Weekly Weight: ?

Several of you may notice there is no photo accompanying this post at the top.  Look at you smarty pants. And now everyone is wondering why there is no scale.

I too am wondering why there is no scale. 

In fact I have been wondering it for quite a while this morning.  You see I woke up, went to the bathroom and low and behold there was an empty square of time where the scale usually resides. Now in general scales do not just get up and walk about on their own. 

At least I hope not.

I do not live alone so the thing to do would be to ask about to see if anyone else knows the location of the scale. 

However my baby doll had to head out to work a bit early this morning (they are preparing for some sort of furniture delivery) and so by the time I went looking to ask him about the scales disappearance, he was already gone.  I sent a text but have yet to hear a response.

In the past he has used it when they needed to weigh packages and estimate shipping charges.  That is the only reason I can think of that he would actually abscond with the scale.  I’m sure I’ll find out the details later. 

So there is no official weigh in this week.

This week was a strange one.  Monday went off without a hitch, everything proceeding as planned. Tuesday involved a trip to the dentist and wondering if art thieves had developed a penchant for dental themed art work.  Wednesday started off normal and then turned into a neighborhood flood, and power outage extravaganza. And while Thursday returned to normal I escaped to the gym to use the treadmill instead of wading through the flooded park. How today turns out is anyone’s guess.

We have a nice quiet weekend planned so that could end up interesting as well. In general ,this week relied mostly on my portion control.  I think I did pretty good.  I don’t think I lost much of any weight, but I don’t think there was any gain.  Without the scale I have no way of proving that though.  Hopefully tomorrow morning I can check it and see. But my pants aren’t any tighter which is always a good sign. Admittedly they aren’t any looser either.

As for my shoes, I have pictured them below. 

Brand new shoes on the left and the same shoes with one month’s worth of wear

There isn’t much more wear than there was last week, however you might notice that they are cleaner.  I attempted a walk in the park when the water retreated and squelched down deep in the mud.  The air holes in the side of the sneakers meant to let your feet breath acted as mud sucking vacuums and when I got home the shoes needed to be chucked into the washer if I ever planned to wear them again.  I ended up drying them in a no heat dryer with a bunch of towels to keep it from banging up the dryer drum too much. 

They came out clean and no longer saturated with mud.  My feet are happy and the shoes took no damage. It’s a win-win. Thus far I have to say I am really liking these sneakers for walking.  They are light weight and they breathe well.  They are sturdy and while there is some wear the soles aren’t wearing down too fast. They are New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi (if they have a number I didn’t see it) in case you are wondering.  And no I am not an affiliate of any sort.  These just happened to be the sneakers I picked up to try out. They looked like they would be good for walking and thus far, they have been. Now I just have to wear them until they can’t be worn anymore and evaluate whether or not I want to get another pair just like it or try something new. Since they are comfortable, I am just waiting on the wear factor to figure that out. Hopefully it will take a while as they have just reached the comfortable stage of worn in.

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Weekly Weight: 217.4 lbs

The Scale: March 26th, 2021

I know it isn’t much of a weight loss.  To be honest I’m not surprised.  This week I did start to go back to the gym.  Which you would think would make the weight loss more.  The issue is of timing.  I forgot to schedule in the drive time and changing time and all the other little bits. There was even a first time back since the pandemic outbreak reorientation I had to go through. I’m not complaining.  The lecture actually made me feel better about going back to the gym. It just ate up more time than I expected. 

And there were fewer walks this week as well.  All in all I think I ended up with about a third less exercise than I usually get this week.  Hopefully next week will get better. I’m hoping to adjust things so that I can get my weights in at the gym and still burn calories on the walks.  I think the schedule will be a bit fluid as I try to work out the details.  But hopefully I will get there. I think I’ve figure out my timing now and am prepared.

