Where I Went Wrong

Since I am above my goal weight and having to pay at Weight Watchers, I wanted to really look at where I have gone wrong.  Yes, yes, right now I still have swelling and water retention from my surgery (liposuction tweaking post-tummy tuck) in May and I think that adds a couple of pounds.  Without that, I probably would not have had to pay at my meeting yesterday.  But, even so, I have gained weight over the last year and I wanted to really look at my data to see where the rot set in.  Thankfully, I have a lot of data.

What the Data Tells Me

I keep a lot of data on my weight loss efforts.  I have a spreadsheet where each day I record my steps, calories burned (per Fitbit), calories eaten (recorded in MyFitnessPal), and calorie deficit (or surplus).  I also have a scale that records my weight and body fat (body fat percentage is not very accurate but overall gives an idea of whether it is going up or down over time).  I usually weigh on a daily basis.  I have these numbers going back for years.  I’ve kept the spreadsheet of steps, etc. since the start of 2014.  I have weight loss data from my scale going back a few months before that.

So, I have a lot of data.  Looking at it, things became much clearer.  In 2014 and 2015, I was in weight loss mode until I got back to goal in July, 2015.  At that time, I weighed in at Weight Watchers at 145.8 pounds. During 2014, I ate an average of 1189 calories a day and ate a little less during the first 7 months of 2016. Once I got back to goal, I started eating a little more.  I ate an average of 1269 calories a day for the rest of the year. At my early December 2015 weigh in, I weighed 146.6.  I had gained .8 since getting back to goal. [Read more…]

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…]

Swelling Update (Post Liposuction)

I went in today for a follow up appointment with my plastic surgeon post eyelid revision and liposuction.  I had posted a couple of times about the huge amount of swelling I had the last few days.  Basically as of 3 or 4 days ago, I was up 7 pounds!  Yes, I know that some of it (from a pound to pound and a half) is actual weight gain.  I was sick for about 10 days and didn’t move much during that period and ate differently and ate more.  So, yes, some gain was normal.

But, on Monday I noticed that I seemed to have huge upper abdominal swelling.  At the worst my waist line up almost 4 inches from what it was last week.  Since then, I went back to wearing the medical grade compression garment and some of the swelling has gone down.  I’m down 3 1/2 pounds from Monday.

But, I was eager to discuss this with my surgeon.  At the absolute worst moment, I had this fear that I had overeaten and that I had new fat in my upper abdomen and didn’t have swelling.  In my worst thoughts, I worried I had totally undone the liposuction by overeating that week I was sick.   [Read more…]

Taking Stock at Mid-Year

Yes, it is halfway through 2017.  Actually, it seems like the year has just begun.  So, where am I at this point?

This last 6 months hasn’t really been great.  From a weight standpoint, this has been the most difficult period since I got back to goal in the summer of 2015. At my December, 2016 weigh in, I was at 142.8 pounds.  In June, I was at 146.8 pounds.  My Weight Watchers goal weight is 146 and I am free lifetime so long as I don’t weigh above 148 pounds.  Since I got back to goal, I’ve been above that mark exactly once.  That was in April when I weighed in at 148.4 pounds.  Since, then I’ve gone down.  But, I am expecting to be above 148 when I weigh in this Saturday.

And, the weight gain has been for predictable reasons.  Part of it was overeating.  I have been up and down the entire year.  January was a good month and I weighed in at 141.6 in February.  I think that led to some over-confidence and lack of focus on eating.  And, I was up to 147 in March.  I was more careful for awhile then went off the rails and was above 148 in April.  I then got it together the last 2 weigh ins, but overate when I was sick for about 10 days and I still have swelling from my surgery in May.

My goals at the start of the year were to cook more at home and to rejoin the Y and start strength training again.  I’ve done some of the cooking at home.  I get maybe a C on that one.  I am cooking more at home, but not as much as I planned.  The bigger problem has been that some of my food choices haven’t been great.  I am toying with the idea of signing up for one of those meal preparation services for maybe 3 dinners a week where they send you the ingredients and you cook the food.  This would replace one of our dining out times during the week which I think would help with the eating and staying within my calorie/points goals. [Read more…]