Today is officially one month out from surgery - and as promised, I have brought some charts. Three, to be exact.
First, to get it out of the way, I DID MAKE IT to 281 today! Kind of an arbitrary number, right? But since I'm 5'3", that puts me just under a BMI of 50 for the first time in years. 49.8! Since surgery, not counting water weight from the hospital, I've lost exactly 17 lbs.
So, Chart #1: Weight loss over time. Pretty much what it says on the tin - this shows my weight loss between my surgery date and today.
That abrupt jump upwards between 9/8 and 9/9 is the extra 11 lbs of water I picked up in the hospital. I didn't get back to my pre-surgery weight until the 16th!
Chart #2: Gains/losses each day in relation to my monthly cycle. I've arbitrarily chosen to give non-period days a value of 4 and period days a value of 5, just to make the chart easier to read.
The gain/loss line in orange is a little tricky, because the gains are negative and losses are positive numbers. You can tell by the spike between the 8th and the 9th of september - it shows as -11 but represents that 11 lb water gain from surgery. As you can see, it's pretty clear that I lose a lot of weight during my period. I started my period at 293, and it ended on 9/25 at 285. Then it bumped back up a pound or two - which I suspect was my body starting to retain water again. The weight loss after my period is much more gradual. My theory here is that the water retention masks the fat loss until my period hits - then the water weight comes off, and my "true" weight is at the bottom of that drop.
That weight loss pattern is pretty familiar to me from previous weight loss attempts, so it wasn't very surprising. But this next one I thought was really interesting - it's the first time I've ever tracked these stats together.
Chart #3: Losses and gains tracked against sleep.
Especially at the beginning of this chart, there's a pretty clear correlation between the amount of sleep I get and the amount of weight I lose, day by day. There's a lot written about how important sleep is for weight loss - and this basically confirms it in my particular case, most of the time. When I'm getting more sleep, my daily losses are bigger. When I'm getting less, they're smaller. I think there's probably at least a little derangement of the data in early September, because it's so close to my surgery date and so much water had to come off, so I'm interested in seeing what the next few months look like.
Life sometimes gets busy, and tracking will get harder to keep up with - but I'm going to keep these updated for as long as I can, because I'm sort of fascinated by the kinds of things that affect weight loss.
For what it's worth, I do also have charts tracking my losses/gains against how much water I drank that day and against how many carbs I had that day. But the only possible correlation I found was a slight tendency to have greater losses when I was in the range of 25-35 carbs per day - more or less carbs than that seemed to correlate to less weight lost on the following days. Water, weirdly, seemed to have zero effect on my losses.
Briefly, in other news: Today was a perfect day. I got all my water and protein in, with half the protein coming from food and only half from a shake (watered down with decaf coffee - I seem to have no trouble with Premier shakes if they're mixed with something more watery.) I got plenty of sleep. I ate chicken (mostly dark meat) and survived. I was really looking forward to my egg, over-easy, but something went wonky halfway through and I had to stop eating it. But it was yummy while it lasted. I also got in all my vitamins and all my meds, AND I CLOSED ALL THREE RINGS on the apple watch today. It was my longest stretch on the treadmill yet - 41 minutes, all at about 1.7 mph, none of it holding on to the rails or the desk. Considering that three months ago I would be hard pressed to just stand up for 10 minutes without pain, I think I'm doing great there.
I've also noticed that my burping/hiccuping problem has mostly passed. I still burp and hiccup as a sure sign that I need to stop eating right away - even if I haven't gotten in as much as I planned or as much as I was able to yesterday or whatever. But it passes quickly as soon as I stop eating.
My next doctor milestone is coming up - my post-op visit with my psychologist is on Tuesday. I really liked this guy when I met him for my initial psych eval, so I'm kind of looking forward to seeing him again. And that's a wrap for tonight! Sleep good, thinnertimes world!