Will I *ever* lose any substantial amount of weight? Or do I just need to accept myself the way I am? You’d think that giving up grains, most sugar, processed foods and now dairy would have told the body to do something. Nope. I’ve been gaining and losing the same goddamn 2-3 pounds every month. It’s getting old, let me tell you.
Here’s some background on the body I once had. I miss it dearly…
In 2005 I headed to a Weight Watchers meeting and was impressed. I signed up. I lost 75 pounds. It took a damn near 3 years to do it. But I did it. Then in 2009, I got pregnant. Miscarried at 8 weeks along. Was devastated. Wanted a baby even MORE. Got pregnant again, it took. She is now 2.5. I still weigh the same amount I did when I gave birth to her.
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I started to see what my thyroid was (and was not) doing. And that was regulating my body weight. I was eating as little as 1500 calories and lost nothing. And we are talking 6 weeks of HARDCORE calorie counting. I then decided to ditch the iPhone App madness and eat a paleo/primal diet. I love it, I must say and don’t think I’ll ever return to grains. I’ve been cutting dairy out, significantly in the last 2 weeks. I drink my tea/coffee with no sugar. No splenda. No stevia. Straight up. The indulgences I partake in are (you guessed it) wine in the evenings (not every evening!) and dark chocolate. I did this on Weight Watchers for 3 years. I drank heavily back in my mid to late 20s. I lost the weight then. What GIVES?
“You just need to exercise!” Ooooh of course I do. Yes. Well I’ve been walking/biking every day, run after a 2yo, go hiking on the weekends. What’s that then? Isn’t that exercise? It’s exactly the kind Mark Sisson (Mark’s Daily Apple) suggests here. Why can’t I just lose a few pounds? I go down a pound or two, but only when I’m not ovulating and the obvious menses. I seem to weigh less right BEFORE menses. But all in all, the same weight. Day after day, week after week, month after month. I give up! (not really, just love to complain about it. Shake my fist at the sky, that sort of thing).
Will a cross-fit type circuit training really work for me? Will sprinting even ONCE a week break my bodies’ love affair with extra belly flab? Any suggestions, people?