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Confused but determined!


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I'm sort of confused. But at the same time, I think I know the answer. Sounds confusing? I told you I was confused! LOL

I have literally been on a plateau for 7 months. Last December I blogged about this very thing. Five stinkin' months ago and I am on the same topic. And guess what? I am at the same weight that I was five stinkin' months ago.

Now, my teenager, wise beyond her years, told me it was a good thing that I was still the same weight. She said that meant I was still working on it and not gaining. She said that it meant I was still committed to a healthy lifestyle and to working out. Man, she's a smart one! :) However, that doesn't make this any less frustrating.

Here's where I'm NOT confused. My eating has not been stellar as of late. I have had an incidence at least once every other day or so where I will eat something I know I should not- even when I am not hungry. I always find myself telling myself that this is a life long journey and I can always get back on track. Trouble is, I do this too often. I haven't gained weight, but I certainly haven't lost either. If I was actually *IN* maintenance then it would be fine. But I'm not, and it's not!

Now, I still workout every day. (Rest days on Sundays!) I completed the Insanity program with no weight loss. I am in month 2 of P90X- with no weight loss. Some days I do two workouts... I will do a P90X and then walk 4 miles or spend an hour on the elliptical. And no weight loss. You would think that would be enough... my diet choices are seriously not that bad. I'm not eating cake every day or muffins or cookies. (I did have a rather serious stint with Nutella but I wound up throwing it away because I found myself thinking about it all day! Really! It was that bad!!!)

I still drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. I eat mostly clean and vegetarian. (I'm pretty good with the 80/20 rule!) I get plenty of sleep. I am not overly stressed- actually I have very little stress in my life. I have a great job as a substitute teacher and have fun with my kids and husband when I'm home. I volunteer and give back to my community. I have a dog who is like a daughter to me.

Great life, right? It is! It really is! So why am I holding onto this dang weight? My husband says that maybe this is where my body is supposed to be. Maybe this is my ideal weight. I say NO FREAKING WAY am I going to accept that 212 pounds is my "ideal weight"! I told him just the other day that I am at that point where most people think, "I gotta lose weight! I weigh over 200 pounds!" You know those success stories you read in Health or Fitness magazines where the women are like, "I was a size 14/16 and weighed 200 pounds. I was FAT! I had to change my life..." Yeah, that's me NOW after losing 120+ pounds already! :( I still want to lose 50 more but just can't seem to nudge my body into the right direction.

Even when my eating is perfect, I stay the same. So I have come to the conclusion that it can only be one thing holding me back. My IUD. I can't think of what else it could be! I have the Mirena (sorry if this is TMI!) and it has slow release hormones. The only way to figure out if that's what it is is to have it removed! If that's not the problem and I want it back in, that's almost $1000 out of pocket as I now have no insurance like I did when I had it put in place! Yikes! That seems like an awful expensive experiment!

Anyone else have experience with this problem? Any other less drastic solutions I can try?
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TRI_BABE 5/23/2012 6:49AM

    When I was on the pill years ago, I actually lost weight when I was on it, and gained when I was not. I know hormones can be huge with weight loss. But not a lot it was around 6 lbs. But then I went off for good after being on them for 8 years and gained. A Lot. I lost the weight but your problem COULD be a hormonal thing.

Did your weight loss stall around the same time you started the Mirena? I would say if you were losing weight with it and then stopped, it would not be the problem. But if your weight loss stalled around the same time (or a month or 2 after you had it) then it could be the problem.

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WONDERBUG381 5/9/2012 11:08PM

    Before i say anything i want to congratulate you on your loss of 120+ pounds. You are amazing!! That is some hard work and determination to get that far.

Also, I can fully understand your frustration with your plateau.
Since about Christmas i have gained back about 6 lbs and it's totally my fault. Over the holidays i skipped workouts and ate to much. i figured after the holidays i would get back on track no problem right. WRONG! I am just finally getting back on track, but still not losing yet. It is totally frustrating, but i know i will get through this as will you.
I don't know about the IUD, but i do know my pill caused me to gain weight and when i switched i started losing so it could be the IUD.
Good luck i wish you continued success.
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CMPEARL 5/9/2012 6:10PM

    Hey you!!! Please try not to get too discouraged! I read somewhere that when we plateau like this that our body has reached a 'set point'and maybe a week of playing with calorie intake or your workouts can shake you out of it. After a major holiday weight gain, I'm finally back at my 'set point after a ten day cleanse abstaining from wheat, dairy and anything processed. I also can't speak about the IUD because I've never used it, but I can tell you that after 2+ 1/2 months of p 90x I was UP about 5 pounds and down only a few inches. It is a rough workout and while I don't think my eating was terribly off I missed doing true cardio work. Hope this helps a little!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/9/2012 4:41PM

    What is your calorie intake? It could almost be that maybe you aren't eating enough (I know, it's crazy) to support your workouts. I do think that the fact that you haven't gained is a pretty awesome thing though. It does show that you are doing something right! Hang in there. Plateaus suck, but you will get through it!

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NYS_EMT 5/9/2012 4:37PM

    I forgot to mention that I did have my thyroid checked and all is well! So it's not that!

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AZURE-SKY 5/9/2012 2:02PM

  Before you have the IUD removed, get a full physical with blood work to see if you're hypothyroid. I am, and I've been at the same weight, within 2-3 pounds for over a year - regardless of level of exercise or eating plan.

If you are hypothyroid, you'll be put on medication, but it can take a while to get to the right levels. The docs start you out a a very low dose, then increase it over time because they don't want to make you hypERthyroid. There are generic thyroid meds - my Levothyroxin (generic for Synthroid) is only $10/month at Walmart pharmacy.

If you are hypothyroid, you'll have to work harder than "normal" people to lose weight, because your metabolism is slower.

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