February 2018 Weigh In

I weighed in for February at 146.8 pounds, down 1 pound. I was particularly happy about this because it was only 1 week after my January weigh in which was a 3.8 pound gain.  As I posted in a separate post, regain happens.  It happens for a lot of reasons, but is a normal part of the weight loss and maintenance process.  I am not happy I regained, but I am glad that I was able to see what was happening and start reversing the process.

It always helps me to have short term goals.  My current short term goal is to get back to the 144 that I weighed in at in December.  I had a very good week last week and if I continue along that line I know I can get back there.  Unfortunately, it usually takes longer to loss weight than it did to put it on.  But, I can’t focus on that.  I will simply focus on doing the things that I know will be successful for me because they have succeeded in the past.

When You Regain Weight

The other day I posted about my January weigh in and how I had gained 3.8 pounds since my December weigh in.  In fact, at the worst I had been up 8.1 pounds from December to January.  I had lost part of it by the time I weighed in, but a gain of 3.8 pounds was a lot for such a short period.

Anyhoo, I shared the blog post on my Facebook page for this blog.  One of my long time readers basically asked me why I did all the work to lose weight in order to put some weight back on.  Particularly given the surgery that I did.

Well, that is certainly a reasonable question to ask.  Why did I regain when I had worked so hard to lose weight and then had plastic surgery to get rid of loose skin and to improve my body contour.  I had gone through a lot to get where I am.  Why regain?

And, yes, of course there are reasons.  I didn’t just wake up in December and think that I wanted to gain almost 4 pounds (or 8 pounds for that matter).  Weight gain doesn’t usually just come out of nowhere.  I can certainly give reasons.  From mid-December to mid-January was a bad month.  The holiday and pre-holiday eating got out of control when I had a house guest.  Then we went out of town for several days in a situation where we weren’t going to be walking much to offset the eating out for all meals.  And, when we got back home things were non-routine.  First, I didn’t feel good for several days.  And, then the weather was awful and cold and we were mostly at home.  Then, my husband didn’t feel good.  So, we didn’t go to the Y and I wasn’t very active.  So, that all just piled on…and so did the pounds. [Read more…]

January Weigh In

Well, the fact I am doing my January on the last Saturday of the month is probably a sign that this wasn’t exactly a good month.  I weighed in at 147.8 pounds, which is up 3.8 pounds from December.  The bad news, of course, is that I am up 3.8 pounds.  In December I weighed the first Saturday of my month and my lowest weight since last February.  I ate well for about a week after that, then thinks started sliding downhill mostly related to holiday eating.  Yeah, not good.

But, honestly, the first two weeks of January were worse than December.  We went out of town for several days as a sort of mini-vacation and visits with various people.  We were eating out for all of our meals.  Normally, if we go on vacation we are doing a lot of sightseeing so I walk a lot and up burning a lot of calories so that balances off the extra calories.  But, this trip was different.   We weren’t sightseeing and doing active things.  We were mostly with people or driving around.  So, not much calorie burn.

I started out the trip OKish in terms of eating.  A little off track but not awful.  But, as I realized how inactive I was being I just went completely off track.  No excuses.  Just made bad choices.  We got back from the trip mid-week, but I just kept making bad eating choices for several more days.  That second week in January I averaged over 3100 calories a day, while I usually eat closer to 1200!

And, even after getting back we were inactive.  We had very cold weather here and a little ice (this is Texas — we aren’t used to all that) so we didn’t want to go out.  Then I was sick a few days.  Not serious, but I didn’t feel like exercising.  Then same for my husband.  So, I was totally off my routine and I don’t do well when I was off my routine.  That said, the last couple of weeks have been pretty good in terms of eating.

So…the good news.

I was up 3.8 pounds today from where I was the day I weighed in during December.  But, 13 days ago, I was up 8.1 pounds.  So, since then I’ve lost 4.3 pounds (mostly water weight I’m sure).  I think a lot of what is left is actual weight gain so it may take a couple of months to come on.  I was just glad to not be more than 2 pounds above goal so I was able to maintain my free status.

The important thing for me know is to get back into the routine and to focus on what I am eating and get more active now that the weather is better.


2017 in Review

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope we all have a wonderful year. Hmm…I need a pic for this so I’ll just do a cat under the tree pic.  Herewith, Nina!

And, as usual, it is time to look back on the last year and see how things have gone in terms of weight loss and maintenance.  On balance, I am overall happy with the last year although I took a bit of a detour in the mid year.

The good news is that I am still at my Weight Watchers goal weight.  I haven’t, of course, weighed in for January yet.  My January weigh in at Weight Watchers in 2017 was at 144.2 pounds.  My December weigh in for 2017 was at 144 pounds.  So, basically no change.  I do expect my January weigh in this month to be up a bit.  We are going out of town for several days next weekend and will be eating out the entire time.  I expect to weigh after we get back but I don’t imagine I will be at 144 pounds.  I think that is temporary so not worried about it.

Anyway – I like to look back at what my plans were for the year.  And, my goals were…to not do annual goals.  Back last January, I did monthly goals.  The two goals I had for January were to cook more food at home (including freezer meals for future use) and to rejoin YMCA and start strength training again. [Read more…]

Size 8!

I am finally, finally back to a single digit size.  I say back to it.  But, the last time I was there was about 25 years ago.  This actually sort of snuck up on me.

Pre-tummy tuck, after I got to my goal weight of 146 pounds, I was mostly a size 12.  It was frustrating to me as I saw others of similar weight were often wearing much smaller sizes.  But, I had all that loose skin plus high body fat.  So, there it was.

Post-tummy tuck I was a solid size 10.  That was great.  I bought new size 10 jeans.  Several months ago I also bought a “nice” pantsuit to wear when I can’t wear the jeans and workout clothes I wear almost all the time.  It was size 10 and I figured I would be wearing it for awhile.  I didn’t really expect to get to a size 8 until I lost another 10 pounds or so.

Then, in May I had some touch ups to my cosmetic surgery including a small amount of upper abdomen liposuction.  It wasn’t much.  A little over a pound was removed.  It was for upper abdomen counter not to change my weight.

Well, the other day I needed to wear that pantsuit again.  And…it was loose.  It was really loose.  Right now I actually weigh about 4 pounds more than I weighed post-tummy tuck.  And, at that time I was a solid size 10.  But, now – 4 pounds heavier – I am a size 8 in pants.  Go figure.

I went shopping today and tried on pants in several brands and it was official.  I am a size 8.  Yay!