Weekly Weight: 218.2 lbs

The Scale: February 19th, 2021

Oh, the best laid plans.  As you may remember my plan this week was to stay the course and repeat my weekly work out from the week before.  I figured that as Valentine’s day treats mostly sabotaged them, I could actually see the work out in full this week. 

While I did manage to get in all three of my morning workouts,  the walks were less successful. I was rained out, snowed out and had to assist with an automotive break down when I tried for indoor calorie burning with the Wii Fit. At the moment all of our appliances, both those used inside the house and without, are behaving.  And the Wii Fit balance board has an entirely new set of batteries. So I think next week, since the weather still looks a bit on the uneven side, I am going to plan to use my Wii Fit and then if the skies clear and the walking trail drains, go for a walk.  As in my area the weather is always unsettled in February through March I may be expanding my use of the Wii Fit. We’ll see how it works with calorie burning next week as a test.

With everything going on this week, I did not lose the pound I planned to lose.  I didn’t even come close.  I also had a Holiday lunch out on Monday and when  car trouble happened, we ended up having both lunch and dinner out as well. So while most days I did well with my calories, there were some slip ups. 

Quite frankly having any loss was a bit of a pleasant surprise this week. I am hoping to get myself back in gear.  Life keeps intervening so I’m not planning on anything but attempting to maintain my system of workouts.  After all the only way forward is just to keep going.  I’m shifting course because of the weather and dreaming of the day that I can once again comfortable go to the gym, but for now, I will try to add more in door calorie burning workouts to my slate so I can still burn calories even when the weather isn’t letting me walk.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 218.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.8 lbs

So not a major loss this week, but not a gain.  A need for a new indoor work out plan arises and I will post my upcoming plan for the week on Sunday.  Until then I am just going to keep moving.

The Daily: February 16th, 2021

I think this week’s exercise plan may need a reevaluation. While the rain dried up over night and I was able to actually get a morning walk in, about the time I returned from my morning walk, it started snowing. Since then it has alternated between ran and snow and according to the current weather map, it looks like that is going to be the fate of the rest of the week. If it was just now, it wouldn’t be as big an issue, at least not until it melted. With the temperature riding that fine line between snow and rain, it means the park will no doubt return to flooding stages and be unwalkable.

While I will keep an eye on the weather in an attempt to get my walks in, I’m thinking that might not be much of an option this week. So while I will keep one eye on the window, I might end up breaking out some old workout videos this week. I have a bunch of DVDs in the cabinet and if nothing else this might give me a chance to see which ones I want to keep and which ones I will never be doing again. I’ll be looking through those tonight and at least pick one for tomorrow in case the weather forecast is accurate and rain/snow continues.

Other than that, the calories have once again been corralled. So hopefully everything will balance in the end.

On the life in general side, the rug we ordered for the bedroom as well as the bed fram have finally arrived. we set them up yesterday and while the bedframe is lower than our old on, it is really nice to have the main pieces in place. We still have night stands, curtains and decorative items like artwork and candles to put in place as well as moving my hope chest to the end of the bed, but those are smaller things. while the smaller things do bring the room together, putting them in rarely leaves you exhausted.

So we are continuing to check items off the checklist. The walls are painted, the rug is in, the bed farms is in (although because of the comforter you can’t really see much of it, and yes I will be removing the tag.) The pillows on the bed are in the shams that came with the coverlet mostly because we needed to put the pillows in something. during the decorative phase that will change and it won’t be so matchy matchy. But the room is coming along. Once my hope chest is in place at the foot of the bed I can start setting out candles and things as well so I am quite pleased. It is a bright spot in a somewhat over cast and gray day. And it is one room edging closer and closer to completion. The progress is slow and steady, but I am working my way through the house. And quite frankly, I really like thinking about one room at a time.

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Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The Scale: February 12th, 2021

No you aren’t seeing a typo.  My weight remained exactly the same this week as it did last week.  I did the exercises that I needed to do (with the exception of yesterday’s rain, and I kept my meal plan. 

