My Weight Loss Journey V2 – Week 1

Yes, I’m back having gained 90 lbs. after having lost 130 back before the pandemic started. I got way off track over the past couple of years and I’ve had a hard time getting back into the healthy eating, healthy living mindset. Since nothing I’ve tried has worked lately, I’m trying to do a reset, and hope that my motivation and determination follow once again.

I signed back up for WW on a Saturday, but like my previous journey, I’m having my official weigh in day on Monday. Weigh in day is a personal preference and from past experience, I find that I stay on track better on weekends when I weigh in on Monday, rather than Friday. When I weigh in on a Friday, my brain plays a little game, telling me that I have a whole week to counteract any bad eating that I do on the weekend. When I do my weigh in on Monday, I tend to stay within my points more, and am more successful.

So how did my first week (plus 2 days) go?

My starting weight on October 15th was 245 lbs. After my first week, in which I actually ate out once, when I was invited to lunch with a couple of co-workers, I was down to 238.5 lbs. which is a loss of 6.5lbs!

I have always found the first week on program to be above average, I think it’s the extra water weight that is being shed after switching drastically to healthier foods and making an effort to drink more water. No matter how it happened, I’m taking it as a win, and a good start, once again.

Getting Back on Track

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I’ve been asking myself if I’ve been using the COVID lockdowns over the past few years as an excuse to fall off the wagon and regain a lot of the weight I lost previously, and the honest answer is probably yes, but it’s probably not all of the issue.

I know I need to get back on track after regaining a lot of the weight I had previously lost. I’m back to needing to lose about 100 lbs. when I was about 5 lbs away from my goal for so long. It’s such a struggle always watching what you eat. Some days I wish food was not a necessity, it would be so much easier to give it up then.

So here I am, I had cancelled my WW membership because I was not logging things Today, I signed back up and because I need some accountability. here I am, finally with some motivation to get back to blogging. I don’t know if I’ll be as consistent with updates as I was before, but I know I need something to keep me on track.

January/February Update

I have not forgotten you all. Once I started to try to get back to blogging, I remembered one of the things that was frustrating me and was one of the contributing factors to me stopping, and that was my computer. It was getting to the point that I had to start it up hours before I was ready to do anything, and then the battery would not hold a charge, and I had to use an Ethernet cable for internet, because it would not stay connected to wifi….Anyway, I finally ordered a new one at the beginning of February and it’s due to arrive next week! I’m excited to have a working computer again!

I’ve been keeping busy with work most days, but trying to get some crafty time in on the weekends, or in the evening. I finished my second Diamond Painting and have started my third. The newest one is larger, so is going much slower, but I’m really enjoying it. Here is my progress on it so far.

Hummingbird Diamond Painting
Hummingbird diamond painting in progress.

I started trick training classes with Jasmine in January and we’ve been having a lot of fun. February 29th is our last class, but we may sign up again for that one because there are a few tricks she is just not getting yet, and the trainer asks what we want to learn, so there is the opportunity to add to Jasmine’s list of commands.

Truffles celebrated his 14th birthday on January 25th! I bought him a new bed, a stuffed toy to cuddle with, and some special treats. Here he is just a few minutes after I put his new bed and toy down for him. He doesn’t play with toys, but he does like to snuggle with them occasionally.

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Truffles on his 14th birthday with his presents.

We also celebrated Jasmine’s first birthday on February 24th! I can hardly believe that it has been almost a year since she came into my life. We had a little celebration, where I tortured the dogs with party hats (they were thrilled as you can see from the pictures), and I made them some special pup cakes from this recipe. I made minis because these two are too small for full sized cupcakes, and we still have a bunch in the freezer, but they loved them! I’ll definitely make them again.

That’s it for now! I hope to be back more frequently once I have the new computer and get it up and running! Bye for now!

Back from a Long Hiatus

Hello everyone! I am back from almost a year away from my blog. I have really missed the community and friends I made here during my blogging journey but for whatever reason 2019 was hard and I just could not seem to find the energy to spend on my blog. I’ve been trying to figure out why I felt that way, because I don’t want it to happen again, and all I can think is that right at the beginning of last year, when I went back to work after recharging over the holidays, our entire team was asked to put in a LOT of overtime in a very short period of time and I just burned out. I still feel like I haven’t completely recovered from that, I must be getting old or something.

Dragon diamond painting
My first diamond painting

So, what has happened over the past year? Well, I’ve been holding fairly steady in my weight loss journey, hovering at 5-8 pounds above my ultimate goal, until the last month. I will admit to slacking in December, and have gained about 10 pounds, but I’m getting back on track to start the new year. I’ve lost track of the weeks, and won’t likely be doing as many updates on that, other than to share some yummy recipes occasionally since I’m fairly close to my goal and don’t seem to budge much.

I’ve done a bit of crafting over the past year, not as much as I would have liked though. Between neck pain preventing me from crocheting, and just being tired by the end of the day, I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would like in creating things. Having said that, I have been introduced to a new hobby, diamond painting, and will likely be sharing some progress on those projects as I work on them.

Chihuahua with Happy New Year sign
Jasmine just after midnight on New Year’s morning.

I’ve saved the best update for last! Any of you who followed me when I was blogging regularly, probably remember my furbaby, Truffles. He is still with me, I can’t believe that he’ll be 14 years old later this month! Now, I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of my family, Jasmine!

Jasmine turned 10 months old on Christmas Eve, I will tell more of her story in another post, I adopted her from a local dog rescue early last year. I was worried that when she first came to live with us that she and Truffles wouldn’t get along but, while they aren’t best buddies, they have adapted to each other pretty well. Being older, Truffles sleeps what seems like 90% of the time, Jasmine has really livened things up around here!

As for future plans for this blog, I am going to try to get myself on a regular schedule. Since I don’t want to overwhelm myself again, and abandon blogging entirely for another year, I’m starting out slowly, aiming to post once or twice a month. If things go well, I may increase to once a week, but I know I was finding it difficult to find time to blog more than once a week previously, so I’m not going to pressure myself to do so now.

Bye for now! I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead, and I can’t wait to start catching up on everything I’ve been missing!

Happy New Year – 2019

I can hardly believe that 2018 has come and gone already. I have been mostly absent since early last year, checking in only once in a while to share something. I’m hoping that in 2019 I find myself back in blogging and crafting mode. I have set a few goals for myself, and I’m trying to start the new year off on the right foot (not by standing on my right foot at midnight last night, as suggested by a Facebook meme, either).

For today, I just wanted to check in to say, Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely holiday season, and wish you all the best in the coming year.

I hope to check back in with you very soon, in the meantime enjoy the picture of my Yorkie, Truffles, and my cousin’s Chihuahua, Phoebe. They got to visit a little over the holidays, and as you can see, they tolerated each other fairly well.