Still here … depressed … unmotivated … is that normal?
Calories for Wednesday, April 5, 2017
My total calories for Wednesday, April 5, 2017 was a heavy 1,853, which is 243 calories above my daily target of 1,610 calories.
The bulk of the calories came at dinner, where I consumed a plate of Spaghetti Carbonara, a caesar side salad and a slice of bread. I also had two bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The total dinner calories were 1,453.
The family gathered at an Italian restaurant to celebrate my mom’s recovery from her stroke of late February. She has made a marvelous recovery. A doctor visit earlier that day confirmed that she is on her way to a full recovery. It was the first time mom has been outside the house (except for doctor’s appointments) since the event.
I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast and a protein bar for lunch. I realize the two bottle of the all-so-wonderful Sierra Nevada Pale Ale pushed me over the target. Had I refrained from consuming the beer I would have been under the target. Fortunately I stopped at two bottles.
I had zero exercise calories for the day. Thankfully, the pain in my feet has subsided. It’s not gone but is fading. I may be ready for a short walk or run over the weekend.
Yesterday I mentioned that I purchased a drawing from the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum in Lafayette, Indiana. I intended to include a photo but did not include it before I posted. Anyways, here is the photo.
I’m amazed at the talent these young artists exhibit. The works in painting, drawing, textiles and sculpture was varied and showed concern for theme and style. The Loss of innocence drawing is really a mixed media piece, a drawing and collage. It caught my heart and attention as there is so much to look at and explore about in this piece, one reason why I love a great collage as this one is. Thankfully, it was still for sale. Many pieces were not for sale as patrons had already bought those items. The show started on March 9, 2017. I walked through the galleries three weeks later.
Wishing Everyone a Great and Beautiful Day !!
I have not been to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, yet I am on their email list. This morning the museum sent an email announcing two upcoming exhibits, Juxtaposed and Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!
From the Fort Wayne Museum of Art web site, Juxtaposed “showcases the New Contemporary movement, widely considered the largest and longest running art movement in history”. The SLANG Aesthetics! exhibit features Robert Williams who is “upheld as the godfather of the low-brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of ‘high’ art”.
I am going to add the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to My Art Museum Bucket List. At least to take in these two exhibits, which runs from April 22 – July 23, 2017. This may prompt scheduling a vacation day to drive to Fort Wayne for the day. There is some family history in Fort Wayne as my paternal grandfather worked for Philo Farnsworth at the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation. I’m certain there is a historical marker somewhere in Fort Wayne I can search for.
I have a copy of the May 2013 issue of Juxtaposed magazine, yet don’t subscribe. I like the high contrast art and text in that issue. Although I enjoyed that issue, I never subscribed. I don’t believe I saw another issue on the news stand. However, I have remedied that ‘issue’ and subscribed via the web site.
I have not heard of Robert Williams, the SLANG artist. This exhibition will allow me to know more about his work and his personality. I enjoy reading about artists and how they make their art, what effort they put into their craft, the emotions are revealed.
Calories for Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
I ended the day at 1,370 calories. That is 240 calories below my target of 1,610. I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, two beers for evening ‘cocktails’ and a bowl of Maple and Brown Sugar instant oatmeal for dinner.
I hope the Slim Fast shake and the protein bar gave the minimal amount of essential nutrients as I’m certain the beer didn’t and not certain about the oatmeal. Although the beer gave me a lift over the low level funk and the oatmeal was very sweet.
I walked two miles in the morning of April 4 for 169 calories. My feet were really hurting so I ended the walk. I decided to stay away from walking or running for a few days so my feet could stop hurting. Maybe I’m overdoing the exercise, or have bad shoes?
I purchased a drawing/collage by Nicole Huff, a student at McCutcheon High School. I saw her drawing in the Tri Kappa New Artist Show at the Lafayette Museum of Art. The drawing struck a cord in my emotions and so I bought it. It is titled “Loss of Innocence”.
I haven’t made any new art of my own. Although, I have built stretcher frames for 13 new paintings. I have one more frame to build and then I can start to make some new drip paintings. My parents asked if I would make a new painting for their home, so I should get on with the process.
Wishing Everyone a Fantastic Day !!
Seem to be in a funk. Although I am determined to continue my weight loss effort, I seem to have slipped into a low level funk.
It’s not depression. I certainly know what that is. But, this is just a “– oh hum –” type of thing. I don’t seem to have any enthusiasm or desire for much of anything at the moment.
Hopefully it will soon pass.
