Work Outs: November 1 – 7, 2020 (My Garden of Nurgle)

I was hacking away in one corner of our property this past Monday, clearing out some of the blackberry bushes and the like, which will most certainly take over if you left them. Once I had things pruned back pretty well who did I see but my old friend, Shelf Fungus.

“My how you’ve grown!” I exclaimed and ran in the house to get a tape measure. Turns out Shelf Fungus had gone from being about the size of my hand to about a foot-and-a-half across!

I thought that was pretty neat. Then I went on with my life and soon forgot about poor Shelf Fungus again until Subedai made a “Garden of Nurgle” comment about The Fence Made out of Branches. At that moment I knew what my ancillary theme for this week’s workout report would be.

Sun, November 1st

  • Afternoon Training
    • Captains of Crush Gripper (T):
      • (Set 1): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 5 reps
      • (Set 2): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 4 + 1 reps
      • (Set 3): Right = 6mm x 3 + 2 reps, Left = 16mm x 5 reps
      • (Set 4): Right = 6mm x 4 + 1 reps, Left = 16mm x 8 + 1 reps
      • (Set 5): Right = 4mm x 1 + 4 reps, Left = 14mm x 1 + 4 reps
  • Leg Complex: FOUR SETS {Full Squats x 15 x 17 x 19 x 21 reps, Romanian Dead Lifts (10 lb. db’s) x 12 reps, Walking Lunges (2-ct): 6 reps, Side-Kick Stretch (2-ct): 12}
  • Exercise Complex: Standing Calf Raises x 20 reps, Front Kick Stretch (2-ct) x 12 reps, Face Pulls: 15 lbs. x 12 reps, Single Leg Standing Calf Raises (each leg): 6 reps, Internal and External Shoulder Rotation (black band, each arm) x 12 reps
  • Did a little stretching to end the session.

Calories: 1984, Protein 59 g.

No Garden of Nurgle would be complete without some wildlife and I think this scorpion I found under our trashcans is a particularly nice, little sprite. To my uneducated eye, the body shape suggests the California Forest Scorpion while the coloration looks more like the California Common Scorpion.

Apparently these beasties can live up to ten years, so they could make good pets. I kept a damaged scorpion for two years, which I found in a mud impression made by a Jeep tire tread. (It has been several decades and my memory might be faulty, but looking at pictures now I’d say it was a Striped Rock Scorpion.) It had lost two legs on one side and didn’t get around so well. I kept it in a little terrarium and fed it all sorts of different things, which weren’t too hard to find in central Texas.

The First Sergeant let me keep it and said, “Release it when its legs grow back.” Well, neither of us knew this at the time, but apparently their legs don’t grow back when they molt, especially if they are already adults when they lose them. Eventually Mr. Claws became part of the landscape and even that one roommate (there were usually four of us to a room) who hated him got used to him after awhile.

When I mustered out, I took Mr. Claws with me to Austin, Texas, when I lived there for a few months. I guess he didn’t like the move because he died not too long after that. I was very sad. Looking back, the death of Mr. Claws closed out a chapter in my life because I moved back to Maine and began college very soon after Le Morte d’Claws.

Mon, November 2nd

  • Morning Walk: 3.10 miles. Also did about 2.5 hours of yard work.
  • Afternoon Walk: 3.99 miles. Total mileage for the day was 7.09 miles.

Calories: 2067, Protein: 110 g.

Here are some closer pictures of my friend, Shelf Fungus. You can click on them to make them larger if you have a sudden, burning desire to see close-ups. I know I would!

I did a little poking around and I think it might be a Ganoderma brownii, which Wikipedia reports if very common where I live. The stump is a California bay laurel and the branches, which are still growing out of what is left of the tree, have some very pleasant leaves that remind one of cinnamon. (I’m sorry that the people who previously owned our house had to chop it down.) The fungus is very commonly found on this species of tree and has a preference for hardwoods in general, so this lends some weight to my supposition. Once things open back up again, I might make contact with the local mushroom experts and see if they give me a more definitive identification.

