Hello my good people! How is everyone doing ? How are we surviving this global pandemic?I feel like I am always writing that I am back. So , here I am . Not giving up. Still swimming, still moving forward.
I know a lot of you have joined me on this journey since the beginning and I am so grateful. But for those just joining us, lets recap:
2013 – started weight loss program – working out on a regular basis – lost about 30 lbs during
2014 – Halloween – found lump and started my Meganitis journey trying to find diagnosis and treatment
2015-2017 intermittent time in the gym , struggled with intense pain and exhaustion
2018 -June had sleeve gastrectomy surgery
2019 – May started Rituaxan infusions
2020- November – back into the gym
Along the way , dealt with the pain and discomfort of Meganitis, making life much more difficult.
So, here I am.
I’ve come a long ass way and there is so much further to go. I am very excited to report that I have found a new gym! It has been really difficult to find a program, that is what I am looking for and works with my schedule. I have been very lucky that I have been working this whole pandemic so I had to find something that I could do after work . I was on my way home from work and I saw a sign like 5 minutes from my office.
The gym is called Pulse Fit. I am really enjoying this program. I contacted the owner and had my free introductory class. Kicked my ass! And I loved it! It a circuit training program with the movements changing everyday. It is super fast paced,but I am starting to catch on ( I think) I just try my best. Honestly, I am terrible at 75 % of the movements but I do the best I can and I am happy with that. I like that it is short intervals of everything,like 2-3 mins, cause that’s about as long as I can last lol. Class is an hour long. I am a dripping sweaty mess and its awesome. I am dying during class, but its a welcomed death.
I am really hoping this is the catalyst that gets me under 200 lbs. A whole new world has opened up since I started my infusions. It sucks I have to spend the day in the hospital every 4 months, but, 100% worth it to feel good.
I am happy and am confident that I am moving in the right direction.
I was up really early on Saturday , 4:30 am , had to be to work for 6 am . Then it was a 10 hr day . Usually after working on Saturday I need to take a nap . I was pretty exhausted when I got home but it was almost 5 so I just kinda relaxed .
We had dinner then I decided I wanted to try and go for a walk . There is a rail trail about 10 mins from my house , so the hubs and I headed there .
Lo and behold , I walked and survived. I survived all 2.4 miles !!!
2.4 miles !!!!
I was dying at the end of the walk but I am so glad I did it .
Then today , my daughter and I headed to my sisters house . First off was some Pokémon Go , my daughter and nephew had a blast . We walked around for a while, had some lunch , then headed back to the house for swimming .
It was definitely not as warm as I would have liked but , I wanted to get some water aerobics (or my version of them ) in .
I was in the pool for about 45 minutes , running , walking , did high knees , jumping jacks and some actual swimming .
Man , was I tired after that , honestly, still am . But – again , I did it !
Not only did I get in exercise this weekend , I am down 8 lbs since I got back in the wagon !
The past couple of weeks I did not get into the gym as much as I wanted. Last week was only twice and the week before was only 1( ugh ) time.
While I was not able to do what I wanted fitness wise, I took the next best thing this weekend and joined my husband at Planet Fitness. Oh.my.goodness.gracious.
This sealed the deal that Planet Fitness is not for everyone, especially me, and that’s okay, but I had to move and Something is better than nothing.
I don’t know if every PF is like this one, but weight machine hogs galore. And the 3 weight benches they had with the barbells attached to the rig, Sweet Baby Jesus…. Once I got in there to do some bench presses – there was only (1) 10 lb plate…. WTF is that ? I looked everywhere. At that point I was so frustrated with waiting for one, then the disappearing plate, I was ready to go after that. When we got there, I did time on the elliptical. Lot harder than I remember, but I did a good amount of time. I think I can use PF for my cardio needs on the weekend, to get moving. But I will not be using it for my regular workouts.
I admit it…… I AM A LUNK , lol. I like to ” Pick things up and put them down” .
I found this meme and thought it was HILARIOUS! Credit to @the_evolving. ( I guess )
So here is how I did at the workouts I made it to :
Weds 4/6 Lift Day!
Overhead Squats = I really did not think I was going to be able to pull this one off, but lo and behold – I did 5×3 25lbs!!! Winna Winna Chicken Dinna!
Sumo Deadlifts ( which are so much fun! ) 5×3 95lbs. Its fun, cause you can pretend you are a sumo wrestler, but when I do it, its more like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.
