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Screenshot_20180604-105006.jpgGood morning all and welcome to the beginning again, a time when we can start all over and do better than we did before. It doesn’t matter what you did over the weekend or if last week you feel a little short of your goals, all that matters is it’s a beautiful Monday morning and we have been given another wonderful opportunity to get better! Coffee is a must on a day like today, I got mine and I pray you got yours!

 

All of last week I didn’t really do anything in the gym at all and that was because  I was being lazy.lol. Naw, the truth is I have been doing some things with fasting and I wanted to see how my workouts and fasting affect my fat loss. What I found is the gym has both positive and negative effects from a visual standpoint. If you someone like me who wants to see steady improvement and sometimes lifting weights adds to the scale fluctuating then it’s a little frustrating when you lift all those weights and you see that the scale has gone up. Now even though you know that logically you have several very logical explanations for this such as inflammation and other factors it still crushes me mentally sometimes. The reason I lift is that it makes me feel better but also for fat loss, I’m not at the stage where I am trying to build muscle just yet so I do high reps with lesser weights. Since the goal is fat loss, I continue to try to find my sweet spot when it comes to getting the fat off at a great pace but also feeling leaner and stronger. With the new fasting I’ve been doing I have to not work out at first to see what the fasting does on its own and then what happens with the longer fast and lifting. This week I’m back in the gym with a slightly different schedule but still the same amount of total visits.

 

 

I have fantastic news I brought out of the 500’s forever this last week. I’ve switched my weigh-in to Saturdays and this past Saturday it said 499! I was super duper happy about getting out of the 500’s because it’s been like 12 years or longer since I got below that! The fasting that I have been doing along with Keto has really helped in speeding up my fat loss. Now keep in mind this last week I lost 9 pounds without lifting just fasting and walking at the park. Hopefully, this week with adding the weights back in my overall week will be similar if not close to the same result. I have 3 times during the week that I fast for 42 hours at a time and the rest I do 18 hours. On the days that I feast I’ll be doing my lifting and on the days I perform longer fasts I’ll be doing strictly cardio and stretching exercise. So this week I’ll be lifting Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the other 3 days I’ll be walking at the park and doing cardio on and off all day. I truly believe this is a schedule that I can stick with for awhile or at least until I reach a plateau and then I’ll switch things up a bit! I’m hoping to lose close to another 100 pounds by Christmas. If I fall short it’s o.k because it’s a process but I really feel like I could get there if I stay focused!

 

 

I’ve noticed that my fasted glucose is about 87 and after I workout and eat it’s usually no higher than 94 or 95 which is great! Ketones have not gone higher than 1.0 which I’m o.k with because my goal isn’t to get into deep ketosis yet. My goal is simply to make sure that I understand what affects my blood sugar the most and slowly eliminate those foods from my regular diet. Most of the 30g of carbs I get come from my greens and avocados anyway but I will continue to find new and delicious recipes and I need to be sure they don’t spike my sugar with their ingredients. I’ve noticed that even when I fast for 42 hours my ketone readings aren’t that different than when I do 18-hour fasts and while I’m not sure why ketone just isn’t the focus right now. Fat loss and energy are my top priorities right now and I feel pretty good about where both are at the moment.

 

The summer is here and it’s important that we keep in mind to stay well hydrated and protect our skin. The sun is an amazing energy source and wonderful for providing the best source of vitamin D but we need to be careful not to put ourselves in danger. Keep your water with you homies because it’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around. Folks of all nationalities need to invest in some quality sunscreen so as to not get overexposed! Have a fantastic summer and keep crushing your goals and doing for others! I believe in all of you and I am confident we will all be successful!

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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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509

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Hello everyone and happy Memorial Day to one and all. I would like to say thank you to those men and women that have served this country and laid down their lives for my good! Also, anyone, who is actively serving as well I would like to extend my sincerest form of gratitude and say Thank you for all you do that allows me to do what I want to do! I understand it’s a holiday and your all probably chilling and grilling somewhere but if you have a moment I’m glad you spent some of it reading my blog!

Yesterday wasn’t a gym day for me but I was able to get some errands ran and relax. My body has been feeling amazing lately with all the new and improved goals I have set recently! One of those goals is to have nothing that’s not Keto until July. Typically, I allow myself at least one cheat meal or cheat day a week but that’s all gone for now. Also, I have decided that I will be checking my blood sugar regularly so that I can see how my insulin is affected by certain foods! Ketone levels aren’t very important to me although it is the name of my way of eating so I purchased a Keto Mojo to check both blood glucose as well as Ketone levels. First I should be clear, a glucose meter is not necessary for everyone eating a Ketogenic diet, not even a little bit. It is an individual tool in the bag to use if you want to have it then you should! Why did I purchase one? It’s simple, people always talk about what breaks a fast and what doesn’t but until I do my own research I don’t really know what breaks a fast for me. It’s all about the data and I love the numbers so I figured it could only help me to stay focus and be more informed. Like I have always said it’s not anyone’s fault for receiving false or true information but it is absolutely your obligation to yourself to find out what is or isn’t true in your eyes. Research is a big part of my fat loss journey and I have found that the more I’m aware of things the better decisions I will make. Even if I don’t make the smart choice every time at least I knew what I was doing and I didn’t just follow what someone told me on the internet or the cafe. A little independent research can go a long way in getting to know your body and how it is affected by the foods and beverages you consume. Lastly, I made a goal to be more understanding of what others around me are dealing with and be of service more. If anyone needs any help or just needs an ear during their journey I am certainly available and willing to help!

 

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We did an awesome thing last night, we made cauliflower soup in the slow cooker and using my new immersion blender and it was so amazing! Not only do I love the new blender but that soup is easy, delicious and super Keto! I found the recipe here Cauliflower soup from THE Pinning Mama. Now, I don’t know this woman personally but I plan on giving her a huge hug if I ever meet her because this soup is fantastic! I needed a hearty meal before my first of 3 42 hour fasts this week and let me tell you this didn’t disappoint! She even broke the macros down for ya and everything!  I broke my fast yesterday( I fast about 17hr on non-extended fasting days) it was with some delicious turkey bacon and 3 of those delicious Johnsonville cheddar stuffed sausage and coffee! All and all one of the best days of eating I have had in a while! The family and I finished off all the soup and I know for a fact I will not make it again unless I make a double or triple batch next time.lol

Today is official weigh in day and I posted that I was 510 yesterday but actually the scale said 509 this morning so we will go with that! I am very excited about this new way of fasting and eating and I am more than happy to help anyone who needs help because so many people are helping me!

Please be safe today and enjoy your free Monday! At least for those who don’t work today and for those that do, you know it’s o.k for you to enjoy today too just later when you get off. lol

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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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