April’s Journey

September 2018

We are creeping ever so closely to fall, but it still feels like summer here. If you read my last blog post I stated how much I could not wait for autumn, well nothing has changed in that regard. In New York, it has been unbearably hot all summer.  I know it has been hotter in other parts than here, but it is usually not hot like this, so I am not used to it. Well, enough about the weather, on to the progress report.

I am still in a plateau, but I also have not been trying to break the plateau at all either. I have enjoyed the summer berries a lot and have had to stop working out because it is so hot. I am, however, planning on getting back on track this month.

I will start tracking my food and working out again. I have not really tracked at all for a very long time. I stopped tracking a few months after I started.

I have also never tested my ketones… EVER! I do not believe that you need to test your blood sugar levels or ketones. I go by how I feel alone. If I am feeling bad and run down then I probably need to boost my electrolytes, or I may be dehydrated, or both. Then I will drink water and eat a pickle and see how I feel. Maybe take some additional electrolytes as well.

Since starting in April 2017 I have lost 80 lbs and a total of 38 inches off my whole body. That is over a yard of me gone. That is about the height of a 5 year old. It is just amazing to me that just a little over a year ago I was that much bigger. I still have more to lose, but how could I not be in awe of the fact that I have lost that much eating yummy food and not being deprived. I hope that my sharing will inspire other people to give this way of eating a try. I am so glad that I did.

Quote of the month:

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

― Roy T. Bennett



Michael’s Journey

I have been racking my brain on what to write for this month’s blog post, as nothing has really come to mind. I thought of writing a progress report, yet nothing has really changed. I am maintaining my weight between 170 and 175 pounds, which is right where I aimed to be. I am feeling healthy and staying active on a regular basis. My workouts vary, consisting of yoga, tai chi, strength training, and a  bit of cardio/aerobic.

So, this month, I am going to leave you with a very small sampling of the music albums I use to workout with. It is all music that I really love and keeps me going. Maybe you will discover some new music or  you might recognize some that you already enjoy. If nothing else, I hope that it inspires you to create your own playlists and keep working out!

  • Music for yoga and tai chi:
    (Mostly light instrumentals and new-age)

David & Steve Gordon [Favorite Albums: Sacred Spirit Drums; Drum Cargo (Rhythms Of Wind); Drum Cargo (Rhythms Of Fire); Drum Cargo (Rhythms Of Earth); Drum Cargo (Rhythms Of Water)]

Dharma Moon Presents: At Ease

Kitaro [Favorite albums: The Light Of The Spirit; Mandala; Noah’s Ark]

Yanni [Favorite albums: Chameleon Days; If I Could Tell You; Out Of Silence]

  • Music for strength training:
    (I go for a bit of the heavier stuff here)

AC/DC [Favorite Albums: Back In Black; Flick Of The Switch; Powerage]

Black Sabbath [Favorite Albums: Paranoid; Sabbath Bloody Sabbath;  Sabotage]

Led Zeppelin [Favorite Albums: Led Zeppelin II; Physical Graffiti; Presence]

Metallica [Favorite Albums: …And Justice For All; Metallica; Ride The Lightning]

  • Music for cardio/aerobic:
    (Keeping it up tempo with electronica, techno, and industrial)

Deeper In Zen [Balance; Insight; Tao]

Die Krupps [Favorite Albums: Too Much History (The Electro Years – Vol. 1); Too Much History (The Metal Years, Vol. 2)]

KMFDM [Favorite Albums: Adios; Angst; Xtort]

The Prodigy [Favorite Albums: Experience; Music For The Jilted Generation; The Fat Of The Land]

Quote Of The Month:

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?”
-Michael Jackson