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I suppose it's something that I'm still checking in after 10 years

Friday, June 29, 2018


I've abandoned Spark for the most part because My Fitness Pal simply has a better app for tracking (and my iphone syncs steps taken right into MFP), but I have been checking back in lately because in this never-ending weight loss journey, I have found value in these blog posts. They really serve as the best history of my weight over time. It's like having a little time machine that shows me what I was trying at the moment, the struggles, the successes.

I had a doctor appt last year, and was pretty mortified to see my weight at 192. I had hit goal! How did I let that slip away??? I was still teaching one zumba class/week, still not eating "that bad" (more on that later). But I had gained back FIFTY of the 75 lbs I'd worked so hard to lose from '08-'12. I really didn't get my butt in gear until first of the year. I realized I'd need to bite the bullet and start tracking EVERYTHING again. I took up running once/week, and a weekly yoga class as well. My weight climbed to 194.6 a few weeks in. I was discouraged, but thought it could be hormonal. A week or so later, I hit 197. WTF. HOW COULD A PERSON EATING LESS THAN 1325 CALORIES A DAY, WORKING OUT THREE DAYS A WEEK GAIN WEIGHT?!??!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!

I had a hissy fit. I looked through my old Spark blogs and man oh man. I have tried a number of things over the years, but the undeniable fact is grains/carbs/sugar affect me badly. I am not, and will never be, one of those lucky people who can eat "everything in moderation," as the first 5 weeks of this year taught me. I did not want to restrict what I can eat. I've been down that road before, and while I did lose, I always gained back.

Here's the thing i've discovered though: I have PCOS, which I knew due to infertility issues years ago, but I had no idea that PCOS affects weight loss as well. Turns out insulin resistance goes hand-in-hand with it. So the carb thing became less "stupid restriction" in my head, and more "this is how my body operates, and if I want to do what is best, I need to consider that."

I've lowered my carbs to 50g or less daily, and have gone from 196lbs on 2/8/18 to 173.6 as of this morning. It's slow, that's just how my body rolls. But it's happening, and I feel better than I have in a LONG time. I'm still 28lbs from goal, but I stopped the upward trend, and am dedicated to making this my way of eating for life. I don't feel deprived, even, but empowered. Posting this for my future self, as a reminder that I CAN control how I feel, and the number that appears on the scale.

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    I don't metabolize carbs well either and it is common in women my age. Congratulations on the weight loss!
    1044 days ago
    Good for You! You are back in control, you know exactly what you have to do - and are doing it! Stay Smart & Strong!
    1044 days ago
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