Weekly Weight: 214.0 lbs

I’ll admit, the 0.2 lbs loss isn’t that exciting. However, it is a loss and this week, that is kind of a surprise to see. We started off the week with snow and ice where walking was not only not fun, but slippery and slightly dangerous. There was one day where the weather cooperated and worked out well. On that day I got a double walk in.

Then the snow and rain returned and the walking trail was no longer fit for use.

It is the curse of having the majority of my exercise as an outdoor activity. Somedays, the outdoors don’t cooperate. So this weekend I am going to be sitting down and coming up with an indoor exercise plan. At the moment I don’t actually have one. I basically plan to walk on the walking trail and then have to scramble to find an indoor workout when the weather shuts my plan down.

And to be honest, when the weather is bad I often forget to set up an indoor workout and just go back to my desk. Lord, knows there is always something that could use a little extra time and attention. I generally remember that i skipped the indoor workout when I am brushing my teeth before bed.

Which isn’t helpful.

So I think I am going to set up an indoor workout schedule that I can do as a routine. I think if I make it a habit two to three times a week, and then add the walk when the weather approves, I will be on a better track. I would love to go back to the gym, but at this point in time, I just don’t trust the gym. There are too many people not wiping down their machines after use and too high of an infection rate in my area. But I need to stop letting that be an excuse to skip workouts. During lockdown I built up my home equipment. It is time to put it back into use.

I really think that for me, the routine scheduling is the key. If it is routine, it goes on the calendar and needs to be checked off. Waiting and seeing, just means it often gets forgotten. I know this about myself. I just need to sit down and do it.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 214.2 lbs

This week’s weight 214.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost over all: 32 lbs

So my darlings, this weekend we plan and then we schedule. Workouts go on the calendar so that they will get done.

Weekly Weight: 214.2 lbs

I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scale this morning. To be honest, I was just hoping to hold my own. With the weather flipping from warm to cold, snow, ice and a seasonal cold appearing and keeping me from walking, my thoughts when stepping onto the scale this week was just to hope not to have gained.

A loss was thrilling and very unexpected. I’ll admit, I got off the scale, let it zero out, and then stepped back on it to double check. The measurements stayed the same. I know, the world does not revolve around the number on the scale, but it is nice to see positive progress. It makes the effort seem worth while.

I also think the long walks of Wednesday and Thursday helped as well. when the weather and my sinuses cleared, I went on longer than average walks. To be fair, those were less about getting my exercise in and more about stretching my legs and getting some fresh air into my lungs. I’ve noticed that as I have switched more towards the walking trail and less towards the gym, when I have a long stretch of time inside without walking I feel cooped up.

I also get a bit fidgety because i am used to simply moving more now, but even when I use the weights and work out indoors, I find I really miss that out door time in the fresh air. I think it was less of a problem in other months as even when the weather was bad i still had to deal with various garden chores so there was not a lot of days with no time spent out doors.

I t just wasn’t anything I actually expected to happen.

Although, it is just one more item on the list that I didn’t expect to have happen when I started to exercise. I really need to put together a post listing the top ten things I didn’t realize incorporating regular exercise would do. Perhaps i will work on that over the weekend. For now, I will just say I was pleasantly surprised by this week’s loss.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 215.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 214.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 31.8 lbs

And so we press onward into Friday and beyond. They are predicting rain later tonight so today, there will definitely be at least one long walk.

Creatives to Promote Hint Still

Weekly Weight: 215.4 lbs

The Scale: January 7th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. What a mess it is out there. Most of the world looks like it has been encased in glass. And honestly the afternoon doesn’t look like it is going to get much better. Yesterday’s power was spotty almost as if the powerlines were sending out Morse code messages. Twenty minutes out equals a dot and forty minutes out is a dash.

I am not fluent enough in Morse Code to know exactly what was being said but I like to think a rough interpretation would be: Help, this Ice is too heavy for me to carry.

We ended up losing power for a few hours sometime in the night, but it was back on in the morning and all the clocks were flashing at us. I think it may be the first time all of our clocks were showing the exact same time.

But you didn’t tune in for the weather report, you came for the weight report. The first of the new year. If you have been following along then you know that I took December off from the scale. It was a gift to myself and a kindness to others. While I didn’t plan to go completely bonkers, I wasn’t going to let concerns over my calorie count dominate the holidays. I was going to enjoy being with friends and family and let the weight take a back seat. Especially as celebrations were less through video cameras this year than last.

