Happy Hump Day

I had a goal to burn 1k calories on my Apple Watch today and by golly I did it but I’m exhausted. Ten minutes into my 75-minute hike this afternoon I wanted to quit but I remembered my goal and knew the disappointment I would feel tonight if I didn’t make it. I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad I challenged myself and made it happen. It’s not something I’m going to do every day, that’s for sure, but I think one 1k day a week (for now) is feasible and keeps me focused. I’ll choose a new day each week based on my schedule. I enjoy making rules for myself, I always have. It creates some sort of order in my otherwise chaotic life!

On another note, I’ve decided to do my intermittent fasting from 5pm until 9am (still 16-hours) but this will allow me to eat breakfast and an early dinner essentially. What this also means is that the only meals I’ll share with Mr.Giant will be on the weekends which will certainly be an adjustment within our household. I’m finding it unnecessarily uncomfortable in the mornings to wait until 11am or later to eat my first meal. There’s no reason to be this uncomfortable, so I’m going to change things around a little to see if it’s a better fit!

It’s 7:02pm and I’m already in bed for the night. I know I’ll sleep well tonight.

Brain Fog….it’s a thing.

While doing low carb, I have noticed episodes of complete brain fog. I would define brain fog as a low laying haze within my brain that prevents me from seeing things clearly or completely forgetting what I was just about to do. Let me give you some real life examples I have personally experienced:

Brain Fog Episode Example #1: While I was driving home from the car dealership, I got lost. Now, if this was my first time in that area that would be one thing but I have driven this route home from that area hundreds if not THOUSANDS of times in the 10+ years I have lived around here. I was driving so I could obviously operate a motor vehicle going 65+mph, but for the life of me I could not visualize where I was nor how I was supposed to get home from there. It was actually a little scary. I had to put my home address into the GPS after about 5-minutes of having no idea where I was or how to get home. I didn’t tell Mr. Giant about this episode until much later because I was afraid he would actually be worried about me.

Brain Fog Episode Example #2: This just happened yesterday. I was at Office Depot and it was time to pay for my transaction. I took my wallet out of my bag, opened my wallet, closed my wallet and returned my wallet to my bag without actually taking out my credit card and swiping it. The lady at the register watched me and when I realized what I had done, I just started laughing out loud. She seriously must have thought I was absolutely insane but it was just the ol’ brain fog rearing it’s super fun head.

I pride myself on being completely on top of my shit. Stuff in my world doesn’t fall through the cracks, it just doesn’t. So this whole brain fog thing is seriously messing with me. I’m trying to be patient because I know what’s causing it, but I feel like my brain is performing at about 70% overall. I’ve read that it can take a couple months for one’s body to become completely “fat adapted” so I’m just hoping in mid-October this haze finally lifts once and for all because it can be downright scary.

Monday WI Results: 259.1

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Today is my official weigh in day and here are the results! I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it since I weighed 254.9 on Wednesday of this week and I’ve been completely on point with food and exercise all week. I simply cannot explain how I went from 254.9 to 259.1 in just a matter of days. This is when I need to stop and take a moment to reflect on how far I’ve already come and how great I truly feel. Since June 12th I have lost 21.6#. That did not happen by accident. I will not let this weird weigh in bring me down. I will simply continue on my journey, joyfully, and hope that next week’s weigh in reflects some of the hard work that I’ve been putting in.

I exercised for 258-minutes this past week! I’m going to set my exercise goal at 265-minutes for this upcoming week just to have something other than my weight to focus on. I can’t deny that I’m bothered by today’s results but the difference this time around is that I need to reframe it, refocus, and simply move forward. In the past, this sort of thing would have completely derailed me but that’s why this time is different. I’m already looking forward to hopping on the scale next Monday and sharing the results right here!

Navigating an NFL Game

Mr. Giant and I went to the first Ravens home game where I drank nothing but plain water (thanks to Invisalign) and I ate a hot dog (no bun) dipped in a few tablespoons of crab dip. It was simple and uncomplicated. I survived. Sure, back in the day I would eat a heaping pile of nachos, a soft pretzel, and beers galore. But that’s not how I roll anymore and it’s ok! We had a great day AND the Ravens won!

Learning to navigate all of these situations is the key to my long term success. Learning to eat while out and about, when traveling, when I’m sick, etc…..it’s all about building a new routine and habits from the ground up. And I’m not the only one learning! Mr. Giant is learning what I’m willing to eat and he knows what I simply won’t even consider eating. I think he secretly loves not having to share his food with me anymore. I was notorious for sneaking bites which ended up being half (or more) of his snack.

I’m tired. I’m ready for bed at 6:42pm and tomorrow is my official weigh in day!!! I can’t wait!!!

Invisalign….what a pain in the ass!

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Today I got Invisalign and over the next 8-12 months I have to wear the clear tooth trays for AT LEAST 22-hours every, single day. Today was Day #1. Let me just tell you, the whole process to eat is a total pain in the ass so I see myself becoming a pro at intermittent fasting. I bet I get down to eating a single meal a day just because I don’t want to deal with it. There’s no more casually “taking a bite” of anything. I would have to remove the trays, take the stupid bite, get the food that got stuck out of my teeth, potentially brush my teeth if it’s bad enough and then pop those suckers back in as quickly as possible. For a single bite? Nah, ain’t worth it to me.

