Weekly Weight: 206.4 lbs

May 29th, 2020

I’m not going to get bent out of shape by 0.2 lbs. The gain is annoying, but clearly not insurmountable. Truthfully the small gain isn’t as annoying as the fact that my 40 lbs weight loss mark seems to be cursed. I approached it before Christmas and then got taken down by the holiday gatherings. I fought my way back and actually passed the 40 lbs mark when the world went crazy again. I have no doubt I will move past it, I am just slightly annoyed at being just under the mark for so long. I think it is so annoying because the mark is so close to an even bigger mark.

That one would be getting my weight under 200 lbs.

I know weight is just a number when it boils down to it and it is my health that matters but I am giddy at the thought of seeing my weight begin with a one instead of a two. I have started to fantasize about 198.

I know I’ll get there (and beyond). I just needed a moment of whingeing. Its out of my system now.

Happy Friday everyone . This felt like a long one. I’m not entirely certain why when the entire month seems to have evaporated on me. This morning I looked at the calendar to put the date under the above photograph and was surprised it was the 29th.

All the days seem to blur.

Admittedly it does mean I get to contemplate a pleasant conundrum.

My birthday is at the end of June (June 27th if you want to be precise) and for the past few years I have treated myself to two indulgences. The first is a jar of the Fresh Rose face mask. Then I can indulge all summer long. However this year I still have a mostly full jar of Feel’s Rose mask which isn’t all that different. I’ve been using it a while so even if I finish the jar before my birthday, I’m afraid it won’t feel as special. So I must contemplate a replacement product.

I know the horrors of contemplating an extravagance. How will I live with myself?

I think the only issue is that because it’s been a standard for me for the past few years, I hadn’t actually come up with a list of alternatives. But it seems like a fun project for the weekend. I’ll take any suggestions should anyone feel like offering them. (seriously any suggestions)

Especially because of the second birthday treat. That one tends to be a trip to a day spa.

Yeah, I’m not sure if the one I tend to use is open (or is ever planning to reopen to be frank). Even if they are, I’m not so sure I will feel comfortable going. I’m all for supporting local businesses and all, but stressing about a spa visit seems like a waste all around.

So I might just roll this into my own personal spa day at home. It will lack the massage but I can personalize everything. And I’m sure with flowers and candles and a pitcher of cucumber water my sunroom can be made to look quite spa like.I just need to think about the elements I need to order so everything is ready for the end of the month. Again a fun thing to contemplate. And if anyone feels like making suggestions of their personal at home spa adventures, let me know. The last time I tried this the dog thought the pitcher of cucumber water was for his use, so my only thought at the moment is a higher table. (even though that particular dog has sadly passed away and will therefore not slurp and crunch his way through my fancy water.)

Much more pleasant to think about than the 40 lbs curse.

Which isn’t a curse.

And I will beat.

To the stats!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 206.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 206.4 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 39.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 83.4 lbs

Since my birthday is on a Saturday, then the Friday before (on the 26th) I will be posting measurements and such. I like to think about my birthday as the start of my own personal new year so I tend to mark things down then and make resolutions. All the sorts of things normally done at new years. Plus if the year is going badly, then it gives me a chance to mentally leave the last six months behind and start the new year over.

Personally leaving the past few months behind sounds like a pretty good idea.

But I have waffled on long enough.Complaints over and soon the work day will begin. Then when it is over I can contemplate the wide world of at home self care items I want to try and attempt to narrow it down to something actually feasible. Happy Friday everyone.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #51: Changing things up

For the past year I have been posting various tips and tricks as well as just random things I’ve learned as I work on a healthier me.  I enjoy sharing these weight loss journey sign posts with you.  I hope you find some of them helpful or at least momentarily amusing.

At this point, most of the lessons I am learning seemed to be the same lessons merely repackaged. It’s as though the universe realizes that I am slightly dense some times and need to have things pounded into my head. While I’m still learning and may come across new tips to share with you, I will not be posting this segment each week anymore.  It’s not gone for good. When something occurs that is worth mentioning, I’ll bring it back, it just won’t be a regular weekly post. 

I haven’t decided on a weekly thing to take its place yet (and I’m open to suggestions and if there is anything you want to see here on a regular basis let me know.) So for now I will just be posting my regular style of reviews on Wednesdays.

For my last regularly scheduled tip post, I’m going to post the top five things I’ve learned in the past year.

