Weekly Weight: 234.4 Lbs

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.

The Stats:

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.

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Weekly Weight: 232.8 lbs

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…

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 232.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 232.8 lbs

Change this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 13.2 lbs

And so the journey continues…

Weekly Weight: 232.8 Lbs

I know in the grand scheme of things the scale doesn’t matter. That it is just a tool to help me stay on track and remind me to keep doing what needs to be done. Bu I have to say, I love the mornings where the numbers go down.

It just makes me happy inside.

I’ll remind myself more that it doesn’t matter when the numbers aren’t changing or are going up despite my best efforts but now, on a morning where they are once again going down, I am just going to revel in it.

This week has been a really hard week for me. It is a hard week for me every year to be honest. The thing is, I am not a person who gets up well when it is still dark. If I need to extend my day well past daylight and into the dark I am fine. I am even okay with stayuing up all night and into the following day. Provided i can catch up on sleep later.

It is just the waking up when it is still dark outside that I am not good with. I am the person who watches shows about Tudor England and sees the clocks the Monks adjusted because there were prayers that needed to be said in the daylight and prayers said in the darkness and thinks it was genius. Seriously it is probably the only thing I retained from the program because it knocked everything else out. They adjusted the timing mechanism of the clock to account for the amount of daylight, so time was adjusted to suit the natural world and not the other way round.

i know, I am on the verge of ranting. It is the week before daylight savings that kicked me hard this week. It does this every year. It gets increasingly darker when i wake up and then just when I think I can’t take it any more, poof, time changes and I once again start to get up with the sun.

and in cae you are wondering, I am grumpy in the spring when they take that hour away from me, but it doesn’t hurt as much because the days are lengthening and while the initial week is dark, the sun is in the process of lightening it so i don’t have as many issues in the spring.

I know, it might be more than you wanted to know and completely off topic. All i am saying it was a bad week and the scale still showed good numbers, so I am pleased.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s weight: 235.7 lbs

This week’s Weight: 232.8 lbs

Lost this week: 2.9 lbs

Lost thus far: 13.2 lbs

And so we close out another week. It was a good one for me and I am hoping the coming one will be even better. Happy Friday everyone!

Weekly Weight: 235.7 Lbs

If you are looking at the scale and thinking, wait a minute, that is the same number as last week, I congratulate you on your excellent memory. It is the same number as last week. I suppose after the more than four pounds dropped last week it should be expected that there would be little change this week. That is generally what happens with me.

More than four pounds in one week is a really big number for me, so I wasn’t expecting a big change this week.

This week i kept on keeping on. I missed a few exercises. due to rain early in the week and yesterday my brain was focused on getting a story out of my head so I shorted pretty much everything, including exercise. But I did manage to keep a tight reign on my food.

I am back in the habit of using the free version of My Fitness Pal. I have started remembering to put in my food and exercise on a daily basis and that has really kept me on track. I wanted to get back into the habit of using the free version of the app before I tried out the paid version. Since I am now in the habit I will be starting my paid month long trial (that is me paying for the app instead of the free version, no one is actually paying me to try the app) in November. I think nit will be quite helpful going into the holidays actually and I am kind of excited to get that started.

Today it wasn’t that exciting to see the same number appear on the scale but it is understandable and not something I am overly worried about. I am hoping that if I keep doing what i know I should be doing, that number will change and I will be slowly easing my way into a healthy weight number.

And that is where I really want to be.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 235.7 lbs

This Week’s weight: 235.7 lbs

This week’s Change: No Change.

Lost over all: 10.3 lbs

and so we keep on. I know that I am doing the right things, I just need to have faith that the right things will eventually get me where I need to be. And if they don’t then i will go to my doctor and have a conversation about adjusting what is wrong so that I am doing right again. But for now, I understand why the scale didn’t move, even if it was disappointing. So minor disappointment but no anxiety over this week. It’s not fabulous, but it could be worse. have a great Friday everyone.

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Weekly Weight: 235.7 lbs

You have no idea how glad I am to see the scale go down like that this week. I don’t expect all of the extra weight to disappear like that and to be honest, I don’t expect to have as high a number of loss next week as I did this week.

With travel or holiday weight gain I seem to gain that weight back fairly quickly due to lack of my usual meal plan and exercise, but the weight I gain that quickly tends to come off fairly quickly as well. It is one of the reasons why I watch myself around the holidays, limiting the extravagances to what i really enjoy and staying on my healthy plan for the rest of the time. If I gain weight from the extravagances then it too comes off quickly.

while this weight wasn’t from holiday extravagances (and ten pounds was just the new scale correcting the measurements of the old one) I am very happy to see the weight start to come back off. It was actually more than I expected and I had to get off the scale, let it drop back to zero and get on again just to double check.

The numbers were the same and so the happy dance began. Personally I am taking this as my reward for not giving up when I gained that chunk of weight back. I am determined to get to a healthy weight. Set backs are going to happen because life is a very unpredictable journey. But those set backs are dealt with and the journey continues.

