Sunday, March 17, 2013
When i first joined Sparkpeople I hit the ground running and melted 80 pounds in 3 months. First few weeks I lost a lot. I was beyond happy about that and figured since I relapsed and came back to my program that I could do the same. I am slowly realizing that perhaps my body is not on board with 1200 calories again.
In the past I got into epic arguments with dietitians about eating 1200 calories and the words "starvation mode" was tossed around, but I was losing weight steadily. At the time that was working and I could handle it so what's the harm? I am older now and the past two weeks I've been stuck between 365 and 363. I was and still am mostly frustrated but not discouraged. My new doctor told me never ever let anyone (even her) ever discourage me. She told me that I go see her or other medical professionals maybe once every few weeks but I am in my body 24/7. Only I know what feels right. She said, if I could handle it and felt good why not? The numbers won't lie. What she said touched me so much. I felt close to tears because she's the only doctor to believe in my success and be supportive.
I hate to admit it but I think 1200 may not be right for me. Even though I don't feel hungry or feel like I'm struggling, my body may be in starvation mode (or retaining water). The only other explanation may be I need to drink even more water. Either way, I am taking heed to my body and am making changes.