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Of Snow and Shopping Lists

Published January 30, 2016 by Christa the Cupcake

Another week! A quick thing I’d like to mention is that this week (from last Saturday to today) I walked more than 10 MILES. It seems small when I type it out (or maybe that’s just me) but considering that uncomfortably recently I was literally moving around as little as I possibly could, 10 miles feels like a lot! And I say more than because on Tuesday I have no idea how much I walked because my phone (where I track this stuff) turned itself off and I didn’t realize it, so nothing got tracked. Also because I’m not counting general walking around like at the store or wherever, this is just in the time I’m sitting aside just for walking.


Once we get this all this snow over with, I have some shopping to do. I try not to go out much before a snow storm (or even the threat of a snow storm) because there are always 50 million people stocking up for the winter apocalypse at all of the stores. Also people seem to forget how to drive.

snow overreact

Nothing I need to get is an emergency and I can totally get by without it until I can go shopping without worrying about my safety. I just want to get some different weights because the ones I have now are 5 pounds but they feel unnecessarily big, like just badly designed. It might just be because my hands are so small. Actually its almost definitely because my hands are so small. But I want to get ones that feel more comfortable when I hold them. And I want to get a yoga mat because doing yoga on the concrete basement floor is more difficult than I thought. And I want to get a scale. Once upon a time, I wrote a post about buying a scale but I never bought it. I wrote that post almost TWO YEARS AGO.
Last but not least I want to buy a few snacks that I won’t feel bad about eating, like some almonds or something.

So this post is short but I’ll be back next week! Enjoy your snow days if you’re in the Danger Zone!


What’s Going On Now

Published August 19, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

So I’ve actually been home for a few weeks. Why haven’t I posted anything? Well mainly health issues, mostly not my own. Personally, I realized about a month ago (when I was hometown-home) that I’ve been like…really depressed. Nowhere near as badly depressed as I was when I lived with my parents, but like compared to the relative stable happy condition I’ve been in since I moved in with my fiance going on three years ago, I’ve been feeling really down. 😦 Now, since I’ve noticed this, I’ve done the smart thing that anyone who is depressed and still able to do should do. I’ve been trying to fix things.

I had been deliberately picking fights with my fiance. I wasn’t completely sure why, though I suspect like when I was younger, I just wanted to be mad instead of sad. Anyway, I talked to my therapist about it. She gave me a handout, which I read, and actually listened to. That problem was resolved.

I felt cluttered. My space and my mind both. So, I’ve gotten organized. Or, you know, more organized. I took all my files and binders and notebooks (minus a couple) downstairs to the file-desk where they belong. And I had to clean that thing off and out first; I haven’t used it in over a year. I put my books back on my bookshelf and my magazines back in their basket. I untangled the bed clothes and put the pillows where they should be on the bed. I rearranged my little corner of the basement (where the desk and the Sky Glider are) so that everything wasn’t all shoved together awkwardly and its now a usable space for everything I do at the desk and also for exercising. And I’m doing more yoga. My therapist has told me I should meditate, but I can’t clear my mind enough to just sit in a static position and do her version of meditation. However, when I do yoga, that is my meditation. I focus on what pose I’m supposed to be doing and all the millions of bees that are usually buzzing in my head just shut up for a while.

So I’m alright now. My fiance has been having mysterious health problems, but after many doctor visits, hopefully that will be resolved soon. And then I can stop worrying. I was very upset last week about his mother, who is already a breast-cancer survivor and has found a lump on her breast; the same one she’s already had a lumpectomy on when my fiance was a teen. After much panic and crying, and after many people praying (and continuing to do so) today, she had her free exam appointment at Planned Parenthood, and we found out that its probably something benign, but she is enrolled in a program now that will pay for pretty much anything, including a biopsy, if necessary, and if she has to have any surgery or chemo, she will get medicaid automatically for it. So even though her trials aren’t over yet, it seems a little bit lighter knowing that in the worst-case-scenario, she won’t lose everything paying for life saving procedures. 🙂

Now, about this whole Life Change Quest thing: Being totally honest, I haven’t been exercising in any structured way since before I visited home. Home was a circus and I couldn’t have exercised even if I had felt like it. I found myself sneaking candy and carb-filled snacks after I got back home from hometown-home. I stopped it when I realized I was doing it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I was doing it for probably two weeks. I was really disappointed in myself. 😦

My weight has been hovering pretty completely around 280. Sometimes its 279 and other times its 281, and I’m still only using the scale at my doctor’s office. That feels more stupid the longer it goes on, to be honest.

