Thursday, January 24, 2013
All I've ever heard about the fat on our bodies is that the last fat to go on is the first fat to come off. I guess the 40 pounds I lost from July -Dec. 16 was baby fat. Because I know that 35 pounds went on between 2007-2012 after I stopped following Medifast through cancer treatments and surgeries.
So what do I call the last 9 pounds I've lost since December 16? Retro fat? Classic fat? Cambridge fat? Cigarette fat? Because the weight gain that I'm working to melt now went on between 1980-2006 after major weight loss with Cambridge, and then quitting smoking with the help of Nicorette gum. So I have a bunch of classic old fat hanging around. So far, the Classic Fat has been easier to melt away than the baby fat. Maybe its resistance is lower because it never thought I'd be strong enough to battle my bad habits.
I'm hoping it doesn't figure it out before I finish the next six pounds because THEN I have to battle the antique fat. The fat that went on after I threw the doctor's diet pills and his 600 calorie a day diet in the trash in 1968. The more I think about it, the more I realize that's when my relationship with crazy, very low calorie diets began, and I had the endorsement from my doctor for the prescription for diet pills that made my skin feel like spiders were crawling on my back. That low calorie diet (eggs, tomatoes, zwieback crackers, tea for 3 meals a day) instilled that thought that low calorie diets were safe. My body told me the pills weren't. But I never connected the subsequent weight gain to be because of the low calorie diet. I just thought it was something wrong with my will power, or my metabolism.
I have no imagination for what it will be like to get back to college weight or beyond. I'm looking forward to enjoying maintenance, whenever that happens.
I wish the knowledge, wisdom, and support at Spark People had been available in the sixties!
Of course we didn't even have computers then.
How DID we ever survive?
Edit: My last name is Atkins, and I'm not a relative of the Dr. responsible for the diet; and yes, I tried that one, too, with the same result. At least it wasn't low calorie or based on drugs. ; )