Our latest addition…
Gigi has settled in quite nicely! Yes, she’s a little spoiled already, but who could look at that face and deny her anything?
She’s actually very well-behaved, incredibly sweet-natured, energetic and playful. She loves to play “fetch” and will ask for a game by dropping a stuffed toy at my feet. We’ve all settled into our new routines, and she seems to be quite satisfied with her new situation.
We are just absolutely in love with her, and feel like we won the Megajackpot in the Dog Lottery.
The good news is that his follow-up Covid-19 test came back negative this time. Unfortunately it’s not going to be a simple thing to see him, at least in the near future.
His group home is considered a “medical facility” and so has to comply with health department regulations. Out of an abundance of caution, the new guidelines will only allow home visits if we bring him home for a 14-day period, then he’ll have to have another Covid test (with a negative result) before he can return to the group home.
We considered this but quickly realized that he’d go out of his skull with boredom after a couple of days. At least at the group home he has his “crew” and they have lots of group activities like Karaoke Night, pizza parties and yard games. So we’re going to try to set up some Facetime sessions and see how that goes.
Faster Way To Fat Loss Progress
I’m just finishing up the initial 6-week session and will be moving into the VIP program (with Karen as my coach, yay!)
When I joined the program, my primary goal was to improve my fitness and increase my lean body mass. I am quite happy with my progress. I can tell I’m stronger, especially in my upper body.
Cleaning up my eating habits was another goal, and that’s happened too. (My diet wasn’t terrible before, but I’d been doing a little too much stress/boredom eating.) I’ve managed to stay away from most processed food and have had NO cravings.
My alcohol consumption is also way down, from 1-2 glasses of wine (or a cocktail) most nights to 1 glass of wine per week. And I don’t miss that either!
To be completely honest, I was also hoping to lose a few inches and firm up. That’s been a little slower going. Around week 4 I was getting a bit impatient, but I felt so much better on the program that I was motivated to stick with it.
But just this week, I noticed that some of my tops are feeling a bit less snug in the hips, and I think my belly is a little flatter. According to my coaches, it takes most people 6-8 weeks to notice body composition changes. I’m avoiding the scale, and holding off taking any measurements. But I’m encouraged.
Bottom line: I think this was just the right thing at the right time. Doing something focused and positive for my health has really improved my outlook, and made this weird time feel less “on hold.”
Join me on the fitness journey…
If you’re interested in signing up, there’s another introductory session starting up on September 21. Karen (@karenmkarlsen) will be leading another small group too (the daily online check-ins with a coach are SO helpful!). You can sign up using her link HERE.
Do you have any plans for the long weekend?