Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tired

Today I have a migraine. I am 99% sure it is due to lack of sleep, since my diet has been healthy and grain free. I am averaging 2 hours of sleep a night with a sick child. I think she is on the mend now so perhaps tonight will be better. I hope so, because we have a weekend trip planned for dog sports that I'm really looking forward to. Crossing fingers for her to be back to school tomorrow!

I got on the scale and saw 221 again. No loss. I am not terribly shocked, since I had that 1500 calorie day in there which bumped my average intake back up to about 1300/day this week, which I've found is "maintenance." My eating's been good. Today I had a salad for lunch that was excellent, with lots of veggies and avocado. But I have to say that lately I am suffering from diet fatigue (sorry but measuring every bite and adding up calories, fat, carbs and protein everyday still do not feel like a 'lifestyle' to me) and am just tired of thinking about it. Sometimes I look at the boxes of leftover Medifast in my room and think about doing the 5 &1 Plan for a week or two to see if it jump starts me out of this plateau, and to get a break from thinking about eating... a break from tracking. Just a break. I dunno. I am too tired to figure it out today.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope your headache and your child is better soon. Enjoy your trip!

Anonymous said...

Sleep deprivation can make breathing in and out seem difficult. Hang in there Lynn. In regards to your last post, I have horrific back and chest scar pain, and Ive found lightly hopping on a rebounder for ten minutes is much more gentle to my entire frame than ten minutes of walking. Not sure if youve tried that already. Ive even been known to sit in my recliner and fake jog on the rebounded from a sitting position. I do get a systemic response from this if I do it for 20 min or so.

Anonymous said...

Why not keep an eye on calories, but take a break from tracking everything else . . . still minimizing carbs and eating the same basic way you've found works for you the past few weeks.

This way your weight loss won't be derailed but you'll have a lot less accounting to do.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn:

I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight.

Why not do a couple weeks of 5 and 1? Like you said, a break from all of the measuring and you're almost assured to get a good kick start.

I'm 5 and 1ing right now. 30 lbs gone and feeling good. I know I'll need a great deal of help on the transition (in another 15 lbs or so...) but for now, Medifast has been very helpful in getting the pounds off. ( I know you know all about this...just wanted to lend a bit of support).

-Dina

Stephanie G Travis said...

Lyn .. I appreciate you posting some very honest feelings. I'm not sure what will get you out of this space, but I do know that things change. God times don't last forever, nor do bad times. All the ideas in the comments are good ones. There's also the idea of maintaining and trusting that you'll get a "second wind" at some point. That you'll move into a new emotional space that is more uplifting and joyful. Maybe change a routine, start a new hobby, draw/paint/craft, try new foods, make a point to post encouraging comments on other blogs each day. Peace. :)

Lori said...

Oh my, I have felt that same way so many times. How weary I become of counting every morsel of food that goes in to my mouth. Like you, I make so much of my food from scratch it can be hard to use an online tracker. I long for the day when I can eat and not think about it.
Lori

Fair Enough said...

I *personally* think that this very high-fat diet isn't the answer for you and I think the scale speaks of that.

Increased protein seems to do well for you but your body doesn't seem to be able to handle the excess calories from fat. Just my opinion.

LHA said...

I know this is contrary to what most people will advise, but when I weigh, measure, count, compute and record every morsel that goes in my mouth I become OBSESSED with food. I usually end up eating more. My hat is off to those who don't tire of this and who have great success with this kind of weight loss plan. It just doesn't work for me.

My best success has been in following some "loose" guidelines and paying close attention to hunger. This is not a perfect method of course, and wouldn't work at all for some people who thrive on more structure. I just wanted to let you know that I understand how you are feeling. I wish you luck on your journey.

Karen said...

This is it. One of the issues to overcome. It's not food , it's a thought process. You get tired of weighing/ measuring etc and your mind allows you to : ------ Fill in the blank here. Eat junk, stop weighing, eat sugar, eat wheat , go on medifast , go off medifast.

And the circle of obesity continues. Ok , so you are feeling great on the new diet. Good! Build on it. Don't bail out or try something new, tweak what is working. Research the weight loss section of The Primal Blueprint. ( Mark Sisson) Read the paleo/primal blogs and find out who has had a major weight loss while on primal/paleo. Become a student of weight loss on your chosen plan.

If you do go back on medifast , don't do it for a couple of weeks. Do it for 30 weeks on plan 100% then transition to paleo. You can choose to do this if it is rigth for you. I know b/c I did it 40 weeks and transitioned to paleo. Your choice. It must be right for you

Half doing everything keeps us stuck. Getting derailed keeps us on the cyclic up and down and in maitnence instead of loss. I know, because I lived this way for years.

All my opinions. Feel free to disagree. You may start with the success stories at Marks Daily Apple. Or success stories with all the MF crowd. Or since weight loss has an emotional / mental component , it may be time for a therapist /councelor. You've got the food somewhat diled in. Become a student of Lyn.

The answer is inside all of us. You are worth it. Stay on track. Karen P.

Steelers6 said...

I would not even be able to write a blog post if I only had two hours of sleep, pretty sure. Oh mi worde itt wuld problyllook kjike this axdn be reallgty hard to read!! Auto correct was trying to help me out-ha.

Are the kids talking costumes yet?

Blessings, gf.

Lyn said...

Karen~

I agree for the most part. You have given me a lot of great insights... thank you for that. I do want to clarfy I am not going back on sugar or off low carb... ever. This is for life. That part IS a lifestyle... the low carb eating. I'm not going to eat junk. Even when I am at goal my plan is to *occasionally* make a treat but it has to fit the lifestyle (low carb, healthy stuff). But yeah, I am sick of the measuring, weighing, counting stuff which as you know is part of the appeal of Medifast. None of that. Very simple. Low carb. I love Mark's Daily Apple.