And yes I know it is just a number on a scale but it makes me fell very good when it goes down. I will be less obsessed with those numbers when my weight once again starts with a one instead of a two. until then, it is a tracking tool that I will use to the best of my ability without letting it rule and or dominate my thoughts. which is sometimes harder than others. But today I am happy and I will deal with any socio-cultural issues regarding weight at a later date. Today there is just victory in getting back to a healthier lifestyle.

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 240.5 lbs

This Week’s weight: 235.7 lbs

Lost this week: 4.3 lbs

Lost thus far: 10.3 lbs

And so the journey continues.

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Weekly Weight: Sometimes things are out of your control

The Scale October 14th, 2022

this is one of the more disheartening posts I have ever written. But truth is truth and any long journey is going to have it’s ups and downs. For the past two weeks I have been home acting as a caregiver for my mother after she had her hand amputated due to Cancer. (this is the third time the cancer returned and there was no other real option. They got clear margins and she will have treatment but hopefully this will be the end of the cancer and repeated surgeries. I know she is utterly exhausted by the ordeal and ready to get back to living her life outside of a doctor’s office.)

what this meant for me is that my schedule was dictated by her recovery needs so there were no walks and no workouts. I managed some stretches while she was sleeping but space and the need for quiet so she could rest dictated a lot of my movements. Food was not planned by me either. There was food brought by her friends and her church. It was fantastic as much of the time I was too exhausted to cook major meals. I made breakfast and lunch based on what my mom wanted to eat and after she started feeling better I worked with her so she could make sure that everything was set up so that she could make her meals one handed.

i left to come home feeling good about the rate of her recovery and the set up she had. I also left knowing I probably gained about ten pounds. She didn’t have a scale in the house but I know how my clothes fit and I was pretty sure around ten pounds was accurate.

Then I got home.

While I was gone my babydoll had a couple of doctor’s visits. He likes to compare his weight on the home scale to the doctor’s office and see how accurate it is. Our scale is or rather was, older and we were pretty sure a replacement would bee needed soon. It turns out it was about ten pounds off the mark. So while I gained ten ish pounds the scale reflected a twenty ish pound gain.

I can’t lie, that was really hard to take.

But as disheartening as it is, life goes on. And I am not going to abandon my goal of reaching a healthy weight just because I had a setback. No matter how many times you get knocked down by life, you only really fail if you stop getting back up. And so I’m getting up and beginning again.

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 240.5 lbs

Lost thus far: 5.5 lbs

I know I usually put the previous week’s weight but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’m just going to move forward from this point and keep going. Because sometimes life is just life and you just have to get on with it.

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Weekly Weight: 218.6 lbs

I know lat week was the official pre travel weigh in but i wanted to get one last weigh in before I travel so that i know what I started with. there won’t be any official stats as this is just a for my own information before i go post.

I will say that it is a high note to start the travel on. Last Friday, the last official weigh in I was 219.2 lbs. This week I am leaving at 218.6 lbs. Given the stress, the interruptions to any form of fitness or regularly scheduled, well anything for the last few weeks, this feels like a miracle quite honestly. Whether it is divine blessing or a bonus prize for all the stress I don’t care. i am going to take it and be happy with it for the moment. Once I finish my morning posts, I will begin my packing extravaganza.

It is a strange packing. I am not only packing for travel but packing to take care of my mom as she heals. I asked if there was anything she wanted and I have several old movies that she would like me to bring down, there are also a few stores she asked me to pick up some things from as I head down. So there will be the normal personal packing as well as the since you are coming down and the entertain someone post surgery packing list to get through.

To be honest it is actually a relief to be able to gather and pack. We will load the car first thing in the morning but after a few weeks of simply making lists and preparing to pack, actual packing feels like a relief as crazy as it will no doubt be. And so after the skin care line up, the packing will commence.

A schedule of necessity will take over for the next few weeks and then when i return I can actually once again attempt to get back into my own schedule. My hope is that by then the weather will have turned, the cooler weather clothing can emerge and the walks can become longer and a lot more fun.

But for now, we settle things, then we pack.



Weekly Weight: 219.2 lbs

It isn’t a big loss I will grant you that, but it is a loss. And that makes me happy. It makes me happy for a couple of reasons actually. The first is simply that it is another sliver, no matter how small, of weight off my body. While a small sliver all of those slivers add up. So even the small ones are worthy of note. The second reason is that it is still weight loss during stress. And that is no small feat. the third reason is that it is a loss prior to me leaving home for a bit. Next Friday Morning I will be heading out of town. while I will probably weigh in on Thursday morning just so I know what I weighed before I left, there is a part of me that will think, Oh it was a Thursday morning which means it wasn’t a full week so ot doesn’t really count.

