basically, 150 became my post-partum, post-middle age spread weight. I am 30 lbs OVER THIS NOW. No wonder my BP and heart are going insane lately).
Day 1– 14,124 steps 1 hour 26 min cardio
5 pm- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR (ok) 7:23 pm- 2nd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION SNACKS (my fave) 9:30 pm- 3rd fueling: SMORES BAR (just ok) 11:30 pm- 4th fueling: another bar of some sort 1:30 am- 5th fueling: WILD RICE SOUP (good, needed spice doctoring) 3:30 am (yes, I ate way late)- Lean and Grean meal: cauliflower and chicken breast (the amount seemed too much at the time after all those tiny meals, but slept well and was so full).
Day 2 14, 542 steps 1 hour 12 min cardio
Woke at 10:40 am
11:10 am 1st fueling with coffee (black): CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (best bar so far)
1:30 pm 2nd fueling, with my 64 oz jug of water: MINT CRISP BAR (this was ok)
6:30 4th fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS (OK, not my fave… reminded me of spicy cheetos, though). Helped me get more water down, so bonus.
9:25 pm 5th Fueling: RUSTIC PENNE (shockingly delicious and filling when doctored with garlic powder and spices)
11:45 Lean and Green Meal: 6 oz of Filipino Adobo Chicken breast with 3 servings of cauliflower (AGAIN, A TON OF FOOD).
FIRST TWO DAY THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS:
Because I tend to go whole hog when I am faced with something new and exciting- or am in the mood for self-discipline/torture, this has been ridiculously easy for me. Learning to eat the snacks every 2 hours was weird. I never snack. The box of food ‘fuelings’ are all easy to eat like snacks or microwavable or the like. The only meals I have to worry about are the Lean and Green meals. 3 servings of appropriate veg, basically (covered in the guide) and about 6-7 oz of protein… which is a ton of food after noshing on small snacks all day and drinking coffee and water.
Once you eyeball (or get a food scale), knowing the proper amount of food to eat for the one prepared meal is super easy.
They have recipes and hacks online for people who like to cook, but I was good with what I had and really shocked at how easy it has been. It’s absolutely grab and go.
No dizziness. I have a ton of energy. No keto flu. Zilch.
I haven’t been working as much as I should due to my family going through a number of deaths and illnesses in the last 2 months- this week has been particularly scary and stressful. I would normally eat for comfort and I haven’t been… I mean, having to eat every 2-3 hours (set an alarm on phone or alexa) kinda stops a person from grabbing unhealthy crap to shove in your mouth hole.
I feel like I have binge-protection insurance.
I am actually looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow.
5 MONTHS OF L’BRI before/after pics!!!! I took the before photos during a lupus flare in February and I am currently in the midst of another flare. 52 yrs old. No filters, no makeup, hadn’t washed my face yet.
I started with the gentle samples for a week and moved on to the 8 piece anti-aging kit for combination skin.
My butterfly rash, age spots, and pores diminished like magic. Aloe is really miraculous.
We felt well enough to finish sewing her Aleph Bet Hebrew Alphabet skirt (with literal NAPS in between steps), just in case we’re well enough to attend family services tomorrow. She learned the Shema and Oseh Shalom with the other little ones and they’re kicking off a special Friday thing tomorrow.
She also loves (and I mean LOVES) this video of the kids Hebrew Alphabet song- at the rate she is going, we could possibly add Hebrew to her English and Persian and Filipino and smattering of French she knows already:
She also received a “Little Trixie”- a dressmaker’s dummy dressform, whatchamacallit. I call my big one Trixie, so now I guess it’s Trixie Sr.
The kiddie one is by Dritz and it is ADORABLE. Maisie keeps hugging it like it’s her best friend. The measurements are adjustable to about size 12-14 kids, so this thing should hold up for a long, long time.
Maisie is slim and tall, so the measurements are a bit bigger than her actual girth- but with elastic waistbands and twirly skirts, that doesn’t matter.
All Maisie requests in a skirt are that they twirl and they have cool fabric. I can do this.
Actually, R’s been doing the actual sewing, while I tell him what to do. I prefer draping and design and hand sewing to machine stuff and cutting. To him, using a sewing machine is no different than making things out of wood with tools. He just has to be told how to do it and he does it.