Thursday, September 21, 2017

Once upon a time....

There was a girl ... let's call her, well, Karen ... you know, since she's me and that's my name and all.

Karen had a blog that she absolutely loved called Babyfat Go Bye-Bye.

She had her shit together. Mostly.

Things started going all "meh" with life and the blog was one of the first casualties. And the one after that. And the one after that. So on and so forth.

Nothing ever felt quite as right as that first blog did.

Life continued to become increasingly "meh" over the years and the only trusted standby was no longer there to fall back on.

I know, I know .... it's just a blog .... just a name .... but it was more than that.

And it's coming back.

The original url has been claimed by some foreign derp who has done nothing with it ... but no matter. I'm becoming increasingly flexible, after all.

So the plug is being pulled yet again ...

And the shit will once again come together at the resurrected Babyfat Go Bye-Bye.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I'm sorry. I'm so so sorry.

It's been far too long since I've checked in and I'm sorry. I'm so so sorry.

There's been so much going on and I've been meaning to ... really ... but then something comes up and then something else and some of it amazing and some of it potentially absolutely devastating ... and such is life.

HOWEVER, all in all I'm actually doing pretty great. The scale is still going down and the steps have been going (for the most part) way up.

Any day now I plan on adding a dvd or something to the walking, especially since later today I plan on signing up for my first HealthyWage bet. I've been hemming and hawing over how much for how long but I think I've got it figured out. It'll be a lot of hard work but it'll be worth it and the payout will definitely come in handy. I'll give you all the details once they're nailed down!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Well then ...

Weighed in when I woke up this morning ... and saw the lowest number I've seen since NOVEMBER. 5 pounds lower than a month ago ... 10 pounds lower than April ...

I kind of feel like leaving for work early enough tonight to be able to walk to the bus hub and skip the first bus I normally get on before transferring.

Momentum is a happy thing and Lord knows I need as many of those as I can get!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What the funk???

I had a handful of really good days. I walked. I spent quality time on thee ol' recumbent. I ate well. And then I got the funk and tonight is feeling funkier than most. I don't want to read in spite of (or maybe because of) the dozens of books that need reviewing for the other blog. I can't focus on watching anything -- not even my beloved Supernatural or any of the movies on Shudder. I've got Doctor Who on now because I've seen them all so many times that I really don't have to pay attention and at least it makes things a little less lonely albeit still funktastic. I was briefly giddy about some live music events going on here Thursday & Friday that I thought would be fun to take John to .... until I checked the weather and both days are supposed to be utter crap. So I'm whiney and cranky and more than a wee bit crampy on top of it all (which I'm sure isn't helping the funk .... stupid stupid hormones).


I should go read something. I've got just over 2 hours left to my shift and according to Kindle app, the next book on my to-do list should take about 4 hours to read so I may be able to knock about half of it out if I don't get many distractions. Of course, the distractions may be welcome ....

Thursday, June 22, 2017

75 Days

75 days is how much time there will be between John's last day of 5th grade (today) and his first day of 6th grade (September 6th). That's a lot of days of less sleep than usual for me, BUT it's a small price to pay for the added bonus of having my boy around ... especially when he's said he'll help keep me active and honest as far as thee ol' eating goes.

75 days is, of course, just shy of 11 weeks. September 6th happens to be a Wednesday so if we go from the weighin from this most recent Wednesday (being, of course, yesterday) which was 226.8, I could "easily" see 215 by the time school starts back up again and, if I really bust my ass, maybe even be at least close to Onederland again.

