The first 10 pounds

8 years ago

I bought my wedding dress last summer. Since then, I’ve put on about
7 pounds and while the dress fits, it’s uncomfortable. Ultimately, I’d
like to shed the 20 pounds I’ve put on in the past 2 years (thanks to
the Fucking Mirena), but given my past history with difficulties
dropping weight easily, I will be happy to lose 10 so I can comfortably
wear my beautiful gown.

Last week, I started to purge refined foods from my diet. Gone are
sandwiches with bread (even whole wheat) and processed lunch meats. In
are salads filled with veggies and a little protein. Sugar has been the
hardest to kick. I caved a couple of times last week, eating a Three
Musketeers one day, a sleeve of Sweettarts the other. I’ve allowed
myself a little chocolate–one square of a Newman’s 70% cocoa dark
chocolate bar–every day. I haven’t missed gluten and wheat much at all.
I do miss cheese. Ah, creamy, luscious, dreamy cheese.

I’ve also been diligent about going to the gym. I even got there
yesterday morning before work to lift upper body and do an interval
elliptical workout.

In the past, I’ve gotten incredibly frustrated because while most
people can start losing weight right away on a new program, I usually
don’t. My body loves set points: at 187, 183, 178,
171, 169, 165, 162. I know this because in 2003 I did Atkins, starting
at 188 lbs. I lost a pound the first week, then the needle didn’t move
on the scale for 6 more weeks. And anyone who’s done Atkins knows that
induction sucks ass, so to see no results is awful.

Last year, I needed to drop about 7 pounds before I went to Vegas
with friends, so I hired a trainer and nutritionist. I started at 179,
and once again, I got stuck at 178 for almost 2 months. My consultants
were baffled. They tried shaking up the workout–more weights, less
weights, no weights, no carbs, some carbs, all carbs. What worked best
was some carbs and some weights. Turns out I put on muscle like a
fiend. I can easily increase my bicep curls from 10 reps of 10 lbs to
15 reps of 25 lbs in about 3 weeks. So if I lift too much, I don’t lose
weight at all. I did get down to 171 before Vegas (and into my size
10s). However, I tend to only lose at the rate of about 0.5 lb a week.

Now I have 12 weeks to drop 7 pounds. I weigh myself on Tuesdays,
and last week, I was at 184. This morning, I’m at 182. I weighed myself
three times, same scale. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I wonder if the
difference has something to do with all the vitamins I’m taking, or the
fact that I don’t have an alien device sitting in my uterus spewing out
nasty synthetic hormones. All I can say is it’s been a long time since
I lost 2 pounds in a week. And skipped a set point. And it feels great!

 

My name is Lynn, and I blog regularly about life, love, health and parenting at http://humanbeingblog.com. Drop by and tell me what you think!

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