Monday, January 20, 2014
So I’ve been at about the same weight for almost a year. I got down as low as 208, then bounced back up to 218 when I was away from home helping my parents with their transplant surgery—my father gave my mother a kidney last March. There have been several other challenges—moving (twice!), not being able to afford a gym for about six months, ending an 8-year relationship. The whole time I have been up and down between 208-218, over and over again. No matter how hard I have worked, I just haven’t been able to break through that range.
My neuroendocrinologist says that makes sense given my health issues. She is also quite effusive about how well I have done just to keep off (most!) of what I have already lost. My hypothalamus is stuck at this set point. That makes sense because I think this is about what I weighed 10 years ago, before my brain aneurysm and the cascade of health problems that followed.
So I know why this is happening, but I certainly have not been feeling good about it. I exercise just about every day—hard—and eat very well.
I recently had a bit of a snafu with my medications. I have five different metabolic diseases and I take injections every day to replace some of the pituitary hormones that my body cannot make on its own anymore. A few days without the right combination of medications and I ballooned up to 226 pounds in spite of eating well and continuing with a good exercise regime. Then I had a VERY bad fibro flare—so bad that I could barely walk—thankfully the worst of that was over in about two days.
At that point I was so frustrated that I absolutely had to change something. So I brainstormed some new goals:
--50-80 G carbs per day (I have been aiming for around 100)
--green tea at least once a day (4C)
--do at least 2000 minutes of exercise a month (I used to always make this goal, but I have been a little less consistent lately)
--always measure daily milk/soy milk consumed with coffee (no guesstimating)
--add small snack in the late afternoon before exercise
--focus on vegetables and protein
--use 30-minute lunch breaks for additional exercise at least 3X/week
--avoid exercise outdoors on very cold days (aggravates Fibro)
--read up on Carb Cycling/Chris Powell
--read up on CLA and chromium (currently not taking any supplements specifically for weight loss/metabolism)
--do more research on hypothalamus/set point
I also printed out calendars for the next four months. My big goal is to get down to 200 before the Rose City Salsa Festival in April. A friend of mine has agreed to come with me, which is a HUGE motivator—I have been trying to get him to come for several years, and I haven't seen him since last summer, so I want to look good. If I lose two pounds a week I will be right on track.
I’ve also been looking for events to attend (mostly dance) so that I have things to look forward to that are fitness-related and fun. I am going to try flamenco dancing next week, for example. I went to a Cuban Rumba workshop last weekend--WAY out of my wheelhouse since I don’t do African dance—but fun.
I’m thinking about scheduling a 5K, though that is a tough one for me—running is difficult due to a bad knee and some musculoskeletal issues—I have the strength and endurance to run and don’t get winded at all, but it causes me quite a bit of pain. Maybe! I also want to try roller skating—there is a rink in my new town. If I like it, I want to buy my own skates for the summer.
In the last five days since I started working on this, I have lost six pounds. At the lower carb range, I suddenly feel very clear-headed and focused. I am not hungry—quite satisfied in fact. Now that things are working I’m afraid to change anything about my diet though! Today I weighed 220. I hope to be back in my normal range soon and then break through that.
I’ve also joined a new/better gym. Hopefully some of these small changes will get me unstuck.