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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
Mama was rushed to the hospital yesterday and admitted, after a series of falls that left her with 4 cracked ribs. She also has other more alarming issues that we cannot pinpoint yet. She throws up a lot, her troponin levels are high, and her bloodwork is off. She is 77 yrs old, with vascular dementia, and lives at an amazing care home.
We (both the owner of the facility and I) had a helluva time getting the visiting doctor’s office and doctor.
Our elderly are seen as disposable in this world, especially once they have dementia and this is so grossly unfair and inhumane. Needless to say, I put my foot down this time and wouldn’t budge.
This diet has helped me not to binge in the midst of crisis, something I am normally super prone to doing.
Today’s “Daily Prompt” from my support group was to write down no less than 10 of my strengths. This is a difficult one for me, but here goes:
1. I am persistent
2. I am loyal
3. I have a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility to others and myself
4. I am funny
5. I am loving
6. I am fearless
7. I am lucky for others
8. I love making people feel good about themselves
9. I am inuitive
10. I am weird
Ok, so that was hard and seemed way too self-centered for my comfort. Ugh. I love these exercises because they take me out of my comfort zone and I like it. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone for some reason. It always leads to growth.
I am going to focus on eating less bars and doing more shakes and soups and variety. All of my fuelings are still in the big box because I have nowhere to store them yet.
R bought a ton of shrimp for my lean & green meals, so I need to eat that for the duration. I am getting a bit sick of salads, so maybe a scampi-type thing next with cauliflower rice for dinner. Whatever is easy. It doesn’t matter. Food is fuel for me right now.
Day 6– Morning Weight: 171.6 (woot, going back down despite the fact that I must be made of pure cortisol from the stress) 15,245 steps 1 hour 10 min. cardio 92 oz of water
12:55 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL CRISP BAR and a big cup of coffee
3:15 pm– 2nd fueling: WILD RICE & CHICKEN FLAVORED SOUP W/CARROTS, CELERY, ONION, PEAS, AND SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS (had this before. It needs a pinch of salt and some spices. My body doesn’t retain sodium well, so I need to adjust everything for my body). 5:45 pm- 3rd fueling: SOUR CREAM & CHIVE WAFFLED POTATOES with laughing cow cheese 7:45 pm- 4th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST shake
9:45 pm-Lean and Green meal: GARLIC SHRIMP AND CAULIFLOWER (R BOUGHT SO MUCH SHRIMP, I NEED TO USE IT UP- plus I needed to start eating earlier. I can’t deal with big meals so late at night,) It was SO good, so satisfying. 7 oz of shrimp is A LOT. I think I may have gone over my fat allowance, but not by much. 11:30 pm-5th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
Woke up to the phone ringing and have some impromptu stuff to suddenly do. I was late with my first fueling. A bit after, I got a call from my mom’s nursing home (she has dementia and is getting over Covid and having other issues that are scary and unrelated) that Mama fell again. She’s been doing this so much lately and we’re worried. Her doctor has been really apathetic and this is unacceptable. Once people have a dementia diagnosis, they are STIGMATIZED and thrown away by the system.
Couple that with the fact that she is a brown (Filipino) person who cannot advocate for herself and it’s a nightmare. She also has numerous genetic odd health problems not commonly seen in the general US populations, like APP (porphyria) and dermatomyositis.
I have literally been on the phone since I woke up, non-stop. My anxiety is THROUGH THE ROOF.
They sent her back to the hospital (I am updating this post as things happen), so I am waiting with a pit in my stomach near my laptop to keep abreast of her test results.
UPDATE: She has a variety of strange health issues and 4 cracked ribs. They admitted her. Today has been very scary.
So, today in my Optavia group, we were tasked with the following:
“List 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell, and one thing you can taste”
FIVE THINGS I CAN SEE: 1. the Alexa 2. Rowan the corgi 3. Maisie 4. This laptop 5. my nails typing
FOUR THINGS I CAN HEAR (no mean feat, because I have hearing loss): 1. the bathtub water running
2. Maisie talking in my ear 3. Rowan shuffling around
4. the kid breathing
THREE THINGS I CAN TOUCH: 1. Maisie at my elbow
2. Rowan’s fur
3. This keyboard
TWO THINGS I CAN SMELL (not much, I had covid and it never came back completely): 1. The dog 2. Hell, I need a shower
ONE THING I CAN TASTE: 1. my lingering bad breath from the coffee (yikes!)
Went to my friend’s to get my lashes done and she surprised me with Xmas Balenciaga pajamas! These are my day 5 pics, no makeup. I am getting quite silver now.
OK, NOW FOR MY STATS OF THE DAY:
Day 5– Morning Weight: 172 (no change since yesterday) 13,200 steps 57 min. cardio 80 oz or more of water
11:00 am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR and a big cup of coffee, because, DAMN. I needed it this morning. I was late fueling due to phone calls and family emergencies.
1:00 pm– 2nd fueling: HONEY CHILI CRANBERRY NUT BAR WITH FLAXSEEDS, PUMPKIN SEEDS, AND ALMONDS. (this tasted better today. Probably because my person has been purged of sugary tastes since starting this diet. It’s good, it’s ok.)
3:00 pm- 3rd fueling: CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE SWIRL CAKE (waffled). Meh, ok. My kid said it smelled like apple pie. I’m not even a fan of cinnamon rolls, so I have no idea why I ordered it. Some will love it, tastes like pumpkin spice stuff. I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan.
6:00 pm- 4th fueling: ROASTED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES waffled with a pinch of reduced fat cheddar- so good
8:05 pm- 5th fueling: CAMPFIRE S’MORES CRISP BAR
10:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: CHICKEN AND SHRIMP CAESAR SALAD and 2 oz of avocado
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)