Weekly Weight: 218.6 lbs

I know lat week was the official pre travel weigh in but i wanted to get one last weigh in before I travel so that i know what I started with. there won’t be any official stats as this is just a for my own information before i go post.

I will say that it is a high note to start the travel on. Last Friday, the last official weigh in I was 219.2 lbs. This week I am leaving at 218.6 lbs. Given the stress, the interruptions to any form of fitness or regularly scheduled, well anything for the last few weeks, this feels like a miracle quite honestly. Whether it is divine blessing or a bonus prize for all the stress I don’t care. i am going to take it and be happy with it for the moment. Once I finish my morning posts, I will begin my packing extravaganza.

It is a strange packing. I am not only packing for travel but packing to take care of my mom as she heals. I asked if there was anything she wanted and I have several old movies that she would like me to bring down, there are also a few stores she asked me to pick up some things from as I head down. So there will be the normal personal packing as well as the since you are coming down and the entertain someone post surgery packing list to get through.

To be honest it is actually a relief to be able to gather and pack. We will load the car first thing in the morning but after a few weeks of simply making lists and preparing to pack, actual packing feels like a relief as crazy as it will no doubt be. And so after the skin care line up, the packing will commence.

A schedule of necessity will take over for the next few weeks and then when i return I can actually once again attempt to get back into my own schedule. My hope is that by then the weather will have turned, the cooler weather clothing can emerge and the walks can become longer and a lot more fun.

But for now, we settle things, then we pack.



Weekly Weight: 219.2 lbs

It isn’t a big loss I will grant you that, but it is a loss. And that makes me happy. It makes me happy for a couple of reasons actually. The first is simply that it is another sliver, no matter how small, of weight off my body. While a small sliver all of those slivers add up. So even the small ones are worthy of note. The second reason is that it is still weight loss during stress. And that is no small feat. the third reason is that it is a loss prior to me leaving home for a bit. Next Friday Morning I will be heading out of town. while I will probably weigh in on Thursday morning just so I know what I weighed before I left, there is a part of me that will think, Oh it was a Thursday morning which means it wasn’t a full week so ot doesn’t really count.

I know that’s silly. You know that is silly, it is after all only one day. But in the back f my brain I know that is what I will think. So I am extra glad that this official Friday morning weigh in was less than last Friday’s official weekly Weigh in. If that makes sense. It makes me feel good that I consistently lost a little bit of weight each week even though this entire month has been insane. It is a great mental boost and honestly that mental boost means more to me than the 0.2 lbs of actual loss.

I know that sounds strange but even though there is a a lot of physical effort that goes into weight loss a lot of it is a mental game. You have to incorporate new activities and adjust your way of thinking so the effort becomes both habit and something you view as ‘worth it’ even on days when the scale isn’t moving. This may be a small weight loss but it is a huge mental win for me. It is also nice knowing that i will be leaving home consistently losing weight for a few weeks in a row. And for my head space, that is priceless.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 219.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 219.2 lbs

Lost this Week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.8 lbs

And so we continue forward. I’ll check in next Thursday with my weight just so that I know what it is before I leave. But right now, I am feeling pretty good about where things stand. My goal was to hold my own while I tried to keep the world from going off the rails and I ended up losing a little bit of weight as well. Not too shabby.

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Weekly Weight: 219.4 lbs

And so back to the scale we go. I have to say i was pleasantly surprised by the scale this morning. At the moment as you know things are a little odd. I am working a little extra so that I can take some time off to help out my mom so fitness is a bit up in the air. The only thing that has been keeping me on track has been keeping a food journal so even when I decide that I want to indulge in some comfort foods i can at least control how much I am indulging and sort of monitor that.

I have to say one of the other things that has kept me on track has been Lifesaver’s peppermint candies. I have a jar on my desk and they have been amazing at keeping stress snacking at bay. These are the hard mints. For me, I love peppermint so the flavor is good. Also the peppermint makes me think of having fresh breath and that makes me less inclined to snack, sort of like you don’t want to drink a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. It’s that kind of mental beat in my head which helps control the snacking. Plus these are the hard mints so I tend to suck on them rather than chomping right through them so my the time I actually finish a mint often the urge to snack has passed or at least dimmed greatly. The mints themselves are 15 calories which isn’t bad at all.

