Saturday Weigh In

After a gain last week (I think mostly water retention), I weighed in at 147.4 pounds this week, down .8 pounds.  This puts me back to within 2 pounds of my goal weight which is what I am shooting for during this period of just working on maintenance.

I did go to my meeting and got my umbrella charm, which I really wanted.  Yes, I like the charms.

Smile Charm

And this is the charm on my Weight Watchers key ring.

Ken Ring

At one time I wanted to sue the key ring as my actual key ring, but ring part kept separating from the bar at the top (which has WW on it in the picture).  I had at least 3 of them break before I simply gave it up.  So the charms live on the ring in my desk drawer.  I’ve thought about getting an actual bracelet or maybe a necklace to wear them on.

Anyway, things are going well now.  I went to personal training today.  It was really hot in the Y today and I got easily exhausted.  I think they must have turned up the thermostat because kids went back to school so the Y had a lot fewer people in it than it had last week.  It was hot enough to just be intolerable to me.  So, we’ll see if it is better Wednesday.  If it isn’t going to get better, then I’ll have to find somewhere else to go.

I don’t have to weigh again until the first time I attend in September.  Now that I got my charm, I really don’t think I have to go to every meeting any more.  In fact, now is probably the best time to take a bit of break from Weight Watchers’ meetings.  They will probably have a winter charm similar to the summer one (attend 10 out of 12 weeks) so I will want to go for that.  And, there will be the new program coming out in December and I’ll certainly want to find out about that.  So, I’m thinking that during September I probably won’t go to more than 1 or 2 meetings.

I’m thinking right now that I’m going to just work on maintenance during September and then will try to start slowly losing a bit more in October.  I am mostly focused on working on body composition right now.  I think I’ll probably end up about 135 or so in weight, but not really sure.  We’ll see.


August Weigh In

I weighed in today for my August weigh in (and attended the Weight Watchers meeting).  I was up 2.4 pounds, to weigh in at 148.2 pounds.  This was actually fairly annoying to me.  At the end of July I — at long last — weighed in at 145.8 pounds, which .2 pounds below my goal weight of 146.  I decided then to just work on maintenance for the next 4 to 6 six weeks.  WW suggested that I eat a minimum of 6 more daily points each day.  Of course, I would still have my weekly points and activity points.  I thought 6 more points a day was a lot so I set my daily points at 3 more points (29).  That week I ate all my daily points and weekly points and ate 2 activity points.  I was actually up a little over 4 pounds at the end of the week.

I didn’t weigh in last Saturday as my daughter was having her black belt test in karate (congrats to her for passing!).  I felt one reason I was up so much last Saturday was I was eating more carbs and so had water retention.  I did eat much better this week.  Fewer points and I stayed in the 70 carb range for the last 3 days of the week.  On the other hand, Tuesday was my daughter’s birthday so eating out and having a piece of ice cream cake happened.

I did go down a couple of pounds during the week, but not as much as I would expect for the calorie level I was eating at.  I had this weird soreness in my calf after a cramp which really cut into activity this week (it is finally feeling normal).  Still I ate at the level that I was eating at a few weeks ago before getting to goal.

When I got up this morning, I wasn’t down as much as I had hoped.  Based upon past history, I thought it was 50/50 whether I would weigh in within 2 pounds of my goal weight.  As we were driving over to Weight Watchers, I noticed my wedding ring felt really tight.  I had finally gotten back into wearing it and have been regularly wearing it for about a month.  I took it off and this is how my finger looked:

Ring Finger

This was a pretty good indication that I’m still retaining some water.  So, I wasn’t hopeful when I went in to weigh in.  The scale actually flickered the entire time between 148 and 148.2, but was captured at 148.2 pounds.

I had considered not going to the meeting today.  As a lifetime member at goal, I have to weigh in at my first meeting of the month.  I can’t skip that weigh in.  I could have chosen not to go to the meeting.  But, two factors caused me to go.

First, there is a promotion to get a smiley face charm if you attend 10 out of 12 meetings this summer.  I had only missed 1 (last week) and could have missed another this week.  But, then I would have had to have weighed in the next two weeks.  I think I’ll be able to, but life can happen so I didn’t want to miss for something that wasn’t really a necessary reason.

