Weekly Weight: 204.8 lbs

July 17th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Workout Waffle: July 14th, 2020

Yes, those are my penguin socks paired with the ankle weights.

While I stopped the Weight Loss Survival Tips Posts, I have really missed the weekly waffle about weight loss so I decided to add it back in.  While I like mentioning my workouts in my Friday Weekly Weight post, I feel that is more of just an accountability post to keep me motivated so don’t just throw in the towel mixed in with a post-game recap for the week. That way I feel I’ve done something even if the scale doesn’t move that week (or moves in the wrong direction).

This is just more of a chat really.

So lately, I have been doing some of the Chloe Ting Work outs from YouTube.  I know there seems to be a huge number of people following along with her programs. But they are good programs and they are free, I started doing the 28 day shred and sort of pared it down.  I’ve been starting the mornings with her warm up and one full exercise video and then I’m kind of done. (there are 4-5 videos recommended per day in the shred program).  I was trying to do them, but it was a bit much for me to do them all.

I’ve reached the conclusion that I am not a person who shreds.

I chip away. Like a sculptor.  A curmudgeonly one who can only deal with so much perky before my coffee. And man is she perky.

Yes, I do the workouts before my coffee.  I’ve found if I get up, go to the bathroom and put on workout clothes before I’m actually consciously awake, then I can just go into the workout before I’ve realized it.  Then halfway through, I promise myself buckets of coffee if I complete it without stopping. It’s how I get them over with each morning. (I still walk during the day, which I like, it is just the work out vid I have to tackle while half asleep)

Trickery and bribery folks. It’s a winning combo.

I can’t honestly say I miss the gym, but I will say that I do miss scheduling leaving my desk.  Plus, I did kind of like the machines. They were unnatural, but gave me story ideas for torture devices and provided people watching opportunities.

Although I am pretty sure that’s not supposed to be the point.

While I have been walking a lot lately, when it isn’t hot enough to melt the skin off my bones (yet oddly enough leave the fat behind), I’ve also been playing around with my leg weights. I actually picked up a set from ProsourceFit (I’ve linked them below if you are interested, they carry all sorts of fantastic home workout gear. I’ve been steadily adding to my collection since the arrival of Covid) and they have been a life saver.  I got the medium size leg/arm weights because they fit both my ankles and arms and instead of leaving them in the sunroom with my workout gear, I take them into the office with me. 

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I allow myself to drink coffee only until ten in the morning. But the coffee pot is in the kitchen, not my office.  So I keep the leg weights on as long as I am drinking coffee.  Sometimes I do extra leg kicks and lifts (standing ones) when I move between kitchen and office.

After ten I take them off and feel light as a feather when walking around. Oddly enough, I find myself moving around a bit more just to enjoy the sensation while it lasts.  

Then throughout the day, I use the weights for my arms.  I don’t wear them constantly, that would be a bit much.  But sometimes I need to think through some wording or plan out a phone call or something and then I put them on my wrists and either do arm circles or arm lifts for a minute while I’m thinking. My arms still look a little chicken wing-esque, but I think it is helping. I know when people think of weights they generally tend to go kettle bells and dumbbells and weight balls, and I do use those, but I also really like the ankle/arm weights.

I am collecting a lot more home workout gear during quarantine actually. Some, good, some bad. Some I bought on a whim and now love, like the leg/arm weights.

It somehow doesn’t feel like I’m using weights with them, if that makes sense.  When they are on my legs I just feel like I am slogging through a heavy snow or something.

And yes sometimes that comes with one of the old nature show voices in my head

…And here we see the wild Mimsy as she makes her way across the frozen tundra in search of the elusive caffeine, a necessary component for her survival.  She will make this trek repeatedly, replenishing her inner storehouse so she can survive yet another day of seemingly endless conference calls discussing at length an issue that can be summed up in two sentences because others have become addicted to video conferencing… 

With the arms it just feels like I’m trying to distract my brain so I can think up the right words to use for whatever it is I’m actually doing, even if my muscles are sore the next morning. I’m sure it doesn’t burn a whole lot of calories, but I can feel it in my muscles and I’m pretty sure the wobbly chicken arms are wobbling less.

So that’s something. 

Plus when you take them off the Velcro makes a very satisfying ripping sound (without actually ripping anything). I have no idea why that is so satisfying, but it really is.

Now, if only I could get my baby doll to stop bringing home piles of snacks every time he goes out then I’ll be okay.  We were doing really good before Covid about not getting snacks, but stress and shopping once a month made each visit out of the house feel like an excursion.  When the two of us go together it is fine, but when he goes out alone, he comes back loaded with things not on the list.  For a while I was doing good resisting, and then the sneaky snack foods started creeping in a few bits at a time.  I think that is why even with increasing my workouts, my weight loss had plateaued during lock down.  Now that I’ve realized it, I’m starting to get it under control so hopefully soon I won’t feel like I’m standing still anymore and the weight will once again start to come off. 

