Been quiet lately

I’ve been pretty quiet lately, but that’s just because I’ve been really busy and the whole family has been really sick.

In the sick department:
I got pink eye at the end of last week, which either was from or turned into a sinus infection putting me in bed for a day. Then Daughter Person woke up with a fever on Sunday, prompting us to cancel her birthday party. Grandma was already in town, so we had cake anyway, and then Grandma stayed to help babysit on Monday. Monday, her fever got worse and we took her to the doc suspecting a sore throat and maybe strep. It was *just* a virus (not strep, and not flu), but the doc said something’s been going around that takes about a week to get over. Dad and I have been taking turns taking care of Daughter Person, so that we can each get some work in each day. She finally went back to daycare on Thursday, with no fever. But now Dad and I are sick. I really started coughing and lost my voice yesterday – I at least feel halfway decent, even if I can’t talk. Dad started coughing and feeling bad last night. We’re just trying to avoid passing it back to Daughter Person.

In the non-sick department:
We got an IRS audit notice earlier in the month – and the examination appointment was yesterday: the recommendation is “no change” – which means we had all of the receipts and documentation to show our expenses (it was related to a rental property we sold in 2011). It has to get passed up the management chain and be signed off on before it’s final though – up to 30 days. We paid a CPA $3k to represent us – which was *way* less than our refund last year, but it still rankles us that we paid to have the taxes done (they were quite complicated), and then pay *again* to show the IRS that no, really, we’re right. On the plus side, only about 1 in 32 returns that are audited are in favor of the taxpayer, so we were lucky in that respect.
I’ve also been taking a cake decorating class, and getting ready for Daughter Person’s birthday party. And we were cooking all of this food at the same time too. The last two weeks have just been exhausting.

Despite my lack of voice, I feel pretty decent and am starting to get other things done (like taxes for 2012). On the plus side, my weight has dropped slowly – not as quickly as I’d like (I blame the cake class…), but it’s going.

2013 goals

It’s the new year – and everyone’s making resolutions.  I’m avoiding the gym for two reasons: 1) until I feel better, and 2) until the January hubbub dies down.

I have several goals for 2013, none of which are really “resolutions”, because I’ve been working on them for a while, I’m just continuing to work on them in 2013.

  • Lose the final 25-ish pounds I need to lose to be at a “healthy” BMI. If I keep going as I’m going, that’ll be somewhere around November; if I really focus on it, it might be this summer.
  • Pay off 3 of our debts: the line of credit, and two of my three student loans. As a reach goal, I hope to also pay off my remaining Chase credit card. With no emergencies, it can be done, but there’s a lot that can happen in a year.
  • Get rid of 365 things – one for each day of the year. Not necessarily one each day, but 365 total. The games/DVDs I have listed on Amazon and eBay won’t count, since I already made the decision to get rid of them.

I’m sure that I’ll decide to have another goal somewhere in the middle of the year – it almost always happens, but these are the three big things I want to focus on.

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