Weekly Weight: 205.6 lbs

June 5th, 2020

It is finally Friday. This has been a long one. I think part of it was because I was out of the house more than I have been in a while. Don’t worry, I had my face mask. To be honest I think the change in my weight this week was due to just sweating in the heat while standing around. I certainly didn’t get in all of my normal walks.

I have to say, one thing that came in super handy this week were those Busy Beauty Body wipes. I may not have had to avoid the black showers of doom in my gym but I threw a hand full in my bag when I went out and while I used one, I shared with those around me, Let me tell you the peppermint cool was much appreciated on sun fried arms and legs. As my neighbor pointed out, we have now entered the season where we have the air you can wear. Seriously it is the fashion accessory no one wants, but you can’t leave at home.

This season comes between the spring rains and summer drought, in case you are wondering.

Its when all the rain that fell sort of hovers for a last goodbye before disappearing. You know, for that extra special touch that makes you wonder what you did to anger God. Or maybe not the big god, maybe like one of the little imps from Dante’s Infermo taking a short vacation from the seventh circle or maybe the eighth. It’s been a while since I read Dante.

Maybe I’ll read it this weekend. After I order more body wipes. Seriously, they are far more useful than I anticipated. Hopefully the new batch will be used in happier times.

Speaking of happy, despite everything I smiled when stepping on the scale this morning. It was such a weird week I had no idea what to expect. Exercise was strange and almost non-existent and food was really hit or miss rather than anythinglike a scheduled meal. It was a pleasant surprise and I’m trying to be very low key about actually passing the 40 lbs mark. That particular mark has made me exceedingly paranoid, so I’m not going to talk about it, just smile quietly to myself and list the stats.

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 206.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.6 lbs

This week’s loss: 0.8 lbs

Total lost thus far: 40.4 lbs (squee)

Total left to lose (apx.): 82.6 lbs

Okay, quiet giggles of personal glee, and off to work for the day. With everything going on this week I am so far behind and will be spending much of the day trying to see a reasonable dent in my inbox. I’ll be posting the Makeup Bag post right after this and then later today (hopefully after a mountain of work has been cleared) I will be back for the Friday Face Mask. Hope everyone has a good Friday.

Weekly Weight: 206.4 lbs

May 29th, 2020

I’m not going to get bent out of shape by 0.2 lbs. The gain is annoying, but clearly not insurmountable. Truthfully the small gain isn’t as annoying as the fact that my 40 lbs weight loss mark seems to be cursed. I approached it before Christmas and then got taken down by the holiday gatherings. I fought my way back and actually passed the 40 lbs mark when the world went crazy again. I have no doubt I will move past it, I am just slightly annoyed at being just under the mark for so long. I think it is so annoying because the mark is so close to an even bigger mark.

That one would be getting my weight under 200 lbs.

I know weight is just a number when it boils down to it and it is my health that matters but I am giddy at the thought of seeing my weight begin with a one instead of a two. I have started to fantasize about 198.

I know I’ll get there (and beyond). I just needed a moment of whingeing. Its out of my system now.

Happy Friday everyone . This felt like a long one. I’m not entirely certain why when the entire month seems to have evaporated on me. This morning I looked at the calendar to put the date under the above photograph and was surprised it was the 29th.

All the days seem to blur.

Admittedly it does mean I get to contemplate a pleasant conundrum.

My birthday is at the end of June (June 27th if you want to be precise) and for the past few years I have treated myself to two indulgences. The first is a jar of the Fresh Rose face mask. Then I can indulge all summer long. However this year I still have a mostly full jar of Feel’s Rose mask which isn’t all that different. I’ve been using it a while so even if I finish the jar before my birthday, I’m afraid it won’t feel as special. So I must contemplate a replacement product.

I know the horrors of contemplating an extravagance. How will I live with myself?

I think the only issue is that because it’s been a standard for me for the past few years, I hadn’t actually come up with a list of alternatives. But it seems like a fun project for the weekend. I’ll take any suggestions should anyone feel like offering them. (seriously any suggestions)

Especially because of the second birthday treat. That one tends to be a trip to a day spa.

