The Daily: February 11th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the rain has returned and the temperatures have plummeted. I should have seen it coming as whenever we get a few warm days in the winter they are almost always followed by a spate of rainy days.

The rain was falling when I first woke up and it has continued all day. I also woke up with the sniffles due to the weather change. I am also feeling a bit bloated and crampy. It made the chocolate a little harder to avoid and I’ll be honest, I didn’t do such a good job avoiding it. There may have been a few more sweets than I actually planned.

So even though my lunch was well calculated and dinner will involve a salad, I’m pretty sure my calorie count has gone out of the window today.

Today I am a blob with no exercise and a skewed calorie count. It is just one of those days. I am going to try to do a little moving around this afternoon, possibly a short You Tube Yoga Video but it isn’t going to be a great weight loss day.

It is a great day for sitting at the desk and doing contracts. Paperwork is kind of designed for a cold wet day such as this. I have my mug of afternoon tea, my reading glasses and a boatload of paperwork to get through. I’m actually drinking a tea called HAPPY that is a combination of raspberry and hibiscus. It is quite lovely as well as a cheery pink color, which is nice on a rather dreary day. Welcome to Thursday afternoon, my darlings. it isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary.

The Daily: February 10th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring high enough to tempt me outside and my kitchen is full of high calorie deliciousness. Because I was cooking for my Valentine’s desert post I now have fruit tarts, chocolate mousse and an irresistible caramel sauce. And that is along with the boxes of home baked goodies my mom sent and my babydoll’s mom sent.

Luckily the tarts can be frozen (and are currently sitting in the freezer right now (after they freeze I’ll wrap them up individually and then store them in a bag.) and most of the chocolate mousse is going elsewhere. Since I am uninfected and the desert is one that can sit in the fridge overnight after being portioned into containers, it is actually being sent to one of the groups of museum volunteers that work with my baby doll. They had a massive thing they all worked really hard on and he wanted to do a little something. Since I was making mousse for my post (and him) I made a full recipe instead of paring it down and dished it out in disposable containers. He took it with him today so there is only the mousse for the two of us tonight to worry about.

But oh that caramel sauce. It just begs to have something salty like pretzels dipped into it. Luckily we don’t have pretzels in the house currently. So I’m okay.

I have avoided the calories and stayed on course today. I did my morning exercise and went on a walk. In addition I wandered through the garden a bit, plotting out my spring planting. The warm weatehr is tempting me to start plants in the green house but it is still slightly too early for that. At least i think it is. I may have to double check that with the local ag center before I start my seeds. Right now all of the seeds are in and while the ordered bulbs have not arrived year, my tulips are pushing out of the ground. The pointed leaves are about two inches long at this point which is very exciting to see. Last year only one flowered so I don’t even know what colors of tulips they are. I know it is a small thing but it gets me excited.

I don’t know how many of you are gardeners but Botanical interests has  free shipping on orders over $60 through the end of the month with code FREE60. They also have a free seed starting guide if you are new to garden planning or looking to get more organized. Each year I plan to use the gardening guide and then just scrawl notes on my wall calendar regarding planting times. But the guides from Botanical Interests are very well set up. Their selection of seeds and such is also very good as well. I’ll link it below. As for me, I may sneak out for another walk. I’d feel bad taking time off to walk in the sun, but as dinner will be ending with chocolate mousse tonight, an extra walk might not be a bad thing.

Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: February 5th, 2021

I have to say this week I was rather relieved when I stepped on the scale.  The weather, for the most part, was not good this week.  We had a couple of sunny days but they were pretty cold and had the sort of wind that steals your breath away and makes you feel vaguely ill.

In addition, this week I just couldn’t face a bright and cheery workout instructor so I just made up my own workouts and got twenty minutes in on the mornings I could.  While my loss is less than the pound I would like lost each week, I am okay with it.  And yes I know I whined all over the place last week when I lost less than the pound I wanted, but I feel less like whining this week. 

I think part of it is that my schedule is finally starting to level out in general.  Normality, or my personal version of it, is being restored.  And I feel much better for it.  I had a couple of projects I was pulled into that just morphed into time sucking behemoths. And everything else in my world got jumbled because of them.

But now they are through and I have to say I will be thinking long and hard before I think about taking another commission from that particular company. But for now, all is well.  My stress level has decreased and despite a shorter amount of time walking this week and striking out on my own with my workouts, I managed to actually lose a little weight. And every sliver helps. Because little slivers add up to big ones. 

