It is always a disheartening sight to see any gain, but this week, I kind of knew it was coming. Monday I had my walk in with no problem. Tuesday the rains descended. It is still raining which means that the park is flooded as well as the rain is falling. while I did get some indoor workouts in and I actually feel really good about them, the workouts I do in doors simply don’t burn the same level of calories.
In addition i am getting ready for Thanksgiving travel. This week that meant extending my time at the desk as I try to clear a few days where I am not going to be around next week. And to be honest, I go through this every year. Around Thanksgiving everyone realizes that the holidays aren’t just upcoming, they are neigh. The it seems like everyone looks at the list they want to get through before the end of the year, and then subtracts the number of days everyone will have off for holidays and starts to freak out.
I actually get more work sent my way the week before Thanksgiving than any other week in the year.
After thanksgiving the holiday parties start to take the edge off. Plus everyone feels like they have already assigned everything that is coming up. At least where I am concerned.
Which means basically more desk and telephone time this week than anything else. And no escape into a walk either due to rain.
And while understandable, i am trying not to let it get me down. I know why the gain is there and I know what to do to correct it. I just was hoping it wouldn’t happen before a major feasting holiday. I like to go into the holidays as light as possible and that just wasn’t happening this year with everything that happened in the past few months.
I’m going to try not to let it get me down.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last weeks Weight: 232.8 lbs
This week’s Weight: 234.4 lbs
Change this week: +1.6 lbs
Lost thus far: 11.6 lbs
Not an inspiring sight when you see a plus sigh, but i will live and I will bounce back. Life and my weight loss journey will go on.
There is something almost amusing about this cycle. I lost 4 lbs and then stayed the same weight for two weeks in a row, then I lost two pounds and again I find myself at the same weight I was last week. Perhaps next week will be another two pounds gone, but this week, I have the same weight as last week.
It was an interesting week for workouts though. We started the week with rain and flooding of the walking tail so I ended up with indoor strength training exercises and watching my calories like a hawk. Midweek instead of a normal workout i spend pretty much half a day clearing fallen tree branches post Tuesday night windstorm. I have no idea how many calories were actually burned during that but i can tell you even now I can feel the effort in my arms.
Luckily by Thursday the park was no longer flooded and I could walk again. I think if left to just the strength exercises there would have been no workouts at all because Thursday my arms felt like limp noodles. Today they are just a little bit achy so I am sticking with the walking trail.
it is a good reminder of why i need to get the strength training exercises on a regular basis. I need to work on my arm strength. Because I burn more calories walking, and because I prefer to walk, that is what i concentrate on. I have also been about two years without a gym. Part of that is because of the pandemic, but even though I have been considering going back to the gym, it is on the other side of town and to be honest, gas prices are what is keeping me from actually signing up again. The nearest gym is on the other side of town and at the moment I am trying to reduce the amount I drive, not increase it.
I think if I can get into a set routine then I will be fine. The trick is that I need to make it a habit, regardless of the weather.
I know this may sound like an odd thought pattern, but part of this is due to the reasons I am trying to lose weight in the first place. I am not trying to look good in a bikini. I don’t need to fit into a specific dress or look good for a wedding or a reunion. I want to lose weight to take pressure off of my knees so that when i am in my 80s and 90s I have a better chance of them still working reasonably well. I want to be a healthy weight so my organs don’t have as big a strain. Health is the main goal.
Don’t get me wrong a smaller waist line and an expansion of the clothes I can fit into is also a big draw, because there are so many clothing items I like that they just don’t make in my size that I would love to be able to wear.
the big draw however is health. I want to be healthy and have my knees work and have the rest of me work as well. And so I need to remember my arms and abs and other bits of me that need to get back into working order. I don’t like working them as much as I like walking, so I tend to push it to the side. Unfortunately I don’t think that is good for me, so I need to find a way to encourage non-walking workouts on non-rainy days without a gym.
Yeah, its the encouragement that i am going to have to work on. Because I have the work outs. I just need to get into the habit of using them.
