exercise, fat girl report, food, weight loss

The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday May 9, 2020

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown out here on the edge of good health.

Chalk up another week of tracking disasters. My eating was not as good as even last week. I went junk food crazy and that was enough to make me feel sluggish and sleepy most of the week. Of course it showed up on the scale.

It was a fair week for activity. It helped a lot that I discovered something in the WW app that should have been obvious to me. I had forgotten that WW and Fitbit sync with each other. All along my Fitbit data has been translated into WW activity points and I didn’t know it. I just say this today. I had been looking at three different apps to monitor my food and my activity. Bag that! I’m just going with WW. It counts activity points. It counts my steps. And it sections out portions of my activity that look like exercise with amazing accuracy. So goodbye to complicated spreadsheet I was using. Goodbye to looking at there different apps. Tracking my activity just got easy.

Now all I have to do is track my eating.

And now it’s time for the new simplified version of the Fat Girl Report. Let’s do the numbers (a sad version of “Stormy Weather” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 211.0

Weight change: +0.3

Total weight loss: -3.2

Meals tracked: 4 of 21

ACTIVITY:

Total steps: 59,121

Total activity points: 101

And that’s the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

Inspired by:

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church, coronavirus, laid off, spirituality, vocation

Things get longer and deeper

Monday May 4, 2020

Furlough: day 22

Stay at home: day 33

Corona: day 105

On Friday of last week the governor extended the Stay-at-home order through May 31st. That’s an additional four weeks to the original end date. I was not surprised by this. he has also outlined in very broad stokes what a gradual re-opening of the state might look like.

I was furloughed for 60 days and that would mean I would be returning to work on June 8th. I had hoped that my furlough might end early. However that hope is now dead. An new fear is now growing in me that I might not get back to work until after June 8th.

I’m not happy at all with this. Still, like everyone else in the state, I will just have to adjust. I accept that the governor’s go-slow approach is a good one in view of the realities of the current situation. That doesn’t mean I like this. Idleness is not good for me. I miss the discipline of work, even work that I don’t particularly love.

However I must admit that this time has led to more interior work on my part. I’ve been tending to my spiritual life in a way that is refreshing. I’ve revived my practice of devotional reading. I’m currently reading a set of little devotions from the writings of St Augustine of Hippo.

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His words are leading me into a more rigorous practice of what the old Lutheran Pietists would call “secret prayer.” It is a practice of individual prayer designed to draw the Christian deeper into the sanctuary of God’s presence within the soul. I am finding greater peace and joy in this practice.

Still, being a good Anglican and one who set on the via media (the middle way or mediating way), I balance this part of my spirituality that looks inward, with the part of my spirituality that looks outward. While practicing secret prayer I also practice public prayer and worship as part of a community of faith. While strengthening the inner self, I pay attention of the outer self and how I live day by day. While promoting the love within, I express love to those outside of myself.

Thus I can feel my spiritual life changing and growing “in these challenging times.” I wonder where this will lead me? As always, we shall see.

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday May 2, 2020

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown out here on the edge of good health.

The week was another tracking disaster. However I did not just fall apart. Even though I was not tracking, I was eating better. I believe that I ate less junk food and more vegetables. The problem is that I can’t verify this with actual data.

However two good habits continue to develop, although I noticed that each slipped a bit this week. My walking was down a bit. I walked few times and for less distance per walk. I’ll have to checked that in the coming week. The second habit of taking my meds consistently was also solid but down a little. I missed one day of meds this past week.

I have begun a new health habit that has already seen results. I have added to my morning routine a little bit of stretching. I suffer from some low back pain and some stiffness in my right hip. By incorporating my stretching I’ve decreased the amount of pain I’m feeling and have already seen increased flexibility. I will continue on these lines and see where it takes me.

But now it’s time for the Fat Girl Report. Let’s do the numbers (a happy version of “We’re in the Money” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 210.7

Weight change: -0.1

Total weight loss: -3.5

Meals tracked: 5 (24%)

ACTIVITY:

Steps per day average: 9,204

Other activity: 8 walks for 11 miles

And that’s the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

Inspired by:

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coronavirus, exercise, family, laid off, work

How am I doing?

