Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Quick Update!

We finally have a working furnace.  We were without one for 22 days!

It wasn't without a hitch though, once they started they realized our Central AC was shot as well and decided they couldn't attach that back to a brand new furnace.  This really wasn't a surprise to us, we've band-aided that AC for the past 2 summers.

So that's something we need to prepare for in the Spring.

I haven't been too on track this week in the eating department; but I'm tracking and owning it, so that's always good.

Getting ready to finish up Christmas shopping today.....I am not a Holiday person for this time of year.  Way too much worry over gifts and such; and too less on just family/friend time and such.  It's a shame that people put gifts (both giving and receiving) over together time.  Sigh......

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I'm still without a furnace.  I've been without a furnace for 21 days.

In case you missed the mention of this a few posts back:  You could smell oil burning every time the furnace kicked on.  Hubby finally called the Oil Company and they came out to check.  The furnace was "red flagged" which meant it was considered dangerous and completed turned off and unhooked to prevent anyone from ever turning it back on.  We were told we were slowly inhaling carbon monoxide thus poisoning ourselves.

I can totally believe the poisoning thing, within a few days I felt so much better and was no longer tired.

But we needed a furnace; hubby chose to use our Oil Company for this task.  No getting several estimates or anything, so the procedure went like this:

Furnace red-flagged on a Thursday; guy shows up to check furnace specs on Monday; we get the estimates on Wednesday; on Friday we go in to look at financing; financing is pushed to Monday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend; we get our own financing and pay on Tuesday; furnace arrives at oil company on Thursday; install begins on Tuesday and doesn't complete; I'm sitting at home again today on Wednesday waiting for them to come and finish.  (mind you in each step here we've had to initiate everything: had to call and set up for estimate; had to call to get final estimate; had to call about financing; had to call to see when furnace would be in; had to call to see when they were installing, etc...).

Now let me tell you about my step-son and his wife:  Furnace goes out on Saturday; red-flagged on Monday; 4 estimates by Friday; new one installed in 1/2 a day on Monday.  Ten Days!  And would of been faster had they not gotten all those estimates.

See the difference?  I'm not happy with this service AT ALL.  And of course, the install hasn't been without mishap......Our central air unit (which sits on top of the furnace) is shot and they said they wouldn't put that on top of a new furnace.  So central air will be something we need to look at in the spring.  Mind you, we knew there were issues with the AC and knew it was probably what caused part of the furnace problem (next to age) but it would be nice to just have GOOD news every once in a while.  Anyway I was given the name of someone I work with for the AC (had I had his name first, he could of done both the furnace and AC for probably what the furnace is costing us).

So.......Furnace now; AC in the spring and oil tank before next winter.  See what I have to look forward to???

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Tonight I earned my Weight Watchers Key Ring.  You don't really have to do much, just show up for 4 meeting, but I've always liked these little trinkets.

My original looked like this:

 A little different design and you had to make a 10% weight loss goal to get it.  On it are the charms I earned at that journey (I'll earn on the new one as well).  There's the hands with 16 that I earned at my 16th week (they think you've formed a good habit at that week number); one for walking 5K; a star for reaching goal, a Lifetime key and a washer that you get for every 25 lbs. you lose.

CC and I had re-started Weight Watchers last year and I ended up with this:
The same key ring I got tonight and a charm of a runner, which I'm pretty sure you just got for attending a certain amount of meetings in a certain time period (trust me, it wasn't for running).

I put my old two in a drawer today.  I don't want to look back at the successful and failed attempt.  I just want to move forward with this one.

My first charm will be a snowflake - that's just a special attendance one (like the runner one above) for attending 6 meetings between mid-November and the end of the year.  I do know you get a charm at both the 5% and 10% weight losses (though I've no idea what they look like).  I've always said Weight Watchers needed to come up with more charms; and I'm glad to see that they've did and that they've added for small successes as well as the big ones.

Oh and I was down .8 (that's point 8) which was a surprise because I ate very badly on Sunday.  That made me think of this:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This & That

Despite Thanksgiving and all the food, I managed a 1.2 lb loss - YIPPEE!!!  Now if I can just get through this next month all should be good.

We are still without a furnace but it should be installed one day next week.  Over the weekend my stepson and his wife had the same tragedy occur - furnace went kaput.  It must be an epidemic.

I am so not in the Christmas spirit and haven't been for several years.......will be glad when it's over.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weigh-In and More

So I had my first weigh-in do over resulted in a 2.8 lb. loss which is awesome!  It could probably of been more but I'll take that!

We've been having furnace trouble at the house.  Every time it kicked on, you could smell oil burning.  Hubby finally called the oil company and they came out last Thursday.  Our furnace was red flagged and turned off. longer to be turned on.  The guy told us that we were slowly poisoning ourselves with carbon monoxide.  So we need a new furnace.

It wasn't until Monday that anyone showed back up to check sizing and such...and today is Wednesday and they are suppose to call with pricing.  Sigh......  Anyway once a decision is made (and I mean really we have to have a furnace so what decision can be made?) it'll probably be a week until one can be installed (they don't keep them in stock, so they have to order).

We've been without a furnace for almost a week.  Fortunately the weather hasn't been overly cold and we have some space heaters, but it is still stressful and annoying.  I'm actually surprised I haven't really over ate, but I'm doing pretty well.  I'm a survivor!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

And So It Begins

Well my first meeting at Weight Watchers was last night and all went well.  Since CC isn't going with me, I opted to attend my local meeting rather than the one we went to (our leader from there is gone anyway).

I really enjoyed the meeting and even though the topic was Thanksgiving and we were to point plus our plates - something we've done before; it was nice to get back into the groove, meet some new people and just be inspired again.

I really liked the leader Mary.  She goes around the room and everyone (it's a small group) says something they've done that week and you get a "Bravo" sticker.  Mine of course was "Coming back to Weight Watchers".  There was another lifetimer there that was starting back as well.

Mary was very informative and advised me not to look at the big picture.  We're to look at 5% loss first - which in my case is 9 lbs.  I think as long as I continue with meetings I can get there by Christmas.  Yes, I could probably get there faster, but I just want slow weight loss so that this time it stays off.

She went over the "Simple Start" plan with me after the meeting which also was very informative.  I did do this program thru lunch today and decided it just isn't for me.  I know that wasn't a long time for trying it but the food just seemed blah, and well, I just want my points.  I think Simple Start is very good for the newbies to Weight Watchers and those that have been gone an extremely long time.  But for me, nope I'll stick to my points.

I also got a free Active Link for joining this month.  It's the new one but still comes with that $5.00 a month fee that I'm not hip on.  I'll stick to my fitbit for now and just keep that in the box.  As long as you never activate it; you can sale it or give it away; but once it attaches to your account it is forever there!

So the new journey begins!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sorry I've Been Gone A While......

Though it may not really matter, I don't think anyone reads here anymore.

I found a new Weight Watcher app (since I'm doing it "unofficially") to use that I really like and want to share it for those that also do it "unofficially".

Value Diary Plus Wt Watcher (android) or Ultimate Food Diary Plus (iPhone) - you'll recognize it with the red heart:

Cover art

It is an app that costs and I think I paid $2.99 for it.  Just the one time fee.  I noticed at iTunes the app is $2.99 but also offers some subscription services, I don't see that with the android version.

Anyway, this one has a lot of bells & whistles and once you learn your way around is just as good if not better than the Official Weight Watchers one.

They also have a website:  Ultimate Food Value Dairy

Check it out!!