Weekly Weight: Last week of April No Scale

And so the month of April No scale comes to an end. I am relieved that I did skip the scale this month. We had company, there was a holiday with extra feasting and it was nice to not have to think about the scale.

At the same time, I know I gained some weight. I can feel it in the waist band of my jeans. And while I hate knowing that I did gain weight, I think it would have added extra stress on an already stressful month to worry about the scale.

For me, April went bonkers. Earlier this year I agreed to a couple of projects that were supposed to be small ones with limited scopes of work. As time went forward they morphed and just took over. April was when they both wrapped up and so there were longer than normal days mixed in with the house guests and Holidays. To be honest, I don’t actually remember a lot of the month. It went whizzing by in a hail of deadlines.

Last week I realized that the month was coming to an end and that soon i would have to step back on the scale and see the gain in no argument digital numbers. My goal for this last week of April was not to panic. It was to put the month behind me, accept that the weight gain was coming and to not go crazy trying to take it all off before i stepped back onto the scale.

Instead i went through the cabinets and made sure we didn’t have any sneaky lurking holiday items. I made a meal plan and this week I concentrated on getting back on track with the meals and getting into the habit of paying attention instead of granting myself temporary exemptions. Mostly because I know that if i stress about it and try to go overboard then it will usually backfire on me. In other words i may lose what I added over April, but it won’t be sustainable so in may I’ll end up putting it back on again before I take it off. I’ve been on many back and forths over the years. And that is always what happens. So I am trying to deal with holiday weight in a healthier way. I am just accepting it, understanding that it was due to a change in diet and exercise and accepting that the weight will come back off once I get back into my routine.

I a also reminding myself that Easter was the last big Feast Holiday until Thanksgiving. In my family there will be a picnic for Memorial day and a barbeque for Independence day, but both are single events rather than long weekends and easily navigable, diet wise. The feasting Holidays start with thanksgiving, run through the holiday parties, Christmas, New years and then end with Easter. Which means that until November I will just have a few off days here and there, but nothing major to knock me off of my diet and exercise plan. At least nothing expected anyway.

There is always room for the unexpected.

So this is the end of April. Next week it will be back to the scale. While I no longer fear the scale as I once did, I will always have mixed feelings about it and will frequently need mental health breaks from it. Which I think is healthy. Sometimes life simply needs to be lived. While my weight loss is something needed for my over all health and well being throughout my life, it isn’t something that should take over my life. I know as these posts are a record of the ups and downs of my dieting life, weight and it’s loss (or lack of) can seem like the main focus of my world. It isn’t and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that I am dieting to better my life, not living to diet.

Weekly Weight: April No Scale Continues

Today I was actually relieved not to have to get on the scale. We had company last weekend and to be good hosts we brought in things we normally wouldn’t have in the house. Much of the week we have been dealing with left overs just to clear them out of the pantry. One of the things I have noticed though is the sugar intake.

I long ago cut out sodas from my normal day. We will keep a six pack of mini ginger ales in the cabinet, but to be honest, a six pack will last several months and then more than likely one can will be incorporated into a Friday night cocktail (Sometimes even a mocktail I really like taking one of those cans pouring it into a glass and adding a drop of sour cherry syrup to it and calling that my Friday Cocktail.)

We had three 12 can (regular sized) boxes on hand for company. My baby took one box to work just for meetings. I had a couple earlier in the week because they were there but after I realized the sugar was affecting me and my sleep patterns, i stopped drinking it. It is one of those things I simply don’t think about any more. People talk about how sugary drinks are bad for diets, but since I rarely indulge I focus more on salt and fat when I think about diets. Also my big weakness is cheese rather than chocolate so I know I can walk away from the sweets more easily than the savory.

