2016 in Review

2016 was an interesting year.  From a weight standpoint, on the surface, things were kind of quiet.  At my December 2015 weigh in I weighed 145.4 pounds, which was just under my Weight Watchers goal weight of 146 pounds.  At my last December 2016 weigh in, I weighed 142.8 pounds.  Not much change there. My highest Weight Watchers weigh in was 147.8 pounds just a few days before my tummy tuck/breast lift in July.  My lowest weigh ins were 142.8 pounds in both April and December.

Plastic Surgery

My plastic surgery was really the dominant event of the year.   Losing over 65 pounds has been great.  But, weight loss just exacerbated my loose skin on both my face and body.  I worked with a personal trainer for almost a year and I got stronger.  But, it didn’t do anything to repair my abdominal muscles and loose skin that I had had ever since pregnancy.  Losing weight had helped get rid of fat, but it didn’t get rid of the loose skin.  That was like an elastic band that had been stretched out and that would never return to what it had been before.

I had been thinking about surgery for years, even while I was still losing weight.  As I got smaller, I felt my tummy still looked fat.  I read on blogs and websites (I especially liked Realself) about tummy tucks and thought it might be what I needed to get rid of the loose skin and repair the abdominal muscles.   As I read on Realself, I started to read about people having facial cosmetic surgery.  I hated my turkey neck and my sagging eyelids.  Even when I was much younger, I felt my eyelids drooped.  But, I hadn’t really thought about doing anything surgically.  At some point, I realized that if I did the tummy tuck, I would still hate looking at pictures since my face didn’t really reflect how I felt about myself.  So, I decided to do facial surgery. [Read more…]

December Weigh In

I was up 2.4 pounds to 145.6 pounds this month.  But, that is a bit misleading.  It was a cold, rainy day this morning.  So, I wore warm, fleece lined pants and wore a light jacket over my T shirt which I didn’t remove when I weighed.  A good part of the gain was due to the heavier clothes.  I do think probably half of it was due to my not so good November eating and the remainder was the clothes.

This is progress.  Last winter I wore shorts the entire winter and would change after weighing in.  A few months ago after my tummy tuck I did start wearing light long pants to weigh in, but today I wore much heavier clothes.  This will give me a lot more freedom to wear heavier clothes during the winter.

I have been happy the past several days as I was able to put together several good eating days.  Over the past couple of months, I’ve had difficulty doing that.  I’ve either eaten out too much — and not been careful enough when I did that — or I’ve just been hungry and overeating at home.  Finally, I was able to go several days eating in the range where I lose weight.

I still wasn’t active enough over the past month.  We did get back into walking outside with the cooler weather.  But, the last couple of weeks I didn’t do well.  We were busy due to the holiday and having my mom visiting.  And, I’ve just had a ton of stuff to do.

One thing I did this past week was that I had my permanent in my hair straightened.  I had gotten the permanent last February as I was at an awkward stage with my hair.  It wasn’t totally short any more and I wanted to grow it to shoulder length.  I find that length from below my ears to my shoulder to be a really awkward time and I don’t really like my hair while it is growing out.  And, that is why I got the permanent. [Read more…]

SmartPoints – Good or Bad?

It is almost a year since SmartPoints and the entire Beyond the Scale Program debuted.  This is a good time to ask:  Good or Bad?  It is time to assess the new program (well, not so new now).

When the new Beyond the Scale program started I was favorably disposed to it. I liked that SmartPoints discouraged eating sugar.  Lots of people liked the changes. Others hated them.  In fact, during this year one of my post popular posts which has gotten a lot of search traffic is What To Do If You Hate SmartPoints.

During the past year the SmartPoints part of the program has stayed the same, but there were some changes to how FitPoints were used.  Initially, Weight Watchers discouraged swapping FitPoints for food.  You could do it, but the powers that be didn’t really want you to do it.  Then, a few months in they changed to a more neutral position on swapping FitPoints.  They also instituted a baseline before you could swap FitPoints for food.  Basically you were supposed to earn about 3 FitPoints (roughly 3000 steps) in a day before you could swap additional FitPoints for food.

So, 11 months into the new Weight Watchers program – is it good or bad? [Read more…]

Going Off Track

Honestly, I’ve been mostly off track for the past six weeks or so. I’ve been over on my points for several of those weeks and haven’t had a calorie deficit a lot of the time.  I’ve had a couple of good weeks, but more bad weeks than good weeks.

It is still hard to exactly gauge my true weight due to post-surgery swelling.  I am almost 3 months post tummy tuck/breast lift so that is starting to lessen, but is still present. I still see my waist line changing by 2 to 3 inches during the course of the day.  Still, I think that I am truly up about 2 or 3 pounds from my September weigh in.  I will be weighing in Saturday and currently am up almost 4 pounds from the September weigh in, but I don’t think all of that is true weight gain since my weight is still fluctuating a lot.

So, this seems like a good time to talk about going off track and how to get back on.  I do think I have caught this early and feel I am getting back on track.  So far, this has been a good week.

So, what caused me to go off track?  I think there are several factors:

Change of Routine – This is the biggest factor.  I do well when I have a routine and have good habits.  When we moved to our current home, I gained about 12 pounds in the first couple of months after moving.  At that point I had lost almost 50 pounds, so the regain was a real shock.  And, that gain put me in a downward spiral that ended up as a 35 pound weight gain.  The first step on going off track at that time was that I wasn’t following my usual routine.  We were looking at houses a couple of hours away from where we were living so we ended up eating out a lot more.  That put pressure on my caloric intake and so I got into a calorie surplus and it all spiraled down. [Read more…]

More Post Mommy Makeover Update

OK, a few more update things.  First, I weighed this morning and was at 139.5 pounds on my home scale.  That is the first time I’ve been under 140 since about 1991.

Today I had a follow up appointment with the doctor.  It is now 4 weeks (and 1 day) post-surgery.  There were a couple of interesting things.  I got a copy of the page from my record showing exactly how much was removed during my surgery.

The tummy tuck itself removed 3 pounds.  The liposuction removed 2.9 pounds.  I had .06 pounds removed from one breast and .22 from the other (this difference was due to wanting to even out the two sides).  So, the total is 6.18 pounds.

One interesting thing was this record showed my pre op weight (taken at the hospital was 146 pounds.  I weighed at home the morning of surgery I was at 147 pounds on my home scale.  I’ve long felt that scale was weighing me about a pound heavier than I really am, so this was confirmation of that. [Read more…]