P D E – Day 60 or Restart Day 3

Well for the last 60 days I’ve been sort of doing the Potato Dieting of course as mentioned in previous entries, I took about 16 days off and then piddled around and finally on Monday I got serious about getting back on the diet.

So let’s just say that on Monday, 12/5/16 I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 201.8 which means that yes my weight went up from the day before but that was okay because I had pizza and mixed drinks.

Then on 12/6/16, which was day 2 of the restart (weigh-ins) are in the morning so this shows what happened after just one day of dieting.  I stepped up on the scale and saw that my weight was 201.4 which of course means that I lost 0.4 pounds.  Now that isn’t very much but I figure it was better than gaining weight.

Today on RS day 3, I got on the scale and it showed 200.3 pounds.  This means that I lost 1.1 pounds.  I figure that is a pretty good amount considering I’m no longer losing just water weight.

I wish I could more faster but since it is a loss and not a gain I figure that to be a positive thing.  Now I only wish that I could figure out where time is slipping away to because I would sure like to catch it.  The best thing so far is that being back on the potato diet has allowed me to slip into a deeper sleep which means that my stomach isn’t upset and I’m not woken up at all hours of the night by a new rooster in the area that is crowing all night long.  I mean come on, when does that stupid bird sleep???  Yes I hear it crowing all throughout the day too.  Knowing my luck, it probably sleeps when I’m at work.

I’m having to retrain myself on how to drink water because if I chug too much water at one time I get quite an upset stomach which is not a good thing to feel at work.  So I’m having to do concentrate on how frequently and how much water I drink each time.

Was very excited last night because finally I was able to pull a good espresso shot out of my Handpresso espresso machine (hand pump machine).  I’ve been trying it previously but was never quite on the money, but I did a change in the grind of the coffee beans and that seems to be doing the trick…so far.  So I’ve been spoiling myself a little bit along the way.

A prime example is that I really splurged a bit at breakfast.  I heated up one of the pre-formed hash brown patty in the pan, heated up the turkey sausage patty and then nuked my mini organic pancakes.  I know, I fell down when it came to pancakes.  I’ve been wanting them so much lately that I finally gave in and bought a box at the grocery store the other night and finally had them for breakfast.  I tried to use the maple syrup but it had something weird in it so I tossed it and went back to the high fructose pancake syrup and used that sparingly on my pancakes.  Oh my god, I had forgotten how good that can taste.  It was wonderful to taste all of it and I was so happy to have enjoyed it for breakfast.  I figure if I’m going to cheat then doing it in the morning is the best time to do this.

So imagine my shock at seeing that I had lost just over a pound especially after having that in the morning.  Oh and my appetite has returned and last night I had potatoes late in the evening.  Earlier I had boiled some potatoes and took some to work and was even worse by having potato salad.  I mixed 2 tablespoons of may, a good squirt of yellow/honey mustard/whole grain mustard into the bowl of cold boiled potatoes and it tasted great.  So that was my late night snack after I got home and then I also fixed myself a White Russian drink and was wide awake for about 30 minutes.  Sleep hit me like a sledge hammer and I thankfully crawled into bed.

Of course it helps that it is cold because it really helps me to sleep along with having a good diet.  So my lesson is if I’m going to add things into my diet for the day to do it early because this will allow my body some time to try and work it off.

I still keep on promising myself that I’m going to get out there and do light trike rides or that I’m going to start walking and even had hopes of walking at the zoo.  Unfortunately as I stated before, I’ve greased my fingers because time keeps on slipping through my fingers.

Now I’ve added potato salad or at least my version of potato salad to the diet plan and so far so good.

Oh a few girls at work have asked if I went back to eating potatoes because they saw me eating my warmed up boiled potatoes and I told them yes.  They said they could never do anything like that and started talking about how it was too hard for them to stay on a diet.  The most any of the ladies need to lose is maybe 10-20 at the maximum where I have 70.3 pounds to go.  I told them it was mostly a mental thing because I ate them plain and lived and was very successful.  I realize that I now need to cut down on the amount of salt I put on my potatoes so I’ll start using my white pepper to help season them.  Sorry not a black pepper fan, I’ll stick to white pepper.