  1. Buy a pack of plain undershirts and socks with the reinforced toes to work out in.  Working out is a sweaty business and these clothes are going to take a beating. Rather than ruin your everyday socks and t-shirts, pick up an inexpensive pack that you can blitz clean with repeated washings and not worry over.  When they get too worn out from too much sweat and too many washings, relegate them to gardening gear or the rag bin and pick up another package. I actually recommend Hanes as they are not terribly expensive and can take quite a lengthy beating before they need to be replaced.  I tend to get the men’s v-neck ones as they are a little roomier and I don’t like the collar pressing on my neck as I work out.
  2. Patience. You didn’t put on all the weight overnight and you aren’t going to take it off overnight.  You also aren’t going to go from couch potato to winner of an Iron Man style competition in one gym session either. It is better to do consistent small workouts rather than destroying yourself on one big one and giving up for another couple of months. Losing a lot of weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t give up just because you can’t do everything now. Ease yourself in and build up to the level you want.
  3. This is about you.  Even if you work out with a friend and have the encouragement of thousands, it all comes down to you. This matters in several ways.  First it sometimes feels a little selfish to carve out time just for you to work out.  That’s okay.  This is one instance where you can be selfish.  In fact, you need to be a little selfish. This is your time, not a time to help someone else. You are helping you with something no one else can do for you. Secondly, just because other people start a work out in one place, doesn’t mean that’s where you start out.  This is about you and your body, not someone else’s regime. When I started, my knees weren’t happy about lowering me to the floor to do crunches and other floor exercises.  Because of this I used the bed as my flat surface. (I put a towel down first) Some of the movements didn’t work on the cushier surface, but many of them did.  I concentrated on doing those until I lost enough weight that my knees didn’t ache so badly and I was able to move to the floor and add in the movements I couldn’t do on the bed. I know I probably looked ridiculous. While not something I’d seen on a workout video, it worked for me.  Find what works for you, even if it looks silly to others.  This is about you.
  4. Understand that setbacks will appear and that your journey will more than likely not always be smooth sailing.  You may have an extra piece of birthday cake one week because eating it was the best way to stop yourself from saying something you might regret. Friends may visit and insist on a taking you out for a big Italian meal at their favorite restaurant in town.  You may get a bad sunburn on your legs and not be able to walk for two weeks.  A pandemic may shut down your gym and force you to establish a new routine. Life has a funny way of throwing things at you. You need to accept that things happen and then some weeks, a loss might not be possible.  Some weeks you may even gain.  The important bit is to move past the set back and keep going.  Sure, you didn’t need that extra piece of cake, but you didn’t call out your great uncle when he insisted that Elvis pompadour style wig he wears is his real hair. You let that 96 year old think he’s fooled everyone into believing he has a thick head of jet black hair. You get Karma points for that, even if you did gain half a pound in butter cream frosting alone that week and get a stomach cramp from all the extra sugar. Although seriously, I think that wig is part of an Elvis Impersonator costume. It is quite something to behold. But I digress.
  5. Treat yourself with kindness and respect.  Weight loss journey or not, I think this is something we all tend to forget every now and then. I know that I am my own worst critic.  And truth be told, I have said somethings to myself about myself that I wouldn’t even dream of uttering about any other human on the planet. Even if I absolutely despised them.  Yet I am occasionally guilty of saying these things to myself. I’m trying to get better and treat myself with more respect and kindness, because I know I am worth it.  I know you are worth it too.

So there you have it the tip five (ish) biggest lessons I’ve learned this past year. I’m sure I’ll learn more before my journey is done and when I do, you’ll be the first to know.  For now, I’m going to work with what I’ve got and keep trying to move forward.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #50: Effective Tools

Sometimes the right tools can make all of the difference

For anyone following along with my path towards a healthier me, you’ve probably noticed that my diet consists of monitoring portion sizes rather than banning foods all together from my world. This I of course paired with exercise. It is a slow process, at times to me it seems glacial, but it is sustainable.

I enjoy my food. I enjoy the crisp tang of a tart apple as I bite into it. I love the funk of a good cheese and I am fairly certain heaven smells like freshly baked bread. I am positive a slice from a fresh bread still warm from the oven spread with good butter melting in and maybe a drizzle of honey over the top is what they hand you once you pass St. Pete’s entry quiz. Conversely, I’m certain that hell smells like really good bread that you never get to eat. Maybe they pump the scent in from heaven’s ventilation system.