It also helps that we don’t bring it into the house. But this week it was there. and because it was just there I indulged. I had one of those moments where I realized how much grocery shopping affects my diet. Simply put, you can’t eat what isn’t in the house. I know that sounds like a foolish statement to make but it was really brought home to me this week. This week I ate things simply because they were there. Why bother to add a little flavoring to water if the soda is right there taking up space? Why cut up celery sticks if there is a bag of chips right there? Do I know the other stuff is better for me? Of course, but the other stuff can be consumed with no effort or thought. And since we prepared things for company instead of preparing snacks and other things for the week, I hadn’t helped myself out by doing the prep work early like i usually do.

It was a bad week for food, but an eye opening one. even when you realize that what you by matters, sometimes you just need a hard reminder that you are the gatekeeper. You are the one who decides what to bring into the house and you are the one who ultimately decides what you will eat based on what you bring into the house. I knew that. Of course I knew that. But sometimes, it is really good to have that hard reminder. This week more than anything else, that was what I got. Sometimes, I just need things spelled out for me.

Hopefully it helps you too if you are on a similar get healthy journey with weight loss.

Weekly Weight: 211.6 lbs

Nope, it is not a repeat. It is the same weight I was last week. Which is rather annoying. It’s a plateau and I have an appointment with my doctor scheduled for next week to hopefully help me adjust what I’m doing. Maybe it will shake things up.

Hopefully it will shake them up in the right direction.

I have made a decision though.

while I step on the scale each week as a method of accountability, I need a break from it. The scale, not the accountability. I know I’ve done this before and I think it is time to do it again. I will be taking April away from the scale. I’ll still post about my continuing weight loss journey each Friday, but I won’t be getting on the scale each week to record the numbers.

I simply need a break.

Part of that is the plateau moment. It just gets frustrating to know I put in the effort and seem to be getting nowhere. So next week I sit down with the doctor and I’ll spend April getting things sorted out and then pick up with the weight posting at the beginning of May. I think it will greatly help my state of mind. Because that scale is just stressing me out at this point.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs

This week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs

Lost this far: 34.4 lbs

So this coming week I will talk to my doctor and possibly a physical trainer. I’ll keep an eye on my calories and exercise, reporting back each week on how things are going and get everything squared away in April. Then in May there will be a return to the scale and hopefully a better frame of mind. But for today, there was no loss in weight, but the loss of a scale and a whole lot of peace of mind gained.

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Weekly Weight: 211.6 lbs

This week was strange in regards to working out. I started strong on Monday, then work went crazy and I managed the bare minimum for the rest of the week. Most of my focus was on my food this week.

Logging my food, writing down everything I put in my mouth was the only way I could keep track of things once work got out of control. And I’ll be honest, mostly what happened was that I jotted down what I ate during the day and then once i finished for the day but hadn’t yet started making dinner, I counted up the calories and figured out what I was going to eat for dinner, or at least my portion size.

we still had the basic menu in place which helped. It was just my portion size that varied. I have to say having the Smoothie box shakes really helped. They were delicious, but they also had the calories clearly marked so I didn’t have to think too much about it. There was little to no math. While I normally like to keep it to one or two a week, I hit them hard simply because it was easier than thinking about it and they were quick.

While this loss wasn’t a big one, it is t least going back in the right direction. I was very worried that this week would either be a no loss week or even a gain because of the workout shorting. But keeping a firm control of those calories really helped to at least reign it in and make sure I didn’t take a hit with my weight.

As annoying as it is writing down everything I consume, it does help. It not only keeps a record of what i am putting in my body so that when things go wrong I can sort of figure out where the problem is, but it also makes me aware of what I am eating. There is no mindless snacking when you have to count out the items you plan to consume from a larger bag so that you can accurately write it down.

As an aside it always astounds me that olives (at least the kind I was eating) are ten calories a piece. I know part of it is the salt, but I always feel like they ought to be about three. They aren’t, I know they aren’t which is why I count them before adding them to my salad. But it still seems like they should be. Part of that is i do love olives and kind of wish they were lower. But still, 10 cal seems a bit much.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

:Lost thus far: 34.4 lbs

And so the slow chipping off of weight continues. This weekend I am reevaluating, going through my fitness and food logs and seeing where things can be improved. I don’t mind the slow chipping, but I wouldn’t be opposed to heftier slivers being released from my body each week. So This weekend I will see what can be tightened up and what needs to change.

