I hate to admit it – no, I really do – but lower impact workouts like walking and the stationary bike are actually helping the weight come off faster than when I was running. What sucks is I like running. I feel good doing it but, I can’t deny the results. I’m down to 202.4 and have been losing little by little every week.
This means I’m going to stick with it and push myself harder with body weight workouts. I also need to dig out the kettlebell again. I bet with a few more little tweaks, I’ll really start seeing some changes.
This is the point in c25k where I start to wonder if I can make it through the longer runs because I feel every second of those 5 minute intervals. I did them but wanted to have a fucking party once they were over.
I’ve mentioned how my kid won’t take cute lunches to school because they’re “embarrassing” and of course I am told this AFTER I purchase all the stuff to make them. So, I decided I deserve cute lunches and I’m gonna make them for my damn self! This is that soy marinated salmon with rice, garlic baked in sesame oil and red pepper flakes, avocado, tomato, and onion with rice. It was a LOT of rice. I’d put in half the portion next time but the two layers were the right way to go so the cold stuff stayed cold while the warm stuff went in the microwave.
Since I had some of that lemon tuna left, I threw in some lettuce and onion to finish it off. After all that rice, it was really refreshing and also light for after my workout. I don’t know how long I can reasonably keep the lemon tuna in the fridge but I wouldn’t mind making a couple extra portions for a quick, light meal. It sucks standing and chopping for a long time after a workout. I’m already sore and that doesn’t help. But if I have this prepped, all I need is a few extra veggies and bam! All done. I’m all about time management with these things since I have all these other projects going on.
I wanted to get in a run at least once this week and keep on the schedule in the Ultrahuman app for this three week challenge. My arms are still sore from the first day (I can’t tell you how much pushups annoy me. They’re almost as bad as burpees) but I committed to this so I’m doing it.
For lunch I had time to prep the Itaki food and I’m still working on all those delicious chicken wings. I put them in the oven to crisp up while I was on the treadmill and by the time I was showered, they were perfect. I probably should have had some veggies with them but I had some editing to do and wanted to get to it before my brain turned off.
As for the Ultrahuman app, apparently I need the app on my watch as well and my watch is not supported yet. I’ll keep checking but I’ll have to rely on GoogleFit for insights for now. I was hoping for more feedback on when I eat and how it affects my workouts but we’ll see.
I missed last night’s workout because my kid needed me. We had a long talk which took up my running time but it’s completely fine. It’s hard enough being a teenager, much less a trans teenager and I’m glad my kid can come to me if they need to. I “made up” for it today with the desk pedler.
These were the prepped meals for the last couple days, except for the popcorn. And that big bowl lasted three sittings. The Saxenda won’t let me eat so much. I used some of the seasoning packets from the ramen to season the popcorn.
Since the weekend is approaching, I’ll be switching to body weight workouts then starting cardio again on Monday. Part of me is looking forward to it and part of me is already over it. Either way, I still plan to keep up with being as active as possible.
In addition to the desk bike, I had to pop over to the store to get the ingredients to make that steak sandwich again. The kid really liked it and avocados were on sale.
I thought that doing the bike and talking that walk would be too much but I was ok! And getting in those extra steps is always good. I just feel a little sore from the kettlebell yesterday and carrying the heavy grocery bag on my shoulder on the walk back. I saw some canned stuff on sale and the kid has been whining that I haven’t made meat sauce in awhile. So, I guess that’s how I’ll be spending my weekend.
I used the Wirk Peddler today while I read through some manga I had on my desk (that I will be reviewing) and I am such a sucker for cute animal stories that I was tearing up while I read the volumes. It’s just so sweet!!!
Regardless, I went a little wild over the weekend and had a burger but I got back on track with my diet this week. I’m sure one burger didn’t destroy everything I did since my weight is about the same. Tomorrow, more kettlebell since I like working my muscles to get stronger and doing cardio every day is kinda boring; even with reading during it. What do I keep saying about it? “Golly gee, burned all those calories the same way as the other 4 times this week.”