Yeah, I’m not sure if the one I tend to use is open (or is ever planning to reopen to be frank). Even if they are, I’m not so sure I will feel comfortable going. I’m all for supporting local businesses and all, but stressing about a spa visit seems like a waste all around.

So I might just roll this into my own personal spa day at home. It will lack the massage but I can personalize everything. And I’m sure with flowers and candles and a pitcher of cucumber water my sunroom can be made to look quite spa like.I just need to think about the elements I need to order so everything is ready for the end of the month. Again a fun thing to contemplate. And if anyone feels like making suggestions of their personal at home spa adventures, let me know. The last time I tried this the dog thought the pitcher of cucumber water was for his use, so my only thought at the moment is a higher table. (even though that particular dog has sadly passed away and will therefore not slurp and crunch his way through my fancy water.)

Much more pleasant to think about than the 40 lbs curse.

Which isn’t a curse.

And I will beat.

To the stats!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 206.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 206.4 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 39.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 83.4 lbs

Since my birthday is on a Saturday, then the Friday before (on the 26th) I will be posting measurements and such. I like to think about my birthday as the start of my own personal new year so I tend to mark things down then and make resolutions. All the sorts of things normally done at new years. Plus if the year is going badly, then it gives me a chance to mentally leave the last six months behind and start the new year over.

Personally leaving the past few months behind sounds like a pretty good idea.

But I have waffled on long enough.Complaints over and soon the work day will begin. Then when it is over I can contemplate the wide world of at home self care items I want to try and attempt to narrow it down to something actually feasible. Happy Friday everyone.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #51: Changing things up

For the past year I have been posting various tips and tricks as well as just random things I’ve learned as I work on a healthier me.  I enjoy sharing these weight loss journey sign posts with you.  I hope you find some of them helpful or at least momentarily amusing.

At this point, most of the lessons I am learning seemed to be the same lessons merely repackaged. It’s as though the universe realizes that I am slightly dense some times and need to have things pounded into my head. While I’m still learning and may come across new tips to share with you, I will not be posting this segment each week anymore.  It’s not gone for good. When something occurs that is worth mentioning, I’ll bring it back, it just won’t be a regular weekly post. 

I haven’t decided on a weekly thing to take its place yet (and I’m open to suggestions and if there is anything you want to see here on a regular basis let me know.) So for now I will just be posting my regular style of reviews on Wednesdays.

For my last regularly scheduled tip post, I’m going to post the top five things I’ve learned in the past year.

