coronavirus, exercise, fat girl report, food, weight loss

The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday April 4, 2020

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

To be honest I thought was doing quite poorly as the week went along. I wasn’t eating well. I didn’t do anything when it came to exercise. I didn’t think there was any chance I would see a loss on the scale, let alone the size of the loss. I do have an explanation: salt. In the week before I ate so much salt that I believe a lot of that gain was water. So this week that water went away with less salt consumption.

Still this does not change my intention for the next month. With the stress of Corona virus and the stay-at-order I don’t see a real chance to lose weight. I will still do my best to hold my weight and not gain anymore. If I happen to lose weight that will be an added benefit.

This coming week marks the start of bringing the weekend into the tracking circle. i anticipate that mu numbers will look terrible when it comes to points consumed. But this is necessary if I want to bring my weekend eating under control.

I was most unhappy with my exercise this past week. I did nothing. I didn’t take advantage of the weekend to walk anywhere. I can’t do any other kind of exercise because there is no place to do that work. Still I have a plan in place so that when the governor lifts the stay-at-home order I will be able to hit the ground running (although I don’t run). I have an exercise plan and I’ll be revealing that is time.

It’s now 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: 208.6

Weight change: -3.8

Total weight loss: -5.6

Meal Segments tracked: 14 of 21 (67%)

ACTIVITY:

Saturday: 2,605 steps. No other activity

Sunday: 4,380 steps. No other activity

Monday: 11,637 steps. No other activity

Tuesday: 10,500 steps. No other activity

Wednesday: 10,000 steps. No other activity

Thursday: 11,365 steps. No other activity

Friday: 10,753 steps. No other activity

Total: 61,240 steps ( down 16,681 steps from last week)

EVALUATION:

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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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weekend change coming up

As usual, the weekend was the weekend. I close my eyes for those two days and eat as I wish with no accountability.

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I know that is not good. It is obviously not helping my weigh loss efforts. I had hoped by this time to have weekends in my accountability circle but I’m not there yet.

One can spot the flaw in this right away by a careful reading of the prior paragraph. It’s in the words, “I had hoped by this time…” The problem is clear. A hope is not a plan. I need a plan to get weekends into my accountability circle.

It is high time to start including weekends in my tracking protocol. The question is how to do it. Should I do it slowly–add on day and then wait a few weeks before adding the other day? Should I jump in and start tracking both days? I can see advantages for both. However I think I am ready to plunge in. Starting this Saturday, weekend eating will be tracked with the same protocol as weekday tracking.

I suspect this is going to produce some wild results. I expect to be over my points for week by quite a bit. Yet over time I also expect to see a change in how I eat on weekends. And I suspect that this will show up on the scale eventually. Here are three tactics I plan to use:

  1. Cut the days into thirds for tracking purposes. I already do this for weekdays and it has proven helpful to see where the rough spots are in the day. this tactic should do the same for weekend days.
  2. Eat a largish breakfast. By eating earlier in the day I might be able to reduce the feeling that I’m starving myself and end up eating too much in the afternoons and evenings.We’ll see how it goes
  3. Throw in a fitness walk Saturday and/or Sunday.

As always, we’ll see how it goes.

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday March 28, 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 horrible. I’m unhappy with my tracking. I feel it has been hit and miss. I have actually gotten worse at it since the Corona virus put an end to live workshops and weigh-in. In order to improve it I’ve decided to look at tracking a bit differently. I’ve been saying that I need to track all meals of each day or it is a failed day. Instead I’m going to go start looking at how many meals I track out of the day. And improve that way. My goal is to improve the number of meals I track per week. If I can improve a bit each week that will give me more data by which to evaluate my eating. That will give me better data by which to make decisions about my food.

I’ve divided the day into three segments of time and what I eat will be tracked in that part of the day. Food I eat between getting up and noon will be tracked under breakfast. Food I eat between noon and 430pm will be tracked under lunch. Food I eat from 430pm until bedtime will be tracked under dinner. This makes for 21 segments in a week. The question will be how many segments did I track.

This week I really did a poor job with vegetables. I have the food in the house but I didn’t eat them when I came home in the evening. It’s a problem I thought I had solved. However I have not. It’s about sticking to a practice every day. This former problem has combined with the same old problem of staying up too late and eating junk. This has hurt the effort and hurt it badly.

Speaking of hurt, I hurt my back on Friday. That means the number of steps for the day will be down. I had hoped to do some extra walking this weekend but that is out the window with the back injury. That’s too bad since last weekend I actually did get a fitness walk in. I took a walk in the area near our home. The weather was near perfect and I enjoyed the walk.