So far the fungus has confined itself to this stump and hasn’t gone after the nearby redwoods. I’m not surprised because, frankly, redwoods seem to be hardy in the extreme, which you would expect from plants that can live for thousands of years. Furthermore, and probably more importantly, I had a serious heart to heart with the fungus and told it if it starts messing with them I’d bust out my pruning saw and have it off the stump quicker than you could say “parasite!”

Tues, November 3rd

  • Afternoon Training
    • Shoulder Complex: THREE SETS { [Twenty-One’s: lateral raises (12 lb. DB’s), front raises (12 lbs.), and rear delt rows (12 lbs.)] + [Arnold Presses: 20 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps, 25 lbs. x 6 reps + 20 lbs. 4 reps] }
    • Standing Push-ups using cellar stairs: 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 reps
    • Cable Flies: 10 lbs. x 3 sets x 12 reps, 12.5 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Spring Bar: 5H x 3 sets, 3H + 5L
    • Super Set: Tricep Pushdowns (str. bar): 35 lbs. x 3 sets x 12 reps, 40 lbs. x 12 reps +
      • (Set #1): Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20
      • (Set #2): Two-Handed American KB Swings: 15 lbs. x 13 reps
      • (Set #3): Crunches: 30 reps
      • (Set #4): Fitness Bag Pick up and Shoulder x 8 reps
    • Exercise Complex: Spread and Raise Hands (light orange band) x 12 reps, One-Handed Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdowns (d-handle) 10 lbs. x 12 reps, Front Squats x 20 reps, Whirling Dervishes (ea. way) 10 revolutions, Front Kick Stretch into Side Kick Stretch (ea. leg) x 10 reps, Overhead Press (rock) x 20 reps
    • Did a little stretching to end the session.

Calories: 2103, Protein: 105 g.

I don’t feel like I’d be doing my Garden of Nurgle post justice nor would it be quite complete without including with some pictures of banana slugs. These pictures have been languishing on my phone for some months now and I’ve been meaning to post them but keep forgetting. Let’s just say that “April is the month for banana slugs,” because the pictures in the little slideshow below are mostly of different slugs, despite the similar backgrounds, and not multiple pictures of the same beastie.

Wed, November 4th

  • Morning Walk: 3.24 miles.
  • Afternoon Walk: 3.24 miles. I found it interesting that the mileage was the same, down to the 100th of a mile, even though we walked a different route in the afternoon than we did in the morning. Total mileage for the day was 6.48 miles.

Calories: 1915, Protein: 103 g.

Thurs, November 5th

  • Afternoon Training:
    • Captains of Crush Gripper (T):
      • (Set 1): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 5 reps
      • (Set 2): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 6 reps
      • (Set 3): Right = 6mm x 5 + 1 reps, Left = 16mm x 5 + 1 reps
      • (Set 4): Right = 6mm x 5 + 1 reps, Left = 16mm x 6 + 1 reps
      • (Set 5): Right = 4mm x 2 + 4 reps, Left = 14mm x 5 + 1 reps
      • Worked in some sets with the grippers just using my thumb, which doesn’t get much direct work with this exercise, and did a few sets of opening the hands with the 8 lb. band when I was warming up my back for rows and pull downs.
    • Standing Cable Rows (straight bar): 60 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps, 65 lbs. x 2 sets x 12 reps
    • Cable Pull Downs (d-handles): 50 lbs. x 4 sets x 13 reps
    • Standing Bicep Curls (cat litter fitness bag) : 4 sets x 12 reps
      • This wasn’t in my list of goals, but this is the first time I’ve been able to do four high quality sets of 12 reps with the bag, so I’m pretty pleased about that.
    • Fitness Bag Cleans (alternating sets of parallel and overhand grips): 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Exercise Complex: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20 reps, Wood Chops (ea. side): 15 lbs. x 15 reps, Full Squats: 20 reps, 2-hd American KB Swings (15 lbs.) x 12 reps
    • Farmer’s Walk (40 lb. DB’s): 100 Steps
    • Stretched a little to end the workout.

Calories: 2010, Protein: 116 g.

I’ve heard people in the area say that banana slugs don’t have any known predators because of a foul, anesthetizing slime they excrete. According to Wikipedia, though, “Racoons, garter snakes, ducks, geese and salamanders sometimes eat banana slugs; they roll the slugs in soil to bind the slime,” and young slugs are “sometimes eaten by moles and shrews.”