Over all I did fairly well. My last weight post with the scale in November was 212.0 so there was a bit of a gain over the holidays, but it wasn’t too devastatingly bad. And to be fair, the treats I did indulge in, were the sorts of treats that only come around once a year. They aren’t everyday things. I think that was my biggest fear. That I would use the rich holiday foods to start indulging in everyday items. You know the sort of thing…

After a wedge of that baked brie with apricot jam, surely a candy bar won’t actually matter.

But I am happy to say that didn’t happen. I stuck to small portions of the special holiday treats and did not let them lead me to indulgences that are available year round. I’m not saying that a wheel of brie coated in apricot jam and then wrapped in prosciutto and puff pastry is in any way diet food (which is why there was a gain over the holidays) but it isn’t something I typically make on a Wednesday evening either.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind having it more often because it is delicious. I just know I shouldn’t. So we are starting fresh with the stats. while I will still list my original starting weight as a reminder (and encouragement), today’s weight is where we start off 2022.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

This week’s weight (and the start of 2022): 215.4 lbs

While I am happy with the healthier aspects I’ve built into my life and understand that stress and elements well beyond my control took a toll on my weight loss plans, I feel that I now have a better handle on things. And I have a good feeling about this year’s weight loss. I look forward to chipping away at that number and hope to see a significantly smaller one at the end of this year. More important than the number though, I’ve figured out what I need to be healthy and happy, and that, more than the number on the scale, is my ultimate goal.

Weekly Weight: No Scale December rolls on…

This week was again a no scale week.  I am kind of relieved by it this week.  The weekend was filled with extra goodies and while I did manage to hold myself in check, it was the cold that got to me.  In many cases social distancing meant bundling up and spending more time outside because there was space and fresh air and no one was cooped up in someone else’s house. 

Which makes sense. 

It also made the warm foods so much more appealing.  In fact no one really had any sort of raw veg out for snacking as everyone more or less assumed it was going to be too cold for anyone to want it.  Which it was.  I limited myself mostly to one or two treats and stuck with a warm beverage for the evening. 

I also tried to place myself near the space heaters as I do not enjoy being cold. 

But that didn’t actually add any calories. 

Don’t worry, I shared the heat.

This week I may have gone a little overboard on the walking as it was a way to make up for the excess calories I took in.  Plus, I tried to make up for a lot of not working out last week due to the heavy rains that came through.  In the end, I think it balanced.  I am looking forward to the quiet weekend this weekend. 

Everyone got in their pre Christmas parties last weekend because soon everyone will be traveling to various homes elsewhere. It is the week after Christmas as everyone builds up to New Years that always get me.  But I feel fairly confident having survived most of the pre-Christmas gatherings.  I’m not sure how it will all shake out come New Years, but for now, I am content with my calories in, calories out equation.  I enjoyed treats, but didn’t go completely crazy. Which is exactly how I wanted to enjoy the holiday this year.

Weekly Weight: The December break from the Scale continues

Good morning my darlings. I have to say this week, I felt a little less thrilled by the break from the scale. It was a little scary. The scale is sort of my safety net as well as my so-often nemesis. Knowing I have to get on the scale helps me remember that I need to watch what I eat. So it was a little scary this week to be without it.

This week was filled with bursts of rain. And while I tried to make up for the lack of walking with indoor workouts, I always feel like I burn less with those. They are more about muscle tone. I know I do burn some, but I always worry about the balance. And of course the social gatherings started up. There were two this week and one that is tonight.

The ones earlier in the week were simply drinks with a few snacks. I had a glass of wine and some crackers with Hummus at one and a Gin and Tonic and a couple of marinated olives at the other. All told it was pretty easy to stick to one drink and to limit my intake. They weren’t terribly lengthy gatherings and everyone was well aware there was work in the morning so no one really over indulged.

Tonight is going to be the interesting one as it is a Friday night so no one has to really be anywhere in the morning and everyone will be staying later. Plus there will be way more food. I’m sticking to my plan of enjoying small amounts of things that I don’t see any other time of the year and avoiding the things like chips and such that are available year round.

But mostly I am going to just enjoy spending time with friends.

