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Weight update

Today’s weight: 180.9lbs
Loss: 3.5lbs
Total Loss: 3.5lbs
Weekly Points used: 43
Activity Points earned: 43
Activity Points used: 43

As you can tell, I was a bit close to my points limits, but I know from past experience that if I don’t use all my weekly points, I won’t lose weight at all. I’m going to try to use less of them (like 75% instead of 100%), and see what happens, but this weekend is our bi-annual trip to Cedar Point, and I know I’ll be eating some not so great for me food, so I’m saving my points for that.

I’ll be going to the gym again on Thursday. Thinking about the “on the ball” class again, which was kinda fun, but pilates is also an option. So I’ll earn quite a few activity points to spend over the weekend as well – and of course, lots of walking around the park and to and from the cabin.

In addition to Weight Watchers, I also keep track of my calories/activity at It’s free! It also syncs with my fitbit, so it’s more automated for me. However, it says I should be eating a lot more than Weight Watchers does, so I’m keeping track of what the differences are and see if sparkpeople will work just as well for me as weight watchers. I’ve not had the best success on it in the past, probably because I didn’t have a good idea of how much I should eat, but I’m comparing this time.

Pretty Picture of the last two weeks of weigh-ins:
Graph of trending weight

Gym progress

I managed to get to the gym early on Thursday. I had nothing to do at work, and plenty of comp-time thanks to my traveling, so I played “hooky” and went to the gym instead.  I just went to the next class offered by my gym: “On the Ball”, which was described as a combination of strength training and cardio class using a stability ball.  It kicked my butt.  After 15 minutes, I was looking at the clock to see how much longer it would be and was really disappointed that there were still 45 minutes left!  I was so sore the next few days – in places I didn’t realize I had muscles (mostly the small core muscles and the outside of my butt).  So, I skipped the gym on the weekend, but I made sure that Daughter Person and I went walking a lot.  Besides, my goal is going to the gym twice a week right now, there’s no requirement that I go on the weekends 😉

Today, I’m going to just leave work for an hour to try their kickboxing class.  It was a tossup between that or the earlier yoga class.  I need to make up some weekly points, and the kickboxing will do that much better than the yoga will (10pts vs 4pts), so I’m going to try the kickboxing class.  I’ve been to a kickboxing class before, and I thought it was fun – I was also in much better shape when I went, so we’ll see how sore I am after today.

I’ve only got 3 weekly points left, but it only has to last through today – and I’ve got a “plan” for eating Daughter Person’s grapes as a snack if I get hungry (0pts).

Back on the Wagon

The Weight Watchers wagon that is.  I don’t have any extended travel planned for a while (except a few weekend trips), so I’m going to work on losing weight.  I did pretty good while in Europe, I only gained 2 lbs in three weeks, but I’m still flirting with a BMI of 30, and would rather not be.  Wednesday is my weigh-in with WW online (I’m too cheap to actually go to a meeting), so today’s as good a day as any to start again.  I’m 5’6″ tall, and my “normal” BMI range is 115-154.  I don’t think I’ve *ever* been below 140 in my adult life, so my final goal is 150lbs.  My first goal is 10% of my weight: 166lbs.  I also have some other non-weight related goals: to have 30% body fat, and to wear size 8 jeans (in the same style/brand I currently wear). While I was in late high school, college and the first year of grad school, I weighed 165lbs, and wore size 6 jeans (yeah, I was muscular), so I know it’s possible, and I know how much BS the BMI measurement is.

Current Weight: 184.4lbs
Goal Weight: 166lbs
Daily Points: 28
Weekly Points: 49
Activity Goal: 14

Current Body Fat %: 42.5% (this gets as low as 36% when I’m well hydrated)
Current Jeans Size: 16

Arsenic in our food – eh

Dad sent me a link to a consumer reports article on arsenic in our rice.  I just kinda shrugged and said OK, I’m still eating my rice.  Every single food you eat will kill you in some way eventually.  Whether through obesity, too much sugar, too much processing, too much arsenic, etc…  I’m a little burnt out on all the hysteria.  If you paid attention to all of the studies, you’d never eat anything – or drink anything, because it might kill you.

I say unless it kills you (relatively) immediately or makes you sick, go ahead and keep eating it.  You never know what’s going to end up killing you until it’s too late, so you might as well enjoy life while you can.  Erica over at NorthWest Edible Life, had a hilarious write-up on the situation.

As for me and Daughter Person, we’re going to keep eating rice, white and brown.

34 years and 180lbs

On my 34th birthday, I’m 180lbs – one of the heavier weights I’ve ever been. I’ve been up to 186, but once I stop stress eating, I tend to go back down to the 180 range. I got a groupon for a local women’s only gym, and I’ve been trying to go at least twice a week (for a whole week). I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers online, and Dad has joined with me. We’ve got reservations for a Brazilian steakhouse tonight though… – lots of protein, but not really great in the dieting department. I’ll be using all my weekly points. It’ll be worth it though – and we’ve got a buy one, get one free coupon, so my meal is free 🙂

We sprung for a WiThings scale so that we could keep track of our weights easily – I got it used off of Craigslist for $115 – but it’s in really good shape. We had originally tried a FitBit Aria scale, but it just wouldn’t work with our wireless network, so we returned it, and got the WiThings instead.

I also renewed my subscription to Hyperstrike/Workout-X, which I let lapse about 5 years ago. It gives me something to do at the gym, and if I travel, I can still do workouts in the hotel.

My goal weight is 150lbs, which is right at the middle of my “healthy” BMI range.  And It’d be nice if I did it before the end of the year, but we’ll see.


The last week has been one exercise in staying awake after another.  I finally have a break while traveling.

We spent the weekend at a friend’s cabin at a lake – with no air-conditioning.  I’m OK with heat as long as it’s not muggy and there’s shade available.  There was shade – but it was *very* muggy, and I was very uncomfortable.  Daughter Person ended up with a heat rash – along with Hand, Foot and Mouth (for the third time!).  I took off Monday to take her to the doctor to confirm it, and then spent the day driving her to grandma’s for the week.  We were planning on going to grandma’s this upcoming weekend anyway, so now it’s just Dad and I driving alone without Daughter Person.  I’ve spent way too long in a car the last few days.

Today, I took a day trip to Raleigh, NC for work – I left on an 8:30 am flight, and I’m sitting in the airport now waiting for my flight home.

I expected to be tired from having a child, but never this level of exhaustion.  I sleep well – mostly because I’m so tired that I just pass out in bed as soon as I lay down.  I’m ready for a mental health week.  I’m going to take a week stay cation, take Daughter Person to daycare, and let Dad go to work, then stay home and have the whole house to myself!