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Day 69: Unplanned “hiatus”

I drowned my Garmin yesterday. I didn’t mean to; it’s supposed to be water resistant to a certain depth, but it wasn’t. All of the steps I took and all of the progress I made towards my step goal today is gone.

He won’t outright say so, but I think my husband is secretly glad my Garmin kicked the bucket. He isn’t a fan of my late night living room laps – especially while on vacation and even more so since we’re spending said vacation on a small boat. He’s supportive of my goals, but he doesn’t necessarily likes them.

Unfortunately, along with my Garmin, all of my self-restraint and motivation died too. Both yesterday and today were above-maintenance calorie days. Ironically, just a little while ago, an email from the wellness center popped into my inbox requesting I schedule my next Bod Pod. Today is technically the end of the third week since my last one.

My husband recently upgraded his Garmin, so I intend to use his old one (it’s the same model as my now-deceased one) instead of buying a new one. It’s back at home though, so I don’t really have a way of tracking my steps at the moment, unless I try to carry my phone with me everywhere – which I don’t intend to do on vacation.

We’re scheduled to return home on Sunday, so I’ll have to start fresh on Monday. It’s not the ideal solution, but it’s the best one I have. Until then, I’ll just have to do my best to stay active and not go over my maintenance calorie goal.

Current step total: your guess is as good as mine

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Day 63: Updated stats

Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under a pound. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations quite a bit this past week, so I’m not too concerned about it.

I also took some updated measurements yesterday. In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, and calf; and 3/4 of an inch from my hips.

Since Day 1 of this challenge, I’ve lost 7-8 lbs, 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, 1/2 an inch from my chest, thigh, and calf, 2 and 1/4 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

                           8/4/18     8/20/18     9/20/18     10/03/18
Weight:                    131.2 lbs  131 lbs     126.4 lbs   123.6 lbs
Measurements (in inches): 
Bicep                      10.75      10.75       10.75       10.5
Chest                      35         35          34.5        34.5
Waist                      31         30          29          28.75
Hips                       37         37          35.75       35
Thigh                      22         22          21.75       21.5
Calf                       14         14          13.75       13.5

I’m really happy with my progress so far. Although I’d rather not keep losing inches from hips, I’m happy to see my thighs finally start slimming a bit. They just weren’t budging. Now, I just need to get my next Bod Pod scheduled and hopefully see some real progress in terms of losing body fat.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Current step total: 1,724

Day 62: Oh the pain!

Today was my second weight lifting workout of the week. I’m following a new workout plan that I got from a DietBet hosted by Jamie Eason. I hadn’t planned on doing anymore DietBets, but what can I say? I’m a Jamie Eason fan, and I’m a sucker for new workout programs. I thought I felt sore yesterday, but this morning it was worse. Sitting for even a short period of time caused my legs to immediately stiffen up. I spent the day walking around like Frankenstein. I looked ridiculous.

The crazy thing is, there’s nothing special about these new workouts. The only difference is that instead of doing less reps at a higher weight, I’m now doing more reps at a lower weight. The soreness though; it’s as if I hadn’t been working out at all these past few weeks. I blame it on the burpees. Man, I hate burpees.

A friend mentioned I needed to eat more protein. I agree. I’m still failing miserably in that department. I’m barely at 50 grams today and it’s almost 9 pm. I was so busy that I just didn’t get a chance to eat much, so I have plenty of calories to spare. There’s no reason why I can’t eat some more protein now. I’m just not hungry though, and the thought of chugging a protein shake makes my stomach turn.

Oh well, I guess I just need to accept that I won’t hit 100 grams of protein today and go to bed. I’d like to confidently write that I’ll do better tomorrow, but my track record thus far isn’t very reassuring. This really shouldn’t be such a hard thing to do – it’s food, I just need to eat it. But I can’t seem to get out of my own way.

Current step total: 15,825

Day 60: Another attempt at baking

Today’s baking attempt: breakfast cookies. I followed a recipe, but mine looked nothing like the pictures in it. Mine looked like this:

Looks yummy, huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. That being said, they’re not terrible. They taste better than the muffins, but they’re not great. The texture isn’t very cookie like. They’re also not very high in protein. Each cookie is 134 calories and only has 4.5 grams of protein. Granted, that’s more protein than regular cookies, but it’s not what I was hoping for. If all I’m getting is 4.5 grams of protein per cookie, I need the cookie to taste better.

Current step total: 580

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