I know, I talked a lot about letting go and enjoying myself, but it is proving a little harder than I thought. Even when I am not stepping on the scale, the thought of it lingers in the back of the mind. This is my first real test with the limited indulgence plan for the holidays. Fingers crossed that it works. wish me luck.

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Weekly Weight: The December Break, December 3rd, 2021

I believe I mentioned this just before taking off for Thanksgiving, but I am going scale free this holiday season. That’s right. it is my gift to myself. There will still be walking and monitoring the food I take in to make certain I don’t overdo it. When I have my regular meals at home I will log the foods in and keep track of calories as normal.

However there will be no scale.

Part of that is because there are so many gatherings and special events this month that my actual meal plan is more or less only about half of the food that I will consume this month. egular meals will be skipped and canapes served, both by me and by other people.

Yes, I will try not to go over board with the holiday treats, but I am not going to go to a friends house and ask them how many calories are in their homemade eggnog. Partially because if you are drinking homemade eggnog then you should really either just enjoy it and not worry about it or skip it all together.

Just know it is highly caloric, have one glass and don’t go back for five additional ones.

Admittedly with the eggnog my friends make, three eggnogs would have you spinning. They are a bit potent. Delicious, but my decision to stick to only one isn’t solely calorie based. While this is the season of joy and celebration it is also the season where a little bit of personal restraint isn’t a bad thing.

This season I will be practicing some restraint, but enjoying myself as I spend time with those I love. Having to get on the scale would just add a layer of stress that I think I can do without this year, so I am.

It is part of my, ‘treat myself with some of the kindness I generally reserve for other people’ program for the new year. I know, I still need to work on my titles. But the theme is there as is the intent. I think that sometimes I can be too hard on myself. I’m sure several of you out there suffer from the same thing. It seems to be quite common. So This year I am going to remember that I sometimes deserve a little kindness too and give myself a break.

As for fitness. This week I had only one missed day of walking. It was the first of the month when everyone seemed to realize the end of the year was almost neigh and there were projects to complete. The following day, I made up for the lack with an extra walk slipped into the day. So even without the scale I feel relatively balanced and good about what I accomplished. And as the end goal of my weight loss is more to feel good in my skin than to hit an actual number, I am pretty happy with that assessment.

i will say though, it was really hard not to get on the scale this morning. Habit, and sheer perversity made me want to step on it even though I knew it wasn’t part of the plan. I think that for the rest of the month i may take the scale out of the bathroom and slide it under the bed. It may be less of a temptation that way.

for now, I am feeling pretty pleased with myself and I’m ready to tackle whatever Friday holds and ease myself into the weekend. I hope you have a fantastic one yourself.

BOLDLOFT Couple Gifts for Christmas

Weekly Weight: 211.8 lbs

Good morning my darlings. It’s time again for the weekly weigh in. well, the good news is that the scale didn’t say 212 this morning. And it is less than 212 so that is progress. A loss is better than a gain, so I am okay with that. However I realized something this week.

I realized that while I intend to keep up with my exercising, for the next month there will be so many interruptions to my meal planning that weekly weigh ins may actually do more harm than good. Since I am going to be out of town next Friday, I was planning to take off next week’s weigh in. I think however I may not weigh myself until New Years.

I know, there is the fear that not routinely weighing myself for the next few weeks is going to help me get off track and let me pack on the pounds. I am aware that the scale is a tool that helps me focus on losing the weight.

However I think that with no meal plan and lots of once a year foods coming up on the menu, a focused monitoring may actually drive me crazy. I think it might actually cause me to add angst to my holiday season and to possibly add weight through stress and stress eating. I am still monitoring what I eat, controlling my portion size, even if I can’t control meal time and menu options.

While I talk about the items I plan to purchase during the sales, I think this holiday season the gift I am really going to give myself is the gift of kindness. Getting on the scale when I know things are not in my control, is not kind. In fact it is downright mean.

I know there is the possibility that even with my monitoring and workouts I may gain a few pounds over the holidays.

But you know what? That’s okay.I don’t want to gain weight., I still want to lose it, and I will still be working out. But if i don’t lose anything between now and January first, I am okay with that. If I gain a few pounds between now and January first, I will be okay with that.

Okay I won’t be happy about it, but i am not going to beat myself up about it. I’ll just get back into menu planning, regular meals and take the weight off. Slowly and steadily as I have been doing up to this point.