I know that’s silly. You know that is silly, it is after all only one day. But in the back f my brain I know that is what I will think. So I am extra glad that this official Friday morning weigh in was less than last Friday’s official weekly Weigh in. If that makes sense. It makes me feel good that I consistently lost a little bit of weight each week even though this entire month has been insane. It is a great mental boost and honestly that mental boost means more to me than the 0.2 lbs of actual loss.

I know that sounds strange but even though there is a a lot of physical effort that goes into weight loss a lot of it is a mental game. You have to incorporate new activities and adjust your way of thinking so the effort becomes both habit and something you view as ‘worth it’ even on days when the scale isn’t moving. This may be a small weight loss but it is a huge mental win for me. It is also nice knowing that i will be leaving home consistently losing weight for a few weeks in a row. And for my head space, that is priceless.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 219.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 219.2 lbs

Lost this Week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.8 lbs

And so we continue forward. I’ll check in next Thursday with my weight just so that I know what it is before I leave. But right now, I am feeling pretty good about where things stand. My goal was to hold my own while I tried to keep the world from going off the rails and I ended up losing a little bit of weight as well. Not too shabby.

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Weekly Weight: 220.2 lbs

Okay I will be honest I am surprised there wasn’t a gain this week. I will take the 0.2 loss this week with no problems. At the moment the world is a bit Topsy Turvey with exercise coming in when possible and interruptions to any planned schedule practically guaranteed.

There is a lot of stress right now and it is completely unavoidable. Some stretches of time are just like that and this just happens to be a particularly stressful stretch of my personal river of time. Know that calm waters are no doubt up ahead doesn’t make it any better to go through but it is a ray of hope.

As far as my fitness is going it is do what I can when I can. My main focus on the weight loss aspect of things is simply to limit my comfort foods. I’m not knocking them out all together, list monitoring them. I can still have the creamy richness of a good brie but I make sure to measure out what I eat and only go for the one ounce wedge not consume the entire 8 ounce wedge in one sitting. I can crunch down on chips, but I put a small portion into a small bowl rather than either eat from the bag or pour the entire bag into a large sized serving bowl.

I am trying to be smart about things even as I realize that certain foods are comfort foods for a reason. Now is not the time to beat myself up for choosing brie over carrot sticks. Or even to analyze why I lean towards the brie in times of stress. Sometimes you need to pick your battles. I chose mine over portion size right now instead of rooting out the causes of stress eating. I can deal with my thought processes later.

I have to say the My Fitness Pal app has been really great. I did test the free version and even though my plan was to try out the paid version for August, i am going to extend that past the one month trial so I can try it out when I am out of town and in a different environment controlled by others and their needs. So instead of a month long trial it will be a two month one. Which I am okay with. I also haven’t really had a chance to play with a lot of the extra bits that come with the paid version. I will say though that just the basic food diary has been a life saver.

I personally really like the one that comes with the My Fitness pall app, but if you are trying to monitor your food, whether for fitness or weight loss or just general health I really recommend getting some form of food diary. It not only keeps a log of what I eat and what I do, which is extra nice when my schedule is not so routine, but even the few minutes it takes to enter the food into the system helps keep me cognizant of what it is that i am doing. It is also a little reminder that there is life outside of the stress. Which has also helped me. It is a little thing, but it has been mega helpful.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 220.4 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 220.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 25.8 lbs

So this week’s loss wasn’t major, but with everything going on, I am okay with that. If I can just hold my own through the stressful times without gaining weight, then I will be happy. which makes the 0.2 feel like a lot more than it actually is.

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Weekly Weight: 220.4

It is that time again. Time to step on the scale and see what my efforts this week brought. I was pleased to see that the scale went down again. That always makes me happy. Yes I know it is just a number but it also feels like validation for my efforts. And as this week I had to slog it out in humid air thick enough to drink, I really like having the validation.

This week there isn’t much to report. The humidity was between 70-80% but thee was no rain. It looked like it wanted to rain for most of the week, it just didn’t. the air was soggy and miserable and if my walk wasn’t done before 9am, it wasn’t getting done.

This week all of my walking clothes took a beating. I have salt stains on garments i didn’t know could be salt stained. Once the weather breaks I am going to have to sort through my summer walking clothes and send a lot of them off to the rag bin. They have given their all for my wlks this year.

And actually this year ha been especially brutal on my undies. Usually I buy a pack of Hanes cotton undies in the spring. I buy them specifically to sweat in during my workouts. When I first started working out regularly my prettier undies just didn’t survive so now I buy the sacrificial pack and treat the pretty ones as a post shower treat, a reward for getting out there and sweating it out.

Usually the pack will last the summer and start to need replacing once the cooler weather sets in. This year a second pack had to be purchased at the end of july and if this set makes it to October I will be pleased and surprised. This has been a brutal summer for the undies.

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

last week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 25.8 lbs

And so we soldier on, braving the heat and humidity to shave just a little more butter from my bread, as my grandfather would say. Although if it were actually butter it would have melted off complexly in this weather. Alas, it requires a little more effort than that. But I am pleased there is once again progress.

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