Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: September 10th, 2021

Okay, dep breath in, deep breath out.  Let any lingering frustration go.  In case you are looking at the number listed on the scale pic above and are thinking, wait, that looks familiar, yeah…It didn’t change.  I hit 216 and then had a week where I didn’t get much exercise.  The scale stayed the same.  This week, I got more exercise and watched my calories and…the scale stayed the same. 

But I am not panicking. 

Even though I put more effort in this week, I am a bit on the bloated side and I generally put on a little water weight during my period.  Usually, it is one to two pounds so there is the possibility that the equilibrium on the scale is not to be long term.  There is the possibility that it is only temporary water weight gain.

And yes I know that sounds like justification but the truth is it is me trying not to freak out about hitting the 216 plateau again and not finding a way off.  So the justification is more of a talking myself down out of potential panic mode. It’s just the 216 trigger.  This is generally where I get and then things don’t go anywhere so I freak out, give up and gain a few (or more) pounds back and have to fight it off again. 

It is a cycle I want to break.  So I am not going to be bothered that I didn’t lose weight this week, I am just going to focus on staying the course. The scale is a tool, not the end all be all. And aside from feeling a bit bloated, I actually feel pretty good this week. There was no food craving rampage and no slumping off instead of doing my exercising. I am good. I feel good and most importantly I am going to keep going and not let this slow me down.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost this far: 30.0 lbs

Some days the scale just isn’t with you. But like I said, I feel good so I am going to go with the more holistic impression this week. Although I might keep my fingers crossed for a better scale view next Friday. The scale may not be the definitive answer, but it is nice to see it move.

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Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: September 3rd, 2021

I know, it is the exact same weight as last week. I have to say i wasn’t expecting a loss this week. I built in some activity into my day, but it was raining and flooding in my are for most of the week so a lot of my normal fitness activities were out.

I actually made up a bit for that yesterday with a bike ride in the first day of sun we’ve seen in a bit and that may have helped. This morning my thighs are incredibly sore. I think it is harder to look at a scale that hasn’t changed in a week when your body is aching from exercise than it is when you just knew you were a bit of a schlub all week.

If I wasn’t sore i think I’d just be happy that I didn’t gain anything. Admittedly if i weren’t sore i might have actually gained something and my bike ride yesterday was what tipped the weight back into balance.

I can’t actually complain because lets face it, with the rain i didn’t really put the work in this week. The only reason it is a big deal is that I am now in the scale zone where I tend to plateau. It is generally at this point where I get stuck fluttering up and down by 0.2 lbs agonizing over every little thing until I make myself crazy and then say screw it and order pizza, and possibly wings. And then I feel sick because I am not used to having so much food and grease in my system. I gain several pounds and then give myself a stern talking to and get back on track.

I’ve seen 216 before and it is a dangerous weight for me.

I know it is a bit of an over reaction for a single no change week. And if my weight weren’t in the scary plateau zone I would be fine with it. And I am not truly unhappy with the no gain/loss this week.

Its just that plateau trigger I am watching out for. This time I’m hoping to avoid the frustration that leads to the pizza/wing spiral of doom. Not that there is anything wrong with either pizza or wings in moderation, but the doom spiral knows no moderation and must be avoided.

For now it is just a possibility. The rains left cooler temps behind that I should be able to take advantage of and with any luck skate paste the plateau before the beast senses my presence.

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

Change this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 30 lbs

So this week was a draw. A minor miracle with my workouts dropped down to few and far between and I am over all happy. The soreness and plateau nerves just have me feeling a little wary. The feeling will pass and I will be pleased that I managed to hold my own by finessing my calorie count. A no loss week clearly isn’t the end of the world. Plus it is hard to maintain a feeling of angst in the face of a three day weekend.

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Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: August 27th, 2021

Good morning and welcome to another Friday morning weigh in. This morning I am actually pretty happy with what i saw on the scale. My weight went down, which was a bit of a happy surprise. My walks this week were cut a bit short. Also while I manage to do some weights and yoga at the beginning of the week, that drifted out of my plans as I substituted morning gardening chores for actual workouts.