After that it was accessory work – 3 rounds
20 R/L side steps with side pump
20 planks – with kneeoff box ( modified)
Unfortunately, I did not make it back into the gym until the next Monday
This was a killer. Complete KILLA
2 rounds = 8 modified burpees, 20 jump squats
2 rounds = 20 kb swings 26lbs, 10 alt pistols ( mod with TRX)
2 rounds = 12 pushups, 15 plank jacks
Time was 23:43
Then it was back on Thursday . Yes, I missed my Lift Day 😦
It was a kettlebell night.
All I can say is SWEET BABY JESUS.
8 KB Cleans 26lbs
8 KB front squats ( 2 rounds just Bw squats )
8 KB Jerks 12 lbs
8 Lunges – BW
time was 27:13
This workout was so hard for me. I was going to stop and cry at one point. I wanted to finish, I wanted it to be over, I wanted to do it. I just Kept Swimming.
Honestly surprised I did not cry or pass out. I was so happy I finished.
Today, I decided to go to one of our State Parks. Maudslay State Park in Newburyport , MA is a place I have been going ever since I was a kid. I absolutely love it there. It is a great place for a walk, run, dog walk, picnic, bird watch, horseback riding, kite flying, you name it, its great . Today , they had a telescope set up so visitors could look at Great Horned Owls that were nesting in the trees above the main building. Its 480 acres of awesomeness. I took a great walk there this afternoon. Other than the obviously pot smoking teens I walked by, the walk was really great and super peaceful. Here’s a little snapshot I took .
I know I don’t look super happy here, but it was a beautiful day . And I thought my hair looked good, lol.
If you get a chance to explore all the Maudslay has to offer, I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.
Bring a water and some binoculars too. There is so much to see .
One of the things I have been actively avoiding this week is the fact that 1 year ago, I was really sick and things for our family took a drastic turn when we experienced a fire in our apartment building. It sucked. 2015 as a whole, truly truly sucked. On one hand its hard not to think about it, cause all of us are stronger for having gone through it. I am still frustrated that they have no answers for me as far as my health goes. I am thankful for Plexus and its effect it has had on my health, a true ray of hope in my battle against this unknown. I am thankful that my amazing kids adjusted to hotel life, then to living in a whole new town, going to new schools and have THRIVED. My kids are unbelievable. At least I know we are doing this parenting thing right. All 3 of my kids are exceeding expectations in all areas. I am so proud of them.
So far, 2016 , it has been a pretty good year. Here’s hoping it continues.
Wonder what this week has instore? Gotta keep swimming!
Sometimes you surprise yourself, I think that is really the best surprise . I was at the gym 3 times this week . Did some new stuff and did things that honestly going into it , I thought I had no chance.
I have been pretty sore this week, which sucks, not gym sore, but me sore, if that makes sense. I started taking Plexus . One of my blog friends I met a few years ago got me into it. I have to say, I don’t know how, but this stuff works. For example, I am always sore, but when I take it, I am not as sore, and I feel great. That’s enough for me. If you are interested in reading up on Plexus or would like to check it out and try some your self, check out my site : Meg’s Plexus site. Yes, I signed up to sell it, but really just to get a better deal on it. Hey, at this point, anything that makes me feel better, I owe it to myself to try it. And the doc said it was good too.
The gym this week was great! Three times again, really happy with that .
Monday – Sweet Baby Jesus – Monday was killa!
It was :
15 Wall balls, 15 burpees ( modified) ,15 KB swings ( i think I had 26 lbs), 15 BW squats, 15 side toe touch planks, 75 singles, 15 Step ups, 15 Push Press 55 lbs
The work out was 2 mins to get through as much as you can, rest, 4 mins to get through as much as you can starting from beginning, rest, 6 mins get through as much as you can from the beginning , rest , then get through all of it. Man O Man. It was rough. Even though everyone else was doing 25 reps, and I had things modified, it was so hard!
Wednesday – Lift Day !
We worked on Front Squats – now since returning to the gym my squats are just as horrid as they were when I started 3 years ago. If not worse, I did not think I was going to be able to do this, let alone with the bar…. And whaddya know? Not only did I do them with the bar, I kept adding weight!
Here is how I did :
10 reps @ 30 lbs
8 reps @35 lbs
6 reps @40 lbs
4 reps @ 45 lbs
2 reps @ 50 lbs!!!!
And I did not fall over!!! I thought for sure that was going to happen.
Then we did some bench presses. Surprisingly , I have never done bench presses before, but I gotta say…. Mama like! These are awesome!! Where have they been all my life?!
For these I knew I could do them , no question. Here is how I did:
10 reps @ 55lbs
8 reps @ 65 lbs
6 reps@ 70 lbs
4 reps @ 75 lbs
Please do not mind my Tweedle belly which you can clearly see on display here.
By Tweedle, I mean Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. See what I mean, lol.