I think the difference is in the extra valentine’s treats.  There was chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, and caramel in the house.  In addition there were goodies sent from two separate mothers making up for a year of long distance holidays.  I did a fairly good job avoiding most of the items, but there were just a few temptations that called to me.  

That’s right, I’m blaming the peanut butter fudge. 

It is sweet, it is salty and since I don’t make fudge it is rare that we have it in the house.  And it is so good.   

But a lot of the treats were sent to my babydoll’s work and a bunch more were put into the freezer to be portioned out slowly.  But it does mean that despite my meal planning extra calories crept in this week.  I am glad that since I put in the work, I at least managed to stay on an even plane instead of gaining.  For this week, I think that might just be considered a victory.

Or at least I am calling it a victory.

Tonight we have the small indulgence of Happy Hour and then on Sunday we will be having Chateaubriand. My baby requested it.  Apparently the Beef Wellington of New Years got him thinking about other fancy meat dishes he wants for special occasions.  And he had to be thinking about it for a while too.  When I asked him if there was anything special he wanted for valentine’s day, he didn’t dither.  Usually when I ask about a meal he has to think about it a while.  This time. I asked and Chateaubriand popped out of his mouth like a cork from an overly shaken bottle of champagne.

And so that is what we will be having. 

I may try to add in a couple of extra walks next week to try and balance things out.

But first this week’s stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So no loses this week due to the influx of sweets, but at least there were no gains.  It is slightly disappointing, but it is nice to know I at least managed to hold my own. That is something I can be proud of.

The Daily: February 11th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the rain has returned and the temperatures have plummeted. I should have seen it coming as whenever we get a few warm days in the winter they are almost always followed by a spate of rainy days.

The rain was falling when I first woke up and it has continued all day. I also woke up with the sniffles due to the weather change. I am also feeling a bit bloated and crampy. It made the chocolate a little harder to avoid and I’ll be honest, I didn’t do such a good job avoiding it. There may have been a few more sweets than I actually planned.

So even though my lunch was well calculated and dinner will involve a salad, I’m pretty sure my calorie count has gone out of the window today.

Today I am a blob with no exercise and a skewed calorie count. It is just one of those days. I am going to try to do a little moving around this afternoon, possibly a short You Tube Yoga Video but it isn’t going to be a great weight loss day.

It is a great day for sitting at the desk and doing contracts. Paperwork is kind of designed for a cold wet day such as this. I have my mug of afternoon tea, my reading glasses and a boatload of paperwork to get through. I’m actually drinking a tea called HAPPY that is a combination of raspberry and hibiscus. It is quite lovely as well as a cheery pink color, which is nice on a rather dreary day. Welcome to Thursday afternoon, my darlings. it isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary.

The Daily: February 10th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring high enough to tempt me outside and my kitchen is full of high calorie deliciousness. Because I was cooking for my Valentine’s desert post I now have fruit tarts, chocolate mousse and an irresistible caramel sauce. And that is along with the boxes of home baked goodies my mom sent and my babydoll’s mom sent.

Luckily the tarts can be frozen (and are currently sitting in the freezer right now (after they freeze I’ll wrap them up individually and then store them in a bag.) and most of the chocolate mousse is going elsewhere. Since I am uninfected and the desert is one that can sit in the fridge overnight after being portioned into containers, it is actually being sent to one of the groups of museum volunteers that work with my baby doll. They had a massive thing they all worked really hard on and he wanted to do a little something. Since I was making mousse for my post (and him) I made a full recipe instead of paring it down and dished it out in disposable containers. He took it with him today so there is only the mousse for the two of us tonight to worry about.

But oh that caramel sauce. It just begs to have something salty like pretzels dipped into it. Luckily we don’t have pretzels in the house currently. So I’m okay.

