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Measure-In Monday | Week #2

Well, folks, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is I lost 2 and a half inches all over… the bad news is I didn’t reach my daily water intake last week, so this week, I’m sticking with that as my goal until I can manage an entire week without missing a day!

Last week was a trial, given the stuff going on with the house we’re currently in, and moving within the next week. It’s been stressful!

But my husband and I had our anniversary yesterday, so we went to this restaurant in the town we’re moving to. It was so good! I got this veggie filled cajun alfredo with blackened chicken, and my husband got a classic chicken fried steak. Our eldest ended up with this huge mac n cheese burger!

A few bites in and I was filled to the brim! Obviously I took the rest home for leftovers lol

This week is going to be heavy on the packing so I probably won’t upload my workouts, but I assure you, they are getting done! Until next time!

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Measure-In Monday | #1

That’s right folks, if you missed my last post on reverse dieting you might be surprised to see the good ol’ measure in mondays are back!! This is the first of many, and I hope I can keep this up! Drop some motivation in the comments to keep me accountable!

I haven’t measured my fat at all in quite awhile, so I was floored to see the inches I had packed on. It was a punch in the gut. Sure, I noticed my clothes were tighter, I had a lot more pain days than good ones, I even noticed jowels on my face. I’m not even 30, so I definitely shouldn’t have skin hanging off of my jaws. Daisy, the double chin, is back as well, someone I haven’t seen in quite some time.

I won’t keep you waiting. Below are my measurements and goal for this week:

I don’t want to start my deficit just yet, mostly because I’m worried my body will react badly so for now I’m sticking to 1,800 kcal per day, and working out 3-4 times each week.

Speaking of workouts, my hope is to do a 20 minute interval workout today followed by a couple of weighted shoulder-centric exercises.

Wednesday we’ll be doing a ton of walking, so I’ll stick to a simple, light lower body workout.

Friday I’m hoping to implement some different moves for an interval workout and a little bit of back strengthening yoga.

As mentioned, I’m not going into a deficit but I still need to have a goal, so this week I’m going to focus on getting my daily fix of that lovely liquid, H2O!

Here’s to hoping for a productive and successful week! What are your goals this week? Let me know down below!

Reverse DIETING?!?!?!

Hello and welcome back everyone, I wanted to give you a little update of the experiment I’ve been implementing into my daily life: reverse dieting!!!

Y’see I did the foolish, total amateur thing by being on a deficit for the better part of 2, I could even say 3 years – during my last pregnancy I was always on my feet, moving, walking every single day, climbing stairs at my apartment complex – third floor tenant – and I definitely did not eat as much as I should have with all of that activity.

What I should have done was PAY ATTENTION. After my pregnancy I wasn’t too hungry, most of the time. When I wanted to start actively losing my extra pounds, I started eating regularly and exercising. I saw some amazing results in just a couple months… but the results started to come slower and slower until they stopped. So I switched my diet – constantly. I finally found intermittent fasting which was so convenient for me! I saw a little bit of loss but that slowed down pretty quickly.

A month ago, I noticed that eating more than 1,200 calories would result in weight gain. Like a good certified personal trainer (who has pretty much used the training a handful of times and definitely not kept up-to-date with new information in the health and fitness community) I decided to do some research.

To sum it up, too much cardio will result in your body losing muscle, therefore slowing your metabolism. Additionally, being in a deficit for an extended period will put your body in a sort of metabolic stasis. Your deficit becomes the maintenance, if that makes sense. So any increase will result in a gain.

To offset this, I turn to the handy dandy tool called: reverse dieting!!! I want to be transparent here and let you know that for 5 years between my teen and twenties, I suffered from a mental illness called anorexia nervosa. My metabolism and organ systems have already taken a massive hit before, so it stands to reason that my body would react as though I were starving myself… again. Because of that I desperately need to repair the broken system that is my metabolism. That’s where this tool comes in!

For most, reverse dieting is a fairly simple process of gradual calorie increase until the body becomes efficient at maintenance without much fat gain. However, due to my long and abusive relationship with food and my own body, this is a process that has definitely resulted in weight gain. This month I’ve gained 5 pounds on top of what I had gained back from this year’s goal of 30 pounds. So I’m at a goal of 35 pounds now… kinda disappointing, since I truly believed I was being smart and working hard – unfortunately obsession overcame the resolution, and well, here we are.

Right now, with my activity level, I’m at 1,800 kcal at maintenance. It doesn’t seem like a lot, right? I used to eat that and lose a pound each week! Age plays a little bit of a factor as well unfortunately. And chronic pain, and my meds side effects, it’s just a big ol thing.

Because of this, I want to be completely transparent and honest with everyone on this journey of reverse dieting, and fat loss/weight loss, whilst dealing with the BS that is an eating disorder. I’m guessing if I were to be diagnosed today, I’d fall under EDNOS. Tomorrow I’ll be doing the 1st measure-in in quite some time. I hope you guys are down for this journey. It’s gonna be a doozy!

I hope everyone has had an amaaazing weekend. Let me know what your goals are in the comments!

Saturday INTERVALS | Weekend Workout

Ok, guys, I’ve been reading a lot on fat and genetics because this is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I’ve seen women who can gain weight and still look fantastic; slim arms, thick thighs, perfect cleavage and booty. How?? I gain weight in the most awkward way! It’s in all the places I’d rather not have it. My arms, my back, my hips and belly. Why have the gods cursed me so?

