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Slightly changing strategy

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I've been frustrated for some time in regard to losing weight. When I first joined SP (in 2006), I lost 40 lbs (& 3 dress sizes) in about 2 years. That was great! emoticon After increasing exercise to regularly long-distance walking (for about 4 years), I felt great but gained all the weight back. emoticon Don't understand why and have found various suggested answers. The response I hate the most is the one that indicates I am lying about the amount of food and exercise I eat and do. I won't argue anymore about that and I've pret'near given up on even trying to discuss my challenge because what I get from professionals and others who seem to have answers are the same answers I've heard since the year I gained back the weight. And those answers (I have tried a few of them) haven't worked for me. Sure, I've gotten off a little weight and it's come back every time. I tell myself not to be concerned, that I either will one day find an answer, or I will settle for being in decent health! But I do hate being told that I am obese; right now, I weigh 182 lbs at 5'6" tall.

My Dr. is also not satisfied that I am doing what I need to do and has lectured me a few times about carbs. Well, I'm a vegan, Doctor, all the food I eat are big on carbs. The last time I left her office, last June, I think, after a lecture on what not to eat, I was discouraged. I deduced that she wants me to be hungry all the time and spend most of my days exercising. Of course, I do my best to stay under 1400 calories a day and balance the nutrients, making sure I get what I need and I exercise 3-5 1-hr or more sessions/week. My Dr. even went through my supplements and added supplements, so I know I'm not missing anything. She even had me consult a nutritionist for 6 months, who had never dealt with a vegetarian or a vegan before. I followed her plan to the tee maintaining my weight for those 6 months, and then, gave up because nothing changed!

I'm not the kind of individual that tries something for a few days or even weeks and considers that a good trial as to whether or not it'll work for me. I give it months or even years. I was vegetarian for two years and I've been eating vegan for 5 years now and had high hopes that would make a difference in my weight. It didn't. It did make a huge diff in my health and energy, and I am grateful for that. I plan to do this the rest of my life even though it is a challenge when traveling and many people do not know what to do with me when I visit them (if only they'd not be intimidated by asking and I wouldn't fear offending them by explaining, which I often do in advance - just cook me a potato!).

Anyway, I recently came across a FB group who clearly explain, back with articles, and support each other in what they call Keto Vegan. After reading lots and going shopping, I have begun and will give it at least 2 months. If I find it beneficial, I'll perhaps share some of what I've learned about myself later in the year. If not, this will probably be my last try to lose weight. I do not want to spend the rest of my life focused on what has frustrated me all of my life - being the fat girl! being afraid to eat cake, cookies, candy! watching others indulge while I eat a carrot! and so on. And I will never choose to starve myself like I did as a young adult.

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    You're in my prayers, my Friend! I understand your frustration. I hated being lectured by a (chubby) doctor. There's no one-size-fits-all diet! I'm not familiar with Keto Vegan -- let me know how it goes.

    Best wishes to you! emoticon
    444 days ago
    I wish you success! I just hate how doctors go by that stupid height and weight chart. Go by how you feel. Do you like how your clothes fit? Do you feel good? Sleeping well? If the answer is yes, then be happy. If you want a cookie, eat a cookie. There is a big difference from eating one and the whole bag.
    447 days ago
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