Yeah, I know ... it's all been said before and you really have no reason to believe that this time I'll actually manage to stick to it. BUT I've been going through quite a lot of mental and emotional shit that, for the most part, I've come to some sort of terms with and I think that will help. Besides, I'll have my personal trainer home from school and he can be pretty tough when he wants to be and summer here means a whole lot of walking opportunities. There's a city pool up the hill from our house we can go to when the weather is decent ... plus three different libraries within walking distance ... the usual grocery shopping ... and a ton of special events we might want to do:

* Weekly Food Truck + Music Fridays at the museum -- @ 30 minute walk time each way

* Pool trips -- @ 15-20 minute each way (plus the time spent in the pool ... and the park, in general is awesome and worthy of going to even without the pool ... may even catch some Shakespeare going on)

* Walking to his best friend's house to say hey -- @ 30-40 minutes each way

* Central Library -- @ 30 minutes each way

* NYS Blues Fest -- @ 30 minutes each way

* Onondaga Creekwalk to mall/lake -- @ 30 minutes to Walk entrance, additional 90 minutes, probably (including a rest break) on Walk  [we did this once before .... on a day that was too hot .... and we about died. Definitely a "bus back home" one way trip]

* Basically anything listed here that strikes our fancy.

And, of course,  we're perfectly willing and able most of the time to just wander aimlessly talking about video games and life in general as we go. There doesn't always have to be a thing .... but having a thing sometimes helps 😏

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Silently screaming over here

Those goal-type things I posted?
The whole "avoid killing co-workers" one isn't going to be the easiest to accomplish.
They should all be very thankful that I work overnights and don't see them hardly ever. It's more difficult to do bodily harm to those you don't see.....

Friday, June 2, 2017

Yep, it's June already!

Of course, that means a new batch of goals .... or not.
The "blog daily" bit will likely be the easiest since I can do that here or at the book blog ... and I have a lot of books lined up to read for the month.
The rest? We'll just have to wait and see.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I never thought the day would come ....

I miss lchf.

A lot.

The smallish person does, too, and told me a couple of days ago that he wants to go back to it. I think I may join him and see if maybe the supplements I'm taking will help my body react better this time around.

It's worth a shot, right?

My first week with the VivoFit 3 has gone pretty well. I had one severe PMS day when I hardly moved out of my recliner at all, and then I had Memorial Day which helped make up for it some :

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

And here we go .... again!

When I woke up from my post-work nap Tuesday afternoon I bolted downstairs and had three FedEx boxes waiting for me!
 Yup. One for each itty bitty part of my order. My VivoFit3, 2 extra wrist bands, and a clip. Each in its own way-too-big box.
Took me a while for it to behave properly with my phone. I fought and grumbled and swore and almost thought I would have to send it back and then rebooted my phone and everything was hunky-dory!
I spent an hour or so out back with John kicking around the soccer ball and playing baseball & basketball with his stuffed toys replacing the balls. We had a blast but it was a good reminder of how pathetically out of shape I'm in!

Finally, back to bed and then up for work and I left a few minutes earlier than usual to add in some steps.
Not bad for not even a full half day!

Onwards and upwards! (Well, downwards, hopefully ... for the scale, you know ....)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ooooh so excited!!!

During a lovely chat with one of my favoritest people in the entire universe (my cousin Hannah), I popped on to Dell's website to see if they started carrying FitBits since the last time I looked. Mine went MIA ages ago and I've realized that the downword spiral of angst and yo-yoing really started once I was without it or my poor beloved BodyBugg. I know it's all psychological, but it is what it is .... and miracle of miracles, Dell has a whole bunch of activity trackers on their site now and I have a whole bunch of credit!

And I'm not getting a FitBit.

I saw that some of the options were available for immediate shipment and the FitBits wouldn't ship for one to two WEEKS. Hrmph.

So I started looking and googling and review reading and now I'm about to be the (hopefully) very proud owner of a Garmin Vivofit 3 with optional belt clip and two pretty pretty wrist band options to go with the default black!
And, of course, I've also been on ebay window shopping other band options already ☺

The preliminary estimate said that it should arrive this coming Wednesday. With the way Dell usually is with getting things to me, though, Monday or Tuesday wouldn't surprise me at all!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May so far ...

Truth be told? It's pretty much sucking out.
The whole cute little goal thingie I did?
That's been a whole lotta no.
The calendar, too, was WAY too ambitious.
I have gotten back on the recumbent bike, though ... occasionally ... and I haven't been reading instead of sleeping nearly as frequently ... and I refuse to quit in spite of the fact that my weight is still yo-yo-ing and I can't quite figure out what in feckin' hell to do to stop it.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May ..... or may not

So, it's May. I actually had this ready to post on May 1st .... at least mentally .... at least some of it.

