It figures.

After posting yesterday about my program and how great I’ve been doing at it, and how I’ve been following it so closely and not cheating I weighed in this week to find… a 2 pound gain. That makes no mathematical sense. I think my body is working against me some days. Working against physics, even!

You know, I should have expected it. Every single time I’ve tried to lose some weight in the last few years I get great results the first week or two then a gain and stubborn refusal to budge, no matter what I do.

So now I’m struggling to figure out the right course forward. Double down and eat even less/exercise even more? Try the paleo thing and replace the morning hot cereal with poached eggs, and find a grain-free lunch option?

Stay the course? Have a “free day” on the theory that maybe my metabolism has just decided I’m starving myself? Although a total of 1300 to 1500 calories a day is hardly considered starvation level.

This gets me every time. Even though I was sort of expecting it, it’s just as demoralizing every time it happens. Ever since I turned 35, it’s been like a hard halt at 200 for me. So depressing.


10 Responses to “It figures.”

  1. Yoko Olsgaard Says:

    I am having a hard time with paleo. It makes me want everything processed even though I feel great when I actually follow the plan. Something in me is making me rebel and spiral in the wrong direction. So, I hear you, and feel your pain. 😦 Hugs!

  2. Karen P Says:

    Look closely at your carbs. Over 100 grms a day for me = gain. Everybody is different. Cheat days = binge for me. I like paleo, combo of loer carbs and cals to loose. I’ve never felt better ditching the wheat. Whole new life. My eggs, avocado , and veggie breakfast keep me full a long time. Good luck. Cheering you on.

  3. Yoko Olsgaard Says:

    I’ve been eating spinach, feta, and eggs for breakfast. It keeps me good until lunch.
    Then I eat tons of veggies stir fried with meat of some sort.
    Dinner I TRY to be good and not eat carbs. Tonight is chicken from the Safeway rotisserie, broccoli salad and a tiny bit of potato salad. No dessert unless it’s that orange that is calling my name. Carbs are my downfall. 😦 How I feel for you, Laina! I am not allowed to work out yet because of my fall. So, I guess I will do some crunches tonight.

  4. Caron Says:

    I try to stay away from a lot of carbs but I still do eat oatmeal for breakfast and I have rice once a week usually. I think my husband is in the same boat as you. Ten years ago he lost 85 pounds relatively easily. He has since gained about 15 pounds and the best he can do eating very low calories is a half pound a week or nothing. Last week he was up a pound which surprised me. I wonder if he is having too much fruit or too many carbs but he is eating about as low as he is willing to go. He doesn’t get much exercise but he only eats around 1500 calories daily so lack of exercise should not keep him from losing.

    I agree that it is depressing!

  5. snapshotstacy Says:

    Just as a warning, if you’re serious about trying it… Paleo doesn’t necessarily mean losses… Everyone’s body is different (I know, preaching to the choir & all, but still).

    I have found that I have to steer clear of wheat & sugar. When I’m in maintenance/life phase (which I still lost weight on), I had grits or quinoa or a brown rice cereal when I wanted a hot cereal. Oats tend to have wheat in ’em (go figure).

    In that phase, I eat between 1600-2000 calories a day. But, I’ve always done well on a lower carb lifestyle. I usually hit between 100-150 a day.And, most of that comes from veggies & berries. (I eat dairy, though – I call it Paleo Ranchero. LOL!)

    • Laina Says:

      I’m pretty sure I’m not going Paleo. I tried it last year (documented here, actually) and what I found is that I did NOT lose any weight, but I WAS hungry all the damned time. So…it’s not for me. I just can’t figure out what is causing this impasse, other than my body has just decided I’m where I’m going to be and nothing short of terminal illness is going to change that. If that’s the case, I guess I can live with that. I’m not unhappy, I just have a few items in my closet that I’d like to fit better. Sad, I know.

      • snapshotstacy Says:

        I thought I had remembered you trying it before & it not liking you much…
        You can always work on something besides weight for a while (abs & arms for Bollywood, perhaps? lol) and see if that shakes you up enough to get you back to where you want to be.

      • Shonnie Says:

        If you were hungry on paleo you may have needed to eat more.

  6. Shonnie Says:

    Everytime I add carbs — I mean breads, chips, cereal — even the healthy versions I gain. everytime. I lose if I eat paleo– like paleo for atheletes. Lean meat and veggies. Not much dairy. Maybe once a week, but not if I am trying to lose. Hang in there.

  7. beanolc Says:

    But you’re still down, right? And that two pound gain — I wouldn’t count it ’til it’s two days in a row (I am a daily weigher). It could honestly be a random or honest fluctuation.

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