During the holiday season I run around trying to make everything perfect. I pick out gifts that I know people will like and try to make certain everyone has as happy a holiday as possible. Often I forget that I need to be happy too. So I am giving myself the gift of kindness and while I will still post each friday about my efforts to stay on track and continue my workouts during the holidays, I will be skipping the weigh in until the beginning of the new year.

A few weeks of not monitoring my weight won’t kill me and who knows, it may just end up being the best present ever.

The stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 211.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 34.2 lbs

And so with this morning’s weigh in recorded,. I will be stepping away from the scale for a few weeks. I am happy that at least I am stepping away at a loss. Admittedly it isn’t much of a loss, but it is still a loss. I’m good with that. And as nervous as I am about not stepping on the scale each week, there is a part of me that is looking at all of the upcoming gatherings and is relieved that I have taken that pressure off. I think the relief means that this is a very good decision right now, regardless of the outcome.

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, what ever your plans and goals I hope that you too recognize that everynow and again you need to treat yourself with a little bit of the kindness that I know you show to others.

Weekly Weight: 212.0 lbs

I am beginning to notice a trend here. It may be too early to tell, but it seems that my scale has decided that a number isn’t worth giving if you can’t give it two weeks in a row. Last week, my weight was 212 as well. The two weeks prior it was 213.

If the next two weeks end up being 211 then there will definitely be some sort of spooky trend going on.

Not that I’m actually complaining. The weight is going down. Not as fast as I would like, but then when does it ever. At this time of year, I am pretty happy as long as it isn’t a gain.

And honestly, expecting a loss today would be a bit of a surprise. While I put in a great deal of effort this week in the walking and such, yesterday was the retail Battle Royale.

eMy babydoll and I took the last of our holiday shopping lists to the stores and took advantage of as many veteran’s day sales as possible. I think we actually managed to knock out the last of our gift list actually. I’m sure there will be a last minute ‘I can’t believe we forgot…’ foray, but at the moment all the names have been checked off the list. Soon we will start filtering them into the postal system, but that is a next week sort of project. And a lot of our list was orderd on line and has already arrived and been sent on. So we are actually pretty good on that score.

I think we ended up with a couple of extra items when we went shopping as well. I know my babydoll picked up something and then had to engage in a battle of wills with an older woman who decided she wanted the item as well. I’m not certain if he bought it because it was on the list or because he picked it up to look at and reached his breaking point when the woman came at him. I was on the other side of the store and only witnessed it from afar. At that point he was pretty much done with shopping so it could be either.

At that point we just went through the checkout line and called it a day.

We also called it a good day for barbeque. I’ll admit, I over ate. In fact i woke up still feeling fairly full so I was just happy that I didn’t actually gain anything. So perhaps the scale staying the same this week is my own fault and not part of a larger trend. we shall have to wait for next week to find out.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 212.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 34.0 lbs

And so into Friday we go, tra, la, la la, la. I can say that despite being Friday and our usual larger meal, I think that due to yesterday’s barbeque feast, tonight might be a lighter meal.

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Weekly Weight: 212.0 lbs

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the end of another week. This week was mostly sunny with yesterday’s walks called on account of rain. Also at the beginning of the week I didn’t realize how often I was stopping by the candy bowl. I think a lot of my calories came from fun sized snickers this week.

But they have been put away now and I will hopefully lower my sugar intake by forgetting they are there. All in all I am very happy with this week’s loss. I’m happy that the scale keeps moving in the direction I want it to. I am trying to to get too obsessed with it before the upcoming holiday season. I know I say that every year, but then we pass Halloween and planning for the Thanksgiving feast starts and then I start making deals with myself.

‘well you know you are going to eat that sweet potato pie, so maybe you won’t feel so bad if you work a little harder before hand to help balance it out.’

I know that isn’t how that works. You can’t burn calories now so that three weeks down the road you can indulge with no consequences. Even if I by some miracle lost 20 lbs before thanksgiving (which won’t happen without medical intervention) then when I got on the scale after Thanksgiving and gained back a pound I would think ‘I gained weight’.

Weight loss now may put me in a better place afterwards, but I can’t stockpile calorie burning. I know that, you know that, everyone knows that. And yet each year, I have the same conversation with myself. And once I’ve annoyed myself with the same old runaround I sit down and remind myself that celebrations are part of life and that it is fine to enjoy them. And that I am only eating one piece of pie, not the entire thing.