So there you have it, my first Workout Waffle. I’m going to try to post these once a week, either Tuesday or Wednesdays. Mostly because I really miss talking to you about weight loss and workout stuff now that I’m not doing the weekly tip. I hope you enjoy them as well.


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Weekly Weight: 205.0 lbs

July 3rd, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Trickery is how I convince myself to work out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gather round children and see how ancient man communicated.

Fun stuff.

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

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 204.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.0 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 82.0 lbs

And now it is on with the day!


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Weekly Weight: 204.6 lbs

June 26th, 2020

Good morning everyone, it’s time for the weekly weigh in. This week I am pleased to see the scale once again moving in a downward direction. That makes me happy. I have noticed though that my weight loss is very weather dependent at the moment.

This week we had a cold front blow in. Although personally I think calling it a cold front requires a stretch of the imagination. We had a not quite as hot week with plenty of cloud cover in the sky even though somewhere else got the promised rain and we were stuck with the skin melting humidity. That would be more accurate.

At least they say sweat is a good way to flush out the pores.

If so then standing in the yard for ten minutes would have given everyone in my neighborhood a good skin cleanse.

But with the slightly cooler temps I walked more, walking more, burns calories and the scale once again started moving. I think that more than anything convinced me I need more of a structured indoor exercise plan. While I’ve been doing some weights and yoga, mostly it is on days when I didn’t feel like facing the heat. Since the early spring rains stopped, I’ve taken every opportunity to be outside that I can, mostly either walking on the nearly abandoned walking trail near my house or in the back garden. So it has been haphazard at best. Since June is the coolest summer month in my area with July being punishing and August absolutely brutal establishing an indoor schedule is essential.

Some friends mentioned two Chloe Ting challenges (one for two weeks and one for 28 days). I looked into it and they both looked interesting. I just wanted to wait until after my birthday to start. Mostly because I have no intention of exercising on my birthday and didn’t want to feel guilty about skipping a scheduled workout for ice cream cake and champagne.

I know, odd combination, but I’m the one who bakes so we get ice cream cake from this fantastic place in town each year for my birthday so I don’t have to make my own cake. (and because it is delicious.) And the Champagne is of course standard. Its how you know there is a celebration.At least in my family. we were never big on fireworks, but we always had the champagne. Admittedly, I think this is why we were so often invited to celebrations, especially since one of my grandfathers was a pastry chef.

Baked goods and champagne. That’s our covered dish sorted.

Seriously, I just wanted to start a new routine after my birthday. I figured I’ve got my celebration and at home spa day this weekend as well so I can start fresh on Monday as we edge into the heat of July. Even though I don’t really like exercise or weight loss challenges as I prefer my slow and steady routine, I like the idea of getting into the habit of getting up a little earlier to do a short workout everyday and I think this will be good for that. I am not expecting to lose massive inches and weight in two to four weeks. It is the routine of the challenge I want. I will of course take notes and report back in as I go, in case any of you are curious about this viral workout everyone seems to be talking about (at least everyone I know).

But that is for later. Today the last of my items needed for my spa weekend arrive. I thought I ordered early enough but they were delayed twice. But I checked and they are currently out for delivery. So the at home spa day will commence. Alos out for delivery, my soda stream canisters.

Oh yes, they were back in stock and soon, soooon my water will bubble with carbonation again. I didn’t realize how much easier carbonation made it to drink large quantities of water. While I have been reveling in my stash of Blackberry Hint Water (again sorry for taking it all) I really miss my Soda Stream Carbonation. But now just as the last of the air went out of our last tank, new tanks arrive.

Okay before I start waxing poetical about carbonation and water, although it might be too late for that, I’m returning to the stats. So… To the stats, batman!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Weight last week: 205.4 lbs

Weight this week: 204.6 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.4 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx) 81.6 lbs

Okay, well that is my check in for the week, along with rambling about cake, heat and water. I’m in for a heavy friday of writing and attempting to fill a plot gap the size of the grand canyon. I have an idea, I just hope it will stretch that far. Wish me luck. And I wish you luck in return for whatever you’ve got brewing on this hot and sunny friday.


