Yup it is one step forward and one step back. Although I have to admit that I was kind of expecting this a bit. My birthday was Monday and there was a large ice cream cake. It can only stay in the freezer for so long and so each day has featured a slice of cake. It wasn’t as massive a sugar bomb as I did to myself at Easter (note to self, must avoid Marshmallow Peeps in the future) but it is far more sugar than I am accustomed to consuming. I enjoyed it as well as the rest of the celebrations, but i am also very glad that Wednesday’s company finished it off.
There was also a couple of meals out this week and while this week started off nice and cool, the weather quickly warmed back up and my walking time shortened. I also didn’t replace it with Yoga. So I didn’t stick to my meal plan, I didn’t stick to my exercise plan and yeah, I gained back the weight I lost last week.
Also I have been trying to remember to log things in to the My Fitness Pal app, but this week I didn’t. I probably should have mad more of an effort to do so, but there is something that feels vaguely shameful to enter large slice of ice cream cake into a fitness apps food diary. I know the computer isn’t judging me, but it doesn’t feel good. So since it was my birthday cake and not something I just decided to randomly have, I decided I didn’t want to enter it. But then I felt bad about leaving it out of my totals so I just didn’t log my food this week.
I know, its a lot of baggage for a food log isn’t it?
But I didn’t want to lie to my food log because I would always know I had lied and I didn’t want to make myself feel bad. I am back to logging my food in though as I know it does make a difference. So next week I hope to be back on track.
Starting weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs
This weeks weight: 220.0 lbs
change this week: +1.6 lbs
Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs
And so that is the state of me as we enter July. My goal is to try and log in my food diary every day this month and see how well that helps me out. I know it has been successful in the past, but only when I make a habit of it. Plus I kind of like having a monthly goal. Since I have so much weight to lose, it feels good to have a manageable goal. This month I have to log my food in each day. Since I know it will ultimately help me establish a habit that helps me lose the weight, I feel pretty good about setting it. If it works out I may start setting a monthly goal for myself each month. I like the thought, i just need a little planning.
Good morning my darlings. I hope your Friday is off to a good start. I know it is just a number, but on mornings when I see the numbers go down I feel very happy indeed. And it may just be a number on a scale but it is also validation that my work is paying off. The sweat has been worth it and I am on a good path.
Actually in addition to the sweat one of the things that has been fantastic for me has been writing things down. It’s like a strange budgeting dance, Calories consumed versus calories burned instead of income and expenses. While I have always kept a loose track of these things I have noticed the more attention I pay to that balance sheet the better my success rate. For a long time I used the My Fitness Pal website/app to keep track of things and then I got a bit lazy.
I told myself I knew how many calories were in the things i ate since i ate some of the same things routinely. And while that is true, a simple scrambled egg doesn’t change its calorie count just because you don’t write it down, not writing it down would occasionally lead me to forget that I ate it when thinking of the calories for other meals. Admittedly that wasn’t the biggest downfall for me.
My dieting problem has always been portion size. I’ve noticed when I write things down I simply pay more attention to the amount that I am eating. I don’t guess as much. It ends up being one cup of grapes instead of some grapes. Or eight crackers rather than a few crackers. Or whatever it is I am eating. And while that doesn’t matter as much with some foods, with things like cheese, meat, pasta or rice the calories can accidentally add up quickly.
The last few weeks I started with a notebook and just jotted things down, but I find I really like the fact that an app or website calculator asks for specific amounts when you log your food in. So I have gone back to the My Fitness Pal app. I’ve tried several and it is the one I seem to end up going back to. I’ve got the free version but i am thinking of trying out the paid premium version to see if there are more tools available to use. If I do I’m sure I’ll end up posting a review about it here. Although I have to admit I really do like the free version.
I suppose that is the long winded way of saying that as I am working on losing weight I find writing down what i consume in a food log (whether digital or with a notebook and pen) really helps me stay on track. And once i get into the habit it is easy to maintain.