And that is how progress is made. At least in my case.  And this weekend I will be pulling together my next week’s workouts.  I will post my plan on Sunday and then we’ll see how well I managed to stick to it during my daily postings. 

At least that is the plan anyway.

For now, The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So even though the loss wasn’t massive, my mindset is better.  My brain isn’t rattling around in my head and I feel pretty good about my week in general. And this weekend I finally get to paint my bedroom. Truthfully, I can’t really ask for more.  Well I suppose I could, but I don’t want to be greedy.  A good week and less stress is plenty for me right now.


The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

The Scale: January 29th, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

While any loss is a good loss, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t just a little bit disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I’m not terribly surprised though.  While I got a lot of exercise Monday and Tuesday and even got a walk in on Wednesday, by Wednesday afternoon the clouds were rolling in and I spent all of Thursday at my desk. 

I managed to break away a couple of time to visit the restroom and to secure rations in the kitchn (i.e coffee and lunch time soup) most of the time if I even thought about getting up from the desk the phone rang.  The entire day was one mental crisis after another.   In addition I also didn’t drink my usual water during the day and woke up late at night feeling like a dehydrated camel.  Two am saw me treating my soda stream like an oasis.

So I’m not surprised that it was only a 0.2 lbs loss this week.  I always have a bad morning on the scale when I have a day like Thursday.  But the good thing is I know it is only temporary. So while the scale didn’t move as much as I wanted it to, I have high hopes for next week.  And it is, in the grand scheme of things, a small disappointment. 

I still lost a little bit of weight and I understand why it wasn’t more. 

So just ignore my whining if you would, you know I don’t really mean it. 

With the exception of yesterday it was actually a pretty good week.  I leaned into the veggies and my baby doll has stopped sighing over the fact that the delicious treats of the holidays are no more.  When we moved in he thought vegetables meant potatoes and that if a vegetable didn’t look like a real world version of playmobile then something was horribly wrong.  I’m pretty sure he thought salads were vaguely poisonous. Or at the very least demoralizing. 

So the fact that we had four straight days of vegetarian dinners this week is kind of a minor miracle. Tonight is roast chicken with peas and a side salad so he will feel rewarded for his suffering.  He has also looked at my drink recipe and decided he will be sticking to whisky tonight so he will have his whiskey in a tumbler and I will have my cocktail this week.  (I think it is mostly that after a week of veggies he had to draw the line at something and the pink cocktail was it.), We’ll still share happy hour, just have different drinks. But that is for tonight.  Today is about mopping up from yesterday’s explosion of insanity and getting everything squared away before the weekend hits.

So to the stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 219.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost in total thus far:  27 lbs.

I know every little bit helps and in the end it will all add up to a healthy weight for my body so I shouldn’t be disappointed.  To be honest I think I’m still more annoyed by yesterday than I am disappointed. But that too will fade. And my weight loss journey leading into the land of the healthy will continue. For now I will just have to be happy with my little sliver of loss and work harder for a better week next week.


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The Daily: January 19th, 2021

Dieting and exercise are often an effort in delayed gratification. If you work out today and don’t eat the entire tray of cupcakes then at the end of the week you won’t be several pounds heavier. It is rare that you get an instant reward.

But sometimes, life just hands them to you.

Today my alarm went off at the new earlier time. I glared at it. The time didn’t magically roll back and the alarm shut off. So I turned it off and despite the fact that my bed was so cozy, I hauled myself out of it.

I actually slept pretty well last night. I claimed a solid chunk of sleep, but lets face it, I am never going to be a morning person. But at the moment it is necessary.

I will say I couldn’t face a Chloe Ting workout this morning. Some mornings a perky workout instructor is just too much to take. so I went on an early morning walk instead. My walking trail is well lit and there are loads of early morning joggers and dog walkers so despite the early morning darkness beigng held back by street lamps, it is fairly well trafficked and safe.

The grass was frosted white and it was chilly chilly chilly. But still better than facing a peppy workout instructor. And I get to see all of the heavy coated dogs in the area. It is a relatively warm climate where I live and this is the time of year that the huskies and Newfoundlands all look super excited about the world. Admittedly keeping the Newfies out of the creek is always a struggle, but as I’m not the one struggling, fun to watch.

This morning I went with old school Metallica as my work out music. It suited me and I walked jauntily along the trail. But what did I see when my steps brought me back to the house? Is that a UPS van pulling away from the curb? Why yes, yes it is.

