I know I haven't been a very active member of this board, but I had some good news to share, and couldn't think of anyone who would truly understand how this felt, better than the people on this board. So I really wanted to share this with you!
3.5 years ago I had my last child. I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been. 230. Somehow, I gained over 20 lbs during the week I spent in the hospital, on top of the pregnancy weight gain. Thankfully a lot of that came back off pretty quickly. (I think a significant amount was swelling.) But I have been stuck at roughly 210 for over two years now. Nothing would budge it. Occasionally I would slowly gain to 214, and then drop back to 210. I could easily drop to 210 in 2 days time if I tried, but no matter what I did, I could not break 210. I religiously took Zumba 3 days a week. I tried dropping my cals to 1200, I tried raising them thinking they were too low. I had the ability to eat 2500 calories (and sometimes more, up to 3000) without gaining weight, but dropping them didn't change anything. Exercising more didn't change anything (I started working out 5 days a week). Taking vitamins didn't work. After a while I was starting to have trouble finishing my workouts, and would fall asleep on the couch when I got home. My energy level was gone, and I slowly dropped back to 3 days a week. I realized I was way to low on protein at that point, and fixed the energy level problem somewhat. But still nothing would allow me to drop past 210. I seriously thought at one point that my scale was broken! But that wasn't the answer either because my clothing wasn't fitting any differently, and my measurements weren't changing.
But FINALLY after two whole years of not getting anywhere, I have finally broken through the 210 barrier! Three weeks ago my weight had crept back to 214 again, but as of today I am at 207! I've lost 7 lbs in three weeks! 3 lbs past my barrier! I know that doesn't sound like much, but after 2 years, that's HUGE! I'm so excited and happy that I broke through! I just had to share this news with others who could understand just how huge this is!
And you know what the "missing ingredient" was...?..? Well, I'll never know for sure, but I think it was SLEEP! I finally realized that on the weekends when I would "sleep in", I would lose weight, but during the week (since I was getting less sleep) I would gain. (which pretty much cancelled each other out) This was regardless of anything else I was doing to lose weight. I think that after all these years (almost 16 years) of having kids (and sleeping 4-6 hours a night because of those kids), my body thought it was in crisis mode and just wouldn't let go of the weight. So when I started sleeping 8 hours a night, it was a signal to my body that the crisis was over. It was the only thing I changed this time, and it's working!!!!!!!!!
Truthfully, I don't care what it is that finally started working. I'm just thrilled that it's working!
Thanks so much for listening! :-)
| current weight: 220.0