Weekly Weigh-In 5-22-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How’s it going??? Yeah, I’m a day late and always a dollar short, lol. But I promise, the pic is the first thing I do each Monday morning. (Just after the potty visit that is). And a little loss again, YAY!!! I’ve been surprising myself the past few weeks cuz I’ve been really slack on the walking and the exercise. Really got to get back on the wagon with that. Anyhoo, here is the proof:

2018-5-21 Weight

Weight 5-21-2018

And the stats:

Monday 5-21-2018           167.0     -1.4 pounds        Total loss             21.2 pounds

Monday 5-14-2018           168.4     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             19.8 pounds

Monday 5-7-2018             169.0     -1.8 pounds        Total loss             19.2 pounds

Monday 4-30-2018           170.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             17.4 pounds

Monday 4-23-2018           172.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             16.2 pounds

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

WHOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made it over the 20-pound mark. Unless you’ve done it, and I’m sure many of you have, you can’t begin to know the feeling. Especially when you need to lose it so badly because it’s harming your health. I saw my doctor yesterday (for an unrelated issue) and she was so pleased. I’ve lost 15 pounds on their scales since I last saw her in February. We dropped my insulin intake again because I’ve been having fasting glucose readings in the 60’s. That’s not a good feeling waking up and feeling like you don’t know what’s going on or exactly where you are. Saturday morning it was 62 when I woke up and I actually lost an hour’s time from the time I got up and the next time I realized I was up. I had called into work but went in a bit later because I was feeling better. Low sugar isn’t anything you want to mess with. I make sure to eat a snack before I go to bed to hopefully keep my glucose from dropping too low, but it was time to lower the insulin again.

So that’s where I stand now—20 pounds lighter and taking 20 fewer units of insulin per day. Not bad progress for less than 5 months.

I’m going to start getting back to the gym more and keep this thing going. Hope everyone out there is doing well with your goals, whatever they may be. Until next time, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 5-14-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How was your weekend??? I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. (And being a pet mom counts too, lol. My current children have fur and four paws.)

And I’m back on schedule this week, yay!!!

How are your weight loss goals going??? I only did a little loss this week, but I’m counting it as a win (in this game a loss is a win, huh???).

2018-5-14 Weight

Weight 5-14-2018

And the stats:

Monday 5-14-2018           168.4     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             19.8 pounds

Monday 5-7-2018             169.0     -1.8 pounds        Total loss             19.2 pounds

Monday 4-30-2018           170.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             17.4 pounds

Monday 4-23-2018           172.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             16.2 pounds

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

Uggg, just 0.2 pounds to 20 pounds total loss. I’ll get there by next week.

My exercise routine has been way off. I’ve been really busy the past couple of weeks, and unfortunately, the gym time has been the first to go. I’ve still been getting in a good bit of walking, but I haven’t been meeting my goals. My coworkers switch from weekend to weekend and this was my weekend that no one was there to walk with me. I still did some “hall walking” just not as much as I usually get in on the opposite weekends. I have a good walking partner on the alternate weekends. I have a great friend that I try to walk with a couple of days a week at a local track. I am so grateful to have her in my life now. She’s a sweet, strong woman that I respect and we have some great talks on our walks. She has been so supportive and encouraging to me with this journey. I hope all of you have someone that gives you that little extra something when you need it.

My diet has stayed about the same as usual. Too much sugar and too much snacking. Oh, I watch the calorie counts each day, but I know I need to make some dietary changes in my life. I don’t cook, mainly because it’s just me here and it’s just so much easier to eat grab-and-go foods. I do read food labels and try to make good choices, but with my picky eating habits and limited funds for the “good” foods, it can be a challenge. I think I need a chef, lol.

Keep hanging in there folks. We can do this if we really want to. Until later, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 5-7-2018 5-10-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Yeah, I’m late this week. It’s just been a bit crazy for me lately. But I did take the pic Monday morning. Anyhoo. YAY!!! I made it under 170. See here.

2018-5-7 Weight

5-7-2018 Weight

And for the stats:

Monday 5-7-2018             169.0     -1.8 pounds        Total loss             19.2 pounds

Monday 4-30-2018           170.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             17.4 pounds

Monday 4-23-2018           172.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             16.2 pounds

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

Almost to 20 pounds. Wow, I’ve even surprised myself. I suppose I know I can do it, it’s just been hard. But I suppose anything worthwhile to obtain can be hard at times.

The past couple of weeks I’ve not been doing so well with my exercise and walking. I’m still doing more than I was doing before the start of the year, but like I said, it’s been a bit hectic the past couple of weeks—doggie things, doctor appointments, lots of mystery shops, and other odds and ends. I’m hoping to get back on track next week.

I’m going to make this post short (and sweet) cuz I’ve got to head up the mountain for three mystery shops today. I am going to stop by the fitness center and get on the treadmill first, but I’ve got to scurry.

