Workout Waffle: July 21st, 2020

My three favorite pieces of at home gym equipment (and the foot pump that makes the yoga ball small space friendly. (and yes. there are technically two yoga mats there)

Morning all, things have been interesting here.  I’ve more or less had to give up my walks outside for a little while. Its not totally unexpected, its just a bit early.  Usually the dog days of August hit and drive everyone inside for sanity’s sake.  I noticed it seemed a lot hotter than I remembered from last year, but looking over my notes I saw that I was still walking until the first week of August last year.  This year that’s a no go as we frequently hit triple digits or sit just under them. I have to say there is something I find oddly disturbing about seeing a digital thermometer read 99 degrees. I’m not entirely sure why, 100 is clearly hotter, but 99 manages to bother me more somehow.

My baby checked the weather data for me and surprise, record highs.  We are actually ten degrees warmer where I live than we usually are at this time of year. 

Because clearly that’s what this year needed, a brain melting heat wave.

After all, it’s not like anything else is going on, right?  

So indoor workouts it is, at least until the heat breaks.  So today I’m going to waffle a bit about my three favorite items in my at home workout tool kit. I should probably mention that my house was built in the late 1940s. While it is quite spacious enough for us, there aren’t buckets of extra space.  As a result I have what I like to think of as a moveable gym. It goes where there happens to be space at the moment.

The first element in this set up is my Yoga mat.  Even if your activities aren’t yoga based, I highly recommend getting one.  The first thing it does is it gives you a designated workout space. So what if you had to shift aside the couch to set up your personal gym?  While that mat is down, it is a designated space and makes it feel somehow more official. 

I know that sounds a little strange, but it really is helpful, even if only psychologically.  The mat temporarily transforms the space.  Plus, it is the same mat each workout regardless if you are in the back bedroom, living room or back porch. Using the same mat each time helps signal your brain (or at least mine) that even if this is where you ate popcorn and watched bad horror movies last night (Evil Dead in case you are wondering), now it is the place where you work out.

In addition the mat is textured to keep your feet from slipping and it keeps you from sweating on the carpet.  Which are things I generally like and find helpful during my workout.

My second piece of equipment is a yoga ball.  There are a lot of workouts you can download that use the yoga ball. It is also easily collapsible when you aren’t using it so you can easily get it out of the way if need be.  If you don’t have an electric air mattress pump hanging around your house, I recommend getting the yoga ball with the foot pump.  They look silly, but they are a life saver. I think most of them come with some sort of pump, but double check before you buy. 

I really like the yoga balls because first off, the exercises done with them tend to be low impact so tender joints like knees are protected. and they are great if you are just getting started on a workout plan. Plus, when you start out a workout sitting on a giant rubber ball, it is hard not to think of it as fun.  And seriously, how often as an adult do you get to bounce around with a giant rubberized ball? In a way that isn’t condemned by society at large?

My third item has to be my leg/arm weights.  The ones I’ve got are from ProsourceFit.  They are a soft material that just feels like a bag of sand and has adjustable Velcro straps so you can move them from your ankles to your wrists.  I have size medium in case you were wondering. 

(And no this is not sponsored, I just really like ProsourceFit. If I can’t pick something up in person I tend to order from them so their name comes up a lot when I talk about my equipment. The products are good quality and they last a really long time.  Plus, they are usually on the ball with shipping.  They tend to sell out of stuff because they seem to have a high turnover rate, although they are really good about restocking if they are out of something just wait a few days and check in and it is usually restocked. At least in my experience.  I’ve been eyeing some Kettle bells for a while now as well as a replacement yoga mat – I have two layered because they are both worn out in places and need to be replaced – so I may be placing a new order soon.)

While these are currently my top three items for an at home workout, I am always willing to try new things, so that may change.  Especially as my walks are down to nil until the heat breaks. I suspect this will mean a bump up in my indoor fitness as well as closer attention to my calorie intake. So that is this week’s workout waffle. 

