I’m really starting to think I’m crazy for doing this private part of my life online for anyone to see. But then somebody tells me they read the posts so far and want to take the weight loss journey. So far, I can’t get anybody to participate here, in words, on the blog. That will come, though, I’m sure. I can’t tell you what it adds to the level of accountability, being even greater motivation. It also makes every little success feel that much more sweet.
So, my next update. This one will just be for one week. I was trying to do it for every two-week period, and wanted this post to be in the beginning of the week. It just wasn’t giving me enough time to actually write it. This will get me caught up and have you guys just a week behind real-time.
I will start with great news! Well, for me. 🙂 I’ve identified another obstacle and have eliminated it. Here’s what happened: I mentioned in the other posts that I was having testing done, weird symptoms, and a bad side effect of something seemed to be weight gain. I will say, if I haven’t already, that this isn’t my first time around the block when it comes to weight loss. I know what it takes to be successful. So I’m not just the always-fat-girl saying she can’t lose, doesn’t know why, and is stuffing her face constantly. I know what my calorie deficit needs to be, and I know what exercise works for me. The struggle the last year or so has been a series of “is it this?, is it that?” that has made it so much more difficult. And believe me, every time I discuss it with someone I feel like the person who is always just making excuses, or doesn’t know that their unmeasured bowl of cereal is probably two or more times a serving size, along with their pasta at dinner, and everything in between – eating 2000 calories a day as opposed to the 1200 hundred they say they’re eating. I can’t stress food measuring enough if you’re going to be successful! But, I’ve always measured my food, even while not dieting, because I need to know for insulin dosing. So, that’s not it. But, I did figure a few things out. The first was (and here I wish I could go back and kick myself), when I hit my plateau after losing weight at a pretty steady rate after baby #4, and I couldn’t get past that hump, I was missing something. If I looked back at each post-birth weight loss, I always came within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight as long as I was still nursing. Like, dead-on 10 pounds. This time the pre-pregnancy weight was just higher than the other three times. Sometimes your body finds a “settle weight”. I may have hit mine, and let other stresses in my life have me give up, rather than push through. When I gave up, I really threw in the towel. I let the depression get to me and let about 15lbs come back. Then I hit last May. May-August I put on another 15lbs. Even though, while not dieting strictly, I was cutting back. That was alarming to me. Along with the other symptoms it pointed to some problems. But, sometimes you have to sit down and sort everything out. This is the thing that I do when it comes to just about any issue in my life. It’s also the thing that seems to bother people so much about me. “Why do you have to analyze every little thing?” I dunno. Maybe because I usually end up solving, or feeling better with my problems that way? So I listed it all out. There was something that I noticed from a question I had asked at one of the doctors visits. It was regarding a prescription I started taking, and when that was. They told me end of April. Hmmm. The extra weight starting coming on very quickly beginning of May. A possible side effect of this prescription is weight gain and bloating. Great. Well, this was totally necessary for me to be taking a few months ago. It no longer is. So, I’ve stopped. I also decided against the fibromyalgia meds. I couldn’t take care of my kids while on it (for 4 days, but still, the drowsy effect doesn’t go away for a lot of people and I’ve got enough working against me!), so not worth it. I do want to stress here that the prescriptions I have decided on my own to stop taking are not at all essential to my health. PLEASE, do not stop taking anything your doctor has prescribed without talking to them first!
Now here is where I am. I’m down to just my insulin and thyroid medication, and a multi-vitamin. Just that alone has made me feel like a new person! Since stopping the one prescription, a lot of my weird symptoms have dropped off, including weight gain! I haven’t gained any since I stopped taking it, the first time that’s happened in months. I’m really excited about what is possible now by kicking in some serious weight loss strategies!
The next 2 weeks: I will cut more calories, keep increasing water, and limit my chocolate to the one mini (70 calorie) at night. It’s never worked for me to give up completely – I just start obsessing. This has worked for me every other time so why stress it? I will continue to increase exercise slowly so as not to throw my blood sugar completely off. By week 2, I will be down to daily calorie amount for remainder of diet. I’ve decided this time to see if I can get decent results at 1500 calories a day. This is close enough to what my maintenance calories are after the weight is lost, that it won’t be that weird adjustment. I always hate that part. I feel I have a better chance of being successful long-term this way. If it’s not working, I’ll drop it by 100 calories at a time, going no lower than 1200 per day. I will NOT have full-on cheat days. I’ve found the older I get, this can undo an entire week’s worth of work. Instead, it will be mini-cheats here and there. This worked better for me the last time, too. Exercise will be: increasing my walks, going back to the double stroller and sticking Dax in so that I can walk faster without a lagging kid. Plus, it’s a lot more work to push that thing with 2 kids! As long as blood sugars are going smoothly, by the second week I should be adding in my other workout. I’ll go over that one in the next post.
Goals: By the end of the 2 weeks, I should be at 1500 calories a day. I should be beginning my harder workout. I hope to be down 5lbs. In the past, that would be conservative for the first couple of weeks, with so much being water weight in the beginning. Anymore, I don’t know what to think. If that prescription was hitting me hard enough, it may be a piece of cake. Yum, cake. Focus. If a lot of it was bloating it could be more. Whichever way it goes, I feel like I at least need to set the goal.
Milestone goal: I have yet to find a good incentive to work for me as I get to certain milestone losses. Then it hit me. I am not a major drinker, as you may know from previous posts. But, I have fallen in love with a certain beer that I really looked forward to consuming on the weekends, maybe 3 or 4 total. They are not low-calorie. As I have started cutting calories a bit at a time, I have switched to a light beer. Not the same at all! So, I will buy myself a 6-pack of my favorite beer to drink the weekend I celebrate my birthday in November if I have lost 20lbs by then. Wish me luck!
I really hope some of you looking for motivation or inspiration will be able to find it here. I also would love for some of you to share it with us all. It’s simple. Go to the Contact Me on top menu. Send me whatever you want to tell me, as much or as little. Your whole story, or just what your goals are or how you’re doing so far. You can send me updates and I’ll include in the posts. If you tell me you don’t want your real name published, that’s fine! Just give me an alias to use. 🙂 As I said in the beginning of this post, it really does increase the motivation factor, knowing it’s out there for all to see!
Here’s to Good Health and Good Luck!
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