|Three and a half years of long term weight maintenance 2012-2015|
Years in long term weight maintenance: 3.5
Starting weight: 187.4 lbs
Current weight: 119.2 lbs
Goal range: 113-119
Menopause: yes, 2 years
Hashimoto's Disease 1997
Levoxyl: 100 ug
Food template: Paleo, Modified AIP, Low Carb
Strategy, NSNG, Abstainer from trigger foods
Hey! Paleo-ish, modified AIP, Low Carb/Higher natural fat, moderate protein, abstaining for the WIN. I eat 90-100 grams of natural fat a day. 80 grams of protein and around 40-50 grams of carbs from veggies. I stay lean.
|May 2011 to August 2015|
Even though my weight has been in the higher end of my desired weight range, I've not once wavered-
Laser sharp focus, experimenting with my food template and macros a bit. All great learning and doing the hard work that weight maintenance requires. Some months are easier than others. The last 3 months have been more work.That's life. Stop working at weight maintenance, lose that priority, lose those benefits.
Life happens. Tough as nails approach yields the long term results. Mental and physical. Constant vigilance.
The best stuff: The life at 70 pounds down, 68 pounds off. So worth it. Less expensive, chronic and acute health problems gone. I can move & sleep better, wear my regular clothes, speak to groups and individuals with focus on the topic. I feel inside like I feel outside. So, so valuable.
The good stuff: Cheaper health insurance, vacation time is actually spent with my family instead of going to the doctor or suffering migraines. Yes, I spend time grocery shopping, cooking, batch cooking, reading, and cleaning up, the effort is not without commitment. But the trade off from the chronic pain (migraines, cystic acne, joint pain is all gone)
The stuff I left behind: The mental pain of obesity comments from others, "You are not taking care of yourself", "You let yourself go, why"fatso, whale, fat ass ,- insults, genuine concern- hey I was an obese kid in the 1970's. I've heard it all as a kid and an adult. , You'll get diabetes (truth, almost diagnosed, reversed via food template). F- that life. I'm fighting a life long addiction to food. STILL.
The old stuff: Someone who knew me long ago said- yeah, I got called "whale" at a minimum of 5 times a day as a kid. I must have blocked it out and grown a thick skin. I've certainly
The problem I had was that the solutions offered did not solve my problems. The answers were inside me. Pushing aside others solutions was not an easy task. Moderate eating of cupcakes, frosting, "healthy whole grains" kept me stuck. Moderate eating is just not the solution for many of us. If it works for you, high five. If an abstinence based approach (not eating grains, processed sugar, other trigger foods) is your success, too, please, blog, talk, and share about it.
Real solutions (for me): Paleo, modified Auto-Immune Protocol, lower carb, higher natural fat, No Sugars, No Grains, sprinting, walking, good sleep, lifting heavy things, getting out in nature, cooking real foods at home 98% of the time.
The magic fairy will not arrive and grant you long term weight maintenance- abstaining or moderating. Either way, it's a heck of a lot of work. Here's to a tough as nails approach and letting us know what works for you. Please help share your tough approach. Share your health transformation. Share your Whole30 results, share how much pain and money you save.
Onward. Here's to the next meal, day, month, half year. Good Lord! Glad I hopped off the "moderation of all foods" thought process. Nice to leave the pain of 1000's of binges behind. 40 years of binge eating. Took long enough. Made me stronger. I'm still standing. And I still get called names, but, hey, I'm tough as nails.
|3.5 years of long term weight maintenance|