This was a pretty good weigh in under the circumstances with my knee and leg:
I weighed in at 171.2 pounds at my Weight Watchers meeting and was down 1.2 pounds. Since I am still on non-weight bearing status with my left leg and am using a walker, I am not burning nearly as many calories. My calorie burn on Fitbit this week was about 240 calories a day less than it was last month. And, this was with rowing on my Concept2 rower on 4 of the days. By itself, that much less calorie burn would cut my weight loss by about half a pound a week.
However, I did eat about 80 calories a day less than I ate a day last month so my actual deficit per day was about 160 calories a day less, which should cut my weight loss by about .3 pound each week. Still, for this week I lost 1.2 pounds. Most of that, though, was clearly loss from the prior week that didn’t show up until this week (most of the loss showed up last weekend right after Friday weigh in).
If I continue eating as I am eating and using the rower as I’m using it, I hope to lose between .6 and .8 pounds next week. I’m not sure that I will keep eating as lightly however. I was very careful this past week and I’m not sure I can be that careful for the next 3 weeks. This past week I was below my goal for calories so I may end up upping it a bit, particularly since I want to make sure I’m getting adequate nutrition. Also, if my knee starts bothering me with the rower I’ll have to stop. I think I will be able to keep doing it as long as I don’t do it too many days in a row without taking some time off.
On Monday I am going to start going to physical therapy. I don’t expect it to burn many calories though since I’m mostly doing range of motion stuff that is limited in scope since I am not supposed to bear weight on my left leg. So, it may help my knee and leg but I don’t expect it to be a major source of burned calories.
When I post next Friday and I’m disappointed in my weight loss, remind of this post. I plan to try to get closer to losing a pound than not, but I also know that under the circumstances between .5 and .8 is actually good. And, looking at graph above, I know I have to look at the big picture. That graphs covers the last 24 weeks. I had a net loss of 19.4 pounds. Yes, that is less than a pound a week. But, it is almost 20 pounds! That’s a lot of weight to lose. And, I gained weight at only one of those weigh ins (2 weeks ago). Every other time I either lost or stayed the same. In the end, these 4 weeks of reduced weight loss won’t really matter so long as I keep on the downward slope.