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: 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: 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: 219.4 lbs

And so back to the scale we go. I have to say i was pleasantly surprised by the scale this morning. At the moment as you know things are a little odd. I am working a little extra so that I can take some time off to help out my mom so fitness is a bit up in the air. The only thing that has been keeping me on track has been keeping a food journal so even when I decide that I want to indulge in some comfort foods i can at least control how much I am indulging and sort of monitor that.

I have to say one of the other things that has kept me on track has been Lifesaver’s peppermint candies. I have a jar on my desk and they have been amazing at keeping stress snacking at bay. These are the hard mints. For me, I love peppermint so the flavor is good. Also the peppermint makes me think of having fresh breath and that makes me less inclined to snack, sort of like you don’t want to drink a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. It’s that kind of mental beat in my head which helps control the snacking. Plus these are the hard mints so I tend to suck on them rather than chomping right through them so my the time I actually finish a mint often the urge to snack has passed or at least dimmed greatly. The mints themselves are 15 calories which isn’t bad at all.

I’m sure any low calorie mint will do, I just happen to like the Lifesaver Peppermints. There is no sponsorship. Although I go through enough of them that it looks like there is. I keep a glass jar full of them on the end of my desk. Which kind of helps to. If the urge to snack is really strong I can just reach in and take out a hand full and set the hand full on my desk to slowly work through. Have of the time most of the hand full will go back into the jar but there is something that just feels down right decadent to just pick up a hand full of candy out of a jar. And sometimes that helps to. So shall we look at the stats?

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 220.2 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 219.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.6 lbs

So I didn’t go into this week thinking I was going to lose much weight, but in the end I did loos almost a pound. Which does make me happy. After all if I can continue to slowly chip away at my weight with everything else going on, I have high hopes that I can continue through anything.

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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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First Use of the New Balance Ab Wheel

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.

the three exercises

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.

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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.

carpet vs. Yoga mat. Go for the yoga mat as its textured surface provides a little grip and you can control it more easily

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.



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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