My plan during self-isolation was to simply not gain weight. In fact I was saying that to myself as I stepped on the scale this morning. ‘Just don’t gain weight, that’s the goal, you don’t have to lose weight right now, the goal is just not to gain any more.’
It was my morning mantra.
I was trying to lower my own expectations. I nearly fell off the scale when I saw the numbers though. I weighed myself twice to be certain it wasn’t lying to me.
Although I’m not entirely sure why it would lie to me. Its not as though I promised it fresh batteries and a turtle wax polish. Honestly, there was no bribery of the electronics at all. I thought about it, but I thought attempted bribery might backfire and I would be penalized.
It is always good to know who can be bribed and who can’t be. My grandfather taught me that. Admittedly it was when he was trying to explain the political process to me because he thought my civics class left a few important bits out. For those keeping track this would be the Scottish grandfather, he immigrated in the late 1950s. He claimed it was a valuable thing to know no matter which side of the pond you were on.
I don’t think he meant it to apply to my bathroom scale though.
So no bribery.
That means my weight went down with no trickery.I haven’t been that happy to see the scale move in quite a while. And oh yes, there was a happy dance. I almost tripped over the commode actually. But it still counts as a happy dance.
To be honest, I think it was actually getting back into a routine that did it. We had several days in a row with no rain so the flooding went down and I was able to walk in the park. While most everyone else in the park kept their socal distance and was very polite about it, there were a few who didn’t. even though I am not sick, a part of me really wanted to cough on them just to kinda spook them into reasonable behavior. I didn’t.
But it was a hard urge to repress.
In addition to the walks, I have been doing the ten minute yoga stretching each morning to work on my flexibility and I am getting a little better at some of the movements I wasn’t too adept at in the beginning, so I’m calling that progress. And after the yoga on Monday, Wednesday and today (Friday) I did the fifteen minute 5 lb weight workout. As I discussed both in my home fitness posts I won’t repeat all that here. I was going to add a yoga ball work out, but I thought this would be fine for now. I am keeping that one, and others like it for later on once my body has adjusted to these two. That way I’m on a routine I can build up rather than on something that adds too much too fast.
I think that might have been part of the problem, not just for me but for a lot of folks out there. There was no gradual adjustment, the world just sort of flipped a switch and things changed. But routine is starting to calm our household down at least. Now that adjustments have been made, life can roll on. At least for now.
But it is my goal to provide a break from the stress of the world news with these posts, as well as keeping track of my own personal weight loss journey so… To the Stats!
Starting weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 210.6 lbs
This week’s weight: 209.2 lbs
This week’s loss: 1.4 lbs
Weight lost thus far: 36.8 lbs
Weight left to lose (apx): 86.2 lbs
Okay one more desk chair happy dance for the 1.4 lbs lost this week and then I will get back to work. Woo Hoo!!!! Okay, routine in place and I’ll keep it up until adjustments are needed. With luck I can keep chugging along inch by inch regardless. I hope everyone out there is still trying to find ways to reach whatever goals they are striving for no matter what the world throws at you. Just remember to keep breathing and take the time to destress. Speaking of which I will be back this afternoon with the face mask friday post and my moment of weekly destressing. See you then.