I think part of the frustration, too, is that I set a mini goal of hitting 218 and taking some progess pics and measurements at that weight to compare with the ones I took at 218 last time... but darned if I cannot seem to even lose those 3 little pounds to get there! So annoying. But I am not giving up, I am keeping on and haven't changed anything yet. But the Medifast in my room beckons.

Lyn said...

Chrissy~

I think pretty much anything people asked me in person today, the answer was "wha?"

I only have one kid who still trick or treats! Crazy. We already carved a pumpkin and she has her cheerleader costume ready. It is a nice one I got on clearance last year for like $2!

Taryl said...

Sleep deprivation does me in - my hunger goes higher, I feel icky, and yes, headaches become a lot more prevalent. Just do what you can and be persistent. Make little tweaks where needed. But nothing too dramatic, you aren't doing yourself any favors in changing more than one variable every month or three.

Take care!

Karen said...

It's okay to change your mind. You have 2 plans that work well for different reasons. Pick just one plan and stay on it unil you've reached your goal. Then transition onto maintenance.

Easier said than done. Pick a plan. Stay on it. The cycling on and off plans and the cycling up and down on the scale are connected-IMO. The pattern is predictive. Graph your weight with your life events and food pattern. Show to a councelor and say , "could you help me break this cycle. What thought tools/ assignments could you give me/ feed back to break the cycle?" There's a deeper connection here - IMO.

By staying OP with food, the results will show, and the mental transformation can happen as you go. Both paleo/primal and MF help you feel good Heath wise. So pick just one as a tool for weight loss.

Get that support component in place. The food plan with the support -in real life- will stop the cycle- if you choose.

Good luck. Karen P. I could be way wrong here. I did break the cycle myself. You are not alone.

i should be full said...

I so empathize with what you are describing. Lack of sleep is a guaranteed way to destroy my stability, piece of mind, ability to think clearly, and ability to stay on plan.

I hear you on the diet fatigue too. It happens to all of us, no matter how happy we are on a food plan.

No doubt you've been doing a great job taking care of your sick child. Take the time to take care of you by giving yourself a break.

Medifast worked for you. If you have the stuff on hand, and it would help your diet fatigue, and you can commit to it exclusively for a week or two, I say go for it.

Good luck!

Tessie said...

I restarted MF yesterday.

CatherineMarie said...

Lyn, maybe paleo is not for you. I tend to lose weight when I up my veg, add in a little high-quality protein, and keep fruit on hand. I have to have some fruit and some grains...

The thing that worries me about Medifast for you is that it seems to lead to cravings. You have the medifast hot cocoa, or the medifast cookie/cinnamon bun/etc...

and then you end up craving the bakery items again.

Kathleen Daelemans, a chef who lost a ton of weight and used to have a cooking show on Food Network, initially started out measuring/etc, then, once she was aware of a serving size, she eyeballed it, only measuring once in a while, to ensure she wasn't letting serving sizes creep up.

You lost the weight initially by cutting things out and eating sensibly, then you seemed to get tired and frustrated. Maybe you need to take those pics now, in something pretty. Buy yourself something pretty, do something for you, now. Even if its a lipstick, a new hairdo, something.

Take a break from logging everything, just eyeball your portion sizes, maybe cut down on the avocado? (and speaking of which, someone recently bought avocados at costco...any good recipes?)

Maybe you need to become a Farmers Market regular again. Buy a new green every week? Don't go for the cheeses, but the stuff you can't find in the grocery...I always lose the more local I eat...

Lyn said...

CatherineMarie~

I love avocado in my salads of course! It's also good mashed with salt and lime and used to dip raw veggies into, tossed with diced fresh tomatoes and crumbled bacon as a salad, or sliced over a burger or lunch meat and wrapped in lettuce. The only 'recipe' I can think of is something I give my daughter: I puree avocado with some lime juice and just enough powdered sugar to sweeten it a bit. It tastes like lime pudding! In fact I think I've seen Paleo puddings made from avocado so you could do a Google search for that as well.

I do need to get back into the Farmer's Market and get more greens and such!

Margaret said...

You said the answer yourself: you are averaging 1300/day and that's maintenance level for you.

Lyn said...

Margaret~

oh yes, absolutely. I know that's the answer. I've been aiming for 1100-1200 calories a day this week but that one day "over" bumped my weekly average up to 1300 again. I am still trying to eat 1100-1200. Just tired...

Margaret said...

Sorry, Lyn, if that came across as abrupt. I didn't mean to be. Maintenance is a victory too. Til you are more rested and can battle once again...

Anonymous said...

ok...time to try something new.....for one month maybe you could keep everything the same but just reduce the fat and see what happens...worth a try.... i honestly think the fat content may be too high...becuase u should not be gaining on 1500 calories a day unless you were intaking too many {good} fats.

Teresa said...

I just read this blog post from Trading Pounds that speaks about just about this thing. Maybe it will help? She is another one of the blogs I read for inspiration.
http://tradingpounds.com/10/how-to-find-your-way-back-from-lost-and-vulnerable/

Jac said...

I think it was Karen P who mentioned you should read success stories of people who have overhauled their lives following a Primal/Paleo template. Can I suggest checking out thepaleomom.com and paleoparents.com. Sarah and Stacy have both lost 100+ pounds, so I think they may have something to offer. I know I've said it before, but their podcast (The Paleo View) is fun and informative.