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: 219.0 lbs

As always it is a delight to see the numbers on the scale go down. It is even more delightful when it comes after two weeks in a row holding steady. I have gotten more into the habit of recording what I eat in my food diary on my My Fitness Pal Page. As you might recall my goal in July is to build that habit of recording food in the food diary.

For me that is one of the most helpful things I can do when I am trying to monitor my caloric intake and burn. It is a very simple concept (whether you use my fitness pal, another app, or a notebook and pen) writing down what you eat helps you keep track of what you eat. I know, not rocket science.

I personally like the app versions because when I use a pen and paper I tend to generalize which the computerized systems don’t seem to like. When I use a notebook I’ll right down ‘some grapes’ if I try that with any app it gets sassy with me.

App: ‘Oh some grapes, hmmm? I suppose then they count as some calories don’t they?’

Me: ‘Fine it was a cup, a cup, I even put them all in the measuring cup instead of a bowl just so I know, happy?”

App: Yes, thrilled, that’s 100 calories. As a reminder you are watching your sugar intake.”

And yes I do have these conversations with the app and yes I generally think that the app uses the same voice as Hedonismbot in Futurama in case you want to get a fully accurate picture of what goes on in my head.

But all that aside, I only missed one day of recording my meals so I feel pretty good about it. The habit of recording is slowly coming back to me. When I stop recording I start guessing about my calories, this looks like an ounce, a cup, a tablespoon, instead of weighing it out and then slowly my portion sizes increase without me really noticing. So for me it is an important tool.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

Lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.0 lbs

And so I am in a good place and moving forward. Not bad for a Friday morning.

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Weekly Weight:

The Scale: July 8th, 2022

Nope you are not seeing last week’s post, you are seeing this week’s. It is just that the scale did not change. To be honest I am not terribly surprised. we started the week with a holiday barbeque, ate left overs on Tuesday, got back to normal on Wednesday with the extreme heat limiting most activity mainly because I simply didn’t feel like moving on most of those days. My skin felt too hot to wear and walking to the mail box produced work out level sweats which made even indoor activity look foolish.

Then the rains set in on Thursday, the heat sticking around with them both yesterday and today. With the power fluctuations I simply didn’t want to be working out when the power went down. I know that sounds silly, but I just didn’t want to be mid workout when the internet or power went out. So I skipped the work outs.

I did manage to record my food. I am currently using the free version of the My Fitness Pal App. My plan is to spend July recording my food daily in the log of the free version, getting myself into the habit. Once I get into the habit of using it I am going to make certain I play around with all of the free components. Then I am going to shift into the paid version and compare the two so that I can see if the free version has everything I want or if the paid version is a better fit. I know that sounds a little strange, but sometimes I find with certain apps that the items I personally want are in the free version and I don’t need the paid one. Other times I am okay with the free version but fall in love with some aspects of the paid one. So I figured I’d compare the two and see which one is right for me. The link is below if you want to try out either the free of paid version of the app. Thus far I am really liking the food diary aspect of the app. It is very easy to use and has the foods I eat. (I only get a commission if you use the paid version but nothing if you use the free one, in case you are wondering about clicking)

So you will be hearing about My Fitness pal for a while as I play with the system. At the moment I am building the habit of logging my food (because keeping a food diary always helps me stay on track even if it is with a pen and a notebook.)Once I get into the habit of remembering to reach for the app to log in everyday it becomes easier to remember to do. It just takes a while (and a few post it notes) for me to build the habit. So that is where I am with that.

So as much as I am not thrilled with the same weight as last week, I did manage to log my food all week and at least I didn’t gain anything. So on a week with little exercise, monitoring my food at least kept me stable.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

Change this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs

And so we finish out another week. While I didn’t make any progress, at least i managed to hold my own. Personally, I think there is a lot of value in that.

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Weekly Weight: 220.0 lbs

The Scale, July 1st, 2022

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.

The Stats:

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.

And so, we begin July.

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Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: June 24th, 2022

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.

The Stats:

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.

Weekly Weight: 220.0 lbs

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.

The Stats:

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.

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Weekly Weight: 221.8 lbs

The Scale: June 10th, 2022

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.

The Stats:

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.

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Weekly Weight: 221.4 Lbs

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.

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