Regardless (now that I have given all of the mechanical engineers out there something to ponder in their spare time), I knew banning foods all together from my life was not going to be a pretense I could maintain. There are certain foods I don’t have all that often. Sure, that I can handle. After all some foods aren’t meant to be eaten every day. If you have cake every day what is the point of a birthday cake? But if you only have cake once in a blue moon than anytime it is served, cake itself makes the day an event.

Seriously, try it. Don’t have cake for a while and then out of the blue (and because when you went to get carrots at the grocery the only bag they had was a fifteen pound bag and once you got the giant bag home it was simply too many carrots not to do something with as they sat there accusingly until you agreed to make carrot cake) make a carrot cake. Every person passing through the kitchen will either ask you what the occasion is or assume they forgot something and sneak off to check their calendars. Because if you only have cake once in a while, when it arrives, it is an event.

Oddly enough this post is not about cake. I was just distracted. I blame the carrots.

I am far more likely to be taken down by savory than by sweet. Cheese in fact is one of my biggest weaknesses. While I can make camembert and stilton (along with their vast cornucopia of cohorts) occasional things, it is the everyday cheddar that has the ability to take me down. While I do treat the crumbly traditional cheddar with the same respect that I afford stilton, the big block of cheddar we get at the grocery store is designated for sandwiches and snacking.

I don’t know if you’ve looked but cheddar tends to be around 100 calories per ounce. And an ounce is not very much when you are talking about cheddar. It is very easy to go over that amount without realizing it. And when your system relies heavily on knowing how many calories you are consuming, it can be maddening. Enter the above two tools. One is a cheese slicer.

If you don’t have one, check the side of your box grater. There is usually a side with the slicer blades on it. I find this super handy for hard cheese like cheddar, especially if I am portioning it out. Sometime in the afternoon cheese and crackers sounds like a good snack. The slicer enables me to get thinner slices than I can manage with a regular knife (without slicing my fingers off in the process). The thinner slices give me the taste I want but not the mass. The slices my particularly effective tool produces (which I think is pretty standard) are the same as the parmesan shavings you see in fancy salads. One slice across a cracker is all that is needed for a snack.

The second tool is the smaller cutting board. Under normal circumstances it is terribly small and tends to look a bit decorative. Do not try carving a Sunday roast upon it. The results will not be pretty. However It is perfect for cheese. First of all for my snack I can place three crackers side by side across it’s length and that is a portion size according to the box. Add the cheese and I have my afternoon snack. It also helps make a small portion of cheese (or anything really) look larger than it is. Especially if you use the board to dress it up. Place the cheese on one side, fan out the crackers, maybe add a small bundle of grapes (not too many as you don’t want them to roll off or crowd the cheese, and maybe add a few olives.

The small board limits the amount you can place on it, and if you arrange things in a lovely manner instead of lumping them on the board, you fit even less. The hidden tool in this tip is the aesthetically pleasing presentation. Cooking shows may like to claim you eat with your eyes first, but quite frankly I think I eat with my nose first, then the eyes. Luckily scents can’t be electronically transmitted with the broadcast.

Secondary or not, the arrangement can help limit the portion size and is a fabulous tool.

I know some of you are thinking, Mimsy, that’s great but I don’t like cheese. My weakness is doughnuts. No problem. One doughnut won’t kill you. It’s the box that will take you down. So take one doughnut (not everyday of course, just once in a while). Place it on your pretty little board, or tray or whatever else you are using, then add a glass of your beverage. Use a low wide glass so it takes up a lot of real estate on your board and keep the amount of liquid low so it doesn’t over balance and spill while you carry you tray to the table (and so you don’t drink more calories than you eat).

That’s one of the reasons I kept the board empty in the photo. It may not make it an exciting picture, but it presents a blank canvas. For me, the weakness is cheese so I use a tool that helps me limit how much I take from the block and use a self contained place to arrange it nicely. Whatever your weaknesses are, I’m sure there are ways to do the same with them. It may require a little bit of thought at first but after a little while, reaching for the tools when you want to eat a certain type of food becomes habit. And that is really the goal here. To create better, healthier habits. This way you can still enjoy what it is you enjoy, just in a better way.

Weekly Weight: 208.2 lbs

May 8th, 2020

Welcome to Friday.  I have to say, this was a strange week for me.  Last weekend I managed (through my own carelessness) to get a rather bad burn on my legs.  As a consequence most of this week has been spent with my legs propped up and smeared with aloe.  There was no walking, there was no exercising.  There was lots of water as I tried to turn myself into something less desiccated and there was more enforced relaxing than I have done in a while.  This week was more about finding a way to sit that didn’t feel like it was going to split my skin open at any moment and less about being productive.