Weekly Weight: 212.0

I never like reporting a weight gain. It makes me feel like I failed, even though I know I did everything I could. I stayed on top of my fitness this week. It rained a lot so I was doing more indoor work, but i think I was still doing well on calories. The food this week is still a little bit wonky because my babydoll is still recovering from dental surgery so things need to be shifted for him and since I am generally cooking one meal for both of us then my food gets shifted as well.

That should be back to normal next week though.

I think what might have got me (and the reason I am not panicking about the weight gain) is because dinner last night was at 10 pm. Generally we eat around 6:30. I don’t like to eat after 7 pm as I really don’t sleep well with a full belly. I think my body can sleep or it can digest, but it has issues doing both at the same time. Given that I ate so late last night, I think that my weight might have been thrown off a little.

I know it sounds like a justification or an excuse, and it is, but it is also why I am not worried. I didn’t go crazy this week. I hit my workouts and ate reasonable portion sizes. I know that the food will balance back out in this coming week and I am confident this increase is temporary. it’s only when I don’t know why things are happening that I start to worry. This is explainable. If I go up again next week despite hitting my planned workouts and getting my food back to normal, then I will worry.

I also now have a reminder of why I don’t eat that late at night. I know it makes me sound a bit like an old fogey but I’m not ready for the early bird special yet. And honestly, I have never been able to eat late at night. My relationship with sleep has always been a delicate dance. eating late is like having an elephant try to rhumba through a waltz.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 211.2 lbs

This week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

Change this week: +0.8 lbs

Lost this far: 34 lbs

So there we have it. It is never fun to record a gain, but sometimes life, and a delayed dinner, happen. All I can do is not let it get me down and keep moving forward. As long as I never quit, I am still winning. Even when it doesn’t feel that way. I will say though. Tonight dinner will be early and I am going to take my HUM sleep gummies to help ensure my bran quiets down enough for sleep. At the moment that is the bigger concern. My body my not like digesting and sleeping at the same time but what little sleep I got with a full belly wasn’t good. So early dinner, a little sleep insurance via HUM and with luck feeling right as rain on Saturday. For now though, it is time to tackle Friday.

Weekly Weight: 211.2 lbs

The scale moved! You have no idea how happy that has made me. I did not like seeing only 0.2 lbs drop off and then have the scale in the same place for two weeks. I know there were extenuating circumstances that affected everything, but still it was hard to see.

It was fantastic not to see 212.6 this morning. I will admit, I did a happy dance. Scaled back of course as the bathroom where I was weighing in is actually a small powder room. And I didn’t want to actually hurt myself with my happy dance. But it was a happy dance nonetheless.

This week the weather was clear and warm and the floodwaters finally receded giving me clear passage for walking. I will admit, on Monday I did skirt a large pool of water and squelched through the barely revealed grass at the side of the pathway. But After a week of rain and flooding I really needed to walk. So I did. And then I had to dry out my sneakers. I also gave myself a blister on my foot from where the wet sock rubbed on my foot. But it was worth it just to be moving out side once again.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.6 lbs

This week’s Weight: 211.2 Lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost over all: 34.8 lbs.

I know the number on the scale isn’t the end all be all, but seeing a weight loss is a great way to start a Friday. It is going to be a good day. I can feel it. happy Friday everyone!

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Weekly Weight: 214.0 lbs

I’ll admit, the 0.2 lbs loss isn’t that exciting. However, it is a loss and this week, that is kind of a surprise to see. We started off the week with snow and ice where walking was not only not fun, but slippery and slightly dangerous. There was one day where the weather cooperated and worked out well. On that day I got a double walk in.