I suppose that is like any other habit actually. It’s starting the habit that is the difficult part. Once it becomes habit, it is simply habit. although I have to say with so many weird weight loss schemes and things out there, I really like that the one that helps me is simply writing things down. Sometimes, simple works.
Starting weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 220.0 lbs
This week’s weight: 218.4 lbs
Lost this week: 1.6 lbs
Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs
And so we keep rolling on. My birthday is Monday and while i was hoping that I could have my weight start with a one and not a two by my birthday, events out of my control torpedoed pretty much every plan i had this spring. I am happy going into my next year that I am back to the slow and steady weight loss. I know that eventually i will get to where I need to be. I just have to work on my patience and not want everything now.
Normally at this time of year I look back over the past year and do a self assessment of how my personal year and the half calendar year thus far is going. It is both a mid year assessment and m=personal new years and I tend to adjust things. While I’d rather not relive the first part of the year. I am happy with the way things are going, weight wise and plan to continue my journey. As for what I’ve learned, two things spring to mind. They are lessons that I’ve had to learn repeatedly in my life at various times. Keep it simple and be patient. Useful in weight loss and a great many things besides.
I know, the scale is just a number. However it does feel good when that number goes down. It feels especially good when you weren’t sure if it would.
This week was a hard week for me. On Monday I got up thinking I would get a walk in early and I ended up using my walking time to water the garden. I attempted a short walk but the heat was so oppressive that I just couldn’t do it. while i did get my timing down a little bit better and was able to get the morning watering in before the heat hit, walking was simply a no go this week.
usually we get this kind of bone soaking heat in the Dog Days which start late July and can run though August. They came early this year and I just wasn’t prepared. And even though I complained about the lethargy I felt at the beginning of the week, looking back (mostly through garden notes) in past years I have always felt it coming the first few days where the temps spike and soak the world with heat and humidity. The sun beating down on the house causes blinds to be shut on the side where it strikes, the open and shut rotation of blinds changing as the sun tracks across the sky. this makes the house feel shadowed and half asleep. which brings on my annual heat lethargy.
The different I think is that i expect those few days in late summer where the heat becomes too much. We went from just getting hot to oppressive really quickly this year. but as always after a couple of days letting it settle in, the routine shifted and things adjusted. Where I like it is a thing. we are lucky in that the winter isn’t harsh. i have to adjust for rains and blasts of icy winds, but there are maybe a couple of weeks in the winter where i can’t face being out doors. The summertime here though can be a killer.
Literally. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke have taken down many a person. I’ve made myself sick with it, in fact i did so earlier this month (a mild version that warned me to think about when I went outside but caused no permanent damage). Our winters don’t have the biting killing cold other places have, but the summer heat and humidity make up for it. it is just usually more bearable until later in the summer. August is the month where you begin to despair of ever seeing autumn and think happy thoughts about possibly relocating to northern Canada just so you can take a deep breath without feeling like you are drowning in humidity soaked heat.
the heat is like a live beast. You move slowly so as not to draw it’s attention and try to travel after dark when it might be resting.
with the switch, I wasn’t sure i would actually lose any weight but apparently I did. To be honest, i think it is less lost to the effort department and more because it was too hot to actually eat.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 221.8 lbs
This week’s Weight: 220.0 lbs
Lost this week: 1.8 lbs
Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs
I think my body has adjusted. There will be slower movements and adjusted timetables for a while, but I am hoping that the lethargy has moved on and that even if i am moving slow, I can still get back to moving. Just indoors, and with a lot of water.
I know, it is a gain of 0.4 lbs. But I am not going to be upset about that. Clearly a gain is never a happy thing to see, however. As I skipped my walk and yoga yesterday due to an onslaught of phone calls and the inability to get away from my desk for any length of time, I am perfectly fine with the 0.4 gain.
