I really want a nap but I’m so digging all the birds chipping & carrying on outside I don’t want to close the doors! I may just stretch out on the couch 🙂

I am so very Thankful…

…for so many things and so many people. I have a lovely quiet peaceful (relatively) life. I have my health. I have a good job. I have family. I have friends. I have a home. I have a Geisha-kitty. I have a comfy pair of dark grey flannel pj bottoms with tiny skull & crossbones. I have a warm pair of slipper socks that look like sock monkeys. I have a clean grey tank top that fits. I have a king size bed with warm sheets and a comfortable eggcrate topper that keeps my back & hips from hurting so much. I have a bathroom full of premier brand products, many of which were gratis. I have the financial means to help out a young girl and senior citizen chosen from the Angel Tree at work. I can keep gas in my car. I can afford to see my dentist and doctor. I can afford my meds that are working on polyp in my sinus cavity. I can keep healthy food in my kitchen. I can keep my lights on and the water flowing. So many wonderful things 🙂

Daily Calories and Nutrient Breakdown

Maintenance Fat Loss Extreme Fat Loss
Monday 2450 2016 2016
Tuesday 2016 2016 2016
Wednesday 2940 2420 2420
Thursday 2450 2016 2016
Friday 2205 2016 2016
Saturday 2695 2218 2218
Sunday 2450 2016 2016
*Calorie cycling provides same amount of calories per week, but ‘tricks’ your body by constantly changing daily calories. This helps to prevent or break plateaus. Guideline only.
Carbs Protein Fat
Grams per Day 126g 201g 78g
Grams per Meal
31.5g 50.3g 19.5g
Calories per Day
504 806 706
Calories per Meal
126 201.5 176.5

Source http://www.freedieting.com/tools/nutrient_calculator.htm and http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

Sunday 8/19

flbombshell Tracked a Workout for 341 pts Today
  • Elliptical Trainer:
    • 0:15:00 || Moderate (+113 pts)
  • Weighted Crunch:
    • 15 lb x 15 reps (+23 pts)
    • 15 lb x 15 reps (+23 pts)
    • 15 lb x 15 reps (+23 pts)
    • 15 lb x 15 reps (+23 pts)
    • 15 lb x 15 reps (+23 pts)
  • Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension:
    • 3 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
    • 3 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
    • 3 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
    • 3 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
    • 3 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
  • Stretching:
    • 0:15:00 (+3 pts)v

Back to Reality Camp

My vacation is coming to a close in a few hours. I’ve enjoyed these last couple of days immensely.  As much as I’d like to brag about all the things I accomplished I really did not do all that much. The only socializing was at a family birthday party. I went out to the grocery store a couple of times. Indulged in a some retail therapy one day. Mostly I watched tv and poked around online. I loved it.

Work – This coming week is my last week in my current position at work. Next week I start my new job and I’m really excited about it. I am only working 4 days this week so I can transition back to a day time schedule during the weekend. This week will be mostly cleaning up loose ends (sounds so sinister!), developing plan and goals for new job, getting systems & permissions set up, etc.

Health & Fitness – I’m so psyched! I start Stage 2 from The New Rules of Lifting for Women this week PLUS I’m participating in three different fitness challenges: 90 Days Goal on Reddit, Fitocracy – 2 Week Free For All – Floridians, Fitocracy – Battle Royal – XXKeto. I’m still so surprised at how much I could lift, it’s been moving me right along. I’m shooting for a strict Keto Diet this week. My net carbs have been coming in at 30+grams daily so I’m hoping 20g or less will move the weight off.

90 Days Goal

  • Lose 16 lbs and keep it off (obviously I’m going for more overall)
  • Consistent strength training 3 times a week
  • Consistent cardio 3 times a week
  • Get the confidence to bellydance again

Sprint 1 Goals

  • Determine if morning or evening is best for workout (new work schedule starting in 1 week)
  • Drink my water!
  • Continue to eat clean & 80% paleo
  • Cut carbs out to 20g or less
  • Push myself, don’t be afraid of the weights
  • Foam roll more often
  • Work in some yoga for flexibility
  • Don’t forget how much I’ve accomplished so far

So, how you doing?

