I did go to my Weight Watchers meeting today for my first weigh in since surgery. As I’ve mentioned, I currently have myself set on maintenance. Adequate nutrition during healing is important and this is not the time to try to lose more weight. I ended up weighing in at 145.4 pounds, down .8 pounds from last month.
I was happy with the weigh in. The first week after surgery I ate very little, just wasn’t hungry and only ate as necessary to take medication and to try to get some calories and protein in. The next two weeks I ate a lot more and actually blew through all my points. Despite that, I lost weight during those weeks. I spoke with my doctor and basically chalked this up to the body metabolism increasing in order to do more healing. So, I had no negative effects (weightwise) from eating so many calories.
This last week was more like an almost normal week. Since last Monday I have been able to use the treadmill to walk and I have slowly done that (very slowly) and have gotten to where I do about 30 minutes usually divided into 2 sections. Before this week, my activity was really low since I wasn’t supposed to do much activity. I am still not supposed to do anything other than walking or light exercise bike for several more weeks. I’ve also been told that even if I feel good I shouldn’t do things like heavy cleaning or anything that would cause any straining. That might cause bleeding and increase swelling.
So, I am still much more sedentary than usual. That is one reason that I don’t think trying to lose any further weight at this point is a good idea. I still need sufficient calories and protein to sustain healing and I can’t do things that would really up my calorie burn. I am feeling less tired, so can do a bit more like the treadmill walking but I tire easily. Part of that is that I still can’t sleep on my side for another week so I am sleeping in a recliner on my back which is really difficult for me. Hopefully when I can move back to my normal sleeping that will help a lot.
I should be full-strength toward the end of July. But, I have now scheduled my tummy tuck and breast lift for July 27. By that time I expect to have all my energy back and can go ahead and have that surgery and then start going through that recovery (and having to sleep on my back in a recliner again).
I was happy with the weigh in today. Technically, I am considered within my goal weight as long as I don’t weigh more than 2 pounds over my goal weight of 146 pounds. In May, right before surgery, I had weighed at 146.2. I had a lot of social events in April and it had been a difficult month so I was happy just to weight at 146.2. While I was not trying to lose during this past month, I did hope to get below 146 pounds so I was happy with the 145.4 pounds. And, if I do something similar in July I will be happy with that as well.
During this past week, I made more of an effort to eat more similarly to how I was eating before surgery. While I wasn’t trying to lose weight, I did pay a lot more attention to trying to stay within my maintenance level points (which I was able to do). The prior week’s that had not been a priority as I was more focused on doing what I felt was best from a surgery recovery standpoint. For the next month, I intend to keep myself set on maintenance level and to stay within those points. Basically this is an extra 6 points a day on average — in my case I added 4 points to my daily points making them 34 and switched my weekly SmartPoints to 42 from 28. I do swap FitPoints and when exercising normally I had been aiming to mostly eat my FitPoints (beyond the baseline) and eating few of my Weekly SmartPoints. Right now, though, I am not able to earn many FitPoints beyond the baseline. That should increase a little bit over the next month but probably not by a lot.
If I find I am gaining eating the maintenance level points, I can also adjust those downward a bit. I’ll just have to see how it goes after the next month as I can burn some more calories, but can’t do full exercise. So, we’ll see.