Weekly Weight: 222 Lbs

The Scale, July 2nd, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome back to the weekly weigh in. This was an interesting week for me. Nothing was really normal. Last Friday I had Dental surgery so this week was mostly spent in recovery. Instead of cooking I went with a lot of Smoothies and yogurt. The Smoothie Box was actually my saving graze. I picked up a variety pack and used them as meal replacements for a lot of meals. They were quick, easy, tasty, and premeasured so I knew the calorie count.

To be honest this week, at least in the early part of the week I had to actually force myself to eat even when i didn’t want to so that I could get the calories I actually needed in. It was one of the few times in my life where I actually had to talk myself into eating. One of my weight issues is that I really like food and needed to reign in my portion sizes. Having to convince myself to eat was a new experience.

While I did manage a few walks and a killer bike ride this week, I suspect that the sore mouth had a lot to do with this week’s weight loss. There were several days I struggled to meet my bare minimum in calories. Which is clearly not sustainable. Now that I am back to eating solid food with no pain, I expect that there might be a little bit of jump in weight. At least in the next couple of days. I am deliberately not getting on the scale until next Friday though. I think there will be an immediate jump (even if it is a small one) and then it will go back down as I get back into my regular exercise next week.

Because next week it is back to the gym and my normal plan. If I don’t see that little jump I expect is coming, then I can just think of this as the jumping off place and work hard to keep my weight loss momentum going. While this sort of thing will always be in the back of my mind, at the moment i am just glad the surgery is over and I don’t have to worry about it. The scale may only show a slight drop, but the lack of worry shed at least fifty pounds from my shoulders. And I can feel that loss in several areas of my life, even if it doesn’t show on the scale.

It doesn’t help that I have a deep irrational fear of the dentist and anything tooth related. while this was an oral surgeon and not my dentist, they both freak me out.

But that is another tale more suitable for a therapist’s couch. So shall we look at the stats:

Starting wright: 246.0 Lbs

Last week’s Weight: 225.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 222 Lbs

Weight lost this week: 3 lbs

Total weight lost thus far: 24 lbs

And so Friday begins. I feel good, better than good actually. The pain is gone and with it went all the multiple layers of stress. long with three pounds. Not a bad way to wind down the week actually.

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Weekly weight: Measurements Week 6 of 6

Weekly Weight Measurements Week 6

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

Despite everything it looks like I am down about half an inch over all this week.  Which is nice to see.  Especially since there were several weeks with nothing at all changing.  So that is nice to see. 

It is also nice to have some positive news for the moment.  If you caught yesterday’s daily post, I had a dental emergency this week.  I have to admit, I am one of those people who is scared of the dentist.  I know there is no real reason why.  My dentist is a lovely man.  Quite nice.  Personable. Friendly.

Yet the angst that fills me even hearing his name is just incredible.

Add dental surgeon to the mix really just ratchets that up a notch.  However yesterday’s visit was unavoidable.  It was my first time meeting the oral surgeon.  I was very angsty going in but he was very nice.  I am pretty sure he uses botox and spends a little too much time in a tanning bed. I know I have several friends who I could say the same about, but it always seems strange to see these  things in a doctor.  Oddly enough wondering about why I find them strange in a doctor helped calm me down a little. 

Of course his over use of the word cutting ratcheted them back up again.

In case you are wondering I am having the shattered remains of the tooth removed and an implant put in. The surgery is next Friday so there isn’t too long of a wait and then I have three months to heal before the final implant can be inserted. It should be fine but The surgery is the 25th and my birthday is the 27th so there will be a decided lack of celebration for my Birthday weekend. Things have been reshuffled.  Eventually there will be a dinner out and maybe even ice cream, but not the weekend of my actual birthday.  While ice cream is soft, it is also really cold.  I foresee large amounts of yogurt and smoothies in my near future.  In fact after the consult with the oral surgeon yesterday I placed an order with Smoothie box to stock up. I suspect they will be my friend for a while. 