I’m sure any low calorie mint will do, I just happen to like the Lifesaver Peppermints. There is no sponsorship. Although I go through enough of them that it looks like there is. I keep a glass jar full of them on the end of my desk. Which kind of helps to. If the urge to snack is really strong I can just reach in and take out a hand full and set the hand full on my desk to slowly work through. Have of the time most of the hand full will go back into the jar but there is something that just feels down right decadent to just pick up a hand full of candy out of a jar. And sometimes that helps to. So shall we look at the stats?

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 220.2 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 219.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.6 lbs

So I didn’t go into this week thinking I was going to lose much weight, but in the end I did loos almost a pound. Which does make me happy. After all if I can continue to slowly chip away at my weight with everything else going on, I have high hopes that I can continue through anything.

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Weekly Weight: 220.2 lbs

Okay I will be honest I am surprised there wasn’t a gain this week. I will take the 0.2 loss this week with no problems. At the moment the world is a bit Topsy Turvey with exercise coming in when possible and interruptions to any planned schedule practically guaranteed.

There is a lot of stress right now and it is completely unavoidable. Some stretches of time are just like that and this just happens to be a particularly stressful stretch of my personal river of time. Know that calm waters are no doubt up ahead doesn’t make it any better to go through but it is a ray of hope.

As far as my fitness is going it is do what I can when I can. My main focus on the weight loss aspect of things is simply to limit my comfort foods. I’m not knocking them out all together, list monitoring them. I can still have the creamy richness of a good brie but I make sure to measure out what I eat and only go for the one ounce wedge not consume the entire 8 ounce wedge in one sitting. I can crunch down on chips, but I put a small portion into a small bowl rather than either eat from the bag or pour the entire bag into a large sized serving bowl.

I am trying to be smart about things even as I realize that certain foods are comfort foods for a reason. Now is not the time to beat myself up for choosing brie over carrot sticks. Or even to analyze why I lean towards the brie in times of stress. Sometimes you need to pick your battles. I chose mine over portion size right now instead of rooting out the causes of stress eating. I can deal with my thought processes later.

I have to say the My Fitness Pal app has been really great. I did test the free version and even though my plan was to try out the paid version for August, i am going to extend that past the one month trial so I can try it out when I am out of town and in a different environment controlled by others and their needs. So instead of a month long trial it will be a two month one. Which I am okay with. I also haven’t really had a chance to play with a lot of the extra bits that come with the paid version. I will say though that just the basic food diary has been a life saver.

I personally really like the one that comes with the My Fitness pall app, but if you are trying to monitor your food, whether for fitness or weight loss or just general health I really recommend getting some form of food diary. It not only keeps a log of what I eat and what I do, which is extra nice when my schedule is not so routine, but even the few minutes it takes to enter the food into the system helps keep me cognizant of what it is that i am doing. It is also a little reminder that there is life outside of the stress. Which has also helped me. It is a little thing, but it has been mega helpful.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 220.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 220.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 25.8 lbs

So this week’s loss wasn’t major, but with everything going on, I am okay with that. If I can just hold my own through the stressful times without gaining weight, then I will be happy. which makes the 0.2 feel like a lot more than it actually is.

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Weekly Weight: 220.4

It is that time again. Time to step on the scale and see what my efforts this week brought. I was pleased to see that the scale went down again. That always makes me happy. Yes I know it is just a number but it also feels like validation for my efforts. And as this week I had to slog it out in humid air thick enough to drink, I really like having the validation.

This week there isn’t much to report. The humidity was between 70-80% but thee was no rain. It looked like it wanted to rain for most of the week, it just didn’t. the air was soggy and miserable and if my walk wasn’t done before 9am, it wasn’t getting done.

