2016 in Review

2016 was an interesting year.  From a weight standpoint, on the surface, things were kind of quiet.  At my December 2015 weigh in I weighed 145.4 pounds, which was just under my Weight Watchers goal weight of 146 pounds.  At my last December 2016 weigh in, I weighed 142.8 pounds.  Not much change there. My highest Weight Watchers weigh in was 147.8 pounds just a few days before my tummy tuck/breast lift in July.  My lowest weigh ins were 142.8 pounds in both April and December.

Plastic Surgery

My plastic surgery was really the dominant event of the year.   Losing over 65 pounds has been great.  But, weight loss just exacerbated my loose skin on both my face and body.  I worked with a personal trainer for almost a year and I got stronger.  But, it didn’t do anything to repair my abdominal muscles and loose skin that I had had ever since pregnancy.  Losing weight had helped get rid of fat, but it didn’t get rid of the loose skin.  That was like an elastic band that had been stretched out and that would never return to what it had been before.

I had been thinking about surgery for years, even while I was still losing weight.  As I got smaller, I felt my tummy still looked fat.  I read on blogs and websites (I especially liked Realself) about tummy tucks and thought it might be what I needed to get rid of the loose skin and repair the abdominal muscles.   As I read on Realself, I started to read about people having facial cosmetic surgery.  I hated my turkey neck and my sagging eyelids.  Even when I was much younger, I felt my eyelids drooped.  But, I hadn’t really thought about doing anything surgically.  At some point, I realized that if I did the tummy tuck, I would still hate looking at pictures since my face didn’t really reflect how I felt about myself.  So, I decided to do facial surgery. [Read more…]

The Perils of Faulty Planning

So, not exactly the best day:


So, Tuesday was not exactly the best day.  In fact, I think it is probably the highest point day I’ve had.  92 SmartPoints used, putting me at negative 119 for the week!  And, that is with my points set at maintenance level!

How did this happen?  I usually do well in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  I am usually very vigilant because I know this is a dangerous time of the year foodwise and often do well because of my vigilance.  And, actually, I was doing well right up until Christmas.

And, then it unraveled.  Christmas itself was a high point day, but that was really OK.  If things had stopped there.  But, then I overate Monday and then Tuesday was the worst of all.  So what went wrong? [Read more…]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays All!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays All!  This is my favorite time of year and hope everyone has a great holiday.  And, I’ll leave you with a few Christmas-y cat pics.

Yes, Nina, actually climbed into the Christmas tree. All by herself:

And, then my daughter and I dressed her up in antlers (which my husband and son thinks is an abomination…).  Nina didn’t actually mind and sat quietly in costume.

And, as I’ve done before a few pics of Sasha (aka Fluffy) when he discovered the tree:

Can never have too many cat pics or too many Christmas tree pics … Well, that is one of my rules.


Weigh In and Weight Watchers 2017

Two topics for this post. Another December weigh in and a little preview about the Weight Watchers program for 2017

Weigh In

As a lifetime member at goal, I only have to weigh in at my first Weight Watchers meeting of the month.  Until my surgery, I went to meetings most every week but didn’t often weigh in except one time during the month.  I haven’t done so since January.  But, sometimes, I do weigh in more often.  Today, I weighed in because (1) I’ve had a good two weeks and like to reflect that in a weigh in and (2) I didn’t want my last 2016 weigh in to be the December weigh in which reflected a lot of the bad choices I had made in November.

I weighed in today at 142.8 pounds, down 2.8 pounds since my weigh in 2 weeks ago.  Now, for me, that is a huge loss even spread over 2 weeks.  Once I got to close to (and then within) a normal weight range losses were usually well under a pound most weeks.  This weigh in puts me back exactly where I was at my weigh in on October 29th.

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No One Solution to Weight Loss

I have long been a believer that there is no one solution to weight loss that works for everyone.  There was a recent article in the New York Times that discusses this. The article is “One Weight-Loss Approach Fits All?  No, Not Even Close.”  The article asks the question as to why some people lose a lot of weight on a particular diet while other similar people on the same diet lose nothing.  A good point is made that there is not just one type of obesity.  There are many types, one researcher cited in the article said he had counted 59 so far.  And, if there are different types of obesity and different causes then it makes sense there is no one perfect solution for everyone:

It makes as much sense to insist there is one way to prevent all types of obesity — get rid of sugary sodas, shun carbohydrates, eat breakfast, get more sleep — as it does to say you can avoid lung cancer by staying out of the sun, a strategy specific to skin cancer.

This made a lot of sense to me.  It has so often seemed to me that different people respond to different weight loss interventions.  I’ve had a lot of success with Weight Watchers and tend to eat moderate carbs at most (tending to the low moderate side).  Others don’t do well on Weight Watchers at all or might do well on a low fat diet. [Read more…]