I’m making a proper plan. On paper, since I seem to pay attention to things better that way. I want to make a few lists, involving food and workouts and things I’d like to read (other people’s blogs and books) I learn a lot both from reading and watching and doing.

So I’m taking the rest of the week to get my shit together, and then I’ll make another post to let you know how its going. 🙂

Good News, Everyone!

Published June 12, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

I’ve lost (at least) 5 pounds! I say “at least” because I’m pretty sure I had water-weight when they weighed me. Remember forever ago, when I was all excited about buying that pretty new scale? Yeah, I still haven’t done that. Mostly due to circumstances that are out of my control (i.e. having to buy things that were not expected for reasons that weren’t planned for, like an extra $10 fee both ways for my flight next month which was not a thing last year….) but also, I admit, a certain amount of procrastination. So, I’m still being sporadically measured at my therapist’s office.

I’m kind of afraid of having a scale in the house. I mean what if I start obsessively weighing myself? Or worse, what if I weigh myself when I’m having one of my super-depressed days and I haven’t made any progress, so I destroy the scale and vow to never exercise again? It has happened before.

But scale fears aside, I have lost a minimum of five pounds, and I’m very happy about it. Also, the jeans I just bought last month, which are already a size smaller than the jeans I bought last year, are becoming annoyingly loose! Which means, unless I can find a coupon, I’m probably going to have to come up with another $50 to buy new new jeans in a few months. I want to be really annoyed about it, but how can I be? The new new jeans will only be size 22, but if the trend continues then I’ll probably be down to the teen-sizes by this time next year, and that thought makes me so happy.


Snow is a Workout

Published April 3, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

SO it snowed basically all night last night, because Colorado. I think we got a foot or so. It’s been melting all afternoon, and I think its mainly slush now, and it will be all gone tomorrow because its going to be in the 50s and then in the mid-70s in a couple days.

colorado whos line

But this morning, when I was out at a horribly early time (I’m not a morning person. At all.) it was definitely solid, wet & heavy snow. And it was still snowing. I hate snow, except if I’m safely inside, and then its gorgeous. But if I’m in it, I hate it. Especially deep snow, because I have short legs, so its a bitch to walk through.


The kitty pictured here adequately sums up my feelings.

Anyway, the point is this: today I walked for about 15 minutes total, going at a fairly moderate pace. Not too slow because I was running late, but not too fast because I didn’t want to fall on the snow/ice.

According to MyFitnessPal (I haven’t made an account yet, but I kind of consult it) walking at a moderate pace for that amount of time at my weight means I burned about 106 calories, which is something like 44 less than I burn using the Sky Glider for 10 minutes.
But here’s the fun part, and this is where the snow comes in. According to Bill McArdle, an exercise physiologist and Scientific Advisor to Weight Watchers International, who is quoted here on, “Walking in packed snow increases by 60 percent the calories burned compared to walking on a paved road, while walking in soft snow triples the calories burned compared to walking at the same speed on a treadmill. In addition, the added resistance of the snow can firm and tone the muscles.”

I’m going to assume that ‘soft snow’ means fresh snow that isn’t packed down, so if I go by that, then I really burned something like 318 calories and I’m sure you can see why that makes me smile, especially since yesterday was such a bad day for me. 😀

And I’m also quite happy because last week at the doctor, I weighed 284 pounds, and today at the doctor I weighed 283 pounds. I lost a pound in a week! And actually, probably more. Because I’ve got The Curse this week, and all that water-weight that comes with it. So in a conservative estimate I’ll say that I’m carrying an extra pound from that. And, because of the snow and cold, I was wearing ALL THE CLOTHES, so that may be a little bit more fake-weight. So…I probably lost at least 2 pounds in a week!
I’m totally over yesterday’s fuck-up and I am back on track!


