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Unread 11-21-2017, 01:28 AM
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I always find I have a higher appetite when I'm sick -- even if it's stomach flu! It's almost totally mental, I think. I'm a gigantic mega comfort eater. If I don't feel good, I crave comfort. I'm proud I was able to stay at maintenance calories the day I felt crappy. Took effort but I'm building better habits.

I definitely have moved a LOT less this week! Between being sick myself and all the couch time cuddling sick toddlers, my total NEAT expenditure is probably about 67 calories.


Week 2, Day 1

AM weight: 143.0 (-6.0 since diet began) -- new personal low! Haven't seen this weight probably since sophomore year of high school, literally half my life ago.

Noticed saggy skin all over my inner thighs this morning. It's exciting in a way -- means I'm really getting smaller.

Feeling good after yesterday's refeed. Lots of energy and good mood. Woohoo!

Took a Bronkaid in the afternoon -- that also helped the energy I'm trying not to take those too often so the effects don't wear off, but I like the boost they give when I'm facing a lot of housework XD

Food, which I just realized included no vegetables, yikes:
- chicken-crust pizza with ff paneer
- pp shake

Exercise, at home:
2x12 BW squats
2x10 coffee table pushups
1x15 bird dogs
1x15 crunches
1x15 supermans
I just realized I forgot to do rows. >.<

No rows, no vegetables ... oh well, maybe my full brain will be in gear tomorrow!
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Unread 11-22-2017, 04:49 PM
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Week 2, Day 2

AM weight: 141.2 (-1.8 from yesterday, -8.8 since diet began)

Nice whoosh! I'm enjoying the moment. A stall could happen any day. The water weight fairy giveth and the water weight fairy taketh away.

My nice lined work pants that were too tight on my thighs a couple months ago are now so loose I had to use a binder clip on the waist so I wouldn't show off plumber's butt all day.

Just one more day to get through, then THANKSGIVING!

Food:
- chicken-crust pizza with ff paneer and a bag of salad mix
- Szechuan broccoli with TVP
- little protein powder

Day was filled with work, kids' doctor checkup, HOA association meeting, and trip to parents' house. So, no exercise.
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Unread 11-22-2017, 08:53 PM
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Week 2, Day 3

AM Weight: 140.2 (-1.0 from yesterday, -8.8 since start of diet -- got the math wrong yesterday, haha!)

Suuuuper hungry this afternoon. Which was right when I was doing my Thanksgiving shopping. So that kind of sucked. I only made one impulse buy, which I will resist consuming and foist off on some of my Thanksgiving guests instead.

FREAKING FINALLY got back to the gym! It felt GOOD.

Food:
- microwave pp cake
- pound of broccoli with ff cheese and hot sauce (little stinker of a toddler son ate half the cheese right out of my bowl!)
- another microwave pp cake which turned out gross but I choked it down

Exercise:
3x10 BW squats
2x15 chest press with 15# dbs
2x15 one-arm rows with 15# dbs
2x15 SLDL with the bar
1x15 curls with 12# db (I was just curious what I could do)
1x15 crunches
1:00 plank
2x15 supermans
And then 3 miles easy walking while watching The Punisher

Thanksgiving tomorrow It's my favorite day of the year, can you tell?
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Do you intend on increasing your gym performance as well (i.e. increasing LBM)? If so, why are you doing BW squats?
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Unread 11-23-2017, 07:36 AM
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I'm doing BW squats because I'm not strong enough for added weight yet.
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Week 2, Day 4

AM weight: 137.8 (-2.4 from yesterday, -11.2 since diet began)
Was NOT expecting that!

A little sore from yesterday's workout, but nothing incapacitating. Had a nice Thanksgiving even though my children skipped their naps and were generally insane banshees all day.

Food:
- Free meal Thanksgiving dinner, and I did an A+ job not overeating, yay!
- pp microwave cake

Exercise: none
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Week 2, Day 5

I noticed wrinkles around my mouth. I'm getting saggy all over! My round stomach is the only part of me that's not getting thinner. If I keep going I'll look like a pregnant Jack Skellington.

I took my measurements today for a sewing pattern and I'm 36" bust, 33" waist, 37" hips. I'm a rectangle! (I'm also pretty sure my hips used to be 48 or 50". I looked but I couldn't find any old measurements. I did pass the "100 pounds lost" mark on this round of RFL, which is pretty cool.)

Anyway, feeling tired and dizzy today, not sure why. Hoping for better tomorrow.

Two annoying incidents -- stepped on an electric plug cover and stabbed it into my foot (how? it's rounded plastic!), and cut my hand open on an upholstery nail while moving an armchair. So I'm all bandaged up and then wrapped with kinesthetic tape to try to keep the bandages on. :P

I did order a Garmin fitness tracker so hopefully seeing how few crappy steps I get each day will start increasing my NEAT.

Food:
- salad of arugula, chicken breast, red wine vinegar, leftover Thanksgiving green beans and mushrooms with the oil blotted off
- sauerkraut smoothie
- green beans and chicken breast with ff cheese and hot sauce
- cherry Crystal Light mixed with diet Vernor's ginger ale -- this is CRAZY good

Exercise: none
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Unread 11-24-2017, 09:47 PM
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I'm doing BW squats because I'm not strong enough for added weight yet.
You may not feel ready for BB squats, but I bet you can do goblet squats. That's where I started.

And great progress this round...congratulations!
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Unread 11-25-2017, 10:49 PM
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Thanks, Holly!

Really struggled to get to sleep last night -- too hungry and crabby. Finally mixed about a tablespoon of cocoa powder with some erithytol and ate it while reading contest prep logs on bodybuilding forums. For whatever reason, that did the trick!

Week 2, Day 6

Woke up and had a solid pity party that I'm close to my goal weight but nowhere as lean as I thought I'd be. I will probably have to lose at least 15 more pounds to even see the high end of Category 1, and even then I'll probably have a large stomach screwing up the look of all my cute outfits. Eventually I got over it and got on with my day. I'm SUPER ready for that refeed tomorrow. I need the serotonin from those carbs.

Food:
- pound green beans with hot sauce
- RFL brownies (might post the recipe, these were pretty legit)
- chicken breast with raw onion and 2-carb bbq sauce

Exercise:
1x10 squats at BW, 2x12 goblet squats with 15# db (these had me gasping with my heart hammering!)
2x12 barbell chest press with the bar
3x15 one-arm row with 15# db
3x15 SLDL with the bar
2x15 supermans
30 minutes easy walking on the treadmill

Tomorrow, CARBS.
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Unread 11-26-2017, 11:20 PM
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I've had horrible gas the past few days. I feel bad for everyone who lives with me.

Week 2, Day 7

Refeed went well The sweets didn't taste as good as I'd expected, but every bite of cereal was amazing.

Food:
- TJ's chili lime chicken burger on another weird protein powder bun (I will nail this recipe ... but obviously not today)
- RFL brownies with Cool Whip Free
- ff cottage cheese
- Refeed: a little cake frosting (looked SO good and yet was so disappointing), a few Skittles, three homemade cookies with skim milk, 4 cups of Quaker Oat Squares in skim milk. Bang on the high end at 300 carbs (3g/lb LBM) total.

Exercise (9500 steps for the day)
- 30 minutes easy walking on the treadmill
- MommaStrong Di-Recti routine (I appear to have mild diastasis recti -- not too surprising after having twins, but I couldn't tell earlier because I carried too much fat on my abs to see or feel it. Anyway, gonna see if these bracing exercises help.)

And now back to the grind...
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