I’ll link Prosource Fit below in case any of you out there are looking to add to your home gym.  It is an affiliate link so if you click and then buy something from them I may receive a small commission, which goes to support this channel. Even if you don’t click the link, I highly recommend checking them out.  Everything I’ve gotten from them has been quality and reasonably priced. Sometimes getting those to lines to intersect isn’t easy, and with work out gear, quality matters. Stay safe out there, or in there as the case may be.

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Weekly Weight: 204.8 lbs

July 17th, 2020

I have to say I’m not entirely certain I trust the weight displayed on the scale. I stepped on it first thing this morning and it flashed the weight of 290 lbs at me. While I’ll admit my food may have gotten a little off track this week (there were cupcakes), I did not believe I gained 85 lbs in one week.

So I got off the scale, double checked that I was in fact sans clothing, and not actually carrying an extra weight, and when the scale once again flashed zero at me I stepped back on. This time it told me I weighed 62 lbs.

Just as I didn’t think I gained that much in a week, I didn’t think I lost that much either. A third attempt gave me the 204.8 weight above. As did a fourth and fifth. So either the digital scale had to calibrate now that is returned to the bathroom or something is afoot.

As dealing with anything mechanical before I’ve had my coffee would generally involve the phrase ‘you like I smash with rock?’ I decided to leave it until later for inspection. I’m just going to go with I weigh less than 290 lbs and more than 62 lbs and be satisfied with that.

I won’t be breaking out the stats this week because it feels like cheating.

This week I was not all that good with food. My baby doll had to go into the office this week because he is organizing interns. There are only two of them and they share an apartment with a third who works elsewhere. One of them had a birthday and so I baked cupcakes to send in with him. He took them in but brought them right back as the third roommate apparently worked in an office that was infected with covid and was sent home. Given the living arrangements both interns are now out for two weeks as well. So we had cupcakes.

I was usually good about not eating them during the day but I did find that I tended to eat them after watching the news. So I think I’ve found my stress eating trigger point. There are no more cupcakes so hopefully it will not be an issue. To be honest it would have been smarter not to bake them to share with others, but I really like baking and it was really stress relieving to decorate them.

So I’m just going to take it as a one off because I am not going to have a dozen cupcakes in the house again for a really long time so I enjoyed them while they were here and get back to regular food as time marches forward. I don’t actually regret eating them. I regret shoving them into my mouth while glaring at the television screen, but they were good cupcakes.

And I did extra arm movements with my weights. I really do love my Prosource Fit leg/arm weights. Although I think I might have overdone it yesterday. I did my arm circles and lifts and then I got a song stuck in my head and did a chair dance while singing and waving my arms about in time to the song. I really feel it in my upper arms and shoulders today. There were a lot of over the head movements.

In case you feel like singing and arm weight dancing along, the song was No More Mr. Nice Guy By Alice Cooper.

Singing it through and moving my arms about not only gave me a good exercise but it got the song out of my head.

In case you are wondering, this is why I’m not really allowed to design soundtracks for workout videos. Not that it’s ever really come up. Although I personally like my workout play lists.

Okay well, crazy scale and all that is my weekly weight. I’m not going to do the stats since I don’t know how accurate the scale was or if something cause it to go haywire. I’ll be checking on that later but officially I’m leaving the weight at 205 lbs for another week. With luck I’ll figure out the issue by the end of the day. Wish me luck, and have an excellent Friday.


strength and toning equipment

Weekly Weight: 205.0 lbs

July 3rd, 2020

This has been a strange week for me.  Quite frankly I am kind of surprise it is only a slight weight gain.  Saturday was my birthday.  There was ice cream cake and champagne.  Also in an attempt to make it into a ‘special’ event, my babydoll managed to pick up most of the things neither of us have been eating in over a year as a celebratory splurge.

I think what we both ended up learning is that we literally can’t eat like we used to. We tried though.  For a day.  I had my spa day early in the day and then we splurged throughout the day with assorted goodies. Then after a day of birthday video chats, we opened the champagne and watched Svengoolie.