After that , we had some accessory work. It was 3 rounds, my weight kept going up each round, which felt great . I love lifting the weights.
8 landmine bent over rows – 10lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs
8 single arm floor press ( a fav! ) 20 lbs, 22 lbs, 25 lbs
20 mountain climbers, 20 supermans
I felt so freaking amazing when I left the gym on Wednesday.
Thursday – Holy Crap on a Cracker.
It was a 20 min AMRAP.
8 DB Snatches Alt 25 lbs!
12 single leg squats ( did this modified with the help of the TRX)
6 Plank rows ( no weight) into a reverse lunge ( no weight)
I don’t know how, but I made it through 4 plus 8 rounds. At one point during the squats I was trying to breathe, and I kept saying ” Just Keep Swimming ” Swear to God, that mantra works wonders.
Then there was a ” But wait , there’s more ” Bonus – 4 rounds , 30 mountain climbers, 10 bw squats. I completed it in 3:46. How I did not collapse, I will never know. Another happy surprise, lol.
I also tried cutting out bread , pasta and soda. Past 2 weeks I have done pretty good. No pasta at all, which for me is an eternity. Soda, I had some this weekend, and bread too. It’s Easter. Fresh snowflake rolls. I did not stand a chance. But hey, whats life if you can’t enjoy it , right? I will be back on the good streak tomorrow. Back to the gym too.
I am trying to get in walks where I can . I work on a very busy stretch of road, and we are surrounded by trailer parks. Not exactly a scenic walk, but a walk is a walk. Today, we got home from Easter festivities and I took my pup for a walk. At least its something.
Today was the 1st Easter without my Gram. We had steaks and french fries, it was what my Gramps wanted, so we did it. It just did not feel like Easter without her. I would bring her Easter Lilies here and there, so I wanted to make sure I got one to her today . I think she would of liked them, they smelled beautiful.
Well folks , Yesterday was one of my best days in a very long time. Not only am I trying to lose weight , but now I had this added in mystery illness where no one can diagnose me. There is no possible way that losing weight and working out can harm me in any way , so I am diving back in , no matter if I am sore or not. Honestly , I am always sore, there is a baseline level of soreness, some days it flares up. I am making changes to try and see if any of it works to help me feel better.
One thing I have tried is Plexus, not for the weight loss aspect, but for the blood sugar level out and the help with inflammation . And, I gotta tell you , for those aspects, its definitely working . My only issue is that you need to drink tons of water when taking it and I am doing that , but I feel like I am retaining water. So, I am going to check with the doctor when I see him this week.
Now, it is no secret that healthy eating and I have never been good friends, but I am taking a different approach. I am attempting to cut out Soda, Bread, and Pasta. That last one is going to be a killer. I loves my pasta.
Day 1 of this plan, I think it went very well. My biggest victory was lunch, I got a burrito bowl from Qdoba. I got rice, chicken, cheese, a splash of queso and GUACAMOLE! Yes, guacamole. This was a very large step for me. I know to most, you are probably thinking ” Is this chick all right?” but this was big for me.
So much so , I took a pic
Next up on my healthy quest was snacking. I wanted to find something I could snack on and not eat crap. So, I went with almonds. But, I found, salted caramel almonds! And Sweet Baby, are those suckers delish! I took a pic of those too!
The salted caramel is not a thick caramel all over them, it is more like a salted caramel sugar, I don’t know , but it is yummo ! And only 4 carbs for 28 pcs! Winner Winner !
Now for the best part of the day :
BACK TO THE GYM!!!!
I found my notebook from the last time I was in the gym…. 8/13/15! Ugh. So not proud of that .
I have been dreading this post. Dreading it. Why? I have to admit my failure and I have to put it in writing forever making the words real and alive. So yes kids, I have failed. But failed what exactly? Let’s explore that shall we?
The past couple of months, I have been in a funk. Yes, I still went to class, but for different reasons, not as many as I would of liked. Different things were going on in my life, stressful things and at the end of the day, I was just plain ol’ exhausted. Mentally and Physically.
I strayed from my path. Like, really strayed. Like, 300 miles from the path. I didn’t take care of myself as I should have. I ate crap. I drank crap. And in the end, you guessed it, I felt like crap.
I gained some weight back and this is no surprise, but its the most painful part of my taking care of myself sabbatical. This month, March 20th to be exact, will be my 1 year anniversary at Befit. I dreamt of this day. I would be skinny. I would have some beautiful pictures taken. I would feel good about myself. I could inspire others. I would make my family proud, and most of all, I would be proud of myself. So yes, of course, as I traveled on this journey, some of these realistically would not be attainable. Such as the skinny part. But as I go along, I was okay with that, knowing I would get there. I was progressing, feeling good, losing weight and getting fit. I really let myself down. Horribly. And this is what hurts the most. I did this to myself. I Did This. No one else. I was a one gal train wreck .