Calories for Monday, April 3, 2017
I ended the day at 1,350 calories. I had the typical Slim Fast shake for breakfast and lunch. For an evening ‘cocktail’, I had 24 ounces of beer, wonderful beer. For dinner, I had a bowl of oatmeal. It was the Kroger instant, maple and brown sugar. It was easy to prepare, sweet to eat.
Exercise was good. I got five miles in for 423 calories. I walked two miles during my lunch break and another three miles in the evening. I was able to get in the Week 3 Day 1 C25K workout during the evening walk.
I must be doing too much walking or running, probably in the wrong kind of shoes because my feet really hurt. It kind of hurts to walk or run. So, I believe I will take a few days off from exercising. Hopefully that will prevent any further injury, if it is really an injury.
Well, I hope everyone has a great day !!
169.8 … bummer, a weight gain. Ah … my first gain in this twelve week effort.
Disappointed? Yes. Anxious? Somewhat. Why? I hope this is not the beginning of an extended affair with weight gain or a notorious plateau.
Last week I was at 169.0. This week it is 169.8. So, a 0.8 pound gain. Next week, I hope to be under 169.0 as I believe this 0.8 pound gain to be some sort of fluid retention and not actual fat. At least, that is my hope.
My eating over the last week was in control. Save for Friday night, where I logged 2,244 calories from a salad, a beer, a Slim Fast shake, two slices of meat lovers pizza, and a healthy amount of ice cream. And, there were no exercise to offset those mega calories.
Otherwise, the eating and exercise was ‘normal’.
The only item that could, maybe, cause the weight gain is the amount of Diet Mountain Dew that I am consuming. I drank six 16 ounce bottles in the last three days. And, my water consumption is down.
Ah … so … my first weight gain since January 1, 2017. It had to happen sooner or later. But, there are some non scale victories to report and hopefully balance out the slight trauma of a weight gain.
- I have received 3 compliments in the last 4 days on the weight loss … so people are noticing.
- I can comfortably tighten the belt past the 5th notch … so I am losing belly fat even though the scale ticked upwards this week
- My heart rate was pinged at 54 this morning … the lowest I’ve seen it in a very, very long time.
The weight gain is disappointing. Though, on the bright side, at least I stayed under 170. And, it had to happen sooner or later so I’m not really surprised that it has finally happened. At least it was only a 0.8 pound gain.
Wishing Everyone a Great Monday
Ah … the last day of March. There have been 90 days so far this year. From January 1 – March 31. Have they been good days? Yes, for the most part. A couple of days were spent down with the flu. Some days were bitterly cold but otherwise the winter has been mild. The few days of Spring have been chilled and wet.
I had goals for this month. They were :
- Lose 6 pounds.
- Complete the first week of the C25K program.
- Continue to track calories everyday.
- Blog at least 5 times a week.
Lose 6 Pounds
I entered March weighing 176.1 pounds. At least my last weigh-in was on February 27. My last weight-in of March was on March 27 at 169.0. 176.1 – 169.0 = 7.1. So, I lost 7.1 pounds during March.
Complete the First Week of the C25K Program
I did the first workout in the C25K program on March 10. The second workout was on March 12. The third workout was on March 14. So, I did complete the first week of the C25K program. As a bonus, I also completed the second week of the program.
Continue to Track Calories Everyday
I did, in fact, track calories everyday, including today. I’ve tracked my 190 calories Slim Fast breakfast shake. Will track whatever my lunch and dinner count is.
Blog At Least 5 Times a Week
With the inclusion of this blog post, there are 21 posts for the month of March. And, that is dependent on if I counted right as I haven’t come across an easily seen WordPress stat for blog posts in a month – I’m sure there is – I just haven’t come across it. Since there are 4 weeks in the month, 21 / 4 = 5.25 blog posts a week. So, I blogged at least 5 times a week.
I met all four goals. I lost 7.1 pounds, completed the first week of the C25K, tracked calories everyday and blogged 5 times a week.
Am I happy? Yes, of course. I set measurable, specific goals with a reasonable time frame. And, I met all goals. I am happy.
However, I could have done better.
- I should have lost more weight. But, due to my beer consumption, which I faithfully tracked, I didn’t lose as much weight as I did in January and February.
- I did exceed the C25K goal by completing the second week.
- Could have blogged more. Blogging helps with my internal monologue and helps refine my thinking. I usually blog when I’m at work and in front of a computer. I hardly sit in front of a computer on the weekends so I usually don’t blog during the weekends. Could have.
- I did track calories everyday so there is not much more I could have done there.
Overall, I believe I did ok. Could have lost more weight and run more and blogged more but I will be happy with these results.
I was looking through old photos and came across this photo of a photographer taking pictures of a young couple, which is out of the frame. The setting was the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Museum on a beautiful November day in 2015.