Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weigh In

This morning when I weighed in I wasn't sure what to expect. This was my PMS week; I craved salt something fierce and ate salted pistachios several times as my optional snack. Although my clothes are looser, I felt bloated, and when I snuck a peek at the scale 2 days ago I was UP a pound! But this morning that pound was gone and I was back to 209. That's a maintain for this week.

I stayed 100% on plan with Medifast this week. I drank plenty of water. I did not exercise aside from one short walk and a few hours of yard work. My feet were really bad this week and even pedaling hurt, but after acupuncture they started to feel better. So I went to get on my bike and noticed that it was not plugged in and the cord was wrapped around the pedal shaft. When I went to untangle it, it was shredded in two. SO frustrating. I have to order a new cord tomorrow. (My best guess is that the contractor who is remodeling my bathroom accidentally did this when he moved my bike to store some of his materials in my office/gym. And perhaps a random child tried to pedal the bike while it was like that.)

I logged all my meals in my food tracker again this week. Here's my stats for the week, averaged per day:

998 calories
99 g protein
88 g carbs
39 g fat

This is pretty close to last week's stats, which were 1002 cals, 108 g protein, 89 g carbs and 33 g fat. So I had a bit more fat and less protein per day this week, but still within Medifast guidelines. I have been 100% on plan for the entire month of April except for that one off-plan bite that sent me to the ER two weeks ago.

I wish I was losing faster, but it is what it is. I truly believe that one of these days, hopefully soon, my body is going to realize that I am serious and that this way of eating is not going away and I will start losing more regularly again. I have to believe that. I also believe that if and when I get over this plantar fasciitis and my activity level gets back to normal, that will also make the weight come off faster. I am not looking for huge losses, here; I'd be plenty happy with the 1-2 pounds a week I lost when I did Medifast the first time. It is just SUCH slow going right now. One pound last week, nothing this week. I have an appointment soon with a specialist and I am going to ask him what he thinks I should do... about my health, about weight loss, about the plantar fasciitis... all of it. I trust him and hope he gives me some guidance with this.

Today when I was putting on my capri jeans... the ones that finally fit nicely... I saw daylight through the inner thigh fabric. Darn! They were just getting comfortable. I think they have one or two more washes left in them and then I am going to need something else. All the other warm weather pants I tried on from my closet last month were unbearably tight; I guess now is my chance to try them on again and see if I am getting any smaller.

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.

15 comments:

timothy said...

a maintain when on your cycle is good! just keep on keepin on and you'll get there and old as it sounds the slow pace winds the race!

MargieAnne said...

The thing we all learn is the patience required to be persistent when things are not moving as fast as we want. You really are doing well and I hope you find some comfortable clothes without spending too much.

It's a nuisance when you are so confident your weight is decreasing but you still need to have clothes to wear right now.

Blessings

Lori said...

Oh man, I hate those worn thighs on pants. I'm betting that some of the unbearably tight stuff will fit nicely now. I'll be reading a post soon about how much better you feel about yourself.
Lori

Anonymous said...

I just don't understand how you aren't losing weight eating less than a thousand calories a day. :(

LHA said...

Every single dieter goes through plateaus. They are frustrating beyond words! I remember once years ago when I was young I started fasting in desperation and the scale still didn't budge. Eventually I did start to lose again.

Your attitude is commendable and a great example to others. You are certainly doing your best in every way that I can see. If/when you can exercise more it will probably help but I think you are doing everything in your power to heal those feet. Try to think that even if you never lost another pound you have lost a lot already and maintaining that loss is also a great achievement.

Good luck and thanks for a great honest blog.

Lyn said...

Thank you all so much for the support! It is frustrating. But I am going to keep at this and get it done.

Anon~

yeah, me either. But I was looking back over my old stats from when I was just calorie counting after I stopped Medifast last year and tried Primal for a couple months, and actually it is pretty consistently obvious that recently, I only lose at very low calorie levels when I am sedentary. Check this post:

http://www.escapefromobesity.net/2012/10/weigh-in-and-summary.html

I was able to maintain 221 pounds at about 1350 calories a day.