Something to think about today and maybe start implementing in the morning. Implementing today is just not happening. But tomorrow, my arms might not hurt as much and I might be able to talk myself into it. For now though…
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.
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.
I fully admit that I have an odd fascination with random workout tools. I think it comes from a childhood where things like the Thigh Master and the rowing exerciser. Both still disturbingly on sale on etsy and e-bay, I checked. I actually broke my toe with the rowing exerciser. I wanted to see how far the spring would stretch then I lost my grip on the slick handles. I smacked myself in the face and the handle whapped my toe (I was barefoot). It was not a good day.
The fascination remains, although now I actually read instructions.
I have however heard good things about these ab wheels and heard no stories of tow breakage. I was looking into picking one up to try, mostly because I need to do some work on my mid section instead of simply walking for my workouts and I can usually count on myself to give any new thing at least thirty days to see if it does anything. Then I ended up getting the Fab Fit Fun Box (I used my referral link for this so I think I get some kind of store credit if you use it. If that bothers you no worries, just goggle it instead of using the link) and this New Balance Ab Wheel was one of the items. I selected it.
It was easy to assemble and I have to be honest, it looked a bit like a toy. Still I was glad that the handles are textured for a more secure grip and since it was here, I figured I would give it a try. Like skincare exercise tools aren’t magic, so even though I did give it a first try i know I have to commit to using it for a month before I see any results. So this is just a first impression of the work out and a recording of measurements before the month begins.
The first think i noticed was that the wheel didn’t really like rolling on carpet. It didn’t roll smoothly and was hard to control. So I lay down the yoga mat. This worked fabulously well. It provided a smoother surface with no carpet fibers and the slightly textured surface of the yoga matt helped with my control. So I can tell you right away that I will be pairing this with my yoga mat.
The booklet that came with the Ab Wheel has three exercises listed on it so I did one set of each. As I progress maybe I will add in more but one set worked well for a first try. I did notice that Even though I was working my abs while using the tool I was also very firmly gripping those handles. I don’t know why but the first few exercises I sort of felt like it was going to suddenly roll out from under me and then I’d smack my nose into the floor.
I didn’t it behaved exactly as it should. My other fear was that as the athletic woman in the photo is much smaller than me, that the tool would not be good with my weight. while the wheel is plastic and the handles rubber, the shaft that runs through the wheels and is covered by the handles is metal. It was easily able to support the weight I put on it for the exercise.
I’ll admit, my focus was on the balance and not injuring myself. Which I managed to do and will hopefully not focus on so much moving forward. The first two exercises were on my knees and went fairly well. The standing workout pose “Pike Roll” took a little bit more time to get used to. And the next morning I felt that one in my calves as well as my abs.
I did feel the efforts from the day before. The Ab wheel may look like a toy of some sort but my body certainly feels the effects of using it. As I feel the muscle stiffness in the abs where the tool is supposed to work, then I feel I have at least used it appropriately.
And so the month begins. Before I end this post, there are the small matters of the measurements. I figured Waist and Hips would be appropriate so those are the two measurements given for the start of the thirty days with the New Balance Ab Wheel.
Waist: 48 inches
Hips: 50.5 Inches
I suppose we will se if in thirty days wither of those measurements change. Let the trial of the New Balance Ab wheel begin.
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.
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.
Recently Sure Beauty sent over the Body Shaping Machine (MS-12C2 Body Shaper) for me to try out. I have to say I have always been curious about these sorts of machines and am thrilled to have the chance to try it out. Sure beauty produces all sorts of at home beauty tools from all sorts of facial spa machines to at home weight loss tools.
According to the product page, this machine…
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. It 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.
For those following my weight loos journey, you know, I have plenty of fat on which to test the slimming capabilities. While i don’t think any machine can actually replace exercise and regular fitness, as I am slowly losing weight I am noticing some extra sagging on skin over the parts I have been slimming down. If this can help tighten that skin I am all for it. If the machine helps me get rid of some of those fat pockets faster, I am even more in favor.