Mr. Giant and I went to an air show today and I started to get hungry again around 2PM so I opted to get a jumbo hot dog with no bun. A hot dog with some mustard, that was it. So, I had to take the trays out and store them safely, eat 3 bites of the stupid hot dog, swish with bottled water to rinse the food out of all the nooks and crannies before retrieving the trays and putting them back in. What. A. Total. Pain. In. The. Ass.

Another interesting tidbit is that drinking anything other than plain water can stain the trays. Oh awesome. So if I don’t want to have teal blue teeth from the fake ass chemicals in my Powerade Zero I should probably stick to plain water? And this is for the next 8-12 months? Now, it’s not completely lost on me that Invisalign is basically forcing me to do the right thing(s). AND, I plan on losing a shit ton of weight over the next 8-12 months so at the end of this ordeal I have the potential to be smoking hot PLUS have the perfect teeth I have always dreamed of. When you look at it that way, 8-12 months doesn’t seem so bad. I can do anything for 8-12 months, right? Thank God Day #1 is almost over.

Guilted Exercise…why getting a dog (or 3) forces you to exercise.

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This is my pack. Bailey, on the left, is a 10-year-old Chocolate Lab. Winston, in the middle, is a 7-month-old lab/shepherd mix. Maddie, on the right, is a 6-year-old Doberman Pincher mix. Winston and Maddie were both rescues. Because I don’t leave the house to work, all day long they follow me around and if I sit at my desk, they lay next to me. It’s hard to ignore them. If I make eye contact with them and it’s a beautiful day, there’s a nagging voice inside me that says, “Really? Get off your ass, leash up your dogs, and go for a walk.” So, most days that’s what I do. I’m 100% certain that if it weren’t for them, it would be WAY easier to be a lazy slug and not feel bad about it. I’d rather take the dogs for a walk over spending 1+ hours in a gym while they sit at home waiting for me to get back.

Maddie and Winston are the only ones who can really go for walks, Bailey has some knee issues and it’s better to swim her for exercise. Winston is a baby while Maddie is a beast, so it’s impossible for me to walk them simultaneously……so I have to walk them individually (i.e. more human walking). I alternate which dog I take which day, since Maddie can keep up for a 3+ mile hike while Winston is still at about the 1-1.5 mile point. What I should be doing is taking them each for a walk every day, so start with one and swap them out about halfway through. I’m not there yet, but that is my personal goal. That would mean about 4-5 miles of walking for me, which is completely doable eventually, but I’m still not there yet mentally. And I’m certainly not there yet physically to handle it every day. But the “dog guilt” is working its magic and I’m exercising way more than I had been in the past because of them. So thanks pups, I’m doing my best and I’m going to keep working on things for you.

The Skinny on Salads

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I love a great salad with lots of different ingredients, but I absolutely HATE cutting up everything and preparing it. It’s just way too time consuming if it includes more than 2 ingredients. I’ve made a new life rule to order AT LEAST a salad whenever I go out to eat so that someone else is doing all the work yet I still get to enjoy it. We don’t go out to eat often, but last night we actually went out with another couple to an area joint that has $5 wings and 1/2 off bottles of wine. I ordered an unsweet tea (I forgot my damn Truvia packets so I used the Splenda they had on the table), 10 old bay wings (all flats because I don’t like the drumsticks), with ranch dressing AND a chicken Caesar salad without the croutons. I had skipped lunch so I was ready to eat. I always order wings with a dry rub, there’s a whole lot less worry that there will be a sugary sauce on them.

I was craving a salad and when I stopped to think about the last time I consumed a vegetable, I couldn’t actually remember. That’s a problem and I’m not proud of that. I tend to eat simple foods, I’m not big into recipes or buying a million ingredients to try something new. I have got to start incorporating more vegetables into my diet, especially since I rarely eat fruit. Like I told you in the beginning, I’m new to this low carb world and I’m still working on finding a routine that is automatic.

I rarely drink alcohol. The older I get, the longer the effects last and I don’t wanna feel like total poo poo for two full days afterwards, so I tend to just skip it altogether. Now, that doesn’t mean I NEVER drink and I’m sure you’ll hear some stories along the way, but I’m not a casual drinker where I’m having one or two drinks with dinner. I go big if I’m going at all. I’m basically the permanent designated driver, which works out well.

I’m skipping breakfast today, I can still feel those wings churning in my stomach and I actually didn’t sleep well because I could feel them churning all night long. Skipping breakfast isn’t a big deal, I do it all the time. Just a couple cups of coffee with some Truvia packets and I’m good to go. I’m watching Baby E today from 8am-5pm, so we’ll be hitting the neighborhood for a stroller walk at some point. Baby E is a 4-month-old little girl that I watch a few days a week, it gives me something to do and I absolutely LOVE having a little baby in my life to obsess over…..part time 😉