Apparently people eat/ate them too, including the “Yurok Indians of the North Coast” as well as “German immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries,” and there is a festival about 60 miles from San Francisco, California where they have a cooking contest. I have to admit I’m intrigued, especially by the recipes involving vinegar and cornmeal. Alas, I’ve gone soft in my old age. Now I’d much rather admire them and say, “Hail and well met, friend!” and perhaps rescue one if it was drying out on the concrete in the sun rather than rolling it in cornmeal.

Fri, November 6th

  • Morning Walk: 3.27 miles.
  • Afternoon Walk: 3.25 miles. Total mileage for the day was 6.52 miles. Did 25 full squats a bit later when I had the opportunity.

Calories: 2104, Protein: 108 g.

I could easily go crazy with this whole Garden of the Grandfather thing because I have all sorts of pictures on my over-burdened phone. So I think I’ll take a middle path and conclude with the gallery below.

Come to think of it, maybe I did go a little crazy …

Sat, November 7th

Rest day. Calories: 2045, Protein: 127 g. (I lost 2 pounds for the week, so my total lost is 17.2 lbs. so far.)

Work Outs: Oct 18 – 24, 2020 (Time of the Orange Sky)

As some of you might know, our general region was subject to a bunch of lightning strikes in late August, which resulted in a bunch of fires that were collectively named the CZU Lightning Complex Fires. I found this picture on my phone, which I took back on September 9th of the orange skies caused by the fires in our neck of the woods and other areas.

Sun, October 18th

Morning Walk: 3.15 miles. Calories: 2051, Protein: 106 g.

Mon, October 19th

  • Morning Walk: 3.10 miles.
  • Afternoon Training
    • Captains of Crush Gripper (T): X + N reps means I close the gripper successfully to the target measure X times and then do N more reps where I don’t fully close to the target measure.
      • (Set 1): Right = 8mm x 5 reps, Left = 19mm x 5 reps
      • (Set 2): Right = 8mm x 5 reps, Left = 19mm x 5 reps
      • (Set 3): Right = 8mm x 5 reps, Left = 16mm x 3 + 2 reps
      • (Set 4): Right = 8mm x 3 +2 reps, Left = 16mm x 4 + 1 reps
    • Super Set: [Twist Yo’ Wrist (up and down twice): 8 lbs. x 4 sets, 10 lbs. x 1 set] +
      • (Set 1) Dead Bugs (2-ct): 25 reps
      • (Sets 2-3) Cable Wood Chops (one side): 15 lbs. x 20 reps
      • (Set 4) Crunches: 35 reps
      • (Set 5) Cat Litter Fitness Bag Dead Lifts: 30 reps
    • Worked on my Side-Lunge Stretch, which is one of my current goals.

This little gubbin is the latest acquisition for our home gym. It is called a Captains of Crush Key and I obtained it from Ironmind, which is the same company we bought the grippers from. This is what allows me to introduce millimeter measurements on how far I am from closing the Trainer gripper in today’s and future grip work.

The idea of the key is to provide (hopefully) encouraging or at least more precise feedback metrics for closing a gripper when you can’t close it all the way. The little protuberances vary from 2mm to 16mm, going up in 2mm increments with a final 3mm gap from 16mm to 19mm. If you use the key length-wise it is 54mm.

Based on today’s workout I can introduce a micro goal of being able to close the Trainer gripper to 14mm for 4 sets of 5 repetitions with my left hand. I will put this on my goal page.

Calories: 2039, Protein: 124 g.

Tues, October 20th

Morning Walk: 3.27 miles. Calories: 2081, Protein: 109 g.

Wed, October 21st

September 9th was not only quite orange at my house but also pretty dark for around 3:30 pm. So dark in fact the crickets started singing and the bats came out from their box on my neighbor’s tree and started flying around! I think the little anomalous-looking white bit in the picture is light from the neighbor’s window.

I went outside with my phone and made a very short video. I uploaded it to Youtube. I’ve provided a link below for anyone who might be interested.

