September 20, 2019
I’m thinking up new YouTube videos ideas and I have something really interesting I want to do, but I need your help! I am trying to figure out what the average POPster looks like (trust me, you’ll want to be a part of this) but I need your help in order to this! If you have a moment to spare, could you fill out this survey?
All you have to do is anonymously tell me things like your face shape, body shape, eye color etc…it’s actually pretty fun! And won’t take too long. This for an upcoming YouTube video that you will DEFINITELY want to watch. Thank you so much for your help!
Yesterday was a LOOOOOONG day that ended LATE! There were dinner shows and dance parties, and me getting seduced by a coconut mousse. Let’s get started shall we? 😉
I started off with a 2 mile run to Pilates Reformer class. I did not feel as tired as I normally do after a run, so that is a good sign that my body is getting stronger! I felt really limber and agile during the exercises. I remember the first time I did this run + class combo, my form was getting wonky because I was already fatigued from the run. So, I am very proud of myself!
When I got home, I made some cauliflower/egg/cheese latkes (fried it on the pan like a pancake) and topped them with bacon, avocado, and pico de gallo. SO GOOD. Sam liked it so much he said “that doesn’t even taste like a diet food.”
I think I may go back to lazy keto instead of strict keto. I really feel weird without fruits in my life. So, I had raspberries. They tasted like heaven.
Okay, that’s a fried dace. What’s that you ask? A fish in a can submerged in oil. Doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s not bad! My parents used to buy this for me as a kid so I wanted to give it a try again, for nostalgia you know? Plus the carbs were low on it. I used to eat fried dace with rice. But this time, I had my fried dace with cauli rice and shishito peppers on the side. The verdict? Meh. The fish tasted better when I was a kid! I won’t be buying this anymore!
Oh yeah, and I ate 3 plates of this, not just one. I was hungry!
Afterwards, I had some seaweed crisps and dipped it in baba ganoush. I finished off the baba ganoush. It always feels good to empty the fridge of a container!
Sam and I were invited to a murder mystery show at the Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills. The invite said the dress code was “Gatsby and 1930s”. This was extremely confusing because The Great Gatsby was set in 1922 and the 30s is The Depression…sooooo I went for Hollywood vintage glam???
I tried so hard to get those Hollywood waves in my hair but totally failed. Oh well! At least my lipstick matched my dress! Oh and BTW Sam’s suit had ACTUAL coattails!
We started off the meal with spinach salad with goat cheese and pickled bell peppers.
The main course was chicken with zoodles. I skipped the potatoes.
For dessert, I was going to skip dessert. Buuutttttt, likkkeeeee, they had these vegan coconut mousse things that just looked SOOOOO GOOD. I have not slipped once during this 90 day journey thus far, but I decided that TONIGHT I was going to go for it cuz I WANTED TO.
When I dipped my spoon into the creaminess and tasted my first bite, I was in heaven. IT WAS SO GOOD. I had no idea how many carbs were in this thing (I mean in the “real world” you just don’t know but you gotta deal and make decisions) but it was worth it. In fact, beyond worth it because I had a second one 🙂
After the murder mystery dinner (which by the way stressed me out the whole time because I was so confused), we headed over to Lilly Singh’s A Little Late with Lilly celebration party!
It’s incredible that Lilly has her own talk show on network television! She’s such a hard worker and it’s truly paying off. Plus, to see a woman of color rise to her level of “legitness” from what started as internet fame – it’s so cool to see. I’m proud of her and so happy to call her a friend.
Sam and I ended up getting home so late and then I just died. I’m a grandma these days. I need my sleep.
Oh which reminds me…you know how I haven’t been able to pinpoint where my bloat is coming from? Well, I’ve been talking to a few close fitness/nutrition friends and I think I might know what the culprit is.
Even though my eating did not change in week 5 at all, I started to get severely bloated. Food was the same. Workouts were the same. You know what wasn’t the same? My sleep. Beginning last Friday til like yesterday, I had been averaging 4-5 hours of sleep per night due to video editing and overall work overload. You know what that does? It puts stress on my body. Stress increases my level of cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol contribute directly to lower belly fat and water retention!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Okay so beginning tonight, I will be tracking my sleep hours in that box in the top right corner of my Fit Journal!
Oh my goodness. This has to be it!!!
For me to succeed on this 90 day journey I need to be as militant about my sleep as I am about my food and my workouts. I am going to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If it means waking up later and working out later, so be it. I’m not going to sacrifice sleep just to fit in a morning workout. But – I love my morning workouts, so I will try my best to slide into bed by 10PM so I can be asleep by 10:30PM. My class is normally at 7:15AM, so that means if I set my alarm for 6:30AM, I should be getting 8 hours of sleep.
Right now it’s 11:30PM but it’s Friday, so I’m going to sleep in tomorrow and not shame myself for being “lazy”.