Then the snow and rain returned and the walking trail was no longer fit for use.

It is the curse of having the majority of my exercise as an outdoor activity. Somedays, the outdoors don’t cooperate. So this weekend I am going to be sitting down and coming up with an indoor exercise plan. At the moment I don’t actually have one. I basically plan to walk on the walking trail and then have to scramble to find an indoor workout when the weather shuts my plan down.

And to be honest, when the weather is bad I often forget to set up an indoor workout and just go back to my desk. Lord, knows there is always something that could use a little extra time and attention. I generally remember that i skipped the indoor workout when I am brushing my teeth before bed.

Which isn’t helpful.

So I think I am going to set up an indoor workout schedule that I can do as a routine. I think if I make it a habit two to three times a week, and then add the walk when the weather approves, I will be on a better track. I would love to go back to the gym, but at this point in time, I just don’t trust the gym. There are too many people not wiping down their machines after use and too high of an infection rate in my area. But I need to stop letting that be an excuse to skip workouts. During lockdown I built up my home equipment. It is time to put it back into use.

I really think that for me, the routine scheduling is the key. If it is routine, it goes on the calendar and needs to be checked off. Waiting and seeing, just means it often gets forgotten. I know this about myself. I just need to sit down and do it.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 214.2 lbs

This week’s weight 214.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost over all: 32 lbs

So my darlings, this weekend we plan and then we schedule. Workouts go on the calendar so that they will get done.

Weekly Weight: 212.0 lbs

I am beginning to notice a trend here. It may be too early to tell, but it seems that my scale has decided that a number isn’t worth giving if you can’t give it two weeks in a row. Last week, my weight was 212 as well. The two weeks prior it was 213.

If the next two weeks end up being 211 then there will definitely be some sort of spooky trend going on.

Not that I’m actually complaining. The weight is going down. Not as fast as I would like, but then when does it ever. At this time of year, I am pretty happy as long as it isn’t a gain.

And honestly, expecting a loss today would be a bit of a surprise. While I put in a great deal of effort this week in the walking and such, yesterday was the retail Battle Royale.

eMy babydoll and I took the last of our holiday shopping lists to the stores and took advantage of as many veteran’s day sales as possible. I think we actually managed to knock out the last of our gift list actually. I’m sure there will be a last minute ‘I can’t believe we forgot…’ foray, but at the moment all the names have been checked off the list. Soon we will start filtering them into the postal system, but that is a next week sort of project. And a lot of our list was orderd on line and has already arrived and been sent on. So we are actually pretty good on that score.

I think we ended up with a couple of extra items when we went shopping as well. I know my babydoll picked up something and then had to engage in a battle of wills with an older woman who decided she wanted the item as well. I’m not certain if he bought it because it was on the list or because he picked it up to look at and reached his breaking point when the woman came at him. I was on the other side of the store and only witnessed it from afar. At that point he was pretty much done with shopping so it could be either.

At that point we just went through the checkout line and called it a day.

We also called it a good day for barbeque. I’ll admit, I over ate. In fact i woke up still feeling fairly full so I was just happy that I didn’t actually gain anything. So perhaps the scale staying the same this week is my own fault and not part of a larger trend. we shall have to wait for next week to find out.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 212.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 34.0 lbs

And so into Friday we go, tra, la, la la, la. I can say that despite being Friday and our usual larger meal, I think that due to yesterday’s barbeque feast, tonight might be a lighter meal.

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Weekly Weight: 216.8 lbs

Good morning my darlings. What a week it has been. I was so certain that I could catch up from time lost last week and then just as I neared the finish line, my computer decided to trip me up. There are still issues, so things may be a little bit on the wonky side for a little while, but hopefully the weirdness can be dealt with and not cause too much of an issue.

We shall see.

