My Weekly Eating Pattern

I was just thinking today that my weekly eating seems to follow a fairly common pattern.  And, it is when I deviate from this pattern that I am mostly likely to get off track and then find it hard to get back on track.

Why I Don’t Eat Exactly 30 SmartPoints a Day

Let me first say that I am not one of those people to eat in a way that exactly equals my daily SmartPoints.  I know people who do it.  They get 30 daily SmartPoints and almost always eat exactly that many.  Some feel it is almost cheating to eat any Weekly SmartPoints (it’s not actually).  Or, they reserve Weekly SmartPoints to days that they eat our or are special occasions.

I just don’t eat that way.  First, I find it too difficult to eat exactly 30 daily SmartPoints.  Technically, that is my minimum and I am not supposed to go below it.  In reality, I do sometimes go below, although it is usually not by much. Way, way, back in the day we had a range of daily points.  That is, I think it was something like 18 to 23 points a day and you could bank unused points to use that week.  That later changed to getting just one number for each day and you got your weekly points at the start of the week.  I understand that change (it kind of sucked on the plan with banking if your birthday was on Day 1 of your week since you couldn’t borrow points from future days).  But, I did like the flexibility. And, most of the time I could easily eat within the range I was given. [Read more…]

September Weigh In

Saturday Weigh In

I weighed today for my official September weigh in.  I was at 147.2 pounds, down .8 pounds.

 

That put me well within free lifetime so I was happy with that.  I had a really great week, both from food and activity and I was happy about that.  Given the stress of the week (hurricane – no water in our house, but constant rain and my routine was disrupted), I was really happy that I stuck with it.  There were a few moments this week when I was tempted to not walk on treadmill or to eat more than I plan, but I mostly withstood those temptations. [Read more…]

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.   [Read more…]

Rain Go Away! — and Changes in Routine

Rain, rain go away!

I am already tired of the Hurricane Harvey rain.  Of course, I am incredibly fortunate to not be in an area where this is resulting in truly tragic, life threatening flooding.  I live in a county north of Houston where there is a lot of rain, but it is not as dire as in Houston.  It is kind of hard to see from this picture but our house in on a lot that slightly slopes downward.  So the water from the property to our left runs down to our property.  But the rain on our property runs down to the right and away from us [Read more…]

Keratin Hair Treatment and an Update

Just a quick update on a couple of things.

Keratin Treatment

Today I had a keratin hair treatment.

It was a long and expensive process, but I am hoping I will like it.  My hair has a lot of damage to it from color and the perm I used to have.  However, even before that my hair tended to be a little frizzy.  I used to complain about my “triangle” hair:

It always just seem to shape itself into a triangle whenever I grew it out. Usually I got so frustrated when it got to be about shoulder length that I would always cut it.  And, the last few years with color and a perm, it has only gotten worse.  It looks nice when my hairdresser blows it out, but terrible when I do it no matter how careful I am.  I try not to have pictures taken of me when I’ve done my hair but here is a small part of an image a few weeks ago:

This is a little blurry looking, but you can see how rough and frizzy it is.  So, I looked for alternatives.  The obvious alternative was for me to simply go and get a blowout every week from the hairdresser.  That would work in terms of looking nice, but isn’t ideal.  First, it is expensive to do this every week.  Also, it means I lack flexibility.  I have to try to keep my hair where I don’t need to wash it more than once a week.  I can do that some weeks, but not always.

I talked to my hairdresser and we discussed possibly doing a Brazilian blowout.  She consulted with the hairdresser who had done my perm (and the straightening when I got tired of the perm) and she recommended a keratin treatment.  I spent several hours researching both options and I watched several youtube videos.  After thinking about it, I chose the keratin treatment.  I chose it because most sources seemed to feel it was a bit more effective and longer lasting.  The negative is that it is more of a pain to go through.  I can’t get my hair wet for 3 days and am supposed to avoid doing anything to crimp the hair in the meantime.  I can’t put my hair behind my ears, or wear my large headset, or put my glasses on top of my head.  And then 3 days from now, I can wash my hair again.

So, far I am happy with the result as shown in the top photo.  My hair is very smooth and feels great.  Of course, the real test will be how it responds when I am the one blow drying it.  I don’t expect it to look as great as when the hairdresser does it.  I am hoping that it will look good enough that I won’t feel I have to go and get it blown out every week.

Weight Watchers Update

I’ve had a really good week, but won’t be weighing in on Saturday.  The not getting my hair wet for 3 days was very untimely for me.  I live in Texas, near Houston.  I am not near the coast and don’t expect any problems from hurricane winds or storm surge.  However, I am expecting a lot of rain over the next several day.  The weather app on my phone gives 100% chances for rain through next Tuesday.  And, of course, there is a possibility of power loss.  Even if we have power tomorrow, I don’t want to go to Weight Watchers because of the likely heavy rain.  And, with my hair not needing to get wet, I especially don’t want to go.

So, I stopped by this morning and just checked in and got my charm for attending during the summer.  While there won’t be a weigh in for this week, I am very happy with how the week went.  I’ve done well on eating and I have exercised for 5 days this week.  I’ve greatly increased my steps and feel I have finally gotten back into exercise as a regular thing.