We’re edging into the year where the goal, between the family feasting and friend’s parties, is to use my calorie burning activity to maintain my weight instead of gaining. Oddly enough, that takes off a lot of the pressure. Thanksgiving is generally the food kick off so until then I know I am going to keep chipping away at my weight without making myself crazy and then after that I will be fine with maintaining my same weight until New Year’s Eve.

Of course New Year’s day I’ll get on the scale and sigh, vow to eat more salads and go back to chipping away at my weight. It is the annual system.

I know for many of you that sounds a bit tiresome. For those of you who are trying to lose weight and are feeling anxious about the food this holiday season just remember these few tips.

  • At heavy meals, watch your portion sizes. You may suspect Great-Grandmother’s dressing recipe can put meat on your bones just by looking at it from across the room, but if you love it and try to avoid it, there is a good chance you will remember that it is only made once a year and then raid the fridge consuming far more of the leftovers than you would have if you just had a little portion at dinner.
  • If there are plates of nibbles out around a gathering, take a minute and look at what is out. Are there things like potato chips or chocolate kisses that you can get at any time of year? Maybe give them a pass. Instead pick a few of the things that are only around once a year or that your host made especially for this party, pick three or four at most and then put one of each on a plate. Don’t graze from the platter and don’t refill your plate. If a plate is not available, take one item and then step away from the platter.
  • Remember that there is more to life than your waist line. Enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you happen to over indulge, chalk it up to once a year madness and don’t beat yourself up about it.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 213.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 212.0 lbs

Lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost over all: 34.0 lbs

Over all as this holiday season gets underway remember to give yourself the gift of kindness this year. That’s usually the one most of us forget to pick up.

Weekly Weight: 213.0 lbs

Good morning my darlings. I know some of you are looking at the scale at the top of this post and are thinking, That seems to be the same number as last week, I wonder if Mimsy is disappointed? Actually I’m not.

First of all I am sort of reevaluating things. I am using a step tracker to count steps at the moment and instead of estimating my calories, I am keeping a detailed log and even scanning bar codes where available. I’m finding a lot of my estimations were a bit off. So I’m correcting that. I still want my weight to go down, but at the moment I am pleased that it hasn’t gone up during the adjustment.

The second reason I am not worried about my weight staying the same this week is that I am at my heaviest time of month. I always gain a bit of water weight around my period so this leads me to believe that I might be temporarily heavy. It is consistently a one to two pound gain at this time of month and has been since my teens.

And yet today my weight didn’t go up.

So there may not be a happy dance, but there is cautious optimism.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 213.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 213.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Total loss thus far: 33 lbs

I know it isn’t the most exciting weight loss records. There are no dramatic numbers and weight drops, but quite honestly I don’t like the thought of rapid weight loss. First of all rapid weight loss makes me think deadly illness not fitness regime. And second I think if I lost all of the weight quickly and easily I wouldn’t value the loss as much and I would let it creep back up again thinking I could easily lose it again if I wanted.

Don’t get me wrong, if I could wave a magic wand, I would. I would love to have this excess weight off of my bones, if only to spare my knees the effort of carrying it around. But chipping away at it like I am means I value every single little chip of weight that leaves me. It is sweat and effort in every decimal point of weight. In addition, it takes time, which is kind of what I need. As I am progressing on this journey, I am working to build healthier habits.

There are no foods that are completely banned and demonized. I have not shunned bread or sugar or fat. I have very much lowered the amounts I consume, but not completely banned them. Partially because banning them would make me crave them more and partially because I think it is of more value for me to learn to balance things without banning them.

Should I gorge on cookies and cake? Of course not. But a cookie every now and then won’t kill me and having a slice of cake at a birthday party isn’t the end of the world. I want to be able to enjoy treats that might come my way without feeling guilty for enjoying them or without losing all self-control and emptying the cookie jar into my belly in one sitting.

In essence, I am learning moderation.

Overall it is working well. And I think in the end it will be better for me than any crash diet ever could be. Does it mean I won’t be tempted by food fads? Of course not, but at least I am building sensible eating habits to fall back on.

I know that was a long way to go to say I am okay with my weight staying the same this week. But there we go. Welcome to Friday, my darlings. I hope yours is fantastic.