I had very strange Kafka-esqe dreams this week.

I am getting better and on Monday I will be easing into my workouts again (hopefully). Yesterday, I managed to keep a pair of socks on all day without having my ankles swell as blood rushed to the damaged areas. (the tops of my feet were burned.) Sunday, I plan on attempting shoes, if that goes well, a short walk may be in order Monday. 

I am hopeful.

Despite the lack of exercise I was trying not to have a massive gain. There was clearly some increase, but I didn’t balloon up by 20 lbs overnight, which is my fear.  I know not an entirely rational fear, but a fear nonetheless. I’ll get over it.  Gaining just under a pound and a half when my greatest activity is walking across a room, isn’t all that bad in my book. And the break was good for me. I got to read and slack off which is rare for me during the week. Even with the current stay at home orders in place there always seem to be more things to do in a day than I have time for so I probably needed a break anyway. 

I certainly slept like I did.

But like I said, I am on the mend.  It is just slower than I like.  I do know my mending isn’t all in my head though as my baby doll informed me that I am no longer walking like an arthritic penguin, but more like a gimpy pirate.

He is such a comfort to me.

It was the burning of the knees that caused the most trouble. It got the most sun and is also the skin that takes the most movement when I walk so I have been trying to walk by moving my knees as little as possible. Hence the penguin effect.  My left knee was burned more than my right so now I’m a gimpy pirate, which means the right is healing.

I will say pain has a way of narrowing your focus.  Nothing outside of my immediate reach has attracted my attention this entire week.  Instead of catching up on news casts, I read a couple of old Jennifer Crusie novels. Incidentally, for a fun, but not too taxing read I’d recommend Wild Ride.  It is about a daemon possessed amusement park.  Oh, and it’s a romance. It was an excellent choice for this week. I think they also have it as an audio book on Audible if you prefer listening to books. I listened to several others of hers on Audible this week as well.  Wild Ride I just happened to pick up at a book sale.

But now to the stats:

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 206.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 208.2 lbs

Weight change this week: +1.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 37.8 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 85.2 lbs

It feels strange listing weight this week when I did so very little, but I am glad I did.  It keeps me focused and reminds me that this was just a break.  Even if my walking is slow getting started again next week, I think I will add a bit of arm work.  Mostly because even though I enjoyed the time off, I am starting to feel a bit antsy with all this lack of movement. I never thought sitting could be so exhausting. I hope everyone has a great Friday and I will see you back here for the Friday face mask later today.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #48: The Unexpected

Sometimes in life things happen and you just have to make adjustments.  I know this is something we are all familiar with at this point.  Sometimes however the unexpected is a little closer to home. You know, there are times when I think myself really clever.  I’ll do something or write something or figure out a snarl in my plot in an unexpectedly delightful way and I will feel really good about myself.

There are other times when I manage to do something so bone-headedly stupid that I wonder why I don’t have a slew of Darwin Award trophies on my mantle.

This weekend was one of my not so bright moments. 

If you’ve been following along, you most likely know that I garden and that we have had a boat load of spring rain in my area. This weekend, it was sunny. 

In fact, it was just about perfect.

roses from my yard

The sun was shining and the temperature warm but not too hot. The roses were beginning to bloom. In fact. I cut a few for inside. A cool breeze was blowing so that nothing seemed too warm even when drowsing in the sun.  I sprayed myself down with sunscreen and did some work in the garden.  I then moved all of my seedlings outdoors for a chance to spend some time outside. 

Afterwards everything looked so lovely I thought ‘why not read out in the back garden?’ 

It was a nice break from being inside all the time and I was, quite ready for an outdoor break.  I loved my Wonder Woman Marathon, but there is only so much time I can sit on the couch. 

I also decided to change out of my jeans and put on a loose fitting summer dress.  I was quite happy to get to take it out of the closet (mostly because it didn’t fit me last summer and is now a little too loose on me). I was proud of myself for getting to wear it.

As we all know, pride goes before a fall.

This was no exception.

I settled myself with a book and fell into my story. For several hours.

Occasionally I moved around and my skirt shifted with movements, especially when I propped my knees up.  But I thought ‘hey I might actually get some sun on my ghost white legs’.

And boy did I.

Oh yes, my darlings, I sprayed myself with sunscreen when wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but in my haste to enjoy the perfect day, forgot to apply more when I changed and put none at all on my legs or upper arms where the skin was covered previously.

