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.


Weekly Weight:213.4 lbs

The Scale: December 18th, 2020

Do you know what I just realized? Since Christmas and New Year’s Day are both on Fridays and I am giving myself a holiday break from the scale, this is the last weight post of the year.

I feel that as a gift to myself I will not weigh in until after both holidays have passed. I’ll still be working out and watching what I eat, but there will be indulgences. I anticipate a little temporary weight gain but as I proved to myself over Thanksgiving , it will indeed only be a temporary set back.

Plus, I realized yesterday that I sort of need a little mental break from dieting, if only on the official recording. Yesterday, if you read the Daily post, you saw that I just had to let thoughts of diets and fitness go. I didn’t do anything crazy, and I stayed within my calories oddly enough, I just didn’t work out. This morning I did a couple of youtube videos. The same ones I did on Monday actually. So, I did get right back to it, I just needed a day off.

That is one thing that sort to settles to the back of your mind as you try to lose a lot of weight. You hold firm to the idea of being a healthy weight. You spur yourself forward by celebrating small victories along the way but it is a long haul. Counting calories every day, monitoring what you eat and what you do so that everything stays on track is somewhat exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong, it needs to be done. Even before restaurants went on limited service, I cooked almost all of our meals at home.We ate out maybe once a month or once every other month. For me dieting meant scaling back portion sizes and learning how to make certain foods a little bit healthier. Initially that added a layer to the effort where I had to rethink a lot of my recipes, but for the most part that has settled. But the calorie count still remains, and will remain throughout as portion size is still where I have a tendency to slip up.

So for the next two weeks I will still count calories and watch my portion size. I will get my exercise in but I will be giving myself the gift of not stepping on the scale until the first official weigh in of the year, January 8th. If there is one resolution I know I am going to make this year, it is that I am going to be kinder to myself. The break from the scale is the first step of that.

So what are the stats that technically close out 2020?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 214.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 213.4 lbs

Weight lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 32.4 lbs

Personally I am very happy with this end of the year figure. I was hoping to be under the two hundred mark by New Year’s but I am confident that sometime in 2021 that will happen. This 32 lbs is just the start. My journey will continue. So over the holiday I will recover from the exhausting nature of eternally monitoring weight loss and get back into it fresh as the new year begins. I don’t know how many of you are on a similar journey but I hope you remember that it is okay to get tired of the whole thing and want to quit. I hope that even if you do need to take a moment or two and just let it go, you know that it is okay and that you can just as easily get back into it after a short breather. I think in the new year, all of us need to be a little kinder to ourselves.

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.

Weekly Weight: 215.0 lbs

The scale November 6th, 2020

This week has had some ups and downs.  I’ll admit a large chunk of them were my fault. I went bike riding mid-week and lost complete track of time.  Which, as I haven’t been bike riding in over a year really did my legs in.

But I am only feeling a twinge of stiffness at the moment.

The stress of the week didn’t help any.  In the spirit of fair confession there was a point this week where I binge watched election returns while powering through far too many packs of smarties than was good for me. We had only one trick or treater this year and even though we loaded him up with as much candy as possible there was still a lot left.  Significantly less after my binging.

I think I mindlessly packed away more than a year’s worth of recommended sugar intake this week. But elections like this don’t come along every day.  I’m sure the next one will be a lot calmer and less stressful.

And the dreams will hopefully end.

I swear mid-week I had a dream that to decide the final outcome of the election the GOP and the DEMs engaged in Knightly warfare; horses, armor, swords and battle axes.  I’m pretty sure it was a combination of too much news and researching battle gear for a fantasy novel I am writing. They merged into a very bizarre scenario. Admittedly, the battle was started when someone said “Racers on your marks” and then fired a starter pistol into the air.

No clue where that came from, but the person with the starter pistol looked and sounded a lot like Ru Paul.

But whatever the week brought I got on the scale.  I am happy to say, it was a loss this week. Not a huge loss but, I’m pretty sure that is some sort of minor miracle. I was fully expecting to gain weight this week.  Stress (and candy) usually do that to me. Perhaps the bike ride saved me as well as turned my thighs into achy jelly. Or maybe it was the early in the week yoga each morning (until the bikeride). Either way, something helped.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 215.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 215.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 31.0 lbs

And so we soldier on, hopefully leaving the stress behind and taking the lessons forward. Candy should not be stockpiled in the house, watches should be worn on bike rides and for a good night’s sleep, I should not watch the news before bed. Or do research on armor and weapons. These are the lessons of the week. I’ll be sure to put them to good use.

