It’s summertime! Which means that school is out, my schedule is my own, and I’m footloose and fancy free. Summer means the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and I can kick my workouts (and my weight loss!) into high gear. I have less than 30 pounds to go to reach my ultimate weight loss goal, and I plan to lose quite a bit of that this summer. But this summer is about so much more than losing weight; it’s about living my new life. I worked so hard for this new, healthy body, and I want to spend this summer doing a lot of the things I only dreamed of doing when I was at my heaviest. That means riding rollercoasters, running in 5Ks, trying new water sports, wearing styles (and sizes!) of clothes that I could never wear before. I want to LIVE every moment of this summer to the fullest. I’ve moved my weigh-ins to Wednesdays as a way to check in midweek. My Wednesday progress updates will be called Sensational Summer Weigh-Ins.
Week 60 was quite a mix. I started off the week pretty strong – eating well and working out. Then on Thursday, I got some really disappointing news and took a bit of a downward turn on Friday and Saturday. By Sunday I’d sort of pulled it together, and I’ve been going really strong since Monday. Whew! Did you follow all that?
So, what did the scale show?!
When I weighed in this morning, I was 180.8. Technically, this is a gain from last week (2 lbs), but I went up over the weekend (<4 lbs), so this is a 2.8 lb loss since I weighed in on Monday. I’ve lost 96.2 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 134.2 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 30.8 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds.
I’m not thrilled with myself that I let my emotions get the better of me on Friday and Saturday and spent much of the time sitting on the couch snacking. I did get out with friends on Friday night, but that led to quite a few cocktails, which also had an adverse affect on my weight. Could I have handled things differently? Of course. Was it a human response that I got under control after two days of wallowing? Yes. So I’m actually pretty proud of my ability to bounce back and move on from heartbreak.
The thing I’m actually excited to talk about today is the way I’ve tweaked my eating plan since Monday. One of my pals on MyFitnessPal messaged me on Monday, asking about the idea of upping calories. She’s about 6 months out from VSG surgery, and had an appointment with her doctor and nutritionist where they told her they wanted her to start eating more calories. Specifically, that they wanted her to get 1000 net calories per day. She’s been following my food diaries from the beginning, and has modeled the way she eats after me – trying to eat a balanced diet of protein, veggies, and carbs. Mostly whole foods, with the occasional treat thrown in. She said she was hesitant to raise her calories, but tried it for one week, and after stalling on the scale two weeks in a row, she lost 5 pounds the week she upped her calories!
As you guys know, I’ve been basically the same weight for the past several months. Even though I’ve been eating well, working out, getting lots of water, etc., my weight loss has basically become very stagnant. I know it’s because I have so few pounds to lose to get to goal (compared to how many I had to lose to begin with)When I went to my 1-year follow up appointment, the nutritionist recommended that I increase my calories to 1200 per day, but I really didn’t think much of that advice, and just continued my normal eating. Which meant eating between 850-950 calories a day, about 500-650 net calories. Which is very low, when I think about it in those terms. Now that I’m post-VSG I will never consume the amount of calories that someone with a normal stomach can, but I have been wanting to change something with my eating to see if I could shake up my body and amp up my weight loss. It makes sense that at this point post-op my body is getting too used to so few calories, and might even be in a bit of “starvation mode.” Although it’s much different for me with only 20% of a normal stomach, I do think upping my calories and eating more frequently will jumpstart my metabolism and lead to weight loss.
Actually, I don’t “think,” I know. I lost 2.8 pounds since Monday following the 1000 net calorie plan. What I’ve come up with is adding in more snacks throughout the day, as well as incorporating some higher calorie, but very good for me, foods. For example, yesterday:
A yummy green smoothie
A really great salad
Caprese salad and a tiny bit of pasta
Daily Total: 1437 calories, 102g protein, 138g carbs, 35g fiber, 68g fat! Net calories: 979.
The thing I like about increasing my calories this way is that I am eating foods that I’ve shied away from because they had more calories, but that I love. I’ve noticed that I haven’t had any cravings, either, because I know that I’ll be enjoying something I like soon enough. I’m going to give it until next Wednesday and see if the results continue. If not, I can always go back to what I was doing before. But I have a strong feeling this is going to work well.
Workouts are going great, and I love being able to workout first thing in the morning. The realization hit me today that I only have 2 1/2 weeks before I start my teacher meetings and school starts, and I’m very grateful that I will have a morning prep so I can continue the beginning of the day workouts without having to get up at 4am!
My goal for these next 2 1/2 weeks is to enjoy every bit of summer vacation that I can. Which means going to the beach, riding roller coasters at the Boardwalk, hitting the road for a girls’ trip to Long Beach, and simply enjoying the quiet moments in my backyard with Sofi.
This week is all about being open to changes. I’m grateful that I’m someone who embraces change – it’s needed and necessary.
Until Wednesday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!
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