Dave's Progress Thread - Year II


#1281

Yep, it is not always easy to see what’s happening or understand just how things work. - I’m sure there are many variables that come into play and the body’s ability to adapt I’m sure is a big part of it as well.

I mean, there are folks who stay to very strict feeding regimens, and then incorporate different elements such as routine exercise, etc. and will still see results fluctuate. For me, I know inactivity plays a part at times too, but not always. I sometimes see the same results regardless of recent activities. So I record weekly just for recording purposes, but do find it strange at times. As far as activity my job unfortunately dictates that most of the time, and over the years it has minimized to where I don’t get the opportunity to get out and be as active as much as I would like. … But at home that’s more on me, of course, but that too can also be dependent on many variables, including mood, season, etc. … But this doesn’t ensure I see results in any one direction either. But I can usually feel the difference within myself though.

So for me, I mostly enjoy this WOE for how I feel overall and track just for recording purposes. But it is strange to see different results when you’re doing pretty much the same thing, and it would be nice to know the cause and effect for those results. Though I’m not doing it to just lose weight solely, it is a nice bonus. - If I were doing it strictly for weight loss, it would probably bother me. I would also probably just set up a meal plan on the minimal end of the scale for daily requirements, or simply go back to fasting quite regularly like I was doing. But to be honest, I actually found that I may have enjoyed Fasting too much at times, and thought to give it a break for a while. :+1: …Thanks


#1282

Well, I haven’t done much in the way of art in nearly a year, which sucks… but I have been busy. - But last weekend after working pretty much all day in the yard, I came in and showered and sat down and felt like sketching. So I doodled for a bit, just trying some ideas, and V was sitting in the chair near me, apparently watching from time to time and mentioned she liked the one I was doing at that time. So I decided to stick with it, and work it up some to see where it went… This was the initial sketch.

So a couple nights ago, I came in a little early and put some more time in on it. Basically adding some shading to give it some depth. I had decided to work it up in grey-scale, and not sure if color will come?

Tonight, I actually decided to take a break with a busy weekend coming, and worked on it some more. I wasn’t feeling the neck piece, so tried out a few ideas. It’s still a work in progress, but I also had an idea for a possible background? Still not sure, but this is where it’s at presently. (But it definitely feels good just getting some artwork in, after such a long break from it.) Still need to get to the real details though.


(Susan) #1283

Love it!


#1284

Thanks, Susan. Hoping it won’t take me too long to finish.


#1285

Week 112: Well, not much to report, just doing the same as usual. Feeling fine, but boy is it getting hot as of late. I don’t mind, but I had to take a break from all the Sun-Burn I’ve been getting. Spending most the weekend out in the Yard/Garden, etc. is always enjoyable to me, but I’m soaked through not 5 minutes in and just de-water the entire time. :smile: But I’ve always said I don’t mind sweating when I’m earning it. But when just sitting around watching TV, or not doing much, etc. now that’s a pain.

So I have been doing a bit of Art here lately, and that’s been great. I do miss it, but can also get lost in it while I’m doing it. But I guess that leads to the old adage, when you’re having fun! :wink: … But along with my Chart, I’ve attached the latest WIP (Work in Progress) on the new image. It’s getting there, but there’s still quite a bit of work needed. But I’m finally tackling the hair, which I’m sure will be one of the biggest chores on this one. (Probably step away from it for a few days to come back with fresh eyes)

And here’s the latest on the new image…


#1286

On a side note… If anyone uses Liquid Stevia, and it happens to be this brand. It seems along with the bottle, they may have changed the ingredients as well? I can’t say for sure, and I have reached out to them. Especially since we’ve been using this for nearly two years and I swear, it takes more than twice the amount to do what it use to. So I can’t say if it was just the batch, or they switched up so you need to use more? Either way, if this is how it will be now, I will be looking elsewhere for another brand. … Don’t get me wrong, I don’t use it a whole lot, but do like to sweeten my Tea during meals at times, and V also uses it for some recipes. But with the reduction of sweetness, it’s going to take much more to do what it used to, and that just makes this product now twice the cost overall. … Below an image showing what the old bottle used to look like, as well as the new. I’ll report back once I hear back from the folks who manufacture this product. It’s already about $17 dollars for this, and again, I do like it better then powdered Stevia, or Truvia, but they are not the other folks who sell it and I will be looking to change.

Image they post on Amazon, showing the old and new…

The new bottle seems to pour better, so I like the newer top they use, but it’s definitely not the same.


