Weight Watchers and the Anti-Dieting Age

I recently read a fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner called Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age. The article covers a lot of ground dealing with weight loss in general with some specifics about Weight Watchers.  It is a mixture of general information about weight loss in the current age, along with information about the personal struggle of the author.  Under the title of the article is written, “The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.”  The author is the primary example in the article of the overweight person and Weight Watchers is the diet company.

The article starts with an anecdote about Weight Watchers in January, 2015.  At that time, Weight Watchers had started doing some new and really honest ads about weight loss with a marketing campaign, called “Help With the Hard Part.”  I loved those commercials as I posted way back then.  However, as it turned out, most people didn’t love them.  In fact, Weight Watchers had a terrible January, which is normally when it has its best sign ups. It turned out that people didn’t like hearing, well, honesty about weight loss and how it is hard.

Weight Watchers started looking into why people didn’t like the new approach. The article details what happened when Weight Watchers head of consumer insights started talking to people:

Benovitz got to work. She traveled the country, interviewing members, former members and people they thought should be members about their attitudes toward dieting. She heard that they no longer wanted to talk about ‘‘dieting’’ and ‘‘weight loss.’’ They wanted to become ‘‘healthy’’ so they could be ‘‘fit.’’ They wanted to ‘‘eat clean’’ so they could be ‘‘strong.’’

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Swelling Update (Post Liposuction)

I went in today for a follow up appointment with my plastic surgeon post eyelid revision and liposuction.  I had posted a couple of times about the huge amount of swelling I had the last few days.  Basically as of 3 or 4 days ago, I was up 7 pounds!  Yes, I know that some of it (from a pound to pound and a half) is actual weight gain.  I was sick for about 10 days and didn’t move much during that period and ate differently and ate more.  So, yes, some gain was normal.

But, on Monday I noticed that I seemed to have huge upper abdominal swelling.  At the worst my waist line up almost 4 inches from what it was last week.  Since then, I went back to wearing the medical grade compression garment and some of the swelling has gone down.  I’m down 3 1/2 pounds from Monday.

But, I was eager to discuss this with my surgeon.  At the absolute worst moment, I had this fear that I had overeaten and that I had new fat in my upper abdomen and didn’t have swelling.  In my worst thoughts, I worried I had totally undone the liposuction by overeating that week I was sick.   [Read more…]

Overeating When Sick (and an Update)

I haven’t posted since my mid-June weigh in.  And, that is because I’ve been sick most of the time.  At the time I was glad I seemed back on track and I had a good weigh in.  And, the next several days were fine.  I was starting to get more active.  I added steps every day and was getting ready to start going to the Y to work on strength training after a week or so of steps.

Then, on Wednesday evening (two Wednesdays ago) I started feeling bad.  I had gone out during the day and had been in a building that was freezing.  I never really feel that cold causes sickness, but I had to wonder this time.  That evening my throat started hurting and I started aching all over.  Now, I don’t usually get sick.  In the last 5 years, I’ve maybe had a sore throat or cold a few times and usually it lasted a day or two.  And, even then it is usually something where I just feel bad but I can mostly follow my usual routine.

Well, not this time.  Within a day I was basically living in the bedroom.  I wasn’t sleeping all day, but sitting upright in my desk chair was out of the question.  And, I didn’t feel like doing anything.  I basically spent several days just using my iPad in bed or watching TV.  And..well…eating. [Read more…]

June Weigh In

I weighed in for June today at 146.8 pounds, down .8 pounds since May.  I have finally lost most of the fluid retention from surgery. After surgery in May I was up over 10 pounds from my May weigh in!  I was really happy about this weigh in for a couple of reasons.

First, June is the 2 year anniversary of me getting back to free lifetime.  I certainly am glad to be there now.  I am still up several pounds from my low weight last August.  My next goal is to get back to where I was then.  Still, I am finally going in the right direction.

Second, I’ve been able to put together 2 really good weeks.  A big part of why I haven’t made a lot of progress the past few months is that I wasn’t putting together good weeks.  Earlier in the year, I had a couple of bad months (February and March) where I ended up not having a calorie deficit and basically gained almost 5 and a half pounds.  Since then, I struggled to lose that weight because I wasn’t consistently doing well.  I would have a great week and then a bad week.  So, putting together good weeks and staying consistent was important to me.  For 3 of the last 4 weeks, I have had a good week and per Fitbit, I had a calorie deficit.  Even for the week where I didn’t have a deficit I was really close to being even for that week. [Read more…]

Surgery Update

It has been 6 days since I had the surgery that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to post an update.  Things have gone well, although this recovery has actually been more painful than either my previous surgeries.

I had surgery last Monday.  Basically there were two parts to the surgery.  First, I was having some facial surgery.  I was having a revision to my right eye lift to remove some additional skin.  While I was overall happy with my results I felt I had a little more skin drooping on my right eye than my left.  My surgeon had indicated that my brow was a little lower on the right eye (that is, it started that way) and removing any more skin in the initial surgery would have resulted in too long of a scar.  So, I have known for months that I would likely want to have this revision done.

Additionally I had a couple of final cholesterol deposits removed on both eyes near my nose.  I had a number of these deposits previously removed, but they can’t be done all in one surgery.

This is how my right eye looked in April.

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