What occurred was a motley patchwork of burns on my inner thighs, knees, calves and feet.  (I kicked off my shoes to prop my feet on an extra chair.) The burns were pretty bad and I have been hobbling around ever since.  My arms are painful, but my legs feel as though the skin shrunk (which I suppose it did) and any movement is somewhat painful and walking is certainly out of the question. Making it from room to room is an effort. There is no way I am making it on the trail this week.

At the moment standing is not my favorite either. In fact the only position repotely comfortable is the one I was sitting in when I got the burn, ie. sitting with my feet propped up.  Monday morning I went to use the restroom and took longer than I expected because I had to work up the courage to stand back up and face the pain as the skin on my legs shifted.

It is getting better. Fear not, I don’t think I did myself any permanent harm. There are no blisters, just really red skin that feels really tight. It is just really painful at the moment.

Worse is that I know I did it to myself.

I did this stupid thing to me because I forgot extra sunscreen and lost track of time while reading.  As I almost always lose track of time while reading, I should have known better. Ghost white legs with no sun protection do not need to spend five hours in the sun.

Cool breeze or not.

So now I am dealing with the unexpected. I am giving my legs a break from walking, my body in general a break from exercising (mostly because I have no choice in the matter) and I am placing sunscreen at strategic points in the house so it is always visible. Although I think I will remember this for quite some time to come.

So unexpectedly I find myself with a week with no exercise.  I am watching my calorie count, but I do not have high hopes for Friday’s weigh in.  I really wish I could blame someone else, but really,  I can’t. this was all me. At best I could raise my fist and glare at the sun, but that really won’t help and it hurts to lift my arm that high at the moment anyway.

I will say, I am very happy to have that four pack of moisturizing face masks at the moment.  I have been lounging with them this week and suspect they will be used up by this coming weekend. 

Well timed Face-tory. 

Although I had about three layers of spf of differing strengths already on my face, so oddly my face is fine while the rest of me isn’t so happy. Still, I will admit, the extra serum in the mask packets is being applied to arms and legs and the extra moisture is quite appreciated.

As each day is a little less painful, I know that this too will pass.  I will probably be mobile by Friday in fact even if I leave off walking again until Monday.  But all my plans for this week have sadly been chucked in the bin.

For the moment I just have to accept that. Next week I will get back to walking and I will add in the Wii Fit to see if it actually adds anything to my at home workout.  This week, I am spending a lot of it with my feet propped up, a hydrating mask on my face and cartoons playing on the television.  At the moment, I’m partial to Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated.  It’s on Netflix if anyone is interested.  Louis Black plays the Mysterious Mr. E. which I find somewhat amusing. Plus, it is really hard to feel too bad about yourself when watching Scooby Doo. Or at least that’s my take on it. Maybe it just makes me feel better.

Regardless, next week, we resume real life, this week, I’m taking a bodily enforced break. If nothing else, let this serve as a reminder, don’t forget the sunscreen, even if it seems only mildly warm outside. We are entering the season of the sun. while SPF is important year round, it is doubly so now. Enjoy the sun responsibly.

Weekly Weight: 207.4 lbs

April 17, 2020

I will say, there was a happy dance this morning when I saw the numbers were decreased from last week. I think the main reason they went down this week was that the rain finally stopped the flooding left the park and the walking trail was again opened. Also the recent cold snap brought in by the rain meant that I was one of the few people in the park. There were a couple of people, mostly walking dogs with thick fur coats.

One of my neighbors has a Bernese Mountain dog who looked like he was just sprung from prison. His owner was thankful that she had yet to give him his summer hair cut.

A fact she told me from across the wide expanse of the eight foot trail as we each held tightly to our sides, hers a more trying effort as the dog wanted to make new friends. Apparently he’s having issues with social distancing. Of course he also had issues with his attempts to make friends with the herons who have more or less taken up the creek side of the park. I’m guessing they arrived with the rains as several looked confused that the lake covering the trail and surrounding flat land covered by the overflowing creek was now gone.

I’m not sure if it was an accident, surprise from the Bernese, or retaliation for invading the park the herons now claimed as their own, but when taking off one of them dropped a fish on me.It was only about four inches long and more rounded than long and it was still wiggling. I didn’t realize the creek had more than minnows.

I have to say, people may be having a hard time with staying at home and not conducting their lives as usual, but the wildlife, at least in my area, seems to be having a blast with the change in the status quo. While there are always birds in our park, especially at this time of year, at the moment they seem to have taken over.

