Friday, January 1, 2016

January 1, 2016 Weigh In


Happy New Year! So excited for a fresh new year. Are you?

Here's how 2015 went for me.

One year ago on January 1, 2015 I wrote a "State of the Body Address." I weighed 245 pounds, Just a couple weeks prior I had posted my 68 pounds regained photos. That was really hard for me to do, but I needed to face where I was. By late July when I stopped blogging, I had gotten down to 237.5 pounds... a loss of 7.5 pounds.

Today I weigh 229 pounds. This is a total of 16 pounds lost in 2015. I am really happy about this because as my Weight By Year page shows,  I have gained weight every year for the past four years (an average of 15 pounds per year). Reversing that trend was important to me.

Other items of note from the State of the Body Address:

This year I went from a size 18- 20 to my current size 16 in Womens.
My blood pressure is now  under much better control than it was before, but with less medication. I still take two blood pressure meds but I take 1/4 the dose of Med 1 and 1/2 the dose of Med 2 from one year ago.
I am off two of my other prescription meds (one for Seasonal Affective Disorder and the other, Synthroid for thyroid) but have added Victoza shots to regulate blood sugar. I still take Deplin for MTHFR.

As I have said over the past couple of weeks, I am *not* returning to the diet mindset. I have no desire to count calories, measure everything, or force myself into a routine that does not add to my happiness. But I *do* desire to lose weight... and I plan to effect that change in a non-restrictive, low stress way.

New update photos coming soon! Happy New Year!

18 comments:

LHA said...

I applaud your mindset! In my experience losing weight cannot be done permanently with a "white knuckle", "teeth gritting" kind of way. The ideas you have are ones that I have been putting into effect over the past couple of years and although not perfect, it seems the be the only approach that can work for me over the long term. I certainly wish you success and thank you for coming back to blogging.

Lyn said...

LHA~

Thanks! I feel better than I have in a long time, even if the weight loss is slow.

When my doctor took me off Synthroid I was pretty worried I would gain weight, since I lost weight when I started it. But I only gained a couple of pounds and it came back off again over time. I am learning to stop worrying :) I think stress has been a huge factor in my regains of the past couple of years. Glad you are having success too!

Deb said...


Yay net loss!

Victoza is pretty tempting. I'm concerned about its possible effects on thyroid and urinary tract stuff, tho. I'm one of those people who always gets the rare side effects. Just not good with meds. It would be awfully nice to inject something for the diabetes that causes weight loss like Victoza rather than weight gain like insulin, tho. I think I'm just a little bit jealous...

Happy New Year and wishes for continueally decresing numbers on that scale.

Deb

Lyn said...

Deb~

I was on Metformin first but it made me really sick. The endocrinologist said hopefully as I lose weight my A1C will go down and blood sugar stabilize so I can get off the shots (I'm sure not eating a ton of sugar helps too). Don't be jealous though, injecting every morning sucks and I can't wait to get off it.

I do think the Victoza helped counter the weight regain from stopping Synthroid though, but who knows? I just hope my thyroid bloodwork comes back improved next time. Hope you also have a happy and successful new year!

Deb said...

Chuckle. Yes, injecting every morning does suck. Injecting 5 times a day sucks more. Which is what I do. So...I'm still jealous. :}

Lyn said...

Deb~

oh yikes! Yeah that sucks worse!!

Annette said...

Happy that you are back! I have learned so much in the past year about healthy eating! My first step was to stop drinking soda and it was hard but I did it! My doctor suggested a great book! Eating to Live by Bill Philips Its has great recipes and basically tells you to eat 5-6 times a day. I started all that before removing most sugars and carbs from my diet. Its been a lifestyle change that has evolved. Good luck with whatever options you choose and Ill be keeping up with you! (thanks for commenting and reading my blog, you inspired me to start back!
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Lyn said...

Annette~

I'm so glad you came back with an update! I enjoy your blog and am so glad you're doing well. :)

Diana said...

Hi Lyn! Welcome back to blogging and a happy life. I was so sad when you stopped blogging. I had practically stopped too, but then I saw you came back, and I thought why not me too. So I'm back at it. As usual, we're almost at the exact same weight again. How many times have we done this, up and down, down and up, and we often wind up at the same place. I'm 226.8...we're a pound within each other. Too funny. Anyway, congrats on your new attitude. I totally love it and am taking notes. Love you Lyn! :)

Lyn said...

Diana!! So glad to see you! I will be reading to see how you are doing. Let's go down the scale together one LAST time :)

valerie said...

Happy new year!

This is a bit of a tangent, but do you have an idea about what is responsible for the improvement in your blood pressure? I sure would love to improve mine, but so far diet and exercise have not changed it one iota.

Thanks,

Valerie

Lyn said...

valerie~

I stopped drinking caffeine (once in a great while I might have a cup of regular coffee, but almost never), I laid off salting my food, and I started on blood pressure meds. I'm not sure why it has gone down over the past year, since I had already made those changes. My best guess is less stress, and more sleep.

My blood pressure went way up a couple years ago when I developed plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. I think being in daily pain for almost 2 years (until it healed) probably increased my blood pressure. Also the stress of losing my best friend, as well as worrying a lot surely had an effect. I was having trouble sleeping too. Over the past six months I have had no pain in my feet or legs. I feel like I am finally healing from losing my best friend and have also dealt with other situations that were stressing me out. So I think, for me, the lower blood pressure has a lot to do with the removal of pain, and the lowering of stress. I am a LOT more relaxed and less worried lately.

I hope you too can find a solution. Take care.

adaptajen said...

Hi lyn. Came across your blog just by noticing ur fb pic (with a comment to a page I "like") was words instead of a pic, read ur "name" & found ur blog link n BOOM...LOL my story is very similiar but I have trouble typing on my phone...Just glad to find u n well....2016 is a NEW YEAR!! 2 OUR health!! :-)

Joyful Noise for a Joyful Life said...

I started Whole 30 at Thanksgiving and made it through the holidays with no cravings. It has been a week since I finished down 13 pounds. I have ate a few things that were eliminated for 30 days and have little desire to add anything back to my food routines. This is the first plan I did not cheat on, felt satisfied on, and don't feel an urge to change. I am so thankful.

TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

I'm hoping your positive mindset rubs off on me!

MaryFran said...

Sounds like a very positive year!!!!! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great loss for 2015! I am proud of you and want you to keep on doing what you are doing...you know all the rules. You know the counts. Just try to live a balanced lifestyle and I think you will continue losing. Your mindset is on correctly now. You know all the components. Start to trust yourself and your strength. You sound a 1000 times happier now without all the ratios. Applaud yourself for the emotional work you did and love yourself wholly the entire 2016.

Kari said...

Hi - I just stumbled on your blog from clicking around links here, there, and everywhere, but I wanted to say that I love your "state of the body" idea. I'm just getting started, so I guess I kind of did that, but it's a clever idea I'd like to steal from you for the future.