  1. Buy a pack of plain undershirts and socks with the reinforced toes to work out in.  Working out is a sweaty business and these clothes are going to take a beating. Rather than ruin your everyday socks and t-shirts, pick up an inexpensive pack that you can blitz clean with repeated washings and not worry over.  When they get too worn out from too much sweat and too many washings, relegate them to gardening gear or the rag bin and pick up another package. I actually recommend Hanes as they are not terribly expensive and can take quite a lengthy beating before they need to be replaced.  I tend to get the men’s v-neck ones as they are a little roomier and I don’t like the collar pressing on my neck as I work out.
  2. Patience. You didn’t put on all the weight overnight and you aren’t going to take it off overnight.  You also aren’t going to go from couch potato to winner of an Iron Man style competition in one gym session either. It is better to do consistent small workouts rather than destroying yourself on one big one and giving up for another couple of months. Losing a lot of weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t give up just because you can’t do everything now. Ease yourself in and build up to the level you want.
  3. This is about you.  Even if you work out with a friend and have the encouragement of thousands, it all comes down to you. This matters in several ways.  First it sometimes feels a little selfish to carve out time just for you to work out.  That’s okay.  This is one instance where you can be selfish.  In fact, you need to be a little selfish. This is your time, not a time to help someone else. You are helping you with something no one else can do for you. Secondly, just because other people start a work out in one place, doesn’t mean that’s where you start out.  This is about you and your body, not someone else’s regime. When I started, my knees weren’t happy about lowering me to the floor to do crunches and other floor exercises.  Because of this I used the bed as my flat surface. (I put a towel down first) Some of the movements didn’t work on the cushier surface, but many of them did.  I concentrated on doing those until I lost enough weight that my knees didn’t ache so badly and I was able to move to the floor and add in the movements I couldn’t do on the bed. I know I probably looked ridiculous. While not something I’d seen on a workout video, it worked for me.  Find what works for you, even if it looks silly to others.  This is about you.
  4. Understand that setbacks will appear and that your journey will more than likely not always be smooth sailing.  You may have an extra piece of birthday cake one week because eating it was the best way to stop yourself from saying something you might regret. Friends may visit and insist on a taking you out for a big Italian meal at their favorite restaurant in town.  You may get a bad sunburn on your legs and not be able to walk for two weeks.  A pandemic may shut down your gym and force you to establish a new routine. Life has a funny way of throwing things at you. You need to accept that things happen and then some weeks, a loss might not be possible.  Some weeks you may even gain.  The important bit is to move past the set back and keep going.  Sure, you didn’t need that extra piece of cake, but you didn’t call out your great uncle when he insisted that Elvis pompadour style wig he wears is his real hair. You let that 96 year old think he’s fooled everyone into believing he has a thick head of jet black hair. You get Karma points for that, even if you did gain half a pound in butter cream frosting alone that week and get a stomach cramp from all the extra sugar. Although seriously, I think that wig is part of an Elvis Impersonator costume. It is quite something to behold. But I digress.
  5. Treat yourself with kindness and respect.  Weight loss journey or not, I think this is something we all tend to forget every now and then. I know that I am my own worst critic.  And truth be told, I have said somethings to myself about myself that I wouldn’t even dream of uttering about any other human on the planet. Even if I absolutely despised them.  Yet I am occasionally guilty of saying these things to myself. I’m trying to get better and treat myself with more respect and kindness, because I know I am worth it.  I know you are worth it too.

So there you have it the tip five (ish) biggest lessons I’ve learned this past year. I’m sure I’ll learn more before my journey is done and when I do, you’ll be the first to know.  For now, I’m going to work with what I’ve got and keep trying to move forward.

For those interested in picking up your own soon to be beaten down t-shirts and socks, there is a sale on Hanes.

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Weekly Weight: 206.2 lbs

May 22, 2020

Welcome once again to Friday. Because of my unscheduled …well we’ll call it a vacation, shall we? I have spent the week playing catch up. I’m beginning to feel like one of those hamsters on the wheel to be honest. This week just seemed to be in constant motion, but because of the stay at home time the only time I really left the hoe was to walk in a big circle on the walking trail.

Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely happy to be walking on the walking trail. In fact I celebrated with a happy dance when I was able to lace up my sneakers with no pain. That’s right, the tops of my feet are burned no more. Peeling and itching constantly, yes. But officially not burnt.

So things are edging back into routine for me here. Which is nice. I think I have officially caught up on the back log and with a breather over the weekend, I will be ready to work at a regular pace on Monday without hitting supersonic speeds.

All of which means I am extra glad it is Friday.

I will also very much enjoy my Friday Face Mask this afternoon as well.

Also I decided to add another feature called The Make Up Bag, which will post right after this. I thought it would be a fun thing to do. And Friday seemed the time to do it.

But this post is about my weight, which I am pleased to see is still edging downward. I do hate to admit that I didn’t take my own advice with regards to patience once my feet were capable of sliding into shoes without pain. I managed to walk a blister on to my foot. Oddly enough it is between my big toe and the one next to it. Seriously, how do you gt a blister between the toes? It makes no sense but i some how managed it. The thought will haunt me until I figure it out.

Anyway, since I’m sure you are all eager to get on with your Fridays as well, to the Stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 207.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 206.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Total lost thus far: 39.8 lbs

Left to lose (apx): 83.2 lbs

So that is my weekly weigh in. I’m happy with the loss, especially as we are eating far more dried pantry items than fresh veg these days. But even though my usual goal is to lose about a pound a week, but I am okay with not reaching it, as long as I am moving forward I am happy. So I am off to post The Make Up Bag and then to get to work, eagerly anticipating my afternoon masking break. Welcome to Friday everyone!

Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #50: Effective Tools

Sometimes the right tools can make all of the difference

For anyone following along with my path towards a healthier me, you’ve probably noticed that my diet consists of monitoring portion sizes rather than banning foods all together from my world. This I of course paired with exercise. It is a slow process, at times to me it seems glacial, but it is sustainable.

I enjoy my food. I enjoy the crisp tang of a tart apple as I bite into it. I love the funk of a good cheese and I am fairly certain heaven smells like freshly baked bread. I am positive a slice from a fresh bread still warm from the oven spread with good butter melting in and maybe a drizzle of honey over the top is what they hand you once you pass St. Pete’s entry quiz. Conversely, I’m certain that hell smells like really good bread that you never get to eat. Maybe they pump the scent in from heaven’s ventilation system.

Regardless (now that I have given all of the mechanical engineers out there something to ponder in their spare time), I knew banning foods all together from my life was not going to be a pretense I could maintain. There are certain foods I don’t have all that often. Sure, that I can handle. After all some foods aren’t meant to be eaten every day. If you have cake every day what is the point of a birthday cake? But if you only have cake once in a blue moon than anytime it is served, cake itself makes the day an event.

Seriously, try it. Don’t have cake for a while and then out of the blue (and because when you went to get carrots at the grocery the only bag they had was a fifteen pound bag and once you got the giant bag home it was simply too many carrots not to do something with as they sat there accusingly until you agreed to make carrot cake) make a carrot cake. Every person passing through the kitchen will either ask you what the occasion is or assume they forgot something and sneak off to check their calendars. Because if you only have cake once in a while, when it arrives, it is an event.

Oddly enough this post is not about cake. I was just distracted. I blame the carrots.

I am far more likely to be taken down by savory than by sweet. Cheese in fact is one of my biggest weaknesses. While I can make camembert and stilton (along with their vast cornucopia of cohorts) occasional things, it is the everyday cheddar that has the ability to take me down. While I do treat the crumbly traditional cheddar with the same respect that I afford stilton, the big block of cheddar we get at the grocery store is designated for sandwiches and snacking.

I don’t know if you’ve looked but cheddar tends to be around 100 calories per ounce. And an ounce is not very much when you are talking about cheddar. It is very easy to go over that amount without realizing it. And when your system relies heavily on knowing how many calories you are consuming, it can be maddening. Enter the above two tools. One is a cheese slicer.

If you don’t have one, check the side of your box grater. There is usually a side with the slicer blades on it. I find this super handy for hard cheese like cheddar, especially if I am portioning it out. Sometime in the afternoon cheese and crackers sounds like a good snack. The slicer enables me to get thinner slices than I can manage with a regular knife (without slicing my fingers off in the process). The thinner slices give me the taste I want but not the mass. The slices my particularly effective tool produces (which I think is pretty standard) are the same as the parmesan shavings you see in fancy salads. One slice across a cracker is all that is needed for a snack.

The second tool is the smaller cutting board. Under normal circumstances it is terribly small and tends to look a bit decorative. Do not try carving a Sunday roast upon it. The results will not be pretty. However It is perfect for cheese. First of all for my snack I can place three crackers side by side across it’s length and that is a portion size according to the box. Add the cheese and I have my afternoon snack. It also helps make a small portion of cheese (or anything really) look larger than it is. Especially if you use the board to dress it up. Place the cheese on one side, fan out the crackers, maybe add a small bundle of grapes (not too many as you don’t want them to roll off or crowd the cheese, and maybe add a few olives.

The small board limits the amount you can place on it, and if you arrange things in a lovely manner instead of lumping them on the board, you fit even less. The hidden tool in this tip is the aesthetically pleasing presentation. Cooking shows may like to claim you eat with your eyes first, but quite frankly I think I eat with my nose first, then the eyes. Luckily scents can’t be electronically transmitted with the broadcast.

Secondary or not, the arrangement can help limit the portion size and is a fabulous tool.

