Weekly Weight: 217.8 lbs

The Scale February 26th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly weigh in.  I won’t lie I was somewhat nervous stepping on the scale this morning.  This week there was Pizza and wings and I full expected to have gained.  The fact that I lost a little makes me happy.  It also means that I am on track with my exercises.  I managed a walk each day this week and with the exception of Wednesday morning where the grease monster took over my belly, I managed to do my short list of exercises each day.  Four out of five days isn’t bad.  Next week I am trying for five days straight. 

This week as things are moving along a little easier I will be keeping more or less the same schedule as before, adding in the Wii when I can, and getting into the habit of doing those few set exercises every day.  I know this plan does make the weekly workouts posted a little on the boring side, but I don’t really need my workout plan to be exciting.  I need oit to be something consistent that I can incorporate into my daily habits.  Once that is done, I’ll increase them a little at a time.

At the moment the strength in doing a small workout each day is that it takes so little time and is really easy to add in. I think increasing it slowly is the way to go, at least for me. At least that is my plan.  I’m sure at some point my plan will change, because it so often does, but as long as I keep moving and keep my calories in check I don’t think that matters.  I’m not training for a marathon or racing towards a goal. So taking my weight down in short little nibbles without getting discouraged enough to quit all together is where my goals lie.  As long as I never actually stop, I can go as slow as I want.  And even though I had a speed bump this week, I still managed to make the numbers go down a little. So that counts for something.

And yes the slow and steady does make me feel like a turtle.  Personally, I’m okay t=with that.  I like turtles.

So to the stats…

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week: 218.2 lbs

This week: 217.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 28.2 lbs

So it may not be much weight lost this week but I am going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I have my meal plan in place and my baby doll and I have discussed why maybe a small container of candy or pretzels might be a better rotten day treat than a giant pizza and a boat load of wings.  Mostly because the sodium sky rocketed his blood pressure so his body rejected it more than mine did. I’d be happier if reason made more of an impact, but I will take it.  Especially now that his blood pressure is back under control. I will always love pizza and wings, but I think next time, I will bake the wings myself and mix up my own pizza dough.  I actually have recipes I like for both so it isn’t like we are excluding them from our lives.  I just can’t have them ready for pick up in fifteen minutes when my baby has an impulse.  They require planning. But they also allow me a little more control. Even if I am the turtle, control is good.

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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.


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.

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.


Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

The Scale: January 29th, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

While any loss is a good loss, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t just a little bit disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I’m not terribly surprised though.  While I got a lot of exercise Monday and Tuesday and even got a walk in on Wednesday, by Wednesday afternoon the clouds were rolling in and I spent all of Thursday at my desk. 

I managed to break away a couple of time to visit the restroom and to secure rations in the kitchn (i.e coffee and lunch time soup) most of the time if I even thought about getting up from the desk the phone rang.  The entire day was one mental crisis after another.   In addition I also didn’t drink my usual water during the day and woke up late at night feeling like a dehydrated camel.  Two am saw me treating my soda stream like an oasis.

So I’m not surprised that it was only a 0.2 lbs loss this week.  I always have a bad morning on the scale when I have a day like Thursday.  But the good thing is I know it is only temporary. So while the scale didn’t move as much as I wanted it to, I have high hopes for next week.  And it is, in the grand scheme of things, a small disappointment. 

I still lost a little bit of weight and I understand why it wasn’t more. 

So just ignore my whining if you would, you know I don’t really mean it. 

With the exception of yesterday it was actually a pretty good week.  I leaned into the veggies and my baby doll has stopped sighing over the fact that the delicious treats of the holidays are no more.  When we moved in he thought vegetables meant potatoes and that if a vegetable didn’t look like a real world version of playmobile then something was horribly wrong.  I’m pretty sure he thought salads were vaguely poisonous. Or at the very least demoralizing. 

So the fact that we had four straight days of vegetarian dinners this week is kind of a minor miracle. Tonight is roast chicken with peas and a side salad so he will feel rewarded for his suffering.  He has also looked at my drink recipe and decided he will be sticking to whisky tonight so he will have his whiskey in a tumbler and I will have my cocktail this week.  (I think it is mostly that after a week of veggies he had to draw the line at something and the pink cocktail was it.), We’ll still share happy hour, just have different drinks. But that is for tonight.  Today is about mopping up from yesterday’s explosion of insanity and getting everything squared away before the weekend hits.

