July Weigh In

I was happy to weigh in today at 147.8 pounds, up 2.4 pounds from June.  And, yes, I truly was happy.  In this time between surgeries, I have set my goal as to maintain.  So, yes, I would have preferred to not gain 2.4 pounds since June.  But, I am still within my maintenance window where I maintained my free lifetime status at Weight Watchers.  I need to weigh at or below 148 pounds for that.  And, there was a time during this week, when I was above it.

This is an example of how weight doesn’t necessarily reflect what you have immediately done.  Had I weighed in at either of the last two Saturdays I would have weighed less than today.  But, ironically, this was my best week for food since I had my surgery in May. And the two weeks before this week where next best.  So, really, this week has gone well.  What I think I am seeing on the scale now is a reflect of the last couple of weeks of June and the first week of this month when I really was higher than usual.  It just took that long for it to really reflect on the scale.

So, yes, I wish I had done better on the eating during those weeks.  They actually would have been fine had I been more active, but with the surgery recovery I haven’t been as active.  But, I also think it is important to look at the big picture.  In July, one year ago I weighed in at 145.8 pounds.  That was the first time I had weighed in under my goal weight in over 20 years.  Even though I am up 2 pounds from that this month, I am still in my goal range.  During this past year my highest weigh in was 148.2 pounds (last August) and my lowest was 142.8 pounds in April.  Given the surgery in May and the inactivity since then, I am content with where I am right now.

I am not sure, by the way, about how weigh in will go in August.  From what I have heard and read it is common to have swelling for the first several weeks after surgery.  I’ve seen it referred to as swell hell.  It is often more common later in the day, so I am hopeful that when I go to weigh in (probably in late August) that I will be weighing in early enough in the day that it won’t be too bad.  But, I’ve seen recommendations on a forum on Realself where users recommend not weighing for at least 6 weeks after surgery because you may actually have a gain due to the temporary swelling.  Yes, they do remove skin and fat with the surgery but that usually doesn’t weigh much.  So, the temporary swelling can add more to your weight than what was removed.   So, it is possible that I won’t be able to stay where I am during August.  I will just have to wait and see on that.

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