Sunday, February 22, 2015

WW Week 16

Alrighty then.  I did, eventually, look at my number last week and I was up 4.2 pounds.  Not surprising as I did some emotional eating (old habits die hard . . . ).  This week didn't start off too well either.  I ate more than I should (more emotional eating) and I didn't track well.  Not off to a good start at all.

I course corrected on Wednesday. 

As mentioned elsewhere, although I am not Catholic, I am of a faith that observes the season of Lent.  I had a few ideas about what I wanted to give up, but, in the end, I narrowed it down to one this year.  What you give up is supposed to be challenging.  Not impossible, but challenging.  I always say that it builds character  :-)

What did I give up?  My Weekly Points.

Yeah. 

WPs are optional.  You don't have to eat them.  I usually do eat them - usually all of them - sometimes more than all of them.  This will definitely be challenging for me.  I thought it through, though, and decided that giving up my WPs encompassed everything I am working toward. 

Here's the deal.  Eat my 31 daily points.  No weekly points.  If I earn Activity Points, I can eat those.  That's it.

I will get smaller.  I will eat more vegetables because if I don't, I'm going to be a hungry beotch within about four days.  I will have to cook more, so I will get more variety.  I will pretty much have to bring my lunch so I will save money.  I will get more exercise because it will mean I can eat a little more.  It's a win all the way around.

And then, in my meeting yesterday morning, a Lifetime Member described her journey by saying she was on a mission.  That really resonated with me. 

I'm on a mission. 

And that, of course, gave me a Blues Brothers moment:


So with the Peter Gunn theme rolling around in my head, I'm on a mission.  :-)  I set my tracker to use my APs first.  If I go over a little on my Daily Points, I'll know I have to get some additional exercise to make up for it.

I had a significant gain last week.  This week, I had an even more significant loss.  This is something that my body does - big leaps up and down.  Even though I'm used to it, it's still a little freaky when it happens  :-)


Here's the check in:

Weight: - 6.6
 Daily Points:  31
Weekly Points:  49 (ate ?)
Activity Points:  0 (ate 0)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's Neverending . . .

I posted construction photos on February 3rd.  Phase 1 is now pretty much complete, and Phase 2 starts tomorrow.  Here are some photos from the process:

 Another view of the basement pretty torn up.

 They foamed where the walls meet the foundation.

 The old, rusted out cast iron drainage pipe - this was replaced with PVC.

 This is the channel where the new PVC went - yes, that's standing water UNDER my foundation.  I won't have that any more  :-)

 My NEW DOOR!!!!!  :::::Happy Dance:::::::

 New, vented glass block windows replaced the original single pane windows throughout the basement.

 Except for one emergency window - that's code here.

 New pit with computer battery backup.

 And we moved upstairs to the sunroom - an access panel made to get in and foam that half wall to stop condensation issues.

 Another "settling crack" fixed - now that the foundation is stable again with no excess water pressure pushing on it, the cracking should stop.

 Primed and ready for paint (OMG - I think Paint is Phase 746 . . . ;-) )

 All the windows in the old part of the house were foam insulated.

Here's the concrete curing in the basement.  Everything down there from Phase 1 is now complete.

Last, but certainly not least, I went from about 4" of attic insulation to about 18", which yields the required R49 rating up there.  And yes, that's a giant television antenna.  Inside the attic.  It's huge.  Kinda wish I would have known it was up there  :-D

As mentioned, Phase 2 starts tomorrow - that's more work in the basement.  Sealing the floor and the walls, some work on the fireplace down there, and also lighting upstairs.  I went to Menards.

It was an expensive trip . . .  LED light bulbs are spendy - but apparently they last a million years.  Cross your fingers.

WW Week 15

Challenging week here.  Again.  I think that the construction has me more discombobulated than I realized.  I'll post a construction update shortly.  I did weigh yesterday, but I haven't looked at it and am just moving forward.  It's logged and I can easily check it whenever I decide it.  But for now, it is what it is and I'm moving forward.

The weather is awful again - really, really cold, which makes me just want to hibernate in the house as much as I can, and since the house is completely torn apart, this is not a comforting as it usually is.  Oh well, this, too, shall pass  :-)

I've been pondering Lent, which starts on Wednesday.  Presbyterians observe the season of Lent, and I always give something up or take something on.  I usually try two things -  I think this gives me twice as much chance of success.  This doesn't always work, but I like to think it's helpful.  Please, don't disabuse me of my attitude - it's working for me and I'm sticking to it  ;-D

Here's the check in:

Weight:  ?
Daily Points:  31
Weekly Points:  49 (ate ?)
Activity Points:  6 (ate 6)

Monday, February 9, 2015

WW Week 14

It's not like I was doing all that much yesterday - but I forgot to post my update here.

One of my goals last week was to get my steps back up to at least 10,000 at least five of the seven days.  I made it.  Yay Me!!  I also shoveled a LOT of snow last week.  Heavy, wet snow that the snowblower mostly couldn't handle - that gave me way more APs than a normal week would garner me.  So, I got a lot more exercise than normal, and I have to say that I feel a LOT better for it.  So this week I am going for the same 10,000/5 day goal, and will see what else I can do to up my exercise.  I'm thinking about the Original Buns of Steel, which, if you remember it from the 80s, is now available on DVD.  One of my friends, Knitterary, has been doing it (I turned her on to it) and I hadn't thought about it in some time . . . it's on my list for this week.  Cross your fingers   :-D

After playing around with little ups/downs the past few weeks, I had a good loss this week, and I think it's because I was able to get my exercise up.  There was a very nice dinner out, so that bumped me over on my WPs.  It was absolutely worth it.  :-)

Oh, and I was able to plank this morning for 60 seconds (2 times - knee/shoulder planks) which is great for me.  Just thought I'd share that  :-D

Here's the check in:

Weight:  -2.8
Daily Points:  31
Weekly Points:  49 (ate 63)
Activity Points:  20 (ate 20)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Dust . . .

And OMG the dust is unbelievable . . .

Here's how things looked when I got home the first day of construction:



I know.  Like a bomb went off.  Well, all the jackhammering is done, but there's not much you can do about concrete dust . . .



My contractor - James P Construction - brought a cleaning lady with him today and she did a really great job.  The office is still not great, but that's because I have crap everywhere and she was afraid she'd mess something up.

Nearly all the concrete is out now, and four tons (yes, really) of gravel have gone in.  Drain tiles - which are not actually tiles, but rather big roundy tubes - have socks.  (Yes, really.)  My friend, Tammy The Proverbial Knitter asked if they were cabled socks.  They are not.  Here's how things look today:




On these two photos you can see that the drain tile is in and it's graveled over.

 On this one, you can see how it actually works, and you can see the "sock" that goes around it.  That's the old sump pit - they are putting in a new, bigger, fiberglass pit tomorrow.


And here you can see that the center channel is still just hanging out with concrete rubble still in it, but that will probably begin to change tomorrow.

Stay tuned!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

WW Week 13

I have spent this past week working in my house pretty much non-stop.

It was not a great food week for me - I stopped counting by Friday dinner.  I think I was lucky to only have been up .4 on the scale this morning.

No planning, eating out constantly, none of the vegetables I talked about last week, and very little exercise - it just wasn't great.  I'm not making excuses, however.  Those were my choices - no one twisted my arm and made me eat deli food all week for lunch.

I have a lasagna in the oven that will be good (I hope :-D), and I can freeze pieces of it for dinners and/or lunches.  I also plan to make some Salmon Cakes this weekend, and those will also be helpful.  I'm working on a plan for lunches.  I really don't want to continue to eat deli food - and a huge factor there (besides being spendy), is that it's highly processed and I've definitely noticed that my joints have not been happy with me these past couple of days.

I have a plan and I need to go and attempt to get it written down.  The little meal planner chart that I made for myself is printing even as I type  :-)  This time, I calculate points for everything - that was my downfall last time.

Although I don't feel great about my food and exercise choices last week, I do feel great, however, about how much I have accomplished in my house.  Here's the basement - ready for the construction guys to start on Monday.  They were not able to break away from a job they were finishing, so they did not start on Thursday - we're back to Monday, which was the original start date, anyway.  I vacuumed the entire basement floor, which is why it looks pretty good.  It will be gross under the pallet that chest is sitting on, that's for sure.  I found two dead mice under the other pallets.  Eeeuuwww!  They had both been dead a pretty long time, though, so it could have been a lot worse.


I couldn't move that brown chest - the guys are going to have to move it.  And I couldn't move the telly, either - it looks like it's taking off, doesn't it?  :-D






And here is all my stuff, over in the alcove.  Filled it up completely.  I packed it in there pretty darn well  :-)





That blue dresser is going - I'm donating it to the contractor's church.

I was on such a roll, that I went through the books, CDs, and DVDs upstairs, and when my plans fell through last night (dammit), I stayed in and went to work on my office closet, and continued in the office today with massive filing, and sorting through old files.  I probably have four more big bags worth of shredding to do.  I've already done at least six.  How can there be this much paper???? 

I took another carload to the Second Chance Shop today, and a couple of boxes to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

I'm making progress - on all fronts, actually.  Even though the scale hasn't been moving much in January, I feel like I'm learning things.  Yay Me!



Here's the Check In:

Weight: +0.4
 Daily Points:  31
Weekly Points:  49 (ate ???)
Activity Points:  Earned 3 (ate 3)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 - The Year of the House (and WW Week 12)

Alrighty then . . .

On Monday, I pulled the trigger on the first phase of work in my home - work that has needed to be done for pretty much since I moved here 11 years ago.

I've known from the beginning that my home had "water issues" in the basement, but my late mom was so enamored of the house that we went forward.  Two days before we closed, we did the final walk through and there was water in the crawl space.  While we were still in the house, our realtor called the seller's realtor, and the seller's realtor called the seller . . . and because the seller had left her phone and answering machine in the empty house (and we were still there), we heard the message, which was along the lines of, "We're going to have to address the water issues in your basement."