Wow, I had gone off on a tangent for a time but don’t worry, I’ll spare you the pain of reading it.  So this is looking good and so far I’m in good spirits as I do this major restart.  I have until the end of the month to get to 190.0 which means I will need to focus on what I eat.  I would like to weigh less but that won’t happen unless I keep thinking of how positive this diet makes me feel.  Oh wait a minute, I’m already thinking this way.

So I’m outta here for now.

 

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P D E – 25 Pounds Slimmer

Okay just as the title suggests, I finally hit a magic number in my books which is the loss of 25 pounds.  The last time I was able to lose this much weight was back in 1984 when I lost 30 pounds in 3 months which was about 90 days.  However, after only 41 days of dieting and having cheat meals or eating things I shouldn’t really eat while trying to lose weight, guess what, I lost 25 pounds.

The only way I lost the weight back in 1984 was by extreme exercising.  This was when I first started jogging and was doing HIIT jogging for 2 miles.  But that took me 3 months to lose that 30 pounds and I wasn’t eating very much because I was jogging at least 5-6 days a week.  However, there is one thing to also remember, I only needed to lose 30 pounds.  Yes I know this means that I only have 65 more pounds to lose and yes this is only a little of 1/4 of the way to go but I don’t care.

Sure I wanted to be able to brag that I had lost a whole lot of weight before Thanksgiving and actually I have lost a lot of weight, but I guess with so much more to go this is just a stepping stone for me to continue my dieting ways….after Thanksgiving.

Now to catch up with things.  When last I posted, it was day 38 but now it is time to pick up where I left off.  I saw a loss of 0.6 pounds and was happy about this because it mean that I only had 1.4 pounds to lose before Thanksgiving which was my set date to allow myself to cheat.

Wait…don’t believe that line.  I’ve been lightly cheating most of the time.  By cheating I don’t mean going out and eating a four course meal, I mean including a few things in my normal eating pattern.  There are two reasons why I’ve been doing this with the first being that I’ve been craving protein…a lot of protein and decided to include it in my diet.  Also by allowing myself to cheat a bit here and there, such as having a sausage link or a couple of slices of bacon or even a scrambled egg sandwich, it is introducing some more protein into my system.

It would be horrible for me to suddenly allow myself to pig out during Thanksgiving only to lose it from one end or the other.  I have actually been learning a few lessons as I’ve been allowing myself to cheat and one of the most important lessons that I’ve come away with is not to over eat.  My body pretty much limits me to what I can eat and lets me know in oh so unpleasant way that it will not allow this to happen.

But I digress.  So back to day 39 and my activity.  I did add a piece of bacon in while pouring picante sauce on my potatoes, like I said I found that I need a little bit more than just potatoes now and again.  I’m trying to keep the cheating times to my first meal which just happens to be close to noon time when most people eat lunch.  I seldom eat breakfast because I’m usually not very hungry so it works out okay for me.

Now onto day 40.  Oh wait, I forgot to mention that when I got home after work on day 39, I was really hungry but I hadn’t prepared any potatoes, figuring I would do that in the morning and I really didn’t want to nuke a whole potato and eat it, so I broke down and scrambled me a couple of eggs and made a sandwich.  Oh my god, it tasted so good and I was really craving the protein.  Now back to day 40.

So on day 40 imagine my shock when I notice that I had lost 0.6 pounds, even after I had that late night sandwich.  I was over the moon, this mean that between now and next Thursday I only had 0.8 pounds to lose to reach another of my personal minor goals.  I know I’m just pushing my luck but my body has been craving a bit more.  I’m still struggling to try and make myself drink more water because I know that water can break you out of a plateau and I’m just so afraid that this is what is going to happen to me.

Despite the night time temperatures warming up a bit, I’ve been able to sleep pretty well which is also one of the biggest benefits that I’ve felt since starting this diet.