While I use the trail nearly daily, the bulk of the people who are on the trail during the day come from the large office buildings and private (year round) school that back up onto the park and walking trail. I know the businesses have their own interconnected walking trail for employees only that ties into the public one and the school’s play area is adjacent to it. With the schools and office buildings (they are corporate offices I think) all closed with only one or two staff to check on the buildings now and again, the use of the walking trail has gone down significantly.

Luckily, the birds are of different varieties or I would feel as though I was walking into an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

They stare but they look more confused by my presence (and those walking dogs) than anything else. Kinda fun. Other than that it has been a quiet week. My seedlings are almost to the point where I can take them out of the green house and start hardening them in the day time at least for preparation for being left out overnight. I am already snipping off mint and oregano to dry in the oven for teas and seasoning and I can tell you that after limiting my fresh veg because of grocery store avoidance, I have been very focused on my tomato seedlings and lettuce beds.

While the tomatoes will have to wait until high summer, at which point I will probably be buried under them considering how many I planted this year (Lycopene for everybody!) I know I’m going to have to hold back on thinning the salad veg too aggressively.

I can honestly say when I started my diet, I never thought I would actually miss salad. Oh, how the world has changed in a year.

As you can probably tell, it was a relatively quiet week here, which given the alternative, suits me fine. So, as you’ve been caught up on my world,to the stats.

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 208.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 207.4 lbs

Weight lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 38.6 lbs

weight left to lose (apx.) 84.4 lbs

So there you have it my darlings, not to shabby a week. Now it is time for me to get back to work, even if the back of my brain is still trying to plot out how to defend the lettuces against the brigade of rabbits already plotting their invasion strategies. There will more than likely be chicken wire in my future. There will also be a face mask this afternoon. I received two really interesting ones in subscription boxes this month so I have to decide which one I want to use first by this afternoon.Tune in later to see which I go for. Until then, have a great Friday.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #46: Why Bother?

a new pair of shoes and moving forward one step at a time

I had this conversation with a friend of mine the other day and it really stuck with me. We’ll call my friend Jane for the sake of this post and to respect her privacy. She and I have very similar weight issues, i.e. far too much of it and no actual underlying health issues that aren’t weight related (like joint pain from feet being asked to carry too much weight). I think I started in about two lbs heavier than she was, but as I was 246 that put her at 244. For the past year we have both been inching along with our weight loss.

We were also meeting up once every week or so for moral support (and because our gym schedules happened to allign). I haven’t actually seen her since February at this point though.

When I spoke to her a few nights back she said that she wasn’t going to bother even thinking about her weight until the world returned to something more stable. Her argument was, quite simply, Why bother? Why bother focusing on weight loss when there are so many more important things to focus on right now? She even went so far as to put her scale in the cupboard.

I didn’t argue with her as weight and its loss are both very personal things that need to be dealt with individually, but I thought about what she said. I thought about it a lot.

And I have to say I disagree.

First off, I would like to say that, you should still pay attention to what is going on in the world. Sticking your head in the sand isn’t going to help you, although holing up like a hibernating bear might. Like most people I am following the news. However, there comes a point where paying too much attention is likely to drive me mad and having something other than the outside world to pay attention to has helped me tremendously.

While I am always thrilled when the scale shows me a lower number, and every weight loss no matter how small is celebrated by a happy dance, my goal at this time is merely not to gain weight. My weekly step on the scale is more of a monitoring process and part of my weekly routine.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still trying to lose weight, but I am more forgiving with myself than usual.

I find routines very important. Its why I started doing the weekly weigh in to begin with. I wanted a consitent day and time to step onto the scale to monitor my progress, lack of progress or even set backs. It keeps me honest and because I am sharing it with you, accountable.

Maintaining that routine makes me feel a bit more normal. In addition, at this point in my world because my weight loss plan involves monitoring my caloric intake and my exercising I sort of know how many calories I need to consume each day. With several week’s worth of groceries on hand, monitoring my weight each week actually helps me avoid some of my stress eating. Even if I only see my baby and no one else, I am still accountable to the scale each week. If I gain a bunch of weight, it probably means I am stress eating and need to stop.

If only so we don’t run out of groceries.

Being able to monitor the groceries also provides a level of comfort for me. Which is why I still have as healthy a meal plan as I can create at this point in time without constantly running out to the store for fresh veg and relying on a lot of frozen and dried produce from the freezer. Also much of that came from last year’s garden and needs to be cleared out as this year’s garden gets underway.

So the clearing out is actually a productive thing.

