Thursday, October 5, 2017

Missing in Action

Sorry I have been MIA lately.   A whole lot of shit has happened since I lasted posted.  The jist of it is that I am down 12 pounds in a month.

Getting a divorce will do that to you, so I hear.  :(  The divorce diet is not the way I wanted to go about this.

I'll be around on social media but for the time being I am not blogging.  I just don't have the energy or inclination.   I am trying to take care of myself though and navigate through everything.   I pinky promise swear.  I am also in counseling to help me get through this and figure out how to start my life over again at age 43. 

I hope you all are doing well.  Hopefully I will be back soon and in a much better place. 

Until then....

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

223.2 and I'm up 1.6 pounds from last week.  That's not entirely unexpected since my eating habits have not been the best this week.

Food -

Not much to say here.  It definitely has not been a good week in that department.  No meal planning, no real grocery shopping of so to speak and just all around poor choices.  Oh well, going to try to do better the rest of the week at least and go from there.  F for the week.

Exercise -

All around great effort this week on the exercising front!  Streak is still going strong and I've hit my 10K steps every single day, even on the weekend!   A+++

Exercise minutes for the month so far - 707/1500

Wednesday - 31 minutes C25K, 30 minutes walking
Thursday - 86 minutes walking
Friday - 30 minutes C25K, 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes weights, 20 minutes walking
Saturday - 1 hour 31 minutes walking
Sunday - 60 minutes walking
Monday - 28 minutes C25K
Tuesday - 13 minutes walking, 1 hour 38 minute tennis match

Here's some pics from the last week:


Total NSV here.  I haven't been able to wear this shirt in a while.  Tried it on today and while it's a little snug, it still went on easily!

A good week indeed!



Friday we spent some time with family and visited some deceased relatives.  Do all  other Southerners do this?  Basically every family event ends up at a graveyard.


Oh I realized the other day when looking through pics on my phone that I was wearing the same size shirt (different color) from back in January.  I see a difference!


That's about it for now!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

By some complete miracle I am down 1 pound this week.  From 222.6 to 221.6.  I will take it as I fully and completely expected a gain.  Now I'm hoping to be out of this decade next week.  We will see.  I am off to a decent start at least!



Food -

The weekend wasn't so hot. Pizza, Chinese food and McDonalds because we hadn't shopped properly and I was left to my own devices for most of the weekend (Chris was in Nola on Saturday) so that leads to me being lazy and eating a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and McDonald's for dinner.  Since Chris is writing more and I'm left alone more often, I really need to do better about prepping myself for these times.  Since Monday though, things have been back on track.  We did pull together and make a few meals for lunches and tonight we will need to come up with a plan for the remainder of the week.  But all in all I'm going to give myself a C- here.  I could have done better.  OH! I did start logging and "completing" the day on MFP since Monday.  Taking that into consideration, that helped my score from a D to a C at least.

Exercise - 

This week was better except for the weekend.  I have decided to try to attempt a 10K a day streak for the month of August, even though I technically started on Monday, so far I've hit the 2 day mark and am heading into today with good momentum.  I've also restarted C25K for the zillionth time.  What made me think that this was a good idea to do at the end of July/beginning of August in Louisiana?  Ah well, I've started and as of today I'm on Day 2 of Week 1.  So there it is.  I'm really anxious about the streak.  The weekends are my downfall and this will definitely be getting me up and out of my comfort zone and force me to get up and get those walks in early before it gets too hot.  Half the time, I'm awake at 6am anyway and just farting around the house.  No excuse not to get out and get some fresh air - except that I usually can find a million of them (excuses that is).  So this weekend will be a true challenge.  In other news, Chris got a new tire for his bike but has yet to put it on.  I could go without him though but I just hate to do that.  I'm not 100% comfortable riding on my own yet even though I have only had one crash since I've had the bike and it was due to a hole in the ground that I stepped in when I got off the bike.  So not technically a crash either, lol.  Anyways, the point being is that I have options of activities but my main goal right now is the 10K steps.  C on exercise and mostly because of the weekend fail.

Exercise minutes are at 110/1500 for the first 2 days in the month.

Wednesday - 32 minutes walking
Thursday - 15 minutes walking
Friday - 15 minutes walking
Saturday - nothing
Sunday - nothing
Monday - 30 minutes C25K, 45 minutes walking
Tuesday - 79 minutes walking (tennis match was forfeited by the other team so we won!)

Now for some random pics from the last week.