As with any skin care item, whether product or tool, time is often one of the key features. This post is about my first experience with the Body Shaping Machine. I will be using it consistently according to the directions for the next thirty days and we will see how things progress.
First off the machine showed up in a lovely box that is not only good for shipping but excellent for storage. The inside is lines with brown satin and I really like having a set place to put the machine when it is not in use.
The first thing I did was to read the manual from cover to cover. I’ll admit, there was an intimidation factor. however the pamphlet very soon put me at ease. It is easy to understand and very straight forward. When it gets to actual use, there are clear instructions with pictures detailing exact use and timing. I was thrilled because it made everything very easy.
As you can see in the picture, it recommends that you wet down your skin and then apply the gel before using it and that you avoid using it over dry skin. For my first use I decided to take a quick shower so that my skin was damp. I then patted myself dry and applied the gel. The gel has no scent to it and really all it does is keep the skin moist. There is no sticky residue or scent to it.
For the first use it is recommended that you try a setting between 2 and 7 depending on your sensitivity level. I turned the machine on and started at two. I felt nothing from the machine. it was on but clearly, I am not the sensitive sort. I felt the vibrations when I reached level five so I decided that for my first use that was a good place for me.
The diagrams cover the use very clearly and I followed them for the duration of the allotted time. By the time I went through the time (the machine counts down on a digital screen so it is easy to follow along), the gel was more or less absorbed. So I dressed and went on with my day.
I’ll admit, I felt a little silly and like I hadn’t actually done anything, until the next morning. The next morning I woke up and felt as though I had done an intense abdominal work out. Clearly one night isn’t going to give me any form of results, but i do feel as though my abdominal muscles did get a work out.
The machine is small and easily to store. The handle fits well in the hand and is easy to use. The manual is very easy to follow and honestly I can’t wait to see what thirty days of regular use end up producing. My hopes are that there will be some skin tightening. I would be thrilled beyond belief if there was an extra boosting in my own body slimming efforts. But for that I will have to continue my efforts and wait to see what thirty days brings.
Some of you may be looking at that number and think, that seems awfully familiar. Well, that is because it is the same as last week. This week was a lesson in moderation. At the beginning of the week I went into my walks guns blazing. After a week of no sunlight and bad weather conditions we had beautiful walking weather, sunshine and fifty degree temps.
It was glorious.
And so I walked, a lot. On Monday and Tuesday. Which is why Wednesday and Thursday I felt sore and stiff and was disinclined to move much of anywhere. I justified skipping walks on Wednesday because I had a bunch of errands I had been putting off. So I just let that take my walking time. Thursday I didn’t really have much of an excuse, I just didn’t walk. I could claim work, because it was a busy day, but really, I worked myself out on Monday and Tuesday.
Anything else is just an excuse.
And I think that is something to watch out for, because it shows. I know that regular consistent exercise chips away slowly at my excess weight and that overdoing it a few days a week and collapsing the rest doesn’t help. I think it was because exercise was so absent for an entire week that I just went bonkers. It is a good reason to have that workout set up for indoors on bad weather days. That way I can still get my workouts in on days where I am not leaving the house and not feel the need to over do it when I can actually get out of the house. And this may sound familiar to you, because I’ve said it before. It’s because I know it. Sometimes I need the reminder.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 214.0 lbs
This week’s Weight: 214.0 lbs
Lost this week: 0.0 lbs
Lost over all: 32. 0 lbs
I have to say seeing the starting weight with my current weight does give me a little hope. I means that even though today there was little progress, I am inching along. It has been a one step forward one step back sort of thing, but still progress has been made and will continue to be made. Even if this week I forgot myself. It is encouraging to see that I am not where I started off.
Well my darlings, today I avoided the gym and braved the walking trail instead. The reason being the drastic number of increased cases in my area. And the fact that even though my gym has reinstated their masking policy, very few people are following it and it isn’t really being enforced.
