Weigh In. Free Lifetime Again!

I weighed in today and was at 148 pounds, down .6 pounds.  

While that is 2 pounds above my official goal weight, it isn’t more than 2 pounds above.  That is important because it meant I was back to free lifetime and didn’t have to pay.  Whew!  I’ve hated having to pay.  I was so happy to get back there.  I weighed in wearing the absolute bare minimum of clothes (I had my “real” clothes with me to change into once I weighed).  Psychologically, getting back to 148 was a big boost.

Of course, as I mentioned before I think that having a goal weight of 146 has made it harder for me to consistently stay below that.  Once I get a few pounds below I start thinking I have room to spare and tend to eat more until I get back up to goal.  So, this time as I work my way down I plan to reset my goal weight periodically until I get to a point where I am happy with where I am and feel it is a weight I can maintain.  Currently, my plan is to reset by goal weight to 143 pounds when I get to 142 pounds.  That would give me a 3 pound cushion for any temporary weight gain.

This week was actually a great week.  It was my best week in terms of calorie deficit in over 2 years (except for the week I had the tummy tuck when I had a huge deficit due to the fact I didn’t eat at all on surgery day and was on a liquid diet the day before and wasn’t very hungry the first couple of days after surgery).  Also, this was my best exercise week since I had my tummy tuck last year.  I walked on the treadmill for 4 days and, overall, just worked to get a lot more steps each day.  I wasn’t perfect, but much better than in past weeks.  This is the first week in a long time that I’ve averaged over 5000 steps a day.

The swelling is better, but still present.  I worse a compression garment for the past several days and even slept in a light one last night.  I still see variation in my waistline of about 3″ on some days.  Other days are much better.  I will be 3 months post liposuction later this week.  The doctor said the swelling can last 3 to 4 months.  I know that after my tummy tuck it seemed to take forever to go away.  So, I think I will continue to have some variability for another month or so.  Even though I was happy with my loss of .6 pounds, my deficit was such that I would have expected to lose more like .8 pounds.  Still, I was happy with the .6 pounds and was glad to be free again.

Saturday Weigh In 8-12-2017

I weighed in today down .8 pounds to 148.6 pounds.  I actually had a great week.  It was my best week of this year in terms of steps, calories burned, and calories eaten.  I was within my points goal for the week as well.  I walked on the treadmill 5 days this week ranging from 20 minutes to 35 minutes.

This was also the 4th week in a row that Fitbit says I had a calorie deficit.  This was important because I have tended to be inconsistent the last few months where I haven’t put together several good weeks.  The post-surgery swelling hasn’t totally gone away but seemed a bit better.  I do still have some days where I have a lot of swelling.

I would have liked to have been at 148 so I wouldn’t have to pay.  And, except for one thing I think I might have gotten there (or close to it).  Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday so we ate out.  I was super careful what I ate and planned before going to the restaurant.  I typically have a pattern that I use on “good” weeks.  I usually eat the highest calories and points on Saturday and Sunday.  We usually go out to eat on those days.  Then, Monday is a low calorie/point day.  Tuesday through Thursday are in the middle, sort of the default.  Then, Friday is another low calorie/point day.  So most of my weekly points are eaten on the weekends.  Maybe a few on Tuesday through Thursday and none on Monday and Friday.  This usually works well so that I am at my lowest weight on Saturday when I weigh in.

Because of the birthday yesterday, I made Thursday the lower calorie day and Friday I ate a little more although more like what I would usually eat on a Thursday not what I would eat on a weekend day when I would eat out.  So, on paper, I actually had a calorie deficit of 475 calories for yesterday.

But, eating out at a restaurant involves eating higher sodium foods. Let’s see.  I’ll go check my food record.  I ate about 2000 mg more sodium Friday than I ate Thursday.  And, when I eat more sodium that really increases  my swelling the next day.  Given all that I think there is a good chance I would have been down more this morning if I hadn’t eaten out on Friday.

All of that said, I was really happy with the week.  I was particularly glad that I walked on the treadmill 5 days.  I took it fairly slowly since it has been a long time since I really consistently used the treadmill.  But, getting back in that habit is important.

 

August Weigh In

I weighed in for August and was down 1.2 pounds to 149.4 pounds.  I still had to pay, but things are moving in the right direction.  It was still frustrating since I know that some of this is still swelling/water retention related to my surgery in May.  The surgeon said that could persist for 3 to 4 months and I am only 2 1/2 months post-surgery.

On the good news front, I have just had 3 really good weeks in terms of eating and calorie deficit.  This is only the second time this year that I’ve had 3 consecutive great weeks.  For most of this year, my eating has been really inconsistent.  From February 4th to March 31st, I had only one good week.  Every other week, I had a calorie surplus which is why I was up 5.4 pounds at my March weigh in and then another 1.4 pounds in April which put me over my goal weight enough that I had to pay then.

I did lose enough in May that I didn’t have to pay and since then I’ve seemed to alternate one good week with a bad week.  But, in late June and early July, my eating was not stellar.  I think that part of it was I was so frustrated with the surgery related swelling and water retention that it was easy to get off track on eating.

Anyway, the last 3 weeks I’ve done well.  I’ve increased the activity a bit (not where I want to be) and overall in July had my best month this year for calorie burn.  So, even though I am still over goal and had one really bad week in early July, I’m feeling OK about where I am now.  I will keep doing what I am doing on eating and will continue to increase activity.  I’m not sure when I’ll be back in free lifetime range.  It could be next week or next month.  The swelling seems to come and go and I can’t always attribute it to anything.  That can definitely mess with the head.  On the one hand, I don’t want to assume weight gain (or lack of loss) is attributable to swelling if it is really attributable to bad eating choices.  At the same time, there are days that I’ve eaten well for several days and then I suddenly gain 2 pounds and 2 inches in my waist overnight and I know that is swelling and water retention and isn’t a real gain.

I recognize I just have to take it as it comes and just pay my $15 every week until I get back to where I should be.  And, if I continue to eat well, I will get there.

 

July Weigh In

I weighed in today and was unsurprised to weigh in at 150.6 pounds, up 3.8 pounds from last month.  As I posted, this is primarily related to post-liposuction swelling made super worse because of me being sick for a week and a half.  I saw my doctor a couple of days ago and he assured me that most of this is swelling, not fat.  I am actually down 3 pounds from where I was at the start of the week.  At one point I was up 7 pounds!

I did overeat while I was sick.  And, that on top of inactivity didn’t help.  From looking at Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, the true weight gain from that should be about 1.5 pounds.  That may be off a bit, but I think not by a whole lot.  Overall, I had a reasonably good week eating this week.  I was a bit more active and even used the treadmill.  I had a small calorie deficit for the week. [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…]