 

Thursday April 30, 2020

Furlough: day 18

Stay at home: day 29

Corona: day 101

It is hard for me to believe that I am coming to the end of the third week of my exile from work. I belive I have enough time behind me now to rightfully answer this question: How am I doing?

I think I’m doing quite well. I’ve adjusted to being home instead of at work as best I could. However my sister and my niece believe that I am not doing that well. It seem they both think I need to get away from the apartment more and do things outside of our home. They may well be right on this point.

However both of them told me yesterday that I was “a little off.” I assured them that I was fine. I suspect that they were both picking up on some edgyiness coming from me. There was a reason for that nervousness.

Yesterday we went to a pet store to get my grand nephew a pet to pick up his spirits. I wasn’t all in for the idea but I have gone along with the idea. I will do my part to help. I was not my normal positive self. I was not very relaxed in the endeavor. I was worried about what we might be getting ourselved into. I was worried about ending up with an animal that I didn’t want and that I didn’t want to take care of. thankfully we got away with only thepromise of fish. That brought a great deal of relief, which I hope they saw.

Still my plans of how I wanted this time to go have not progressed as I had hoped. Last week I was slow to get time at church. I only ended up with one out of the two days I had planned. However this week I have been to the church twice which is exactly what I had planned. Last week I spent alone time out of the apartment with my niece and my sister. However this week I was only able to spend alone time outside of the apartment with my niece and not with my sister. Last week I didn’t get to go on a Carla Day Trip. This week I also failed to go on a Carla Day Trip. Something came up on both Wednesdays that ruined my plans and kept me near home. That was frustrating.

I’ve been taking my meds but not eating my vegatables. I’ve been taking my walks but not doing enough stretching, having just started that yesterday. I’m reading more than I expected and writing less. In little fits and starts a pattern of life is emerging for me in this time. It’s not all of what I want but it is some of what I want.

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday April 24, 2020

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown out here on the edge of good health.

The week was a tracking disaster. I only tracked 1 day for three meals out of the entire week. I just fell apart. I was so discouraged at the failure of the week before that I just gave up. And yes, the results were predictable.

However I notice that one thing has emerged as a new healthy habit. I’m walking. I’m walking quite a bit (for me anyway). I went on 11 walks in the past week. I really enjoy these walks. They are no doubt good for me in a number of ways. They may even be a bit of hope for the future when it comes to activity because these walks boosted my steps per day. That number was down due to being out of work.

Another good habit has started. That of actually taking my meds. I’d been doing a poor job of that but the last week or so has seen a reassuring repetitiveness. In other words I’m taking my meds when I should be taking them. i got out of that habit when I was without medical insurance and thus couldn’t afford my meds. Then a good friend sent me some money that allowed me to buy my meds. Now I’m well on the way to a return to good med taking habits. That’s a positive.

One other thing has actually improved sine furlough began: sleep. I’ve actually gotten 7 hours of sleep 4 to 5 times a week since I was furloughed. Of course that will disappear once work restarts. I’ll be back to averaging 5 to 6 hours a night and feeling tired most of the time. There has got to be a better way. I have about 50 days to figure that out.

But now it’s time for the Fat Girl Report. Let’s do the numbers (a sad version of “Stormy Weather” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 210.8

Weight change: +0.7

Total weight loss: -3.4

ACTIVITY:

Steps per day average: 10,245

Other activity: 11 walks for 16.23 miles

And that’s the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

Inspired by:

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church, coronavirus, education, family, work

Education disaster

Wednesday April 22, 2020

Furlough: day 10

Stay at home: day 21

Corona: day 93

I’m at midweek of my second week of furlough and things are beginning to get real. By “real” I mean “hard.”

Because of unexpected complications I was not able to go to Christ Chruch on Monday. That complication was the Federal Way School District. They suddenly began their distance learning experience for families on Monday. They did so with practically no advance warning to families. On Sunday evening my niece saw an email unveiling the work that my grand nephew is being asked to do.

