Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Progress - Week...Who Knows?!?

Wow! It has been forever since I've done a weight loss post. Oops! I'm seriously still working at it. It's just I have had absolutely nothing to report since I checked in last. Going for five or six weeks without any loss when you have been working so very hard is discouraging. Normally if I had done that in the past, I would have completely given up. I'm looking at it differently this time around. I may not see anything on the scale, but I am so much happier at my current weight. No, it's not where I want to be but it sure is better than where I was! I figure my body is actually changing and the weight will start coming off again.

I visited my doctor for a check up on my back this week. It's much better! I thought I would pick his brain about being stalled out on the weight loss thing. He told me the best thing I could do right now to lose a quick 20 pounds is try the B-12/ HCG injections. He explained that would basically put my body into starvation mode so I wouldn't be hungry at all. I'm sorry, but that doesn't seem like a healthy way to lose weight to me. He told me that my body seems to be stuck at this set point and I need to reset it. No joke!

I refuse to starve myself to reach my goals. I want the results to last, not come right back as soon as I go off a program. That just seems ridiculous to me! 

Regardless, it's still time to change some things up since I've slowed down so much. I've done some research on calorie staggering. If you consistently eat the same number of calories each day, your body gets used to it and stays the same. If you vary your intake from day to day, it confuses your body and results in weight loss progress. I can really agree with that theory. This is really not a difficult process if you track your food each day. I use the My Fitness Pal app on my iPhone every day. You can also chart your weight loss there too. 

I began staggering my calories last week and saw some very promising results! It's typical for me to gain and lose between four to five pounds every couple of days. Yes, my body is nuts and it is very frustrating! I gained last week, but as soon as I started staggering the calories I saw decent losses! Woo hoo!

I've also been asked by a couple of ladies how my health has improved so far. Prior to losing thirty-two pounds, I had severe issues with acid reflux. Last August when we went to Panama City Beach for vacation, it was about an eight hour drive for us. You can read my post here to see pictures of me last year. Ryan drove us at night and it was a really long ride. My feet swelled like crazy! When we stopped for the night to get some sleep, we were exhausted. I woke up after an hour of sleep with the worst heartburn. It was so extreme that I was nauseous. I vomited blood and was scared to death. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night. When we got back home, I spoke with my doctor about the problem. I admitted that I had severe heartburn nearly every day. I woke up at night with it no matter what I ate. At times I had difficulty getting food to go down and felt like I had a knot in my esophagus. My doctor told me he was certain that I had a hiatal hernia that would require surgery to fix. I was scared and knew I had to do something!

When I began losing weight, I noticed my heartburn came less frequently. Now, I maybe have it once or twice a month! I know without a doubt my weight loss and eating habits are the cause. I was absolutely wrecking my body with my eating. I can tell whenever I have greasy food now. I still cannot believe I did that to myself. It's really frustrating when I think about what I put my body through. It was selfish. I had no energy to be a good wife or mother. God has blessed me with an amazing family and I was shorting them. I don't want to go back to that ever again! That is enough motivation to see me through the slow times now. 

I enjoy my progress each and every day. I notice things here and there and it always makes me smile. I like being able to share the recliner with Caleb without squishing us both. I love being able to get a tan this year without worrying about the way I look. I enjoy trying on new clothes. I don't mind pictures anymore. I appreciate compliments from my friends and family more. I love when my husband compliments the way I look. My heart is full of joy when Caleb tells me I'm a pretty princess now. Life is so much better for me than this time last year! I am so very blessed!

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