Adding workouts to my schedule despite not having access to the gym not only lets me build in breaks to my day, it also helps me relieve stress by focusing on just the way my body moves instead of following numerical progressions across the face of the globe. It not only keeps me active, which most doctors agree is a good thing, but I am doing exercises that force me to focus on my breathing.

During the exercise, whether I am following along with a Youtube yoga or five pound weight video or following along with the Planet Fitness Facebook page (my most common sources for videos) or walking around the neighborhood to stretch my legs in the sunshine between the rainstorms, there is my breath.

Steady in and steady out.

Not only does the action calm me, but as I don’t have any problems with the breathing in and out, I am also reassured that I am still healthy. I am reminded that I am fine.

No matter what news story I just finished watching.

While I respect my friend Jane and her decision not to even think about her weight or the scale for a while, for me, I believe there is ample reason to still bother monitoring my weight, even if it isn’t strictly to help with loss, and to maintain my workout routine, even if it isn’t completely for exercise.

I still focus on the outside world, but spending a little time focusing on myself actually helps me maintain a good balance so that I can deal with events without being overwhelmed. I know this isn’t technically speaking any sort of dieting tip, but I wanted to state why I am continuing with these posts the way they are. Hopefully you find the posts an enjoyable break from what’s going on in your life.

As for me, (and the lead photo for this post) my current pair of sneakers wore out and I just received their replacement. Actually my baby doll ordered the replacement based on a previous order. I was going to test out a different shoe this time around, but I forgot to tell him I was going to order them, so I have these.

I actually checked my chart and it was this time last year that I started monitoring my mileage on the shoes to see how many miles I got out of them before they were replaced. At that time I was alternating between the gym and the walking trail. At the moment, I am exclusively walking in the neighborhood and the walking trail. I think it just might be an interesting contrast to see how long this pair lasts compared to the others.

And yes that is another thing for me to keep track of, another item to add to my routine. I am by nature a list maker and I find this soothing. Hopefully you find it entertaining. So I will record this set of shoes for their mileage and compare it to last year. Then I’ll branch out to a different pair of shoes. maybe Reebok or Adidas next time instead of New Balance. We’ll see, for now the important thing is to just keep moving, one step at a time.

Weekly Weight: 209.2 lbs

April 3rd, 2020

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.

weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #44: The pantry

The pantry, staples, emergency and comfort

As I’ve mentioned before, my diet plan involves controlling my portion size and exercising. No foods are technically forbidden, although I do try to eliminate some that I know aren’t the best for me and there are no crazy things I have to eat. It is a simple calories in, calories out plan, with attention paid to exercising all of my body. Its a simple plan.

Well under normal circumstances it is a simple plan. But as we all know, normal is a sliding scale right now.

Instead of the gym I have been using workout videos gleaned from the internet, YouTube and the Facebook page of Planet Fitness have been crucial in helping me keep moving, especially as we’ve had frequent rainstorms blasting us while the weather makes its way, with some degree of difficultly from Winter into Spring.

This is not a year of easy transitions for anyone it seems.

The biggest change I have been dealing with has been with my food. Under normal circumstances, I have a system.On Friday afternoon, once rested from my Friday Face mask and before I start back to my afternoon’s work, I break out my meal plan for the following week. I double check the calories and portion sizing on the recipes I plan to make and then I write my grocery list. At this point many of my recipes are repeat players so the calories are already broken out. saturday, my baby doll looks over the list and adds things he wants that I didn’t put on the list.

Somehow candy always gets added. Go figure.

Then Sundays we go shopping.

As you are all no doubt aware, all that pretty much went out the window.

while we stocked up for a few weeks and have been self-isolating, we started to run out of things and so on Monday we made a list and went to the grocery store.(As a note, I live in Tennessee, while we have been asked to stay home for the good of all and we actually have been, the closing of non-essential businesses went into effect midnight last night. At least state wide, prior to that Mayors were just closing cities)

So Monday we went to the store with a list, but it wasn’t a meal plan list exactly. It was a list of essentials we would need for a month. We did not plan meals because we weren’t entirely certain what would be available. The last time we shopped, several shelves were very bare. They were again this time, but we got most of out essentials.

It was once we got home that meal planning began.

At this point I am still working towards remaining healthy and active and I would really like to continue to lose weight. I also recognize that the world is bonkers right now and the best I might be able to manage is to not gain weight. I will still post my weekly weight and work towards my weight loss goal, but I am going to try to be less obsessive about the scale.