It was a Harryhousen film. The Seventh voyage of Sinbad.  Let’s hear it for early Claymation.

Sunday we both felt the effects of the food.  It was quite something. I think we both drank water in buckets trying to sort of flood out the richness. Admittedly, the remaining cake lasted all week, but we had small portions for desert after dinner rather than paring it with an over the top meal.

This was also the first week of my participation in the Chloe Ting 28 day shred. I started bright and early Monday morning.  It went well.  I did the low impact section and there were exercises I just couldn’t do, but not as many as I feared. I finished my first workout, showered and got to work.  I’ve noticed that if I do these workouts first thing in the morning I don’t have time to talk myself out of them.

Trickery is how I convince myself to work out.

Trust me, it isn’t a love of endorphins.

About two hours after I started work I got up from my chair and really felt the work out in the tops of my upper thighs. The next morning I woke up sore all over, but I pushed through and the workout loosened me up a bit.  By the end of the day though I found out that I did have muscles in my rear end because fat simply doesn’t hurt like that. 

I feared the next morning, but it honestly wasn’t that bad.

The really bad part was this morning.  On her system there are two days built into the week that are active rest days.  That means I do stuff, but I don’t do a Chloe Ting workout.  Which was fine, my muscles needed a break. This week Thursday was an ‘Active Rest’ day. But this morning, knowing I had to get back to it and start in on the work out first thing made me hit the snooze button a few extra times. I think for me, it is going to consistently be the day after a break day that is the hardest for me.

I think it is because I am anticipating the pain of the first day.

But I made it through my first week.  and currently my muscles appear to have forgiven me. They aren’t usd to it, but the arguments for abandoning the program have died down to a low comlaining and not an active revolt.

And while the scale is heavier than last week, I know the workouts aren’t to blame and to be honest, my clothes feel looser. I’m not taking measurements until the end of the month, but they really feel a little looser.  I did take measurements at the start and will post them along with my measurements at the end.  I just want to share some thoughts each week as I go through.  Also knowing that I am posting comments about it keeps me doing the actual exercises.  I need that sort of accountability.

So I finished a year and started a new one as well as started a new challenge. In addition, my phone company sent me an e-mail saying my phone was now officially too old for them to support any more so I had to come in and upgrade. I knew I needed to upgrade as my phone was 15 years old, but I resent the ultimatum.

So now I have an LG Stylo 6.  It is HUGE compared to my old phone and this weekend I need to find a case for it so I don’t destroy it in less than a week. Buying a phone wasn’t in my plans for the week, but it needed to be done.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one who got the cell phone ultimatum because there were a lot of folks with me.  All disgruntled, but all keeping their space.  I do have the distinction of being the oldest phone they upgraded that day.  All the sales reps gathered around as though it was a school field trip and I the traveling museum exhibit.

Gather round children and see how ancient man communicated.

Fun stuff.

It also blew a four hour hole through my schedule so I’ve been racing to catch up ever since.  This weekend I plan to get a cell phone case and catch my breath. But first, the stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 204.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.0 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 82.0 lbs

And now it is on with the day!


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Weight Loss Regime Survival Top #49: Patience

It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. Willow bark becomes repackaged as aspirin and Taxis become ubers. While I don’t always agree with the nothing new, I have to say this week has been one where I have been destined to relearn one of the first lessons I had when I first decided to lose weight.

Patience.

When I first decide that I was finished playing around with the idea of losing weight and actually decided to actively pursue it as a goal (my decision based more on not wanting my knees to give out on me than any desire to look good in a bikini), Patience was the first lesson I had to learn.

I wanted to run but could only make it once around the block walking before my body hurt too much to continue. I wanted to be able to lift large weights without a thought but found my arms shaking with the little baby weights. I wanted to keep pace with the slim athletic folks who make the work out videos but struggled to make it through one round.

