August In Review

Thought it might be good since I am in losing mode to report monthly rather than every few months.  At the time I last reported on goals, I was a bit too optimistic.  At that time I acknowledged my weight gain, but hadn’t really faced up to the fact that I had been eating poorly for months and hadn’t been consistent.

My goals at the start of the year had been to cook more and to rejoin the Y and start strength training again.  After the end of June, I was giving myself an F on exercise and about C on cooking at home.  Despite my somewhat optimistic post, July ended up being mixed and I had to pay at my first weigh in during August.  I was 3.4 pounds over my goal weight which was down 1.2 pounds from July, but was still too high.

Despite that, August ended up being a great month.  I last weighed in a couple of weeks ago and was barely at 148 pounds (2 pounds over goal) so I was back to free lifetime status.  I didn’t weigh in last weekend due to the hurricane.  I think Saturday’s weigh in will be good (at least under 148 pounds), but you never know. To put in perspective, I had the highest number of average steps this month and calorie deficit than I’ve had since June, 2015.  I had the highest calorie burn since July, 2015 (well, it was slightly higher in July, 2016 but that was due to heightened metabolism after my tummy tuck/breast lift).  My average calories eaten per day was the lowest since February, 2015.  

Leaving aside what will be on the scale in the morning which I can’t control in the short term, I was happy with the month.  I didn’t actually do that great on cooking at home, but my eating overall was in a much better place.  I started making salads at home again, which I had gotten out of the habit of and that was a big help.  I worked the last couple of weeks especially to increase eating veggies and fruit.  I had stopped buying Quest bars a few months ago, mostly because I thought they were a little pricey.  However, I found that without them it was hard to meet my protein and fiber goals.  So, I started eating them again.

I also started work on an analysis of my historical eating data (I have over 4 years in MyFitnessPal) to look for trends for when I did well and when I didn’t.  I am still in the middle of that, but will report when I’ve finished it.  One thing I do know is that eating too much is very correlated with eating out too many times a week.  I’ve cut back on it a bit.  Of course, we didn’t eat out at all this week due to the hurricane.

The biggest positive this month was getting back into regularly using the treadmill.  I walked on the treadmill at least 4 times a week for the last 4 weeks. In fact, I made it 6 times this week.  I started sloly but I’ve been increasing my pace and got to 231 minutes this week.  No, I haven’t yet gotten to the Y for strength training.  I actually had planned to do it this week.  But, again, hurricane.

One thing I am happy about is that I didn’t let the hurricane derail me. Yes, in some ways Harvey made it easier.  I couldn’t go out to eat so that temptation was removed.  But, there were other things that made it hard.  Just the change in routine can derail me.  It got a little wobbly on the day we went grocery shopping, but I hung in there and had a good day and stayed on track since then.

The important thing for me now is to not get back in the mindset of thinking I just need to maintain my weight.  That isn’t what a want long term as I posted.  Even if I am free lifetime, I must keep in mind that my real desire is to lose body fat.  Now, that I am back on track with using the treadmill I am burning more calories which makes it easier for me to have a calorie deficit.  When things are a little more settled, I do plan to go to the Y for strength training.  Yes, the hurricane is over but I am way behind on running some errands and other things that went by the wayside when we basically couldn’t go anywhere for days.  Still, getting to the Y for strength training is my main goal for September.

I feel that my post-liposuction swelling is finally starting to abate.  It shows up less often and usually isn’t as bad.  Although I had a day last week when my waistline grew 4 inches from morning to evening!  My surgeon said I could have the swelling for up to 4 months after surgery so I may still have it for another 3 weeks or so.  Still, I can see that it is getting better.

Anyway, I’ll post tomorrow after my weigh in.  It should be an interesting meeting given all the weather events of the last week.  I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about.

 

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