I knew I was sweaty at the end of my garden work but I didn’t think that I burned all that many calories. I thought I might actually remain static and just sort of hoped not to gain.

This week was interesting as we are in a strange time of year. There are many autumnal chores that need to be completed, but the summer sun is still scorching. And then there is the rain. I think I spent more time in the evenings this week trying to plan and balance the following schedule than usual. There was only so much time where it was feasible to be outside so planning was needed.

In addition I sort of did myself in a bit.

I took extra strength sleep gummies and ended up feeling draggy in the mornings without realizing why. I didn’t take them last night and this is the first morning I’ve woken up without feeling like getting out of bed was akin to pulling myself out of quicksand.

So this morning I feel surprisingly awake and ready to face the day. It’s Friday of course so there is just a lot to do followed by the weekend. It’s good to be excited about the weekend. But at least I am energized about clearing off the end of the week items from my checklist before the weekend. And I know that next week I will not face each day as draggy as I did this week.

I suppose the moral of that story is read the labels.

And if extra strength takes you down, maybe realize you don’t need extra strength. You know, once you realize that you are in fact taking the extra strength.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246. 0 Lbs

Last Week’s Weigh: 216.8 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost over all: 30 lbs

And so onward and upward, or at least plowing through the end of week paperwork without feeling half asleep. Happy Friday everyone!

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Weekly Weight: 216.8 lbs

The Scale: August 20th, 2021

Good morning one and all, once again it seems my weight is on the decline.  It’s actually a bit surprising really.  Walks this week have been hit or miss.  I mostly had my fingers crossed that I would break even.  So the loss was actually a lovely Friday morning surprise.

This week has been random as far as workouts go.  The rain kept me inside for a lot of the week.  The park flooding kept me off the walking trail when the rain stopped. It was hand weights and indoor exercising for the most part.  Five pound dumbbells and my wrap around leg weights for the most part.

I have to say I really had fun with the leg weights.  Well the workouts with them weren’t ‘fun’ exactly.  What was fun was that I decided to leave them on for a bit as I went through my day.  So I had them on when I went to get coffee or to pick up the mail, or to make sure my garden was draining properly instead of becoming a swamp. Then in the late afternoon I took the leg weights off and felt like I was floating.  That part was fun.

It was an immediate weight loss. 

It also reminded me of how good it feels to lose actual weight. 

Which I also did this week. At least in a small increment.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 217.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost over all: 29.2 lbs

Amusingly enough the weight I lost this week was exactly the same amount of weight I gained last week.  Well, it’s amusing this week.  It will be less amusing if the back and forth becomes habit.  But that is not a thought I will entertain.  For that path leads to despair. And I am not in the mood for despair. I’m in far too good a mood for that.  So I am going to take the loss and roll into my day.  I feel certain that today is going to be a good one.  I feel certain yours is going to be fabulous as well. 

Weekly Weight: 217.2 lbs

The Scale: August 13th, 2021

This week was a little higher than last week, showing a gain rather than a loss. To be honest I am not that surprised. This week while I kept a good handle on my calorie intake, I had to switch up my work outs.

In my area the cases of infections have gone up and while my gym is now recommending masks, there is no real enforcement. After Monday’s visit I felt a little bit uncomfortable continuing my workouts. The social distancing is slipping, almost no masks and while there are quite a few conscientious people wiping down the machines after using them. There are also a lot of people who aren’t bothering to do even basic pre-pandemic wipe downs. Those people annoyed me before, now they worry me. I might be paranoid, but I decided to give the gym a little bit of a break until things settle down.

At the moment I am adjusting things as the heat means I am not walking outside as much as I was working out in the gym so I need to readjust my calories. I expected a little weight gain as I adjusted but I am glad that it was less than a pound. Hopefully I can readjust and get back to my slow and steady loss. While I don’t want to see a gain anytime I step on the scale I at least know why it is there and that it isn’t really a setback.

Luckily I still have my ProsourceFit weights and yoga mat so I can go back to incorporating my lockdown routines to make up for the lack of gym visits. It is nice to have a backup plan where fitness is concerned.