So to the stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 219.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost in total thus far:  27 lbs.

I know every little bit helps and in the end it will all add up to a healthy weight for my body so I shouldn’t be disappointed.  To be honest I think I’m still more annoyed by yesterday than I am disappointed. But that too will fade. And my weight loss journey leading into the land of the healthy will continue. For now I will just have to be happy with my little sliver of loss and work harder for a better week next week.


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Weekly Weight: 219.2 lbs

The Scale: January 22, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.2 Lbs

This week was an interesting week for me.  I worked hard on getting up early and actually managed to get up early.  Familiarity did not make getting up early any easier.  At no time did my body really accept that I was getting up early.  Each day, it tried to talk me out of it.  On some mornings I was able to do an early morning workout with my You Tube Video Workouts, on others I went for a super early morning walk.

While I know I need toe workouts so that I can target all my body, I really preferred the walking.  I think part of it was not having to face an enthusiastic instructor.  I’m pretty sure that in order to be a fitness instructor, you have to have a positive go team go kind of attitude.  I get that and normally its not too much of a problem. I just find it difficult to face in the mornings.

I much prefer walking with my music in the mornings. Actually what was interesting is that I thought it would be an early morning kind of slowly wake up affair.  I’d play gentle music maybe something from my classics collection, Vivaldi maybe or even Mozart, maybe listen to a podcast or the news on the radio.

Nope. I found myself gravitating to Metallica, Rage Against the Machine and Nine Inch Nails.

Every. Morning.

I don’t know if I’m really cut out for quiet Zen. Or perhaps it was dark and I was awake so the back of my brain just decided that there was no way this was an early morning workout, because I would not do such a thing to it,  so it must be a late night party instead and gravitated towards the most appropriate play lists.

I have to say it was kind of nice.  I have been listening to more classical music lately, mostly because I find it easier to work with music that doesn’t have lyrics. While RATM is often my Friday Face mask Music I haven’t listened to some of the other albums I played on my mornings this week in a while. It was nice to hear them again.

But music aside, I did manage to get in my morning exercise, which sadly means that the earlier wake up is kind of the way I need to move forward. Despite not really liking it, I had no skipped workouts because of time this week.  Getting them in and knocked out early before I start my day is really the best thing for me. 

This was not the outcome I was hoping for.  I was hoping I would find there was no change in how many workouts were skipped and I could decide this idea was not for me.  But alas my darlings it was not.  So for the next wile I will be getting up early where I want to or not and using that extra time to do my workouts. The only thing I have to watch is the sleepy snacking.  While I’m not a big snacker, this week I started gravitating towards the snacks.  It wasn’t bad, mostly because we don’t have anything really bad in the house. I had a hand full of peanuts here a slice of cheese there. The issue is that I wasn’t snacking because I was hungry but because I was sleepy. It is something I will have to monitor and keep track of moving forward.

Over all though, despite my wining it was a pretty good workout week.

The stats: Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 219.2 lbs

Lost this week 0.8 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 26.8 lbs

It is a little shy of my one pound per week goal, but not terribly short.  I’m going to blame the snacking for part of it.  Also dinner was a little salt heavy which tends to throw the next morning off.  Either way I am pleased that my journey continues and my weight continues decreasing one sliver at a time. And now, it is on with the day! I hope you have a fantastic one, my darlings.

Weekly Weight: 220.0 lbs

The Scale: January 15th, 2021

Today I am pleased I lost some of the weight I gained over the holidays.  I am happy I lost over a pound this week. 

I didn’t always get my workouts it. Or at least not my full ones but I did manage to keep on track with my calories.  So that was a pretty big deal.  And I’ll admit, there were days this week I really didn’t want to.  I’ve been waking up sore and stiff and I couldn’t figure out what was happening. 

I foolishly started checking medical websites. After ten minutes I thought I was dying. Then I realized most of the symptoms didn’t match anything I had. The worst was when I thought it could be a heart attack and so I listened for my heart to see if it was beating okay and if there were any chest pains. 

Then I realized that to listen I was holding my breath, which was starting to cause chest pains until I released it.

It turned out it really was pillow and possibly mattress related.  We did a pillow swap and while the muscles still ache, I can tell it isn’t as bad as yesterday. New pillows will be ordered this weekend and the great mattress replacement quest will begin.

But as health related as that is, it is not the point of this post.

Although I will leave you with the recommendation that if you are going to look at medical websites, have someone with you to tell you when you are being crazy.  Don’t search them when you are alone or you will make yourself crazy.