Admittedly because of all of the tree pollen in the air here I have about a pound of snot in my head at this point so working out hard may be dependent on the pollen count.  At least the gym is indoors.  That is a good thing.  It also means I may use the treadmill there rather than the walking trail.  Next week.  I’ll have to play that one by ear.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 217.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 217.4 lbs

This week’s loss: 0.2 lbs

 Total lost thus far: 28.6 lbs

So little by little chipping away, with of course the daily life’s ups and downs.

As I am trying to keep track of the wear in these sneakers as well, I have posted the original photo and this week’s update.  Thus far the shoes are holding up. They have reached the stage where my feet no longer think of them as new, but now feel they are comfortable. Hopefully the feeling will last a long time. Working out is miserable when your shoes don’t feel right.

The newly purchased and un worn shoes on the left and the current state of them on the right. And yes, they seem to have gone from blue to black. they are the same shoes.

I find the side by side comparison very strange. In real life the bottoms of the shoes are still blue. They have darkened from the bright blue but they are still actually more blue than they appear in this picture. I see more wear on my toes than anything else, which doesn’t surprise me as I have always balanced my weight more on my toes than anything else. not sure why, but it has always been the way I walk.Admittedly there is some wear starting to show on the rest of the shoes as well. This is after three full weeks of wear on them.

Weekly Weight: 216.8 lbs

The scale: March 12, 2021

Given how much interruption there was to my week and how topsy-turvy it became, I am kind of surprised that there was a weight loss this week. But there was. And I am quite pleased. My goal is a one pound loss per week and while I don’t always reach it and am pleased with even slivers, I hit the one pound gone right on the head this week.

Woo Hoo!

It was a very emotionally up and down week this week. There was the final push to get a book out. Which is always stressful. There is the elation when it its finally finished and out for the world to see, along with the immediate self doubt that comes along with it. And then there was the saga with my neighbor, ending in a nice bunch of bananas sitting on my counter.

I had one for breakfast. It was delicious.

Thank you bananas are always the best.

Usually my life is a lot more quiet and steady than this. But I’m glad in the end things seem to still be on track.

So without further ado, The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s weight: 217.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.8 lbs

lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 29.2 lbs

Slow and steady, this turtle keeps moving on. I do long for the initial weight loss I had in the beginning with multiple pound losses each week being common, but I think that is just the way the body works. Or at least mine does. Also I think that while I like doing home workouts, working out at the gym helped. I am hoping that soon I will be able to get back to that. It sounds really funny for me to say because I really don’t like the gym, but it was very helpful for imposing structure. I went, did a certain circuit and left. Very routine, very established. It didn’t matter what the weather was or what was going on my change was adding or subtracting the number of repetitions. It was kind of a no brainer. Working out at home requires a little more thought. But at least this week my efforts got me to the one pound loss. And quite frankly, that feels pretty good.

Weekly Weight: 217.8 lbs

The Scale: March 5th, 2021

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

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

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

Meal Plans ROCK!

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

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

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

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 217.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 217.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 28.2 lbs

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

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

The untouched soles of my new sneakers

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

Weekly Weight: 217.8 lbs

The Scale February 26th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly weigh in.  I won’t lie I was somewhat nervous stepping on the scale this morning.  This week there was Pizza and wings and I full expected to have gained.  The fact that I lost a little makes me happy.  It also means that I am on track with my exercises.  I managed a walk each day this week and with the exception of Wednesday morning where the grease monster took over my belly, I managed to do my short list of exercises each day.  Four out of five days isn’t bad.  Next week I am trying for five days straight. 

This week as things are moving along a little easier I will be keeping more or less the same schedule as before, adding in the Wii when I can, and getting into the habit of doing those few set exercises every day.  I know this plan does make the weekly workouts posted a little on the boring side, but I don’t really need my workout plan to be exciting.  I need oit to be something consistent that I can incorporate into my daily habits.  Once that is done, I’ll increase them a little at a time.