I had the goals set up :

And then once I got my work done at work I put together a workout calendar thingie based off one of the workouts. The site used to be neilarey -- home of many nerd-themed workout awesomeness.... but now a lot of those only exist if you do a google or Pinterest search for something like "nerd workout." I've saved/printed 16 of them so far so I should be able to tweak for many a month to come!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Well, gosh.

It's pretty crazy when things work the way that they're supposed to, isn't it?
John and I have been taking our probiotics and various supplements/vitamins for just under four weeks now. I broke down and had some macaroni & cheese the other day and for the first time in eons it didn't result in me feeling like I was going to die! He's been having better luck having the occasional sandwich at school, too ... and with "going" on a more regular basis.

If the weather is decent on Saturday we're walking the mile and a half (ish) to Aldi to buy crazy things like bread.

Yep. Bread.

Sure, there are other places a lot closer with bread but Aldi has his favorite so it's worth the walk.

And tonight at work? Well, I'm all set to make lists and cheat sheets and copy recipes and such about my old friend, Weight Watchers' Simply Filling. It's been too long and my old cheats and such are currently MIA.

Besides. If I put it all in a TARDIS journal it'll mean more and will be far less likely to disappear.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Harder than I thought it would be ...

I'm doing well remembering take my vitamins, probiotics & enzymes every day. My water intake has increased. Most days I move more thanks to the weather not being as horrid. But the food? It's not easy going from constantly thinking "more fat! little to no carbs!" to "whoa! your body doesn't process fat normally! Hold off!!!"
Every time I track on MFP and then look at the little pie chart thingie for my Macros, my fat is almost always still the highest.
Tonight I'm hoping to be able to spend some time scouring thee ol' web for ideas that will let me lower the fat, stay grain-free, and not lose my mind .... while, at the same time, keeping that darling kid of mine LCHF because it's beneficial for him even if it isn't for me at this point.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

No fooling here!

It's a new month so new goals, new challenges, new oomph!

Since my body is currently anti-lchf, until it starts behaving better I'm nixing that but will stay grain-free at least 6 days a week. I also plan on starting some standing abs workouts (probably from Lumowell).

Thursday, March 30, 2017

[insert expletives here]

Shortly after my last post I got talking to a friend of mine who happens to be a doctor and his wife. Discussed the facts of my yo-yo-ing and my Thing and being grain-free and LCHF and stuff in general.
"Do you, perchance, still have your gallbladder?"
Well, no. It's been gone for 21 years ... but I was able to lose weight before I had John (almost 11 years ago now -- his birthday is in June).
Well, no. That's only been my Thing for a couple of years tops (off and on, of course, because the lack of progress is so fecking frustrating). But I feel so much better grain free ... aside from the scale not doing what I want it to.
"Look up fat malabsorption .... and ..... you ARE taking enzymes & probiotics already, right?"
Well, no. No one ever told me to. I barely remember to take my multi-vitamin more than a couple of times a week.
"Thou shalt not continue to add extra fat if your body isn't processing it properly in the first place."
Well, fecking hell.
So, it's entirely possible that life will be improving soon with the addition of enzymes, probiotics, being better about my multis, B-complex and Magnesium .... but until I start getting all of that going I'm not going to worry about the Primal Blueprint or egg fast or adding extra fats or much of anything.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Thing is ....

Tomorrow (well, technically, later today ... Wednesday ... whatever ...) I'll be egg fasting and then Saturday start The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge. I got the ebook (only $3.99 for Kindle!) and regularly immerse myself in Mark's Daily Apple and, for the most part, seems pretty doable. I'm not going to be concerned with only getting my hands on locally grown & organic, might change up the strength exercises a bit, and my life only allows 8 hours of sleep at a time 2 nights a week ... but otherwise it should be a doable Thing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Well ... there is that ...

