Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I Am Excited About My Weight Gain

Last Sunday morning, before I left on my trip, I weighed 180 pounds. I wasn't around a scale to do my weigh-in on Sunday, but I did plan to weigh as soon as I could. This morning after getting home late last night, I weigh 184. Yes, 184! I am so excited that I only put on FOUR pounds on this trip! (If you've read here for long, you may remember that in the past I have on more than one occasion gained ELEVEN pounds in one week). As I shared before (and posted some photos on Instagram), my eating was *not* lower carb on this trip. I have tried to make every event, trip, holiday, etc peaceful and that includes not being stressed out about what I am eating. This is *so* much easier than it was when I was doing strict diet like Medifast, keto, South Beach, or AIP. I don't have to worry that someone will serve food that is not on my plan, or that I will feel deprived because of some special food that I *want* to try but "can't" because of my self-imposed diet plan. And I believe that as long as I am not eating higher carb, larger portions over an extended period of time (more than a week or two) it should be relatively simple to lose any related gains. It was *not* easy in the past, and I think the huge change is due to several things: my calm/peace about food and refusal to panic over it, my lack of restriction which results in an absence of triggers for overeating, my healed and restored metabolism, and of course phentermine... which has, according to my doctor, played a part in that restoration and also in aiding me to have the *time* to cultivate that spirit of peace as I lost 80 pounds in one year. I have taken it less than half the time over the last couple of weeks. I'm going to take it today and probably will take this time to work off some new pounds before the holidays and then will take the phentermine through Christmas. We'll see where I am after that.

The four pounds of travel bloat will be gone soon. I know a lot of it is from salt (I ate chips, crackers, processed cheese, and salty fried foods) and carbs (breads, pasta, muffins, cookies) as well as sugar (peanut M&Ms on the plane and butter pecan ice cream at the airport...). Today I am back to lower carb eating and had bacon, a fried egg, and a Clementine around 11:30 with my coffee, and then a handful of sugar free gummy bears. Dinner will be at a friend's: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, and veggies; I know there is oatmeal in her meatloaf, so will stick with a small piece, 1/4 cup-ish serving of potatoes, and lots of veggies. I might have some fruit, yogurt, salami and cheese, or other lower carb snacks today, but am keeping the volume low.

I feel great! Very happy and looking forward to an active fall, with lots of biking, raking, and walking. Being sane about food is *so* much better than constantly fighting myself over every single bite. Life is good.


Deniz said...

Lyn, I am so happy for you. You really seem to have come to a sense of 'normal' with eating, while always keeping in mind that you want to lose more weight.
It's great to hear your positive attitude.
This exactly explains why you have always been such an inspiration, to me and others.

Anonymous said...

I am worried about your continued use of phentermine as a crutch. Maybe give it a try without it through the end of the year?

Anonymous said...

You can really tell a difference between your mindset this time and last time. The last time life got weird, it seemed like you held on tighter and got increasiningly more frantic in trying to control.

This post is so healthy. I’m so glad to see that you aren’t letting the negativity of some of your audience get in your head. I feel like this is your time Lyn. I’m just so happy for you. Well done!

Lyn said...


Thank you! It really feels good. I am so happy :)

worried Anon~

aww, so nice of you to be concerned for me! I appreciate that. I just wanted to ease your mind a bit; I just had a checkup and bloodwork and everything looks excellent! I am following my doctor's instructions regarding the phentermine and I have to go in every 6 to 8 weeks for reevaluation.

last Anon~

thank you so much! :)

Anonymous said...


I'm sure you understand that your continued weight loss/maintenance and ability to not eat the quantities of food you used to eat is due to the fact that you are on an appetite suppressant. It's like someone deeply depressed who starts taking an antidepressant for a few weeks, said antidepressant starts working well for them and changes their brain chemistry; they then go for a walk by the lake, come back and say 'wow! I'm so happy! This is because I've changed my mindset and went for a walk and enjoyed nature!'

Have you tried not taking it for a few weeks and seeing what happens?

Can you be on it indefinitely?

Lyn said...

last Anon~

I don't think the depression analogy holds true, but I do agree that phentermine was essential for me to get 80 pounds off over the last year. I can't be on it indefinitely, so I do take breaks when my doctor recommends it. In the year following my starting on phentermine, I was completely off it for two and a half months, and was on half dose for another two months. So I do intermittently take breaks from taking it and haven't regained or felt worse when I was off it. I am back on full dose now to try and get into a new, lower weight bracket before the holidays and then will aim to maintain there from Thanksgiving to New Years.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn,

What's the harm in trying Phentermine free until the end of the year? I think you should give it a try considering that you seem to be in such a good place.

Lyn said...

last Anon~

I don't think there would be "harm", but I do tend to listen to my doctor over anonymous people on the Internet, so I'll go with what she suggests.