This week all of my walking clothes took a beating. I have salt stains on garments i didn’t know could be salt stained. Once the weather breaks I am going to have to sort through my summer walking clothes and send a lot of them off to the rag bin. They have given their all for my wlks this year.

And actually this year ha been especially brutal on my undies. Usually I buy a pack of Hanes cotton undies in the spring. I buy them specifically to sweat in during my workouts. When I first started working out regularly my prettier undies just didn’t survive so now I buy the sacrificial pack and treat the pretty ones as a post shower treat, a reward for getting out there and sweating it out.

Usually the pack will last the summer and start to need replacing once the cooler weather sets in. This year a second pack had to be purchased at the end of july and if this set makes it to October I will be pleased and surprised. This has been a brutal summer for the undies.

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

last week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 25.8 lbs

And so we soldier on, braving the heat and humidity to shave just a little more butter from my bread, as my grandfather would say. Although if it were actually butter it would have melted off complexly in this weather. Alas, it requires a little more effort than that. But I am pleased there is once again progress.

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Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale: August 19th, 2022

Nope, it is not a mistake. This scale looks exactly as it did last week. I think that while I have now gotten back to more regular habits, my exercise is still slowly getting back to normal too so it is slowly balancing out. The first part of the week was slow, exercise wise and I had to ease myself back into it.

Now I am more or less back to the level I was before I got sick, so hopefully that means that next week there will be some improvement. At least that is the plan. As of now both food and exercise have resumed normal mode so I have high hopes.

Either way I am just glad that I didn’t gain anything while this whole mess was going on. I’ll only worry if the scale stays in one place too long. Two weeks, especially this two weeks, at the same weight is not a major cause for concern.

Plus I am celebrating the little victories this week. I went on a normal walk without wheezing half way through. Bending over doesn’t make me completely out of breath and that persistent cough that woke me up in the middle of the night for the past few weeks is gone completely.

In fact Wednesday I even chased a runaway dog named Peanut around the neighborhood to catch him for my elderly neighbor. I was out of breath after that (as well as sweating profusely) but it was from running around after a Jack Russell on a tear and yelling “Peanut” at the top of my lungs, so that was understandable. And I recovered fairly easily. I wasn’t wheezing for hours afterwards as I would have a week earlier.

Somedays, you take the little victories.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

And so life continues on. It is just putting one foot in front of the other. And being grateful when the steps aren’t shaky. Another week ends and another week begins. And as always I hope next week will be better than the one before. I hope the same for you too.

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Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale August 12th, 2022

Ah the scale, welcome back my old Frenemy. Last week I took a break because of illness. This week I have to admit I was more curious than fearful of what the scale would tell me. There were days where I didn’t eat much at all (or slept through meals entirely) and then as I felt better there were intense food cravings. Mostly due to skipped meals.

I had a very deep craving for protein actually. Eggs specifically. Eggs were my best-est of friends this week. As for fitness, that wasn’t really much of an option. On Wednesday I managed a short 20 minute walk just to get my body moving again.

It felt amazingly good to get moving again, but towards the end of the 20 minutes I began thinking I should have cut it off at 15. Thursday downpours kept me from repeating the experiment and the rains that started Thursday morning have yet to actually stop so I suspect today might be a wash out as well as far as walking is concerned. I did try a little yoga and I started to use the ab wheel. The problem is that bending over still gets me out of breath and light headed.

In case you hadn’t figured it out, I am in that weird stage where I am feeling better and ready to get back to normal but my body isn’t quite up to it yet. I know pushing it won’t help so I am trying to remind myself of that, but it is difficult. I’m hoping that with a quiet resting weekend this weekend I will be able to start edging back into regular workouts on Monday. Maybe shortened a little still, but more regular. If only because I am starting to get that twitchy I haven’t moved feeling.

The Stats

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last weigh in: 221.8 lbs

This week’s Weight: 221.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

And so we move forward. Slowly, but forward. This weekend I am going to remind myself I still need rest and I am going to pull up a streaming site and find something to just completely binge out on. I know that Paramount + just put a whole bunch of Star Treks up so this might be the the weekend to binge out on that. I can go where no man has gone before, without actually leaving the couch. I just have to remember that rest now makes Monday that much closer to normal and ignore the fidgety stage of recovery.

