Eighth Status Update Monday

No slack! That’s been my motto this past week.

Having lost a much greater percentage of body fat than I’d expected to by now, I’m even more motivated to build some more beautiful, strong muscle! Granted, I always try to work out hard every time. If I’m not shaking when I’m finished, I’m not finished! But lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to push that little bit further, do that extra set, add that extra weight, add another accessory lift, even when I think I can’t. Sometimes I’m right, and then I just dial it back a little, but usually I can. Even when I’m tired, even when I’m still sore from the day before, I can do a little bit more. And it feels fantastic!

Admittedly, I’ve been sore. All over. Pretty much every day. But not so sore that it’s prevented me getting in 5 solid workouts (3 upper body and 2 lower body) and several great hikes, including a very steep, very challenging, 5-hour one on Saturday. We took the longest possible route to the summit, up some trails that were practically toe-to-shin, they were so steep. We did have those nearly to ourselves, though, and I was enjoying myself far more than I had a right to be! Apparently, I’ve made considerable hiking-strength gains lately. And those steep parts make for great ultra-long sets of step-ups. Extra glute work for the win!

I’ve been doing really well with my diet, as well, keeping very keto. I’m loving having a bit more fat in my diet, but I have to remind myself regularly not to eat ALL of the nuts. Even on Easter, the Handsome Hubby and I kept it keto with a tray of gorgeous deviled eggs and some brie and almonds for brunch, sous vide tri trip with roasted broccoli and Boursin cheese for dinner, and gloriously decadent low carb chocolate bunny cakes with Halo Top and ganache for dessert.

I’m also happy to report that I haven’t gained back any weight or body fat since last week’s post-water-fast Update. Success!

I’m looking forward to pushing myself more this week, making more muscle and strength gains, trying out some new recipes, and making a few practice videos toward the goal of starting a Bacon Cookie YouTube channel. Trying to stretch and grow in as many ways as I can!

I hope you all enjoyed the past week to its fullest and are getting a positive start on this one. Be healthy, be happy, be love!

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