The Next Level of Fitness


I talked about the results of my weight loss challenge in my blog post, Did I win the weight loss challenge?.

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Did I win the weight loss challenge?


I meant to make this a theme for my blog while I was doing my weight loss challenge.  I will have to try that another time.  I did learn a lot during this particular challenge.  Here is a summary of the results.

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Weight Loss Challenge – Week 2

How is my weight loss challenge going?

So far I have lost 2 pounds since the weight loss challenge began 2 weeks ago.  I exercise (cardio) at least 3 days a week. I have made a few decisions that I hope will keep the trend going.

Decision #1 – Nutritionist

I asked my neurologist about a specific diet that can help control seizures and help me lose weight.  I want to be able to do both.  She recommended the modified atkins diet and seeing a nutritionist.  I am hoping to learn something new that will help me lose weight.

Decision #2 – Exercise

I will exercise at least 3 days a week if not more.   I need to try to make exercising a habit.  I realize this won’t be easy, but that is why this is called a challenge.  Last time I tried a weight loss challenge, I was not exercising as often as I should.  I am hoping this will help me meet my goals.

Decision #3 – Healthy fats, low carb

When I do eat breads and crackers, I pick out items that only have whole grains.  At this time, I am trying to keep my carbs as low as possible.  If I go on the modified atkins diet, I may have to phase them out completely.

My workplaces have presented problems for me in the past.  Often free food is too much for me to resist, and it is not very healthy.  During lunch time, I often went for the convenient sandwiches at a nearby cafe, which have many carbs.  I am also tempted to grab a snack after class.

I will plan out my lunches and snacks the night before and bring them to work with me.  I can save money and calories.

I am incorporating more heathy fats.  My primary care physician recommended sardines, tuna, and salmon because have a high amount of omega-3.  Avocados and almonds also have a high amount of healthy fats.

Weight Loss Challenge Accepted!

In the past few months, I have gained some weight.  My larger sized dress pants now fit a little snug.  I knew something needed to be done.

When my sister called suggesting a weight loss challenge, I enthusiastically said yes!  We have done this before, and I enjoyed it.  I like to have a good challenge that I can overcome.  I have a few goals in mind for this weight loss challenge:

Goal #1

My first goal is not to come in last.  From that sentence alone you can figure out what happened the last time we did this.

Goal #2

With the exception of Zumba classes, I have never liked exercising.  While I still love them, I frequently find excuses not to go.  I am also attempting to save money on gym memberships and try doing more cardio at home.


In the past, my neurologist recommended not doing anything too radical.  Someone I know made the simple observation that I don’t eat many vegetables.  When I was attempting to come up with a strategy, I thought that would be a good place to start.  I am also going to eat more healthy fats such as the ones in avocados, sardines, and salmon.  I have found an exercise plan online.  I want to follow it for 30 days.

My first day was yesterday and I need to report in on Fridays.   Maybe this would be a good blog theme on Fridays for the next few weeks.  Do you have any good weight loss suggestions?

Looking for Modified Atkins Soup Recipes

Winter is coming right around the corner.  That means it is time to break out the soup recipies.  One of my goals is to find an awesome Thai Chicken Coconut Soup or Tom Kha Gai recipe. I have been trying to find some recipes that are also modified atkins friendly.  It is low carb and delicious.  The recipe for the soup in the pin below can be found at

I have also found this recipe for low carb chili which would make a great soup for those cold winter evenings.  The recipe can be found here.

I am a fan of relatively simple yet delicious recipes and I think both of these fit that description.  Do you have a great soup recipe that is keto or modified atkins friendly?

Media Monday – Weight Loss Tips

I have not given up on losing weight, but I have not made much progress in the last few months either.   This is an interesting weight loss pin that I found on Pinterest.  I have an appointment coming up with my primary care physician.  When I stand on the scale again, I hope to show the doctor that I have made some improvement.