Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…I would never believe there could be such a thing until l experiencing the symptoms. I’m been dealing with this for a little over a year now. I just always thought there was something wrong with me because I was always tired, ALWAYS. No matter how much I slept or tried to relax and have down days. Not to mention that I’ve been an emotional wreck because of this for the longest time.So what am I going to do?? I’m going to beat this thing! I’m tired of being sick and tired…I’m looking at a number of things, some of them include changing my diet, meditating and a few other things. I’ll be documenting as I go along to track progress for benefits and set backs. 

I am prepared and ready to kick this thing in the butt and move on with my life.

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Weight Loss Check In

It seems like it’s been a really long week, since my last check in anyways. I’ve been keeping pretty busy, with what seems like a million things to do everyday. I fell off the wagon last Friday and had a small bag of Lays chips and a box of chocolate milk and a cupcake…so disappointed! I have a serious love/hate relationship with food and I need to find a common ground somewhere. Other than that, I had an ok week, I upped my fruits and veggie intake and I’m also drinking more water.

I really didn’t lose anything this week, I’m at 151lbs even…I really need to step my game up. Hopefully next week I can report a loss of some sort.

For this week, I’ll be making green smoothies and replacing it with one of my meals (breakfast or lunch), and continuing to add more veggies to my eating plan. Incorporating more exercises into my day will be a challenge but I’ll have to make the necessary adjustments if I want to see results. The journey continues…

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Weight Loss Check In

It’s been a fairly good week, I’ve been following a meal plan with a few hiccups, but I’m getting better. I’m down 1 pound this week, I know it’s not a lot but it’s better than nothing.

I’m also going to start doing Yoga again…this time at home. I’ve decided to cancel my gym membership since I hardly have time to go anymore. I’ll be creating an exercise plan much like my meal plan to get the best results. I’m also going to start walking again, I’ve realized that certain types of workouts just aren’t for me on a long term basis. I’ve realized that I do much better with the “slow and steady wins the race” mentality when it comes to my weight loss.

I’m really looking forward to the changes that are ahead.

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Week 1 Weigh In/Measurements

Let’s see what a week of healthy eating and exercise got me! This was a tough week, I had to be really disciplined in what I ate and the time that I ate.

Things I’ve learned:
I need to structure my day better to comfortably fit in my workoutsI need to learn to use my time wisely during the day while at work
I need to go back to meal planning and preparing my lunches the night before

Here we go:

Weight: 143.8 lbs
Waist: 33 inches
Left Thigh: 21.5 inches
Right Thigh: 21.5 inches
Hips: 39.5 inches
Body Fat %: 35

I’m really not sure how I gained body fat but lost inches and weight, In this case the good outweighs the bad so I’ll take it for this week. My goal for the next week is to drop at least 2-3% body fat.

Workout Log

Today’s workout and meals…I have to admit that I felt really tired prior to going to the gym today. I still managed to pull it together and get in a great workout out!

  • Cardio HIIT: 30 mins
  • Bodyweight squats: 2 sets of 15 reps
  • Stationary lunges: 2 sets, 15 reps per side
  • Standing calf raises: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches – Elbow to Knees: 2 sets, 30 reps

Second Set

  • Cardio HIIT: 10 mins
  • Bodyweight squats: 2 sets of 15 reps
  • Stationary lunges: 2 sets, 15 reps per side
  • Standing calf raises: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches – Elbow to Knees: 2 sets, 30 reps

Food:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs and a Yoplait Greek Yogurt
Lunch: Stir Fry Quinoa
Snacks: Handful of almonds, 8 prunes and an Avocado
Dinner: Cesar salad and chicken

Workout Log

I’ll be tracking my workouts on my blog from now on…I’m doing a 21-day fitness challenge and thought this would be a great way to stay motivated and encouraged…not to mention accountable. I’ll also be doing my food log on here as well.

Today’s Workout:

  • Cardio HIIT: 20 mins
  • Bodyweight squats: 2 sets of 15 reps
  • Stationary lunges: 2 sets, 15 reps per side
  • Standing calf raises: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches – Elbow to Knees: 2 sets, 30 reps

Second Set

  • Cardio HIIT: 10 mins
  • Bodyweight squats: 2 sets of 15 reps
  • Stationary lunges: 2 sets, 15 reps per side
  • Standing calf raises: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches: 2 sets, 25 reps
  • Crunches – Elbow to Knees: 2 sets, 30 reps

Wish me luck!

 

30 Day Squat Challenge

For the next 30 days I’ll be doing a Squatting challenge, I’m not anticipating that this impact my schedule too much and it’s something that I can do at home…virtually in the same amount of time that it would take me to drive to the gym. I started yesterday and it really wasn’t that bad…says the girl who’s only 1 day in!

Summer is just around the corner and since my current workout is not really showing the progress I had hoped for I’ll be adding a little extra something to do, hopefully this will help give me the extra kick my body needs.

Here’s the deal…you start with 50 for the first day and work your way up to 250 by day 30 rolls around. There are a few charts out there that you can find on Google if you need a visual, I have one on my BB.

Day 1-50 squats
Day 2-55 squats
Day 3-60 squats
Day 4-Rest
Day 5-70 squats
Day 6-75 squats
Day 7-80 squats
Day 8-Rest
Day 9-100 squats
Day 10-105 squats
Day 11-110 squats
Day 12-Rest
Day 13-130 squats
Day 14-135 squats
Day 15- 140 squats
Day 16-Rest
Day 17-150 squats
Day 18- 155 squats
Day 19- 160 squats
Day 20-Rest
Day 21- 180 squats
Day 22- 185 squats
Day 23- 190 squats
Day 24-Rest
Day 25- 220 squats
Day 26- 225 squats
Day 27- 230 squats
Day 28-Rest
Day 29- 240 squats
Day 30- 250 squats

Wish me luck!

Learning to live in the moment,

Shar

Frustrated with my weight loss journey

So I’ve been at this thing for about 4 weeks now and I’m more frustrated than ever!

I keep fluctuating between 3 lbs and it’s so friggin annoying…I’m going to the gym, eating properly and I can’t seem to lose more than 3 lbs. I feel like giving up but I won’t. I have a pair of pants that’s hanging on my bedroom door that I need to fit in. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy but I didn’t know it would be this hard…20 friggin pounds that’s all I want to lose, that’s it!

As much as I want to throw in the towel I won’t…I have to prove it to myself that I can do this.

Learning to live in the moment,

Shar