Weekly Weight: 217.8 lbs

The Scale: March 5th, 2021

I’m a little late getting started today as the internet was down. It has been flickering on and off since it came back so we’ll see just how long it actually lats today. My hopes aren’t high, but my fingers are crossed. And, no you are not seeing things, this week’s weight is exactly the same as last week’s. 

To be honest, I know this is purely my fault.  I am working on final edits this week and getting ready for next week’s annual Read an E-book Week Book Sale.  My goal was to have the new book out at the start of the sale.  I am running slightly behind so I have been racing to catch up. with luck it will still be out next week, just not at the start of the sale.

As a consequence, pretty much everything has taken a backseat.  Walks were done, but they were shorter than usual and exercises done, but only by the bare minimum.  Having my meal plan in place really helped me out as it kept my calories on point.  All I had to do was stick to the plan and I was good.  It was actually the saving grace of the week.  It is why this was a no gain week.

Meal Plans ROCK!

If you are trying to stick to any kind of nutritional plan (dieting or otherwise) or even if you are just looking to save time I highly recommend putting one in place. It takes a little time to think it through on the weekend before you go shopping, but you save time throughout the week. And I’ve noticed our grocery bill has gone down a little as well because I think things through and incorporate what we have in the fridge at the time into the meal plan (because I look in the fridge when I am writing it) and so only pick up the ingredients needed to be added to what we already have on hand. So those are the things that are on the list to buy. It saves time, money and keeps food from going to waste. If there is one dieting/lifestyle tip I could give everyone that would be it. It is kind of a drag to get started but once it is habit it is an amazing thing.

I could in part blame my lack of walking on the postal service.  My shoes were wearing thin on the bottoms and I ordered a new pair of shoes.  They came in yesterday evening. They were delayed quite substantially however and my big toe is dangerously close to pushing through the bottom of the shoe.  As a consequence I did take it easy.

I’ll admit blaming the post is a bit of a cop out though, so I’ll just admit my focus was elsewhere.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 217.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 217.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 28.2 lbs

While I’m taking blame, I must admit that until this book is out, it will probably remain my focus.  I’m hoping to be released no later than Wednesday.  After its release the walks will get longer and the focus will shift but realistically, until it is done, the workouts aren’t my push. Sometimes life just takes over and I have to accept that.

I am going to be monitoring my shoes a bit more closely though.  I believe I am going to try to add in a photo of them each week so I can better determine how they are wearing. Like the old shoes, these are New Balance.  They discontinued my old style so it is a new style to try out and we will see how well they last. I haven’t had any issues with the New Balance interiors, so it is mostly the sole wearing out that I need to watch.  The old style I had generally lasted three  months before they were unwearable.  Let’s see how long these go for, shall we?

The untouched soles of my new sneakers

So there we have the first of the shoe pictures. These are the untouched ones that have yet to see a walk. Don’t they look so pretty? Pretty won’t last.We’ll see how they made it through their first week next Friday. So bask in the pretty unmarked soles now for next week, they will have seen quite a few miles.

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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Workout Plan: Week 3

This week’s work out plan is a little simpler than the last few weeks. What I want to try is a daily schedule. The goal is to build a routine. I generally find that once I make something a habit that I don’t have to think about it is harder to talk myself out of doing something. I had that with the gym, so this is my attempt to Below is this week’s plan.

Walking 45 minutes: Daily (weather permitting – We are expecting a lot of rain in our area this week so it might not amount to much)

Wii Fit Workout: 30 minutes per day on days when I can’t walk due to inclement weather

Daily exercises this week:

30 squats

50 crunches

20 lunges per leg

20 side punches each side

10 Pushups

I figure five basic exercises that I don’t have to think about and can easily count might be the best way to build the daily habit. In all honesty the only one I am concerned about is the push ups. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually did an actual push up. I’ll have to keep you posted on how that turns out. But that will be in my daily posts this week.

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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.

The Daily: February 9th, 2021

Today is another bright and sunny day and I have to say the temperatures aren’t that bad either. All of which means I actually got my walk in and I didn’t arrive home feeling like my ears were frozen and likely to snap off my head with the slightest tap. All in all not to bad for me.

I managed to get in my walk and I had a bowl of Shin Ramen for lunch. I tend to use the shin ramen ad a once in a blue moon treat because of the very high sodium content and because when you actually look at the package, one container of ramen is actually two servings. That always irritates me. When you make packaged ramen you ae clearly going to make the package of ramen. I can sort of see breaking the disk of noodles in half, but the packets of dried veg and soup base aren’t split in two. And it isn’t like you can make it, eat half and store the rest for later.

I know they do it so that if you just glance at the label it looks less caloric and more nutritious, but it is one of those label issues that really annoys me.

So I only eat them once in a while. Partially because of the annoyance and partially because of the extra calories. It is more calories then I generally like at lunch. but today I am going to have a late and light dinner. I have a bunch of calls, a couple of which aren’t in my timezone so today is going to be a little off schedule for me. It’s why I’m posting this daily post a little early today. So the heavier lunch will have to carry me through. between it and the bottle of Soda Stream Water I have on my desk, I’m hoping to avoid snacking.

For me that is the real danger of the late dinner. Snacking to make up for the lateness. I figured if I went a little heavier at lunch time I could avoid the snacks and if I go with a light dinner possibly avoid the I ate too much too late belly ache. Well it’ isn’t so much a belly ache but I don’t ever sleep well on a full belly so tonight’s dinner is a light salad. Hopefully it will balance out in the end.

So this morning there was a walk but no workout. Tomorrow I have both a walk and a workout scheduled. If I sty on track with the workouts, I am pretty sure I can get my calories back on track as well. I just need to avoid the box of homemade goodies no sitting in the living room and I will be good to go.


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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.

The Daily: January 20th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a good week this far. Mine as been pretty good. I maintained my early morning wake up and even pushed through a You Tube work out. It was short but my arms felt like limp noodles about two hours after so I think it was probably effective.

My afternoon post is coming a little late today because we had to do an emergency Target Run. While there I picked up a hair dryer. Is it the well researched one that I planned? No. I know nothing about this dryer other than it has both a smoothing and a volume attachment as well as a button for cold styling as well as hot. It is also a Revlon hair dryer and they are generally reliable.

When I research things I tend to take a while. In the summer time I can get away with it as air drying my hair is not a hardship. Air drying it in the winter is just miserable.

I can use towels to wick away a lot of the moisture but it is still going to be several hours with a wet head. So I picked up this Hair dryer to use while I do research. Who knows I may do my research and decide that this is the hair dryer I want. Or it could just be a hair dryer I use for now. Either way I now have a hair dryer and will not need to go running around the house with a wet head for several hours. We keep the heat low in our house and while it is fine normally when I wash my hair my ears get very cold by the time my hair is dry.

So hairdryer. Woo Hoo!

Especially since I have to wash my hair tonight.

Other than that I did my morning workout, which is good because my afternoon was interrupted by the target run (even if I am happy about the hair dryer). So if I hadn’t gotten up early I would be sans workout today. It doesn’t make me like mornings any better, but it was a benefit.

I’ve maintained my calories as well although I did want an annoyance snack. My Boxy Charm Add on order is marked as delivered by FEDEX and yet it is not here. Which means it might have been delivered to another address which has happened before. Never to the same address though. So now I have to wait until Fed Ex figures it out or one of my neighbors stops by. Thus far my neighbors have been good about things like this, but it always puts me on edge. fun stuff. Luckily there are no chips in the house for me to snack on. But it is still an annoyance. Beyond that, everything else is on track for mid week. I hope yours is doing the same.