Juggling Stuff and Checking In

Ok, wow.  So almost 2 weeks since I posted.  In a sense there hasn’t been much going on in regard to weight loss so there wasn’t much to post.  And, there was just a lot of stuff to juggle non-weight loss so I didn’t realize how much time had passed since I last posted.

The last couple of weeks have been a holding action in terms of weight loss.  Weekend before last, I drove back to my hometown and went to my 45th high school reunion.  It was the first one I’ve attended since graduating.  I must admit that it was easier for me to go to this one since I knew that my weight was basically fine (although I still want to lose a few pounds) and I felt happy with how I looked.

It’s funny but in the mind’s eye I still saw people as they were when we were 18 and so I was a little nervous about showing up with the current me.  I mean sort of absurd since I am in a Facebook group for our class and I’ve seen more current pictures.  But, still those pictures in my head were there.  Of course, as soon as I got there I truly did accept that everyone had aged just as I had aged.  And, really, once I was there I wasn’t concerned about my appearance or anyone else’s appearance.  It was a lot of fun to see people.  I also had an opportunity to reconnect with my dearest friend from way back when and that was very special.

Foodwise, I did OK during that trip.  I had to eat out some but planned for it.  I was planning to come back home and really exercise this past week.  But, I came home and had a scratchy throat and generally not feeling good for the whole week.  I kept thinking I was about to get a sore throat and feel awful.  That never happened, perhaps because I took it easy for the whole week in terms of activity.  But, that kept my calorie burn down.

And, then…my husband’s birthday.  Due to schedule conflicts with our kids, we have had 2 birthday celebrations and are going to have another one on Tuesday.  We went out alone to Fogo de Chao on his actual birthday.

That was what I had from their market table.  Then, they bring around a lot of different meats and you take what you want.  I mostly took a small piece of several things, mostly chicken and a little pork.  It was incredibly good.  We elected not to have dessert.

On Sunday, we went out for the second celebration with our son.  We ate at Red Robin and I skipped getting a chicken sandwich to just get the Ensanada Chicken which is a chicken breast with some added flavors and a side salad.  Having done that, I felt I could afford to eat part of this dessert:

It was incredibly yummy but was shared among 3 people.

We have one more lunch out, but that is planned for a restaurant where I can eat very lightly.  So, I think I did reasonably well, but haven’t lost any weight over the last 10 days.

I did finally get back to a little exercise.  The weather is finally cool enough here that we can walk outside so we took a walk in the neighborhood.  I like walking here because it is a little hilly so we get a better workout.  And, we plan to go back to the Y on Tuesday.

October Weigh In

My usual weigh in day is Saturday.  But, I will be gone this next Saturday and the Saturday after that is the day after my husband’s birthday.  I didn’t think I particularly wanted to have to weigh in that day and didn’t want to have wait until the next Saturday to weigh in since that is so far down in the month.

The new week started on Sunday as did the new month.  So, even though we had gone to a meeting on Saturday, we went back Sunday morning just to do the October weigh in. [Read more…]

Unofficial Weigh In

I didn’t weigh in at Weight Watchers since I didn’t want to have to dress for it.  When I weigh in, I wear the same thing and then change at the meeting.  I didn’t want to do that today since I didn’t have to weigh so I didn’t.  I was tempted though because I would have shown a loss.

At home (no clothes), I weighed 146.2 pounds which is down .4 pounds from what I weighed at home at my last Weight Watchers weigh in.  This is notable for 2 reasons.  First, it is the lowest that I have been since having my liposuction.  I think that most of my swelling is gone now.  I sometimes have some during the days, but I’m good in the mornings usually.

I also note that this is my lowest weight in mid-February!  This was my 9th week in a row with a calorie deficit (per Fitbit and MyFitnessPal information). This was also my 4th week back to strength training and 8th week of cardio exercise  It is nice to see those things showing up on the scale.

When I love back at February, though, I must admit a have a pang when I realize I was last below 146.2 pounds then because I was going up in weight.  In early February, I had weighed 140.7 pounds at home putting me back to my post tummy tuck baseline.  By mid-February I was, alas, at 146.1 pounds.  Yes, I was up over 5 pounds in 9 days and I just kept going on.  So glad that the last several weeks I’ve been working on going down and not up.

Overall, this was a good week.  I actually didn’t have as many cardio sessions as usual, mostly because of the day that I went and did all the testing at Dexafit.  This was my best week, though, for strength training so I was glad about that.  I’ll be doing a post soon about what my plans are post-Dexafit testing.

