Saturday, May 2, 2009

They say it's not the problem, but...

I went to the Doctor and had my Mirena IUD taken out. It's been in for 4 years and although there were some great benefits, like WAY lighter periods and leveling out mood swings due to hormones... there was something bothering me. Some women experience weight gain on it.

The Nurse Practitioner said that she would do whatever, I want, but what I feel was slow weight loss due to hormones was more likely due to my "sluggish metabolism" now that I'm not as young as I once was. I looked at this twenty something "professional" and decided she looked like the type to smoke crack, and that her opinion therefore was deeply flawed. "Take it out." I said.

Well, to be fair, she didn't look like she smoked crack at all, and she looked and acted very professional, but nonetheless, I decided not to take a chance of the Mirena being even a tiny bit of a hindrance to weight loss.

I've also decided to shift my focus from points to calories for awhile and use some of the stuff I learned from weight watchers to help me make good choices. (Which means I'll be looking for high fiber and very little fat.) We'll see how that goes.

I'll be looking to average a certain amount of calories / week. I'm also getting rid of most breads... ugh. I hate it, but it's temporary. Later I'll do them again, once I'm ready to maintain.

I don't feel like I'm failing, I just feel like I wanna get to goal a bit faster then 1/2 a pound a week. :)

PS. I discovered my lemon water idea had a bit of a flaw... see comments on my last post for explanation. Who'd a thunk it?
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4 comments:

Trish said...

Wow! About the lemon water. Did Dennis tell you that happened to him before??

As for calories vs. points, I'm interested to hear more about this. I know that WW says you can eat whatever you want as long as you count the points. And the WW message board people will clobber you over the head if you dare suggest otherwise (yikes!). But my own view on the whole thing was that I wanted to be HEALTHY. So my focus really has been on low fat/high fiber (within the points system) all along. How will what you are going to do be different from that?
I've been curious to see how many calories I'm eating on average but I've been too lazy to sparkpeople it.
I'll be interested to see what you're doing and how it works for you.

I hope that your unsalted water/no IUD (I LOATHED mine)/low cal/high fiber changes will get you safely and quickly to goal!!! I'm rooting for ya!

Christy said...

The high fiber low fat part is not different at all. I think that I want to be able to figure stuff out on my own and I believe that you can eat too many calories, and not be over on points. I want to be able to read a nutrition label and not rely on a point conversion. I want to KNOW that I am not exceeding the calories I need to stay under to lose weight.
I think that WW is RIGHT ON to get you to eat healthy stuff and I think I've learned how to eat what is healthy from WW. Now I want to take what I learned and focus on the calorie count.

That's the really great thing about WW. You get rewarded for making healthier choices!

Christy said...

I'll have to check out sparkpeople. Calorie King is charging for some of their stuff. I thought they were free.

Trish said...

Interesting. I think I'll try to make the time to track my calories and see how it all pans out.
I would also like to be able to just KNOW what and how much to eat without the conversion. Although the points thing is becoming a habit now. I'm getting pretty good at guessing. LOL
When I get to maintenance it would be nice to feel confident about my choices.

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
...
...
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!