February Weigh In

I weighed in for my official February weigh in and was at 141.6 pounds, down .2 pounds since last week.  I was glad for the loss, but a little irritated.  At my home weigh in right before going to Weight Watchers, I was at 140.7 pounds which was .4 pounds less than I weighed last Saturday.  So, I expected to have a .4 pound loss at Weight Watchers.  When I got there, though, the scale flickered at 141.4 pounds and then settled at 141.6 pounds (the scales there weigh in .2 pound increments).

That said, though, I was happy with the overall of January.  And, 140.7 pounds at home puts me just below my new baseline of 140.8 pounds after I had tummy tuck/breast lift surgery in July.  I had gained a few pounds between September and December and I’ve spent the last 2 months getting back to that baseline.

I actually have been doing something new the past couple of months and I’ll be posting about that soon.

 

Goal Update

At the start of this year, I decided to make monthly goals.  I did make some progress on them, but will repeat them for February.

The first goal was to cook more food at home and make freezer meals for future use.  I did reasonably well on this.  In my post setting my January goals, I said I had made some turky chili and some chicken/bean/rice wraps in a large batch.  I had then frozen individual servings.  That was a good start, but I indicated I needed to do more.  And, didn’t do any more of that type of cooking for the rest of the month.  We did eat more at home because I decided to only eat out once on the weekend instead of twice every weekend.  That was adding too many extra calories and making it harder during the week, particularly when we sometimes needed to eat out during the week when we were out and about far from home.  By only eating out once on most weekends, it has helped to make the rest of the week easier.

The second goal was to rejoin the YMCA and start strength training again.  I did rejoin the Y, but haven’t done anything with it.  January was a terrible month on activity.  There were some reasons for some of this.  January was a rough month for us and our pets.  Our 14 1/2 year old dog died.  That was expected as something that was going to soon happen, but was still hard.  Then, our cat who was being treated for lymphoma had come out of remission and by the end of the month he was gone.  And, finally, one of our other cats (the one I showed in the Christmas tree) had to have major surgery to have all of her teeth removed (to treat gingivostomatitis).  Her recovery has gone very well, but it was all very stressful.  During this time, I really just wanted to mostly be home with my pets and didn’t have a lot of energy to think about working out.

For February, the plan is to continue on with the goals I had for January.  I will do more cooking and will actually start using the Y.

Great Weigh In

I weighed in yesterday and saw the results that can happen when I have a couple of good weeks.  I was down 1.8 pounds to 141.8 pounds.  I don’t often lose that much in a week, so it was good to see it.

The really good thing is that I am almost back down to my new baseline after my tummy tuck/breast lift surgery.  At home, I weighed 141.1 pounds yesterday morning.  The morning of the day I had surgery I was at 147 pounds on my home scale.  6.18 pounds was removed during surgery, leaving a new baseline of 140.82 pounds.  So, rounding to 140.8 pounds I am only .3 pounds above that.  I am not yet at my low after surgery, but my first goal is simply to get back to that 140.8 pounds weighing in at home.  I am almost there.

Not going out to eat twice on the weekend last week made the rest of the week easier.  I did have a 6″ sandwich from Subway during the week and we ate out at Panera one day.  I knew I could afford to do that as it was mid-week and I was able to stay within my daily calories since it is easy to eat low calorie there.

I want to have another good week this week, since next Saturday will be my monthly weigh in.  However, when I have a week when I lose a lot like this week, I often gain a little the next week even if I eat really well.  We’ll see what happens.

Weigh In

Even though I had already weighed in for January, I chose to weigh in on Saturday.  I was down .6 pounds, to 143.6 pounds.  As I mentioned in my Dining Out post the other day, I had a really good week this week.  A big part of that was only eating out once last weekend instead of twice.  Doing that made everything very easy the rest of the week.  I am planning to do the same thing this week.  We ate out after the meeting and I don’t have plans to eat out again this week.  It is possible we might end up with eating out mid-week especially if we are out and about and it makes sense to do so.  But, we aren’t going to go out for our typical Sunday meal out.

The other thing we did on Saturday after we had lunch was that I rejoined the YMCA.  When I hadn’t been able to go due to surgery I had dropped my membership.  I rejoined and am planning to go to a different location than I went to before.  It is a little farther away but is a larger facility so I want to try it out.  I can still attend the other facility (it is a citywide membership), though.  The one I was attending before is about 20 minutes away versus about 35 minutes so we’ll see how that goes.  I need to get back to regularly going to the Y.  I’ve really slacked off on activity.  It has been raining quite a bit and was cold before that so I haven’t been walking outside much.  I could use the treadmill, of course, but I just haven’t done it.

Dining Out Makes It Harder

I love to eat out.

It isn’t just the food.  When I go out to eat with my husband it is often a good time to leisurely talk without the interruptions of everyday life. And, yes, I like the food.  I get a lot of pleasure from the food that I eat out.  Sure, I can make some things at home that I like.  But, eating out is overall better most of the time.  I only order food that I really enjoy, so I do love it. [Read more…]