I weighed in for August and was down 1.2 pounds to 149.4 pounds. I still had to pay, but things are moving in the right direction. It was still frustrating since I know that some of this is still swelling/water retention related to my surgery in May. The surgeon said that could persist for 3 to 4 months and I am only 2 1/2 months post-surgery.
On the good news front, I have just had 3 really good weeks in terms of eating and calorie deficit. This is only the second time this year that I’ve had 3 consecutive great weeks. For most of this year, my eating has been really inconsistent. From February 4th to March 31st, I had only one good week. Every other week, I had a calorie surplus which is why I was up 5.4 pounds at my March weigh in and then another 1.4 pounds in April which put me over my goal weight enough that I had to pay then.
I did lose enough in May that I didn’t have to pay and since then I’ve seemed to alternate one good week with a bad week. But, in late June and early July, my eating was not stellar. I think that part of it was I was so frustrated with the surgery related swelling and water retention that it was easy to get off track on eating.
Anyway, the last 3 weeks I’ve done well. I’ve increased the activity a bit (not where I want to be) and overall in July had my best month this year for calorie burn. So, even though I am still over goal and had one really bad week in early July, I’m feeling OK about where I am now. I will keep doing what I am doing on eating and will continue to increase activity. I’m not sure when I’ll be back in free lifetime range. It could be next week or next month. The swelling seems to come and go and I can’t always attribute it to anything. That can definitely mess with the head. On the one hand, I don’t want to assume weight gain (or lack of loss) is attributable to swelling if it is really attributable to bad eating choices. At the same time, there are days that I’ve eaten well for several days and then I suddenly gain 2 pounds and 2 inches in my waist overnight and I know that is swelling and water retention and isn’t a real gain.
I recognize I just have to take it as it comes and just pay my $15 every week until I get back to where I should be. And, if I continue to eat well, I will get there.