I was going to veer off my whole September challenge thing and do a blog I made up in my sleep the other night, talking about how holding onto grudges and things can really mess you up for life. When I reflected on it after waking up in the middle of the night, It was brilliant. I entitled it "Die Screaming." It was going to be brilliant; you would have loved it. If I ever recapture the elusive muse that did a number on my head in the middle of the night the other night, I may write it still. This, however, is not that blog. Or even close to it, I don't think.
This is about keeping going when you are not sure why. Which, really, is what this whole September challenge thing is all about. Just a disclaimer: this blog doesn't have all the answers. If I had all the answers, I wouldn't be doing the challenge to begin with. But this blog puts up a marker to represent a certain amount of progress on the way to finding the answers.
First of all, I started this challenge because I was demotivated. Not really exercising much and not being extremely disciplined about my eating. It didn't help that August was hotter than blazes. I lost no weight in August. None. Zip. Zilch. Somewhere between July and August, I managed to gain 4 of the 18 pounds I had previously lost, settling in at 244. And staying there. Ugh. So I decided to really redo my brain and, as a result, really redo my approach to healthy living and recapture my motivation by reminding myself of why I really, really, really want to be at a healthy weight. Not skinny. Not thin. Just healthy.
I had also decided to give forskolin a try because it had been recommended by a doctor I trust. My sparkfriend EWESTCOTT has requested that I call forskolin ForsLean from now on because that is the form my supplement is in and the word forskolin reminds her too much of "foreskin," so that is what I am going to call it from here on out.
Today marks the end of the first week of my September challenge. Technically. Truthfully, I started my September challenge in August. Kind of like when people talk about the 60s, they really mean that period from say around 1966 to about 1972 or so. The first part of the 60s was really the 50s refusing to let go. This is that kind of challenge. So even though my first week hasn't ended quite yet, I'm still going to tell you about progress so far. Because if I can start the September challenge before the end of August, I can report on my first week's progress before the end of the first week. Yeah -- I'm a rebel like that.
Since Sept. 1, I have:
Done 110 minutes of cardio
Done 660 reps of strength training
Drunk 744 ounces of water (average: 124 oz. or 15.5 8-oz servings a day)
Eaten 31 servings of fruit/veggies (average: 5.1 servings a day)
Stayed within my 1200-1550 calorie range 5 out of 6 days.
Since Aug. 26, I have:
Done 194 minutes of cardio
Done 705 reps of strength training
Drunk 1480 ounces of water (average: 123 oz. or 15.4 8-oz servings a day)
Eaten 73 servings of fruit/veggies (average: 6 servings a day)
Stayed within my 1200-1550 calorie range 9 out of 12 days.
The three days I went over my calorie range, I did it deliberately because my exercise tracker told me that I had not allowed enough calories in my daily range for the amount of exercise I was doing, so I increased my calories by a couple hundred on those days. I skipped eating veggies & fruits for two days over the Labor Day weekend because I only ate proteins to try to shock my body out of the 244-pound plateau. It didn't work. My body seems to like it here. It has put down stakes on this plateau and ordered cable. It's having its mail rerouted here.
Of course, my weight might have something to do with my scale. I have one digital scale that used to work really well. Except now, half the numbers are kind of missing, so I really can't tell what they read. And if I can sort of read it, it seems to fluctuate wildly compared to my other scale, which is just the standard old-fashioned bathroom scale with a spin dial. That seems to like hitting 244 and staying there.
So that's it folks -- I'm still stuck on the plateau, BUT I'm developing a consistency with my fitness that I definitely did not have in August. So that is one good thing. And I am feeling more energetic, which is another good thing.
Here are some of the articles I have been reading to gain insight on living a more sane, healthy life:
Dr. Oz’s Naked Diet: www.doctoroz.com/videos/
Crank-Proof Your Diet or “Eat Your Way Happy”: www.doctoroz.com/
(recommends salmon for Omega 3s that support brain health)
Getting rid of belly fat – includes exercise and recipes: www.becomeanatura
Dietary causes of obesity and diabetes: chriskresser.com/
Why grains are unhealthy: www.marksdailyapp
Saturated Fat Myth Debunked: chriskresser.com/
Protecting the brain: chriskresser.com/
High cholesterol: chriskresser.com/
Mind is an obstacle to good health: chriskresser.com/
Liking yourself: www.positivityblo
Why we don't get healed: benralston.blogsp
Dn’t criticize competition: etienoetuk.com/ne
These are the more interesting ones.
So -- end of first week evaluation:
and the challenge continues ...