Saturday Weigh In 9-16-2017

Go figure.  I weighed in today at 146.6 pounds, down .6 pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago.

In a way, it wasn’t surprising. According to my Fitbit calorie burn info and my food info from MyFitnessPal I should have lost 1.75 pounds.  I think that part of the reason I haven’t is because I started strength training again and, typically, during the early days I will retain some fluids until my body gets used to the workout.  I actually expect to soon have more of a loss show up.  In fact, this loss really only showed up the past few days.  During most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve been up in weight from my last weigh in even though I knew it wasn’t real weight. [Read more…]

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.