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369.4!! fitness, training, nutrition, sleep, November Goals

Friday, October 30, 2020

October results:
Weight: 369.4 lb
Change this month: -6.8 lb
Change this year: -33.1 lb
Change since highest weight: -54.6 lb

I met my goal for October!!! This is the lowest weight I've been since 2014.
I did take some other measurements but I will post them later. My blood sugar is also better :)

I’ve been walking A LOT over the last few months - like 4-6 times per week. I never would have been able to do this before this medication for fibromyalgia. I’m noticing I’m putting on muscle and my stamina is a lot better than it used to be. I used to have to stop at each bench we passed -- now I just breeze past them. I am averaging 8.6 miles/week according to my Fitbit (but it overestimates things). Each walk is about 1-1.5 miles. I’m going to start using RunKeeper to track since it’s more accurate.

My first session of small group training went really well! I signed the commitment for 1x per week for the next 12 months. I may increase that to 2X, but I want to make sure I can handle 1x financially before increasing my commitment. I will still strength train on my own a second time per week, even if I don’t go to the group. The most important part of the training for me is the support system and accountability of my coach and the ladies I work out with. I can’t wait to get to know everyone — they added me to a private Facebook group where they post support and motivation. I’m so happy I did this.

I’ve started batch cooking every Sunday, something with lots of protein & veggies that we can use for dinners throughout the week. We are only getting take out / delivery once per week which is a BIG change from where we were just a few weeks ago. I don't know if I've mentioned it here yet but I'm gluten free again -- I haven't been diagnosed as celiac but I feel 100% better not eating it so I don't think I really need to bother with the tests. I've been having a big protein shake for breakfast every morning and it's keeping me full til lunch with minimal prep required, which I like, because I am lazy :) ... I'm trying to stay under 150g net carb most days, but if I do more once in a while I try not to stress about it.

My meds seem to take the edge off of my hunger, and I’m satisfied with plainer foods than I used to be. I also have less muscle pain than I used to have. I still have a lot of tension though ... it would be nice to find the money for a massage soon.

The only real gap in my health goals at the moment is sleep. I’ve been sleeping horribly, and not nearly long enough...again. I’m going to try to catch up this weekend ... relaxation and breathing exercises, supplements, hot bath, hot tea, calm audio books and snuggly blankets. Hopefully I can make up some hours.

November goals:
1. Get into the 350s!
2. Strength training 2X per week
3. Walking 3-4x per week (but take a rest day if needed)
4. Swimming 1x per week
5. Cook every Sunday, takeout only 1x per week
6. No screens after 9 pm, stretches and a hot bath/shower before bed to help me fall asleep, limit caffeine to 60mg, before noon each day
7. Save money for & get a massage before covid gets worse
8. Stay under 150g net carb at least 5 days per week

Unfortunately, I won’t be visiting my family for thanksgiving because of covid. . . It’s sad, but at least I won’t have to deal with food temptation I guess. I will cook a little thanksgiving meal for myself and my husband, and make it low carb-ish but still delicious.

I have a bit of anxiety over how bad covid is going to be this winter. . But I’m trying not to focus on that.

I’m off for my morning walk
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