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Weekly Weight: 205.4 lbs

June 19, 2020

Technically I should be a little bothered by the 0.4 gain this week, but to be honest, I’m not that worried about it. While I still really, really want my weight to go down, this morning had a mitigating factor. As an early birthday present I received a very nice kimono style robe. I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th, but I’ve been wearing it anyway.

while it is lovely, it has also sort of illuminated the fact that several pairs of my pajama pants are no longer looking all that fabulous. It’s a simple equation really. I tend to wear the pants to lounge around the house. There has been much more house lounging in the past few months, thus my pajama pants have been taking a beating.

So may baby doll had to go out and decided to stop by target and picked up a new pair for me in what he thought was a good size. They fit well (although I still need to order a few more replacements.). However while I washed them and wore them to bed last night, I somehow didn’t check the size until this morning.

Personally I was just grateful they fit. At the moment everything in my wardrobe is either just a little too tight or a little too loose. This may be the only thing that actually fits just right at the moment. It is also a size down from the size I usually wear. I know pajama pants have a wider variance, but I am taking it as a win. They are a size down and I am happy. The scale can not bum me out after that. Next week, it may concern me. But not today.

I am a little concerned about the recent CO2 shortage that has caused my soda stream canisters to be hard to replace. Seriously, check out this chain of events. Apparently commercially produced CO2 used for beverages is somehow tied in with the processes that refine fuel for driving. I’m not entirely certain how, but I will be looking it up later. But with people driving less, those processes aren’t being used as much thus creating a shortage of CO2 which is why all the targets near me are out of Soda Stream canisters and they are on back order from the site.

So I can’t trick myself into drinking more water through bubbles. So I switched to flavor. I stocked up on my favorite Hint water. And by favorite I mean its all the Blackberry flavor. Yup, a palette of hint water in the laundry room. All Blackberry. So to anyone who now feels there is a shortage of Hint Blackberry in my area, there isn’t, I just took it all. Sorry. I’ll try to look into other flavors next time. I just really like the blackberry. Plus I was starting to not drink as much water since I was being miserly with my last CO2 tank because I didn’t want it to run out and needed a jolt back into water drinking.

So now that I have tackled one shortage by creating another localized one, to the stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 205.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.4 lbs

Change this week: +0.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 40.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 82.4 lbs

So there you have it, a slight weight gain but nothing to really be troubled by, a smaller size of pajama pants, a shortage of CO2 and a hoarding of Blackberry flavored water. Along with massive amounts of editing, that was pretty much my week in a nut shell. All in all, not a bad week. Amusing to see in review, but not bad. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the day brings. Happy Friday everyone!


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Weekly Weight: 205.0 lbs

June 12, 2020

Still chugging along, but I have to say this week was a bit harder than usual. The first few days this week, the heat about took me out on my walks. When it cooled down a little the humidity spiked and I came home looking like a drowned rat. Not a good look. I know sweat is good for purging the pores, but my pores were having a fire sale. I tried moving my walks to the early morning and the late evening. The morning was better, but still sweaty. The evening was just as hot but with swarms of midges and mosquitoes thrown into the mix.

Once the rain stopped pouring down on a daily basis here, I let some of my in house work outs slide and just revelled in the freedom of walking outside. I think I may be keeping my morning calorie burning walk and just adding in an afternoon of at home yoga and weights. I have a couple of weights I really like using, but I may look into picking up a few more to expand my at home work out capabilities. I think I also might need an additional yoga mat to up the cushioning between me and the floor.

As I suspect I will not feel comfortable in a public gym for quite some time, it actually seems like a pretty smart investment.

As well as a way to keep from basting in my own sweat under the sun. Or at least limiting it to the cooler hours.

Regardless of the change up I am happy the scale is once again moving. It never moves as fast as I want it too, but I keep reminding myself that’s not an entirely bad thing. I think I’ve also spent more time thinking about it than usual this week. I played phone catch up with everyone this week and the standard thread was that everyone’s eating and workout habits have changed in the past few months and either weight has been gained or muscles have gone soft. I have about five friends now doing the Chloe Ting Challenge. I told them I’d look into it and get back to them on Monday. I haven’t looked into it yet, but it is on my weekend to do list. If I get roped in, I’ll be sure to let you know.

But for today, I am just looking ad adding weights and (yoga mat cushioning) back into my routine as a means of getting out of the sun for a bit. So to the weekly stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 205.6 lbs

This week’s Weight: 205.0 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 82.0 lbs

I love when the numbers are easy to calculate. So there we have it. A week of sweating followed by a weekend of strategizing and investigating a trend that seems to have swept up a lot of my friends. As a plus sized woman I am always leery of any work out that promises miracles in two weeks and has the word shred in it. In my world shred is what you do to cheese. But who knows, a workout challenge could be fun and help me change up my routine. We’ll see. For now, I am going to post my weekly Make-up Bag Post and then get to work. Happy Friday everyone.


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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.


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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.