Wow, sorry I had gotten off on a tangent but spared you from having to read my rantings.  So I’m sleeping so much better and maybe it is because my body is burning off some of the stored fat I’ve been carrying around for so long.  I’m going to have to see about buying some of my essential oils and try using a solution they suggest to tighten sagging skin but it is going to come at a cost.  Not all of the oils are cheap, most of them are a little expensive so I’m going to at least try them because as I continue to lose weight I don’t want a lot of baggy, saggy skin.  Hey, I’m on a good run with this diet of potatoes so I’m going to keep with it.

Well now here we are at day 41 and I’ve managed to lose 25 pounds.  It really is a big deal especially seeing how long it took me to lose these last 5 pounds.  I mean I went from losing 20 pounds in 19 days to it taking me 41 days to lose 25.

Maybe if I had stayed true and not added salt, picante sauce or allowed myself to have cheat days or cheat meals then I could have lost more weight in less time.  The thing is that although I’ve gained a few pounds between day 20 and 41 and lost some of it, most of the time I’ve been below 200 pounds.  This is really a milestone and a very happy thing for me.  I’m not worried about as much about my cheat days as I was when I took my first cheat day of eating because thankfully I’ve not gained 5 pounds in one day back from cheating.  I know that sounds weird, but just trust me when I say I’m still happy with my loss, no matter how long it took me to obtain the loss.

Oh, wait….I forgot to tell you something kind of important.  Last weekend, when I was taking a cheat day, I tried my Aero Press to make espresso and tried to use my hand mixer for whipping the cream but in case you didn’t remember, that didn’t work out so well.  On day 40 I got my milk frother in from Amazon.  See I lost the top to my last frother and so I haven’t been able to make my version of steamed milk.  So I got on Amazon and ordered a milk frother and got it on day 40.  Guess what, Yes you guessed it, I made some coffee and frothed the milk.  It was good but I used the regular amount of coffee in a small cup and so I didn’t use very much milk, I mean very much heavy whipping cream.  I thought that because the cream was old and a little past the due date, it might have caused my body to act like I had taken a laxative and that was probably why I didn’t gain so much weight from eating a Schlotzsky’s sandwich.

So on day 40 I made a second cup of coffee and had frothed cream in the second cup and things were okay, which means no laxative feeling.

Then on day 41 I decided to use my espresso Kona coffee beans and made a coffee, using the regular amount of water and beans only I put it in a latte cup.  Oh yeah and I warmed and frothed the heavy cream like I did yesterday.  Oh then I was very bad and decided that I wanted a sandwich so I made a sliced turkey sandwich, you know like the luncheon meat you buy in a package and put mayo on whole wheat bread, which I enjoyed with my special coffee.

MISTAKE!!  I don’t know if it was the large amount of espresso or the amount of frothed cream, personally I think it was a combo of the two that worked on a laxative on me.  Last time it wasn’t an issue but today it actually is an issue because I’m at work and today my work partner is filling in at another station.  I basically said too bad because when mother nature rings that bell you had better respond.  So I responded and am still doing it but at least I think most everything is already out of my system.

Oh and just in case you missed the hint, I had a light case of diarrhea which is not the easiest thing to deal with at work.

But onto something brighter, I’ve lost 25 pounds and I’m looking forward to having my baked potato tonight for dinner and drinking a lot of water.  I still want to lose some weight before Thanksgiving and so this is a quick effort to try and lose even more so I won’t freak out so much after Thanksgiving.

Things are looking better and brighter for my Thanksgiving holidays although we still have a lot of cooking/baking to do, but I’ll be doing them carrying less weight around.  Hope you weekend is good and I thank you for hanging tough with me through this mess.