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The Daily; November 5th, 2020

Today I managed a walk. My legs are still not happy with me for my extended bike ride and i did give my bike a nasty glare this morning, but after coffee and some moving around I felt better and less like glaring.

And I was able to go on a walk without hobbling.

So no permanent damage was done. I just need to remember to take a watch with me next time I go bike riding. It was less of a problem when the park was small and the ride rather finite. Now with all of the parks being connected it is easy to lose track of time and over do it.

Which clearly I did.

But again. no permanent damage.

And it was a nice, if short walk today. While we had a brief glorious flair up of autumn colors dancing in the trees a lot of the trees remained green. Today it is like all the trees freaked out and their leaves fell off. There are even green ones on the ground. It reminds me of those cartoons when some one is shocked and their hair ends up standing strigh t up and turning white. except that the leaves stood up in shock and fell out.

At least this is my interpretation and why I don’t teach botany or biology.

But it did mean that there were piles upon piles of crisp leaves to crunch through. Even though I kept my walk short today I felt good about the exercise I managed to get. Every little bit helps right? Well I suppose we’ll see if it does when i step on the scale in the morning.

But I feel good. Part of that I think is more because of the lessening of pain. That always makes me feel good. However I also feel good because I have been eating better this week. I switched my food over to winter mode so cold salads have been replaced by warm soups and roasted veg. I had roasted sweet potatoes last night and felt positively decadent when i sprinkled just a pinch of brown sugar on them to caramelize. It was a little less than a teaspoon for the entire thing and well within my calories but it still felt deliciously decadent. As well as flat out delicious. Tonight is spaghetti squash with a quick homemade sauce. It will feel like a heavy meal when eating but the calorie count is fairly low and it scores pretty high on the taste-o-meter so it is a definite win for me.

I don’t know how many of you eat spaghetti squash but for me, I found that if I poke some holes in it roast it whole at 350 for an hour and a half (depending on the size, the ones our store has had lately have been huge, just roast it until you can press the flat of your fork into the rind and it is done) early in the day (or the day before), then after it is cool, I slice it open and remove the innards with a fork, tossing the seeds away. Then when I am ready to eat I make the sauce in a large wok pan and toss in the spaghetti squash to let it simmer with the sauce and come up to temperature. It helps make the squash super tender and makes it take on the flavors of the sauce more. I use the wok pan because it is deeper than my other sauce pans so I make less of a mess.

Anyway that is me today. work out in, calories on pint and a delicious dinner on tap for the night. Not a bad Thursday night all in all.

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The Daily: November 2nd, 2020

The Monday after the autumn time change is always a strange one for me. I wake up feeling rested because I feel as though I had an extra hour of sleep so I start off feeling good and actually somewhat awake as i start my day. Then as time passess I begin to feel off kilter, as though I am late for everything I planned to do and have to hurry to catch up.

Which makes me early for a few things in the morning.

And then i self correct, which ends up making me late for everything in the afternoon. It happens every year. Oddly enough in the spring i am just tired and grouchy for a week until my body adjusts. I also mutter about the government stealing an hour of my precious sleep for no good reason. Then my body adjusts and I’m fine.

In the fall though I just have a week of feeling like I am either too early or too late for whatever I am doing. In case you arewondering, this may affect the timing of some of my posts this week. They will still all be posted, but the times may vary a little from the norm.

It will all even back out next week.

But getting up earlier meant that I managed to get my twenty minute work out in before starting work this morning, which was nice. For the last few weeks I haven’t been getting it in. Especially in the morning. Getting up in the dark made me somewhat disinclined to wake up with the alarm so there wasn’t a lot of time in the mornings. I tried shoehorning it into the afternoons with varying degrees of success, but I do better if i can just do it in the morning before I have too much time to think about it.

I find it better if I trick myself into working out before I am fully awake and caffeinated enough to form arguments against it. I will say that is one thing that was easier when I was going to the gym. Because I was paying for the gym I felt obligated to go so that I wasn’t just wasting my money on a decorative gym membership tag for my keychain. It is much easier to skip the home workouts, and I do need to start adding them in on a more routine basis. The walking is fine, but I need both the walking and the strength training to balance my workouts.

