WE would all love to go to the doctor with our ailments and have the doctor say, " Take this pill and everything will be fine in a week!"
Yeah....on my annual physical that was not the answer I got for my weight gain woes.
First of all, some background information...I used to be 137 pounds...then I started swimming training ...weight training , then added running, then stopped swimming and kept running, now not doing much except the odd bike ride with the kids or recreational swim. I got discouraged because I was training like a mad person and still putting on weight...some muscle but weight...not losing fat!
But in that time between weighing 137 pounds and now I have put on 30 pounds in 4 years.
I have done it all, paleo, counting calories, no grains, juicing, The Plan.....and my body would respond for the first bit and then the pounds would come back...with friends.
When I was eating well and losing weight I was happy, then when I was still eating well and the pounds started kreeping back, I would throw my hands up in the air and eat what I wanted anyway since doing "the right thing" wasn't working anyway!
Well I sort of had a melt down last week because I am now heavier than I have ever been...and just did not know what to do! So a doctor's visit was in order!
HERE is the verdict:
Low Iron, Bordering on Anemia - this needs to be addressed before I can address the weight gain issue.
Weight gain is due to stopping training in conjunction with eating below calorie range....which has messed up my metabolism.
Also your body will hang on to every ounce of weight after weight loss for 2 years!!!
AND it will take about a year to recover from the messed up metabolism.
Now, this is the crunch....because I am low in iron I am therefore low in energy and that is why I battled to remain active. Dealing with the low iron is the first thing. Since I can't take the supplements - they make me feel horrible ....we have to look into some medical treatments for it. Prevention option..( I will not go into the details, but it is a female issue) and the treatment option ( Iron injections for the next 10 years)
Once my blood levels are at an adequate level then phase 2 of her "Prescription" will be far more doable!
BUT...she said I have to do 1 hour of CARDIO a day! Can you believe that! One hour a day, every day and then she added " You will not see any change in your weight for at least the first 4 - 6 months...."
OH my gosh!
She said that I had a certain type of body type that is athletic! HAHAHAHA! That was funny!
And that because I have an athlete's body and an appetite of an athlete, I have to then train like an athlete!
so NO EASY ANSWERS FOR ME HERE!
No pill to fix it but a ton of hard and dedicated work!
So I know I can't just jump to an hour of exercise a day so I will have to build it up slowly. First step is for hubby to get me that gym membership! ( as he promised)
I think I will start the new school year by a daily visit to the gym and get the most out of the membership.
INTERESTING..she also said that for me diet is not going to help me lose weight, because of damaged metabolism, I have to rev up my metabolism by exercise, that is what is going to help.
My response to her was this: If I do all this and after 6 months there is no change, then I am coming back again for a second opinion. She was ok with that!
She said my plight was not a new one, I was joining the hoards of screaming women she sees every day. So not much sympathy there! LOL - My doctor is an athlete and runner herself so she knows what she is talking about in terms of being active.
She does not want me to "just run" or "just swim"...I need to cross train.
So there we go....
I am taking a few days to digest all that and come up with a workable plan.
One that both DH and myself can live with.
So guess who is literally going to be "working my butt off" for the next 6 months!
ON another note, it feels like FALL already here!
Some of you may have already had the BACK TO SCHOOL Week, but we have 3 weeks left!
Anyway on Sunday evening we lit a fire and the kids toasted marshmallows and we all had smores!