It has proven to be too much work to separate The News From Lake Weightbegone from the Fat Girl Report. So this week they are both together again. So here comes the Fat Girl Report. Let’s do the numbers (the sad version of “Stormy Weather” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 212.4

Weight change: +2.8

Total weight loss: -1.8

Meal Segments tracked: 12 of 21 (57%)

ACTIVITY:

Saturday: 6,845 steps. No other activity

Sunday: 8.280 steps. Fitness walk=1.85 miles in 50 minutes and 58 seconds

Monday: 15,672 steps. No other activity

Tuesday: 10,648 steps. No other activity

Wednesday: 11,774 steps. No other activity

Thursday: 14,752 steps. No other activity

Friday: 9,950 steps. No other activity

Total: 77,921 steps ( up 7141 steps from last week)

EVALUATION:

Worst week since returning to WW

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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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The Fat Girl Report

Saturday March 21, 2020

Let’s do the numbers (“Stormy Weather” plays in the background).

WEIGHT:

Today’s weight: 209.6

Weight change: +4.2

Total weight loss: -4.6

ACTIVITY:

Saturday: 7,069 steps. No other activity

Sunday: 1,071 steps. No other activity

Monday: 13,090 steps. No other activity

Tuesday: 10,086 steps. No other activity

Wednesday: 13,379 steps. No other activity

Thursday: 14,328 steps. No other activity

Friday: 11,037 steps. No other activity

Total: 70,780 steps (-15055 from last week)

EVALUATION:

There’s no other way to say it, this was devastating. I was expecting to gain weight but not this much. Also with work slowing down so are my steps per day.

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Turnaround Tuesday

Tuesday March 3, 2020

The weekend was out of control and Monday was barely better. It’s time to take charge and re-impose order on my eating. It starts as it always does with a sensible breakfast. I’ve done that and I’m ready to have a good eating day.

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I’m not feeling that great about the activity today because it is going to be a slow day at work. Our office closed early yesterday in order to have the floor disinfected. Thank you, coronavirus. Today most of our meetings are cancelled. That means I’ll be doing much less of the set up and clean up associated with each meeting. That means I’ll log considerably fewer steps. I’ll do my best to get around that problem with a number of “take a walk for no reason” events.

Although I’m not going to hit the goal of making this an outstanding week, I can still make it a good one. I can still get it together and register a loss. I’ll have to be much more disciplined this evening and all the other evening of this week for that to happen.

I have the foods I need at home to make it happen. I need to actually eat them.

 

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday February 29, 2020

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

Today begins a new approach to the News. As of today I will be writing this post before I step on the scale. The reason for this is to evaluate the week before the number on the scale influences my view of the week. in other words I’m trying to capture my sense of how the week went independent of the scale. The number on the scale has a tendency to change how I feel about the week retroactively. I want to express my feelings and thoughts before I know that number and see what happens.

It was a bad week. My eating was not out of control but I failed on many levels. My tracking was abysmal. I missed two days of eating vegetables. I missed on day of eating fruit. I failed to control 4 of the 5 weekday evening. Even at work I did poorly. there was way too much pointy foods about the office this week and I ate them.

Steps for the week were up quite a bit compared to last week. The week at work was very busy. I walked less because I had a lot of driving and sitting to do that day. No other significant activity took place over the week. However the possibility is that I may be getting on an exercise bike soon. More about that if it happens.

And that 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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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday February 15, 2020

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

It was an OK week. The real problem continues to be evenings. Two out of five weekday evening went south. It was the same old struggle. I get home and eat my vegetables. But then the night comes on and I stay up too late and I eat a lot of junk. The answer is simple: go to bed on time. but for some reason I can’t get this to happen on a consistent basis.

Steps for the week were down compared to last week. The reason was that I had Tuesday off. I walked less because I had a lot of driving and sitting to do that day. No other significant activity took place over the week.

When I went to weight in, I was expecting no real loss or gain. I was surprised to see a significant loss.

Current weight: 205.0 lbs

Weight change since last weigh in: -3.0 lbs

Total weight lost this year: 9.2 lbs

And that 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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the story of the feet (oh, not that story)

Sunday January 19, 2020

I had been at Wright Business Graphics for about 13 months. I was working on the production floor. I was working in the digital print department. I was on my feet most of my shift and the majority of that was standing with limited walking. The floor of the plant is concrete.

Within the first four months of my employment I began to have significant pain in my knees, feet and mostly in my hips. Eventually I had to go to a doctor to be evaluated and treated. The first part of the treatment was getting shoes that would cushion me against the unforgiving concrete floor and letting the injuries heal. The second part was doing stretches and strengthening exercises for my hips and lower back and core.

The progress was slow and was interrupted by a new health concern that came on suddenly: diverticulitis. I was diagnosed after an ER visit. Recovering from that took priority over the lower body issues. The stretches and strengthening exercises went out the window. That delayed the healing process for my lower body by a couple of months. Over the next month or so the diverticulitis came under control and I returned to working on the lower body issues. The hip pain slowly resolved as did the knee pain.

