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.

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.