#1287

Also went out to the Garden today to pick the Cherry Tomatoes that were ripe, but ended up having to go though the entire Garden. I’ve still been getting produce out every few days, but the Cherry and Yellow Tomatoes are going nuts, as well as the Cucumbers. For only having 3 plants to survive out of the lot, they are definitely making up for the others. There were Cucumbers stacked on top of each other.


(Virginia ) #1288

You’re getting back on track… great job. And the picture is awesome as with all you work. Love ya.:smiling_face_with_three_hearts::kissing_heart:


#1289

Thanks, and love ya too… :kissing:


#1290

Week 113: Was a pretty long week… Had a ton of meetings, and other task that kept me staring at the computer screen, but that’s mostly been the norm for me here lately. Had quite a few rainy days too, so working outside wasn’t on the menu as much after work, and didn’t get out to do much at work either, but still trying to at least go out and walk some here & there during the day, just to get some activity in.

Also still working here and there on the image I’m working on… Been putting in some time later in the evenings, and a few times when the rains stopped any outdoor activity. Almost ready to call it done, but might go ahead and add some color, but will keep both versions…


#1291

Just throwing in an update, after adding some color to the image last night…


(Virginia ) #1292

Awesome job, Honey.:kissing_heart:


#1293

Thanks, Hun. :heart_eyes:


#1294

Well, took the day off to do some stuff & spend the day with V, since she has a procedure she’s having done tomorrow and will probably be laid up for a few days. Of course, sleeping in even a little was out of the question, since at 4:15am this morning we got hit once again by another storm! :exploding_head: So I’ve been up since, with the Pups having fits due to the thunder. (I really hate this time of year…) Luckily it didn’t last too long, and was out of the area a couple hours later. … Sadly, below are some images of some the damage the Hurricane did in my home area, while I was a couple counties away, manning pumping stations… cleanup is still on-going all over, and some roads washed out completely.


(Ashley) #1295

Wow! Just a few hours of storms for that? Or a continuation?


(Jane) #1296

Oh my!! Beautiful pictures except for the flooding.


#1297

@monsterjuice - Yeah Ashley, this was just about, or a little under 4 hrs. total when Hurricane Isaias came through the area. They say we got 9" and that Southern Maryland seem to get the worst of it. We still have roads washed out and folks displaced, these were just some of the flooding images shared.

@bjane - They’re not my images, but were simply shared on FB. If I knew the person, I would definitely had acknowledged them since they are quite nice. But, of an unfortunate situation.


(Ashley) #1298

It’s crazy how quick a storm and wash out a town and cause disruption! Luckily it didn’t hit close to you! I’m assuming your more inland?


#1299

Yes Ma’m, indeed. Unfortunately, I know this all too well. - The past 30 of my 36+ years has been in the Storm Drainage Maintenance Division, overseeing/handling Pumping Stations, High Hazard Dams, all Ponds, Channels, Storm Drain Systems, etc. (Anything stormwater related) So yep, I’ve seen my share of flood waters and all the damage they can produce. Doesn’t take long for one to develop a very deep appreciation of just what flood waters can do, once witnessed up close and personal. … And believe me I feel for any and all who unfortunately find themselves taking the brunt of any of this damage. Usually meet a lot of these folks in the aftermath, or during the events, and it sucks…

Well, it actually did. It hit the entire area where I live. There were/are roads flooded out in ever direction, and it’s been complete hell just trying to get back home or get out at times. Tuesday, I ended up having to drive an additional 35-40 minutes or so, circumventing my way home through what roads were open. After I was at one point, less then 5 minutes away when I was detoured. And some roads completely washed out and it will be some time before they get those repaired, but there are also some roadways still under water presently. The area/s in the photos are just minutes south of me, where I used to hunt. And the tornados that hit, did so south and West of my location, but only by a couple miles, so not that far away indeed. The one fatality that we know of, happened just where I was detoured Tuesday when a large tree fell, damn-near cutting the vehicle in two. Unfortunately, V just happened to drive by there and witnessed it right after it happened. She had called me at work and said that she was not sure the person could have survived when she saw the vehicle underneath the large tree.


(Ashley) #1300

That had to be hard for V to see. I’ve never had to deal with water quite like that, Michigan we have lakes but not any real major flooding anywhere near me that I can recall! Obviously not living next to the ocean helps! I do think Michigan a area known as tornado alley though! A lot of our flooding isn’t anywhere near as severe as that, except a few times a dam or something like that has broke! I’m glad you all are safe! And sad for the individual V witnessed! Hopefully no other fatalities!