But, at this points, I am just happy to be at my lowest weight in over 7 months.

My Fit3D Scan of My Body

I posted previously about my testing at Dexafit on Monday. I did an initial post before hand about what I was planning to do.

I had body composition testing using the dexa (DXA scan) which is here.

And, I had my resting metabolic rate tested which is here.

The final thing I had done was a scan of my body using the Fit3D scanner.  This scanner takes pictures of your body and takes hundreds of measurements.  From this, a 3D avatar is created of your body.  The information is sent to you privately at Fit3D.  You can log in and get a lot of information, including measurements of core body parts.  In addition, you can download a spreadsheet with lots of other measurements. You can also download your 3D avatar.

Under my Dexafit plan, I can get a Fit3D scan once a month.

I actually really like the scan and think it will be very motivating to me to want to improve my avatar and my measurements each month.  I will go into some detail here about the Fit3D scan as I didn’t find much online about it beyond basic information.

The Scanning

The scan is done in a room privately.  I went in and first created a Fit3D account on a touchscreen by the scanner.  For the scan, you stand on a round disk, hold handles with arms straight and then simply stay still while you rotate around for 40 seconds.  At that point, you are done.

Here is a photo of me on the scanner before I did the scan.

If you look at my feet you can see 2 white feet shapes on the round base.  You stand on those (without socks) for the machine to get your current weight. [Read more…]

Resting Metabolic Rate Test Result

I am posting about my results from my Dexafit visit today. I previously posted about what I was having done and why.  This post is about the results of my resting metabolic rate testing.  Other procedures:

Body Composition through dexa (DXA) scan which you can find here.

I also had a Fit3D scan done which is here.

In the post I did on my body composition and body fat percentage I said that I was surprised about the result.  However, I indicated that it was not the most surprising result from the testing.  The most surprising result was that which showed my resting metabolic rate.  I was actually gobsmacked by the result.

But, before I get to that:

Why Do a Resting Metabolic Rate Test

Online you can find a lot of calculators that can tell you what your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is (or your basal metabolic rate – they are not identical but are treated as interchangeable for this post).  These calculators are useful since they are free and for most people are probably reasonably accurate.  The one I see used most often uses the Mifflin St Jeor equation.  And, that is the equation that Fitbit uses to estimate your resting metabolic rate which is the number that underlies all of the calorie burn information you get from Fitbit.  That is, how many calories you burn during exercise is based upon a factor applied to your Mifflin St Jeor RMR.

Another calculator that I like is the Katch McArdle calculator which uses weight and body fat percentage to determine RMR.  Most calculators, including Mifflin St Jeor, use age and height instead of body fat percentage since most people don’t know their body fat.  Age and height act as a proxy for body fat.

Calculators are useful but are not accurate for everyone.  The Mifflin St Jeor equation (or similar equations) don’t really deal well with the fact that some people burn less calories than expected because they have unusually high body fat.  And, they may not be that accurate for those with unusually low body fat.  Katch McArdle rectifies that problem, but it necessarily requires an accurate body fat percentage.

And, there are unknown factors that impact RMR other than the factors used by the calculators.  This study sought to determine what factors influence the variation in basal metabolic rate.  Basically they found 63% of the difference in BMR between subjects was due to differences in fat free mass, 6% was due to differences in fat mass, and 2 % was due to differences in age.  For women, 26% of the variance in BMR was unexplained.  That is, it wasn’t explained by the factors that are used in the typical RMR calculators.  They did look at some other possible factors (such as age, bone mineral content, and leptin) but those factors didn’t explain the difference.  Calculators can be useful, but I felt that actually testing my RMR would give me a more valid result given the individual variance that can exist for metabolism.

It is useful to get a valid RMR because that would help me to know how many calories I burn each day and would help me to make sure I have a calorie deficit.

The Test Itself

I had previously done an RMR test a couple of years ago.  This one was quite similar.  True RMR tests use indirect calorimetry. Basically you breathe into a face mask for a period of time and a machine measures the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces and, from that, can determine your resting metabolic rate.

I did this test after doing the dexa scan.  Because I was doing this test, I had been told not to eat or drink anything after midnight other than water.  There are also restrictions on activity before hand.  Basically they didn’t want you to have eaten or exercised within a certain amount of time before the test because those activities increase your metabolism.

They had me sit in a recliner and breathe into a face mask for 18 minutes staying as still as possible.  It was actually very relaxing as the recliner was reclined back and was super comfortable.

This is how the mask looked:


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