Yes, it is halfway through 2017. Actually, it seems like the year has just begun. So, where am I at this point?
This last 6 months hasn’t really been great. From a weight standpoint, this has been the most difficult period since I got back to goal in the summer of 2015. At my December, 2016 weigh in, I was at 142.8 pounds. In June, I was at 146.8 pounds. My Weight Watchers goal weight is 146 and I am free lifetime so long as I don’t weigh above 148 pounds. Since I got back to goal, I’ve been above that mark exactly once. That was in April when I weighed in at 148.4 pounds. Since, then I’ve gone down. But, I am expecting to be above 148 when I weigh in this Saturday.
And, the weight gain has been for predictable reasons. Part of it was overeating. I have been up and down the entire year. January was a good month and I weighed in at 141.6 in February. I think that led to some over-confidence and lack of focus on eating. And, I was up to 147 in March. I was more careful for awhile then went off the rails and was above 148 in April. I then got it together the last 2 weigh ins, but overate when I was sick for about 10 days and I still have swelling from my surgery in May.
My goals at the start of the year were to cook more at home and to rejoin the Y and start strength training again. I’ve done some of the cooking at home. I get maybe a C on that one. I am cooking more at home, but not as much as I planned. The bigger problem has been that some of my food choices haven’t been great. I am toying with the idea of signing up for one of those meal preparation services for maybe 3 dinners a week where they send you the ingredients and you cook the food. This would replace one of our dining out times during the week which I think would help with the eating and staying within my calorie/points goals.
Exercise pretty much has to be an F. I did rejoin the Y. And, that is it. I didn’t actually go and start working on strength training. I could give all sorts of reasons. This has been a busy year for us, etc. But, honestly, I just haven’t made it a priority. And, then I was derailed with the liposuction touch up I had done to my tummy tuck in May. Still, I haven’t really done anything from an exercise standpoint. Until I had surgery last May (in 2016), I was regularly going to the Y. I had a trainer twice a week. And, when whether was good, I would walk outside with my husband several days a week. When it wasn’t or it was too hot, I would use the treadmill or exercise bike at home. I was doing well. Then after the facial surgery, I couldn’t exercise for awhile. About when I could, I had the tummy tuck/breast lift which caused even more delay. So, that explains the rest of 2016. But, I have no excuse for the first 4 1/2 months of this year.
The best I can see is that I am now using the treadmill again. I am finally feeling better and have made a big push this week to start getting more steps and doing some walking on the treadmill. It still isn’t a lot, but is way more than it has been.
So…things are just sort of blah now. I was a bit alarmed when I saw the other day I was up 7 pounds from where I was at last weigh in. Now, I’ve lost about 3 pounds of that since then. A lot of that seems tied to post-lipo swelling. I started wearing the heavier compression garment again and that has helped with the swelling. But, I also know that I have legit gained a pound to pound and a half. And, that could easily end up being more when I weigh in on Saturday since I have the swelling on top of it. So, I know I will end up having to pay.
This year has been busy and stressful. I’ve also had a lot of trouble sleeping. I had a lot of trouble adjusting to the time change this year. And, I just can’t seem to get into a good routine. I think I’m OKish. While I expect to be up at my July weigh in, there is no reason I can’t be back in the goal range in August. I think that part of maintenance is learning how to adjust to these kinds of things and nipping it in the bud when the weight goes up so it isn’t a big deal to get back on track.