Well, not entirely “done”, just regrouping.
As happy as I am that I have lost 12 pounds there’s been something wrong and I can’t just let it go on anymore. The constant hunger coupled with nausea and inability to eat leading to days upon days of 600 calories leading to exhaustion had to stop. It wasn’t healthy.
So last night I did some research and discovered that the medication I’m on does not go well with a no/low-carb diet in many people. In fact, it forces them into a hypoglycemic state that causes nausea, exhaustion, and dizziness. Sound familiar?
So at 10 pm last night, when I finally felt like I could eat something again I had a couple pieces of gluten free toast and felt “normal” for the first time in a couple of weeks.
So I weighed myself this morning, one day early of my weekly weigh-in, so that I could conduct a reasonable experiment. Basically starving myself out of the utter repulsion of food yielded me a weight loss of 1.5 pounds in six days while feeling like complete hell and dragging myself through each day in misery. Let’s see what eating a few reasonable* carbs each day for six days while continuing the medication yields me in terms of both weight loss and state of being.
If at the end of the next six days I’ve still lost weight of any amount I am going to stick with this new plan.
If at the end of the next six days I’m at the same weight I’ll give it another week to see what happens.
If at the end of the next six days my weight goes up then I will have to stop altogether and regroup… again.
* So, obviously, I need to examine what “reasonable” means. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Sweets or sugars like cookies, cakes, etc.
- Giant meals of pasta or seriously heavy processed carbs.
- Gluten whenever possible (it messes with my emotions and anxiety).
Adding back in:
- Whole fruits
- Small (as in side dish portion – roughly 1/2 cup) rice, potato, sweet potato – ie. whole food starchy vegetables & non gluten grains & beans
- A couple of slices of GF bread if I want a sandwich or slice of toast with some eggs
My goal will be to shoot for under 100 grams of carbs a day. Way back in the day when I was losing weight after my weight loss surgery I was eating roughly 100-140 grams of carbs a day in the form of whole foods like rice, beans, potato, and fresh fruit. (I rummaged through 10 years of Fitday calendars to find that, but it’s true.) So I know that eating whole food plant based carbs is possible for me on a weight loss plan.
Which brings me to the obvious inevitable… portion control and getting my anxiety and depression under control with coping strategies that don’t involve food.
There it is.
Well, at least there it might be… see what happens on that scale in a week.
Sigh. This will never end.