This week was a bit of a mess to be honest. There was rain, there were allergies and my babydoll got taken down with a nasty sinus infection. Meal planning went out of the window. As his sinuses drained and he coughed and sneezed his through and mouth became really raw. So most of the food choices were things that his stomach would take and that wouldn’t hurt his mouth. He also didn’t really want full meals this week so there were a lot of little meals when he felt he could eat.
For me that also meant I lost track of all of my calorie count and food intake. I snacked, I ate at strange times and there was little actual planning. It was a week to get through. And it did show on the scale. I am heavier than I was last Friday and I can accept that. It is not unexpected and in fact given the situation I would be kind of shocked if I didn’t gain any. I am just going to accept it. And so, the stats.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 230.4 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 231.7 lbs
So there was a 1.3 lbs gain. quite honestly, I am okay with it. I don’t like gaining weight but this week was just out of my control. That I can accept. I’ll redouble my efforts next week to make up for it, but this week I am just exhausted and looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning. That is my goal at this point. After that, I will regroup. Have a great Friday my darlings. Next week will hopefully be more within my control.
Oh yes my darlings the scale is once again moving. I know it didn’t move as much as I liked but it did move. And that itself is always a relief. This week was interesting as far as exercise went. there was much rain so there wasn’t a lot of out door activity. However, I managed to make it to my morning workout every day this week.
That’s right, five days in a row with no talking myself into hitting the snooze button until the last possible second.
Which I will admit is quite the feat. I do not like mornings. I just don’t. I am comfy in my bed and really don’t like getting up. I have no problem staying up later to get something done. Personally if I could wait to roll out of bed around eight thirty to start the day and then just work later in the day to make up for it, i would.
However i do not live alone and the world can not just run on my schedule. (although really who got to decide the morning people ruled the world? I think they just made that decision before the rest of us were awake. maybe threatened to take away our coffee or something).
As much as it pains me to admit it, I do feel more awake even without my coffee after I have done my morning exercises. For me the trick is to start them before I am actually fully awake. So before bed I put ot the exercise clothes. Then when the alarm goes off I roll to the bathroom and then straight into the work out clothes before i have a chance to rethink it and head back to bed.
Then i am already in the clothes so i feel like I might as well just get it over with. For me that works best. I may feel more awake after the workouts and i may know it is good for me and I even may see a difference in the scale, but I am never going to be a huge fitness enthusiast. I am a reluctant participant. I’ll do it because it is good for me, but it will never be my happy place. Still it is helping me out, so I will continue. I am also pleased that the stiffness and sore muscles have also faded. On Monday I am going to add one extra exercise to my list and see what happens. I haven’t increased for a while and I think it is time. I go slow, and that too seems to work for me.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 231.3 lbs
This week’s Weight: 230.4 lbs
Lost this week: 0.9 lbs
Lost thus far: 15.6 lbs
And so the journey continues. I hope that where ever you are on your journey to a healthier you, that you are feeling good with yourself today. remember to celebrate the little things. this week i am celebrating the fact that i managed to get up and fight the urge to hit the snooze alarm, instead making it to all my regularly scheduled workouts. It is a small thing, but it will have big consequences if I make it a set habit.
I know 0.1 lbs of loss is really just explained by me exhaling before I got on the scale not an actual weight loss. I can’t actually complain too much though. I didn’t really get my exercises in this week. I know I feel like a slacker.
And having to write down that I skipped my exercises this week is part of the reason that I started these posts to begin with. It is my version of accountability. When I tell my babydoll I didn’t do my exercises, he shrugs and reminds me it was a good week. If I tell my mom, she says, Oh I’m sure you will do better next week. If I mention it to one of my friends trying to lose weight the response is usually, “Me too!” or a replay of what exercises they did.
While I love the support and companionship, and understanding, it really doesn’t help me. Having to write it down here actually does help me. Usually it keeps me on track because I know i am going to have to write things down on Friday morning and admit to the world what I did or didn’t do. Not that the whole world is watching, but it is the internet, and once something is on the internet it more or less exists forever. And when I have to write that I skipped my exercises, it always makes me work that much harder the following week.
I bet you didn’t know you were part of my weight loss plan, huh?
The thing is losing the weight is something i am doing for me and my health. Everyone in my life loves me for me. I am lucky that way. I have also developed a bit of an intolerance for people who do judge my worth by my weight. So it is sort of part luck, part design. Don’t get me wrong, I have several of those weight judgement people in my life and unfortunately they are not exactly removable from my world, but they are kept at arms length and my inner group of people like me no matter what size of clothes I am wearing.
