Isagenix Day 25: Another day in frustration…

So far I have two strikes on appointments.  Yesterday, it was my daughter’s dental appointment.  Today it was my back appointment.  I had gone to the wrong address, and additionally, the doctor’s wife was sick with the flu and he needed to pick up the kids at school.  So they had to reschedule my appointment for another 10 days.  The PT worked my back pretty well today, and it is quite sore.  I also ran-walked.  I’m doing a 5 mile walk every day.  Today, I added a 1 mile run.  Tomorrow, I’m upping the running distance to 1.25 miles.

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator, water
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Polenta
Snack: IsaLean Shake
Dinner: Light Creamy Chicken Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta
Snack: Chocolate wafers
PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 60 minute abdominal workout, 2 mile warm-up/1 mile run/2 mile cool-down

Isagenix Day 24: I wanna eat!

Today, was a day I really wanted to eat.  I did fall off the diet a little bit, but I didn’t fall off to the point where I am regretting the decisions I made.  My daughter was supposed to have surgery today, but due to a scheduling mix up on the part of the clinic, the surgery didn’t happen.  This was the first time I wanted to eat my frustration at the situation.  My daughter was so nervous about the appointment, and I felt guilty that she couldn’t just have it done and over with.  Now, she has another appointment that she will get worked up over.  Tomorrow, I have my back appointment.  I get to find out what is going on with my back.  My bursitis is doing well.  The swelling is going down considerably.  I have decided that I am just getting old.  As the pain from my knee is subsiding and the swelling going down, my back is getting considerably worse.   I am sore from Monday’s therapy session, the physical therapist really worked on my back.  I’m hoping tomorrow I will get a soft tissue massage.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and water
Breakfast: Vanilla shake with cocoa
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, 1/2 order of Chick Fil A fries, and Medium Fruit Bowl
Dinner: Shephard’s Pie (400ish calories), wine

Activity: 5 mile walk on the treadmill (no running)

Isengix Day 16 and Day 17: BodPod Assessment

I forgot to write in my journal yesterday, so I am combining today and yesterday’s posting.  I went in for my BodPod assessment today, and it was totally not what I was expecting.  I wasn’t allowed to run, eat, or drink for two hours prior to my assessment.  The pod is a small pod.  You need to sit still for around 45 seconds.  They run the pod 2-3 times for a most accurate reading.  Based on my BodPod assessment I have 31% body fat.  The minimum number of calories I need to function for a day is 1231.  Based on my activity level, I should eat approximately 2142 calories to maintain my weight.  To lose weight, I should eat approximately 500 calories less than the calories needed to maintain my weight.  My target caloric intake is 1642 to lose 1 pound a week.

My Weight: 142.6

Monday’s activity: Physical therapy

Tuesday’s activity 40 minute run plus 110 sit ups

Isagenix Day 15: Half way there…

I am at the halfway point in the 30-day challenge :).  I am feeling pretty good. I went for a run this morning after breakfast.  My knee was only a little sore, and I’m hoping to up my running next week, though it won’t happen the first few days.  On Monday, I have physical therapy, and Tuesday, I have my Bod Pod Assessment.  I’m really excited for this, and a little bit nervous.

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Body composition is one of the best indicators of overall health. Because the BOD POD is highly accurate, it can detect even small changes in body fat and lean body mass (i.e., muscle, bones and organs). Finding your unique daily caloric intake number starts with a measurement of your lean muscle mass percentage. Your BOD POD results are used to calculate metabolic numbers like Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Energy Expenditure (TEE). Your RMR determines how much energy your body uses to support its basic functions. TEE is an estimate based on your RMR and daily activity level, of how many calories you burn in a given day.  Basically this test will give me a precise number of calories I should take in each day based on my body fat and lean body mass.  Unfortunately, I can’t eat, drink, or workout two hours before the assessment.  I have the assessment scheduled at 9:00 AM on Tuesday.  As long as the assessment doesn’t take too long, I should be able to do my run afterwards.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Metabolic Accelerator, and 16 ounces of water
Breakfast: Dutch Chocolate Shake (new flavor)
Lunch: Dutch Chocolate Shake
PM Snack: Salad and an apple
Dinner: Left over Polenta and a glass of wine
Before bed: Water and Flush

Activity: 3.1 mile run, 35 crunches, 70 crossover crunches

Isagenix Day 13: Mother-Daughter Day :)

Today, my daughter had the day off of school.  It was one of those random days off that some school districts throw in there to allow teachers time to work their magic.  She and I went to the movies.  I didn’t realize the depth of my addictions to certain foods until I went somewhere that smelled of popcorn.  One of my all-time favorite foods is popcorn.  My biggest weakness is white cheddar cheese popcorn with the cheese powder on the popcorn so thick that it comes off in clumps on your fingers.  Smelling popcorn was even hard.  I was so tempted by the smells and sounds of popcorn popping at theater.  I made sure I couldn’t surrender to the temptation.  I brought an Isalean bar (I normally drink a shake between breakfast and lunch, but since I was out, a bar was far more convenient), enough money to buy myself a Smart Water, and two free movie passes.  We saw “Into The Woods.”

