Thursday, January 11, 2018

On Thinning Hair, Weight Loss, and Milestones


This morning when I called my hairdresser to schedule a haircut, he said to come on in. He had some cancellations and had time this morning. I've been going to this same hairdresser for over 20 years, and I always enjoy his frank and helpful comments about the health and quality of my hair when I come in. He was the one who was quite alarmed when my hair started falling out by the handfuls when I was on Medifast, but also noticed when it started coming back in when I began taking Biotin. It did all grow back nicely, but started to thin again during times of stress. My hairdresser told me he can tell when I am stressed out because my hair gets thin again.

So today I was interested to hear from him just how bad my hair is. I posted almost a month ago that my hair had started falling out again; it seems to do that each time after I lose about 40 pounds. I knew it was a possibility so I had already started taking Biotin (and fish oil) when I first began losing weight with phentermine in August. Well, after I shared that post, I felt like the hair shedding either stopped or slowed way down, but I couldn't be sure. I thought my hair looked pretty good but wanted an honest, expert opinion. When I was in the middle of my haircut this morning, I asked, "so is my hair getting thin again?" and my hairdresser exclaimed, "No! In fact it is much thicker and healthier than last time you came in! It's looking really good!" and he turned me around and handed me the mirror so I could see the top and back of my head. He's right! It *does* look better! The last time I was in for a cut was probably early this summer, so I was happy to hear that despite the few days of shedding last month, there is plenty of new growth filling in. I'm so glad I was proactive with the Biotin and fish oil!

In other news, today I hit a milestone with my weight loss: I weigh 214 pounds! I was so excited when I saw that number! When I started this blog, I weighed 278 pounds (my all time high that I know of was 283). It took me almost a year of diet change, calorie counting, and exercise but I got down to 214 pounds with lots of hard work! I remember when I took these pictures and posted about it on my 1-year blog anniversary:  Happy Bloggiverary: Progress Pictures. That was such an exciting time for me! And to think I am *finally* back to that weight again, after all this time! I regained about 30 pounds after those pictures, but then lost it again... and more... on Medifast. Lost more, then regained. And the last time I was this low... 214... was 5 years ago. I am the thinnest I have been in five years! It's remarkable to me. I treasure it. I promise myself I'll keep losing and never, never have to celebrate 214 pounds again. I pray it will be so, but I also know my issues. It's emotional, mental, not physical anymore, at least for the most part, so I am working on tackling those issues harder and more completely as I lose again. It's not easy to come out of an eating disorder and it's sure not easy coming out of one, then another, then another. But I am working at it, and will continue to work at it in maintenance.

Thanks so much for coming along on this amazing journey with me! I feel hopeful and happy, strong and well and I hope that continues and 2018 is a year of more milestones and celebration for us all.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember that post! I guess I have been reading a long time. I, too, hope this is your last time through. I figure if you succeed at maintenance, so can I (I am on my way down for the second time). Good luck!

Anonymous said...

How much biotin and fishoil do you use? Julie

Lyn said...

Thanks, anon1!

Anon2~

I take 5000 mcg biotin and about 1500mg EPA+DHA per day (varies a bit by which brand I take).

Margaret Wolfinbarger said...

Congratulations on reaching you "low" again! I know how hard it is to lose and then deal with regain. Also, I have dealt with the hair loss issue but never heard of biotin. Is that a prescription? I need it! Even though my hair loss stopped, it has remained thinnish on keeping the weight off. That may be because of hormones, however.
Thanks for Sharing and keep up the good work!

Carole Medley said...

Lyn, you are a wonder! I am so happy for you.

Lyn said...

Margaret~

no, it's over the counter and is a B vitamin. It's supposed to help with growth of hair and nails, and for me is working great!

Carole~

Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Obviously what you are doing works, so keep it up. It looks like a healthy diet to me.

Anonymous said...

New pics? As someone who's headed down the scale towards a similar number, I'd love to see recent pics of your progress. I find pics so inspiring and great motivation to keep going, and seeing someone with a similar frame/numbers to me is really helpful.

Lyn said...

last Anon~

soon!

Anonymous said...

I took a look at your IG and I don't understand how you say you are eating low calorie and low carb. It looks like a lot of food, fat, calories, carbs. Do you track and count?

Lyn said...

last Anon~

My portions are small. For example, 3 pork rinds dipped in the hot chipped beef dip pictured on Instagram. Some days I only have coffee and maybe an 80 calorie Greek yogurt all day, and then eat dinner. So it's pretty low cal. Today I ate more food than usual; I have a day like that a couple times a month, but still I would estimate 800-900 for today. Most days are 500-700.

Some of the foods that *look* carby aren't, like the keto brownie or keto bagels and bread. Even things like mashed potatoes, which I don't have often, are under 10g carbs per 1/4 c serving. I don't track or count. Looks like it's working pretty well so far! I may have to track after I stop the phentermine.

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

Agreed! You are losing so I’d say portions are right on! But have asked and not got a clear idea of how you mitigate metabolism issues from being so low cal? I recall from your metabolic testing that your active? caloric needs were 1400 when you went a while back? If so and you are getting much less than needed then you must be losing muscle mass along with fat. Then you are in for regain once you go back up to even 1200 or so per day. It is a problem with severe calorie restriction usually... though I will be interested to see what happens off the drug? Perhaps the drug helps this phenomena in some way? This is the reason I have not tried a lo cal approach like this for myself. After an illness where I was forced to have very low cal I rapidly regained plus 20 pounds and have had thyroid problems ever since so for me low low calorie is not the way. I have been tempted as you are making this loss look so easy and effortless! I wish you luck with the transition!! I’d still heartily recommended strength training before you go off the drug though to slow any regain

Lyn said...

Frenchy~

yeah, I went back and looked and 3.5 years ago my RMR was 1440 cal. Which, they told me, meant I would need to eat about 1100 calories a day and exercise 30 min/day to lose weight. I'm sure that number has changed some, since I made a point of eating higher calorie for awhile, and am probably going to have my metabolism tested again soon just for the information.

I'm not sure if phentermine helps, but I did read one study that says phentermine lowers the set point in the body. If that's a permanent change, that should help avoid regain. I do think I will have to stay on the lower calorie end of things long term to maintain. Maybe not *forever*, but for awhile while I very slowly increase calories AND exercise. And yes to the strength training... a very good suggestion. I am very wary of the whole thing... the whole going-off-phentermine and losing-without-phentermine and maintaining. It is something I have never been able to hang onto and I do worry I won't be able to again this time, but I know the misery of regain and struggle of relosing all too well. So I am very motivated to be SUPER careful and attentive as I get lower and into maintenance. So far, my plan includes daily weighing, daily exercise, a much more active lifestyle, strength training, medical supervision, and when I am off phentermine, continuing with small portions and not eating a large meal until dinner, as well as filling the hunger gap with produce - nothing else.

Anonymous said...

I like the sounds of your plan. Please write more about it in detail as you go! I want to follow, thanks.