Saturday Weigh In 9-16-2017

Go figure.  I weighed in today at 146.6 pounds, down .6 pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago.

In a way, it wasn’t surprising. According to my Fitbit calorie burn info and my food info from MyFitnessPal I should have lost 1.75 pounds.  I think that part of the reason I haven’t is because I started strength training again and, typically, during the early days I will retain some fluids until my body gets used to the workout.  I actually expect to soon have more of a loss show up.  In fact, this loss really only showed up the past few days.  During most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve been up in weight from my last weigh in even though I knew it wasn’t real weight. [Read more…]

My Weekly Eating Pattern

I was just thinking today that my weekly eating seems to follow a fairly common pattern.  And, it is when I deviate from this pattern that I am mostly likely to get off track and then find it hard to get back on track.

Why I Don’t Eat Exactly 30 SmartPoints a Day

Let me first say that I am not one of those people to eat in a way that exactly equals my daily SmartPoints.  I know people who do it.  They get 30 daily SmartPoints and almost always eat exactly that many.  Some feel it is almost cheating to eat any Weekly SmartPoints (it’s not actually).  Or, they reserve Weekly SmartPoints to days that they eat our or are special occasions.

I just don’t eat that way.  First, I find it too difficult to eat exactly 30 daily SmartPoints.  Technically, that is my minimum and I am not supposed to go below it.  In reality, I do sometimes go below, although it is usually not by much. Way, way, back in the day we had a range of daily points.  That is, I think it was something like 18 to 23 points a day and you could bank unused points to use that week.  That later changed to getting just one number for each day and you got your weekly points at the start of the week.  I understand that change (it kind of sucked on the plan with banking if your birthday was on Day 1 of your week since you couldn’t borrow points from future days).  But, I did like the flexibility. And, most of the time I could easily eat within the range I was given. [Read more…]

Discomfort and Weight Loss

I was thinking about the issue and discomfort and its role in initiating and sustaining weight loss.  As many of you know, I have been basically maintaining since I got back to goal in July, 2015.  Since then I’ve mostly been within a couple of pounds of that weight.  A little over a year ago I instantly lost about 6 pounds when I had a tummy tuck, but I slowly gained after that.  Then, early this year and lost it and both back to my new post-tummy tuck baseline.  And, after that, I regained and I spent a couple of months more than 2 pounds over goal weight, so had to pay at Weight Watchers meetings.

But, right now?  I’m doing great on the weight loss front.  I’ve had a calorie deficit (per my Fitbit) every week for the last 8 weeks.  I’ve burned more calories and eaten less than I have since really getting back to goal.  I am now exercising again.  Things are going great and I am highly motivated to first get back to where I was post-tummy tuck and then to lose about 10 to 15 pounds of fat beyond that.

So, why now?  After two years of no progress, why now?  Yes, part of that time, I was recovering from surgery and it really wasn’t the right time to be losing weight.  But, there was plenty of time pre-surgery and this year that I could have lost weight.  In fact, I did lose weight the early part of this year and got back to where I was after my tummy tuck.

It occurs to me that the reason is because of discomfort — or the absence of discomfort.  When I went back to Weight Watchers in 2010, weighing over 200 pounds, I had a lot of discomfort about my weight.  I wasn’t happy about it.  I felt miserable about it.  I wasn’t where I wanted to be.  That discomfort was great enough that it propelled me to initiate weight loss. [Read more…]

Back to Strength Training!

At long last, I finally got back to strength training and went twice this week.  I made this one of my goals starting out this year.  From mid-2015 to mid-2016, I had worked twice a week with a personal trainer doing strength training.  Then I had to stop when I did my plastic surgery.  I wasn’t fully cleared to do all strength training until around the start of this year.

In January, I rejoined the Y and said I would start going at least twice a week.  And, then, I just…didn’t.  No real excuse.  Yes, I had a lot of things going on.  But, if I wanted to make it a priority I could have made it a priority.  I always just found it easier to use busy schedule as reason not to go.  When I go off track, I find it really hard to get back on.

The past 5 weeks or so I finally got back into using my treadmill, but I knew I really needed to strength train.  So, Tuesday I went with my husband to the Y.  I had actually planned to do it last week, but the hurricane legitimately derailed that (Y was closed most of the week).

We are actually going to a different Y than the one I went to before.  The old one I went to is a little closer, but I like the facilities and equipment at the new Y a little better.  It is also larger and has a greater variety of equipment.  I can still go the the other Y if I want to, so we’ll see if I like the new one better. [Read more…]

Why I Sometimes Eat Less Than 30 SmartPoints

Today is a good example of why I sometimes eat less than 30 SmartPoints.  There are days that I have no difficulty eating 30 SmartPoints.  In fact, I often exceed 30 SmartPoints by a lot.  Yesterday, I used a boatload of SmartPoints.  But, today?  I’ve struggled to get to 28 SmartPoints.


So, let’s look at this. I slept late and didn’t have breakfast as we were going out to lunch. I just went straight to lunch. We had lunch at Genghis Grill. Honestly, I could eat at Genghis Grill everyday without breaking 500 calories. This meal was 9 SmartPoints (just over 400 calories). [Read more…]