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The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 216.8 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 217.2 lbs

Change this week: +0.4 lbs

Total weight lost thus far: 28.8 lbs

So this week was a small gain that will be easily rectified and I will temporarily be bringing back my home workout routines and walking in the morning to make up for the lack of gym. With luck this next week will put me back on track.


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Weekly Weight: 216.8 lbs

Good morning my darlings. What a week it has been. I was so certain that I could catch up from time lost last week and then just as I neared the finish line, my computer decided to trip me up. There are still issues, so things may be a little bit on the wonky side for a little while, but hopefully the weirdness can be dealt with and not cause too much of an issue.

We shall see.

However the point of this post isn’t to talk about my computer issues, but rather my continuing weight loss journey. At this point I am making slow and steady progress. Despite skipping the gym yesterday, I was very pleased with the scale this morning. To be honest I wasn’t expecting that bit a jump as I have mostly been focusing on deadlines this week. It is nice to know that once I have the system in place I don’t have to focus on the details. I know soon my body will adjust to the new system and my weight loss will slow. Then I’ll have to tweak it to continue. But at the moment, I am chugging along nicely.

For a while I was extremely frustrated as no matter what I did, the weight wasn’t coming off. I was not happy to put in that much sweat for so little results. But I think now I am doing well. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it, but for those just tuning in, I am not doing any specific diet. I am simply monitoring calories and getting in exercise. For my exercise I took advantage of my gym’s meet with a trainer for free policy and met with one of their trainers. He was very good with helping me design a slow but steady system that I can maintain while still getting my work done.

Oddly that was kind of interesting to get him to consider when I talked to him. At first he didn’t seem to realize that I had anything else going on in my world but working out and going to the gym. It was an odd conversation that actually made me think “Do people take leaves of absence from work in order to lose weight?”

It was a strange thought, but that seemed to be his belief. we got there in the end, but it was somewhat amusing to see how a trainer’s mind works. Or at least this trainer. and the system he helped me with is currently working, so no complaints.

The stats:

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.8 lbs

Lost this week: 1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 29.2 lbs

So despite everything my journey progresses. As Always I hoped to be further along than this, but I accept that it is going to take time to get into a healthy range. For now, just getting in more exercise and watching what I eat is getting me healthier so No complaints. After all I didn’t add the weight on in a week, it certainly isn’t all going to slide off in a week.

Over all though, I am happy with my slow and steady progress.

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Weekly Weight:

The Scale: July 30th, 2021

Yesterday around 9 am someone one driving a backhoe took out two bundles of fiber optics in my area. So we have been without internet since then. In addition atms and credit card readers haven’t been functioning either. I am just glad that I did not need to get gas today as things have been a little unsettled. Still we move on…

This week was all about traffic and heat management.  The heat reached brutal temperatures this week.  Anything growing is now crispy and brown.  I water my plants just as the sun is going down to give them a fighting chance of absorbing some water before the sun broils it away.  Even then my garden plants has polka dotted leaves because the dew condenses on them and then before it has a chance to be absorbed the sun comes up and uses the droplets as magnifiers to burn the leaves below. 

It’s like plant torture.

Nature.  She is brutal.

So even if I were still walking outside, this week was definitely a no go for the walking trail.  I don’t know if my skin is considered more delicate than the plat leaves in my garden, but I do know I have the ability to take me and the sweat droplets the sun could possibly magnify on my skin inside.

So I do.

And I think I have found a way around the massive construction projects in my area so the drive is not sucking up massive amounts of time. 

If only Spectrum could get itself in gear and not cut my internet connection for long stretches of time, things would be going pretty well.  Despite it being the time of month where bloated and crampy are my bywords, I managed to get my workouts in and am chipping off a little bit more of the weight I am carrying.  Slowly I am edging into the land of the healthy weight.  It is a long journey, but my feet are still on the path so that is a very good thing.  Admittedly, losing another pound feels pretty good too.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.6 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

And so that is it for my weekly check in for my weight loss journey.  I don’t know how useful this is to those reading this post, but for me posting this and requiring myself to sit down and think about what I did during the week, how I feel about it and seeing the effects as the weight ships off slowly really helps me out.  It keeps me on track more than you will ever know and I really appreciate you being a part of that.  So thanks and have a great Friday.