But that love and acceptance doesn’t help me when I veer off track. Hence the weekly weight confessional. For me having to write things down also keeps me cognizant of it. There are things I let slide if I don’t have those reminders. Some of the things I let slide are things I don’t want to do. And trust me, I am not a morning person. Getting up earlier than usual to get my workout in before the work day starts doesn’t make me a happy camper. I feel better once it is done, but i don’t like the getting up part. I’m good when I am in motion, but getting in motion is the tricky part.
This week, it was a hurdle I really didn’t get past. I worked late because of last week’s issues as I tried to catch up. And I didn’t sleep all that well. Most mornings this week, I skipped my morning workout and hit the snooze button as many times as i could get away with before I had no choice but to roll out of bed. It was just that sort of week. I hate admitting it, but there it is. I know why it was, and I know that next week, I will do better. I can be kind enough to myself not to mentally beat me up for it. But I also don’t want to have to write this again next week.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 231.4 lbs
This week’s weight: 231.3 lbs
And so here is where I leave you. Now we can all get on with our Fridays and I can start planning ways to make sure that I get up on time in the coming week. I’ll see you back here nest week to let you know how I’ve done. Happy Friday.
Good Morning and welcome to the weekly weigh in. I was hoping that as my weight stayed the same last week that this week I would see a drop. Instead there was a slight increase. Not much of one and to be honest not enough of one to make me feel worried.
I think more than anything, this week’s weight is a reflection of my week. Usually it reflects the effort that I put in, or at least I always hope it does. Today I think it is reflecting the stress level. For me any time i feel stressed I seem to get a little heavier. It is though my weighty concerns actually have mass behind them.
While this week was nothing compared to the stresses of last week, it was a week filled with work related annoyances. Mostly of the computer variety. I know it is mostly my fault, I need to remember to go through and purge files more often and to schedule a monthly clear out so things run smoothly. Which I haven’t done in quite some time and the build up was in part why things got bent out of shape,
The fact that in addition to my regular work i am trying to finish out a manuscript to get it out to receive it’s final edit and read through just sort of piled on to the feeling of being overwhelmed.
I know that the computer isn’t actually sentient but I swear it chose its moment to go down well.
So stress this week. I did my exercises, but I also worried. And I am slightly heavier at the end of it. I am sure there is some sort of lesson about not letting things get to you in there, but honestly, i am going to be like this until the draft of the manuscript is completed. Usually I work under less of a time crunch for these things, but I have a looming deadline that is more firm than I usually face and I really won’t relax until it is done. Luckily, that isn’t too far away. I’m just going to be stressed until then, especially now that I am a little behind.
But soon, the deadline will be here and then I can breathe again.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 231.4 lbs
This week’s Weight: 231.7 lbs
Change: +0.3 lbs
Lost thus far: 14.3 lbs
And so back into the fray we go. At least I know it isn’t for that much longer. It is the one benefit of a tight and set in stone deadline. when it is done, it is done. And when it is done, the worries and stress will fade and I will at the very least feel internally lighter no matter what the scale reflects. So there is that to look forward to. And now, off we go. Have a great Friday, Whatever it is you have planned today.
There is a strange sort of routine developing. Have you picked up on it because I certainly have. I lose a pound or two and then stay at the same weight for two weeks. Then I lose a little more weight only to stay at the same weight for two weeks.
To be honest I am not mad at it. As long as it stays consistent then I am fine with two weeks at the same number. i am happy I am not gaining anything, so there is that. I have no idea why it is happening, but as long as I feel healthy and the weight is slowly declining, I am fine with the trend.
It does make me curious but the only thing I have to blame is the weather. I think that on the days where my sinuses are acting up even if I can walk i put a little less effort into it. So on the days where my sinuses are fine I put more effort into it. I’m betting that somewhere along the way ot balances out.
But that is just me trying to figure things out. For now, I am happy with the over all trend. The weather has turned cold again, however that isn’t really the part that bothers me. The part that gets me is the wind. It has a way of knifing down the through and spearing into the lungs. I’d like to say it wasn’t this bad last winter but the truth is that while the wind is probably the same as it has always been, it is my lungs that are different. This past summer I had a go round with Covid and ever since then I’ve noticed the wind seems to hurt my lings just a little bit more.
