My weight journey
Saturday, January 16, 2016
My weight loss journey has also been long. I have diet induced obesity. Many of you may never have heard of this but can probably relate. You go on a diet (in my case never really lost anything, always gained the first month at least) and then when I went off the diet and ate the same way I did before I gained even more. So with every diet I gained around 30lb all the way from 130 to 300lb. This took years and when not dieting I generally did maintain my weight. So long as I didn't just come off a diet.
It was very frustrating to not lose weight when trying so hard. Even more frustrating to go up in weight when I went back to what was maintaining my weight before. I used to be a horrible spark teammate because as I started changing habits and implementing good things my weight went up not down.
Finally about 5 years ago someone convinced me to stop dieting until I could get medical help. The only thing I could do was add veggies and switch to whole grains. I got on the wait list for the Endocrinology Clinics Weight Management Program. Thank God I listened. After understanding my Diet induced obesity or I would have surpassed 300lb for sure.
They helped me to lose 35lbs. It started by adding food. Like making sure I ate within 60 minutes of getting up. I had been exercising a lot while on the wait list. So much that I ended up with an overuse injury. Not fun...a slap in the face really.
Then...I gained all but 5 of those lbs back because I couldn't burn over 5000 calories a week anymore. It was closer to 1000. When I could again the weight didn't magically go back down again either. For close to 2 years while waiting for surgery my weight went from 280, 275, 270, 278, 273, 280, 270, 276, 278, 280, 285 it was a year ago today. I'd gain when doing everything right. I hated my body! I was worried I may be someone who doesn't lose weight with weight loss surgery.
When I went on a liquid diet for 2 weeks prior to surgery to shrink my liver. I didn't lose weight. It was a 1000 calories a day. That's when I got really worried. However my body made up for that and I lost 25lbs the first month. It's been slow and steady since and I'm down 85lbs from my high weight.
With surgery I can expect to get down a bit further but will likely have a rebound and end up around 200lbs. My goal is to get down further so I don't have my rebound here and be 230. It's a slow process that doesn't always match what I eat and do. So my progress is measured my what I am doing right not what the scale says.