I was beginning to see the end of this wilderness of pain when suddenly my foot pain increased. I was again forced to seek medical advice. This time I was referred to a podiatrist. On August 31st I had my first visit with Dr. Daniel Johnson, DPM. He diagnosed me with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. He told me what the prognosis is for this and that we might have to try various solutions to see which would be most effective. He gave me a pad for the inside of my shoes.

I wore the shoe pads and for almost two weeks the pain decreased. But suddenly the pain increased again and I had to return to the doctor. I had to start wearing a brace but said this was no more than a stopgap measure. The best solution would be an orthotic insert. He was very blunt with me. He told me that eventually I would have to go to an orthotic insert or the tendon would rupture. If that happen then I’m looking at major surgery. However my insurance would not pay for these inserts. I would have to pay for them out of pocket and they are not cheap.

Finally a year after seeing Dr Johnson for the first time, I had to swallow hard and go get fitted for an orthotic insert. The man who got me set up was very knowledgeable. He had been doing orthotics for 40 years. He told all about how they work and what I could expect. Toward the end of my time with him, he took molds of both feet. I was surprised. I thought I only needed an insert for one foot. He said that the doctor had prescribed a pair because my left foot would soon have the problem that my right foot already had. Actually the cost was for two inserts not one. That made me feel better about paying out the money.

I can’t remember if it was September 7th or 14th but on one of those days I picked up my orthoditcs. He man who fitted me slid them into my shoes and made a couple of adjustments. He told me how to break them in and then I was off and running (so to speak).

I must say that the difference has been amazing. They changed my gait, changed my stance and changed my life. The foot pain is gone. I can be on my feet again. I’m walking 10000 plus steps a day. Work doesn’t kill my legs anymore. It has been wonderful. hats off to Dr Daniel Johnson! Hats off to Anderson’s Footwear and Custom Orthotics! My feet are eternally grateful.

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Wossamotta Wednesday

Wednesday January 15, 2020

I’m on the other side of the midpoint of my weight loss week. Time for the mid week check in. I am trying to do a check in on either Tuesday (hereafter called Turnaround Tuesday or Wednesday (afterwards known as Wossamotta Wednesday). For those wonder about the name of Wednesday, it is a contraction of the phrase “What’s the matter.” I admit that this is a blatant borrowing from a cartoon show that ran when I was a child: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Wossamotta U was the name of the college that Bullwinkle attended.

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At any rate this morning is a good time to review how I’ve been doing weight-loss-wise and to ask, “What;s the matter?” It’s a chance to look and see what is going well and what needs to change as I go into the last part of the week.

Well, the WW tracker tells the story. I didn’t track on Saturday and Sunday. I’m not so worried about that because my current objective is to get hold of my weekday eating first and then expand to my weekend eating.

However on the weekend two significant things happened. First I went our to eat with the family on Saturday. I didn’t do badly. I ate three scrambled eggs, two sausage links and a biscuit. I didn’t eat the hash browns but now because I didn’t want to. They were burned so I found them inedible. I give myself a C as a grade for eating out on that meal.

The second thing that happened over the weekend was that I hurt my back on Sunday afternoon. That had repercussions for the first part of the work week. I was unable to go to work on Monday and Tuesday. That meant I was at home with nothing to do but eat. that was dangerous.

However I’m happy to report that I didn’t do too badly on Monday and Tuesday. I tracked on those days: Monday 31 points, Tuesday 33 points. Monday I had fruit but didn’t have vegetables. On Tuesday I had vegetables but no fruit. On both days I had way too much junk food.

Switching over the the activity side of things, all four days were fails.

Saturday: 5701 steps

Sunday: 5123 steps

Monday: 1915 steps

Tuesday: 2150 steps

I’m not gonna jump all over me because I has hurt. In order for my back to heal I had lay low physically. I’m back at work today but I still feel the pain. So I will need to be careful how I work today since my job involves a lot of standing, walking, bending, lifting, carrying, stooping, cart pushing and other stuff. Still I suspect I will be back at 10,000 plus steps today and for the rest of the work week.

My plans for eating are to get on track for fruits and vegetables.

 

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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday January 11, 2019

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

Today marks one week since my return to Weight Watchers. If this week were the start of a horse race then you’d have to say I was that horse who stumbled coming out of the starting gate.

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On Saturday, Sunday and Monday I failed to record what I ate. You might say that my tracking was off track.

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However on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I got back on the tracking track. During those days I ate a minimum of a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables each day.

The major disappointment of the week was in the area of exercise. I found the gym simply too crowded this week for my tastes. I have suspended my cardiovascular exercise until I can buy a bike and get on the road with said bike. In the meantime I hit my goal of 10,000 steps a day 5 times out of 7 this week.

Current weight: 212.0 lbs

Weight change since last weigh in: -2.2 lbs

And that 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.

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