I have avoided the calories and stayed on course today. I did my morning exercise and went on a walk. In addition I wandered through the garden a bit, plotting out my spring planting. The warm weatehr is tempting me to start plants in the green house but it is still slightly too early for that. At least i think it is. I may have to double check that with the local ag center before I start my seeds. Right now all of the seeds are in and while the ordered bulbs have not arrived year, my tulips are pushing out of the ground. The pointed leaves are about two inches long at this point which is very exciting to see. Last year only one flowered so I don’t even know what colors of tulips they are. I know it is a small thing but it gets me excited.

I don’t know how many of you are gardeners but Botanical interests has  free shipping on orders over $60 through the end of the month with code FREE60. They also have a free seed starting guide if you are new to garden planning or looking to get more organized. Each year I plan to use the gardening guide and then just scrawl notes on my wall calendar regarding planting times. But the guides from Botanical Interests are very well set up. Their selection of seeds and such is also very good as well. I’ll link it below. As for me, I may sneak out for another walk. I’d feel bad taking time off to walk in the sun, but as dinner will be ending with chocolate mousse tonight, an extra walk might not be a bad thing.

Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: February 5th, 2021

I have to say this week I was rather relieved when I stepped on the scale.  The weather, for the most part, was not good this week.  We had a couple of sunny days but they were pretty cold and had the sort of wind that steals your breath away and makes you feel vaguely ill.

In addition, this week I just couldn’t face a bright and cheery workout instructor so I just made up my own workouts and got twenty minutes in on the mornings I could.  While my loss is less than the pound I would like lost each week, I am okay with it.  And yes I know I whined all over the place last week when I lost less than the pound I wanted, but I feel less like whining this week. 

I think part of it is that my schedule is finally starting to level out in general.  Normality, or my personal version of it, is being restored.  And I feel much better for it.  I had a couple of projects I was pulled into that just morphed into time sucking behemoths. And everything else in my world got jumbled because of them.

But now they are through and I have to say I will be thinking long and hard before I think about taking another commission from that particular company. But for now, all is well.  My stress level has decreased and despite a shorter amount of time walking this week and striking out on my own with my workouts, I managed to actually lose a little weight. And every sliver helps. Because little slivers add up to big ones. 

And that is how progress is made. At least in my case.  And this weekend I will be pulling together my next week’s workouts.  I will post my plan on Sunday and then we’ll see how well I managed to stick to it during my daily postings. 

At least that is the plan anyway.

For now, The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So even though the loss wasn’t massive, my mindset is better.  My brain isn’t rattling around in my head and I feel pretty good about my week in general. And this weekend I finally get to paint my bedroom. Truthfully, I can’t really ask for more.  Well I suppose I could, but I don’t want to be greedy.  A good week and less stress is plenty for me right now.

The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.

The Daily: February 1st, 2021

Today has been a really good day. I will admit that i got very little done in the way of exercising. I kind of knew I wasn’t going to though so I am okay with that. I’ve been watching my calories though so I think I should be fine.

A while ago I released a book called Cursed. It is a twisted fairytale of sorts, a new version of sleeping beauty where the Princess discovers she has magic of her own and not all godmothers are to be trusted. It was amazingly fun to write and it has actually begun a new series of books for me. I’m currently working on the second book and absolutely adore my main characters.

But that’s not the point.

I entered the book in an Amazon Contest which required me to only have my book available on Amazon for a certain duration. That duration has finally ended (yesterday actually). So today I completed the formatting adjustments needed and the book is now available on Smashwords. Smashwords lets the e-book be formatted for any type of e-reader and not just Kindle which I like (although it is formatted for kindle there as well). It also lets you purchase the e-book in a text format if you just read it on your computer so you don’t technically have to own an e-reader at all to read it. Plus, smashwords really supports independent authors so I am always happy to have my books there. It is still available on Amazon of course as well. It’s just no longer ONLY on Amazon.

Anyway the formatting is complete and the book is now available on Smashwords. All of these links will take you to the book. In a few days it will be available in sites like Barnes & Noble, but now you can actually download it from Smashwords.

So everybody mambo!

Okay, I am not only glad it is released, but that my day of formatting has been completed. Now I get to spend the rest of my day doing something other than double checking formatting. Woo Hoo!