I know some of you are thinking, Mimsy, that’s great but I don’t like cheese. My weakness is doughnuts. No problem. One doughnut won’t kill you. It’s the box that will take you down. So take one doughnut (not everyday of course, just once in a while). Place it on your pretty little board, or tray or whatever else you are using, then add a glass of your beverage. Use a low wide glass so it takes up a lot of real estate on your board and keep the amount of liquid low so it doesn’t over balance and spill while you carry you tray to the table (and so you don’t drink more calories than you eat).

That’s one of the reasons I kept the board empty in the photo. It may not make it an exciting picture, but it presents a blank canvas. For me, the weakness is cheese so I use a tool that helps me limit how much I take from the block and use a self contained place to arrange it nicely. Whatever your weaknesses are, I’m sure there are ways to do the same with them. It may require a little bit of thought at first but after a little while, reaching for the tools when you want to eat a certain type of food becomes habit. And that is really the goal here. To create better, healthier habits. This way you can still enjoy what it is you enjoy, just in a better way.

Weekly Weight: 207.0 lbs

May 15th, 2020

Good morning my darlings. I have to say I feel fabulous today. This morning I woke up and while the skin on my calfs felt dry and tight there was only one sore spot on my ankle. A heavy dose of body lotion (Sol de Janeiro – the original, if you are interested) and the dry skin was no longer as dry or as tight. It may help tighten up my stretch marks but my sun dried skin soaked it up and begged for more. Which I gave it. At this point I am all for spoiling my much abused legs like an overly indulgent grandparent coming to town after a two year absence. Nothing is too good for my babies… err legs.

I really think a walk might be in my near future. I’m waiting until monday because of that one last sore spot though. I will not risk the delay of the return to semi-normality by rushing and injuring. But soon. Sooooon. This week as I was feeling better but still unable to walk I reverted to some of my older exercises to burn off some of my energy. They were the ones I did when I knew my knees would get me to the floor but didn’t trust them to get me back up off the floor later.

Yup, I used the bed as my flat surface.

Covered with a double layer of towel to protect the coverlet, I did crunches and sit ups. I even managed some leg lifts. My legs were fine as long as I didn’t put pressure on them or attempt to bend the knees and ankles too much.

And I have to say, while I hoped this would just help me burn off some of my immobility angst, I was pleasantly surprised when I got on the scale this morning. I have to say that was the cherry on top of my almost no pain waking. Because today’s number was smaller.

Lets just add the stats here. (Can you tell I’m a bit excited?)

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 208.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 207.0 lbs

Lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 39 lbs

Left to lose (apx.) 84 lbs

For those who didn’t catch one of the earlier posts, my final weight is more or less a sliding scale. As I haven’t been a healthy weight in a really long time, I was uncertain what exactly to shoot for. I am a 5′ 4″ woman with rather delicate bones. My doctor gave me a range of between 120 – 130 as my healthy range, but because I needed a concrete number to sort of shoot for I picked 123.

Oddly I didn’t choose it because it was on the lower end of the scale or because I have some fascination with it, but because it amused me to type 123 into the calculator. I decided that tiny amusement was better than obsessing over a round number. Plus, if I kept the thought that this number was chosen only for amusement in my head, then I would have less fixation while still having a number for math. My plan is to see what weight actually looks healthy on me once I get closer to the range. As it feels like I’ve been battling the low 200s forever at this point I have plenty of time to work that final detail out.

Truthfully the numbers on the scale are more of a means to keep me focused and accountable rather than an end all goal. Health is the end all goal.

But today I am still happy the numbers are going down. Admittedly I think the grocery store visit this week helped with that. While veggies have still been a part of my daily diet, they have either been frozen, canned or the more substantial able to survive a few weeks after purchase things (like butternut squash). I was able to put open backed slides on my feet this week and we did a quick grocery run (masked of course). Fresh salad has never looked so beautiful. And with them in the house it was hard to be attracted to anything else.

That is definitely not something I would have said this time last year. while the current circumstances have a lot to do with it, I have to say I feel that I have actually changed in the year I have been actively working on my body. I’m pretty sure the me from last year would have stocked the freezer with frozen burritos and made certain to grab a pack of oreos on my run to the store. While I still like both, neither was what I craved.