Plus I’ve seen how perfunctory some of my fellow gym members are when wiping down equipment. So I decided the walking trail it would be. I went a little before ten this morning and thought, this won’t be too bad.
It kind of was.
I tried to get a few things done before going on the walk and it was a bad idea. I think I am going to have to get up, wash my face, put on sunscreen and go for the walk first thing until I go back to the gym. The heat actually wasn’t that bad but I was soaked by the time I got back to the house. Clothes went directly into the washing machine so they didn’t stink up the closet via the laundry basket. There was an impromptu laundry run post walk. Well post shower actually. I cooled down a bit, took the shower and then ran the laundry. Even though I can’t run the laundry every day I think my walking clothes are going directly into the machine post walk. So we again shuffle the schedule a bit until the numbers drop and the gym gets its act together.
I am actually really pleased with the way things turned out today, look wise. I think the neutral look of everything else really should have been paired with a stronger lip, but I wanted to test out the Zoeva Lip Twist. When I did the swatch with the product, the tip bend because it was a really soft formula. Even though I was gentle in applying it, the tip fell completely off within seconds of being touched to my lip. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I didn’t use it. I rolled out the product so a little flat edge was above the tube and used it that way. It applied well in that instance and I think because of the softness of the formula, I will not actually sharpen it. I will just roll up the product a little bit at a time and use it that way. I actually like the color. It is a nude that I can wear without my lips completely disappearing into my face, which is a nice shade to have. If you use this product though, be aware it is very soft. It applies creamy though and lasts for quite a while. It wears off like a moisturized bullet lipstick formula but it doesn’t flake, it doesn’t actually dry down enough to flake. So plan to reapply after lunch.
The second item that is new to me is the eyeshadow Duo from RealHer. The shades are Imagine and Ambition. One is essentially a matte brown and the other a rosy shimmer. I liked how they performed. The matte applied well and blended easily. It did crease a little bit towards the end of the day, but I do have hooded eyes and I didn’t use a lid primer. The shimmer was okay with a dry brush but better with a wet brush. I really like this quad and would definitely consider taking it with me on my travels in place of a larger palette. I would add concealer to my lids before using it again though. I don’t think it needs a full on lid primer, but a little help from concealer might help stop the minor end of day creasing.
I did add a touch of Moon to brighten up the corners. I would add that to the travel bag as well. The Moon Shadow and the Brow Pomade may be my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Products. actually think the Brow Pomade may be my favorite brow product at the moment. It is in my BDB magnetic palette right now. While I love the palette and frequently use the mirror on it, I think I am going to move the brow pomade out of the kit. I put it too close to the highlighter and now it has a smattering of dust on it. I think that as soon as my NARS sample sized bronzer is empty, I may use that as a single container for the Brow Pomade as it is just the right size for a single pan.
At the moment have a full finger tips worth of pan showing in the NARS. Now that the pan is showing it seems to be going quickly. I don’t know why I find that oddly fulfilling but I do.
The Farsali setting spray is almost to the half way point. It is sparkly, it is in a lovely glass bottle, but I don’t really care for the scent and I don’t think it performs terribly well. It performs well enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t something I will repurchase. I think that fact is highlighted more by the fact that every other product I used today is one that I would repurchase. And that includes the so soft Zoeva. Once you accept that the tip will break off and apply with the flat side, it is a good lip product. As is everything else I used today.
Actually I have been trying not to use my No 7 powder so much so that I can clear out some of the other products in my collection. It is hands down my favorite powder, drug store or otherwise. I think part of it is the formula and part of it is that the tones of the Medium really suit my skin tone. The tan may deepen or fade depending on the time of year, but the No 7 goes with the tone of it really well. I just need to work on using up and clearing out some other products.
And because I am trying to mention my jewelry as well, the necklace is from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I picked it up at TJ Maxx actually. I have a weakness for thin chains with a small charm on them. This one was just flashy enough for me. I actually quite like it. And with that, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is fantastic.