One Month of My Fitness Pal, the free Version

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Regardless there was a spate of time where the weight was put on. And it didn’t come off. It stayed. Then I decided to go on a weight loss journey. The reason was simple, I woke up one morning and got out of bed and couldn’t remember when my feet didn’t hurt at some point throughout the day. I decided that was not a good thing and that it was high time I did something about it.

I know, not as sexy as wanting to look good in a bikini or getting ready for a class reunion or even running a marathon, but it was my reason for losing weight.

the problem was where to start. while I am a full time writer now, I went to school for (and still write about) Architectural History. It means I can tell you a great many sociological reasons why American banks were designed to reference Roman architecture, but I can’t tell you squat about the human body aside from a third grade song listing the bones of the skeletal structure.

So I dove into the world of dieting and fitness.

I don’t know if you have been, but it is a terrifying place. It is also full of very opinionated people.

What I wanted sounded simple in my head. I wanted to shave some weight off of my body so my feet didn’t hurt shortly after I got out of bed. I wanted a program that I could maintain for a life time rather than a quick fix. As at my heaviest I weighed 246 lbs, I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I was in for a long haul. Crash diets weren’t going to work. Cutting out a single food group wasn’t going to work. i had over a hundred pounds to lose and I needed a long term solution.

What I landed on was portion control and regular exercise. I know, like ,making my feet not hurt it isn’t the sexiest of diet plans. There is no cool name or concept backed by pseudo-science. it is no magic fat melting pill. I just needed to balance my calories in and calories out. As simple as it sounds I have tried many ways to do this. The simplest way for me is a food diary. I have used a notebook and pen to record what I eat and how much activity I got, but then I had to look up the calories and while it was helpful, it is just plain easier to use an App for that.

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My problem with a lot of the apps is that they seem to assume that I am purchasing pre prepared foods. While this works for a few things, I tend to cook most of my meals. One of the things I really liked about the My Fitness Pal is that I can build a recipe. I can type the ingredients in and then tell they system how i portion out what is created. Then it tells me how many calories I consumed.

The recipe builder and food diary are the two elements of the My Fitness Pal app that I use the most. One of the things I like is that it lets me keep the regularly used items in the list so each morning I don’t have to input coffee I can just check the box and have done with it, easy peasy. I am sure most of the apps do that, but it is the recipe builder function that is in the My Fitness Pal app that I have found a lot better than most and the most helpful. It takes a bit to add the recipes in but once you have then you are done.

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While I have used these features for years at this point (off and on), this month I committed to using it and building the habit of logging in every day. For me, keeping track of the food keeps me on track. I also enter my exercise so I can figure out my calories in and calories out. Oddly enough the checking in section has been hugely beneficial. While I weigh in once a week officially for the Friday Weigh in, I really like the habit of getting on the scale each morning and just typing the info in to the system for a chart. I know there are going to be some points (like the holidays) that I don’t want to do that, but there is something i really like about seeing the chart grow and build. I think it is because while there is a degree of up and down in my dieting, I can look at the chart and see that even if this week I gained half a pound, the chart still shows an over all downward trend. I find that encouraging to see. It really helps me not get caught up[ in minutia.

The blog function has also been useful for me as well. It has been a way to just add quick thoughts about what is going on. New foods I’ve tried, things that go well or don’t go well. I have also found inspiration in the news posts about various exercises and foods that come up on the site. Overall it has been a really good tool for me to use and after a solid month of use, I am now in the habit of using it. It has become routine to log in and input what I am eating and to log in my work outs.

the version I have been using though is the free version. I have found that sometimes I use a free version of a program and love it, and then dislike the paid version. On the other hand, sometimes once I try he paid version I find there are parts I really don’t want to let go of and remain with the paid version. There are several items on the paid listing that are intriguing to me;. There is a greater depth to the food logging app and a guided nutrition plan. There are also recipes targeted towards my nutritional goals. As I am always looking for new recipes to try out, I am very interested in that. The paid version sounds like it would actually be a benefit. So now that I have gotten used to the free version i am going to give the paid version a trial and then do a side my side comparison to see if it is the right plan for me or if I was fine with the free version of the app. So shall we see if the paid version has elements that I really need, or if the free version is all that I need? I think we shall. Let the trial begin!

