Weekly Weigh-In 2-19-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Well, it finally happened. The scale moved. YAY!!! It seems like getting my butt moving is helping to further the cause. Wanna see the results?? Here it is:

2018-2-19

2-19-2018

And the progress report:

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

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

Oh my, 7 pounds total so far. The drop since I’ve been going to the recreation center encourages me to keep this up. I went to my first class on Friday and went back today. The classes are simple, using light weights, stretch bands, and mostly, moving to music. And the instructor uses good music, lol. I also got on the treadmill after the class today for 20 minutes. It feels strange to be moving again. I mean, I have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for YEARS. When my phone had a pedometer on it, the most steps I ever got was just over 4,000 steps in one day. Most days were under 1,000 steps. I don’t know how many steps I’m getting now, but my physical activity has definitely increased. Tomorrow I plan to go to the yoga class. I’m really looking forward to that.

So, how did you do this week??? Keep on keeping on folks. I’ll talk to ya again soon. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on a post later in the week to catch up on other things going on with me. Hope you’ll check in then. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 2-12-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Well, I’m stuck. The same weight for the past three weeks.

2018-2-12 Weight

2-12-2018 Weight

I’m really glad it hasn’t gone up, but come on. Really??? Not even a tenth of a pound??? Oh well, gotta work a little harder, I guess,

I have gone to the rec three times now. I’ve only been on the treadmill so far, but that’s more than what I had been doing. I’m hoping to make a yoga class on Thursday. It’s a busy week this week, with a quilt guild meeting today, a doctor appointment tomorrow, an eye exam on Wednesday, and a research study appointment on Thursday. So I’ll be traveling on Wednesday and Thursday which cuts into my available time. I did get on the treadmill today after the guild meeting and hope to do that again tomorrow after the doctor appointment. I’m trying, just wish the scale would cooperate.

Can anyone suggest a good, reliable, not-too-expensive fitness tracker??? I’d like to have something that tracks my heart rate especially. In 2011, it was found that I had bradycardia and had a pacemaker implanted. My heart rate before the pacer was in the 30s and 40s. The rate with the pacer is around 60 most of the time. I have some aFib from time to time and just want to check my rate when I’m exercising. Please leave me some feedback in the comments, please.

So, how did you do this week??? Are you in a maintenance phase??? Losing??? Gaining??? Join in and leave a comment. Until next week with this, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 2-5-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How’s it going??? How did you do this week??? I maintained, which I take as a win, cuz I had my Super Bowl pizza last night. Yep, I ate the whole thing!!! (And it was delicious!!!)

2018-2-5 Weight

2-5-2018

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

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

I did join the recreation center on Friday. I just signed up for one month, to make sure I’m going to use the membership. And I started it today. I didn’t get up in time to make it to a class, but I did go use a treadmill this afternoon. I walked a little over 1.5 miles. I know, that’s not much, but for the ultimate couch potato, it was a big deal. I hadn’t used a treadmill in over 20 years. And my legs were shaky at the end of that little bit. But I did it. And didn’t have to stop during that time. I’ll take that as a win too. And I’m ready for bed at 8:30 PM. Oh well, I’ve got to get up early in the morning for a 9 AM doctor appointment. Well, it’s for fasting lab work, the actual doctor appointment is next Tuesday. So I’ll be heading to bed after I post this.

The recreation center has a large room with machines, most of which I have no idea what they are for or how to use them. I know some of them are weight machines and they have treadmills, elliptical machines, and recumbent bikes. They have free weights and I’m hoping the classes I plan to take will help with some weight workouts. If not, Barbara, do you think Chris could help show me how to use some of the machines??? It’s a thought.

On another tangent, I got a wonderful picture of my furbabies this morning. At least one of them is always on the move (unless they’re on my lap asleep) and I never get a good pic of them together. But today:

2018-2-5 Misty & Rio

Rio (in front) and Misty

If you don’t have a pet, you don’t know what you’re missing. They give such unconditional love in return for so little from me. If you’re thinking of getting a pet, make sure you can afford them. They push me to the limit sometimes, but I take good care of them. Last year, they consumed about 7% of my income, and that’s quite a high percentage of income (at least it is for me), and this year, it may be a bit more. I need to get Misty’s teeth cleaned (and she’ll probably need a couple extractions) and that’ll get scheduled as soon as I get my tax refund. From the refund, I’ll also get their Heartgard and fleas medications for the year. So there goes the bulk of my refund, but I can’t think of anything I’d rather spend it on. And if you are thinking of getting a new pet, Just make sure you can afford them. And, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!!!