I signed up for the 60 day challenge at my gym. I half assed it. Not proud of it, but I didn’t dedicate myself to my goals as I should have. And here we are near the end and I have no goals accomplished. Again, my own fault. And it stinks.
So, you see, I have failed. Failed myself.
Then I got hit with the stomach bug. 2 days resting, it was a good jump start for some weight loss, lol. And honestly, that is what it became, a jump start. When the bug finally left me, I felt renewed.
Then, this thing happened. Weather intentional or not, it made a difference. My coaches changed the gyms cover picture on Facebook. And who is there in a victory pose? ME. It was taken the day I finished my first run without stopping. It was an amazing feeling. Seeing the picture, I was flooded with all the emotion from that day and all I have accomplished. Maybe it was cause they knew I was in a funk, maybe it was cause the picture fit the area needed, maybe it was divine intervention, but in any case, thank you to my coaches Holly and Jane for giving me the extra boost I needed. Just another reason why my gym and coaches are amazing.
Now more than ever, I need to Just Keep Swimming !
Today it is a new week. It is a new day. I started off awesome. I took the hubs over to the gym here where I live. It was empty which was nice, and they had barbells! I worked on my cleans, my split jerks( I love those) , my back squats and even threw in some dead lifts. I am guessing the bar was 45 lbs, making my work at 65 lbs, except the deadlifts, up to 135 on those. I didn’t want to over do it. The cool part of all of this, was showing my husband different things I do. I showed him different things with the dumb bells that we do in class. Snatches, my fav. Then I showed him the get up sit ups we did the other day. And threw some man makers at him. He actually liked them! Weird, I know. In any case, it felt great working out, and it felt great being able to share with my family.
I am really looking forward to class tomorrow. I am taking a crack at 14.2. Excited and scared. Not expecting much, but I am going to give it my all.
Getting back into the groove and it feels good. Shaking off the past and screw ups and moving forward.
It’s also time for the Weekly One More!
My Weekly One More is to be a better me. I need to be better. We all have something we can improve on. Let’s take it and run with it.
How about you? How have you been doing? Would love to hear about what everyone is up to? Share with us!
I had a real great weekend! For starters, I had class Saturday morning. Felt good. Then Saturday night, we had a party for my husbands birthday. Today, my son was in another parade, so we went to that. So, it was busy.
Saturdays workout was 3 mini work outs in 1. Each workout we had 8 minutes to complete as many rounds as possible. Here is how I did:
It was a partner WOD, but since there was an odd number of people in class, I got to do it on my own, which is perfect for me. I hate feeling like I am dragging my partner down.
#1.10 dead lifts at 95 lbs, 20 mountain climbers – going into it, I felt pretty good about this one, I have done dead lifts at this weight before. Mountain Climbers, as long as there is a good beat to do them to, they are not so bad. The goal was to get as many rounds as possible, so I pushed it. I completed 6 rounds in the 8 minutes.
#2. 10 ring rows, 10 broad jumps – Ring rows always get me, I can do 3 or 4, then I need to stop and regroup, then 3 or 4 more. I have to do them in small sets, which is ok, but a pain in the butt and takes me forever. The broad jumps, those were not too bad. Kinda fun jumping around 🙂 I completed 5 rounds in the 8 minutes.
#3.10 push ups, 10 slam balls at 20 lbs – At this point, my arms were ready to fall off. I had to do my push ups on my knees 😦 . I was ready to fall over by the end of the 8 minutes. I completed 4 rounds in the 8 minutes.
All in all, I was pleased with most of my performance.
I have to just keep chipping away at everything, it is working for me so far. Just Keep Swimming!!!!
Today is my hubby’s birthday. We had a bunch of friends and family over last night for a poker party. I am not going to lie – I freakin loved hearing how good I looked. I had not seen some of these folks in a few months, so to hear this from my near and dear – well, it was awesome! I was on cloud nine! Now, I did make a whole bunch of food and of course it was not the most health concious food, but boy o boy was it yummo. I made sure not to stuff my face too much. Which is good for me, cause usually when we have the get together’s, I always have a ton of food and make myself 3 or 4 plates. So, the fact I limited myself, was a victory .
Today we also went to the Merrimac Santa Parade to see my son Tyler march with his marching band. It was raining, but I was so proud to see him marching in his uniform. I was one proud mama. Its the little things that make everything worth wild.
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