Well, it’s more a combination of nutrition and genetics. Additionally, one mistake I’ve made is focusing on building muscle in my arms and back – aka spot training. So for the next couple weeks, in addition to reverse dieting (which I’ll explain in another post) I’m going to be doing 3-4 days of interval training!

What is Interval Training?!

To put it in the simplest words, interval training is doing an intense exercise or series of exercises for, we’ll say 30 seconds each, followed by a short rest period. Some studies suggest that this not only helps you burn calories during the workout, but throughout the day as well!

What sort of exercises are best?!

For me, personally, I want to incorporate a full-body workout for these 3-4 days, something that I can also use weights in for some of the exercises. For example, burpees, push-ups, squats, planks – all of these use multiple major muscle groups, so I can add in a little overhead press with squats or lunges.

My workout for today is a bit of a taste test, if you will. I haven’t done interval training in literal years, so this should be interesting. Remember, NEVER SACRIFICE FORM! Without quality, the workout is virtually useless, if not dangerous.

In addition to the five full-body moves, I’ll be working on some shoulder moves since I’ve been LOVING the shape that’s starting to form in my delts. Another frustrating thing about how my body stores fat is that my upper arms are full of fat, but my shoulders are tiny, so the fact that the muscle has been showing up is probably one of the greatest non scale victories I’ve ever achieved!

My moves today are 30 seconds on each with a 30 second rest after each round:

High Knees
Planks
Alternating Lunges
Tricep Dips
Squats

Three rounds of the above, followed by a 1 minute rest before moving into my shoulder exercises:

Shoulder Press (3×8 20lbs)
V-Lift (3×8 8lbs)
Reverse fly (3×8 20lb)
Front raise to overhead (3×8 20lb)
Seated side lateral raise (3×8 20lbs)

And there you have it! WOOO! Who loves that after workout BURN? Don’t forget to stay hydrated, folks. I don’t know about you, but the heat is starting to creep up on us out here in the desert! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Back and Bi Day

Gah!!! Today has been busy already, but I managed to get my workout in so I can make a couple of calls and get some writing done. Keeping it short and sweet, the exercises I did today are down below.

Hammer curls: 3×6 (10lb each)
Back fly: 3×7 (10lb each)
Bend to Opposite Foot: 3×5 (10lb each)
Bicep Curls: 3×8 (10lb each)
Overhead Dumbbell Extension: 3×8(10lb)
Shoulder Press: 3×8 (10lb each)

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Weekend Workout!

The past two days have been pretty groovy… except that my pain flare-ups have been frequent and intense! Not even ibuprofen has helped (no real surprise there). I’ve taken baths, had some massages from my devoted husband, and yet, there I was on my birthday and the day after my birthday. Hurting.

Luckily, walking tends to ease my pain, at least for an hour or so. So I went for a nice, brisk walk for about 30 minutes each day. Still, the pain returned. It was all right, I still managed to get done all the things I needed to, though I definitely crashed a LOT earlier than I usually would.

Since I missed my strength training workouts for those two days, I decided to do my best on the weekend, which brings me to my first workout that I managed with minimal pain! Today I decided to do legs and booty, check it out:

Alternate leg lifts: 3×8 side, 3×8 back
Plie squats: 3×10
Calf raise: 3×12
Seated calf raise with 20lb weight: 3×10
Squats: 3×10

I still have to do my cardio, which will be walking with the kiddos on our favorite trail after naptime. I hope everyone is having a groovy weekend!

Strong ARM-ing This Monday

It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Working these guns!

[edit: I totally forgot to post this because after writing this post out, life got busy and then I managed to crash at 10pm, so this is probably going to be a double post kinda day… my bad!]

Ordinarily I like to get my workout done in the morning, but I didn’t have time, so it was 3pm by the time I was free to get my sweat on. Check out my moves down below. All done with 10 lb dumbbells!

Kitchen cardio: 3 – 10 minute increments
Breaking my cardio into 10 minute increments has been a lot more convenient for me, given that it wasn’t nap time. I could do 10 minutes jogging in place, followed by a diaper change, 10 more minutes, oh it’s time to switch the laundry, 10 more minutes, and time to prepare dinner!

Bicep/Back:

3×5 Dumbbell front raise into press
3×8 Hammer curls
3×6 Bent-over reverse fly
3×8 Dumbbell back rows
3×10 Alternate bicep curl

I would have liked to include one or two more exercises, but I was crunched for time so this is where I left it. I’d say it was a pretty decent workout – definitely not overworking myself like I usually do. I’m learning to practice the popular phrase of “pace yourself”.

Quick GUNS workout

This week is going to be CRAZY busy, but mama still needs to get her workout in. Today is upper body day and this is what today’s workout looked like:

3×8 Standing V-raise
3×8 Bent Over Row
3×10 Hammer Curls
3×8 Alternating Bicep Curls
3×8 Tricep Extension
3×10 Alternating Tricep Rows
3×8 Shoulder Press

Then I did my AM stretches – and boy did I feel STIFF!

As for my absence, I started a new medication and it’s caused quite a bit of fatigue, so my last two workouts have been a struggle. I didn’t have the energy to even write them down before I took a nap.

Anywho, I gotta jet. I hope you all are having a fantastic, productive Monday!

ABtastic Tuesday!

I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, because it has been QUITE the day, and for whatever reason, this workout was a lot harder than I anticipated. I did about 20 minutes of kitchen cardio as well:

Hip Thrusts 3×15
Butterfly Crunch 3×15
Side planks (3x 1 min each side)
Bicycle crunch (3x 1 minute)
Supermans (3x 30seconds)
Back extensions (3x 30seconds)

Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday!