I'm down .5 of a pound from two weeks ago, which is over a pound lost because in the interim I went up. I finally just got real about not eating sweets, and also ate more lightly overall. I haven't been very active besides running errands, so ate less to account for the lack of exercise. Now that the ice has melted I might get to walking, and we also have a huge ice-damaged maple tree at the farm to cut up and haul away. That will burn some calories!
Our week was cold and snowy. Although hundreds of thousands of people in our area lost power to the storm, at the little house near the school where Augie goes, we were some of the fortunate few who didn't. My sisters live in southwest Portland, and they went 5 and 6 days without power, and our farm has been out of power for 8 days and is out still. There, not just one, but two power poles are lying across the road with broken bottoms (where they snapped out of the ground) and broken tops (where they landed) and all the wires down on the street. Some of our neighbors there have been living at home all this time in the cold. All I can say is that if the grid ever failed for permanent reasons, life would change entirely. The inside of the farmhouse is as cold as the inside of a freezer.
I noticed the other day that we have been three years at the challenge of reporting here how we're doing on our weight. In that time I've lost about 4 1/2 pounds, slowly and with lots of temporary ups and downs, but I finally can confirm that I don't go back to the high I was then, even in a bad week. I've learned that sweets cause me to gain weight immediately, and that I can't eat like I did in the old days, especially if not getting much exercise. (I used to be able to shrug off eating big meals or dessert with dinner, and now, no.) These are not very profound learnings, but this was the first time in my life I've ever had to watch my weight. The obligation to come in and talk about what has happened with it has been a good thing for me.
Have a good week, everyone! Praying for the cold people with no water in Texas.