And so I trick myself into doing the workouts before I am fully awake and then reward myself. My current reward is a bottle of the Hint water I have stashed in the laundry room. While I use my soda stream water throughout the day, I occasionally need the incentive of a flavored beverage. I happen to really like Hint. It is just enough flavor that I feel like I’m getting a treat. My all time favorite is the Blackberry, but I am starting to warm to the Watermelon flavor.

I’m hoping that I can use the time change to jump start my first of the morning yoga/strength work outs. Blended with trickery and bribery, my two favorite workout companions, I managed it today, here’s hoping I can keep it up.


Weekly Weight: 215.4 lbs

The scale, October 30th, 2020

I’ll admit I was a little nervous about the scale this week. Two days of rain with not a lot of activity made me count every single calorie a lot more closely than usual. But it kept me on track so my math wasn’t wasted. I am sort of annoyed with nutrition labels at the moment. All of the measurements for a recommended serving size had very little relation to what i wanted to eat. I know one of my issues has always been getting portion control correct but I cook a lot so I am generally dividing up produce, weighing meat and cheese, sifting flour and trying to figure out how much a medium egg weighs compared to a large one.

At the beginning of the pandemic we stocked the pantry and while I have been working through the more normal dry goods in a relatively steady fashion (we didn’t actually buy more than we would use in a month of those actually) however my baby doll panic-stocked his favorite prepackaged foods (because god forbid the apocalypse arrive and we not have cool ranch doritos). He added them to his personal workspace and has slowly been adding them to the pantry as we use up regular ingredients like rice.

And yes it seems very strange to run out of rice, but have three bags of doritos and eight chocolate bars.

There are other things too that he picked up: Premade soups, boatloads of canned tuna, that sort of thing. I actually had a look in his workshop and was rather surprised. As he hadn’t been opening cabinets and taking things out, merely adding one or two things at a time as ‘backup’ be was rather surprised as well. So he agreed not to panic buy for a while and we’ve been working through his stash.

To double back, usually my issue is with portion control. I usually want more than the recommended serving size. To be honest, the reverse is kind of true now on some of the junk foods. I don’t want as much as the serving suggests. Or I do but I can’t eat it. The culprit is sodium. Cooking at home with few premade packaged foods and not a lot of restaurant meals has dropped my sodium intake way down and I just can’t take the amount of salt I once did. Too much salt and my tongue starts to feel like it is burning.

I should point out that I have what’s called a geographic tongue. Mine is slight, one of my cousins has it way more than I do. His tongue looks as though he has been chewing on glass (sans Blood of course) when he sticks it out. By contrast, mine only has a few much smaller cuts. So it means some foods and chemicals hit me harder than other things. Salt in high quantities has always made my tongue feel burned, but now it takes much lower amounts of sodium to reach that level.

So there has been a lot of math as I counted my calories and argued with ingredients labels “I’m not going to eat five crackers, I’m only eating two you stupid box.”

My baby doll thinks it is amusing when I argue with labels about what I plan to eat. so he at least has had fun with my math this week.

But it paid off.

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 216.4 lbs

This week’s Weight: 215.4 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.0 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 30.6 lbs

So the math helped me out, even if very few labels had evenly splittable serving sizes. Three, five and seven were the most often recommended number of items to consume. I know there is a marketing reason for that, but I generally found I wanted to eat an even number. But truthfully, I don’t mind math in general. I just got annoyed when I didn’t think ahead and do the math before I got hungry. usually I plan things out better but I am working with unexpected ingredients and a sheepish man who apparently loves spaghetti-os. Luckily this weekend is our once a month grocery shopping excursion so I can restock actual pantry items. Fun stuff in the world of dieting. But at least it looks like next week will be clear and sunny. Cold, but clear and sunny.

Weekly Weight: 216.4 lbs

The Scale: October 23rd, 2020

Okay I am calm and relaxed. I know I was a bit of a mess yesterday. And as I suspected, I was a bit of a mess all the way upto the time the car pulled into the driveway. Then I was calm and relaxed. The visit was short and fun. I enjoyed myself immensely.

And once it was over I sort of collapsed.

Yeah, I wore myself out. And I apologize for the super stressed out daily post from yesterday. That was just the first time anyone who doesn’t live under my roof has been closer than my mailbox since March. It was surprisingly nerve wracking.