Now I am losing super slowly... 2-3 pounds a month... at 209 pounds and 1000 calories.

I dunno, I wonder if there is something else going on healthwise, too. I am asking the doctor about my blood pressure which has been elevated recently, too.

I just hope I can hang in there long enough to start seeing regular losses. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to a 1000 calorie plan when you're in pain and not seeing big losses.

Anonymous said...

Yep don't let that TOM trip you up
Just keep on keeping on
I started doing yoga this week
Love love love it

Okiebelle said...

Have you ever been checked for insulin resistance? My doctor recently put me on Glucophage, and I have started losing without changing anything. I also feel a lot better. My numbers were fine, but I have PCOS, so this new Dr. wanted to try the medicin,e and I can't believe what a difference it has made.
Best wishes,
Denise

Anonymous said...

Lyn,

Your numbers are not 100% on plan. Your fat should be at least 10g, but less than 30g. At 39g of fat, you are eating 30% more than you should. This information is at the bottom of the Meatless Options List.

I'm not criticizing, just hoping this isn't part of the reason for the creeping losses. Picking leaner options may decrease your total calories too, which are on the high end of the 800-1,000 calorie guideline.

Have you tried the calorie-burning flavor enhancers, like the Strawberry Lemonade?

Gwen said...

Well done on sticking to your diet :) If you are having 1000 calories a day then you are definitely going to lose weight, just keep persisting and you will get to your target weight :)

Lyn said...

Okiebelle~

I have done a fasting blood sugar test a few times which was normal but no other tests for insulin resistance. I will ask about that at my appt, thanks.

Anonymous~

now that is interesting, because the sheet I have says fat intake should be between 10 and 34 grams/day. Even as recently as last month that is what the dietitians have recommended on Medifast. I have sent off an email t see when this changed and why they are still telling us 34 grams. So last week I was within the range and this week, with the nuts, too high.

I sat down and looked at my fat intake and may write a little more about this later. I will definitely keep a closer eye on it this week!

Em said...

Lyn, if your fasting glucose is fine, you're probably metabolizing insulin well enough that it's not determining your weight loss or lack thereof. The gold-standard test is the glucose tolerance test, but there are more false positives than false negatives in this arena, and the test is a big pain, so I wouldn't recommend putting yourself through it if your fasting glucose numbers are okay. I do think that you ought to read about the effects of long-term extreme caloric restriction on metabolism, because while "starvation mode" is a myth, it *absolutely* is true that metabolism becomes more efficient when it's being consistently underfed. I mean, look, it's your life, and if you think you can live it on 1000 calories a day forever that's your call, but if it were me, I would think seriously about what would eventually be necessary to transition the current situation to a more healthy and sustainable one.

Anonymous said...

do you remember one of your beginning posts about your one friend who was big, he dieted for 3 months didnt lose a pound, the 4th month he lost just 1 pound, and now he's at 188 (that was one of your 2007 posts) i thought that might cheer you up, that no matter how slow, if you keep going you will get there GUARANTEED

Lyn said...

Em~

thanks for the info. I plan to transition to a low carb lifestyle (primal/Paleo style) when I am at goal weight, and hopefully by then will be able to exercise a lot more and be more active.

I kind of think my metabolism became quite efficient because of my binge eating/dieting cycles many years ago. As much as I was eating, I should have weighed 400 pounds. I think my metabolism has become highly adaptable.

Anonymous~

as yes, my friend Ken. A good reminder, thanks!

Em said...

Oh, unless you weren't eating carbs when you took the test. That might artificially depress fasting glucose, and you might want to retest now (start with the fasting glucose number, though).

I think primal/paleo is a great set of eating guidelines to start with. One of the things that's been most helpful to me as I've incorporated a bunch of those elements is its emphasis on metabolic healing, and on eating to satiety.