I love them so much!!! Have a great week everyone!!! Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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Whew, I’m ready for bed 1-31-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Told ya I’d be back tonight. I had a busy day. First, I woke up late. I set my alarm wrong (PM instead of AM). Luckily my eye exam was at 11 AM so I had plenty of time to get ready and get out of here on time. I headed out around 10 and went to the post office to check my box. I got an official invitation for the quilt guild’s New Member Tea along with a sweet note from the guild president. I’m looking forward to spending time with these ladies again this year. I was early to the doctor’s office and didn’t have to wait long to be seen. They have a new machine that takes pictures of the back of the eye and the doctor showed me what my diabetes is doing to my eyes. He said it’s still minor and I don’t have problems with blood leakage or floaters yet, so I’m doing ok with that. I had to get two drops for dilation and that makes it rather uncomfortable with a clear sunny day.

I got my HealthyWage verification done today. My weight at my doctor’s office was 186.2. So to earn my wager I need to be at 156.2 by July 31st. My personal goal is to be at 150 by the end of July. I can do this!!! I know there will be times that my weight fluctuates, but if I apply myself and stay committed, I will lose the weight.

I went to the recreation center to check out the options there. The man I spoke with suggested I see if I’m eligible for the Silver Sneakers program. From what I’ve researched online, I’m not eligible for it. I only have original Medicare parts A and B. According to what I’ve read, you have to be a member of a Medicare Advantage plan. So that’s probably out for me. The encouraging news??? The monthly membership is only $20.00 for anyone over 55 (that includes me). One advantage of getting older, I guess. I need to find some more answers. The way the information I was given reads, the SS classes include anyone who has Medicare, but I’m just not sure yet. The classes sound doable, and they do have an SS yoga class that I think I would really like. I’ve done yoga in my younger days and really liked it then. No matter if I can use the SS classes or not, they have a well-equipped workout room that would help get me in better shape. I’ll be going back there on Friday to ask more questions (and join if I get the answers I want).

In other news, I actually did a bit of sewing yesterday. YAY!!! About a year or so ago, I bought several yards of fleece to make some dog beds for our local no-kill shelter. I cut the fabric apart and it’s sat in a bag since then. I got one bed sewed and now need to stuff it and finish it. I have about 8 or 10 beds cut to sew, so I have something to work on. (I actually have plenty of projects to work on.) I’m triple stitching them (the workers at the shelter said their dogs get rowdy at times) so they take a little bit of sewing to get them ready for stuffing. I have a ton of scrap material that I collected the last year I was in the quilt guild that I can use for stuffing. First thing I need to do is clean out my machine, it’s making a thudding noise when I’m sewing. I was going to do that yesterday, but my screwdriver wasn’t in my toolkit, so I guess that’s really my first thing to do—find that screwdriver. Then clean out the bobbin area and see if that clears up the funny sounds. I really need to take the machine in for a good cleaning and maintenance. Ah, when is my Publisher’s Clearing House check supposed to get here??? LOL!!!

Well, that’s it for tonight. I got some things started and have a plan to continue on them. As long as I keep moving forward that’s a plus for me. There have been too many times in the past where I get bogged down and just give up on everything. A little at a time is a good thing. Take care everyone, I’ll talk to ya again soon. Blessed be, hugs!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 1-29-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Yep, it’s Monday again. Time for this week’s reveal.

2018-1-29

1-29-2018 Down a pound!!!

So, the numbers so far this year:

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

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

I’m right where I wanted to be, around 5 pounds per month. As I said when I started this, my goal is to be at 150 pounds by the end of July. I’ve got to get moving more. I know how important that is to weight loss. It’s just a matter of making myself do it. I am a true couch potato. My least favorite class in school was PE. I just am not at all athletically inclined. But I’ve got to do something if I want this to succeed. I didn’t get to the recreation center to check it out last week, but it’s on my errand list for this Wednesday. I have an eye exam and will need to pick up med refills, so I’ll be out and can do it then. I’ll post again Wednesday evening and let ya’ll know what I find out.

I did sign up with HealthyWage last night. It’s a program where you set a weight loss goal to achieve in a set amount of time. You pay in a set amount each month and if you meet your goal, you get a higher payback from them. I’m going with 30 pounds in 6 months and am wagering $20.00 per month. So I’ll pay in $120.00 and if I make my goal, I’ll get back $336.43. I think this will definitely inspire me to work hard to reach my goal. I’ve got to stop by the doctor’s office on Wednesday to get my weight verified to start the program. They have group and individual challenges that I can participate in too. I haven’t checked them out too much yet. One thing at a time, ya know???

That’s it for the weigh-in for this week. I’ll see ya’ll on Wednesday. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

 

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