But it is done and we are moving on. With the exception of yesterday’s pound cake I did pretty good this week in following my diet and exercise routine. As my plan had to adapt mid week, I am pleased to see my efforts pay off. At the moment the place where I can see my efforts the most is in the bottom of my sneakers. I have some worn patches on them that let me know, I really need to replace them soon. Luckily I have their replacements ready and waiting.

So to the stats we go.

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 217.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.4 lbs

Lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Lost over all: 29.6 lbs.

So this week was more stressful than it had to be, but I still managed to get the scale to go down a little. My slow and steady progress is still slow and steady. Sometimes frustratingly slow. But that is just my instant gratification button wanting to be pushed. I’ll live if it isn’t. And in fact I’ll be better if it isn’t. Rapid weight loss makes me think that something wrong has occurred. I just need to temper my own impatience. And be happy about losing over a pound this week. As stress usually causes me to gain weight, that is minor miracle. And yes part of the impatience is due to yesterday’s visit and photos shared. But comparing myself to others won’t get me anywhere in the weight loss game. It just makes me feel impatient with my own body and that is never a good start. So I am shoving away my impatience and celebrating my 1.2 lbs loss this week with an extra walk through the park. I’m also going to spend the weekend immersed in Vincent Price horror movies which will not only kick of our in house week before Halloween fright fest, but it will switch the mental gears from comparing myself to others to wondering what you actually say to a contractor when you want to build a pit of acid in your basement. seriously, how do you commission that? Not that I intend to install one. Or even have a basement. But I have always been curious.

So 1.2 lbs gone (woo Hoo!), celebratory walk on tap and a weekend filled with old school horror. That’s me sorted. Hope you are up for your weekend.

The Daily: October 13th, 2020

Well I won’t go as far as to call this afternoon sunny, but at least it isn’t raining and the walking path dried up enough that I could actually get a walk in. Yup, the floods receded, leaving scads of dead crawfish and flogs scattered across the walk way. The midges swarmed, the scavengers swooped and I managed to avoid sliding down the hill on my butt as my foot hit a patch of still slick mud.

It was a near thing though.

But I triumphed.

Well I got my walk in anyway.

It is still humid so I returned soaked in my own sweat and smelling vaguely of bad shellfish. Mostly from what the cuffs of my jeans picked up. They (and everything else I was wearing) went straight into the washing machine and i went straight into the shower.

I will say though, it was a nice test for the new deodorant. My stash of Dove powder scented solids finally ran out so I decided to give a new deodorant a try for a while. I tried a natural deodorant from Speak for a while (mostly because it came in my Petit Vour Box) and I really liked it, other than the fact that it came in a can and I had to apply it with my fingers. It performed better than I expected. I know they are planning to have the same product out in a stick form soon and I keep looking out for it, but haven’t seen it yet.

I still had my stash of regular deodorants to get through so I there was no rush. But now I have cleared out my stock pile (there was a two for one sale of two packs around the time the pandemic started causing people to stock up and self isolate so I picked up two two packs) so instead of just replacing as usual, I decided to give the brand Native a try. I picked up the Cucumber and Mint. I wanted to try the seasonal blood orange and clove but it is only available online. If the cucumber and mint turns out okay then I may have to place an order for some backups.

I picked it up last week, but with the rain cancelling most of my walking time it didn’t get a really good workout until today. While the cucumber mint scent fades pretty quickly, when I got back from my walk my underarms were actually less stinky than the rest of my clothes. In a few days, when the scavengers have cleared away the sun aired creek bed smorgasbord I will try again and see how it fares without the external stench to compete with. But so far, so good. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes in case any of you are looking into all natural deodorant. I also saw when at the store they had versions with no plastic as an alternative. so if i do decide this works for me there are plenty of routes to take. which i find fun and fabulous.

Other than the deodorant test it has been pretty quiet. Which is nice. A good solid workday without massive excitement is rather appreciated. i am quite happy to have the most exciting part of the day my deodorant test.I know the quiet won’t last, it never does. So I enjoy it while i can. And I happily got my walk in – fish guts and all. And as a bonus, at least this time, no startled birds dropped any fish on me from above. Once was more than enough for that.

I hope you got whatever sort of day you most needed today as well.

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