I am impressed that I was able to go from 211 to 205 or so but after NYCC, I am not going to restrict my calories so much because there are things I just miss eating and it’s just no fun. I know it’s not supposed to be fun but it’s not supposed to be miserable.
I weighed myself again today and I was 204.6 but I take that with(out) a grain of salt. That little tick downward was probably just water weight. Actually, if I think about it, all of what I’ve lost the last couple weeks is probably water weight. Hey, I’ll take it.
The big challenge is as of today, no more Saxenda. I’m probably going to be really grumpy… But I have plenty of coffee to act as a natural appetite suppressant.
This flavor was really good. I might try mixing this one with the cookies and cream one. I bet it’ll taste like pumpkin-flavored Oreos! But I’m a freak and I think chocolate and pumpkin taste good together. One of my favorite fall treats is the Trader Joe’s muffins baked with chocolate chips in them.
Maybe that will be the first thing I eat after NYCC is over.
I’m enjoying trying out the Dead Sled coffees I have around. This one is cookies and cream and even though I put too much cream in it, I like this one. It’s really satisfying.
Today was just the desk peddler since I had a lot of work to do at work and tonight I’m working on finalizing my new story to release on Friday. I just want to make sure things flow right and I catch as many typos as I can before the book releases.
My MyFitnessPal account is public if you want to friend me on there but as you can see, I have lost 2 more pounds. I’m 206.8 now after creeping back up to 211 when I took on this challenge to fit into the cosplay dress. There’s exactly a week before NYCC and maybe I can drop another 2, fingers crossed. I don’t feel any different; other than accomplished with what I’ve done so far. I’ve lost 25.4 pounds since I started the Saxenda. The real challenge now is to keep up the progress off of that medication. The side effects are NOT something I want to deal with while spending hours walking around in the city or Javitz Center with public bathrooms as my only option AND wearing a costume. Noooooooo thank you!
This is almost the last of the chicken and sweet potato I figure there’s one more meal’s worth out of those leftovers which is perfect because tomorrow I work late and have to bring two meals to eat instead of one. I plan on making my usual meat and bok choy to use in my electric lunch box. Misfits Market has been on point with the bok choy lately. They don’t always have it and I just can’t get broccoli from them anymore.
Ahh, spooky season is upon us and I finally cracked open my Elvira Deadsled coffee. I have some other kinds I’m going to try soon, too.
Since I had some meetings today, I used the peddler rather than just sit there. It’s easy to forget how long you’re peddling when there’s something else to pay attention to. It was a productive day; got a lot of work and side work done. My previous post was the cover to my current soon to be published work so I’m pretty happy about that.
Since it’s the upper body that’s not fitting in that dress, I’m still working that area. This week is my period so I am super nervous on trying on the dress to see if I made more progress. I tend to horde a lot of water weight and even though I logically know this, it’s still going to feel like crap if it fits even worse.
In terms of what I ate today, it was just a repeat of yesterday. If the food is good, I can eat the leftovers for days. Tomorrow will probably be the same unless I break and get a burger or something.
Since I was off today, I was doing chores and didn’t do any cardio. I decided to keep up with the kettlebell workouts to build my muscles and strength. It’s only an 8 pound kettlebell but with all the reps I do, I can feel the pain.
As is my habit, I like to have a major cooking day at the beginning of the week if I have the day off. Today, I baked a whole chicken with sweet potatoes and onions. I brined the chicken overnight in saltwater and lemon pepper with some sage, thyme, and garlic powder. I dried the skin off, seasoned it inside and out with kosher salt and pepper, then put a slab of butter inside the bird while it cooked. I also put butter on the potatoes and everything turned out juicy and delicious. I portioned out some for lunches tomorrow (one for me, one for the kid) and there was still some left after I stripped the meat from the bones.
The temperatures are dropping and this was the perfect comfort dinner. It’s gonna need to cool off more before I have a pot simmering for hours making broth but this was just right. And it has plenty of protein and vitamins I’m lacking from my last blood tests. While this is more work than just nibbling on a gummy vitamin, this tasted much better.