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…]