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Yesterday marked 30 days of no weight loss. In fact, I’ve gone up and down a few pounds, but haven’t hit a new low weight.
I’ve probably made up for that by hitting a new low on the hopefulness spectrum though. I’m eating 900 calories or lower, still keeping carbs to under 50 gms, and I haven’t lost a pound and I’m starting to wonder if my body has decided to stop. Perhaps it has. Perhaps I should accept that at 5’5 and 160 poundss I am healthier than I was.
I created this little chart of my weight loss journey. I had 80 poundss I wanted to lose when I started, and I lost 30 of those within the first month. The rest of it has come off slowly but steadily, and we see a slowing down toward the end. So if you’re thinking you’re the only one who doesn’t lose 10 poundss a week, join the (very large) club of those of us who don’t, even after surgery.
I also know that it gets tougher as we get down to the lower weights and perhaps that is what is happening. But there is something else that is going on.
After 8 months of eating very clean with no exceptions, I did allow myself a cheat day a week. My cheat foods were grains and sugar (croissant, cake, etc.). After weeks of no trouble, my Rheumatoid Arthritis started to flare up. I was back on shots of immunosuppressants, and my joints started to ache again. So not only did I stop losing weight, I also started to feel less healthy than I had for a while.
I’ve asked several Rheumatologists and while they pooh-pooh the idea that flare-ups can be diet-related, my history shows otherwise. Even before the sleeve, sugar would cause a flare up. I think that RA monkey is back to its little tricks again.
That’s the logical part of what is likely going on. And then there’s the “it’s dirty confession time” part of it. So I laughed at the women on other weight loss forums who couldn’t stop whining about their last 10 poundss. I thought they were vain and insane. I swore that would never be me. I said I’d be grateful to lose a few more pounds. I said I wouldn’t let the loose skin bother me. I said I would never in a million years set my weight goal lower because I was nearing it. I said I’d be nothing like any of them.
Karma is a bitch. 🙂
But back to the logic, either I do no cheat days, or I allow cheats that are wheat-free and low-sugar. One way to do that may be to increase calories on cheat days, but not substantially change the composition of those calories. Definitely things to consider. Other suggestions made by my loved ones have included:
- Just give my body a break for a month, tracking nothing, eat mindfully.
- Track only calories and carbs and easing up on myself,
- Weighing daily and then tracking nothing else and going by the scale alone to monitor my eating
- Trying intermittent fasting
- Stay the course. Keep eating 900 calories with F/P/C at about 40/40/20 and be patient.
All scary, but perhaps necessary, I’m not sure. I would love to hear from readers who are further out to hear what’s worked for them.