The seller absolutely knew about the problems . . . and I know that I could have sued her . . . but I found out that not long after the closing she fell over in a Walgreens.  She'd had a massive stroke and was in a nursing home.  It seemed to me to be the worst possible karma to sue a disabled woman, so I soldiered on and did what I could to alleviate the issues.  It was a pretty constant battle and it cost a lot of money.

It's going to cost even more now.  I'm getting what is called an interior drain tile put in my basement.  Back in the early 1960s when my home was built, they put in a drain tile around the foundation about 2 or three feet below the surface.  That's still there, but it does nothing for the water under the house.  I mean under the slab and under the footings.  There is water down there and the pressure of it pushing up against the slab has caused the slab to crack, and things still leak from time to time, but worse, it had made the entire house unstable, so it's still experiencing "settling" cracks when it's more than 50 years old.

I'd been told that to make the basement completely dry, I needed this interior drain tile.  It costs an obscene amount of money.  Still, once it's done (and it's guaranteed), my basement will never be wet again - in fact, I will be able to finish my basement should I want to, and the house will be stable again.

I am only the second owner of this house.  The seller was the original owner - and unfortunately, her husband had died about 16 years before I and my late mom bought the house.  The concept of preventive maintenance died along with him.

Again, I've done the best I could over the years, but it's time for some major things to be done.  I want to do the work that needs to be done - and I want to make the house as energy efficient as I can - and I'm not interested in replacing the windows.

I met with a contractor on Sunday and Phase I starts on Thursday.

Here's what Phase I entails:

Basement:
An interior drain tile in the basement.
New glass block windows in the basement
A new exit door in the basement
A new path for kitchen and washer water to meet up with the main sanitary sewer line in the basement
A new pit and sump pump with a battery backup, in the basement
Foam insulation where the foundation and the walls meet (apparently one of the worst spots for air leaks and drafts.

Attic:
Top off the insulation
Fix a former exterior wall that is now an interior wall - it's showing signs of condensation and possible mold.  This wall is now the West upper wall of my Sunroom.

Main Floor:
All windows and the front door to have their trim removed and foam insulation blown in all the way around to property seal any holes or air leaks.
Some reglazing of window panes, and they will make sure that all the windows (which are double hung) all open and close properly and easily.
A few ceiling fans replaced and everything switched over to LED lights (most every light in my home is on a dimmer, so this is slightly more complicated than I originally anticipated).

Yeah - it's a lot, and really, all I wanted was a new bathroom and a partial kitchen remodel  :-D  But the contractor said to make my list - and I did.  I put everything on it, and you do have to keep up with stuff - so I'm doing that.  These major things have been put off for some time, and now, as my cousin, ME says, "it's physical plant stuff.  You have to take care of the physical plant."

Ah, the joys of being a homeowner . . .

What this also means is that everything that's not mine has to be gotten out of the basement.  My stuff has to get moved over to the alcove.  The alcove was pretty much empty.  After my first big push last weekend, here's how things looked in the alcove:


 A lot of my stuff was already in boxes down there - like Christmas and Thanksgiving/Halloween stuff.  And you know, they quit making those boxes - I loved them  :-D  Story of my life . . .  I have some more regular boxes that I can put things in. 

I also have a tool cupboard that I need to go through today - and two tool boxes.  I only need one tool box.  I believe that I will have quite a nice donation to make to the Habitat Restore - they will take things like that.

Here's the other side of the alcove:














Once I had this preliminary stuff done, my cousins got the call to come and get their stuff out of my basement . . .  All that stuff on the left side belongs to ME, and all that stuff down at the end belongs to my other cousin, S.



Thankfully, they have all gotten their stuff out as of yesterday.  I, however, still have a few things to work on. Like this . . .


 This is not quite as bad as it looks - the plants are all now upstairs, and the smaller 2x2 stand behind the 2x4 stand is now cleaned up and is up in my guest room.  All the plants are out of the basement.  I'm trying to sell the 2x4 stand, but it's cleaned up and all the stuff is off of it.  The potting bench is is process, and my workout equipment all has wheels (thank God).

I got the call that the contractor wants to get preliminary stuff started on Thursday, so I'm bring up more and more bags to go to the Second Chance Shop - I can't get there until Saturday, so the stuff will rest in my living room until then. 

 So, I'm going to have some breakfast, and head back down to the basement.  I'm glad the weather isn't great - I don't mind being down there when it's cruddy outside.

Here's the WW Update - I had a minor binge on Friday night - it could have been worse.  I was hungry - and I was hungry because I was eating a LOT of sugar last week, which means I wasn't eating enough of the food that actually has good nutrition in it.  That means my body was still hungry because it didn't get enough healthy food last week.  Going to see what I can do about that this week.  I'm grateful to have dropped the .2 I picked up last week.  I'm thinking pretty hard about what I said at the very beginning - when I work the program, the program works for me.  If I get messed up it's because I'm trying to customize and use my WPs for junk.  A little bit of junk never hurt anyway, but I need to follow the Good Health Guidelines.  Long story short - I need to get back to eating more fruit and veg.  But for now, I need to get back down in that basement and finish up down there today.
  
Here's the Check In:

Weight: -0.2
Daily Points:  31
Weekly Points:  49 (ate 73)
Activity Points:  Earned 6 (ate 6)