Most of all, I wanted all of the excess weight to slide right off my body leaving me svelte and healthy with no aches in knees of feet.

The truth, as I’m sure all of you know, is that the weight didn’t all one day decided to pile on my bones. It wasn’t all going to leave in a single day, or even a single week.

Logically I knew that. I understood it. But the constant barrage of miracle weight loss advertisements somehow wormed its way into my brain. I do a lot of my shopping on line. For long stretches of time I lived in remote areas where it was my best option if I wanted any sort of variety in my purchases.I also moved around a lot and ended up picking up favorites from different locals that were not available once I moved. As my weight increased, I also found a better selection in my size range on line. My largest size was 3X, thankfully a size I have left behind and actually cleared out of my closet. Most stores don’t carry a lot of clothes in 3X.

But the internet does.

However there are lovely little computer programs all over the world wide web and I very quickly found that once you start ordering clothes in a size 3X on line, the commercials that get flashed your way tend to lean into the miracle diet lane. The most sensible tend to promise things like fat flushing and a 10 lbs loss in a week.

I knew I wasn’t going to take any pills or potions but concentrate on creating a healthy, sustainable program for me to lose weight and set myself up for a sustainably healthy future. I was looking long term and permanant, not quick fix.

But it is hard chipping away slowly at the mass with the diet and exercise hammer and chisel when you see the pneumonic jackhammer of the quick fix flashing at you everytime you go online. Even with the suspicion of overblown claims and possible unpleasant side effects, they tested my patience.

For the most part, I have gotten past it.

To be honest the high boasts of many of the pills and tinctures kind of scare me out of using them anyway. I can’t think of anything that works that dramatically as being good for me. I will admit I have a strange fascination with the sort of neoprene looking sweat vests. You know the ones where you slip on a rubber lined band around your middle so you sweat more and lose weight fast. I don’t know why they fascinate me, but they sort of do. I suspect if I tried them then I would end up passed out under the summer sun from dehydration more than anything else, but still they draw me in.

For now, they too are relatively easy to ignore.

But now I am learning the same lesson of patience in a different format.

While my body is healing from my burn, parts have been slower to heal than others, mostly because they took more damage. My feet were particularly hard hit. While I can walk around the house and stand without pain, the joint where my ankle meets my foot is still raw and the rounded knob of ankle bone on the inside of my foot took a particularly hard beating from the sun.

Given that I could stand and walk around the house without pain I thought to myself, maybe a quick walk around the block just to see if I can. So I pulled on socks and shoes. I took three steps and then hobbled back to the bed to take the shoes and socks off. The angry red of the abraded flesh screamed all sorts of subverbal obscenities at me. So I am still not walking. I am doing some work with my weights and I am doing crunches and other basic exercises that don’t rely on me walking. They are helping me burn off some of my antsy energy, even if they don’t burn a high amount of calories.

And again I find myself remembering the lesson of patience. Rushing to walk before my feet are healed enough will cause more damage and a greater delay in getting back into my calorie burning walks. Taking the time now, helps me in the long run.

While I don’t always agree that there is nothing new under the sun, at this point in time it seems I am destined to relearn the same lesson I thought I mastered. weight loss, like many other goals in life, requires patience in order to achieve.


Caudalie

Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #48: The Unexpected

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

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

This weekend was one of my not so bright moments. 

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

In fact, it was just about perfect.

roses from my yard

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

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

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

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

As we all know, pride goes before a fall.

This was no exception.

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

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

And boy did I.

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

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

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

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

Worse is that I know I did it to myself.

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

Cool breeze or not.

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

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

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

Well timed Face-tory. 

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

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

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

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




Sunny citrus morning cleanse? Yes Please.

Malin+Goetz Grapefruit face cleanser

I have always associated citrus with clean.  Growing up there was orange oil polish, lemon scented pledge and I still use the homemade citrus all-purpose household cleaner I grew up with.  In case you are wondering, when you are finished squeezing your citrus, whether they are lemons, limes, oranges or anything else of that variety, you take the squeezed out fruit, place it in a glass jar and cover it with vinegar so the fruit oils can soak in.  Once it does, you have a cleaner.