Despite the fact that we have been getting all of our mail between the hours of 5 and 7 pm lately. this van decided a seven am package was on the schedule. I’m not complaining. Inside was my order from e-salon. They very kindly gifted me a card to order their custom hair kit so I could try out their process of customization and the custom hair color itself and when I returned from my early morning walk, there it was, newly dropped off by a UPS driver who seemed not to be in on the conspiracy of making me wait until the end of the day for packages. I’m sure someone will correct him.

But for now I had a moment of instant gratification. I forced myself to wake up and get out of bed for exercise and as soon as it was over, boom early morning mail. while i’m not counting on a repeat of the instant gratification, it was nice to have it once. It made the whole day seem just a little bit nicer. The fact that it is completely personalized made that just extra sweet. And the remembrance might actually help me get out of bed tomorrow morning. Of course unless something else magically appears first thing, the feeling will fade, but if it helps me get up tomorrow, I will cling to the feeling, at least temproraily.

Although i am super excited about the e-salon box as well. Despite the fantastic shine the Color Wow brought to my hair, I very badly need to redye it. And I am excited about trying the e-salon system. Just a glance into the box lets me know that it is so much more professional looking than the regular boxed dye. I can’t wait to step my game up. And of course I’ll share each step with you. For now I need to finish up some paperwork and pop some potatoes in the oven. Tonight is our homemade baked potato bar for dinner. My potato will use up the leftover broccoli and a dusting of cheddar as it’s topping so it will be well within my calorie count. So I have exercised, I am holding steady on my calories AND the e-salon package arrived. Today is a good day. Plus, I really like baked potatoes.

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Weekly Weight: 220.0 lbs

The Scale: January 15th, 2021

Today I am pleased I lost some of the weight I gained over the holidays.  I am happy I lost over a pound this week. 

I didn’t always get my workouts it. Or at least not my full ones but I did manage to keep on track with my calories.  So that was a pretty big deal.  And I’ll admit, there were days this week I really didn’t want to.  I’ve been waking up sore and stiff and I couldn’t figure out what was happening. 

I foolishly started checking medical websites. After ten minutes I thought I was dying. Then I realized most of the symptoms didn’t match anything I had. The worst was when I thought it could be a heart attack and so I listened for my heart to see if it was beating okay and if there were any chest pains. 

Then I realized that to listen I was holding my breath, which was starting to cause chest pains until I released it.

It turned out it really was pillow and possibly mattress related.  We did a pillow swap and while the muscles still ache, I can tell it isn’t as bad as yesterday. New pillows will be ordered this weekend and the great mattress replacement quest will begin.

But as health related as that is, it is not the point of this post.

Although I will leave you with the recommendation that if you are going to look at medical websites, have someone with you to tell you when you are being crazy.  Don’t search them when you are alone or you will make yourself crazy.

But back to the weight. Less exercise but maintaining my calorie count helped.  I don’t know why I’m shocked as it is basic logic. Yet somehow, I am. 

So to the stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs

So I am going into the weekend feeling slightly foolish for my reaction to medical websites but over a pound lighter than last week. It doesn’t erase the feeling of foolishness, but it helps. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. And uses the buddy system for medical websites.

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The Daily: January 12th, 2021

I am feeling much less blah today my darlings. The sky is still overcast but that miserable half rain half snow has stopped. I got in twenty minutes of a ChloeTing work out and I feel energized. Don’t get confused though, this isn’t the ‘runner’s high’ everyone talks about. This isn’t endorphins flaring letting me know I did something good for my body. It is just the absence of muscle soreness.

I’ve started acclimating to consistent workouts so my muscles are gradually accepting that I am going to make them move whether they protest or not. Of course now they aren’t protesting. I’m sure that means it is probably time to increase my workouts, but I think I’m going to stick with the pain free version for a little while loner, then look at increasing the activity.

Actually I had a bit of amusement with my BoxyCharm Choice. One of the choice items, and the one I chose was the Elemis Muscleease Active body oil. You are supposed to massage it into your skin after showers to ease the pain from freshly worked out muscles. While I will probably be sore again well before my February Boxy Charm appears, I like the thought that soon it will be on the way. I’ve always had good luck with Elemis products before, so I have high hopes. Plus I’m sort of tired of the scent of Icy Hot. Sea Buckthourn sounds like a much more pleasant aroma to wear after my shower.

