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(Un) Stuck?

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.
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PRETTYPITHY 2/13/2014 1:58PM

    Awesome. I feel like we've both been struggling for a few months and now are both getting back on our feet at the same time. I feel like I can finally clearly see the things that are holding me back. Now I'm breaking through! Looks like you're on the same road. Best of luck!

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AZULVIOLETA6 2/13/2014 1:41PM

    215...I wish this would go faster, but I am on track/on schedule.

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AZULVIOLETA6 1/28/2014 1:00PM

    Back down below 218 today!

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LOLA_LALA 1/20/2014 7:54PM

    Wow, AZULVIOLETA - you are facing some challenges which must seem, at times, overwhelming. The aneurysm alone that you suffered would have been trying enough, but the pituitary abnormalities and fibro, too, must be very difficult to cope with. Yet much to your credit, you're elaborating a strategy for succeeding despite these limitations .... emoticon emoticon

It's my hope that 2014 will be YOUR year, and that all the hard work you're pouring into losing weight and gaining fitness will pay off most generously. We're with you! emoticon Keep us posted on your progress - you're a real inspiration.

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