At least The Doctor is a fan of yo-yos .... 
although I have a feeling even he would get annoyed with the scale doing it.
Seriously. If something doesn't give soon I may very well completely flip my shit.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The annoyance of low-carb...

Well, one of the annoyances anyway:

My scale isn't moving.

It's not going down .... but, luckily, it isn't going up.

I've had standstills before. Lots of them. But wouldn't you think that SOME downward movement with the scale would happen since I know that my weight MUST be changing with how much better some of my clothes are fitting?!?


On a happy note, it was pizza day at school today for my son and it's normally the one day a week he'll carb it up at school. Today, however, we scurried about before he had to get on the bus and had just enough time to make him his own pizza to take with him. He says it's tastier than the school pizza, too. I'll call that a big ol' win!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

And I'm totally okay with it ...

It's been about a month of Wednesdays since my last picture so I decided to squeeze into my new goal shirt and have at it. There's VERY little change .... and I'm totally okay with it. I know what I've done and what I need to do and am making good strides.
 Between now and my next picture day (I've decided once a month is good, so we're shooting for March 15th) I want to:

  • Avoid grains. Every. fecking. day.  No more of this "one cheat day a week" nonsense that turns into at least two or three. If I feel the need to carbload for some reason, sobeit ... but I can't do it with grains.
  • Get off my fecking arse. I get it. It's snowy and cold and gross out. Guess what, Karen? It isn't snowy and cold and gross inside where you have a recumbent bike and dvds and a zillion or so other options.
  • Read. I know .... shouldn't be an issue for me .... but I'm not talking about my gazoodles of fiction books. I'm talking Mark Sisson, Nina Teicholz, and William Davis.  
  • Write. I really do mean to blog more than once every two weeks. I'll be better about it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

How's THIS for a change?

I have absolutely nothing to complain about right now!
Well, the weather .... but that's really nothing anyone can do anything about.
Things are going well.
Weight-wise not much is changing, but it's just a matter of time.
We've been trying so many recipes that have been successful! I mentioned the pork rind bread last time and since we've also done a frozen ice cream-ish treat, gummies made with sugar free gelatin, a pizza crust, crackers .... and not a single thing has been a miss! Of course, it means a huge need to stock up on cheese and cream cheese and eggs and ...... I got a surprise check from the state for a property tax refund and I won't have to worry about THAT either!!! Sunday morning we should hit thee ol' Mart of Wal and I've spent a while scouring their website and making a list of what I want and where in the store it is. (I LOVE that they keep track of their stock online like that!)
Every few days I ask John if he's sure he's okay with sticking with it and he always says yes. He says that on top of the fact that he lost 5 pounds in January, he just feels better in general. He's loving trying new things and figuring out how we can make things even better. I just love that he's jumping in and getting involved with the decision making ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Busy busy busy!

I've accomplished SO much since the last time I bothered posting! I haven't moved much since I've also had the cold from hell ... but it hasn't completely held me back.

Let's see ... I got permission from the University to bring our own food into the stadium for games so John (and I, when I go) can have healthy options instead of just concession crap ... I've acquired a TON of new recipes to try ... and even got around to trying one of them today:
And fresh from the micro, at least, it was GOOD!
We popped part of the sandwich in the fridge to test how it will hold up for school lunch prep and whatnot. I'll keep you posted! Hopefully it'll be good soon ... especially since I have a ton of pork rinds arriving next week from WalMart 😏

Hmmm .... what else .... ???

Participated in a Readathon over the weekend that I posted about at The Well-Read Pirate Queen. It wasn't easy thanks to the horrid cold, but at least it gave me another reason not to have to move around much until work reared its ugly head!
Four books finished in 23 1/2 hours of reading time. Not too shabby. The next time one of these comes up I'll spend at least part of the reading time on the recumbent bike. I just didn't have it in me with the uck.

Oh, and speaking of uck: I did new "before" pics on the 18th.
(Like how I made it the last pic of the post so it won't be the automatic thumbnail for auto-shares? Sneaky, eh?)