It isn’t a debilitating thing, but it is something that has bothered me since then, that never bothered me before. This morning I did go on a walk but that wind, more than the cold forced it to be a shorter one. I think until it settles down I am going to look into more of the indoor exercises.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 231.4 lbs
This week’s Weight: 231.4 lbs
Chance this week: 0.0 lbs
Lost thus far: 14.6 lbs
And so with that, I have to admit that i feel pretty good (minus a slight sore spot on my lungs. It will warm up soon enough and I will be fine. And then the world will continue. Have a great Friday everyone.
I know last week I was okay with the weight staying the same, but this week I was worried that it would again stay the same. Happily, it did not. The downward trend continues. Personally I am very happy with this week’s weight because this was a week of rain and varying temperatures.
Not only did that mean that the park and walking trail spent much of the week submerged, but it also meant that my sinuses were not happy. weather changes just cause me to get stuffy and to have a headache. It is not really me being sick because I can take a quick sinus tab and drink a lot of water and I will be fine for the day. I’ll feel a little hazy because of the medicine, but otherwise I am fine.
Until I try to exercise.
Then as soon as I get moving my nose starts running. No matter what medicine i took. I know it isn’t, but somehow that always makes me think my brain is leaking out of my nose. I know that isn’t how it works, but it feels like it.
And so exercise of any sort was a bit hit or miss. I will say that I went onto the My Fitness Pal App and logged every single thing i put into my mouth this week just to try and stay on top of things. I think that might have been my saving grace as far as diet went.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 232.4 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 231.4 lbs
Lost this week 1.0 lbs
Lost this far: 14.6 lbs
My one thought for this week is to hope that the weather evens out. I don’t care if it is cold or if it is warm, I just want consistency so my sinuses are not constantly adjusting. Is that too much to ask? Maybe. we’ll see. For now though, I am happy with the weigh my weight loss is going, despite the weather and my sinuses.
No my darlings it is not Deja vu. This is the same weight as last week. To be honest, while I would always like to see the numbers shrinking, I am not terribly surprised. Last week I lost nearly three pounds which for me is a lot in a week. Usually I have a big loss and then not so big a loss the following week. I’m okay with that. If that trend holds up I will be fine.
This week was also very strange as far as exercise went. I managed to get a few walks in and I did about 40% of my indoor exercises. I know 40% is something I can work on but there was very little sun this week and with the flip flopping either my sinuses were running like a faucet. while I got stuff done this week there were days where breathing was sort of an achievement all it’s own.
So I am impressed there was no weight gain. That makes me feel good.
I owe that to keeping track of everything I ate. (I am using the My fitness pal app as my food diary.) I don’t know if this is a factor of getting older but if I just watch what I eat and limit my calories, I mange to not gain weight not lose it. It is only when I have a Wonder Twins Activate movement with exercise and calorie control that thigs start to move.
Perhaps that is another reason I am not terribly surprised there is no movement. It was more of a hold the line sort of week. with luck things will dry out next week and I can edge back into a decline in the scale numbers. For now, I feel content with what I have done. Part of that content may be the sinus meds kicking in and the ability to draw in deep breaths for the first time this morning, but I am not worried this week. It is only if the scale stays static for multiple weeks that i start to worry.
I have to admit I was thrilled to see the weight drop this week. It has been one of those weeks where I felt like I did everything right even though the world seemed somewhat against me. The weather was foul, the park was flooded and because of the rains I woke up in the dark which always makes me feel like someone has adjusted my clock in order to play a bad joke. My body has no problem staying up to the wee hours in the morning, but there is something about waking up before there is sunlight that I just do not like.
It makes my mornings feel like I am swimming through molasses just to get things done.
But I did stick with my plan. I kept to my workouts and not only are my muscles noticeably less achy than they were last week but the scale has given me a bit of recognition as well. It feels fantastic.
Yes, I know the scale is not the end all be all and weight is just a number, however on weeks where nothing seems to have gone my way, everything was interrupted by something (although thee were some good interruptions as well as bad), it feels amazing just to have the vindication of the numbers to show that me sticking with the plan, in spite of myself worked.
Somedays a little external validation does make a world of difference.
The Stats: Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 235.3 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 232.4 lbs
Lost this week: 2.9 lbs
Lost thus far: 13.6 lbs
And so with a feeling of good will I leave you here and continue on my day. The rain is still raining and the park is still flooded. But I have a handle on my meal planning and will continue with my indoor exercise plan. I feel really good going into this Friday. I hope you do as well.
I will admit that his week was not the loss I hoped for. It is actually somewhat disheartening to see actually. I have started back on my indoor workouts and quite honestly my muscles are on the sore side. I know last week I was all “I’m going to do these every day!” but the truth is, that wasn’t what my body wanted and as they are strength training exercises I actually needed a day between to let the muscles rest.
