Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I've posted this in some of my SparkTeams, so, for those who read those posts, please forgive the repetition. However, I wanted to get my problem more "out there", in case anyone has suggestions.
I'm struggling with the over-34-inch club. This morning, I weighed 117.8, and my waist was 34.25". My long term goal, which I used to be closer to than I am now, is the 107-118 pound range, and a 31.5" waist.
Although my weight was back in my goal range today (some days, in the past couple of weeks, it's been over 119, where it had not been for many months!), my waist is still up. Actually, some days, my waist was even up over 35". For many months, my body comfortably remained in the 114.8-117.8 pound range, and my waist fluctuated between 33.25" and 33.75".
This week, I did Wii Fit twice (yoga and strength training), and, yesterday I tried some "broomstick" exercise (1. broomstick obliques, and 2. broomstick twists). I looked them up on youtube. (Some of you know that I don't do much exercise, partly due to fatigue and stamina issues related to my MS.)
Have continued to try to watch what I eat. Have not tracked calories for a very long time. Maybe I need to try that again, to be sure that I'm on track. But, I'm really not sure that's necessary. Until recently, I was able to maintain my weight for 8 months with no tracking, since I'd tracked consistently for a year during my weight-loss phase.
I haven't changed anything, so, after almost two years of weight-loss and weight-maintenance success, it feels discouraging to be going backwards. I suspect that I may be at the very beginning of some peri-menopause stuff. But, I'm not 100% sure about that.
Has anyone experienced something similar?
- A long time successful experience (not fast, but consistent weight loss, followed by consistent maintenance, and, even small increments of additional loss)
- followed by about a month of unexplained gains in both weight and waist? Actually, the gains, for several weeks, were initially only in my waist measurements. That was even more bizarre. That my waist continued to increase while my weight remained stable.
(I guess I'll continue to try to add some exercise in, particularly strength training kinds of things. But, life really seems unfair when, after all of the changes I've already made -- and, many of them permanent life-style changes, that, now, just in order to maintain, I have to make additional changes!)