March Weigh In

The day of reckoning.  Yes, I was up 5.4 pounds to 147 pounds.  As I posted on Friday, I was off track for 4 weeks.  At the worst of it I was up 9 pounds!  So, a gain of 5.4 pounds really demonstrated that I was much more on program for the last week.  I think my “true” weight gain (not including fluid retention) is about 3 pounds.

I am irritated with myself for getting off track, but am glad I’m back on track now and plan to stay there.  Going forward one of my big goals for this month is to get back into more activity.  That is something I got out of doing when I had surgery last year.  And, it wasn’t optional.  I had to stop exercising for a time.  But, I am able to do more now and need to be doing more.  That is next on my list to get back on track with now that the food part is doing better.

Getting Way, Way Off Track and Then Getting Back

As I posted in early February, I had a great early February weigh in.  I was down below my baseline after my tummy tuck. Things were going great.  And, then I crashed and burned.  Honestly, the 4 weeks after my weigh in were terrible.  I went just really out of control.  I did exactly one good thing.  I continued to track what I ate.  So I know that over those 4 weeks I averaged eating almost 650 calories more per day than I ate during January!  I was wearing my Fitbit over this time and it tells me that for those 3 weeks I have a legit 3.2 pound weight gain based upon my calorie surplus (that is the amount that my calories eaten exceeded those burned).

Of course, eating so much more, I ate a lot more carbs and there is fluid retention (eating carbs results in holding on to to more water).  So, at the worst my weight was up to 149.8 pounds which was a gain of 9 pounds over 4 weeks!  Of course, I know that most of that is not true weight gain.  I’ve been on track since last Saturday and I’m now down almost 3 1/2 pounds.  So, I’m still up almost 6 pounds, of which I think about half is true weight gain. [Read more…]

The Wedding Dress – 25 Years Later

Today was my 25th wedding anniversary.  My husband and I went out to dinner at Fogo de Chao for our celebration.  And, I wore my wedding dress.

I was in my mid 30s when we married (my first marriage) and didn’t feel the need to do the traditional wedding.  I had for many years in the back of mind had two sort of unconventional ideas for a wedding.  The first was that I thought it would be romantic to get married in Las Vegas.  I’m not really sure why I thought that.  Maybe it was watching too many movies in the 1960s where the zany couple ended up getting married in Vegas.  Or, maybe, Viva Las Vegas had stuck with me.  Regardless, I just had this desire to fly off to Las Vegas and get married there. [Read more…]

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.