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If nothing else it will make my calories really easy to count.  As this is the end of the six weeks of no scale my scale will return sometime this coming week and I will officially weigh in on the 25th.  To be honest, I have no idea what is going to be going on with my weight for the next few weeks.  It is something I will have to play by ear.  I just really can’t tell what is going to happen with what I eat or how much I am able to workout.  It will definitely be a learning experience. 

But as things stand now…

Starting Measurements: Bust: 49.5“, Waist: 47“, Hips: 49”

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

During the six weeks of no scale there were frustrations as I longed for a scale to let me know how I was doing, whether well or poorly. I had no knowledge of what to expect with the measurements which was both good and bad.  At first I was a bit lost, but I have to say I kind of liked paying attention to my body rather than the scale.  I didn’t actually need a number when my belly felt overly stuffed with comfort food and I felt lethargic from skipping my workouts.  I knew the number would have gone up had I seen it.  I like to think that when I felt good about myself after workouts that my weight would have gone down.  While I think I will probably go back to using the scale, I think that I might build in periodic times where I just take measurements instead of getting on the scale.  I think the breaks from the scale really are good for me just getting in tune with my body and taking a little while to just listen to it.  With the upcoming dental surgery I have no idea what to expect so I am going to use the scale to monitor what is going on just so I don’t worry about it. But I strongly suspect that there will come a point where I need to step away from the scale for a bit. It was a good lesson for me to learn.

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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: 218.4 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: 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: 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.

Weekly Weight: 214.8 lbs

The Scale: December 11th, 2020

This week I focused more on trying to maintain a schedule than anything else.  I was moderately successful. To my absolute delight, all of the weight I put on over Thanksgiving came right off again.  Even though the stats below list the changes from last week, if you look at the post from the Friday before Thanksgiving it is the exact same weight (I went back and checked).

While it may seem like I am standing still with those numbers it actually gives me hope. It means that I may have added weight when I indulged over the holiday, but that weight didn’t stay.  While Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be less indulgent, mostly because we don’t usually do a giant feast at either time in my house, there will still be upcoming holiday indulgences. 

The meals while not as massive in scope will be richer fare than we usually eat.  For example, since New Year’s Eve is an at home celebration then I will be making Beef Wellington so that we have a more elevated meal than our every night dinners. There may even be ‘gasp’ candles on the table along with a good bottle of red. With champagne to follow later that night of course. It is after all New Year’s eve.

While still calorie laden and celebratory, it easier to control the portion size than it is at Thanksgiving.  With Thanksgiving so many of the traditional family recipes are meant to feed twelve or more people so that even with cutting the ratios down we ended up with left overs for an entire week. While we haven’t talked about Christmas dinner yet, like New Years it will be an elevated from our usual meal type of dinner, rather than an attempt to get all of the traditional favorites on one table at the same time.

And yes, my weight will probably fluctuate because of that.  However, if I was able to take Thanksgiving off again, I will be able to deal with the rest. And as the next extravagant meal is Valentine’s day, followed by Easter I should be fine.  Especially as after Easter there are no more food themed holidays until next Thanksgiving.

So I have hope for combating any holiday weight gain and plan to hit January feeling strong and settled into a routine that I can maintain well before it comes time to make New Year’s resolutions. I love when my resolution where health and fitness is concerned can be boiled down to just – keep doing what I’m doing – rather than making an unrealistically optimistic plan for what I will do over the course of the coming year. In the past I have made unrealistic goals for fitness in the future and then been very disappointed when I couldn’t reach them. This year I am setting up my routine for the new year well in advance so there is no New Year’s pressure. I’ll make other resolutions, but they won’t be related to weight (other than to continue losing it). I’m sure some of them will be unrealistic too, because I always feel overly optimistic at the start of a new year. But it won’t deal with my weight.

Upcoming resolutions aside, I am confident of whittling even more excess weight from my frame.

Hope and confidence aren’t a bad way to start a Friday.