And there is quite a lot to do as the formatting took longer than expected. I know it is more of a life update than a fitness one and tomorrow I will catch up on my walks and throw myself into my workouts to make up for it. Today I am going to take a moment to revel in the end of my day of formatting and then I am going to dive into all the other things I put off to the side in order to do the formatting. But as today was the only day without any conference calls,it mostly involves sorting e-mails and responding to messages I pretended not to see this morning.

But first there will ba a dance around the office to celebrate, then it is back to work. So for now, everybody mambo!

The Daily: January 26th, 2021

Oh my darlings it is a glorious day where I am today. It is 63 degrees outside, sunny with just a slight hint of breeze. While I find it unsettlingly unseasonal, I am taking advantage. I went on two extra long walks today. I have to admit, I enjoyed them both. It was wonderful yo be outside.

Admittedly everyone else thought so too. Usually our walking trail is pretty quiet during the day. Not today. The beautiful weather and more people working from home tempted everyone outside. While I usually bring my mask and put it on when I see a singular person (usually with a dog) approaching from a distance I slip it on. Any turn on our trail is wide and you can see people coming from a pretty far distance. There are a lot of straight trails so seeing people is pretty easy.

Today I started my walks with the mask on and ended both of the walks with the mask on. Never once was it removed. I can’t complain though. Everyone else was wearing a mask as well and pretty much everyone looked like they needed a bit of time in the fresh air.

We do have a storm rolling in later tonight. I’m pretty sure that is why it was warmer today. With the rain the temperatures will drop to more seasonal levels. I just hope my tulips don’t take any damage. Some of them have started poking up through the ground. I planted them last year so this is the first full year they have been in the ground and I’m not certain if it is too early or not. Bulbs always come up first here but I usually think of the flowers as being up around easter. It’s early yet so manybe it will take a while to reach the flowering stage.

I am going to observe and not worry. Yet. I can always worry about them later.

Actually the weather is so nice I may pop outside and do a little clean up work in the back yard before I start dinner prep. The weather is just too nice to waste indoors. With rain predicted for the rest of the week, it does seem like the sensible alternative. So I am off to spend a little more time outside. And to clear away the branches that fell from our neighbors tree. I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning.

Oh, and it you are inside and looking to do some shopping, from now until January 29th Look Fantastic has 50% off Eve Lom Cleansers.

The Daily: January 21st, 2021

Somedays there is just random amusement to be found. I believe in an earlier daily post this week I mentioned that my BoxyCharm Ad on was marked by Fedex as delivered (on Tuesday) and that it had not in fact been delivered. If not, then that is what happened.

So today I was on the phone with Fedex asking about what to do and they again insisted that it was in fact delivered on Tuesday. As we were speaking, low and behold a Fedex vehicle pulls up to my hose and delivers the package in question. In response, the man on the phone said “See I told you it was delivered.”

And then he asked me to take a survey regarding his performance.

I find just a little dark humor in that.

And in case you were wondering, I did give him a positive review as he was trying to be helpful. My guess is that either it was delivered to the wrong address and someone flagged down the vehicle or it was checked off by accident and not actually delivered.

Either way the Butter London Teddy Boy Palette has arrived. I suspect it will be in next week’s Makeup bag. So if you want to hear about it stay tuned.

On a home fitness note, this morning’s rain made getting up not exactly my happy time, but I did it. I was planning to walk this morning but the rain knocked that plan out. I just couldn’t face a perky work out instructor so I set a timer and ran through all the exercises I could before the timer ran out.

There were lunges and arm circles. There was marching in place and side bends. Actually the marching in place was my standard for when I needed a moment to think about another exercise. If one didn’t occur to me right away I did some high stepping in place for thirty seconds while I thought of another exercise. It worked out pretty well actually. I moved the entire time and was sweaty and out of breath when I cooled down.

I’m marking that as a win.

My calories are in check today and tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I limit my rice intake, I should be on track. I’ll also have to monitor my soy sauce to make sure I don’t go into salt overload. Other than that, I’m doing pretty good despite the overcast day and intermittent rain.