P D E – Day 20

Yes I know I skipped a day but it will be made up here.  Let’s start out by say day 19 was a very busy day.  It was the start of the convention and at first I thought it was me that was feeling funky but nope, it was the convention that wacked me out.  I met someone I work with and all he did was follow me around like a puppy dog which bugged the crap out of me.  I didn’t mind seeing some of the stuff with him but he didn’t give any input into what he wanted to see but then again there wasn’t much to see since the only panels were private panels where you had to pay extra money or the 100 seats filled up before I even got to the door.

You would think that I would have been in a good mood because I was one pound away from my short temporary goal.  Oh yeah so I stepped on the scale in the morning and my weight was 201.0 pounds.  I had hoped to be down to 200 pounds but that didn’t happen…yet.  I want to stay on it until I hit 200 and then give myself a break before jumping back on the diet wagon.

So basically although I was anxious because I was one pound away, the convention did nothing to brighten my spirits.  I liked seeing a few vendors who recognized me from other cons and of course they loved me taking out my card and buying things.  I got home and my feet were aching.  I had just gone out and bought new tennis shoes and special pads for my shoes and wore them all day at the con.  Unfortunately my feet were still sore so I used a peppermint scrub on them and reduced some of the inflammation and cooled the heat in my feet.

 

Day 20

I was extremely anxious.  If I just wouldn’t have given myself that cheat day then I would probably already be down to my short term goal weight but no, I had a cheat day and a partial cheat night and I have been paying the price.

Back to stepping on the scale, I took a deep breath and stepped up expecting to see no change.  SURPRISE!!!!   I was down to 199.7 pounds.  I had gotten below the 200 mark.  At first I thought that this was the lowest I had been since the 1990’s but then I remembered I had gotten to 190 around 2003 only to remember my scale was broken so when I bought a new scale it showed I was only 205.  So I made it on day 20.

 

I LOST 20 POUNDS IN 19 DAYS OF DIETING !!!!!!!!

 

For me this is the first time that I’ve ever been successful at losing this much weight.  I’ve never lost more than 15 pounds at the very most but quickly gained it back.  I know I’m going to gain some back when I take a break but for now I lost a whole 20.3 pounds in 19 days.  This is incredible.

So I went off to the con feeling happy about my loss so I decided to give myself something different.  I scrambled some eggs and made a bacon/egg sandwich.  Yes I know bad for eating bread but I wasn’t going to carry around a baggie of cold scrambled eggs.  I didn’t even have time to eat them at home, so I made the sandwich and rushed off to the con so I could get good parking.  I ate half of the sandwich when I got to my parking spot, trying to savor the taste and texture and saved the other half for later in the con if I got hungry.

I got hungry later and enjoyed my lunch and drank lots of water but that was when I got home.  I wasn’t about to pay $4 for a 17oz bottle of water which was what they were charging.  I wish I could have run across a street vendor who was selling them for $1 and I would have bought one then.  So I drank the two bottles of water I brought and went a little thirsty.

Did I say I was disappointed with the con on Friday…well I figured it being Saturday things would be better….WRONG!  Saturday was a horrible day, nothing was done on time, they cut short the panels which upset the guests and attendees, in short, they did a terrible job which was bringing me down from my earlier high about losing the weight.

So rather than dwell on an unhappy subject, I’m just going to leave on a high note.  I lost 20 pounds in 19 days of eating potatoes and not doing any exercising.  Oh how I love the spud.

P D E – Day 6

As usual feeling quite anxious about stepping up on the scale this morning, still waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I decided that today I was going to eat regular food and give myself a break from potatoes.  I’ve been thinking about it most of yesterday and figured I can handle it….I think!

I stepped up and found that I had lost 3 pounds for the day.  Oh my god, again.  This means that in the 5 days that I’ve been on this diet I’ve lost 13 pounds.  I’ve never been on a diet that gave me such quick and obvious results, at least obvious on the scale.  I still haven’t had the loose pants because I had to buy some pants a couple of weeks ago because the work uniform pants they gave us 5 years ago have worn kind of thin in the butt area and can reveal the color of underwear I’m wearing.  Not Cool!  So anyway I had to buy some new pants and I did but I bought them so they fit but even then they were new and I bought them with an inch of breathing room and so I can’t really tell if I’ve started losing the weight in obvious places or where the weight loss is coming from.

