Journal Entry – February 17 – 23

Hey guys!

I missed my regular Friday blog entry so this one is combined with my results.  I hope you are having a super Sunday!

February 17 thru 23– Days 43 thru 49 

Trouble With the Abdominal

One of the things that I have been having serious trouble with is the ab work.  I don’t feel like I have the proper form.  I get a lot of pain in my lower back as well.  Shaun T says to take a break when you feel pain and I do, but then I don’t feel like I’m getting in a complete workout if I stop. I’m tightening the abs as best I can, and I’m ok for a few of the exercises and then it goes downhill. I’m not taking about the burn from lactic acid in the muscles, I’m talking about the “something is not quite right anymore” kind of pain. 

I try to go back to it but once the pain in my lower back starts it’s impossible to do it.  I’m not giving up though.  I try to stretch in between to give the muscles hurting some relief.  I’ve spoken to a few people and they say the same thing.  Take is slow, slow, slow and modify when possible. With V-holds try to put one foot on the floor and tighten, tighten, tighten.  

Weekly Weigh In

Here are my Beta Week 2 results:

Weight: 1.5 lb loss

Chest: 1/4 lb loss

Waist: 1/4 inch loss

Arm: 1/4 inch loss (L) no change (R)

Thigh: no change (L)  no change (R)

I’m still losing and though I am not discouraged it is a bit discouraging to see the weight loss and inches creep slowly and still not make quite as much sense as I would like.  I guess it’s because I want atypical results.  Because I’m so heavy I think, “I should lose a lot quicker,” but I have to remember I’m older, my weight is stubborn and this is going to be a long journey.

I know I say that all the time and it is basically to remind myself of that as much as to be encouraging to others, but I have my less than positive moments where I’m like WTF?

Truth be told, the journey IS long, but I’m in it and I’m doing it.  It’s one thing to say it and another thing to live it.  I am happy that the weight has consistently gone down over the weeks.  When I look back at my first post in the New Beginnings Journey, I knew that I was looking at .5 to 1.5lbs a week in weight loss and I have had that and some even better weeks. For that I really am happy and grateful!  I’m guess I’m just having a moment of self-pity and doubt.

Enough of that!  Let’s keep it moving…

Banana Pancakes

In my quest to stay on point I am always looking for new recipes.  I tried these banana pancakes.

The ingredients are simple just 1 banana and 2 eggs.  You mix it well (I used a whisk) and then  make them on a griddle or non-stick pan like you would normal pancakes on medium or medium/high heat.  You can use non-stick spray  but I used coconut oil (1 teaspoon) to add more flavor.

Banana Pancakes - Photo by Jennifer Welsh

Banana Pancakes – Photo by Jennifer Welsh

If you need more guidance to make them, you can find a more structured recipe just click the picture.  The entire recipe by itself is about 248 calories.  I chose the recipe here from Blogilates because she has some other good recipes but also some on the go workouts.  Plus she makes me LOL and she is a lot of fun.  I love her!

It was an interesting combination and something different.  I liked it but I didn’t love it.  It was a nice Saturday morning breakfast alternative.  I put a little almond butter on mine instead of syrup so it was nice and protein rich.  Try them and tell me how you like it.  I may try adding a little cinnamon next time.

Three Weeks to Go

My last three weeks of the program, as it is, are approaching and I am starting to think about what exercise I should go to next.  Should I do Shaun T’s Focus T25 again (2nd round)?  Should I go to Insanity (yikes!)?  P90 with Tony Horton (yikes x2)?  I haven’t made any decisions yet, but I should start thinking about it.  Oh, there is also the Gamma Phase.  Those workouts are really scary!  Maybe if I do T25 again and then do Gamma.  I’ll should be ready by then! LOL  It’s all about progression and building up to it.  I’ll let you know what I decide in the end because I surely will be blogging about it!

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