But back to the weight. Less exercise but maintaining my calorie count helped.  I don’t know why I’m shocked as it is basic logic. Yet somehow, I am. 

So to the stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs

So I am going into the weekend feeling slightly foolish for my reaction to medical websites but over a pound lighter than last week. It doesn’t erase the feeling of foolishness, but it helps. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. And uses the buddy system for medical websites.

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Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale, January 8th, 2021

I’m not going to lie, I was crushed when I saw the numbers on the scale this morning. I also stepped on the scale three more times to make certain this was the weight number it wanted to give me.

It was.

I don’t know why I thought it might change, but it didn’t.

I ate a lot of rich food over the last two weeks. I also did not exercise as much as I should have. I get that. it isn’t really a mind bender to see where the weight came from. I was hoping it was less.

However the one bright spot was that last night’s dinner was pretty heavy. Heavier even than our normal Friday night calorie splurge. Usually Friday night we have a larger meal as kind of a reward for eating light all week, however even those meals pale in comparison to the Birthday stroganoff from last night.

Tonight Dinner will be salad. We will still do the Friday Happy Hour (which will be a post later today) but those are much smaller indulgences. Especially this week.

And January 7th was the last of the truly big meals until Easter so I am okay. Really I am. I hate really hate seeing the scale mark me as being back in the 220s but this is a flying visit. I will not be staying. Soon it will be left behind.

And so we get to the stats of the first Weigh in of the year. While I will still post my initial beginning weight I will start off with just this week’s weight and not look back.

I know it bends the rules in my favor but it makes me feel better for seeing a seven pound holiday weight gain this morning. I am in need of just a little bit of comfort. And because we are starting the year off, I will also add in my measurements.

So, the stats…

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

Start of the year Measurements:

Bust: 48 inches

Waist: 46 inches

Hips: 47.5 inches

So at least if nothing else I have a record of where I am starting this year. Hopefully all but the pounds lost numbers will shrink in the upcoming months. While I understand where this weight gain came from and I am not happy seeing it, I know what I have to do to lose it and being stunned by the scale isn’t enough to make me give up. I learned a long time ago that sometimes life kicks you in the teeth, When it does, you just have to get back up again, even if you grumble about life sucker punching you. The same applies to weight loss. The gain is a step back but not a halt. So today I will walk and get back on my routine. I will also be having salad for dinner to hopefully scrape the stroganoff off of my innards. I hope if you had a holiday set back, you are getting right back into gear too. I know you can do it.

Weekly Weight:213.4 lbs

The Scale: December 18th, 2020

Do you know what I just realized? Since Christmas and New Year’s Day are both on Fridays and I am giving myself a holiday break from the scale, this is the last weight post of the year.

I feel that as a gift to myself I will not weigh in until after both holidays have passed. I’ll still be working out and watching what I eat, but there will be indulgences. I anticipate a little temporary weight gain but as I proved to myself over Thanksgiving , it will indeed only be a temporary set back.

Plus, I realized yesterday that I sort of need a little mental break from dieting, if only on the official recording. Yesterday, if you read the Daily post, you saw that I just had to let thoughts of diets and fitness go. I didn’t do anything crazy, and I stayed within my calories oddly enough, I just didn’t work out. This morning I did a couple of youtube videos. The same ones I did on Monday actually. So, I did get right back to it, I just needed a day off.

That is one thing that sort to settles to the back of your mind as you try to lose a lot of weight. You hold firm to the idea of being a healthy weight. You spur yourself forward by celebrating small victories along the way but it is a long haul. Counting calories every day, monitoring what you eat and what you do so that everything stays on track is somewhat exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong, it needs to be done. Even before restaurants went on limited service, I cooked almost all of our meals at home.We ate out maybe once a month or once every other month. For me dieting meant scaling back portion sizes and learning how to make certain foods a little bit healthier. Initially that added a layer to the effort where I had to rethink a lot of my recipes, but for the most part that has settled. But the calorie count still remains, and will remain throughout as portion size is still where I have a tendency to slip up.

So for the next two weeks I will still count calories and watch my portion size. I will get my exercise in but I will be giving myself the gift of not stepping on the scale until the first official weigh in of the year, January 8th. If there is one resolution I know I am going to make this year, it is that I am going to be kinder to myself. The break from the scale is the first step of that.