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Weekly Weight: 219.6 lbs

The Scale: July 23rd, 2021

This week the weight loss continues so I am thrilled to see the numbers decreasing again. That is always a good feeling on a Friday morning. So I am pleased with the results.

Because my walks on the walking trail were adding far too much sun on my skin for my liking, I decided to expand my gym time. Instead of going just three times a week I made it to the gym all five days this work week. I did my regular weight training only on the three days and then just used the treadmill only on the days between.

While the exercise paid off I computed my schedule without thinking about the fact that it is apparently construction season. I’m guessing that in addition to the projects that were already scheduled for this summer, they are trying to catch up on projects they had to postpone last summer. I say that like I think there is one person doing projects, however it seems there are quite a fe private entities joining the public construction frenzy.

Roads are being repaired, buildings renovated and even an entirely new subdivision is being installed. I think the airport is even expanding. It looks like the shipping rather than the passenger’s section,. but it still counts as expansion.

All of which means that my typically eighteen minute drive to the gym tends to be anything but eighteen minutes. I spent this week trying to figure out different routes and driving times. I think I might have found the combination that will ease the drive time down so it doesn’t swallow as large a chunk of my day as planned. Yesterday I ended up with a forty five minute drive each way which was the worst for the week.

But hopefully next week I can get out of the house a little earlier and at least beat construction one way and then use the shortest rout possible back, which should help keep things in check.

You know, when I started working out and began my weightloss journey I thought that controlling my cravings and convincing my body to actually do the workouts would be the hardest part. Honestly time has proven to be the biggest consideration. I don’t know how many of those reading this and following along are on their own journey to a healthier self, but if you are, take a few moments to think about time when putting together your plan. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Luckily most of the construction near me looks set to be complete by the end of August, so it is a temporary inconvenience. And i greatly appreciate you letting me whine about it a bit. I’ll let it go, I just had to vent for a minute. Now I feel better.

So, To the Stats!

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.6 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.4 lbs

Over all i am quite pleased with my week. This is the second week in a row where I have surpassed my one pound a week goal, so i am absolutely thrilled with the results.Hopefully I can continue in this track and by the time the weather changes in the fall I can do a mighty purge of the closet as I change the wardrobe over for the seasons. While I am hoping it will lead to a fall/winter shopping spree, and I do have my eye on several items, I also have a drawer of clothing Items I loved, are still in good condition, but no longer fit me. I am hoping that by the time the seasons change, I can open the drawer and shop that stash before I actually purchase anything new. while regular shopping is exciting, I think being able to pull something from that drawer might actually be more exciting for me.

Plus it frees up space, reuses existing items, and saves money. And if I save money I can put it towards a new pair of heels. Or really any new pair of shoes that aren’t actually sneakers for working out. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale: July 16th, 2021

Good morning my darlings. It is once again time for reckoning. That’s right. Time to step on the scale and see if the week’s efforts have translated into weight lost. This week it seems it has.

Which makes all of the sweat worth it.

Although I believe I am going to start sweating more in the gym than on the walking trail At least for the next few months. I took way too much sun this week and it is just not good for my skin. we’ve reached the point in the summer where outside for long stretches is just not a great idea. Especially since I am still working in the garden as well. While summer veg is slow to come in, the time has now arrived for preparing for the fall plantings. Most of these are things that will be harvested after we have a bit of cold to hit the plants. Brussels Sprouts, rutabagas, that sort of thing. And even though the tomatoes are still green for the most part, it is time to prepare the autumn planting beds.

So my time outside will be spent more in the garden than the walking trail. At least until the heat breaks. So I suppose I’ll just be observing a different sort of wild life for a bit. Gymicous Humanicus.

I am pleased with my meal plans as they stand. Now that I am back on solid foods. I am still eating my Smoothies from Smoothie Box but they are no longer replacing 90% of my meals. This morning I went with the Berry Smoothie. It has Blueberries, strawberries and beets in it. Don’t let the beets scare you though. It gives a bit of earthiness to the mix and keeps it from being desert level sweet. They have a deal going for 10% off your first box with code SAS10 if you are interested in giving them a try.