The swelling in my knee is nearly back to normal.  I am still a little bit sore in both knees, but the soreness is normal for me, especially when I don’t run.  Tomorrow I will start running again.  I’m pretty excited to get back on the running bandwagon.  I found that upping my caloric intake is really helping with weight loss.  Besides the popcorn, I don’t really miss the foods I used to love.  The long weekend is going to be tough, but I’m hoping to last 30 days without eating sugar, drinking soda, or having alcohol.  If I can make it until the 1st of February, I will feel somewhat victorious (my husband’s 40th birthday party is that day, and my intention is for that day to be a cheat day).

Weight: 140*

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: Shake
AM Snack: Lemon Isalean Bar
Lunch: Light Chicken Caesar Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Creamy Pesto Chicken with Gluten Free Pasta (low-fat Alfredo Sauce)
IsaFlush Pill and water

*My weight did not change between yesterday and today, but I lost a few inches, so I’m not too disappointed with the results.

Isagenix Day 11: Last Cleanse Day! WOOHOO!

Today is my last cleanse day for another 19 days, then I’m going to reassess and decide how many cleanse days I plan on doing the next few weeks.  I really like cleanse days, not during the cleanse itself, but afterwards.  The cleanse itself can be painful at times, because there is no denying that you are hungry, and by the end of the day– water, tea, and the very little nourishment I allow myself gets old after 48 hours.  I am Catholic, and I used to use marathon training and blood sugar as an excuse not to fast, and surprisingly, I’m actually going to be able to fast come Easter.  Really fast, not the pussified version of fasting many Catholics do– aka eat a hearty breakfast in the morning, eat a light lunch in the afternoon, and pig out at suppertime (as a fast is sun up to sun down).  Instead I’m going to do a cleanse on fasting days over Easter :).

My weight has stagnated a little bit, but I have a sneaking suspicion I know why, and it will be confirmed shortly.  That being said, this AM I am again down 9 pounds over my starting weight, and I am pleased with that progress.

I went to Physical Therapy today, and confirmed the bursitis on me IT Band (this is the ligament that runs from your ankle to your knee to your hip.  I am sore, but I will probably be able to run again on Friday or Saturday.  After my knee surgery, when my knees swell, I get terrified.  I don’t want to be told I can’t run ever again.  I have lots of years of living left, and this would just lower my quality of life significantly.

Weight: 141

Weight: I didn’t weigh myself this AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and 16 ounces of water

Cleanse 1: 7:30 AM

Snack 1: 8:45 AM

Cleanse 2: 10:45 AM

Snack 2: 12:00 PM (Fruit)

Snack 3: 1:30 PM (Chocolate snack)

Cleanse 3: 3:00 PM

Snack 4: 4:30 PM

Cleanse 4: 5:00 PM

Flush: 8:00 PM

Activity: Rest day.

Isagenix Day 10: Bursitis!!!

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I had a scare today.  I have been cleaning and doing my normal housework all day.  My knee felt tight, and a little sore.  This is not unusual for me.  I had knee surgery about 16 years ago, and this really scared the crap out of me.  I went to the spouse luncheon today, and went to get out of the car.  My knee crackled and popped.  I went to the bathroom, and saw this!  There was a fluid sac on the left knee cap.  I called my PT, and it was Bursitis.  It’s common, not an injury.  It’s caused by lifting weights.  I will probably be doing a little lighter load tomorrow at PT.  Today is also the third cleanse of the fourth cleanses during the 30-day plan.

Weight: I didn’t weigh myself this AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and 16 ounces of water

Cleanse 1: 7:30 AM

Snack 1: 8:45 AM

Cleanse 2: 10:45 AM

Snack 2: 12:00 PM (Fruit)

Snack 3: 1:30 PM (Chocolate snack)

Cleanse 3: 3:00 PM

Snack 4: 4:30 PM

Cleanse 4: 5:00 PM

Flush: 8:00 PM

Activity: Rest day.