Merci Beaucoup!

Received a nice little pick-me-up this week. This blog is obviously a journal I keep for myself, but it’s lovely to see you supporting my “content journey.”

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I had PIE for the first time in years at Thanksgiving. Yet, yesterday my weight checked in at my lowest ever in years. So, hellya. Still going strong.


My wellness coach sent me a suggested workout routine for the equipment at the Y. She called it a, “Full Body Gym Routine with Machines.” It’s been years since I worked out regularly on gym equipment. I went through my first routine today with the help of a staff member who showed me all the machines and how they work.

As I type this, I’m feeling sore already.

Part of the drill, however, is helping me get ingrained into a regular schedule of working out. I know I need to do it to get to the next level with my weight loss.

Plus, when I adjust to it, it will make me feel stronger and more flexible. Wendy, the staff member who helped me, suggested I try a few classes too. I will have to work up to that, but it seems like a good idea.

Changing topics, Thanksgiving is this week. I’ve written about Thanksgiving before. It’s unfortunate the holiday is centered on overeating. I’m super disciplined about what I eat these days, but it’s going to be tough passing on mashed potatoes with gravy. I can always pass on pies and sweets, but mashed potatoes and gravy (especially with Turkey) is one of my favorites.

Oh well, c’est la guerre.

I will keep you posted on the workout routine. My greatest concern is the weather is getting colder here in South Dakota. I’m reluctant to leave my place when it’s so cold outside. We’ll see if I can make the commitment stick.

Heading into Holiday Hell

I survived Halloween.  I honestly believe this is the first Halloween in 40+ years I did not eat a single piece of Halloween candy.  It wasn’t too bad.  I just resisted.  Considering I mentally prepared I wouldn’t eat any (and not even cheat), I just didn’t.  My son still has a ton of candy left over which I simply choose to ignore.

Halloween is a big one.  I’m not one to binge on sweets, so Halloween is that rare holiday when I do eat candy ordinarily.  I’m proud of my accomplishment.

I’ve noticed I have been slipping here and there though.  Rationalizing some food choices that are not strictly SBD.  I haven’t gone overboard, but this is the first sign of trouble.  My weight has settled in at plateau (far from my goal).  I’m going to have to do one of two (or both) things to move beyond my current malaise.

  1. Go back to Phase 1, reacquaint myself with vegetables and refocus on my goal.
  2. Take exercise seriously.

I’m really concerned about Thanksgiving (oh, it’s just one day, eh?) and Christmas (I’ll start again January 1).  The next two months will be critical.  In the meantime, I’m still down 23 pounds.