Second, I don’t want to ever get in a habit of not weighing in because my weight is up.  I “failed” maintenance 25 years ago, because I gained about 5 pounds on a business trip and didn’t want to go back until I was at goal.  And, the result was that I didn’t go back for several years until I had much more to lose.

My situation now is different.  I’ve been tracking what I eat and I know that I did fine this week.  Also, I am deliberately experimenting with learning maintenance so this is going to be some trial and error.  So, from that standpoint, I’m not all that upset (although not happy about the weigh in).  But, I still don’t want to start a habit of avoiding weighing in if my weight is up.

So — I weighed in.  I need to get to 148 or below by next weekend which I think should be easy to do.  We’ll see how it goes this week.


Saturday Weigh In

Saturday weigh in went as I thought it might.  No change.  I’m still at 149.6 pounds.  That is better than where I thought I might end up on Thursday.  However, this morning (at home) I weighed 1.3 pounds more than I weighed Wednesday morning, so that was a bit frustrating.

Overall I had a great week.  I ate about 80 calories a day less than the week before.  I exercised 6 days for a total of 395 minutes, doing aerobic exercise on 6 days and strength training on 3. Fitbit says my daily calorie deficit was about 125 calories more a day than the week before.  Of course, Fitbit says that over the last 2 weeks I should have lost 1.9 pounds rather than staying the same.  Again, I know the calorie deficit is not all that precise, but it would have been nice to lose the 1.3 pounds I am showing that I was down on Wednesday.

When I have this kind of thing, I often have a week where I have a large loss, so I’m hoping for that next week.  In order to not have WW bill me for July I would need to get to 148 before about the 25th.  It would be nice if that happened.

I do know that if at any point, my home scale weighs me at 147.8 or lower (I usually weigh about .1 of a pound more at WW than I do at home) I will hurry over to WW and weigh in and hope it is at 148 or lower.  They are open at the location I go to every day except Thursday.  There is another location I could go to on Thursday, but wouldn’t want to use a different set of scales than at the center I usually go to.

If I don’t have a loss this next week, then I’ll look at things more closely.  Maybe take my measurements since I’ve been doing the strength training.  There is a possibility of some change in body composition even without weight changing much.  Lately, my scale has been showing my body fat percentage about 1% less than its been averaging before.  So, I do think the body composition is improving some.

Weight Watchers is doing a summer thing where you get a smiley face charm if you go to 10 out of 12 meetings.  This was the first week.  I love getting the charms so I will probably go to a meeting for the 10 out of 12 despite what I posted last week about not thinking I have to go every week.



Why I Did Not Weigh In Saturday

I did not weigh in Saturday or attend the meeting.  There were several reasons in favor of my going (I could have gone and not weighed in actually):

1.  It is part of my routine.  It is a habit.  I go to my Weight Watchers meeting and weigh in on Saturday as part of my weight loss habits.  This is a habit that has helped me lose almost 58 pounds.   Successful habits shouldn’t be casually broken.  Since October, 2013 when I returned to regular meetings, I have never lightly skipped a meeting or weigh in.  Before that, if I had a bad week where I was off plan, I often wouldn’t go to a meeting.  I would want to wait until I lost whatever I had gained that week.  This was my downfall when I got to lifetime.  I gained 5 pounds and didn’t want to go back until I was at goal weight.  That was a huge, huge mistake.  By making going to meetings a routine, I guarded against not going just because I had a bad week.  I felt I needed to own those gains that I legitimately earned through my choices.

2.  Going to a meeting helps me keep weight loss in the forefront of my mind.  I am in a room with a bunch of other people all focused on weight loss and maintenance.  This helps me to keep myself centered on what is important to me.  I don’t get distracted with other things that would detract from weight loss.

3.  Having a weekly weigh in at Weight Watchers has been hugely important for me in shaping my behavior the entire rest of the week.  I hate to go to a meeting and have a gain at weigh in.  Sure, it happens.  And, the receptionist is always nice about it.  I’ve never had a bad reaction, ever.  But, I still hate it.  When I weigh in on Saturday morning, if my Weight Watchers week ended on Friday, I wouldn’t eat high calories on Friday (or Thursday for that matter).  I would be careful later in the week, because I would want a good result on the scale.  Years ago, I was an online only member of Weight Watchers and it wasn’t very successful.  The reason was because there wasn’t some third party weighing me in.   If it was Friday and I wanted to go out to dinner, I would do it thinking I would do my weigh in on Sunday.  I was constantly saying I would start over the next day (or week).  The weekly weigh in structures things for me so I always have the short term goal of simply having a loss each Saturday.

