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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WIW: 03.05

Weighing in with Heather & Ash
Joining the weigh-in with
Heather & Ash
No change this week.  Which is to be expected.  We had company from Friday afternoon to Monday mid-morning, so instead of three fasting days, two half days, and two normal days, my week consisted of only two fasting days, maybe one half-day (I don't remember how well I did with it ~ if it was actually a half-day or if it kinda morphed into a normal day!), and four normal-ish days.

I've had to rearrange the sequence of my days this week as a result of the interruption in my eating schedule, but by next weigh-in, I will have had a "normal" week.  Which is good.

I also FINALLY got to go for a walk today!  Our winter has been so exceptionally cold this year that I really haven't walked since mid-November when I first wrecked my heels by wearing my old, broken winter boots. Then I couldn't walk comfortably in anything for another two weeks.  By then, the polar vortex had engulfed us.  The one nice 10-day stretch we had in January provided opportunity for me to walk for a week straight, but then it was right back into the deep-freeze and my seasonal job started and I just didn't have opportunity.

But now the pace at work has slowed.  Today is a day off and it was only -15 (5F) first thing this morning with barely a whiff of breeze, the snow gently falling... it was wonderful!  It looks like temperatures are supposed to be much more seasonal and bearable from here on out, and with Daylight Saving Time starting on Sunday and extending our evenings, I won't be able to use darkness as an excuse not to walk anymore.

I'm not losing actual weight as fast as I'd like, but I sure do like how my jeans fit these days ~ even freshly-washed!!

Rave Girl

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Weighing in with Heather & Ash
Joining the weigh-in with
Heather & Ash
Well, the good news is I'm down 2.2 lbs from last week.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that last week I was UP 3.4 lbs from the week before!

I have NO idea how that happened.  I'm serious, I really don't.

I mean, I know I wasn't particularly strict about evening snacking that week, and my half days I don't think were very disciplined either, but I certainly didn't eat more than I would have on a normal day.  And I had all three of my fasting days.  Somehow, the math just doesn't add up.  I could see (and admittedly, was somewhat expecting) a small gain ~ like, maybe up to a pound ~ but almost THREE AND A HALF??!  Yeah, that hit me pretty hard.

But whatever the case, we move forward and don't get allow ourselves to be discouraged.  This is a lifelong habit-forming goal more than it is a quest for a particular number on the scale.  (At least, that's what I keep telling myself.  Some days I'm just not as convincing as others.)

How did you do this week?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Weigh-in Wednesday

Weighing in with Heather & Ash
Joining the weigh-in with
Heather & Ash
I'm gettin' lighter!

Not by much this week ~ only 0.6# ~ but it's still the right direction.  My efforts this week are hampered again by that good ol' monthly cycle.

And maybe some snacking...

I tell ya, that's my biggest struggle.  On evenings when I am technically not "forbidden" to do so, I often still snack.  It's usually not excessive, like it used to be, but I'm having very hard time eliminating habitual "recreational eating" from my evening routine.  Out with friends or special occasions is one thing, but I'd really like to break the habit.

Another thing I think is working against me is that now that I'm working between 25-30 hours a week, I'm not getting my daily walks anymore either.  In a month or so, my weekly hours will be considerably less and with the days getting longer and making after-supper walks a possibility, I shouldn't have much excuse for not getting back to walking my usual 2 miles at least 4 times a week.  I'm so looking forward to that!  I've really missed my walks.

I guess I can't just blame work for that this winter though.  With how beastly cold and windy this winter has been, I'm not sure how often it would have happened even if I wasn't working!!  When the windchill is consistently hovering around the -40 mark, I tend to stay indoors if at all possible.

The forecasters say things are supposed to improve over the weekend and stay around or above normal for at least the next week and a half after that, so hopefully the really wicked cold stuff will be behind us for another year.


How did you do this week?