Ninth Status Update Monday

Happy new week, everyone! It’s update time again. This past week has been good physically but pretty weird and disjointed mentally, so let’s start with the good, shall we?

I got in six excellent workouts, three upper body and three lower body. I’m continuing to push my strength and try to make some real muscle gains. I had two nice strength victories this week. First, when I posted a side plank photo to my Instagram, one of my followers mentioned trying to do them with the top leg lifted. I’ve always assumed I couldn’t do it, but I decided to try it in my next workout and not only managed it, but held it for a (wobbly) 15 seconds on each side! Second, in my unplanned sixth workout of the week yesterday, I managed to do 5 full sets (6 reps each) of my heaviest glute bridges and one additional, lighter set of 10 reps, even after having done heavy squats! Success!

The Handsome Hubby and I also did some hiking, but not as much as last week, mostly due to inclement weather. We’re usually willing to hike in any kind of weather, but it’s been raining so much here lately that the trails are extremely mushy, making any steep hiking very slippery and extra challenging. So on the days when it was really pouring, we skipped it. It’s bright and sunny today, so hopefully we’ll get in more hikes this week!

As for diet, I’ve been staying keto, but my weight has been up about 1.5 pounds. I realize that’s small, but it could be the beginning of weight-creep. It might be that I’m eating more than I realize, but it might also be some other change that I made in the past week. I started taking some supplements again for the first time since beginning my water fast in early March, but I’m not noticing any positive change from them, so I’ve stopped them again as of today and don’t plan to start back up. I’ll only be supplementing vitamin D and magnesium going forward. I also started drinking coffee again daily. I drink it black, so that’s probably not affecting my weight, but you never know. There’s also a slim chance that I’ve just added muscle, since my body fat percentage has remained low, but that’s difficult to confirm.

I’ve been inexplicably very sleepy, low energy, and low self-esteem for the whole week, which has really been frustrating for me. I’m not sure what’s causing it, so I’m not sure how to go about fixing it. I’m going to try to do more yoga and meditation this week, as well as getting at least one video made, even if only a short “story” on Instagram. Hopefully, I’ll be able to report next Monday that I shook the badness with no trouble during the week.

As some of you already know, there was also a death in our family this week. I managed not to let it derail me, knowing that she was one of my joyful-long-life inspirations, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t accept that grief might be part of the all of the above, as well.

I hope each of you can look back on the week with satisfaction, and that you have a productive, healthy, and happy week ahead of you!

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