I remember that Penn said he started feeling bad on day 4 of his diet but he did a lot more exercising during his work than I do at my job.  He said he noticed a big change in his clothes and maybe it will just take me a bit longer to get there but I hope to be there one of these days.

It is official, I’m taking the day off and eating what I want.  Okay I’ll be honest, there is a voice inside me screaming not to do it but I think I need a break.

So I fix my iced coffee the way I usually drink it but it taste terrible.  So I change to hot coffee since I’ve been drinking that for the last few days and I decrease the sugar and flavored syrup and only 1 tablespoon of cream but I’m practically spitting it out as I’m drinking it.  I decided I would forgo the coffee today and just drink sodas for my caffeine.

To help settle my stomach and since I’m trying to eat something quick, I have a baked potato with butter and salt.  It was yummy.

Then for lunch/dinner, I order chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, fried mushrooms, buttermilk gravy and Texas toast.  Then I decided I wanted mac and cheese instead of green beans because all they do is open a can of green beans and warm them up, no seasoning or spices are added.  So I take only half of the portions so I can have some more for dinner.

Right after lunch I get sleeping and so I decided to try and grab an hour nap which felt really good.  Not long after that it was time for dinner and I had just mac and cheese, mushrooms, gravy, toast and chicken fried steak.  It wasn’t until I had finished my dinner that I remembered that I’m lactose intolerant and the buttermilk gravy will soon began playing havoc with my digestive system.  Why or why didn’t I take the lactate pills?

I was having some stomach cramps but thought I might survive, so I fixed myself a hurricane drink and only took about 3 sips of it before I had to toss it down the sink.  It was too sweet for me and I really didn’t want any alcohol right then, I only thought I wanted some.

About 2 hours later I’m doubling over with cramps as the gravy is now making its way through my digestive system.  I thought I would out smart it and take a laxative to cleanse the gravy out of my system.  WRONG!!

So a couple of hours later I still had stomach cramps and was spending too much time on my throne but even worse was it kept up late into the night.  Now I’m not sure if all of it was from the gravy and laxative, I think my guilt at eating my chicken friend steak may be weighing too heavy on my mind.  Either way it was a night spend in misery.  I’m so miserable right now and I know there is no way I will be anything but heavier in the morning.

P D E – Day 5

So a bit of a restless night, again but then I realized I had been turning off my A/C unit and I can’t sleep very well if it is too warm in my bedroom so thus why the restless sleepless night, well okay also I’m nervous about this weigh-in because I’m waiting for the shoe to drop.

I almost start to cry when I step on the scale today but I hold myself together and move the scale around to make sure that the scale is on a level surface.

210.0      I have a 10 pounds weight loss

Oh my god, after only being on this diet for 4 days and I’ve lost 10 pounds, it is incredible and almost unbelievable.  I mean I’ve read where other people have lost 13 or more pounds after being on the diet for 5 days, but in 4 days of eating potatoes I’ve managed to lose 10 pounds.

To say I’m over the moon with happiness would be an understatement.  The last time I was down this low in my weight was in the early years of this century so now you can see why I’m almost broke out crying.

So it lifted my spirits and believe me I needed it at work because I deal with stupid people.  Having to explain things over and over and over again, having the scream at me and curse me out in English and in Spanish just makes my day brighter…..NOT!!  I really needed to feel good and so all I could do all day long was go back to the moment when I stepped up on the scale.

Then I kind of broke my rule and talked with one of my friends at the station I was covering for a sick co-worker and told her about the potato diet, telling her mainly about the 10 pound loss.  She seemed hesitant and so I told her to just experiment, I did it using a baked potato plain and found it wasn’t so bad and she said she would think about it.

Hey she is a friend so I didn’t push but gave her some sights and told her that there are no set rules for this diet and no limit to the amount of potatoes she could eat.  I don’t think that I’ve eaten more than a couple of pounds at day at the very best.  It doesn’t take much to fill me up which is a good thing and even better is that amount of water I’m drinking has dramatically increased.