I knew I wasn’t going to get any exercise in. Yesterday I barely had time to run to the bathroom when I needed to. (There was a computer systems crash elsewhere and items had to be recovered and or revamped or redone – luckily it wasn’t my computer system that went down). There were a lot of panicked calls and it was just one of those days. I compensated by watching what I ate like a hawk.
My balance may have been a little off but i can’t really sweat less than half a pound. The day was crazy and extra long and I did not compensate myself for getting through it by overindulging when the day finally ended. For me, that is a win, even with the slight gain.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 221.4 lbs
This week’s Weight: 221.8 lbs
Change this week: +0.4 lbs
Lost this far: 24.2 lbs
With luck today will be a little calmer and there will be less panic, r at least whatever panic happens won’t include me. Either way, I stuck to my meal plan last night instead of ordering take out and I am quite pleased with myself for that.
I know these pictures are often off kilter and cut off, but todays is a little worse than usual. I know that bugs some of you and I am sorry. The reason is that the glass surface of the scale is reflective so I try to crop out as much reflection as I can.
Despite the slightly wonky photo, I am actually quite pleased with the numbers it is showing. Before the world blew up in a wave of Easter and personal family drama, I actually had a sit down with my doctor about my weight loss, or at the time lack there of. I had charts, I had graphs, I had food journals. What I didn’t have was answers.
I think I might have actually scared him a bit if I’m honest.
I’m not sure how often doctors are presented with records and then asked to explain and extrapolate.
I tend to return to historian mode when looking for answers. There are the fact and then there are the meaning of the facts. I had the facts and I wanted the meaning.
He got over it and was, I think amused as the surprise faded. He made some suggestions, I took notes and tried to implement them. well technically I made plans to implement them after the Easter Holiday and then my plans were torpedoed, but now I am implementing them.
And it is nice to see them paying off.
This week is all about adjusting the schedule and convincing myself that I need to get up earlier so that I can walk before the heat hits. Its time to work on avoiding that heat stroke, baby. Once I feel stable I will be incorporating more afternoon strength building and flexibility work outs (indoors, again avoiding that heat stroke)
Thus far I am happy with the way it is working.
The Stats: Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 222.8 lbs
This week’s Weight: 221.4 lbs
Lost this week: 1.4 lbs
Lost this far: 24.6 lbs
My goal is to lose around one pound per week. This week I managed to exceed it. If this keeps up until I end up in the healthy zone I will be a very happy camper.
The last weigh in for May and I am pleased to see the scale numbers descending. It is a very good feeling. I was a little surprised actually. It has been a strange week. My schedule was off, we had workmen at the house on Monday so I couldn’t leave, we had rain that flooded the park and then when it finally looked like a walk was allowable, I realized the weather had officially shifted.
no longer could i just look outside to make sure it wasn’t raining and that I needed a break. We have entered the time of year where a walk is the first thing on the days agenda. Which means that the entire schedule for my work days has to be adjusted. Walking after about 10 in the morning is just not going to happen. Anytime I need a work out after ten am it is going to be an indoor one just to stave off heat stroke.
Which also means I need to shift my shower times (because I am going to sweat even on the early morning walks and don’t want to sit around all stinky for the day’s work.) Most of my interactions are on the phone or via computer so I’m the only one who knows, but I feel grungy, which I don’t like.
I know it sounds strange but the summer time is always a strange workout set up. There isn’t just the time a daily work out takes away from your work day (which can be substantial), but in the summertime there is an extra dimension with the heat. To get the work outs in it needs to be a priority, but at the same time there are many other priorities in the work day. Summer time scheduling always makes me feel like I’m doing some sort of complicated word problem for an unexpected math class. As though one of my old math teachers has snuck up on me when i wasn’t looking and announced a pop quiz.
If a short walk takes forty-five minutes and requires a ten minute cool down before a shower can be taken, and a shower where the hair is rinsed but not washed with products takes ten minutes less than a shower where the hair is washed with products and a walk can only occur before ten am, what time do you need to set the alarm to allow your hair to dry before the 11:15 zoom meeting next Tuesday?
