Maintaining in May

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hello, everyone. Well, it's been a couple months since I blogged and I'm happy to report that I've reached my goal weight and am maintaining. My goal weight was 117 lbs and when I weighed in the morning after returning from Arizona (April 9th), I was at 117.2 pounds. Needless to say, I was quite happy! Since that time I've been hovering right around my goal... sometimes up to 118 or a little over and sometimes, like this morning, a little below. I think 116.2 is the lowest I got during April and 118.2 was the heighest. So basically going back and forth within a pound below and a pound above. Pretty good if I do say so myself!

So, how did I achieve this weight loss after struggling so much in the months before? I have to admit that the weight loss itself just kind of happened and it's only the maintaining that I've had to think about. This is probably TMI for most of you, but I've always had bowel issues as far as regularity goes and it's gotten worse and worse the older I've gotten. I tried everything in the past, including drinking a gallon of prune juice a day, to no avail. (I finally realized I'm one of the few people who has more trouble the more fiber I take in... my body doesn't seem to process it correctly.) Even oral laxatives (which are not supposed to be taken on a regular basis anyway) don't have much effect on me. Early this year I finally began using suppositories (I know... ick, ick, ick ...I'd been told to do it years before but just couldn't stand the thought). Anyway, that was helping and I was going at least a little bit most days but I still felt bloated and huge. It seemed to get worse as the time to leave for Arizona approached and though my weight didn't go up too far, my pants were getting tighter and tighter. By the time we got to Arizona, I felt horrible and nothing fit anymore. Then, shortly after getting there, I suddenly felt desperately sick and my stomach was absolutely killing me. I ended up running to the toilet all evening long and "off loading" more than I've ever done in my life and more than I knew one human being could hold! By the end, it was soooo black and sooo stinky (like I said... massive TMI here). And guess what?.... I lost 7 pounds that night! I sure didn't feel good at the time but if I had to do it all over again I would because I felt wonderful afterwards. I felt like a completely new person! I've never felt so good in my entire life!

Well, since getting that "head start", I've tried to be very conscious of what I eat, making sure to eat in moderation. Not only to keep my weight down, but because my body seems to need lots of extra time to digest and process foods and if I put too much in there it just seems to get stuck and backed up. I still have to use the suppositories to keep things flowing and I've had a couple times when I worried that I might be starting to plug up again, but it just lasted for a few days and I cut back on what I was eating to try and give things time to clear out.

So just to make it clear to anyone that might be worried... I've been given the ok to use the suppositories on a daily basis (they're not addictive and won't mess up your body more) and I am eating enough to fulfill my daily calorie requirement. Plus, I'm definitely not someone that could ever become anorexic. I love food waaaayyy too much for that to happen.

Ok... that's my story. I kept meaning to blog in April after I got back but I was kind of worried that once I wrote down my success it would disappear. Silly, I know but I just wanted to keep my little success to myself for a bit.

I hope you all have a great spring and start summer on an upswing!
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    Well, the details frightens me. It is a very dangerous sign. I have worked in a nursing home as well as having lots of intestinal issues myself. Anytime black and stinky poo occurs it is highly dangerous!!! It is worth finding a general doctor that will be merciful to you and letting them know what happened. Perhaps you can get some kind of medical care that would help you with this and not cost an arm and a leg.

    This could be life-threatening!
    2119 days ago
    NellieC.... Nope, I've never been to a specialist of any sort about it. I'm sure there are things they could check out but I'm not thinking I'll be following up on it anytime soon since we don't have insurance. I really don't want to start down a road that will end up costing us a small fortune! Thanks for the suggestion, though. BTW... I edited my blog since I noticed that I'd mentioned the continued use of laxatives (which most people think of as oral laxatives) when I meant to say suppositories. Using the oral laxatives every day would definitely be a big no, no... harmful and addictive!
    2120 days ago
    Have you ever seen a GI specialist? The black stinky detail makes me think of blood in the stool.

    I have had various GI problems and several surgeries to save my life. Now I am glad to say that I am much healthier!!!
    2120 days ago
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