At the moment the strength in doing a small workout each day is that it takes so little time and is really easy to add in. I think increasing it slowly is the way to go, at least for me. At least that is my plan.  I’m sure at some point my plan will change, because it so often does, but as long as I keep moving and keep my calories in check I don’t think that matters.  I’m not training for a marathon or racing towards a goal. So taking my weight down in short little nibbles without getting discouraged enough to quit all together is where my goals lie.  As long as I never actually stop, I can go as slow as I want.  And even though I had a speed bump this week, I still managed to make the numbers go down a little. So that counts for something.

And yes the slow and steady does make me feel like a turtle.  Personally, I’m okay t=with that.  I like turtles.

So to the stats…

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week: 218.2 lbs

This week: 217.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 28.2 lbs

So it may not be much weight lost this week but I am going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I have my meal plan in place and my baby doll and I have discussed why maybe a small container of candy or pretzels might be a better rotten day treat than a giant pizza and a boat load of wings.  Mostly because the sodium sky rocketed his blood pressure so his body rejected it more than mine did. I’d be happier if reason made more of an impact, but I will take it.  Especially now that his blood pressure is back under control. I will always love pizza and wings, but I think next time, I will bake the wings myself and mix up my own pizza dough.  I actually have recipes I like for both so it isn’t like we are excluding them from our lives.  I just can’t have them ready for pick up in fifteen minutes when my baby has an impulse.  They require planning. But they also allow me a little more control. Even if I am the turtle, control is good.

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Weekly Weight: 218.2 lbs

The Scale: February 19th, 2021

Oh, the best laid plans.  As you may remember my plan this week was to stay the course and repeat my weekly work out from the week before.  I figured that as Valentine’s day treats mostly sabotaged them, I could actually see the work out in full this week. 

While I did manage to get in all three of my morning workouts,  the walks were less successful. I was rained out, snowed out and had to assist with an automotive break down when I tried for indoor calorie burning with the Wii Fit. At the moment all of our appliances, both those used inside the house and without, are behaving.  And the Wii Fit balance board has an entirely new set of batteries. So I think next week, since the weather still looks a bit on the uneven side, I am going to plan to use my Wii Fit and then if the skies clear and the walking trail drains, go for a walk.  As in my area the weather is always unsettled in February through March I may be expanding my use of the Wii Fit. We’ll see how it works with calorie burning next week as a test.

With everything going on this week, I did not lose the pound I planned to lose.  I didn’t even come close.  I also had a Holiday lunch out on Monday and when  car trouble happened, we ended up having both lunch and dinner out as well. So while most days I did well with my calories, there were some slip ups. 

Quite frankly having any loss was a bit of a pleasant surprise this week. I am hoping to get myself back in gear.  Life keeps intervening so I’m not planning on anything but attempting to maintain my system of workouts.  After all the only way forward is just to keep going.  I’m shifting course because of the weather and dreaming of the day that I can once again comfortable go to the gym, but for now, I will try to add more in door calorie burning workouts to my slate so I can still burn calories even when the weather isn’t letting me walk.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 218.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.8 lbs

So not a major loss this week, but not a gain.  A need for a new indoor work out plan arises and I will post my upcoming plan for the week on Sunday.  Until then I am just going to keep moving.


Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The Scale: February 12th, 2021

No you aren’t seeing a typo.  My weight remained exactly the same this week as it did last week.  I did the exercises that I needed to do (with the exception of yesterday’s rain, and I kept my meal plan. 

I think the difference is in the extra valentine’s treats.  There was chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, and caramel in the house.  In addition there were goodies sent from two separate mothers making up for a year of long distance holidays.  I did a fairly good job avoiding most of the items, but there were just a few temptations that called to me.  

That’s right, I’m blaming the peanut butter fudge. 

It is sweet, it is salty and since I don’t make fudge it is rare that we have it in the house.  And it is so good.   

But a lot of the treats were sent to my babydoll’s work and a bunch more were put into the freezer to be portioned out slowly.  But it does mean that despite my meal planning extra calories crept in this week.  I am glad that since I put in the work, I at least managed to stay on an even plane instead of gaining.  For this week, I think that might just be considered a victory.