  • Morning Walk: 3.10 miles.
  • Afternoon Workout
    • Shoulder Complex: THREE SETS { [Twenty-One’s: 10 lb. DB’s for lateral, front raises, and rear delt rows] + [Arnold Presses: 20 lbs. x 12 reps] }
      • I’m thinking it is time to go up to 12 lbs. on the laterals and rear delt rows.
    • Standing Push-ups using cellar stairs: 4 sets x 10 reps
    • Super Set: Did each set as detailed:
      • (Sets #1-2) Wood Chops: 17.5 lbs. x 15 reps (one side each set)
      • (Sets #3-4) Face Pulls: 10 lbs. x 15 reps
      • and then an accompanying set of Tricep Cable Pushdowns (tri-bar): 35 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Super Set: Did each set as detailed:
      • (Sets #1-2) Wrist Rolling: 10 lbs. x up and down twice from 16″ platform
      • (Set #3) Dead Bugs (2-ct): 25 reps
      • (Set 4) Body Weight Dead Lifts: 15 reps
      • and then an accompanying set of One-Handed Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdowns (d-handle): 10 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Super Set: Did each set as detailed below:
      • (Set #1) Crunches: 30 reps
      • (Set #2) Body Weight Dead Lifts: 12 reps
      • (Set #3) Jumping Jacks (4-ct): 12 reps
      • (Set #4) Sumo Dead Lifts (cat litter fitness bag): 15 reps
      • and then an accompanying set of Standing Cable Flies: 10 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Walked my hands, using a pinch grip, up and down the handle (twice) of a 8″ x 8″ dirt tamper.
    • Hand Opening: 8 lb. band x 2 sets x 12 reps
    • Worked on the side-lunge stretch and did a little general stretching to end the workout.

Calories: 2046, Protein: 116 g.

Thurs, October 22nd

  • Morning Walk: 3.24 miles, and afternoon walk: 3.32 miles. Total mileage for the day is 6.56 miles. Calories: 1902, Protein: 113 g.

We went for a hike in the woods right around the Time of the Orange Skies and as these pictures show there was little bits of ash everywhere, even though the area we hiked in hadn’t burnt. Even the hitching bar on the horse trail, that I use sometimes for rows and such, had ash on it.

Fri, October 22nd

  • Morning Walk: 3.17 miles.
  • Afternoon Workout
    • Standing Cable Rows (d-handles): 40 lbs. x 12 reps, 45 lbs. x 2 sets x 12 reps, 50 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Cable Pull Downs (d-handles): 50 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Standing Bicep Curls (cat litter fitness bag as barbell) : 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Exercise Complex: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20 reps, Two-Handed American KB Swings: 15 lbs. x 15 reps, Face Pulls: 12.5 lbs. x 15 reps, Cable Wood Chops (ea. side): 25 lbs. x 12 reps, Full Squats: 20 reps
      • Thought I was doing 20 lbs. on the wood chops and thought, “Wow these are kind of hard. I only noticed my oversight when I was done.
    • Spring Bar [alternated sets of hands supinated and pronated]: Light Bar: 2 sets x 8 reps, Heavy Bar: 2 sets x 5 reps
    • Over Head Press with Workout Rock: 20 reps
  • Late Afternoon Walk: 3.28 miles. Total mileage for the day was 6.45 miles.

Calories: 2188, Protein: 122 g.

This is my Cat Litter Fitness Bag. I’ve had it for some time now. Usually they are filled with sand, but I didn’t have any clean, dry sand on hand but I did have plenty of unscented clay cat litter so I used that.

You can do a lot with a fitness bag and I was able to get a pretty full workout, once the lockdown began, between this and my Workout Rock. My husband enjoys the gym we’ve built up so far though and wouldn’t be content with a bag and a rock, and I must confess after years of having memberships at commercial gyms I probably wouldn’t be either for the long term.

One thing I’ve learned about the bags is if you are going to buy one, get a good, sturdy one and not a cheaply made one because if you can’t be rough with your bag then it is no good. You should be able to drag, heft, toss, slam and otherwise abuse the thing to your heart’s content!