Let’s look at the Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 214.8 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 216.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 31.2 lbs

I am very pleased with myself this morning.  There may be a few times I had to adjust my workout plans because reality intruded in the form of sore thigh muscles and an overly long conference call. But the holiday weight came off and I know that even if my upcoming celebratory moments aren’t exactly diet friendly, I can work to make certain they are not permanent additions to my body and merely temporary visitations of weights past.

Not exactly Charles Dickens, but good enough for me. 

Now all I have to do is find a good pair of walking shoes and I am set. while I have been using the New Balance for several years (I go through about one pair every three months because i walk holes in the soles) I think it might be time to try something new. I’m getting close to the halfway mark of using the pair I’m wearing now so if I start looking into them now, then i can have a new set waiting in the wings instead of panic ordering the same set of shoes once I see the rubber starting to wear down to foam. The problem is that since I don’t need them yet, I push it off to the back burner.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I’m just going to be pulling up websites and looking at reviews to pick my next choice. I’ll of course test them out here and show you how they perform compared to the New Balance. I’m just not sure which shoes to choose. I’ll add any suggestions you send to my research list. And as I do go through walking shoes several times a year, this might actually be an ongoing request as I search for my new favorite pair. So if something occurs to you well after this gets posted, still, send me a message. I suspect it will be a working list for quite a while to come.

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Weekly Weight: 216.2 lbs

The scale: December 4th, 2020

I can’t say that I am terribly surprised by the fact that this week I showed a gain. Last week, in the days before Thanksgiving, I tried to add in extra walking time.  Thanksgiving hit, and while it wasn’t the massive array of food that is the norm for a family spread, it was far more than we usually eat and far richer fare than normal.

But that’s okay, it was a holiday and to be honest, I’m okay with that.

Usually the holidays have me fearful of any gain but the truth is, this year Thanksgiving was the big she-bang. My holiday weight gain usually comes from constantly nibbling at bite sized offerings during a series of parties.  And from taste testing all of the cocktails in the annual ‘who can make a better holiday cocktail’ contest.  This year the contest is virtual, which greatly limits the calories down to what I have on my side of the camera. And any holiday parties being held will likewise be virtual and therefore the trays of deliciousness will be absent. 

While I mourn the creative nibbles and exciting tastes (yes we compete with food as well as drink in my circle of family and friends) It does meant that weight wise, the pressure of the season is not as great as usual.  It is sort of my silver lining with the long distance holidays. Because let’s face it, looking for a silver lining really helps with knowing you won’t see those you love. (clearly I’d rather see them for the holiday and risk the weight, but that isn’t an option, so silver lining it is.)

Plus focusing on the positives, like the lower holiday calorie count, or being able to bank the money I’d normally spend in travel or actually decorating my own home for the holidays instead of not bothering because I won’t be here, does help keep me from focusing on the negatives. As does the thought of the massive family blow out that will no doubt occur once we are able to once again see each other in person. While I may not be by nature be the world’s greatest optimist, this is one of those times where looking for that silver lining is actually beneficial. I still maintain the right to grouse darkly when the instructor on the workout vid is smiling brightly during a torturous exercise.

This week I can blame the gain in part, on the left overs. We sliced, diced and repackaged everything all week for our meals (barring the one surprise take out meal) so now, the fridge is barren of the highly caloric once again.  Food will get back to normal again.

This week I missed out on several of my walks, which didn’t help.  I know I have been planning to schedule more than just my walks in my work out and to set up an indoor work out schedule, but I kept putting it off because the weather was so nice.  This weekend there will be a good hard schedule re-think and Just to keep myself on track, the Daily post may be getting some additional work out details. I managed to stay on track better if I know I have to report what I’m doing.

All of that is a long winded way of saying I am pretty sure I know why I gained the weight this week, it wasn’t unexpected and it will soon be coming right back off again.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 214.8 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 216.2 lbs

Change this week: + 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 29.8 lbs

As always, there is the reminder of the two things I need to always keep in mind throughout this journey. I don’t know if any of you are in the same boat but if you are, perhaps what I have to tell myself will help you too.