Notice the tongue hanging out (and drool on my couch)

Fun fact - We don't crate Ollie anymore but every time we leave the house, he goes and gets back in his "box".  I think he just wants the extra treats. :)

Bondi band sent me a birthday gift!

Yesterday's steps
Is your August off to a good start?

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Recap

I can't even fathom that this is the end of the month already!  

So July is finally leaving with a whimper and I'm ready to get things moving in the right direction again.  

These were my goals for July:
1. Water - again get up to the 100oz per day!
2. Log My Food!  I need to remember to do this, especially on the weekend.  I know I basically eat the same thing time and again but I still need to log it and then complete the day out.
3. 1800 exercise minutes.  Going to try to get a bump in the exercise minutes this month and see if that goal will be attainable.  
4. Weights - 3 times per week.  I'm doing better on this but I am only averaging 2x now,  I would like to make this happen 3 times per week with no exceptions.
5. I'm not going to say that I want to lose x number of pounds but I DO want to weigh less than I did this month.  Setting a solid number is setting myself up for failure so I will just say that I want to lose weight this month.  And if it's as much or more than June, then I will be a very happy camper!

And this is how I did:
1. Water - This one is a success. I'm definitely drinking more water now than I ever have and consistently too. A+ here.
2. Log my food - Womp womp.  F here.  I have fallen by the wayside with this.  
3. 1800 exercise minutes. F- Not even close.  I'm currently at 927/1800 but I WILL get 33 minutes more of exercise today to at least hit the 1000 mark.
4.  Weights 3x per week.  F again here.  I'm lucky if I got it done once a week and looking back I only did weights once this past month!  #Unacceptable.
5. Lose weight.  B here.  As of June 28th's weigh in, I was at 225 even and as of last weeks weigh in, I am at 222.6 and that puts me at a loss of 2.4 for the month.  I definitely feel like I could have lost more, but as of right this second (and considering what I ate this past weekend), I'll take the victory and run with it because I really feel like this coming weigh in is going to not be pretty.

So 3 F's and one A and one B is not good for the month but all is not lost.  In looking at the positive side of things, I'm still technically down for the month, I'm still technically eating better and I'm still consistently exercising.  

Now here's my plan for August.

And I'm going to go a little crazy and try for a streak.  - 10,000 steps each day for the entire month of August.  This will get me out of my "weekend" comfort zone and actually force me to move a bit more not only during the work week but on the weekends as well.

1. 10K A Day 
2. Water 
3. Log my food
4. 1500 exercise minutes
5. Weights - 2x per week
6. Lose weight

What is your plan for August?  How was your July?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

I weighed in this morning at 222.6 and that seriously surprised the heck out of me.  After last weeks gain of 3.4, I was hoping for a loss but didn't expect a 5.2 pound one but I'll happily take it!  Chris reminded me of a few things that could have been the reason since my exercise has been lackluster: I finished my period, the weeks' worth of birthday food and eating out has ended, and the fact that we were cooking at home and eating more sensibly (and smaller portions).  So that would make sense.  It just goes to show that weight loss is not done by exercising alone!


Food wise, as I said, it hasn't really been the best two weeks there, but once we got the family birthdays and anniversaries out of the way and actually started cooking again, things just sort of fell back into place.  Logging still hasn't happened but then again, I literally eat the same thing pretty much every day.  So unless my diet changes drastically I'm not quite sure I see the point in copying the same food items over and over in the MFP diary.   The bottom line is that while I still need to tighten up in a few areas, I am eating less and also eating more sensibly.  Also water, has really been on point especially since we stopped drinking milk at home.  After work, I'll come home and have 2-3 glasses of water a night and we started keeping some insulated water bottles on our nightstands for middle of the night sipping also.   So I'm going to give myself a B- on this one.



Did you know that cauliflower comes in colors?

Exercise, meh.  

Wednesday - 32 minutes walking; 35 minutes elliptical and 30 minutes weights
Thursday - 41 minutes walking
Friday - 15 minutes walking
Saturday - zip
Sunday - nada
Monday - nope
Tuesday - 2 hours and 2 minutes tennis match

I really could have done more this week.  But it is what it is and it's still more effort than I was putting forth before and I have to be okay with that.   I'll give myself a C on this.



