Fitness Friday: I’m starting an official diet + training program on Monday

February 26th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Health | Life

First, I have to say thank you to everyone who left a comment on my post about my sweet Salem cat passing. I’ve been trying not to think about it too much this week (which hasn’t been easy) so I haven’t gotten around to responding to all the comments yet, but I will. Every day it gets just a little bit easier, but I still think I see him at least a dozen times a day.

We are still waiting for his urn to come in and to pick up his ashes so there’s still some pain to go through. I picked out an box to put his ashes in that can also fit his brothers ashes. There is a place on the outside for two photos. I’m sure I won’t be able to put it anywhere that I’ll see often, but I love the idea of them being together again.

And now I’m crying, again.

Moving on!

My workouts this week were pretty good considering I used exercise as a way to keep my mind busy.

Saturday: 4 mile run

Sunday: rest

Monday: Total Body Strength (see below)

Tuesday: Intervals. 6×400’s at 8:30 pace

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: Intervals. 4×800’s at 8:30 pace

Friday: Upper body + Core

Normally I will work legs on Sunday but that was the day we had to take Salem in so that definitely didn’t happen. Instead I just did a total body workout on Monday. I didn’t even have a plan I just wrote down the exercises as I did them. It turned out to be a pretty great workout! I used a 25# weight for the squats and deadlifts, and a pair of 10# weights for the lunges and overhead press/squat combo.

I followed up the workout with my favorite protein shake. The strawberry Premier Protein flavor is amazing. Premier Protein is hosting a great promotion now where you can sign up to receive a protein bar or shake for free! Check it out here.

premier protein workoutI’ve mentioned it a few times recently but my postpartum weight loss has completely stalled out. I’m only five pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight so I’m really not worried about the scale, but I could definitely tone up a lot more. I’d also like to eat far more fruits and veggies than I have been. Little man will be starting solids in two weeks and I’d love to always be eating something I’d feel comfortable sharing with him.

I think some of my anxiety could be rectified if I ate better as well. Not to mention I could always use more energy! I’m going to commit to a strict six week carb cycling and intermittent fasting program. I will be alternating low carb days with feast days, and doing mini fasts (not eating until later in the day.) I don’t think it will affect my nursing supply but if it does I will cut out the mini fasts. I’ve also got about 125 oz of frozen breastmilk saved up!

I will also be eating gluten free and dairy free. Those are both triggers for worsening my hashimotos thyroid disease and IBS. I’ve been eating these fruit, nut and cheese plates for lunch as week to get the cheese out of the house!
IMG_7013 I’ve also been indulging in a bit more chocolate than usual because — CADBURY SEASON. IMG_7049I’m so excited to see what I’ll be able to do in just six weeks. I have a good feeling about this, and assuming all goes well I’m thinking of creating an online group training program so I can help others kick start some amazing lifelong healthy habits!

After the crappy start to my week I was so excited to received my first planner society kit in the mail. I’ve been spending a few nights a week crafting after little man is in bed and I’ve got a dozen different ideas for how to use the items from this kit.
IMG_6991 When we put Salem down the vet said we may see our other two cats acting differently this week. Old man Rudy has been walking around howling more, and sweet Smokey has been much more reclusive. He jumped into my lap the other day and it just felt like he was trying to cheer me up. IMG_7084I must say I am so excited to be putting this week behind me. I’m looking forward to starting my new fitness and nutrition plan on Monday, maybe going for a hike with Travis and the baby this weekend, and salivating over Uncle Jesse on Fuller House.

What are you up to this weekend?
Have you ever tried a formal diet before? How long did it last? 

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10 Responses

  • Yum, that cheese looks amazing!

    This weekend, I am spending time with my family! My parents and sister are visiting from outta town :)

  • Girl you are a planner beast. I would always get so excited about them and then lose interest after like a month haha. I’m glad you’re doing a little better and I love that the cats are trying to cheer you up!

  • If you’re starting a group, I’m totally in.

    Also, Uncle Jesse will always be hot. Always.

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve been wanting to start online training for years but never had a good plan for how to do so. I think I’ve finally nailed down an idea that will work. I just couldn’t see how I could truly connect and motivate clients online, but I’m closing in on a good system to try out!

  • Alma says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling a little better! It took me a long time to get over Cleo’s death. When we got her ashes, I ugly cried for like three days. It was bad. Our cats definitely went through a transition. Fogg got really clingy, slept with me like Cleo had, and never left my side. She’s now my official sidekick. Rilly went through a depression–crying and looking for Cleo for months. It was super sad. He still will bat at her urn and seems to talk to it. We adopted a new cat right after who brought so much joy. My roommate was initially against it, but I knew I would never get over her and the longer I waited, the more likely I’d sink into depression. It was a great choice for us, and Mumford is such a great little cat. He’s made every day so much happier and reminds me a little of her. It does get easier, but will always be a tender spot. <3

    • Erica House says:

      Smokey is starting to bite on me just like Salem did.
      I keep going back and forth on rescuing another cat. I hated never being able to travel because of the pets (I wouldn’t want to board them) and now that Salem is gone I would feel comfortable leaving the two here alone with someone checking on them once a day.

  • Meg says:

    Hi Erica,

    I’ve been following your blog since the early days of your pregnancy, particularly because I was also pregnant at the time and was something like 2-3 weeks ahead of you. It was reassuring to read about someone else’s experience so close in pregnancy stage as me. Our baby boy turns 6 months old today. I’ve been happy to lurk so far but had to write after this post. I am inspired to start a fitness program with you.

    I didn’t gain much weight in pregnancy at all and lost the little bit I had gained within 3 weeks after the birth. However the killer combo of exclusive breastfeeding and severe sleep deprivation hit me hard and I kept gaining weight from about 1 to 3 months postpartum when it stabilised. I am currently up around 15 pounds on my pre-preg weight and am ready to lose it. My problem is, I have tried three times in the last six months to lose weight and each time I lost a decent amount of weight but my milk supply was affected. That freaked me out so I’m taking it very slow.

    I’ve been doing bar method workouts (anything too vigorous stimulates my appetite) and dialling down the calories slowly – I think for me cutting calories too quickly is what affected milk supply. My aim is to keep the stodgy carbs (mostly bread) to before lunch time and have a low carb rest of the day. Fasting makes me dizzy (weird feeling because I used to fast every day before) so I just aim to have dinner early-ish and have a 12 hour fast overnight. My biggest aim is consistency.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I’m doing this with you from halfway around the world.

    • Erica House says:

      Meg – thank you so much for reading! I love hearing from my lurkers :) Happy 6 month birthday to your baby boy! I’ve heard from a few friends that they also gained weight from nursing. It’s such a myth that breastfeeding just makes weight fall off. I’ve been holding onto the same 5-7 pounds for almost two months now and clearly what I’ve been doing to try to lose it isn’t working. So, I’m excited to really switch things up! Best of luck with your weight loss goals!