Did I mention the 10 pound weight loss???   I lost 10 pounds

On a down side I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

P D E – Day 4

Had a bit of a restless night last night and kept on waking up.  I think it was because I’ve been so obsessed with decided whether or not to continue on this diet to make it five days.   I’m a little bit early on the weigh-in but I’m kind of anxious and I see that I’ve lost 1.2 pounds.  Not a lot but it is still a loss and this is the one time to see that I’m still loosing, but wait, there’s activity in the throne room and it seems that there is a new value.

Okay sorry to be so gross, but it turns out that I lost 1.6 pounds, bring my grand total for 3 days of dieting to 7.8 pounds  Yes you saw that right, I’ve lost 7.8 pounds since I stepped up on the scale on Monday.  WTH….I’m successful finally at losing weight.

So I have my black coffee and set my glass of water up and preparing my lunch which is what else….a baked potato.  I now have enough potatoes cooked so I don’t have to cook any today which is a bonus for me and gives me more time to do some relaxing.

Speaking of relaxing, I did tell you one of the best things about the diet is that you are not to exercise during the diet time.  Yeah, I know…no exercising.  There is a reason for this, by only eating potatoes, you’re causing your body to take what nutrients it can from the potatoes but then when it needs more guess what???   Why your body has been storing all this fat which the body can then convert which means what?  It is burning off your fat and if you start exercising then you will need more protein which means you will need to do something else like wake your body up and disrupt the wonderful fat burning that is going on internally.  SO NO EXERCISING!!

Yes it does get a little tiring only eating potatoes and having them plain but with the results showing a 7.8 pound loss in weight after just being on the diet for 3 days, it is encouragement for me to stay on this diet.  Which means that my weight of 212.8 is the least amount that I’ve weighed in about a year.  Sure I’ve been close at 213 but this is below the 13 mark and right now it is reason for me to celebrate.

I keep on waiting for the other shoe to drop and for me to see the weight gain but for now I’m happy as  I eat my plain baked potato.

Very uneventful day at work thank goodness so I could much on my potatoes in peace and relative quiet because things are never peaceful and quiet at work.

Different Approach

 

Okay so here I am once again writing in this blog and wishing that I still wasn’t overweight, but just in case you couldn’t guess, I’m still overweight.  Basically I have no will power and at home no one really cares that I’m trying to diet and when family all get together it is a marathon of eating all of the worse things.

So here I am with about 2 weeks to go until my family reunion as they go about trying to plan for things to eat and although it is usually sort of healthy, I fall back into the area of having fajita tacos which means that I’m eating tortillas, usually flour and eating all sorts of other things which are really that good for me.

Lately I’ve rediscovered baking but seeing that I’m trying to watch my carbs, that means that regular flour is out and you can’t always substitute almond flour for places where you would usually used regular flour.  I’ve tried baking using a sifted combination of almond flour and tapioca flour and although it is good, I have to be careful about the amount of liquids that I add into the mixture.  In the recipe that I’m adapting they suggest using coconut flour which gives it a type of denseness but I don’t like the taste of coconut in milk, flour or oil.  Yeah I know sounds kind of silly for someone who has been trying to go paleo/primal because apparently most of them believe that you can’t cook/bake a single thing without these products but I hate coconut.  No, let me take that back.  My mother has an awesome recipe for coconut macaroons but since it is made with sweetened condensed milk and I’ve yet to figure out how to make that type of milk in a primal fashion, I’m not going to be eating coconut.

So now I’ve come across something that has peaked my interest once again and so I’m trying it to see how well I can stay on it.  The diet is very restrictive…..NOT!  The exercise plan is very strenuous…..NOT!  Worse of all it is extremely complicated….NOT!!