And as much as I love them I am very happy to have my jaw healed enough to return to solid food. Oddly enough Salads are still hit or miss because of all of the chewing. But at this time of year we also eat fish at least once a week. Tonight I’m making salmon with a spicy maple glaze and serving it with fresh peas and couscous. The salmon is sustainable fish from Vital Choice (a great source if you don’t have a good fishmonger near you, personally my grocery store fish counter always smells a little too fishy for me to trust. Oh and at the moment Vital choice has their limited Edition Grill box out. They always sell out really fast. I t is a fantastic deal on a great quality product.). For the spicy maple I take some maple and put it in a jar with some chili flakes so that it sort of infuses a bit and so that the chili flakes are a bit saturated with the maple. That way they have a coating and caramelize with the maple instead of turning into dry little bits.

I am especially proud of the peas. Because of the cold spring, we just harvested the last of our spring peas. I have an absolute weakness for fresh peas. And this is the last of the year. I’ll add a little fish stock and a few bits of preserved lemon to the couscous, but it is mostly about the peas and salmon tonight.

My babydoll likes a big hunk of meat as a special friday treat but I’ve recently realized that as long as he has a large block of something meaty I can substitute fish for a few of the meals and he is okay with that. It keeps Friday feeling special without needing beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but in the summer time I tend to find it less desirable than I do in the winter. My food cravings tend to be very seasonal. In the autumn I will start craving mushrooms. In the winter I will want beef, in the spring I will gorge on asparagus all season long and in the summer I want light crisp salads and fish. Lots of fish.

I’m sure it is some ancestral throw back, but at least my babydoll is on board. It has taken time though. For years he believed that if there wasn’t beef at dinner it didn’t count as a meal. Now we have three vegetarian nights a week.

But I suppose that is the long way round to say that my diet and exercise were going the way I intended this week. I was just distracted by dinner plans.

To the Stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 222.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

So slowly but surely we creep back towards a healthy zone. While I have no plans to ever get into a bikini, I do want my weight to be in a healthier range, for my joints and heart if nothing else. I would also like to be able to have a wider selection of clothing to choose from. There are some clothes I adore that simply aren’t produced in my current size. I know, that part is shallow, but we all have at least one shallow side. And it is a distant third reason well behind the heart and joints, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

but for now i must leave you and get on with my day. I hope your Friday shapes up to be absolutely fantastic.

Weekly Weight: 222.6 lbs

The Scale: July 9th, 2021

I knew that this week wasn’t going to be a big loss. Last week was a three pound loss mostly because I ate very little due to my mouth still hurting. This week I went back to eating normal meals and regular exercise. I am actually pleased that the weight went up by less than a pound though. That means that the three pound loss wasn’t just a temporary thing.

I was quite happy with this week. While much of my schedule was completely cracked by computer issues and an onslaught of phone calls, my fitness plan stayed more or less on track. Its kind of nice to know that even when things go haywire, I can still maintain my plan.

It makes me feel like I have some sort of control over things at least.

Well control over one aspect anyway.

But as I said, my food is back to normal, or mostly normal. I still find myself being cautious when eating, but I’m sure that will fade. Tonight there will be no happy hour again, but this should be the last week we skip it. Next week it will reappear and food and drink will resume. I take the last of the antibiotics the oral surgeon gave me tonight and once the last pill is swallowed, my world can right itself again.

Or at least fall back into predictable patterns. For now, I am continuing my fitness plan and feeling really good about it.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 222.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 222.6 lbs

Change this week: + 0.6 lbs

Weight lost this far: 23.4 lbs

So even though this wasn’t a loss this week, I am feeling pretty good. I knew I would go up a little when I went from yogurt and smoothies back to eating actual meals, but at least the weight wasn’t a lot. Although I am still drinking the Smoothies. Just not at every meal. I am currently in love with the Clementine Smoothies actually. They are sweet and citrusy but they have a kick of ginger which I really like.

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