Monday, January 16, 2017

In need of distractions!

It's Sunday night and I'm at work and neglected yet again to bring food with me.
My stomach is grumbling so loudly that I'm fairly certain it's bound to wake someone up.
I COULD order food to be delivered. One of the great things about being so close to a major university is the late-night delivery options, after all. Unfortunately, most of what is orderable is utter crap. A couple of months ago .... heck, a couple of DAYS ago .... I likely would have said "Hey, you can order the crap ... you walked to the bus stop 20 minutes away tonight instead of the one around the corner!" Because, you know, a couple of hundred extra calories burned at most would TOTALLY make up for eating way more than that.
I could do wings. They're typically low carb if not ordered with stupid sweetened sauces ... although the place that I'll likely be ordering from if I order at all is pretty hit-or-miss with them. They're either awesome or skimpy little charred bits of ugh on bone.
Or salad. I suppose I could do a ginormous salad. Or two, thanks to minimum order totals.
Or I could just sit here typing away and playing mindless Facebook games until it's too late to order anything at all and continue to subsist on coffee and the few pieces of sugar free gum I found bouncing around in the bottom of my purse.
Eenie meenie minie .....

Friday, January 6, 2017

5 hours to go!

In 5 hours I get out of here ... then I wait around to ship the boy off to school ... THEN I take his tablet up to the FedEx drop place and finally get it on its way to being fixed! They decided that they weren't going to make me pay for the return shipping this time after all so I had to wait for their prepaid box to show up. It's always fun getting an empty box delivered 😏  I had originally planned on going to the grocery store after getting John on the bus, but the FedEx place is in the opposite direction and it's been so cold lately that I may just put it off. We have a ton of eggs and bacon and ground beef on hand already so there really isn't anything we're in major need of, I guess.
So, 5 hours to go.
I know, I'm always so hard at work. To be honest, I'm just very good at multitasking. I'm currently also watching Ripper Street, eating a bunless burger, and making key packets up for arrivals while typing rather slowly with one hand. It's already taken me 15 minutes just to type out this much.
And then I go and get distracted by a guest and it've now 2:35am.
Only 4 hours and 25 minutes left to go!!!! HOORAY!
(Yes, I have the next two nights off and I'm horribly giddy!)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Tuesday was pretty much hell. I did okay food-wise in spite of desperately wanting comfort carbs, but from about 2am on the day was just stressful. I had brought my son's tablet to work in order to help level him up in a game and then, in spite of having it plugged in, the battery went kaput. Or so I thought. Turns out the charging doohicky part inside of the tablet has apparently called it quits AGAIN. After I got a very unhappy boy off to school I called and arranged to ship it back ... for the second time in the year that he's had it. The woman on the other end was a dip with a bad head cold so she kept asking me stupid questions that were incredibly hard to understand because it sounded like she was talking out of a funnel. My headache by this point was ginormous and just got bigger and bigger. Added to all of this fun is the great joy of my uterus hating on me, my stomach being buggy, and the fact that I forgot to bring my Pepto B pills, tablet AND water bottel to work tonight.

I just want to go home.

I have 6 hours left to my shift.

The ice cream in our freezer is very VERY tempting right now. After all, it's not like it could make me feel much worse than I already do, right?

(I know .... I know .... not right at all .....)

I know! I could watch some Doctor Who to cheer me u...... oh. Right. No freaking tablet.

Monday, January 2, 2017

So far so good!

In spite of a large amount of pasta being delivered to the front desk last night and an even larger amount of chocolate being on an incredible sale at the drugstore today, I have caved!!! I even made myself a decent LCHF lunch for work (AND remembered to bring it with me!)!
Granted, I likely would have forgotten had it not been for my lovely Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans group and the fact that today's pic-of-the-day prompt was "Show Us Your Plate." I neglected to take a pic of the steak and mushrooms I had this afternoon so I had to make something else. 😊

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017! (Hopefully...)

So, let's try this again ....

Starting weight (thanks a lot, holiday stupidity and uterus) : 230lbs