Don’t worry at the moment due to pandemic protocols my jar is remaining under the cabinet in favor of the more industrial variety.

Regardless I associate citrus with clean.

So when Malin+Goetz sent over a bottle of their Grapefruit face cleanser (retail $36) for me to review, I was very excited.  I really like Malin+ Goetz.  Personally I don’t think you see enough of their products being talked about.  Everything I have ever tried of theirs has been top notch.  I really liked the fig scented perfume I received as one of my Scentbird perfumes a few months back and so I had high hopes for this cleanser. I know a lot of folks worry about citrus juice in skin care as it can be acidic, but a cleanser is the perfect place for it as it doesn’t sit on your skin long enough to be a concern. So I personally enjoy it.

According to their product page…

Our gentle foaming cleansing gel balances skin with natural grapefruit extract and amino acid-based cleansing agents. This hydrating formula gently but thoroughly cleanses skin of dirt, oil and makeup. Rinses free of residue, eliminating the need for a toner. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive. Natural fragrance and color.

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While I do adore my Dr. Thayer’s Rose Petal toner, I set it aside while I put this product to the test. While it does claim to thoroughly cleanse the skin of makeup, it isn’t really a set makeup remover.  Still, as with all cleanser tests I tried it with a full face of makeup first. 

cleanser in hand

I have to say it did really well.  I ended up with only a small smudge of eyeliner and the rest of my makeup was pretty well dissolved.  I did notice to get the full face of makeup off, I had to use a bit more product than I normally would when doing a double cleanse.  I really think this product shines in a double cleanse routine though. 

A lot of makeup removing balms leave a greasy residue on the skin.  This cleanser took that off and eliminated any make up the initial remover left behind. while I didn’t use my toner, I did the cotton round test and it came away clean. There was no harsh scrubbing with this product (especially in a double cleanse) and I needed only a little product.  My skin felt soft and not stripped and there was that great grapefruit-y scent that made my brain think I was extra clean. I found it a very nice product in the morning where citrus is also a wake up and get moving scent. 

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cleanser on face

When on the face it is slightly sudsy. I applied it to damp skin in the photo . However after applying it I splashed more water and it lathered up nicely. The suds foamed and rinsed away taking all of the remaining dirt, sweat and makeup with them. I am extra appreciative of the sweat removal as I have started doing my workouts again, this time at home. Once again I am sweating so I do find I need a mid day rinse of the face as well as the full morning and night cleanse. This product works well in that capacity. I only used a thumbnail sized portion of product mid day when I was just too sweaty not to wash my face and it worked really well without stipping the skin or making me overly cleansed. My skin had absolutely no problems with this cleanser. I’m fairly certain that when I start going back to the gym, I will be picking up a travel sized bottle of the Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser to go with me. I think it will be a wonderful addition to my gym bag.

The bottle is a plain squeeze bottle with very simple and direct instructions.  On a shelf I can see why some people pass it by for flashier packaging.  But this is one time you need to look past the cover to see the book inside.   It isn’t the flashiest package on the shelf, but it is a great product that does exactly what it claims to do and then just a little bit more. If I were to change anything, I would give it a pump instead of leaving it as a squeeze bottle so that it is easier to dispense with wet and possibly oil slick hands.  But that is a minor tweak and I am happy to use it as it is.  In fact now, given the surrounding gloom and doom fo multiple waves of thunderstorms and news reports, I enjoy the sunshiny brightness of the grapefruit scent just a little bit more in my mornings. I am definitely going to have to look into more of the Malin+Goetz product line.  They are well worth talking about.

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Home Fitness: Let the Weights begin!

a set of five pound weights

Before I get started I have to say an apology to the world of yoga. I always knew it was exercise, but I thought it secondary to the gym. I have to say this morning when I got up, I could feel yesterday’s short bout of yoga. First of all I congratulated myself on taking it slow when getting started and easing myself into the new routine instead of dashing headlong into a full hour long workout.

