Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm over it.

I have fasted completely for four days out of every week for the last six weeks. I seriously expected a decent drop this week, I mean come on! Well ... technically I did drop ... I am down .3 kg or .66 pounds from last week. Better than nothing? Not really. For the last three weeks my weight has remained pretty much the same despite fasting more than half the week. It's looking like just one more thing that works in the beginning and then doesn't.


I'm so over it. I have tried everything I know to get my weight moving again and no matter what I do, the best I can hope for is to stay stalled. Hell, my doctor is out of ideas, she just wants me to be happy where I am. Well where am I? If I start eating normally again, I will regain. Am I really meant to struggle this much just to stay in a stall? Sorry for the pity party, I am just so over it.

It's true that I have no problem fasting -- I don't get hungry for the most part, and I feel good while doing it. But it does put a damper on things, like when hubby wants to go out to the club or friends and family invite us over to dinner. It sucks to remind him I'm not eating that day, and what will we tell them? Strangely enough, meal planning is more challenging when he's the only one eating four nights out of the week.

I have no idea what I'm going to do. After this week, we are on vacation for two weeks and we're going to Queensland. I know he won't want me to fast while we're on holiday. Maybe I'll take a break and resume when we get back ... or not. Whatever I do, it may be time to take a break from blogging because I seriously have nothing interesting to say.

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  1. Hi! I know I don't comment often, but I do read whenever you post :)

    I think you are exactly the person Health at Every Size was made for. You eat healthy and exercise and all your health indicators such as blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect. So who cares if your BMI is a little high? As long as you are healthy I think what you've accomplished is outstanding and you should be proud. If you decided to transition your blog to maintenance, I would still be a reader. Hope you don't feel too down on yourself.

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    1. Hi Monique, thank you so much for your kind comments. In a sense I have been maintaining for over a year now in this same weight range, except for just before my trip home when fasting got me 8 pounds from goal. I honestly think if I had achieved my goal and then settled back at this weight I might feel better about staying here. As it is now I feel like I have failed to achieve my goal ... a very achievable goal. Had I started a year sooner I have no doubt I would have achieved my goal but hormones would likely still have pushed my weight back to where I am now. But if maintenance is going to be this much hard work ... Lord help me! Lol. But thank you. I will have a thought about it.

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  2. That is extremely frustrating. I wish I had some sort of magic words. Maybe the 2 week vacation break will help? I'm sending you all sorts of good mojo!

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    1. Thanks Beth Ann, I think I just needed to vent some frustration! Lol.

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  3. You are experiencing "starvation mode". When the body does not get adequate nutrition it will shut down the metabolism and start getting nutrition from muscles etc. While fasting for the odd day is fine, too long induces this starvation mode. It's the same principle that happens when you diet too hard out - you lose weight initially then weight loss stops.

    Sorry that won't help with your weight loss and I'm not sure what effects this will have other than your body trying to put on weight due to the starvation mode it is in.

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    1. Hi Lynda. That's a common belief but it's not true. As Dr Fung points out, these beliefs are, "Long ago disproven, If they were true, none of us would be alive today. Consider the consequences of burning muscle for energy. During long winters, there were many days where no food was available. After the first episode, you would be severely weakened. After several repeated episodes, you would be so weak that you would be unable to get hunt or gather food. Humans would never have survived as a species. The better question would be why the human body would store energy as fat if it planned to burn protein instead. The answer, of course, is that is does not burn muscle .... It was only a myth."

      I'm definitely not starving or even hungry. Lord knows my body has enough saved fat to live on for a long time. Even my own doctor has concluded its hormonal and there's not much I can do. It's just beyond frustrating.

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  4. Oh I can almost hear the scream from here ...
    Your words "It's just beyond frustrating." ... and yes it is.

    I just so wish I could wave a wand and everything will be fine, but those hormones are strong and extremely upsetting ! Understatement of the year!!!

    As we get older our bodies have more to contend with, yes it is nature and that is the way it is. We can do our bit to help it but there are often obstacles of one sort or other.

    Yes, I have been fortunate my weight has never fluctuated that much and for eight years now my food template has been one that suits me. LCHF.

    Do we worry too much?
    I'm not sure ... but what I do know is wherever I am - work, home, holiday, weekend - wherever I am, I do stick to my food template. I don't make a fuss about it I just choose wisely (can you see my halo shining? LOL!)

    Seriously go and enjoy your holiday but just keep your food choices wise.

    Thinking of you whilst just going to prepare a chicken dinner!

    With regard to blogging just pop in and post when you are ready and feel like it, even to say hello, it's always good to read your posts...

    Have a brilliant holiday.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, much appreciated. I will do that. :)

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  5. So sorry it's not working ... it is beyond frustrating when you are doing everything you can to lose and it doesn't happen. (And especially frustrating when you know that 9/10 people following the plan you are would be dropping the pounds so easily.) I think Jan gave you very good advice about good food choices. Hope you have a wonderful holiday ... and come back less stressed and renewed.

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    1. Thanks Siobhan. I am definitely not going to stress on my break. Will figure out where to go next after that I guess. I just feel robbed ... at one point I was just 8 pounds from goal!

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  6. I can't imagine the frustration you are now experiencing. I know I'm lucky that "calories in, calories out" still works for me at 68. My husband, on the other hand can completely identify with you. He lost around 80 pounds about 13 years ago on Weight Watchers. Then his weight began creeping up to the 230 range. He started back on Weight Watchers and he lost 10 pounds and stalled out.

    He is on 1500 calories a day right now and we're hoping the scale will move in a couple of weeks. Sigh.

    I hope you enjoy your vacation immensely. :)

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    1. Thanks Caron. A calorie isn't a calorie for most people. 500 calories of bread definitely don't act the same in my body as 500 calories of meat and veg. Here's hoping we all find what works for us.

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