I have to admit, I kind of like knowing that about myself.

So if this morning is any indication, I am primed for a good day. I hope you are ready to face the same. I will return later for the Friday Face Mask and hopefully settle into my 20 minute break with a sigh of satisfaction from a morning well spent rather than seeking solitude like a spa seeking missile. It would make a nice change of pace. See you then.

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.


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.


Weekly Weight: 208.2 lbs

May 8th, 2020

Welcome to Friday.  I have to say, this was a strange week for me.  Last weekend I managed (through my own carelessness) to get a rather bad burn on my legs.  As a consequence most of this week has been spent with my legs propped up and smeared with aloe.  There was no walking, there was no exercising.  There was lots of water as I tried to turn myself into something less desiccated and there was more enforced relaxing than I have done in a while.  This week was more about finding a way to sit that didn’t feel like it was going to split my skin open at any moment and less about being productive.

I had very strange Kafka-esqe dreams this week.

I am getting better and on Monday I will be easing into my workouts again (hopefully). Yesterday, I managed to keep a pair of socks on all day without having my ankles swell as blood rushed to the damaged areas. (the tops of my feet were burned.) Sunday, I plan on attempting shoes, if that goes well, a short walk may be in order Monday. 

I am hopeful.

Despite the lack of exercise I was trying not to have a massive gain. There was clearly some increase, but I didn’t balloon up by 20 lbs overnight, which is my fear.  I know not an entirely rational fear, but a fear nonetheless. I’ll get over it.  Gaining just under a pound and a half when my greatest activity is walking across a room, isn’t all that bad in my book. And the break was good for me. I got to read and slack off which is rare for me during the week. Even with the current stay at home orders in place there always seem to be more things to do in a day than I have time for so I probably needed a break anyway. 

I certainly slept like I did.

But like I said, I am on the mend.  It is just slower than I like.  I do know my mending isn’t all in my head though as my baby doll informed me that I am no longer walking like an arthritic penguin, but more like a gimpy pirate.

He is such a comfort to me.

It was the burning of the knees that caused the most trouble. It got the most sun and is also the skin that takes the most movement when I walk so I have been trying to walk by moving my knees as little as possible. Hence the penguin effect.  My left knee was burned more than my right so now I’m a gimpy pirate, which means the right is healing.

I will say pain has a way of narrowing your focus.  Nothing outside of my immediate reach has attracted my attention this entire week.  Instead of catching up on news casts, I read a couple of old Jennifer Crusie novels. Incidentally, for a fun, but not too taxing read I’d recommend Wild Ride.  It is about a daemon possessed amusement park.  Oh, and it’s a romance. It was an excellent choice for this week. I think they also have it as an audio book on Audible if you prefer listening to books. I listened to several others of hers on Audible this week as well.  Wild Ride I just happened to pick up at a book sale.

But now to the stats:

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 206.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 208.2 lbs

Weight change this week: +1.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 37.8 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 85.2 lbs

It feels strange listing weight this week when I did so very little, but I am glad I did.  It keeps me focused and reminds me that this was just a break.  Even if my walking is slow getting started again next week, I think I will add a bit of arm work.  Mostly because even though I enjoyed the time off, I am starting to feel a bit antsy with all this lack of movement. I never thought sitting could be so exhausting. I hope everyone has a great Friday and I will see you back here for the Friday face mask later today.

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Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip # 47: Nails

A selection from the stash in my drawer of Nail polishes

Like most everyone these days, my baby and I have been sticking close to home.  While we are both still working during the day, albeit in different parts of the house, and finding chores to do around the house on weekends, our evenings have predominantly turned into movie nights.

While there are all sorts of streaming sites from Netflix to the free site that our local library hosts, we also have a load of DVDs in our own personal library.  We have been going through old black and white horror movies and forgotten favorites as well as newer releases.  Two I can highly recommend (if you haven’t seen them) are The Imposters with Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci and Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell. They are both very much worth watching and among my all time favorites. I think The Imposters might be on VUDU, I’m sure Auntie Mame is in several locations. Just look for the one with the delightful Ms. Russell, in my opinion it is light years better than the remake with Lucille Ball. Admittedly I may not be in the majority with that opinion, so feel free to disagree.This weekend, we are starting in on the Wonder Woman box set I got for Christmas and hadn’t gotten around to watching yet.