4.  I don’t like to post here and say that I didn’t weigh in unless I have a “good” excuse for it.  Obviously, what I think is a good excuse may not be what someone else would think is a good excuse.  But, there are times that the only reason I went to a meeting and weighed in was because I didn’t want to say here that I just didn’t want to go.

5.  I knew there was going to be a summer charm.  Those usually require attending something like 10 out of 12 meetings to get the charm.  I don’t ever do anything with the charms, but I like to get them.  I’m not sure if the charm was starting this week or not, but the possibility was a factor.

Despite those good reasons to go, I didn’t go.  And, I didn’t have an excuse like being sick or going out of town or having a schedule conflict.  But, there were factors that caused me to decide not to go and to really decide that I don’t necessarily have to go every week:

1.  I had a good week.  I ate less calories than the week before, averaging 1212 calories a day.  Fitbit said my daily calorie deficit was almost a 100 calories more than the week before.  Up until about Wednesday, I thought I would have a loss this Saturday.  But, Thursday morning my weight — for no clear reason — jumped up about 2 pounds.  I’m not really sure why.  Perhaps it was due to my weight training on Monday and Wednesday.  Maybe it was that Wednesday was a higher carb day than usual.  My weight did come down a bit on Friday and Saturday morning, but I was still a pound higher than last week.  Now, had this been due to my eating too much, or not moving enough, I would have surely gone to the meeting.  I don’t think I should skip meetings because of making bad weight loss decisions.  But, in this case, I hadn’t made bad decisions.  I had a good week in terms of eating and activity (360 minutes of exercise).  I think the jump up in weight is either water retention from the little higher carbs mid-week or from my body getting used to the strength training.

2.  The routine thing is important to me.  But, sometimes habits should change.  I have been thinking about my Weight Watchers meetings lately as I get closer to goal weight.  Once I am at  148 — a loss of only 1.6 pounds from last weigh in — I will be considered lifetime at goal.  At that point, I will quit paying for my monthly pass.  I will again be able to attend meetings free so long as I weigh in once a month and am not more than 2 pounds above my goal weight of 146.  Right now, I go every week for all the reasons above (plus the fact that I am paying for a monthly pass and want my money’s worth).  My husband goes with me to meetings even though he is lifetime at goal.  He only weighs in once a month.  The point is that once I am on a monthly weigh in schedule, I’m not sure that I really need to go to a weekly meeting. I like the meetings, and I will most likely go more often than monthly.  But, I don’t think I have to go weekly either.

3.  I’m not sure the weekly meeting really does that much now to help me keep weight loss and maintenance in the forefront of my mind.  This blog does that. In the old days, when I didn’t go to meetings, I would focus more on the here and now of eating and enjoying some yummy food.  I would push thoughts of weight out of mind.  But, I’m not likely to do that any more given that I post on this blog regularly and read tons of other blogs.  And, now my husband is also working to maintain a large weight loss.

4.  Yes, the weekly weigh in has been key to my success at losing weight.  I don’t like to have a third party weigh me in and see a gain.  It structures my week.  But, in reality, I’m moving from a weekly weigh in to a monthly weigh in once I lose another 1.6 pounds.  Theoretically, I guess I could weigh in every week, but I doubt I will do that.  While the weekly weigh in has helped me, it has its disadvantages.  I feel very constrained as to what I wear to a meeting. I always wear the same thing – a very lightweight tank top or T shirt and shorts.  During winter I would bring long pants and change after I weighed.  And, I was constrained from being able to ever eat heavier on Thursday and Friday.  Note, I’m not saying eating more food over the course of the week.  I don’t plan to change that.  It is just that now I front load my calories to the early part of the week and eat lighter the rest of the week.  It would be nice to be able to occasionally do the opposite.  So, once I only have to weigh in monthly, I will only weigh in monthly most of the time.  I do still plan to post an unofficial weigh in here and think that will suffice to keep me honest.  So, given that the weekly weigh in will be going away soon, I didn’t feel that bad not having it today.