Fun stuff. I’m actually going to have to get a new hair dryer at some point soon. The cool setting on my hair dryer is no longer blowing quite so cool and using the hot air function will just make me sweat again so, it is air dry the bangs and wrap the still wet part up in a knot on the back of my head when meeting’s arise time.
It’s not an actual complaint, more something I never realized would happen when I began seriously trying to better my health through regular exercise. Somehow it simply didn’t factor in that the exercise had to be fit in somewhere and that that somewhere would require conscious thought.
Summertime is just the season that requires a bit more thought for scheduling than others. Things to think about.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 224.4 Lbs
This week’s Weight: 222.8 lbs
Lost this week: 1.6 lbs
Lost thus far: 23.2 lbs
And so my darlings, with the scheduling for next week needing a bit of a look through and Friday’s work to get started, I leave you. while it was an off kilter week, in the end it worked well or at least I lost a little bit of weight. I’m hoping to keep this trend going.
This week was about getting food back on track and exercise arranged in a more or less usual fashion. There were some extra garden exploits that I’m sure burned extra calories. Last week there were a few days I didn’t feel like eating at all and then came the arrival of comfort casseroles and food was eaten whether I was hungry or not. Now I am back home and it is more normal.
I had no clue what was going to happen when i got on the scale this morning and honestly I suspected there would be a weight gain. I was presently surprised by the 2 lbs loss. Pleasantly so. At the same time I am not sure I can take the credit for that. It was a very up and down two weeks with a lot of emotional upheaval. I am hoping that the weight is gone and I can continue the steady slope into a healthy weight loss.
Also I planned to try this before everything happened. As it is I will be giving it another week before I sign up but there is this site called Yoga Works. It has oodles of yoga classes that you can stream from home and I think I would do better with my inside workouts if I had a set yoga class rather than things I cobbled together from You Tube Videos. we are getting into the season where I can go on my walks if i leave first thing in the morning. Any later and the heat and humidity sap my energy for the day instead of simply providing an exercise outlet.
Which means I need to incorporate more indoor workouts. So I will be inventorying my in home work out gear and seeing if there is anything I need to add with a Prosource fitness order and bulking up my fitness clothing collection and then signing up for the Yoga Works. Since I can’t help but review everything, I’ll let you know how I feel about it as I use it. But I think I am going to give myself another week to settle back into normal before I sign up for it. I’ll post the link below for anyone else interested. As for now, I am going to be happy about the two lbs lost, however they ended up getting lost.
It is the day of reckoning. My first time on the scale in over a month. I knew I gained weight, but I have to admit the scale almost made me cry this morning. I know it is just a number, but it still hit hard.
While I am surprised by how much was added, I am not surprised that it is an increase. Right before I stopped getting on the scale I went to the doctor who basically told me that the reason my scale numbers weren’t really moving is that I actually wasn’t eating enough to balance my exercise and my body just wasn’t having it. So things got adjusted.
And then the meal plan went out of the window. Thee was a holiday and several family events. We had out of town visitors and choices were justified. Instead of keeping myself to a single Friday night Happy hour glass of wine or cocktail, many sociable drinks were consumed on numerous nights (some alcoholic some not, all more calories than I am used to).Larger portions were also justified as Holiday favorites come once a year.
I can’t regret the carrot cake. I make it once a year and it is one of those cakes I could happily just sit down and dig in with a fork and eat until I am sick. I am not a huge sweet person but this has just the right spicy sweet and tangy notes to be my dessert kryptonite.
And just when I thought the holidays were over until Thanksgiving, Cinco de Mayo showed up and I celebrated with friends at a restaurant that is known for it’s generous portions. It has admittedly shifted the meal plan so tonight is a salad night instead of an indulgent Friday night meal, but there are no complaints from my baby doll, Last night was indulgent.
And I forgot that I would have to get on the scale this morning.