Have a great day all. Until next time, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

 

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Road Trip!!! 4-25-2018 5-6-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How’s your weekend going??? It’s Sunday, I’m at work, about halfway through my shift, and have nothing to do. So I thought I’d do the post I mentioned last week about our zoo trip. We (Gwen, the daughter; Julien, the grandson; and Brittany, the grandson’s fiance) had a great time. Last summer I won four tickets to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and the tickets had to be used before June 1st. So everyone arranged a day off (except for me of course—since I’m always off during the week) and we headed out on the 25th. We got there around 11 AM and immediately hit the restrooms, lol. It was raining lightly when we arrived but as soon as we left the restrooms we got to put the umbrellas up. It stayed overcast which made for a pleasant day. No rain and not too hot.

Then we set off to explore. We entered on the African side since Gwen was craving some giraffe time. Unfortunately, it was rainy that morning and the giraffes weren’t out. So she was a bit disappointed. But we saw lots of great animals—and I have some pics for ya’ll.

The first stop was at the ellies and they were so HUGE!!! You really can’t tell just how big an animal they are until you get close to them.

That last guy was as still as a statue. We must have watched him for 10 minutes just to see if he’d move. He finally moved his trunk a little bit and then played the freeze game again. We decided to move on.

Up next, the rhinos. They were quite a distance away, so the pics aren’t the best.

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When Gwen, Casey, and Julien lived in Minnesota, Julien had a few encounters with geese. And there was a little flock of geese at the rhino exhibit. And they followed us from one viewing location to another. We told Ju that they were following him just to bug him. 100_1637100_1638

Can you see the babies??? Just little fluffballs.

There were some ostriches and zebras in the giraffe location.

The ostrich kept walking away from us so I only got rear views, lol. That’s a big bird for sure.

Next up were the ape exhibits. First, the baboons.

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Next, the gorillas. They had several viewing locations and a couple of them were right up at the windows of the enclosure.

And the chimpanzees. Oh my, they were so funny. Going up and down the tree fixture. There were two at the top who kept hitting on each other. They were hilarious to watch.

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One of the last things we saw were the lemurs. I think they were my favorites of the day. So active and charming.

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We did see a pair of lions but they were being “flat cats”, just lying around. And we did make it to the desert exhibition but I didn’t get any pictures there. That was near the end of the day and I was getting tired.

I told the kids that I felt I wouldn’t have been able to do this a few months ago. My exercising and walking have made a world of difference in what I can do now compared to just five months ago. That was the first day I’ve gotten in over 12, 000 steps. Just a little proud of myself. And I slept well that night, lol.

I definitely want to go back again. We didn’t make it to the North America side except for the desert exhibit and I want to see the polar bears (my favorite animal). So I’ll start saving and planning our next trip. Maybe next spring??? Who knows. But I’ll be dreaming about it in the meantime.

Have a great evening everyone. Hope you liked my zoo visit too. I’ll be back tomorrow with my Weekly Weigh-In. Until then, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 4-30-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! So, how’s your April been??? Yep, it’s officially over as I’m writing this. The year is a third of the way done. That still leaves us eight months to meet goals for the year. I’ve got three months to meet my weight goal. I’ve made a good start and even if I don’t reach the total goal by the end of July, I know I’m stronger and healthier than I was on January 1st. So here’s the reveal for today:

2018-4-30 Weight

4-30-2018 Weight

Yep, going in the right direction again. I can’t wait to get under 170. Here are the stats:

Monday 4-30-2018           170.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             17.4 pounds

Monday 4-23-2018           172.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             16.2 pounds

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

One of my slower weeks, but at least it’s lower again this week. I’ll blame it on that yummy pizza I had Saturday night (but not the whole pizza like in the past—YAY).

We went to the zoo last Wednesday (post coming up later this week) and I got in over 12,000 steps that day. It seems when I hit a new milestone, that they tend to happen more and more. I’ve now had three days over 12,000 steps. I’m pushing myself a little more each day (just not every day) and, although I’m tired at the end of the day, it feels good to know I’m doing myself a favor by doing it. I’m finding myself feeling more able to do things I didn’t think I could do. And it feels good. I’ve been walking outside with a good friend in the evenings and I’m enjoying that too. I’m not sure if I’ll keep that up during our hot, sticky summer, mainly because I don’t do well with the heat anymore. I’m finding I am able to tolerate it a bit more lately, but when our temps get into the upper 80s and 90s and the humidity is above 60%, I just can’t breathe very well. It gets cooler in the evenings but the humidity goes up then too. I’m just going to see how it goes. I’ll continue to go to the fitness center and getting on the treadmill and the bike, and go to my classes, so I’m not going to stop getting the exercise in, just in different ways.

Happy May Day everyone!!! Hope your spring is going well. I know the weather is still acting crazy in places and I hope you are all safe and sound, wherever you are. Blessed Beltane to those who believe as I do and worship Mother Earth. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

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