I may have worked in the gym, but yoga is different. It feels easier when you are doing it somehow yet when you aren’t looking manages to kick your butt. It talks about breathing and calming stress while making you sweat.

It’s a sneaky sort of exercise.

I have to say I respect that.

For those of you who missed yesterday’s post I completed the Fifteen Minute Morning Yoga Routine from SarahBethYoga yesterday as my first stay at home fitness venture. I liked and repeated it this morning. Although I was a bit sore this morning, the routine loosened me up and made me feel better about doing other workouts.

Which was good because it was Tuesday and time for Weights. Yeah my weight options pretty much include the hand weights you see pictured above and a five lbs weight ball that I am pretty sure is buried somewhere in my closet.

So for today’s starting workout I walked a couple of laps between bursts of rain around my neighborhood. I used a large golf umbrella and my yellow rubber rain boots instead of my sneakers. My arches aren’t entirely happy with me but I found a set of Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts that I could tuck into the boots should they be necessary tomorrow. It’s not ideal, but we still have flooding. So I’ll take the sore feet.

Added to this was my hand weight workout. The specific one I tried today was called Workout with 5 Pound Weights – Home Workout with Dumbbells by Jessica Valant Pilates It is about ten minutes long, which I thought was good for a first workout with weights. It only uses the weights as the necessary equipment and was easy to follow along. There was no point where I was lost or confused and most importantly I could do all of the exercises. A few towards the end weren’t as stellar as the presenter’s versions, but I did them.

I also might have said a few not so nice things about people who actually seem to enjoy working out with weights, but I don’t think the people on the television heard me.

I hate weight day. I’ll be honest, I know it is important and I know I need to do it, hence the reason I schedule it, but I hate it.If I could get away with just walking I would. But I can’t. And since I can’t this was a good beginner workout for me to do. And as much as I complain about it, I will be doing it again on Thursday.

Tomorrow I will be trying a yoga fitness ball routine and will hopefully manage to neither explode the ball nor propel myself into a wall. At least if I do knock myself out on the wall, I know I won’t be home alone. Starting tomorrow my darling dearest will be working from home. He is not the sort of person to whom working at home comes naturally. He is very much a work is work and home is home and never should the two meet.

I’m sure there will be some adjustments.

As well as someone to make sure I don’t brain myself on the wall. Once I have the yoga ball routine I will be set for a week or so. It (or a routine I like) will be for Monday, Wednesday and Friday while I go for the weights on Tuesday and Thursday and then continue with the fifteen minute wake up as my initial morning stretch during week days. Hopefully the weather will clear up and I will then get to exchange my rain boots for sneakers and I will have some semblance of a set routine. Then if I get bored, I can branch out. I have no idea how long the world will be upended, and personally despite random predictions, I don’t think anyone else knows either. I suspect howeve it will last long enough for my new routine to become routine and need shaking up.

But this week is about set up. Next week will be about monitoring and adjusting. Today we worry about our own sanity, tomorrow we worry about the world’s collective sanity. As my Gran used to say, “Everything in it’s own time.”

I’m not entirely sure she meant pandemics, but I’m gonna run with it.


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At Home Fitness Begins

My at home equipment

Last week, as far as weight loss goes, was a complete and utter bust. I completed no workouts, my menu plan went out the window due to grocery shortages and believing the world of fired restaurant food would soon be taken from him, my darling dearest came home with every assorted food he could think of to pick up from a take out place, most of which neither of us has eaten in over a year. As the phone rang off the hook and time was mostly spent checking on elderly relatives scattered in multiple countries, the comfort food was well appreciated. In addition to no workouts I think I binge ate more than four times my normal calorie budget each day.

But I made my peace with that.

I also didn’t step on the scale last Friday in an effort to preserve my own sanity.

