The Daily: October 11th, 2022

Today has been blessedly routine. I know that sounds odd to say but it feels like forever since I have had a relatively normal day. While I was gone for two weeks, before that I was racing to get everything cleared off before the two weeks gone and so my schedule was insane rather than routine. Today was routine.

Routine feels pretty good.

I’ll admit it isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to report about. but it feels really good. Today I went on a normal morning walk and it was deliciously cool. Fall seems to finally have arrived. I am still pulling the last of the tomatoes out of the garden but it is still most definitely fall. And because it has finally cooled down I am planning on getting a second walk in this afternoon.

Which will also help me out because I have to get back on the scale this Friday and see the damage. While I was active in the two weeks I was gone, it was a taking care of someone recovering from surgery and rearranging the house kind of activity. There was no deliberate exercise or work outs. In addition food tended to be based around what my mom wanted me to cook for her and what the church ladies brought.

It was all delicious, but it couldn’t really be considered healthy. I came home and the first thing I wanted was a salad. I love green been casserole and brisket as much as the next person but there is a limit. Sleep was hit or miss as well since I didn’t sleep through the night since I was in charge of making sure drugs were taken when they needed to be (which was often in the middle of the night)

And then there is the fact that while I was gone my baby doll got a new scale. He had a couple of doctor’s visits while I was gone (routine, nothing crazy) and he has this habit of weighing himself on the scale at home both before and after the doctor’s weigh him to see how well our scale is monitoring weight. Our scale was pretty old and apparently it was not keeping track very well. He says it was about ten pounds off so he got a new one.

While I am pleased to have an accurate scale in the house it means that even if I didn’t gain any weight while I was gone I will be at least ten pounds heavier than when I left. I am bracing for that and getting in a little more exercise where possible. I am also back to keeping track of things with the My Fitness Pal app. I still haven’t started delving into the paid version of that yet and am going to spend the week getting back into the rhythm of using the free version to record everything that needs recording, but then I will test out the paid version.

I’m actually looking forward to that.

I am not looking back to the first time back on the scale.

Kind of dreading it actually.

But just because something isn’t going to be fun doesn’t mean you get to skip it. Unfortunately that isn’t the way life works. So I’ll complain about it now and then just step on the scale Friday morning. I thought about sneaking a peek early but I decided I wanted to have a few normal days first, as well as a chance to maybe whittle down a bit more. Speaking of normal…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Maybelline 4-in-1 Glow Perfector

Foundation: One Size Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua colour veil Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: AOA Shadow Quad Mercury from the Orbit Series

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta Lip Gloss in She’s Expensive

Today I went for a bit of a low key sort of look. I wanted something kind of easy breezy, especially since i knew nothing was really going to touch those bags under my eyes other than a lot more sleep. The 4-in-1 Glow from Maybelline i decided to pick up because it felt like the ad was stalking me. I was seeing it everywhere so i figured why not try it. (I also picked up two separate skin care trial sets for the same reason, but we’ll get into that another time.) Today I used it as a primer. It is a glowy sort of primer, but it worked really well under the One Size powder foundation. Actually the two worked fantastically well together for a low key kind of look. I don’t think I would wear the Maybelline alone without a foundation over it but as a primer it is really good. I am actually really glad that I picked it up. I also picked up a Maybelline gloss because I was at the store. I didn’t use it today because I wanted to use the Patrick ta.

I am really liking this One Size powder foundation. It works well for my in a light coverage kind of way. It is supposed to be able to be built up but every time i try it starts to look powdery. It is beautiful as is but I just don’t like building it up.

I chose the bamboo bronzer because it goes on light and can be built up if you want. I didn’t want to build it up today so I used it light instead of going for something more pigmented. I think it worked well. And I always love the Illamasqua gel blusher. I use a fingertip to dot it on my face and then the damp makeup sponge to blend it in. right now i am testing the makeup sponge and brushes I picked up from my Shop Miss A haul and I am really surprised by the quality. I’m sure i will have more thoughts on the set as I continue to use it, but for now it is fabulous.

I set everything with the Tatcha Silk Setting Powder. I don’t usually like to use a lot of setting powder with a powder foundation but i went in light with this and the Tatcha played well with the One Size Powder.

Today was the first use of the AOA Quads. I picked up all four from the Orbit Series. This one was the Mercury Palette. As each quad was only $1 I was certainly okay with the price and I did feel kind of decadent purchasing the entire line. While the shadows aren’t the most pigmented, they are buildable and they blend really well.

Mercury is pink toned and the colors worked well together. I was very happy with the look and will be rotating through all four quads to play with the shadows, but I really like how the quad is set up for quick and easy use. I deliberately didn’t use setting spray or eye lid primer today because I want to see how they perform on their own. The matte shade was a little powdery but if I tapped off the brush before applying it worked really well with no fall out on the under eye or nose. I’ll still be playing around with this but for a quick look on a work day morning this was very easy to apply.

My mascara today was the They’re Real Magnet from Benefit. I love this mascara. I think I still like Bad Gal Bang just a little bit more, but this is really good at lengthening the lashes (Bad Gal gives more volume). Still one of my top five mascaras and I was happy to use it.

This was the first use of the Patrick Ta Major Volume Lip Shine. It is very shiny and I like how it applies. After a while the shine dims but my lips started to feel a little waxy. I am not entirely sure how I feel about this lip gloss. I may keep using it for a while as I try to decide. I do like the shine though. And if the waxy feeling does come with improved lip conditioning I won’t mind it as much. For that, I’ll have to try it some more before final judgement.

But that my darlings was my first day back and my first routine daily makeup look in a while. It leaned more quick and easy than anything else, but I am rather pleased with it and the products I used to create it. I know, I mostly used products I liked but as I was trying out new eyeshadow and lip gloss I figured it would work out in the end and let me concentrate on how i feel about the new products.

But now, it is back to work for me. I hope your Tuesday is everything you need it to be.

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: 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.