A Small Hot Air Balloon, At Most

Published March 27, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

My darling fiancé saw the title of this blog, and says its not appropriate. He insists I am not a blimp. If I must refer to myself as a type of airborne object, he says I’m just a small hot air balloon, at the very most. I can’t explain to you guys how happy he makes me. I smile and laugh more now with him than at any other time in my life that I can really remember. Its a blessing. 😀

Not much to write about really. Kind of uneventful today. I didn’t eat breakfast at all, which I really don’t like doing. I seem to have more energy if I eat breakfast, even if its small. I prefer it to be small, for what I think are obvious reasons.

But no breakfast because I had a therapist appointment and had to rush out. She let me use the scale, and I was at 284. Three more pounds than last time, three weeks ago? She says its probably just water-weight, and she’s probably right, because its near my period and I am swollen a little. But still, I’m pretty bummed out. 😦
We started a new kind of therapy today, its basically a thought journal. If I have negative emotions, I write them down and then try to deconstruct them to make myself feel better. I think it will be really useful, and maybe I can use it to feel better about the maybe extra 3 pounds.
On the other hand, I worked out for 10 minutes today in the evening. That’s not much, but its more than the last time, and any exercise is better than doing nothing but sitting on my ass. 😉

My Scale Dilemma

Published March 26, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

So I got all excited about doing this blog, and I looked at other people’s weight-loss blogs to sort of get a feel for it. A common theme in nearly all these blogs was a list of weight and/or measurement stats. Sometimes daily, other times weekly or monthly. This makes sense for a weight-loss blog. My plan was to include my weight at the end of an entry once a week and my measurements in inches every month. I planned it out and thought about the right way to do it and everything, and then….
I realized I don’t own a scale. I haven’t owned a scale since I destroyed my mom’s bathroom scale in a fit of anger and frustration when I was 19. My fiancé doesn’t own a scale either. Neither does his mom. This house does not contain a scale.
A minor setback, I thought. I won’t include stats this week, and then I’ll buy a scale when I get paid next week. No big deal, right? Wrong. Apparently there is a wide variety of scales on the market.


SCALE (skāl): noun an instrument for weighing. Scales were originally simple balances ( pairs of scales ) but are now usually devices with an internal weighing mechanism housed under a platform on which the thing to be weighed is placed, with a gauge or electronic display showing the weight.

That sounds simple. And cheap. That sounds like an item that would be inexpensive, right? Wrong again. Not only are there a wide variety of scales, they are also all over the place in price.
Take for example the BC-1500 Ironman Radio Wireless Segmental Body Composition Monitor. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? The Ironman apparently does it all. According to Amazon, it gives individual body composition readings for each body segment: trunk, right arm, left arm, right leg and left leg. And all at once it tells you your complete body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass (total and segmental), physique rating, BMR, DCI, metabolic age, bone mass, and visceral fat. I don’t even know what some of those things mean. It doesn’t have any sort of display, rather, it sends all that data to your computer or smartphone. And all these advanced features add up to the cost of $632.99. My opinion on the Ironman is that it’s too complicated and too expensive. I’m sure all those bells and whistles are of great use to some people, but for the Average Josephine of dieters, it seems very overwhelming.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s this guy, the Sunbeam Dial Scale, Model SAB 602-05. It only costs $13.99, but its apparently really inaccurate to begin with and it becomes more inaccurate as time goes on.
My take on this Wide World of Scales? Well, to me, paying hundreds of dollars for a scale is like paying someone with the body of Scarlett Johansson and the voice of Alan Rickman (you know, his Severus Snape voice, dripping with condescension and disgust) to stand in your bathroom in a bikini and say how fat you are while simultaneously poking your belly. Its weird how perfectly I can picture that….
On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how cheap something is if it’s a faulty product. If your scale is going to be way off, you may as well save yourself the trouble and not buy one at all.
For myself, when I get paid next week, I think I’m going to buy the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale. Its cheap, its simple, and it gets GREAT reviews. It seems like the perfect one for me.
In the meantime, I’ll check my weight at my doctor’s appointment on Thursday. She’s pretty good about taking 10 seconds to let me use the office scale even if its not a physical sort of appointment. So hopefully I’ve lost a pound or two, or at least haven’t gained any. Wait and see!