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.