A series of emails followed from several teachers asking for various kinds of work on various subjects. The email arrived with missing information, non-functioning websites, broken hyperlinks and poor instructions. It was an uncoordinated mess that was dumped on families with very little assistance available to them.

My sister and my niece have worked hard to sort out the disaster that is the Federal Way School District Distance Learning Experience. They have done their best with this avalanche of poorly thought out materials. Together they have worked out what is actually doable for my grand nephew.

More so they have had to work out what they can teach him. For of all the failings in this roll out is the central idea that parents are no expected to be classroom teachers. New information and new learning is now the sole property of parents with little help from professional teachers.

This is going to lead to a system wide education failure. I expect basically four responses:

Some parents will be overwhelmed by the sudden onslaught of materials and will not even try. This will be especially true of those for whom English is not the primary language and those who have to work full time.

Some parents will try and will simply give up after a short while. This will happen in families of well intentioned parents. However they will run into the limits of their own lack of teaching skills. They will come up against the resistance of their children to learning at home. They will fall behind in the schedule o assignments. They will just quit the effort and tell the kids that summer vacation has started

Some families will soldier on through the whole thing. However they will focus on only a small bit of the flood of materials coming at them. School will become a few minutes of education related activities each day and that’s about it.

Some (the smallest group) will succeed. They will have the teaching skills. They will have kids who love learning and love school. They will eat this up and will actually grow academically. This will by far be the smallest group.

That’s my prediction. The overall effect will be the loss of half of the academic year. However worse than that will be the fact that the great majority of students will lose half a year of academic progress. For many students I expect that loss will be even more. I also expect that the loss will disproportionately effect kids of color and poorer families of whom the Federal Way School District has plenty.

I know I’m painting a grim picture here, but I’m trying to be realistic. This school system is on the brink of a serious failure. In many ways they are not to blame. The Corona crisis has been horrible for education. In my opinion this school system never had a chance. It is understaffed, underfunded and under supported. It has a student population that has too many special needs kids and ELL children to serve well even under the best of circumstances. Now an impossible task has been given to it. I feel that the best that families can do is baton down the hatches, prepare for a hurricane and be ready to start the rebuilding process in the fall.

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church, coronavirus, exercise, family, laid off, vocation

Empty Sunday

Sunday April 19, 2020

Furlough: day 7

Stay at home: day 18

Corona: day 90

Friday was the end of the “vacation” part of my furlough and so yesterday I began to get to “work.” I put down a list of tasks that have been waiting for me and began to work on them. A shockingly high number of them still remain to be done today.

I woke up this morning and realized that it was Sunday. Again, no church to go to. This lack of being able to exercise my best gift is really starting to get to me. It feels like my soul is being starved.

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With no church to do, the start of the day felt sad and empty. It almost didn’t matter that it was a Sunday. The only thing that marks the day is that my sister and my niece will go and do the largest portion of the grocery buying for the week.

However the year being at the spring and the day at morn and morning being at seven. i think I’ll plan for a quick walk to get in a few steps. My step count has plummeted with my furlough. Even with two walks a day I am not getting 10,000. However it is my plan to slowly lengthen the distance of each walk and perhaps in a week or so, approach the 8,000 to 9,000 level.

We shall see how that goes.

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday April 18, 2020

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown out here on the edge of good health.

On Friday of last week I was furloughed from my job for 60 days. Yep, Corona got me and now I’ve joined the millions in the country who have no work. So I decided to call this first week of furlough a vacation. I laid around and did next to nothing. However I also took a vacation from doing anything serious about my weight. My eating went to hell. I didn’t track my steps. In fact I didn’t even wear my Fitbit. I just let it all go. The only good thing I did all week was to take a few walks. I make no excuse for what I did.

