Thank you Karen and Paul! Yes, it's definitely going to be an adventure. I'm researching anti-inflammatory diets right now, and the Perfect Health, and GAPS. I won't worry about weight right now, but I confess it'll be a great day when the scale finally starts inching downward. :)
VERY happy to read that you plan to continue exercise and healthy eating regardless of that pesky scale!! Diet and exercise have been known to "cure" many ailments. Maybe these healthy habits will help you with tackling your autoimmune issue as well. They certainly can't hurt, right?
Well, went to the doc yesterday for results of bloodwork. Appears I have some sort of autoimmune problem according to the antinuclear antibodies test. My GP feels no weight loss has been happening because my poor body is fighting itself so hard right now. I'm off to an internist ASAP to get further diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, I will be gentle to myself regarding any kind of loss and will just continue with the pursuit of health....exercise everyday and eat a heathy, balanced diet. :)
Thanks everyone for your input. Yes, I weigh (digital scale) and measure everything I eat, and log it. I've actually been trying to lose since August, but only really dialing in since Jan 1st with the accuracy. Just bounce around the same two pounds. I'm not enough of an athlete to really think this is muscle weight - I went from being a couch potato to at least five miles of activity a day according to my Fitbit. As regards the little "dial" in the food tracker on the dashboard, yesterday was the first time I got the "Hurray, you've eaten your target calories for the day" and I was shocked. Like I said, I'm not good with numbers and I'd eaten a lot more than normal and logged it all, I guess as a sort of "what the hell" thing. When I sign off for the evening my numbers are always falling in the middle of the dial or on the green. I actually like to go to bed a little hungry because I sleep better. Ack. This is making me crazy! Hopefully I get some answers today at the doctor. Might be more than I bargain for though!
current weight: 233.9
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Don't despair about the lack of weight loss. Keep tracking and exercising and maintain your deficit levels. I didn't lose any during the first couple of weeks, either. I bought a digital food scale from KMart for $20. It is SO much nicer than the analog one I had before. I started weighing foods again. I've been doing this for years so I was pretty spot on to begin with. Still, it was nice to know I was estimating my food correctly. You might do the same if you haven't already just to make sure your deficit is as big as you think it is.
I also started following the FitBit recommended calorie intake rather than SP only because it tailors to me and my activity rather than basing calories on the normal population.
I set my goal at -500 calories/day so 1 pound a week. Most days my deficit is ~800-1000 but those days make up for the occasional day where I have no deficit at all (like SuperBowl Sunday).
I've lost 4 pounds in the last 3 weeks but that was after 3 weeks of walking and not losing a thing. It can be very frustrating to work so hard and not lose but my scale finally "got with the program" and yours will, too. It might take help from your doctor, it might not. But keep making your healthy choices despite what the scale says. You'll get there.
"Ideally" you want to fall in the middle block of the dashboard. That means you are on plan. The green (left) is where I like to be mid day, but goal is to finish up in the middle. You DO NOT want to be in the red at the end of the day. It does not indicate maintenance, but rather that you either ate more calories than plan, burned less calories than plan, or some combination. End result is a net deficit that is SMALLER than the plan for that day.
I've been running an average deficit of 750 cals a day for three weeks. I don't believe I've had a complete thyroid - I will talk to the doc tomorrow. I'm apparently showing signs of autoimmune issues so that could all be connected.
current weight: 233.9
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you need your calories burned to be more than you calories in , usually by 500 calories a day to be able to loose a pound a week
have you had a complete thryoid test, not just TSH. that might tell a lot
Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Probably an obvious question...but I have no data to back it up since for whatever reason no matter what I do, I am not losing weight. (WAAHHHH!!! Ok...rant over. Going to the doctor tomorrow for more results of yet more tests in the search for what might be wrong with me.) Anyhow, on the "calorie dashboard", there's a green section, a white with green, and a red. Where do we ideally want our calories eaten to fall at the end of the day? Am I right in interpreting the red section would be maintenance calories?
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