I’m certain I will be singing the theme song in my head for days to come.

It is quiet and nice and something we can do in pajama pants. Plus the good comedy and bad horror are a nice break from reality before we toddle off to bed.

It helps cut down on the stress related nightmares. (Who would have thought that was Bella Lugosi and Robert Englund’s strong suit?)

The problem is the snacks. Something about television or movies and snacking just go hand in hand.  I’m pretty sure it started when the movie theaters started showing dancing concession snacks and drinks at the beginning of films, long, long ago. You know before I was born and dinosours walked the earth and attended drive-ins. It continued through the theaters and migrated to television. While I am doing pretty good monitoring my calories, one night of snacking can easily torpedo my entire plan.

My solution is to do something with my hands so I don’t snack. Or at least limit how much I can snack. 

I’d like to tell you I knit or crochet or something productive.  I really would.  But the truth is my hands cramp up after a few minutes of knitting, making me feel like I have earned a treat, thus actually promoting snacking, and despite the effort my grandmother took to teach me, my crocheting is horrible. 

It’s not like I was ever good and then just fell out of practice. I was a crochet disaster from the start. My strength is in turning skeins of yarn into balls for others to turn into objects, not in creating them myself.   

Oddly enough I am pretty good at all of the other preliminaries.  I worked for a living history museum a long time ago. It turns out, I can sheer a sheep, card the wool, spin it on a spinning wheel and dye it using all sorts of natural dyes I cook up from plants. I’m actually really good at cooking up the dyes.  Just don’t ask me to make anything with the yarn created and we are all fine.

I am apparently the supply side not the production. At least where winter wear is concerned.

But I digress.

So given that I don’t own a spinning wheel, or any sheep for that matter, I opt for a different course.  I have been painting my nails.  Mostly I’ve been using clear gloss.  The Sally Hansen Maximum Growth has been my favorite for a while.  I alternate between painting my fingernails and my toenails.

With my hands I alternate between the clear gloss with growth proponents and color.  Monday I take off whatever got obliterated by my weekend work in the garden and apply a clear gloss.  Tuesday I paint a solid color on the toenails.  Wednesday I add a layer of color over the clear gloss and Thursday I add a glitter coat over the solid color on the toes. Friday, the fingers get some glitter.

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This way I’m not killing my nails with nail polish remover every night.  I’m just adding layers.  And I have to say, I still get a rush when I paint my toenails.  For the longest time I didn’t paint them, mostly because I couldn’t reach them.  Now I can and after each coat on my toes, I wiggle them with delight.  And my baby laughs at me for it. I’ll admit as we are sitting on the couch and I wiggle my toes in the air as they dry, it is kind of funny.

The rotation of colors is also letting me clear out some of my nail polish.  I have a nail polish drawer in my dressing table and I tend to only grab the polish stashed at the front on a routine basis.  Rotating the bottles lets me use them all.  I’m also finding some that have dried up and are no longer usable. 

To these I bid a fond adieu and relinquish them from service. I’ve actually cleared out a lot of space. Also I get to see what colors I have and which I lack, so I can make a list for smart purchasing instead of saying ‘ohh pretty’.  That line is why I have several bottles of the same colors. So now I have a plan for branching out and I’ve avoided snacking.  That, in my book, is a double win.

Weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #46: A little extra care

Now I know, the phrase self-care has been batted around more often lately as everyone tries to cope with an unusually high stress level. While I am the first to admit that my destressing calming Face Mask time has increased as of late and all of the candles featuring calming scents are rapidly being burned away, this is slightly different.

Despite the lack of the gym, I am trying to still get as much exercise as possible. While some is done in the house with the yoga mat, a lot of my exercise time is outside these days. Not as much as I like because of the recent rains, but it is April and I have to admit, March and April are always pretty wet months where I live. And truthfully if they aren’t then in the fall we run the risk of wildfires, so even if I chafe at them now, there is a point to them.

