Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2018 check in, I'm still here! More summer updates coming

Here's what I've been up to the last month or so. August 2018

A. Moved kid to college far, far away.

Lots of walking on this 150 year old campus

What worked for me
1. Brought my own food in a cooler with a pack.
2. Ate from the salad bar for my two free meals in the cafe
3. I walked, a lot, and walked some more.

Karen's take away:  If you have younger school aged children and want to know if being fit mind and body is worth it for college move in: YES IT IS!!!!

Lose weight, maintain your weight loss. No elevators (that I could see anyway), lots of stairs, walking to new parent events. Lifting large boxes, carrying medium to heavy loads.

Life is for the living. Weight Maintenance is for living life well after 40 years of obesity. Moving my daughter in was busy, hectic yet very doable.

I earned this!

B. Packed my work desk to move on the day I return from vacation. 

What worked for me

1. Opportunity to clean my desk
2. Opportunity to ask for coffee brewer and a yoga mat (not sure if I'll get either, but I liked asking and holding my ground. Good ergonomics are key-IMO and caffeine makes me and you happy, happy, happy.
New cube, left handed desk, not my stuff

3. Opportunity to get away from the junk food in the break room. Guessing that there will still be junk food in the new break room, hoping that there will be less of it, less often.

4. Opportunity to answer more Low Carb questions with the same and new cube farm co-workers.

C. I played  Pokemon, Toon Blast and a few other iPhone games to keep my slippery slope thinking in check  Don't get me wrong, I'm still playing pocket frog, but Pokemon is fun, I can play it with my kid, and her college and the airport are full of poke stops.

What worked for me

1. Playing easy computer games are soothing for me and are an easy brain break
2. Remission from food addiction is no joke, so soothing with a few electronic diversions that I can easily put down and not be addicted to is a good thing for me.
3. I'll stop playing these during work, except for during my walks at work, so I can hatch a few Poke eggs.

Ooooh, a rare green banded Wingull, LOL.

Green Banded Wingull Sept 1, 2018

D. Weight Data

Highest Weight in 2018 was yesterday, Sept 2, 2018

What isn't working for me

1. Not tracking my food all the time
2. Not eating 18:6 most of the time.

I know better, I can do better. Now putting my talking head on my action body and getting to work.


  1. Glad that you checked in, Karen. I miss your posts! Thanks for the honesty about the higher weight. It is not always rainbows and butterflies with weight maintenance, and this is why it is so important to weigh every day--preaching to the choir, I know!

    I think it's great you asked for a yoga mat. I'm going to ask for a standing desk. Many colleagues have them. What I do now is get up every hour or so and walk around my building. I'm on the third floor and there are no elevators. And I don't care if anyone sees me--let them ask and I'll tell them what I'm doing! Keeping active. But everyone already knows me in my building!

    Hope you enjoyed taking your child to school!

    1. I asked for a yoga mat, but got a big no... LOL. I'll probably take my kids yoga mat, since she left it here at home...

  2. PS What app do you use to log your weight?

    1. I enter manually into MFP, then it cross talks to Fitbit, Apple Health, and Heads Up Health.

  3. It is interesting you mentioned the games. I have been doing that too. Waiting times, potential anxiety times, cooped up
    times, potential nagging on my kids times, waiting while traveling.

    1. Thanks, Vickie!!! It's very short, soothing, and I only play when I have time and it benefits me (no cross addiction). I've had folks rip me to pieces, to my face about either playing short games or watching some junk TV. If I know them well and have to be around them a lot. I've pulled them aside and told them it's a H*ll of lot better than eating myself to death or eating out of a trash can and that for me, it's not a problem, but food addiction very much wants to kill me.