But it is what it is and at least I can stop worrying about how much I gained and take it as an extra incentive to get back on track. The next celebration is my birthday which is at the end of June. (June 27th in case you are wondering) so as extra incentive to stay on track, if I am good then my birthday can be celebrated with an expensive bottle of champagne and any cheese plate I decide to concoct. But until then, I need to reign in my indulgences and get back on track.
The worst is over though, I stepped on the scale and the numbers didn’t kill me. Now I just have to let the desire to see those numbers decrease fuel me into getting back into what I know I need to do. I know ups and downs are par for the course, but I have to admit my darlings, this one hurt quite a bit.
For me this was a very interesting test. When you look at all of the photos of people using any sort of fat burning tightening machines, they are almost always people who do not have all that much fat to lose or who don’t need that much tightened. I understand the advertising aspect of this, it isn’t rocket science. But if you have been following along with my posts for any length of time now you know that I have 80-90 lbs to lose to be into a healthy range. At least according to my doctor. I will be playing the exact number by ear, but at the moment I have a long way to travel before my weight loss journey ends.
That being said, I don’t expect magic from this machine. I did not go into this thinking that i would be 90 lbs over weight and at the end of thirty days some how magically the weight my doctor thinks is ideal for my body type. That isn’t how these things work. That being said, I do have a lot of fat to test the fat burning machine on. So first let’s look at what the machine is supposed to accomplish.
It is a unoisetion ultrasonic cavitation 2.5 body slimming machine to melt fat and tighten loose skin. This fat burner ultrasonic cavitation machine is just what you need to explosive or blast stubborn fat. That promotes your metabolism to keep your body shape. It is a machine that burns fat cells while eliminating cellulite as well as uses ultrasonic cavitation treatment to enhance collagen production and tighten skin.
As you can see from the description, it is not magic.
The process of using this machine was interesting. The manual is easy to read and in case the words are confusing, there are handy pictures for you to follow along. What you need to do when using this is clear and easy. It is an easy machine to use, and easy to keep clean.
The directions suggest that you make sure your skin is damp and that you use the gel with it. Essentially it is yo keep you from using the machine on your dry skin. I used it three times a week and found it most convenient to use it post shower. That way my skin was well dampened and the gel could be applied. The instructions also recommend that you use it after eating so you have food in your belly when using it.
I did try it on an empty stomach and ended up feeling a little nauseated so i’d recommend you follow that direction. I did not try it on completely dry skin, however dry skin was an issue. The ‘Sessions’ with the machine were half hour ones. Even with the gel on my skin (the gel helping to keep the skin moist and allow the machine to run smoothly over the skin) after about ten to fifteen minutes, my skin started to dry out a bit. If I applied more gel, the skin tended to get a little sticky. I found it best, to keep a wet wash cloth (in a bowl of water) handy, then after 15 minutes, take a break, use the wash cloth, then apply more of the gel, and then finish the session. This was the best method for me.
I did go through a lot of the gel. You may notice that the tube pictured is the fresh unopened tube. That is because it ran about about a week ago and without thinking I threw it out. Since then I used Vaseline. The Vaseline kept the machine moving smoothly and didn’t dry out so I only needed to wipe off a little extra Vaseline when i was done instead of rewetting the skin and using a second application. So I would say that the Vaseline did a better job of keeping my skin from drying out and the machine from sticking than the gel. I think the gel just needs a degree of moisture to it to keep from getting sticky that the Vaseline simply didn’t need.
The machine manual suggests that you start on a low setting and work your way up. This too was interesting. When I first used it I didn’t feel anything with the lower settings. So I turned it up until I felt something (About midway up the dial). I left it there as I could feel it doing something. At the end of my session I didn’t feel anything. It was the next morning that I felt I had done a whole munch of sit ups the day before. So that is something to watch. Start low the first day, because the next day you will feel more than you thought you would.