It does mean that on the days I can go to the walking trail without needing the use of waders, I spend a little extra time outside. While the temperatures are still cool, the sun is bright and the air is fresh. When fish aren’t raining down from the sky at least. While the fresh air is fine, the sun is what gets me.

In the summer when it is hot enough to melt your bones, sunscreen is easy to remember. It is not so easy to remember now. I’m starting the spf layers though and advise you to to the same.

The difficulty is that I usually ease myself into spending more time outside than I do in the winter. In the winter I stay in doors and I use the gym. Then the rains come and go. Once I’m reasonably sure the rains are ended, I start shifting to walking outside. Usually this is the last of the frosts so I can start planting the seedlings out as well so garden time increases. As the heat increases, the walks become either earlier or later in the day to avoid the harshest of the burning sun. Then I reverse the process in the autumn.

There was no slow edging into outside time this year. And while my seedlings are still crowding my little bookshelf sized greenhouse with occasional forays out into the sun for hardening, I am finding little garden chores to do outside so I can spend just a little more time outside of the house. Add to this the increased (and lengthy) handwashings and much of my skin has taken a bit of a beating as of late.

This, in case you are wondering, is where the little extra care comes in. This is the time to treat yourself to that fancy container of hand cream you have stashed away while you use up the larger more everyday tub. I have a tendency to put the nicer, more expensive, stuff away for later and take it out when I am going out and want to feel special. Then I use the more everyday stuff (which is still pretty good, just not as good as the one I’ve held in reserve.)

This is the time for the reserve.

This is the time to use that special occasion hand cream, body lotion, hair mask, shampoo and body scrub that you hold back using on the regular (if you are anything like me). I’m not advocating that you go out and buy a whole bunch of super expensive ‘fancy’ (as my babydoll would say) things you wouldn’t normally buy. I’m just saying that now is the time to take some of the reserve out of the closet. Use that hair mask that makes your hair shine, maybe even dab on a bit of the scent you only wear to special dinners out (even if dinner is a less than glamorous affair).

But especially take care of your skin.

Pamper it.

Firstly, because you deserve the pampering, I know you do. Secondly, because your skin might need the little extra tlc right now. Using some of your reserve products might make you a little more conscious of how much lotion your poor over washed hands really need right now. That anti-bacterial soap may kill a bunch of germs but paired with hand sanitizer it does a doozie of a number on your skin and dry cracked skin is not what you need right now.

Protect the skin barrier so it can protect you.

Third, because stashing those products away right now does no one any good, but might help you out. Seriously, it might be helpful. Personally I am very scent oriented. Applying products that carry the scent I normally associate with special times can help make even a normal day feel special. It’s less aromatherapy and more aroma trickery.

But it is trickery for a good cause.

A little mental pick me up when monotony and stress get you down.

You may have noticed that along side my tube of lux hand cream in the above photo, there is my hydrating lip balm and lip scrub. When I apply sunscreen, I use a spray sunscreen and I always curl my lips into my mouth when I apply it. I think because when I was a child I hated the sunscreen on my lips. I remember it tasting awful, so I have a permanent reaction.

It is important to remember that the summer sun can dry your lips out as much as the winter wind, so I try to remember to apply lip balm before going out and to use a lip scrub on a regular basis. (just be careful not to over scrub). I am actually almost at the end of my lip balm supply so I reopened my Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balm subscription in order to restock. My first package comes at the beginning of May (I’ll post it when it comes with all of the details, especially since it has been a while), so I just have to get this last peppermint lip balm to last until then. I really like the subscription and it does give me a discount, but its one I keep for a few months, then realize I have a stockpile of lip balms, so I cancel until I work through the pile and then reopen it again. I just left it a little too long this year as it slipped my mind.

Hence the final peppermint,

So in a rather meandering way, that is my tip for this week. Be aware of the changes and take a little extra care with yourself. Use things that take care of your body, even if you are still trying to sweat that body down to a smaller size and maybe break out some of those special products you hold in reserve. Because you are most definitely worth it.