One, I am I trying to lose weight to improve the quality of my life, not building a diet to sideline my life.

And two, when you get knocked down, you get back up. EVERY TIME. It’s only when you stop trying that you fail.

Remembering both of those puts things into perspective for me and helps me as I move forward and continue my weight loss journey. It doesn’t make th 1.4 lbs weight gain any prettier, but it does help me keep it in perspective. Life happens regardless of plans. And sometimes, you just have to accept that.

The Daily: December 3rd, 2020

You know how I planned for potato pancakes last night. And how I figured out the calories so I knew how many I could have? Yeah… my baby had a bad day so he came home with McDonalds instead.

I can’t lie, that chicken sandwich was pretty good.

It totally blew my calorie count out of the water though.

I can live with that. It was unavoidable because my baby wanted a cheeseburger and to not deal with an HVAC system that decided to act up. I couldn’t do anything about the HVAC but I could enjoy the chicken sandwish and let him have his cheeseburger.

And tonight we’ll be having the potato pancakes. Plus, I went on an extra long walk in the hopes it would help balance things out a bit. The potatoes are the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers so once they are cleared out a less calorie dense meal plan can be set up for the following week. Given how much rich food there has been lately, I kind of want a week of salads.

Don’t get me wrong, Friday night I indulge in my weekly cocktail or glass of wine (I’m actually working my way through the Savoy Cocktail Guide and have been thinking about posting my weekly cocktail on Fridays if anyone is interested.) and Saturday usually features a small cheese board, but during the week I have been very good about keeping fats and sugars low. With Thanksgiving left overs to use up, this was a much richer dietary week than usual.

I suspect the scale will not tell me good news in the morning. But step on it I must. At least next week I can make up for it. I just hope it isn’t too much to make up for.

Either way, today I stayed well within my calories, burned a few extra and will stay on track for the rest of the day. And then tomorrow, I will plan the following week’s menus. I know I can’t have salad every night without starting a riot, but next week is going to a very veggie-tastic week. I can feel it in my bones.

The Daily: December 2nd, 2020

Wow this day sort of got away from me. There was no walk today. There were many phone calls today, but no walk. As I also only got around to eating about half my lunch, I have at least kept well in my calories. which as tonight is potato pancakes made with the last of the left over mashed potatoes, I am not too fussed about. The pancakes will be good but they will not be low cal.

I know exactly how much butter, cream and sour cream went into them.

So missing lunch might have just kept me in my calorie zone. As I already figured out the calories for each pancake (more or less) I know exactly how many i can eat without going over. As long as I stickl to that, I should be fine with today’s calories.

I feel kind of twitchy for having missed my walk though.

Yup my body got used to exercise and now complains when it doesn’t get enough.


But other than the blitzkrieg of phone calls today, the world has been a pretty good one. Since the forced air of the central heating system is now kicked into gear there is that odd slightly burning smell coming from them. I now nothing is actually burning (I checked) and I used it as an excuse to move one of the holiday candles into the office and light it. we picked this one up at Target (mostly because I passed it, sniffed it and added it to the cart rather than because we were shopping for candles).

I love some of the holiday candle scents. The names are sometimes outrageous. This one is Cashmere and Cardamom. The spice I get. It makes sense. The Cashmere not so much. I mean it could be a play on the Kashmir region (except for the spelling) or it could be as in cosy like a cashmere sweater. quite frankly it smells like cardamom and orange peel. So it is delicious, just not how I would name it. And while not all that pungent a candle, it does take away the slightly brunt air smell of the newly turned on heat. So I’m pretty happy.

But now alas, it is back to my calls. I have three to return and then hopefully my day will be done and I can turn my attention to counting pancakes.

Tomorrow, I’m getting my walk in before the phone rings.