However the point of this post isn’t to talk about my computer issues, but rather my continuing weight loss journey. At this point I am making slow and steady progress. Despite skipping the gym yesterday, I was very pleased with the scale this morning. To be honest I wasn’t expecting that bit a jump as I have mostly been focusing on deadlines this week. It is nice to know that once I have the system in place I don’t have to focus on the details. I know soon my body will adjust to the new system and my weight loss will slow. Then I’ll have to tweak it to continue. But at the moment, I am chugging along nicely.

For a while I was extremely frustrated as no matter what I did, the weight wasn’t coming off. I was not happy to put in that much sweat for so little results. But I think now I am doing well. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it, but for those just tuning in, I am not doing any specific diet. I am simply monitoring calories and getting in exercise. For my exercise I took advantage of my gym’s meet with a trainer for free policy and met with one of their trainers. He was very good with helping me design a slow but steady system that I can maintain while still getting my work done.

Oddly that was kind of interesting to get him to consider when I talked to him. At first he didn’t seem to realize that I had anything else going on in my world but working out and going to the gym. It was an odd conversation that actually made me think “Do people take leaves of absence from work in order to lose weight?”

It was a strange thought, but that seemed to be his belief. we got there in the end, but it was somewhat amusing to see how a trainer’s mind works. Or at least this trainer. and the system he helped me with is currently working, so no complaints.

The stats:

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.8 lbs

Lost this week: 1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 29.2 lbs

So despite everything my journey progresses. As Always I hoped to be further along than this, but I accept that it is going to take time to get into a healthy range. For now, just getting in more exercise and watching what I eat is getting me healthier so No complaints. After all I didn’t add the weight on in a week, it certainly isn’t all going to slide off in a week.

Over all though, I am happy with my slow and steady progress.

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Weekly Weight: 222 Lbs

The Scale, July 2nd, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome back to the weekly weigh in. This was an interesting week for me. Nothing was really normal. Last Friday I had Dental surgery so this week was mostly spent in recovery. Instead of cooking I went with a lot of Smoothies and yogurt. The Smoothie Box was actually my saving graze. I picked up a variety pack and used them as meal replacements for a lot of meals. They were quick, easy, tasty, and premeasured so I knew the calorie count.

To be honest this week, at least in the early part of the week I had to actually force myself to eat even when i didn’t want to so that I could get the calories I actually needed in. It was one of the few times in my life where I actually had to talk myself into eating. One of my weight issues is that I really like food and needed to reign in my portion sizes. Having to convince myself to eat was a new experience.

While I did manage a few walks and a killer bike ride this week, I suspect that the sore mouth had a lot to do with this week’s weight loss. There were several days I struggled to meet my bare minimum in calories. Which is clearly not sustainable. Now that I am back to eating solid food with no pain, I expect that there might be a little bit of jump in weight. At least in the next couple of days. I am deliberately not getting on the scale until next Friday though. I think there will be an immediate jump (even if it is a small one) and then it will go back down as I get back into my regular exercise next week.

Because next week it is back to the gym and my normal plan. If I don’t see that little jump I expect is coming, then I can just think of this as the jumping off place and work hard to keep my weight loss momentum going. While this sort of thing will always be in the back of my mind, at the moment i am just glad the surgery is over and I don’t have to worry about it. The scale may only show a slight drop, but the lack of worry shed at least fifty pounds from my shoulders. And I can feel that loss in several areas of my life, even if it doesn’t show on the scale.

It doesn’t help that I have a deep irrational fear of the dentist and anything tooth related. while this was an oral surgeon and not my dentist, they both freak me out.

But that is another tale more suitable for a therapist’s couch. So shall we look at the stats:

Starting wright: 246.0 Lbs

Last week’s Weight: 225.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 222 Lbs

Weight lost this week: 3 lbs

Total weight lost thus far: 24 lbs

And so Friday begins. I feel good, better than good actually. The pain is gone and with it went all the multiple layers of stress. long with three pounds. Not a bad way to wind down the week actually.

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