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 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 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.
This is the leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. It turned out pretty good; even on the second day. Once I got home, I wasn’t hungry at all so I just made myself some popcorn as a snack, then did my bodyweight workouts.
This was the desk peddler at work and the resistance is up to the highest setting so I really felt this in my thighs and I was breathing faster.
I did just the abs and stretching for today since I’m pretty sore from yesterday and I don’t want to overdo it. Good news is I’d jumped up to 211 and I’m back down to 209 so this is working so far! I have more to go but I bet I can make it if I stay on track.
I also have my new blood test results which are odd but that’s another entry for another day.
Since I’m trying to get more writing done, I’m back to the desk bike so I can type and peddle at the same time. That’s gonna have to be what I do while I get stories published so I can earn money for my NYCC cosplay. And also fit into my NYCC cosplay…
I wish I could somehow write and do crunches at the same time but, ah well. Sacrifices must be made.
I’ve also been listening to the inactivity alert I downloaded onto my smart watch and I’ve been able to get 3000 or more steps every day; which is up from a normal day of sitting around at a desk (I used to struggle to break 2000). Even if it’s just to get up and go look out the window, I do it so I’m active that much longer.
I did try on some dresses that were too tight on me before and they fit much better. One is actually too big (and I’m a little ticked off about that because I haven’t worn it out ONCE). Guess I’ll have to get me some safety pins or finally learn how to use Ma’s old sewing machine.
Although my heartrate doesn’t go as high, I can tell there’s a difference in how my body responds. I was getting ready for bed and the increased resistance – along with the body weight workouts I’ve been doing (tons of squats and leg lifts) – I see more muscle definition in my thighs. I’m easily making it through 50 reps and I’ve increased to 100 or until I fail to keep form. I feel a little less jiggle in my upper arms, too.
The only lack of progress I’m seeing is abs. I need to focus on strengthening my core. I don’t think I’ll ever be the type to have a six pack but I’d love a smoother middle. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s the number one problem area. I have been doing the abs workout app on my phone but I may have to add some more moves. Those workouts are pretty short.
Yesterday I did do my bodyweight workouts but I will tell ya, I felt so freaking tired around 4pm, I called it a day, did all the stuff I needed to do, and went to bed early. I have no idea what happened. I got up early for a day off, did a few chores, then it was like someone flipped my night-night switch and all I wanted to do was sleep.
And yet, in some ultimate fuckery, I spent the night tossing and turning without actually getting any sleep.
But, thanks to coffee, I have a fair amount of energy today. I had a quick walk, did the above workout on my Wirk peddler, and I think I’ll have enough energy to grab the kettlebell after dinner.
Also, shameless self promotion, my new book is out in two days! If you’re one of my Patrons, you already got a sneak preview. This is the third in a complete trilogy and you will not have any idea what’s going on without reading one and two. Hope you check them out!