October Weigh In

My usual weigh in day is Saturday.  But, I will be gone this next Saturday and the Saturday after that is the day after my husband’s birthday.  I didn’t think I particularly wanted to have to weigh in that day and didn’t want to have wait until the next Saturday to weigh in since that is so far down in the month.

The new week started on Sunday as did the new month.  So, even though we had gone to a meeting on Saturday, we went back Sunday morning just to do the October weigh in. [Read more…]

Unofficial Weigh In

I didn’t weigh in at Weight Watchers since I didn’t want to have to dress for it.  When I weigh in, I wear the same thing and then change at the meeting.  I didn’t want to do that today since I didn’t have to weigh so I didn’t.  I was tempted though because I would have shown a loss.

At home (no clothes), I weighed 146.2 pounds which is down .4 pounds from what I weighed at home at my last Weight Watchers weigh in.  This is notable for 2 reasons.  First, it is the lowest that I have been since having my liposuction.  I think that most of my swelling is gone now.  I sometimes have some during the days, but I’m good in the mornings usually.

I also note that this is my lowest weight in mid-February!  This was my 9th week in a row with a calorie deficit (per Fitbit and MyFitnessPal information). This was also my 4th week back to strength training and 8th week of cardio exercise  It is nice to see those things showing up on the scale.

When I love back at February, though, I must admit a have a pang when I realize I was last below 146.2 pounds then because I was going up in weight.  In early February, I had weighed 140.7 pounds at home putting me back to my post tummy tuck baseline.  By mid-February I was, alas, at 146.1 pounds.  Yes, I was up over 5 pounds in 9 days and I just kept going on.  So glad that the last several weeks I’ve been working on going down and not up.

Overall, this was a good week.  I actually didn’t have as many cardio sessions as usual, mostly because of the day that I went and did all the testing at Dexafit.  This was my best week, though, for strength training so I was glad about that.  I’ll be doing a post soon about what my plans are post-Dexafit testing.

But, at this points, I am just happy to be at my lowest weight in over 7 months.

Saturday Weigh In 9-16-2017

Go figure.  I weighed in today at 146.6 pounds, down .6 pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago.

In a way, it wasn’t surprising. According to my Fitbit calorie burn info and my food info from MyFitnessPal I should have lost 1.75 pounds.  I think that part of the reason I haven’t is because I started strength training again and, typically, during the early days I will retain some fluids until my body gets used to the workout.  I actually expect to soon have more of a loss show up.  In fact, this loss really only showed up the past few days.  During most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve been up in weight from my last weigh in even though I knew it wasn’t real weight. [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…]

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.