Tuesday, April 30, 2013
5 years since seriously dieting- Up 34.7 lbs (I have about 60 to lose now, instead of that measly 25 I look back on)
4 months since seriously monitoring everything via Sparkpeople for the fourth time or so- Down 5.3 lbs
11 weeks since starting my doctor's recommended twist on an Atkins program- Down 7.8 lbs
(5 of which came off in the first 10 days- so that's a whopping 2.8 in ~10 weeks)
(Yes, you read that correctly. When following the Spark recommended nutritional guidelines, I gained 2.5 pounds in 6 weeks)
First of all, I am THRILLED to report that I've actually lost some weight. Granted, I'm literally eating plain eggs, meat, cheese, sour cream, butter, and mayo in some combination or another. I eat 1 serving of veggies a day. That comes out to about 4-8 net carbs per day. My calories are low per my doctors instructions (This, I know, will peeve lot of Sparkers). Also, my protein is moderate and my (healthy) fat is as high as I can muster. I'm just trying to prove to this doctor that I can follow any wacky plan she suggests.
I've tried cutting out diary, eggs, and artificial sugar. That's not the problem.
I started working out quite intensely the second half of this month. That's a good thing. I'm trying to work out to be stronger, quicker, more agile- but I can't convince myself it will help me lose weight.
This Thursday is the day I get to get more blood work done. I just want an answer. What is this mystery problem I have?????????????
I'm not really hypothyroid, but I'm not "optimal" so I take Armour Thyroid. I also take a ridiculous amount of supplements. I drink water. I sleep 8 hours/night. I'm not stressed (proven with a hormonal indicator workup including my cortisol levels).
So is it PCOS? She said she has no doubt that I have it. I asked to get an ultrasound. If it is, shouldn't I be on medication? Why is this process taking so darn long?
I've hopped from doctor to doctor for years who told me, "Eat less, move more." Obviously, that's not the problem, but I understand they didn't believe me because most patients lie. I just happen to be completely honest about my eating habits and lifestyle.
I finally have a doctor on board. She's stumped. She's never had a patient who has struggled as hard as I have. She advocates low carb, but the traditional Atkins induction phase resulted in next to no results, so we've tweaked it (message me for details).
It feels like it's taking FOREVER for her to test me for something. I told her money is not an issue. I'd pay $10,000 for a full body check if it meant I could get an answer. (Not like I have $10,000 to spare- but I'd beg, borrow and steal if that's what it took to get an answer.)
I'm blabbering, but here's my point: Why won't my body release weight? What can I do to proactively change that? Can I start this minute? Why does if feel like my doctor is taking forever to come up with a plan?
Ok- I'm sorry Sparkworld. I'm so incredibly fed up and I just don't know how else to vent. Here's to hoping something monumental is revealed after this Thursday's blood work.