Vacation Mode aka Slacker-me

My sleep pattern is all over the place, and I’m ok with this. I’ve embraced the mindset that I’m on vacation, I’ve got one more week of overnights, so just go with the flow and relax. And it feels good!

Points of interest:

  • Pizza and Birthday Cake with family one night to celebrate one of my cousins turning 16.
  • Quite a bit of laundry taken care of. Now sorting to see what I’m keeping and what is getting donated.
  • Dishes finally all washed.
  • 25lb weight plates purchased. My numbers are gonna go up up up!
  • Also bought a15lb kettlebell. I’ve been doing random kettlebell swings and tricep extensions throughout the day/night.
  • Frig full of meat, leafy greens and cheese. Going to try being strict keto for a week.
  • Working on several posts I hope to complete this weekend.
  • Actually feeling a bit creative and working on some simple earrings. Will post pics when complete.

Oh! and awesome decadent snack? Jif Chocolate Silk (chocolate & peanut butter) smeared on bacon NOM!!!

Glad To See Friday!

So I was browsing through Tumblr, envious of butts, legs & biceps, when I realized “ya know, you could actually be LIFTING SOMETHING instead of just thinking about it“. So I did 😛

Tracked a workout for 662 pts
  • Stretching:
    • 0:10:00 (+2 pts)
    • approx 83 calories
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 35 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • 35 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • 35 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • 1 set was easy-peazy, 2nd set I felt, really pushed thru 3rd set
  • Standing Barbell Shoulder Press:
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+51 pts)
    • a challenge!
  • Bent-Arm Dumbbell Pullover:
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
  • Barbell Lunges:
    • 15 lb x 10 reps (+79 pts)
    • 15 lb x 10 reps (+79 pts)
    • 15 lb x 10 reps (+79 pts)
    • these kill me!
  • Weighted Exercise Ball Crunch:
    • 10 lb x 12 reps (+18 pts)
    • 10 lb x 12 reps (+18 pts)
    • 10 lb x 12 reps (+18 pts)
    • these actually felt good after the lunges!

Glamour – I hate my thighs

I know, I know! Such a stereotypical thing for a woman to say. But it’s true! And frustrating! I have always had good strong sturdy legs. I’ve always been cool with them until now. The problem My problem now is that they are horribly lumpy. As my muscles are developing and tightening up the overlying layer of fat & cellulite is more obvious. I’m not as “filled out” or solid as before – which is a good thing! – but also agonizing. I can fit into my skirts & shorts again but dislike showing my thighs. I love wearing dresses again, but try not to look too closely.

This too shall pass and I’m ridiculous to whine about it. It is just part of the process.

So I’m trying to focus on the positives. Those calves I was complaining about previously? I show them off in capri pants and wrap dresses. I wear sexy heels or wedge sandals. I keep my legs shaved and moisturized. My toenails are funky with chunky blue glitter. My biceps are beginning to peep out of softness of my upper arms. My neck and collarbone is more discernible. I make a point to (usually) look pulled together and not sloppy when I leave the house. My clothing is clean and fits my current shape well. My hair is shiny and red.

It’s all these little things that add up to a positive whole. Why not take pride in the things I do like? It shows that I do care, and that I am making an effort for myself. It presents a more realistic view of who I really am.

And all that really matters is that you are being You.

Cardio! Moday Morning – 7/23

I’ve got another crazy week ahead of me! Wheeeeeeee! Squeezed in some cardio this morning after work. Will zoom to work for a meeting this afternoon. Try to grab some more sleep then work again tonight. Another meeting on Thursday which hopefully won’t be to painful.
I’m going to try like hell to avoid the vending machines at work and squeeze in exercise every single day. I’m really grateful for the exercise equipment I was given! It is so much easier to come home, toss on a sports bra & shorts, then sweat up a storm than go to the gym. Cut down time by half at least.
Oh crap, forgot to put out the garbage this morning Grrrr!
Tracked a workout for 151 pts
  • Elliptical Trainer:
    • 0:20:00 || Moderate (+151 pts)

Ugh, sick :(

Well phooey. Not a good day. I’m not confident about a job interview I had earlier today. AND I’m feel like I’ve caught a cold. Bleh!

p.s. I’m jonsing for chocolate too. Yippee.