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Weigh In: 221.8 lbs

I admit, it was nice to see the numbers descend, even if it was just by a little bit. This week had ups and downs. We started with humidity that made you drink each breath and start to google rain dances just to get the moisture out of the air for a bit. Followed by periodic rains that would send pounding torrential rain for about five minutes and then abruptly stop like someone shut off a tap.

Maybe it was a faulty rain dance.

Then there was my babydoll’s rescheduled surgery. It went really well, but he did need two days of extra attention. so normality went out the door.

I did use the ab wheel this week though and I have to say, for something that looks a bit like a kids toy, it is quite the work out. I am slowly gaining confidence with it. Each time I use it without losing control and smacking my head into the mats gives me a bit more confidence. I don’t know why that is my main fear since that isn’t really logical, but it is. I’m working on it. And each time it doesn’t happen helps. My belly still looks like a jiggly pudding but I can certainly feel the after effects of using it in my abs. while my midsection may disagree, I’m calling that a good thing.

As for the My Fitness Pal, I did miss a few days of meal recording this week. I admit when my schedule gets knocked out of whack I tend to guestimate calories more than anything other time. I think it is because when i am working I have my phone on the desk so it is easy to record breakfast just before i start work and lunch just after I come back from eating it and restart my work. But Thursday, once things settled down again and I was back at the desk, the habit kicked back in automatically so I am really happy to see that the habit is sticking.

Next week I will be reviewing the month with the free version of the My Fitness Pal and then starting on a paid subscription to see the difference and which one I like better. I’m sure it is a great system but sometimes I find that the extras a subscription gives me aren’t things I use and that the free version is all I need. Other times I find the extras fabulous and don’t want to give them up once I’ve tried them. I’ve used the free version of the My Fitness Pal off and on for quite a few years now so it will be interesting for me to do the comparison. Hopefully you will find it interesting too. And then we can all learn something.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 222.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 221.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.2 lbs

I know it wasn’t a lot of weight lost this week, but it was some. After the super stress gain of last week it is nice to see that there is once again a downward slope to the graph. Like any long haul effort, there are ups and downs, wins and losses. I know this and i accept it , but I just prefer the wins, however small. And so we start Friday. I have a small but important win under my belt, even if that belt doesn’t feel any looser and I feel good about going into the last day of the week. I hope you have a fantastic one.

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Weekly Weight: 222.2 lbs

I am not surprised that my scale went up this week. When I am stressed even if I don’t eat, I sort of gain weight. It is like my body pulls moisture from the air and uses it to lock in everything. My eating also wasn’t the best and with heat followed by lots of rain storms my workout weren’t the best either. so it was pretty much the perfect storm.

But here is the good thing about a weight loss journey. No matter how many times you get knocked back, you only really fail if you stop trying. the exercise I did get was good for me. The fact that even though I did eat some not so great foods, I still tried to reign in my portions size meant that it was a small weight gain rather than a large one.

Would I have liked it not to have happened? Sure, but I understand why it did and I am not going to let it worry me too much. While I am working out and losing weight to better my life and keep me healthy for the rest of it, working out and weight loss are not my life.

they are a means to an end not an end in and of themselves.

I think it is easy to lose track of that.

I also think it is very important that it be remembered.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This weeks Weight: 222.2 lbs

Change this week: +3.2 lbs

Lost this far: 23.8 lbs

And so I was knocked back this week by stress and a need to just breathe. Today, I’ll go on a walk, make my menu plan for next week and get back on track working to make next week’s numbers better. I know this and I am okay with it.

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