So it’s time for the Fat Girl Report. Let’s do the numbers (a sad version of “Stormy Weather” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 210.1

Weight change: +1.5

Total weight loss: -4.1

Meal Segments tracked: 8 of 21 (38%)

Vegetables: 0 servings

Fruits: 3 servings

ACTIVITY:

Saturday: 11,801 steps. Fitness walks of 1.1 miles and 1.99 miles.

Sunday: 3,487 steps. No other activity.

Monday: 1,000 steps. No other activity.

Tuesday:  1,000 steps. Fitness walk of 1.1 miles.

Wednesday: 1,000 steps. Fitness walk of 1.01 miles.

Thursday: 1,000 steps. No other activity.

Friday: 1,000 steps. Fitness walk of 1.94 miles.

Total: 20,288 steps (down 47,968 steps from last week)

 

And that’s the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

Inspired by:

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exercise, family, injury and pain, laid off, weight loss, work

Last day of “vacation”

Friday April 17, 2020

Furlough: day 5

Stay at home: day 16

Corona: day 8

I’m coming to the end of the first week of my exile from work. I’ve called it a vacation but it really isn’t. Still I’ve done nothing that requires a schedule. I’ve avoided any chores. I’ve done next to nothing but sit around and eat. I’ve done way too much of that and it will show up on the scale tomorrow as a two pound gain (probably more).

For the most part I’ve stayed inside and sat with my kept my grand nephew occupied. The best thing that has happened is that my back has gotten much better. It only hurts now in the morning. Than in and of itself is a problem because that might mean that my mattress is wearing out and may need to be replaced. That will be a big expense.

Today I will begin to make my plans for the next few weeks of work exile. I will build a schedule of things to do with my brain and starts some new routines of things to do with my body.

Here is my purposed schedule. On Mondays and Thursdays I will head to a place in the University District to study Greek, read theology and work on my book. On Wednesdays I will do a Carla specific (and Carla alone) day trip. On Tuesdays and Fridays and the weekends I will hang with the family and do family stuff, errands and chores.

Here are the routines that will start. On Sunday, Tuesday and Friday I will do a stretching/strengthening/flexibility routine. Each day, Monday through Saturday, I will walk a mile beginning at about 730am. After the first week of walking in the morning I will add a one mile walk Monday through Saturday at the end of the day. Clearly walking is going to be the foundation of my physical activity.

Whenever I think about walks I think of Harry Truman. He has the moniker of “The Walking President” because of his daily walks. He even used to walk to the bank to personally deposit his presidential paycheck.

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This is the plan. We’ll see how it goes.

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“Vacation”

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Furlough: day 3

Stay at home: day 14

Corona: day 86

I’m in the first week of my exile from work. I’m doing OK. I’ve decided to treat the first week of my exile as a vacation of sorts. I’ve decided to do a lot of physical resting.

I had put a number of things on my schedule but I’ve taken them off. I had planned to do a number of things around exercise but I’ve put them off. I had scheduled time to be at church but I’ve rescheduled it. I had a personal road trip this week but I’ve said no to that. I had planned to work on home projects but I’m not going to do that. I was going to work on finances but i will do a little of that as possible. I had planned to set an alarm and get up at 7am every morning but I’ve cancelled the alarm and I’m letting myself wake up whenever my body says it’s time to get up.

So far I must admit that it is harder than I figured. 4 out of 5 of the people in my household are at home thanks to the stay-at-home order. We have a small apartment and it is nearly impossible to find alone time.

Still the best thing that is happening is that I’m actually becoming more in tune with my own body. I have come to realize just how tired I have been. Over the course of my job I’ve been getting much less sleep than I need. Now that I’ve had a few nights of good sleep I can see the difference.

I can see now just how badly I injured my back. I’m able to focus on getting that pain under control and that feels so much better. Even my knees are feeling better given the break.

I’ve done a better job already staying on track with my meds. Since two of those meds are rather critical to my health that is very important. I had been missing meds a lot. Sometimes going as long as week without taking any. Since I take a medicine for high blood pressure and medicine for depression, missing doses is a bad idea.

I will continue to focus on my body during this week of rest. Apparently it needs the attention.

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We’ll see what happens.