I didn’t forget my goal of becoming stronger and getting more defined muscles so I’m thinking of just alternating days of cardio and weight training. Even though I’m still sore all over, this workout went fine. I’m still dealing with a bit of an annoying cough, as if some mucus is still stuck in there but I keep wearing my mask and sanitizing my hands. I don’t test positive, either.
I plan to keep going bit by bit to build my strength and endurance back up and finally get out of the 200 club. I can’t stand how many times I’ve had to restart but, I guess that’s what makes it a journey?
Unlike my previous run, this workout felt like it would never end. You know those days where everything just seems to crawl; that was my workout today. It’s not that I didn’t want to do it or didn’t feel like I accomplished something; time just felt warped and like it was taking a lifetime to get this done. I guess it was just one of those sessions.
As for my food for the day, it was all leftovers from what I’ve already posted. I was hoping for a salad for dinner but Misfits Market has been putting off my order all week and I’m out of salad type stuff. I’ve already emailed them to ask what the heck is going on. I’m the type of person that’s not gonna go all Karen and demand a refund; I just want to know what the problem is and how it can get solved. It’d be cool if they gave me a credit but I’m not going to harass them for one. I’m sure these people are just trying to do their jobs and hit a snag.
I thought I was gonna be all cute and have a greasy burger lunch and just eat a healthy dinner but the burger was crap. Totally not worth the money or effort to eat it. The cucumber I sliced up for dinner was more satisfying. At least I know not to order from there again.
As for the workout, the kettle bell workout for 30 minutes is a hard session. My hands were shaking once I was done but in a good way. I don’t feel like I pushed myself too far or hurt myself. I feel like I should focus on my abs more but the upper body stuff makes me feel like I’m getting stronger. I can tell I’m able to do more reps than before. Not that I plan in doing any super heavy lifting but, it still feels nice.
I took a walk during my lunch break in normal shoes but I also tested out the shoes I’m going to wear with my cosplay this weekend and they’re as comfortable to walk in as one would expect since they’re heels. I anticipated this and I have foot pads and I plan to bring sneakers to wear for the lions share of the walking. I apparently love torture since I walk from Penn to Javitz.
Since I didn’t eat much of anything for lunch (I just ate an apple) I went all out for dinner. There’s some plain ramen noodles under those veggies and ground beef. I might have over done it with the chili crisp but I enjoyed eating this and the kid liked it (with enoki mushrooms, go figure). I like the combination of snow peas and bok choy. It’s crunchy goodness!
Tomorrow is NYCC day one. I won’t be thinking about my diet much since all that walking makes me not want to eat much. I just feel tired and have sore feet.
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.
Holy shit, I made it… I worked from last Sunday to this Sunday and I finally get a day off tomorrow. Man, I wish I could sleep all day but, there are chores to be done; including meal prep for the rest of the week.
Part of my life goals in general is to use up food that’s in the house and I had some sweet Italian sausage but no veggies in the house. I literally Googled the meat and saw whatever the most popular recipes were and bought some green and yellow squash before I went to work. I just sliced up some garlic and onion and this was a good meal! Even the kid liked it (who claims to hate squash) and I have some left over to eat tomorrow.
I was able to break 4k steps today and I just needed a fucking break from cardio so, it was kettlebell time. Now, the reason why I focused on shoulders and back is since I have been making some progress, I tried on the cosplay dress this morning. I was able to get it on better but not zip it up. I rummaged through my closet and found some shapewear that I bought and never used and when I managed to squeeze my fat ass into it, the zipper went just a bit higher. The problem? *sigh* My boobs. They are just too powerful for the dress…
I kid (mostly) it’s more like my back area just under and around my boobs. But I’ll tell ya, I have a completely different opinion on shapewear now. I decided on a lark to try on a dress that I bought years ago (and it was the same size as two other dresses in the same order but somehow was too small) and not only did I get into it but… I was kinda hot? Like, dangerous levels of confidence here.
This inspired me to work on the back fat and look into some shapewear that will also minimize my chest area to maybe finally get that zipper closed. Eda’s dress is pretty conforming to the body and other than my back, it looks amazing. Even with my big ass.
Before and after pics? Yeah, no thanks. If I fail, I don’t need this immortalized on the internet to taunt me even after my death. I have 10 more days of veggies, protein, and a lot of workouts to see if I can reach my goal. It’s going to be an adventure since I have some extra long days coming up where I won’t be home at my normal time to workout after work… This is why I want to meal prep on my day off so I don’t need to cook for a few days. I’ll probably drift into the house like I’m haunting it and fall into bed rather than cook anything. But we’ll see what I get done tomorrow.
I managed to squeeze this in on a day where we were short staffed and I ended up helping this very nice man with his Google Docs for over an hour. While darting about helping other people. Good news is I helped him out and learned that you can merge Google Docs with an app. That’s pretty cool.
This was dinner after having a gyro platter for lunch (no pic, I forgot). I get my gyro platters with no dairy so it’s less calories; basically, it’s a salad with some lamb meat on the side.
Yup. I broke. I walked into the house after work and faceplanted right into my bed. My brain is fried and my body is tired. I need a treat or I’m gonna fall down. It’s just one and I have my kettlebell workout to do later. I’ll burn it off.
I also got in a walk during my lunch break; a quick 20 minutes and later I’ll do the kettlebell workout for 15 minutes. I think I need an extra stretching session to wind down more and get ready for work tomorrow. I am mentally so exhausted. And I’ve still been writing every day. I think I deserved that one beer.
I felt the need for some muscle work today so I brought out the kettle bell and did some squats instead of all cardio all the time. Building muscle burns fat and also, repetition can get boring.
As it was my late night, I slept in through breakfast so I only managed to grab a grapefruit and some almonds for lunch and had a big dinner. My last blood tests said my iron was low so I put steak in the electric lunch box today. I had some bok choy from Misfits Market and some snow peas to use up. What I noticed is since I’m trying to slim down quickly and lowered how much salt I eat, the soy sauce I used to marinate the steak was overwhelming. And I’m the type to put salt on a salt bagel.
When I prepped my dinner for today, I made the same for lunch tomorrow. I’ll have to water down the sauce. I actually got a bit of a headache from all that salt. Luckily, I don’t have any problem drinking plenty of water to flush out my system.