My Weekly Eating Pattern

I was just thinking today that my weekly eating seems to follow a fairly common pattern.  And, it is when I deviate from this pattern that I am mostly likely to get off track and then find it hard to get back on track.

Why I Don’t Eat Exactly 30 SmartPoints a Day

Let me first say that I am not one of those people to eat in a way that exactly equals my daily SmartPoints.  I know people who do it.  They get 30 daily SmartPoints and almost always eat exactly that many.  Some feel it is almost cheating to eat any Weekly SmartPoints (it’s not actually).  Or, they reserve Weekly SmartPoints to days that they eat our or are special occasions.

I just don’t eat that way.  First, I find it too difficult to eat exactly 30 daily SmartPoints.  Technically, that is my minimum and I am not supposed to go below it.  In reality, I do sometimes go below, although it is usually not by much. Way, way, back in the day we had a range of daily points.  That is, I think it was something like 18 to 23 points a day and you could bank unused points to use that week.  That later changed to getting just one number for each day and you got your weekly points at the start of the week.  I understand that change (it kind of sucked on the plan with banking if your birthday was on Day 1 of your week since you couldn’t borrow points from future days).  But, I did like the flexibility. And, most of the time I could easily eat within the range I was given. [Read more…]

Discomfort and Weight Loss

I was thinking about the issue and discomfort and its role in initiating and sustaining weight loss.  As many of you know, I have been basically maintaining since I got back to goal in July, 2015.  Since then I’ve mostly been within a couple of pounds of that weight.  A little over a year ago I instantly lost about 6 pounds when I had a tummy tuck, but I slowly gained after that.  Then, early this year and lost it and both back to my new post-tummy tuck baseline.  And, after that, I regained and I spent a couple of months more than 2 pounds over goal weight, so had to pay at Weight Watchers meetings.

But, right now?  I’m doing great on the weight loss front.  I’ve had a calorie deficit (per my Fitbit) every week for the last 8 weeks.  I’ve burned more calories and eaten less than I have since really getting back to goal.  I am now exercising again.  Things are going great and I am highly motivated to first get back to where I was post-tummy tuck and then to lose about 10 to 15 pounds of fat beyond that.

So, why now?  After two years of no progress, why now?  Yes, part of that time, I was recovering from surgery and it really wasn’t the right time to be losing weight.  But, there was plenty of time pre-surgery and this year that I could have lost weight.  In fact, I did lose weight the early part of this year and got back to where I was after my tummy tuck.

It occurs to me that the reason is because of discomfort — or the absence of discomfort.  When I went back to Weight Watchers in 2010, weighing over 200 pounds, I had a lot of discomfort about my weight.  I wasn’t happy about it.  I felt miserable about it.  I wasn’t where I wanted to be.  That discomfort was great enough that it propelled me to initiate weight loss. [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…]

August In Review

Thought it might be good since I am in losing mode to report monthly rather than every few months.  At the time I last reported on goals, I was a bit too optimistic.  At that time I acknowledged my weight gain, but hadn’t really faced up to the fact that I had been eating poorly for months and hadn’t been consistent.

My goals at the start of the year had been to cook more and to rejoin the Y and start strength training again.  After the end of June, I was giving myself an F on exercise and about C on cooking at home.  Despite my somewhat optimistic post, July ended up being mixed and I had to pay at my first weigh in during August.  I was 3.4 pounds over my goal weight which was down 1.2 pounds from July, but was still too high.

Despite that, August ended up being a great month.  I last weighed in a couple of weeks ago and was barely at 148 pounds (2 pounds over goal) so I was back to free lifetime status.  I didn’t weigh in last weekend due to the hurricane.  I think Saturday’s weigh in will be good (at least under 148 pounds), but you never know. To put in perspective, I had the highest number of average steps this month and calorie deficit than I’ve had since June, 2015.  I had the highest calorie burn since July, 2015 (well, it was slightly higher in July, 2016 but that was due to heightened metabolism after my tummy tuck/breast lift).  My average calories eaten per day was the lowest since February, 2015.   [Read more…]

Rain Go Away! — and Changes in Routine

Rain, rain go away!

I am already tired of the Hurricane Harvey rain.  Of course, I am incredibly fortunate to not be in an area where this is resulting in truly tragic, life threatening flooding.  I live in a county north of Houston where there is a lot of rain, but it is not as dire as in Houston.  It is kind of hard to see from this picture but our house in on a lot that slightly slopes downward.  So the water from the property to our left runs down to our property.  But the rain on our property runs down to the right and away from us [Read more…]