No, no, no... it's not karma, but there is some biology going on here.
Let's get to the stats.
Starting weight 187.7
Current weight: 119.8
Goal Range 113-119
Menopause: 3 years
I do feel better in my weight maintenance range of 113-119, so I will be working on a concentrated effort to lose 2-3 pounds. There could be several root causes on the gain. And it could take the rest of the year to get it sorted. Especially if there are multiple roots. Problem solving. ID your root causes. Rule them in, rule them out, s
Most likely causes
1. Not eating enough!!!
2. Thyroid adjustment needed?
3. Stress related
4. Natural weight plateau, I'm just one higher up.
5. Menopause, the next phase
6. Some other reason, unknown
Root 1: Okay I never ever thought I could get to the point where I did not feel like eating enough. I have noticed a correlation on days where I'm intermittent fasting (IF) where I just don't physically feel like I can eat enough for my activity levels. So, I won't be IF-ing for a few months solid to see if I can get some more normal hunger signals back again. Maybe IF-ing at a normal weight is not a good idea for me. I was only IF-ing 1 to twice a week.
Root 2: I have a few symptoms of needing a thyroid dose adjustment, but not enough to go running into my doc for a blood draw. I'll get my insurance wellness blood draw in Sept 2015. All the other times I've gone running in, convinced it's my thyroid level, and it's not. The thyroid thing has not been the root cause.
However, I've never needed a dose adjustment since 1997!!! I have no idea what to expect when I do need an adjustment. 5-10 pounds was all I lost when I got diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I probably went from 165 to 155 or so. At a normal weight, without the binge eating, I'm not sure what symptoms I'll get when I'm in a normal weight and low inflammation status.
Root 3: While the recent month has been less stressful, I had epic stress levels in May and early June 2015.
Root 4 :I've always operated on weight plateaus one right around 116-117 and one around 120-121. My BMI is still normal around 22.6, but I do feel better with a BMI right around 22 or the high 21's.
I feel terrible right at a BMI of 24-25 and higher. I'm shorter than most middle school students, with a small bone frame. The high end of normal weight leaves me pretty miserable, so the mid range BMI is just better for me.
Root 5 Normal effect of menopause, this is the start of my 3rd year of menopause. I've upped my active time by about 15-20 minutes per day, with good outcomes.
Root 6: Something else. Unknown, Undiscovered. Maybe those fermented veggies at the end of May were not a good idea??
Things I've ruled out already:
1. I'm not binge eating or having binge urges. Yay! No Sugars, No Grains for the win.
2. I'm not having glucose spikes, my blood glucose is returning to mid 80's post meal and low 80's fasting.
3. I'm not thinking Karma : come on people, I'm a board certified, licensed scientist in real life. There's a biologic reason, so put your science hats on, please.
I do believe that obesity is a symptom of metabolic, genetic, and genetic pheneotype processes gone askew. I'm not a bad person, sloth, weak willed, cheating, not measuring, lying, or anything else ;) I'm swimming in the shallow end of the genetics pool, so it's worth it for me to identify the root causes and move along.
I also have total respect if you believe in Karma, too. I'll be meditating ever day the month of July. To reduce stress. Weight maintenance has it's ups and downs. Dealing with them is key.
I'll also let you know what worked for me, or what I've ruled out during my August 2015. Onward. Always Onward. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get the results you want. Do spend some time getting to root causes, though.