I switched my webpage recently and I am excited to say that I will be back blogging here and posting on my FB and Instagram pages as well.
I have so much to say, so much has happened but all is well. I am pressing on strong, injuries and all.
It’s good to be back on my blog where it all began 10 years ago in Russia. Here’s to a new chapter!
I only have 5 days left on my current challenge and I am determined to finish strong! For this week my meals will remain on plan and for my training, I am taking it to the streets! Monday through Thursday my goal is to walk 8 -10 miles each day and Friday is my rest day as it’s the day we fly out to Hong Kong!!
Looking forward to posting my results!!
Good gracious this day was hard. Sometimes you just have to put your hands in the air, take a deep breath and move on. It’s funny how when you put things in perspective even that hardest day can seem like nothing at all.
We have so much to be thankful for. Truly!
Hoping for a good day tomorrow. I am seeing a new doctor who I hope can shed some light on the current heath issues I am dealing with. We will see.
Press on guys. We’ve got this.
As most of you know I have been posting on FB and IG far more than my website as of late. Maybe it’s because we have moved to Singapore and I am remembering all my blogs from Norway and Russia or maybe it’s time I increase my accountability…not sure which, but I need to start blogging again. This period in my life is a struggle to say the least. I am NOT losing as I once was despite all my efforts here and something has to change. I am dealing with some hormonal and metabolism issues and we are trying to get it sorted out. For those of you who are not on Fb and do not know I am currently doing W30 again and it was going well the first week then nothing….stuck, and then I started gaining again. This past week I completed over 40 miles only to see the scale go up once again. It breaks my heart but Ive been here before and I am not giving up.
This week I am changing my program slightly. I am still following W30 but switching some things to include a hormone reset. No red meat, no caffeine, increased fat…a few things to see if it helps. As far as my training, I am keeping it simple. Lots of walking this week with light ST. I am trying to see if giving my body a break will help.
At the end of all of this at least I can say I did all that I could….
Training this week –
Monday – ST and 6 m
Tuesday – 8 m
Wednesday – ST and 6 m
Thursday – 4 m
Friday – ST and 4 m
Saturday – Off
Sunday – Off
LCHF, W30 and HR –
Will post meals each day like the good old days 🙂
Today – 4/18
AM – Turmeric, ginger, lemon and ACV drink
1/2 apple with barney butter
Lunch – Fried eggs with spinach and avocado
Dinner – SFH shake with kale and frozen berries with coconut oil and chia seeds
No food past 6 pm. IF from 6 pm to 6 am
I can do this. I can do this. I WILL do this……
I am jamming on my fb post, Twitter and Instagram and yet I cannot keep up with my blog. Seriously. What’s wrong with me?
I really have to start doing a better job blogging again. I am on FB so much recording my journey that many times I forget this is where it all started. Long before Fb and Twitter.
To make a very long story short. I am one week out in my recovery from cervical disc replacement and I am happy to say that I am doing great. Yesterday I walked 2.82 miles and today I walked 5 miles!! My goal is to hit 20 miles this week.
I need to set some time aside and really reflect on the surgery and this whole journey as it has changed me so much. For now though I want to focus on setting new goals and getting back on track with my weight loss and training.
You had to know this was coming. A new food challenge to keep my mind busy during this time while I cannot workout as I used to. It seems to me like great timing as we all know nutrition is a key factor in weight loss and since I cannot train at 100%, I must rely on my nutrition to get me back where I need to be.
Starting August 24th – 30 days eating REAL food, nothing processed and staying away from sugar. Kind of simple really 🙂 The yes and no list…
The YES List –
Vegetables – Nothing off limits. Eat as much of the good green stuff as you can.
Meats – A heavy focus on fatty fish and grass fed beef along with chicken and so on.
Fats – Go for it! Coconut, Avocado oil, Nuts…minus peanuts.
Fruits – Every fruit is ok as long as it’s in moderation. For example, not eating a whole watermelon…been there 🙂
Drinks – Coffee, tea ok just do not sweeten with sugar or the fake junk. Aim for at least 1 gallon of water a day.
Dairy- Kiefer is ok along with greek yogurt as long as there is NO sugar. As for cheese, blue cheese, goat and feta are ok — again in moderation.
Grains – NO bread. I repeat NO bread…well except for Paleo Loaf or something similar that I make at home. Quinoa, Oat bran, Steel cut oats, Brown Rice ( in small amounts) and Amaranth are ok.
Sweeteners – Honey and Maple Syrup
The NO List –
NO junk. NO pizzas, chips…no matter how healthy they are, no white rice. No pasta, even the gluten free “healthy” kind. Nothing processed. No diet drinks, sports bars, bread…did I mention bread 😉 No sweets. Nothing. Just stick to real, whole foods.
The Superstars to consume daily –
Nuts and Seeds (except for peanuts)
Goals for this challenge –
Lose 15 lbs
Increase overall energy and health
Let the fun begin……..
The majority of you follow me on Fb so you already know about my current spinal issues but for those who do not know I will keep it brief. The short story is I have some bulged disks caused by bone spurs from arthritis that I am currently trying to control. Many of you remember my shoulder injuries from 2 years ago and how we could not find the source of the pain, well, now we know. It is all from my C4/5 and 5/6. So I am going to be receiving epidural injections, seeing a chiropractor and PT while we wait to see if the pain improves. If not, we have consulted with 2 surgeons regarding my surgery options. But I want to wait until I have tried all I can first.
I was depressed, anxious and unmotivated when I first found out all this was going on 3 weeks ago and so now I have to get back on track. I have gained more weight and now that the pity party is over, it’s time to get back to work! I cannot train as I did before right now as it hurts to much but I can walk and ride on the spin bike until it hurts, then I need to stop.
So I am setting a new goal. To walk and bike a total of 150 miles for this month. Starting on Monday, August 24th. I know it does not sound like much but it’s a start back and we will see how it does with my pain.
Shoot for the stars right?