Sat, October 23rd

Morning Walk: 3.26 miles. We had some pretty nice take-away for dinner, so I’m not sure what my intake was for the day though I think it was reasonable. (I was up 3.2 pound for the week so my total is 13 lbs. so far.)

Work Outs: Oct 11 – 17, 2020 (The King’s Circle and the Stairs to Nowhere)

I mentioned last time that I would put up some pictures of a modest, little circle of stones I constructed a few years ago and have been tending off and on ever since. I was going to take some shots but I noticed that I had some pictures sitting on my cell phone that I took over the span of a couple of weeks this past Spring.

Sun, October 11th

  • Afternoon Workout
    • Stationary Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, ~ 70 rpm’s, Level 8
    • Stretched for about 10 minutes.

Calories: 2066, Protein: 93 g.

Mon, October 12th

  • Morning Walk: 1.97 miles.
  • Afternoon Training
    • Superset: [CoC Gripper (S): 2 sets x 5 reps; (T): 2 set x 5 reps] +
      • (Set 1) Full Squats: 22 reps
      • (Set 2) Dead Bugs (2-ct): 22 reps
      • (Set 3) Crunches: 30 reps
      • (Set 4) Wood Chops (each side): 12.5 lbs. x 20 reps
    • Super Set: [Twist Yo’ Wrist (up and down twice): 6 lbs. x 2 sets, 8 lbs. x 2 sets] +
      • (Set 1) Walking Lunges (2-ct): 7 reps
      • (Set 2) Side Kick Stretch (ea. leg): 12 reps
      • (Set 3) Front Kick Stretch (ea. leg): 12 reps
      • (Set 4) Alternating One-Handed Russian KB Swings (2-ct): 15 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Worked on my Side-Lunge Stretch, which is one of my current goals.

A little closer look at the entrance. One doesn’t want to violate the integrity of the circle so I established this portal. The stick seals the barrier and I occasionally chalk runes and such on the larger, flat stones. It was raining a lot when I took these pictures so the chalk had washed off.

I enjoyed looking at this cluster of mushrooms for the short time I had them. It is wet in the Spring but once it dries out the mushrooms go away on my property until the rains return.

Calories: 1996, Protein: 112 g.

Tues, October 13th

Rest Day. My strange itch to assemble models continues, so I busted out a box of Game Workshop’s Zombies of the Ancient Sculpts or as GW calls them, Deadwalker Zombies. I’ve had these things sitting around for many years now. There are 20 in the box and I put 10 of them put together, including the three zombie percussion section. I’ll post pictures of them once I assemble the whole box.

Calories: I don’t really know because we had takeaway from our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. I suspect that I’m high for the day, but probably not overly so.

Wed, October 14th

We’ve owned our house for about six years now and have this stout set of stairs in our basement that ends at the top in a wall. This reminds me of the trips we’ve made over the years to the Winchester House in San Jose, California, which sports similar innovations and many more besides.

Over the past few months, this lack of a door has been a problem since we started working out in the basement. So I dug out my Sawzall and decided to finally do something about The Door That Goes to Nowhere. It’s basically like a hobby project, right?

No workout today but where there was a wall now there is a door!

This will also allow us to leave the garage door closed while we work out and will be particularly nice when the weather is inclement. Also, several people, near where I live, do a poor job of securing their large, semi-unfriendly dogs so it will be nice not having to keep half an eye open for someone’s dog wandering in my basement while I’m doing curls or something!

Quite a bit more work to go on The Door to Nowhere but we’ve made a good start.

Calories: 2045, Protein: 100 g.

Thurs, October 15th

Didn’t do any training today but I did some more, lighter work on the door, put in a little threshold at the top of the stairs and painted. I also put together the rest of my zombies in the evening with the exception of the final one, who will carry the mob totem, which looks like a wooden cross with someone’s hands tacked onto the horizontal spar.

The moss-covered rotten stump seemed a good focal point in The Circle. I periodically decorate the stump with things I find in my travels, such as some shells I found down on the beach in Santa Cruz, and a mysterious, little clay bowl I dug out of the ground in some random place in the forest. Sometimes I’ll stick feathers I find on my property from owls, Stellar’s Jays, doves, red-tailed hawks and the like.

