Thursday, June 21, 2018

Maintenance Update


Time's been getting away from me and I am long overdue for an update on my weight. Last time I posted, I weighed 189 pounds (the Sunday before last). I missed posting my last Sunday weigh in but I did weigh, and got 191 pounds. Today I weigh 188. All good in the realm of maintenance. Speaking of which, I am ready to make a change.

When I decided to maintain at a higher weight back in March, I had lots of reasons, but the main thing was that last time I did this, I did not honor my feelings and kept losing so quickly that my emotions could not keep up with it, and I ended up with a rapid regain. It was all about getting the weight off *pronto.* This time, it is all about *keeping* the weight off and being comfortable doing so. I knew I needed to take time to get used to being smaller, deal with my feelings on the loose skin and the clothing issues, just take it easy and learn to live in the body I have before changing it again. This is working really well for me.

I have weighed 199 or less since the end of March... almost 3 months!
I have been maintaining within a ten pound range (188-198) for over two and a half months.
I have stayed at or below my "line in the sand" weight of 195 pounds for 2 months and one week.

That's pretty good! Maintenance success. I am at 90 pounds gone right now. And lately, I have felt that I might be ready to try maintaining in a slightly lower window... say, under 190. So that's my goal right now: to drop another 5 pounds or so and just stay in the 180's for awhile... maybe the rest of the summer, we'll see. I feel like I've taken the time to get used to my body, accept the way my loose skin and mushy fat has been, and am just fine with the clothing choices I will have 5 pounds lighter, so why not? If it stresses me out or I lose my calm, I will just go back to the 188-195 maintenance window.

Slow, calm, gentle. No forcing and no angst. This is how I hope to gradually get to goal: small stepdowns with maintenance windows, only changing them when I am 100% ready and comfortable doing it! Can't wait to see how the rest of the summer goes!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of you, Lyn. Not just for the weight loss (though that's part of it) but also for being true to yourself and for continuing to plug away. Well done, you!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is impressive. Especially since obviously by your Instagram you are not eating "diet" food (like Medifast shakes, salads, etc). Good for you!

Anonymous said...

I can't eat KFC...too much fat for me to digest and makes my stomach hurt. Good for you that you are able to enjoy and lose!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn - I am considering Phentermine combined with a new program to deal with my emotional eating. I am terrified to try it. May I ask you, What were your side effects? Can you sleep? What were and are the negative sides of using it? Thank for your honesty. I have been reading your blog for years and years. Thanks.

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

I used to terrified of taking new meds too but if you have bad side effects you can always stop taking it. Also I’d recommend not googling side effects for now. Ask your doc if you can try a tiny amount to start and work your way up to the dose they want. I’m super super sensitive to medication and frequently the dose they wanted was wayyyy too high. Good luck!

Lyn said...

Thanks all!

last Anon~

I know how you feel. I was afraid to try it, too. My primary doctor offered phentermine to me years ago and I said no. This time I am glad I decided to give it a try.

I had very few side effects. My doctor had me start with a low dose... half of a 37.5 mg tablet in the mornings. That way I could ease into it with minimal side effects, and eventually was taking half in the morning and half around lunchtime. She said it would last longer and have fewer side effects splitting the dose that way, and I could stay on just the morning dose if that was effective. The first week or so I did feel more awake in the evenings and couldn't fall asleep as early, but that went away after just a few days. Other than that, no real side effects. I was worried about my blood pressure going up since I am already on bp meds, but I would get up in the morning, take bp meds, wait 30-60 min and then take the phentermine. My blood pressure has actually gone *down* taking phentermine. After a few months I did notice constipation so started taking magnesium to alleviate that. Much later on (6 months or more) I noticed a bit of dry mouth, but not really bothersome.

Since my break of not taking phentermine for a month, and now being back on it, I don't have any side effects at all. My sleep is great, I feel good! I hope you and your doctor come to a good decision about trying it! The best side effect, for me, is weight loss :)

Anonymous said...

What blood pressure medicine do you take? I was under the impression that this medicine wasn’t safe for people with high blood pressure. I want to get on it but not sure I can.

Anonymous said...

Lyn - Thanks for the response. I started today but the instructions are a whole pill every am...I wish I'd read this and maybe started with 1/2 but we'll see how it goes.

Lyn said...

anon/blood pressure~

I think if a person has uncontrolled high blood pressure this would be unsafe, but I'd go by what your doctor says. Mine told me that since my blood pressure is controlled, I should take it but also monitor my blood pressure and stop taking it if it went up much. Mine went DOWN on phentermine, so I am able to keep taking it. You do have to be careful though, from what I have read.

last Anon~

Maybe if you do have bothersome side effects, you can call your doctor and ask if it's okay to split your dose. Good luck, I hope it works for you!