However at the moment menu planning has taken on a more important role than just my calorie count. we are healthy and able to work from home. All of our relatives are in lock down somewhere else and currently outside of our ability to visit. So with enough food to last, there is no reason to leave the house for the next month.

I just have to portion the food out to last the month.

Luckily, I am a meal planning rock star.

Or so I tell myself.

And yes for the psychologically inclined out there, meal planning is also a way to exert control on an uncontrollable situation. So to keep things more normal in the house, I have sort of broken down our pantry, fridge and freezer full of groceries into weekly segments. While I settled this week’s meals, on Friday I will sit down with my baby and plan out the meals for next week. I will suggest chicken for Wednesday and ask what sort of sides or flavor profile he would like to see and we will discuss.

I’ve found that in general as long as he can have some input on the side dish or flavor, then he is pretty much okay with whatever I cook and will accept the portion I make. At this point I’ve figured out about how many calories we each need on a daily basis so it’s not as difficult as it seems.

I know this is more of a what’s going on than a tip, but here’s the tip. Treat your pantry, fridge and freezer as though they were the grocery store. Split what you have into weeks, but be general about it and allow for some wiggle room. There might be one day where one of the members of the household spends a little too much time in front of the news and you need to switch out your light veggie centric dish for a comforting grilled cheese. Its okay, just adjust and take it from another day as you shift things around.

Not watching the news just before dinner helps though. Especially if you are inclined towards stress eating.

The best way I’ve found to reduce stress eating in the past few weeks is to eat dinner, then brush my teeth and then with my mouth all minty fresh, watch the news to check for updates. Then if I feel the need to chew something after, I go for my stock pile of peppermint gum.

And yes, we stocked up on that when we loaded the pantry as well.

I know it’s not a typical dieter’s tip, but I hope it helps anyone out there reading.

Weely Weight: 210.6 lbs

March 27th, 2020

Yeah, I knew there was going to be a significant weight gain. I was hoping it was less, but given everything I am not surprised. There was the lack of any form of work out last week combined with over eating very highly caloric foods. There was also stress.

Stress always makes me gain weight, or at least it has in the past. I don’t see why that would actually change.

But this week I started in on a new plan. I added a bit of yoga stretching and a segment of hand weights to my week to make up for the gym. I meant to add a third but there was a bit of a kerfuffle, Apparently our internet provider was not prepared for so many people to work remotely so wednesday I couldn’t get a video to load without spending more time looking at the circular loading symbol than the actual video. Thursday of course I did the weights again.

In general my gym sessions aren’t designed to burn massive calories though, I do it for my strength training more or less and burn calories with my walk.And when it is raining I use the gym’s treadmills.

So with the constant rain for the past week or so, either my walking around the block between bursts of rain did nothing or it did something and I was just worse off last week than I thought. Because I was kind enough to myself not to actually step on the scale at the end of last week, we will never know.

And quite frankly I am fine with that.

This week we got things situated so my baby can work from home and neither go bonkers nor drive me to the brink of insanity. which is a pretty big victory. Although I now have a standing lunch date as he more or less figures that if he is taking a lunch break then I should too, There are worse things.

The electronics seemed to have sorted themselves out and after a full day of no rain yesterday, I went to check the walking trail and the flood waters were receding. I should actually be able to walk today in a normal fashion. As the lack of walking was beginning to make me feel antsy I am very happy to report that. So while I am not pleased with the weight gain, I was expecting it and in an effort to practice self-care, I am calling this a re-boot. I am not going to list how much I gained in my stats today (although you can easily do the math, I did it in my head already) I am going to simply take this as current weight and move on. As I become more comfortable with home workouts and begin walking again, I’m sure the numbers on the scale will once again be in decline and my spirits will rise. What that rate will be is anyone’s guess. For now I am happy to one again have a routine. Or at least the start of one. Please let me know if you find my Home Fitness Posts helpful or if you’d like to see something added or taken away from them. Or if you’d like me to drop them all together. For those who come more for the beauty related topics, next week I will be catching up on some of my palette posts as I got a bit slack with posting them. I have been practicing my swatching though so they might be more helpful this time around.

So to the stats.

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Current Weight: 210.6 lbs

Amount of weight lost to date: 35.4 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 87.6 lbs

Okay folks there is the reboot. we will see where things go from here as we step out into this brave new world of ours. Well not too far out as we are all mostly still practicing self-isolation. Metaphorically out I suppose. Anyway I will see you all this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. I hope you have a good Friday.

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