Our match last night was crazy!  My partner, John and I played pretty dismally the first set and lost 3-6.  We rallied back and ended up the 2nd set in a tiebreaker and won, then the whole match went into a tiebreak since they won the first set and we took the 2nd.  In the end we were victorious!  We won 3-6, 7-6, 1-0!  It was nice to overcome defeat and pull together and actually win against some tough competition.  We were seriously looking defeat in the face in the middle of that 2nd set, we were behind 3-5 and it actually had gone to match point but we fought hard and ended up turning the whole tide of the match.  I'm proud to say that I was serving during that point and we were on a roll from that point on.  Bottom line, never give up and always keep fighting (a good motto for life too).

I'm in a much, much better headspace than I was in yesterday.  I think the really super tough match in the heat wiped me out and I was able to sleep like the dead last night.  So I'm not quite as "woe is me" as I was yesterday at least.  Here's to a better week and hopefully next week I can hit the next weight decade!

Here's some random pictures from the last week.

Chris's dead tire

Ollie watching some tv

Oz snuggles with daddy



Hope everyone is hanging in there this week!  Have a good one!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Smuly

I don't know what it is about this month.  Maybe it is the heat.  Yea, that must be it.

I'm just tired and cranky right now and this has not been the best of months.  Sleep has been normally good for me but this past week has not been the best.  I'll share some of the highlights.

*Chris's car broke down and it took him two days to get it operating functionally again.
*This past weekend, he brought it into the shop to get it back to full working order and a new fuel pump, a new battery and 2 new tires later, it's finally back to normal.
*Chris goes to meet a friend last night in New Orleans to work on his book that he started writing (brainstorming session with another creative friend of ours) and then he had a blowout on the interstate.  Thankfully he is fine although my nerves may never be the same again and it was one of the older tires that it happened to.  So guess who will get a complete new set of 4 tires over the course of a week?  Yep.

Despite the car woes, it's been a good month for him. He has really gotten his creative juices flowing and finding the right work/sleep/exercise/writing balance.

On my end:
*I had to have a root canal done.
*The meds for said root canal, I suspect gave me a Urinary Tract Infection.

On the whole, I just feel like I'm barely treading water here.  Exercise has been lackluster.  Food choices have been "meh".  I'm really ready for August to be here and a fresh start. But, I will still continue to plug along with July and as my friend says, "Fake it til you make it".

Tennis match tonight so I hope I can find some energy or something to shake this.  Until then, please let Mr. Coffee kick in.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

I knew this was going to be a bad week and I was right.  Weighed in at 227.8 which is up 3.4 from last week.  Now time to get back on track and get back going in the right direction again.


It makes me sad to see that line going back up again especially since I was pretty consistent with the losing for the last month and a half.  Ah well, birthday week, shark week and parties galore happen - now if they could all not happen in the same week, that would be great...

Food -

I'll just say bad choices were made here.  F for not logging and not giving a crap this week.  And alcohol was a bit on the bad end too but I found some tasty discoveries. 

Very pleasantly surprised by this!  I'm glad I can't find it around here and it was a gift.  This was pint size.

Prickly Pear Margarita was delish
Exercise -

Wednesday - nothing (birthday day)
Thursday - 15 minute walk and then root canal
Friday - nothing
Saturday - nada
Sunday - zilch
Monday - 31 minute walk
Tuesday - 32 minute walk; 1 hour 47 minute tennis match

Exercise minutes - 566/1800.  There is no way I am going to hit this goal this month.  


F on the exercise front too.  I could have made time. I could have done SOMETHING on my birthday but I didn't and here I am owning up to it.  Thursday, I had a root canal done so I really didn't feel up to anything after that.   Friday at work we ended up having to pick up 7 users' pc equipment - monitors, battery backups, cpu's, printers, etc. so even though I didn't technically exercise on Friday, I still lifted and hauled a lot of things and then getting up and down off the floor repeatedly felt almost like a burpee.  And I did most of that since my co-worker is more out of shape than I am.  

The weekend was a blur.  We took our cat Loki to the vet (Bladder infection) and then went to see War of the Planet of the Apes and took Ollie to the park and then came home and vegged out.  We celebrated my aunts birthday on Sunday and my parents anniversary so that whole day was shot too and then Game of Thrones.  So just poor decisions all around.  I had fun though at least.  Just gotta get back in the right frame of mind for this week.  


I didn't really want/need a whole lot this year for my birthday so I really just asked for 2 things.  New shoes and a bluetooth wireless headphone set.  I scored both so I am very happy about that!


And here are some scenes from the rest of the week.




Post park we played a game of "Got your tongue" with Ollie.  He was not amused.


Tennis last night

New gym water bottle
I hope your week was better than mine!  Back to the grind this week though!