Oddly, I’ll come back a week later and stuff will be moved around or missing. In this picture my clay bowl was turned over and the pinecones moved around. Fortunately whoever (my money is on rogue squirrels) is moving the stuff around isn’t messing with the 20 pound concrete frog so there’s that.

Calories: 1784, Protein: 87 g.

Fri, October 16th

  • Afternoon Workout
    • CoC Gripper (S): 3 sets x 7 reps; 1 set x 18 reps (right hand) and 11 reps (left hand)
      • In the FAQ on the Ironmind site, they suggest working with the next higher gripper once you can do 10 – 12 reps on the current one. On the last set I stopped only when I couldn’t close the gripper entirely. Based on this, I think I can move on more to the Trainer gripper.
    • Leg Complex: FOUR SETS { [Full Squats: 13 reps x sets #1-2 and 15 reps x sets #3-4] + [Side Kick Stretch (2-ct): 12 reps] + [Walking Lunges (2-ct): 6 reps] + [Romanian Dead Lift (2 lb. DB’s): 12 reps] }
    • Dead Bugs (2-ct): 23 reps
    • Stretched for about 10 minutes. I was able to achieve and hold the side lunge stretch with my right foot (in shoes) flat on the mat so that is a little step toward one of my current goals. I still have to work the stretch up on the ball of the left foot, however. After that I’ll work on the stretch with bare feet.

I’ve been using my spring bars for about a year now. My husband bought the larger one and I could bend it maybe about half way. That darned thing was (and is) no joke! So he bought one the smaller one, which is the one I’ve been training with. I had completely forgotten about the heavier one, which was languishing in the back of my closet until I stumbled upon it when I pawing through my Mountain of Unassembled Plastic.

I’m glad I found the old spring bar because the lighter one has become pretty easy. The heavy one is difficult, but I’ve started working it into my training. On Saturday I was able to fully bend it twice and then had to complete my set using the lighter bar. I think that is pretty good progress from not being able to bend the thing at all. This inspires me to set a goal for myself of being able to fully bend the heavy bar for a set of 8 repetitions. I’m going to put that as a new goal on my Goal Page.

Calories: 2020, Protein: 131 g.

Sat, October 17th

  • Morning Walk: 3.34 miles.
  • Afternoon Workout
    • Shoulder Complex: THREE SETS { [Twenty-One’s: 10 lb. DB’s for lateral, front raises, and rear delt rows] + [Arnold Presses: 20 lbs. x 10 reps, 25 lbs. x 10 reps for set #3] }
      • (Rested for 90 seconds between each set.)
    • Standing Push-ups using stairs: 4 sets x 10 reps
      • This was a bit harder than using the basement counter.
    • Bent Over DB Rows: 15 lbs. x 3 sets x 12 reps, 20 lbs. x 1 set x 12 reps
    • Standing Cable Flies: 12.5 lbs. x 12 reps (set #1), 12.5 lbs. x 6 reps + 10 lbs. x 6 reps (set #2), 10 lbs. x 12 reps (sets #3-4)
    • Spring Bar [alternated sets of hands supinated and pronated]: Light Bar: 2 sets x 8 reps, Heavy Bar 2 reps + Light Bar 6 reps (sets #3-4)
    • Super Set: Tricep Cable Pushdowns (tri bar): 35 lbs. x sets #1-3 x 12 reps, 40 lbs. x 9 reps + 35 lbs. x 3 reps (set #4) +
      • (Sets #1-2) Wood Chops: 15 lbs. x 12 reps (one side each set)
      • (Sets #3-4) Face Pulls: 10 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Super Set: Standing DB Curls: 15 lbs. x 3 sets x 12 reps, 20 lbs. x 1 set 12 reps +
      • (Set #1) Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20 reps
      • (Set #2) Two-Handed American KB Swings: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
      • (Set #3) Calf Raises: 20 reps
      • (Set #4) Full Squats: 25 reps
    • Worked on the side-lunge stretch and did a little general stretching to end the workout.

Calories: 2024, Protein: 107 g. (I was flat on weight loss this week so my total remains 16.2 lbs. so far.)