For dieting there is some restriction and actually it is a pretty good thing to do and fairly simple.  Cut Out Wheat !!  Yeah really he says it is that simple.  So I started doing some limited research on cutting out the wheat in my diet and am pretty amazed at how much wheat are in so many common products.  In my research I also learned that there are several other products which have wheat in them but that is only a part of the main product and of course the main offender is flour.  Unless you are actively trying to cut out flour, you don’t realize just how much it is used in our every day lives.

Most of us were raised that we have a sandwich for lunch when we went to school unless you bought your lunch at school but I’m pretty sure that flour was used in those lunches.  One thing that I’ve never gotten past is having a sandwich for lunch which is usually eaten on the go as I am preparing to go to work because just in case you forgot, I work a late evening shift and only get off a little before midnight.

So yeah it is easy to understand that I need to cut wheat out of my diet, this is what Mark Sisson promotes as do other paleo diets and they encourage using other substitutes but they also stress to restrict the carbohydrates that you consume.  According to this one book I just read, you don’t have to count carbs, calories or anything like that, just cut out the wheat.  I will admit that they push is also to eat more organic or at least a healthier diet but mainly cut out the wheat.  I’ll be honest, I’m not made of money and so I have to be very careful when it comes to eating organic because it is downright expensive and to be perfectly honest, organic does not mean it is chemical free, they still use chemicals when growing organic.  So I try to stay organic on some things and others, well at least I’m eating better.

Let’s see, I’ve talked about cutting out the wheat, the next thing that is promoted is Tension.  Just in case you don’t remember, I used to jowalk (jowalk=jog until I ran out of breath, then walked until I caught my breath and then repeat) (I was doing HIIT before it became popular)  5 miles a day, six days a week which meant that I was an endorphin junkie.  Also I was about 30 years younger and not so overweight.  Sure I had put on some weight but it was only about 30 pounds which quickly came off and the pounds stayed off for a long time.

Back to the word Tension.  I plan on using tension to help shape my body.  I’m not talking about the type of tension/stress you can get from work or really, really annoying people; I’m talking about using your own body’s tension to help redefine my hidden muscles.  Oh they are down there underneath the flab I just need to work them and they will come back.  So how do I work them, well according to everyone, I need to get out and move, do quick dashes, lift weights and all sorts of things physical and I will get back my physique.  Well I’ve been trying to do it and all I got were strain muscles and end up hurting myself.  As I mentioned above, I’m planning on using my own body’s Tension to help build back up some of the strength that I once had.  So how am I planning on doing this, why with something super easy, called Isometrics.

Wait…. let me take that back.  Isometrics aren’t exactly easy if done right because you’re using your own body to rebuild your strength which is what I desperately need to do.  I didn’t realize it but when I was younger, I had a lot of strength although I wasn’t very muscular and could push and pull a lot more than other people though.  Now that I’ve let my muscles go to pot, it will be a long battle to get them back into shape.  I know that isometrics actually work because one of my uncles used to be very skinny and had absolutely no muscle tone but he started working out and doing isometric exercises and soon he had developed strength.

So using Tension I plan on redefining my muscle tone.  This person did not push vast amounts of cardio but there is one bit of cardio that I really enjoy doing and that is riding Serenity.  She is my recumbent tadpole tricycle, which is pedal power.  I’ve spent money buying her and now I’ve been slowly decking her out so I can take her out on the open road and that is what I plan on doing for cardio exercises and believe me when I say that I will be doing some lifting too because the trike has a base weight of at least 30 pounds and with all of the additives I’ve put on the trike the weight has increased too.  So I will have to lift it in and out of the vehicle I’m traveling in as well as ride.

The last part of the equation is to breathe.  I will need to breathe during my exercises but the real hard part will be to learn to breathe through the stress at work.  Yes there is a lot of stress at my work as I’m sure there is with your own job and so if I can practice breathing maybe I can keep myself from reacting poorly and saying anything that will not be beneficial.  He stresses to accept the negative and not to let it rule us, which is hard to do because I’m sort of a attack the problem head on type of person and have always been that way so this will as always be a work in progress.