Gradually my tolerance increased and I was not so sore the next morning. When this happened on my next session I turned the dial up slightly. Slowly I increased the vibrations. I had no issues when doing this.
Now as I said, the big issue with machines like this is that you can expect miracles. I did take a photo at the beginning and at the end. i can find no way to edit them to a level of nudity I am comfortable posting, however the fact is the before and after photos don’t look any different. However this is not to say there wasn’t any change. I have lost one inch off my waist. Which is interesting as this month i think I gained a little weight through holiday eating. My bust and hip measurements are the same but my waist has gone down an inch. In addition I have quite a few stretch marks that have appeared as my weight has decreased. A couple of the more long standing ones are not as pronounced as they were. Again, in the photos they look the same, but when I run my finger tips over them they are slightly less.
I suspect that this machine, if I continue to use regularly, will help reduce those marks and possibly keep new ones from forming. I also suspect there would be a more noticeable difference on someone who doesn’t have as much weight to lose and who just wants to work on tightening skin and working off a little stubborn fat. Asking the machine to shift 90 lbs in thirty days is not a reasonable expectation. However it did give me enough reaction to let me know that it was doing something. While I wanted to do a thirty day post, I think given my size it really needs to be a six months on kind of post. Now that I am in the habit of using this, I think that I may continue and see if six months sees some more drastic changes. For me, given the length of time used one inch down was quite impressive and I am looking forward to seeing more longer term results from this Sure Beauty machine.
And so the month of April No scale comes to an end. I am relieved that I did skip the scale this month. We had company, there was a holiday with extra feasting and it was nice to not have to think about the scale.
At the same time, I know I gained some weight. I can feel it in the waist band of my jeans. And while I hate knowing that I did gain weight, I think it would have added extra stress on an already stressful month to worry about the scale.
For me, April went bonkers. Earlier this year I agreed to a couple of projects that were supposed to be small ones with limited scopes of work. As time went forward they morphed and just took over. April was when they both wrapped up and so there were longer than normal days mixed in with the house guests and Holidays. To be honest, I don’t actually remember a lot of the month. It went whizzing by in a hail of deadlines.
Last week I realized that the month was coming to an end and that soon i would have to step back on the scale and see the gain in no argument digital numbers. My goal for this last week of April was not to panic. It was to put the month behind me, accept that the weight gain was coming and to not go crazy trying to take it all off before i stepped back onto the scale.
Instead i went through the cabinets and made sure we didn’t have any sneaky lurking holiday items. I made a meal plan and this week I concentrated on getting back on track with the meals and getting into the habit of paying attention instead of granting myself temporary exemptions. Mostly because I know that if i stress about it and try to go overboard then it will usually backfire on me. In other words i may lose what I added over April, but it won’t be sustainable so in may I’ll end up putting it back on again before I take it off. I’ve been on many back and forths over the years. And that is always what happens. So I am trying to deal with holiday weight in a healthier way. I am just accepting it, understanding that it was due to a change in diet and exercise and accepting that the weight will come back off once I get back into my routine.
I a also reminding myself that Easter was the last big Feast Holiday until Thanksgiving. In my family there will be a picnic for Memorial day and a barbeque for Independence day, but both are single events rather than long weekends and easily navigable, diet wise. The feasting Holidays start with thanksgiving, run through the holiday parties, Christmas, New years and then end with Easter. Which means that until November I will just have a few off days here and there, but nothing major to knock me off of my diet and exercise plan. At least nothing expected anyway.
There is always room for the unexpected.
So this is the end of April. Next week it will be back to the scale. While I no longer fear the scale as I once did, I will always have mixed feelings about it and will frequently need mental health breaks from it. Which I think is healthy. Sometimes life simply needs to be lived. While my weight loss is something needed for my over all health and well being throughout my life, it isn’t something that should take over my life. I know as these posts are a record of the ups and downs of my dieting life, weight and it’s loss (or lack of) can seem like the main focus of my world. It isn’t and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that I am dieting to better my life, not living to diet.