So what are the stats that technically close out 2020?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 214.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 213.4 lbs

Weight lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 32.4 lbs

Personally I am very happy with this end of the year figure. I was hoping to be under the two hundred mark by New Year’s but I am confident that sometime in 2021 that will happen. This 32 lbs is just the start. My journey will continue. So over the holiday I will recover from the exhausting nature of eternally monitoring weight loss and get back into it fresh as the new year begins. I don’t know how many of you are on a similar journey but I hope you remember that it is okay to get tired of the whole thing and want to quit. I hope that even if you do need to take a moment or two and just let it go, you know that it is okay and that you can just as easily get back into it after a short breather. I think in the new year, all of us need to be a little kinder to ourselves.

Weekly Weight: 214.8 lbs

The Scale: December 11th, 2020

This week I focused more on trying to maintain a schedule than anything else.  I was moderately successful. To my absolute delight, all of the weight I put on over Thanksgiving came right off again.  Even though the stats below list the changes from last week, if you look at the post from the Friday before Thanksgiving it is the exact same weight (I went back and checked).

While it may seem like I am standing still with those numbers it actually gives me hope. It means that I may have added weight when I indulged over the holiday, but that weight didn’t stay.  While Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be less indulgent, mostly because we don’t usually do a giant feast at either time in my house, there will still be upcoming holiday indulgences. 

The meals while not as massive in scope will be richer fare than we usually eat.  For example, since New Year’s Eve is an at home celebration then I will be making Beef Wellington so that we have a more elevated meal than our every night dinners. There may even be ‘gasp’ candles on the table along with a good bottle of red. With champagne to follow later that night of course. It is after all New Year’s eve.

While still calorie laden and celebratory, it easier to control the portion size than it is at Thanksgiving.  With Thanksgiving so many of the traditional family recipes are meant to feed twelve or more people so that even with cutting the ratios down we ended up with left overs for an entire week. While we haven’t talked about Christmas dinner yet, like New Years it will be an elevated from our usual meal type of dinner, rather than an attempt to get all of the traditional favorites on one table at the same time.

And yes, my weight will probably fluctuate because of that.  However, if I was able to take Thanksgiving off again, I will be able to deal with the rest. And as the next extravagant meal is Valentine’s day, followed by Easter I should be fine.  Especially as after Easter there are no more food themed holidays until next Thanksgiving.

So I have hope for combating any holiday weight gain and plan to hit January feeling strong and settled into a routine that I can maintain well before it comes time to make New Year’s resolutions. I love when my resolution where health and fitness is concerned can be boiled down to just – keep doing what I’m doing – rather than making an unrealistically optimistic plan for what I will do over the course of the coming year. In the past I have made unrealistic goals for fitness in the future and then been very disappointed when I couldn’t reach them. This year I am setting up my routine for the new year well in advance so there is no New Year’s pressure. I’ll make other resolutions, but they won’t be related to weight (other than to continue losing it). I’m sure some of them will be unrealistic too, because I always feel overly optimistic at the start of a new year. But it won’t deal with my weight.

Upcoming resolutions aside, I am confident of whittling even more excess weight from my frame.

Hope and confidence aren’t a bad way to start a Friday.

Let’s look at the Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 214.8 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 216.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 31.2 lbs

I am very pleased with myself this morning.  There may be a few times I had to adjust my workout plans because reality intruded in the form of sore thigh muscles and an overly long conference call. But the holiday weight came off and I know that even if my upcoming celebratory moments aren’t exactly diet friendly, I can work to make certain they are not permanent additions to my body and merely temporary visitations of weights past.

Not exactly Charles Dickens, but good enough for me. 

Now all I have to do is find a good pair of walking shoes and I am set. while I have been using the New Balance for several years (I go through about one pair every three months because i walk holes in the soles) I think it might be time to try something new. I’m getting close to the halfway mark of using the pair I’m wearing now so if I start looking into them now, then i can have a new set waiting in the wings instead of panic ordering the same set of shoes once I see the rubber starting to wear down to foam. The problem is that since I don’t need them yet, I push it off to the back burner.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I’m just going to be pulling up websites and looking at reviews to pick my next choice. I’ll of course test them out here and show you how they perform compared to the New Balance. I’m just not sure which shoes to choose. I’ll add any suggestions you send to my research list. And as I do go through walking shoes several times a year, this might actually be an ongoing request as I search for my new favorite pair. So if something occurs to you well after this gets posted, still, send me a message. I suspect it will be a working list for quite a while to come.


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