So I went with the Monday, Wednesday Friday approach this week which was far more sensible. Monday was good and by Monday evening the soreness crept in. It’s presence was felt more on Tuesday, Wednesday morning wasn’t bad, but Wednesday night I was sore with increasing soreness on Thursday morning. This morning I was fine and I suspect i will be a little sore this evening and then a bit more sore tomorrow morning.
I know I planned to increase each week, but I think that I am going to listen to my body on that as well. When the soreness dies down a bit, I will increase. Then I’m sure i will be sore again.
There were a few things I was reminded of this week. The first is that I need to do these exercises first thing or I will find reasons to skip them. The best way for me to do this is to have my work out clothes already out. Tat way I see them first thing in the morning and just put them on. Then I can shower and change and get ready for my day. Starting the day off in workout clothes increases the chance that i will actually do the work out.
the second thing I need to remember that these are strength exercises which are important but don’t burn the same number of calories as cardio. This week there was not a lot of cardio. There was a lot of intermittent rain and most of my cardio is done out doors. It is a simple equation. I did find myself drawn into exercise equipment adverts more this week. Peloton commercials drew me in a couple of times. I also found myself strangely drawn to the curved treadmill. I don;t know why I find it so appealing but I do. I am disturbed that they didn’t have a price on the website, but I find the curved treadmill appealing. Maybe it is because I walk as so much of my exercise.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s weight: 235.3 lbs
This week’s Weight: 235.1 lbs
So over all not a mass of weight lost, barely a flicker. But I feel good, aside from the muscle stiffness and I think that counts for something. Now I just need to figure out if my treadmill window shopping is because I think it is a good idea to buy or because I simply miss the walking trail. The summer sun may cause me problems and cause me to realign my schedule, but the winter rains flood the walking trail for several days at a go. o at this time of year i always feel a little antsy. Still not sure if that is a treadmill endorsement or not, but I certainly feel it when I can’t get my walk in. fingers crossed that today the rains of last night will have dissipated and the trail will no longer be flooded by midafternoon. Then I can sneak a walk in and still window shop for exercise equipment. Next week looks to be drier so hopefully there will be more walking and more weightloss next week. At least that is the hope. I’m also hoping for a reduction in muscle stiffness, but only time will deal with that as well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this morning’s weigh in. I may have gained weight over the holiday but it was only about a pound. Please excuse the hair in the photo by the way. I brushed my hair before pulling the scale out and didn’t realize there was hair on the floor until later. I saw it after I put the scale back in it’s out of the way place and cleaned up the floor but until I sat down to post this I didn’t realize it was in frame. It is the curse of a clear glass scale. well that and the reflection of me taking the photo.
Anyway, while a weight gain isn’t something I would normally celebrate i have to say I am pleasantly surprised that it was only one -ish pounds. I was expecting a lot more actually. Especially after yesterday’s realization. I posted about this on my daily post, but to sum up, I realized that Each time I didn’t really feel like doing my indoor workouts I would lower the reps that I did and then later forget that i lowered them so the lower number became standard. Until the next time I didn’t really feel like doing them and so I’d knock off another couple. It was a bad cycle.
I’ve fixed it by creating a spreadsheet actually. It’s a simple Excel sheet with the numbers clearly marked on the page. Like my food journal it is helpful for me to write everything down. And if I have to see the numbers I can’t fake them to myself. I have the bad habit of thinking, Oh I’m sure I only planned to do twenty of these squats today. If I have marked down on the paper that it was in fact thirty, it is harder to think twenty because I’ll know I am lying to myself. It is the same with food actually. Measuring and weighing are a bit of a pain, but it keeps me from saying things like, sure that looks like only half a cup. And then only counting half a cups worth of calories when i actually consumed a full cup.
Which I actually started recording my food again this week as well. during December I did pretty good with recording the meals I prepared. The problem was that I had a lot of meals that I didn’t prepare. Which is why I was expecting a lot more of a weight gain. So, pleasantly surprised. Let’s get the official stats for the first weigh in for the new year then.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
This week’s weight: 235.3 lbs
Lost thus far: 10.7 lbs
I know there is still a long way to go but I am committed to reaching a healthy weight. And I think I have set myself up with the tools to accomplish this in 2023. At least that is the plan. It is one I hope to stick to. As it is January, hopes are high. I think that if I can stick with the plan, I can manage it. I suppose we have twelve months to figure that out.