Or at least I am calling it a victory.

Tonight we have the small indulgence of Happy Hour and then on Sunday we will be having Chateaubriand. My baby requested it.  Apparently the Beef Wellington of New Years got him thinking about other fancy meat dishes he wants for special occasions.  And he had to be thinking about it for a while too.  When I asked him if there was anything special he wanted for valentine’s day, he didn’t dither.  Usually when I ask about a meal he has to think about it a while.  This time. I asked and Chateaubriand popped out of his mouth like a cork from an overly shaken bottle of champagne.

And so that is what we will be having. 

I may try to add in a couple of extra walks next week to try and balance things out.

But first this week’s stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So no loses this week due to the influx of sweets, but at least there were no gains.  It is slightly disappointing, but it is nice to know I at least managed to hold my own. That is something I can be proud of.

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

The Scale: January 29th, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So to the stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 219.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost in total thus far:  27 lbs.

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


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Weekly Weight: 219.2 lbs

The Scale: January 22, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.2 Lbs

This week was an interesting week for me.  I worked hard on getting up early and actually managed to get up early.  Familiarity did not make getting up early any easier.  At no time did my body really accept that I was getting up early.  Each day, it tried to talk me out of it.  On some mornings I was able to do an early morning workout with my You Tube Video Workouts, on others I went for a super early morning walk.

While I know I need toe workouts so that I can target all my body, I really preferred the walking.  I think part of it was not having to face an enthusiastic instructor.  I’m pretty sure that in order to be a fitness instructor, you have to have a positive go team go kind of attitude.  I get that and normally its not too much of a problem. I just find it difficult to face in the mornings.

I much prefer walking with my music in the mornings. Actually what was interesting is that I thought it would be an early morning kind of slowly wake up affair.  I’d play gentle music maybe something from my classics collection, Vivaldi maybe or even Mozart, maybe listen to a podcast or the news on the radio.

Nope. I found myself gravitating to Metallica, Rage Against the Machine and Nine Inch Nails.

Every. Morning.

I don’t know if I’m really cut out for quiet Zen. Or perhaps it was dark and I was awake so the back of my brain just decided that there was no way this was an early morning workout, because I would not do such a thing to it,  so it must be a late night party instead and gravitated towards the most appropriate play lists.

I have to say it was kind of nice.  I have been listening to more classical music lately, mostly because I find it easier to work with music that doesn’t have lyrics. While RATM is often my Friday Face mask Music I haven’t listened to some of the other albums I played on my mornings this week in a while. It was nice to hear them again.

But music aside, I did manage to get in my morning exercise, which sadly means that the earlier wake up is kind of the way I need to move forward. Despite not really liking it, I had no skipped workouts because of time this week.  Getting them in and knocked out early before I start my day is really the best thing for me. 

This was not the outcome I was hoping for.  I was hoping I would find there was no change in how many workouts were skipped and I could decide this idea was not for me.  But alas my darlings it was not.  So for the next wile I will be getting up early where I want to or not and using that extra time to do my workouts. The only thing I have to watch is the sleepy snacking.  While I’m not a big snacker, this week I started gravitating towards the snacks.  It wasn’t bad, mostly because we don’t have anything really bad in the house. I had a hand full of peanuts here a slice of cheese there. The issue is that I wasn’t snacking because I was hungry but because I was sleepy. It is something I will have to monitor and keep track of moving forward.

Over all though, despite my wining it was a pretty good workout week.

The stats: Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 219.2 lbs

Lost this week 0.8 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 26.8 lbs

It is a little shy of my one pound per week goal, but not terribly short.  I’m going to blame the snacking for part of it.  Also dinner was a little salt heavy which tends to throw the next morning off.  Either way I am pleased that my journey continues and my weight continues decreasing one sliver at a time. And now, it is on with the day! I hope you have a fantastic one, my darlings.

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.