But now that things are locked down for the most part, my sanity depends on regular exercise. So with all the gyms closed I am working out at home.

For those who have been reading my posts for a while, you will know that a big part of my exercise regime includes walking. It is low impact, and because I generally use the walking trail near my house it gets me some fresh air. It also provides breaks during my day so I am not always sitting at a computer.

The walking trails were put in the low lying flood prone areas to make use of mostly unusable land. Unfortunately when it floods, the trail is under water. It has been raining a lot lately. So even though today we only had intermittent rain, the trail was still under water. Luckily the houses are on higher ground as are the streets. So I, like a couple of my neighbors, have been taking advantage of the completely empty streets and the few breaks in the rain to get in a little outside time. So I’ve gotten some walking in today, while still maintaining my social distance.

I’ve also gone back to measuring my portion size and counting my calories. Stress eating at the moment is my biggest thing to avoid. While all of this is fine and standard. I am missing my gym. It is closed and I need some replacements. So I have turned to various sources to find them. Today, as the phones are still ringing, I added a fifteen minute morning yoga routine to my day courtesy of SarahBethYoga. If you click on the link it will take you to the video I tried.

Despite having a yoga mat, it has been a long time since I tried any yoga. I was somewhat nervous so I started with the fifteen minute routine. I figure I can do just about anything for fifteen minutes if I put my mind to it, with a few notable exceptions of course. Now while I have lost a substantial amount of weight (a little over 40 lbs at this point), I am still no light weight. I am probably at least ninety to a hundred pounds heavier than the woman in the video. I still managed to get through it relatively easily.

It was a good morning stretch and I will admit I did not do so well with the bending over and putting my hands on the ground part. I did use that as an extra stretch and figured the more I tried to do it the better I would get at the pose. I will aslo admit, my transitions, especially when it involved my knees and the floor, were not what anyone would call graceful. Still I made it through the video and I think I am going to add it to my morning routine. My plan is to build up a selection of workouts, alternating days, for example using Monday, Wednesday and Friday as flexibility work with yoga and then use Tuesday and Thursday as days to work with weights.

And as there are hundreds, if not thousands of videos in various sites available right now, I am sure to find enough that I can do with what I have and that I actually like doing. I think this one is definitely a keeper. Also as it is a basic stretching routine, I can use it as a warm up, even when I am doing other workouts. So I am well on my way to building a stable substitute workout routine at home. Also keeping myself moving keeps me from going stir crazy even if the rain is limiting my outside time.

Tomorrow, I will try to find a weight based one to start me off.Wish me luck.


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Weekly Weight: XXX lbs

March 20, 2020

For those looking at the above picture and are thinking, wow I don’t see any numbers, don’t think something has gone off with your vision. There aren’t any numbers today.

This week my world went mad. There was no menu plan. Any attempt at any form of workout went awry and I had elderly relatives calling from every corner of the globe.Some were just checking in, others were calling to share their predictions of doom, others needed reassurance and a few wanted to run some weird bits of misinformation past me to see if it was in fact crazy or reality.

My family tends to be evenly split between those who are overly trusting can see the silver lining in a mud puddle and those who do research and lean towards suspicion rather than automatic trust. I know you are shocked to find I fall onto the suspicious side of the equation.

So taking my own Wednesday advice, I decided to give myself a break this week and made a deliberate choice not to get on the scale.

I will however be getting back onto the scale next Friday as I reboot my weight loss plan.Things have settled down now and my more sociable relatives are turning to various forms of electronic communication whether audio or visual rather than going out unnecessarily. The panic calls have slowed to a trickle.And I can once again breathe.

Besides the reminder that I have a lot of older family members, I learned two things this week. One is that I need a routine. Without it, I go a little bonkers myself. Two, while things are settling down as initial panic dims, this isn’t a short term scenario. We are in for a long haul. There are some clinging to the belief that in a few weeks this will all blow over. There are those who have their fingers crossed and are hoping for two months. There are others who have gone full commitment to the year or eighteen months before normality can resume.