I know chances are, I’ll still need the Icy Hot, but a girl can dream can’t she?

As for calories, I have been pretty good in that department. The cold gray day has prompted many, many mugs of tea so I probably slosh when I walk, but at least I am not hungry. Today’s tea was Apricot Escape from the Art of Tea. I highly recommend it. It is sweet on its own without sugar and has a bit of tart. It also tastes like fruit (apricot) and so it make me feel like I am having a bit more of a snack than I actually am having. Which is an added bonus. As clouds are rolling in, I am going to leave you my darlings. I suspect once the weather turns, my productivity level will drop with the fading of the sun and there are a few things I want to get done before I call it a day. I hope you are having a fabulous day yourselves. I for one anm just glad my blahs have faded away. I don’t get them often, but I am always glad when they leave.


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Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale, January 8th, 2021

I’m not going to lie, I was crushed when I saw the numbers on the scale this morning. I also stepped on the scale three more times to make certain this was the weight number it wanted to give me.

It was.

I don’t know why I thought it might change, but it didn’t.

I ate a lot of rich food over the last two weeks. I also did not exercise as much as I should have. I get that. it isn’t really a mind bender to see where the weight came from. I was hoping it was less.

However the one bright spot was that last night’s dinner was pretty heavy. Heavier even than our normal Friday night calorie splurge. Usually Friday night we have a larger meal as kind of a reward for eating light all week, however even those meals pale in comparison to the Birthday stroganoff from last night.

Tonight Dinner will be salad. We will still do the Friday Happy Hour (which will be a post later today) but those are much smaller indulgences. Especially this week.

And January 7th was the last of the truly big meals until Easter so I am okay. Really I am. I hate really hate seeing the scale mark me as being back in the 220s but this is a flying visit. I will not be staying. Soon it will be left behind.

And so we get to the stats of the first Weigh in of the year. While I will still post my initial beginning weight I will start off with just this week’s weight and not look back.

I know it bends the rules in my favor but it makes me feel better for seeing a seven pound holiday weight gain this morning. I am in need of just a little bit of comfort. And because we are starting the year off, I will also add in my measurements.

So, the stats…

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

Start of the year Measurements:

Bust: 48 inches

Waist: 46 inches

Hips: 47.5 inches

So at least if nothing else I have a record of where I am starting this year. Hopefully all but the pounds lost numbers will shrink in the upcoming months. While I understand where this weight gain came from and I am not happy seeing it, I know what I have to do to lose it and being stunned by the scale isn’t enough to make me give up. I learned a long time ago that sometimes life kicks you in the teeth, When it does, you just have to get back up again, even if you grumble about life sucker punching you. The same applies to weight loss. The gain is a step back but not a halt. So today I will walk and get back on my routine. I will also be having salad for dinner to hopefully scrape the stroganoff off of my innards. I hope if you had a holiday set back, you are getting right back into gear too. I know you can do it.

The Daily: January 7th, 2021

This is going to be a short post today my darlings. Today I walked, i worked, and I am leaving my desk early because today is also my BabyDoll’s birthday.

We have a couple of fun things planned and at his request I am making fudgy brownies as his birthday cake and Beef Stroganoff for tonight’s dinner. It will have the homemade egg noodles. And boatloads of sour cream and butter. There is no getting around this. It is not a light meal and even if it is made light, it would not be my babydoll’s requested birthday dinner.

As the last time I made this was last January, I can’t say it is something I make often. So it is his birthday, I will try to keep the portion size I consume low but for tonight it is forget the calories. Or at least don’t mention them.

I will probably regret it when I step on the scale in the morning for my weekly weigh in. Pata and mounds of dairy do not lend themselves to a happy morning weigh in, but I will survive it.

And on the plus side, his birthday is the last of the birthdays I will celebrate until June. There are a couple of Jan 15th birthdays. For some reason January 15th was a popular day to be born in my family. We have five actually born on that day. However, the celebrations will be video based and therefore less caloric than traditional family gatherings. So tonight’s big meal is the last of the indulgences until Easter. I can live with that, even if I complain about the scale in the morning.

I may try to get an extra walk in, but for now, I have pasta to make. I’ll see you bright and early to see what my holiday indulgences did to the scale. I know I gained, there is no getting around that. There was too much food and too little exercise.But I am confident that whatever I put on, I can take right back off again as I continue on my weight loss journey.