5. I had a trial of not weighing in when I missed 3 meetings in a row in May.  I actually didn’t want to miss 3 in a row.  Various things caused the meetings to be missed.  And, I didn’t go off track.  I never lost focus on weight loss.  I counted my calories.  I recorded my points plus.  I exercised.  I did everything I would have done had I been going to meetings except I ate more on Friday in some instances.  I did have one bad weekend, but that was because of being out of town.  I got back on track as soon as I got back.

In short, I think I needed weekly meetings and weekly “official” weigh ins during a lot of the time I’ve been losing this 58 pounds.  But, I don’t think I need them to that extent any more.  I do expect to go to my meeting next weekend.  But, if I didn’t go I don’t think it would be critical.  I am still following the same eating plan.  I am still tracking my food.  Today, I went to the Y and did the elliptical and did a third strength training session on my own.  I came home and later walked on the treadmill some.  I am confident I will stay on plan for this week.  I will weigh myself every morning.  I will probably choose to go to the meeting next Saturday. But, I don’t think that right now I have to go and weigh in unless I have a week where I overeat and legitimately gain weight due to my food choices.  If that were to occur, then it would be very important for me to go to a weigh in, just to acknowledge and own the result of my choices.  But, other than that situation (which doesn’t happen very often), I don’t feel compelled to go to a meeting to weigh in (except that once I’m at goal I will weigh in monthly).

Sunday Morning Edit:

I posted the above just a little after midnight on Sunday morning, then I went to bed.  So, I got up a little while ago and as usual weighed myself.  I weighed 149.3 down over a pound from yesterday.  Had I gone to a Weight Watchers meeting this morning I would have shown a loss.  Go figure.

The Day Before

The Day Before….Weigh In.  I think I invest it with so much because I’m actually going somewhere to be “officially” weighed in.  That someone makes me more than it would be just stepping on the scales in the bathroom.

So, on The Day Before, I often think about the week so far and where I am and try really hard not to do anything that might result in a bad weigh in the next day.

I’ve overall happy with this week.  I’ve exercised 6 out of 7 days, averaging about 45 minutes a session.  Weather was good so most of it was outside but I did do a little treadmill.  Since the weather was good for walking outside, I did that rather than the exercise bike.

I’ve been really happy on the eating front, except for that Christmas candy on Wednesday night.  Yesterday, I was eating lunch away from home with a boxed lunch that I had no control over the contents.  It wasn’t what I would have chosen but I felt OK about how I handled it.

I am a little …. perturbed with scale.  After weighing in last Saturday at 158.2 pounds, I was happy to see a number below 158 on Sunday morning.  Then, on Sunday I was down to 157.2 pounds on my home scale.  And then Monday and Tuesday I was at 157 pounds.  Of course, at home I weigh without clothes so it will be a bit less than at Weight Watchers.  On the other hand, my current scale at home weighs “heavy” so usually my WW weigh in weight is only a couple of tenths of pounds more.

So that was all great and it sure looked like I would get my 50 pound award this week for getting to 157.4 pounds.  Until….yesterday.

Yesterday I was up from 157 to 157.6.  That was bad enough.  But, this morning I was up to 157.9 pounds!  Yes, the food yesterday probably had a bit more sodium.  Yes, I ate a bit more on Wednesday (about 1300 calories) due to the Christmas candy.  But, come on!  My overall calories eaten for this week is less than for last week.  My calories burned is higher than it has been since before my leg injury.  I’ve had several days this week with calorie deficits of over 500.  I should end the week with a daily average calorie deficit about a 100 calories more than I averaged last week.   And, I’m doing reasonably well on the bathroom front (not 100%, but better than in the past).

And, for all that, I’m up .9 of a pound from where I was Wednesday morning.  Sigh.  I’m hoping that this is a sodium thing, but yesterday really wasn’t that high in sodium.

I actually considered going and weighing in on Wednesday when I was at 157 pounds.  I didn’t do it because I wanted to get to 50 pounds lost at “my” meeting.  And, right now it is looking like it probably won’t be this week.

(Yes, I know I’m whining.  I’ll stop now.)