Weekly Weight: No Scale December rolls on…

This week was again a no scale week.  I am kind of relieved by it this week.  The weekend was filled with extra goodies and while I did manage to hold myself in check, it was the cold that got to me.  In many cases social distancing meant bundling up and spending more time outside because there was space and fresh air and no one was cooped up in someone else’s house. 

Which makes sense. 

It also made the warm foods so much more appealing.  In fact no one really had any sort of raw veg out for snacking as everyone more or less assumed it was going to be too cold for anyone to want it.  Which it was.  I limited myself mostly to one or two treats and stuck with a warm beverage for the evening. 

I also tried to place myself near the space heaters as I do not enjoy being cold. 

But that didn’t actually add any calories. 

Don’t worry, I shared the heat.

This week I may have gone a little overboard on the walking as it was a way to make up for the excess calories I took in.  Plus, I tried to make up for a lot of not working out last week due to the heavy rains that came through.  In the end, I think it balanced.  I am looking forward to the quiet weekend this weekend. 

Everyone got in their pre Christmas parties last weekend because soon everyone will be traveling to various homes elsewhere. It is the week after Christmas as everyone builds up to New Years that always get me.  But I feel fairly confident having survived most of the pre-Christmas gatherings.  I’m not sure how it will all shake out come New Years, but for now, I am content with my calories in, calories out equation.  I enjoyed treats, but didn’t go completely crazy. Which is exactly how I wanted to enjoy the holiday this year.

Weekly Weight: The December break from the Scale continues

Good morning my darlings. I have to say this week, I felt a little less thrilled by the break from the scale. It was a little scary. The scale is sort of my safety net as well as my so-often nemesis. Knowing I have to get on the scale helps me remember that I need to watch what I eat. So it was a little scary this week to be without it.

This week was filled with bursts of rain. And while I tried to make up for the lack of walking with indoor workouts, I always feel like I burn less with those. They are more about muscle tone. I know I do burn some, but I always worry about the balance. And of course the social gatherings started up. There were two this week and one that is tonight.

The ones earlier in the week were simply drinks with a few snacks. I had a glass of wine and some crackers with Hummus at one and a Gin and Tonic and a couple of marinated olives at the other. All told it was pretty easy to stick to one drink and to limit my intake. They weren’t terribly lengthy gatherings and everyone was well aware there was work in the morning so no one really over indulged.

Tonight is going to be the interesting one as it is a Friday night so no one has to really be anywhere in the morning and everyone will be staying later. Plus there will be way more food. I’m sticking to my plan of enjoying small amounts of things that I don’t see any other time of the year and avoiding the things like chips and such that are available year round.

But mostly I am going to just enjoy spending time with friends.

I know, I talked a lot about letting go and enjoying myself, but it is proving a little harder than I thought. Even when I am not stepping on the scale, the thought of it lingers in the back of the mind. This is my first real test with the limited indulgence plan for the holidays. Fingers crossed that it works. wish me luck.


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Weekly Weight: 211.8 lbs

Good morning my darlings. It’s time again for the weekly weigh in. well, the good news is that the scale didn’t say 212 this morning. And it is less than 212 so that is progress. A loss is better than a gain, so I am okay with that. However I realized something this week.

I realized that while I intend to keep up with my exercising, for the next month there will be so many interruptions to my meal planning that weekly weigh ins may actually do more harm than good. Since I am going to be out of town next Friday, I was planning to take off next week’s weigh in. I think however I may not weigh myself until New Years.

I know, there is the fear that not routinely weighing myself for the next few weeks is going to help me get off track and let me pack on the pounds. I am aware that the scale is a tool that helps me focus on losing the weight.

However I think that with no meal plan and lots of once a year foods coming up on the menu, a focused monitoring may actually drive me crazy. I think it might actually cause me to add angst to my holiday season and to possibly add weight through stress and stress eating. I am still monitoring what I eat, controlling my portion size, even if I can’t control meal time and menu options.

While I talk about the items I plan to purchase during the sales, I think this holiday season the gift I am really going to give myself is the gift of kindness. Getting on the scale when I know things are not in my control, is not kind. In fact it is downright mean.

I know there is the possibility that even with my monitoring and workouts I may gain a few pounds over the holidays.

But you know what? That’s okay.I don’t want to gain weight., I still want to lose it, and I will still be working out. But if i don’t lose anything between now and January first, I am okay with that. If I gain a few pounds between now and January first, I will be okay with that.

Okay I won’t be happy about it, but i am not going to beat myself up about it. I’ll just get back into menu planning, regular meals and take the weight off. Slowly and steadily as I have been doing up to this point.

During the holiday season I run around trying to make everything perfect. I pick out gifts that I know people will like and try to make certain everyone has as happy a holiday as possible. Often I forget that I need to be happy too. So I am giving myself the gift of kindness and while I will still post each friday about my efforts to stay on track and continue my workouts during the holidays, I will be skipping the weigh in until the beginning of the new year.

A few weeks of not monitoring my weight won’t kill me and who knows, it may just end up being the best present ever.

The stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 211.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 34.2 lbs

And so with this morning’s weigh in recorded,. I will be stepping away from the scale for a few weeks. I am happy that at least I am stepping away at a loss. Admittedly it isn’t much of a loss, but it is still a loss. I’m good with that. And as nervous as I am about not stepping on the scale each week, there is a part of me that is looking at all of the upcoming gatherings and is relieved that I have taken that pressure off. I think the relief means that this is a very good decision right now, regardless of the outcome.

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, what ever your plans and goals I hope that you too recognize that everynow and again you need to treat yourself with a little bit of the kindness that I know you show to others.