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
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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
10:00 am- 1st fueling: LEMON CRISP BAR with coffee 1:00 pm- 2nd fueling: ROASTED GARLIC POTATO WAFFLES 5:00 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE FUDGE BAR (I missed my fueling window due to covid testing) 7:00 pm- 4th fueling: some weird bar, don’t ask questions 10:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: Amylu chicken sausages and rainbow cauliflower (it was easy)
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.
My favorite 64 oz Venture Pal water jug’s clasp died this week, so I ordered a gallon jug from Amazon (same brand). Probably a bit ambitious on my part, also it is harder to drink from, but will get used to it. I absolutely need to up my water intake, so hopefully this helps.
The kiddo’s velvet quilt and ONE SHAM came from Amazon. I couldn’t deal with the asymmetry, so I ordered another pair of shams straight away.
I am feeling less fit than yesterday. For someone without covid, this still feels a lot like covid lite. IDK what I have, honestly, but it’s kicking all of our asses in this house. R will rapid test again today.
I am dying to leave the house (with a mask) and do some shopping for tchotchkes for her bedroom redo. I have a ton of real work to do as well, but my headache seems to be preventing me from doing long jaunts on the computer and talking on the phone physically makes my brain hurt.
I wonder if this is my body forcing me to slow down. I normally work 10-16 hours a day and I am at a total standstill. It’s so frustrating. Even forcing myself to type this blog is WORK.
The diet itself seems to make me feel better for a bit. It’s definitely keeping me nourished, because I have zero appetite.
As an absolutely obsessed foodie, it is strange to have zero cravings. I don’t usually snack and I eat like a farmhand. Not anymore. These 6 small meals seem to take away all desire to even think about food. I love not obsessing over it. I love the freedom and how much the fuelings clear up my need to even wonder what I am going to eat. It takes all the work out of it for me- and the food addiction is GONE. I eat to live now and am happy doing it.
Rebounding is the number 1 priority for health today… and rest. I have a hard time allowing my body to rest and it’s been a tough love reminder, this illness.
BEFORE this diet, I would have to go to extreme measures (intermittent fasting, cleanses, keto) to get these types of results. In the last few years, even those habits bore no fruit nor weight loss. NOOM helped, but it was so food and app oriented, it took away a lot of time I needed to be present for work and home. This doesn’t do that. I probably will stick to this program for a long, long time- if not forever. Once I hit my goal weight- and I WILL- there is a maintenance plan. This is so worth it to me.
We are STILL SICK. I am so over this now. I need to call the doctor Monday.
WEIGHT: 165.8 (WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!)
RESTING HEART RATE:71 (UGH, wish we’d stop being sick) steps min cardio
11:45 am- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR and coffee 1:45 pm- 2nd fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (ok, I love the bars for convenience) 4:40 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WAFFLED AND STUFFED with Laughing Cow Lite 7:15 pm- 4th fueling: SMOKY BBQ CRUNCHERS 9:15 pm- Lean and Green meal: Bbq Chicken and garlic rainbow cauliflower 11:15 pm-5th fueling: PEANUT BUTTER SHAKE 140 OUNCES OF WATER!! (my gallon water jug is AWESOME)
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
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.
Sick day… again. Woke up at nearly 3 pm and was so tired. I forced myself on my Leaps and Rebounds rebounder and that helped SO MUCH. I have to keep this old immune system running.
I wasn’t very hungry today at all. R found some rapid tests and he tested negative. We know people who were vaccinated and tested negative as well with the rapid tests, only to turn up positive with molecular testing. Finding locations for testing right now is difficult. I am quarantining according to symptoms. I found a test tomorrow at CVS, but they didn’t have enough for the rest of us, so I get to be the molecular guinea pig.
Lethargy and getting winded at the slightest thing seems to be the norm. We opened a bookshelf to assemble, but Maisie and I were tired out just from that bit of exertion.
A lesser goldfinch or sparrow or some sort of bird flew into the house and into her closet when I opened the door to bring in the packages. Any of those birds is a sign of good luck, so I am all for that. She laughed so hard when it perched in her closet. Birdie safely flew out the front door before Cake the cat could catch him.
Bedroom remodel is on hold for now. The bed is delayed somewhere in Ohio. We’re too tired from whatever bug this is. It’s most likely Omicron, since we have every single symptom. It’s lingering and mild, but also annoying and exhausting.
I woke up to fantastic news! I am down to 166!! That is almost 14 lbs in 26 days, not too shabby. I still have to start some yoga/muscle-building exercises soon. Cardio alone is not enough at my age.
I had to force myself to eat dinner. My appetite is nil. I was glad I did, though, because I felt better.
The last fueling, the caramel macchiato shake was delish. I felt like I was cheating.
WEIGHT: 166.4 (HURRAY!!! ALMOST 14 LBS DOWN!!!)
RESTING HEART RATE:68 8,083 steps 28 min cardio
2:30 pm- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR with a big cup of coffee 4:30 pm- 2nd fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR 6:30 pm- 3rd fueling: SMOKY BBQ CRUNCHERS- I like these, they taste like weird BBQ Cheetos had a baby with pork rinds, but vegetarian. 8:54 pm- 4th fueling: SILKY PEANUT BUTTER SHAKE (SO good!! my new fave) 10:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: (a little early, but I woke up late and was running out of steam) Chicken sausages, salad, raw shrooms, avo, grape tomatoes, garlic vinaigrette 12:30 am-5th fueling: Caramel Macchiato Shake (THE SHAKES are incredible- another new favorite. It was like drinking melted mocha ice cream at midnight)
My second box of food comes today (ordered it early and included things I knew I loved)!!! I am sick of fuelings I don’t like- glad I know what works for me now and what doesn’t.
Did I mention how much I love this diet journey? It’s so easy and fits my lifestyle… not having to think is a major win for me.
Maisie is still feeling poorly, but she is so excited about her new bedroom. We planned to do the painting, the rest of the cleaning, and begin decorating today, but we ended up sick as well. A few more things were pulled out of her room, but we have barely enough energy to even function and have to covid test in the morning.
We all felt so awful by nightfall, but got the spackle, spot painting, and rug installed. I monogrammed the lamp shade with her initials. It could have been executed better, but I felt like crap.
The bed is delayed, so the child is sleeping on a mattress on the floor. She ended up ON THE FLOOR, with the cat on the mattress.
WEIGHT: 167.1 (NO CHANGE FROM YESTERDAY… CAN’T WIN EM ALL)
RESTING HEART RATE:66 12,188 steps 43 min cardio
10:30 am- 1st fueling: Bar of some sort with a big cup of coffee 1:00 pm- 2nd fueling: another bar because I am too tired to move 3:00 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE (waffled with plain laughing cow light cheese) 6:00 pm- 4th fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR (my new box of fuelings arrived today with new things to try!!) 8:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: chicken sausages, cauliflower, avocados 10:45 pm-5th fueling: coffee because I forgot to eat ugh