Personally, I have no clue how long the things I counted as normal will be suspended.I do know that it would take less than two weeks without a regular routine for me to go completely insane. So this weekend I am inflating my Yoga ball. I am getting my hand weights out of the bottom of the closet. I am downloading fitness routines I can do with minimal at home fitness equipment (mostly the items listed above) and I will be building a new routine.

How long that new routine lasts, is not up to me. But staying healthy and becoming healthier by continuing to shave off my excess weight is.So I will wash my hands compulsively, slather on my lotion from my stockpile of hand cream so my skin doesn’t dry and crack from the excess washing and get myself into a new routine. I know some of you out there are in the same boat so I will start adding posts about some of the workouts that I find on line and some of the things I am doing to get fit at home. Hopefully that will help you out as well as keep me on track.

I’ll be back this afternoon with the regularly scheduled Friday Face Mask, because lets face it, if there was ever a Friday where I needed a moment of calm to destress, this is it. Hope you have a good morning everyone.


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Weekly Weight: 203.2 lbs

March 13, 2020

I know exactly the same as last week, only this time I managed to get the photo in focus. To be fair, I only went to the gym once this week and missed several of my walks. The walks were delayed and then cancelled due to the uprising of minutia. It felt as though my week was nibbled away by small tasks that would only take a second if I’d just do them. So I did them. The problem was there were a lot of little tasks.

I blame the season for that. Once the winter slate of holidays end with New Year’s Eve celebrations, we sort of collapse and revel in a wide open social calendar. While we go out, there are no real gatherings. Until Easter when everyone descends on my house. Last weekend I looked at the calendar and saw Easter was edging closer and then began making a list of all the little things that we sort of let slide when it is just the two of us with no company expected. Due to waves of winter illness, the list was quite long.

The most satisfying part of my week was actually drawing a line through several of the items on the list.

Then there was the gym.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I am currently living in the state of Tennessee. I’ve moved around a lot over the course of my life but for the foreseeable future this is home. Unfortunately this is the week the coronavirus joined me in the volunteer state. While we are fine in my house, and indeed in my county at the moment, certain things have gone a little strange.

The gym is one of them.

Now that the new year new you resolution crowd at the gym has faded, it is down to the normal group of people. Since my schedule has some flexibility in it, I tend to put my gym visits in non peak times. As a consequence there are many older people on the machines with me and there is never a problem getting a machine. On Monday when I went to the gym there were only two other people besides myself there working out. All of the elderly decided to hunker down until the plague passed.Which is understandable.

However the fitness professional behind the counter, operating the scanner to log me into the gym was wearing one of those white surgical masks. I understand precautions but this seemed like overkill. In addition it was really creepy to be working out in a mostly empty gym while being watched by someone wearing a surgical mask. It felt as though I somehow stepped onto the set of a really bad horror movie.

To be honest I didn’t even take the time to change when I was done. I just left in my sweaty gym clothes and went home. I showered and changed there.

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

I managed to hold the scale in position with just my food. And considering this week also included one fast food day, I think that is pretty amazing. Because I was able to hold the line this week, I think that next week I am going to take a break from the gym and do only home work outs. I started with only home workouts before I gained enough confidence to go to the gym and I think that a week of them might actually be a good thing. I feel I’m entering a weight loss plateau anyway so a good shake up might just be the thing for me.

Until people either calm down and the gym becomes less like a horror movie stage set, or the plague arrives in full force and justifies their freak out. Either way I will be an entire week of at home workouts next week. I’ll keep track and report back. Hopefully it will shake me out of my rut so something good will come of this.

So the stats:

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Weight last week: 203.2 lbs

Weight This week: 203.2 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Total weight lost this far: 42.8 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 80.2 lbs

I look forward to seeing what a week of home workouts do to my plan. I hope everyone out there has a good week and stays safe and healthy. I’ll see you later today for the Friday Face Mask.


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